The Beehive and Parliament Buildings.

Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – December 20 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, public service, personal data
Russel Norman (Stuff): Rotten to the core: The chilling truth revealed by the SSC report
Russel Norman (Spinoff): How the NZ state enabled oppressive and systematic Stasi-like surveillance
Press Editorial: More questions about spies and the public service
ODT Editorial: An ‘affront to democracy’
Herald Editorial: State agencies must take more care using private eyes
Oasis: Peter Hughes Inquiry on Public Service Spying
Emma Hatton (RNZ): Thompson and Clark probe – all you need to know
Andrea Vance (Stuff): Thompson & Clark, a preferred security and surveillance firm, dumped from Government work
Andrea Vance (Stuff): Gerry Brownlee knew Southern Response hired private spies
RNZ: Bridges on Thompson and Clark spying: ‘I never had anything to do with this’
Lucy Bennett (Herald): Simon Bridges asked to explain Government agency surveillance
Phil Pennington (RNZ): Private investigators used vehicle register to spy on environmentalists for years
RNZ: Nine to Noon: Spying on citizens: has the public service lost its way?
Robin Martin (RNZ): Review of New Zealand Petroleum and Minerals called for after State Services report
Peter Dunne (Newsroom): Only a first step in the data battle
Catriona MacLennan (Newsroom): The rise of gatekeeping within public service

Minimum wage
Mike Treen (Daily Blog): Facts refute critics of minimum wage increases – make the minimum wage a living wage
1News: Small businesses may be impacted over minimum wage increase, Business NZ says
Derek Cheng (Herald): Biggest minimum wage boost in history to benefit 210,000 people
RNZ: An extra $48 a week for some NZ families – Minimum wage to go up to $17.70 an hour
Debrin Foxcroft (Stuff): Govt to lift minimum wage to $17.70 an hour next year
Anna Whyte (1News): Boost for low-paid workers with minimum wage to jump to $17.70 an hour from April
Zane Small and Jenna Lynch (Newshub): Government to raise minimum wage by $1.2
Jamie Ensor and Jenna Lynch (Newshub): How much the minimum wage increase will add to Kiwi wallets
Sophie Bateman (Newshub): A brief history of the minimum wage in New Zealand
1News: ‘It’s been a long time’ – cleaner Mareta Sinoti among thousands who’ll take home more pay with minimum wage increase
Jenée Tibshraeny (Interest): Govt indicates further $1.20 and $1.10 hikes in 2020 and 2021; Bridges says National would increase the min. wage by 50c a year
1News: Minimum wage increase ‘too far, too fast’ – National’s Simon Bridges
No Right Turn: Delivering
David Farrar: Highest minimum wage in the developed world

Year in review
Graham Adams (Noted): Strange lessons of 2018: What goes on when we’re not looking
Guyon Espiner (RNZ): Politics wasn’t all scandal and leaks this year
Bryce Edwards (Newsroom): Political debate in 2018
Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): Parliament’s risen for the year
1News: 1 NEWS political team’s biggest surprises and most revealing moments of 2018 (video)
Newshub: Politics in 2018: The year in review (video)
Rhonwyn Newson (Newshub): Kiwis doing great things: Unsung heroes of 2018
Public Address: WOTY: The Kindness Scandal

Environment and conservation
Kate Gudsell (RNZ): Calls to improve water testing after deadly bacteria found in Canterbury rivers
Paul Gorman and Tom Kitchin (Stuff): Antibiotic-resistant bacteria discovered in two Canterbury rivers
Holly Carran (Newshub): Antibiotic-resistant E. coli discovered in three popular Canterbury rivers
Herald: Nationwide river stocktake needed after ‘disturbing’ findings
David Clarkson (Stuff): Company denies discharging ammonia gas into Christchurch stream
Andrea Vance (Stuff): Tuatara, kea and pāua are among Kiwi creatures threatened by climate change
Steven Cowan: Climate change: the politicians fail again
RNZ: Fur seal pups beheaded and dumped in Canterbury bay
1News: DOC investigating after six seal pups found decapitated in Christchurch bay
Angie Skerrett (Newshub): EPA report released on ‘environmental effects’ of 1080 aerial operations
Lois Williams (RNZ): Russell forest possums ‘down 80 percent’ since 1080 drop
AAP: Scary statistic: 90.5 per cent of plastic is not recycled
Megan Sutherland (Newshub): Peter Burling ‘sad’ after finding My Food Bag beach balls in Waitematā Harbour
1News: America’s Cup hero Peter Burling ‘sad’ to find deflated My Food Bag beach balls in Waitematā Harbour

