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Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – September 6 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] Pacific Forum, Nauru Tracy Watkins (Stuff): What is Winston Peters up to in refugee spat? Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): Winston Peters presents significant challenge for lip readers Philip Matthews (Press): Editorial: A lost opportunity on Nauru Claire Trevett (Herald): The sorry tale of Niue’s only duck Herald: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern discusses refugees on Nauru Jenna Lynch (Newshub): Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern caves to Winston Peters after refugee remarks RNZ: New Zealand welcomes new Pacific security declaration RNZ: Huge grant from Europe to help save Pacific Ocean Newshub: Watch: Nauru President performs song for PM Jacinda Ardern about baby Neve, New Zealand 1News: Watch: Jacinda Ardern serenaded with song written especially for her and Neve on arrival to Nauru Nick Perry (Herald): Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern steals limelight at Pacific meeting Fran O’Sullivan (Herald): Jacinda Ardern was right to delay travel to Nauru ODT Editorial: PM’s Nauru trip a lost chance Gordon Campbell: On the fuss and fighting over the PM’s Pacific Forum trip Anna Bracewell-Worrall (Newshub): ‘I am Prime Minister – I have a job to do’: Jacinda Ardern defends separate Nauru flight Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): The PM, the baby and the plane RNZ: Nauru governments warns journalists to stick to rules 1News: New Zealand should send ‘stern warning’ to Nauru over human rights – ACT leader RNZ: Nauru president attacks journalists for covering refugee stories during Forum Government John Armstrong (Listener): New Zealand First’s salvation could also be its demise Peter Dunne (Interest): The Government has to all intents and purposes become a New Zealand First/Labour coalition Newshub: Clare Curran’s questioning fumble ‘catastrophic’ – Tova O’Brien Newshub: Wounded target’: Clare Curran has no credibility left – Duncan Garner 1News: Watch as beleaguered Labour minister Clare Curran stumbles over probing questions about her use of personal email for Government business Stacey KIrk (Stuff): Embattled minister Clare Curran struggles to explain using personal email for Government business Newstalk ZB: Clare Curran grilled over her use of a Gmail account Tim Miller (ODT):‘Um, ah, you know’ … Curran flounders Tim Miller (ODT): ‘Good chance’ Curran won’t survive year Mike Houlahan (ODT): Curran’s demotion punishment ‘inadequate’: Bridges 1News: Watch: Paula Bennett calls Jacinda Ardern’s handling of recent ministerial issues ‘absolutely disgraceful’ in fiery speech to Parliament John Gibb (ODT): Checks, balances protect the rule of law Parliament Henry Cooke (Stuff): Ministers spent $1.49m on travel and accommodation in last quarter – far less than last Government for same period Audrey Young (Herald): Bill to entrench the Māori seats passes first hurdle with support from opponent Morgan Godfery (Māui St): Breaking: NZF likely to support Māori seats entrenchment bill 1News: Paula Bennett quizzes Government over stance on entrenching Māori seats Henry Cooke (Stuff): Report suggests $13m in extra funding for MPs’ offices, but Government quickly rejects it Lucy Bennett (Herald): MP support report ‘dead in the water’ David Farrar: Massive increase proposed for MPs expenses Pete George: “Massive increase” in MP funding, most for Government MPs Helen Clark Graham Adams (Noted): Helen Clark’s chest-beating is wearing a bit thin Finn Hogan (Newshub): Helen Clark compares her tenure to Jacinda Ardern’s 1News: Watch: What does former Prime Minister Helen Clark think of parliament now? State sector, OIA Simon Chapple (Newsroom): Reviving the spineless state sector Craig McCulloch (RNZ): DHBs told to deal with OIA requests faster No Right Turn: Mixed news on the OIA Racing industry Martin van Beynen, Mat Kermeen and Anne Clarkson (Stuff): Ten arrested after 17 police raids during probe into race-fixing, drugs offences Kurt Bayer (Herald): Harness racing race-fixing scandal: Three more charged 1News:Three more people charged as police investigate alleged race-fixing in NZ harness racing industry Newshub: Three more arrested in relation to alleged harness race-fixing Jonny Turner (ODT): Racing scandal mounts Kurt Bayer (Herald): Punting on NZ harness racing continues despite police race-fixing probe Kurt Bayer (Herald): Seven race-fixing accused banned from every racecourse in NZ RNZ: Nelson race meet at the centre of harness racing race-fixing charges Jim Tucker (Taranaki Daily News): Racecourse grab a cynical move Peter Lampp (Manawatū Standard): Racing revamp will require lawmakers to gallop across the house Environment and conservation Pattrick Smellie (Stuff): Productivity Commission offers a peek into our net zero carbon future Bernard Hickey (Newsroom): A ‘feebate’ political landmine Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): Stupid climate solutions – people don’t want to bike to work Christina Persico (Stuff): OMV tells EPA that many environmental claims are ‘not legally relevant’ in oil and gas hearing Simon Hartley (ODT): Land use concerns farmers Bob Kerridge (Newshub): Opinion: Weapons of mass destruction being used in war against pests in Aotearoa Kate Gudsell (RNZ): Deadly poison plan worries cat owners Stuff: 1080 use in New Zealand: Expert Q&A Jo McKenzie-McLean (Stuff): Landowners ‘astounded’ stock effluent site built near Central Otago waterway Laura Mills (Greymouth Star): Lead shot use stops due to effect on kea Anna Bracewell-Worrall (Newshub): Māori excluded from kauri dieback response – advocates Te Aniwa Hurihanganui (RNZ): Kauri dieback fight: Scientist warns of ‘Māori exclusion’ Gerard Hutching (Stuff): Myrtle rust detection programme wound down  Chloe Ranford (Stuff): Lower part of river ‘absolutely devoid of fish life’, yet upstream swimming with fish Newshub: Court of Appeal shark cage diving ruling major victory for pāua diving community 1News: Shark cage diving constitutes ‘hunting or killing’ great whites, Court of Appeal rules Grant Bradley (Herald): Shark cage ban: Tourism Industry Aotearoa bares its teeth Financial sector Laura Walters (Newsroom): Provinces’ ‘first citizen’ takes on banks Thomas Manch (Stuff): Shane Jones asks Reserve Bank governor to consider new rules for regional banks Lucy Bennett (Herald): Shane Jones meets Reserve Bank governor Adrian Orr over banking in regions Craig McCulloch (RNZ): Shane Jones presents case on rural banks to Reserve Bank governor Tamsyn Parker (Herald): Finance firms face $100k fine if they fail to put consumers first Jenée Tibshraeny (Interest): Financial services lobby group launches Code of Conduct Richard Klipin (Stuff): Code of conduct to ensure customers put first Madison Reidy (RNZ): Financial services sector needs to ‘lift its game’ Business, economy, trade Thomas Coughlan (Newsroom): What will the Wellbeing Budget change? Richard Harman (Politik): Happiness: the new GDP Pattrick Smellie (BusinessDesk): Government’s wellbeing focus a work in progress, says Grant Robertson Daisy Hudson (ODT): Treasury CEO: economy strong despite gloom Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Here’s why New Zealand isn’t ready for a share market downturn RNZ: Declining business confidence may increase unemployment Steven Joyce (Interest): On what’s causing business confidence to fall  Housing Michael Morrah (Newshub): Exclusive: Record amounts being spent on ‘Band-Aid solution’ motels for homeless Dan Satherley (Newshub): Northland’s homeless ‘living in buses and cow sheds’ Moana Makapelu Lee (Māori TV): Govt says it’s taking responsibility as landlord seriously Russell Brown (Spinoff): ‘We’re not here to judge your lifestyle, we’re here to make sure you’re housed’ Mike Houlahan (ODT): DCC checks after property owners ‘dobbed in’ Susan Edmunds (Stuff): KiwiBuild ‘significantly cheaper’ than other smaller-scale developments, Colliers says Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Buyers told: Compare KiwiBuild to apartments Chris Barton (Noted): Why freeing up more land won’t solve Auckland’s housing crisis Eva Corlett (RNZ): Govt investigates other Tauranga housing developments after Bella Vista Justice, corrections Sam Hurley (Herald): No compensation for victim of convicted Defence Force sergeant ‘groper Roper’ Kirsty Lawrence (Stuff): Woman who sued the Crown and Robert Roper for alleged abuse loses case Phil Pennington (RNZ): Woman loses fight to claim damages after sexual assault 1News: Exclusive: Figures show sexual violence court pilot is slashing trial wait times Jarrod Gilbert (Herald): Baby Boomers can help fix prison