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Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – February 27 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 proposal, TWG
Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): CGT will only be ‘fair’ if we accept homeowners deserve a free ride
Matthew Theunissen (RNZ): Capital gains tax: ‘New Zealand is joining the modern world’ – academic
Thomas Coughlan (Newsroom): Think Capital Gains Tax is expensive? Try smoking
Māori TV: Tax working group “missed opportunity” – Māori Council
Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): Taxpayers set to suffer most in capital gains tax rumble
Bryce Edwards (Herald): Political Roundup: The biggest problem with the Capital Gains Tax – it won’t do enough
Jenée Tibshraeny (Interest): Where would a watered-down, politically palatable version of the Tax Working Group’s recommendations leave us?
Herald: MPs with multiple properties liable for capital gains tax
Jeremy Sutton (Herald): The Ex-Files: How a capital gains tax could impact your divorce
Liam Dann (Herald): Finance Minister Grant Robertson on China, tax and volatility
Stephen Forbes (Interest): Robertson coy about thoughts on Capital Gains Tax
John Anthony (Stuff):Capital gains tax: Government not bound by group’s recommendations, says minister
Megan Gattey (Stuff): Capital gains tax: Jacinda Ardern will need to compromise
David Farrar: Who will be affected by the proposed CGT?
David Farrar: A top tax accountant on CGT
Susan Edmund (Stuff): Property investor: I’ve paid more in tax in 20 years than you’ll earn your lifetime
MIchael Reddell: Reading the TWG report
Paul Drum (Stuff): Capital gains tax: Hysterical over-reaction not helpful, say accountants
RNZ: Capital gains tax concerns being heard, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says
1News: Tax recommendations: A ‘level playing field’ or attacking the Kiwi way of life?
Susan Edmund (Stuff): Here’s how New Zealanders get rich
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): CGT hysteria like the State Housing Meth hysteria & like Winston taking over hysteria – but do blame the Government

Mainzeal
Rob Stock (Stuff): Sinking Shipley: How Mainzeal collapsed and tarnished a former PM’s reputation
Jo Moir (RNZ): Future of Dame Shipley’s senior positions on multiple boards uncertain
Kim Savage (RNZ): Mainzeal saga unlikely to be over yet
Herald: $36m Mainzeal ruling: Can Jenny Shipley and co-directors pay up?
Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Mainzeal: ‘I really cannot fathom what happened here’
Chris Hutching (Stuff): Mainzeal money may help trade creditors but fallout goes wider
Anne Gibson (Herald): Three Mainzeal directors speak out: taking advice on $36m decision
Anne Gibson (Herald): Ex-PM Dame Jenny Shipley and other Mainzeal directors ordered to pay $36m by High Court
Rob Stock (Stuff): Former prime minister Dame Jenny Shipley ordered to pay $6m over Mainzeal collapse
Kim Savage (RNZ): High Court rules Mainzeal directors liable for $36m
Simon Shepherd (Newshub): Former NZ Prime Minister Dame Jenny Shipley ordered to pay $6m over Mainzeal collapse
Nikki Mandow (Newsroom): Shipley must pay $6m to Mainzeal creditors, court finds
No Right Turn: The obvious question

Air NZ fares, cameras on NZ flights
Brook Sabin (Stuff): Air New Zealand airfares: The reason they’re decreasing
Ryan Bridge (Newshub): We just got scammed by Air New Zealand
John Anthony (Stuff): Air New Zealand’s new airfare pricing raises ‘a whole lot of questions’, House of Travel says
Pamela Wade (Stuff): How Air New Zealand regional airfares compare to international airfares
1News: Air New Zealand confirms entry-level fare drop on over 40 domestic routes – but won’t front with details
Herald: Price war: Jetstar pledges to beat Air NZ airfares by 10 per cent
1News: Shane Jones warns he’ll be ‘full volume’ if Air NZ’s lower fares prove to be ‘a gimmick’
Sam Farrell (Newshub: ‘I think Air New Zealand realised the game was up’: Shane Jones says the national carrier had to change
Aimee Shaw (Herald): Shane Jones: Air NZ price cuts no good if high fares keep ‘choking’ day-to-day travellers
Danielle Clent (Stuff): Air New Zealand slashing prices for regional flights welcomed by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern
RNZ: Air NZ cuts fares by up to 50 percent on 41 domestic routes
Kapiti News: Kapiti mayor says he wouldn’t welcome Air New Zealand back
Alice Webb-Liddall (Newshub): ‘We don’t want them here’ – Kapiti Mayor shuns Air New Zealand
Elena McPhee (ODT):Dunedin fares to main centres slashed
Stuff: Air New Zealand’s new airfare pricing a win for Canterbury and the region
Stuff: Cheaper airfares from Nelson welcomed as part of Air NZ pricing overhaul
Mark Quinlivan and Matthew Littlewood (Timaru Herald): Leaders welcome cuts to airfares to and from Timaru
Samantha Olley (Rotorua Daily Post): Bay of Plenty rejoices at ‘long overdue’ regional flight price drops
Alice Angeloni (Stuff): Buzz at the baggage counter: Marlborough already planning more frequent flying
Ben Leahy and Luke Kirkness (Herald): Two major airlines admit ‘disturbing’ seat cameras on NZ flights
Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Air New Zealand pilots: Where are the women?

