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Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – September 17 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 Audrey Young (Herald): Show of unity by Peters was important at Jacinda Ardern’s speech Toby Manhire (Spinoff): ‘Not dysfunction junction’: what was Jacinda Ardern’s big speech really about? 1News: Jacinda Ardern’s major speech was all about harm reduction after NZ First went ‘rogue’, analyst says Richard Harman (Politik): Ardern takes charge and sets up inner cabinet Tracy Watkins (Stuff): After a horror few weeks, Winston and Jacinda are all smiles for the unity show Tim Murphy (Newsroom): The Push-me-Pull-you Government Lucy Bennett (Herald): Labour, NZ First and Greens in show of unity Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): No wonder last four Fridays have been black for Government Katie Bradford (1News): Coalition a show of unity as it defends itself against accusations of cracks in the government RNZ: Winston Peters: ‘There’s only one captain on a boat’ Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Jacinda’s slightly desperate ‘everything is ok’ 10 month jamboree Steven Cowan (Against the current): Business as usual Tracy Watkins (Stuff): A year on, a show of unity with Winston Peters as Jacinda Ardern unveils ‘coalition blueprint’ Lucy Bennett (Herald): Cabinet authorises release of paper but it’s withheld anyway Lucy Bennett (Herald): Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern lays out coalition Government blueprint 1News: Jacinda Ardern outlines Government’s top 12 priorities for New Zealand over next 30 years Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): Ardern unveils government ‘blueprint’ RNZ: Government ‘of change’ reveals plan on where it is heading 1News: Watch: Simon Bridges responds to Jacinda Ardern’s big speech – ‘Ultimately there was nothing there’ Dan Satherley (Newshub): Simon Bridges wouldn’t let Winston Peters have ‘presidential veto’ Jane Patterson (RNZ): Watch: National dismisses govt blueprint as ‘nothing new’ Lucy Bennett (Herald): Government barely further ahead than a year ago, National leader Simon Bridges says Jamie Ensor (Newshub): Simon Bridges blasts Jacinda Ardern’s speech as ‘Trump-like’ and ‘desperate’ Newstalk ZB: PM’s coalition blueprint speech compared to ‘Ted Talk’ Bryce Edwards (Herald): Political Roundup: The Winston-led government Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): Sam Sachdeva: Ardern’s chance to change the narrative Audrey Young (Herald): Failings in Coalition Government become glaringly apparent Fran O’Sullivan (Herald): Winston Peters, Jacinda Ardern – It’s time for a conversation Tracy Watkins (Stuff): Is Winston Peters Labour’s dud Lotto win? Duncan Garner (Stuff): Don’t write this fumbling coalition off just yet Steve Braunias (Herald): The Secret Diary of … Jacinda Ardern 1News: 1 NEWS political reporter Katie Bradford says recent scandals ‘not a good look for the Government’ 1News: ‘Never have I ever heard Winston Peters request a question in writing’- 1 NEWS political team bemused by Deputy PM’s response to grilling Dan Satherley (Newshub): Current Government ruled by ‘three lions’ – Labour MP Kris Faafoi David Farrar: Maybe the problem is Labour not NZ First? 1News: PM pulls out of weekend media appearances due to ‘diary issue’ David Farrar: PMs partner muddies the water Pete George: Gayford tries to defend Ardern’s no show on Nation & Q+A RNZ: Peters: Privilege allegations ‘legal drivel’ Eleanor Wenman (Dominion Post): Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern adds personal touch to Te Papa’s collection Greens Liam Hehir (Spinoff): Why are the woke set not battling to de-platform Winston Peters? Henry Cooke (Stuff): Greens look to social issues and rivers in second year of Government Gia Garrick (RNZ): Greens announce priorities ahead of PM’s future plan speech Lucy Bennett (Herald): Green Party marks a year as part of government Clare Curran, Derek Handley and CTO role Richard Griffin (Stuff): Clare Curran’s demise has been a very public disgrace Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Chief