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Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – October 23 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 Jane Patterson (RNZ): Speaker of the House seeks advice on Jami-Lee Ross situation Stuff: Jami-Lee Ross saga: National MPs fall in behind Simon Bridges Tova O’Brien (Newshub): Ex-National MP Jami-Lee Ross is getting the support he needs, friend says Derek Cheng (Herald): Jami-Lee Ross improving, getting the help he needs – friend Charlie Dreaver (RNZ): Mental Health Foundation warns over Jami-Lee Ross coverage Herald: Mental Health Foundation takes to social media to address ‘upsetting’ Jami-Lee Ross comments Stuff: Mental Health Foundation warns to not weaponise Jami-Lee Ross’ distress Aziz Al-Sa’afin (Newshub): Mental Health Foundation breaks silence on Jami-Lee Ross Chelsea Boyle and Derek Cheng (Herald): National unlikely to use waka-jumping law on Jami-Lee Ross 1News: Parliament’s Speaker has not been notified by health authorities about Jami-Lee Ross Stuff: What will happen to Jami-Lee Ross’ seat in Parliament after his hospitalisation Herald: Jami-Lee Ross ‘terribly alone’: National’s role in mental health decline questioned Newstalk ZB: MP Jami-Lee Ross admitted to mental health care Derek Cheng (Herald): Jami-Lee Ross ‘sectioned’ to mental health facility in Auckland Stuff: Jami-Lee Ross taken into mental health care Jamie Ensor (Newshub): Jami-Lee Ross taken to mental health care facility by police RNZ: Ross reported as being taken into mental health care 1News: Jami-Lee Ross admitted to mental health care Chris Trotter (Daily Blog): Missing Cameron Slater: National’s hit job puts JLR into care David Farrar: Maybe time for media to pause also David Farrar: Taken in by Police is not necessarily the same as committed David Farrar: Jami-Lee Ross taken into mental health care Steve Braunias (Herald): Secret Diary of … Jami-Lee Ross ———— RNZ: Jacinda Ardern defends political donation system Stuff: Bridges-Ross call shows National has ‘cash for candidates policy’, Winston Peters says Jenée Tibshraeny (Interest): Peters rejects the Greens’ call for political parties to receive more public funding; Says there’s Chinese influence in the National Party, not Government 1News: NZ politicians need to learn the ABCs of Chinese politics for a ‘constructive relationship’, foreign policy expert says Michael Reddell: Circling the wagons Sandeep Singh (RNZ): ‘The perils of all-pervading Chinese money’ Laura Walters (Newsroom): China hits back at interference allegations Dan Satherley and Simon Shepherd (Newshub): Simon Bridges ‘absolutely’ followed the law – former National Party manager Herald Editorial: Royal honours should be decided by the Governor-General John Roughan (Herald): If this is corruption NZ-style, we’re lucky Jacinda Ardern defends political donation system RNZ: Academic warns against interference after National revelations Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Why the Media and Politicians are so silent on Chinese influence in NZ and what you need to do John Anthony, Liu Chen and Nick Truebridge (Stuff): Alleged National donor Yikun Zhang bringing 1000 well-connected compatriots to NZ Herald: Poor timing: $1500-a-head Simon Bridges dinner during donation drama Danyl Mclauchlan (Spinoff): The uniquely damaging betrayals of Jami-Lee Ross Martin van Beynen (Stuff): Swamp of NZ politics turns into a cesspit Philip Matthews (Press Editorial): Can National drain the swamp? Tracy Watkins (Stuff): The Jami-Lee Ross saga – dirty, ugly, nasty politics with no end in sight Bryce Edwards (Herald): The dangerously escalating political scandal wars between Simon Bridges and Jami-Lee Ross Heather du Plessis-Allan (Herald): Simon Bridges and Jami-Lee Ross are both finished Duncan Garner (Stuff): Three strikes – Bridges, women and sport Audrey Malone (Stuff): Personal and professional pain: Widening repercussions for MP Jami-Lee Ross Mike Williams (Hawkes Bay Today): A toxic week in the National Party camp Bryan Gould: The story that keeps on giving Jane Bowron (Stuff): Ross river fever hits the swamp Paul Little (Herald): More proof politicians not fit to run a country Joel Maxwell (Stuff): Shark boy meets Squidward, but who wins? David Farrar: Watkins on the saga David Garrett (Kiwiblog): Guest Post: Messy political divorces ———— Liam Hehir (Spinoff): Bridges