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Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – December 19 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.
SSC investigation into govt agencies use of private investigators
Andrea Vance (Stuff): Public service bosses ignored warnings about Thompson & Clark for years
Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): Use of private investigators exposes carelessness about role of the government
David Williams (Newsroom): Behind Southern Response’s smokescreen of security
Jessie Chiang (RNZ): Environmental groups call for change after security firm revelations
Andrea Vance (Stuff): Southern Response boss resigns before meeting with Minister
Herald: Southern Response boss Ross Butler falls on his sword following spying revelations
RNZ: Southern Response chair resigns following spying revelations
Jamie Ensor (Newshub): Southern Response chair resigns following Govt spying fiasco
1News: Chair of Southern Response resigns after spying scandal
Patrick Gower (Newshub): Southern Response chair refusing to resign after Govt spying fiasco
Lucy Bennett (Herald): SSC report into use of private investigators ‘disturbing’, says Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern
RNZ: ‘Disturbing’ behaviour revealed by spying investigation – PM
Andrea Vance (Stuff): Security firm spied on politicians, activists and earthquake victims
Pattrick Smellie (BusinessDesk): MBIE involvement in spying on political parties an ‘affront to democracy’: SSC
Lucy Bennett (Herald): Damning report confirms Government agencies used private investigators for spying
1News: Report on security consultants finds widespread failings across Govt agencies – ‘We need to do better’
Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): State sector spy inquiry finds wide failings
Emma Jolliff (Newshub): Spies used against earthquake victims ‘an affront to democracy’
Emma Hatton (RNZ): Thompson and Clark spied on earthquake victims, inquiry finds
Electoral Commission: Response to SSC inquiry
No Right Turn: A private Stasi
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Public service spying scum are the biggest threat to the people of NZ

Police investigation into use of private investigators
Andrea Vance (Stuff): Police officers caught moonlighting for security firms
Lucy Bennett (Herald): Police release findings of review into use of private investigators
No Right Turn: Nothing to see here, move along

Cannabis referendum, drug laws
Joel Ineson and Jonathan Guildford (Stuff): Health experts: Regulation key to proposed drug reform
Dominion Post Editorial: Drug referendum could be the gift we can’t give back
John Anthony (Stuff): Cannabis legalisation in New Zealand could bring in up to $240m in tax revenue, economist says
Benedict Collins (1News): New Zealanders will vote on whether cannabis should be legalised for personal use at 2020 election
RNZ: Binding referendum on legalising cannabis for personal use to be held at 2020 election
Anna Bracewell-Worrall and Vita Molyneux (Newshub): Cannabis referendum will be held during the 2020 election
Māori TV: Legalise it? 2020 cannabis referendum confirmed
Eleanor Ainge Roy (Guardian): New Zealand to hold referendum on legalising recreational cannabis
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Andrew Little throws Green Party lifeline of relevancy for 2020 election
Bonnie Flaws (Stuff): Medsafe investigating claims on cannabis billboard
Whanganui Chronicle: Greenfern Medicinal Marijuana launches crowdfunding campaign to build facilities at Normanby, South Taranaki

Migrant labour, immigration
Anusha Bradley (RNZ): Timely survey on working conditions in horticultural industry
Angie Skerrett (Newshub): Farming group welcomes proposed work visa changes
Tracey Roxburgh (ODT): Mixed reaction to work visa changes
RNZ: Proposed immigration changes would benefit regions – Lees-Galloway
1News: Major change to temporary work visas proposed by Government as jobs go unfilled

Google name suppression breach
Jo Moir (RNZ): Grace Millane: Google unable to explain suppression breach
Laura Walters (Newsroom): Little lays down the law for Google in NZ
Jamie Ensor and Jenna Lynch (Newshub): Grace Millane: Google to review system after ‘unacceptable’ name suppression breach
Herald: Justice Minister Andrew Little meets with Google over Grace Millane name suppression breach
Collette Devlin (Stuff): Justice Minister to tell Google breaking suppression is not acceptable
RNZ: Little to meet with Google reps over suppression laws

