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Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – December 07 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.

Workplace bullying
Jane Patterson (RNZ): About 30% of DPMC staffers experienced or witnessed bullying
The Listener: Maggie Barry and the dangers of crying ‘bully’
Rosemary McLeod (Stuff): Women are nice about as often as men are
Nikki Preston (Herald): Waikato council shells out almost $9k to investigate sexist and bullying remarks
Kirk Hope (Stuff): If workplace bullying has been alleged, there’s a responsibility to investigate and deal with it

Parliament
Andrew Geddis (RNZ): What you can – or can’t – say about the Speaker
Gordon Campbell: On the Pope of Parliament
Sophie Bateman and Dan Satherley (Newshub): Is Trevor Mallard an impartial Speaker? Two experts on the job weigh in
Dan Satherley (Newshub): Speaker Trevor Mallard is ‘always fair to me’ – Judith Collins
1News:‘It’s not an easy job’ – Jacinda Ardern defends the Speaker after National’s walk-out
Zane Small (Newshub): PM Jacinda Ardern denies Speaker Trevor Mallard ‘protects’ her
RNZ: Gerry Brownlee says Speaker Trevor Mallard seems sensitive to difficult questioning of PM
Daniela Maoate-Cox (RNZ): A heavy, serious and emotional year for the health committee
Daniela Maoate-Cox (RNZ): ‘Melting Maori moments’ – The Maori Affairs select committee
Phil Smith (RNZ): A week of committee stages will go both fast and slow
RNZ: The House: Parliament’s to do list: 5 Dec – work, dope, banks and bodies on a long Wednesday
Dan Satherley (Newshub): Judith Collins and Michael Wood get into the Christmas spirit

Climate change and Defence Force
Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): Promoting climate action, poking China
Zane Small (Newshub): Food scarcity, land disputes: New Zealand Defence Force issues alarming climate forecast
Jason Walls (Herald): Climate change ‘one of the most significant security threats of our time’ – Defence Minister
Chris Bramwell (RNZ): Defence Force sets its sights on climate change
Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): Climate change ‘security threat’ to NZ – report
Andrea Vance (Stuff): Defence Force: We need to prepare for climate change
1News: Climate change identified as one of the most significant security threats NZ Defence Force will face
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Looming Climate Change security risks – we are going to have to build up our military

Environment and conservation
Simon Wilson (Herald): Fixing climate change, one street plan at a time
Matthew Hooton (Metro): What would a rational New Zealand climate-change policy look like?
Matthew Hooton (Herald): Climate talkfest doomed to fail
Brian Fallow (Herald): Investing in the climate
Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): Screaming about climate change won’t work
No Right Turn: Breakdown ahead, if we don’t act decisively
Michael Daly (Stuff): Rising CO2 emissions a ‘big worry’, says leading scientist
Paul Gorman (Stuff): Southern Alps dissolving almost before our eyes
Jamie Morton (Herald): Hottest summer drove Southern Alps’ biggest ever ice loss – scientist
Peter Matheson (ODT): Next generation needs climate change action
David Williams (Newsroom): $30.5 million hit planned for ‘mega mast’
Jamie Morton (Herald): Why this weird, ancient native critter is closer to the brink
Emma Dangerfield (Stuff): Packaging suppliers asked to take stock amid misleading recycling claims
Caroline Williams (Stuff): Stuff sent $1500 and confession note after story on tree poisonings
1News: DOC at Northland beach as dozens of dolphins dangerously close to stranding

