The Beehive and Parliament Buildings.

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.

The Beehive and Parliament Buildings.

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

Dr Bryce Edwards is a political scientist and a lecturer in Politics.