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Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – September 3 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] Government Audrey Young (Herald): Jacinda Ardern vulnerable to accusations of weakness Jane Patterson (RNZ): PM’s hectic week: A crash course on damage control Tracy Watkins (Stuff): Jacinda Ardern’s first term hex Steve Braunias (Herald): The Secret Diary of … Jacinda Ardern Herald Editorial: Two ministers down suggests ill-preparation Heather du Plessis-Allan (Herald): PM gets tough and shows true leadership Bryce Edwards (Herald): Political Roundup: Labour-led Government is suffering from ‘first-term-itis’ Stacey Kirk (Stuff): Labour’s issues come back to one word – credibility Duncan Garner (Stuff): Labour goes from charm offensive to utterly useless in 72 hours 1News: ‘It’s called being in government’ – Jacinda Ardern snaps at question about ministerial issues, declining business confidence Laura Macdonald (Newshub): Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern defends Government despite recent controversies Herald: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern responds to Meka Whaitiri controversy Newstalk ZB: Ardern defends her actions around youth camp, Whaitiri scandals 1News: ‘We are different leaders’ – Jacinda Ardern on Helen Clark’s assertion she’d take harder line over Labour youth camp incident 1News: Simon Bridges says Jacinda Ardern needs to ‘step up’ after two ministers stood down within days of each other 1News: After ‘shambolic’ handling of Curran, Whaitiri sagas, PM should take a leadership cue from Helen Clark, suggests Simon Bridges Newshub: Jacinda Ardern ‘weakened’ by Curran, Whaitiri – Simon Bridges Amy Nelmes Bissett (Independent): From plastic bag bans to tackling poverty, New Zealand’s Jacinda Ardern makes progression look like child’s play Eleanor Ainge Roy (Guardian): Meeting Jacinda Ardern: ‘She makes the extraordinary seem ordinary’ Meka Whaitiri 1News: Allegations surface of threatening behaviour towards staff by Meka Whaitiri while she was Parekura Horomia’s protege David Fisher (Herald): Graham McCready files police complaint against Labour’s Meka Whaitiri Tracy Watkins and Henry Cooke (Stuff): Police could still become involved in Meka Whaitiri matter Mark Longley (Newshub): Willie Jackson defends Meka Whaitiri staying on as Māori caucus co-chair Lucy Bennett (Herald): Willie Jackson defends Meka Whaitiri remaining co-chairwoman of Labour’s Māori caucus Moana Makapelu Lee (Māori TV): What happens now for Meka Whaitiri? RNZ: Meka Whaitiri: The story so far The Standard: Parliament and bullying David Farrar: Reshuffle options for Ardern Housing 1News: Watch: Take a tour around first completed KiwiBuild homes in Auckland Herald: Glimpse of first completed KiwiBuild home, ballot opens in a week RNZ: First KiwiBuild homes completed and ready for sale Jamie Ensor (Newshub): Govt announces first KiwiBuild homes completed, put up for sale 1News: Details of first KiwiBuild homes completed and ready for sale released Kymberlee Fernandes (Stuff): Auckland’s first KiwiBuild homes completed, ready for families Madeleine Chapman (Spinoff): A special episode of The Block NZ: Kiwibuild edition Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Lenders look for KiwiBuild loan opportunities 1News: Housing Minister confident he’ll reach winter housing target by end of September Katarina Williams (Stuff): Accommodation crunch sees emergency grants double to $33.1m in two years Zac Fleming (RNZ): Swamp house landlord given 10 days to fix house Michael Neilson (Herald): Auckland Council issuing insanitary notice on Papakura ‘swamp’ home Simon Shepherd (Newshub): New $200k leasehold homes in Tauranga could help with Auckland’s housing crisis 1News: New renting proposals a ‘good move’, but is it causing a renter-landlord divide? Ben