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Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – August 20 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] Green Party Henry Cooke (Stuff): Bruised Green Party go back to basics at annual conference 1News: Green Party ‘really happy with the wins’, says James Shaw, despite having to swallow dead rat Thomas Coughlan (Newsroom): Government worth an occasional deceased rodent Audrey Young (Herald): Winston Peters’ obsession on defections has soured the Greens’ start in Government Gia Garrick (RNZ): Green leadership stands firm on Waka Jumping Bill at AGM Newshub: ‘I’ve made my point’ – Marama Davidson says she won’t use C-word in public anymore 1News: James Shaw ‘really furious’ female colleagues Marama Davidson and Golriz Ghahraman are subjected to threats online Henry Cooke (Stuff): Waka Jumping: Former MPs hope Greens conference will make party pull support Lucy Bennett (Herald): Green Party concludes two-day annual general meeting in Palmerston North Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Wellington Paranormal: Sage Incompetence & Fitzsimons Naivety – Green Party Conference descends into omnishambles Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): It’s the media’s fault for covering the reclaiming of the C word fiasco? RNZ: Water announcement disappointing – campaigner 1News: Green Party pushes to have ‘water extraction’ assessed in future Overseas Investment applications Jenna Lynch (Newshub): Green Party wants review of selling water access to overseas buyers Lucy Bennett (Herald): Water-bottling announcement a highlight of Green Party AGM Lucy Bennett (Herald): Greens gain concession in review of Act to consider water bottling Henry Cooke (Stuff): Greens push for ‘water test’ on foreign land sales in bid to stop bottling plants Herald: Greens target foreign land buyers bottling NZ water in review of Overseas Investment Act  1News: Green Party pushes to have ‘water extraction’ assessed in future Overseas Investment applications Newshub: National accuses Greens of hypocrisy over water Lucy Bennett (Herald): Local councils welcome work on reducing waste going to landfills Thomas Coughlan (Newsroom): Greens’ war on waste Lucy Bennett (Herald): Green Party tackles mountain of waste going to New Zealand’s landfills Gia Garrick (RNZ): Greens want to tackle waste by increasing landfill levies Andrea Vance (Stuff): Government tackles tyred old problem Gia Garrick (RNZ): Greens to get tougher on dumping of tyres and lithium batteries RNZ: Simon Bridges says Greens’ waste commitment is ‘vague words’ Lisette Reymer (Newshub): Green Party’s new waste scheme savaged as ‘tyre tax’ by National Gia Garrick (RNZ): Green Party AGM: ‘We now have a shot at delivering’ Henry Cooke (Stuff):James Shaw opens Green Party conference: We’re ‘just getting warmed up’ Lucy Bennett (Herald): Green Party co-leader James Shaw speaks at party’s AGM in Palmerston North Lucy Bennett (Herald): Uncomfortable discussions to be had at Green Party AGM Henry Cooke (Stuff): Green Party’s first conference in Government a chance to show why its worth them being there Chris Bramwell (RNZ): Can the Greens survive being part of the establishment? AAP (Guardian): New Zealand’s minister for women cycles to hospital to give birth Stuff: Green MP Julie Anne Genter bikes to hospital to be induced Herald: Green MP Julie Anne Genter cycles to hospital for an induction to ‘finally have this baby’ Dan Satherley (Newshub): Julie Anne Genter cycles to hospital to give birth 1News: MP Julie Anne Genter cycles to hospital to have her baby – ‘Wish us luck!’ RNZ: Green party minister bikes to hospital to have baby The Opportunities Party Jenée Tibshraeny (Interest): ‘What I am doing right now is pretty much career suicide for an economist. There’s no going back’ – TOP’s new leader Geoff Simmons Dan Satherley (Newshub): The Opportunities Party lives on, with new leader Geoff Simmons 1News: The Opportunities Party stages a comeback, naming new leader and new role for Gareth Morgan Herald: The Opportunities Party to contest 2020 election after all National Simon Wilson (Herald): Back to the future – the challenge facing National John Armstrong (1News): Simon Bridges’ travel spending ‘was state funding of a political party in drag’ Colin Peacock (RNZ): Spending scoop highlights the pros and cons of leaks Dan Satherley (Newshub): Expenses leak came from a Govt that wants to distract – Simon Bridges Tracy Watkins (Stuff): Bridges doesn’t need a formal inquiry into limogate Stacey Kirk (Stuff): Searching for the silver linings in Simon Bridges’ playbook 1News: Simon Bridges’ expenses leak like ‘a game of Cluedo’ – 1 NEWS political reporter Jane Bowron (Stuff): Smears, conjecture and collective consternation over Bridges spend-up leak Steve Braunias (Herald): The secret diary of … Simon Bridges Andrew Gunn (Stuff): Getting to the bottom of Bridges’ expenses Dan Satherley (Newshub): National now backs water levy Finn Hogan (Newshub): National ‘too scared’ for cannabis reform while in Govt – Peter Dunne Jeremy Elwood & Michele A’Court (Stuff): Opposition for the sake of it? Yeah, nah NZ First 1News: Winston Peters renews his push for referendum on future of Māori seats Herald Editorial: Embarrassing waka jumping bill doesn’t put NZ first Nick Smith (Spinoff): Winston Peters’ $300,000 fealty clause is an affront to our democracy Lucy Bennett (Herald): Ron Mark backs Winston Peters on approach Simon Bridges made to him 1News: ‘Outright nonsense from Winston Peters’ – Simon Bridges denies asking NZ First’s Ron Mark to join National Henry Cooke (Stuff): Winston Peters says Simon Bridges tried to poach his MP Ron Mark Newshub: NZ First claims Simon Bridges tried to do deal over Wairarapa seat Parliament Lachy Paterson (ODT): It’s about how best to represent Maori interests Daniela Maoate-Cox (RNZ): Māori seats? What are they? Lucy Bennett (Herald):National MP Nick Smith upset over Labour MP Kris Faafoi’s ‘offensive’ comment Emma Hurley (Newshub): Labour MP Willow-Jean Prime speaks out after being told not to speak te reo 1News: Labour’s Willow-Jean Prime defends right to speak Te Reo in Parliament after emailer tells her to ‘say it in English’ Budget Jason Walls (Interest): Before the 2020 election, Robertson must decide if Labour will stick with the Budget Responsibility Rules, or ditch them Daniela Maoate-Cox (RNZ): All about the money money money: Budget 2018 passed Act 1News: Inside Parliament podcast: ACT rebrand would ‘have to be a massive splash’ Coiln Peacock (RNZ) Mediawatch: Keeping up the Act Foreign affairs and trade Grant Bayldon (Stuff): Dear Prime Minister, Evacuate the kids off Nauru Laura Walters (Stuff): Calls for PM to bring Nauru refugee kids to NZ Chelsea Boyle (Herald): Plea for PM to reach out to Nauru and take on refugees 1News: Exclusive: NZ and Pacific countries lobby for WHO regional director as Asian influence puts candidate in doubt Edward Gay (RNZ): Visit with seriously ill partner turned down, says NZ detainee Gerard Hutching (Stuff): Saudi agribusiness hub stalled after neighbour objects to abattoir Martin van Beynen, Cate Broughton and Thomas Manch (Stuff): Antarctica NZ chief executive resigns suddenly after boardroom discussions Brian Easton (Pundit): Uneasy Lies the Head That Wears the Global Crown Newshub: Is Jacinda Ardern failing to speak out on international issues? Simon Draper (Stuff): China’s mysterious Belt and Road Initiative 1News: ‘A very humble man’ – Former Prime Minister Helen Clark remembers the work of Kofi Annan Newshub: Former PM Helen Clark remembers Kofi Annan Herald: Helen Clark remembers Kofi Annan as ‘leading statesperson of our time’ Justice and police David Fisher (Herald): The politics of crime – how the hunt for votes filled our prisons and threatens Minister of Justice Andrew Little’s plans for reform 1News: Justice system ‘not doing the job properly’ as prison population rises and reoffending remains high Asher Emanuel (Spinoff): ‘It clearly isn’t working’: Andrew Little on his crusade to reform criminal justice 1News: Simon Bridges dismisses Government justice summit as a ‘talk fest’ – says it will lead to a ‘softening’ of laws Laura Walters (Stuff): Experts question make-up of criminal justice advisory group ahead of summit Gia Garrick (RNZ): Kelvin Davis: ‘Ngāpuhi ‘most incarcerated tribe in the world’ Leigh-Marama McLachlan (RNZ): Man arrested at Work and Income office hours after leaving prison Jared Savage (Herald): Power, politicians and police – What the inquiry into the appointment of Deputy Commissioner Wally Haumaha is really about Peter Dunne (Newsroom): Haumaha affair a test for the PM Herald: Inmates blocked from parole by Three Strikes may be staying away from the help that makes them less dangerous Sam Hurley (Herald): Nearly 900 complaints against judges in three years – judicial conduct report Herald: Pathologists warn: murders may not be detected after national forensic pathology service dismantled Anneke Smith (RNZ): Courts seek to assist those with disabilities to better access support while in justice system Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): The hurdles to housing a sex offender Isaac Davison (Herald): Corrections failed to notify schools of nearby placement of sex offender Isaac Davison (Herald): High-risk sex offender housed near Epsom schools following release from prison Newshub: Sex offender housed near three Auckland schools after prison release ActionStation: Māori perspectives on the justice system – They’re our whānau — a report in the making Newshub: Some ethnic communities feel unsafe in Auckland 1News: Can police force you to unlock your social accounts? No, says privacy lawyer Charlotte Carter (Stuff): Cost of living in Auckland driving police officers out of the super city Housing Shamubeel Eaqub (RNZ): Banning foreigners: wasted policy effort ODT Editorial: The foreign ownership conundrum Eleanor Ainge Roy (Guardian): ‘Stress is huge’: New Zealand’s foreign buyers ban brings home scale of crisis Anuja Nadkarni and Catherine Harris (Stuff): Chinese investors spooked by foreign buyer ban, says website Lucy Warhurst (Newshub): Auckland family begs Labour to keep promise to wipe emergency accommodation debt 1News: Demand still growing two years after Auckland marae opened doors to homeless Liam Dann (Herald): Will Auckland property follow the Sydney slump? Newshub: Judith Collins calls Housing New Zealand’s focus on post 2000 homes ‘dopey’ Thomas Manch (Stuff): Housing New Zealand fixes ‘swamp’ state house after tenant raises voice Laine Moger (Stuff): Housing New Zealand family sleeps on living room floor to keep warm Chris Harrowell (Stuff): Manukau bus station in south Auckland sheltering rough sleepers at night Health Newshub: Elderly Kiwis being detained in locked units Mike Houlahan (ODT): Melanomas possibly missed RNZ: Children of smokers ‘risk adult disease’ Tom Hunt (Stuff): Alcohol harm more than triple the cost of all Treaty claims so far – economist  RNZ: Insight: Foetal Alcohol – Damaging Baby Brains Philippa Tolley (RNZ): Alcohol packaging needs warning for pregnant women – experts ODT Editorial: The risks of herbicide exposure Mike Houlahan (ODT): Study: media affects health funding ideas Libby Wilson (Stuff): Cambridge’s St Kilda Care Home gets surprise inspection Mandy Te (Stuff): Study finds growing resistance to antibiotics in New Zealand RNZ: New Zealanders consuming lots of antibiotics without benefit – study Cleo Fraser (Newshub): Recent study shows New Zealanders over-consuming antibiotics Nicholas Jones (Herald): Warning over hospital meals: ‘Significant risk’ to some patients Raniera Harrison (Māori TV): National Māori genetics research centre unveiled in Kaitāia Herald: Sir John Key puts up Hawaii home for a week to help top Auckland detective Sarah Cato’s cancer fight Dan Dalgety (RNZ): Aretha Franklin’s death shines light on treatment options in NZ Amber-Leigh Woolf (Stuff):Engineering New Zealand call out complacency on drinking water quality Cate Broughton (Stuff): Mentally ill asked to cook noodles to prove they can live on their own Samantha Gee (Stuff): Youth mental health crisis team changes approved by Ministry of Health Kaitlin Ruddock (1News): Controversial restructure of after-hours mental health hotline for Nelson’s young to go ahead Helen Harvey (Stuff): The rise and rise of mental illness among our young 1News: Number of New Zealanders using anti-depressants for other conditions has surged Euthanasia RNZ: Disabilities Commissioner concerned about