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Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – August 28 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 Herald Editorial: Stronger Tenancy laws could help lower house prices RNZ: Renting situation ‘an absolute nightmare’ 1News: Should landlords be allowed to evict tenants without citing a specific reason? Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB):Changes to rent laws will hurt landlords and tenants Thomas Coughlan (Newsroom): Tenancy changes ‘won’t put rents up’ Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Landlords planning to raise rents due to tenancy overhaul may struggle Herald: Real Estate Institute of New Zealand welcomes new plan to overhaul tenancy laws Moana Makapelu Lee (Māori TV): Tenancy law reform to make “life better for renters” says govt 1News: Tenant who says landlord hiked rent after pulling out parsley, painting fence welcomes proposed rental law shakeup Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Rule changes could be bad news for tenants, investors warn Elena McPhee (ODT): Tenancy proposals triggering jitters Anne Gibson (Herald): Tenancy law overhaul could ‘protect bad tenants’ – property investor boss Anuja Nadkarni (Stuff): Long-time renter calls for greater security in rental law overhaul No Right Turn: A start on fixing tenancy laws Dan Satherley (Newshub): Sweeping rental law change proposals announced Henry Cooke (Stuff): Limits on rent increases and an end to rental bidding as Government reviews rental rules 1News: Government wants public feedback on proposals aimed at improving the lives of renters, including limiting rent increases Jason Walls (Interest): Phil Twyford unveils details of overhaul of ‘antiquated’ renting law Māori TV: Public feedback needed to make life better for renters RNZ: ‘It’s a pretty punishing experience for many renters’ Herald: Housing Minister Phil Twyford unveils plan to overhaul tenancy laws 1News: Judith Collins calls Residential Tenancy Act reform a ‘knee-jerk and uninformed decision’ Stuff: Renters ‘like letting fees’, property investor group says  Chris Harrowell (Stuff): Salvation Army opens its wallet to build more social housing in Auckland Henry Cooke (Stuff): Over 2000 pre-qualifying for first KiwiBuild homes Collette Devlin (Stuff): Wellington’s Arlington site to get Government KiwiBuild homes and wet house Rob Stock (Stuff): Government plans to change the boarding house rules Kate Hawkesby (Newstalk ZB): Helping the homeless – it takes more than good will Richard Davidson (ODT): Efforts to address housing shortfall RNZ: Bay of Islands’ housing shortage affects tourism workers Business and economy Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): Prime Minister says fair pay agreement development ‘has left a bit of a vacuum’ Rod McNaughton and Ryan Greenaway-McGrevy (Stuff): Business advisory council members will be key to its success Herald: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern fronts to business leaders, announced new advisory group chaired by Air NZ boss 1News: Air NZ CEO Christopher Luxon to lead Prime Minister’s new Business Advisory Council RNZ: PM announces new business advisory council Zane Small (Newshub): Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern launches new Business Advisory Council Newshub: Jacinda Ardern promises no new surprises for businesses Tracey Watkins (Stuff): Prime minister looks to kill the elephant in the room with economic speech John Anthony (Stuff): Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to address big business crowd in Auckland Donal Curtin: A different view of productivity David Hargreaves (Interest): What’s wrong with ‘performance’ anyway? National Party and Simon Bridges expenses leak Liam Hehir (Stuff): Split between liberals and conservatives derails Australian government Gordon Campbell: On counting the cost from the Bridges leak Jenna Lynch (Newshub): Simon Bridges still unconvinced expenses leaker is a National MP Audrey Young (Herald): Jacinda Ardern admits speaking to Speaker Trevor Mallard about leak inquiry but says it was perfectly innocent Chris Bramwell (RNZ): PM rejects she influenced calling off expenses leak investigation Newstalk ZB: Ardern: I didn’t tell Mallard to axe expenses inquiry Bryce Edwards (Herald): Political Roundup: The mysterious cancelling of limogate’s Simon Bridges leak inquiry Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Forces aligned against Bridges within National might move against him over holidays Government, Clare Curran demotion Bryce Edwards (RNZ): This government has lost its new car smell RNZ: PM: Clare Curran sacking from cabinet was proportionate Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Derek Handley still tipped for CTO job despite Curran debacle David Cormack (Herald): Ardernfreude Mike Houlahan (ODT): Constituents have their say on Curran demotion Point of Order: Among the questions about Curran – can she