technology officer fiasco a spectacular own goal Liam Dann (Herald): Don’t blame Derek Handley for CTO mess Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): A Government defined by sheer hopelessness Josephine Franks (Stuff): CTO fiasco makes it ‘hard to trust’ Jacinda Ardern, Simon Bridges says Finn Hogan, Anna Bracewell-Worrall and Tova O’Brien (Newshub): Derek Handley paid out $100k as Govt withdraws CTO offer RNZ: Govt to pay Derek Handley $100k after CTO offer retracted Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): Handley receives payout after Curran’s CTO job bungle Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Derek Handley receives $107k in compensation after being dumped as chief technology officer Toby Manhire (Spinoff): Derek Handley appointment as CTO ‘terminated’ after Curran controversy David Farrar: Did Ardern fib again? Point of Order: CTO appointment process ends with a payout and a review of the need for such a post Paul Brislen (RNZ): Where to now for the Chief Technology Officer role? Rod Drury (Herald): What is a government CTO? Read Rod Drury’s original idea Vaughan Rowsell (Idealog): Why we can’t let the failed CTO appointment get in the way of New Zealand’s future Chris Trotter: The Theatre Of Cruelty Newshub: Clare Curran reminds voters she’s still an MP 1News: Labour MP ‘stating the obvious’ that Curran saga could have been handled better – Inside Parliament Parliament Andrea Vance (Stuff): Point of order: scrap Question Time or make it matter Max Rashbrooke (Newshub): Opinion: The surprising evidence about how well government works Charlie Gates (Stuff): Ardern likes change, Key was fond of rugby and English favoured continue. The revealing words used in PM speeches Dan Satherley (Newshub):Simon Bridges won’t commit to sacking expenses leaker Damien Grant (Stuff): If you don’t get out much, try 15 mins of politics Peter Wilson (RNZ): Week in Politics: Peters is putting his party first Point of Order: So how did the politicians dish out our money this week? Let’s check the troughs … Stardust and Substance: the New Zealand General Election of 2017 Bryce Edwards (Newsroom): Stardust and Substance: the 2017 election through politicians’ eyes James Shaw: When the wheels came off: James Shaw on Election 2017 excerpt) David Seymour: ‘We didn’t pay enough attention to the brand’: David Seymour on Election 2017 (excerpt) Morgan Godfery: Did the Māori electorates decide the 2017 election? (excerpt) Education Kirsty Johnston (Herald): Want to be a doctor, lawyer or engineer? Don’t grow up poor Kirsty Johnston (Herald): Big read: The gap between the rich and poor at university Herald Editorial: Few low-decile school students make it to university Matt Nippert (Herald): The curious case of the burgled professor Simon Collins (Herald): Proposal for tighter school zoning throws student funding in doubt Lucy Bennett (Herald): Government spent more than $3 million on two education summits John Gerritsen (RNZ): Principals fear for future of flagship education policy Josephine Franks (Stuff): Clothes, beds, rent money: What teachers give their students RNZ: NZ releases tool to help teachers engage with Pasifika Donna-Lee Biddle (Stuff): The New Zealand Wars: two competing visions Tom O’Connor (Waikato Times): NZ Land Wars should be taught in all schools Aaron Leaman (Stuff): Tell kids about our past, but don’t make it compulsory: Brash David Farrar: Politicians shouldn’t decide what is taught in history Laine Moger (Rodney Times): Student challenges school’s smokefree vaping policy, or lack of it 1News: Canterbury University threatened with legal action by one of its students over car parking fees – ‘you are going into debt over this’ Te reo Māori Philip Matthews (Press): Editorial: Where to now for te reo? Karyn Tattersfield (Spinoff): The lasting legacy of a Pākehā teacher who believed in the power of te reo Māori Brian O’Sullivan (Newshub): Opinion: How Māori Language Week is like Irish Week Kristin Hall (Spinoff): How the Irish have embraced compulsory language learning Newshub: More than half of Kiwis keen on Te Reo in schools – Statistics New Zealand RNZ: More than