End of Life Choice bill Carolyn Moynihan (Stuff): No human dignity in killing or being killed Environment and conservation Cherie Sivignon (Nelson Mail): Greens to oppose, Labour to back Waimea dam local bill No Right Turn: Labour supports Muldoonism The Standard: No Waimea dam Anneke Smith (RNZ): Supreme Court ruling protects ‘precious’ Coromandel land Scott Palmer (Newshub): What is 1080, and why do people oppose it? Kurt Bayer (Herald): Poison drops on Molesworth Station suspended after 1080 drop kills dozens of red deer Stuff: Online post says 1080 poison placed at Palmerston North pools and public parks Peter Griffin (Listener): Was former EPA chief scientist Jacqueline Rowarth muzzled? Talisa Kupenga (Māori TV): Marginal and erosion-prone land target of carbon trade scheme Dominic Harris (Stuff): Pollution blamed as Christchurch waterways fall short of quality standards Jono Galuszka (Stuff): Fish and Game tells Horizons to worry about important water issues before trout Brendan McMahon (Greymouth Star): Recyclables to be dumped as landfill at tipping point Thomas Neitzert (Spinoff): Why compostable plastics may be no better for the environment Dave Nicoll (Southland Times): DOC publish redacted documents as part of move to be more ‘transparent’ 1News: New moveable hut planned for Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park Samantha Gee (Stuff): Repairs in storm-hit Abel Tasman National Park hit $1 million mark RNZ: Bay of Plenty: Warning issued over toxic algal bloom Tess Brunton (RNZ): Marine mammal tours begin in Otago Harbour Primary industries Tova O’Brien (NEwshub): Farmers slam MPI’s response to Mycoplasma bovis as an ‘absolutely bloody disgrace’ Mere McLean (Māori TV): Māori Trust Dairy Operation supports new legislation Esther Taunton (Stuff): Law changes give MPI more power in wake of cattle disease Moana Makapelu Lee (Māori TV): No search warrant required to inspect properties for mycoplasma bovis Gerald Piddock (Stuff): Monitoring all Waikato dairy farms would cause a huge rates hike Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Milking it: NZ’s milk price: Who’s getting rich? Anuja Nadkarni (Stuff): Milking It: From the farm to the shelf  Andrew McRae (RNZ): ‘Whistleblowers’ in animal abuse cases need protection – SAFE Eric Frykberg (RNZ): Nurseries and orchards face a $1.5 billion loss, says lawyer Guy Trafford (Interest): Two issues that can no longer be ignored LIam Dann (Herald): Economy Hub: Can our farmers rescue the economy? David Hargreaves (Interest): The Government needs to concede that the creation of Fonterra was the wrong thing to do and start again Fran O’Sullivan (Herald): Why we need grown-ups to lead Fonterra Gerard Hutching (Stuff): Fonterra has destroyed shareholder value: farmers Immigration Anneke Smith (RNZ): ‘Tolerance towards migrants, contact is the most important factor’ RNZ: Immigration policy needs to return to first principles – minister RNZ: Christchurch to be a refugee settlement location again Oliver Lewis (Stuff): Christchurch reinstated as refugee settlement location Katie Fitzgerald and Dave Goosselink (Newshub): Christchurch reinstated as refugee resettlement location Chelsea Boyle (Herald): Christchurch restored as a refugee settlement location Alex Braae (Spinoff): Christchurch open for refugee resettlement, but quota remains underfilled Education Simon Collins (Herald): Tighter University Entrance rules lift university pass rates RNZ: Fee rises for university and polytech students capped at 2 percent John Gerritsen (RNZ): Trade training groups vie with universities for school-leavers Adele Redmond (Stuff):‘Expressions of interest’ sought for Lincoln University, sources claim Aaron Leaman (Stuff): Uni students told to switch off laptops, smartphones during lectures Andre Chumko (Stuff): Women face fraud charges following investigation into Hawke’s Bay kura Tema Hemi (Māori TV): $20mil to build new school for Manukura George Heagney (Manawatū Standard): Manukura gets $20m for new school site Southland Times Editorial: Prosecutions to improve parenting? Education sector pay claims Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Teachers Union falls into same trap