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Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – October 24 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] 1News Colmar Brunton Poll 1News: Jessica Mutch McKay: ‘Seven per cent as preferred Prime Minister is a dangerously low level’ for Simon Bridges 1News: ‘I don’t take the polls in relation to me lightly’ – Simon Bridges responds as support drops to dismal seven per cent 1News: National Party support drops below Labour in latest 1 NEWS poll 1News: After horror week, Simon Bridges takes a hit in latest 1 NEWS Colmar Brunton poll 1News: Poll: Jacinda Ardern surges to highest rating ever as preferred PM, at Simon Bridges’ expense Tracy Watkins (Stuff): Some relief for National – but no comfort for Simon Bridges in latest poll Claire Trevett (Herald): Relief for Simon Bridges but cue the Jaws music, here comes Judith Collins Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): National Party has to take a serious look at its leadership Toby Manhire (Spinoff): Jami-Lee Ross saga sees National and Bridges both take a hit David Farrar: Only a 2% drop Henry Cooke (Stuff): Labour overtakes National in latest poll Derek Cheng (Herald): National Party drops slightly in latest political poll after Jami-Lee Ross saga Tova O’Brien (Newshub): National, Bridges fall in polls amid Jami-Lee Ross scandal RNZ: National drops below Labour in poll as Ross saga takes toll National Party Laura Walters (Newsroom): What’s wrong with our electoral laws? Henry Cooke (Stuff): Associate of alleged donor Yikun Zhang enrolled in National Party’s ‘boot camp’ Laura Walters (Newsroom): Chinese donor’s up-and-comers made JPs Herald: Justice Minister Andrew Little says there is ‘scope for debate’ around political funding rules Jenna Lynch (Newshub): Labour calls for electoral donation reform after Jami-Lee Ross saga Collette Devlin (Stuff): Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern open to taxpayer funding for political parties David Farrar: Danger – Labour wants you all to fund their party Herald: Simon Bridges: Jami-Lee Ross ‘no longer my problem’ RNZ: Simon Bridges defends leadership: ‘I’ve come through the fire stronger’ Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): Jami-Lee Ross saga – now the joke’s on National Richard Harman (Politik): Goodfellow to face National Party board over Ross coverup claims Toby Manhire (Spinoff): 17 questions the inquiry into National Party culture can start by asking Martyn Bradbury (Waatea News): National Party meltdown Jason Walls (Herald): National Leader Simon Bridges orders internal review of party’s culture Sophie Bateman (Newshub): National to conduct independent review into party culture 1News: National to seek independent advice ‘to make sure women feel absolutely safe in the workplace’ – Simon Bridges Henry Cooke (Stuff): National Party to review employment practices Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): National seeks independent advice after Ross allegations Jane Patterson (RNZ): National defends handling of woman’s complaint against Jami-Lee Ross Derek Cheng (Herald): National Party president denies any Jami-Lee Ross cover-up Danielle Moreau (RNZ): Jami-Lee Ross conflict reveals a troubling system of power Sophie Bateman (Newshub): Jami-Lee Ross’ behaviour allegations might not be accurate – National MP Tim Macindoe RNZ: Checkpoint: Female MP sent abusive text to Jami-Lee Ross Derek Cheng (Herald): Jami-Lee Ross out of Middlemore Hospital Zane Small (Newshub): Simon Bridges dodges queries over National involvement in Jami-Lee Ross’ sectioning Derek Cheng (Herald): Simon Bridges rejects any suggestion he ignored medical advice for Jami-Lee Ross Jenée Tibshraeny (Interest): Bridges and Goodfellow say they heard second and third hand of dissident MP Jami-Lee Ross being taken by police to a mental health facility Newstalk ZB: Mental Health Foundation hits out at ‘upsetting’ behaviour during Ross saga Scout Barbour-Evans (Spinoff): Please stop being eggs about Jami-Lee Ross and mental health Whaleoil: You don’t need everyone to love you, just a few good people Scott Palmer (Newshub): National Party put me in ‘similar situation’ to Jami-Lee Ross – Winston Peters 1News: Watch: Winston Peters made to apologise for cheeky jab at Simon Bridges’ leadership woes Newshub: Winston Peters takes brazen dig at Simon Bridges’ leadership credentials in Parliament Peter Cullen (Stuff): Simon Bridges’ outburst against Jami-Lee Ross not wise for a leader Parliament Bryce Edwards (Newsroom): Former politicians spend $1.1m on travel Will Harvie (Stuff): The mysteries contained in the Government’s official newspaper Rob MItchell (Stuff): A breed apart? MPs are now birds of a different feather Government Anusha Bradley (RNZ): One year on: How has the government performed? 