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Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – November 30 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
Gordon Campbell: On how banning Huawei fits into our new hostility towards China
Paul Buchanan: Left compass lost
Newstalk ZB: Robert Patman: Huawei decision part of being in the club (audio)
Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): Spy agency’s Huawei ban conveniences Government
Tom Pulllar-Strecker (Stuff): NZ’s big call on Huawei – politics best explains 5G ‘ban’
Ruth Hill (RNZ): Barring of Huawei: NZ feels squeeze in clash of the titans
Chris Trotter (Daily Blog): From A Table By The Window
Curwen Ares Rolinson  (Daily Blog): When It Comes To Huawei, Corporate Media Think “National Interest” Is The Dividend China Gets For Owning Us
RNZ: Huawei 5G decision: Everything you need to know
Dan Satherley (Newshub): ‘Foolish not to listen’ to GCSB on Huawei – Collins
Henry Cooke (Stuff): Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters promises to clarify Huawei matter with China 
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Show us what we’ve done wrong, says Huawei
Liam Dann (Herald): Huawei had no notice from GCSB, seeks urgent meeting with ministers
1News: Huawei seeks ‘urgent meeting’ with Government after GCSB shuts down proposed 5G partnership with Spark
RNZ: Huawei NZ: ‘There has been no evidence of wrongdoing’
Audrey Young (Herald): I follow the process, says GCSB chief Andrew Hampton
1News: Spark disappointed by GCSB decision to block Huawei partnership over security concerns
David Farrar: We join the nonsense ban on Huawei
Phil Pennington (RNZ): Man adopted in Australia as child threatened with deportation to NZ
Eric Frykberg (RNZ): NZ dairy group joins fight to try and save WTO
RNZ: Strategic focus on prevention for Pacific maritime safety

Health and disability
Lucy Bennett (Herald): Northland met definition of meningococcal outbreak in October
Newshub: Northland meningococcal outbreak will spread thanks to poverty – Lance O’Sullivan
Southland Times Editorial: Limited vaccines – so maximum vigilance
Jason Walls (Herald): Cheaper visits to the doctor and free GP visits for under-14-year-olds begins tomorrow
1News:Cost of visiting the doctor to fall for nearly 600,000 New Zealanders from tomorrow
Emma Russell (Herald): Elderly man waits nearly six months to be seen by DHB eye specialist, now he’s blind
1New: Chronic pain ‘steals life’ from one in five New Zealanders, researcher says
Martin Johnston (Herald): Persistent pain: One in five New Zealanders suffer and many can’t get good help
Farah Hancock (Newsroom): The persistent pain affecting one in five Kiwis
Cate Broughton (Stuff): 13 DHBs no longer doing mesh surgery for incontinence
1News: Older dementia patients being prescribed medications which could worsen their condition, study finds
Mānia Clarke (Māori TV): Education key to changing HIV perception
Public Health Expert: Artificially sweetened beverages: What does the latest evidence tell us on health benefits versus harm?
Hannah Martin (Stuff): Government won’t respond to mental health inquiry until March
RNZ: Father of Nicky Stevens wants mental health inquiry released
RNZ: Saturday Morning: Dr Tony Fernando – Compassion in medicine
1News: Female doctors struggling with significant work-life conflict, bias, bullying and burnout
RNZ: Checkpoint: Nurse left with severe burns after patient attack
Tom Kitchin (Stuff): Nurse has serious burns after patient threw boiling water
Samantha Motion (Bay of Plenty Times): Bay of Plenty District Health Board takes midwife dispute to Employment Relations Authority
Daniel Birchfield (ODT): Long hours by hospital doctors ‘has to stop’
Richard Dawson (ODT): Euthanasia simply feeds the delusion we are in control

Medicinal cannabis
1News: Latest cannabis proposal ‘well meaning, but it doesn’t really deliver’, Peter Dunne says
Gia Garrick (RNZ): Chronic pain sufferer: Cannabis bill not enough
Henry Cooke (Stuff): Medicinal cannabis bill extended to cover palliative care and allow native strains
RNZ: Palliative care patients given green light to use cannabis
Te Kuru o te Marama Dewes (Māori TV): Govt opening the gate to cannabis growers
Lucy Bennett (Herald): Medicinal cannabis bill expanded, passes second reading
Herald: Medicinal cannabis to be extended to all those in palliative care
Zane Small (Newshub): Medicinal cannabis: Government’s new proposal for faster, easier access
1News: Government wants to grant people in palliative care access to medicinal cannabis

