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Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – November 14 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] Pike River Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): Pike River saga a step towards giving families closure 1News: Anna Osborne tells John Campbell about eight-year fight for husband killed in Pike River disaster – ‘you don’t just leave your loved one behind’ RNZ: Pike River relatives on mine re-entry: It’s a ‘truly amazing day for our families Stacey Kirk and Jonathan Guildford (Stuff): Pike re-entry: ‘This is a victory for the families and the little people’ 1News: Pike River re-entry plans gives families ‘closure they’ve been waiting for’, Greymouth mayor says Jason Walls (Herald): ‘Absolutely amazing’ – Pike families express their relief at the decision to re-enter the mine Newshub: Duncan Garner praises Andrew Little’s ‘integrity’ over Pike River mine re-entry announcement Newshub: Andrew Little confirms ‘single entry’ Pike River re-entry plan RNZ: LIttle: ‘To the Pike River families, to New Zealand, we are returning’ 1News: Government confirms plan to re-enter Pike River Mine drift will proceed – ‘It is now our intention to get this job done’ Stacey Kirk (Stufff): ‘We’re going in’ – Government unveils decision to re-enter Pike River Mine Lucy Bennett (Herald): Pike River Mine re-entry to go ahead – first major task likely to begin in February 2019 Eleanor Ainge Roy (Guardian): Pike River mine disaster: bodies of 29 dead will be recovered Royal Commission into child abuse Gordon Campbell: On why the Royal Commission into child abuse needs to change its timeframe Chris Morris (ODT): Bishop considering public ‘full disclosure’ Dominion Post Editorial: It’s right to open doors on churches’ dark past Moana Makapelu Lee (Māori TV): Anglican church welcomes broader abuse inquiry Stuff: Appeal about court documents in cases of abuse in state care Maxine Jacobs (RNZ): State abuse inquiry: Hopes Māori addition will shed light on more cases 1News: Human rights lawyer sceptical about expansion of inquiry into child abuse in state care Tom Hunt (Stuff): Victims of child sexual abuse heartened by widening of Royal Commission Samantha Gee (Stuff): Move to expand Government abuse inquiry to include religious institutions welcomed Police Scott Palmer (Newshub): ‘Grossly misrepresented’ – Shane Jones in passionate defence of Wally Haumaha Jared Savage (Herald): ‘We were on trial’ – Two women who complained about Deputy Commissioner Wally Haumaha speak out Thomas Manch (Stuff): Wally Haumaha bullying complainants say Government report ‘lacks balance’ Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): The Nashy solid under Wally Haumaha high ball as report denies NZ media another #MeToo Villain Laura O’Connell Rapira and Kassie Hartendorp (RNZ): Police and Pride: We need to heal our relationships first Environment and conservation Derek Cheng (Herald): Former Green MP Sue Bradford says party is betraying its members and is Labour’s handmaiden Zane Small (Newshub): ‘Just another flip-flop’: Green MP Eugenie Sage under fire over foreign land sales Christine McKay (Hawkes Bay Today): At least five Pahiatua rural property owners, including farms, have been taking between 5 and 20 per cent of Pahiatua’s treated water supply without making any payment. Sam Kilmister (Manawatū Standard): Feilding to discharge most wastewater to land instead of Ōroua River Joanne Carroll (Stuff): Westland District Council charged with discharging sewage into river Southland Times Editorial: Awards are nice. Success is better. Samantha Gee (Stuff): First takahē eggs found in nest after birds moved to Kahurangi National Park Eleanor Ainge Roy (Guardian): Kiwis to be reintroduced to New Zealand capital for first time in a century Piers Fuller (Stuff): A Wairarapa dark sky reserve would be world’s largest Foreign affairs Audrey Young (Herald): Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern saddles up for big encounters at Singapore summit Audrey Young (Herald): Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern set to meet Aung San Suu Kyi as criticism mounts Jessica Mutch McKay (1News): Jacinda Ardern to sit with US Vice President Mike Pence at ASEAN gala dinner, to speak about high steel tarrifs Audrey Young (Herald): Six days without Neve: Jacinda Ardern riding solo to Singapore, Papua New Guinea Bevan Rapson (North & South): Forget the love trysts, our relationship with China is a much bigger affair Anna Bracewell-Worrall (Newshub): Emails reveal NZDF wanted to go harder on the threat of Chinese influence 1News: As Brexit looms, New Zealand opens first Irish embassy RNZ: Brexit vote prompts embassy opening in Ireland Karel Sroubek residency decision Collette Devlin (Stuff): Immigration minister not given Karel Sroubek’s full criminal history Matthew Whitehead (Standard): The dirty politics of beating up on Karel Sroubek Herald: Immigration lawyer casts doubt whether Immigration Minister can deport Karel