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Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – October 4 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] National Party Chris Trotter (Daily Blog): National’s Little-Boy-Lost Dan Satherley (Newshub): ‘Smell of death’ following Simon Bridges – Chris Trotter Tracy Watkins (Stuff): Simon Bridges’ judgment call coming back to haunt him Mitchell Alexander (Newshub): National’s leak investigation widened to include staff outside Parliament Press Editorial: How to turn an opportunity into a disaster Herald Editorial: Simon Bridges’ stellar rise has struck bumbling block RNZ: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern circumspect over National MP’s sick leave Anna Bracewell-Worrall (Newshub): Jacinda Ardern would not have used the word ’embarrassing’ for MP’s health issue Jason Walls (Interest): PM would not have used word ’embarrassing’ to describe MP’s health issues, she says Newshub: National MPs stand by Jami-Lee Ross Greg Presland (The Standard): National’s leak problem Business and economy Richard Harman (Politik): Winning back business confidence David Hargreaves (Interest): Are the bottoming levels of business confidence really pointing to a substantial economic slowdown Chris Keall (Herald): Are businesses better off with the R&D tax credit than Callaghan’s Growth Grants? Tim Benbow and David Snell (Interest): Government’s new R&D plan is a bold initiative Nikki Mandow (Newsroom): R&D tax credits aren’t enough to boost productivity RNZ: NZ still behind in research and development investment 1News: Government announces $1 billion tax incentive for research and development Herald: Air NZ boss Christopher Luxon on the Government: Time for less hui, more do-ey Herald: Will council build confidence? Herald: Amy Adams vs Grant Robertson: Is NZ’s economy slipping behind? Fran O’Sullivan (Herald): Business should show leadership Fraser Whineray (Herald): A bipartisan low-carbon energy goal Andrew Grant (Herald): What will work in the future? Herald: Shane Jones faces tough criticism in Mood of the Boardroom as CEOs urge him to cut the bombast Sam Stubbs (Stuff): KiwiSaver: The saviour of NZ’s economy Michael Reddell: A bare pass mark for the Board Tax Jane Clifton (Listener): Why Labour’s capital gains tax dreams are turning into a political nightmare Jesse Mulligan (Spinoff): At war with angry #nzpol Twitter on the need for a capital gains tax Taxpayer Union’s OIA requests David Fisher (Herald): How right-wing lobby group NZ Taxpayers’ Union used false identities to make OIA request – and how it got caught Greg Presland (The Standard): The Taxpayers’ Union’s identity problem Foreign Affairs and trade Rob Schmitz (NPR): Australia And New Zealand Are Ground Zero For Chinese Influence Zane Small (Newshub): US Ambassador warns NZ not to trust China RNZ: NZ not condemning US over ‘cruel’ diplomat change Mackenzie Smith (RNZ): In Tokelau, NZ must ease tensions, mend relations RNZ: Call for more research into effects of Pacific nuclear testing Defence Kurt Bayer (Herald): The Big Read: Commander of NZ troops killed during Battle of Baghak tells his story for first time Patrick Gower (Newshub): How an SAS technique kept shot Kiwi soldier Craig Wilson alive Patrick Gower (Newshub): Exclusive: Former Kiwi soldier ‘haunted’ by deaths under his command Education and training Katarina Williams and Jessica Long (Stuff): Ministry of Education to recruit 400 overseas secondary school teachers Gordon Campbell: On the teachers’ struggle for better pay and conditions John Gerritsen (RNZ): Teachers on rejected pay offer: ‘It’s difficult to focus on my teaching’ Finn Hogan (Newshub): We need to teach our kids argument and empathy – expert Jarod McSweeny (Whanganui Chronicle): Kaitoke School teacher subject to investigation over alleged bullying Annette Beautrais and Gerard Hoffman (Stuff): Halls of residence can be unsafe environments for vulnerable students Health and disability 1News: Calls for free sanitary products, bins in primary schools after latest research reveals younger girls getting first period Meriana Johnsen (RNZ): Almost half of NZ girls get period before high school – report Ruby Macandrew (Stuff): Call for sanitary bins in primary schools across New Zealand 1News: Calls for sanitary products to be funded for school-age girls, with some getting first period at primary school Julie Chapman (Stuff): Kiwi girls as young as 8 are struggling with period poverty Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): NZ unlikely to follow Australia in axing ‘tampon tax’, says expert Emma Russell (Herald): After-hours doctors’ fees for children skyrocket at two Auckland clinics after DHBs cut funding Belinda Feek (Herald): Man incensed over $100 fee for copy of medical