IPCA findings on Haumaha bullying allegations
Jared Savage (Herald): Wally Haumaha: Women speak out on ‘Dirty Politics’ in IPCA report
Jared Savage (Herald): ‘Inappropriate, unprofessional’: Damning report into Wally Haumaha’s behaviour
Thomas Manch (Stuff): High-ranking cop Wally Haumaha belittled staff, report to sa
RNZ: Wally Haumaha belittled female staff – IPCA
Scott Palmer (Newshub): Wally Haumaha belittled and humiliated staff – IPCA

Justice, corrections
RNZ: Survey reveals volume and nature of crimes committed in New Zealand last year
Kirsty Lawrence, Tony Wall and Blair Ensor (Stuff): Corrections acknowledges child sex offender should have been moved faster
David Fisher (Herald): Big Read: The desolation of Kaikohe and the single punch which ended a man’s life
Marty Sharpe (Stuff): A morning procession of male violence, sad histories and young men sent to jail

Sensible Sentencing Trust wrongly label man paedophile
RNZ: McVicar sorry for Sensible Sentencing Trust’s paedophile mistake
Michael Daly (Stuff): ‘Negligent, cavalier’ Sensible Sentencing Trust wrongly labels man a paedophile
Sam Hurley (Herald): Innocent man’s photo wrongly posted next to paedophile’s details by Sensible Sentencing Trust
RNZ: Sensible Sentencing Trust wrongly labels man as paedophile
Jamie Ensor (Newshub): Sensible Sentencing Trust erroneously lists innocent man’s picture with paedophile description

Foreign affairs, migration
Newshub: Refugee group backs UN migration pact
Collette Devlin (Stuff): New Zealand votes for UN migration compact after legal advice
Gia Garrick (RNZ): Legal advice: Migration compact doesn’t compromise sovereignty
Derek Cheng (Herald): NZ to vote in favour of UN Migration Compact
Jamie Ensor (Newshub): New Zealand will support United Nations Global Migration Compact
AAP: New Zealand to back non-binding UN migration agreement
Laura Walters (Newsroom): NZ supports UN migration compact
Megan Gattey (Stuff): Here’s how much New Zealand’s population would change if everyone who wanted to migrate here actually did
Dan Satherley (Newshub): New Zealand’s population would balloon to 11 million without migration rules – survey
Jason Walls (Herald):New Zealand’s High Commissioner to Australia Chris Seed to head Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Eric Crampton: Coalitions mean plausible deniability

Google, media
Pattrick Smellie (Stuff): Google gets lesson: Want to offer news? Hire journalists
1News: ‘Not a great deal I can do’ to enforce suppression laws on Google, says Andrew Little after meeting with tech giant
Toby Manhire (Spinoff): Andrew Little gives Google a serve over Grace Millane suppression breach
Guardian: Grace Millane murder: New Zealand rebukes Google for emailing out suspect’s name
1News: Jenny Suo named as the new host of 1 NEWS Tonight
Rukuwai Tipene-Allen, Wikitōria Day (Māori TV): Miss World Oceania returns home with the crown
Māori TV: Miss World Oceania arrives home

Health
RNZ: Report highlights discriminatory disabled care system
Max Abbott (The Conversation): NZ mental health inquiry calls for fundamental change
Lucy Bennett (Herald): Nicky Stevens’ mother and brother meet Health Minister David Clark, urge more whānau support
Marty Sharpe (Stuff): New ways of working needed to address health inequities for Māori and Pacific people says Hawke’s Bay DHB
Cate Broughton (Stuff): Health board: Safe midwife staffing ‘not always achievable’
RNZ: Middlemore Hospital nurses and staff to rally over safety concerns
Scott Palmer (Newshub): Grey Power slams Government over Aged Care Commissioner failure
Alex Casey (Spinoff): Dinner with a cool granny in the neighbourhood? Sign us up
David Williams (Newsroom): The fight to save cash-strapped CanTeen
Stuff: Euthanasia: My dad ended his struggle with MS by starving himself
Samantha Gee (Stuff): Birth education programme based on Māori practices kicks off in top of the south
Edward Miller (Spinoff): Have New Zealand doctors been working in slave gloves?
Phil Taylor (Herald): Readers donate $155,000 for eye care in Vanuatu