Strang (RNZ): Wellington family puts newspaper ad to find a home Business and economy Shamubeel Eaqub (Stuff): Govt learns a lesson about the value of soft power Fran O’Sullivan (Herald): Why Shane Jones is right about our provinces Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): Shane Jones, the champion of the provinces and the ‘frenemy’ of big business Liam Dann (Herald): Who is this gloomy business community anyway? Rod Oram (Newsroom): Scale and skill matter too Cameron Bagrie (Herald): Ignore business confidence but worry about bumpy times ahead Brian Easton (Pundit): Political Turmoil When the Economy Sours John Roughan (Herald): Business confidence might rise if the Government wasn’t so nice Damien Grant (Stuff): AirNZ CEO Christopher Luxon does not represent me Jacqui Dean (Stuff): New Zealand’s small businesses deserve better than what the Government’s serving up Nona Pelletier (RNZ): Consumer confidence holding up, despite business gloom Point of Order: A bullish sharemarket contrasts with flagging business confidence Joel Maxwell (Dominion Post): The business world doesn’t really know any better than the rest of us Ben Bathgate (Stuff): Tea’s the key to access $50b Māori economy Jena McGregor (Stuff): Giving workers a slice of the business when boomer owners retire Jared Nicoll (Stuff): Porirua Chamber of Commerce shuts up shop; business advocacy group opens Racing Jonathan Milne (Stuff): Winston Peters’ menu of prawns, porkbarrel and horse meat Kirsty Lawrence and Mike Watson (Stuff): Winston Peters gives racing donors inside running on plans at $600-a-head dinner Steve Kilgallon (Stuff): Report suggests lifting New Zealand Racing Board pokie ban Stephen Foote (Newshub): TAB sale could have ‘disastrous’ impact on sports, says Basketball NZ CEO Isobel Ewing (Newshub): Racing Industry largely welcomes proposed racing changes in Messara report Robin Martin (RNZ): Racing industry review causes anxiety among trainers, volunteers and members Bridget Grace (Newshub): Racecourse sale puts beloved Avondale markets under threat Chelsea Manning visit and free speech Brad Flahive (Stuff): Why NZ is letting Chelsea Manning apply for a visa when Australia won’t 1News: ‘We are a nation that allows free speech’ – New Zealanders should be allowed to hear Chelsea Manning, says Ardern Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): Chelsea Manning has courage and integrity, and should be welcomed here David Farrar: Manning given permission to apply for a NZ visa Ben Irwin and Zane Small (Newshub): Chelsea Manning granted permission to apply for NZ visa RNZ: Chelsea Manning cleared to enter NZ for speaking tour Paul Karp and Charles Anderson (Herald): Chelsea Manning won’t appear at Opera House because of visa issues National Richard Harman (Politik): Bridges finally talks policy RNZ: Business confidence ‘falling off a cliff’ – Bridges Lucy Bennett (Herald): National to launch policy work with focus on small business Maiki Sherman and Mei Heron (1 News): Expenses leak goes from ‘whodunnit to who-the-heck-dunnit’ – Inside Parliament (audio) Bill Ralston (Listener): Simon Bridges and the Expenses Leak is the worst Agatha Christie tale yet Richard Swainson (Stuff): Travel expense ‘scandal’ made most of us tune out during its twists and turns Parliament Peter Dunne (Newsroom): MPs mired in self-created disasters Audrey Young (Herald): Education Minister Chris Hipkins plans to take parental leave from Beehive for baby No. 2 Tom O’Connor (Waikato Times): Decent MP salaries serve a purpose Cherie Howie (Herald): Father’s Day special: The baby daddies of Parliament share their stories of fatherhood Jamie Tahana (RNZ): Gold digger MPs – Parliament’s goldfield electorates Politics in review Peter Wilson (RNZ): Week In Politics: Could it get any worse for Labour? Stuff: Below the beltway Philip Matthews (Press): Week in Review: Do you