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Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – October 3 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] Jami-Lee Ross on medical leave from Parliament, National Richard Harman (Politik): Top Nat troubleshooter advising Jami Lee Ross Audrey Young (Herald): Timing of Jami-Lee Ross’ departure from Parliament raises questions Zane Small (Newshub): Simon Bridges’ ’embarrassing’ comment breached Jami-Lee Ross’ privacy – Garner Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): Bumbling Simon Bridges has made Jami-Lee Ross saga so much worse Newshub: National MPs stand by Jami-Lee Ross Lucy Bennett (Herald): National MP Jami-Lee Ross decision came ‘out of the blue’, says Simon Bridges Anna Whyte (1News): Simon Bridges maintains MP Jami-Lee Ross’ personal leave not related to travel expenses leak Tracy Watkins (Stuff): National MP Jami-Lee Ross taking leave for ‘personal health issues’ Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): Jami-Lee Ross to take medical leave from Parliament Anna Bracewell-Worrall (Newshub): National MP takes leave from Parliament, Caucus for health issues Herald: National MP Jami-Lee Ross takes break from Parliament for ‘personal health issues‘ RNZ: National MP Jami-Lee Ross stands down for health reasons Jenée Tibshraeny (Interest): ‘Entirely separate’ David Farrar: Ross on leave Greg Presland (The Standard): Jami-Lee Ross takes time out Newstalk ZB: National leak investigation drags on for more than a month Business and economy Andrea Fox (Herald): Mood of the Boardroom: 150 CEOs deliver their verdict on the Government Liam Dann (Herald): Failure of confidence knocks off the shine Liam Dann (Herald): Backing for a Wellbeing Budget James Penn (Herald): The confidence conundrum Thomas Pippos (Herald): The paradox of confidence Fran O’Sullivan (Herald): Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on the global stage Herald: Jacinda Ardern seen as standout performer Tim McCready (Herald): Winston Peters a ‘pleasant surprise’ Herald: Disciplined Grant Robertson rates Tim McCready (Herald): ‘He’s doing well in the toughest job’ Tim McCready (Herald): Cut the bombast, Shane Herald: Praise for minor party leaders Herald: Marking the report card Tim McCready (Herald): Honeymoon just about over Tim McCready (Herald): Storms washing over the oil and gas platform Graham Skellern (Herald): Muted response to Research and Development tax incentive Tim McCready (Herald): Waiting for a punch to land Tim McCready (Herald): Not yet a credible Opposition Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): Business confidence continues to slide, as demand and profits fall RNZ: NZ business confidence dips to nine-year low BusinessDesk: Business confidence continues to slide: NZIER David Hargreaves (Interest): Latest NZIER Quarterly Survey of Business Opinion shows worst level of business confidence since March 2009 Sally Rae (ODT): Business uncertainty persisting Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Tax break for R&D upped to 15pc, with stop gap help for start-ups Rob Stock (Stuff): Life and death in New Zealand’s small company sector Paul McBeth (BusinessDesk): RBNZ pays biggest dividend NZ First Bryce Edwards (Herald): Political Roundup: NZ First’s ‘virtue signalling’ against immigrants Donna Miles-Mojab (Herald): Bad assumptions behind NZ First plan Brian Rudman (Herald): NZ First once more revving up anti-migrant bland wagon Jason Walls (Herald): Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern: Labour will not support NZ First’s ‘NZ Values’ bill 1News: ‘It’s not Government policy’ – Jacinda Ardern distances Labour from NZ First’s proposed immigrant values bill Zane Small (Newshub): Labour won’t support NZ First’s values test on migrants – Jacinda Ardern RNZ: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern: Labour would vote against ‘Kiwi values’ bill Te Aniwa Hurihanganui (RNZ): Māori ask NZ First who decides ‘Kiwi values’ Point of Order: Chutzpah and the amazing Winston Peters – surely he qualifies for a place on Martin’s list Government Sophia Hollander (The New Yorker): Jacinda Ardern’s Juggling Act Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): New York glamour shots by Augusto ad agency will hurt Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern Zane Small (Newshub): Jacinda Ardern doubles down on NZ’s ‘independent foreign policy’ Stuff: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern mouthed ‘sorry’ when taking baby Neve on plane Cecile Meier (Stuff): Jacinda Ardern shouldn’t apologise to other passengers for taking Neve on a plane Chris Penk (Kiwiblog): Guest Post: “Our Plan”? Her Spin MMP Herald Editorial: This term is not time to review MMP No Right Turn: Winston and MMP David Farrar: Will the Government change the law to help Greens and NZ First? Education and training Newshub: Secondary school teachers on what they need from Government (video) RNZ: Secondary teachers reject ‘insulting’ pay offer Sophie Bateman (Newshub): Secondary teachers reject latest pay offer 1News: Secondary teachers reject Government’s latest pay offer Katarina Williams (Stuff): Joint primary and secondary teacher strikes not being ruled out Lucy Bennett (Herald): Chris Hipkins talks down pay expectations by secondary teachers at PPTA conference 1News: Government ‘needs to front up now’ as secondary teachers’ union recommend rejecting latest offer Melissa Nightingale (Herald): Secondary school teachers poised to reject latest pay offer Anna Bracewell-Worrall (Newshub): Reject Govt pay offer, union tells secondary school teachers Thomas Manch and Jessica Long (Stuff): Free school lunches would help address child poverty issue, say visiting experts Eric Crampton: Is wagging school that bad? Nina Hindmarsh (Stuff): Golden Bay kids kicked-off bus face precarious walk along grassy highway to school John Braddock (World Socialists): New Zealand education riven by class inequality Jessie Chiang (RNZ): Construction industry urged to diversify in apprenticeships 1News: Government looking at new ways to encourage apprenticeships as construction industry faces worker shortage Child welfare Dominion Post Editorial: Imprisoned by old thinking Phil Pennington (RNZ): NZ Catholic Church withholds findings on sex abuse claims Health and disability Nikki Turner (Spinoff): Why on earth drives someone to put up an anti-vaccination billboard? Zac Fleming (RNZ): Immunologist slams anti-vaccine billboard as ‘almost organised terrorism’ 1News: Anti-vaccination group accused of preying on Māori and Pacific people with controversial billboard Hannah Martin and Danielle Clent (Stuff): Anti-vaccine billboard which received 140 complaints to be pulled Fiona Connor (Newshub): Anti-vax billboard to be removed after more than 140 complaints Herald: Anti-vaccine billboard near Middlemore Hospital removed after raft of complaints Grant Jacobs: Vaccines and risk on Auckland motorway billboard Hannah Martin (Stuff): Breast cancer is ‘contagious’ campaign ‘completely out of line’, survivors say Herald:Breast Cancer Foundation to change wording of campaign following complaints Jennifer Eder (Marlborough Express): ‘Pop-up’ clinic at emergency housing finds children without doctors Māori TV: Māori researcher to study how whakamā affects mental health Southland Times Editorial: The guiding question for the assisted dying debate Environment and conservation RNZ: Minister demands DOC explain kiwi deaths Carla Penman (Herald): Could traces of Roundup be in a key source of New Zealand’s drinking water? RNZ: Nine to Noon: Elevated BPA levels found in Capital’s aquifer RNZ: DOC monitors Northland’s first major 1080 drop in decades Rachel Stewart (Herald): Drums of water war echoing in pipeline Dan Dalgety (RNZ): Canterbury water bottling battle goes to High Court Thomas Manch (Newshub): Protest group fighting Canterbury water bottling consents Leith Huffadine (Stuff): Bird of the Year: How an endangered bird ended up on Tinder RNZ: Zealandia breach: ‘Even one introduced predator is one too many’ George Block (ODT): ‘Complete stupidity’: Antics near sea lions criticised George Block (ODT): Surfer caught on video harassing sea lions Jono Edwards (ODT):First for South: wildlife capital’s $15m predator control plan launch today Amber-Leigh Woolf (Stuff): Five hours, 15 volunteers and 200kg of plastic ‘nurdles’ in the bag Samantha Motion (Bay of Plenty Times): Call to ban dogs from two Tauranga parks to protect birdlife Police Jared Savage (Herald): Wally Haumaha: State Services Commission to open third inquiry into bullying claims ‘if necessary’ Thomas Manch (Stuff): Departments’ handling of Haumaha bullying allegations may be inspected Tax Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Government likely to come out on top from ‘revenue neutral’ tax proposal Mark Lister (Herald): Capital gains plan a ‘massive step backwards’ John Minton (Daily Blog): Why does a minimum wage worker pay a higher tax rate than a rich lister? Immigration Steve Kilgallon and Dileepa Fonseka (Stuff): The Big Scam: Migrant ‘thanks God’ for opportunity to stay Liu Chen (Stuff): Chinese immigrants prefer working for non-Chinese firms, survey shows Matthew Ronsenberg (Stuff): Man who arrived as asylum seeker leaving after life in NZ failed to deliver 1News: New ‘digital strip search’ law for travellers’ electronic devices has potential for abuse, law expert warns Katie Fitzgerald: Customs to fine travellers who don’t hand over device passwords Housing Branko Marcetic (Newsroom): Long read: Meth-testing’s ‘wild west’ – Part two Newshub: Trade Me ad seeking flatmates slammed as racist 1News: Dozens of would-be property owners vying for new KiwiBuild homes in Auckland’s Papakura Katie Scotcher (RNZ): Proposed regulations prompt some landlords to sell Ben Leahy (Herald): Frustrated landlords call on the Government to provide protection from rogue tenants Susan Edmunds (Stuff): ‘If you steal from a shop