Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – November 7 2018

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Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – November 7 2018

Editor’s Note: Here below is a list of the main issues currently under discussion in New Zealand and links to media coverage.

The Beehive and Parliament Buildings.

NZ’s Banking sector
Gordon Campbell: On the Aussie banks and their profits
Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): Bank conduct report finds differences with Australia, without explaining why
Jenée Tibshraeny (Interest): Are the banks the problem, or the rules we’ve given them?
Derek Cheng (Herald): Hit the banks with a $100m annual levy, says Shane Jones after review
Moana Makapelu Lee (Māori TV): Consumer NZ pushes for bank regulations to protect consumers
Rob Stock (Stuff): Bank staff exposed for privacy breaches and repeated accessing of customer files
Herald Editorial: Bank inquisitors looked hard and found little wrong
1News: ‘An issue of competition’ – Jacinda Ardern discusses bank conduct review, Kiwi banks’ profits
John Anthony (Stuff): Kiwibank ‘not doing its job’ to counter big bank profits
1News: ‘The banks are going to have to pull their socks up’ – what yesterday’s banking review means for consumers

National Party
Dominion Post Editorial: Turn away from the train wreck
1News: Fed-up Simon Bridges tries to avoid further Jami-Lee Ross questioning by reporters
Derek Cheng (Herald): Simon Bridges shuts down questions on Jami-Lee Ross
Stacey KIrk (Stuff): Simon Bridges: ‘I’m done talking with Jami-Lee Ross’

Democracy
1News: The Story with John Campbell: Is China interfering in NZ’s political system?
Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): ‘Serious storm clouds’ threaten NZ democracy – report
Simon Chapple (Victoria University of Wellington): Building democratic resilience
No Right Turn: Limiting democracy is not the answer
David Farrar: Some good, some bad ideas
Michael Macaulay (Newsroom): Fake news the result of cognitive bias

Parliament
Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): Multiple scandals keeping parliament preoccupied
RNZ: David Seymour on Japan junket: Trevor Mallard ‘a well-known sports fanatic’
1News: Cheeky Labour MP says Mallard and Browlee wouldn’t have gone on $24k Japan ‘junket’ if they had a choice – ‘they’re both old men’
1News: Analysis: Punters ‘aren’t quite buying’ explanation for $24k Japan rugby trip, Benedict Collins says
Chris Bramwell (RNZ): PM defends taxpayer-funded trip to Japan
Derek Cheng (Herald): MPs’ trip to All Blacks game in Japan defended as trade promotion
Collette Devlin (Stuff): MPs attacked for watching All Blacks on taxpayer-funded trade ‘junket’ to Japan
Jenna Lynch (Newshub): Trevor Mallard, Gerry Brownlee defend $24k two-day trip to Japan
Anna Whyte (1News): ‘Long range air travel has no romance for me’ – Speaker defends $24k Japan trip
Derek Cheng (Herald): Speaker on Japan trip: I would have preferred to watch the All Blacks game on TV at home
Phil Smith (RNZ): The coming week in the Parliament
Jason Walls (Herald): Ruth Dyson and Damien O’Connor celebrate 25 years in Parliament

Karel Sroubek residency decision, migrant workers, immigration
Jason Walls (Herald): National MP cancels fact-finding mission to Czech Republic, says he has all the info needed
Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): Catastrophic error – Why Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway must lose his job
Lucy Bennett (Herald): Family ‘forced into witness protection as a result of Karel Sroubek’, says Simon Bridges
Collette Devlin (Stuff): Armed police planned to protect witness in Sroubek trial, family seek witness protection
1News: National says Czech kickboxer’s actions forced a whole family into witness protection
Alice Webb-Liddall (Newshub): Czech drug lord Karel Sroubek forced family into witness protection – Simon Bridges
RNZ: Family put into witness protection after Sroubek case
Jenée Tibshraeny (Interest): Government to research temporary migrant worker exploitation; Stays quiet on election promise to ‘take a breather on immigration’
Herald: MBIE to research temporary migrant exploitation
RNZ: NZ boosts RSE scheme cap
Kiri Gillespie (Bay of Plenty Times): More migrant workers to ease ‘acute’ kiwifruit labour shortage
Anuja Nadkarni (Stuff): Waikato cleaning company and owner to pay $37,500 for staff exploitation
Matthew Littlewood (Timaru Herald): Family frustrated by immigration red tape

