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Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – January 31 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

Employment
Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): Has Iain Lees-Galloway learnt his lesson?
Dennis Maga (Stuff): Fair pay agreements: We can turn around our low wage economy
Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): Supermarkets to security: unions say thousands will benefit from new agreements
Jason Walls (Herald): Former National PM Jim Bolger urges National Party to respond to the fair pay agreement report with ‘calmness’
1News: Fair pay group releases recommendations for setting wage standards across industries
Interest: Summary of Recommendations from the Govt’s Fair Pay Agreement Working Group
Simon Hartley (ODT): Clash over fair pay agreements
David Farrar: The terrible terrible “Fair Pay” proposals
Tamsyn Parker (Herald): Big business slow to pay living wage
Rob Stock (Stuff): Westpac becomes a ‘living wage’ employer
Jamie Ensor (Newshub): Westpac first bank in New Zealand accredited as ‘Living Wage’ employer
Matt Brown (Stuff): Overseas seasonal workers may fill the forestry worker gap, Minister says
Kevin Norquay (Stuff): Here’s a tip for Millenials: Hard work doesn’t kill you, it makes you

Primary industries
Conan Young (RNZ): ‘Big problems in the fisheries’: Talley’s boat taken off blacklist
Tim O’Connell (Stuff): Fishing company says observer error to blame in Tasman Sea breach
Jason Walls (Herald): NZ First MP Shane Jones accuses Greenpeace of deliberately tarnishing NZ’s reputation for donations
Henry Cooke (stuff): Cameras on fishing boats delayed, angering Greens and Greenpeace
Gerard Hutching (Stuff): Fertiliser companies under pressure over pollution claims
Eric Frykberg (RNZ): Federated Farmers on clean waterways survey: ‘Throwing rocks at farming all the time is just not helping’
No Right Turn: Farmers should not be allowed to poison people
RNZ: Canterbury irrigation scheme faces no consequences – Forest and Bird advocate
Paul Gorman (Stuff): Canterbury land use in doubt after overturned ECan prosecution
Robin Martin (RNZ): Farm owners lose appeal against $45k effluent fine
Rosie Taylor (Guardian): New Zealand brings first ‘fake mānuka honey’ prosecution
RNZ: Manuka honey producer charged in landmark case
Esther Taunton (Stuff): Jane Goodall signs on to Safe’s anti-rodeo campaign
1News: ‘A stressful place to be’ – women on farms want better mental health services

Cancer care
1News: ‘You can’t fight cancer without a plan’ – specialist demands national strategy to improve health of Kiwis
Karen Brown (RNZ): Terminally ill cancer patient works on hatching nationwide plan
Kate Nicol-Williams (1News): Government’s plan for dealing with cancer criticised at conference
Vita Molyneux (Newshub): Terminally ill man demands reform of New Zealand’s cancer plan
Russell (Herald): Health minister promises dying dad Blair Vining that NZ will improve cancer treatment
Ruby Macandrew (Stuff): Health Minister David Clark commits to improving cancer treatment for all Kiwis
Mike Houlahan (ODT): Cancer treatment times questioned
Ruby Macandrew (Stuff): ‘We’re giving up too soon’: Advanced breast cancer expert calls for attitude change in NZ
Moana Makapelu Lee (Māori TV): Health sector ‘inherently racist’ to Māori says cancer survivor
Stuff: Northland father-of-three forced to sell ‘dream home’ to fund cancer treatment

Health, elderly care
Natalie Akoorie (Herald): High suicide rate among elderly NZ men, targeted treatment needed – expert
Hannah Martin (Stuff): ‘Vulnerable’ older people more likely to self harm due to physical illness
Charlie Dreaver (RNZ): Elderly mental health linked to physical illnesses – study
Southland Times Editorial: We’re heading into a grey area
Pat Baskett (Newsroom): A terrible role model for legal cannabis
Oliver Lewis (Stuff): Post-earthquake ‘honeymoon’ followed by mental and physical health low in Canterbury
Oliver Lewis (Stuff): ‘To better serve the community’: Health precinct buildings officially open
Carmen Parahi (Stuff): The stigma of a system that ‘fat shames’ Māori and Pasifika people
Samantha Gee (Nelson Mail): Pay increases for health staff hit DHB budget
Matthew Littlewood (Timaru Herald): Timaru leaders on attack over ACC’s restructure plans
RNZ: E-cigarettes ‘much better for quitting smoking’ – study
Karen Brown (RNZ): ‘We’ve finally got a treatment’: Hep C drug now funded