Jan Antolik/Karel Sroubek residency decision, immigration
Edward Gay (Stuff): Officials knew Karel Sroubek travelled overseas, but had no idea that he went home
Collette Devlin (Stuff): Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway staying put 
Dan Satherley (Newshub): Sroubek would win appeal – Judith Collins
Craig McCulloch (RNZ): ‘Double jeopardy’ concern over Sroubek deportation decision
RNZ: Checkpoint: Karel Sroubek speaks out from behind bars
Finn Hogan (Newshub): Karel Sroubek begs for “one more chance” to stay in New Zealand
Stuff: Karel Sroubek speaks out on Immigration Minister’s U-turn: ‘That’s not justice, that’s politics’
Herald: ‘I want a chance to start over’: Karel Sroubek speaks out about immigration controversy
Brigitte Morten (RNZ): PM’s Xmas gift – an immigration portfolio to someone else
1News: Watch: Winston Peters slams National’s track record on immigration in heated exchange with Paula Bennett
ODT Editorial: Minister’s credulity and incompetence
Alex Loo (Manawatū Standard): Public forgiving of Lees-Galloway ‘mistake’ in handling of Czech drug smuggler case
RNZ: Queenstown employers struggling with immigration issues – MP
Torika Tokalau (Stuff): Struggling refugees and migrants donate to needy Kiwis

Bryce Edwards (Herald): Political Roundup: Suffrage reality check – prisoners still can’t vote
David Farrar: Greens want all prisoners to have the vote
Lucy Bennett (Herald): Ministers’ and MPs’ expenses released for September quarter
Herald Editorial: Let’s make Premier House worthy of its purpose
1News: MP Jami-Lee Ross not returning to Parliament ‘this side of Christmas’
Phil Smith (RNZ): More ways that Parliament is like Hogwarts
Phil Smith (RNZ): The Four Stages of Speeches
Daniela Maoate-Cox (RNZ): Annual reviews of IPCA, SFO, Privacy, and Law Commission
Phil Smith and Daniele Maoate-Cox (RNZ): The House: Tuesday at Parliament: child poverty, 90 day trials and good doctors
RNZ: The House: Wednesday at Parliament: Food labels and drug penalties
Phil Smith RNZ: The House: Thursday’s things to do: medical dope & the bankers’ bank
Mike Houlahan (ODT): Curran under fire over party booklet drop
Newstalk ZB: Clare Curran under fire over political pamphlets at Work and Income office

MMP reform
John Armstrong (1News): Small parties’ back road route to Parliament must close
Phil Smith and Daniele Maoate-Cox (RNZ): The House: MMP turns 25: more women, Asian, and Maori MPs

State sector
Sam Sachdeva and Melanie Reid (Newsroom): Diane Maxwell: The power of one
Melanie Reid (Newsroom): Q&A: working for Diane Maxwell
Collette Devlin (Stuff): Groping accused still at Human Rights Commission
1News: Human Rights Commission chief executive to leave role at end of year

Environment and conservation
Jamie Morton (Herald): Report: Climate change already a global health emergency
Nicholas Boyack (Stuff): Leading academic wants national debate on dealing with climate change
Chris Trotter: Where Is The Mass Movement Against Climate Change?
Carmen Parahi (Stuff): Māori are among the most vulnerable to climate change
No Right Turn: Climate Change: What you can do about it
David Goadby (Stuff): Ten small steps for families to join the fight against climate challenges
RNZ: Climate change risk assessment faces uninsurable ‘conundrum’
RNZ: Watch: Why it matters how your fish is caught
RNZ: Pygmy orca dies after stranding at Rawene
Jono Edwards (ODT): Doc blames bad parents for deaths
Amber-Leigh Woolf (Stuff): Cuba St bucket fountain filled with plastic bottles for ‘turn the tide on plastic’ day
RNZ: Ship infested with dangerous stink bugs turned back
Angie Skerrett (Newshub): Cargo ship ordered to leave New Zealand after stink bugs discovered

