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Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – September 4 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] Foreign affairs and trade Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): Ardern to raise refugee crisis at Nauru forum Chris Bramwell (RNZ): Labour and NZ First differ over refugee increase 1News: Watch: Winston Peters says focus needs to be on Kiwis, not accepting refugees from Nauru – ‘I can show you parts of Northland where people are living in degradation’ Jenna Lynch (Newshub): Winston Peters declares U-turn on Government’s plan to boost refugee quota Anna Powles and Michael Powles (Incline): Taking New Zealand’s Pacific Reset to the Pacific Islands Forum Don Rowe (Spinoff): A Pacific powderkeg: why Nauru will dominate the news this week Nick Perry (AP): Fate of Nauru refugees casts shadow over Pacific conference Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): Will Jacinda Ardern meet Nauru refugees she’s forever talking about? 1News: Grant Robertson defends Jacinda Ardern’s decision to take extra flight to Nauru, and to not use it for critically ill NZ woman Sophie Bateman (Newshub): Grant Robertson defends Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s separate Nauru flight Newshub: ‘She shouldn’t go’ – Duncan Garner on Jacinda Ardern’s separate Nauru flight Newstalk ZB: Extra costs for taxpayers so PM can spend more time with baby Newstalk ZB: PM reveals she considered not going to Nauru over immunisations issue Newstalk ZB: Ardern defended over Nauru flight, slammed over Whaitiri Lucy Bennett (Herald): Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern defends Air Force ride to Nauru 1News: Additional cost of Nauru trip due to ‘unique set of circumstances’ as baby Neve unable to travel – Prime Minister Henry Cooke (Stuff): Jacinda Ardern defends travelling separately to Nauru for Pacific Islands Forum RNZ: Bainimarama no show at Forum Perss Editorial: New Zealand’s Antarctic efforts need to be refocused Herald: Huge China-backed free trade deal could be signed as early as November Anneke Smith (RNZ): NZers in Australia’s Yongah Hill Detention Centre say jail is better Government Herald: Alleged incident between suspended minister Meka Whaitiri and staffer did not take place at Parliament 1News: Peeni Henare backs Labour colleague Meka Whaitiri as party’s Māori caucus meets Henry Cooke (Stuff): Meka Whaitiri absent from Parliament this week, PM says Jo Moir (RNZ): Meka Whaitiri will not return to Parliament when it resumes Lucy Bennett (Herald): Meka Whaitiri working from home constituency this week, PM says Bryce Edwards (Herald): Political Roundup: The vastly different perspectives on the Government Jason Walls (Interest): The sheer scale of the Provincial Growth Fund could be problematic for the Government  The Standard: Government as startup Parliament Richard Harman (Politik): Heightened tensions at Parliament Rawiri Taonui (Herald): Māori opting for general seats reflects their rise in all parties Lucy Bennett (Herald): DIA missed out whole month when calculating ministerial expenses Sophie Bateman (Newshub): Feminist MPs throw support behind transgender women National Party Audrey Young (Herald): All National MPs have verbally agreed to privacy waiver for computer probe says Gerry Brownlee Chris Marshall (Spinoff): The best solution for Simon Bridges and his leaker? Restorative justice David Cormack (Herald): What if National had actually retained power? The Standard: Bridges establishes working group to prepare discussion document Environment and conservation Jamie Morton (Herald): Challenging but achievable’ – how NZ can go green Henry Cooke (Stuff): Productivity Commission suggests ‘feebate’ for all cars and even more trees to fight climate change Thomas Coughlan (Newsroom): Not enough electric cars to hit the target Gerard Hutching (Stuff): Fish & Game warn of farmers’ move to blunt environmental message Newstalk ZB: Fed. Farmers deny they want to take over Fish and Game No Right Turn: Federated Farmers tries entryism to protect pollution Marty Sharpe (Stuff): Toxic dye used in ‘breast cancer awareness’ promo was poured into stream Jenny Ling (Stuff): DOC postpones Far North 1080 aerial drop following outrage from iwi Farah Hancock (Newsroom): Challenges for native plant nurseries Danielle Clent (North Shore Times): Tracks and reserves on Auckland’s North Shore to close because of kauri dieback disease Māori TV: North Shore tracks to close