half of NZers support te reo Māori in primary schools Rukuwai Tipene-Allen (Māori TV): Auckland University normalises te reo through new policy Moana Makapelu Lee (Māori TV): Māori translators push for a set pay rate Michael Neilson (Herald): Scotty Morrison passing on the gift of te reo Māori Michael Neilson (Herald): Buck Shelford on the haka and making Māori compulsory in schools Newshub: McDonald’s worker thanks company for allowing te reo Māori to be spoken Talisa Kupenga (Māori TV): Māori Language Week creates buzz at Beehive Herald Editorial: Radio, TV did well for Māori Language Week Heather du Plessis-Allan (Herald): Te reo — We’ve got a long way to go yet Carmen Parahi (Stuff): ‘A desperate situation’: Why te reo Māori funding is failing Mānia Clarke (Māori TV): Manukau City a melting pot of reo dialects Paul Little (Herald): Brash and co happy if Māori stay living in the past Lizzie Marvelly (Herald): The language of the land is being spoken Joel Maxwell (Stuff): The week that brings some people out in a rash Anna Connell (Newsroom): More than one way of seeing Aotearoa Jared Nicoll (stuff): Māori and English road signs to be rolled out through Porirua Police and justice Te Aniwa Hurihanganui (RNZ): Māori killed and charged in police pursuits more than any other group Eugene Bingham and Paula Penfold (Stuff): Unseen: A Stuff Circuit video investigation Paula Penfold and Eugene Bingham (Stuff): Call for inquiry into ‘problematic’ police use of private investigators Brad Flahive (Stuff): Kiwi youth are spending more than 48 hours in police cells RNZ: Growing numbers of youth held in police cells in New Zealand Emma Russell (Herald): Teenagers spending nights locked up without food ‘totally unacceptable’ Andrea Vance (Stuff): National’s Chris Bishop accuses Police Minister Stuart Nash of “paranoid behaviour” Charlotte Carter (Stuff): Police facing uphill battle in attempt to recruit ethnic minorities and women Energy Isobel Ewing (Newshub): Going off the grid still an expensive option Newshub: Low-income people should pay less for power – poverty advocate Alex Baird (Newshub): Meridian Energy ditches early discounts for customers who pay on time BusinessDesk: Meridian Energy axes ‘unjustifiable’ prompt payment discounts Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): Otago lines company accused of causing power cuts due to under investment RNZ: NZ energy use unsustainable in switch to renewables Tess Brunton (RNZ): Electricity Authority skeptical of claims about energy generators’ profits Susan Edmunds (Suff): Power generators ‘made $5.4b in excess profits’ Jamie Gray (Herald): Power generators banked $5.4 billion in extra profits in 2010-16 – report Michael Reddell: Electricity prices Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Here’s how to game the power system Economy and business Liam Dann (Herald): GDP — Melbourne Cup day for economists Hamish Rutherford (Stuff):Economic growth may be more solid than business confidence suggests, for now Jonathan Underhill (BusinessDesk): GDP figures unlikely to impact cash rate Brian Easton (Pundit): What the Prime Minister Should Have Said to Business Anuja Nadkarni (Stuff): Crowdfunding leveling playing field for female entrepreneurs Fonterra ODT Editorial: Accountability needed at Fonterra Martin van Beynen (Press): What a burnt-out hack can do for Fonterra Simon Hartley (ODT): Farmers: Fonterra needs to lift its game Herald: Creaming it: 6000 Fonterra staff earn at least $100,000 1080 Hayden Donnell (Spinoff): When anti-1080 activism grew noisy, and got ugly John -Michael Swannix and Finn Hogan (Newshub): DOC planning biggest 1080 drop ever to combat 2019 mega-mast year John -Michael Swannix and Finn Hogan (Newshub): Newshub Nation’s guide to 1080 ODT Editorial: 1080 debate should die but will not Farah Hancock (Newsroom): DOC workers threatened at 1080 court hearing Katie Doyle (RNZ):Trevor Mallard threatened with legal action over dead native birds Environment and conservation Thomas Manch (Stuff): Māori Land Court judge should have recused himself over Lake Horowhenua ruling, court rules Kate Nicol-Williams (1News): Government to step