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Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – September 21 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] Tax Herald: Finance Minister Grant Robertson not ruling out tax cuts in election year Dan Satherley (Newshub): Fears KiwiSaver could be hit by capital gains tax Danyl Mclauchlan (Spinoff): There’s a solution to the great NZ tax rort. But Cullen’s group can’t touch it Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Tax Working Group may prove a frustration for Labour Gordon Campbell: On the Tax Working Group’s road map Richard Harman (Politik):Robertson puts pressure on Cullen LIam Dann (Herald): Government review could cut your tax rate Brian Fallow (Herald): Tax review redefines ‘income’ Thomas Coughlan (Newsroom): Would taxing capital drive investors away? Lynn Grieveson (Newsroom): Too complex, and banks too crafty Paul Drum (Herald): No capital gains tax? Just you wait Jesse Mulligan (Newshub): Only the selfish and greedy don’t want a capital gains tax Audrey Young (Herald): Winston Peters holds veto on any capital gains tax after Michael Cullen’s Tax Working Group reports back Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Ministers issue fresh request to Tax Working Group to ‘consider inequality’ Ruth Hill (RNZ): Capital gains good but not enough for equality – advocates Thomas Coughlan (Newsroom): The taxman cometh .. with new tax options Bryce Wilkinson (Stuff): Taxing matter of wasteful and inefficient spending Newshub: Farming lobby welcomes ideas from tax working group Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Tax Working Group report offers ‘little new’, says Deloitte Dene Mackenzie (ODT): Group’s report failed to live up to hype: Deloitte Nikki Mandow (Newsroom): Tax Working Group report made easy: Infographic Dene Mackenzie (ODT): Capital income tax recommended: report BusinessDesk: Introduce capital gains tax, says Sir Michael Cullen’s tax working group David Hargreaves (Stuff): Tax Working Group considers ‘vacant land’ and ’empty home’ taxes as a way of increasing housing supply and affordability RNZ: Two options proposed for taxing capital gain Emma Hurley (Newshub): Government’s Tax Working Group releases initial recommendations David Hargreaves (Interest): ‘No wealth taxes or land taxes’  David Snell (Interest): Tax Working Group kick-starts a national conversation about tax No Right Turn: Better than expected Meka Whaitiri removed as Minister Gia Garrick (RNZ): Labour MPs stand behind Ardern’s action on Whaitiri Audrey Young (Herald): Ardern’s surprise decision clears the decks before trip to UN Andrea Vance (Stuff): After a hellish month, Jacinda Ardern has cleared the decks Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): PM Jacinda Ardern shows some steel in sacking Meka Whaitiri Henry Cooke and Tracy Watkins (Stuff): Prime Minister removes Meka Whaitiri as a minister Jo Moir (RNZ): Labour MP Meka Whaitiri stripped of her ministerial roles Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): Whaitiri removed as minister after inquiry Lucy Bennett (Herald): Labour MP Meka Whaitiri loses portfolios over Gisborne incident Anna Bracewell-Worrall and Emma Hurley (Newshub): Meka Whaitiri removed as Minister 1News: MP Meka Whaitiri dumped as Customs Minister after investigation into alleged misconduct 1News: ‘Government coming apart at the seams’ says Simon Bridges as second minister gone Tova O’Brien (Newshub): Simon Bridges chides ‘weak’ Jacinda Ardern over Meka Whaitiri scandal Talisa Kupenga (Māori TV): PM strips Meka Whaitiri of ministerial responsibilities David Farrar: Whaitiri sacked No Right Turn: Good riddance Greg Presland (Standard): Meka had to go PM to attend UN meeting in New York, Government Zane Small (Newshub): Americans have warmed to ‘working-mum’ Jacinda Ardern – correspondent Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): Ardern to fight for international order at UN Matthew Hooton (Herald): Beleaguered Jacinda Ardern gets a break Tracy Watkins (Stuff): Jacinda Ardern hits the Big Apple for global charm offensive Claire Trevett (Herald):Hollywood star, talk shows on PM Jacinda Ardern’s New York agenda – but is Donald Trump? 