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Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – September 14 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):Derek Handley to walk away with more than $100,000 after government role terminated John Armstrong (1News): ‘Labour has been outsmarted and outmanoeuvred’ by Winston Peters Jack Vowles (Newsroom): Not a case of the tail wagging the dog Richard Harman (Politik): Who is in charge? Danyl Mclauchlan (Spinoff): Jacinda and the Winston dilemma: do nothing or take the nuclear option Chris Trotter: NZ First’s Radical Conservatism Must Triumph Before Labour-Greens’ Radical Progressivism Can Succeed Matthew Hooton (Herald): No new Prime Minister has had an easier ride than Jacinda Ardern Dan Satherley (Newshub): Current Government ruled by ‘three lions’ – Labour MP Kris Faafoi ODT Editorial: Time to wrest back control Bryan Gould: Coalition government working as it should Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): The Woke are good at hating Winston, not so good at counting Point of Order: Labour is reminded it must toe the NZ First line to remain in office Lucy Bennett (Herald): NZ First leader Winston Peters denies cracks looming in coalition Government Winston Peters (Herald): MPs should be bound to the party that got them elected 1News: Winston Peters admits he got it wrong over MP contract with $300k clause – ‘It was my memory’ Craig McCulloch (RNZ): Peters wrong on NZ First MPs’ good behaviour contract Lucy Bennett (Herald): Winston Peters now says no NZ First MPs signed clause for $300,000 resignation liability Lucy Bennett (Herald): Paula Bennett claims leaks from Māori caucus say Meka Whaitiri’s job safe Talisa Kupenga (Māori TV): Bennett claims Whaitiri inquiry info leaked by Labour’s Māori Caucus Point of Order: How the Govt’s IT girl and her email secrets left Chris Hipkins floundering Employment law reform Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): When does collective Cabinet responsibility kick in? Mike Treen (Daily Blog): A stupid missed opportunity that will hurt workers rights Henry Cooke (Stuff): Winston Peters signals agreement on labour law, as National put up amendments Audrey Young (Herald): National challenges NZ First to support more changes to workplace bill Esther Taunton (Stuff): Farm safety would go ‘out the window’ with proposed laws Kirk Hope (Stuff): lack of change to employment bill deeply disappointing Point of Order: Bleating unions need to adjust to the way employment laws are passed in the MMP era Fonterra Simon Louisson (The Standard): What does it take for bosses not to get their bonus? John Anthony (Stuff): Fonterra loss reminiscent of a failed All Blacks World Cup campaign Gerard Hutching (Stuff): Counting the cost of Fonterra’s loss Gyles Beckford (RNZ):Analysis: Crying over Fonterra’s spilt milk David Hargreaves (Interest): Fonterra’s long way back  Andrea Fox (Herald): Fonterra needs a clean-out and to get back to basics: Shane Jones Gerard Hutching (Stuff): Spierings walks away with another $8m after Fonterra posts $196m loss RNZ: Fonterra’s big loss: ‘A worrying pattern has developed’ Andrew McRae (RNZ): Fonterra loss could be ‘opportunity for change’ 1News: Fonterra’s interim CEO admits performance must improve as $196 million loss announced today AAP: Fonterra faces major overhaul after posting historic deficit Simon Hartley (ODT): Fonterra apologies, fix-it plan after first loss Newshub: ‘They simply must do better’ – farming group on Fonterra loss Christina Persico (Taranaki Daily News): Taranaki farmers told ‘don’t lose sleep’ over Fonterra’s $196m loss David Hargreaves (Interest): Fonterra to review business after losses ODT: 6000 Fonterra staff earn over $100k 1080 Zane Small (Newshub): Road-kill birds used in 1080 demonstration, protester claims Craig McCulloch (RNZ): ‘It was an act of theatre’ – 1080 activist on dead birds at Parliament Henry Cooke (Stuff): Speaker: Rare birds in 1080 protest ‘bludgeoned to death’ Herald: Speaker lays complaint with police after dead birds left on steps of Parliament RNZ: Police complaint laid after dead native birds used in 1080 protest 1News: Speaker lays complaint after kererū left at Parliament appears to be ‘killed by bludgeoning’ 1News: Green Party co-leader’s 1080 comments put ‘spoke in the wheel’ of conversation effort – National Herald: National Party claims Greens are split on 1080 Anna Bracewell-Worrall (Newshub): The dead birds 1080 protesters put on Parliament steps were killed with blunt force Lois Williams (RNZ): 1080 drop over Russell forest to go ahead in the next few days Farah Hancock (Newsroom): No quick solution to 1080 case Parliament Jennifer Lees-Marshment (Newsroom): Election lessons to future-proof 2020 No Right Turn: Why does Parliamentary Services need spies? 