Sroubek Collette Devlin (Stuff): Iain Lees-Galloway stalling on brief for opposition MP on Karel Sroubek case 1News: Acting Prime Minister defends Iain Lees-Galloway’s one-hour decision on Karel Sroubek RNZ: Checkpoint: Karel Sroubek’s mother Mila: ‘Give him one last chance’ Education Simon Collins (Herald): NCEA injustice: Huge gaps in reader-writer assistance Katie Scotcher (RNZ): NCEA exams unlikely to be fully digital by 2020 – NZQA RNZ: Nine to Noon: On-line exam glitch: “I panicked for 20 minutes” Adele Redmond (Stuff): Research project aims to determine what effect schools have on students’ success – if any at all Herald Editorial: One in five pupils now need help with learning disorders Simon Collins (Herald): Struggling to learn: ‘It’s like coming out of the fog, you can see each child clearly’ Josephine Franks (Stuff): English language requirements for foreign teachers overhauled Adele Redmond (Stuff): Christchurch’s Redcliffs School community watches old school’s ‘heartbreaking’ demolition Teachers’ pay dispute RNZ: Secondary teachers face tough vote over possible 2019 strikes Aaron Leaman (Stuff): More and bigger teacher strikes could be on the way Katarina Williams (Stuff): Secondary teachers to consider new deal, but their union says ‘reject’ 1News: Christchurch primary teachers next in line today as rolling nationwide strike continues Defence Nicky Hager (North & South): The NZ armed forces’ toxic culture of impunity and cover-ups revealed Kendall Hutt (Stuff): Legal firm criticises Defence Force’s methods of testing for fire-fighting-foam toxins Housing Jason Walls (Herald): Ministry of Education land sold to HNZ for hundreds of thousands of dollars under market value Greg Ninness (Interest): KiwiBuild homes are on the margins of affordability for first buyers but that could change significantly next year Barnaby Bennett (Public Address): What almost everyone is missing about KiwiBuild Steve Deane (Newsroom): Setting Tāmaki families on a pathway to housing independence RNZ: Church’s housing trust tackling homelessness Ben Leahy (Herald): Major banks ANZ, BNZ and Westpac unveil historic low rates in fight for customers Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Reserve Bank ‘expects easing of loan restrictions’ Infrastructure Thomas Coughlan (Newsroom): Twyford’s big infrastructure gamble Fran O’Sullivan (Herald): Building a framework for future funding Stuff: ‘Infrastructure tax’ for homeowners in new housing project north of Auckland BusinessDesk: New infrastructure funding model at Auckland subdivision RNZ: Owners of a new development north of Auckland to pay higher rates Anne Gibson (Herald): 500% fee hikes necessary for infrastructure demands: council defends rise EQC inquiry Liz McDonald (Stuff): EQC inquiry head Dame Silvia Cartwright says inquiry not about reputations Megan Sutherland (Newshub): Dame Silvia Cartwright to head inquiry into EQC’s earthquake claim handling Lucy Bennett (Herald): Minister Megan Woods announces terms of reference for inquiry into Earthquake Commission RNZ: EQC inquiry wants to hear from unhappy home owners Billion Trees Project Jo Moir (RNZ): Local iwi takes blame for $160k tree planting botch-up Lucy Warhurst (Newshub): Forestry blunder a ‘speed bump’ – Forestry Minister Shane Jones David Fisher (Herald): Tree seedlings worth $160,000 ‘mulched’ after forestry land found to be choked with scrub Jo Moir (RNZ): $160k worth of seedlings mulched in project botch-up Newshub: Hitting the trees: National slam Shane Jones over forestry bungle 1News: ‘Incompetence laid bare’ – National lambastes destruction of 400,000 pine tree seedlings Health John Campbell (1News): The Story: When the drugs don’t work 1News: Calls for meningococcal vaccine to be funded after six deaths from rare strain this year RNZ: Frontline paramedics taken off frontline to cover private events – union Oliver Lewis (Stuff): St John ambulance staff take strike action by refusing to attend events Zane Small (Newshub): St John ambulance workers to strike over pay, staff misuse 1News: Around 1000 ambulance workers to begin strikes today Cate Broughton (Stuff): ‘Extremely high demand’ caused three-hour wait for ambulance Emma Russell (Herald): Hundreds of premature babies to benefit from new West Auckland $6m rebuild unit Tracey Roxburgh (ODT): Company formed for joint-venture Queenstown hospital Jin Russell (Spinoff): 2018 is forcing doctors to be advocates as well as healers Thomas Manch (Stuff): Parliamentary tour for End of Life Choice bill comes to a close Government Branko Marcetic  (Spinoff): The curious political transformation of Shane Jones 1News: Kelvin Davis defends Shane Jones’ failure to disclose 61 meetings – ‘Hundreds of meetings over the course of a month’ Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): The Government’s optics stink, and will hurt them Michael Reddell: The Prime Minister: kindness, policy, and specific abuse Official Information Act Amanda Cropp (Stuff): Official Information Act users face being unmasked No