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Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – October 18 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 Melanie Reid and Cass Mason (Newsroom): Jami-Lee Ross: Four women speak out Dan Satherley (Newshub): Jami-Lee Ross affair claims: ‘At least another five’ women RNZ: Four women accuse Jami-Lee Ross of harassment, bullying David Fisher (Herald): Big Read: Jami-Lee Ross – the Botany Bagman and his plan for political survival Thomas Coughlan (Newshub): Dirty Politics is back John Armstrong (1News): Ross dumping confidential National Party information into public arena is the stuff of nightmares for Bridges Richard Harman (Politik): Bridges seizes the initiative Newshub: Simon Bridges phone call recording not enough evidence – experts Tracy Watkins (Stuff): Secret tape recording embarrasses Simon Bridges, but it’s not incriminating Bernard Hickey (Newsroom): Follow the money and the influence 1News: Greens call for clearer political donations system amid National Party meltdown Philip Matthews (Press Editorial): The murkiness of political donations Leroy Beckett (Spinoff): The Jami-Lee Ross imbroglio lays bare the rot of NZ party donation rules MIchael Reddell: The swamp Laura Walters (Newsroom): Wealthy political donor suggested friend as National candidate No Right Turn: Time to fix electoral donations Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): Questions remain over Zhang donation Jane Patterson (RNZ): Troubled National leader facing big questions Peter Dunne (Newsroom): Ross sets the clock ticking Chris Trotter (Daily Blog): How Much Damage Has Jamie Lee Ross Really Done? Thomas Coughlan, Laura Walters and Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): Tape embarrasses but doesn’t convict Bridges Zane Small (Newshub): ‘He must step down as leader’: Garner calls on Bridges to resign Patrick Gower (Newshub): Simon Bridges is finished Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): Simon Bridges’ National leadership irreparably damaged Tova O’Brien (Newshub): Simon Bridges’ shifty show Claire Trevett (Herald): Simon Bridges claims vindication, but does a death by 1000 tapes await? Heather du Plessis-Allan (Herald): Jami-Lee Ross hasn’t got the goods David Farrar: Ross releases tape Mike Hosking (Newstalk): Jami-Lee Ross a ‘duplicitous, dishonest, conniving, feral little scumbag’ Brigitte Morten (RNZ): Long days stretch on for National as Ross’ allegations unroll RNZ: Bridges, Ross comments labelled ‘ugly’ and ‘racist’ Sudhvir Singh (Spinoff): Ross and Bridges just told us what NZ political leaders really think about Asian MPs Jason Walls (Herald): Ross / Bridges tape ‘certainly something’ for police to look into: electoral law expert Andrew Geddis (Spinoff): If Jami-Lee Ross’s donations claims are true, what charges could Bridges face? Matt Stewart (Stuff): National leak row raises questions about probing MPs’ private lives 1News: Dragging Jami-Lee Ross’ private life into National’s spat ‘close to a very dangerous line’ in NZ politics, says Peter Dunne Newstalk ZB: Ross vs Bridges saga has turned to ‘bed sheet behaviour’ Derek Cheng (Herald): Marriage comment about Jami-Lee Ross is ‘vicious’ tactic – Winston Peters 1News: Paula Bennett stands by claim Ross acted inappropriately for a married man, during tense interview with Jack Tame Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): “inappropriate behaviour that is unacceptable from a married Member of Parliament.” – I’m sorry what? Talisa Kupenga (Māori TV): Bridges’ electorate responds to Nats turmoil Amy Diamond (Bay of Plenty Times): Tauranga National Party supporters backing Bridges RNZ: Finlayson on Ross: ‘I feel very sad that he has self immolated’ Chris Bramwell (RNZ): Simon Bridges set up by Jami-Lee Ross, says senior MP Newshub: National MPs support Simon Bridges, even though he wants them gone Stuff: Jami-Lee Ross’ tape of Simon Bridges makes headlines around the world  Katie Fitzgerald (Newshub): Maureen Pugh’s mum comes to her defence, insults Simon Bridges Jason Walls (Herald): MP Bridges called ‘f***ing useless’ said secret tape was ‘one rotten apple’ trying to manipulate conversation’ Sophie Bateman (Newshub): Maureen Pugh stands by Simon Bridges despite ‘useless’ criticism Herald: National MP Maureen Pugh responds to comments from leader Simon Bridges saying she was ‘f***ing useless’ 1News: Jami-Lee Ross ‘defamed me and he is a liar’ says Simon Bridges after former National MP’s recording released RNZ: ‘He has defamed me and he is a liar’ – Simon Bridges Herald: National leader Simon Bridges responds to Jami-Lee Ross releasing recorded donation conversation Sophie Bateman (Newshub): ‘He’s a terrible person’: Simon Bridges hits back at ‘liar’ Jami-Lee Ross Newstalk ZB: Bridges slams Ross as ‘liar’, ‘terrible person’ Lucy