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Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – October 9 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] Environment Spinoff panel: Today marks the end of magical thinking on climate change RNZ: Climate target not viable for NZ economy – expert Charlie Mitchell and Leith Huffadine (Stuff): ‘Life-altering’ changes needed to avoid the worst of climate change Charlie Dreaver (RNZ): Paris agreement goal still achievable, but requires unprecedented change – report Jamie Morton (Herald): Keeping future global warming within 1.5C demands ‘truly heroic’ effort RNZ: Rapid action needed to limit global warming – IPCC report No Right Turn: Climate change: A line in the sand for our species Gerard Hutchings (Stuff): Climate change report a wake-up call for NZ farming David Williams (Newsroom): IPCC report stokes methane debate Jim Salinger (Herald): The real facts on methane Pattrick Smellie (Newsroom): Māori freshwater claims stalling allocation decisions Richard Harman (Politik): Why cleaning up water will be hard Farah Hancock (Newsroom): An ambitious freshwater deadline Henry Cooke (Stuff): Increased RMA powers and regulation of intensive farming planned in water quality push Jane Patterson (RNZ): Govt sets five-year timeline for swimmable rivers Anna Bracewell-Worrall (Newshub): Government releases plans to improve water quality by 2020 1News: Government reveals its plan to clean up quality of New Zealand’s rivers and lakes Jason Walls (Herald): Government promises ‘noticeable’ water-quality improvements within five years BusinessDesk:Government promises better freshwater quality within five years Moana Makapelu Lee (Māori TV): Govt announces plan to make rivers swimmable in five years Gerard Hutching (Stuff): Greenpeace wants all dairy conversions banned now Joanne Carroll and Liz McDonald (Stuff): Christchurch properties contaminated with lead top Environment Ministry’s priority list Catherine Groenestein (Stuff): Groups opposed to seabed mining plan prepare to go back to court Amber-Leigh Woolf (Stuff): ‘Moral disgust’ is changing how we think about plastic George Heagney (Stuff): Anti-plastic campaigner appointed to United Nations taskforce to help fight marine pollution Katee Shanks (Rotorua Daily Post): Changes to freshwater fishing could spell disaster for Rotorua’s trout fishing, anglers say Greg Presland (The Standard): At least Labour wants to save the planet Water Alice Guy (Rotorua Daily Post): Consent granted to take Hamurana Springs water for bottling 1News: Controversial Christchurch water bottling plant under fire after label claims product is from 200m underground RNZ: Government will no longer put NZ freshwater up for sale, says Ardern 1News: PM says it’s ‘incredible’ and ‘unacceptable’ previous Government prompted NZ to water bottlers Anuja Nadkarni (Stuff): NZTE encouraged Chinese firms to get into business of bottling Kiwi water Derek Cheng (Herald): Previous govt’s efforts to sell Franz Josef water to overseas buyers ‘very disturbing’ – PM 1News: Simon Bridges says National government courted Chinese water bottlers, but Labour gave final approval for Whakatane plant Dan Satherley (Newshub): Trade officials invited Chinese water-bottling company Petrol prices Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): If the Government is so certain motorists are being fleeced, what is it waiting for? Herald Editorial: High petrol prices call tax into question Zane Small (Newshub): ‘Profiteering’: Jacinda Ardern doubles down on fuel industry crusade Jason Walls and Luke Kirkness (Stuff): Petrol price taxes: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern takes on oil firms – BP, Z respond Craig McCulloch (RNZ): Petrol company: ‘I don’t believe we’re fleecing anybody at all’ BusinessDesk: Z Energy responds to Jacinda Ardern’s claim customers being fleeced 1News: ‘A government that’s in panic’ – Judith Collins calls for Government to drop Regional Fuel Tax 1News: ‘It’s pricing Kiwis out of their cars’ – Simon Bridges calls on Government to axe fuel tax hikes Thomas Coughlan (Newsroom): Govt runs with National’s fuel review idea Henry Cooke and Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): Government will rush