as Nurses Union John Roughan (Herald): Teachers’ pay reflects the way they bargain Damien Grant (Stuff): Decades of bureaucratic hand-wringing has delivered a broken system Josephine Franks (Stuff): Teachers with 40 years’ experience stuck on $59,600 because of pay ‘inequality’ 1News: Negotiations must be settled to avoid two-day teacher strike, say National 1News: Over 500 education specialists set to strike next week – ‘Prioritise the needs of children’ Emma Hurley and Alex Baird (Newshub): 550 learning support specialists to strike on Tuesday Emma Hatton (RNZ): Education Ministry special needs staff to strike Infrastructure Richard Harman (Poltik); Jones reinvents the Ministry of Works Dominic Harris (Press): Super-regions or a special tax – how the Government plans to fix New Zealand’s broken water systems Newshub:Interview: Shane Jones (video) Herald: National criticises Government’s infrastructure plan after Shane Jones appears on Newshub Newshub: Interview: Katie Black (video) Thomas Coughlan (Newsroom): Govt in the dark on infrastructure threats 1News: Independent infrastructure entity to be created to provide ‘certainty’ for industry John Anthony (Stuff): Government to set up infrastructure agency to tackle deficit Jason Walls (Interest): Shane Jones ‘opens NZ for business’ with new infrastructure agency RNZ: Long-term strategic thinking was neglected – infrastructure boss RNZ: New infrastructure agency proposed to improve planning, investment Employment Tom Hunt (Stuff): WorkSafe fails to take a prosecution on a single bullying case Catherine Harris and Julie Iles (Stuff): Complacency rises in workplace health and safety, and we’re all to blame RNZ: Scoring system for sick days ‘dubious legally, morally’ Laine Moger (Stuf): Domestic violence bill: Survivor questions its practicality in the workplace Stuff: My boss treated my miscarriage like it was a holiday Stuff: Unlimited sick leave keeping Kiwi employees more honest than not Miranda Burdon (Stuff): Last year only 324 men took parental leave, and it’s an issue Rob Stock (Stuff): Hire women, and men work harder Guy Williams (Stuff): Stop saying the gender pay gap doesn’t exist Free speech, debate Stuart McCutcheon (Herald): Free speech debate must be of higher standard Matt Stewart (Stuff): Free speech battle brews between feminist and trans-activist groups Moana Jackson (E-Tangata): Rethinking free speech Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Review: Dr Cornel West and Douglas Murray: Polarised Media and Broadcasting Regan Paranihi (Māori TV): Unified support for longest-running Māori radio station Te Aniwa Hurihanganui (RNZ): Māori radio station battles iwi to stay open Francine Chen (Spinoff): The new national newspaper devoted to making the invisible visible Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): Let us watch what we want – why NZ On Air needs reining in Tom O’Connor (Waikato Times): Opinion: Social media needs regulating Herald: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to guest edit Suffrage NZ Herald Lizzie Marvelly (Herald): Why British journo has no place in haka debate Warwick Roger dies Bob Harvey (Spinoff): Warwick Roger, Metro founder and giant of NZ journalism Martin Johnston (Herald): Journalists remember Metro magazine’s ‘crusading’, ‘pioneering’ founding editor Warwick Roger who has died Herald: Celebrated journalist and Metro magazine founder Warwick Roger dies Glen McConnell (Stuff): Metro magazine founder Warwick Roger dies RNZ: Metro magazine founder dies at 72 1News: Metro magazine founder Warwick Roger dies aged 72 Communication Ben Thomas (Spinoff): The evidence-based case for more PR in politics Jess Berentson-Shaw (Newshub): Opinion: Why do facts fail? Jess Berentson-Shaw (University of Auckland): Can we teach critical thinking in a post-truth world? Jamie Morton (Herald): A matter of fact: Fighting fake news in a post-truth world Stuff: Kiwi companies pack feel-good images into annual reports Deborah Hill Cone (Herald): Let’s not descend to Parliament’s level Kīngitanga John Boynton (RNZ): Koroneihana wrong time to bring up misspending allegations RNZ: Fraud allegations put aside at Māori King’s koroneihana