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Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – February 22 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

Capital gains tax
John Armstrong (1News): Failure to deliver capital gains tax would see Ardern reduced to a laughing stock
Audrey Young (Herald): Michael Cullen has given the Government exactly the kind of report it needed
Matthew Hooton (Herald): Michael Cullen’s Capital Gapital Gains Tax is dead on arrival
Max Rashbrooke (RNZ): Capital gains tax: A test of our national myths and Labour’s mettle
Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): Govt’s tax trepidation opens field for attacks
Richard Harman: The political ifs and buts of a capital gains tax
Brian Fallow (Herald): Capital gains tax could worsen NZ’s economic problems
Liam Dann (Herald): Capital gains tax proposal sparks chorus of concerns
Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): Sir Michael Cullen recommends the type of tax he never dared try himself
Gordon Campbell (Scoop): On Sir Michael Cullen’s tax reform
Chris Keall (Herald): Peter Beck slams Capital Gains Tax, but other entrepreneurs see positives
Liam Dann (Herald): The Government’s Capital Gains Tax masterstroke
1News: New Zealanders divided over possible capital gains tax, but majority could be swayed, poll finds
1News: Winston Peters says not just ‘selfish egotistical’ people with ‘vested interest in property’ to have say on capital gains tax
Bernard Hickey (Newsroom): Capital gains debate’s dirty little secrets
Gia Garrick (RNZ): Complex capital gains tax ‘a lot of cost for no gain’
Herald: Editorial: Capital gains tax taking good shape
Jason Walls (Herald): Capital Gains Tax will hit older Kiwis with savings the hardest
Susan Edmunds and Andy Fyers (Stuff): What would Tax Working Group’s proposals mean for you?
Duncan Garner (Newshub): The rich pricks are in Cullen’s sights
Gyles Beckford (RNZ): The Tax Working Group recommendations: What it means for you
Kirk Hope (Stuff): Capital gains tax not supported by business
Terry Baucher (The Spinoff): Beyond Capital Gains: other good stuff from the Tax Working Group report
Audrey Young (Herald): House price slump will sweeten Capital Gains Tax plan
Tim Watkin (Pundit): Capital Gains Tax – now it’s a numbers game
David Farrar: 19 details to look out for in the capital gains tax proposal
No Right Turn: For a capital gains tax
Zane Small (Stuff): Capital gains tax proposal: How it compares to the rest of the world
The Spinoff: Five commentators weigh in on the Tax Working Group’s recommendations
Herald: Environmentalists welcome new tax proposals
Herald: NZX says Capital Gains Tax would stunt market and economy
Jamie Gray (Herald): Rural sector gives thumbs down to capital gains tax
Laura Wiltshire (Hawkes Bay Today): Capital gains tax will make it harder for renters, man who owns 80 Hawke’s Bay homes warns
Stuff: Capital gains tax: Business, unions, accountants and anti-poverty campaigners weigh in
Michael Reddell: Capital gains taxes: some thoughts
Megan Harvey (Herald): Kiwis roast Simon Bridges on social media for his ‘Kiwi way of life’
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): No cash limit on ‘family home’ for tax purposes, tax working group decides
Jason Walls (Herald): NZ First Leader Winston Peters is sticking to the same script as the Prime Minister over CGT
Liam Dann (Herald): Capital gains tax proposal sparks chorus of concerns
Hayden Donnell (The Spinoff): Once more unto the beach house: Simon Bridges and the Kiwi way of life
Jessica Mutch McKay (1News): Capital gains tax would ‘have a big impact on mum and dad investors’
Tamsyn Parker (Herald): Michael Cullen’s bob each way on KiwiSaver
Maria Slade (The Spinoff): The most nuclear takes on the proposed new capital gains tax
Henry Cooke and Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): Government cautious on capital gains tax recommendation
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Capital gains tax – what the dissenters said
Tamsyn Parker (Herald): Capital gains tax will lead to overcrowding, property investor warns
Pattrick Smellie (Herald): Tax cut recommended for low and middle income earners
Chris Hutching (Stuff): Capital gains tax on businesses ‘unfair’ says solicitor
Jason Walls (Herald): Tax Working Group recommends capital gains tax: what it means for you
Herald: Big tax shakeup: What you need to know
Gyles Beckford (RNZ): The Tax Working Group unveils final report, recommends a capital gains tax
David Farrar: Cullen’s terrible tax proposal
David Hargreaves (Interest): Is it a dog, a rat, a monster, or merely offensive?
Jason Walls (Herald): National Leader Simon Bridges said the recommended capital gains tax was an ‘attack on the Kiwi way of life’
Henry Cooke (Stuff): Capital gains tax an ‘assault on the Kiwi way of life’, says Simon Bridges
John Cuthbertson (Stuff): Capital gains tax would be hard work for taxpayers and legislators alike
1News: Tax Working Group recommends keeping an eye on how charities are spending their tax savings
1News: Simon Bridges says Tax Working Group findings a ‘declaration of war’ against farmers
1News: Jacinda Ardern not ‘ruling anything in or out’ after capital gains tax recommended by Working Group
Marc Greenhill (Stuff): Small business owners rail against capital gains tax proposal
Matthew Whitehead (The Standard): In defense of taxing the family home
RNZ: Robin Oliver spoke to Lisa Owen about the tax working group’s final report