Drug laws
1News: ‘A lot of policy work to be done’ before cannabis referendum, law expert says
Russell Brown (RNZ): Cannabis vote: Lead-up needs to hit the public’s sweet spot
Nandor Tanczos (Stuff): The people of New Zealand are owed a proper choice
Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): Stupid, naive drug move bungle of year
Mike Yardley (Herald): Cynical cannabis referendum from a Government that’s soft on crime
Glenn McConnell (Stuff): Finally, we get a say on cannabis: The weed vote will rally the masses at 2020 election
Zane Small (Newshub): Exacerbate or minimise harm? Chlöe Swarbrick on cannabis referendum
Jonathan Fletcher (Stuff): Don’t completely decriminalise cannabis, just be more lenient
Laura Walters (Newsroom): Damning review of synthetics law

Parliament
Anna Bracewell-Worrall (Newshub): $66.50 for coffee and eggs? The huge cost of processing MPs’ receipts revealed
Jason Walls (Herald): Coalition’s scrapping of plans for new parliamentary buildings cost taxpayers up to $3m
Jason Walls (Herald): Speaker of the House, Trevor Mallard, is exploring the idea of an MP training camp
Phil Smith (RNZ): The House: When Parliamentary questions become Christmas gifts
Peter Dunne (Interest): What I want is a political party I can vote for at the next General Election
1News: Watch: Winston Peters has House laughing as he unveils long scroll of Government’s ‘achievements in 2018’
Jamie Ensor (Newshub): Speaker Trevor Mallard honours Newshub’s Tova O’Brien for ‘compassionate’ Jami-Lee Ross coverage
RNZ: Highest annual turnover of staff ever at Parliament
David Farrar: Jacinda and “Simple Simon”

National Party, Chris Finlayson valedictory
Stacey Kirk (Stuff): Reflecting on Simon Bridges’ turbulent year as chief
1News: After failing to mention Simon Bridges in valedictory, Chris Finlayson offers muted appraisal of his 2020 election chances
Scott Palmer (Newshub): Chris Finlayson snubs Simon Bridges in valedictory speech
Claire Trevett (Herald): Chris Finlayson put in effort to deliver a better NZ
David Farrar: The Finlayson valedictory
Point of Order: Chris Finlayson bows out – but first he shares his thoughts on good governance
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): National Party Leadership Coup set forJanuary?

Transport
Damian George (Stuff): Vision Zero: Should New Zealand’s open road speed limit be lowered to 80kmh?
Damian George (Stuff): Team responsible for launching Wellington’s new bus network not up to the job – report
Laura Dooney (RNZ): Cause of Wellington’s bus network failure revealed
Georgina Campbell (Herald): Review confirms failings with Wellington’s bus network
Newshub: Report reveals raft of failings from Wellington’s new bus network
Elton Rikihana Smallman (Stuff): Passenger rail could bring development to transport corridor
Katie Fitzgerald (Newshub): Hamilton to Auckland train ‘can’t be fast enough’ – Mayor
Isobel Ewing (Newshub): ‘Wasteful spending’: National rubbishes Hamilton to Auckland train service trial
Nicole Lawton (Stuff): Auckland cyclist knocked unconscious after crash with e-scooter

Poverty, inequality
Graeme Colman (Stuff): Kiwis want a speedier end to child poverty
Bryan Bruce (Daily Blog): Hunger is the measure of our Economy
CPAG: Wellbeing Budget and Child Poverty Reduction Act lay foundations for change
Eva Corlett (RNZ): Families turned away from Auckland City Mission due to high demand
1News: Families turned away from Auckland City Mission because there’s not enough food to hand out
Mere McLean (Māori TV): Love Soup community kai service grows
Mānia Clarke (Māori TV): Minister to consider more ‘satellite offices’ on marae

