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Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – February 15 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

China-NZ relations
Laura Walters (Newsroom): Warnings to Chinese tourists spark further questions
Katie Fitzgerald (Newshub): Chinese tourists backing out of trips to ‘back-stabbing’ New Zealand
Richard Harman: And now, Chinese tourists are cancelling
1News: Some Chinese travellers ‘dumping plans to travel to New Zealand’ amid strained relationship between Wellington and Beijing
Paul G Buchanan (RNZ): Trade vs security: New Zealand’s Huawei dilemma
The Press: Editorial – Fence-sitting over China has got harder
Herald: New Zealand’s tourism industry is facing backlash following rocky relationship with China
Liam Dann (Herald): Economy Hub: China rift – ‘They now feel they cannot trust us’
Audrey Young (Herald): Winston Peters rejects suggestions that NZ exporters are facing delays at Chinese ports
Bryce Edwards (Herald): Political Roundup: The Story of the Chinese blowback against New Zealand
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): NZTE sees nothing to prove China is taking revenge on exporters
Grant Bradley (Herald): Hong Kong Airlines pulls out of Auckland dealing blow to travel industry
John Anthony (Stuff): Hong Kong Airlines pulls out of New Zealand from May

National Party “sexist” advert
Danyl Mclauchlan (The Spinoff): Notes towards a grand unified theory of the terrible National Party sausage ad
Barry Soper (Herald): National’s Kiwibuild ad the talk of the town
RNZ: Paula Bennett defends ‘no sausage’ mansplaining ad on KiwiBuild
Herald: Government Ministers are slamming a National Party KiwiBuild attack ad as sexist
Newstalk ZB: National’s attack ad labelled as sexist
Stuff: National Party’s KiwiBuild attack ad comes under fire as sexist and incorrect
1News: Jacinda Ardern says National attack ad accused of ‘mansplaining’ is straight from ‘1970s era’
1News: Paula Bennett defends National’s ad attacking KiwiBuild – labelled ‘sexist’ by some – as ‘just a bit of humour’

KiwiBuild and housing
Jenna Lynch (Newshub): Revealed: No one entered KiwiBuild ballot for Waikato development
Jane Patterson (RNZ): Reserve Bank predicts KiwiBuild will crowd out private building, progress slowly
Deena Coster (Stuff): New Plymouth’s $23m KiwiBuild project a potential boon for local industry
BusinessDesk: KiwiBuild will crowd out as much as 75% of other home building: RBNZ
Simon Collins (Herald): New overseas teachers staying with school principal because of Auckland’s housing crisis
RNZ: Co-housing the key to closed property markets?
Jamie Ensor (Newshub): Auckland house buyers increasingly confident prices won’t rise
Greg Ninness (Interest): House buying optimism hits five-and-a-half year high in ASB Housing Confidence Survey
Anne Gibson (Herald): Auckland’s median house price drops $20,000
Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Tenants feel Wellington rent crunch: ‘We were so devastated’
1News: Wellington rent prices ‘explode’, tenants paying $45 more than Auckland
Anne Gibson (Herald): Auckland’s median house price drops $20,000
Chloe Ranford (Stuff): RSE workers have little impact on rental market, report says

Polytechnic reform
Nikki Mandow (Newsroom): Timeline tight for critical skills education reform
John Gerritsen (RNZ): The devil is in the details for the new ‘mega-polytechnic’
George Heagney and Janine Rankin (Stuff): Polytech restructure could strengthen Palmerston North’s education role
Max Christoffersen (Stuff): Something’s rotten in the state of Wintec

Land tenure review abolished
Charlie Mitchell (Stuff): The slow, sorry end of tenure review
Charlie Mitchell (Stuff): The multimillion dollar public land sales scheme, tenure review, will be stopped
Jamie Ensor (Newshub): Controversial tenure review leaves devastating legacy for South Island environment – researchers
Guy Williams (ODT): Differences on replacement for tenure review
RNZ: Eugenie Sage slams the selling of Crown land to farmers under tenure review
Derek Cheng (Herald): Tenure review axed to save high country landscapes and native habitat
1News: Govt to scrap controversial process for selling off South Island high country land
No Right Turn: The end of tenure review?

Parliament
Matthew Hooton (Herald): One poll not enough to unseat Simon Bridges
No Right Turn: “The most transparent government ever” – again
Edward Willis: Politics, select committees, cricket
David Farrar: Well done Trevor
David Farrar: A pox on both their houses
Phil Smith (RNZ): Two break-ups for Valentines – Parliament’s votes of confidence
RNZ: Select committee cancellation ‘partisan politics’ harming real people – submitter
1News: Winston Peters apologises to ‘all woodwork teachers’ after gibe at Gerry Brownlee’s expense
1News: Winston Peters’ defamation case has cost Kiwi taxpayers $80k, more expenses likely

Justice, corrections
1News: Government’s focus on community policy, organised crime ‘has nothing to do’ with drop in crimes in 2018 – criminologist
Chester Borrows (Stuff): Rethinking justice means we all must have our say
Anke Richter (The Spinoff): K Road naked protester: ‘I was feeling the violence towards all women’
RNZ: Fewer victims of crime last year, according to new Government data
1News: Victims of crime fell by 2.7 per cent last year
Anna Bracewell-Worrall (Newshub): Corrections ‘ripping off’ prisoners with expensive rental TVs
Melanie Earley (Stuff): Could youth mentoring be the key to keeping young people out of jail?
Newshub: The man taking on NZ’s shameful family violence rates

