Recommended Sponsor - Buy Original Artwork Directly from the Artist

Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – January 23 2019

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.
Today’s content

PM in Europe, Davos, Brexit
Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): Ardern seeks assurances on Brexit as Britain prepares for chaos
Gordon Campbell: On why shipping is New Zealand’s big new trade problem
Gordon Campbell: On the Brexit Vote Aftermath
Stacey Kirk (Stuff): PM Jacinda Ardern pumps NZ’s ‘wellbeing budget’ at World Economic Forum
Derek Cheng (Herald): PM to global forum: There is no greater threat than climate change
Stuff, AAP: David Attenborough urges global environment plan at Davos as Jacinda Ardern joins panel
Jamie Ensor (Newshub): Jacinda Ardern talks climate change with Prince William, David Attenborough, Al Gore
Moana Makapelu Lee (Māori TV): NZ and UK sign interim trade deal
Herald Editorial: Davos allows leaders to compare notes and share ideas
Liam Dann (Herald): IMF outlook gets gloomier as global risks grow
Herald: PM Jacinda Ardern gives wide-ranging personal interview to BBC
Jamie Ensor (Newshub): Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern admits to being sexually harassed on multiple occasions
Eleanor Ainge Roy (Guardian): Jacinda Ardern asked in BBC interview if she plans to propose to her partner
Alice Webb-Liddall (Newshub): ‘I’m a mother, not a superwoman,’ Jacinda Ardern tells UK media
NewsMail: ‘What the hell?’: Backlash to interview
Daily Mail: Would they ask Scott Morrison this? New Zealand Prime Minister is forced to answer ‘sexist’ questions about her personal life during BBC interview
BBC: Lamb industry should not be nervous about New Zealand, Ardern says
Stuff: Jacinda Ardern and Duchess Meghan have had a secret meeting at Kensington Palace
Newshub: Jacinda Ardern’s ‘secret meeting’ with Duchess Meghan Markle during UK trip
Herald: Jacinda Ardern and Meghan Markle hold ‘secret meeting’
1News: Jacinda Ardern and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, have ‘secret’ meeting at Kensington Palace

Human rights
Maiki Sherman (1News): Formal complaint lodged with UN over New Zealand’s prisoner voting ban
Katie Fitzgerald (Newshub): Complaint lodged with United Nations over New Zealand’s prisoner voting rights
Sarah Murphy (RNZ): NZ told to improve human rights of LGBTQI people
Lucy Bennett (Herald): Justice Minister Andrew Little addresses UN Human Rights Council
Zane Small (Newshub): New Zealand’s justice system is ‘broken’, Andrew Little tells United Nations

Sexual assault
Bridgette Toy-Cronin (RNZ): Rules vs justice: Trial outcome shows law changes needed
1News: Woman ordered to pay costs to alleged abuser says she feels overwhelmed, devastated
Rosie Gordon and Sam Hurley (Herald): Justice system struggles with trauma of sexual abuse victims, says Mariya Taylor’s lawyer
Laura Dooney (RNZ): Rapist’s victims call for law change after $28k court ruling
Zane Small (Newshub): ‘Mariya is devastated’: Assault victim ordered to pay attacker $28k
Mitch McCann (Newshub): Rapist Robert Roper’s legal victory leaves sexual assault survivors ‘physically sick’
Zane Small and Grace Cocker (Newshub): Duncan Garner: NZDF must step in after assault victim Mariya Taylor told to pay attacker’s fees
No Right Turn: This isn’t justice
Hal Crawford (Newshub): Why give Joseph Parker a voice?
Alison Mau (Stuff): Roast Busters ringleader Joseph Parker’s interview is a career move
Catrin Owen (Stuff): Roast Busters’ victims shocked by Joseph Parker’s comments
Herald: Roast Busters victims in disbelief at Joseph Parker’s song
Newshub: Roast Busters’ victims speak out on ringleader’s new song referencing their experiences
Newstalk ZB: Louise Nicholas: Roast Busters ‘ringleader’ Joseph Parker only ‘sorry he got caught

Jami-Lee Ross
Tova O’Brien (Newshub): Jami-Lee Ross says abusive text triggered his mental breakdown
Tova O’Brien (Newshub): Jami-Lee Ross has tough road ahead as independent MP – O’Brien
Tracy Watkins (Stuff): Is Jami-Lee Ross saga a sign politics is getting too brutal?
Audrey Young (Herald): ‘I’ve been to hell and back’: Former National MP Jamie-Lee Ross says he is not after revenge
Sophie Bateman (Newshub): Wounded animal’ Jami-Lee Ross publishes emotional statement
1News: ‘My life has been laid bare’ – Embattled MP Jami-Lee Ross releases lengthy plea to constituents
Gia Garrick (RNZ): ‘The whole country was watching’: Jami-Lee Ross apologises
Tracy Watkins (Stuff): Police investigate text sent to Jami-Lee Ross as disgraced MP eyes return to Parliament
Herald: Police investigate ‘you deserve to die’ text sent to Jami-Lee Ross