slammed the waka jumping bill. Now he can use it on Jami-Lee Ross Andrew Geddis (Pundit): Ross, Bridges and the party hopping law (updated for recent developments) Bryce Edwards (RNZ): Reality bites for Jami-Lee Ross Newshub: National would be hypocrites to expel Jami-Lee Ross from Parliament – Bryce Edwards Sam Sachdeva and Thomas Coughlan (Newsroom): National mulls party-hopping action as Ross clings on Stuff: Waka-jumping bill could come to the aid of National as Jami-Lee Ross refuses to quit ———— Herald: National MP Jami-Lee Ross admits to affairs with two women, vows to stay in Parliament Jason Walls (Herald): Listen: Jami-Lee Ross speaks about affairs, state of marriage Kirsty Johnston (Herald): Volatile but not abusive: National MP Jami-Lee Ross speaks out about affair with fellow MP 1News: Jami-Lee Ross admits having two affairs, one with an MP Henry Cooke (Stuff): Jami-Lee Ross not quitting Parliament RNZ: Jami-Lee Ross says he will remain in Parliament Jenée Tibshraeny (Interest): Jami-Lee Ross staying in Parliament is a nightmare for National but a lifeline for Simon Bridges – at this stage Alex Braae (Spinoff): Jami-Lee Ross just heaved yet another gallon of petrol all over NZ politics David Farrar: Ross reneges on resigning ———— David Fisher (Herald): Holes emerging in National’s chain of events around Jami-Lee Ross and his adverse behaviour Dan Satherley and Simon Shepherd (Newshub): Jami-Lee Ross ‘makes Todd Barclay look like an angel’ – David Collings Tara Shaskey (Stuff): National Party’s Katrina Bungard received no money at mediation Melanie Reid and Cass Mason (Newsroom): Death by 1000 cuts: Working for Jami-Lee Ross Jamie Ensor (Newshub): Tau Henare and Marama Fox let rip on Jami-Lee Ross, Simon Bridges and Paula Bennett Derek Cheng (Herald): Former National MP: Heads should roll over Jami-Lee Ross 1News: ‘A MeToo moment for politics’ – Lawyer Catriona MacLennan Alison Mau (Stuff): Jami-Lee Ross saga shows Peter Goodfellow betrayed Kiwi women David Farrar: Two more stories David Farrar: Where the blame lies Donna-Lee Biddle (Stuff): Hamilton MP weighs in on Jami-Lee Ross saga: ‘I thought I knew him’ David Cormack (Herald): National needs to learn to care about people No Right Turn: Time to ban gag clauses ———— Ben Leahy (Herald): Simon Bridges fronts Indian community at Auckland’s Diwali celebrations after controversial race-based comments Eva Corlett (RNZ): National goes to Diwali despite criticism 1News: National ponders expelling Jami-Lee Ross as Simon Bridges fronts up to Indian community Jamie Ensor (Newshub): Simon Bridges defends Asian comments from Ross recording at Auckland’s Diwali festival Jessie Chiang (RNZ): Senior Indian diplomat ‘very hurt’ by Bridges-Ross comments Lincoln Tan (Herald): National Indian MP Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi backs Simon Bridges, says he was ‘set up’ ———— Colin Peacock (RNZ): Meltdowns, blow-ups and blowback as MP goes rogue Whena Owen (1News): National’s week: Drama at every turn Toby Manhire (Spinoff): 100 hours of turpitude: Jami-Lee Ross’s 33 grenades across an incredible week Newshub: The ultimate guide to all the players in the Jami-Lee Ross vs Simon Bridges showdown Don Rowe (Spinoff): ‘I am just motivated to cut throats’: meet Jami Lee-Ross’s political mastermind Claire Trevett (Herald): Jami-Lee Ross: The MP who is burning Bridges Dan Satherley (Newshub): The Jami-Lee Ross and expenses leak mega-scandal: A timeline Herald: The Jami-Lee Ross saga in quotes RNZ: Gallery: The week in politics ———— Claire Trevett (Herald): Simon Bridges’ odds after week from hell 1News: ‘He’s severely wounded’ – Bridges, Ross saga could be far from over, 1 NEWS political team says Derek Cheng (Herald): Political commentators say Simon Bridges’ leadership safe – for now Sophie Bateman (Newshub): Just how much has the Jami-Lee Ross saga damaged the National Party? Pete Burdon: Bridges did well with one notable mistake ———— Herald: ‘It’s certainly possible’: Privacy lawyer says potential for Simon Bridges to stop more phone recordings being released Collette Devlin (Herald): National Party has ‘strong case’ for injunction against Jami-Lee Ross if he chooses to release further recordings Henry Cooke (Stuff): National MPs suspect Jami-Lee Ross taped them in ‘leading’ conversations about Simon Bridges ————- Liam Hehir (Stuff): Christopher Finlayson stands tall