1News: Jacinda Ardern defends Government’s record on assisting those in poverty Housing Eva Corlett (RNZ): One Year On: Govt exceeds some social housing promises – fails on others RNZ: ‘They’re living in cow sheds, buses, lean-tos, caravans’ Andrew Ashton (Herald): Housing woes laid bare: The cost of homelessness in Hawke’s Bay triples Vanessa Cole (University of Auckland): Can Labour’s Kiwibuild policy fix the housing crisis? Greg Ninness (Interest): Auckland’s new housing supply now almost keeping up with population growth Child abuse Phil Pennington (RNZ): Reports Kiwi predator priest abused in UK ODT Editorial: Expand Royal Commission’s brief RNZ: Royal Commission into state care abuse ‘completely stalled’ – lawyer Employment, migrant exploitation MIchael Morrah (Newshub): ‘Treated like slaves’: Overseas students claim they’re underpaid, overworked, threatened Katie Fitzgerald (Newshub): Migrant worker exploitation rampant across hospitality industry – Union 1News: Company to pay $280k penalty after worker crushed by 130kg polystyrene block Alice Webb-Liddall (Newshub): Insulation company fined after man crushed by polystyrene block Primary industries Thomas Manch (Stuff): Court action possible over ‘blood phosphate’ purchased by New Zealand companies Deirdre Sims (Stuff): Culture shift needed on ‘Frankenstein’ chickens culled at six weeks old Esther Taunton and Rebecca Stevenson (Stuff): We don’t have any of the world’s avian diseases, so why is our chicken medicated? Cecile Meier (Stuff): Is free-range chicken worth the extra cost? Michael Brooks (Stuff): Don’t believe the myths about chicken farming Heather Chalmers (Stuff): Water starts flowing to farms from giant Central Plains Water irrigation scheme Maja Burry (RNZ): Growers left out of pocket over ‘complex’ fuel tax rebate system Health Karen Brown (RNZ): Counties Manukau DHB seeks full investigation by SFO Herald: Counties Manukau District Health Board uncovers evidence of fraud by former staff Emma Russell (Herald): Waitemata DHB: Despite limitations most hospital buildings still safe Danielle Clent (Stuff): One fifth of Auckland and Northland hospitals ‘not fit for purpose’ Sophie Bateman (Newshub): Starship Hospital no longer fit for purpose, new DHB report reveals RNZ: Flavour capsules could threaten NZ’s smokefree goal RNZ: Anaesthetic technicians’ strike delays elective surgery Jordan Quensell (Stuff): We need more diversity in our health system – entrance schemes help Angie Skerrett (Newshub): Support grows for rural mental awareness campaign Drugs Dominion Post Editorial: Legalising cannabis – society’s shrug of indifference Alexandra Nelson (Newshub): Lack of consensus on cannabis law change Michael Daly (Stuff): Grow-your-own recreational pot finds favour, but many undecided Eleanor Ainge Roy (Guardian): ‘Watching our mates drop dead’: New Zealand’s synthetic cannabis crisis Derek Cheng (Herald): Synthetic cannabis suppliers could face up to 14 years’ jail Environment and conservation Jamie Morton (Herald): James Shaw on NZ’s climate agenda: ‘We have to give it our best shot’ David Hall (Spinoff): Step two: ignore step one and accept people do give a toss about climate change Skara Bohny (Stuff): Despite danger of climate change, there is still time to act Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): ‘Perfect storm’ of climate change and growing conflict Victoria University of Wellington (Newsroom): Why NZ vineyards are resting on climate change laurels Sarah Mead (Newsroom): Court decision on greenhouse gas emissions a warning for NZ Herald: Court of Appeal ruling could set precedent for mining on council reserves Joanne Carroll (Stuff): West Coast mine dealt second blow through Court of Appeal RNZ: Opencast coal mine loses in Court of Appeal RNZ: Forest & Bird wins appeal against opencast coal mine on West Coast No Right Turn: Reserves are not for mining Deena Coster (Stuff): Damage to Taranaki stream under investigation Ben Bootsma (Stuff): Lower emissions the goal for Southland Tess Brunton (RNZ): Outdoor adventures are bigger than they look on social media RNZ: Campaign continues for marine protection in Southern Ocean Defence Carmen Parahi (Stuff): Shock over new evidence about how an Invictus athlete