Housing
Press Editorial: Managing KiwiBuild’s shrinking expectations
Dan Satherley (Newshub): ‘Idiots’ in Parliament have no idea how to fix housing crisis – Eaqub
Katie Fitzgerald (Newshub): ‘You’ve blown up your own argument’: Garner grills building industry CEO on cost of housing
Dileepa Fonseka (Stuff): Housing minister warned that property rights will be undermined by Urban Development Authority
Jenna Lynch (Newshub): Government’s ability to seize land for KiwiBuild raises concerns
Zane Small (Newshub):Government needs ‘accountability’ of KiwiBuild targets – REINZ CEO Bindi Norwell
Deena Coster (Taranaki Daily News): Work on New Plymouth’s KiwiBuild site to get underway by April
Damian George (Stuff): Up to 300 affordable new homes proposed for surplus Mt Crawford land
1News: Crown-iwi partnership puts 300 new homes on the table for Wellington
Laura Dooney (RNZ): Hundreds of homes could be built on prison site in Wellington
Georgina Campbell (Herald): Emergency accommodation for Wellington students amid rental squeeze
Mark Jennings (Newsroom): Up close and personal with Auckland’s rental crisis

Environment and conservation
RNZ: Govt needs to fill gaps on climate infrastructure cost
Jamie Morton (Herald):If this heatwave is New Zealand’s future, are we ready for it?
Laura Walters (Newsroom): NZ needs to plan for ‘worst-case scenario’
Laura Walters (Newsroom): Sea level rise to cost billions in public service adaptation
Stephen Forbes (Interest): Local Government New Zealand says up to $14 billion of local government infrastructure is at risk from rising sea levels and climate change
Chris Morris (ODT): $400m in assets at risk from sea level rise
Talisa Kupenga (Māori TV): Coastal marae at risk of rising sea levels
No Right Turn: Climate Change: The cost of inaction
Lois Williams (RNZ): Freshwater streams drying up in Northland
Georgia Forrester (Stuff): Watch 118 years of global temperature changes
Farah Hancock (Newsroom): What’s a swamp worth?

National Party, Blue-Green party
Simon Wilson (Herald): Politics in the leafy blue-green suburbs
John Armstrong (1News): Jami-Lee Ross may have inadvertently done Simon Bridges a big favour
Gordon Campbell: On National’s tax handouts
Matthew Hooton (Herald): Simon Bridges bets on specifics over waffle
Zane Small (Newshub): Will Simon Bridges survive 2019 as National leader? ‘Absolutely,’ he says

Government
Peter Dunne (Newsroom): It’s getting real for the Govt and Ardern
Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): My Cabinet reshuffle – The good ministers and the inept, incompetent and invisible

Insurance, banking industries
Leith Huffadine (RNZ): Life insurance tactics exposed in report: What you need to know before buying it
ODT Editorial: The murky world of life insurance
Brian Fallow (Herald): Can you trust insurers with your genes?

Tax
Jane Patterson (RNZ): A Labour capital tax would be National’s gain
David Fisher, Martin Johnston and Chris Knox (Herald): The $1.7bn ‘stealth’ tax grab – work out how much ‘extra’ tax you have been paying?

Education and training
Josephine Franks (Stuff): One-third of children regularly miss school
RNZ: Regular truants ‘will lose at least a term’
Simon Collins (Herald): Kawerau truancy service asks schools to stop asking for money
Sophie Bateman (Newshub): Boys should be allowed to have long hair at school – Victoria Uni law professor Dr Dean Knight
Dawn Picken (Bay of Plenty Times): Stop fleecing parents – make all kids wear same uniform
Karyn Henger (Now To Love): Kiwi students’ grades drop due to online shopping, gaming and social media use at school
Katy Jones and Skary Bohny (Stuff): Nelson College for Girls denies bullying culture 
Simon Collins (Herald): Ex-principal Tim Jenkinson wrote fake ‘virus’ letter after students said they found porn on phone
Catrin Owen (Stuff): Deputy principal wrote a fake letter to school principal after being found with porn on mobile phone
John Gerritsen (RNZ): Two teachers censured for pushing or pulling children
Adele Redmond (Stuff): Teacher struck off register for failure to disclose $57,000 benefit fraud convictions
Herald Editorial: School holidays need to consider working parents
Caroline Williams (Stuff): Lawyer slams PM Jacinda Ardern over broken ‘promises’ to deported Indian students
Harry Love (ODT): Fees-free policy: a failure of articulation
Marta Steeman (Stuff): Trades qualifications should be ranked higher, the building training organisation says
Kate Hawkesby (Newstalk ZB): Time to update our antiquated school system and values

Child welfare
Katie Doyle (RNZ): Transition service offers extra support to those leaving state care
Ben Strang (RNZ): Young girl ordered back to father under the Hague Convention despite saying he hit her

Justice
Nicholas Jones (Herald): Grant Hannis case: Elder abuse sentence ‘shockingly inadequate’ and Aged Care Commission urgently needed, Grey Power says
Māori TV: Māori DNA “a taonga”

Sexism, sexual violence and harassment
Jason Walls (Herald): Half of female MPs face sexism or sexual harassment: survey
Alison Mau (Stuff): Majority of women MPs suffer ‘violence and harassment’ in Parliament: report
1News: Women MPs subjected to ‘real and widespread’ sexism, harassment and violence – survey
Sam Huggard: Don’t be too polite, and show a little fight