Bennett (Herald): Simon Bridges defends himself against Jami-Lee Ross allegations 1News: Bridges apologises after calling MP Maureen Pugh ‘f*****g useless’ on recording Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): Simon Bridges describes MP colleague as ‘f…ing useless’ in recorded conversation Herald: Jami-Lee Ross tape reveals Simon Bridges slamming National MP as f***ing useless Sophie Bateman (Newshub): Simon Bridges mocks ‘useless’ National MPs in just-released audio RNZ: Listen: Jami-Lee Ross recording released Herald: Full transcript: The Jami-Lee Ross tape of Simon Bridges Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): The Jami-Lee Ross audio tapes are damning Henry Cooke and Collette Devlin (Stuff): Chris Finlayson and David Carter to leave Parliament by next election Laura Walters (Newsroom): Finlayson to leave Parliament Herald: Jami-Lee Ross says police will be investigating complaint Herald: Jami-Lee Ross hands ‘corruption evidence’ to police, will release recordings of Simon Bridges to public Henry Cooke and Collette Devlin (Stuff): Jami-Lee Ross arrives at police station Herald: Jami-Lee Ross goes to police over donor fraud allegations Tracy Watkins (Stuff): Rogue National MP Jami-Lee Ross to lay police complaint Jared Savage and David Fisher (Herald): Jami-Lee Ross saga: Identity of ‘Cathedral Club’ donor revealed 1News: Auckland investor comes forward as National’s Cathedral Club donor Richard Wain (Newshub): National’s mystery $10,000 ‘Cathedral Club’ donor revealed Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Well, well, well – Aaron Bhatnagar and Dirty Politics is back inside the National Party Henry Cooke (Stuff): Paula Bennett hints auditors could probe donation claim, and suggests Jami-Lee Ross to blame 1News: Yesterday was National MP’s ‘worst’ day in politics – ‘Frankly despicable behaviour’ Alice Webb-Liddall (Newshub): Who is the Chinese businessman caught up in the Bridges/Ross saga? Vaughan Elder (ODT): ‘Nothing to hide’: Southland mayor in China with Zhang George Block (ODT): Southland mayor has ties with Zhang John Anthony, Nick Truebridge and Todd Niall (Stuff): Chinese businessman Yikun Zhang’s donations go beyond Simon Bridges Blair Ensor (Stuff): Southland mayor Gary Tong in China with businessman at the centre of National Party allegations Alex Braae (Spinoff): The Jami-Lee Ross vs Simon Bridges shit-fight in seven questions 1News: Political commentator says Jami-Lee Ross saga is a ‘failure of leadership’ by Simon Bridges 1News: National MP Jami-Lee Ross’ allegations raises questions about leader Simon Bridges’ leadership, says 1 NEWS political editor Kate Hawkesby (Newstalk ZB): Turns out Jami-Lee Ross wasn’t ‘sick’ at all, just plotting Herald: ‘Simon Bridges’ writes acrostic poem for Jami-Lee Ross Madeleine Chapman (Spinoff): Just some memes about Jami-Lee Ross and the National Party Ben Uffindell (The Civilian): Opinion: Honestly, I am fucking useless Health Marty Sharpe (Stuff): Michael Flavell – the elderly man found dead in his Napier house Catherine Hutton (RNZ): Second parent joins court action over disabled care pay Mānia Clarke (Māori TV): Kaupapa Māori PHOs set up to fail Emma Russell (Herald): Hawkes Bay DHB apologises after Napier woman falsely informed brain aneurysm disappeared Mike Houlahan (ODT): Further hepatitis C drug delay ‘cruel’ George Block (ODT): South retains its rescue bases Guy Williams (ODT): Funding big question for helicopter Sam Blanchard, Kate Pickles (Daily Mail): How healthy will Kiwis be in 2040? Table reveals average lifespans per country Sasha Borissenko (Newsroom): New gene technology an ethical minefield Foreign affairs Stuff: NZ won’t change law over Aussie policy on Nauru refugees, Winston Peters says Derek Cheng (Herald): Winston Peters cautious about taking refugees from Nauru in light of possible law AP: Australia’s PM signals that he could accept New Zealand’s longstanding offer to resettle 150 refugees RNZ: Academic says closer Japan-New Zealand ties part of bigger picture RNZ: NZ addresses UN on Tokelau self-governance Thomas Coughlan (Newsroom): Greens call for inquiry into murdered journalist ODT Editorial: Deterring state-sponsored murder Tax Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Tax-free internet shopping to end next October Aimee Shaw (Herald): Government changes tack on online shopping GST to avoid price hikes Troy Bowker (Stuff): Tax Working Group plan for baches a wealth tax that will rob Kiwis of their dream Housing Ryan Boswell (1News): Families struggling to pay for house deposits may soon be able to partner with Government in equity scheme Daisy Hudson (ODT): Average rent more than wage John Anthony (Stuff): Housing development ad selling ‘Kiwiness’ labelled disrespectful Bay of Plenty Times: Public submissions open for eco-village in Pukehina RNZ: Demand sees Wellington housing prices surge Employment Alice Webb-Liddall (Newshub): New Zealand could gain billions of dollars through flexible working hours Rob Stock (Stuff): Wages of fear (and hope) among small business owners Susan Edmund (Stuff): Working group recommends employment overhaul for screen industry RNZ: No change to ‘Hobbit law’ in film working group’s plans No Right Turn: Will Labour vote to weaken workers’ rights? Education Phil Pennington (RNZ): Police investigating former Catholic priest Chris Morris (ODT): Emotions high amid calls for name change RNZ: Urgent Waitangi Tribunal hearing sought over charter school closures John Lewis (ODT): Rise in pupils opting to sit digital exams Belinda Feek (Herald): Back to school: GoBus make alterations to Hamilton boy’s transport Simon Collins (Herald): Teacher sacked, censured after slapping boy in face in ‘kneejerk reaction’ Herald: Female teacher censured for ‘inappropriate relationship’ with self-harming student Virginia Fallon (Stuff): Transphobic slurs, abuse and threats follow children’s rainbow story time George Heagney (Stuff): Belated Brash university talk ‘victory for free speech’ RNZ: Don Brash speaks at Massey University after controversy Herald: Don Brash to speak at Massey University months after he was banned from delivering it David Farrar: David Seymour’s Massey speech Environment and conservation No Right Turn: Climate Change: More bad faith from Labour David Hall (Herald): We all need to make a difference to the climate Liz Craig (Stuff): Acting now on climate change RNZ: Nine to Noon: Live streamers warned of their carbon footprint 1News: DOC to close 21 tracks to stop spread of kauri dieback Jason Walls (Herald): Kauri-killing fungus disease shuts down 21 walking tracks around New Zealand Ruby Nyika (Stuff): ‘Game changing’ $6m for Waikato River Authority clean-up projects Laine Moger (Stuff): Twenty-metre path carved through pā site on Auckland mountain Herald: ‘Farmers will start closing gates’ as public cause havoc on Te Mata Peak Chloe Ranford (Stuff): Artificial reef strategy floated for Marlborough Sounds Nicole Lawton (Stuff): Dog dies from suspected 1080 poisoning after walk in Auckland’s Hunua Ranges Jono Edwards (ODT): Jump in environmental complaints Petrol Prices Alex Baird (Newshub): New Wellington petrol station offers radically cheaper fuel Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): Pain at the pump could ease for Wellington motorists with Waitomo securing capital site RNZ: Cheaper petrol on its way to Wellington Local government Hannah Ross (Stuff): Locals fight council move to convert Auckland reserve into housing Mark Thomas (Herald): Auckland can learn from the world’s best cities Tom Hunt and Thomas Manch (Stuff): Wellington councillor offers to hand in portfolios in stoush with Mayor Dominic Harris (Stuff): Christchurch water boss wanted well fiasco blame shared Mere McLean (Māori TV): Tauranga City Council reviews gambling venues policy Dave Goosselink (Newshub): Dunedin City Council proposal riles residents of world’s steepest street Other Peter Dunne: Pixie dust and flashy smiles not enough MIchael Hayward (Stuff): EQC will need large taxpayer top-up next year, exact amount unknown David Hargreaves (Interest): Treasury has issues with advice quality and staff over-work Phil Pennington (RNZ): Building product approver in further strife Michael Neilson (Herald): Leaders still positive about Ngāpuhi settlement process despite Ngāti Manu rejection Mark Smith, Marilyn Clarke and Tracy Scurry (The Conversation): It’s only a baby, right? Prime ministers, women and parenthood Hannah Brown (Auckland University): Could New Zealand suffer an act of cyberwar? Sally Rae (ODT): Horticulture leads expected revenue rise Herald: NZ heading for gas supply gap, warns industry executive Brian Rudman (Herald): Join the dots on the bus — it’s not a pretty picture Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Media firms may hook up with ISPs – Broadcasting Minister Kris Faafoi Chris Keall (Herald): Could an NBC Universal buyout of Sky TV get past regulators? Experts’ verdict Brittany Keogh (Stuff): GirlBoss goes global: Young Auckland woman wins Facebook leadership award Karl du Fresne (Stuff): Men have made a mess of things in organised religion Anusha Bradley (RNZ): Consumers would pay for Napier Port expanson – industry head Stuff: A kind government can work RNZ: Kate Sheppard’s historic home fails to sell at auction RNZ: Kōrero Pono: a multi-media exhibition of true stories from NZ’s criminal justice system Robb Kidd (ODT): Prison writing prize presented Kelvin McDonald (Māori TV): 18,000 crosses for WWI memorial field Vanita Prasad (Newsroom): 18,277 reasons to remember Alison Ballance (RNZ): Mathematician wins top science award Māori TV: Take action to ShakeOut, Aotearoa]]>