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Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – October 8 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 Audrey Young (Herald): National leader Simon Bridges doing better than Jami-Lee Ross saga suggests Tracy Watkins (Stuff): Is Simon Bridges a dead man walking? Jessica Mutch McKay (1News): Analysis: Plugging the leak an ongoing headache for Simon Bridges Andrea Vance (Stuff): Bridges lacks skills vital to be PM Duncan Garner (Stuff): An embarrassing own goal when National’s defence wasn’t even under pressure Rodney Hide (Newshub): Jami-Lee Ross and the National Party owe the electorate an explanation Heather du Plessis-Allan (Herald): Simon Bridges in the last chance saloon Steve Braunias (Herald): Secret Diary of Simon Bridges RNZ: Simon Bridges: National Party leadership not at risk Dan Satherley (Newshub): Expenses inquiry the ‘right thing to do’ – Simon Bridges Dan Satherley (Newshub): ‘I’ve learned my lesson’ – Simon Bridges on Jami-Lee Ross Bryce Edwards (Herald): Political Roundup: An embarrassing week for National David Farrar: Constructive Opposition Petrol prices, transport, road safety Liam Dann (Herald): Petrol prices the big risk for Government right now RNZ: Fuel retailers taking New Zealanders for a ride – former employee RNZ: Motorists warned lower NZ dollar will push up petrol prices Emelyn McHardy (Stuff): Nationwide petrol boycott gains support of thousands 1News: Two mums behind nationwide fuel strike can’t afford to get their kids together 1News: Nationwide petrol boycott gaining thousands of supporters as prices reach record highs Audrey Young (Herald): National leader Simon Bridges blasts accumulating petrol price rises Newshub: Interview: James Shaw (video) Jason Walls (Herald): Green Co-Leader James Shaw has ‘whole stack’ of options to get Kiwis into electric cars Kate Nicol-Williams (1News): Disappointment as NZ car fleet continues to grow, kilometres driven increases Tom Furley (RNZ): Chinese investors offer to build Auckland road Charlie Dreaver (RNZ): Checkpoint: A night with police at a Petone checkpoint Jarred Williamson (Stuff): New window washing laws one year on: Has anything changed? Newshub: Can Wellington’s bus woes be fixed? Mental health Bruce Munro (ODT): A road to recovery Phil Quin (Stuff): Depression isn’t the opposite of happiness, but of vitality Anna Leask (Herald): Dedicated detective, doting dad and an almost deadly depression RNZ Sunday Morning: Johann Hari: ‘we need to deal with why we’re in such pain’ (audio) Barbara Staniforth (Newsroom): Hope at last for NZ’s mental health system Finn Hogan (Newshub): ‘Mental health system only works for the wealthy or dying’ – advocate Finn Hogan (Newshub): Interview: Jazz Thornton (video) Lincoln Tan (Herald): Concern over rise in suicide and mental health issues in Asians 1News: ‘It’s OK to sometimes not feel OK’ – Mental Health Awareness Week kicks off today RNZ: Mental health services strained beyond capacity – Greens Jamie Ensor (Newshub): Greens call for conversation around mental health after Government rejects cross-party group Sam Hurley (Herald): Innocent people are dying due to mental health pressures, says murder victim’s daughter Ruby Macandrew and Andre Chumko (Stuff): Alcohol industry funding for charity mental health scheme disingenuous Alexandra Nelson (Newshub): Lifeline’s partnership with Lion sparks controversy 1News: NZ’s biggest alcohol company to fund Lifeline mental health charity programme Health Kirsty Lawrence (Stuff): Women band together to push for ‘game changing’ cancer drugs to be publicly funded Kirsty Lawrence (Stuff): New Zealand women with advanced breast cancer are dying faster