1News: Watch: Winston Peters accuses Paula Bennett of asking ‘mindless questions’ and diving into ‘moronic abyss’ during Question Time Newshub: ‘Moronic abyss’: Winston Peters cuts up Paula Bennett in brutal Question Time David Farrar: Nuk says Maori representation doesn’t need Maori seats Jonathan Guildford (Press): Jacinda Ardern pays homage to suffragettes at sold out Christchurch event Power prices Rob Stock (Stuff): Calls to ban electricity ‘prompt payment discounts’ David Farrar: So when did power prices increase? Point of Order: Megan Woods fails to spark when answering questions about energy hardship Primary and extractive industries Zane Small (Newshub): Trans-Tasman Resources mulls High Court appeal over Taranaki seabed mining Whanganui Chronicle: Trans-Tasman Resources is not giving up its effort to mine iron-sand Sharon Reece (ODT): Corporate farms get blame for pollution Ilona Hanne (Herald): Cruel day as M.bovis eradication effort hits young Taranaki farmer Katy Jones (Nelson Mail): Forestry company addresses industry practices Newshub: Kaupapa approach used to curb forestry deaths Stardust and Substance: the New Zealand General Election of 2017 Bill English: ‘Confident but paranoid’: reflections on election 2017 – exerpt Thomas Coughlan (Newsroom): Election polling data should worry left bloc Environment and conservation Dan Satherley (Newshub): Govt not being ‘ballsy and strong enough’ on environment – Mike Joy Matt Stewart (Stuff): Tradies fear for health after asbestos-laden dust thought to be from Lower Hutt industrial fire settles on ute bonnet Ben Strang (RNZ): Dust coating cars in a Lower Hutt suburb contains asbestos Kirsty Lawrence (Stuff): Further testing being done to determine how far contamination has spread RNZ: Plastic in NZ waters: ‘We can only control a segment of it’ Anusha Bradley (RNZ): Concerns aquifer replenishing technology ‘untested’ RNZ: Dog owner comes forward after seal attack footage released Scott Palmer (Newshub): Horrific footage of dog attack on fur seal outrages DoC Robert Steven (Stuff): ‘Ban swimming in the rapids’, coroner says in wake of woman’s drowning Welfare, financial hardship Catherine Hutton (RNZ): Councillor tells of Work and Income humiliation Shabnam Dastgheib (Stuff): Auckland pensioners turning to food banks, flatmates to get by RNZ: Minimum wage: The mum spending all her pay on rent (audio) Tax Geoff Simmons (Interest): Tax Working Group should take capital gains tax off the table… and replace it with an equity tax Terry Baucher (Interest): Capital Gains Tax? ‘Yeah, nah, definitely, maybe’ John Anthony (Stuff): Rich Lister Eric Watson holidays in Europe instead of giving evidence in tax case No Right Turn: Priorities Te Reo Māori  Eden More (RNZ): Māori youth labelled ‘plastic’: ‘I’m not Māori enough but I’m not white’ John McCaffery (Newsroom): Time to plan for a bilingual New Zealand Gia Garrick (RNZ): Brownlee admits he hasn’t spoken te reo in 20 years Alice Neville (Metro): Why making te reo Māori a core subject is not as simple as it seems Herald: The big debate: should te reo Māori be compulsory in schools? Alice Neville (Metro): Do we need to make te reo Māori compulsory? Rawinia Higgins (Stuff): Language as ‘our precious’: Why Gollum is relevant to te reo Māori John Boynton (RNZ): Ngāpuhi school keeping local reo alive: ‘Our tamariki will be the revitalisers of te reo’ Jesse King (Whanganui Chronicle): Carlton School principal frustrated about lack of support from Ministry of Education to promote te reo curriculum Jo Lines-Mackenzie (Stuff): The use of Māori language accelerating in newspapers Mānia Clarke (Māori TV): McDs serves a reo happy meal Mathew Dallas (Manawatū Standard): Te reo takes nothing from Pākehā, so why are we so defensive? David Farrar: We have had a PM that could speak Maori – the last one John Boynton (RNZ): Thousands march in hikoi for Te wiki o te reo Māori Tema Hemi (Māori TV): Marches demonstrate increasing support for te reo 1News: Thousands march through central Auckland celebrating Māori language week Michael Neilson (Herald): Positive reactions