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Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – October 16 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 John Armstrong (1News): Simon Bridges would’ve been castigated as incompetent if he didn’t expose Jami-Lee Ross as leaker Tracy Watkins (Stuff): National leader Simon Bridges needs his MPs 100 per cent behind him Bryce Edwards (RNZ): Simon Bridges has thrown down the gauntlet Richard Harman (Politik): How ambition brought down Jami Lee Ross Melanie Reid, Thomas Coughlan and Laura Walters (Newsroom): Nats have a long Jami-Lee agenda David Farrar: Like a bad House of Cards episode Claire Trevett (Herald): Caucus vote on Jami-Lee Ross also Simon Bridges’ day of reckoning Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): Jami-Lee Ross has sealed his fate Newstalk ZB: Simon Bridges talks about Jami-Lee Ross and the leak report with Barry Soper Newstalk ZB: Jami-Lee Ross not going without a fight – political commentator Claire Trevett (Herald): Jami-Lee Ross leaves National MPs no choice but the boot Jane Patterson (RNZ): Jami-Lee Ross looking to take Simon Bridges down with him Liam Hehir (Spinoff): Is National really so stupid as to jump on a Shearer-Cunliffe-Little-esque carousel? Danyl Mclauchlan (Spinoff): One little leak has plunged Simon Bridges into a deep political nightmare Mark Sainsbury (Newshub): Rats in the ranks of the National Party Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): A real leader would have suspended Jami-Lee Ross on the spot Kate Hawkesby (Newstalk ZB): Burning Simon Bridges – who’s the real winner in National’s dirty laundry? Herald Editorial: National’s vote on Jami-Lee Ross will test its confidence in Simon Bridges RNZ: National MPs arrive at Parliament to consider fate of Jami-Lee Ross Stuff: What you need to know about the National Party’s leak saga Henry Cooke (Stuff): What we should find out about the Jami-Lee Ross crisis engulfing the National Party and Simon Bridges today Newshub: Jami-Lee Ross to find out his fate 1News: Fate of National party’s expenses leaker Jami-Lee Ross to be decided today at caucus showdown Lucy Bennett and Jason Walls (Herald): National caucus to meet today to discuss leaker MP Jami-Lee Ross’ future 1News: ‘Almost certain that he is going to be suspended from caucus’ – crunch time as National MP Jami-Lee Ross’ fate to be decided today 1News: ‘Impossible’ for Jami-Lee Ross to stay in National Party after expenses leak saga, says 1 NEWS political editor Chris Bramwell (RNZ): Ross facing wrath of party and possible expulsion Laura Walters (Newsroom): National to decide what to do with Jami-Lee Ross 1News: Judith Collins ‘deeply disappointed’ in Jami-Lee Ross as National prepares for caucus showdown Herald: Senior National MP Judith Collins said she would not have put up with Ross’ behavior, if she was ‘in Bridges’ position’ Herald: National Party MP Maggie Barry stands behind leader Simon Bridges, attacks MP Jami-Lee Ross Sophie Bateman (Newshub): ‘Disloyal disgrace’: Judith Collins, Maggie Barry slam Jami-Lee Ross’ ‘appalling’ tweets Zane Small (Newshub): Bridges will emerge stronger after Ross spat – former National president Newshub: Labour Govt will be ‘elated’ by National’s Jami-Lee Ross v Simon Bridges implosion – Patrick Gower Tova O’Brien (Newshub): ‘Sooner rather than later’: Winston Peters says Ross saga will end Simon Bridges’ leadership RNZ: Jami-Lee Ross ‘troubles’ a matter for National – Ardern 1News: Jacinda Ardern remains tight-lipped on National Party leak saga: ‘It’s an issue they need to manage’ Moana Makapelu Lee (Māori TV): Bridges and Ross at heads over leak report David Farrar: Ross vs Bridges Cameron Slater (Whaleoil): War breaks out in National as Jami-lee Ross named as leaker RNZ: National leak scandal: what we know so far Sophie Bateman (Herald): Read the full report into Simon Bridges’ leaked expenses Alex Braae (Spinoff): What the hell just happened? The Jami-Lee Ross vs Simon Bridges leakwar explained James Borrowdale (Vice): National Party in Turmoil After Jami-Lee Ross’ Outburst Henry Cooke (Stuff): Simon Bridges says $24k donations ‘wrongly filed’ to him, not the party, by mistake Lucy Bennett (Herald): Jami-Lee Ross claims unlawful activity in party donations Lucy Bennett and Jason Walls (Herald): National MP Jami-Lee Ross identified as Simon Bridges’ expenses leaker Tracy Watkins (Stuff): National Party leader Simon Bridges points finger at Jami-Lee Ross in expenses leak inquiry RNZ: Watch: Jami-Lee Ross identified as National Party leaker Laura Walters (RNZ): Jami-Lee Ross labelled as National’s leaker Dan Satherley (Newshub): Simon