celebrations RNZ Checkpoint: Rangi McLean supports Māori king coronation media ban Mānia Clarke (Māori TV): Kiingitanga commences Coronation celebrations Treaty settlements Nicholas Jones (Herald): Confidential Treaty settlement document left on Wellington train Mānia Clarke (RNZ): Urban Ngāpuhi want say in proposed treaty mandate Poverty and inequality Stuff: Government monitoring families package impact, amid ‘heartbreaking’ deprivation Māori TV: Record number of food items sent out to schools Hannah Ross (Stuff): Call for fewer pokies near poor communites Transport Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): As pricing changes, AA warns price spreading will be ‘fatal’ for regional fuel tax Chris Knox (Herald): Insights: Who is paying Auckland’s fuel tax? Finn Hogan (Newshub): Transport revolution coming faster than we think – expert Jessica Long (Stuff): Justice Ministry apologises over Wellington’s ‘mess’ of a bus system tweet Virginia Fallon (Stuff): Kāpiti’s new airline takes off: Air Chathams launches new Auckland route Local government Katie Doyle (RNZ): Councillor: Apology for ‘not enough were killed’ comment inadequate Herald: ‘Not enough were killed’: No sanctions for Gisborne councillors over alleged Māori comment 1News: Tauranga City Council taking court action over failed Bella Vista development Matt Shand (Stuff): Companies linked to Bella Vista Homes continued selling houses Matt Shand (Stuff): Bella Vista financials didn’t add up, say ex-staffers and contractors Taroi Black (Māori TV): Tira Hou Marae gets makeover Newshub: Is Auckland performing? (video) Thomas Manch (Stuff): Prominent residents to reveal their dreams for Wellington city Colin Williscroft (Press): Rates bill jumps $1000 after council reviews status of granny flat Liz McDonald (Press): Project 8011 plans to repopulate central Christchurch Drugs Bryan Cadogan (Stuff): It’s time the lower South Island woke up Max Harris (Spinoff): ‘Aren’t we all drug users after all?’: What drug law reform in Portugal can teach NZ Tourism 1News: Tourist spending sees jump of close to $900 million from last year Grant Bradley (Herald): Boom time: Visitor spending up by $880 million Amanda Cropp (Stuf): West Coast rūnanga aims to make freedom camping user-pays Pacific communities RNZ: Pasifika opinions sought in New Zealand survey Meriana Johnsen (RNZ): Call for better Pacific support in New Zealand’s far south Other Northern Advocate: Jones calls for change at Waitangi Treaty Grounds trust Chris Hutching (Stuff): What does it mean for homeowners faced with new risk-based insurance? Indira Stewart (RNZ): Auckland youth hubs face closure despite popularity Philip Matthews (Press Editorial): Don Brash and the cloak of respectability Stuff: Weaver may ‘throw TV out the window’ if Don Brash wins NZer of the Year Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Steel mesh class action could snowball with fresh court action, law firm forecasts Greg Ninness (Interest): Auckland company fined $540,000 for claiming steel reinforcing mesh met earthquake standards when it didn’t RNZ: Company fined half million for misleading on quake strengthening products Aaron Hendry (Noted): The stigma of being a young solo mum: ‘Don’t judge me – talk to me’ David Farrar: Special medals for public servants Te Kuru o te Marama Dewes (Māori TV): Ngāti Oneone re-tell accurate histories of their district Max Christoffersen (Waikato Times): Opinion: Animal abuse should be city business RNZ: Debate over right to change gender on birth certificates Jonathan Marshall (Stuff): Pike River boss Peter Whittall guilt-free, living in Australia Michael Graham (Herald): Kiwi soldier Michael Graham tells of secret SAS missions RNZ: New house to help prevent violence to open in Papakura RNZ: Plaudits for Shane Jones should be offset by his antics at Question Time Herald: PM and former PM catches up amid filming for Women’s Suffrage campaign Herald: Andrew Little opens up about his New Zealand-famous beard Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): Chow brothers ‘treated like naughty children’ in removal from Rich List Astrid Austin (Hawke’s Bay Today): Brian Tamaki: Hawke’s Bay men asked to ‘man up’]]>