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Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – August 27 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] Simon Bridges expenses leak Newshub: ‘Please tell me’ who leaked my expenses – Simon Bridges 1News: Simon Bridges hits out at Speaker Trevor Mallard over expenses inquiry cancellation, Winston Peters’ ‘fake news’ Jo Moir (Stuff): National to push ahead with its own inquiry into expense leak Leith Huffadine (Stuff): National Party continues with Simon Bridges expenses leak inquiry Audrey Young (Herald): Simon Bridges says if leaking issue is not resolved, Trevor Mallard is to blame Richard Harman (Politik): National turns on the Speaker Audrey Young (Herald): National leader Simon Bridges loses control of leak inquiry Bryce Edwards (RNZ): Expenses saga turns to political capital for Bridges Tim Watkin (Pundit): Time for leaker to come clean and get help Barry Soper (Herald): Someone’s out to get Simon Bridges. They’ll likely succeed Heather du Plessis-Allan (Herald): Clock is ticking for Simon Bridges Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): Simon Bridges hopelessly exposed on leak Herald Editorial: The strange case of Simon Bridges’ inquiry bill just got a little stranger Lucy Bennett (Herald): Speaker Trevor Mallard ‘obfuscating’ on Simon Bridges leak inquiry, Gerry Brownlee says David Farrar: Mallard calls inquiry off Tova O’Brien (Newshub): Bridges should have called off inquiry himself RNZ: Speaker calls off Bridges expenses inquiry Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): Bridges leak inquiry called off after text Stacey Kirk (Stuff): Inquiry into Simon Bridges’ expenses leak called off Moana Makapelu Lee (Māori TV): Speaker calls off inquiry into Simon Bridges expenses leak Terry Sarten (Herald): Politicians are going places … at our expense Clare Curran demoted Jonathan Milne (Stuff): Public can have no confidence in broadcast minister – and neither can Prime Minister John Drinnan: Why Did Jacinda Ardern Go Soft On Curran? Audrey Young (Herald): Jacinda Ardern’s punishment for Clare Curran proportionate Tim Murphy (Newsroom): Ardern pushes the half-eject button Newshub: Why wasn’t Clare Curran stripped of all her portfolios? RNZ: Gerry Brownlee questions ‘minimum’ sanction for Clare Curran Newstalk Zb: Political commentator: PM didn’t go far enough over Curran Martin Johnston (Herald): Minister Clare Curran’s forgotten meeting to cost her $46,000 a year in lost salary John Roughan (Herald) Editorial: Jacinda Ardern has ‘sacked’ her first minister Kate Hawkesby (Newstalk ZB): More concerning than a flaky Clare Curran is a soft Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern RNZ: Clare Curran: ‘I’ve let myself down’ Nicholas Jones (Herald): Clare Curran sacked from Cabinet, PM Jacinda Ardern announces Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): Curran sacked from Cabinet by PM Stuff: Jacinda Ardern announces Clare Curran removed from Cabinet Emma Hurley (Newshub): Prime Minister removes Clare Curran from Cabinet Māori TV): Curran removed from Cabinet after second failure to declare David Farrar: Curran demoted after a further secret meeting Alison Mau (Stuff): Please Prime Minister, don’t let a great opportunity pass you by Parliament Tracy Watkins (Stuff): Prime Minister, Speaker fumble political bombshells David Farrar: Watkins critical of PM and Speaker Stacey Kirk (Stuff): The foreboding sense there’s more to come in two capital scandals Phil Smith (RNZ): Anatomy of a minister’s office: what happens in the Beehive? Tracy Watkins (Stuff): Below the beltway Australia RNZ: New Aus PM knows NZ political psyche Dominion Post Editorial: We can’t depend on the Aussies Audrey Young (Herald): Thank you Australia for making us appreciate what we have here Audrey Young (Herald): NZ breathes collective sigh of relief at Australia’s choice of Prime Minister, Scott Morrison Newshub: Will Australia take up NZ’s refugee offer now? Herald: Australia’s next PM made his name on turning back refugees Fran O’Sullivan (Herald): Jacinda Ardern must lead rebuild of strong ties with Australia Lucy Bennett (Herald): Ardern hopeful of strong relationship with new Australian PM Scott Morrison Mitch McCann (Newshub): Scott Morrison to become Australia’s new Prime Minister ODT Editorial: A new PM, a new challenge