through legislation to look into petrol price margins Jason Walls (Herald): ‘Consumers, in my book, are being fleeced’ – PM Jacinda Ardern on petrol prices BusinessDesk: “Unacceptable” petrol margins fleecing customers: Ardern Sophie Bateman (Newshub): Jacinda Ardern ‘hugely concerned’ by escalating fuel prices, will introduce transparency Bill 1News: Jacinda Ardern ‘hugely concerned’ at petrol prices, Government to force fuel companies to open their books RNZ: Ardern speeds up law change to tackle soaring petrol prices Herald: You’re paying record GST at the petrol pump RNZ: Govt urged to cut taxes on petrol Katarina Williams and Luisa Girão (Stuff): Wellington service station attendants copping motorists’ fury over petrol prices Luke Kirkness (Herald): ‘It’s irritating when you drive past a petrol pump’ 1News: ‘I see this building momentum’ – fuel price protestors urge people to get active No Right Turn: We should be trying to raise petrol prices, not lower them David Farrar: Ardern blames fuel companies Heather Roy: Excisive Fuel Prices? Mental health Edward Gay (RNZ): Man killed pensioner days after ‘hasty discharge’ from mental health unit LInday Laird (Northern Advocate): Rural mental health and Māori statistics grim in Northland 1News: Exclusive: Sir John Kirwan positive children can drive NZ’s change in mental health Newshub: Are we overthinking our approach to mental health? Chris Reed (Herald): Swarbrick cites own experiences on universities tour to discuss mental health 1News: Mental Health Awareness Week: Connecting with nature can help Kiwis create positive wellbeing Newshub:‘I shouldn’t have left him’: Kiwi comedian blamed himself after father’s suicide Mark Quinlivin (Stuff):Services begin marking Mental Health Awareness Week Marlene Singh (Stuff): Rainbow community uses art to illustrate frustration over mental health system Jessica Tyson (Māori TV): Mental Health Awareness Week goes bush Migrant exploitation Teuila Fuatai (Newsroom): Migrant exploitation and the true cost of UFB Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Migrant exploitation in broadband roll-out ‘not acceptable’, says minister Zane Small (Newshub): Chorus subcontractors ‘exploiting’ migrant employees Chris Keall (Herald): Nearly all Chorus broadband subcontractors breaching labour laws, MBIE says RNZ: Chorus subcontractors ‘exploiting’ immigrant workers Canterbury quake settlements Michael Hayward (Stuff): Govt launches ‘game changer’ new Canterbury quake insurance settlement service RNZ: Government launches ‘one stop shop’ to fast track outstanding quake claims National Party Danyl Mclauchlan (Spinoff): The next few weeks may decide the fate of Simon Bridges Alex Braae (Spinoff): Counterpoint: Simon Bridges isn’t going anywhere Government Shane Te Pou (Newsroom): Why I was wrong about Andrew Little Hamish McNeilly (Stuff): Clare Curran: ‘Traumatic time for myself and my family’ James Borrowdale (Vice): Biography as a Battleground: What It Means To Be New Zealand’s First Refugee MP 1News: Jacinda Ardern’s UN address has more YouTube views than Donald Trump and Theresa May’s speeches combined Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Russel Norman’s damning assessment of Greens should wake them up – will it? Clayton MItchell Curwen Ares Rolinson (Daily Blog): Should There Be A Statute Of Limitations In Politics? Andrea Vance and Tony Wall (Stuff): ‘Dwarf tossing’, underage gambling concerns at MP’s pub Parliament Vice: Our New Documentary Reveals What It’s Like to Be a Female Politician in New Zealand James Borrowdale (Vice): New Zealand’s Female MPs On What They Face That Men Don’t Housing RNZ: Govt betters target of housing homeless Rob Stock (Stuff): Retirement village boom is a symptom of age-unfriendly society Ben Leahy (Herald): Concern as Government cuts up front funding for new community houses John Minto (Press): Much more money required to address social housing needs Thomas Manch (Stuff):Desperate and deteriorating, Waikanae man moves in with parents as last resort Sean Nugent (ODT): KiwiBuild fever strikes Wanaka Susan Edmunds (Stuff); Auckland, Christchurch properties worth less than CV Evan Harding (Stuff): Rental shortage equals worker shortage in Te Anau Foreign affairs and trade