Primary industries
Guy Trafford (Interest): Latest claims on Canterbury water quality by Fish & Game ‘biased scaremongering’
No Right Turn: Climate Change: Too many cows
Maja Burry (RNZ): More effort needed to reduce environmental impact of dairying, Fonterra says
Graham Skellern (Herald): Fonterra is beginning to turn its back on coal

Iain Rabbitts (Herald): Improving our municipal water supplies is taking too long
1News: Ōamuru to run out of water unless there is a drastic conservation effort

Pride, sex, gender, LGBTI awards
Chris Trotter: The Politics Of Transformation – Warning: TERF Triggering
RNZ: Police named organisation of the year at LGBTI awards
Hannah Martin (Stuff): New Zealand police win two awards at first NZ LGBTI awards
Jamie Ensor (Newshub): Police honoured at LGBTI Awards as debate over uniformed cops’ exclusion from Pride Parade rages on
Louisa Wall (Herald): Trans exclusionary stance dispiriting
1News: ‘There’s always two sides to a story’ – Topp Twins’ unique take on Pride Parade’s police uniform stoush
Kylie Parry (Spinoff): ‘The only transgender agenda is to live a normal life and feel safe’

National Party
Pat Baskett (Newsroom): For National, going backwards is way of going forward
Matthew Hooton (Herald): Simon Bridges bets tax will sink Labour
Jamie Ensor (Newshub): Departing National MP Chris Finlayson won’t compare Simon Bridges to ‘extraordinary’ John Key
Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): Wishy washy Simon Bridges needs to figure out what he stands for
Ele Ludemann: Drip, drip, drip

1News: Landcorp slammed for welcoming environmental taxes on agriculture
Thomas Coughlan (Newsroom): Cullen says no ‘great split’ in Tax Working Group
Gareth Vaughan (Interest): ‘Complex and complicated’ issues in focus as final TWG report nears
Brian Fallow (Herald): Why tax travellers?
David Farrar: Huge new taxes coming your way

Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Reserve Bank backs ‘kids at Treasury’ estimate of KiwiBuild impact
Herald: If anyone can bring house prices down, it’s him: REINZ welcomes Tindall’s KiwiBuild interest
Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Here’s why first-home buyers don’t actually have it easier
Poppie Johnson (Spinoff): Queenstown’s Joan of Arc is battling for affordable housing
David Hargreaves (Interest): Reservations about the Reserve Bank move to lift the ‘speed limit’ for high loan to value house lending
Andrew Ashton (Hawkes Bay Today): Rental crisis bites as Hawke’s Bay investors sell-up

1News: Abortion rate rises for first time in 12 years in Auckland
Derek Cheng (Herald): Is a lack of housing pushing up abortion rates in Auckland?
Melanie Earley (Stuff): Abortion rates rise for Auckland millennials could be due to high cost of living
Jo Moir (RNZ): Housing shortage in Auckland linked to increase in abortions
Newshub:Spike in abortions linked to skyrocketing housing costs

Provincial Growth Fund
Stuff: Prime Minister splashes $140m cash on West Coast
RNZ: Tourism, rail, fibre investment slated for West Coast
Megan Sutherland (Newshub): West Coast gets $140 million taxpayer cash injection
1News: Government injects $140m into West Coast tourism, digital connectivity
Katie Fitzgerald (Newshub): Regions suffering under foreign-owned banks – Shane Jones
Gerard Hutching (Stuff): Government lends $10m to Westland Milk for high value products
Angie Skerrett (Newshub): Westland Milk’s $10 million Government loan under fire
Laura Mills (Greymouth Star): $140m Govt package announced
Chris Hutching (Stuff): Act says Shane Jones is throwing money where banks and investors won’t

Workplace Relations Amendment Bill, employment
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff):One in 10 Kiwi workers have felt pressure to act ‘unethically’
Mitch McCann (Newshub): Why some workplaces are banning the booze from their Christmas parties

