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Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – August 17 2018 Editor’s Note: Here below is a list of the main issues currently under discussion in New Zealand and links to media coverage. [caption id="attachment_297" align="aligncenter" width="640"] The Beehive and Parliament Buildings.[/caption] Housing Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): Foreign buyer ban comes as Reserve Bank pours a little petrol on the housing market Anuja Nadkarni (Stuff): Who does the foreign buyer ban affect and will it make housing more affordable? Tom Furley (RNZ): ‘Foreign buyers will continue to be an important part of the market’ Zane Small (Newshub): How the world reacted to New Zealand’s foreign buyers’ ban David Hargreaves (Interest): Top Chinese property website says if anyone has been driving up house prices, ‘it’s your rich dad and uncle, not rich Chinese’ Guy Schrubsole (Guardian): There’s no need for New Zealand-style xenophobia to curb UK house prices Ryan Boswell (1News): Housing New Zealand accused of making a ‘mockery’ of the housing crisis by rejecting homes because of their age 1News: Watch: Housing Minister to look into claims state housing tenants renting out rooms on Airbnb Chelsea Boyle (Herald): ‘Entrepreneurial’ state-house Airbnb case a storm in a teacup, says housing minister Ben Leahy (Herald): It is not a question of whether Auckland’s house prices fall, but by how much: Analyst Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): Time to stop the housing hysteria Greg Ninness (Interest): ‘Ongoing uncertainty in the housing market is fuelling caution about market prospects’ – ASB Housing Confidence Survey Collette Devlin (Dominion Post): Shelly Bay height debacle spurs Wellington City councillors to vote 8-7 against special housing areas National Dan Satherley (Newshub): Simon Bridges expenses leak: ‘Chatter’ centred on National MP Jane Patterson (RNZ): Bridges leak: Stakes are high for MPs amid investigation Herald Editorial: Bridges’ expenses leak inquiry is another excessive expense RNZ: Simon Bridges expense leak: what we know so far Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): Simon Bridges skulduggery – expenses leaker the real story Newshub: ‘Promise. Win. Fail. Apologise’: David Seymour rips into National’s ‘failure’ in Government Government, NZ First, Greens Jenna Lynch (Newshub): Jacinda Ardern sets sights on 2020, angles for deal with NZ First in Wairarapa Lucy Bennett (Herald): Winston Peters claims Simon Bridges tried to do a deal with Ron Mark Wayne Mapp (Spinoff): Ardern says she wants radical transformation. Time to start believing she means it Jo Moir (RNZ): PM on Māori relations: ‘I think our relationships are strong’ Piers Fuller (Stuff): Babies, bread and boomers on PM’s first regional visit back Herald: Baby Neve’s first ever radio interview Lucy Bennett (Herald): NZ First MPs sign $300,000 contract to stop party-hopping Laura Walters (Stuff): NZ First MPs could end up $300k out of pocket if they flout party rules Craig McCulloch (RNZ): Nick Smith lodges complaint over NZ First’s good behaviour contract 1News: National says NZ First party rule turns MPs into ‘bonded slaves’ No Right Turn: A contempt of Parliament? Matthew Hooton (Herald): Cracks in the green revolution MPs’ expenses Henry Cooke (Stuff): Full list of MPs’ expenses shows spending topped $2.1 million RNZ: MPs’ spending expenses revealed Emma Hurley (Newshub): Parliament expenses released: Top 10 spenders 1News: List of New Zealand MPs’ expenses released Lucy Bennett (Herald): MPs’ travel and accommodation expenses for past quarter released 1News: Jacinda Ardern says Labour is ‘trying our best’ to keep MP expenses down Parliament Liam Hehir (Newsroom): More is more for MP numbers Andrew Dickens (Newstalk ZB): Parliament is a circus and I’d be laughing if it wasn’t so tragic Morgan Godfery (Mãui Street): The Māori Party want Rawiri Waititi. Can he win back Waiariki? Environment and conservation Jessica Tyson (Māori TV): Iwi leaders reject govt freshwater initiative RNZ: Govt admits it wants final say on water body Audrey Young (Herald): Iwi boycott of alternative water group is followed by demand for talks by Ngai Tahu Jennifer Eder (Stuff): Iwi consider fire foam risks at air force base in land rights sale David Williams (Newsroom): Green light for Mackenzie station tourism plans Tess Brunton (RNZ): Protesters dressed as cows oppose Mackenzie Basin farm Jamie Morton (Herald): Researcher launches petition to close all kauri forests Mere McLean (Māori TV): Four of five whitebait species are at risk Don Rowe (Spinoff): You wouldn’t eat a kiwi – so why is whitebait okay? Kate Gudsell (RNZ): Ban on whitebaiting would force black market trade – fishing group Talisa Kupenga (Māori TV): DOC failed to consult iwi regarding cow