Bridges says Jami-Lee Ross leaked his expenses 1News: MP Jami-Lee Ross says ‘I’m expendable’ as Simon Bridges names him as leaker Newstalk ZB: Report finds Jami-Lee Ross behind leak of Simon Bridges’ expenses Jessica Tyson (Māori TV): Ross disputes claims of leaking Bridges travel expenses Jo Moir (Stuff): Simon Bridges amended electoral donation return, insider claims No Right Turn: Leaks, dirt, and ethics Stuff: The ‘top 5’ memorable spats in New Zealand politics Health Cleo Fraser (Newshub): ‘National outcry’: The health system is failing us, Māori claimants say John Boynton (RNZ): Mana motuhake for Māori health services at centre of Waitangi Tribunal inquiry No Right Turn: Our racist health system Lucy Bennett (Herald): National Patient Flow Programme not providing accurate patient data Zane Small (Newshub): Women with breast cancer call for life-extending drugs funding in New Zealand Thomas Coughlan (Newsroom): Gender affirmation surgery cap lifted Māori TV: Ngāti Porou geneticist takes on Type 2 diabetes Aine Kelly-Costello (Newshub): Advocates thankful apology for surgical mesh victims coming Mike Yardley (Stuff): The idea of banning fat-shaming is a fatuous notion Newshub: Emergency services call on public to learn how to perform CPR Sylvia Huitson (Stuff): Suicide warning signs – what to look for  Annette Lambly (Stuff): Running has pathed the road to recovery from depression Catherine Groenestein (Stuff): Weaving a path to healing for South Taranaki artist Climate change and petrol price politics David Cormack (Herald): How petrol tax has become a political football Collette Devlin (Stuff): Jacinda Ardern calls on National Party to back petrol prices bill Jason Walls (Herald): PM Jacinda Ardern wants National to support the second reading of fuel investigation bill 1News: Jacinda Ardern criticises minimum spend discounts by fuel retailers John Campbell (1News): Can the sea be stopped? John Campbell in the West Coast communities under threat No Right Turn: Burning Up 1News: Simon Bridges defends previous National government’s record on fuel taxes – ‘We wouldn’t have put it on at the current time’ RNZ: Low-income earners in Whangārei struggle with petrol prices Susan Edmunds (Stuff): High prices new normal: Here’s how petrol could hit $3 a litre Lincoln Tan (Herald): More in Auckland abandoning their cars as running costs go up 1News: ‘We’ve had enough’ – hurting truckies caravan through Auckland to protest ‘horrendous’ fuel costs 1News: Around 40 trucks rumble down Auckland motorway in fuel price protest Defence Chris Trotter (Daily Blog): No Country For Dishonourable Men No Right Turn: NZDF decorated a war criminal RNZ: Sexual assault victim urges NZDF to implement anonymous survey Education Gordon Campbell: On Victoria University’s name change and why the highly educated tend to vote centre-left Natasha Hamilton-Hart (Herald): Academics are not left or right, they are objective Aaron Leaman (Stuff): Wintec chief executive Mark Flowers still on sick leave Elena McPhee (ODT): Law lecturer backs curb on uni powers 1News: Latest teachers’ pay offer is more of an increase than they got in three pay rounds under previous Government, says Jacinda Ardern Newshub: Jacinda Ardern on why she won’t use surplus funds to increase teachers’ offer RNZ: Schools forced to find hundreds of foreign teachers Simon Collins (Herald): Teachers release strike plan details as ballot opens Jessica Long (Stuff): Primary school sector lists potential strike dates ahead of secret vote 1News: Primary teachers to start voting tomorrow on whether to strike in November 1News: Government’s new $10.5m teacher recruitment boost ‘probably isn’t enough’ to avert strike, union leader says Belinda Feek (Herald): Hamilton family blindsided after bus company puts brakes on son’s transport Torika Tokalau (Stuff): Lack of child protection policies in schools a ‘nation-wide failure’, parent says Simon Collins (Herald): Helensville parents expose schools’ ‘systemic failure’ to protect children Anna Leask (Herald): Exclusive: Footage emerges of Auckland mum assaulting schoolgirl after bullying claims Environment and conservation Gerard Hutching (Stuff): EPA to reassess chemicals for possible bans but not glyphosate or neonics Meriana Johnsen (RNZ): Controversial chemicals not on new safety review list Amber-Leigh Woolf (Stuff): Wellington waterways with E coli are ‘a public risk’, says Forest & Bird Michael Hayward (Stuff): Foreign billionaire sells Lilydale Station, gifts Wairoa Bike Park to Crown BusinessDesk: Nelson irrigators line up to complete finance for Waimea Dam RNZ: Hanmer Springs to cut power bill with converted