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Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – October 15 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] Climate change and petrol price politics Martin van Beynen (Stuff): Petrol price pain shows how to tackle climate change Tracy Watkins (Stuff): After a year of breakdowns and bunny hops, Labour puts its foot on the gas Peter Griffin (Stuff): Climate change: Without geo-engineering, we are imperiled Shamubeel Eaqub (Stuff): Higher petrol prices are better for us in the long run John Armstrong (1News): Jacinda Ardern can’t afford to look complacent as petrol prices verge on crisis-level Stuff: David Slack turns himself into an agony aunt Colin Peacock (RNZ): Mediawatch: Petrol price politics vs. planet Toby Manhire (Spinoff): Jacinda Ardern ‘upgrades position’ on climate change as nuclear-free moment No Right Turn: Burning Up Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): Simon Bridges’ petition ensures Govt will do nothing about petrol taxes Dan Satherley and Simon Shepherd (Newshub): Fuel companies won’t reduce price if tax cancelled – Energy Minister Megan Woods Luisa Girao and Amber-Leigh Woolf (Stuff): Fuel prices are forcing a change in habits Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): Ardern’s captain’s call on petrol study a slippery slope for regulator Fran O’Sullivan (Herald): Why Jacinda Ardern has missed her Boadicea moment Damien Grant (Stuff): Government’s attacks on private firms is troubling Heather du Plessis-Allan (Herald): Govt inquiry into petrol prices will achieve nothing Jason Walls (Herald): Auckland fuel tax and new excise tax left out of PM’s petrol tax calculations Jason Walls (Herald): National Leader Simon Bridges has launched a petition to repeal the Govt’s fuel taxes Jamie Ensor and Lisette Reymer (Newshub): Jacinda Ardern ‘conveniently’ left out fuel tax figures – Simon Bridges Melanie Earley (Stuff): ‘We won’t stop until they listen’: Auckland truckies drive in convoy to protest fuel tax Newshub: Truckies protest fuel prices, taxes Andrew Gunn (Stuff): Fleeced at the pump Rod Oram (Newsroom): Don’t give up on climate change yet Health and disability Carmen Parahi (Stuff): Waitangi Tribunal investigates sick, racist health system that ‘fails Māori’ Nicholas Jones (Herald): Māori babies less likely to be resuscitated, bias blamed Nicholas Jones (Herald): Racial bias and birth: ‘We’re looking through the lens of Pākehā’ Anneke Smith (RNZ): Report shows racial bias in resuscitating newborns Herald Editorial: Racial bias must not decide fate of premature babies Farah Hancock (Newsroom): Māori health under tribunal spotlight RNZ: Government to address issues of racial bias around prem babies Carmen Parahi (Stuff): Māori nurses suffer discrimination in sick health system Nicholas Jones (Herald): Māori, Pacific straight-to-interview policy likely to be copied: expert Nicholas Jones (Herald): Māori, Pacific job candidates fast-tracked to interview stage at ADHB Nicholas Jones (Herald): Cancer patients fight for life-extending drugs: ‘everyone deserves a decent chance’ Lucy Bennett (Herald): Health Ministry works to mid-2020 date to legalise medicinal cannabis Hannah Martin and Sam Kilmister (Stuff): Short-staffing of New Zealand hospitals is putting patients and staff at risk – report RNZ: Survey of DHB staff describes ‘dangerous’ levels of short-staffing RNZ: Labels won’t stop drinking while pregnant – industry Benn Bathgate (Stuff): Flu pandemic that killed thousands of New Zealanders could happen again Geoffrey Rice (Stuff): New Zealand’s worst disease-disaster: 100 years since the 1918 influenza pandemic Emma Hatton (RNZ): Govt needs law banning fat discrimination – expert Oliver Lewis (Stuff): Top Ministry of Health official remains on leave as restructure claims position Natalie Akoorie and Jacob McSweeny (Whanganui Chronicle): Whanganui DHB posts deficit but not as large as others Helen Harvey (Stuff): Ardern encourages people to give blood and become a bone marrow donor Eric Crampton: A pretty lame OIA response 1News: Government has room for improvement to curb mental health crisis, Mental Health Foundation says John-Michael Swannix (Newshub): NZ’s mental health sector needs double the resources – expert Keith Tudor (Newshub) Opinion: Psychotherapy for the people Mānia Clarke (Māori TV): Mental health workers look to adopt new care method Jonathan MItchell (RNZ): Frustration over disabled parking abuse, design and quantity National Party Dan Satherley (Newshub): ‘They want you gone’ – Duncan Garner confronts Simon Bridges with fresh leaks Jason Walls (Herald): National leader Simon Bridges downplays mistake which saw $24,000 of party donations misfiled Greg Presland (The Standard): National leaks again Government Toby Manhire (Spinoff): ‘Transformation does take time’: a cup of tea with Jacinda Ardern, one year on Audrey Young (Herald): New Govt approach dilutes the collective weight of iwi leaders MSD loans, welfare 1News: Criteria for MSD debt write off ‘cruel and unnecessary’, benefit levels need to increase – Greens 1News: More than $200 million in welfare fraud committed, including $614k by one person Chris Harrowell (Stuff): Half a million Kiwis owe $1.5 billion to Ministry of Social Development Anneke Smith (RNZ): Solo mother carrying $30k debt not a unique case: budget advisor Sarah Lin Wilson (Stuff): Putting people back into the welfare system Janet McAllister (Spinoff): Hey Jacinda, a bit better is nowhere near good enough on child poverty Mei Heron (1News): Social agencies may be forced to shut their doors as wage gap sees social workers leave for government jobs Consumer protection, loan sharks Claire Dale (Newsroom): Govt should fast-track loan shark clampdown Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Low-income people turning to loan sharks because ‘they’re nicer’ Jackson Thomas (Stuff): Government targeting of loan sharks could end south Auckland ‘feeding frenzy’ David Farrar: Loan shark crack down by Government Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Supermarket duopoly ‘perfect target for investigation’ David Farrar: Food prices not increasing like petrol prices Leah Te Whata (Māori TV): Encouraging ‘food sovereignty’ Defence North and South: New claims of war crimes and sex assaults inside the NZ Defence Force RNZ: Nicky Hager reveals fresh allegations on NZDF cover-ups and abuse Janine Rankin (Manawatū Standard): Peace activists protest against restrictions for Defence Forum David Farrar: Protest does not equal disruption Andrew McRae (RNZ): National Army Museum turning 40 Israeli court orders NZ activists to pay for cancelled Lorde show John Minto (Daily Blog): What should be our response to the “fines” handed down by an Israeli court against Justine Sachs and Nadia Abu-Shanab? Herald: Lorde fans fined by Israeli courts raise more than $13,000 for Gaza mental health charity RNZ: Activists fined for Lorde concert cancellation raise $12k for charity Stuff: Kiwi activists respond to Israel Lorde fine Andrew Geddis (Spinoff): Can an Israeli court really make NZers pay $19,000 for an open letter to Lorde? Irish Legal News: Israel: Court issues ‘unenforceable’ €10,700 judgment against New Zealand activists Spinoff: Justine Sachs and Nadia Abu-Shanab respond to the Israeli court ruling on their open letter to Lorde Sam Bookman (Spinoff): The story behind Israel’s ‘boycott law’, and how two Kiwis got caught up in a much gnarlier fight Matt Chatterton (RNZ): ‘A little bit bizarre’ to fine women for Lorde’s show cancellation RNZ: NZ activist being sued in Israel calls it ‘publicity stunt’ Herald: NZ activists will not pay for cancellation of Lorde’s Israel show Eleanor Ainge Roy (Guardian): Israel fines New Zealand women $18,000 for urging Lorde concert boycott Henry Cooke (Stuff): Israeli court fines two Kiwis $19k for open letter to Lorde which led to concert cancellation Education Newshub: Retired teachers called on to get back in the classroom Kate Gudsell (RNZ): Teacher recruitment drive risks creating ‘conveyor belt’ Marika Hill (Stuff): Education funding boost unlikely to sway teachers voting on strike action, union says RNZ: Government efforts to cover teacher shortfall seen as band-aid Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): Teaching is hard and getting harder. Unions aren’t the answer 1News: Education Minister announces $10.5 million funding as part of plan to address teacher shortage Newshub: Chris Hipkins unveils plan to lure offshore teachers home Simon Collins (Herald): US teacher says system prevents him getting NZ job despite teacher shortage Simon Collins (Herald): Schools doubt new goal of recruiting 900 overseas teachers Adele Redmond (Stuff): Plan to put teachers on skills shortage list a welcome ‘short-term’ solution, unions say Adele Redmond (Stuff): Wait times for Early Intervention Services appointments grow longer, despite $21.5m investment Gerald Piddock (Stuff): Hamilton family slams Go Bus after audit takes unsafe minibus out of circulation Willie Jackson: What charter schools mean to Māori and why NZ needs to listen Mānia Clarke (Māori TV): Educators challenged to value te reo Aaron Leaman (Stuff): Goodbye three-term school years; hello summer study? Christina Persico (Stuff): More diversity called for in New Zealand’s classrooms – but it’s not everything  Herald on Sunday Editorial: A school’s reach should extend past its gates Simon Collins (Herald): Ministry may step in at McAuley High School this week John McCrone (Stuff): Christchurch high schools reject ‘extreme’ open-plan design for rebuilds Will Harvie (Stuff): Hey teachers, leave them windows open Adele Redmond (Stuff): Student loan repayments from overseas grow 40 per cent over four years Jessica Wilson (ODT): Aim for 2019 to make OUSA more political Allan Alach (Networkonnet): Sadly…. NZ-China relations Farah Hancock (Newsroom): NZ Govt uses Chinese cameras banned in US Harrison Christian (Stuff): China’s multi-million dollar funding for NZ universities compromises academic freedom, critics say Michael Reddell: Confucius Institutes, the PRC, and NZ authorities Simon Draper (Stuff): New Zealand is finding its place in a quickly-changing world Environment Richard Griffin (Stuff): Dam u-turn had an air of inevitability but decision still a hard outcome to stomach Alexander Robertson (Herald): Local Focus: The murky waters and the blame game at Lake Horowhenua Laura Wiltshire (Hawkes Bay Today): Freshwater scientist slams Hawke’s Bay Regional Council over water quality John-Michael Swannix (Newshub): The fight to keep kauri dieback out of Warkworth’s Parry Kauri Park 1News: Christchurch estuary receives international recognition for role in life of migrating birds RNZ: International recognition for Christchurch estuary Charlie Dreaver (RNZ): Moves to stamp out ‘greenwash’ branding RNZ: Kererū wins Bird of the Year Newshub: Forest and Bird slams ‘irresponsible’ anti-1080 movement Anna Bracewell-Worrall (Newshub): DoC confirms dead birds left outside Parliament had no 1080 in their systems Martyn Bradbury: The 1080 hysteria has been debunked – what does it tell us about the state of activist debate? Joanne Carroll (Stuff): Anti-1080 protester has firearms licence revoked after delivering threatening letter Aaron Hawkins (ODT): Plastic problem needs a collective response Primary industries RNZ: Sri Lanka an example for plant-based diet: Horticulture NZ John Small: Imaginary GMOs Keith Woodford (Interest): Mycoplasma bovis compensation and the uncertainties of eradication as MPI manages the information flow Miles Hurrell (Herald): Fonterra CEO Miles Hurrell responds to claims co-op is a failed experiment Andrea Fox (Herald): Fonterra shareholders and bosses differ on how to get the balance sheet back to black 1News: Far North locals blaming commercial fishing for dwindling fish stock, call for changes Drugs Aaron Hendry (Noted): Synthetics are killing our whānau – but tighter restrictions won’t help Dan Satherley (Newshub): Why MPs won’t take a side in the marijuana debate Joel Maxwell (Stuff): Making marijuana legal would have an immediate effect on Māori lives Derek Cheng (Herald): Greens push for drug-checking in time for summer festivals Henry Cooke (Stuff): Greens call for legal drug testing ahead of summer festival season Newshub: Greens want drug-testing legal by summer festival season Alexandra Nelson (Newshub): Government considering law change allowing drug testing at festivals 1News: Greens call to legalise safe drug testing before summer festival season begins Government surplus, economy, trade David Slack (RNZ): How to win an argument on the government’s surplus Peter Wilson (RNZ): Surplus fuels business confidence despite petrol prices Jane Kelsey (Herald): Nafta II is a game changer we need to confront Kevin Jenkins (Herald): Big read: New Zealand business needs to explore opportunities in the Indian Ocean Herald Editorial: We shouldn’t fear rise in interest rates Justice and corrections Nikki Mandow (Newsroom): UK QC questions Chief Justice’s judgment Jacob McSweeny (Whanganui Chronicle): Justice Minister: ‘We can’t just keep locking up more and more people’ Leigh-Marama McLachlan (RNZ): On the outside: the problem with life after prison RNZ: Serco settles over inmate’s sexual harrassment claim John Boynton (RNZ): Māori Law Society returns to roots for 30th annual hui Paul Little (Herald): Criminal Justice Summit budget dwarfed by $1.3 billion cost of running prisons Mere McLean (Māori TV): Partnership helping to lower youth offending Police Anna Leask (Herald): Auckland cop will not be charged over ‘inappropriate’ behaviour, remains suspended Yvonne Tahana (1News): Cultural competency training hopes to bring down crime rates Jihee Junn (Spinoff): The course that’s building a more diverse police service, and why it’s so important Laura Walters (Newsroom): Police Chinese language classes trialled in Auckland Herald: Phil Goff demands police get all 12 of Auckland’s red light cameras working ‘as soon as possible’ Transport RNZ: NZTA has not properly checked vehicle safety certifiers – minister Henry Cooke (Stuff): Transport Minister Phil Twyford says NZTA did not properly regulate vehicle safety Thomas Coughlan (Newsroom): Taxes add to $600 million transport surplus No Right Turn: Cuts kill Emma Hatton (RNZ): Residents take council to court over cycleway MIgration Simon Collins (Herald): Teachers, cafe