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Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – November 29 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.

Huawei 5G ban, foreign affairs and trade
Paul Buchanan (RNZ): Huawei vs Five Eyes: NZ diplomatic ties at centre of dilemma
Richard Harman (Politik): How the Huawei decision saw the old friends prevail
Liam Dann (Herald): Huawei decision will damage China relationship
Thomas Coughlan (Newsroom): Huawei a ‘trojan horse’ aimed at an achilles heel
Jamie Ensor (Newshub): NZ could see major fallout from Huawei 5G decision – expert
Rebecca Stevenson (Stuff): Huawei for dummies: China’s tech company and why it’s been banned by our spies
Chris Keall (Herald): Not a ban – Little offers hope for Huawei, but Spark dubious
RNZ: Minister: GCSB decision about risk assessment, not China
1News: Government confident ‘strong relationship’ with China won’t be affected over Huawei decision
Chris Keall and Jason Walls (Herald): Spies say no deal to Spark
Thomas Coughlan (Newsroom): GCSB decision isn’t the end of the road for Huawei
Pattrick Smellie (BusinessDesk): Huawei’s 5G ban ‘disappointment for competition’ – 2degrees
Tom Pullar-Strecker, Henry Cooke and Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Ministers briefed on GCSB’s Huawei 5G ban
Jason Walls (Herald): Concerns over ‘intervention in an unauthorised way’ cited as reason for Huawei ban by Minister
RNZ: Reasons to block Spark’s 5G rollout ‘classified’
No Right Turn: Show us the backdoor
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): GCSB no to Huawei is the first shot in NZ vs China confrontation
(Point of Order): ‘Significant security risk’ stymies Spark’s Huawei 5G proposal
1News: GCSB shuts down Spark’s proposed 5G partnership with Huawei over ‘significant network security risk’
RNZ: GCSB blocks Spark from using Chinese tech in 5G rollout
Herald: GCSB bans Spark from using Huawei gear for its 5G mobile upgrade
Edward O’Driscoll, Sophie Bateman and Mitch McCann (Newshub): Spy agency GCSB raises security concerns over Spark’s Huawei 5G plan
AP: New Zealand halts Huawei from 5G upgrade over security fears
Adele Redmond (Stuff): Academics call for academic freedom, police protection for burgled colleague Anne-Marie Brady
Peter Dunne (Interest): New Zealand has become very reluctant to say a word out of place on China, presumably for fear of the economic consequences
Nicholas Ross Smith (Herald): We need to learn the art of effective hedging
Fran O’Sullivan (Herald): Why I’m a China bull — John Key
Michael Reddell: Known by the company they keep

Karel Sroubek residency decision
Jason Walls (Herald): Immigration Minister says the potential death of Karel Sroubek weighed on his deportation decision
RNZ: Immigration Minister says he could’ve handled Sroubek case better
Toby Manhire (Spinoff): Why Iain Lees-Galloway should resign (and why he shouldn’t)
1News: Should he resign? Immigration Minister and his predecessor butt heads over Czech convict firestorm
Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): Iain Lees-Galloway has promised to do better in the future
Derek Cheng (Herald) New Sroubek decision doesn’t repair Immigration Minister’s credibility
Laura Walters (Newsroom): Karel Sroubek case not over yet
Dan Satherley (Newshub): Iain Lees-Galloway makes New Zealand look like ‘banana republic’ – lawyer
Craig McCulloch (RNZ): Checkpoint: Immigration Minister knew of Sroubek’s crimes in Czech Republic
Collette Devlin (Stuff): Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway already had Interpol information
Derek Cheng (Herald): ‘New’ info to deport Karel Sroubek was in original file delivered weeks ago
Anna Whyte (1News): Immigration Minister’s ‘got to go’ because of Czech drug smuggler case, says Simon Bridges
Derek Cheng (Herald): Czech drug dealer Karel Sroubek liable for deportation after residency review
RNZ: Sroubek liable for deportation – Immigration Minister
Vita Molyneux (Newshub): Czech drug smuggler Karel Sroubek liable to be deported – Iain Lees Galloway
Anna Whyte (1News): Czech drug smuggler Karel Sroubek now liable for deportation, says Immigration Minister
Stuff: Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway revokes Karel Sroubek’s residency