RNZ: NZ asked to step in over Tokelau fiscal concerns RNZ: Niue to skip NZ flag and anthem during constitution day Power prices Grant Bradley (Herald): Mercury and Genesis Energy take swipe at Meridian Energy’s pricing stance Steve O’Connor (Spinoff): This year, power is getting political. Here’s why you should care Carl Hansen (Kiwiblog): Guest Post: Response to Bryan Leyland’s Guest Post on 4 October Local government Efeso Collins (Stuff): Lack of Pasifika among high-income earners at council shows unconscious bias Dave Armstrong (Stuff): We get the ‘vibe’ but what about the value? Dominion Post: Painting Wellington street with pride RNZ: Wellington sculpture broken by man swinging on it Amber-Leigh Woolf (Stuff): Len Lye sculpture worth $300,000 broken in pieces by would-be daredevil Transport RNZ: $96m funding for Wairarapa rail Matt Chatterton (RNZ): ‘We’ve got a history of leaving things just too damn long’ Alice Wilkins (Newshub): ‘Sooner the better’: Whangaparāoa locals back Penlink road Dan Satherley (Newshub): Penlink: Bringing it forward a ‘no-brainer’ Meriana Johnsen (RNZ): Wellington bus network: Consultant defends original scheme Amanda Cropp (Stuff): ‘Double-dipping taxi drivers’ working 100 hours a week’, federation claims Child welfare Jonathan Boston (Stuff): Historic child poverty agreement a cause for hope Georgia May (Hawkes Bay Today): Social media cause of bullying increase Raniera Harrison (Māori TV): Ngapuhi mum loses daughter to cyber-bullying Education Katie Scotcher (RNZ): Principal ‘grilled and grilled and grilled’ after restraining child RNZ: Numbers at polytech still declining – MIT head Cas Carter (Stuff): Universities must show they can adapt to changing world Abortion Emma Hatton (RNZ): Abortion law breaches rights of pregnant people – lobby group Zoe Madden-Smith (Vice):New Zealand’s “Archaic” Abortion Law Violates Human Rights, Says Lobby Group Eleanor Ainge Roy (Guardian): New Zealand’s ‘degrading’ abortion ban breaches human rights, say activists Health 1News: Children’s gym classes defended by Exercise NZ boss with most Kiwi kids not getting enough physical activity Amy Williams (RNZ): Children going to adult gyms to get active Emma Dangerfield (Stuff): Father-of-four not giving up after terminal cancer diagnosis Katie Bradford (1News): Family pleads with Pharmac to help save toddler’s life by funding cystic fibrosis ‘wonder drug’ Justice Harrison Christian (Stuff): Intellectually disabled woman sent back to prison Waikato Times Editorial: Thank goodness our judiciary is at arm’s length from our legislature Liam Hehir (Stuff): A brawl breaks out over Supreme Court pick Brett Kavanaugh Defence Andrew McRae (RNZ): ‘He’s finally home’: NZ soldiers’ remains reunited with loved ones Māori TV: Māori schools pay tribute to fallen soldiers in Italy Derek Cheng (Herald): NZ Defence Force continues to evacuate survivors from quake-struck Palu Honours Eva Corlett (RNZ): I’ll be damed: 12 women recognised for excellence RNZ: Dame Lynda: ‘There’s been a lot of farmers trying to curtsey’ 1News: Watch: Topp Twins harmonise beautiful waiata in investiture ceremony for damehoods Bridget Grace (Newshub): Rebels get their medals: Topp Twins celebrate becoming Dames Jessica Tyson (Māori TV): Panapa honoured with MNZM Other Chris Harrowell (Stuff): Beneficiaries calling for changes to New Zealand’s welfare system Gordon Campbell: On the ongoing battles over free speech Rukuwai Tipene-Allen (Māori TV): Indigenous business on the rise John Drinnan: Upheavals Likely For Maori TV Sam Hurley (Herald): Political party general secretary charged over failing to declare $200k in donations James Croot (Stuff): She Shears: A celebration of New Zealand’s fleece specialists Katie Fitzgerald (Newshub): Mycoplasma Bovis eradication slow going, but improving – Farmer Māori TV: Shear guts Aroha Awarau (Māori TV): Ngapo Wehi helped me write gay haka – Mika Mānia Clarke (Māori TV): Tuku Morgan fronts up at Waahi Pa Preya Gothanayagi (Salient): The Fine Line of Cultural Appropriation Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Shoppers should stop wasting money on extended warranties, advocates say Jennifer Dann (Stuff): 12 Questions with Juliet Gerrard, Prime Minister’s science advisor]]>