than in other countries Chris Harrowell (Stuff): Auckland cancer patient Lynne Hanson faces selling home to fund treatment Catherine Groenestein (Stuff): Devastating diagnosis two years too late for cancer support advocate Cate Broughton (Stuff): Public hospitals ‘failing to pick up bowel cancer early, leading to more deaths’ Karen Brown (RNZ): Young patients’ long wait for bowel cancer – study Nikki Macdonald (Stuff): Complaints rise, two-year wait on health watchdog investigations Nikki Macdonald (Stuff): Grieving Kiwi families face torturous wait for answers Donna Chisholm (LIstener): Under-pressure hospital investigated over man’s death from minor surgery Piers Fuller (Stuff): Medical profession lobbies against advertising prescription drugs in New Zealand Danielle Clent (Stuff): Health boss raises ‘significant concerns’ over gender mixing at Auckland’s Mason Clinic Nina Hindmarsh (Stuff): Golden Bay’s GP shortage a warning of wider rural doctor issues RNZ: Anaesthetic technicians strike in Hawke’s Bay Chris Bramwell (RNZ): Rescue helicopter base stays in Taupō, Rotorua gets the chop Stuff: Taupō to keep rescue helicopter under Government’s new plan for air ambulances Anusha Bradley (RNZ): Axing of Rotorua helicopter base sparks tensions Newshub: Rotorua Mayor confident new consolidated rescue helicopter service will deliver Lydia Lewis (Newshub): James Rolleston disappointed at rescue helicopter cuts RNZ: Presbyterian Church disagrees with euthanasia bill Synthetic drugs Newshub: Synthetic cannabis a ‘public health emergency’ – NZ Drug Foundation RNZ: NZ Drug Foundation disappointed in ‘old-school’ approach to synthetic drugs Damien Grant (Stuff): Jacinda Ardern’s ramblings on the world stage amount to hypocrisy RNZ: Synthetic drug raids in Chch find unconsious users Government Max Rashbrooke (Spinoff): What is Jacinda Ardern’s big idea? Jamie Ensor (Newshub): Former Green leader Russel Norman labels Marama Davidson’s interview ‘terrible’, won’t call her right person for the job Dan Satherley and Emma Jolliff (Newshub): James Shaw fronts with the welfare numbers Marama Davidson forgot Dale Husband (E-Tangata): Kris Faafoi — a minister on the rise Bill Ralston (LIstener): The one way that Jacinda Ardern is behaving like Donald Trump Stuff: Actress Anne Hathaway still buzzing after meeting Jacinda Ardern and Neve Herald: Anne Hathaway’s heartwarming photo with Jacinda Ardern and baby Neve Jason Walls (Herald): Pesky possums pose problem for PM Jacinda Ardern’s Premier property Newshub: PM Jacinda Ardern and Clarke Gayford have possums in the roof Report on Meka Whaitiri released Matthew Theunissen (RNZ): PM stands by Whaitiri decision Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): ‘Blackmail’ allegation over Whaitiri altercation Scott Palmer and Anna Bracewell-Worrall (Newshub): Meka Whaitiri questions staff member’s credibility after report release Henry Cooke (Stuff): ‘Probable’ that Meka Whaitiri grabbed staffer, investigation finds Herald: Official version of Meka Whaitiri report finally released RNZ: Official report into Meka Whaitiri incident released Jessica Tyson (Māori TV): Investigation into Meka Whaitiri incident released No Right Turn: An unrepentant bully Martyn Bradbury: Official report into Meka incident – micro-aggression policing at its most woke Political week in review Peter Wilson (RNZ): Week in Politics: Rumour mill keeps Bridges in a spin Tracy Watkins (Stuff): Below the beltway Point of Order: The trough monitor: where did the politicians spend our money this week? OIA RNZ: Ombudsman may launch investigation into OIA saga No Right Turn: Looking into it No Right Turn: Contractors, public records, and the OIA Foreign Affairs and trade Andrea