problem Catherine Hutton (RNZ): Parents given chance to speak on Family Court improvements Point of Order: Family Court: we thought Labour had the answers in 2014 but it now wants more advice Jo Moir (RNZ): New bail phone app helps decrease prison populationCrown sums up in trial of Auckland prison guards Edward Gay (RNZ): Crown sums up in trial of Auckland prison guards Matt Stewart (Stuff): Compensation ‘in the mix’ after mum has conviction for baby killing quashed Melissa Davies (Newshub): Terri Friesen ‘wrapt, relieved’ after manslaughter conviction quashed Melissa Davies (Newshub): Taranaki mother’s conviction over baby killing quashed RNZ: Mum’s manslaughter conviction quashed 16 years after ex’s admission Herald: Justice 30 years later for Terri Friesen, whose baby was killed in 1989 MIchelle Duff (Stuff): She says she was raped in a classroom, and her life changed forever. What about his? Sam Hurley (RNZ): Corrections officer ‘reacted to violence with violence’ after inmates attacked, court hears Katie Doyle (RNZ): Hundreds of Ministry of Justice employees vote on strike action Police Jared Savage (Herald): Formal complaint about alleged bullying laid against deputy commissioner Wally Haumaha Māori TV: Former Police Chaplain goes on Hunger Strike Herald: Heightened concern about experienced police officers leaving in droves after latest pay offer rejected Newshub: Government shoots down gang firearms proposal Education Simon Collins (Herald): Relief teacher supply hits ‘critical low’, agency contracted to Ministry of Education tells schools Luke Appleby (1News): Further strikes ‘not off the table’ as teacher pay negotiations continue behind closed doors this week Simon Collins (Herald): Teacher shortage hits just over half of NZ primary schools Alex Baird (Newshub): NZEI laments ‘horrific’ teacher shortage after eye-opening survey Herald Editorial: Early school leavers are a challenge for tertiary training Eleanor Rarity (Timaru Herald): Mike King speaks at Geraldine High after 2017 talk was cancelled Maiki Sherman and Anna Whyte (1News): Government forced to apologise after Waitangi Tribunal claim lodgment overlooked Katie Fitzgerald: Single-sex schools good for boys academically – but what about once they leave? Adele Redmond (Stuff): Cost of Redcliffs School rebuild on Redcliffs Park site grows to $16 million Russell Ballard (Stuff):  Universities can prosper only by joining together John Gerritsen (RNZ): TEC defends survey after universities block ratings John Gerritsen (RNZ): Universities block course survey results Tom Hunt (Stuff): Religious instruction finds its way into 600 secular primary schools Renee Clayton (Rodney Times): Stoush over Bible lessons in state schools heads to the High Court Dan Satherley (Newshub): Māori MPs who don’t back charter schools should be ashamed – Lance O’Sullivan Māori TV): Rangatahi share their stories – Part Two Health Bryce Edwards (Newsroom): Time to campaign for free universal public dental care Suzy Mitchell (Noted): Action on period poverty is a bloody good thing Phil Pennington (RNZ): Investigation finds possible financial irregularities at Counties Manukau DHB Michelle Cooke (RNZ): ‘Unfathomable’ NZ prosthetists don’t have to hold degrees – lawyer Anna Whyte (1News):‘Massive potential’ for medicinal cannabis industry in NZ, if MPs ‘get their act together’ – Chlöe Swarbrick Chris Fowlie (Daily Blog): Blending the bills – how NZ could get the world’s best medicinal cannabis law Kate Fitzgerald: World Health Organisation study finds Kiwis are getting lazier David Farrar: Youth smoking continues to fall Piers Fuller (Stuff): Wairarapa GP shortage sees health centres close books to new patients Oliver Lewis (Stuff): Delays could lead to budget blow-out for Christchurch’s new acute services building Damian George and Thomas Manch (Stuff): Late spike in influenza has Wellingtonians requiring intensive care treatment Māori TV: Arthritis growing health issue for Māori men Newshub: ‘A lot of work to be done’ on wheelchair accessibility – Carmel Sepuloni Talisa Kupenga (Māori TV): Ministers in wheelchairs to support World Spinal Cord Injury Day RNZ: Labour MPs spend a day wheelchair-bound 1News: Labour MPs ‘wheel around’ Parliament to raise awareness of those with spinal injuries Regan Paranihi (Māori TV): Kai Ora Fund supports 56 Northland projects Mike Houlahan (ODT): Otago agency wins Maori health