Brigitte Morten (RNZ): Aus political process a factional mess RNZ: Australia’s foreign minister resigns from Cabinet Eleanor Ainge Roy (Guardian):‘Unlucky country’: New Zealand has fun as Australia’s political gloom deepens Herald: Clarke Gayford takes on board Aussie’s advice Zane Small (Newshub): Amid political chaos, has Australia lost its ‘Lucky Country’ crown? John Roughan (Heald): Swallow the leader Oz’s new national sport Andrew Gunn (Stuff): New Aussie policy – deport all crims to NZ Foreign affairs and trade Alexander Gillespie (Newshub): Opinion: How does chaos in Washington affect New Zealand? Newshub: Interview: Scott Brown (video) Newshub: ‘President Trump hasn’t got a fair go from day one’ – US Ambassador RNZ: US ambassador says he’s arguing NZ’s case for tariff exemption RNZ: US officials to meet with Pacific Forum leaders in Nauru James Croot (Stuff): Sam Neill: Why New Zealand needs to take the lead in the Pacific Martin van Beynen (Stuff): Whisky on ice: The downfall of Antarctica NZ’s bon vivant Herald: Foreign Minister Winston Peters pays tribute to US Senator John McCain Dileepa Fonseka and Anna Loren (Stuff): ‘A hero, a leader’: NZ politicians, dignitaries remember US senator John McCain Simon Hartley (ODT): $4.44b annual trade balance highest in nine years Suicide, depression, mental health Barry Taylor (Stuff): From sad blokes to well men: how to tackle New Zealand’s depression crisis Hannah Norton (Herald): An open letter to NZ men considering suicide: You are so loved Shaun Robinson (RNZ): Suicide prevention strategies need more resources Brad Flahive (Stuff): Māori suicide rate the highest its ever been. What are we missing? RNZ: Māori suicide prevention groups want more support Brad Flahive (Stuff): New Zealand suicide rate highest since records began Chelsea Boyle (Herald): New Zealand suicides highest since records began RNZ: Number of deaths by suicide increase for fourth year in a row Cate Broughton and Michael Hayward (Stuff): Canterbury suicide numbers increase for fourth year Cate Broughton (Stuff): Men with mental health challenges face uncertain future as hostel home of 12 years closes 1News: Psychologist Nigel Latta calls for mindfulness to be taught in every NZ school Chlöe Swarbrick (Herald): There’s a responsibility to be frank and real about mental health Oscar Kightley (Stuff): New Zealand, we have a problem Michael Daly (Stuff): Learning to love yourself after surviving a suicide attempt Stuff: Depression: I suffer in silence because I am ashamed Stuff: Polly Gillespie shares her own depression battle, laments state of New Zealand mental health system Tamsyn Parker (Herald): TVNZ boss Kevin Kenrick on Greg Boyed: ‘It will bring us together more’ Duncan Garner (Stuff): Let Greg Boyed be the reason we start finding solutions Deborah Hill Cone (Herald): The things unsaid about the death of Greg Boyed Jack Tame (Herald): Greg Boyed’s death is a reminder of life’s fickle nature Greg Boyed and Warwick Roger obituaries Phil Vine (Stuff): Greg Boyed: An obituary Karl du Fresne (Dominion Post): Warwick Roger: audacious, combative and hugely influential journalist Justice Liam Martin (Herald): Myths don’t do us justice; we need to share facts Newshub: We need more conversations about institutional racism – Corrections Minister (interview) Newshub: Interview: Kelvin Davis Catriona MacLennan (Newsroom): A few concerns with justice reforms Chris Trotter: The Summit Of Folly: Why ‘Middle New Zealand” Will Have The Last Word On Crime And Punishment. Damien Grant (Stuff): Prison does not change you – I know from personal experience Alison Mau (Stuff): New Zealand needs to shut down its prisons – or blow them up Ben Strong (RNZ): ‘If gangs are part of the problem, they should be part of the solution’ Bess Manson (Stuff): ‘Broken justice system’ ignites rage in reformer Julia Whaipooti’s soul Joel Maxwell (Stuff): Before you judge, take a trip to your nearest courthouse Newshub: Upper Hutt mayor calls for calm over child sex offender housing Anne Marie May (RNZ): Housing of ex-cons on prison grounds upsets locals Melissa Davies and Finn Hogan (Newshub): Taranaki mother’s agonisingly long struggle to clear her name for killing child Employment and migrant exploitation Newshub: Migrant workers should be paid more – Immigration Minister Eva Corlett, (RNZ): Filipino construction workers – ‘We