Vance (Stuff): Taxpayers fork out for VIP screenings of Helen Clark documentary Katie Scotcher (RNZ): Man believed to be deportee died on Auckland’s streets Tracey Barnett (The Conversation): Nauru: Why was NZ’s refugee offer left dangling? Anne Marie Brady (Spinoff): Crunch point on China interference: Anne-Marie Brady’s warning to Ardern Michael Reddell: Makhlouf on China Michael Reddell: The PRC and the Prime Minister Andrea Vance (Stuff): Diplomat: Brexit good for Kiwi migrants Ripeka Timutimu (Māori TV): Diplomat inspired by Matiu Rata Aroha Awarau (Māori TV): Italian Ambassador inspires Māori students Daniela Maoate-Cox (RNZ): Checking in on the neighbours RNZ: Jacinda Ardern to visit Tokelau within two years RNZ: NZ plans weather stations for Tokelau RNZ: RNZ: NZ MPs support better gender balance in Melanesian politics Leah Te Whata (Maori TV): West Papua human rights advocate calls for solidarity Tess Brunton (RNZ): Iceland visits to learn tourism lessons from New Zealand Housing Alan Johnson: Call it KiwiBuild but it is still gentrification Eva Corlett (RNZ): Housing NZ tenants complain about ineffective heaters Ben Leahy (Herald): First KiwiBuild ballot winners set to get their keys and pay $100k below market value Brittany Keogh (Stuff): Papakura family moving out of ‘swamp house’, into ‘warm, dry’ new rental Leith Huffadine and Brad Flahive (Stuff): HNZ neighbours from hell: Here’s what it takes for them to be evicted Dave Nicoll (Stuff): Women’s refuge struggling amid housing crisis RNZ: Workers’ village good for Kaikōura – Mayor Ruby Macandrew (Stuff): Warning about the financial ‘fish-hooks’ of moving into a retirement village Mānia Clarke (Māori TV): Home ownership dream closer for Hamilton whānau Māori TV: 80 new homes for Hamilton East Kirsty Wynn (Herald): ‘Historical vandalism’: Grand homes could be bulldozed for townhouses Construction industry, apprenticeships Press Editorial: Government grabs the clipboard, but who’s the boss? Catherine Harris (Stuff): Plumbers and builders say apprenticeship scheme too limited Melissa Davies (Newshub): Companies with apprenticeship schemes preferred for Government building projects Education Kirsty Johnston (Herald): Half of university scholarships go to wealthiest students while the poorest struggle Newshub: Massey’s Don Brash cancellation under scrutiny Herald: Massey launches review into Brash speech cancellation Stuff: Massey council launches review into cancellation of Don Brash speech RNZ: Massey orders independent review into Brash cancellation John Boynton (RNZ): Jobs at risk after review of Māori tertiary provider Libby Wilson (Stuff): Looming deficit, rating downgrade prompt Te Wānanga o Aotearoa shake-up Māori TV: Up to 40 jobs could be lost at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa – CEO Te Ururoa Flavell (video) RNZ: New centre for health science students in Southland Tracy Neal (RNZ): Maritime education centre announced in Nelson Tyler West (Critic): Proctor Protest Was the Biggest Otago Student Protest Since the ’90s Joel MacManus (Critic): Proctor Offered Resignation After Bong-Taking Revelations Environment and conservation 1News: Whakatane locals outraged on government’s encouragement of Chinese water bottling investment Craig McCulloch (RNZ): Campaigners want assurance foreign water bottling investing ceased Charlie Mitchell (Stuff): What happened here: When NZ chose money over the environment Richard Harman (Politik): Sir Geoffrey Palmer caught in middle of row over iwi rights Shamubeel Eaqub (Stuff): Putting a price on pollution fixes a problem for New Zealand Belinda McCammon (RNZ): Protect and promote: Can DOC really do both? Rod Oram (Newsroom): Why we need a real forestry