Justice, corrections
Kirsty Lawrence, Tony Wall and Blair Ensor (Stuff): Report reveals Corrections inaction over child sex offender in motel with children
Herald Editorial: Fine balance in Rouxle Le Roux sentencing
Belinda Feek (Herald):Hit-and-run victim’s mother calls for calm after driver’s death threats
Newstalk ZB: Lawyer says Le Roux was not solely to blame for hit and run (audio interview)
Michael Neilson (Herald): Hit and run driver subject of death threats as public backlash to sentence grows
Laine Moger (Stuff): Death threats for hit-and-run driver Rouxle Le Roux
Sophie Bateman (Newshub): Rouxle Le Roux: Death threats made 19yo ‘afraid to sleep’
Jason Walls (Herald): MPs accept 143,000 signature petition demanding tougher sentence for killer driver Rouxle Le Roux
1News: Tearful father of teen killed in hit-and-run asks Crown to ‘make this right’ as tougher sentence petition delivered to Parliament
RNZ: Teen’s grieving parents hand over petition with 143,000 signatures
Kendall Hutt (Stuff): Family of hit-and-run death cyclist submit petition over driver’s sentence
Eleisha Foon and Vita Molyneux (Newshub): Rouxle Le Roux: Petition handed to Parliament appealing hit-and-run driver’s sentence
Kate Gudsell (RNZ): Does NZ need a DNA databank for every citizen?
David Farrar: A sound choice for Chief Justice
Ross Meurant (Daily Blog): The real story behind the Crewe Murders
Ross Meurant (Daily Blog): Bok Tour reflection 2018

Foreign Affairs, Huawei ban
Fran O’Sullivan (Herald): Power of the Five Eyes in Huawei ban
Jason Walls (Herald): NZ Foreign Minister Winston Peters and US Vice-President Mike Pence agreed to pool resources in the Pacific
Zane Small (Newshub): Winston Peters praises ‘personable’ Mike Pence after White House meeting
Point of Order: Pacific Reset – what Labour really thinks about it will be seen when US ships arrive

Environment and conservation
Kate Gudsell (RNZ): Kidney failure-causing pathogen found in Canterbury rivers
RNZ: Southland wetlands being lost at rate of 157ha a year
Paul Gorman (Stuff): Cleaner water goal of far-reaching Environment Canterbury strategy
Laurel Stowell (Whanganui Chronicle): Erosion work at Kai Iwi Beach ‘unforgivable’ – spokesman
Debrin Foxcroft (Stuff): No more single-use plastic bags in shops from July 1 next year
Zane Small (Newshub): Single-use plastic bags banned from July 1, Government confirms
ODT Editorial: The appalling 1080 fanatics
Angie Skerrett (Newshub): Million dollar scanner boosts Auckland Airport biosecurity
1News: 3-D technology behind new ‘game changing’ scanner for Auckland Airport
RNZ: New million-dollar x-ray scanner for Auckland Airport
Rachael Kelly (Stuff): Deadline looms for Invercargill’s aging heating appliance upgrades

Nicholas Jones and Natalie Akoorie (Herald): Unfair care: What’s going wrong in the health system?
Oliver Lewis (Stuff): Drugs and alcohol significant in mental illness sudden deaths
RNZ: One in six ED patients had alcohol-related problems – snapshot
Merryn Gott (Newsroom): Lift the stigma to ease loneliness
Sam Hurley (Herald): Paedophile teacher granted ‘clean slate’ to work in aged care, despite industry fears
Stuff: Family of Nicky Stevens to meet with Minister of Health David Clark
Brianna McIlraith (Stuff): Teen cancer charity users slam closure of regional branches
Paul Mitchell (Stuff): Manawatū CanTeen branch to close in cancer charity’s national restructure
Janine Rankin (Manawatū Standard): Palmerston North still well down the queue for hospital revamp

Year in review
Richard Harman (Politik): So what is next? How this year will define 2019
Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): No party covers itself in glory as parliamentary year draws to a close
Tim Murphy (Newsroom): Media Person of the Year
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): TDB Political & Media Awards 2018 Part 1