burial on Motutapu Island – Conservation Minister Jacqueline Rowarth (Herald): Enough of the bee-apocalypse stories Dave De Lorean (Stuff): We’re banning bags, but what about all the other single-use plastic? Farah Hancock (Newsroom): Plastic, paper, or polypropylene? It’s complicated No Right Turn: More pillage Euthanasia Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): High-profile passion in euthanasia debate Chelsea Boyle (Herald): The euthanasia debate: NZ’s most vocal proponents and opponents weigh in Thomas Manch (Stuff): Lecretia Seales’ husband, Matt Vickers, seeks a tempered End of Life Choice Bill Anna Whyte (1News):In this bill there are no consequences’ – Sir Bill English speaks out against proposed euthanasia legislation, supporter Matt Vickers wants restrictions Emma Hurley (Newshub): Sir Bill English and Dr Mary English visit Parliament to oppose assisted dying Health Belinda Feek (Herald): Unannounced inspection discovers issues remain rife at St Kilda Care Home, Cambridge Ruth Hill (RNZ): Waikato elderly care home found to have further problems RNZ: Higher alcohol tax needed to reduce harm – economist Rachael Kelly (Southland Times): Minister under fire over Lumsden Maternity downgrade Kate Nicol-Williams (1News): Jacinda Ardern meets with intergenerational playgroup in Wairarapa, helping alleviate loneliness in the elderly Newshub: ‘Interesting but concerning’: NZ antipsychotic use up 50 percent in under a decade Education and pay negotiations Bryan Gould: Teachers’ strike Jessica Long (Stuff): Primary teachers union appears to back down on rolling strike threat Nelson Mail Editorial: What lessons do we take from the teachers’ strike Kirsty Gilroy (Stuff): Teachers hide behind ‘public smiles and private agony’ Dan Satherley (Newshub): How teachers’ pay has fallen behind over the decades Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): It’s time for striking teachers to get real Katarina Williams (Stuff): School support specialists next group to strike after ‘insulting’ Ministry pay offer Adele Redmond (Stuff): Rare truancy prosecution a case of ‘last resort’ Retirement, Kiwisaver and superannuation Michael Littlewood (Herald): Our pensions are affordable for future taxpayers Tamsyn Parker (Herald): Most Kiwis fail to notice changes to KiwiSaver statements Madison Reidy (RNZ): More ‘work to do’ on KiwiSaver fee transparency – regulator Geoff Pearman (Southland Times): The end of retirement as we’ve known it Employment Southland Times Editorial: Is Alliance a dire hirer? Gordon Campbell: On another reason to loathe and detest HR departments Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): New Zealander of the year Kristine Bartlett left ‘ropeable’ by labour law campaign Michael Reddell: Not very useful data at all Rob Campbell (Stuff): We can’t leave it to women to fix inequality in the workplace Ben Strang (rNZ): Cafe opens doors of opportunity for released inmates Free speech and debate Simon Wilson (Herald): The speaker’s pulpit is open for business Henry Cooke (Stuff): US firebrand Cornel West on why the left must keep debating the right David Cumin and Paul Moon (Herald): Law against hate speech helped Hitler’s rise Derek Alan Woodard-Lehman (ODT): Contempt has no place in free speech debate Jonathan Tracy (Hawke’s Bay Today): Free speech or ‘no platform’? – a classicist’s plea Herald: ‘If I had a dollar per click’: Herald cartoonist’s free speech cartoon goes viral Police and justice Jared Savage (Herald): Chris Bishop asks for State Services Commission inquiry into three conflicting statements about Wally Haumaha bullying allegations Rosemary McLeod (Stuff): Nicholas’ role in the Haumaha controversy leaves me uneasy Meghan Lawrence (Herald): ‘Cocktail of disabilities’: Judges to develop new model for youth offenders 1News: ACC to spend $1.7m on accommodation and counselling service for male domestic abusers Michael Allan and Ben Leahy (Herald): Family violence is up but prosecutions are ‘disturbingly’ down, new figures show 1News: Cop justified in shooting man who brandished wood wrapped in singlet at officers, police watchdog finds Matthew Rosenberg (Stuff): Ex-NZ Police area commander speaks out over 173 per cent increase in injuries and deaths in his old patch Edward Gay (RNZ): NZer deported from Australia turns to crime to pay for family visit Primary industries Gia Garrick (RNZ): Rushed legislation on animal tracking system faces scrutiny Newshub: Fears changes to NAIT could be too little too late to stop Mycoplasma bovis Herald: National blasts Government over rushed NAIT changes to fight M. bovis Dan Satherley (Newshub):Labour using law it called ‘dreadful’ to target farmers – Collins Esther Taunton (Stuff): Call for action after whistle-blowers report death threats Eric Frykberg (RNZ): Ministry accused of seven-year delay in check-up on biosecurity