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Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – February 08 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

Government
Tracy Watkins Stuff): PM Jacinda Ardern’s State of the Nation speech: Sunny, but clouds gathering
Jane Patterson (RNZ): Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern outlines vision of economic growth and global challenges
Herald: Jacinda Ardern delivers ‘State of the Nation’ speech
Duncan Garner (Newshub): What Jacinda Ardern should say during her speech on the economy
Newshub: The Prime Minister’s full speech on the economy
Matthew Hooton (Herald: Divorce looms for Labour and NZ First

Waitangi
Tim Watkin (Pundit): Reflections on a day at Waitangi and ‘the c word’
Bryce Edwards (Herald): Political Roundup: NZ’s changing race relations
Simon Wilson (Herald): Brian Tamaki’s sermon at Waitangi
Gideon Scott Porter and Catherine Delahunty (Spinoff): Two perspectives: Waitangi Day 2019
RNZ: How cartoonists framed Waitangi Day
Te Kuru o te Marama Dewes (Māori TV): Keeping the mana of C Company in the East Coast
Peter de Graaf (Herald): Māori Battalion veteran gives blessing to new museum at Waitangi

Iwi wealth, Māori inequality
Morgan Godfery: The myths and stereotypes of urban Māori
Liam Dann (Herald): The $9 billion iwi empire: Māori groups’ assets grow, despite slowdown

Treaty education in schools
Liam Hehir (Spinoff): If Jacinda doesn’t know the Treaty, what hope is there for the rest of us?
Bernie Moore (Stuff): Lack of Māori history at school made my childhood difficult

Commercial fishing
Conan Young (RNZ): Fishing industry letter to Stuart Nash opposes cameras on boats
No Right Turn: Two-faced criminals
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): The Nashy pumps iron for MPI and promises something that will never happen. Ever.
Anuya Nadkarni (Stuff): Sea Shepherd calling for US ban on importing Kiwi seafood to protect māui dolphins
Luke Appleby (1News): Sea Shepherd petitions US to ban imports of New Zealand fish from Māui dolphin habitats
RNZ: Call for US ban on NZ imports over netting of dolphins

National Party
Craig McCulloch (RNZ): Julie Bishop wants to contribute to ‘the return of National Party’
Stacey Kirk (Stuff): National Party strategy already in place as party thrashes out tactics for year ahead
Stacey Kirk (Stuff): National’s policy machine whirs to life, as party meets for strategy session
Craig McCulloch (RNZ): Julie Bishop goes on National’s Hamilton retreat
Derek Cheng (Herald): Julie Bishop challenges political parties to have more women MPs
Zane Small and Tova O’Brien (Newshub): National MP Sarah Dowie finally fronts on police probe into Jami-Lee Ross text
Derek Cheng (Herald): National MPs try to put Jami-Lee Ross saga behind them
Benedict Collins (1News): National MP, Sarah Dowie tight-lipped about her involvement with Jami-Lee Ross 
Jason Walls (Herald): Defiant National MP Sarah Dowie to stay despite Jami-Lee Ross inquiry
Craig McCulloch (RNZ): National MP Sarah Dowie says she will not stand down despite police investigation
Newshub: Duncan Garner quizzes Nikki Kaye on leadership ambitions

State of emergency in Tasman
Amy Ridout and Tim Newman (Stuff): Nelson bush fire: Prime Minister pledges $20,000 for Tasman fire relief
RNZ: Nelson fire: Government confirms support
Herald: Pigeon Valley Fire: Further evacuations, Govt set up $20,000 relief fund
1News:Jacinda Ardern praises emergency teams dealing with the Nelson fire

Transport
Danica MacLean (Herald): Shane Jones fires barbs at Northland regional transport committee chairman John Bain
Amanda Cropp (Stuff): U-turn on 1400 towbar checks by Transport Agency
RNZ: Campaigner ‘elated’ over NZTA’s U-turn on towbar fees
Stephen Forbes (Interest): Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones says Auckland Mayor Phil Goff should find money for an apparent Central Rail Link shortfall instead of worrying about light rail
Caroline Williams (Stuff): Buses cancelled in Swanson, West Auckland, after drivers’ protest
Adam Goodall (Spinoff): Harassment, sexism and 70-hour weeks: Life as a Kiwi truck driver
Hamish McNeilly (Stuff): Doctors apprehensive about e-scooters as students return to Dunedin
Nicole Lawton (Stuff): Lime admits to e-scooter fault which locks up wheels at speed, causing ‘excruciating’ injuries

Tax
Peter Dunne (Newsroom): Don’t just tinker with tax
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Government dismisses accountants’ fear that tight timeline could botch tax reform
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Government urged to delay capital gains tax by accounting body
Troy Bowker (Stuff): The reality of capital gains tax is that the lion’s share is paid by the middle
BusinessDesk: Govt gets tax windfall from GST and ciggies
Paul McBeth (BusinessDesk): GST, tobacco excise boosts Government coffers in six-month surplus

Health
Janine Rankin (Stuff): Anger and dismay about threat to women’s health service
1News: Around two-thirds of e-cigarette users still smoke tobacco
Katie Fitzgerald and Miriam Harris (Newshub): Australia’s melanoma rates overtake New Zealand
Brittany Keogh (Stuff): New Zealand melanoma rates no longer worst in world
Benn Bathgate (Stuff): Claim and counterclaim ahead of Lakes DHB staff’s five-day strike
RNZ: Strike action in Rotorua forces DHB to ask private hospital for help
Jamie Ensor (Newshub): ‘I just held back tears’: Woman’s touching suicide message captures hearts in Waitangi
Siouxsie Wiles (Spinoff): Slip slop scrap: On the Cancer Society vs Consumer NZ sunscreen fight
RNZ: Rise in meth admissions strains mental health service in Waikato
Tina Law (Press): Akaroa ratepayers could be levied to help pay for new health centre

