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Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – September 25 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] PM in New York, Government Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): Ardern calls for UN to improve conflict prevention Herald: Baby Neve watches mum Jacinda Ardern speak at the UN 1News: Baby Neve inspiration behind ‘family-friendly policies’, says Jacinda Ardern tells millions of Americans on NBC’s Today show Tracy Watkins (Stuff): Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern uses New York platform to boost climate change funding Claire Trevett (Herald): PM Jacinda Ardern’s challenges other world leaders on climate change Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): Ardern announces $300m for climate aid work RNZ: PM announces increase in climate change funding for Pacific Tracy Watkins (Stuff): Jacinda Ardern’s ticket to the hottest party in New York 1News: Pictures: Baby Neve takes pride of place alongside Jacinda Ardern and Clarke Gayford at United Nations Tracy Watkins (Stuff): Jacinda Ardern’s baby watches historic UN session from mum’s lap Aziz Al-Sa’afin (Newshub): New Zealand First’s baby or New Zealand First baby? Stuff: A UN ID for baby Neve, by public demand 1News: ‘You can be strong, you can be kind’ – Jacinda Ardern talks leadership, President Trump on US television Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): Ardern shares ‘joy’ of motherhood on US talk show Chris Bramwell (RNZ): Jacinda Ardern on US breakfast TV show: joy of parenthood ‘far surpassed’ expectations’ Claire Trevett (Herald): PM Jacinda Ardern on breakfast Today Show in New York Simon Hampton (Newshub): Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern talks motherhood on NBC’s Today Show Stuff: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern appears on Today show Southland Times Editorial: That’s fighting talk (it turns out…) Claire Trevett (Herald): Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern knocked down – but proves no pushover Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): Trump towers over Ardern in clash of ideals Zane Small (Newshub): Jacinda Ardern reveals what she would say to Donald Trump Tova O’Brien (Newshub): Jacinda Ardern treads lightly on subject of Donald Trump at United Nations Dan Satherley (Newshub): Jacinda Ardern careful to avoid blaming Donald Trump for ‘challenging the rules’ Chris Bramwell (RNZ): Jacinda Ardern rejects Trump’s call for war on drugs Scott Palmer (Newshub): Simon Bridges backs Donald Trump’s new War on Drugs 1News: Jacinda Ardern says she’s not the gold standard for raising a child Herald: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern: ‘I’m not the gold standard’ for motherhood Talisa Kupenga (Māori TV): PM talks Pacific climate change with UN Secretary General Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB):  It’s hard enough just getting into America Peter Dunne: PM needs to be seen to be in charge Curran, Ardern, Handley texts public Herald: PM Jacinda Ardern insists she did not mislead Parliament over Derek Handley contact John Anthony (Stuff): PM says government owes Derek Handley apology over chief technology officer saga Hamish Fletcher (Herald): ‘It feels a bit Star Trek’ – texts between Clare Curran and Derek Handley released Hamish Fletcher (Herald): CTO bungle: Emails, texts between Derek Handley, Clare Curran and Jacinda Ardern revealed Newshub: Revealed: Derek Handley details ‘disappointing’ CTO recruitment process Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Jilted CTO candidate Derek Handley disappointed by lack of explanation from Government RNZ: Derek Handley releases correspondence with Jacinda Ardern and Clare Curran Tim Murphy (Newsroom): “It feels like Star Trek” Employment RNZ: Pay equity deal for Oranga Tamariki social workers Newshub: Pay equity: Oranga Tamariki social workers offered 30 percent pay rise Jason Walls (Herald): $114 million pay equity settlement reached for Oranga Tamariki social workers Maria Slade (Spinoff): What are you doing to stop further deaths?’ Auckland wharfies plead for action on safety David Farrar: Union vs union Paul Mitchell (Stuff): Striking Palmerston North tomato workers demand employer grows their pay Oil and gas exploration 1News: Watch as feisty Winston Peters denies NZ First ‘swallowed dead rat’ over new oil and gas exploration ban Hamish Rutherford (Stuff) Government set to give oil industry breathing space over permits, potentially boosting exploration Scott Palmer (Newshub): Government has ‘no plan’ for oil and gas changeover – Mayor Neil Holdom Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): Offshore oil ban will cost Crown billions with little climate impact, officials warn Herald: Govt officials estimate cost to NZ of ban on new offshore oil and gas exploration at $7.9 billion Anna Bracewell-Worrall and Isobel Ewing (Newshub): Govt oil and gas drilling ban could cost NZ $8 billion over 23 years – MBIE RNZ: Halting new offshore oil and gas exploration permits to cost govt $8b Richard Harman (Politik): The Government gets damning advice on the oil exploration ban Thomas Coughlan (Newsroom): Woods vs. MBIE on oil and gas ban Tax Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): How a capital gains tax could affect you Gareth Vaughan (Interest): Cullen says the Tax Working Group will be as detailed as possible to combat political attacks through ‘mischief by misrepresentation’ RNZ: Tobacco tax: heaviest burden on the poor Liam Hehir (Stuff): Pain in the details of Labour’s capital gains tax ambitions Marta Steeman (Stuff): Tax relief of more than $1 billion a year for building owners possible Newshub: Christchurch businessman served home detention for unpaid taxes Meth Report Danyl Mclauchlan (Spinoff): The dumbfounding nastiness of Simon Bridges’ ‘meth crooks’ remarks Thomas Manch (Stuff): No children uplifted by Oranga Tamariki ‘solely’ because of meth test Gia Garrick (RNZ): Bridges slammed for ‘meth crook’ comments Newstalk ZB: Winston Peters mocks Simon Bridges over ‘meth crooks’ comments 1News: Phil Twyford hits back at Simon Bridges over ‘meth cook’ Housing NZ compensation Stuff: Simon Bridges claims Government is providing ‘compensation for meth crooks’ Martyn Bradbury: Could the Government please tell us if Mike Sabin’s Methcon had anything to do with setting flawed meth standards? Mike Yardley (Press): Why are we frittering away big bucks on compensation? Housing Herald: Papakura ‘swamp house’ baby admitted to intensive care unit with bronchitis Imogen Neale and Melanie Earley (Papakura Courier): Baby living at Auckland ‘swamp house’ in intensive care Henry Cooke (Stuff): Housing Minister Phil Twyford’s reforms likely to raise rents, officials warn Melissa Nightingale (Herald): Phil Twyford says 200 more state houses to get thermal upgrades Benn Bathgate (Stuff): Labour MPs want public to be part of changing ‘outdated’ tenancy laws Andy Fyers (Stuff): This is what it takes to get on the property ladder in Auckland Felicity Reid (Stuff): Auckland church farewells man who lived on grounds for a year SAS inquiry, Iraq deployment David Fisher (Herald): Secret inquiry – public set to be shut out of the inquiry into claims of NZSAS revenge raid No Right Turn: NZDF’s contempt for democracy Dave Armstrong (Dominion Post): The military mission creep going on under the coalition radar Tom Peters (World Socialists): New Zealand government extends troop deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan Regional development Zizi Sparks (Rotorua Daily Post): Government gives Rotorua $27.4m for Lakefront and forest redevelopment Benn Bathgate (Stuff): Rotorua set for $55m redevelopment boost Education Simon Collins (Herald): Govt aims to recruit 400 overseas teachers to fill teaching gaps Phil Pennington (RNZ): Priest’s sexual abuse at Upper Hutt school admitted: It’s ‘criminal’ Adele Redmond (Stuff): Schools could ask for signed consent to teach religious instruction Adele Redmond and Sam Sherwood (Stuff): Schoolboy assaulted over fake Instagram account seeking nude photos 1News: Students excluded from Canterbury school after ‘serious assault’ Juliet McGhie (Stuff): Mindfulness could hold the key to combating bullying culture Newshub: How a stolen pencil case led to a 10-month legal battle Kate Hawkesby (Newstalk ZB): Fraser High students who staged walkout are losers Ruby Nyika (Stuff): Truancy protest could teach students about democracy, lecturer says Ruby Nyika (Stuff): Fraser students protest principal’s speech Belinda Feek (Herald): Fraser High School students mass walkout over principal’s controversial truancy speech 1News: Hundreds of Fraser High School students stage mass protest after principal’s anti-truancy speech RNZ: Students walk out of school over principal’s truancy comments Herald: Homeowner whose compost sparked illness outbreak in Carterton labels situation a ‘case of hysteria’ Piers Fuller and Katarina Williams (Dominion Post): Sulphur-smelling compost likely cause of Carterton health scare Herald: Compost likely cause of mass illness at South End School, Carterton 1News: Hot compost caused medical event at Wairarapa school where students needed to be treated by medics RNZ: Hot compost cause of vapour that made kids feel sick Emma Hurley (Newshub): Mystery vapour at Wairarapa school came from compost Jessie Chiang (RNZ): Mandarin Chinese lessons in hot demand 1News: University or a trade – what’s the best option for school leavers? Tertiary education Sophie Bateman (Newshub): Burglary of Kiwi professor Anne-Marie Brady sends shockwaves through academic world Joel MacManus (Critic): Proctor Enters Flat Without Permission, Steals Bongs Joel MacManus (Spinoff): Second Dunedin flat claims Proctor entered home without permission, took bongs Elena McPhee (ODT): Proctor’s actions ‘unusual’ Elena McPhee (ODT): Uni claims no right to search flats Stuff: Student bong removed by Otago proctor ‘unlikely to be repeated’ Elena McPhee (ODT): ‘Unacceptable’: Otago Uni proctor ‘enters flat and takes bongs’ Eric Crampton: Police academy No Right Turn: A burglary David Farrar: Otago Uni proctor steals property from student flats 1News: Otago uni students fight plans to scrap Art History and Visual Culture courses Kate Nicol-Williams (1News): Victoria University’s council votes in favour of name change but there’s opposition from some students Jessica Long (Stuff): Wellington’s Victoria University will change its name to University of Wellington RNZ: Victoria University council votes in favour of changing name Newshub: Victoria University of Wellington’s Council votes in favour of name change Emme McKay (Newstalk ZB): Wellington’s Victoria University one step closer to changing its name Newshub: ‘Don’t be a traitor’: Patrick Gower challenges Chris Hipkins over Victoria University name change Aaron Leaman (Stuff): Wintec spends $28,900 on sex-doll probe Health and disability Herald: DHB investigating after woman forced to give birth to stillborn child alone at Rotorua Hospital Newshub: DHB investigating after Rotorua woman forced into lonely stillbirth at hospital Chloe Blommerde (Stuff): Rotorua Hospital too busy to help mum give birth to stillborn baby Leigh-Marama McLachlan (RNZ): Māori eight times more likely to get TB than Pākehā Michelle Duff (Stuff): Will meaningful changes be made to maternity care? Cate Broughton (Stuff): Standard improved to stop ‘tragic’ surgical mesh stories RNZ: Southern eye clinic asked to apologise to glaucoma patient Jessica Tyson (Māori TV): Dental care grants bringing smiles to those in need 1News: ‘There are more options’ – medical specialist advises against cold turkey method for those trying to quit smoking Jessica Tyson (Māori TV): Exploring nature decreases anxiety and depression Building safety Kurt Bayer (Herald): Porirua hospital allows workers to occupy ‘unacceptably’ dangerous quake-prone building Anne Gibson (Herald): Auckland University won’t reclad block with Grenfell Tower-like cladding Police Jason Walls (Herald): Acting PM Winston Peters now says he can’t recall who invited him to Haumaha celebration Jared Savage (Herald): Winston Peters must reveal who invited him to celebration for deputy commissioner Wally Haumaha – National Party Anna Leask (Herald): Deputy commissioner Wally Haumaha no longer speaking at international conference Sandra Conchie (Bay of Plenty Times): Tasers used more often in Bay of Plenty police district, but small number of serious injuries Justice and crime Jason Walls (Herald): NZ First MP Darroch Ball thinks his shoplifters’ fine bill will have the support of the whole house Dan Satherley (Newshub): National may back instant fines for shoplifters RNZ: Death of Whanganui Prison inmate will be investigated Sophie Bateman (Herald): Serial killer Hayden Poulter found dead in prison Rachel MacGregor and Colin Craig defamation trial Ryan Boswell (1News): Colin Craig sought out Rachel MacGregor in ‘irregular and inappropriate ways’ court told Tommy Livingston (Stuff): Colin Craig drops damages claim against Rachel MacGregor as defamation trial begins Chelsea Boyle (Herald): Colin Craig withdraws damages claim as defamation hearing begins RNZ: Colin Craig withdraws claims for damages Newshub: Colin Craig drops damages claim, but presses ahead with suit against Rachel MacGregor Ryan Boswell (1News): Colin Craig to reveal text messages detailing ‘true nature of relationship with’ Rachel MacGregor Needles found in supermarket strawberries Scott Palmer (Newshub): MPI reveals 3 needles were discovered in strawberries 1News: MPI concerned strawberry risk could be blown out of proportion amid needle contamination Herald Editorial: Strawberry sabotage serious, upsetting, shows food security vulnerability 1News: Strawberry needle epidemic ‘an Australian problem’, says Kiwi grower RNZ: Winston Peters mixed up over strawberry checks Jason Walls (Herald): Acting PM Winston Peters: All imported strawberries will be put through a ‘rigorous’ screening process Daniel Laufer (RNZ): Strawberry crisis: How NZ growers can prevent ‘crisis contagion’ Esther Taunton (Stuff): What Auckland needle probe means for NZ strawberry market 1News: ‘It could destroy us’ – Auckland strawberry grower fears for local industry amid needle contamination scandal AAP: Strawberry crisis: Our strawberries are not the problem say New Zealand growers Jason Walls (Herald): Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor asks Kiwis not to overreact to strawberry needles Herald: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern responds to Countdown strawberry scare Catherine Harris (Stuff): PM speaks out about spiked strawberries Herald: Needles in strawberries: NZ Government wants answers on lack of checks Catherine Harris (Stuff): Kiwi strawberry growers looking at all options after needle found in Aussie fruit here Primary industries Heather Chalmers (Stuff): Dairy farmers tackle nitrogen loss Louise Giltrap (Stuff): Fonterra has bred an ‘us versus them’ mentality damaging farmers Keith Woodford (Interest): Why lack of retained earnings combined with flawed investment strategies is at the heart of both the Fonterra and Westland Dairy capital constraints Gerard Hutching (Stuff): Fonterra’s Chilean farmers threaten to break away Nikki Mandow (Newsroom): Gagged Fonterra critic wants to get back on the co-op’s board Newshub: Final candidates for Fonterra director election announced Eric Frykberg (RNZ): Five contenders for Fonterra dairy company’s board Gerard Hutching (Stuff):A2 market value plunges $450m in wake of CEO share sell-off RNZ: Country LIfe: Omapere Rangihamama Trust: a country comeback story Environment and conservation Te Aniwa Hurihanganui (RNZ): Iwi’s ‘pain and anguish’ at plan to rename Great Barrier Island Whanganui Chronicle: Trans-Tasman Resources appeals High Court decision on seabed mining Gina Dempster (ODT): Rebooting the system Amber-Leigh Woolf (Stuff): Supermarkets disappointed their ‘recyclable’ meat trays aren’t being recycled Melanie Early (Stuff): Track in Clevedon Scenic Reserve closed over kauri dieback fears Charlie Dreaver (RNZ): Wellington’s native bird population soars Tina Law (Stuff): Captive kea Casper and Stumpy in good health before shock deaths Newshub: Hunting group threatens legal action over DoC’s mass cull of Himalayan tahr Farah Hancock (Newsroom): Could mosquito technology help Predator Free 2050? 