Housing
Pattrick Smellie (Listener): Why residential property investment is falling out of trend
Nick Goodall (Herald): Top 10 predictions for housing market in 2019
Greg Ninness (Interest): First home buyers battling rising house prices & higher interest rates
Nicholas Boyack (Stuff): Long-vacant HNZ land in Lower Hutt to get 37 homes
1News: Staff verbally abused and seriously assaulted claims Queen Street business owner, who blames Auckland’s homeless population

Education
Jessica Long (Stuff): Costly price for New Zealand children led down path of inadequate water skills
John Lewis (ODT): Further backlash over Esol cuts
Don McKinnon (Stuff): Why we need a national policy on teaching foreign language
David Cohen (RNZ): Victoria Uni debate: ‘A change in name is more than a classification’
John Gerritsen (RNZ): Brash ban review clears Massey vice-chancellor

Local government
Anusha Bradley (RNZ): Part of Napier Port to be sold to protect region from climate change
Eric Crampton: Sunk costs in politics
Cleo Fraser (Newshub): Car-free CBD? Auckland’s High Street to ban cars on Thursday
Dominic Harris (Stuff): Bailout for Christchurch Town hall approved to ensure 2019 opening
Robin Martin (RNZ): Cyclone costs New Plymouth $4.5m and exposes water vulnerabilities
Christina Persico (Stuff): Report into ex-cyclone Gita response identifies $4.5m cost and 28 areas for improvement

Primary and extractive industries
Guy Trafford (Interest): The major impactors in 2019
Allan Barber (Interest): Reflections on the year that was
Sally Rae (ODT): Alliance chairman queries Govt’s subsidy stance
Alexandra Nelson (Newshub): ‘Pretty sad situation’: Waihi gold mine extension slammed by watchdog
Cameron Madgwick (Stuff): Oil and gas industry agrees with Greenpeace about Climate Commission
Cameron Madgwick (ODT): Rejecting natural gas makes us a foolish outlier

Te reo Māori
Māori TV: Hinurewa Poutu appointed to Te Matawai
Eden More (RNZ): New products used to normalise te reo Māori

Auckland Pride
Mandy Te (Stuff): Auckland Pride Parade to continue in 2019 despite reports of cancellation
RNZ: Auckland Pride Parade: ‘We will reinvent the Gala’
Sophie Bateman (Newshub): Auckland Pride Parade 2019 still on, but will be radically different

Sport
Madeleine Chapman (Spinoff): Stop investing so much in rowing and give that money to basketball
Gregor Paul (Herald): The silent war raging in New Zealand Rugby

Te Papa
Henry Cooke (Stuff): Te Papa spent thousands on legal costs against web series Get It To Te Papa
Puawai Cairns (Spinoff): Biculturalism in our national museum can’t be a one-way conversation

Marama Fox pleads guilty to drink-driving charges
Scott Palmer (Newshub): Former Māori Party co-leader Marama Fox pleads guilty to drink driving
Belinda Feek (Herald): Former Māori Party MP Marama Fox admits drink-driving
RNZ: Former MP pleads guilty to drink drive charge

Other
Phil Pennington (RNZ): Building safety inspections cut back despite councils’ shortcomings
Thomas Coughlan (Newsroom): Twyford would “absolutely” allow SPVs to fail
Chris Morris (ODT): Sexual abuse survivor to visit Vatican
Ben Waterworth (ODT): $995,000 boost for redevelopment ‘exciting’
Talisa Kupenga (Māori TV): Govt signs off $mil funds for Māori Wardens
RNZ: Coroners to give greater consideration to Māori values
Jessica Tyson (Māori TV): Bill to change whānau access to tūpāpaku passes third reading
Scott Palmer (Newshub): Black Power, Mongrel Mob in talks to form anti-Australia gang coalition
RNZ: NZ’s current account deficit hits highest level in nine years
Alice Webb-Liddall (Newshub): Popular YouTuber claims internet craze ‘planking’ was ‘killed’ by John Key

Dr Bryce Edwards is a political scientist and a lecturer in Politics.