1News: Jacinda Ardern says refugee quota gives NZ strength ahead of UN summit Stuff: Jacinda Ardern to appear on Stephen Colbert’s TV show Newstalk ZB: Jacinda Ardern to appear on US talk shows 1News: ‘It is what it is’ – PM accepts world media attention could turn to Neve during UN trip Emma Hurley (Newshub): Jacinda Ardern outlines her jam-packed week at United Nations John Armstrong (1News): As Labour fast loses the plot, Sunday’s moment of coalition unity was priceless Dan Satherley (Newshub): Labour MP Kris Faafoi refuses to say ‘Labour-led Government’ Jane Clifton (Listener): Why GE grass will be the next divisive issue for the coalition Government Listener: Is the Government all talk, no action? Adam Dudding (Stuff): Clarke Gayford on Melania Trump, media stress – and Obama’s nose Meth Report Philip Matthews (Press): Editorial: The meth panic was always political Russell Brown: A painful reflection John Minto (Daily Blog): Pitiful response to Housing NZ meth hysteria 1News: Watch: Phil Twyford slams Judith Collins’ attitude to compo for Housing NZ tenants evicted under bogus meth testing Anna Bracewell-Worrall (Newshub): Govt ‘compensating crooks’ – National doubles down on state house evictions 1News: Judith Collins savages decision to compensate Housing NZ tenants evicted over meth contamination Eva Corlett (RNZ): Landlords who lost thousands after flawed meth testing want compo Lucy Bennett (Herald): Private landlords call for compensation over meth standards RNZ: Checkpoint: Meth eviction compo ‘an absolute joke’ – tenant Eleanor Ainge Roy (Guardian): New Zealand to pay out millions after thousands wrongly evicted for drug use Jo Moir (RNZ): Housing NZ to reimburse hundreds evicted on flawed meth testing Lucy Bennett (Herald): Housing New Zealand releases report into its approach to meth contamination Dan Satherley (Newshub): Dodgy meth tests an excuse to ‘ridicule’ state housing tenants 1News: Housing NZ board won’t be sacked over meth contamination ‘fiasco’ Herald: Housing NZ will apologise and reimburse tenants disrupted over meth contaminated homes Anna Bracewell-Worrall (Newshub): Housing NZ to apologise for meth testing debacle Talisa Kupenga (Māori TV): HNZ to compensate 800 tenants wrongly evicted post-meth tests No Right Turn: Doing the right thing Refugee quota, immigration Herald Editorial: Refugee quota rise absolutely the right thing to do Teuila Fuatai (Newsroom): 500 refugees won’t break the bank RNZ: Refugee campaigner ‘elated’ with refugee quota boost 1News: Refugee quota increase a proud moment, Red Cross says, but now it’s time to prepare 1News: Preparations are underway as more refugees set to make New Zealand home Katie Fitzgerald (Newshub): 500 extra refugees will need a lot more than just accommodation – expert Kate Hawkesby (Newstalk ZB): More refugees is the right thing to do Jessica Tyson (Māori TV): More refugees welcomed into Aotearoa Jono Edwards (ODT): Dunedin unlikely to house more refugees Gill Bonnett (RNZ): Deportation of elderly woman to China overturned Economy Liam Dann (Herald): GDP cuts through gloomy business outlook Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): Growth figures question the confidence story, but don’t settle the argument Simon Louisson: GDP figures expose business confidence survey nonsense Duncan Greive (Spinoff): When one percent is a really big number Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): Government snatches a win from jaws of defeat Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): CTU blasts campaign by ‘vested interests’, as NZ economic growth surprises Dene McKenzie (ODT): Economy performance a ‘cracker’ Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): Computer glitch blamed for early lifting of GDP embargo MIchael Reddell: A stuff-up by Statistics New Zealand Herald: Good news for Govt: GDP up by 1pc, dollar rises on result Gyles Beckford (RNZ): NZ’s economic growth picks up Anna Bracewell-Worrall (Newshub): GDP up 1 percent – largest quarterly rise in two years David Hargreaves (Interest): GDP’s big surprise Massey University ban on Don Brash, free speech Bryce Edwards (Herald): Political Roundup: Free speech has been strengthened at Massey Katie Scotcher (RNZ): Massey Uni Vice Chancellor has no intention of resigning Philip Matthews (Press): Editorial: Massey must come clean about Brash ban Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Massey University lied – bad day for the woke anti-free speech brigade RNZ: Student leader fears ‘silencing effect’ RNZ: Student leader fears ‘silencing effect’ Anthony Byrt (Metro): A year of dangerous thinking: What’s really behind the free speech circus Housing Bernard Hickey (Newsroom): Dear young renters: you are sooo toast Alan Kenyon (1News): Opinion: Will getting ahead in New Zealand increasingly become a lottery? Toby Manhire (Spinoff): A night out in Auckland, counting the homeless 1News: Christchurch woman who built home for disabled brother ‘astounded’ at $23k consent bill Collette Devlin (Stuff): Housing New Zealand set to lease Wellington City Council social housing Parliament