Ben Leahy (Herald): A senior police officer tasered recruits for missing too many targets: investigators
RNZ: Repeated use of taser ‘excessive’ – IPCA
Matt Burrows (Newshub): Police admit Taser use ‘not proportionate’ after damning IPCA report
1News: AOS use of Taser during 2017 arrest unjustified and excessive, IPCA report finds
RNZ: Officer remains in police force after misconduct investigation
Charlotte Carter (Stuff): Women make up less than 3 per cent of most police specialist squads
Tim Miller (ODT): Police officer caught on phone while driving

Justice, corrections
Sam Hurley (Herald): Big Read: Forgotten victims of the ‘Beast of Blenheim’ finally believed 40 years on
1News: ‘It’s not habitable’ – woman bailed to Auckland house so unhygienic she contracted scabies
Stuff: Third-strike killer Dylyn Davis appeals against 20-year minimum term
Anna Leask (Herald): First Kiwi jailed for distributing extremist propaganda granted parole

Domestic violence
Lucy Bennett (Herald): Changes to Family Violence (Amendment) Act in effect from Monday
Moana Makapelu Lee (Māori TV): Legislation changes to fight domestic violence
Press Editorial: When good intentions go wrong
Ben Strang (RNZ): Justice at a cost: $300k legal fees to escape domestic violence

1News: The Story with John Campbell: Schools under stress
Josephine Franks (Stuff): End to controversial religious lessons at Auckland school
1News: Government invests $2 million to encourage Kiwi youngsters’ interest in maths, science, engineering
RNZ: Polytechnics under pressure, warns Auditor-General
Te Karere: The course making it easier for Māori women to become tradies – ‘Girls do just as good as the boys’
Jessica Long and Damian George (Stuff): New Zealand no longer ‘flavour of the month’ in the international student market
Elena McPhee (ODT): University rehires some support staff
Alice Webb-Liddall (Newshub): Former Prime Minister Sir Bill English to receive honorary doctorate from Victoria University

Country of origin food labelling bill 
Spinoff: Finally, we’re getting country-of-origin food labelling – so what does it mean?
Angie Skerrett (Newshub): Do the new country of origin food labelling laws go far enough?
RNZ: ‘Country of origin’ label now compulsory on some foods
Talisa Kupenga (Māori TV): Māori businesses to benefit from new food labelling bill

Ben Strang (RNZ): AA site probed over vehicle import certs
Amanda Cropp (Stuff): 10,000 vehicles affected by WOF retests as part of NZ Transport Agency review
Ben Leahy (Stuff): NZTA says 10,000 Kiwis need to get their cars’ Warrant of Fitness rechecked
RNZ: Dodgy warrants may impact up to 10,000 drivers
Katie Fitzgerald (Newshub): Waiheke Island group wants to get rid of petrol and diesel cars by 2030
RNZ: No criminal charges over fatal Mt Ruapehu bus crash
Jamie Ensor (Newshub): No charges laid over Mt Ruapehu bus crash that killed child in July
1News: No criminal charges to be laid following police investigation into Tongariro bus crash which killed 11-year-old girl
Stuff: No charges laid over bus crash that killed 11-year-old Hannah Francis
RNZ: Dunedin police slam speedy motorists
Ben Leahy (Stuff): Electric scooter accident claims at almost 300 since Lime launch
Newshub: Lime scooters found 300km away from Christchurch

Petrol companies investigation
Jason Walls (Herald): ComCom will be under ‘considerable pressure’ to deliver thorough petrol companies investigation
BusinessDesk: Petrol price fleecing study likely to take at least a year

Simon Wilson (Herald): Why don’t we do it in the road?
Todd Niall (Stuff): Goff looks to living wage for Auckland Council contractors
RNZ: Auckland Council staff to be paid living wage by next year
Nick Truebridge (Stuff): Auckland Mayor Phil Goff attacks under-investment, unveils ‘deliver it’ budget
Zane Small (Newshub): Auckland Council annual budget: Where will the money go?
Katie Bradford (1News): Auckland Mayor ‘not satisfied’ homelessness being solved
Zane Small (Newshub): Shane Jones claps back at Judith Collins, Auckland Council over port move criticism