methane gas Matthew Rosenberg (Stuff): Bird of the Year win follows nationwide census of kererū Herald: Police and Ministry of Primary Industries seize over 700 undersize paua in Taranaki RNZ: Four facing charges after pāua bust Transport Phil Pennington (RNZ): Brake-testing revelations add to regulation failures Phil Pennington (RNZ): Unsafe trucks ordered off the road in Auckland 1News: Transport Minister slams NZTA for ‘not properly doing its job’ in regards to companies that check heavy vehicles Lucy Bennett (Herald): Unsafe vehicles on the road after NZTA failed to monitor vehicle compliance companies Newshub: NZTA failed to meet regulatory responsibilities No Right Turn: Cuts kill Emma Hatton (RNZ): Residents take council to court over cycleway Foreign affairs and trade Tom Pullar Strecker (Stuff): NZ tipped to seek ‘safety in the pack’ over response to Saudi crisis Richard Harman (Politik): Pacific games – China, Japan and New Zealand RNZ: Japan and NZ join forces to help Pacific Talisa Kupenga (Māori TV): Japan and NZ to work more closely in Pacific Justice and corrections Leah Te Whata (Māori TV): Justice system “in big trouble” Rob Kidd (ODT): Inmate uses jail phone to illegally contact ex more than 1000 times RNZ: Vanuatu and NZ parole boards meet for exchange of ideas Business, economy Alan Bollard (Herald): A decade of high debt and loose money comes home to roost Cameron Bagrie (Herald): It’s a momentum shift, not a downturn Herald:‘Hello, death’: Coca-Cola’s te reo marketing blunder Eleanor Ainge Roy (Guardian): ‘Hello, death’: Coca-Cola mixes English and Māori on vending machine Rebecca Howard (BusinessDesk): ComCom wants transparency about Fonterra Housing No Right Turn: The “solution” that wasn’t Lin Ferguson (Whanganui Chronicle): Eviction day tomorrow … Family of eight with nowhere to live hopes for stay of execution Anne Gibson (Herald): Fletcher and Ngāti Whātua start work on 239-home Hobsonville scheme Drug reform 1News: Chloe Swarbrick debates cannabis legalisation with Family First’s Bob McCoskrie – ‘Putting out the welcome mat for big marijuana’ Russell Brown: Shots Fired Cycling NZ Andrew Alderson (Herald): Hamish Carter passed on confidential athlete feedback to Cycling NZ coach Anthony Peden Andrew Alderson (Herald): Cycling New Zealand review reveals bullying, absence of accountability Stephen Hewson (RNZ): Sex, lies, bullies and alcohol lead to wheels coming off cycling programme RNZ: Former track cyclist says “old boys club” had to change after fat shaming Other Colin James (ODT): Will coalition still be on top after the 2020 poll? Edward Willis (Newsroom): Oil and gas bill: We deserve better Catherine Hutton (RNZ): ‘State care can have disastrous implications’ – Chief district court judge Marty Sharpe (Stuff): Former Catholic brother says he shouldn’t have to face historical child sex charges due to his age RNZ: Ngāti Manu reject proposed Ngāpuhi settlement model Diana Wichtel (LIstener): John Campbell’s return to old-school, solid TV storytelling Martyn Bradbury (Newshub): The biggest abuser of the poor is the State – not loan sharks Eleanor Ainge Roy (Guardian): Lorde concert boycott: New Zealanders fined by Israel raise thousands for Gaza Press Editorial: New report emphasises need for co-ordinated approach Maryam Hamid (University of Auckland): Representation, fairness and turnout: how is our electoral system delivering? Liam Hehir (Stuff): Middle ground and compromise abandoned as US politics reaches peak partisanism Richard Le Heron (University of Auckland): New Zealand dairying in question? Dave Armstrong (Stuff): Yes, some migrants don’t understand Kiwi values. But you might be surprised where they’ve come from RNZ: Niueans encouraged to keep Vagahau Niue alive Christine McKay (Hawkes Bay Today): Dannevirke man set to take Harry and Meghan beach cleaning RNZ: Baby on the way: The Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, is pregnant 1News: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern won’t give parenting advice to Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Alice Webb-Liddall (Newshub): New Zealand slow to put Me Too learning into practice Point of Order: More jobs for the boys (and yes, jobs for the girls, too) Eva Corlett (RNZ): Ex-PM Shipley: Parent company’s assurances reliable Herald: Jenny Shipley says Mainzeal directors had ‘no doubt’ about Chinese backers Chris Keall (Herald); Kingsland residents want compo after power fault causes tens of thousands worth of damage Robin Martin (RNZ): Second Len Lye sculpture proves too tempting for vandals Carly Thomas (Stuff): Mum-to-be pens a winning lullaby to soothe PM’s baby Neve]]>