Right Turn: Another reason to use a false name for OIA requests Electricity Bryan Leyland (Herald): Electricity suppliers are not letting lakes store enough water Bob Weir (Spinoff): Cheap spot price electricity is a double-edged sword Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Retailers should take responsibility for high power prices, former Genesis exec says Justice Richard Harman (Politik): Judge supports court strikers Eva Corlett (RNZ): More disruptions as court staff strikes ramp up despite warning Anneke Smith (RNZ): Ongoing court strikes could lead to miscarriage of justice – Chief Judge RNZ: Cases delayed as court staff refuse to handle sentencing papers Sam Hurley (Herald): Court staff refuse to sign legal documents as strike action ramps up, creating case logjam Tommy Livingston (Stuff): Court workers refuse to sign documents as industrial action continues between PSA and MoJ Michael Morrah (Newshub):‘A real affront’: Corrections apologises after lawyer told to give bio-data to visit prison client Sam Hurley (Herald): Would-be eighth three-strikes offender dodges hefty prison sentence after court botch-up Bullying Newshub: Stand Strong NZ: Stan Walker – ‘I’ve had experiences on both ends Newshub: Stand Strong NZ: ‘It really impacted me’ – Duncan Garner on bullying Parliament RNZ: The House: When MPs go with their gut: what is a conscience vote? Stuff: Nelson MP Nick Smith seeks constituents’ views in annual survey Marc Wilson (Listener): How politicians’ words influence other people’s actions Treaty of Waitangi John Boynton (RNZ): Overlapping claims probed at urgent Waitangi inquiry Samantha Motion (Bay of Plenty Times): Waitangi Tribunal will hear Ngāi Te Rangi grievance NZ Pacific Economy report Vaimoana Tapaleao (Herald): Report on Pasifika contribution shows need for more investment RNZ: NZ Treasury to work with Pasifika community to reduce barriers RNZ: New report shows economic contribution of Pasifika in NZ Local government Jimmy Ellingham (Manawatū Standard): Horowhenua council officials desperate to cast their actions in a positive light Matthew Littlewood (Stuff): Timaru District Council urged to be open and transparent in Alpine Energy sales proposal Auckland Todd Niall (Stuff): Forty per cent in Auckland’s poorer suburbs can’t afford basics, study finds Herald: Auckland Council responds to Mike Hosking on Auckland cycleways: Get out of your car Brian Rudman (Herald): PwC director can’t see wood for trees on views of volcanic cones Laine Moger (Stuff): Human waste the leading contaminant at Auckland beaches, DNA tests show Transport Katie Fitzgerald (Newshub): This year’s road toll approaches 2017’s record level Bernard Orsman (Herald): Auckland Transport board puts the brakes on lower speeds Amy Baker (Stuff): Auckland Transport okays unpopular parking charges near congested bus station RNZ: E-scooters en route to Wellington Jessie Chiang (RNZ): Electric moped ride-sharing arrives in Auckland Mei Heron (1News): Drones in record numbers caught near NZ airports this year – risking catastrophe Primary industries Toni Williams (ODT): Rural Support Trust member quits in protest Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): Fonterra shareholders opt for an empty chair over company endorsed director Tim Murphy (Newsroom): A global rip-off or an innocent abroad? Retirement 1News: Massive increase in KiwiSaver hardship withdrawals a ‘potential financial disaster in the years to come’ Rob Stock (Stuff): Health expectancy rises put pressure on to lift age of NZ Super from 65 Other Rachel Stewart (Herald): Feminist shooting straight from the hip Mathew McKay and Hayden Roberts (Newsroom): Tax Working Group faces complex CGT challenge RNZ: Water safety call ahead of regulation review Bill Ralston (Listener): Simon Bridges looks like a dead man walking Eric Crampton (Newsroom): Regulate cannabis like booze Anna Leask (Herald): Deadly synthetics: man lay dead in boarding house for 8 days after smoking toxic drugs, says Coroner Kirsty Lawrence (Stuff): Third death in a week linked to synthetic cannabis Richard Jackson (Briefing Papers): The Need to Diversify New Zealand’s War Narratives Michael Neilson (Herald): Māori academic calls for regional observance days to mark New Zealand Wars Te Kuru o te Marama Dewes (Māori TV): Taonga tell accurate history of Cook encounters Alice Angeloni (Stuff) Iwi descendant celebrates Abel Tasman in Netherlands Karl du Fresne (Listener): The history of NZ newspapers would shame the Facebook generation Susan Hornsby-Geluk (Stuff): Here’s how to avoid getting sacked if you speak up about work Toby Manhire (Spinoff): ‘I literally covered my wall in Post-it notes’: meet NZ’s new chief scientist ODT Editorial: Charity boxing must keep guard up Northern Advocate: $4.8M from PGF for Whangārei ship repair firm for new travel lift Liam Hehir (Stuff): Donald Trump takes wrestling-style communication to the presidency Cecile Meier (Stuff): Pregnant Kiwi dad-to-be getting ready to welcome first child around Christmas]]>