Environment and conservation
Michael Neilson (Herald): ‘Extreme and unpredictable’ weather to get worse as ice sheets melt – NZ-led research says
Jacqueline Rowarth (Herald): Two surveys, two different results on water quality
Matthew Littlewood (Timaru Herald): Intimidated DOC staff now wearing body cameras
RNZ: Pest trappers speak out after vandalism and anti-1080 vandalism
Stuff: DOC warns dog owners after little blue penguins mauled by dogs near Port Taranaki

Employment
Herald Editorial: Unemployment down yet dole numbers are up
Thomas Coughlan (Newsroom): Unemployment up, as economy slows
RNZ: Unemployment rate up for latest quarter
Jenée Tibshraeny (Interest): Unemployment rate rises to 4.3%
Reuters: New Zealand quarterly unemployment rises above forecasts
Chris Knox and Jason Walls (Herald): The National Party says the jump in the unemployment rate is bad news for the wider economy
No Right Turn: 6,000 employed under Labour
Kirk Hope (Stuff): Compulsory collective agreements will not help innovation

Housing
Listener: The KiwiBuild failure should galvanise urgent action on NZ’s housing disaster
David Hargreaves (Interest): Getting its houses in order
Harrison Christian (Stuff): South Auckland ‘slum’ landlord raises ire of tenants
Aine Kelly-Costello (Newshub): ‘I was breaking down’: Disabled mother’s gruelling search for an accessible Auckland house

Refugees
RNZ: Extending NZ citizenship to climate refugees premature – Peters
Robin Martin (RNZ): Regional refugee resettlement: ‘There is a real desire to welcome’
Newshub: Timaru, Whanganui, Blenheim, Masterton and Levin to start taking refugees

Primary industries
Stuff: New Zealand apple industry under threat from climate change
Nicole Rosie (Stuff): To the farmers of New Zealand – Quad bike change must be led by you

Education
Bryce Edwards (Newsroom): What’s the Govt doing to make school education free?
Wayne Smith (Newsroom): Inequity in education has got to go
Natalie Akoorie (Herald): Brody Hide wants to grow beard again after Te Puke High made him shave it off
Astrid Austin (Hawkes Bay Today): Hawke’s Bay schools benefit from KidsCan programme
Stuff: History stops in High Court for Taratahi Agricultural Training Centre

Media, PR
Jim Tucker (Taranaki Daily News): Bad smell at the back of the cave
Te Kuru o te Marama Dewes (Māori TV): Māori Media Sector Shift: Radio Ngāti Porou

Local government
Libby Wilson (Stuff): Hamilton Mayor gives councillors a serve over sideswipes and point-scoring
Evan Harding (Southland Times): Bluff politician sentenced for dumping contaminant onto council land

NZ Cricket remove sexual consent protest banner
Herald: Cricket: New Zealand Cricket apologise for removing banner that promoted sexual consent
RNZ: NZ Cricket, Westpac Stadium apologise to rape protester
Grant Chapman (Newshub): Blackcaps vs India: Sexual consent sign wrongly removed from T20 international

R Kelly
Chris Schulz (Herald): Why New Zealand needs to close the closet door on R Kelly
Melanie Earley (Stuff): R. Kelly New Zealand tour would ‘reinforce sexual assault victims’ feelings of shame’
1News: Petition started to ban R. Kelly from New Zealand ahead of world tour
Stuff: R Kelly is yet to apply for a visa to tour New Zealand

Other
Chris Morris (ODT): Dunedin may have to export rubbish
Gordon Campbell: On why we shouldn’t support the US-led coup in Venezuela
Collette Devlin (Stuff): WorkSafe responding to Oranga Tamariki-Ministry for Children bullying complaint
Katie Todd (RNZ): Campground owners struggling in wake of designated freedom camping
Herald: Education Minister Chris Hipkins blasts Te Papa over nappy changing facility
Sophie Bateman (Newshub): Chris Hipkins rails against ‘sexist’ Te Papa toilet sign
Karoline Tuckey (RNZ): Both sides of the rodeo argument: Fans, riders and animal welfare campaigners
Derek Cheng (Herald): Tracey Martin and the NZ First ‘talkback army
Marta Steeman (Stuff): New Zealand on the right track with new earthquake-resistant building technologies
Te Aniwa Hurihanganui (RNZ): Wild West Festival activities ‘further entrench racist stereotypes’
Heta Gardiner (Māori TV): Festival organisers apologise for depiction of Native Americans
Lisette Reymer (Newshub): Hotel booking sites agree to end ‘dodgy tactics’ after UK investigation
Debbie Jamieson (Stuff): Little evidence Airbnb listings affect rental accommodation in Queenstown, commissioners say
Carl Bradley (Herald): NZ street gangs are facing an influx of Australian outlaw bikers
Andrew Dickens (Herald): Is it time to change New Zealand’s name?
Jessie Chiang and Brooke Jenner (RNZ): People in outer Auckland waiting up to 10 days for water
Debrin Foxcroft (Stuff): Suspended real estate agent Aaron Drever receives lifetime bowling ban

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