Smoking
Scott Palmer (Newshub): Hone Harawira says tobacco companies should be shot
Scott Palmer (Newshub): Smoking main cause of preventable child death – Plunket
Alice Webb-LIddall (Newshub): ‘Overwhelming feedback’: Govt must listen and ban smoking in cars with kids – Duncan Garner
Scott Palmer (Newshub): ‘Man up’: Jacinda Ardern challenged to protect children from smoking in cars
Lucy Warhurst (Newshub): Asthma nurse explains the effects smoking in cars has on kids

Health
David Galler (Spinoff): NZ faces a daunting health gap. Damned if we’re going to sit and watch it grow
RNZ: Caregiver shortage: ‘We just can’t find NZers to do the roles’
Sandra Conchie (Bay of Plenty Times): Bay of Plenty beneficiaries being trained to work in the aged-care sector
1News: Kiwis over 50 drinking more than adults in nine other countries, study finds
Mandy Te and Hannah Martin (Stuff): Northland DHB warned of W meningococcal strain in May, but did not tell public until November
Jessie Chiang (RNZ): Deadly strain of meningococcal disease raises alarm for doctors
1News: ‘Fed up’ and stressed out midwives to strike, demand new pay scale, union leader says
RNZ: Midwives say rejected offer doesn’t acknowledge big responsibility
Katarina Williams and Cate Broughton (Stuff): More than 1100 DHB midwives to strike
Megan Sutherland (Newshub): Midwives reject DHBs’ pay offer and vote to strike
RNZ: DHB-employed midwives vote to go on strike
Herald: More than 1000 midwives vote to strike
Amy Nelmes Bissett (RNZ): Inside New Zealand’s unregulated sperm donor network
Kate Nicol-Williams (1News): On 100-year anniversary of influenza outbreak that killed 9000 Kiwis, fresh concerns arise
Phil Pennington (RNZ): Porirua, Ōtaki sudden deaths: Authorities slammed for lack of response
Oliver Lewis (Stuff): Year-long wait for youth mental health appointment criticised
Simon Shepherd (Newshub): John Kirwan promotes digital humans to fight mental health ‘pandemic’
RNZ: A Star Is Born: Hollywood blockbuster with suicide sparks NZ censorship concerns
Cecile Meier (Stuff): A Star Is Born: Chief censor adds warning after young people ‘severely triggered’ by movie
Catherine Shoard (Guardian): A Star Is Born classification changed after New Zealand teens ‘severely triggered’

Housing
Jane Clifton (Listener): How KiwiBuild turned into a PR disaster
Stephen Keys: A radical idea for low income housing in New Zealand
Brian Rudman (Herald): Housing crisis no respecter of class
Isaac Davison (Herald): More first home-buyers in Auckland snapping up deposit subsidy as market slows
Hamish McNeilly (Stuff): New Dunedin plan to cater new homes – and climate change
Jo McKenzie-McLean (Stuff): Proposed Wanaka development includes town’s first workers’ village

Justice, corrections, police
Jarrod Gilbert (Herald): Let’s make our criminal justice system the envy of the world
Victoria University of Wellington (Newsroom): Justice system grim despite reputation
Leigh-Marama McLachlan (RNZ): Māori King and Corrections to build centre for mothers
Jason Walls (Herald): Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern launches appointment process for a new Chief Justice
Stacey Kirk (Stuff): The hunt for New Zealand’s next chief justice begins
Mere McLean (Māori TV): Rotorua NCEA Police Studies programme a success
Benn Bathgate (Stuff): Court staff to walk off the job today in further strike action