amid National Party in-fighting Moana Makapelu Lee (Māori TV): ‘I’ve done my bit for my country’ – Finlayson Government comment on National Party Herald: Jacinda Ardern: Greater care needed around MPs’ mental health 1News: Parliament needs to change in the wake of Jami-Lee Ross saga, says Jacinda Ardern 1News: ‘Things need to be different’ says PM, as tensions continue in National Lucy Bennett (Herald): New Zealanders want a different political environment, Jacinda Ardern says Jamie Ensor (Newshub): Green co-leader Marama Davidson tells people to ‘delete’ themselves in late-night Twitter tirade Government Richard Shaw (The Conversation): One year on for Ardern’s coalition government in New Zealand Eleanor Ainge Roy (Guardian): Ardern’s first year: New Zealand grapples with hangover from Jacindamania Zane Small (Newshub): Jacinda Ardern ‘rejects’ notion Winston Peters holds the reins Newshub: Flashback: Winston Peters declares he’s siding with Labour Jason Walls (Herald): ‘I pointed a camera the other way’: Clarke Gayford releases never seen before Coalition night photos of PM Leith Huffadine (Stuff): Clarke Gayford’s never seen before photos of the moment the coalition government was born Jimmy Ellingham (Manawatū Standard): Iain Lees-Galloway reflects on his first year in Cabinet Point of Order: Ministerial appointments monitor – jobs for the boys (and jobs for the girls, too) Parliament Rob Mitchell (Stuff): A breed apart? MPs are now birds of a different feather Andrea Vance (Stuff): Stamp MPs with a best-before date Phil Smith and Daniela Maoate-Cox (RNZ): Politics v Parliament: Jami-Lee Ross’ effect on the House Killing of Jamal Khashoggi, Saudi Arabia, Foreign affairs Harrison Christian (Stuff): NZ Government condemns Khashoggi killing, calling it ‘deeply disturbing’ Derek Cheng (Herald): NZ Government condemns killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Saudi consulate 1News: NZ Government says killing of journalist by Saudi operatives ‘deeply disturbing’ Jamie Ensor (Newshub): New Zealand Government condemns killing of Jamal Khashoggi after pressure Herald Editorial: Inconvenient facts won’t get in way Tony Wall and Blair Ensor (Stuff): The Saudi Government needs to provide proof of life for Christchurch refugee who disappeared No Right Turn: Reminder: Saudi Arabia kidnapped people from New Zealand Shivshankar Menon (Newsroom): NZ could be ‘honest broker’ influence in geopolitics Housing Tom Furley (RNZ): One Year On: How has the govt performed on housing? 1News: Poverty advocate says Government must end rhetoric and do something about Kiwis in financial distress – ‘Things are getting worse’ Thomas Manch (Stuff): Cost of hardship grants rise sharply as Government accused of working on the margins Herald Editorial: Equity-share move could turn renters into owners RNZ: Govt needs to consider laws that ‘cool down rent prices’ Matt Rilkoff (Press Editorial): The house-owning dream is worth waking up from Ben Leahy (Herald): KiwiBuild unveils 18 new apartments selling in Mt Albert from Monday Michael Wright (Stuff): Is Christchurch the only New Zealand city with too many houses? 1News: ‘This house fails’ – Whangārei family say they’re unable to get Govt to fix mouldy home Thomas Manch (Stuff): Few beds to sleep on for Wellington’s homeless women Amy Ridout (Stuff): Tenancy reform will hit renters in the back pocket says Nelson landlord Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Foreign buyers ‘rush to beat property purchase ban’ Newshub: Foreign buyers ban comes into effect on Labour Day MSD inquiry, welfare Thomas Manch (Stuff): Office of Privacy Commissioner launches inquiry into MSD fraud investigations Newshub: Ministry of Social Development’s ‘cruel’ investigations under review Sarah Robson (RNZ): MSD reviews how it investigates benefit fraud CPAG: It’s time for the punitive, stigmatising nature of welfare to change Education Jessica Long (Stuff): Ministry of Education projects 2440-teacher shortfall by 2025 if nothing is done Melanie Earley (Stuff): ‘It concerns us all day, everyday’: Lack of STEM teachers hitting hard at schools Hannah Ross (Stuff): Every school should have an anti-bullying policy, parent says Hana O’Regan (E-Tangata): Let your story be heard Jamie Ensor (Newshub): Four-year-old expelled from daycare for being a safety risk to staff and children Kiwi values Adam Dudding (Stuff): Major