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Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – December 21 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
Gordon Campbell: On why Thompson+ Clark are just the tip of the iceberg
Chris Trotter (Daily Blog): Working Towards The Führer
Aaron Smale (Newsroom): Hypocrisy at the highest levels
Liz McDonald (Stuff): Spy victims: Vindication for Southern Response’s ‘appalling’ actions
Dan Satherley, Newshub: ‘Spying’ isn’t what Southern Response did – Gerry Brownlee
Laurel Stowell (Whanganui Chronicle): Government department hires company to spy on Taranaki iwi
Murray Horton (Daily Blog): Thompson & Clark Just Tip Of Spyberg. Let’s Have An Inquiry Into Whole Covert World Of State Spying
Rosemary McLeod (Stuff): Spying revelations round off a year of unwelcome news
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): The 3 things National would have us believe about the State Stasi spying scandal

IPCA findings on Haumaha bullying allegations
Thomas Manch (Stuff): Haumaha to return to work ‘bewildered’ after IPCA report into his humiliation of staff
Derek Cheng (Herald): Wally Haumaha won’t resign and returns to full duties in New Year
RNZ: Checkpoint: Police Commissioner retains ‘absolute confidence’ in Wally Haumaha
Jared Savage (Herald): Wally Haumaha saga: Police accept IPCA report, Commissioner Mike Bush to deal with issues as employment matter
Jared Savage (Herald): Wally Haumaha saga: State Services Commission finds ‘poor communication’ between Justice, Corrections and Police when women raised concerns
Collette Devlin and Thomas Manch (Stuff): Police deputy commissioner Wally Haumaha to keep job, and he’s looking forward to returning
Laura Walters (Newsroom): Top cop Wally Haumaha keeps job
Jessica Tyson (Māori TV): Haumaha to keep his job
Talisa Kupenga (Māori TV): Haumaha to remain Deputy Police Commissioner
RNZ: PM says Wally Haumaha’s job is safe – but he’s on notice
Scott Palmer (Newshub): Jacinda Ardern getting advice after ‘damning’ Wally Haumaha report
1News: Minister of Police says Wally Haumaha’s behaviour ‘not in line with police values’ after damning IPCA report
1News: Woman who made complaint against Wally Haumaha wants accountability after report into his conduct released
Thomas Manch (Stuff): Haumaha complainants urge police to act on intimidating behaviour and ‘dirty politics’
Scott Palmer (Newshub): Wally Haumaha belittled and humiliated staff – IPCA
Jessica Tyson (Māori TV): Haumaha’s behaviour “inappropriate and unprofessional”
No Right Turn: Wally Haumaha should be fired

Health
Jess McAllen (RNZ): Māori NGO leaks supplementary mental health inquiry report
Belinda Feek (Herald): Family carers reach confidential settlement after 20 year pay battle
Karen Brown (RNZ): Delayed eye appointments leave thousands unsure of retaining vision
Kirsty Lawrence (Stuff): Ibrance and Kadcyla might become available, but only for a small number of women
Zane Small (Newshub): Breast cancer drug lobbyists let down by Pharmac’s response to funding
Lucy Bennett (Herald): Government confirms tobacco excise to increase in 2019
Lucy Bennett (Herald): EY report into impact of tobacco excise on smoking rates released
1News: Boss of Health Workforce New Zealand resigns amid Ministry of Health restructure
RNZ: Superbug found in two patients at Middlemore Hospital
MIke Houlahan (ODT): More people wait too long
Janine Rankin (Manawatu Standard): Pressure on hospitals to prevent harm to patients
Samantha Olley (Rotorua Daily Post): Rotorua group working to reinstate rescue helicopter as Ministry of Health defends new model
Emma Dangerfield (Stuff): Welcome result for Canterbury brickie after six-month battle with ACC

Immigration
Steve Kilgallon and Dileepa Fonseka (Stuff): The Big Scam: Our immigration system is broken
Lincoln Tan (Herald): Christmas family reunion dreams crushed by Immigration NZ’s struggle to meet holiday visa demand