Foreign affairs and trade
Gordon Campbell: On National’s extremely cosy relationship with China
John Anthony (Stuff): We need the US and China to get along, says NZ finance minster
Infometrics: Assessing China’s importance to regional New Zealand
Stephen Jacobi (Spinoff): What is the ‘new normal’ in NZ’s relationship with China?
1News: Winston Peters unhappy with NZ Government’s offer to take Nauru refugees, but won’t go back on it
Lucy Bennett (Herald): Foreign Minister Winston Peters still waiting for an answer on New Zealand’s offer to take Asylum-seekers
Lucy Bennett (Herald): Peters and Ardern criticise Australian deportation policy
Lucy Bennett (Herald): Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern attacks Australian deportation policy again
RNZ: NZ govt delegation starts three-nation Pacific tour
Lucy Bennett (Herald): Foreign Minister Winston Peters leads delegation to Pacific nations
Stephen Forbes (Interest): Finance Minister confident EU FTA one step closer
Eric Crampton: 1973 is the new black

Child welfare
Melanie Earley (Stuff): Up to a third of Kiwi kids struggling to live a happy life, survey shows
Talisa Kupenga (Māori TV): Youth report racism, violence and poverty as key themes in life – report
Leigh-Marama McLachlan (RNZ): Porirua mother fears Oranga Tamariki could take her children away at any time
Leigh-Marama McLachlan (RNZ): Outrage over rise in number of Porirua children put into state care
1News: ‘It’s hitting them young’ – too much screen time risks exposing children to harmful advertising, expert warns
Juha Saarinen (Herald): How YouTube became the internet cesspit
Damien Venuto (Herald): Spark pulls all advertising from YouTube due to inappropriate kids’ content
Chris Hutching (Stuff): Spark pulls YouTube ads after revelations of inappropriate content aimed at children

Commercial fishing
Jo Moir (RNZ): Cameras would have picked up latest fisheries abuse – Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash
Southland Times Editorial: Hawke’s Bay Seafood fine must not be a pyrrhic victory
RNZ: Greenpeace praises record fine against Hawke’s Bay Seafoods
Marty Sharpe (Stuff): Ngāti Kahungunu plans to purchase controlling stake in seafood company sentenced for under-reporting fish catch

Births, Deaths, Marriages and Relationships Registration Bill deferred
Zane Small (Newshub): Changing sex on birth certificates: Both sides of the debate
RNZ: Speak Up For Women welcomes deferral of the Births, Deaths, Marriages, and Relationships Registration Bill
Isaac Davison (Herald): Green Party criticises Govt over delay to trans bill, calling it ‘deeply disappointing’
1News: Work needed on gender self-identification bill ‘to make it stick’ – Jacinda Ardern
Katie Doyle (RNZ): Transgender and non-binary communities disappointed at bill deferral
1News: Transgender community ‘devastated’ after gender self-identification delayed
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Respects to Tracey Martin – this debate desperately requires more kindness & respect
No Right Turn: In support of gender self-identification

Lime scooters
Patrice Dougan (Herald): Lime scooters: Injuries appear to drop following two council bans
Brian Rudman (Herald): Walkers need to step up in the battle of wheels versus heels
Chris Keall (Herald): Lime finally hands data to Auckland Council
Herald: Lime’s scooter suspension continues while council awaits more info
Chris Keall (Herald): Lime yet to front with info, council says
Melanie Earley (Stuff): Lime in limbo: E-scooters remain off Auckland streets after glitch
Ryan Dunlop (Herald): Lime scooters being used in Oamaru over 200km from their Christchurch home