to speaking more te reo Māori Michael Cropp (1News): Hundreds of government staff stop work for waiata to mark Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori Gerry Brownlee Colin Williscroft (Press): MP defends behaviour, says lack of detail about steel mesh class action ‘irresponsible’ RNZ: Gerry Brownlee denies ‘bullying’ phone call to law firm Local government Dominic Harris (Press): Last government under fire as council seeks to throw off shackles to change district plan John Minto (Daily Blog): Protest today at Council Meeting – a travesty of democracy is in the making RNZ: Christchurch stadium: Green light to use government funds 1News: Christchurch City Council gives $220 million covered multi-use arena the green light Newsroom: Green light for Christchurch Stadium with $220 million funding approval RNZ: Council to allow work on coastal properties Mike Yardley (Stuff): First priority is relief for beleaguered residents Dominic Harris (Stuff): Plastic destined for the rubbish heap as Christchurch embraces green revolution Tina Law (Press): Prostitutes Collective gets $40,000 from Christchurch City Council to help sex workers Todd Niall (Stuff): Auckland’s first Chinese councillor Bernard Orsman (Herald): Ardern keeping tabs on unpopular town centre upgrade in her Mt Albert electorate David Kidd (Idealog): Auckland was ranked 13th on WSP’s Global Cities Index. Here’s why – and what it needs to do to move up the list Ryan Dunlop (Herald): Youth council follows Swarbrick’s lead by creating videos to reach and educate youths Nikki Preston (Herald): Hamilton City Council snaps up first properties as part of $7m Victoria St buy-up plan Mary-Jo Tohill (Southland Times): Council planning department ‘adequately’ staffed, leader says Housing Simon Wilson (Herald): What if only young people were allowed to vote? 1News: Photos: Sneak peek at the 25 new KiwiBuild homes announced today for Auckland’s Onehunga Sophie Bateman (Newshub): Phil Twyford admits embarrassing KiwiBuild blunder RNZ: Zone changes paves way for 400 new Hawke’s Bay homes RNZ: ‘Swamp house’ family no longer forced to vacate property Michael Neilson (Herald): Papakura family being evicted from ‘swamp home’ to challenge notice Leah Te Whata (Māori TV): Mother desperate to find home as housing crisis hits Whanganui Foreign Affairs and trade Dominion Post Editorial: Doing what’s right, for everyone Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): Peters’ Washington pick and what it means Andrea Vance (Stuff): Retired diplomat announced NZ Ambassador to Trump’s Washington Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): New ambassador to US appointed Anna Bracewell-Worrall (Newshub): No ‘white brorocracy’: NZ announces new ambassador to the United States 1News: New Zealand new Ambassador to the US named Education Adele Redmond (Stuff): Call for St Bede’s College rector to resign after teacher who confessed sex abuse continued working Phil Pennington (RNZ): Historical sex abuse victim calls for school sacking Laura Dooney (RNZ): ‘We can’t even break up a fight’ – teachers frustrated with restraint guidelines Aaron Leaman and Adele Redmond (Stuff): Calls to make NZ Wars compulsory learning fails to find favour with Education Minister Donna-Lee Biddle and Adele Redmond (Stuff): History teacher’s lament – students say NZ Wars too boring Moana Makapelu Lee (Māori TV): Govt plans elite mātauranga Māori school for youth Ben Bootsma (Southland Times): Trades classes not available at Southland Girls’ High School  1News: Students at all-girls school in Southland protest absence of trades classes Elena McPhee (ODT:) Sara Cohen to get $4m rebuild Emma Dangerfield (Stuff): $10 million upgrade announced for Oxford Area School, new classrooms promised for others Jo Moir (Stuff): Head of two charter schools annoyed by newspaper ad George Heagney (Manawatū Standard): Latest teacher and principal pay offer doesn’t impress Angela Fitchett (Nelson Mail): Telling teachers to soldier on is a school of thought that deserves an ‘F’ for failure Kate Hawkesby (Newstalk ZB): At this stage teachers’ preferred option is to quit Emma McKay (Herald): Increase in struggling university students accessing hardship funds Tracy Neal (RNZ): Otago University announces $150m building in Christchurch campus 1News: University of Otago announces new $150 million building in Christchurch Cathy Gunn (Newsroom): Life and learning in the digital age Health Nicholas Jones (Herald):Rest home shake-up: Advice on aged-care watchdog received RNZ: Pharmac defends position not to fund bowel cancer drug Dan Satherley (Newshub): Dentists gritting their teeth over lack of sugar tax Newshub: Ministry of Health Science Advisor says Sugar Tax could benefit low income households Eric Crampton: Not-so-sweet advice John Boynton (RNZ): Study to examine why Māori are more likely to die from heart disease Thomas Coughlan (Newsroom): DHBs spend up large on cyber insurance 1News: New vaccine to protect Kiwis from rheumatic fever could save hundreds of lives Katarina Williams (Stuff): DHBs put out ‘Help Wanted’ sign, as nursing labour market tightens Julie Iles and Ruby MacAndrew (Stuff): Proposed ban on over-the-counter codeine ruffling feathers in the industry Fiona Connor (Newshub): ‘They’re emotionally blackmailing people to donate’: Mike King hits back at Lifeline Sarah Robson (RNZ): Lifeline turns down help offer Tom Hunt (Stuff): Wellington Hospital medical supplies sit in quake-prone building Christine McKay (Hawke’s Bay Today): Easier to buy tinnie in Tararua than get healthcare: Youth services manager Stuff: Rotorua Mayor Steve Chadwick to lead new primary health group Rachael Kelly (Southland Times): Walker tables Lumsden Maternity Centre petition with select committee Ian Harris (ODT): Asking questions of life and death Transport Damian George (Dominion Post): Government select committee to look into Wellington’s bus network The LIstener: Wellington’s public transport was a shining example to NZ, what happened? Gordon Campbell: On the rising cost of petrol RNZ: Suspended engineer under more scrutiny Media Anna Bracewell-Worrall (Newshub): Prime Minister pulls out of Newshub Nation and Q+A weekend appearances Lucy Bennett (Herald): Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern cancels weekend media appearances David Farrar: PM pulls out of weekend TV show interviews Māori TV: Taurima to join Māori Television executive team Jessica Tyson (Māori TV): Māori TV and union staff reach settlement Kate Robertson (Stuff): John Campbell to present final show for RNZ  Darren Bevan (Stuff): Radio New Zealand presenter Guyon Espiner has Type One diabetes Herald: RNZ presenter Guyon Espiner discharged from hospital following diabetic emergency Rugby Brad Lewis (Newshub): All Blacks: Steve Hansen clarifies call for Government funding 1News: ‘It’s an opportunity for us to take New Zealand to the rest of the world’: Steve Hansen reiterates call for Government cash Drugs Zane Small (Newshub): Family First warns against cannabis reform after damning Colorado report 1News: New Zealand should legalise drugs, treat addiction with ‘compassion and love’ as they have in Portugal, says researcher Gender Chris Harrowell (Stuff): MP Louisa Wall speaks out about receiving death threats in fight for LGBTIQ rights Action Station: More than 200 people have donated over $5,000 for pro-inclusive feminism stickers and posters in response to anti-trans messages Other Nicole Lawton (Stuff): Man with Down syndrome appeals for law change so he can access KiwiSaver funds Newshub: Kiwibank should open branches where other banks won’t – Grey Power RNZ: NZ commission wins first step in data protection case Liam Dann (Herald): How Australia cost New Zealand $2 billion Andrew McRae (RNZ): NZ sailors who died in the UK in the 1950s being returned home 1News: Water meters likely for all New Zealand households in the future, expert says RNZ: Thousands of power poles suddenly become serviceable Herald Editorial: Time to close the pay gap – before we need women-only quotas Alice Wilkins (Newshub): New service PaySauce lets you spend your salary – before payday AAP: Ngāpuhi iwi living in Australia to have their say on treaty negotiations Jim Rose (Herald): Manus Island and Nauru are not prisons for asylum seekers Point of Order: Ethnicity data to be collected for “balance” in appointments to State sector boards Brian Fallow (Herald): US economy v NZ – why the winner isn’t who you think Jonny Turner (ODT): Purdon slams handling of racing scandal Herald: John Key mocks revolving door of Aussie prime ministers RNZ: Former PM Sir John Key roasts Australia’s revolving-door leadership Benn Bathgate (Stuff): Wally Haumaha hunger striker backs ‘my chief’ Michael Reddell: Another campaign speech from the Governor Dan Satherley (Newshub): The world’s angriest and saddest countries, ranked Pete George: Most peaceful countries 2018]]>