files; GP backs down Cate Broughton (Stuff): Disabled Lower Hutt man has ACC compensation re-instated, avoids eviction Laine Moger and Shabnam Dastgheib (Stuff): Anti-vaccine billboard complaints taken to ASA Complaints Board RNZ: Concern as hospital anaesthetic staff in Whangārei strike Matthew Tso (Stuff): Hutt DBH funds mental health workshops for community’s ‘frontline’ workers RNZ: DHB to offer discounted parking tickets at hospital Scott Palmer (Newshub): Waitemata DHB takes action after parking costs furore Laine Moger (Stuff): AUT counsellor accused of ‘the worst’ counselling in alleged sex assault case PIers Fuller (Stuff): Work begins on Wairarapa Hospital’s bracing Ian Town (Stuff): New approach brings different health professions together to learn Matthew Tso (Stuff): Hutt DBH funds mental health workshops for community’s ‘frontline’ workers Lucy Bennett (Herald): Government rejects cross-party co-operation on mental health, for now Edward O’Driscoll and Scott Palmer (Newshub): Government rejects National’s appeal for cross-party mental health group Euthanasia Ruby Macandrew (Stuff): Fiery words as David Seymour and Bill English debate euthanasia bill Lucy Bennett (Herald): Bill English debates David Seymour on End of Life Choice Bill Drugs Newshub: Synthetics shouldn’t become class A drug – Drug Foundation Megan Sutherland and Annabelle Tukia (Newshub): Health Minister David Clark wants to reclassify synthetic drugs into Class A category Sam Sherwood (Stuff): Health minister wants synthetic cannabis reclassified after Christchurch death Logan Church (RNZ): Checkpoint: Dodgy synthetic drugs blamed for Christchurch death 1News: Potent new batch of synthetic drugs turning users violent in Christchurch – ‘Every person is quite unpredictable’ 1News: Two deaths thought linked to synthetic cannabis as 19 people get ill from drug in Christchurch over past fortnight Sam Sherwood (Stuff):Authorities investigating suspected synthetic cannabis death Newshub: Two deaths from suspected bad batch of synthetic drugs in Christchurch Herald: Christchurch death suspected to be related to synthetic cannabis Immigration Bernard Hickey (Newsroom): When deflection and distraction are easier Tim Watkin (Pundit): What value do we put on the values worth valuing? How New Zealand First has it wrong Damon Rusden (Daily Blog): If immigrants need to prove their values so should we RNZ: NZ values bill: ‘This is actually the antithesis of racism’ – NZ First MP Clayton Mitchell James Nokise (RNZ): Secret New Zealand values immigration quiz Lincoln Tan (Herald): Great-grandmother, 80, detained at airport after Immigration says she’s ‘too sick’ to be visiting daughter in NZ Zane Small (Newshub): Afghan refugee battered by racism, hardship plans to leave New Zealand Housing Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): The great con that is ‘affordable’ KiwiBuild houses Jenée Tibshraeny (Interest): Twyford, Collins & Kaye appear to see eye-to-eye on body corporate issues Robin Martin (RNZ): Whanganui ‘slum landlord’ under investigation Clare Curran (Southland Times): Have your say on renting law Benn Bathgate (Stuff): ‘The meth got to her’: Tamati Coffey hears horror stories from landlords Eva Corlett (RNZ): Residents of closed Grey Lynn boarding house have nowhere to go Nicole Lawton (Stuff): Fighting as notorious Auckland boarding house closes its doors for good Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Tenants have fewer rental properties to choose from Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Your guide to NZ housing market’s ‘new normal’ Oliver Lewis (Stuff): Anglican Care retirement village exit causes ‘extraordinary’ stress – resident Employment Amy Ross (Stuff): Understanding pay equity requires robust, rigorous analysis Newshub: Sexist double standards in public service – report Justice Sophie Bateman (Newshub): Māori over-represented in prisons due to colonisation – report Bayley Moor (Stuff): Children’s school holiday programme with dad in prison Tess Brunton (RNZ): Ōamaru courthouse to reopen after years of facing closure Stuff: Convicted killer David Mahia has died in Invercargill Technology Stuff: Data for sale Margo White (North & South): Is your phone eavesdropping on you? RNZ: Tech giants oppose proposed Australian law seeking private data Local Government Anusha Bradley (RNZ): Debate over sale of Napier Port could lead to referendum Marty Sharpe (Stuff): Council proposing to sell up to 49 per cent of Napier Port so it can cope with growth Grant Miller (Manawatū Standard): City council should be wary of playing politics with venues RNZ: Owners of leaky apartments in Auckland anxious as expenses skyrocket Todd Niall (Stuff): Auckland Council wins $12 million claim against Westgate developer Nick Truebridge (Stuff): John Tamihere slams Auckland Mayor Phil Goff’s criticism of housing plan as ‘bizarre’, ‘unfair’ Aaron Leaman and Libby Wilson (Stuff): Hamilton Mayor Andrew King’s ‘controversial’ river city vision Gerald Piddock (Stuff): Hamilton City Council buys five riverside properties as part of Victoria on the River expansion plan Christina Persico (Stuff): Māori significance first priority in new road names in New Plymouth Lisette Reymer (Newshub): Gisborne District Council in talks over what will replace Gisborne’s Captain Cook statue Transport Michael Hayward (Stuff): New electric scooters allowed on footpath and road, but not cycle lanes David Chaston (Interest): Regressive petrol taxes drive pump prices to record highs even though crude oil prices are 40% below record highs Anna Bracewell-Worrall (Newshub): Reality of Government: No plans to scrap car registration fees Simon Smith and Torika Tokalau (Stuff): Government considers scrapping car rego fees – a ‘giant revenue gathering device’ Damien O’Carroll (Stuff): What your vehicle rego really does – and it’s not your registration Mitch McCann (Newshub): ‘We miss him so much’: Grieving family’s relief at Auckland’s new rail safety measures 1News: ‘It helps lift the pain’ – parents of teen killed at rail crossing pay tribute to son amid major safety victory Karl du Fresne (Dominion Post): A glittering career reaches the end of the line Thomas Mead (Newshub): Wellington’s striking bus drivers to keep working for gold coins Damian George (Stuff): Angry protesters storm regional council meeting over Wellington bus drivers’ dispute Māori TV: Hamilton bus drivers strike again Michael Neilson (Herald): Auckland Transport called out over poster appearing to reference Treaty of Waitangi Damien O’Connell (Stuff): Parents confused by child safety restraints RNZ: ID now essential for Jetstar’s domestic flights Environment and conservation LIndy Laird (Northern Advocate): Department of Conservation looks into claims 1080 poison dropped on people Laurel Stowell (Herald): Why our most popular streams are too polluted to swim in Michael Daly (Stuff): ‘Extinction crisis’ can be reversed, but saving species with very low numbers complex Amber-Leigh Woolf (Stuff): New Zealand ‘seriously lagging behind’ on deposit schemes to reduce rubbish Finn Hogan (Newshub): Extended Interview: Rod Oram: How will climate change affect our economy? ODT Editorial: Support predator plan 1News: Dunedin gets $4.3 million funding to help rid city of pests that threaten native wildlife RNZ: Predator-free project receives $4m AAP: Weasel ruffles feathers at Wellington kiwi haven Lydia Lewis (Newshub): Dead Māui’s dolphin discovered to be pregnant Johnny Moore (Stuff): If we can’t save our native birds, how will we tackle climate change? Breanna Barraclough (Newshub): Bird of the Year brings in independent scrutineer to prevent voter fraud Luke Appleby (1News): Photo-taking tourist narrowly avoids charging sea lion near Dunedin, prompting stern warning from DOC Melissa NIghtingale (Herald): Porirua Adventure Park’s impact on environment ‘very minor’ RNZ: Predator wasp considered in eucalyptus-pest battle Sarah Dowie (Southland Times): Recreation under assault Primary industries RNZ: Nine to Noon: Fowl play? Chicken industry labelling ‘misleading’ says SAFE Gerard Hutching (Stuff): Farmers are paying too much for fertiliser: soil scientist Matthew Littlewood (Stuff): Serious concerns over long, dry summer see farmers asked to take less water Farah Hancock (Newsroom): To GE or not to GE Other Thomas Coughlan (Newsroom): Greens learn to oppose again Peter Dunne (Newsroom): Another clean-out of Parliament on the way Peter Dunne: NZ First seeks to limit diversity and debate Thomas Coughlan (Newsroom): Big StuffMe legal bill for Commerce Commission Paula Penfold and Eugene Bingham (Stuff): Gloriavale review: Crown Law rejects second inquiry in death of Prayer Ready Alex Braae (Spinoff): Socialism is back, baby, and it doesn’t want your vote Don Rowe (Spinoff): How Ngāi Tahu turned a landmark settlement into a billion dollar iwi empire RNZ: Niue premier says leeches comment ‘idiotic‘ Jason Walls (Herald): Justice Minister Andrew Little names new Human Rights Commissioner Shabnam Dastgheib (Stuff): Government’s Families Package not a solution for Auckland’s poor, agencies say Laura Walters (Newsroom): Fox’s failed business owes at least $160k Waveney Russ (Spinoff): Metiria Turei: Beyond politics 1News: Changes in adoption laws will ‘take time’ says PM after broadcaster Toni Street signals frustration on social media Jackson Thomas (Stuff): Former broadcaster Tony Veitch officially signs off from NZ media, and moves to Bali Fiona Connor (Newshub): Controversial NZ broadcaster Tony Veitch launches wellness retreat in Bali]]>