Foreign affairs and trade
1News: Winston Peters gives early Christmas present to Tokelau – an $860,000 boat
Collette Devlin and Henry Cooke (Stuff): Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters calls out National on UN’s Global Compact
Jamie Ensor (Newshub): Explainer: What is the UN Global Migration Compact that New Zealand could join?
RNZ: New posts will boost to NZ’s commitment to Pacific, says Peters
RNZ: International academics ‘alarmed and appalled’ over Anne-Marie Brady case
Stuff: Global China watchers call for protection for professor Anne-Marie Brady over harassment
Newshub: Global academics urge NZ Government to take urgent action on Anne-Marie Brady-China case
AAP: Experts around the world call on NZ police to protect professor who has been a critic of China
Eleanor Ainge Roy (Guardian): Campaign calling for New Zealand to protect China expert gathers pace
Thomas Coughlan (Newsroom): Huawei likely to be grandfathered into 5G
Rebekah Jaung (Spinoff): How NZ can play a part in Korea’s dream of reunification

Primary industries
MIchael Morrah (Newshub): No prosecutions yet from new MPI fishing boat camera trials
Herald: Prison sentence for Porirua pāua poacher
Jamie Morton (Herald): How NZ could cut agriculture emissions by to 10 per cent
Angie Skerrett (Newshub): Dairy farmers take discussion over environment to Parliament
David Ashby (Stuff): Community action key to improving fresh water
Eric Frykberg (RNZ): MPI unlikely to uncover M bovis ‘smoking gun’
Angie Skerrett (Newshub): First suspected Mycoplasma bovis case in Taranaki, cattle to be culled
Catherine Groenestein (Stuff): Taranaki’s first farm with cattle disease confirmed by MPI
RNZ: M bovis discovered in Taranaki
Andrea Fox (Herald): Milking an iconic NZ asset
Simon Shepherd (Newshub): Farmer launches petition to keep Tip Top in New Zealand hands
Charlie Dreaver (RNZ): Fonterra’s possible sale of Tip Top: ‘They just need the cash’
BusinessDesk: Fonterra confirms ‘heightened focus’ on China farms
Lane Nicholas (Herald): Tauranga teacher finds pin buried in kids’ strawberries
Jacqueline Rowarth (Herald): Farmers must regain prestige
Heather Chalmers (Stuff): ‘Schoolyard bullies’: Farmer says tourists and visitors don’t understand farming
Tess Brunton (RNZ): Calves saved in flood: ‘Still bellowing out for their mates that we’ve lost’
Sally Brooker (ODT): Stink bugs imported inside box of shoes
Gerald Piddock (Stuff): Farmer’s widow fulfils husband’s dying wish to win fight against DOC

Mental Health
Dave Macpherson (Daily Blog): Coroner’s report into death of Nicky Stevens released
Natalie Akoorie (Herald): Nicky Stevens’ death avoidable rules Coroner – family want apology and compensation
Katie Fitzgerald (Newshub): Father’s plea for change after coroner’s ruling on Nicky Stevens’ death
Herald Editorial: Mental health inquiry has produced nothing definite
RNZ: Considering the Mental Health Inquiry recommendations on drugs and alcohol
Jo Moir (RNZ): Police shouldn’t be a proxy for mental health workers – Stuart Nash
Herald: Head girl Jem Vaughan’s heartfelt farewell speech on journey suffering clinical depression
Fiona Connor (Newshub): ‘Don’t ask me how he did it’: Kiwi wife’s plea after husband’s suicide
Newshub: Watch: Young farmers open up about loss of friend to suicide

Chief Censor’s NZ Youth and Porn study
Māori TV: Rangatahi Māori want access to online porn restricted
Kris Taylor (RNZ): Number of teens who watch porn ‘relatively low’
Bob McCoskrie: Time For Action, Not More Research, On Porn Harm

Auckland Pride, gender, sex
1News: After surviving coup, Auckland Pride Board chair remains defiant on police uniform ban, corporate backlash
Scott Palmer (Newshub): ‘Farcical stitch-up’: Calls to boycott Auckland Pride parade after board wins vote
Mandy Te (Stuff): Pride board ‘no confidence’ vote defeated after controversial police uniform ban
1News: Board of Auckland Pride Parade survives no confidence vote, wins mandate for ban on police uniforms
Herald: Auckland Pride Board survives vote of no confidence after banning uniformed police from parade
RNZ: Auckland Pride Parade members vote to keep board
Newshub: Auckland Pride board backed by its members after police parade saga
1News: ‘None of us are free until we are all free’ – Auckland Pride board releases video ahead of crucial meeting
Mandy Te (Stuff): Members to vote on Auckland Pride board’s fate after controversial police uniform ban
Herald: Hundreds gather for vote on future of Auckland Pride board
ActionStation: The identity of trans people is not up for debate

