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Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – September 7 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 Lucy Bennett (Herald): Under-pressure minister Clare Curran safe, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says Tova O’Brien (Newshub): A tale of two ministers: Government evades questions over ministerial conduct Newshub: Judith Collins felt sorry for Clare Curran ‘as a human being’ RNZ: Parliamentary no-show from Clare Curran Henry Cooke (Stuff): Clare Curran on personal leave after horror Question Time 1News: Labour MP Clare Curran absent from Parliament, takes personal leave after bumbling performance during Question Time Tim Miller (ODT): Curran on personal leave after email grilling Lucy Bennett (Herald): Clare Curran on leave as Cabinet Office issues guidelines on ministers’ use of email Emma Hurley (Newshub): Minister Clare Curran absent from Parliament on leave RNZ: Minister ‘needs to be clear’ over use of personal email – National MP Catherine Harris (Stuff): Curran’s email blunder highlights perils of using personal email for work Audrey Young and Lucy Bennett (Herald): Suspended MP Meka Whaitiri ‘humbled’ by support David Fisher (Herald): Meka Whaitiri’s ‘staffing matter’ came on day of key decision in whanau rift over mother’s exit from home RNZ: Whaitiri back at Parliament for first time since investigation started Tracy Watkins (Stuff): Minister at centre of staff bullying claim back in Parliament 1News: Meka Whaitiri appears in Parliament for first time since standing down amid assault allegation Press Editorial: Clark’s return is no help to Ardern Listener Editorial: The Government’s Electoral (Integrity) Amendment Bill has no integrity at all Anna Bracewell-Worrall (Newshub): Revealed: Shane Jones defies official advice in $2.4m splurge on Kawakawa centre Pacific Forum, Nauru John Armstrong (1News): Jacinda Ardern’s excursion to Nauru a PR disaster Bryce Edwards (Herald): Political Roundup: Has Jacinda Ardern let down the Nauru refugees? Gia Garrick (RNZ): ‘We don’t have a future here’: Nauru refugees look to other countries for help RNZ: Nauru refugees: NZ doing all it can, says PM RNZ: Refugee debate overshadows Pacific Islands Forum No Right Turn: Disappointed Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Jacinda, MFAT and the Nauru omnishambles highlights the terror China has caused Political finance Matthew Hooton (Herald): Eyeing up taxpayers’ pockets Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): The curious case of the ‘secret’ state gift RNZ: Government ministers spend $1.5m on travel in three months 1News: Highest spending Government minister revealed as expenses released Herald: Ministers’ expenses finally released today Newshub: Ministers’ expenses released: Who were the biggest spenders? Parliament Peter Dunne (Newsroom): Ministers need training and performance reviews Peter Wilson (RNZ): Week In Politics: Policy problems and woeful performances 1News: National label NZ First ‘total hypocrites’ as entrenching Māori seats moves forward, firearms bill scrapped 1News: Watch: Winston Peters cracks a funny after Paula Bennett accuses him of ‘treating media and public like they’re stupid’ 1News: Watch: Winston Peters defends Clare Curran over stumble in Parliament, after Paula Bennett goes on attack – ‘We all have an off day’ Emma Hurley (Newshub): Paula Bennett and Winston Peters battle over Curran and refugee quota Emma Hurley (Newshub): Lasers, sharks, coward-punches and languages: Four Bills drawn from the biscuit tin Dave Nicoll (Southland Times): Invercargill MP’s Bill to regulate shark cage diving pulled from ballot in Parliament Stuff: Airline pilots welcome member’s bill proposing tougher penalties for laser strikes Dan Satherley (Newshub): National MP Matt King’s plan to king-hit coward-punchers No Right Turn: Let’s entrench MMP as well David Farrar: NZ First vote for bill to entrench Maori seats Henry Cooke (Stuff): Green Party calls for plaque in Parliament for New Zealand wars State sector Audit Blog: Free and frank advice to Ministers: why it matters… Thomas Coughlan (Newsroom): Crisis looms without privacy funding The Standard: Public Service Reform Foreign Affairs Newshub: New Zealand deploys Air Force against North Korea over sanctions breaches Stuff: Government to send RNZAF Orion maritime patrol aircraft to enforce UN sanctions against North Korea Richard Harman (Politik): What is it with Peters and Russia? Tom Hunt (Stuff): Family of Kiwi man shot dead by police doubt official version Jamie Morton (Herald): Claims Japan killed whales in new Ross Sea reserve Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): An end in sight for RCEP trade talks? Justice, corrections, crime Blair Ensor (Stuff): Christchurch prison boss John Roper fired after major investigation 1News: Christchurch Men’s Prison boss sacked over illegal spying on inmates RNZ: Christchurch Men’s Prison boss John Roper sacked Simon Wilson (Herald): The National crime crisis Sam Hurley (Herald): Ministry of Justice workers vote on strike action for ‘low-paid’ female employees Stuff: Canadian woman who said NZ judge ‘bullied’ her into guilty plea has conviction overturned Police Jared Savage (Herald): Police Deputy Commissioner Wally Haumaha: Two women make formal complaints alleging bullying Stuff: Two formal complaints about alleging bullying by police Deputy Commissioner Wally Haumaha RNZ: Two formal complaints made against Wally Haumaha Sophie Bateman (Newshub): Two women make formal complaints about Wally Haumaha 1News: Two formal complaints made alleging bullying by Deputy Police Commissioner Wally Haumaha Jared Savage and Anna Leask (Herald): Deputy Commissioner Wally Haumaha ‘must stand aside’ says National Matt Stewart (Stuff): Bishop calls for resignation over formal bullying complaints against high ranking cop Wally Haumaha RNZ: Calls for deputy Police Commissioner to stand down during probe Natasha Jojoa Burling (Newstalk ZB): Former co-worker of Wally Haumaha on hunger strike in support Kurt Bayer (Herald): High-level talks after police officers arrest defendant during meeting with lawyer 1News: Class of police recruits graduates in Auckland – the first time in 44 years Anna Leask (Herald): Struggling Auckland cops forced to eat 89c baked beans as cost of living soars Primary Industries Marty Sharpe (Stuff): Small group of dirty farmers still causing profound harm to environment and industry Gareth Hughes: Let’s not be chicken when it comes to animal welfare Lois Williams (RNZ): Northland vet reveals location of M Bovis infection Conan Young (RNZ): M bovis managers with little farming knowledge slow process – farmer RNZ: Greater protection needed from African swine fever – pork industry Environment and conservation Brian Fallow (Herald): Fighting climate change on the farm Andrea Vance (Stuff): Hunter Valley access a step closer after Matt Lauer’s lawyers meet with officials RNZ: Hunter Valley Station access comes one step closer Newshub: ‘Positive progress’ for the public in Matt Lauer’s Hunter Valley Station agreement Regan Paranihi (Māori TV): Open letter opposes national 1080 ban RNZ: Lack of information on depth of plastic problem in NZ oceans RNZ: Microplastics found in most NZ coastal water samples Kate Nicol-Williams (1News): Seed lab using dry ice to save natives opens in Wellington 1News: DOC calls off rescue of humpback whale found tangled in ropes off Northland Marty Sharpe (Stuff): Wastewater poured into Napier estuary by council again due to failing system Hawke’s Bay Today: Swimming and shellfish ban: Wastewater deliberately discharged into estuary to take pressure off Napier Bayley Moor (Stuff): Hundreds of millions needed to protect Northland harbours Andre Chumko (Stuff): Crowdfunding campaign to buy land next to Te Mata Peak Park Waimea Dam Cherie Sivignon (Nelson Mail): Tasman District Council decides to proceed with controversial