Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – August 24 2018


Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – August 24 2018

Editor’s Note: Here below is a list of the main issues currently under discussion in New Zealand and links to media coverage.

The Beehive and Parliament Buildings.

Simon Bridges expenses leak
Jane Patterson (RNZ): Leak saga reveals a party with serious internal problems
RNZ: Bridges: Police know identity of texter claiming expense leak
1News: ‘Ultimately, I don’t know who this is’ – Simon Bridges says police know the identity of expenses leaker
RNZ: Watch: Simon Bridges reacts to expense leak development
Newshub: Simon Bridges wants investigation into leaker continued despite mental health plea
Jason Walls (Interest): Bridges’ leaker investigation to continue, despite police knowing their identity
Jo Moir (RNZ): Exclusive: Text plea to call off Bridges expense leak inquiry
Herald: National Party member claims they leaked Simon Bridges’ expenses: report
Newshub: Simon Bridges’ expenses leaker sends anonymous text pleading for end to inquiry
Herald: Mallard responds to alleged National Party text on Simon Bridges expenses leak
Cameron Slater: Who’s National’s dirty little leaker?
Herald: Former solicitor-general Michael Heron, QC, to lead Simon Bridges’ expenses leak inquiry
Stacey Kirk (Stuff): Former solicitor general to investigate leak of Simon Bridges’ expenses
RNZ: Former solicitor-general to lead inquiry into Bridges’ expenses leak
Lucy Bennett (Herald): Release of ministers’ expenses delayed by Internal Affairs oversight

Justice and police
David Fisher (Herald): Kelvin Davis: Letting prisoners vote brings them closer to society and takes them further from crime
Tom Noakes-Dunca (Newsroom): Keep talking until justice is done
Rosemary McLeod (Stuff): If you feel your life is valueless, why wouldn’t you turn to drugs, crime and junk food
Chris Trotter (Daily Blog): The Summit Of Folly: Why ‘Middle New Zealand” Will Have The Last Word On Crime And Punishment
Asher Emanuel (Spinoff): Media are critical in criminal justice thinking. So how did they cover the big summit?
Dan Satherley (Newshub): Labour MP defends justice summit
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Nothing will derail Justice reform like the Woke Left
Liz Gordon (Daily Blog): Another cat rescued from dangerous tree
David Fisher (Herald): Act’s David Seymour says give inmates access to key programmes blocked by glitch in Three Strikes law
1News: Inside Parliament: A close-up look at the Government’s Criminal Justice Summit (video)
RNZ: ‘Restoring mana’ can cut Māori prison numbers – Little
Jim Rose (Herald): Andrew Little’s view put to test by world trends
David Farrar: An excellent case for the first maximum no parole sentence
Phil Pennington (RNZ): Family Court judges raised concerns with new Ministry 10 times

Simon Collins (Herald): $65m Government bailouts for Unitec and Whitireia polytechnics
John Gerritsen (RNZ): Unitec and Whitireia need massive government bailouts
Newshub: Auckland’s Unitec and Whitireia get millions in Government boost
Jessica Long (Stuff): Poor financial health sees Government stump up with cash for Whitireia, Unitec
Josephine Franks (Stuff): $50 million cash injection for Unitec
Hamish McNeilly (Stuff): Otago uni redundancies cost $11.3m over five years
John Milford (Stuff): The gap between what business needs and what is being taught in our institutions
Peter McKenzie (Newsroom): Why students are so angry about mental health
1News: Wellington students lauch #MeToo blog in bid to make university experience safer
Leah Te Whata (Māori TV): Hato Petera closure not certain
Eden More (RNZ): ‘The question is, what happens next?’
Simon Collins (Herald): Hato Petera College supporters urge Education Minister Chris Hipkins to keep the school open
Eden More (RNZ): Local iwi fight for Māori catholic school to stay open
Kendall Hutt (Stuff): Education Minister Chris Hipkins hears from community on future of Hato Pētera College
Cherie Sivignon (Stuff): Salisbury School tips roll increase after Government announces wider access
Herald: Rosehill College school brawl: Mongrel Mob and Black Power at centre of claims
Tarannum Shaikh and Melanie Earley (Stuff): Police called to Auckland’s Rosehill College after reports of students fighting
Newshub: Auckland’s Rosehill College goes into lockdown amid school fight
Newshub: Rosehill College brawl: Alarming new footage captures scale of frenzied punch-up
Debbie Jamieson (Stuff): Cross country run optional at some schools to look after children’s ’emotional wellbeing’
Tema Hemi (Māori TV): Making maths fun for tamariki
Alice Angeloni (Stuff): Learning support strike a far cry from teacher strike
Jai Breitnauer (Spinoff): The treatment of teacher aids is a feminist issue
Mike Watson (Stuff): Hacker uses fake invoice to steal $53,000 earmarked for child care centre