want to go to Chelsea? Point of Order: So how did the politicians dish out our money this week? Let’s check it out… Jason Walls (Interest): Favourite political moments/events so far this year Employment Newshub: Revealed: The New Zealand employers caught exploiting workers Laura Macdonald (Newshub): Willie Jackson issues informal target to halve Māori unemployment by 2020 Newshub: Interview: Willie Jackson (video) David Farrar: Willie wrong on almost every stat John Anthony (Stuff): Force companies to open books on sexual harassment – human rights watchdog John Anthony (Stuff): Sexual harassment complaints double: ‘Behind every one is a human story’ RNZ: Legislation needed to bridge gender pay gap, say GM Laura Dooney (RNZ): Union fears ‘veiled threat’ in reply from The Warehouse Melissa Nightingale (Herald): KFC worker ‘told off’ for beard he grew to hide facial scars Environment and conservation Gerard Hutching (Stuff): Irrigation projects on hold as Government rethinks priorities RNZ: Irrigators asked to reduce water Marty Sharpe (Stuff): So much dairy effluent went into stream it was ‘extremely toxic’ to anything in it No Right Turn: Mushrooming the Minister Matthew Theunissen (RNZ): High Court appeal lodged against Waiheke marina Tracy Neal (RNZ): Call for protection of Tasman Bay Hector’s dolphins ODT EditoriaL: Pussyfooting around the issue 1News: Environment Southland inundated with calls since plan to ban cats in small town was released Simon Hartley (ODT): Bid to mine seafloor goes on Laurel Stowell (Wanganui Chronicle): Fresh calls for seabed mining moratorium after South Taranaki court ruling Newshub: Auckland Council ready for reduced 1080 drop in the Hunua Ranges Cherie Sivignon (Nelson Mail): Decisions like dam vote can be revisited says Sir Geoffrey Palmer Cherie Sivignon (Nelson Mail): Nelson MP Dr Nick Smith defers local bill, urges rethink on Waimea dam vote Cherie Sivignon (Nelson Mail): Waimea dam project may be refloated Health 1News: Health experts allege conflict of interest in tobacco tax review Isaac Davison (Herald): Lifeline makes plea for donations as funding shortages lead to missed calls Sally Kidson (Stuff): We need to talk about loneliness New Zealand Stuff Editorial: Connections vital to well being Karen Brown (RNZ): 300 more junior doctors likely needed due to new hospital rosters Charlie Dreaver (RNZ): Patients wanting special funding for antidepressants turned down by Pharmac Stacey Kirk (Stuff): Ministry of Health to release audit into controversial IT project Newshub: Anti-fluoride group claiming fluoride ‘reduces children’s IQ’ to speak at Otago University Thomas Coughlan (Newsroom): Clark accused of cronyism over Pharmac appointment Hannah Martin (Stuff): Medical community divided over controversial prostate cancer test Lee Kenny (Stuff): National Portrait: For Chris Jackson, patients are his passion Tema Hemi (Māori TV): Cancer sufferer uses Daffodil Day to raise awareness Newshub: Woman’s desperate plea to Pharmac to fund $6000/month cancer drug Charlie Dreaver (RNZ): Fraction of eligible people taking anti-HIV meds 1News: ‘A way of people regulating how they’re feeling’ – psychologist says NZ has high rate of self-harm among young people Laura Walters (Newsroom): Where is politics’ John Kirwan? Stuff: Max Key addresses mental health and negative impacts of social media Leith Huffadine (Stuff): Nurses aren’t getting their $2000 lump sum in their accounts  Mike Houlahan (ODT): Early business case approved by Cabinet Will Harvie (Stuff): Native plants rich source of potential drugs, new analysis finds Herald: Concerned New Zealanders front $170,000 for Abby Hartley’s medical evacuation from Bali, Simon Bridges says Dan Satherley (Newshub): Simon Bridges says he’s arranged for Abby Hartley to come home Media Jeremy Rose (RNZ) Mediawatch: A drip-fed media: Is it good for democracy? Colin Peacock (RNZ): Coverage of Greg Boyed’s death raises questions for media Jehan Casinader (Spinoff): Hope or heartache? Why the media needs a new approach to mental health Mark Jennings (Newsroom): MediaRoom: Herald’s new business focus Education Simon Collins (Herald): Drug Foundation calls for ban on schools expelling students under 16 Simon Collins (Herald): More jobs cut school transience to 10-year low Adele Redmond (Stuff): Government looks to improve regulation of home-based early child care John Gerritsen (RNZ): Pre-schoolers with disabilities face long waits for specialist help RNZ: Govt wants to ban standing on school buses 1News: Total ban on cell phones in NZ schools ‘very difficult’, Principals Federation says, as France cracks down Farah Hancock (Newsroom): Tech giants’ classroom charm offensive Simon Collins (Herald): Hato Petera College may become hostel for Māori students attending other schools Bridget Grace (Newshub): Local iwi already planning to reopen Hato Petera college John Boynton (RNZ): Sadness follows closure of Māori boarding school Jessica Tyson (Māori TV): Final decision to close Hato Petera Bridget Grace (Newshub): Ministry of Education to close Auckland’s Hato Petera College Piers Fuller (Stuff): What happens when a small country school disappears, or doesn’t? Tom Hunt and Ruby MacAndrew (Stuff): Reading, writing, and God at Wellington’s Khandallah School George Heagney (Stuff): Third-year teacher loves the classroom, but faces huge workload Siobhan Dore (Stuff): Teacher’s diary: a day in the life of an intermediate school teacher Te Kuru o te Marama Dewes (Māori TV): Pianos gifted as instruments of creativity Francis McWhannell (Spinoff): Oh the humanities! On the state of arts study at New Zealand universities Holly Carran (Newshub): Christchurch’s Avonmore Tertiary Institute goes into voluntary liquidation Chris Hutching (Stuff): Uni startups accelerated with $10m from Booster Te Reo Māori  Dan Satherley (Newshub): Simon Bridges will ‘never’ support compulsory Māori in schools Regan Paranihi (Māori TV): Minister pleased with response to te reo Māori strategy Local government Todd Niall (Stuff): Is UDA three letters you should worry about in Auckland? Herald Editorial: So much for the vision of a Super City Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): Housing Minister Phil Twyford right to bulldoze his way through councils Andrew McRae (RNZ): Phil Goff cautiously welcomes authority set up to fast-track housing projects Bernard Orsman (Herald): Ardern backs plans to scrap the Unitary Plan in parts of Auckland Todd Niall (Stuff): Auckland Council rejects Twyford criticism of housing performance Phelan Pirrie (Auckland Now): Phil Twyford duplicating bureaucracy in Urban Development Authority move Rob Stock (Stuff): Affordability of rates worsens, new figures show Scott Yeoman (Bay of Plenty Times): MBIE reviewing Tauranga City Council over failed Bella Vista development Andrew Bydder (Waikato Times): Councils generally pretty powerless Dominic Harris (Stuff): Council can ‘have its cake and eat it’ by getting cash from asset sales Tim Miller (ODT): What goes on behind closed doors? More DCC ‘workshops’ Newshub: Local council could charge to go to Coromandel’s Hahei beach Andre Chumko (Stuff): Prayers remain commonplace for opening council business around New Zealand Justice, corrections Tony Wall (Stuff): Corrections Minister says staff need to be compassionate to needs of families, in wake of prisoner death Carolyne Meng-Yee (Herald): Mother forced to pay $92/hr to visit son in state care Anna Leask (Herald): From cop to killer in seconds: A police officer who shot a man dead speaks Herald Editorial: Cops who kill suffer their own ordeal Herald: Female lawyers greatly under-represented in New Zealand’s highest courts, research shows RNZ: Big gender imbalance for higher court legal representation – research