made life terrible for them’ Newshub: ‘Alarming’ exploitation of Filipino construction workers – report Herald: ‘We didn’t look after them’: Filipino construction workers face low pay, poor housing issues – report Jonathan Guildford (Press): Report outlines discriminatory practices for migrants in the construction sector Herald: Auckland concrete truck drivers strike, claiming poor pay, conditions and treatment of migrant workers Newshub: Pallet workers to strike because the ‘pay is so low’ Bruce Cotterill (Stuff): Wages must represent value rather than fairness Primary industries and animal cruelty Rod Oram (Newsroom): Time to transform our global food systems Kirsty Johnston (Herald): Pregnant cows ‘suffering’ for calf blood industry – insider Lynda Hallinan (Stuff): Grainwashing: The inconvenient truth of Wakanui beef Eloise Gibson (Newsroom): Cows as office workers, in cubicles Glen Herud (Stuff): Milking it: It’s not ‘anti-farmer’ to want better for cows and calves  Gerard Hutching (Stuff): Milking it: The true cost of dairy on the environment Charlie Dreaver (RNZ): Financial incentives no silver bullet for sustainable agriculture – study RNZ: Insight: Farmland – not so free to roam RNZ: Farmer cops $34k fine for illegally clearing river bed Stuff: Two companies fined over ‘unacceptable’ effluent discharges Maja Burry (RNZ): Call for compo for farmers maintaining walkways Andrea Vance (Stuff): Taiwanese fishing boat investigated after being caught in NZ waters Eric Frykberg (RNZ): Nurseries and orchards could get compo for fruit tree seizures ODT: Manuka seedlings in demand this season Government Chris Trotter: “Keep Cutting, Jacinda!” Peter Dunne (Newsroom): Greens paying for not playing hard to get Paul Little (Herald): The bicycle bell heard around the world Maiki Sherman (1News):‘Out of control’ – National accuses Labour on number of reviews and working groups National Graham Adams (Noted): National stagnates as the government makes waves Vanita Prasad (Newsroom): National’s Facebook ad deemed irresponsible Business and economy Shamubeel Eaqub (Stuff): What to do about the ever-increasing rate of CEO pay David Farrar: No performance pay for Govt CEs David Slack (Stuff): The cult of executive talent Jason Walls (Interest): Hey NZ business leaders – take a look at Australia and the US Dene Mackenzie (ODT): ASB outlook: things are not that bad Mark Fowler (Herald): Is the Reserve Bank creeping too far? Brian Gaynor (Herald): Bull run — is it the 1980s all over again? Environment and conservation David Williams (Newsroom): Warning over parliamentary ‘back door’ David Williams (Newsroom): The dam that divides a dry district Warren Gamble (Stuff): Shane Jones urges Tasman councillors to stand up for Waimea dam Dominic Harris (Stuff): Environment Canterbury orders China-based firm to stop water bottling after it breached consent RNZ: Controversial water-bottling company has council consent halted Alexandra Nelson (Newshub): Coromandel locals rally to protect endangered Archey’s frog from gold mining ODT Editorial: Time to change whitebait seasons Thomas Manch (Stuff): Lake Horowhenua activist Philip Taueki to shut public road access to lake Sarah Robson (RNZ): Final great walk narrowed down to three Emma Hatton (RNZ): Vehicle access rules confuse Kāpiti beachgoers Andrew McRae (RNZ): Hunters turn conservationists to help save blue duck Te Kuru o te Marama Dewes (Māori TV): Taking stock of the biodiversity in the Te Wherowhero lagoon Jared McCulloch (Newshub): Fast food joints, cafes and bars join New Zealand’s straw-free movement Newshub: Auckland businesses give up straws Housing Maiki Sherman (1News): Government poised to reduce number of times landlords can hike rent for tenants John Anthony (Stuff): Rise of property management industry ‘significantly disadvantaging tenants’ Catherine Harris (Stuff): Renters put Tenancy Tribunal’s operations in the spotlight Newshub: Tenants ‘ironically’ like letting fees – landlords Ben Bootsma (Southland Times): Southland landlords decide whether to insulate or sell Audrey Malone (Stuff): Grim findings in China survey Henry Cooke (Stuff): Where the 6400 new state homes are going: half to Auckland, over 700 to Wellington Newshub: Where the new state houses will be built RNZ: Govt plans to build 6400 new state homes within four years Thomas Coughlan (Newsroom): End of