Parihaka
RNZ: People of Parihaka receive compensation for 1881 invasion
Taranaki Daily News: $9m reconciliation package for Parihaka announced
Talisa Kupenga (Māori TV): Parihaka Pā receives $9mil for future development

National Party
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): The new National Party Leaker – why it’s over for Simon Bridges
Watch: Cheeky Winston Peters cracks a funny at expense of lifejacket-wearing National MP
David Farrar: Waka jumping poll

Employment
Henry Cooke (Stuff): Workplace relations law finally passed after tortured journey
No Right Turn: Passed
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Really, really, really, really, really watered down Workplace relations law passed – NZ doesn’t implode into socialist apocalypse
Jessie Chiang (RNZ): Chinese construction workers brought to NZ believe they’ve been conned
Doug Laing (Hawkes Bay Today): Affco workers may finally be paid for lost wages after lock out, three years on

CEOs
Rob Stock and Andy Fyers (Stuff): All eyes are on the 15 men and women in $2 million club of executives
Anuja Nadkarni (Stuff): How to become a chief executive – advice from Simon Moutter and other CEOs

IGIS Annual report 
Jason Walls (Herald): Spy agency watchdog is committed ‘encouraging and demonstrating transparency’
RNZ: Spy watchdog completes probe into CIA rendition

Police, crime
1News: Plans to keep seven rural police stations open 24/7 shelved – ‘Guess when the tinnie houses open?’
Newshub: Farmers fear for safety after Government drops plan for 24/7 rural police
Pam Jones (ODT): Anger over end of police station plan
Rachael Kelly (Southland Times): Balclutha police station won’t be staffed 24/7
Kurt Bayer (Herald): Pregnant Christchurch mother killed in car crash after police pursuit named as Renee Percy
Tom Kitchin and Sam Sherwood (Stuff): Pregnant mum Renee Percy killed in double-fatal Christchurch crash
Jamie Ensor (Newshub): Reported cyber scams and fraud incidents skyrocket in new report
Rebecca Moore (Stuff): Former Auckland student dies after allegedly being beaten in Samoa
Vaimoana Tapaleao (Herald): Jeremiah Malaki Tauiliili died days after being beaten at an Apia nightclub

Destiny Church seeks to run Man Up programme in prisons
Alex Ashton (RNZ): Destiny complains to Waitangi Tribunal over prison programmes
Luke Appleby (1News): Destiny’s Brian Tamaki pleads with Justice Minister to let his Man Up programme run in prisons – despite never applying to do so
Jenna Lynch (Newshub): Destiny Church’s protest at Parliament came before it’d applied for Government funding
Chris Bramwell (RNZ): Destiny Church rallies at Parliament for access to prisons
Jason Walls (Herald): Brian Tamaki and about 2000 Destiny Church faithful gathered outside Parliament
Zane Small and Scott Palmer (Newshub): Brian Tamaki, gang members launch justice protest outside Parliament
1News: Destiny Church to rally at Parliament for access to prisons to target Māori with Man Up programme

Justice, corrections
Joel MacManus (Stuff): Online courts are a ‘no-brainer’, says former Solicitor-General Mike Heron
Matthew Tso (Stuff): Iwi panels using tikanga Māori solutions to help divert low-level offenders from courts
Sam Hurley and Imran Ali (Herald): Northland road-rage manslaughter case shows ‘one punch’ punishments are a balancing act
Imran Ali (Northern Advocate): Judge explains why young Northlander got home detention for manslaughter
Imran Ali (Northern Advocate): Home detention and community work for Northlander convicted of ‘coward punch’ death
Anneke Smith (RNZ): Woman who pimped out teenager jailed
Sam Hurley (Herald): Young solo mum jailed for sexually exploiting 14-year-old
Daniel Luff (North & South): Paremoremo Prison: An inmate’s view from the inside