Reserve Bank and economy
Brian Fallow (Herald): Staff wanted, so where are the pay rises?
RNZ: New structure announced for Reserve Bank
Jenée Tibshraeny (Interest): Reducing the risk of the Governor ‘going feral’

Agriculture
Michael Morrah (Newshub): ‘Just abysmal’: Farmers furious at MPI’s ‘shambles’ response to M bovis
Gerard Hutching (Stuff): M bovis disease may have been in NZ in 2004: official report
Herald: MPI receives 188 submissions for dairy industry review

Health
The Listener – Editorial: Youth mental health is in crisis and NZ is failing to keep up
Kyro Selket (The Spinoff): Why fining parents for smoking in cars isn’t the answer
ODT: Editorial – Stubbing out smoking in cars
Herald: Mike King calls Waikato DHB ‘clowns’ after call for new coroner inquest into Nicky Stevens’ death
Marty Sharpe (Stuff): Was the unit that sterilises surgical equipment in Hawke’s Bay turned on?
RNZ: Junior doctors to ballot for fifth strike: ‘This campaign is not a flash in the pan’
Herald: Ombudsman launches twin investigations into care, deaths of intellectually disabled
Oliver Lewis (Stuff): Chief Ombudsman launches investigations into intellectual disability services

Transport
Emma Hatton (RNZ): Faulty airbags: ‘Some don’t see just how important it really is’
Thomas Coughlan (Newsroom): NZTA mulls law change as 17,300 cars remain unchecked
Todd Niall (Stuff): NZ Super Fund’s bid to build light rail in Auckland under Government review
RNZ: Wellington to get six-month e-scooter trial
Dileepa Fonseka (Stuff): ‘A bomb is going to be dropped on the footpath’, warns councillor as e-scooters get Wellington green light
Damian George (Stuff): Commuter chaos again in Wellington as 28 peak-hour bus services cancelled

Commercial fisheries, environment, conservation
Katie Fitzgerald (Newshub): Duncan Garner slams Stuart Nash over lack of cameras on fishing boats
Emma Dangerfield (Stuff): Amberley residents concerned about clam trawler operating metres from shore
Matt Brown (Stuff): Molesworth 1080 by-kill survey completed ‘within a month’
RNZ: Ban on cats under debate at Southland council meeting

Media
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): TVNZ searching for solution to boost its digital news, no comment on a Stuff purchase
Derek Cheng (Herald): TVNZ not ruling out buying Stuff or merging with Radio NZ
BusinessDesk: TVNZ has a keen interest in Stuff assets

Jordan Peterson
Jamie Ensor (Newshub): Jordan Peterson weighs in on New Zealand gender topics, Julie-Anne Genter’s ‘old white men’ comments
Jamie Ensor (Newshub): New Zealand ‘woke left’ needs to understand Jordan Peterson’s mainstream support – Sean Plunket

Drugs, and law reform
Damien Venuto (Herald): Cannabis investors take care: Risks go with enticing returns
Herald: Editorial: Sallies find P a growing scourge in our society
1News: Current cannabis law ‘a deterrent to young people getting treatment’ for drug’s negative affects – expert
RNZ: Complex chemicals: The trouble with detecting synthetic drugs

Pike River Mine
RNZ: Pike River: Drift must be entirely accessible before police enter
Joanne Carroll (Stuff): Pike River re-entry: Police will not be among first into mine drift
RNZ: Assistant Police Commissioner says staff won’t enter mine yet

Other
Peter Dunne (Newsroom: Ditch the lolly jar and start listening
Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): Agriculture no block to NZ-EU trade deal – Hogan
Simon Wilson (Herald): Taking the Salvation Army welfare challenge
Phil Pennington (RNZ): Quake-prone building owners fear ‘destruction by legislation’
Anne Gibson (Herald): SkyCity convention centre had Grenfell Tower-like cladding: $25m to remove
Levi Joule (Herald): Parade organisers missed the meaning of pride
No Right Turn: The law means nothing
1News: Auckland café’s Valentine’s Day blackboard message called offensive toward women
Leah Tebbutt (Herald): Calls to amend Prostitution Bylaw made at Rotorua committee meeting by New Zealand Prostitutes’ Collective
Winston Aldworth (Herald): NZ Cricket needs to front up on Scott Kuggeleijn
Jamie Wall (RNZ): NZ Cricket’s silence on Scott Kuggeleijn just another head in the sand
Newshub: Grant Robertson’s message to Aziz Al-Sa’afin on ‘gay-bashing’
Cherie Sivignon (Stuff): Nelson bush fire: PM announces extra $100,000 for mayoral relief fund
Melissa Nightingale (Herald): Colmar Brunton survey shows Kiwis care more about personal data safety
Lincoln Tan (Herald): Immigration NZ says sorry, assures mum little Zara won’t be deported
Bruce Munro (ODT): Global Insight: The Japan-NZ relationship
Tamsyn Parker (Herald): NZ banks slash branch numbers
Nikki Macdonald (Stuff): Axed Te Papa scientists granted temporary stay of execution

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