Synthetic drugs
Newshub: Decriminalise synthetics: Health expert’s call as death toll rises
Anna Bracewell-Worrall (Newshub): ‘People will continue to die’: Warning to Govt over New Zealand’s synthetics crisis

Education
Laura Walters (Newsroom): Our racist education system
Katie Fitzgerald (Newshub): Secondary teachers ‘more likely’ to reject Government offer, strike on the cards
Zoe Hunter (Bay of Plenty Times): Watches banned from this year’s NCEA exams
1News: NCEA, Scholarship exams start for about 140,000 young Kiwis, some online
Dan Dalgety (RNZ): Proposed polytechnic merger would spell job losses
Aaron Leaman (Stuff): Wintec spends $150,000 on latest probe

Tourism
Tess Brunton (RNZ): Tourism strategy: ‘There’s never enough, but it’s a start’
Amanda Cropp (Stuff): Government’s ‘long overdue’ tourism strategy to handle 5m overseas visitors 
Gia Garrick (RNZ): $40m of tourist tax to fund conservation efforts
Talisa Kupenga (Māori TV): Māori culture a priority in new tourism strategy

Local government
RNZ: Council’s second-generation plan shapes Dunedin’s future
Laura Dooney (RNZ): Historic Wellington wharf recommended for demolition
Brent Barrett (Stuff): Peace and protection are why we have a Defence Force
Nikki Preston (Herald): Council reneges on promise to provide code of conduct training to councillors
Viriginia Fallon (Stuff): Mayor’s loyalty to city questioned after family remains 432 kilometres away
Christina Persico (Stuff): Hydrogen debate gets explosive at New Plymouth council meeting
Evan Harding (Southland Times): Shadbolt grilled by councillor
Emma Dangerfield (Stuff): ‘Perverted’ council camera in public toilet removed after Privacy Commission complaint

Auckland
Steve Kilgallon and Dileepa Fonseka (Stuff):Auckland speedway stadium to be funded by millions from city’s parks
Tim Murphy (Newsroom): No such thing as a free stadium
Simon Wilson (Herald): Stress testing the Auckland waterfront stadium proposal
Rowan Quinn (RNZ): Downtown Auckland stadium: ‘I am confident this proposal will fly’
Bernard Orsman (Herald): Rising levels of ‘black carbon’ in Queen St heighten health risk for Aucklanders
RNZ: Auckland Council issuing new consents after botch-up
John-Michael Swannix (Newshub): Judith Collins on National’s vision for Auckland, transport and standing for Mayor

Transport
Thomas Coughlan (Newsroom): Car importer should be prosecuted — Faafoi
Gia Garrick (RNZ):Japanese car importer warned over purchase of vehicle inspection firms
Phil Pennington (RNZ): Vehicles approved under suspended worker risk having ceritification revoked
Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Consumer warns car buyers: Save your money
Janine Rankin (Manawatū Standard): New east-west highway to swerve historic sites

Media
Rhonwyn Newson (Newshub): Why we should all be worried by Stuff’s proposal to slash community news
RNZ: Stuff to slash community reporting jobs after merger plan fails
Pete George:Journalism versus political hit jobs

Environment and conservation
Cherie Sivignon (Stuff): Select committee recommends Waimea dam local bill be passed with amendments
Newshub:‘Innocent people will be hurt’: Warning as anti-1080 protesters threaten violence
Tova O’Brien (Newshub): PM Jacinda Ardern, DoC staff get death threats from anti-1080 extremists
John Boynton (RNZ): Calls to prosecute trampers who ignore Waitākere Ranges rāhui
Amber-Leigh Woolf (Stuff): Powerful new supercomputer ready to provide glimpse into NZ’s climate future