make a Cabinet comeback? Jack Vowles (Newsroom): Cool your jets on waka-jumping bill Talisa Kupenga (Māori TV): Ngāti Porou welcomes Baby Neve and $200k govt funds Newshub: Jacinda Ardern had to buy own food, clothes with pocket money International relations and trade Simon Mark (The Conversation): Here’s how to reset New Zealand’s cultural diplomacy in the Pacific !News: Winston Peters says resignation of Australian Foreign Minister risk to Pacific aid efforts 1News: Australia’s new leadership unlikely to help struggling New Zealanders living there – advocate group Lincoln Tan (Herald): Survey: Kiwis generally positive about relationship with China Michael Reddell: The China Council surveys New Zealanders Health Charlie Dreaver (RNZ): Rest home industry ‘understaffed, under-trained and often appalling’ 1News: University of Otago to open $28 million dental teaching facility in South Auckland Sarah Robson (RNZ): New dentistry facility to meet needs in South Auckland Phil Pennington (RNZ): Ministry rejects need for inquiry into hospital building spend Newshub: Affordable dental care coming to south Auckland (video) Newshub: New $28.2 million facility bringing affordable dentistry to south Auckland Emily Ford (Stuff): South Auckland to benefit from new dental facility, hospital boss says Mike Houlahan (ODT): Otago Uni dental school’s $28m Auckland expansion Jared Savage (Herald): Bay of Plenty DHB promises change of culture in mental health and addiction services after ‘very negative’ staff report RNZ: NZ drug-funding agency seeks to cut barriers for Pasifika Rob Stock (Stuff): Commerce Commission approves infant formula advertising restrictions Ben Leahy (Herald): ‘Unfortunate Experiment’ patients and families should get personal apologies: survivor Jessie Chiang (RNZ): People asked to reconsider need for ED after record visits Hannah Ross (Western Leader): Waitākere and North Shore hospitals ask public to save ED for emergencies 1News: ‘Intensive planting’ expected as NZ’s first medical cannabis company gets approval ODT Editorial: How should we define success? Mere McLean (Māori TV) Suicide prevention worker urges different approach Environment and conservation Dominic Harris (Stuff): Bottler caught illegally taking water likely to avoid serious punishment Emma Dangerfield (Stuff): Fine for North Canterbury farmer who cleared 70ha of braided riverbed for commercial gain Cherie Sivignon (Nelson Mail): Waimea Irrigators finds investor to help plug funding gap for dam plan Tara Shaskey (Stuff): Hearing resumes for activist group’s appeal over South Taranaki council’s drilling rules Newshub: Environment Southland proposes new cat ban Tracy Neal (RNZ): Nelson timber firm fined $270k for toxic emissions 1News: Mega-dredging ship set to begin Lyttelton Port deepening work Bill Ralston (LIstener): Plastic bags have had their day – so what’s next? Primary industries and animal welfare Andrea Vance (Stuff): Farmer at centre of M. bovis outbreak faces charges Mānia Clarke (Māori TV): 500-strong protest march for animal rights Eric Frykberg (RNZ): Irrigation efficiency unlikely to free up more water – study Steve Lowndes (Stuff): Banning dairying not the answer for Canterbury Tracy Neal (RNZ): Checkpoint: Marahau still on the mend six months after weather havoc Maja Burry (RNZ):Insight: Farmland – not so free to roam Bloomberg: Counterfeit manuka honey causing legal headaches in the US Greg Boyed 1News: Corin Dann and Q+A team pay tribute to former presenter Greg Boyed 1News: Fair Go pays tribute to former ‘wonderful colleague’ Greg Boyed Justice and crime David Fisher (Herald): The High Court judge’s challenge: Show me the evidence long sentences put people off committing crime Sam Hurley (Herald): Auckland Prison officers accused of lashing out against inmate, perverting course of justice Edward Gay (RNZ): Paremoremo prison guards on trial in Auckland Charlotte Carter (Stuff): Guard kicked inmate in head after fight at Auckland Prison, court hears Emilie Rākete (Spinoff): Is New Zealand exploiting prison workers? Lincoln Tan (Herald): New information-sharing system links police with Immigration NZ Newshub: Calls for New Zealand tobacco tax to fund retailers’ security Provincial Growth Fund Stacey Kirk (Stuff): Government eyes Gisborne wharf development out of provincial growth fund Christine Rose (Daily Blog): Game theory and NZ Coalition Politics : Agenda Setters, Co-operation, Triumph and Suckers Education Jessica Long (Stuff): Calls for Government to scrap NCEA fees and pay students’ course-related costs John Gerritsen (RNZ): Negotiations to continue for teachers over pay rise Hadley McLahlan (Stuff): Where will the children play? Kindergartens are losing out John Gerritsen (RNZ): Overhaul for home-based early childhood education Catherine Harris (Stuff): Tighter regulations signalled for in-home child care Jo Lines-Mackenzie (Stuff): Subsidies and work pressure fuel childcare growth Jake McKee Cagney (Stuff): Thames