Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – September 12 2018


Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – September 12 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.

Power prices
Rob Stock (Stuff): Force power companies to tell customers, if they’re on wrong plan
Katie Fitzgerald (Newshub): Wait and see what Government will do about power costs – Megan Woods
Catherine Hutton (RNZ): Residential power prices rise 79% in 28 years
Thomas Coughlan (Newsroom): Government eyes electricity price imbalance
Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Review finds two-tier power market developing
Carla Penman (Herald): Kiwi households paying ‘almost 80 per cent more for power today than in 1990’
Anna Bracewell-Worrall  and Jenna Lynch (Newshub): Cost of electricity up 80 percent since 1990 – report
1News: Kiwis who don’t shop around paying more for electricity – report
Dene Mackenzie (ODT): Electricity review report released
RNZ: Report points to ‘energy hardship’ for households
Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Rising power prices pushing Kiwi households into power poverty
BusinessDesk: Electricity industry, govt need to do more on energy hardship – panel
Jenée Tibshraeny (Interest): Government review shows two-tier retail electricity market between households that shop around and those that don’t
Matthew Theunissen (RNZ): Power poverty: ‘We don’t even have a heater’
Carla Penman (Herald):‘If it’s cold, dinner will be late’ – Auckland solo mum forced to borrow to pay power bills
Newshub: Wood burners could be solution to New Zealand’s energy woes – expert

Tax Working Group
Herald Editorial: Property tax could improve the economy
Thomas Coughlan (Newsroom): Capital Gains Tax looks less likely
Dene Mackenzie (ODT): Tax group expected to suggest wider net
Point of Order: Capital gains: the taxing task of balancing economic and political considerations

Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): What is Labour for?
Tracy Watkins (Stuff): The Winston and Jacinda show – it’s time for Ardern to push back
Barbara Dreaver (1News): Pacific Islands’ Forum: ‘Da plane, da plane’ – if Jacinda Ardern hadn’t shown up we would have been penalised for it down the line
Scott Palmer (Newshub): Jacinda Ardern back on collision course over refugee numbers
Jacinda Ardern: ‘I remember the crunch point’: Jacinda Ardern looks back on the 2017 election – Exerpt Stardust and Substance
1News: Watch: Winston Peters forced to apologise for saying ‘some doctors make you sick’ in reference to Dr Nick Smith
1News: Jacinda Ardern responds to glowing New York Times column describing her as ‘trying to counter Trump’s ugly impulses’

Clare Curran resignation
Liam Hehir (Stuff): Ducking and weaving may be more authentic than straight-shooting
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Derek Handley was offered CTO job before it was put on hold, says source
Chris Bramwell (RNZ): Clare Curran tells PM she will make Gmails available
Emma Hurley (RNZ): Ex-Minister Clare Curran says private emails will be ‘publicly discoverable’
Lucy Bennett (Herald): Clare Curran admits possibly more Gmails with Handley
Henry Cooke (Stuff): Clare Curran admits ‘there may be some more’ Derek Handley emails not yet released
Herald: Miniisters reminded of correct email use
Kate Hawkesby (Newstalk ZB): Clare Curran – the not so open former Open Government minister
No Right Turn: Good news for transparency
Herald: Jacinda Ardern defends comments to ZB before Clare Curran’s resignation
RNZ: PM defends decisions on Curran, Whaitiri and business confidence
1News: PM’s answers over Clare Curran resignation ‘incredibly misleading’ – Simon Bridges
Newstalk ZB: Ardern and Bridges clash over Curran saga
Anna Bracewell-Worrall (Newshub): ‘I got it wrong’: Greg O’Connor repentant after criticising PM
1News: ‘I got a telling off’ – Labour’s Greg O’Connor apologised ‘unreservedly’ to Jacinda Ardern over Clare Curran comments
David Farrar: On that transcript
Mike Houlahan (ODT): Curran’s ‘tireless’ electorate work praised

Craig McCulloch (RNZ): Government ministers play down coalition clash over employment law
Katie Fitzgerald (Newshub): First Union ‘worried’ about NZ First’s dominance over Labour
Henry Cooke (Stuff): Winston Peters says controversial labour law is still a ‘work in progress’
RNZ: Employment law changes won’t help business growth – CEO
Indira Stewart (RNZ): Sistema workers accuse company of exploitation: ‘We are not treated equally’
Chris Trotter (Daily Blog): “Nothing Without A Demand” The Need For A New Union Movement
RNZ: Minimum wage: Mum of five thought there would be more than $10 left (video)
Peter Cullen (Stuff): Elon Musk sets a terrible example of overwork