Waimea dam project Kaitlin Ruddock (1News): Controversial Waimea Dam project resurrected by Tasman District Council RNZ: Waimea Dam back on the table Financial sector Nikki Mandow (Newsroom): Greedy, tacky, slow: FMA boss hits out at industry Madison Reidy (RNZ): Trust in insurers and banks at ‘crisis’ point – regulator Rob Everett: Speech to Is trust the new currency? Tamsyn Parker (Herald): Warning over second wave of crisis in trust in financial services: NZ regulator Jenée Tibshraeny (Interest): Finance Minister Grant Robertson says location of bank branches is up to banks, but notes banks need a ‘social licence’ to operate Budget, economy Geoff Bertram (Newsroom): Austerity – a cautionary tale Alan Bollard (LIstener): Ten years after the global financial crisis, Alan Bollard warns of new risks Housing Catherine Harris (Stuff): Chinese pour $1.5 billion into NZ housing market last year David Hargreaves (Interest): What is missing from the Government’s Healthy Homes initiative is a long-term plan to modernise all of New Zealand’s housing stock Newshub: Landlords cool on bedroom heater proposal Susan Edmunds (Stuff): House prices have fallen, but don’t expect a big downturn Meghan Lawrence (Herald): New South Auckland housing project will provide accommodation for over 150 homeless people Kiri Gillespie (Bay of Plenty Times): Pāpāmoa residents object to proposed affordable housing development Siobhan Harvey (Herald): Intensive housing construction is hard on neighbours Education John Gerritsen (RNZ): Former chancellor proposes ‘University of New Zealand’ Newshub: Fears that abuse at Thames daycare centre happened for six years Jake McKee Cagney (Stuff): Ministry of Education cancels Thames childcare centre’s licence for breaches of practice Herald: Ministry of Education cancels Thames childcare centre’s licence after probing ‘serious breaches’ Simon Collins (Herald): Dr Lance O’Sullivan wants military school on Hato Petera College’s Northcote site Māori TV: Rangatahi share their stories – Part Three Jo LInes Mackenzie (Stuff): Fears over Tribal Huks role in Ngāruawāhia youth centre 1News: College in Auckland defends itself against claims of a bullying culture, after shocking video shows students fighting in front of a crowd RNZ: Pasifika academics burdened with ‘invisible cultural labour’ RNZ: First university-level Tongan classes offered in NZ Kyle MacDonald (Herald): Harry Potter, school expulsions and the nature of evil Herald: Matty McLean returns to school for Pride Week Health Phil Pennington (RNZ): Counties Manukau DHB calls in lawyers to investigate financial reporting Leigh-Marama McLachlan (RNZ): Māori health: ‘We have to be talking about racism’ Eloise Gibson (Newsroom): Legal threat to suppress clinical study Emma Russell (Herald): Hospital security staff get camera vests at Waitemata DHB after nurse strangled and staff assaults Janine Rankin (Manawatū Standard): Nurses fill in for midwives as staffing shortage deepens Janine Rankin (Manawatū Standard): Better prospects for heart-attack sufferers Ruby MacAndrew (Stuff): Full steam ahead for Wellington’s new children’s hospital as construction begins Tom Hunt (Stuff): Files that ‘don’t exist’ show Wellington Hospital generator years overdue for overhaul Oliver Lewis (Stuff): Delays could lead to budget blow-out for Christchurch’s new acute services building Red Nicholson  (Spinoff): Why MPs playing wheelchair dress-ups is such a terrible idea Emily Ford (Stuff): South Auckland hospital boss criticises lack of diversity in bowel screening material Bryan Gould: Primary health care for all  Danielle Clent (Stuff): Auckland mum calls for life-saving Epipens to be fully funded Matt Shand (Stuff): BOP mental health director resigns after damming report into culture David Garrett (Kiwiblog): Overhaul the mental health system and reduce suicides Ruby MacAndrew (Stuff): Mental health advocate, known for work with Royal Family, calls on Kiwi leaders State abuse inquiry Laura Dooney (RNZ): State abuse inquiry: ‘They’ve lost hope because it’s taken so long’ Teuila Fuatai (Newsroom): Cabinet yet to hear abuse inquiry proposal Employment John Anthony (Stuff): Skilled migrants struggling to find work due to lack of ‘Kiwi experience’ Jo Hartley (Stuff): Should we offer women leave from work for fertility treatments? Racing industry RNZ: Harness racing arrests: ‘If they want to play with fire they get burnt’ Herald: Harness racing probe: Big-time punter Graham Beirne — ‘I’m innocent’ Penny Bright RNZ: Penny Bright: ‘I wouldn’t change anything’ Paul Buchanan: Recognising Penny David Farrar: Go well Penny Bernard Orsman (Herald): John Banks expresses heart-felt admiration for Penny Bright, saying ‘she kept us on our toes Local government Bernard Orsman (Herald): Goff tells bureaucrats to work together instead of fighting in court with expensive lawyers Bernard Orsman (Herald): Absurd outcome: Expensive lawyers hired at ratepayers’ expense for internal spat at Auckland Council Teuila Fuatai (Newsroom): Looking out for their own backyard Tracy Neal (RNZ): Nelson to benefit from big test match 1News: ‘This is going to work for us’ – Paihia residents’ bid to rid town of violent crime has full support of local council Herald: Michael Laws calls Africa ‘the very worst of humanity’, offends entire continent in one Facebook post 1News: People could be made to pay for day trips to Coromandel’s Hahei Beach under proposed parking bylaw Damian George (Dominion Post): Wellington City Council backs Government proposal to ban single-use plastic shopping bags Transport, petrol prices and road safety Meriana Johnsen (RNZ): Petrol prices ‘creep like rust’ towards $2.50 a litre Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): Petrol prices on ‘endless creep upwards’ as fuel companies add pain to the pump Katie Fitzgerald and Bridget Grace (Newshub): Price of petrol hits 30-year high Audrey Young (Herald): Random drug-testing bill set to be voted down by Government parties John MIlford (Stuff): Get Wellington moving programme misses what the region needs Herald Editorial: Public needs to have a say on lowering speed limits Marama Fox and Māori Party Moana Makapelu Lee (Māori TV): Māori Party look for new co-leaders Lucy Bennett (Herald): Former Māori Party co-leader Marama Fox addresses resignation, liquidation Te Wiki o te Reo Māori  Jenny Ling (Stuff): Far North libraries get set for te reo scrabble Sarah Moore (Stuff): Seven ways to celebrate Te Wiki o te reo Māori Battle of Te Ngutu o Te Manu – 150 years Robin Martin (RNZ): A new generation learns about Tītokowaru’s War Karl du Fresne: Remembering the Battle of Te Ngutu o te Manu Other David Hargreaves (Interest): Latest figures show sharp rise in the number of under-25s in this country declaring bankruptcy Charlie Dreaver (RNZ): ‘Only 2 percent of our scientific workforce is Māori and Pasifika’ Newshub: Brave Hearts support group battles meth scourge James Ting-Edwards (Spinoff): NZ’s privacy law is covered in dust. We need a reboot for the internet age John Boynton (RNZ): Northland iwi leader fires back at Māori King’s allegations Alice Angeloni (Stuff): Church leaders resign over Anglican decision on same-sex blessings Herald: NZ Herald weekly audience hits 1.66 million as NZME magazines, newspapers enjoy strong growth Tim Brown (RNZ): Dunedin searching for freedom camping site in central city Deena Coster (Stuff): Former NZ local govt CEO’s behaviour deemed ‘corrupt’ by Australian commission Eva Corlett (RNZ): NZer’s behaviour ‘the very embodiment of corruption’ Newshub: Controversial Korean spiritual leader chooses Kerikeri as base for global empire Northern Advcoate: Spiritual leader investing millions turning Kerikeri into global base Zane Small (Newshub): Wealthy Americans ship doomsday bunkers to New Zealand – report Aimee Shaw (Herald): How much food waste New Zealand’s largest mall Sylvia Park creates each day Tim Murphy (Newsroom): Dame Patsy: Action needed on gender equity]]>