Police
Sam Hurley (Herald): Gisborne police officer cleared by IPCA after fracturing man’s face during arrest
Charlotte Carter (Stuff): All police officers to receive new stab- and bullet-proof vests in $20 million roll-out
Chelsea Boyle (Herald): Police Commissioner Mike Bush unveils new $20 million body armour for officers
1News: Police invest $20.7m in new body armour for all officers
RNZ: New armour for police in $20m upgrade
Amber-Leigh Woolf (Stuff): Police firearms staff proposed restructure could affect more than 350 jobs
RNZ: Police fire shots to stop car in alleged firearms incident fleeing across Auckland

Iwi Chairs Forum
RNZ: Iwi Chairs Forum: PM Jacinda Ardern ‘happy to be guided’
RNZ: Iwi leaders encouraged by government ahead of Waitangi
Leigh-Marama McLachlan (RNZ): Iwi Chairs Forum holds year’s first hui

Economy
Tom Pullar-Strecker and Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): Improved S&P outlook ‘underlines’ position of NZ economy, says Grant Robertson
1News: Government given economic ‘vote of confidence’ by top ratings agency
Newshub: New Zealand’s credit outlook lifted to ‘positive’ by Standard & Poor’s
Liam Dann (Herald): Lack of business investment is slowing growth – economist
RNZ: Watch: Why ‘women’s work’ doesn’t count

Trade
Bonnie Flaws (Stuff): Trade should put the environment first, say campaigners – but it will force up the cost of living
Pat Deavoll (Stuff):Brexit: New Zealand farmers will weather the fall out
Daily Blog: Claire Slatter – Trade & Women

Media
Tim Murphy and Mark Jennings (Newsroom): MediaRoom: Putting a price on trust
Colin Peacock (RNZ)): Beating up the heating up?

Immigration
Jared Savage (Herald): Police release photography of Karel Sroubek smiling in Czech Republic despite claims his life was in danger
Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): The Shchetkova family is the proof our immigration system is a farce
1News: ‘We feel like our lives are ruined’ – family who run successful Auckland restaurant bewildered by looming deportation

Aotearoa New Zealand
1News: Aotearoa New Zealand? Petition launched calling for country to officially change name
Ele Ludemann: Go all the way to Aotearoa

Local government
Matthew Theunissen (RNZ): Piha flooding: ‘If it’s raining you’re terrified in your own home’ – Residents frustrated at further report delays
Stuff: Investigation into child’s drowning at Gore oxidation pond launched
Elton Rikihana Smallman (Stuff): Warning shot fired over water meters in Hamilton
John Boynton (RNZ): Ngaruāwahia pool prices slashed to keep kids off rail bridge

Tourism
Amanda Cropp (Stuff): Tourism coming off the boil as spectacular growth slows
Tema Hemi (Māori TV): Tenzing family expedition ends in Taranaki

Pacific
RNZ: Pacific urged to prepare for threat of pandemic
RNZ: Canberra’s courtship of Pacific continues
RNZ:US report claims China bribing Pacific nations

NZer arrested as terrorist suspect in Kenya
Joel McManus (Stuff): New Zealander arrested as a terrorist suspect in Kenya
1News: New Zealander arrested in terror suspect crackdown in Kenya – reports
RNZ: Kenya says New Zealander arrested in crackdown on extremism

Other
Aine Kelly Costello (Newshub): Disabled Work and Income clients suffering harsh penalties for relationships and part-time work
RNZ: Huawei in NZ: ‘We have nothing to hide’
Bryce Edwards (Newsroom): Urgent debate still needed about China and NZ
Bruce Munro (ODT): Global Insight: Top threats to NZ
No Right Turn: The government’s secret OIA plans II
Morgan Godfery (Spinoff): The Māori Party and TOP: dream team or disaster?
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Software update to knock thousands of poorly-maintained and scam ‘.nz’ websites offline
Hawkes Bay Today: ‘Offensive’ ad depicting Te Mata Peak as a rack of lamb pulled by company
Herald: A particularly devious tactic’: Law professor outed for using fake name in anti-euthanasia letters
Danielle Clent (Stuff): Clothes stolen from Auckland charity The Aunties’ storage unit
Debrin Foxcroft (Stuff): Households earning up to $100,000 a year but still struggling to make ends meet
RNZ: New speed limits for Wanaka CBD
Jonathan Mitchell (RNZ): More than $500k to be spent on tackling substance abuse in Defence Force
Isobel Ewing (Herald): Winston Peters, Shane Jones try to get ball rolling on Northland rail promise
Damien Venuto (Herald): Rub of the Green: Six Kiwi cannabis firms to watch
Sophie Bateman (Newshub): Social media savages Newstalk ZB host Kate Hawkesby for mocking Labour Party’s ‘crimes against fashion’
Megan Sutherland (Newshub): Con man facing deportation to NZ from Australia for fake visa scam
1News: New Zealand passports are getting more expensive

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