Domestic violence
Stuff Editorial: Strangulation the edge of homicide
ODT Editorial: Change needed to curb violence

Jan Antolik/Karel Sroubek residency decision
Derek Cheng (Herald): National accused of using Karel Sroubek’s estranged wife for political gain
Point of Order: Putting the Sroubek puzzle together is challenging – perhaps a key piece is missing

Statistics NZ play ‘Check Your Privilege Bingo’
Dan Satherley (Newshub): Stats NZ defends hosting ‘Check Your Privilege Bingo’ game
David Farrar: Stats NZ playing “privilege bingo”

Education
Simon Collins (Herald): ‘No rush into NCEA changes’ – Education Minister Chris Hipkins
Simon Collins (Herald): Old boys bid to reopen St Stephen’s School at Bombay
Derek Cheng (Herald): Govt doubles tax on private tertiary institutes for overseas student fees
Max Towle (RNZ): The beginning of the end for religious education in schools?

Schoolboy rugby
Aaron Goile (Stuff): Super Eight schools join boycott of games against St Kentigern College
Ben Francis (Newshub): Rugby: Jerome Kaino defends St Kentigern College over recruitment

Petrol prices
Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): Competition watchdog says it has an open mind for petrol study, amid political pressure
Liam Dann (Herald): Economy Hub: Will Trump pressure push NZ petrol prices lower?

Health
1News: ‘It’s just unacceptable’: Fears grow over shortage of NZ bowel cancer detection specialists
Samantha Gee (Stuff): Nelson Marlborough health board still dealing with colonoscopy backlog
Oliver Lewis (Stuff): Assault claims spike as health board comes under pressure over staff safety
Regan Paranihi (Māori TV): The rise of Māori health professional graduands
Regan Paranihi (Māori TV): The Tapsell whānau tradition continues
Anne Marie May (RNZ): Doctors at iwi health providers to strike
Newshub: GPs go on strike for the first time in New Zealand
David Loughrey (ODT): Land-buy for hospital start
Lucy Warhurst (Newshub): Starship Hospital receives $9 million donation – its biggest ever
Virginia Fallon (Stuff): 27,000 books to be decontaminated, library closed due to toxic mould

Housing
Thomas Coughlan (Newsroom): Behind the contentious KiwiBuild numbers
David Hargreaves (Interest): Can we achieve a subdued, but not falling, house market – ‘neither too hot, nor too cold’?
Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): Housing, the Achilles heel of successive Government
Catherine Harris (Stuff): Letting fees already gone in the rental advertisement world
Ellen O’Dwyer (RNZ): Hutt City domestic violence victims struggle to find accomodation

Media
Wayne Hope (Daily Blog): NZ Media Ownership 2018
Jim Tucker (Taranaki Daily News): Why the media offend on principle
Herald: Mata Mihinui: From Whakarewarewa pā to the ‘New Zealand Herald’
Stuff: Melissa Stokes to replace Peter Williams as the host of 1 News on the weekends
Ele Ludemann: Canterbury audience not worth PM’s time

Christmas
Herald: All Blacks star Nehe Milner-Skudder wades in on ‘Māori Santa’ debate, slams TV host Duncan Garner over ‘disgusting’ comments
1News: All Blacks star Nehe Milner-Skudder weighs into Nelson Māori Santa saga – ‘Santa is a white tradition and we can celebrate it in our own way’
Stuff: Nehe Milner-Skudder weighs in on Santa stoush, takes aim at cultural assimilation
Verity Johnson (Stuff): NZ’s unique Christmas gift: the Kiwi-as Santa in a korowai