in to resolve planning stoush hampering farmers Isobel Ewing (Newshub): Critics say Waiheke Island predator-free plan lacks key details Lucy Bennett and Bernard Orsman (Herald): Waiheke Island set to become predator-free by 2025 at a cost of $11m Catrin Owen (Stuff): Rats and stoats to be banished from Waiheke Island by 2025 Newshub: Waiheke Island’s plan to eradicate predators without 1080 drops 1News: Government sets goal of making Auckland’s Waiheke Island predator free by 2025 RNZ: Waiheke Island wins $11 million for predator eradication RNZ: ‘Part of my heritage to be involved in using whale bone’ Shawn McAvine (ODT): Farmers misusing trail: Doc Jono Edwards (ODT): Water quality described as ‘horrific’ Chloe Ranford (Stuff): Weed killer wreaking havoc on New Zealand’s grass cuttings Piers Fuller (Stuff): Popular hut to be demolished and rebuilt for $750,000 Sarah Robson (RNZ): Horowhenua council to stop collecting soft plastics in recycling RNZ: Mapping Aotearoa in te reo Māori Primary and extractive industries Charlie MItchell (Stuff): What grows the grass thick can turn our streams toxic and green RNZ: Five arrested in Karangahake mining protest Jamie Ensor (Newshub): Protesters arrested at Coromandel mining demonstration Alexandra Nelson (Newshub): Plans to extend Martha Mine under several Waihi homes causes controversy Catherine Groenestein (Taranaki Daily News): Seabed mining company TTR ‘in discussion with legal advisers’ over appeal decision Phil Taylor (Herald): Exclusive: Police net little money in alleged fishing fraud case Jono Galuzska (Stuff): Foxton wastewater plant gets green light to take waste out of Manawatū River loop RNZ: Call for safety first on farms following electrocution of cows Housing Ryan Boswell (1News): 1 NEWS investigates homelessness in New Zealand: The faces of New Zealand’s homeless Ryan Boswell (1News): ‘Not enough is being done’ – homeless advocacy groups warn demand is on the rise Shamubeel Eaqub (Stuff): Two new Govt policies bring hope for generation rent RNZ: Confidence in present govt ahead of previous one Newshub: Auckland’s homeless to be counted Emma Hatton (RNZ): Little help for Gisborne’s homeless Ben Leahy (Herald): NZ house prices most overvalued in world, behind only Hong Kong: report Newshub: Large Wellington social housing development unveiled Charlie Dreaver (RNZ): Wellington to get new inner city apartments – but still short of homes Charlie Dreaver (RNZ): Dozens of Wellington city workers in for cheaper apartment rents Emma Hurley (RNZ): Wellington council to offer cheap, quality apartments for ‘key workers” Collette Devlin (Stuff): Council partners with developers to ease Wellington’s rental crisis Michael Neilson (Herald): Notice to vacate withdrawn for family living in Papakura ‘swamp home’ BusinessDesk: Fletcher Building plans two-homes-a-day prefab plant 1News: Fletcher’s terrace homes to provide solution to Kiwi housing demands Aine Kelly-Costello (Newshub): Opinion: New KiwiBuild apartments are affordable, but are they accessible? Employment Corin Dann (1News): Unions urge Labour against making changes to flagship employment reform after NZ First calls bill a ‘work in progress’ Henry Cooke (Stuff): What the upcoming employment law changes actually mean Herald Editorial: Govt missed chance on 90-day trials Rob Stock (Stuff): 45 and unemployable – warning to Kiwis that ‘ageism is alive and well’ Jenni Walker (Stuff): Companies on ‘shaky ground’ drug-testing staff whose jobs aren’t ‘safety-sensitive’ RNZ: Earning minimum wage and facing racism, sexism and abuse (video) Health and disability Michael Daly (Stuff): One-in-two New Zealand, Australian men at risk of cancer – highest rate in world RNZ: Australasia suffers the highest cancer rate in the world Andrea Vance (Stuff): On the table: Fast food giants could be asked to stop sponsoring childrens’ sport Dan Satherley and Edward O’Driscoll (Newshub): Alcohol industry’s ‘proof’ advertising doesn’t drive consumption ridiculed Kerre McIvor (Herald): School had right to be fun police Anusha Bradley (RNZ): Hawke’s Bay DHB cans alcoholic drinks at awards night Brittany Keogh (Stuff): ‘Generation