facility Patrick O’Meara (RNZ): Fonterra urged to dust off plan to split business in two Kīngitanga John Boynton (RNZ): Media banned from Māori King’s koroneihana celebrations Leo Horgan (Māori TV): Media banned from Koroneihana 2018 Regan Paranihi (Māori TV): King Tuheitia set to commemorate his 12-year reign Mānia Clarke (Māori TV): Loyalists hit back at King’s former advisor Inequality and poverty Newshub: Record number of food aid requests as New Zealand families starve Steven Cowan: Good times for NZ’s rich elite Foreign affairs and trade RNZ: NZ advises Pacific countries to ask China for debt forgiveness Richard Harman (Politik): Our champion bureaucrats Jenée Tibshraeny (Interest): UK Investment Minister says British infrastructure firms will ‘literally help build NZ’s future’ Construction, RMA reform, infrastructure Thomas Coughlan (Newsroom): Saving the construction industry RNZ: Forcing builders into risky contracts: ‘How crazy is that?’ Jason Walls (Interest): Twyford’s action plan to abate construction sector woes Catherine Harris (Stuff): National, Govt spar over solutions for the construction crisis Charlie Dreaver (RNZ): Construction and business leaders: Not enough skilled workers Catherine Harris (Stuff): Construction bosses say industry is doing badly, even terribly Jason Walls (Interest): Opposition Leader Simon Bridges says National will have a ‘significant’ RMA bill ready some time in 2019 Henry Cooke (Stuff): National Party starts prepping RMA reform bill for 2019 Susan Freeman-Greene (Spinoff): It’s not only engineers who have a stake in engineering a better New Zealand Alexia Riussell (Newsroom): All talk, no action on infrastructure problems Richard Harman (Politik): Paying for the sewage Business, economy Thomas Coughlan (Newsroom): Why should only paid work count? Brian Fallow (Herald): How ready is NZ to face the next crisis? Christian Hawkesby (Interest): Adrian Orr-led regime at the Reserve Bank may result in increased volatility in interest rates and foreign exchange markets Newshub: Revealed: The companies that receive most complaints in New Zealand Aimee Shaw (Herald): Revealed: New Zealand’s most complained about companies Kirk Hope (Stuff): Evidence that a downturn in business confidence is impacting actual activity is now indisputable Jess Berentson-Shaw and Tze Ming Mok (Newshub): What is business confidence – and does it even matter? Local government Tom Hunt (Dominion Post): Councillors do not eat dogs – Wellington City Council’s curious memo Skara Bohny (Nelson Mail): Hole in Nelson council staff reporting of $8m “even more concern than Greenmeadows” Matthew Theunissen (RNZ): Major recycler urges councils to pitch in to deal with rubbish crisis Christchurch Sam Clarke (1News): Construction underway on Christchurch’s half-billion dollar convention centre – ‘A 21st century building’ RNZ: Delay for earthworks at Christchurch’s Metro sports facility Media and Broadcasting Tim Murphy (Newsroom): The price of premium Herald journalism Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): NZ on Air criticised for providing only the edited highlights Moana Makapelu Lee (Māori TV): Te Māngai Pāho and NZ on Air to report all rating Philip Matthews (Press Editorial): The media is not the enemy NZ Servicemen repatriation, memorial Talisa Kupenga (Māori TV): Family devastated NZDF unable to repatriate brother’s remains Te Kuru o te Marama Dewes (Māori TV): C Company descendants support A Company memorial house Transport Amber-Leigh Woolf (Stuff): Wellington bus drivers tell councillors they’re tired, and it’s a risk to public safety Newshub: Road safety campaigners say speed limit should be lowered to 30km/h in certain areas RNZ: Wellington bus route reinstated after complaints Other Tommy Livingston (Stuff): Children’s Minister ‘alarmed’ at numbers of proven child abuse David Fisher (Herald): Māori leaders pitch to Māori landowners – let us pay to plant trees and we will share the carbon credit profits Newshub: Auditor-General asked to look into Tokoroa pokie mega venue Chris Hutching (Stuff): What is the Overseas Investment Office and why is it controversial? Robin Martin (RNZ): Whanganui heritage building saved from demolition Laura Dooney (RNZ): Wellington submarine pipe to supply water in an emergency Anusha Bradley (RNZ): Tolaga Bay: Council says MetService didn’t warn about deluge Jo Cribb (Herald): Russell McVeagh report a wake-up call for many Kyle MacDonald (Herald): Why gay conversion therapy should be banned Meriana Johnsen (RNZ): ‘The South Island does not stop in Christchurch’ Herald: Westpac NZ issues 30,000 replacement cards due to fraud risk linked to Ticketmaster security breach Stuff: Westpac cancels and re-issues 30,000 cards after ‘low risk’ Ticketmaster fraud Jonathan Guildford (Press): Helen Clark to feature at upcoming Word Christchurch festival]]>