Canterbury quakes
Liz McDonald (Stuff): Trust and transparency lacking after Canterbury earthquakes, symposium told
RNZ: CERA ‘took too long to put basic systems in place’

John Drinnan: My Giddy Aunt: Opinions Make Journos Distraught
Whaleoil: Stuff is not a free speech site
Damien Venuto (Herald): Billboard firm’s MediaWorks play makes sense
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Three owner MediaWorks to take over NZ arm of Australia’s QMS
BusinessDesk: MediaWorks eyes Aussie media merger
RNZ: Billboard advertiser proposes merger with MediaWorks
Hal Crawford (Newshub): MediaWorks to merge with outdoor advertising company QMS
Glenn McConnell (Newshub): Clarke Gayford returning to MediaWorks with Fish of the Day
Peter Williams is the first confirmed host of hybrid radio station Magic Talk
David Rutledge (Newshub):Peter Williams joining Magic Talk, Jay and Dunc to be new The Rock Drive duo
Kate Robertson (Stuff): Final radio survey shows talk is anything but cheap
Herald: NZME wins key Auckland market in commercial radio survey

Freedom camping, tourism
Cleo Fraser (Newshub): New Auckland Council bylaw could ban freedom campers from 300 spots
Christina Persico (Stuff): No tents, no river mouth, 15 non-self contained car parks for New Plymouth
Tess Brunton (RNZ): Proposal to triple Stewart Island visitor levy sparks debate

Jason Walls (Herald): The Government has created a $20 million America’s Cup Lottery fund
Ravinder Hunia (RNZ): Men’s Netball: Two wrongs make two wrongs
Sam Sherwood (Stuff): Thirteen more charges laid in relation to race-fixing scandal
1News: An additional 13 charges filed over alleged race-fixing in harness racing

Consumer protection
RNZ: Michael Hill fined $169k after misleading customers
Herald: Michael Hill jeweller fined $169,000 following Commerce Commission investigation
Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Three reasons to give extended warranties a miss

Khalia Strong (Stuff): Woman who played Santa in community parade thinks it should be a man
Nicole Lawton (Stuff): Gender-busting Santa revealed at Auckland’s Ponsonby Central

Andrea Vance (Stuff): The US government will give inquiry access to key Afghan evidence
Richard Harman (Politik): Former Treasury Secretary says regulate the electricity lines companies
David Farrar: The census disaster gets worse
RNZ: Checkpoint: Peter Whittall misled Pike families, grieving mother says
Mānia Clarke (Māori TV): Ngāpuhi hapū court action to postpone negotiations
Sophie Bateman (Newshub): New Zealand ranked world’s second most prosperous country
Jenée Tibshraeny (Interest): Insurers likely to have more dirty laundry than banks
Leigh-Marama McLachlan (RNZ): Action urged over pop song’s karakia misappropriation
Michael Neilson (Herald): Calls for a Māori bank to put more Māori in homes, develop land and keep profits in New Zealand
Pam Jones (ODT): Celebrations for honoured Otago poet
Jack Heinemann (Press): Scientists cannot be immune to bias
Sarah Monod de Froideville (Newsroom): How to keep society out of moral panic
Te Aniwa Hurihanganui (RNZ): Apology demanded over ‘imperial vanguard murderer’ Cook
Brianna McIlraith (Taranaki Daily News): Foodbank asking for items they don’t often receive ahead of food drive
Jane Matthews (Stuff): Plans to celebrate Crate Day at historical site worry iwi leader, police
Hannah Ross (Stuff): Alcohol licencing trusts rapped over the knuckles for misleading advertising
Point of Order: Economic health of NZ’s port sector is being brought into question
Morgan Godfery: Māori Land Court staff “work to rule” as pay dispute drags on
Madison Reidy (RNZ): Halifax administrator hunting down funds sent offshore
Gareth Vaughan (Interest): Ten key charts and tables from the RBNZ’s Financial Stability Report
Vaimoana Tapaleao (Herald): Former PM Helen Clark’s nickname has officially been trademarked