Sensible’ still has a binge drinking problem, expert warns Hannah Ross (Stuff): Patient upset he’s paying casual rates to see the doctor, despite being enrolled Cherie Sivignon (Nelson Mail): Health Minister Dr David Clark coy on sugar tax during Nelson Hospital visit Denise Taylor (Newsroom): The medicinal cannabis conundrum John Gibb (ODT):‘Gagging’ by ACC keeps Acclaim out Natalie Akoorie (Herald): Expectant mothers ineligible for free health care fork out millions to give birth in NZ Matt Shand (Stuff): Bay of Plenty District Health Board silent on questions into culture report Hannah Martin (Stuff): Surgeries cancelled as shortage of anaesthetic technicians leads to a ‘recurring nightmare’ 1News: Pregnant women refusing prenatal care after children taken by social services Hannah Martin (Stuff): New mums feel ‘alone’ as midwife shortage strains resources in Auckland Carly Thomas (Stuff): NZ’s own Betty Ford rehab clinic, The Retreat, giving addicts hope Scott Palmer (Newshub): Hoyts offers special ‘sensory-friendly’ screening for people with special needs Isobel Ewing (Newshub): Auckland to ban smoking in licenced areas outside bars, restaurants Juliet McGhie (North Shore times): i National MP Maggie Barry accused of bias during euthanasia hearings Al Williams (Timaru Herald): Offering light to others going through dark times Child abuse Jehan Casinader (Stuff): Neil Sorensen’s years of abuse: ‘I had this horrible, big secret – and it was unbearable’ 1News: Three brave male survivors of childhood sex abuse speak about what they endured, and how they are healing Alison Mau (Stuff): The act of telling what happened puts the power back in your hands – it is incredibly liberating Adele Redmond (Stuff): Call for St Bede’s College rector to resign after teacher who confessed sex abuse continued working Megan Sutherland (Newshub): Sex abuse victim calls for St Bede’s rector to stand down for failing to investigate complaint Phil Pennington (RNZ): Priest carried out ‘litany of offending against young boys’ – report Foreign Affairs and trade Hamish Rutherford (Stuff):Two years after apology, diplomat Nigel Fyfe set to be brought in from the cold Thomas Manch (Stuff): New Zealand embassy in Sweden set for a ‘barnstorming’ opening as Winston Peters gets his way, again Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): Rethinking how NZ spends its overseas aid RNZ: Pacific Islands Forum not working – Toke Talagi Mike Williams (Herald): Politics whole lot saner on this side of the ditch Asbestos, building and construction Ruth Hill (RNZ): Asbestos from burnt building not being monitored in Wellington Damian George (Stuff): Preschool children exposed to asbestos for two months after construction work Marta Steeman (Stuff): Building owners are struggling to meet a basic new asbestos regulation RNZ: Leading building product certifier suspended from Codemark Earthquake safety risks, claims Liz McDponald (Press): Council labels quake-prone buildings but says they are safe Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): More than seven years after Christchurch earthquake, Wellington scrambles to secure dangerous facades Collette Devlin (Dominion Post): Wellington priority buildings to be quake-strengthened in 7.5 years RNZ: Streets with shortened deadline to fix quake-prone buildings identified RNZ: Church looks to community for strengthening Tracy Neal (RNZ): Engineer hopes to quake-proof buildings with old tyres RNZ: Checkpoint: Quake hit Rakautara residents say no to moving back Emma Hatton (RNZ): EQC claimants head to High Court on Monday Media Dene Mackenzie (ODT): The changing ways of news-gathering Colin Peacock (RNZ): Media’s ministerial pile-on prompts reflection (audio) Colin Peacock (RNZ): Channelling Kiwi content to the Pacific Colin Peacock (RNZ): Mediawatch: Broadcaster stands by Pacific Islands ‘leeches’ claim Stuff: Heather du Plessis-Allan under fire for saying Pacific people are ‘leeches’ on NZ Stuff: TVNZ makes captions available OnDemand 1News: Watch: John Campbell gives emotional farewell to Checkpoint staff on final show as host Glenn McConnell (Stuff): John Campbell leaves RNZ with praise, cake