Stuff: Female lawyers make up only about a quarter of lead counsel before highest courts Charlie Dreaver (RNZ): Gender equality charter taken up by 1500 lawyers Foreign affairs and trade Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): $1b foreign affairs boost against Treasury advice Gia Garrick (RNZ): Nauru faces pressure ahead of Pacific Island Forum RNZ: Children as young as 7 attempting suicide in Nauru – report John Anthony (Stuff): Antarctica NZ flies Rob Fyfe’s Next Top Model wife Sara Tetro to the ice RNZ: Taxpayers fund board member’s wife’s flight to Scott Base 1News: Brother of NZ man shot dead by Queensland police calls shooting ‘disgusting’ and ‘unjust’ Herald: Family’s anger after Kiwi with mental disability shot dead by Queensland Police Newshub: ‘Disgusting’: Outrage as Kiwi with mental disability shot dead by Queensland Police Stuff: Kiwi man shot dead by police in Queensland, Australia RNZ: New Zealand man killed by police in Australia Edward O’Driscoll, Dan Satherley (Newshub): Yongah Hill Detention Centre riot: Kiwis said to be ‘worried for their lives’ Zane Small (Newshub): The ‘easy’ solution to Kiwis in detention centres: ‘Go home’ – Jason Morrison RNZ: Victim of detainee wants her side of the story told RNZ: US president to skip APEC gathering in PNG Newshub: World’s ‘biggest trade pact’ involving New Zealand almost closed Primary industries Ruwani Perera (Newshub): Logging giants forcing out the locals 1News: Photos reveal unacceptable conditions for calving, animal advocacy group SAFE says Helen Clark Simon Wilson (Herald): Big Read: Helen Clark and the Apocalypse Herald: Full Interview: Simon Wilson Wilson talks to Helen Clark (video) Rosie Gordon (Newstalk ZB): Former PM Helen Clark new patron for National Council of Women RNZ: Violence against women is a ‘national crisis’: Helen Clark Jamie Ensor (Newshub): Government needs to recognise violence against women as a national crisis – Helen Clark Sport 1News: Departing Crusaders boss says discussion needed around taxpayer support for All Blacks Gregor Paul (Herald): Rugby: How it could be the billion dollar All Blacks Paul Little (Herald): Why All Blacks don’t need tax-payer handout Andrew Gunn (Press): Don’t let our ABs become economic refugees Andrew Alderson (Herald): Rugby: Drug testing of secondary school players to continue Patrick McKendry (Stuff): Rainbow Warriors RNZ: America’s Cup to be hosted in Auckland 1Nws: Team NZ reveal Auckland course for America’s Cup 2021 Transport Herald: Transport Minister Phil Twyford unveils $16b transport package, $4b to boost road safety Nick Truebridge and Laine Moger (Stuff): Government wants ‘year-on-year’ decrease to New Zealand road toll Newshub: Government reveals $16.9 billion transport investment plan Alex Baird (Newshub): Government boosts road safety investment by $1 billion RNZ: Government to invest $16.9 billion in transport over next three years 1News: Fix the Bloody Road group fed up over ‘absolutely chaotic’ Tauranga access highway that has claimed two dozen lives Emma Hatton (RNZ): Government left ‘dangerous’ road off priority list Jamie Ensor (Newshub): Mt Cook locals erect their own warning sign after spate of fatal crashes Georgina Campbell (Herald): Calls for Government to fix Wellington’s bus network Mike Lee (Daily Blog): How ego, technical ignorance and group-think sabotaged two sensible rail plans for Auckland Martin Johnston (Herald): New survey: Aucklanders’ support for regional fuel tax slumps Emma Hatton (RNZ): A wheely good way to get around the city Building industry, safety Phil Pennington (RNZ): Combustible cladding in Christchurch office blocks Rob Stock (Stuff): Photographic evidence of sloppy passive fire practices putting people at risk Julie Iles (Stuff): Sir Bob Jones’ wooden office tower is ‘absurdly delayed’ by construction industry woes Canterbury Liz McDonald (Press): Protest