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Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – August 21 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] Salary freeze for MPs Stacey Kirk (Stuff): MPs need more pay like a hole in the head Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): Pay freeze an easy move for Jacinda Ardern to sound altruistic Mike Hosking: MPs’ pay freeze nothing more than PR fluff Newshub: Government considering changing MP pay rises to every three years Newshub: MP salaries need fixed three year terms – Peter Dunne 1News: Jacinda Ardern says raising MP salaries is ‘not keeping with public expectations’ RNZ: MPs’ pay freeze about doing what’s right – PM Chris Bramwell (RNZ): Broad political support for MP pay freeze Audrey Young (Herald): Watch: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announces salary freeze for MPs Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): Pay freeze for MPs following ‘unacceptable’ proposal 1News: Jacinda Ardern announces a pay freeze on MP salaries, after Remuneration Authority recommends 3 per cent hike Stacey Kirk (Stuff): Government freezes MPs pay amid multiple pay negotiations with educators, police Chris Bramwell (RNZ): MPs’ salaries to be frozen for a year Jason Walls (Interest): PM freezes MPs pay increases until she can find a ‘fairer formula’ Emma Hurley (Newshub): Government to freeze MPs’ salaries, allowances for a year Newstalk ZB: Grant Robertson: Closing gap between highest and lowest paid ‘priority’ (audio) No Right Turn: Frozen Greg Presland (The Standard): Ardern announces salary freeze for MPs Justice 1News: Jacinda Ardern wants ‘heavily politicised’ justice system based more on evidence than public reaction to crimes Gia Garrick (RNZ): ‘We’ve talked about this for decades and still haven’t made changes’ Sam Sachdeva (Stuff): Politics and sentiment: the challenge of justice reform David Fisher (Herald): Prisons a ‘moral and fiscal failure’ Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says 1News: ‘We all realise that prisons are a moral and fiscal failure’ – Jacinda Ardern opens Criminal Justice Summit Stacey Kirk (Stuff): Govt’s criminal justice summit launched with promise of long-term reform Garth McVicar (Herald): Prison summit will ignore a prime cause of crime Colin Williscroft (Stuff): National forensics plan raises miscarriage of justice fears Herald: New contracts will improve coronial post-mortem services across NZ – Ministry of Justice Police Newshub: Meth, family violence, and gang crime: What south Auckland’s new cops face on frontline Kate Gudsell (RNZ): New police officers need to ‘walk alongside the community’ Jessica Tyson (Māori TV): Extra police officers won’t make NZ safer says advocacy group Herald: Police Commissioner Mike Bush announces 1800 new cops Newshub: Where the extra 1800 police officers will go Laura Walters (Stuff): Where the extra 1800 cops are going 1News: Police numbers see ‘significant boost’ after 1800 added around country RNZ: ‘A huge difference to combat the methamphetamine scourge’ The Opportunities Party Richard Harman (Politik): Why TOP will not be much help to National Liam Hehir (Stuff): Opportunities Party faces significant challenges Toby Manhire (Spinoff): TOP is not dead after all, and Simon Bridges is pretty damn happy about that Brigitte Morten (RNZ): TOP’s resurgence: What are its prospects? RNZ: TOP revives plans to contest 2020 election Michael Daly (Stuff): The Opportunities Party decides it isn’t riding off into the sunset Greens Chris Trotter (Daily Blog): This Is Your Green Captain: We Are Going Down. Bryce Edwards (Herald): Political Roundup: The Green Party goes greener Yvette McCullough (Newstalk ZB): Is slow progress worth the payoff for the Greens? 