Greg Boyed, depression
1News: Greg Boyed’s Banana news colleagues pay touching tribute to much loved presenter
Herald: Newstalk ZB’s Niva Retimanu remembers long-time friend Greg Boyed
Belinda Feek (Herald): Employers and colleagues play important role in care, Rawdon Christie about mate Greg Boyed
Stuff: Greg Boyed: Managers have a duty to care for employees, says Rawdon Christie
Herald: Greg Boyed’s death raises issues of mental health in the workplace – most employers won’t know
Belinda Feek (Herald): ‘He was a trusted voice’ – Mental Health Foundation
Philip Matthews (Press Editorial): There really is depression in New Zealand
Bill Ralston (Stuff): Many of us knew Greg Boyed. We didn’t know he had struggled for years with depression
Belinda Feek (Herald): More support needed for those with low to moderate mental illness
Stuff: Depression isn’t always visible – here’s how you can help
Mānia Clarke (Māori TV): Depression: a silent battle
Zoe Hunter (Bay of Plenty Times): Greg Boyed’s death sparks reminder to reach out to loved ones
Eleanor Ainge Roy *Guardian): ‘We need to change’: Death of New Zealand newsreader puts spotlight on depression
Aaron Hendry (Spinoff): Stop whispering: It’s time we all started talking openly about suicide
Newshub: Former Waitakere Mayor Sir Bob Harvey opens up about his struggle with depression

Foreign affairs and trade
Richard Harman (Politik): What happens if the Australians elect Donald Trump
Lucy Bennett (Herald): TransTasman relationship strong regardless who Australian leader, Ardern says
Stuff: Jacinda Ardern weighs in to reassure NZ over Australia’s leadership drama
Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): Aussie politicians – they like a blood soaked carpet
Mitch McCann (Newshub): Julie Bishop entering Australian leadership race – reports
Gareth Hughes (Spinoff): The ‘Straya spills prove that MMP was one of the best decisions NZ ever made
Dan Satherley (Newshub): Australia’s constant leadership spills prove just how good MMP is – Labour MP
RNZ: NZ Foreign Minister goes to Vanuatu
Amber-Leigh Woolf (Stuff): Polish President opens square in memory of Polish orphans
Eva Corlett (RNZ): Polish president faces protest on Wellington visit

Primary industries
1News: Concerns raised over intensive winter feeding after cattle left unable to move in knee-deep mud
RNZ Checkpoint: NZ’s largest feedlot: ‘We take great care of our animals’
Don Rowe (Spinoff): Why you should give a damn about feedlots
Herald: MPI issues M. bovis notice to Anzco Foods’ Five Star Beef feedlot in Canterbury
Julie Iles (Stuff): Five Star Beef notified of 44 suspected cases of Mycoplasma bovis on feedlot
Mike Joy (Newsroom):Why irrigation dams are a dumb idea
Herald Editorial: Farmers face a tougher climate
Moana Makapelu Lee (Māori TV): Govt initiative to support farmers and farming practices

Laine Moger (Stuff): Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern visits midwives following $305m announcement
Newshub: Auckland hospitals get $305m for repairs and upgrades
1News: PM announces Auckland DHB hospitals to get $305 million infrastructure upgrade
RNZ: Auckland hospital buildings to get $305m upgrade
Libby Wilson (Stuff): New mental health unit: on Waikato Hospital grounds, or not?
Emma Russell (Herald): Middlemore Hospital staff raise concerns over bosses ‘relaxed response’ to swine flu outbreak
Oliver Lewis (Stuff): Nurses accuse health board of failing to take sexual harassment seriously
Oliver Lewis (Stuff): Planning changes result in delays for stranded mental health services
Alexander Gillespie (Dominion Post): Medicinal cannabis drugs should be in doctors’ toolbox
Shereen Moloney (Herald): Let’s rethink dementia approach
Catherine Harris (Stuff): Plumbers raise flag over lead contamination in drinking water from dodgy taps
George Heagney (Dominion Post): Helpful or harmful: euthanasia debate comes to Manawatū
Newshub: David Seymour invites Winston Peters and Marama Davidson to jump off a building with him

MP salaries
John Armstrong (1News): Ardern’s freeze on MPs’ pay defused a political time-bomb – but praise was unjustified
1News: Inside Parliament opinion: Was Jacinda Ardern’s call to freeze MPs’ pay a reaction to recent strikes? (video)
Scott Palmer (Newshub): How much are New Zealand’s MPs really worth?
Michael Reddell: Paying MPs

Matthew Hooton (Herald): Fewer tweets, more bold ideas from The Opportunities Party
Bryce Edwards (Herald): Political Roundup: Who’s going to vote for TOP?

Peter Dunne (Newsroom): Greens paying for not playing hard to get
Lucy Bennett (Herald): No independent advice on Provincial Growth Fund coalition commitments
Kyle MacDonald (Herald):Is Jacinda Ardern guilty of ‘virtue signalling’?