childcare centre part of rising trend of licence suspensions against such facilities Shane Te Pou (Spinoff): Māori don’t need Chris Hipkins to tell us what’s best for our mokopuna Tarannum Shaikh (Stuff): Education Review Office gives the tick to bush school’s unconventional curriculum Isaac Davison (Herald): AUT to cut 40 jobs at Society and Culture faculty, blames falling interest in arts and humanities Melanie Earley (Stuff): AUT staff ‘shocked’ by plan to cut 40 jobs from society and culture faculty Melissa Nightingale (Herald): More than 2000 submissions on name change for Victoria University Jesse King (Herald): Good things come in threes as new Community Education Whanganui manager prepares to launch courses and receives sponsorship Gambling RNZ: Gambling still heavily impacting Maori and Pasifika communities RNZ: Migrants and problem gambling: ‘I thought it was a way of getting easy money to live on’ Transport Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): Petrol prices hit new record as another tax increase approaches Phil Pennington (RNZ): Truck engineer kept quiet about deficiencies Bridget Grace (Newshub): Auckland’s park and ride system ‘a joke’, says AA Meghan Lawrence (Herald): ‘The Park & Ride at GI is s***’: Early morning parking scramble despite car park crime Tracy Neal (RNZ): Takaka Hill road to be repaired by 2020 Local government Debrin Foxcroft (Auckland Now): Auckland local board member unable to stop salary while on six-week jaunt through Europe Bernard Orsman (Herald): Auckland’s future is brighter than Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane Todd Niall (Stuff): Left and Right blocs dominate Entrust candidate list Mary Varnham (Dominion Post): How did our council get the new bus service so terribly wrong? Dave Armstrong (Dominion Post): My free plan for better Wellington buses Jessica Long (Stuff): Wellington City Council to foot near $500k bill to fix Newtown School’s pool Jimmy Ellingham (Manawatū Standard): It shouldn’t be left to a judge to shed light on the cognitive state of an election candidate Janine Rankin (Manawatū Standard): No change proposed in how councillors are elected Sport Newstalk ZB: PM Jacinda Ardern says rugby funding better targeted at grassroots game Herald: Finance Minister says All Blacks have not asked him for more money Dylan Cleaver (Herald): No, the All Blacks don’t need more government funding Alex Braae (Spinoff): Taxpayer cash for the All Blacks would be self-defeating stupidity Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): Give the All Blacks government cash and make them ambassadors Marc Hinton (Stuff): What about tax breaks to help retain the top All Blacks? Joe Porter (RNZ): Taxpayers asked to pay to keep All Blacks in NZ Steve Hepburn (ODT): NZR has word to Govt on rising costs Felicity Reid (Stuff): NZ footballer first girl to be denied a spot in boys’ team for at least two years 1News: ‘I didn’t feel worthy of being Māori’ – Quade Cooper opens up about struggling with cultural identity after moving to Australia as a youngster Stuff: Unwanted Wallabies star Quade Cooper would like to play for NZ Māori Richard Knowler (Stuff): Popularity of Black Ferns results in bigger TV audiences Eric Watson tax avoidance allegations Matt Nippert (Herald): IRD says Eric Watson’s companies owe $112m John Anthony (Stuff): Rich-lister Eric Watson’s Cullen Group defends $60m tax avoidance allegations in High Court Employment Mat Danaher (Stuff): Job security should not be too much to ask for in the security industry RNZ: KiwiRail and union strike innovative pay deal Chris Hutching (Stuff): Union proclaims KiwiRail pay deal a ‘landmark’ BusinessDesk: KiwiRail pay hike favours lowest paid workers Ian Blair (Herald): Equal pay can help bring more women into engineering Heritage Laura Dooney (RNZ): Te Papa whale skeleton stored in ‘grubby’ building with birds and rodents Brian Easton (Pundit):Ake, Ake, Ake! Brian Easton: Submission to the National Archives and National Library Ministerial Group Other Newshub: Patrick Gower enters deadly Pike River mine Anusha Bradley (RNZ): Maraenui: No local support for synthetic addicts Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Kiwi banks’ parent companies may face charges BusinessDesk: Not enough demand to move Ports of Auckland to Northport John Drinnan: Wrong Answer For Q & A Prime Time Makeover 1News: Free te reo language software developer upset about multinational’s forays Belinda Feek (Herald): NZ gangs relish a resurgence in numbers Newshub: Kiwi students can now apply for NASA Internships after agreement with US Amber-Leigh Woolf (Stuff): Nasa to accept star Kiwi students into prestigious internship programme Chris Trotter (Daily Blog): Working For Families: Keeping The Wheels Of Capitalism Turning Susan St John (Daily Blog): Myths that hurt children Esther Taunton (Stuff): Bacon back in latest country of origin labelling proposal Simon Hartley (ODT): NZOG to start financial year with $98m]]>