Suffrage
Toby Manhire (Stuff): Green Party calls on government to urgently repeal prisoner voting ban
Henry Cooke (Stuff): Green Party makes call for law change to allow prisoners the right to vote
Megan Sutherland (Newshub): Green Party urges Justice Minister Andrew Little to give prisoners right to vote
1News: Golriz Ghahraman urges Government to prioritise prisoner voting ban change
Pete George: Right To Vote For All petition
No Right Turn: Still not their priority
Tania Sawicki Mead and Ashelsha Sawant (Spinoff): To call ourselves a truly representative democracy, this voting law must change
Spinoff: Don’t: the NZ women still not voting, 125 years after suffrage
Azaria Howell (Spinoff): Make it 16: a teenager on why we should lower the voting age
Charlie Dreaver (RNZ): Parliament marks 125 years since women vote in general election
Natalia Sutherland (1News): Kiwi women voted for the first time 125 years ago today

Health and disability
RNZ: ‘Anxious’ parents paying for MenW vaccine – Northland doctor
Cliff Taylor (Stuff): GPs under pressure as Northlanders demand protection against meningococcal
Melanie Earley (Stuff): Grieving grandmother of meningococcal victim says the disease struck in hours
Dan Satherley (Newshub): Cut DHBs from 20 to two – Lance O’Sullivan
Teuila Fuatai (Newsroom): Health strategy misses 80 percent of people
Spinoff: ‘You gotta push this through, bruv’: Watch Jamie Oliver’s sugar tax message to NZ
ODT Editorial: Putting a lid on vaping
1News: Almost half of Kiwi parents don’t like the idea of their kids playing with others who have HIV
Mānia Clarke (Māori TV): New survey shows stigma still surrounds HIV
Lucy Warhurst (Newshub): HIV still holds negative stigma among New Zealanders – survey
Ruby Macandrew (Stuff): Researchers identify strain of antibiotic-resistant ‘super bugs’ found in Hutt Valley
Tracy Neal (RNZ): Patient complaints to Commission up 13 per cent
Hannah Martin (Stuff): ‘One step behind’ – women doctors speak out about sexism, work-life balance
Stuff: Waikato midwives protest for better pay
Oliver Lewis (Stuff): Christchurch outpatients building finished for $7.8m less than budgeted
Newshub: Mental health inquiry panel waiting for Government response to report
Jess McAllen (RNZ): Mental health working group ‘dominated by DHBs’ – advocates
Katy Jones (Stuff): Petition to improve victims’ rights exceeds target within days
Tracy Neal (RNZ): Ex-colleague speaks out over previous bogus psychiatrist Linda Astor
Kate Hawkesby (Newstalk ZB): Doctors should understand patients’ spiritual needs too
Newshub: New Zealand blind community advocate wins Attitude ACC Supreme Award
Laura Twyman (1News): Woman who served blind community for over two decades honoured at Attitude Awards

NZ Post, Kiwibank
Catherine Harris and Felix Desmarais (Stuff): Communities fight to keep Post Shops as closure looms
Catherine Harris and Felix Desmarais (Stuff): Communities search for alternatives to Post Shop closures
Rachel Graham (RNZ): Christchurch post office saved from closure by volunteers
Thomas Mead (Newshub): Christchurch post shop on Stanmore Rd could soon be New Zealand’s last

Workplace Relations Amendment Bill, employment
Chris Trotter (Daily Blog): Winston Keeps His Pledge To The Small Businesses Of Small-Town New Zealand
Esther Taunton (Stuff): Changes to workplace relations bill a win for farm security and safety, Feds say
RNZ: Age the most common reason for discrimination – survey
Herald: Are Kiwi workers earning what they’re worth?
Paul Judge (Herald): No one to turn to when bullied in the workplace

MMP reform referendum
Laura Walters (Newsroom): Proposed MMP changes – will 4% make a difference?
No Right Turn: For a lower MMP threshold