was paralysed Tracy Neal (RNZ): Long Road Home seeks royal patronage Education Simon Collins (Herald): NZ education becoming more equal as rich students slip more than poor students Alwyn Poole (Stuff): Our education system fails based on race and wealth Foreign affairs Herald Editorial: Nauru refugee deal could compromise Kiwis’ access to Australia Derek Cheng (Herald): Ball in Australia’s court on Nauru refugees, says Jacinda Ardern in post-Cabinet press conference Tara Leota-Seiuli, Torisse Laulu, and David Tokiharu Mayeda (Newsroom): Ahistory lesson in Pacific ‘leeching’ Jason Walls (Herald): PM Jacinda Ardern lobbied to do more to prevent international armed conflicts Zane Small (Newshub): US Ambassador Scott Brown implores Kiwis to acknowledge Trump’s success Ngātata Love John Boynton (RNZ): Sir Ngātata Love ‘worked extraordinarily hard for his people’ Moana Makapelu Lee (Māori TV): Politicians pay their respects to the late Sir Ngatata Love Tom Hunt (Stuff): Sir Ngātata Love: A passionate and powerful fighter before the fall RNZ: Wellington Māori leader Sir Ngātata Love dies Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): A secret payment sparked fall from respected knight to disgraced bankrupt Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): Ardern’s refusal to decide on knighthood could hurt honours system Retirement, Super John Anthony (Stuff): Kiwis overseas could miss out on NZ Super under proposed law change Zane Small (Newshub): Retirement Commissioner calls for limited superannuation access for new migrants RNZ: Retirement Commissioner backs bill to change superannuation Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Tax Working Group’s KiwiSaver plan expensive and unfair, experts argue Water filter company fined Anuja Nadkarni (Stuff): Water filter company HRV fined $400,000 for false claims RNZ: Water filter company fined $440,000 over spurious claims 1News: Water filter company fined $440k for claims, including state of NZ drinking supply Newshub: Water filter company HRV fined $440,000 for misleading customers about product Transport and drones Phil Pennington (RNZ): VTNZ admits using inferior brake test on Waiheke Island RNZ: Plan for hazardous stretch of Whangārei highway to be revealed Amanda Cropp (Stuff): Report on bus driver pay delayed as strikes hit commuters RNZ: Auckland bus services out of action over strikes Danielle Clent (Stuff): Auckland rescue helicopter narrowly misses drone on way to car crash Herald: Auckland Westpac Rescue Helicopter in near miss with drone RNZ: Auckland rescue helicopter nearly crashes into drone 1News: Close encounter with drone was nearly ‘catastrophic’, rescue copter pilot says Local government Herald: No regional fuel tax for Wellington, council says Zane Small (Newshub): Wellington could be next in line for regional fuel tax Rachael Kelly (Stuff): Feds boss calls for change at Environment Southland Mānia Clarke (Māori TV): Maangai Maaori impacting Hamilton Council decision-making Gary Farrow (Stuff): What ever happened to Cambridge’s big ‘C’ re-brand? Nikki Preston (Herald): Ruapehu District Council won’t fix headstones destroyed by vandals Other Matt Nippert (Herald): Jacksonville: Sir Peter’s $150m real estate empire Nikki Mandow (Newsroom): Mainzeal failed while parent made billions Brian Rudman (Herald): Fantasy waterfront stadium lacks adventure Moana Makapelu Lee (Māori TV): Raising awareness for ‘severely endangered’ Tokelauan language RNZ: Nine to Noon: Is Auckland’s development hamstrung by the view? BusinessDesk: Wrong power plans costing Kiwis $39m each year: study Anuja Nadkarni (Stuff): Spot pricing ‘like not insuring your car’, retailer says as it puts brakes on switches Catherine Harris (Stuff): NZ’s strong economy gives Kiwi retailers the edge on Australia: report Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Bookstores: We can’t compete with online price Andrea Fox (Herald): Govt urged to give small business a tax cut with costs piling up Alice Webb-Liddall (Newshub): Kiwi activists won’t back down over Lorde’s Israel concert boycott plea Vaimoana Tapaleao (Herald): Spike in webcam blackmail scams over Labour Day weekend Herald: Wellington teen and ‘happiness entrepreneur’ to host royal couple for mental health event 1News: Every region in NZ sees population boost for first time in eight years Puawai Cairns (Spinoff): Museums are dangerous places: How Te Papa is challenging colonialist history Valerie Morse (Spinoff): The Weapons Expo isn’t an arms fair? Pull the other one]]>