award Local government Dominic Harris (Press): Councillors accused of ‘sticking heads in sand’ as asset sales talks hit stumbling block Dominic Harris (Press): Christchurch councillor in trouble over staff ‘tampering’ claims Logan Church (RNZ): Checkpoint: Conduct complaint lodged against Chch councillor Tony Holman (Herald): Nimbys are the heroes of democracy and our environment Cherie Sivignon and Warren Gamble (Nelson Mail): Plans for Waimea dam project secrecy has the backing of Tasman council boss Rachael Kelly (Southland Times): Councillors recommend robust conflict of interest policy Southland Times Editorial: In practice and in policy Chloe Blommerde (Stuff): Costs skyrocket for Waiora House in Taupo Tracey Roxburgh (ODT): Waitaki Mayor, CEO deny any rift Penny Bright David Fisher (Herald): Penny Bloody Bright and the words she wants on her gravestone Bernard Orsman (Herald): Activist Penny Bright: Defying death and still making trouble Todd Niall (Stuff): Final battle for Penny Bright – the woman with a ‘heart of a lion’ Primary industries Keith Woodford (Interest): Why MPI needs to bring a science-based culture to the fore Andrea Fox (Herald): Ministry for Primary Industries open to apple and stonefruit to compo claims Gerard Hutching (Stuff): Pork industry alarmed about spread of deadly African swine fever Employment, workplace safety Sally Rae (ODT): Alliance clarifies position on recruiting overseas workers Audrey Young (Herald): Former All Black Matthew Cooper pleads health and safety case for small sports bodies Zane Small (Newshub): ‘No control’: Blenheim woman’s vehicle stopped remotely by boss 1News: Man, 23, killed in Auckland port accident donated organs that helped save six people’s lives, family say Mei Heron (1News): More workplaces promoting wellbeing for employees Transport RNZ: A train between Hamilton and Auckland? Newshub: The Auckland spots where you will soon have to drive slower Roger Blakeley (Stuff): Will electric locomotives on main trunk line be scrapped? Waitangi Trust fraud RNZ: Waitangi Trust fraud: ‘It’s been a pretty horrible time for everyone’ Māori TV: Waitangi Trust CEO denies mistakes were mad Marama Fox Patrick Gower (Newshub): Marama Fox vows to pay back $87.5k in debt after quitting Māori Party Newshub: Marama Fox ‘stuck up for what she believed in’ – Paula Bennett Mānia Clarke (Māori TV): New Māori Party leadership imminent following Fox resignation Craig McCulloch (RNZ): Marama Fox officially steps down as Māori Party co-leader 1News: Marama Fox resigns from Māori Party co-leadership amid business woes Māori TV: Fox steps down as Māori Party co-leader Anna Bracewell-Worrall (Newshub): Marama Fox steps down as co-leader of the Maori Party Tracy Watkins (Stuff): Marama Fox steps down as Māori Party co-leader Herald: Marama Fox resigns as co-leader of the Māori Party Colin Craig and Jordan Williams back in court Asher Emanuel (Spinoff): ‘Who do you despise more?’ Jordan Williams and Colin Craig at the Supreme Court Stuff: Colin Craig should pay the jury’s $1.27m defamation award, court told Other Catherine Groenestein (Stuff): Teenager stranded in prison after Oranga Tamariki refuses to take him back Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): NZDF officer avoids punishment over email David Williams (Newsroom): Island’s tourist tax could triple Alison Smith (Bay of Plenty Times): Pay-to-visit Hahei Beach bylaw proposed, public feedback sought 1News: All Blacks should ‘go away and stop trying to take our money’ that should go to getting kids active – Exercise Association Charlie Dreaver (RNZ): Fentanyl found in drug testing: ‘This stuff is deadly, it is cheap’ Zane Small and Suzette Howe (Newshub): What to expect from ‘An evening with Chelsea Manning’ Liz McDonald (Press): Public gets chance for say on quake tribunal plans as bill passes first hurdle John Tamihere (Herald): Kīngitanga movement commands huge respect from all Māori Paul Gorman (ODT): Claim MetService not operating fairly Tess Brunton (RNZ): Hardship behind Wanaka’s beauty: ‘You can’t sustainably live there’ Mānia Clarke (Māori TV): SkyCity Casino opens doors to help problem gamblers Karl du Fresne (Stuff): Churches turn to political barrow pushing to stay relevant Alex Perrottet (RNZ): Can Australia’s democracy find its way back from the wilderness? Duncan Webb (Press): There are many limits on free speech in New Zealand]]>