Parliament
Tova O’Brien (Newshub): Former National MP Jami-Lee Ross won’t return to Parliament this year
Henry Cooke (Stuff): Simon Bridges spends $72k on travel – a lot less than the previous period
Anna Bracewell-Worrall (Newshub): ‘He was a bully’: Christine Rankin accuses ‘crude’ Trevor Mallard of bullying
Henry Cooke (Stuff): Is Parliament a safe place to work? MPs and Speaker disagree
Jamie Ensor (Newshub): Some at Parliament ‘very’ frightened of others – Speaker Trevor Mallard
Newshub: Politics wrap: What will come of the review into bullying and harassment at Parliament?
1News: Winston Peters kicked out of House after calling Deputy Speaker Anne Tolley’s running of debate ‘a darn disgrace’
Jason Walls (Herald): Winston Peters kicked out of the House after testy exchange with Deputy Speaker
Newstalk ZB: Winston Peters kicked out of house during Sroubek debate
Talisa Kupenga (Māori TV): Game on – politicians debate male, mixed netball teams

Environment and conservation
Dominic Harris (Stuff): Climate change 101: The most important things to understand about this urgent problem
Lauren McLean (Stuff): We need to act on climate change for the sake of our children
Chris Mooney (Washington Post): World is well off course on goals to cut greenhouse gas emissions
Rob Stock (Stuff): New Zealanders have a ‘thin fear’ of climate change
Rob Stock (Stuff): Climate change costs are hitting households through insurance premiums
Rob Stock (Stuff): Reserve Bank voices fears climate change will render homes uninsurable
Duncan Bridgeman (Herald): Insuring for climate change just got harder
Zane Small (Newshub): Rising sea levels will swallow Wellington suburb, research shows
No Right Turn: Climate Change: We don’t need a “magic bullet”
Paul Duignan and Kena Duignan (Stuff): Forget the climate doom and gloom – it’s time to be positive
Graham Skellern (Herald): Carbon zero target ‘no pipedream’
Graham Skellern (Herald): Every little action helps in cutting the carbon
Dominic Harris (Stuff): Cold storage firm admits poisoning Christchurch stream where 2000 eels found dead
RNZ: Company admits to poisoning fish and eels with ammonia
Mel Logan and Megan Sutherland (Newshub): Company admits stream contamination that killed 2000 eels
1News: Company faces $600k fine after dumping contaminants that killed hundreds of native eels in Christchurch creek
Michael Neilson (Stuff): Crown has ‘failed’ to protect fresh water, independent body needed – NZ Māori Council
John Boynton (RNZ): Northland iwi influential in whale strandings
RNZ: One pygmy whale remains alive after others beach again
Shabnam Dastgheib (Stuff): Five pygmy whales euthanised after restranding on Northland beach
Scott Palmer and Lauren Paddy (Newshub): Doomed Northland pygmy killer whales down to one survivor
1News: A sad ending: Five of six remaining pygmy whales euthanised in Far North
Piers Fuller (Stuff): World first study shows native mussels have personalities
Catherine Harris (Stuff): The other plastics: Retailers and manufacturers pick up the plastic bag baton

8 Rivers hydrogren project
Pattrick Smellie (Stuff): Is the 8 Rivers’ Taranaki zero-emissions hydrogen project another ostrich idea?
Christina Persico (Stuff): Taranaki hydrogen power project could cost $4b

Primary and extractive industries
RNZ: Farm consents or more water ‘not done deal’
RNZ: NZ’s dairy cow population on the rise
Dave Nicoll (Stuff): Southland company applies for resource consent to expand coal mine
Mike Chapman (Newshub): What’s the future for rural New Zealand?
Robin Martin (RNZ): Taranaki farmers concerned over safety exclusion zones

National Party
Peter Dunne (Newsroom): Nats need more than a “no new taxes” message
1News: National MP Chris Finlayson announces departure from Parliament
Herald: National MP Chris Finlayson to leave Parliament in new year
RNZ: Chris Finlayson to leave Parliament early next year
Cherie Sivignon (Stuff): Nelson mayor’s picture on MP’s newsletter ‘a National Party message’
Herald: Young Nat at centre of post-party allegations banned from party events