Transport
Fran O’Sullivan (Herald): Rail loop cost blowout highlights our infrastructure headaches
Todd Niall (Stuff): Auckland faces years of holiday train shutdowns due to major upgrades of rail network
Katie Fitzgerald: March madness: Auckland Transport beefs up services ahead of commuter chaos
Alexandra Nelson (Newshub): Future of Auckland’s SkyPath hanging in the balance over intellectual property dispute
RNZ: Bus chaos in Wellington
Tom Hunt (Stuff): Death after Wellington bus controller has stroke on a ‘farcical Friday’

Education and training
1News: Majority of New Zealanders want Treaty of Waitangi lessons to be made compulsory in schools – 1 NEWS poll
1News: $20m for leaky building repairs at Auckland high school
Katie Fitzgerald and Delphine Herbert (Newshub): More schools waiting on leaky building funding – principal’s federation
John Lewis (ODT): Esol funding for refugees now a ‘slush fund’-MP
Simon Collins (Herald): Thousands of Kiwi school students join global ‘school strike for climate’
Phil Pennington (RNZ): Sex offender denies teaching music at Wellington school
Māori TV: Tarawera High School tauira to benefit from new course
Jessica Long (Stuff): Facial recognition trial at tertiary providers could lead to wider use in NZ schools
Aaron Leaman (Waikato Times): Waikato University unveils plans for new marae and student hub
Logan Savory (Southland Times): Stand Up for SIT campaign organisers sorting ‘sea of orange’ for Education Minister’s visit
Jamie Ensor (Newshub): Commercial uses ‘coming out’ experience to change stigma around trades
Greg Fleming (Herald): Industry training a cost effective model

Health
Cate Broughton (Stuff): ACC tells minister justice issues have been fixed, but advocates not so confident
Duncan Garner (Newshub): The Government must intervene on behalf of Nicky Stevens’ parents
Māori TV: Smoke-free sector criticises “vaper-bashing”
Zane Small (Newshub): Health Minister David Clark dismisses 5G radiation exposure warnings
Janine Rankin (Manawatū Standard): Protest fails to save Women’s Health Collective
Janine Rankin (Manawatū Standard): MidCentral likely to add $9.5m loss to health overspending
Farah Hancock (Newsroom): Where are all the extra nurses?
Eric Crampton: The Midwives have a history
Te Karere: Auckland high school student loses over 40kgs after school bans fizzy drinks
1News: Three measles cases confirmed in Canterbury in past four days, none of those affected fully immunised
RNZ: Measles outbreak confirmed in Canterbury

Junior doctors’ strike
RNZ: Progress reported in mediation between DHBs and junior doctors
Cate Broughton (Stuff): Junior doctors eye week-long strike as settlement with DHBs eludes
Hannah Martin (Stuff): Thousands of Aucklanders had appointments, operations postponed due to doctors’ strikes
Mike Houlahan (ODT): Junior doctors walk off the job again

Housing
1News: Jacinda Ardern: New rental property standards will benefit landlords, most of whom want to provide healthy homes
Astrid Austin (Herald): 68 new state homes planned for Hastings
Nicholas Boyack (Stuff): Refugee family face of homelessness problem in Lower Hutt
Debbie Jamieson (Stuff): New affordable homes cost less than renting for Queenstown family
Tim Miller (ODT): Dunedin housing woes to be discussed at summit
Jamie Ensor (Newshub): Unitary plan praised for record building activity in Auckland
Ripu Bhatia (Stuff): Record building activity in Auckland with 10,000 dwellings approved in 2018
Infometrics: How to calculate housing affordability
Spinoff: I was a landlord, and I hated the person it made me become

Primary industries
RNZ: River status sees environmentalists and farmers go head to head
ODT: Tenure proposals ‘jump gun’
Ken Muir (ODT): ‘M. bovis’ levy pitched to farmers
Luisa Girao (ODT): Farmer pleads not guilty to five ‘M.bovis’ charges
Hamish Walker (ODT): Farmers tired of bearing blame
Angie Skerrett (Newshub): New rural innovation lab secures Government funding