managers may be added to immigration priority list Brad Flahive (Stuff): Discrimination across the ditch Andre Chumko (Stuff): Napier citizenship ceremony criticised for mispronouncing names, basic te reo Māori Treaty Negotiations Regan Paranihi (Māori TV): Ngāti Manu reject Treaty Claim proposal Chris Bramwell (RNZ): Minister completes Ngāpuhi consultation hui SOE salaries Press Editorial: Time to shine a light on SOE bosses’ salaries too David Farrar: SOE CE salaries Energy Gavin Evans (Newsroom): Exploration ban a risk Newshub: Government ‘trying to close down people’s voice’ on fossil fuels, gas – National Herald: Genesis Energy’s move to import coal Media and broadcasting Colin Peacock (RNZ): Investigative journalism in an age of danger – and Netflix Mark Jennings (Newsroom): MediaRoom: All change at MediaWorks Alastair Thompson (Scoop): Saving The News Glenn McConnell (Stuff): Jono and Ben over: Up to 25 people, including Guy Williams, could lose jobs Domestic violence Bess Manson (Stuff): Reproductive coercion – the silent abuse Bess Manson (Stuff): Controlling partners sabotage contraceptives Deena Coster (Stuff): Refuge boss says extreme violence of ‘Once Were Warriors’ story can impact on abuse victims’ decision to seek help Golriz Ghahraman (Stuff): MP Golriz Ghahraman’s ‘first love’ threatened her life Local government Alice Angeloni (Stuff): Online voting could make 2019 turnout a turn up for the books Emma Hatton (RNZ): Submissions reopen for controversial Central Otago development plan Richard Swainson (Waikato Times): Mayor’s river deal big on cost, short on detail Andrew Bydder (Stuff): Hamilton planning has got out of hand Penny Bright Bernard Orsman (Herald): Penny Bright laid to rest in Auckland amid pop-up revolution Josephine Franks (Stuff): Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A farewell ode for activist Penny Bright Sophie Bateman (Newshub): ‘A champion of good’: Friends write on Penny Bright’s coffin before emotional funeral Herald: Penny Bright farewelled amid protest banners and fellow activists Willie Jackson: Penny Bright’s funeral Royal visits and our head of state Jonathan Milne (Stuff): We want a New Zealander as our head of state? Just get on with it, says the Queen Melissa Davies (Newshub): Prince Harry and Meghan Markle won’t receive official gift from New Zealand Newshub: John Key reveals he helped Prince William slip security detail during NZ trip Claire Trevett (Herald): Sir John Key reveals help for Prince William’s escape bid Rocket lab factory launch 1News: Star Trek actor William Shatner, Jacinda Ardern help launch new Auckland Rocket Lab factory Chris Keall (Herald): Far out! William Shatner’s bizarre suggestion for PM’s baby Anna Bracewell-Worrall and Emma Cropper (Newshub): William Shatner suggests Jacinda Ardern sends Neve to space Stuff: William Shatner suggests beaming baby Neve up into space. Jacinda Ardern says no Sport Damien Ekenasio (Stuff): Parents need to talk children through failure in sport  Whanganui Chronicle Editorial: Support participation in sport — sure. But make it girls AND boys Tim Newman (Stuff): America’s Cup 2021: Designer Vivienne Westwood among celebs protesting to pull Team UK sponsor Ineos Georgina Beyer Bess Manson (Stuff): Georgina Beyer is back and ready for some fighting talk David Herkt (Herald): Georgina Beyer: From boy to woman to warrior Other John Anthony (Stuff): Where Chorus’ fibre roll out went wrong: ‘The fish rots from the head’ David Williams (Newsroom): Hurry up on holidays: PSA Victoria University of Wellington: State sector rumbles headed for a quake Debrin Foxcroft (Stuff): Special Housing Areas made homes 5pc more expensive, research says Jane Bowron (Stuff): Turning our political history into a soap opera just might get the kids voting Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Accountants now need to have money laundering risks ‘front of mind’ RNZ: In their own words: New Zealand’s gun policy Leith Huffadine and Brad Flahive (Stuff): Why on earth should I care about a global passport index? Herald: Revealed: Where NZ ranks to live and work Todd Niall (Stuff): Entrust election begins with four candidates declining interviews Ben Bootsma (Stuff): Aunty Helen keeps focus on global issues Alison Mau (Stuff): Hate speech against Lani Wendt Young shows much work is needed to fight online abuse Duncan Garner (Stuff): Why are we so vicious and vile to young Max Key? Lucy Carter (Spinoff): Why I study Māori and indigenous disaster response RNZ: Shipley tells court she believed Mainzeal had a good future Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): Moving South Korea’s image of NZ into modern era Tracy Watkins (Stuff): Below the beltway Point of Order: The trough monitor: where did the politicians spend our money this week?]]>