MSD and child welfare
Blair Ensor and Tony Wall (Stuff): MSD placed families at motels it knew housed child sex offenders
CPAG: New report from MSD shows urgent need for Government action on poverty

Housing
Anne Gibson (Herald): Sir Stephen Tindall on KiwiBuild: ‘You can construct houses for almost half the price that they cost here’
Stuff: PM and opposition leader clash over New Plymouth KiwiBuild costs
Vaughan Gunson (Northern Advocate): Urban Development Authority set to shake up local body politics
Susan Edmunds (RNZ): Rent crunch hits, and there’s worse to come
Alan Kenyon (1News): Watch: Winston Peters admits abolition of letting fees may lead to ‘temporary rent rises’
Sarah Dowie (Southland Times): You can’t pay the rent with ‘hope’
Debbie Jamieson (Stuff): Plan to build 950 homes in small Central Otago town closer to reality
Rachel Kelly (Southland Times): Southland needs 2800 houses in 2019 to fill current need
Amber-Leigh Woolf (Stuff): Model for Wellington CBD affordable and pet-friendly apartments showed off

Reserve Bank to ease loan restrictions
BusinessDesk: RBNZ expects house prices to rise
Jason Walls (Herald): Easing of home lending restrictions good news for first-home buyers, Govt says
Ben Leahy (Herald): Auckland first-home buyers and investors welcome easing of lending restrictions
Jason Walls (Herald): Reserve Bank Governor Adrian Orr says loan-to-value lending limits will be in place ‘now and forever’
Tamsyn Parker (Herald): Mortgage changes ‘not guaranteed’ to make a difference, analyst warns
Kelvin Davidson (Herald): Why the Reserve had to relax home loan restrictions

Justice
Anna Leask (Herald): Exclusive: Crown considers appealing home detention sentence for child sex abuse youth worker Devonte Mulitalo
Catrin Owen (Stuff): Family’s anguish as sexual predator celebrates his home detention
Sam Hurley (Herald): Prominent defence lawyer, ex-SFO prosecutor among new Queen’s Counsel appointments
Stuff: Sex offender says he’s being denied rehab, delaying his parole

Country of origin food labeling bill 
1News: New Bill will allow Kiwi consumers to know exactly where their food came from
Katie Fitzgerald (Newshub): Country of Origin Bill to make it easier to find out where food comes from
Lucy Bennett (Herald): Country of origin food labeling bill passes third reading
Esther Taunton (Stuff): Consumers to know country of origin of some foods

Pride, sex, gender
David Farrar: The great TERF war of November 2018
Mike Treen: My position on Trans Rights
Felix Desmarai (Stuff): Wellington rainbow community divided over uniformed police in parade
Karl du Fresne (Stuff): Do we even need pride parades any more?

Media
Māori TV: Māori Television pays tribute to outgoing chief executive
RNZ: Māori TV top boss Keith Ikin resigns
Stuff: Māori Television CEO Keith Ikin resigns, to step down at end of year
Herald: Māori TV CEO Keith Ikin resigns

Transport
1News: Orchestrated push for change needed if NZ is to embrace electric vehicles – advocate
1News: Auckland to Hamilton passenger rail service wins Waikato council backing
Kirsty Lawrence (Stuff): Mayor calls roads ‘a systemic killing field scenario’ after two fatal crashes in one day
Amy Williams (RNZ): Notorious intersection fixes not enough for residents
Jo Lines-Mackenzie (Stuff): SH1 to likely to get more safety improvements before extension

Shane Jones on Air NZ’s safety video
John Anthony (Stuff): $2.5 million cost put on Air NZ’s ‘mini blockbuster’ safety video
Moana Makapelu Lee (Māori TV): No one is safe – Jones calls out Air NZ over ‘safety-rap’ video
Philip Matthews (Press): Editorial: Coffee, tea or criticism? Shane Jones vs Air New Zealand
James Nokise (RNZ): Air NZ safety video: Shane Jones just ain’t street
1News: ‘This is just embarrassing’ – Breakfast’s Hayley Holt agrees with Shane Jones’ scathing criticism of new Air NZ safety video