Transport
Phil Pennington (RNZ): Dodgy warrants: Two thirds of cars failed re-checks
RNZ: Heavy vehicles on Waiheke undergo new tests
1News: Coroner recommends stronger enforcement when people told to quit driving for health reasons
RNZ: Air NZ engineers to strike, thousands of passengers could be affected
Scott Palmer (Newshub): Air NZ warns Christmas holiday flights ‘at risk’ due to union strike
George Block (ODT): Sacked driver kept P endorsement

Auckland
Matthew Theunissen (RNZ): Aucklander ratepayers to fork out another $14.5 million for America’s Cup
1News: Auckland taxpayers to pay extra $14.5 million to build America’s Cup village
Amy Williams (RNZ): Auckland beaches lose ‘confusing’ amber risk warning
1News: Two tunnels connected in ‘great milestone’ for $3.45b Auckland rail link
Kendall Hutt (Stuff): Residents wait months, after council pine trees crash onto properties

Wellington
Ruth Hill (RNZ): Wellington’s hub-and-spoke bus model could be ditched
Thomas Manch (Stuff): Wellington pushes forward public-private partnership for affordable apartments
Laura Dooney (RNZ): Developers forgo profit to help ease capital’s housing issues
Thomas Manch (Stuff): Significant changes to Wellington’s liquor ban not ruled out
Laura Dooney (RNZ): Wellington councillors push for wider liquor ban
Julie Iles (Stuff): Wellington film industry added $260m to economy in 2017, provided 2500 jobs – report
Julie Iles (Stuff): Wellington employment lawyer Steph Dyhrberg named Wellingtonian of the Year

Regional development
Mike Houlahan (ODT): PM visits Tiwai, Lorneville
Sharon Reece (ODT): Hopes new jobs will keep young workers in Southland

2018 in review
Stuff: New Zealand ‘racist as f…’ and ‘Paula Benefit’ among finalists for quote of the year
Herald: Polling opens for New Zealand Quote of the Year: Who said it best?
Nicole Lawton (Stuff): PM’s pregnancy, #MeToo and women’s suffrage: New Zealand’s top trends on Twitter in 2018

Pak ‘n Save Kilbirnie
Amber-Leigh Woolf (Stuff): Birds being shot dead on a weekly basis at Kilbirnie Pak ‘n Save in Wellington
RNZ: Wellington Pak’nSave hires contractor to shoot birds: ‘They will suffer horrible pain’

Other
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Labour may be preparing to shelve major tax reform, but is it really ‘last chance saloon’?
Melanie Reid (Newsroom): Police surround school to force boy to visit dad
Kurt Bayer (Herald): Terror laws designed to stop Kiwis joining Isis results in eight passports cancelled or suspended
Thomas Manch (Stuff): A painless death, a family’s wish to legalise assisted dying
Regan Paranihi (Māori TV): Ngā Hapū o Ngāti Porou Bill passes second reading
Derek Cheng (Herald): Bill payment service at NZ Post to be reviewed every year
Grant Bradley (Herald): Commerce minister Kris Faafoi still waiting for Auckland Airport’s response to Commerce Commission’s price ruling
Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Genesis reveals plan to raise prices after Christmas
Benn Bathgate (Stuff): Māori ‘contaminated’ by a lack of Te Reo
1News: Unqualified ‘charlatans’ teaching haka overseas is the ‘worst type of profiteering and cultural appropriation’ – Dr Ella Henry
RNZ: Call to increase spending on people’s social needs in the Pacific
Emily Writes (Spinoff): Why are doctors and their medical association fighting against reproductive rights?
Stuff: Elite sports fail to give enough attention to athletes’ welfare – culture report
Paul Taylor (ODT): Boxing safety concerns KO Thriller in the Chiller
Tim Hazledine (Herald): Taxing tourists makes perfect economic sense now
Sam Kilmister (Manawatū Standard): Feilding retailers criticised as trading on Easter Sunday falls out of favour
RNZ: Westpac predicts slowing economy next year

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