Foreign affairs, UN migration pact
RNZ: Australia deports Pasifika people to NZ who have never set foot here: ‘It’s wrong’
Golriz Ghahraman (Herald): NZ is in good company on UN migration pact
Herald: Former New Zealand Rugby boss David Moffett calls Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern a ‘traitor’
Jamie Ensor (Newshub): ‘This is the last straw’: Donors slam Red Cross over UN Global Migration Compact support
Point of Order: MFAT’s prestige is expected to bloom again, now the ministry has gone to Seed
Michael Reddell: The PRC, the Pacific, and New Zealand

GCSB alleges Chinese cyber theft
RNZ: Chinese hacking impacts worldwide – GCSB
Chris Keall (Herald): Chinese engaging in commercial espionage, including in NZ, GCSB boss says
RNZ: GCSB says global campaign of cyber theft linked to China’s main intelligence service MSS
Stacey Kirk (Stuff): Chinese Government responsible for global cyber campaign – GCSB
Newshub: GCSB finds links between China and campaign of cyber theft
1News: GCSB says China is behind attempts to steal New Zealand business’ data

Drug laws
Chester Borrows (Whanganui Chronicle): Big money going up in smoke
Lynette Hutson (Stuff): Reforms must be positive for individuals, families and society
Don Rowe (Spinoff): It’s two years to the referendum and the weed debate is already insufferable

Justice, corrections
Catrin Owen (Stuff): Crown Law won’t appeal youth worker groomer Devonte Mulitalo’s sentence
Newshub: Rouxle Le Roux: Critics of the sentence don’t know the facts – lawyer
Anna Leask and Sam Hurley (Herald): Killer driver: Crown will not appeal home detention sentence for Rouxle Le Roux
Anna Leask and Sam Hurley (Herald):  Family of teenager killed in hit-and-run thank police officer for acts of kindness
Annabella Garwood and Sophie Bateman (Newshub): ‘We won’t just give up’: Rouxle Le Roux’s victim’s mum on failed home detention appeal
Zane Small (Newshub): Rouxle Le Roux: Crown Law won’t appeal sentence
Catrin Owen (Stuff): Crown Law will not appeal hit-and-run driver Rouxle Le Roux’s home detention sentence
RNZ: Crown Law won’t appeal Rouxle Le Roux sentence
Sam Hurley (Herald): New collective deal reached for Ministry of Justice staff after lengthy dispute and strikes
Dan Satherley (Newshub): Opinion: The time the Sensible Sentencing Trust called me a rapist
Katie Doyle (RNZ): Prisoners spruce up bikes to spread Christmas cheer

Year in review
1News: From Jami-Lee Ross to baby Neve – 1 NEWS political editor takes a look back at 2018
Shane Te Pou (Newsroom): Marking the politicians of 2018
Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): Here’s the 2018 Politician of the Year
Spinoff: 2018 in politics: The year in a sentence
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): TDB Political & Media Awards 2018 Part 2
Kirk Hope (Stuff): A year of uncertainty and soothed fears for business

Christmas
Sarah Robson (RNZ): Loan sharks targeting vulnerable borrowers this Christmas season
Katie Scotcher (RNZ): Checkpoint: Huge demand for Christmas food parcels across NZ
Mark Quinlivan (Herald): Pleasant Point set to celebrate Christmas as politically incorrect parade returns
Katie Todd (RNZ): NZers turn to plant power to fill the Christmas table
Tim Cooper (ODT): Society has lost sight of reason for the season

Minimum wage, employment
ODT Editorial: Caution on minimum wage
Herald: Employment Court rules that ‘donning & doffing’ in meat works is paid work
Mike Houlahan (ODT): Fight over bag of chips firing may not be over
Steven Walton (Spinoff): ‘Time’s up for shitty bosses’: one woman’s fight for exploited hospo workers

Environment and conservation
Joel Ineson (Stuff): Five arrested after protesters turn off water to Canterbury’s regional council HQ
Dan Dalgety (RNZ): Five arrests at water protest
Eric Frykberg (RNZ): Federated Farmers disputes E Coli claims
Grant Atkins (Newshub): Opinion: Education and reason should be foremost in 1080 debate
RNZ: More kiwi chicks dead at Hawke’s Bay sanctuary
Jamie Ensor (Newshub): DoC’s ‘Poo in a Loo’ campaign ridiculed online
Matt Brown (Stuff): Billions more trees needed for NZ to be carbon neutral
Auckland University: How will climate change impact Aotearoa? (panel discussion)