the line for “laxative” SHAs Corazon Miller (Herald): Death on the Street: How is homelessness measured in New Zealand? Corazon Miller (Herald): Death on the Street: The faces of homelessness Donna-Lee Biddle (Stuff): Government spends close to a million dollars on skip bins for state house tenants Health Herald: Major new study reveals that no amount of alcohol is safe Ruby MacAndrew (Stuff): Experts conclude there’s no ‘safe’ level of alcohol consumption after global study Alice Peacock (Herald): Trapped for weeks: Disabled woman confined in her home by broken lift 1News: Health board finally apologises for the ‘unfortunate experiment’ Oliver Lewis (Stuff): Planning changes result in delays for stranded mental health services Michael Neilson (Herald): Hikurangi Cannabis country’s first company to be granted medicinal cannabis licence RNZ: NZ licence granted for cultivating medicinal cannabis Talisa Kupenga (Māori TV): East Coast locals welcome medicinal cannabis license Matt Brown (Stuff): Former corporal campaigns for reform of medical marijuana law from garage Jane Matthews (Stuff): Whānau-orientated health care provider celebrates its 20th birthday Matthew Littlewood (Stuff): SCDHB restructure expected to save $650k Phillipa Yalden (Stuff): Hospital rooms decontaminated after meth found RNZ: Rescue helicopter changes cause concern for some Carly Gooch (Nelson Mail): Multiple Sclerosis a ‘silent, horrible disease’ that’s forced a new chapter in Lesley’s life Aaron Leaman (Stuff): Wintec responds to physiotherapist shortage Hannah Ross (Western Leader): Hospitals have compassionate car parking discounts but who qualifies? Abbey Jury: The glyphosate debate Education 1News: Government committed to returning to negotiations with teachers, says education minister Katie Scotcher, (RNZ): $82.5m to be spent on school re-vamps and classroom replacement Wanganui Chronicle: Whistleblower vindicated – Waho did not bring trust into disrepute, was unlawfully removed Michael Neilson (Herald): Auckland schools ask Government to walk the talk on te reo in schools Zane Small (Newshub): Rosehill College brawl: Students demand change after brutal fights Mānia Clarke (Māori TV): South Ak community uneasy following school brawl Zoe Hunter (Bay of Plenty Times): Students suspended after lunchtime brawl at Katikati College Jessica Tyson (Māori TV): Low decile schools benefit from eye screening programme Rukuwai Tipene-Allen (Māori TV): Programme is a sight for sore little eyes Emma Hatton (RNZ): Auckland uni set to axe 21 jobs in education faculty Elena McPhee (ODT): Art history programme likely to go Kurt Bayer (Herald): AUT student editor fears censorship, despite university denying claims Aaron Leaman (Stuff): Waikato University celebrates Dame Annette King, distinguished graduates Regan Paranihi (Māori TV): Massey University host Te Huinga Tauira 2018 Child welfare Alice Peacock (Herald): New survey reveals New Zealand’s youth among worst in cyberbullying rates Phil Pennington (RNZ): Bishop’s apology over clergy sex abuse prompts more complaints RNZ: More calls for including faith-based organisations in abuse inquiry Kiri Tamihere-Waititi (E-Tangata): Ani Black has opened a can of worms. Let it stay open. Media and broadcasting Colin Peacock (RNZ): Mediawatch: MP puts political pressure on publicly funded TV Colin Peacock (RNZ): Mediawatch: Broadcasters band together to promote the positive (audio) David Farrar: How about the stakeholders called taxpayers? Tim Murphy (Newsroom): The TVNZ ratings machine Leah Te Whata (Māori TV): Māori Radio launches Treaty claim against Crown Te Aniwa Hurihanganui (Māori TV): Longest running Māori radio station wins reprieve Māori TV): Te Ūpoko o Te Ika to stay on air Glen McConnell (Stuff): Māori broadcaster to launch Waitangi Tribunal action over Wellington ‘crisis’ Herald: TVNZ political editor Jessica Mutch weds bearded bodyguard Newshub: Jacinda Ardern’s ‘hot bodyguard’ marries reporter Immigration and refugees Jared Savage (Herald): Immigration New Zealand budget blowout kept overstayers in NZ Hannah Martin (Stuff): Airport departure cards will be off the table come November RNZ: Departure cards to be scrapped Newshub: Airport departure cards to be axed Herald: Travel departure cards get the boot: No longer needed from November Michael Reddell: Tossing away valuable emigration data Boris