Environment
Sean Hogan (1News): ‘Extremely concerned’ – DOC to review safety of walks after it ignored safety warnings at Cape Kidnappers
Anusha Bradley (RNZ): New Zealand’s ‘great’ day walks being reviewed after Cape Kidnappers slip
Sean Hogan (1News): DOC promoted Cape Kidnappers walk despite ‘unacceptable risks’ warnings of slips and rockfall
Gerald Piddock (Waikato Times): Gold and silver found on conservation land in Coromandel
Jamie Morton (Herald): Climate warning for NZ business: ‘adapt or get left behind’
Pep Canadell (Stuff): Eighteen countries showing the way to carbon zero

Employment
Julie Iles (Stuff): Wellington conference to look at the future of work
Maria Slade (Spinoff): NZ truckies queue up to take cases against food giant Goodman Fielder
Laura Wiltshire (Hawkes Bay Today): Hawke’s Bay apple grower: ‘If someone walks through the doors with two arms and two legs, I’ll give them a job’
Emma McKay (Herald): Cinema staff made redundant as building remains closed over earthquake risk
Alison Mau (Stuff): Muffin Break internship drama: It’s no shock millennials don’t want to be exploited
Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): Muffin Break boss Natalie Brennan is right – millennials do lack drive
Peter Cullen (Stuff): Sexualising female staff as ‘tethered goats’ to lure customers unacceptable

Customs
Matthew Rosenberg (Stuff): ‘Unruly’ tourist’s passport breach first of its kind: Customs
RNZ Checkpoint: Unruly tourist flees NZ using someone else’s passport
1News: Customs promises to ‘foolproof’ its processes after border official lets accused British roof scammer leave
Herald: Unruly tourist James Nolan fled NZ on wrong passport: Customs Minister Kris Faafoi says it shouldn’t have happened
Ben Strang (RNZ): Mistake by border official allows British tourist to leave NZ
Jamie Ensor (Newshub): Kris Faafoi slams Customs for blunder leading to rowdy tourist James Nolan’s escape
Jamie Ensor (Newshub): Unruly escape: Customs mistake sees tourist James Nolan bolt from New Zealand
Lisette Reymer (Newshub): Police on both sides of the world looking for notorious British tourist James Nolan

Local government
Audrey Young (Herald): John Tamihere considers legal action after Labour Party rejects bid to renew membership
Paul Gorman (Stuff): Environment Canterbury responds to 20 times more OIAs since commissioners
Georgina Campbell (Herald): Decision today on Wellington Town Hall after budget blow-out
David Farrar: Town Hall renovation now $130 million
Jono Galuszka (Manawatū Standard): Councillor critical of plan for governance with iwi over water catchments
RNZ: Invercargill city councillor Karen Arnold declared bankrupt after losing defamation suit
Cherie Sivignon (Nelson Mail): Councillor seeks rating ‘fairness’ to cover retirement village occupiers
Nicole Lawton (Stuff): Auckland fireworks ban: overwhelming public support to outlaw private fireworks
Anne Gibson (Herald): Auckland’s Queens Wharf extension meets overwhelming opposition

Welfare
Max Rashbrooke (Spinoff): Introducing the Social Income: a new way to do welfare in the 21st century
Lucy Bennett (Herald): Welfare Advisory Group reports back to Government

Other
David Williams (Newsroom): Bungled, costly census to produce less
Sam Brett (Spinoff): Why would anyone train to be a journalist in NZ in 2019?
Megan Gattey (Stuff): Jacinda Ardern tight-lipped on number of Kiwis in Syria conflict zone 
Benedict Collins (1News): Debate sparked over drug harm reduction as cannabis referendum looms
John Moore: Critical politics alternative analysis – Gender identity bill deferred, Muffin Break vs millennials, political Oscars
Phil Pennington (RNZ): Church told to admit abuse ‘happened and is happening’
Gill Bonnett (RNZ): Error made in rejecting man’s asylum claim was ‘harsh’
Barbara Brophy (Stuff): My partner ended his own life, I’m angry but it was his choice
Heather Chalmers (Stuff): One of New Zealand’s biggest piggeries is farmed by prisoners
David Fisher (Herald): Cameron Slater’s stroke – what defamation victim Matt Blomfield says the evidence shows about the blogger’s health
Pete George: What Whale Oil isn’t telling their reader
Lucy Bennett (Herald): Human Rights Commission comments on Foreign Minister Winston Peters’ use of ‘Indian giver’ phrase
RNZ: Canadian husband of Whangārei teacher now allowed into New Zealand
Nick Bond (Herald): Outrage after Jason Momoa asked to perform ‘haka move’ on Oscars red carpet

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