Media and broadcasting
Andrew Geddis (Spinoff): Why is Sir Ray Avery trying to take down the news?
Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): MPs concerned about ‘digital harm’ media claim
Tim Murphy (Newsroom): Avery targets Newsroom over ‘digital harm’
RNZ: Sir Ray pursues media group over ‘distressful’ stories
No Right Turn: We told you so
Mark Jennings (Newsroom): TV reset now Curran has gone?
Talisa Kupenga (Māori TV): National challenges new Broadcast Minister to be inclusive of Māori
Leonie Hayden (Spinoff): Race-baiting in the mainstream media and being ‘acceptably’ Māori
Herald: Herald cartoonist Rod Emmerson defends 9/11 cartoon which has flustered social media
Neal Curtis (Newsroom): A cartoon for our dangerous times
Michael Singer (USA Today): Cartoonist defends portrayal of Serena Williams
Stuff: RNZ’s Guyon Espiner in hospital with ‘health issue’

Te Reo Māori 
Sharon Harvey (Stuff): The question of compulsory te reo Māori in schools
Simon Collins (Herald): Te reo report card for schools: Trying hard, but ‘fragile’
Simon Collins (Herald): Teacher shortage threatens Māori language courses
Leigh-Marama McLachlan (RNZ): Report: Government failing te reo in schools
Tema Hemi (Māori TV): Te reo Māori becoming more acceptable in mainstream schools
Kayne Ngātokowhā Peters (Māori TV): Kiwi kids to shape future of te reo Māori
Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): Making te reo Māori compulsory a waste of time
Katarina Williams (Stuff): Pākeha teacher champions te reo Māori in her Wellington classroom
John Boytnon (RNZ):Is iwi dialect under threat?
StopPress (Idealog): Te wiki o te reo Māori: how brands are embracing the country’s native tongue this week
Ben Mack (Idealog): Can tech save te reo Māori? These entrepreneurs think so
Oriini Kaipara (Māori TV): Te reo Māori must die before it’s saved
Tupoutama Paki (Stuff): What it’s like being raised without English in Aotearoa
John Boynton (RNZ): Aucklanders embracing te reo Māori lessons
TVNZ: 1 NEWS weatherman Dan Corbett tackles te reo, to high praise from viewers
Regan Paranihi (Māori TV): Bilingual bins ensure no words wasted
Mānia Clarke( Māori TV): McDs upsizes their reo Māori
Thomas Manch (Stuff): The words in te reo Māori that English doesn’t have
Nichole Brown (Spinoff): Turning Māori Language Week into a life-long celebration of te reo and whānau

Jessica Long (Stuff): Advocates condemn Treasury for advice to scale back learning support funding
Camilla Highfield (Herald): NCEA review should ask some basic questions
John Gerritsen (RNZ): New pay offer for primary school teachers met with disappointment
Katarina Williams and Josephine Franks (Stuff): ‘Like a red flag to a bull’: Principals criticise new pay offers
Evan Harding (Stuff): New offer ‘completely misses mark’, Invercargill educator says
Simon Collins (Herald): New offer for teachers: More for experience, less for beginners
John Gerritsen (RNZ): New pay offer on the table for primary school teachers
Emma Hurley (Newshub): Primary teachers, principals to vote on new employment offers
Christina Persico (Stuff): Teaching becoming a less and less attractive profession, principals association president says
Jimmy Ellingham (Manawatū Standard): Ministry of Education officials probe claims Palmerston North centre misspent public money
Kymberlee Fernandes (Stuff): Physical restraint laws making teachers feel ‘powerless’ 
Emma Russell (Herald): Mother’s anger after daughter seriously injured at Auckland Gladstone Primary School
Sam Kilmister (Stuff): Plans for a $700,000 sensory playground in Marton unveiled
Isaac Davison (Herald): Slow progress in getting New Zealand women into traditionally male fields