Jancic (1News): Fixing New Zealand’s ‘dismal’ refugee figures Adam Dudding (Stuff): New baby for family who fled violence to settle in NZ Transport Alexia Russell (Newsroom): Why cycling paths are taking over Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): Wellington Airport could build wall at end of runway to extend safety area Grant Bradley (Herald): It’s time for Auckland Airport to deliver George Block (ODT): Taxi operator ‘abused’ by other drivers Ben Strang (RNZ): Firefighters forced to slow down due to tyres Sophie Boot (BusinessDesk): KiwiRail loss widens in 2018 on further writedowns RNZ: Levin residents in way of potential highway want answers Matt Stewart (Dominion Post): Bus nightmare: Wellington council officials face jeers and abuse at fiery meeting 1News: Fierce criticism six weeks after Wellington introduces new bus network RNZ: 300 Wellington bus users voice frustrations at meeting Local government Todd Niall (Stuff): Why won’t the Government release details on QV’s Auckland property revaluation fail? Collette Devlin (Stuff): Wellington’s regional council mulls teeing off on multi-million-dollar golf course bailout 1News: Council is ‘offending Aucklanders’ with massive rates rises for churches, councillor says Joel Ineson (Stuff): Christchurch City Council has 11 months to check insulation on more properties than it has in three years Zac Fleming (RNZ): Auckland churches hit with biblical rates’ rises Newshub: Auckland Council in stoush with churches over rates bills – report David Farrar: Why shouldn’t churches pay rates? Amber-Leigh Woolf (Stuff): ‘Toothless’ councils call for law change to make it easier to punish people for littering Juliet McGhie (Stuff): Maintenance costs for Auckland beach ‘in the millions’ Tim MIller (ODT): Publishing of newest citizens’ names irregular Pam Jones (ODT): Land sale could net CODC $2.8m Jono Galuszka (Stuff): Council candidate Ross Barber unfit to control his own affairs Tim Miller (ODT): Parking fees make millions Defence Clinton Llewellyn (Hawke’s Bay Today): Defence minister apologises to families of soldiers finally brought home: “I’m sorry it took so long Ruby MacAndrew (Stuff): NZ Defence Force seeks bids for new external mental health services Red zone payouts ODT Editorial: Red-zone relief sets a precedent Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): 12 million reasons why this Government earthquake payouts are dangerously naive Tourism Grant Bradley (Herald): What the China-US rift could mean for NZ tourism Pam Jones (ODT): No justification for bed tax: academic Sport Indira Stewart (RNZ): We can be heroes: Wrestling legends and Pacific literary icons 1News: Steve Hansen pushed for more funding as Jacinda Ardern and Grant Robertson toured All Blacks’ changing rooms Grant Chapman (Newshub):All Blacks: Steve Hansen’s locker-room funding bid wins guarded support 1News: TJ Perenara gave All Blacks jersey to Jacinda Ardern after last night’s Test before snapping a photo together Zac Fleming (RNZ): Rugby needs to be more inclusive to ‘deserve’ title of national sport – PM 1News: Auckland College Sport defends decision to stop talented female player from playing against boys Felicity Reid (Stuff): NZ under-20s women’s footballer not allowed to play in school’s top boys team Other Andrea Vance (Stuff): Anger at axing of single mum programme: ‘It changed not just my work life, but also my everyday attitude’ Kate Nicol-Williams (1News): Legislation is destroying towns not earthquakes, says local councils Anusha Bradley (RNZ): Maraenui; The suburb swallowed by synthetics John de Bueger (Taranaki Daily News): Options for a lower-carbon future don’t include nuclear Simon Wilson (Herald): Nigel Farage, Don Brash and friends Martin van Beynen (Press): New Zealand is not vigilant enough about creeping corruption Dene Mackenzie (ODT): Kiwibank a national success story: CEO RNZ: Most Kiwis positive about Chinese culture – NZ China Council boss Lois Williams (RNZ): Southern members of northern iwi want fresh hapū elections Dan Satherley (Newshub): UFOs in New Zealand: What Kiwis see in the skies Vicki Anderson (Stuff): Wasted nation: feeding bellies not bins Anton Smith (Spinoff): Yes, law firm culture is f****d. And nothing is going to change anytime soon Rachel Ros (Herald): Whanganui agencies on the frontline working to counter family violence]]>