and a tribute song Herald: Goodbye John Campbell: RNZ says farewell to host with music and highlights reel Kate Robertson (Stuff): Pip Keane reflects on nine years working with John Campbell Transport and road safety Gia Garrick (RNZ): Council and transport bosses in parliament over bus shambles Alice Wilkins (Newshub): Don’t let us die’: Frustrated Bay of Plenty locals protest deadly stretch of SH2 Sam Kelway (1News): Protesters block major Tauranga highway to call on government to fix deadly stretch of road – ‘stop letting people die like this’ Zoe Hunter (Bay of Plenty Times): Fix the Bloody Road protesters block State Highway 2 near Tauranga RNZ: Protesters block Omokoroa bridge to demand safer highway RNZ: Three deaths in four days on contentious road Newshub: Protesters want ‘bloody road’ fixed Sarah Robson (RNZ): 10,000 drone pilots voluntarily register details Local government Thomas Manch (Stuff): Wellington City Council considers pushing pokies out of poor suburbs Todd NIall (Stuff): Have you tuned in to Auckland’s political soap opera of the year? Martin Johnston (Herald): Auckland Council wants to encourage freedom camping at region’s parks Liu Chen (Eastern Courier): Asian background ‘will help’ Auckland’s new Howick councillor connect communities Cherie Howie (Herald): Auckland mayor Phil Goff suggests free tram travel on Queen St Cherie Howie (Herald): Queen St: What does the future hold for Auckland’s golden mile? Amy Ridout (Stuff): ‘Google Watts & Hughes’, contractor told mayor before Greenmeadows construction Sarah Robson (RNZ): Only nine resource consents lodged since council botch-up Melissa Davies (Newshub): Auckland ratepayers funding controversial Scientology Church tours Tim Brown (RNZ): Liquidators seek millions from mayor and company founder Immigration Gill Bonnett (RNZ): Insight: The grandparents in immigration limbo RNZ: Voices: Fijian overstayer’s 20-year fight for residency Suffrage  commemorations Deena Coster (Stuff): 125 years after NZ women won the vote, the quest for equality continues Moana Maniapoto (Herald): 125 Suffrage anniversary: Game changers, stealth bombers – Black Pearls past and present Angela Barnett (Herald): 125 Suffrage Anniversary: Famous Kiwi women on the moment they broke down the barriers Sarah Daniell (Herald): Postcards from the famous women around the world Ruth Spencer (Herald): Suffrage 125: Ruth Spencer’s list of lingering annoyances Rugby and racing Stephanie Mitchell (Stuff): Messara Report a ‘gun to the head’ for racing clubs who own their land Gregor Paul (Herald): The truth about New Zealand rugby’s financial problems Other Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): ‘I hate poverty, but not the rich’ – Sir Michael Cullen Joanne Carroll (Stuff): Pike River re-entry has high risks which can be managed, experts say Cherie Howie (Herald): Rainbow Warrior open to public during Auckland stopover Dene Mackenzie (ODT): The past not such a foreign country Gareth Vaughan (Interest): Ten years after Lehman Brothers collapsed what’s its legacy? Jonathan Milmne (Stuff): Our anthem ‘God Defend New Zealand’ is a radically subversive challenge to tradition Kim Knight (Herald): Gil Hanly: The protest photographer who made women seen Sasha Borissenko (Newsroom): Sparrow still fighting, still pushing Rob Stock (Stuff): Package deal: KiwiSaver and a will Rob Stock (Stuff): No KiwiSaver scheme scores more than C+ on ethical rating scale Dionne Christian (Herald): Non-profit organisation Artists Alliance faces closure RNZ: National critical of veterans’ exclusion from repatriation event Julie Iles (Stuff): Commemoration for New Zealand’s lone French soldier RNZ: Auckland fares badly in quality of life survey Giles Dexter (Newshub): Aucklanders the least happy with their city in New Zealand – survey Rob Stock (Stuff): Stress busting: The T-shirt index and the major stressors in Kiwi lives Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Government ‘sitting on hands’ over pipeline inquiry, says National Newshub: Dozens of bunkers possibly shipped to New Zealand could be unconsented Newshub: Strawberries in NZ needle-free, supermarkets say]]>