Morgan Godfery (Spinoff): One year in, how have our Māori MPs and ministers rated? Bryce Edwards (Newsroom): How media viewed Election 2017 David Farrar: Changing question time Stuff: Helen Clark says gender parity is possible in Parliament Health and disability Simon Wallace (Herald): Aged care sector needs ministerial responsibility Ruby Macandrew (Stuff): Support systems for Kiwis with dementia ‘woefully inadequate’ 1News: ‘Hobbies may help people with dementia,’ says psychiatrist as Morris Minor enthusiast hits the road 1News: Disturbing new study finds Kiwi teens are fatter and less fit than their parents Adele Redmond (Stuff): Kiwi adolescents weigh more and are less fit than their parents were, study finds Charlie Dreaver (RNZ): Modern teens less fit than parents at same age – study Herald: Kiwi teenagers are less fit than their parents a generation ago, research reveals Imran Ali (Northern Advocate): Waiting times for bowel cancer tests in Northland excessive Hannah Martin (Stuff): Auckland retailers would support government ban of tobacco sales, research shows RNZ: Rejected funding model for midwives to form part of future agreement Emma Russell (Herald): Students report performing sensitive examinations without patient consent, researchers say ‘unacceptable practice’ Kate Hawkesby (Newstalk ZB): You can’t call 24/7 helpline and be told clinician is asleep Tom Furley (RNZ): ‘Irrefutable’ need for review of killer’s mental health care Edward Gay (RNZ): Judge calls for inquiry into decision to release Yad-Elohim Drugs Herald: The country’s response to high-potency synthetic cannabinoids 1News: Christchurch Hospital sees seven people suffering severe affects of synthetic cannabis in 24 hours Ben Leahy (1News): Christchurch synthetic cannabis users experiencing nasty side-effects: DHB Stuff: Warning issued over synthetic cannabis use after eight people hospitalised RNZ: Synthetic cannabis puts three into Chch intensive care Mere McLean (Māori TV): Kawerau fighting back against meth Pacific peoples RNZ: Open letter: Du Plessis-Allan’s Pacific leeches comments ‘show gross misunderstanding’ RNZ: Sonny Bill Williams hits back over ‘leeches’ controversy RNZ: NZ Greens co-leader encourages Pacific women to challenge authority Education Jessica Long (Stuff): New Zealand’s school-taught colonial history is racist and needs changing, say teachers Elton Rikihana Smallman (Stuff): Land Wars not confined to history curriculum ODT: Schools struggle: ‘I have never known it to be this bad’ Northland Age: Horror stories fail to shift Education Ministry on the right to restrain Northland Age: Schools: Rowdy pupils in control Ruby Nyika (Stuff): Men the answer to lack of early childcare staff, educators say Chris Morris (ODT): Kavanagh College to consider change Mike Mohr (Evening Report): Compulsory Te Reo Māori debate fails to address key problems, say critics 1News: Students to appear before Canterbury school’s board after boy punched in head during violent incident David Farrar: Peter Davis is right again Jessica Long (Stuff): Victoria University of Wellington continues support for name change RNZ: Victoria University name change in sight despite opposition Gwynn Compton (Stuff): University Council is out of line in pursuing name change of Victoria David Loughrey (ODT): Anglicans set to quit Selwyn Primary industries Najla Mohamed-Lamin (Stuff): Thanks to New Zealand, I have spent all my life in a refugee tent Michael Morrah (Newshub): ‘It’s an absolute joke’: More MPI staff allege bullying, mismanagement Gerald Piddock (Stuff): Calf abuse sentencing will act as a deterrent for others Natalie Akoorie (Herald): Down Cow Pet Food owner Alan Cleaver sentenced over bobby calf cruelty RNZ: Owner of pet food plant sentenced over bobby calf cruelty Newshub: Calf abuser sentenced to community detention Point of Order: The grass on the far side of the fence will look much greener for Fonterra farmers Overseas Investment Chris Hutching (Stuff): Price revealed for Aussie billionaire’s Walter Peak purchase Anusha Bradley (RNZ): Tolaga Bay forestry company’s illegal logging history revealed Pike River 1News: Watch: Three re-entry options for Pike River Mine explained in 3D graphic 1News: Pike River re-entry options being evaluated present no ‘show-stopping’ risks Joanne Carroll (Stuff): All options for re-entering Pike River mine deemed possible Ben Leahy (Herald): Pike River Mine re-entry closer after experts foresee no ‘showstopping’ obstacles Suffrage Jessica Tyson (Māori TV): Influential wāhine added to prestigious NZ biography dictionary Stuff: What Women Want: Madeleine Sami as Kate Sheppard Russell Brown (Listener): Funny