strategy Brian Easton (Pundit): Towards a Low-Emission Economy. Kate Nicol-Williams (1News): Wind power operators say changes to the RMA needed to fulfill renewable energy goals RNZ: Australian tampers with Bird of the Year competition Lois Williams (RNZ):‘There might be something that really is a magic cure’ John-Michael Swannix (Newshub): Te Kawerau ā Maki to launch Treaty claim over Govt’s ‘failure’ to combat kauri dieback RNZ: Weasel sighting at Wellington’s Zealandia Alice Neville (Spinoff): New Zealand faces up to its plastic problem Jennifer Eder (Stuff): The Marlborough Express): Round two in pyrolysis plant fight as new application lodged Amber-Leigh Woolf (Stuff): Dog kills baby pup in Napier, prompting DOC warning Dominic Harris (Stuff): Initial drinking water tests come back clear after 20,000 litres of diesel pollutes water table Nicholas Boyack (Stuff): Wellington Water bosses don’t want a repeat of Havelock North incident Gerald Piddock (Stuff): Hamilton’s dirty little secret: High levels of E coli recorded downstream of Hamilton Sam Kilmister (Stuff): Sanson’s new water treatment plant to cost $1.1m Bridget Grace (Newshub): Environmental groups still fighting seven years after Rena disaster Primary industries Thomas Coughlan (Newsroom): Farmers at odds with public on greenhouse gases Eric Frykberg (RNZ): Opposition to farmers’ hopes soft approach on emissions John Anthony (Stuff): Marc Rivers: The man with Fonterra’s fortunes in his hands John Small: One-Sided GMO Vibes Pat Deavoll (Stuff): Adopt GE or risk falling behind competitors: Federated Farmers president Jacqueline Rowarth (Herald): NZ dairy farmers share similar woes to Aussie counterparts Immigration and NZ values Martin van Beynen (Stuff): New Zealand values a sad excuse to attack immigrants Andrea Vance and Tony Wall (Stuff): NZ First MP campaigning for ‘Kiwi values’ was ruled unfit to run a pub Chris Trotter: Revolutionary Principles, Reactionary Values. Oscar Kightley (Stuff): The only real New Zealand value is taking the piss Joel Maxwell (Stuff): Kiwi values don’t include kicking out foreigners Paul Little (Herald): An open letter to migrants RNZ: Refugee agency wants more support in resettlement areas Charlie Dreaver (RNZ): Shot taxi-driver’s life in limbo: ‘I’m just asking for my own safety’ Media Colin Peacock (RNZ): Mediawatch: Confident about business confidence stories? Colin Peacock (RNZ): Mediawatch: Breaking down the ‘attention economy’ Tim Murphy and Mark Jennings (Newsroom): MediaRoom: A thousand cuts Sunday Star Times: The newspaper business: This is where we’ve come from, and this is where we’re going Glenn McConnell (Stuff): Farewell, The Spinoff TV: You enraged the critics, for that I will miss you Business and economy Bernard Hickey (Newsroom): Dear Adrian: Please go easy on us Cherie Howie (Herald): ‘It’s women helping women’: Theresa Gattung and the crowd-funding initiative helping Kiwi businesswomen succeed Finance and banking Aaron Drew (Newsroom): Why vertical integration in banking is past its use-by date Janine Starks (Stuff): Finance bosses shake off misdeeds while investors suffer Employment Madison Reidy (RNZ): Compulsory licensing of labour-hire firms would get rid of ‘ratbags’ RNZ: Firm ordered to pay $384k after worker crushed by forklift Thomas Manch (Stuff): Mindfulness and deep breathing help 80 unemployed youth into jobs Justice Audrey Young (Herald): Chief Justice Sian Elias says courts have taken an unacceptably broad view on non-interference in Parliament Action Station (E-Tangata): Executive Summary: They’re our whānau: Māori perspectives of NZ’s justice system Evan Harding (Stuff): Killer ‘should have died in prison’: Father of victim Child welfare