study reveals new Kiwi values in action: ‘I like to smile at people, and listen’ Jonathan Milne (Stuff): If these are Kiwi values, I don’t want a bar of them’ Damien Grant (Stuff): NZers don’t value integrity, honesty or friendship – we value conformity Mark Quinlivan (Stuff): Donation not linked to NZ values bill says MP Refugees, migrants RNZ: NZ refugee offer reconsidered as 11 children taken off Nauru Stuff: MP’s Bill would raise minimum residency for superannuation from 10 to 20 years Environment and conservation Tom O’Connor (Stuff): The ownership of water is actually fairly clear Sally Blundell (LIstener): The impact rising sea levels will have on New Zealand David Williams (Newsroom): Trap tensions expose haphazard kea oversight 1News: Plan to allow pets into national park angers environmentalists Tracy Neal (RNZ): Waimea Community Dam faces final hurdle Dave Frame (Newsroom): Cutting methane doesn’t buy time for CO2 Barry Coates (Interest): The top 10 ways climate change and sustainability are changing our economic outlook Alice Wilkins (Newshub): ‘Off the grid’ Great Barrier Island leading the way on climate change 1News: Tauranga pioneers new approach to biosecurity threats, could be implemented nationwide Dave Goosselink (Newshub): Little blue penguins enjoy bumper breeding season in Otago Stacey Bryan (RNZ): New conservation project targets polluted Chch stream Peter Griffin (Stuff): Roundup foes driven by hatred for Monsanto Health Waikato Times Editorial: Time for a new approach on Māori healthcare Michael Neilson (Herald): ‘By Māori, for Māori’: health leaders call for revamp of Māori health system Ruby McAndrew (Stuff): Prostate cancer advocates turning their attention to improving aftercare for Māori Mānia Clarke (Māori TV): PM promises govt will improve Māori health Mike Houlahan (ODT): Warning over cancer screening changes Luisa Giraeo (Stuff): Lung cancer survivor wants Pharmac to fund drugs she received in trial 1News: Aged care sector at ‘crisis point’ as nurses leave in droves for better pay at DHBs Emma Russell (Herald): Fifth of Auckland and Northland hospital facilities ‘not fit for purpose’ Phil Pennington (RNZ): Health Ministry audits Christchurch hospital water piping Regan Paranihi (Māori TV): North Island hospitals get funding boost Talisa Kupenga (Māori TV): Change could be on the cards for Whānau Ora Jenny Nicholls (North & South): ‘The gender thing’: Barriers to health for trans New Zealanders Jamie Morton (Herald): NZ’s hidden health threat: poor indoor air quality RNZ: Wood and coal fires linked to child skin conditions – study Herald: Anti-vaccination group plans to appeal ASA decision on billboard 1News: Mental health specialists question new antidepressant’s effectiveness Primary industries and animal welfare Gerard Hutching (Stuff): Behind New Zealand’s most popular meat Esther Taunton (Stuff): Why our most popular meat is making us sick Amy Ridout (Stuff): New Zealand’s culture of animal neglect is unacceptable, says activist Newshub: Animal rights protesters prepare for rodeo season Newshub: Horse dies after accident at rodeo Emma Joliff (Newshub): Interview: Damien O’Connor Eric Frykberg (RNZ): Potato virus cannot be eradicated Justice Kirsty Johnston (Herald): Unassigned: Sex assault claims wait to be investigated Herald: Judge grants rare discharge to Rich List family member over cocaine importing case RNZ: Convictions quashed for son of prominent winemaker Jo Lines-MacKenzie (Stuff): Gang numbers increasing in New Zealand prisons Spinoff: ‘A real long path’: stories of lives locked up Drugs Alexander Gillespie (Herald): Jacinda Ardern needs to make some hard decisions in drugs war Teresa Cowie (RNZ): Insight: The drug courts on trial Kate Fitzgerald (Newshub): Strong support for legalisation of cannabis, but question over how to do it remains Chlöe Swarbrick (Spinoff): How New Zealand got hooked on moral panic over drug laws Peter Williams (Bay of Plenty Times): Make cannabis legal for personal use Te Kuru o te Marama Dewes (Māori TV): The inside story of NZ’s growing addiction Tax Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): Labour’s bach tax will hit voters who don’t think they are the problem Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Internet shopping tax change unites politicians but divides consumers Trade RNZ: Trade agreements not reflecting NZ values: academic Fran O’Sullivan (Herald): Hurry up and sign trade deal to protect New Zealand’s interests Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): Parker: NZ won’t ‘chastise’ US over WTO approach Local government Matthew Theunissen (RNZ): Panuku continues trend of huge under-spend Jared Nicoll (Stuff): Wellington’s regional economic agency argues its worth for ratepayers RNZ: Kilbirnie community calls for liquor ban to be extended Raniera Harrison (Māori TV): Hapū looking to fight plans to relocate central city marae Oil and gas exploration Hamish Rutherford (Stuff):Oil ban puts New Zealand on a ‘black list’ for investment, service companies claim No Right Turn: No “compensation” for those who want to destroy the planet Petrol Prices Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): Cut price Waitomo says there is no need to intervene in the fuel market Newshub: Rising fuel prices lead to meth black market Employment Rob Stock (Stuff): What Labour Day means in 2018 Mike Treen (Daily Blog): When will we get our holiday pay money? Are MBIE part of the problem? RNZ: Govt’s new pay equity bill slammed by campaigners Gary Tong (Stuff): Labour-force challenges are becoming a headache for employers Taroi Black (Māori TV): More jobs needed for South Auckland Media David Robie (Pacific Media Centre): A future in journalism in the age of ‘media phobia’ Duncan Greive (Spinoff): The data does lie: how Facebook’s fake video stats smashed NZ journalism Talisa Kupenga (Māori TV): Review of Māori media raises concerns for Te Mātāwai Royal visit Stuff: Harry and Meghan’s royal trip to cost Kiwi taxpayers Cas Carter (Stuff); Royal visit itinerary could have shown the world a different New Zealand Newshub: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to eat traditional hangi in NZ Auckland stadium proposal Todd Niall (Stuff): Auckland Mayor Phil Goff needs to get off the stadium fence Alexia Russell (Newsroom): ‘Free’ stadium ignores economic realities Transport Mitch McCann and Katie Fitzgerald (Newshub): War of words between bus companies, unions ahead of strikes RNZ: Bus drivers’ strike delayed in capital, to go ahead further north Stuff: ‘Chaotic’ services behind three-city bus strike, says union calling for standardisation RNZ: Seatbelts recalled after failing safety standards Cricket match-fixing allegations RNZ: NZ Cricket dismisses match fixing in historic Black Caps victory Newshub: Cricket: Blackcaps implicated in match-fixing investigation 1News: Black Caps’ 2011 win over Australia included in list of suspected fixed matches, claims Al Jazeera RNZ: Cricket: New allegations of match fixing includes historic Black Caps victory Ngātata Love has died Michael Neilson (Herald): Māori leader Sir Ngātata Love dies Māori TV: Te Ati Awa leader Sir Ngatata Love passes away Tom Hunt (Stuff): Māori leader Sir Ngātata Love dies Newshub: Controversial Māori leader Sir Ngātata Love dies Other Richard Harman (Politik): The next big thing for the Government and Maori RNZ: Hapu attack ‘half-baked’ Treaty proposal 1News: Pike River: is it safe to re-enter? John Campbell investigates Andrea Fox: PM’s business advisory council a head-scratcher Harrison Christian (Stuff) Search for a Race Relations Commissioner on hold as applicant sues Minister of Justice Michael Naylor (Stuff): Too many caught out by insurance disclosure rules Rob Stock (Stuff): Kiwi funds don’t need Australian tobacco-free fund label Rob Stock (Stuff): Christchurch woman lobbies to make it a human right to have a bank account Chris Harrowell (Stuff): South Auckland land protester Pania Newton in the fight of her life Peter Lyons (ODT): Corrosion more likely than implosion Rebecca Howard (BusinessDesk): Bill English upbeat about NZ economy Herald: Back-to-work Clarke Gayford loses the beard Stuff: Stay-at-home dad Clarke Gayford going back to work Jackie Blue (Herald): Negative discrimination’s positive outcomes Debbie Jamieson (Stuff): Sri Lankan family get residency after eight-year battle Kennedy Warne (E-Tangata): He Whakaputanga: Partnership and power sharing Finn Hogan (Newshub): Turning players into payers: Is it time to regulate the video game industry? RNZ: New Zealanders called on to save Tokelau language Chris Keall (Herald): NZ’s new richest man? Peter Thiel lines up $60b IPO Spinoff: You’ll have to speak Antipodean English’: NZ-born MP to Scotsman at Westminster]]>