Girls gets serious about suffrage in new comedy special Sophie Bateman (Newshub): Jacinda Ardern flexes comedy muscles in hilarious Funny Girls suffrage skit Herald: Jacinda Ardern is officially a Funny Girl Herlad: Mana wāhine: Celebrating Kiwi women in film, television and music Employment and pay equity Dennis Maga (Stuff): Labour-hire workers do the same job, earn less Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Pay equity bill unveiled by Government RNZ: Pay equity legislation to mark Suffrage Day Talisa Kupenga (Māori TV): Govt releases pay equity bill to mark Suffrage Day Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): BusinessNZ criticises ‘unilateral’ addition of ‘back pay’ to pay equity bill RNZ: Minimum: Teacher aide’s pay makes her feel like ‘dirt’ (video) RNZ: Minimum: Bus driver says pay doesn’t reflect danger of job (video) Local government Collette Devlin (Dominion Post): Wellington City Council delays funding for priority buildings Collette Devlin (Dominion Post): Wellington City says bye bye to Big Brother technology Conan Young (RNZ): Plans for online voting at local govt elections ‘dangerous’ Nick Truebridge (Stuff): Sharp decline in Auckland Council building department productivity is bad news during housing shortage Bernard Orsaman (Herald): Angry backlash to consent blunder in Auckland’s heritage suburbs Torika Tokalau (Stuff): Auckland Council tries to fell protected tree in sight of tree advocate’s home Simon Wilson (Herald): Park and rides are not the future and here’s why Amy Diamond (Bay of Plenty Times): More than $140k in freedom camping fines unpaid in Tauranga, $67k waived Environment and conservation Lois Williams (RNZ): 1080 case goes to Māori Land Court Andrew McRae (RNZ): Government eyes International water management models Tracy Neal (RNZ): Waimea Dam bill gets multi-party support Mānia Clarke (Māorit TV): Clean up of Lake Whangape begins Amber-Leigh Woolf (Stuff): Litter by little: From Mexico to Japan, New Zealand could learn from cleaner countries Scott Palmer and Katie Fitzgerald (Newshub): Seal rescued after horrible laceration from fishing line ‘noose’ 1News: Young NZ fur seal found with fishing line round neck is treated at Auckland Zoo Matthew Littlewood (Timaru Herald): Hunting group seeks injunction on Himalayan tahr cull Newshub: The Great Kereru Count is back! Canterbury quakes Michael Hayward (Stuff): Regenerate Christchurch spent $500,000 on red zone exhibit Liz McDonald (Press): Controversial thinker’s ‘let it go’ comment branded hurtful and insensitive Banking Gareth Vaughan (Interest): Banking Ombudsman Scheme working on sector-wide complaints data system as it mulls increasing the limit on customer claims to $350,000 Catherine Harris (Stuff): Kiwibank drops fee for going over one’s credit limit in fee review Susan Edmunds and Sydney Morning Herald: ASB customers caught in global fake app scam Media Herald: NZME overtakes MediaWorks in Auckland radio battle: survey results Sinead Corcoran (Stuff): Commercial radio survey results show ‘the power of women’ Other RNZ: Agencies doing ‘thorough’ probe of break-ins targeting academic Baden Vertongen (Spinoff): Whose law is it anyway? Treaty legislation and the Supreme Court Chris Gallavin (Herald): Some guidelines for civil discourse Michael Belgrave (The Conversation): The kīngitanga movement: 160 years of Māori monarchy Thomas Manch (Stuff): Government inquiry into appointment of Wally Haumaha extended five weeks Herald: Kiwi euthanasia champion Sean Davison charged with South African quadriplegic’s murder RNZ: NZ euthanasia campaigner charged with murder in South Africa ODT Editorial: Aurora must front up Jonny Turner (ODT): Submissions sought on Messara review Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): The State Stasi have used corporate spies on beneficiaries as well, not just activists so who will the NZ Deep State spy on next? RNZ: Mainzeal owes much more than claimed, liquidator says Anusha Bradley (RNZ): Liquor store owner facing closure says he’s being singled out RNZ: Five instructors cleared of military camp misconduct RNZ: Six ‘cowboy’ car traders banned amid increased online trading Damien Venuto (Herald): Bad medicine – the misleading ads Kiwis complain about the most Zane Small (Newshub): Revealed: The most profitable speed cameras in New Zealand Tim Brown (RNZ): Concern after Queenstown airport report delayed ODT Editorial: Preventing food terrorism and sabotage Rob Kidd (ODT): Action by PSA staff affects courts Sam Hurley (Herald): UK’s top judge: Female judges make better decisions Murray Rae (ODT): We need to rock the boat and remember Paul’s convictions]]>