Environment and conservation
Amber-Leigh Woolf (Stuff): New Zealand’s native frogs are in ‘grave danger’ and face extinction, report says
Lois Williams (RNZ): DOC and scientists hatch plan to tackle kauri dieback in Northland
Jessica Tyson (Māori TV): Calls for Māui dolphin protection at top of the South Island
Isobel Ewing (Newshub): Fairy tern nesting: NZ’s most endangered bird gets helping hand
Jamie Morton (Herald): The colour of our lakes – as seen from space
Andrew McRae (RNZ): Approval given for wasp to be used if there is a brown stink bug invasion
Dave Nicoll (Southland Times): Conservation board wants more support for DOC
1News: Where will New Zealand’s next Great Walk be?
Stuff: Waikato River Authority joins forces with Rowing NZ to help restore Lake Karapiro
Daniel Hutchinson (Stuff): Professor says Lake Taupō should be lowered for flood protection
Dominic Harris (Stuff): Final straw looming as Christchurch wages war on plastic
Newshub: Christchurch City Council plans to make the Garden City plastic straw free by 2019
Colin Williscroft (Southland Times): 100% Pure NZ ad man says subdivision will destroy goose that laid the golden egg

Jim Tucker (Taranaki Daily News): Why freedom of speech survives, and a tribute to Warwick Roger
Tim Murphy (Newsroom): The $36 million question
Herald: NZME posts $23.2m EBITDA, chief executive Michael Boggs expands on paywall plans
RNZ: NZME profit falls by more than half
1News: TVNZ announces lift in earnings, reporting a strong year for audience and advertising
Tamsyn Parker (Herald): TVNZ gives staff $1000 bonus as profit jumps to $5.1m
Herald: Sky TV reports $240 million loss, sheds 11,000 more subscribers
Gyle Beckford (RNZ): Sky TV reports hefty loss after $360m write-off

Corzaon Miller (Herald): Death on the Street: Homeless die from asthma, hypothermia and other treatable conditions
Thomas Manch and Collette Devlin (Stuff): Wellington Night Shelter seeks Government funding for remodelling
Jenée Tibshraeny (Interest): A housing stocktake by Auckland Council’s chief economist
Jared Nicoll (Dominion Post): Recycling bin request sees council discover house that wasn’t being charged rates
Jacob McSweeny (Wanganui Chronicle): The Rent Centre fined $34,000 for not lodging bonds and other breaches of tenancy law
Jacob McSweeny (Wanganui Chronicle): The Rent Centre director says company has cleaned up its act

Kate Gudsell (RNZ): Air New Zealand urged to rethink services to regions
Grant Bradley (Herald): More challenges ahead, Auckland Airport boss tells passengers
Katie Fitzgerald (Newshub): Skypath advocate welcomes funding announcement from Government
Jessie Chiang (RNZ): SkyPath still has safety issues, say community groups
Nick Truebridge (Stuff): Government announces it will fund and build SkyPath along Auckland Harbour Bridge, but cannot give completion date
RNZ: SkyPath across Auckland Harbour Bridge to get $67m in funding
Dan Satherley (Newshub): Government pledges $67m to build SkyPath cycleway
Dan Dalgety (RNZ): Canterbury councils team up for carbon neutral public transport
Newshub: Christchurch’s billion dollar regional public transport plan
Simon Wilson (Herald): How to fix the hospital bus
Newstalk ZBWatch: Adorable video shows family of ducks crossing Auckland’s Northern Motorway

Local government
Talisa Kupenga (Māori TV): Gisborne District Councillor accused of racist remarks named
RNZ: Councillor denies making racist comments
Herald: Auckland Council rates team to reach out to revaluation objectors
Charlie Dreaver (RNZ): Parking fees cause council argument over church and state
Todd Niall (Stuff): Waiheke politician takes leave of absence over charges
Dominic Harris (Press): UV treatment to replace chlorine at key Chch water pump station

Tamsyn Parker (Herald): Hard sell at the bank – has it gone too far?
Tamsyn Parker (Herald): Bankrupt farmer calls for NZ bank inquiry
Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): NZ Super and ACC issue legal threat to NZ Post over Kiwibank’s IT troubles

Building and construction, safety
Newshub: Insurance Council concerned over lack of fire safety in tall buildings
Phil Pennington (RNZ): Fire protection measures need revamp – Insurance Council
Thomas Mead (Newshub): Christchurch building company goes under
David Hargreaves (Interest): Fletcher Building CEO says Government’s flagship housing programme is both a threat and an opportunity for his company
Robin Martin (RNZ): New Plymouth stadium owner considering legal options

Peter Dunne: National is beginning to look exposed
1News: Aliens unlikely in our lifetime but ‘could be down the road for our successors’
Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): 12 million reasons why this Government earthquake payouts are dangerously naive
Brian Fallow (Herald): Migration torrent slows – but only just
Bayley Moor (Stuff): Former MP Dover Samuels said Ngāpuhi leadership ‘mana munching’
Alice Angeloni (Marlborough Express): Green around the edges: Green Party members take winter ‘hiatus’
Herald: Fire trucks told to slowdown or risk police prosecution, union warns
Koroi Hawkins (RNZ): Helen Clark urges Solomons parties to support women

Dr Bryce Edwards is a political scientist and a lecturer in Politics.