1News: Mining on DOC land, protecting fallen native timber and water rights – where the Green Party sits 1News: Green Party ‘really happy with the wins’, says James Shaw, despite having to swallow dead rat Herald: Pregnant Julie Anne Genter’s cycle to hospital makes world-wide headlines Newshub: Green MP Julie Anne Genter’s bike ride to give birth draws global attention Steven Cowan: A bluer shade of green  No Right Turn: Small victories Waste Lisette Reymer (Newshub): Former working group exasperated by Government’s new waste scheme Andrew Dickens (Newstalk ZB): Greens’ waste policy too simplistic RNZ: Tyres pollution: Some collectors ignore disposal rules Jessica Tyson (Māori TV): Govt’s new programme to tackle NZ’s waste problem 1News: Government expands waste minimisation plan with $3.1m grant Gerald Piddock (Stuff): A blueprint for solving New Zealand’s waste problem Carla Penman (Herald): 40,000 tonnes of Auckland’s plastic waste to be turned into concrete from end of 2019 Foreign affairs and trade Audrey Young (Herald): Jacinda Ardern turns up heat over asylum seekers as Peters heads to Canberra in the midst of political turmoil 1News: Winston Peters talks trans-Tasman friendship ahead of Canberra meeting with Australian counterparts Philip Matthews (Press Editorial): Taking the Nauru kids makes moral and political sense Laura Walters (Stuff): Jacinda Ardern: NZ can’t save kids detained on Nauru Chris Bramwell (RNZ): Plea to save families on Nauru: ‘This is an emergency for those children’ James Harris (Spinoff): In a few days, NZ has a chance to rescue the betrayed children of Nauru Martin van Beynen (Stuff): Antarctica NZ chief executive Peter Beggs was sacked RNZ:Antarctica NZ head resigns Māori seats Dan Satherley (Newshub): NZ First may back entrenchment of Māori seats – if there’s a referendum first Point of Order: All this politicking about Māori seats – will Massey staff and students be able to discuss it? Primary and extractive industries BusinessDesk: Onshore exploration date shifts as Govt buffers position Zac Fleming (RNZ): SAFE calls for end to feedlots Jennifer Eder (Stuff): Dirty dairy report: Compliance team scores ‘C’ for ‘see you next year’ Christine Mckay (Hawke’s Bay Today): Horizons’ proposed One Plan changes could avert $105m hit to Tararua economy Farah Hancock (Newsroom): Tōtara project sets sights on sustainable timber Tim Miller (ODT): Protests too late: farm owner Keith Woodford (Interest): Why is Fonterra so bad at international ventures? Carla Penman (Herald): Buy your milk at dairies, force supermarkets to compete on price, says Federated Farmers Business, economy Grant Robertson (Herald): Govt’s aim an economy fit for the 21st century RNZ: Investor confidence at two-year low – survey Herald: New Zealand’s boardroom diversity debate ‘stuck’, says Mai Chen BusinessDesk: Scant FMA oversight drags out investigations ‘in deepest secrecy’ Health Logan Church RNZ): Ageing population puts pressure on dementia beds RNZ: Dementia sufferers in care lack legal safeguards – report Herald: New report raises human rights concerns for elderly people held in secure dementia units Ripeka Timutimu (Māori TV): Government to regulate vaping Dave Armstrong (Stuff): If dental professionals, hardly fringe radicals, are calling for a tax on sugar we should at least listen Hannah Martin (Stuff): ‘The rot needs to stop’: school dental services failing New Zealand children Bernard Orsman (Herald): Elderly rise up against axing of bus drop-off point at Greenlane Clinical Centre Ben Strang (RNZ): Hospital’s poor care of teen who died after car crash: report Imran Ali (Herald): Whangārei medical centre offers patients video consultations Education Simon Collins (Herald): Year 13 ‘dual pathways’ scrapped to fund 1060 extra trades academies places Simon Collins (Herald): Botany Downs College students rebel against digital NCEA exam Simon Collins (Herald): Ngāti Paoa group ‘repossesses’ Northcote’s Hato Petera College 1News: Around 850 specialist school workers including psychologists and speech therapists to strike today Adele Redmond (Stuff): School support specialists set to strike in protest of low pay and high caseloads Alwyn Poole (Stuff): Striking teachers have lost the war, even if they win a small pay battle Zizi Sparks (Rotorua Daily Post): Several Rotorua principals to leave positions in 2018 Zoe Hunter (Bay of Plenty Times): Heavy workload leads Kaimai School principal Dane Robertson to quit Kate Hawkesby (Newstalk ZB): When principals quit to drive a tow truck we have a problem Jacob McSweeny (Wanganui Chronicle): Parents frustrated teacher’s baby in classroom but Kaitoke School says it has been congratulated for ‘holistic’ approach to teaching Tom Hunt (Stuff): Teacher sexually harassed by Upper Hutt students speaks out about upskirt incident Mānia Clarke (Māori TV): TWOA welcomes new CEO Te Ururoa Flavell Regan Paranihi (Māori TV): Te Ururoa Flavell set to start new role at TWoA Nikki Preston (Herald): Waikato polytech chief executive on sick leave for extended period Michelle Duff (Stuff): No problem with