1080 Linday Laird (Northern Advocate): Maori Land Court injunction attempt to stop 1080 drop over the Russell State Forest fails RNZ: Appeal threatened over 1080 drop in Russell Forest 1News: Oamaru residents ‘disgusted’ by anti-1080 vandalism to town’s welcome sign Hamish MacLean (ODT): Vandals deface Oamaru sign with anti-1080 message Foreign Affairs and trade Chris Harrowell (Stuff): Kiwi taxpayers funding repairs to 300 storm-damaged homes in Tonga Michael Reddell: Once were traders Catherine Harris (Stuff): Reopening of steel inquiry risks Chinese tension Parliament Thomas Coughlan (Newsroom): Mallard moves to curtail urgency Phil Smith (RNZ): The House: Parliament’s trinity: the omnibus bill trick Jane Bowron (Stuff): Lighten up, Nats, and stop barking at every passing car Russell McVeagh Jessie Chiang (RNZ): Disappointment over fresh scandal at Russell McVeagh 1News: Russell McVeagh bars partner from workplace amid claim of ‘inappropriate comments’ Stuff: Russell McVeagh investigating partner over inappropriate comments Newshub: Russell McVeagh partner being investigated after ‘inappropriate comments’ allegation Transport Bevan Woodward (Herald): Reducing speed limits offers swathe of benefits Damian George (Stuff): Wellington’s controversial new bus hubs to be reviewed as some are still being built ODT Editorial: Time nearly up for cycleway success Local government Dominic Harris and Tina Law (Press): Christchurch council manager’s $500k defamation claim against former mayor Sadie Beckman (Horowhenua Chronicle ): Horowhenua councillor wearing bodycam after altercation with another councillor Tess Brunton (RNZ): Plans to increase Stewart Island visitor levy slammed as ‘ridiculous’ Janine Rankin (Manawatū Standard): Year in review shows progress, if not achievements Media, broadcasting Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Stuff, NZME lose at Court of Appeal over merger Herald: Court of Appeal rejects NZME and Stuff merger challenge RNZ: Court of Appeal rejects NZME-Stuff merger Oriini Kaipara (Māori TV): Stereotyping Māori in cartoons must stop, says cartoonist Sam Kilmister (Manawatū Standard): Footrot Flats cartoonist Murray Ball to be honoured at hometown’s Rural Day Alex Braae (Spinoff): Holy shit: Is Radio Sport woke now? Alan Perrott (Stuff): Explaining Country Calendar’s lasting allure Robbie Nicol (Spinoff): White Man Behind A Deskquits comedy, pivots to political commentary Merv Smith dies RNZ: Veteran broadcaster Merv Smith dies (audio) 1News: Legendary broadcaster Merv Smith of ZB breakfast fame dies Herald: Radio legend, former ZB breakfast host Merv Smith dies Oceania exhibition Joy Reid (1News): Major exhibition showcasing 500 years of Pacific art set to open in London Matthew Hooton (Herald): Oceania brings Piccadilly to a halt Emine Saner (Guardian): Oceans Apart: Art and the Pacific with James Fox review – an engaging exploration of Māori culture Gender equality James Borrowdale (Vice): We Ran the Numbers on New Zealand’s Gender Inequality to Ask Are We There Yet? Ben Stanley (Vice): Still a Long Way To Go Before There’s Gender Equality in New Zealand Sport Other Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Solar power systems take decades to pay for themselves, Consumer NZ says Zane Small (Newshub): Government promises ‘decent’ incentives for electric cars David Williams (Newsroom): Time for a bridge between Crown and Māori No Right Turn: Open Government: Business as usual Ripeka Timutimu (Māori TV): Exclusive: Miss World NZ reveals a childhood of abuse Ripeka Timutimu (Māori TV): “My mum believed me” How Miss World NZ survived abuse Ruby McAndrew (Dominion Post): Catherine Healy and Kristine Bartlett among impressive cohort of women honoured Ged Cann (Stuff): Faultlines: Evacuating Wellington’s CBD on foot after a big quake is no walk in the park RNZ: 160 vessels inspected by NZ and Fiji in joint maritime patrols Dan Dalgety (RNZ): CBD parking problem: ‘They’ll unfortunately head to a mall’ Jess Berentson-Shaw (Briefing Papers): New narratives for discussing child poverty in New Zealand Dominic Godfery (RNZ): Pre-colonial Pacific culture ‘inspiration for feminism today’ Rachael Kelly (Southland Times): Pet owners could be collared under new MPI rule Roger Douglas (Herald): Rock star faces music Bryan Gould (Daily Blog): Positive Money Petition RNZ: Eric Watson ordered to pay Sir Owen Glenn nearly $50 million Claire Murdoch (RNZ): Explosion of ‘unashamedly feminist’ writing only the beginning Andy Evans, Robyn Bargh and Bess Manson (Stuff); ‘Wahine Toa’ published The Bone People Tim Grafton (Herald): Too many Kiwis are flying blind to risks]]>

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