Provincial Growth Fund
Eric Frykberg (RNZ): PGF pay-outs no hidden subsidy – Shane Jones
Gordon Campbell: On Emmanuel Macron’s no good, very bad year and Shane Jones

Fiscal policy
1News: Capital gains tax backed by ‘clear majority’ of Tax Working Group members
Gareth Vaughan (Interest): ‘Complex and complicated’ issues in focus as final TWG report nears
Stuart Smith (Stuff): Far from fair ‘bach tax’ pushing ordinary Kiwis into a corner – MP
Bryan Gould: Fads and fashions in economic policy
Neil Plimmer (Stuff): Don’t forget the value of the arts if we’re going to measure wellbeing

Education
Jessica Long and Ruby Macandrew (Stuff): Schools needing playground upgrades resort to crowd-funding and corporate sponsorship
RNZ: Teaching unions: Bill undermines body’s independence
Megan Harvey (Herald): Watch: Waimate Head girl’s speech shares what it was like coming out of closet
Lauren Simpson (Stuff): Students missing class because petrol is too expensive to get them to university

Auckland
Matthew Theunissen (RNZ): Auckland’s Northcote Point part of scheme allowing vehicle sleepovers
Nick Truebridge (Stuff): An ungodly law: New Zealand’s rich churches should pay rates
Nick Truebridge (Stuff): Destiny Church, Church of Scientology get rates benefits under current rules
Herald Editorial: Queen St overdue for car-free trial
Todd Niall (Stuff): Wayne Brown rejects Phil Goff’s fears on moving Auckland’s port
Zane Small (Newshub): ‘Clear bias’: Government accused of ignoring Auckland Council over port move
Martin Johnston (Herald): Te reo Māori names to be considered for hundreds of Auckland parks
Herald: David Seymour to host community carols at Eden Park this Sunday

Local government
Cherie Sivignon (Stuff): Crunch time for Waimea dam project: TDC to vote go or no-go on dam plan
Thomas Manch and Glen McConnell (Stuff): Questions surrounding Wellington’s proposed indoor arena leave some decision makers uneasy
Vita Molyneux (Newshub): Potential new 12,000 seat arena in Wellington has its location narrowed down
Thomas Manch (Stuff): Loss of free weekend parking hasn’t hurt Wellington’s CBD retailers, council says
Joanne Carroll (Stuff): West Coast council denies discharging human waste into river

Police
1News: Police bullet struck man in back during fatal Darfield incident where man hit cop with vehicle
RNZ: Darfield shooting: Bullet fragment struck man in back
Sam Sherwood (Stuff): Man dead after armed callout was shot by police
Sam Sherwood (Stuff): Police office sanctioned after slapping colleague on back of head

Customs
1News: Tobacco smuggling ‘rivals what we’re seeing for drugs’, Customs official says
Michael Morrah (Newshub): New Zealand’s expensive cigarettes are making us the target of international smugglers
Michael Morrah (Newshub): Customs seize 1.8 million cigarettes in major fraud case
1News: Around 1.8m cigarettes destined for NZ’s Chinese community, $2m cash seized by Customs as part of six-month investigation

Corporate boxing
Adele Redmond and Tom Kitchin (Stuff): No changes to corporate boxing rules as new charity event launches
Peter Lampp (Manawatū Standard): Corporates have no safe business practices mixing it with boxing

Other
LIz McDonald (Stuff): Disquiet at voices excluded from earthquake symposium
Bob McCoskrie (Herald): I’ve Visited Colorado to See dope legalisation. Don’t go there
Chris Hutching (Stuff): Tower retreats from quake-risk areas, but hit by random weather bombs
John Boynton (RNZ): Moves underway to set up Māori-owned bank
Leon Wijohn (Herald): Māori entities continue to grow their putea
RNZ: PM meets with families of Erebus victims
Vita Molyneux (Newshub): Shakti Wellington Refuge has been denied allocated contracted funding again
Nikki Mandow (BusinessDesk): ‘Keep the buggers honest’ lawyer joins Auckland law society battle
RNZ: Māori karakia features in Korean pop song
David Farrar: RIP Gordon Copeland
Herald: Advertising Standards Authority overturns call on West Auckland licensing trusts’ crashes claim

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