Child Poverty bill
Anna Whyte (1News): Child Poverty Reduction bill ‘pioneering’, unashamedly bold’ says Ardern as it passes its final hurdle in Parliament
Lucy Bennett (Herald): Child Poverty Reduction Bill passes third reading
RNZ: Child poverty bill passes third reading in Parliament
Jamie Ensor (Newshub): Baby Neve watches Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speak on child poverty reduction in Parliament

Government, budget
Jason Walls (Herald): Increase in contracts for Minister’s partner’s firm not conflict of interest – PM
Tracy Watkins (Stuff): Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s big prediction for 2019

Bryan Bruce (Daily Blog): Voting Blind in Britain and New Zealand
Phil Smith (RNZ): Tuesday’s things to do: reading it thrice
Daniela Maoate-Cox (RNZ): Parliament’s final week for 2018
Lucy Bennett (Herald): Former National minister Chris Finlayson bows out of politics
Anna Whyte (1News): Chris Finlayson praises Gerry Brownlee and Nikki Kaye, takes swipe at NZ First during valedictory speech
1News: Watch: Jacinda Ardern made to apologise after ‘simple, Simon’ comment in Parliament
Stuff: Did the prime minister just call her opponent names?

Ross Himona: Tomorrow’s Schools Yesterday.
Tom Hunt (Stuff): Staff stood down pending investigation into Lower Hutt childcare centre
Natalie Polley (Waikato Times): St Stephen’s School in Bombay, south of Auckland, to re-open in 2020
Jessica Long and Katarina Williams (Stuff): Victoria University of Wellington name change rejected by Minister
Herald: Victoria University’s name to remain unchanged after Education Minister intervenes
1News: Education Minister denies Victoria University’s application to change name
Vita Molyneux (Newshub): Victoria University of Wellington has been denied a name change
RNZ: Victoria University of Wellington name change declined by education minister
Laura Walters (Newsroom): No name change for Victoria University

Jan Antolic/Karel Sroubek residency decision
Collette Devlin (Stuff): Immigration never expected Karel Sroubek to be granted residency
Gia Garrick (Stuff): Sroubek’s prison call to ex-wife behind minister’s u-turn on decision
Derek Cheng (Herald): Minister confident safety concerns of Karel Sroubek’s ex-wife taken care of
1News: Extracts of conversation between Czech drug smuggler Karel Sroubek and estranged wife released
Derek Cheng (Herald): Angry, desperate phone call from Sroubek to estranged wife released
Collette Devlin (Stuff): Karel Sroubek wife releases ‘threatening’ taped conversation of the drug-smuggler
Tova O’Brien (Newshub): Karel Sroubek allegedly threatens estranged wife in secret recording

Chief technology officer position scrapped
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Government scraps plan for national ‘chief technology officer’
Pattrick Smellie (BusinessDesk): Government scraps Chief Technology Officer role in favour of ‘a small group’
RNZ: Govt may ditch Chief Technology Officer role

Damian George (Stuff): Vision Zero: Lethal drunk and drugged drivers an increasing menace on our roads
Todd Niall (Stuff): Free Auckland buses and trains to curb drunk driving
Newshub: Why public transport will be free in Auckland on Friday
Gerald Piddock and Libby Wilson (Waikato Times): Hamilton-Auckland train trial gets tick from NZ Transport Agency
1News: Government gives Auckland to Hamilton passenger rail service the green light
Jamie Ensor (Newshub): NZTA approves Hamilton to Auckland passenger rail service business case
RNZ: Hamilton to Auckland passenger rail business case approved
RNZ: Delays on new diversion anger Wellington motorists
Brian Rudman (Herald): ‘Tis the season to be silly as scooters hit our footpaths

National Party vs Eminem
Stuff: Nats’ bill for ripping off Eminem music drops $375,000
Newshub: National Party wins bid to have Eminem copyright damages reduced
RNZ: Pleas weak, costs too heavy: Nats win Eminem appeal but must pay $225k
1News: National Party appeal means they will only pay 225K instead of 600K for using Eminem track