it is a crime but if you steal from a landlord, it’s not’ Stuff: The nightmare of Housing NZ’s sustainable tenancies Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Falling house prices spread across more of New Zealand RNZ: Slowdown in house prices as more go on the market Newshub: House values stable as spring brings listings increase Greg Ninness (Interest): Quotable Value figures show the average value of homes is declining in Auckland, Christchurch and Queenstown, and rising more slowly in other centres Employment 1News: Taboo of not discussing what you earn could be self-defeating for Kiwi workers, says union David Farrar: Meet the union leader paid almost $1 million a year Anuja Nadkarni (Stuff): Perpetual Guardian’s founder says he won’t consider gig-based system Katie Doyle (RNZ): NZ Post’s audio recordings practice deemed ‘unsettling’ Newshub: New Zealand Post under fire for recording audio of postie drivers Susan Hornsby-Geluk (Stuff): Strippers aren’t employees but they’re not quite independent, either Oil and gas Helen Harvey (Stuff): Oil and gas boss: submission process ‘unfair’ Ellie Hooper (Noted): On board the Rainbow Warrior: It’s time to stop the mad pursuit for fossil fuels Robin Martin (RNZ): Oil and gas traffic in Taranaki dangerous and destroying rural lifestyle – residents Human Rights Commission Stuff: Paul Hunt named new Chief Human Rights Commissioner in wake of sexual harassment scandal David Farrar: Labour appoints a Corbynite as NZ’s Chief Human Rights Commissioner Anna Bracewell-Worrall (Newshub): New Human Rights Commissioner appointed RNZ: New Human Rights Commissioner appointed Kim Dotcom  Stuff: Crown bests Dotcom in appeal over alleged information breach Carla Penman (Herald): High Court overturns ruling of breach of privacy in Kim Dotcom case RNZ: Kim Dotcom loses court battle over information requests No Right Turn: Vexing bullshit Primary industries, overseas investment Newshub: Dairy farmers taking no chances on M bovis RNZ: WorkSafe advises caution to farmer parents around risks Andrew Allan (Spinoff): NZ’s pig-headed rejection of GM is putting our agricultural future at risk Cleo Fraser (Newshub): Kaipara mayor fears region overlooked after Tegel’s farm plan axed Jessica Tyson (Māori TV): Tegel’s mega chicken factory scrapped by OIO Sandra Kyle (Whanganui Chronicle): Opinion: Today set aside to ponder cruel existence of farmed animals Jacqueline Rowarth (Stuff): What’s so bad about nitrogen, anyway? Pat Deavoll (Stuff): This native pest is costing our economy millions – and it’s not alone Andrea Fox (Herald): Fonterra hold on raw milk market still 80 per cent despite predictions Gisborne Eleanor Ainge Roy (Guardian): Vandalism forces New Zealand council to remove Captain Cook statue RNZ: Statue of James Cook to be removed in Gisborne Newshub: Gisborne Captain Cook statue to be moved Te Kuru o te Marama Dewes (Māori TV): Dual name “Tūranganui a Kiwa / Poverty Bay” gets support Media RNZ: Nine to Noon: State attempted stifling of NZ media (audio) Karl du Fresne: Good news: they’re printing the local paper locally again Stuff: The Project wins important battle in 7pm ratings war Jimmy Ellingham (Stuff): Palmerston North City councillors should hold their debates in the open Local government 1News: Auckland ratepayers still forking out millions on leaky buildings Rowan Quinn (RNZ): Phil Goff: Police aren’t doing enough to stop red light runners RNZ:  Running red lights in Auckland: ‘We’ve got to change the culture’ Transport Bernard Orsman (Herald): Deaths prompts safety upgrade of 11 rail level crossings in Auckland 1News: Teen jogger’s tragic death inspires $7.6 million in upgrades to Auckland rail crossings RNZ: Auckland gets funding boost for safety gates at rail level crossings Scott Palmer (Newshub): Major investment in Auckland rail safety ‘to save lives’ Racing Kurt Bayer (Herald): Harness racing figures deny race-fixing allegations RNZ: Harness racing arrests: Nine appear in court Other Laura Walters (Newsroom): Prison system crisis averted Martin van Beynen (Stuff): CTV engineer Alan Reay involved in trouble-plagued Auckland project Audrey Young (Herald): Not much for NZ exporters to worry about after Trump revamps Nafta deal, says trade specialist Logan Church (RNZ): Checkpoint: Rakautara residents threaten legal action against govt Steve Deane (Newsroom): The slow death of the sports club volunteer Te Aniwa Hurihanganui (RNZ): Māori Women’s Welfare League members expelled after legal challenge Tommy Livingston (Stuff): Rachel MacGregor tells court Colin Craig had ‘groomed’ her Herald: French cruise ship company and captain fined by New Zealand after Snares Islands grounding RNZ: Ship grounding in protected area: French cruise company fined Emily van Velthooven (1News): Kiwi youths pay homage to 355 New Zealand soldiers killed in 1943 battle in Italy Māori TV: Kura kids moved by Italian war sites Katie Newton (Stuff): Time running out for Government to buy Kate Sheppard’s home]]>