Primary industries
Charlie MItchell (Stuff): Precious rock New Zealand is accused of stealing from the Sahara
Charlie MItchell (Stuff): Refugees in the Sahara Desert blame New Zealand for perpetuating a conflict
Charlie MItchell (Stuff): NZ can’t shake it’s dangerous addiction to West Saharan phosphate
Richard  Harman (Politik): The super-grass the politicians don’t want to talk about
Jamie Morton (Herald): Gluckman report suggests ‘farm plans’ to tackle agricultural emissions
Keith Woodford (Interest): How the narrative is changing in regard to the need for methane emissions, with less need for drastic reductions
RNZ: New campaign aims to reduce injuries in the woolshed
RNZ: Jobs to be cut as forestry firm Juken upgrades Kaitaia mill
Katie Fitzgerald (Newshub): Union worried about Kaitiaia’s future after mill layoffs

Environment and conservation
Phil Pennington (RNZ): Residents alerted to toxic foam contamination
Marty Sharpe (Stuff): Six paua and one kina = one conviction, $500 fine and $130 court costs

Crown-Maori Relations
Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): Maori issues in the middle of a Coalition tug-of-war
Audrey Young (Herald): National questions need for new agency centred on Crown-Maori partnership

John Anthony (Stuff): BusinessNZ admits error in business confidence survey that ‘lacked validity’
Liam Dann (Herald): New data shows economy holding up despite business gloom
Phil O’Reilly (Newsroom): Business council deserves a chance

Insider trading case
Edward Gay (RNZ): Man on trial for insider trading case an opportunist, says Crown
Sam Hurley (Herald): FMA want businessman’s ‘head on a plate’ as trophy for landmark insider trading case, court hears

Foreign affairs and trade
Jayati Ghosh (Interest): Even if free trade is ultimately broadly beneficial, the fact remains that as trade has become freer inequality has worsened
Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): Ardern flags human rights, China visit at meeting
AP: Japan proposes ending decades-old ban on commercial whaling
RNZ: Bridges says response to poisoning ‘too little, too late’
Newshub: On 9/11 anniversary, US Ambassador Scott Brown hopes we ‘all just get along’

Tom Furley (RNZ): Plunket insists no change to core services in Auckland
Kathy Spencer (Herald): We should pay doctors to work only in the public system
Anneke Smith (RNZ): Elderly on meds twice as likely to fall and break bones – study
Megan Sutherland and Thomas Mead (Newshub): Elderly taking multiple medications twice as likely to injure themselves – research
1News: Overmedication injuring and killing elderly people, world-first NZ study shows
Dominion Post Editorial: Palmer ACC plan creates more inequities
Moana Makapelu Lee (Māori TV): Health Minister backs Whānau Ora investment call
Vaimoana Tapaleao (Herald): NZ Samoan couple shut out of Samoan inquiry into vaccine deaths, despite losing two children
Jacob McSweeny (Whanganui Chronicle): Whanganui DHB’s ex-chief executive took $400 taxi ride because of wild weather
Emily Ford (Stuff): Counties Manukau DHB new boss ready to make tough decisions
Astrid Austin (Hawke’s Bay Today): Napier’s Port Ahuriri School says it was ‘bullied’ to drop alcohol plan for fundraiser
Emma Jolliff (Newshub): Hawke’s Bay’s Port Ahuriri School banned from selling alcohol at fundraiser
Kate Hawkesby (Newstalk ZB): DHB’s attempt to ban booze at school fundraisers is bizarre
Yvonne O’Hara (ODT): Mobile health care for South

Abby Hartley
Emma Hurley and Lisette Reymer (Newshub): Abby Hartley’s family say they have ‘no bad feelings’ towards Government
Herald: ‘Mum is at peace now’: Abby Hartley’s family pay tribute
1News: ‘Mum is at peace now’ – Abby Hartley’s family pays tribute to her following death in Bali
Zane Small (Newshub): Abby Hartley’s situation an ‘agonising issue’ for governments – Winston Peters
1News: ‘Incredibly saddened’ – Simon Bridges offers ‘solidarity’ to family of Kiwi woman Abby Hartley who died in Bali
1News: Death of Hamilton mum in Bali leads to warnings to Kiwis over travel insurance
RNZ: NZ embassy in Jakarta helps family of woman who died in Bali
Phillipa Yalden and Ruby Nyika (Stuff): Kiwi mum Abby Hartley dies after ‘long battle’ in Bali
Zane Small (Newshub): Sick New Zealand woman Abby Hartley stuck in Bali has died
Newshub: Duncan Garner blasts Government for ‘abandoning’ Abby Hartley