China-NZ relations
The Listener: Editorial – China-New Zealand relations aren’t in crisis – no thanks to Winston
RNZ: UK says ‘no problems’ with Huawei technology found, Andrew Little responds
RNZ: Dame Jenny article in Chinese publication ‘based on earlier interview’
John Anthony (Stuff): People’s Daily admits Dame Jenny Shipley did not write opinion piece praising China
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): 5 truths about China hysteria the NZ media are not covering
Amanda Cropp (Herald): International visitor spending hits $11b and highlights importance of China market
John Anthony (Stuff): State-backed Chinese TV station NCTV pulled from Freeview due to ‘outstanding debts’

Australian PM in NZ
Stacey Kirk (Stuff): Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison jets in for first official visit
Chris Bramwell (RNZ): Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison visits New Zealand
Newshub: Jacinda Ardern urged to talk about detention centres with Aussie PM
AAP: China’s influence set to be talking point as Scott Morrison meets Jacinda Ardern on New Zealand visit
Herald: Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison in New Zealand for talks tomorrow

Isaac Davison (Herald): Risks of legal cannabis in New Zealand understated, Massey University researchers say
Lucy Bennett (Herald): DHB financial performance data shows big projected deficit
Oliver Lewis (Stuff): Health Minister lays out expectations for district health boards
Stacey Kirk and Oliver Lewis and Cate Broughton (Stuff): District Health Boards careening to a full house of red as deficit tops $200m
Mike Houlahan (ODT): Ministry called to aid SDHB
Natalie Akoorie (Herald): Waikato DHB boss recruitment cost $73k – but there’s no new chief executive
Melanie Earley (Stuff): Breast Cancer Foundation calls for unlimited free doctors’ visits for terminal cancer patients
Catherine Hutton (RNZ): Mental health inquiry: Demand for services overwhelming

Auditor General on Maggie Barry’s office
Lucy Bennett (Herald): Auditor-General steps put of inquiry into claims against National MP Maggie Barry
Collette Devlin (Stuff): Investigation into Maggie Barry claims recommended by auditor-general
Anna Bracewell-Worrall (Newshub): Auditor-General recommends investigation into Maggie Barry’s alleged use of parliamentary staff for party purposes
Jo Moir (RNZ): Calls for further probe into National MP’s alleged misuse of funding

Jordan Peterson
Simon Wilson (Herald): Speaking clearly with Jordan Peterson
Simon Wilson (Herald): Jordan Peterson and the suffering of men
Kyle MacDonald (Herald): The problem with Jordan Peterson’s advice for young men
Verity Johnson (Stuff): Why Jordan Peterson is a sign of our very scary times
Shomi Yoon (International socialists): Why we protested Jordan Peterson

Simon Wilson (Herald): How dare Auckland Transport pit schoolkids against cyclists
Meriana Johnsen (RNZ): Bus and train driver shortage: ‘We’re leaving people stranded’
No Right Turn: Their own fault
Amber-Leigh Woolf (Stuff): Auckland Light Rail plan questioned by National MP
Virginia Fallon (Stuff): NZTA dumps ‘death trap’ plans to narrow bridge for cycleway, confirms clip-ons
Mandy Te (Stuff): Lime has one-day deadline to explain safety glitch to Auckland Council

Simon Chapple (Newsroom): The fast food culture of the State Services Commission
Peter Dunne (Newsroom): Government by worthy sentiment
Mike Hosking (Herald): Govt’s wellbeing budget a looming disaster
Tim Brown (RNZ): Pike River mine re-entry reminds Kaitangata of another disaster
1News: ‘Share our stories respectfully’ – Māori and European experiences will be honoured in Cook 250 commemorations
Donna-Lee Biddle (Stuff): Signing declaration won’t stop climate change, Hamilton mayor says
1News: ‘Let those animals die’: Doc Martin star Martin Clunes slams NZ zoos
1News: Rental agent says prejudice common among landlords after Māori woman’s discrimination experience
RNZ: Plan to have 1 million people speaking te reo Māori by 2040
Ann David (Stuff): Euthanasia debate: Why are we forcing Kiwis to die horrible, painful deaths?
Lucy Bennett (Herald): National MP Nick Smith avoids further discipline over comments
Michael Reddell: Terms and conditions surely?
Pete George: Identity politics and dignity
Matthew Littlewood (Stuff): Timaru council discusses more than a quarter of agenda items behind closed doors
RNZ: Auckland councillors in bid to overturn Santa Parade decision
Katie Fitzgerald (Stuff): ‘Academics’ behind parole decisions don’t understand victims – advocate
Vanita Prasad (Newsroom): Councillors to fight for Auckland Santa Parade
Jacqueline Beggs (Newsroom): Why we should celebrate NZ’s latest fruit fly detection
Farah Hancock (Newsroom): Hope is not a biodiversity strategy
Alan Johnson (Daily blog): A radical mandate is required to address Maori – non-Maori inequality
Eloise Gibson (Newsroom): Speed up, cow gas researchers urged
Colin James (Newsroom): Making corporations fit for purpose
Bruce Kohn (Herald): Large-scale importer would not get building materials cheaper
Katy Jones (Stuff): System failing at-risk school children, Government says
Simon Collins (Herald): Primary school teachers plan stopworks, may have new pay offer