Primary industries
Gerald Piddock (Stuff): Council accused of railroading through consent hearing for egg farm
RNZ: Activists protest plans for North Waikato egg farm
ODT: 50,000 cows culled in M. bovis eradication bid
Lisette Reymer (Newshub): Opinion: Fonterra – I don’t know why my dad still flies your flag
Tracy Neal (RNZ): MPI reminds people of rules around use of set nets
RNZ: Foreign fishing crew members caught with undersized pāua
Sally Rae (ODT): Soal new CEO of Irrigation NZ

Anne Gibson (Herald): Govt eases house-buying cap by $50k, Opposition not impressed
Jenée Tibshraeny (Interest): Housing NZ loans and grants available for more pricey regional new builds

Local government, regions
Matthew Littlewood (Timaru Herald): HC Partners slam Alpine Energy sale proposal as irresponsible
Robert Steven (Stuff): Former Taupō mayor: ‘Rule-breaking hotel will ruin my rule-breaking aspirations’
Evan Harding (Southland Times): Invercargill CBD big winner from Provincial Growth Fund
Chris Morris (ODT): Boost for Southland projects
Zane Small (Newshub): Government funding boost set to transform Invercargill CBD
1News: Sheep and goat dairy industry among beneficiaries of Government’s almost $2 million investment in Southland
RNZ: Southland infrastructure, businesses to gain from new funding
Tom McRae (Newshub): Ferry from Auckland to Coromandel Town among grand plans for ‘neglected’ region
Logan Savoy (ODT): Visitor levy to remain at $5 per person
RNZ: Stewart Island visitor levy increase off the table for now
Matthew Theunissen (RNZ): Aucklanders dig Albert Park tunnel plan

Nic Rawlence (Herald): Te Papa’s latest restructure is a great leap backwards
Benn Bathgate (Stuff): Rotorua’s $10m Christmas present for museum
RNZ: Diaries describing ‘horror’ discovery of explorer’s body sold to museum

Mānia Clarke (Māori TV): Govt challenged to open xmas purse strings for needy
Michael Daly (Stuff): O Come, All Ye Faithful – but keep it green and low carbon this Christmas
Glenn McConnell (Stuff): Christmas music is so 1944: It’s offensive and strange, but that’s OK

Kim Savage (RNZ): Measures to protect subcontractors’ money ‘needs to go further’
RNZ: Business confidence perks up
Jenée Tibshraeny (Interest): Some ‘Christmas cheer’ in December business confidence survey

Luke Kirkness (Herald): Auckland Pride Parade scrapped and will be replaced by march, reports suggest
Bruce Munro (ODT): The file on YOU
Teuila Fuatai (Newsroom): Forced Māori representation not the answer
Martin van Beynen (Stuff): Quake claims lawyer Grant Shand questions conflict claims
Terry Baucher (Interest): Expect the Tax Working Group’s final report to recommend the introduction of a realisation-based Capital Gains Tax
Peter Cullen (Stuff): Secretly recording conversation with the boss is a breach of trust
Katie Scotcher (RNZ): ‘Really sad’ women are still harassed, five years on from Roast Busters
Mandy Te and Kendall Hutt (Stuff): Donations cover vet bill for 95-year-old man whose dog died after pack attack
Phillipa Yalden (Stuff): New Ngāruawāhia police station opens its doors
Jenesa Jeram (Spinoff): Stop telling young people NZ Super is unaffordable
RNZ: Māori language revitalisation body gets new chair
Amy Ridout (Stuff): ‘Do Kiwis like stinky people?’ Freedom campers bemoan Golden Bay facilities
Tom Hunt (Stuff): Former MP questions Joanne Harrison’s lack of knowledge about alleged Australian fraud
Stuff: Wellington’s economic agency appoints top brass
Anuja Nadkarni (Stuff): French supermarket Auchan slammed for ‘haka’ advertisement
Florence Kerr (Stuff): Mongrel Mob, Black Power should join forces to repel invaders, gang leader says