Simon Bridges (Spinoff): Why we decided to support the Child Poverty Reduction Bill Anne Marie May (Stuff): Abuse victims say priests’ prayers and fasting hypcritical and missing point Ryan Boswell (1News): Calls for children’s rights to be recognised in review of ‘outdated’ adoption laws Ian Hyslop: Colonisation + Capitalism = Māori in state care RNZ: Legislation needed to prevent social work crime Herald Editorial: Child bride blot – We must do better Local government Rowan Quinn (RNZ): Former PM slams mayoralty rumours as ‘ridiculous’ Nick Truebridge (Stuff): SkyPath backers float user pays despite Government’s toll-free suggestion Todd Niall (Stuff): Goff needs to win the hide and seek game with Airbnb hosts Katie Bradford (1News): Waiheke holiday home owners rally against new rates hike Todd Niall (Stuff): Protecting view of Mt Eden is costing Auckland billions, says economist Herald: A single viewshaft of Mt Eden is costing Auckland $1.4b, says PwC Bernard Orsman (Herald): Auckland councillors approve $29m bailout for multinational recycling company Herald Editorial: Jump in cost of recycling shows need for change Laura Dooney (RNZ): Documents reveal conflict over pay for Sir Peter’s museum plan RNZ: BNZ building on Wellington waterfront to be demolished Damian George (Stuff): Wellington business owner offers to pay for parking to win back customers David Farrar: Council venues and politics Hamish McNeilly and Liz McDonald (Stuff): First shots fired in stadium arms race between southern cities Penny Bright Herald Editorial: Penny Bright a colourful fighter for city democracy Dan Satherley (Newshub): Penny Bright was a ‘kindred spirit’ – John Banks Marlene Singh (Stuff): Activist Penny Bright’s five most memorable moments Defence Andew McRae (RNZ): Final repatriated servicemen to be buried at Whenuapai RNZ: ‘Palpable sense of relief’ as NZ Defence Force evacuates earthquake victims Alexandra Nelson (Newshub): New Zealand Defence Force aids Indonesian tsunami survivors RNZ: Defence to survey Cavalli Islands for first time in 40 years RNZ: Air force trains fewer pilots due to lack of parts for planes Prince Harry and Meghan Markle  to visit NZ RNZ: Where you can see Harry and Meghan in NZ RNZ: Checkpoint: Maranui Café excited to host Prince Harry and Meghan Other Grant Bradley (Herald): Meridian Energy boss lifts the lid on ‘dirty secrets’ in power industry Thomas Coughlan (Newsroom): Billions owed in child support penalties RNZ: New Human Rights chief confident of culture change Charlotte Carter (Stuff): People’s Party secretary faces charges over undeclared donations Bryce Edwards (Newsroom): Stardust and Substance:How candidates campaigned in the 2017 election Jane Matthews (Stuff): 60 living kids, 165 dead animals Michael Neilson (Herald): Hopes high as Ngāpuhi enters third round of Treaty settlement consultation hui Bay of Plenty Times: Change in law on death certificates pleases mum who lost two daughters Bruce Cotterill (Herald): Corruption isn’t a Kiwi value so let’s not bring it here 1News: Abortion rights group brings complaint to Human Rights Group over ‘discriminatory’ laws Sasha Borissenko (Newsroom): Abortion case headed for Human Rights Tribunal Newshub: Kim Dotcom vows to ‘fight for internet freedom’ in series of tweets James Borrowdale (Vice): New Zealand’s Migrant Sex Workers Are Still Criminalised Under The Law Eden More (RNZ): New app helps people learn te reo Māori through sport Regan Paranihi (Māori TV): TPK to launch new reo Māori app Katie Fitzgerald (Newshub): A ‘matter of time’ before New Zealand faces significant cyber attack – GCSB RNZ: Judge reserves decision in Colin Craig defamation case RNZ: New Zealand air for sale at Auckland airport]]>