to highlight thousands with quake insurance struggles Oliver Lewis (Stuff): Christchurch protest highlights unresolved insurance claims eight years on Charlie Dreaver (RNZ): Christchurch sport centre on track despite construction delays Privacy Newshub: ‘Privacy’s not dead’ – Privacy Commissioner Newshub: Interview: John Edwards Emma Espiner (Newsroom): Why give away our DNA? Immigration and refugees Nick Truebridge (Stuff): High Court sets aside decision to deny intellectually disabled woman New Zealand residency Pacific Media Centre: NZ offer still open for taking 150 refugees, says PM Ardern Gill Bonnett (RNZ): Man deported for not telling immigration about sperm donation Lincoln Tan (Herald): Immigration NZ officials asking sex workers for a ‘coffee and a chat’ RNZ: Call to legalise sex work by migrants Newshub: Prostitutes Collective wants migrant sex work legalised Drugs Cleo Fraser (Newshub): Regions, low-income areas desperate for synthetics support – Drug Foundation 1News: Man whose 22-year-old son died after using synthetic drugs calls for tougher penalties 1News: Helen Clark in support of binding referendum on cannabis law reform – ‘follow the evidence’ Gambling Indira Stewart (RNZ): Preying on the weak: Māori and Pasifika hit hard with problem gambling John Minto (Daily Blog): Labour, New Zealand First and the Pokies Defence Anne Marie May (RNZ): Defence unit working on Afghan raid inquiry has $2 million budget Māori TV: Exclusive – A Son’s Battle Heritage, history RNZ: Govt invests in raising awareness of NZ wars Stuff: Fund to allow whānau, hapū and iwi to tell stories of New Zealand Wars Jessica Tyson (Māori TV): Challenging myths about Māori prophet Te Kooti Martin Johnston (Herald): National memorial planned in Wellington for the 9000 killed by influenza 100 years ago Andrew McRae (RNZ): Memorial site for NZ liberation of French town seeks funding Aaron Leaman and Elton Rikihana Smallman (Stuff): Leave colonial statues alone – they remind us of our past Libby Wilson (Stuff): Why did Hamilton council vote to install controversial statue? Donna-Lee Biddle (Stuff): Statue protest sparks Hamilton name-change debate Stuff: The navy commander who never set foot in the city that took his name Diana Wichtel (Listener): Sam Neill: Why the old view of Captain James Cook no longer cuts it Candace Sutton (Herald): The man who mapped NZ: Who was he and was he eaten by cannibals? Other Andrea Vance (Dominion Post): KiwiRail’s $80m Wellington Railway Station headache Liam Dann (Herald): Who really owns our banks? Madison Reidy (RNZ): KiwiSaver a ‘wild west’ industry says provider Jonathan Guildford (Press): Dedicated caregiver has become a father figure to many Tamsyn Parker (Herald): Warning over Kiwis lax approach to preparing for financial disasters Catherine Smith (Metro): Celebrate 125 years of women’s suffrage – and wonder at what’s still to be done Moana Maniapoto (E-Tangata): The Unforgiven 1News: Surf Life Saving NZ calls on Government to provide extra funding to protect Kiwi beachgoers this summer David Fisher (Herald): Want to spy for New Zealand? The GCSB wants to talk to you if you can crack these codes Nat Torkington (Spinoff): On the Curran-Handley debacle, and what NZ really needs in a CTO Sam Hurley (Herald): Auckland finance director sentenced for laundering dirty multi-national drug money Thomas Mead (Newshub): Chinese giant Alibaba lists South Island destination on its travel service Moana Makapelu Lee (Māori TV): Pare Hauraki and Te Arawa gather at Tamatekapu Newshub: Thousands of nappies quietly donated to needy families Matt Stewart (Stuff): Battle lines drawn between feminists and trans activists over sex self identification Paul Mitchell (Stuff): Manawatū Writers’ Festival to proceed without Māori content Sophie Bateman and Laura Tupou (Newshub): Hundreds protest South African land grabs in Auckland]]>