sexual misconduct policy, Victoria University of Wellington tells students Housing ODT Editorial: The foreign ownership conundrum Zane Small (Newshub): NZ’s foreign buyers’ ban influenced by ‘new US Civil War’ – author Catherine Harris (Stuff): Is regulation looming for property managers? One says yes. Paul MItchell (Manawatū Standard): Palmerston North’s Watson Real Estate calls for regulation of ‘Wild West’ of property management Treaty settlements Kim Webby (Māori TV): Treaty process ‘dirty deals, done dirt cheap’ Moana Makapelu Lee (Māori TV): Tauranga Moana says talks with Hauraki ‘pointless Leigh-Marama McLachlan (RNZ): ‘We did not want to be held ransom by a process’ Immigration and refugees Sophie Bateman (Newshub): Fijian woman charged with human trafficking to New Zealand 1News: Fijian woman charged with human trafficking to NZ where victims were ‘heavily exploited’ RNZ: Woman in Fiji remanded over NZ human trafficking case RNZ: Women Caring for Women Free speech, debate Martin van Beynen: Taboo subjects need the fresh air of discussion Janet Anderson-Bidois (Herald): Free speech debate needs to get facts right David Farrar: Massey academic laments deplatforming Jonny Wilkinson (Northern Advocate): Shedding a different light on speech marks Grant Shimmin (Stuff): In the digital age, discernment is as important to democracy as free speech Wayne Hope (Daily Blog): Clash of Civilities – review of Dr Cornel West & Douglas Murray Local government Andre Chumko (Stuff): Racism row at Gisborne council: ‘Not enough Māori killed’ comment leads to rally Phil Pennington (RNZ): Towns seek to break away from Horowhenua District Council 1News: Tauranga City Council reach settlement with one owner of property in failed Bella Vista subdivision 1News: Council to spend $30,000 on Northland cleanup after historic site discovered with illegally dumped rubbish Laura Dooney (RNZ): Push to keep free weekend parking in Wellington Environment and conservation Georgia May (Hawke’s Bay Today): Rainbow Warrior coming to Napier as Greenpeace celebrates oil and gas ban Southland Times Editorial: Who, can we say, is asking? Newshub: Illegal species trade targeting New Zealand 1News: Leopard seal left badly bloodied in suspected dog attack near Wellington Emma Moffett (RNZ): Time to step up to save NZ whitebait Waatea News: Maori sidelined in whitebait debate Fallen servicemen, baby boy repatriated NIta Blake-Persen (RNZ): Ceremony in Malaysia marks return of NZ soldiers’ remains Newshub: 3mo baby’s body arrives back in New Zealand Transport Aimee Shaw (Herald): Why Auckland Mobil stations 2km apart have a 19 cents per litre fuel-price difference Laura Tupou (Newshub): Aucklanders say motorway repairs are damaging their homes 1News: South Auckland homeowners claim motorway widening work damaging their homes Tim Murphy (Newsroom): Air NZ 787 engines still under scrutiny Katie Doyle (RNZ): New Kāpiti flight service to Auckland begins Tom Furley (RNZ): Global pilot shortage affects NZ Tourism 1News: Tourism industry moves to attract more young workers to stave off threat to NZ’s biggest earner RNZ: French Polynesia hails Māori investment in Tahiti tourism Jacinda Ardern Lyn Webster (Waikato Times): Feel a bit ripped off by Ardern Newshub: Jacinda Ardern reveals the extent baby Neve has changed her and partner Clarke Gayford’s sleep Other 1News: Disabled people three times less likely to be employed Joel Ineson (Stuff): Work and Income promotes ‘patronising’ investigator who wrongfully axed mother’s benefit BusinessDesk: Robertson targets the missing million in upcoming KiwiSaver review 1News: ‘Unfinished business’ – Pike River families furious Peter Whittall won’t admit guilt ahead of possible manslaughter charges Raniera Harrison (Māori TV): Ministerial calls for axing of Waitangi National Trust financial arm Patrick O”Meara (RNZ): Kiwis love a bargain, but are we getting ripped off? Simon Wilson (Herald) Warwick Roger: A storyteller’s devotion to good journalism John Minto (Daily Blog): Imagine if the rich listers paid the same tax rates as beneficiaries… RNZ: Helen Clark in Solomons to encourage women candidates Joel Maxwell (Dominion Post): You’re never too old to become a better you Richard MacManus (Newsroom): More to crowdfunding than just free beer Newshub: Lawyer campaigning for parents to be allowed to name kids Justice Stuff: HELL pizza tackles discrimination against LGBTIQA+ community]]>