to stem kauri dieback 1News: Kereru are a protected species but some iwi want to hunt the birds for cultural reasons Esther Tauntom (Stuff): Water projects ‘critical’ as scientists predict run of even higher temperatures Tess Brunton (RNZ): Pipeline completion provides relief for water plant’s lone caretaker Leah Te Whata (Māori TV): Hapū to restore mahinga kai despite council stuff-up Jono Galuszka (Stuff): Levin landfill largely compliant with consents Primary industries Gerard Hutching (Stuff): Animal rights lawyers attack feedlot for violating welfare code Veronika Meduna (LIstener): What role should dairy farms play in NZ’s low-emission future? Interest: Treasury: Alternative proteins, artificial meats and the implications for our agricultural sector Eric Frykberg (RNZ): Growing exports of New Zealand Redwood for US market Keith Woodford (Stuff): China demand for New Zealand sheepmeat booming Business and economy Colin James (ODT): Question of wellbeing Gordon Campbell: On trying to cheer up the business sector Point of Order: It’s hard to find the policy beneath the platitudes in PM’s business speech Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): Treasury warns migration is falling faster than expected ‘posing a risk’ to growth RNZ: Higher dairy export prices boost terms of trade Andrew Caseley (Herald): Companies are looking at how to reduce their carbon emissions Employment Kate Newton (RNZ): Why being made redundant in NZ is so tough Dave Armstrong (Dominion Post): Not all businesses oppose the living wage Willie Jackson (Daily Blog): Kiwiblog gets it wrong Janine Rankin (Manawatū Standard): The women who stood their ground in Levin factory found Chris Morris (ODT):#MeTooNZ: inquiry call Justice, corrections, police David Fisher (Herald): The Great Escape – prison crisis eases after Corrections thinks outside the cell Ryan Boswell (1News): Government hails supposed turnaround in prisoner population, but National says the numbers are PR spin Marty Sharpe (Stuff): It’s not the justice system that’s broken, it’s the people Baden Vertongen (Pundit): Thoughts from the Criminal Justice Summit Oriini Kaipara (Māori TV): Community says no to convicted offenders Jared Savage (Herald): QC to consider bullying allegations in Haumaha inquiry Health Herald: Schools need national health food policy, researchers say 1News: Alcohol and dental organisations slam PAK’nSAVE’s ‘Good Health Week’ promotion after beer, chips and fizzy drink included Ben Strang (RNZ): $90m DHB IT system could be ditched Leigh-Marama McLachlan (RNZ): Waitemata DHB doubles Māori workforce Regan Paranihi (Māori TV): Iwi-led initiative to receive health award Wanganui Chronicle: Whanganui retirement home Enliven leading the way in cultural care 1News: Jacinda Ardern won’t criticise Simon Bridges for helping Kiwi woman ill in Bali Emily  van Velthooven (1News): Simon Bridges helped organise medevac flight for New Zealand woman seriously ill in Bali to return home Isaac Davison (Herald): ‘Be okay to lean on the people around you’ – Lifeline volunteer Victoria Rendall Education John Gerritsen (RNZ): ‘Jaw-dropping’ delays for special education Simon Judd (Herald): Students removed from school deserve justice Teresa Cowie (RNZ): Insight: Should NZ Schools Ban Mobile Phones? Janika ter Ellen (Newshub): Novopay leaves 2000 educators in debt after ‘shocking’ payment error Nicholas Boyack (Stuff): Government commits $24m to rebuilding rundown Wainuiomata High School Talisa Kupenga (Māori TV): $24mil Wainuiomata High School upgrade to include marae facilities 1News: Religious education row splits Wellington state school community RNZ: Unitec cuts at least 100 jobs as courses dropped Simon Collins (Herald): Unitec axes 19 courses and at least 100 jobs in bid to rein in costs Tim Miller (ODT): Concerns over focus of law camp review Housing Liam Hehir (Stuff): Borrowing on state house spending has more than a whiff of Hollywood about it Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): Phil Twyford’s house of cards – with 9982 homes to go, KiwiBuild is a fantasy Marlene Singh (Stuff): Landlord of grotty ‘swamp’ house given 10 days to fix flooding issues  Te Reo Māori Newshub: Mark Richardson’s passionate push for compulsory te reo Māori stuns co-hosts Jennifer Dann (Herald): 12 Questions: The Hits radio star Stacey Morrison Point of Order: There’s strength in numbers, they say – but how strong is 300 responses to te reo ambitions? Canterbury Liz McDonald (Press): Eight years on: Christchurch’s changing faces of power David Williams (Newsroom): Council manager makes legal threat over water report Dominic Harris (Press): Christchurch district plan change ‘serious injustice’ for residents Dominic Harris (Press): Council staff ‘deliberately sabotaged’ Christchurch District Plan on consents Kurt Bayer (Herald): Christchurch councillor David East calls for independent inquiry after tampering allegations RNZ: Councillor accuses staff of tampering with district plan Newshub: Christchurch City Council tampering claims ‘inappropriate’ – chief executive Garth Bray (TVNZ): Mould brings heartache for Christchurch woman still waiting for quake repairs Vicki Anderson (Stuff): It is people that make post-earthquake Christchurch great Local government Laura Dooney (RNZ): Wellington council becomes country’s largest living wage employer Laura Macdonald (Newshub): Wellington City Council becomes country’s first living wage council Collette Devlin (Stuff): Business leaders question cost as Wellington City Council gets living wage accreditation Collette Devlin (Stuff): Wellington’s mayor and city councillors trade civic heart for political beltway Anne Marie May (RNZ): Legal stoush over Chinese Garden plan continues Rachael Kelly (Southland Times): Regional council confirms use of consulting company David Farrar: Online voting trial Pike River Newshub: Pike River Recovery Agency reveals new details for drift re-entry plan Conan Young (RNZ): Pike electrical infrastructure may have survived explosions RNZ: Drift re-entry a ‘forensics examination’ Defence Terence O’Brien (Incline): An Old or a New Dawn? Questions Hang Over New Zealand’s Defence Policy Statement Stuff: $2 million budget for NZDF Afghanistan SAS raid Special Inquiry Office Transport Chris Trotter (Daily Blog): Transporting Aucklanders: Capitalist Cars versus Socialist Trains Tom Hunt (Stuff): Years of transport indecision sees ‘ghost flats’ haunt Wellington during housing crisis Laura Dooney (RNZ): Expressway uncertainty: Residents living in limbo Sam Kelway (1News): Mackenzie District Councillor outlines community effort to signpost dangerous road Sam Kelway (1News): ‘Disappointing’ and ‘profoundly gutting’ as twelve people killed on NZ’s road last week alone Drugs Cleo Fraser (Newshub): Drug Foundation blasts ‘callous indifference’ of Government amid synthetics epidemic Laura Walters (Newsroom): Drug cartels trafficking synthetic opioids target NZ Gambling John Minto (Daily Blog): Labour, New Zealand First and the Pokies Jessica Tyson (Māori TV): More time with whānau during Gambling Awareness Week Racing Herald Editorial: Messara report on racing offers familiar answers Press Editorial: Racing industry needs surgery, antibiotics – but not steroids Ollie Ritchie (Newshub): More NZ sporting bodies express concerns over TAB changes Other Alexander Gillespie (Stuff): Manning leaked info to break secrecy and privacy governments work under Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Internet society fears ‘Five Eyes’ could be about to undermine the Net Lynn Grieveson (Newsroom): DNA testing: pitfalls, bombshells and mysteries solved Moana Makapelu Lee (Māori TV): Wellington hapū place rāhui on land to halt development plans Rose Davis (RNZ): Waiheke Island military tunnel tours planned RNZ: Warning over unrealistic KiwiSaver promises Kate Nicol-Williams (1News): New study shows less than half of adult Kiwis have a will – ‘I didn’t think I needed one’ Chris Hutching (Stuff): US billionaire Julian Robertson buys Waiheke land for luxury lodge Grant Bradley (Herald): US billionaire Julian Robertson pays $19m for Waiheke Island property Laura Walters (Newsroom): Business of former MP Marama Fox owes over $70k Lucy Bennett (Herald): Former Māori Party co-leader Marama Fox’s company owes at least $70k Murdoch Stephens (Spinoff): How I gamed Facebook to get the refugee quota increased James Belfield (Stuff): The hard truth about immigration David Hall (Briefing Papers): Free speech and responsibilities James Croot (Stuff): Lisa Owen to start RNZ Checkpoint role next month Tess Brunton (RNZ): Tourist hotspots struggle for staff before summer season Emma Hurley (Newshub): Top trainer fined after five greyhounds die during Cook Strait ferry crossing Maria Pozza (Idealog): Into uncharted territory: as New Zealand’s space industry takes off, can we create laws that allow it to grow while keeping it in check? Robin Martin (RNZ): Anglican Archdeacon Tikitūterangi Raumati makes powerful gesture in death]]>