Defence Force
Tim Gunn (Stuff): Defence Force’s ‘shambolic’ approach to Ōhakea contamination tests not good enough
Singapore F-15 base scrapped for Ohakea

Kim Dotcom extradition case
Newshub: Kim Dotcom’s wife joins his legal team for Supreme Court extradition appeal
Tommy Livingston (Stuff): Supreme Court rules Kim Dotcom appeal can be heard
Alice Webb-Liddall (Newshub): Supreme Court to hear Dotcom’s case against extradition
Herald: Kim Dotcom’s extradition case going to the Supreme Court

Jan Antolik/Karel Sroubek residency case
RNZ: Sroubek: ‘Our marriage break up has become a political football’
Herald: Karel Sroubek says people sent to see his ex-partner were not thugs, but friends
Derek Cheng (RNZ): Privileges complaint against Winston Peters dismissed

Transport
Marty Sharpe (Stuff): Vision Zero: Government considers calls from councils to operate their own speed cameras
Thomas Coughlan (Newsroom): Martin Jenkins to provide “external support” in NZTA inquiry
Amanda Cropp (Stuff): Troubled NZTA names interim chief executive
Herald:NZTA issues safety alert on heavy vehicle towing connections after ‘sub-standard’ certifications
RNZ: Hamilton WOF vehicle inspector suspended
Simon Wilson (Herald): Forwards and backwards with Auckland Transport

Local government
Todd Niall (Stuff): Labour endorses Phil Goff for 2019 Auckland mayoralty
Tom Hunt (Stuff): Kangaroo court claim as Hutt mayor moves to demote critic in private
Jono Edwards (ODT): ORC departures spur ‘major concerns’
Hamish McNeilly (Stuff): ‘No crisis’ at Otago Regional Council, despite resignations, chairman says
Evan Harding (Southland Times): Recycling company ‘on track’ to turn deficit into surplus

Education
Herald: Farm education provider Taratahi placed in liquidation
Chris Morris (ODT): Telford future in doubt following liquidation
George Heagney (Stuff): Review clears Massey University vice-chancellor Jan Thomas over Don Brash ban
Christine Rovoi (RNZ): Empowered Pacific students form one voice

Domestic violence
Alex Loo (Stuff): Women staying in emergency housing for Christmas
Michelle Duff (Stuff): When did we become so conditioned to violence against women?

Economy
Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): NZ economy slows, dragged down by construction and manufacturing
Liam Dann (Herald): NZ economy grew at slowest pace in five years
Jenée Tibshraeny (Interest): Quarterly economic growth the weakest in 5 years
RNZ: NZ GDP slows dramatically in latest quarter
Angie Skerrett (Newshub): Strong rural sector boosting regional economies, says ASB report

Gender, sex, identity
Claire Trevett (Herald): Big Read: A matter of identity
Sophie Bateman (Newshub): Cis, trans, nonbinary: A guide to gender terminology

Media
Stuff: Media Council finds ‘no grounds to proceed’ for climate change complaint
Newsroom: Newsroom’s major stories of 2018 – and the fallout

Other
Edward O’Driscoll (Newshub): ‘I was getting mentally unwell’: Oranga Tamariki staff resign over ‘toxic’, ‘abusive’ work environment
1News: Auckland woman dying of cancer who was forced out of state house due to mould gets new home in time for Christmas
Tina Ngata (Spinoff): Once were gardeners, lovers, poets… and warriors
RNZ: Westland’s water infrastructure struggles to cope with tourists
Jason Walls (Herald): Deputy PM Winston Peters suggests it’s because of him IKEA is setting up in NZ
Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): New Zealand’s largest bank predicts Reserve Bank will slash interest rates
1News: Kiwi health supplement company GO Healthy charged over ‘misleading New Zealand made’ claims
Susan Edmunds (Stuff): All but four KiwiSaver growth funds lost money in past six months
RNZ:Jacques Landry named interim CEO of Cycling NZ
Dan Satherley (Newshub): Jacinda Ardern admits she hasn’t watched season two of Fish of the Da

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