Primary industries
Kate Nicol-Williams (1News): Three more farms infected with mycoplasma bovis, MPI find
Heather Chalmers (Stuff): Farmers question carbon sink tree planting plans
Guy Trafford (Interest): Shareholders make choices different to candidates put forward by Fonterra Board, and a further election will be needed for the final position
Angie Skerrett (Newshub): Farmers vote for changes to Fonterra board
Gerard Hutching (Stuff): Leonie Guiney ‘delighted’ at Fonterra comeback, McBride also voted in
Zane Small (Newshub): Government declares hemp seed ‘safe to eat’
Angie Skerrett (Newshub): Green light for hemp industry good news for producers
Tim Murphy (Newsroom): Man in kiwifruit smuggling case named
Eric Frykberg (RNZ): Zespri sues for $70m over trademark breach in China

Defence
Tracy Watkins (Stuff): Crack SAS troops, navy deployed to trouble prone PNG for Apec
RNZ: NZ to send Defence Force personnel to APEC
Craig McCulloch (RNZ): ‘Unlikely’ that IS fighters would target Kiwi soldiers – NZDF

Ratana
Leah Te Whata (Māori): Jacinda Ardern to return to Ratana
Laurel Stowell (Whanganui Chronicle):25,000 people converge on Ratana for centenary celebrations

War commemorations
Kurt Bayer (Herald): The Big Read: Old soldiers and why we remember them
Dominic Harris (Stuff): Lessons for today, 100 years on from the armistice

Tax
Leicester Gouwland (Herald) Directors could pay the price over proposed tax changes
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): IRD to spend almost $4m to explain ‘biggest tax change in a generation’
Rob Stock (Stuff): House price ‘windfall’ tax suggested to pay for trains, roads

Gender and identity
1News: ‘It’s absolutely huge’ – as Tasmania considers dropping gender from birth certificates, should NZ follow?
Lynn Williams: Identity Theft

Huawei
Juha Saarinen (Herald): Why Huawei’s biggest problem is China
David Farrar: Nonsense about Huawei

Foreign Affairs
Zane Small (Newshub): UK high commissioner in New Zealand Laura Clarke to learn te reo
Sara Vui-Talitu (RNZ): The curious case of the West Papua diplomatic desk in Auckland

Other
1News: Watch: ‘I can’t do everything’ – Jacinda Ardern talks campaign promises
Damian George (Stuff): Wellington priest who removed sexual abuse protest ribbons has change of heart
Megan Sutherland (Newshub): Hastings charity reeling as horse dies after Guy Fawkes
Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Power retailer Payless Energy to stop selling electricity due to wholesale electricity market volatility
Liam Dann (Herald): Market Watch: What just happened to my KiwiSaver balance?
Robin Martin (RNZ): Proposed development would extend life of Tui oil field – operator
Herald: Career public servant Debbie Power appointed as MSD chief executive
Ryan Boswell (1News): Government investigates whether to restrict Kiwis’ access to internet porn
Tom Furley (RNZ): Calls for initiatives to prevent construction boom from piling up waste
Alice Webb-LIddall (Newshub): Spark pleads guilty to charges from Commerce Commission
Thomas Mead (Newshub): Take a look at Christchurch’s new $400 million convention centre
Herald: Top commercial Russell McVeagh lawyer Pip Greenwood leaves for governance roles
Tim Miller (ODT): Door almost shut on cave urban myth
1News: PM to meet Erebus families as plans for memorial progress – ‘We’re taking on board their views’
1News: Te Karere: ‘The most precious place on the face of the earth’ – Welcome to the marae in Chicago
Graham Cooke (Herald): It’s time to beef up NZ’s meat industry
Nicholas Boyack (Stuff): The long and painful limp home after a big Wellington earthquake
1News: Kaikōura’s earthquake recovery wins prestigious engineering award
Jacqueline Rowarth (Herald): Is pricing holding back Fair Trade?
Māori TV: Fletcher Building takes on Māori and Pacific Island values
Phil Pennington (RNZ): NZ family face hefty $70k fee for autistic 3yo to attend Aus preschool

Dr Bryce Edwards is a political scientist and a lecturer in Politics.