National Party
Audrey Young (Herald): One exception to Simon Bridges’ sensible start to the year
Russell Brown (Spinoff): As National’s drug czar, will Paula Bennett show good faith, or scaremonger?
Katie Fitzgerald (Newshub): Kiwis will be apologising to their kids for legalising marijuana – Paula Bennett
Pete George: Bridges and Bennett say they want ‘drug reform’ debate but would vote no anyway
Audrey Young (Herald): Simon Bridges kicks off political year with reshuffle and a new job for deputy Paula Bennett
RNZ: Marijuana has ‘potentially devastating effects on young people’ – Bennett
Herald: ‘I’m not a prude, I’m a westie’: Paula Bennett on her cannabis experience
1News: ‘I do like a party and I found it put me to sleep’ – Paula Bennett reveals cannabis experience
1News: Paula Bennett gets new role as spokesperson for drug reform issues, as National Party announces reshuffle
Harrison Christian (Stuff): Paula Bennett appointed National’s drug reform spokesperson
Anna Bracewell-Worrall (Newshub): Paula Bennett gets new drugs portfolio in National Party shake-up
Thomas Coughlan (Newsroom): Bridges begins year with a reshuffle
RNZ: National targets ‘confused commitment to decriminalisation’
Anna Bracewell-Worrall and Jenna Lynch (Newshub): Paula Bennett gets new drugs portfolio in National Party shake-up

RNZ: Twyford on KiwiBuild: ‘It’s going to be tough to meet that target’
Susan Edmunds (Stuff): KiwiBuild ‘distraction from real housing solutions’
Gareth Kiernan: Another step down the road to KiwiBuild failure
Ben Leahy (Herald): Auckland house sales slump 20 per cent as the foreign buyer ban hits the market
RNZ: Government disappointed by housing affordability figures
RNZ: ‘Severely unaffordable’ Oz house prices still better than in NZ
Susan Edmunds (Stuff): From $200,000 a year to a desperate search for a rental property

Nick Hanauer (Newsroom): A stake through the heart of neoliberalism
Steven Cowan: The economy of the one percent
No Right Turn: Time for redistribution
Talisa Kupenga (Māori TV): Rise in benefit claimants linked to pop. growth – Sepuloni
Jenni Cartwright (CPAG): The recovery phase of Christmas for low-income families, is there really such a thing

Jason Walls (Herald): Government and private sector to contribute a combined $11 million to green transport projects
Chris Hutching (Stuff): Govt unveils $11m electric vehicle boost for businesses
1News: Government announces biggest push yet to make NZ’s vehicle fleet cleaner and greener
BusinessDesk: Govt part-funds low-emissions transport projects
RNZ: Electric, low-emission vehicles get $11 million public-private funding boost
Māori TV: Ngāi Tahu Tourism goes electric
Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): Why the lobbyists are wrong about EVs
Todd Niall (Stuff): Auckland bus and train fares rise ‘will deter 830,000 trips’
RNZ: Auckland mayor backs public transport fare hike
Scott Palmer (Newshub): Aucklanders erupt in anger to ‘stink’ public transport fare increases
Hamish McNeilly (Stuff): Council e-scooter trials could contribute to new regulations
Elena McPhee (ODT): No helmet talk until trial ends
Maria Slade (Spinoff): Transport’s dirty little secret: The truckers breaking the law just to survive

RNZ: Medical Council urges striking junior doctors and DHBs cooperate
Katarina Williams (Stuff): District Health Boards to return to bargaining table with junior doctors
RNZ: Doctors and DHBs to discuss rosters and pay again
1News: Anaesthetic technicians at Rotorua Hospital begin first of two 24-hour strikes today
Melanie Earley (Stuff): Northland dad with brain tumour needs $60k to fund drug to extend his life
Rachael Kelly (Stuff): Lumsden Maternity Centre’s trust won’t take legal action against SDHB
Farah Hancock (Newsroom): Will big data make everyone healthier?