RNZ: Checkpoint: ‘Swamp house’ family evicted after landlord ‘rips up house’
David Hargreaves (Interest): Govt looking for the flagship KiwiBuild programme to inject some stability and lead it in a more positive direction; the stakes are high
Greg Ninness (Interest): The Government’s plans for 10,000 new homes around Mt Roskill could extend significantly into neighbouring suburbs
Muriel Newman (NZCPR): Attacking Landlords
Mike Butler (NZCPR): What Twyford tenancies could do

Lucy Bennett (Herald): Justice Minister Andrew Little defends cost of criminal justice summit
Newshub: Convicted murderer John Vogel wins $10k over solitary confinement
RNZ: Murderer to be compensated for solitary confinement breach
Zane Small (Newshub): Changes to Family Violence Bill could extend police safety orders
Anna Leask (Herald): NZ’s longest lags: New Zealand inmates who have spent the most time behind bars revealed

Local government
Hayden Donnell (Spinoff): Revenge of the NIMBYs: Is council too weak to enact its own Unitary Plan?
Tracy Neal (RNZ): West Coast council reform will see four councils under one district plan
Tim MIller (ODT): Southern rates among lowest
Herald: More Auckland parks and places to get Māori names
Alexia Russell (Newsroom): Where – and how – will the children play?

Transport and road safety
Todd Niall (Stuff): Are non-Aucklanders paying the regional fuel tax?
Grant Bradley (Herald): Clown’ claim: Air traffic control towers too thinly staffed says Air Line Pilots Association
Nick Truebridge (Stuff): Probe into harsher penalties for texting drivers backed by son of dead motorist
Kristin Edge (Northern Advocate): Highway hotspot south of Whangarei focus for police
Damian George (Dominion Post): Wellington Mayor Justin Lester calls on regional councillors to show leadership over bus fiasco
Tom Hunt and Damian George (Dominion Post): Boss fixing Wellington bus fiasco will stick with second job
Collette Devlin (Dominion Post): Transport Minister had early concerns about Wellington’s new bus system
Tom Hunt (Dominion Post): 1050 complaints in 11 days for Tranzit buses in Wellington
RNZ: Wellington’s bus chaos good news for scooter shop

David Williams (Newsroom): Minister defends statement dodge
David Williams (Newsroom): Be wary of Chch stadium estimates
Michael Hayward (Stuff): Cost of Christchurch stadium options range from $384m to $561m

David Ellis (Herald): Like other sports racing deserves government support
Kurt Bayer (Herald): Harness racing figures given name suppression following charges for alleged race-fixing
RNZ: Manawatu thoroughbred racing administrator pleads not guilty

Prince Harry and Megan Markle to visit NZ
Newstalk ZB: Royal visit could cost taxpayers $1 million
1News: Jacinda Ardern gives rough estimate of cost to taxpayers for visit of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

Bevan Rapson (Noted): Opportunity knocks? National’s hunt to find future partners
RNZ: Saturday Morning: John Tamihere – Leading the fight on behalf of urban Māori
Peter de Graaf (Northern Advocate): Kawakawa trust defends project against Act MP’s pork-barrel claims
1News: Changing the way New Zealanders talk about poverty could reduce bullying and help lift children out of it, expert says
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): John Banks and Penny Bright – this moment is legacy
Juha Saarinen (Herald): Does the government want a techie CTO or not?
Justin Tomlinson (Idealog): Becoming New Zealand’s first CTO is quite the job – and here’s why
Holly Curran (Newshub): Pike River Mine re-entry discussions open to public for the first time
Andrew McRae (RNZ): ‘Biggest insult’ – Vietnam veterans angry after repatriation ceremony snub
Jessie Chiang (RNZ): Lives at risk without more aerial firetrucks – union
Aine Kelly-Costello (Newshub): Greenpeace Rainbow Warrior III arriving in Auckland as part of ‘Making Oil History’ Tour
Damon Rusden (Stuff): Freedom of speech does not negate the freedom to protest
Herald: Government tourism fund spending $19m on toilets, other facilities
1News: Wellington named the top destination in New Zealand by Lonely Planet
Bruce Logan (Stuff): New social justice rights limit long-standing freedoms
Robin Martin (RNZ): Taranaki wahine encourage uptake of moko kauae

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