Herald: Nearly 1000 overseas teachers available to work in New Zealand
Bruce Munro (ODT): Teachers who made a difference
Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Is it worth sending your kids to private school?
Vaimoana Tapaleao (Herald): Niko Brown, 5, all ready to start school thanks to generous Kiwis
Nanette Cormack (ODT): ‘Market’ approach to tertiary education has failed repeatedly

Rob Stock (Stuff): It’s legal to insult an employer in wage negotiations
Susan Edmunds (Stuff):New Zealand’s four-day week idea catching on
David Farrar: Dave doesn’t get the gig

Lawyer fined for sexual harassment
Sasha Borissenko (Newsroom): Law Society decision ‘woefully inadequate’
Sam Hurley (Herlad): Former high-flying lawyer at top firm fined for sexual harassment
Tom Hunt (Stuff): Law firm partner fined $12,500 for sexually harassing staff
RNZ: Lawyer censured and fined $12k over sexual harassment of employees
Mark Longley (Newshub): Former top lawyer fined for sexual harassment

Scott Palmer (Newshub): Government could detain boat of Indian migrants if they arrive
Lucy Bennett (Herald): Indian migrants reportedly on their way to New Zealand by boat

Monetary policy
Bernard Hickey (Newsroom): A bank capital land-mine awaits
BusinessDesk: RBNZ plucks bank capital numbers out of the air: Reddell

ODT Editorial: Tax changes must be popular
Joe Ascroft (Stuff):A low top tax rate means the majority will pay the maximum in capital gains

Stuff: Stacked First XV rugby teams contributing to declining participation rates
RNZ: Recruiting impacting playing numbers
Tom Hunt (Stuff): Child sex abuser memorialised in Marist rugby club’s trophy
Hamish Bidwell (RNZ): Women no longer an afterthought 

Lynn Charlton (ODT): Not sport but sadism – and illegal
Mark Patterson (ODT): Rodeos important to rural communities

Rukuwai Tipene-Allen (Māori TV): Opinion: If you can #MuteRKelly, could you mute the taumata?
Māori TV: Iwi radio pulls R Kelly from the airwaves
Rachel Stewart (Herald): I’m back and I’m not staying quiet
David Fisher (Herald): Cameron Slater attacked me but I wish him well with his recovery
Martyn Bradbury: Get well soon Cameron – the NZ blogosphere isn’t the same without you

Local government
Stephen Forbes (Interest): The battle to improve woeful local government election voter turnout
Cherie Sivignon (Stuff): Nelson city councillor Mike Rutledge receives letter of censure
RNZ: Removal of Western Springs pines to go ahead today despite opposition
Gary Gotlieb (Herald): We have to stand up to council bureaucrats because elected members do not

Primary industries
Eloise Gibson (Newsroom): MPI ‘still considering’ drug ads amid antibiotic fears
RNZ: Farmers can overcome financial uncertainty from global warming – research

Te Kuru o te Marama Dewes (Māori TV): Exclusive: Porou hosts Tenzing Norgay’s sons
Te Kuru o te Marama Dewes (Māori TV): A new dawn for tourism in Ngāti Porou
Donna Awatere Huata (Daily Blog): Let’s Rethink New Zealand’s Low Cost Tourism Strategy

Thomas Coughlan (Newsroom): Huawei wants another shot at 5G in NZ
Andrea Fox (Herald): Terms of Govt loan to Westland dairy company still under wraps
RNZ: AgResearch to sell 300ha of research land
Edward Gay (Stuff): Fatal motorway shooting: Survivor Richard Neville still wants answers
Peter McKenzie (Newsroom): Why we need automatic voter enrolment
Jamie Morton (Herald): Million-dollar study: When will Antarctica’s marine ice sheets melt?
Sam Farrell (Newshub): Hawke’s Bay residents furious after forester’s pipe leaves beach ‘unswimmable’
Kirdan Lees (Newsroom): Why we need a recession plan
RNZ: Electricity prices: Flick customers warned of higher bills
Mānia Clarke (Māori TV): Adoptee seeks justice for displaced tamariki
Aine Kelly-Costello (Newshub): ‘Mocking Māori culture’: Australian bar removes tā moko from beer showcase ad after criticism
Denise Garland (RNZ): Aussie beer event advert ‘mocking Māori culture’
Chris Fowlie (Daily Blog): Cannabis predictions and crystal ball gazing
Joanne Carroll (Press): Pike River re-entry: Police won’t be among first inside mine after risk assessment raised safety concerns
1News: ‘Honestly, it’s not all me’ – Richie McCaw, Sir John Key revisit three-way handshake
MIchael Daly (Stuff): Key insists French interloper to blame for infamous three-way handshake; McCaw agrees
Idealog: Here’s the social issues New Zealand CEOs will be championing for 2019