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Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – March 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

International working women’s day, feminism, and sexual misconduct
Sasha Borissenko (Newsroom): Will the men in the room please stand up?
Stuff: Prominent Kiwi wahine explain what International Women’s Day means to them
Brittney Deguara (Stuff): Women not alone in job interview sexism: Survey
Aimee Shaw (Herald): Is New Zealand law driving gender inequality? Work Bank report suggests this could be the case
ODT: Editorial – Standing up for women
Heather McRae (Herald): Women have new challenges this International Women’s Day
Karanina Sumeo (Stuff): It’s time to end the secrecy over unequal pay
Debrin Foxcroft (Stuff): Can pay transparency reduces the gender pay gap?
Katie Fitzgerald (Newshub): Jacinda Ardern pleas for women nominations for New Year’s, Queen’s Birthday honours lists
1News: Do you have unconscious gender bias in your workplace?
Jackie Edmond (The Spinoff): Three ways we can make life better for women on International Women’s Day
Suzanne McFadden (Newsroom): Helen Clark raising her voice for women in sport
Olivia Caldwell (Stuff): Helen Clark becomes patron of International Working Group on women in sport
Nic Smith (Newsroom): The sector with the marked gender imbalance
Janine Swail (Newsroom): Better female world requires more than balance
Simone Kaho (Herald): Conversations director Simone Kaho: Our documentary series on Māori and Pasifika women taught me leadership is about serving
Verity Johnson (Stuff): Five things I wish I’d known sooner as a young woman
Sophie Bateman (Newshub): Age of Outrage: How do women stay safe, and are they just paranoid?
Kirsty Lawrence (Stuff): Manawatū women encouraged to throw out the rule book on International Women’s Day
Martin Johnston (Herald): Helen Clark in Afghanistan: Advocating globally for Afghani girls and women
Mel Burgess (The Spinoff): Why ECE teachers will be wearing black tomorrow
Dylan Owen (National Library): Gender equality resources for International Women’s Day and beyond
Leighton Keith (Stuff): Female emergency services staff to celebrate International Women’s Day in style
Sam Brooks (The Spinoff): What a feminist future could look like: Julia Croft on working on her night moves
Siena Yates (Herald): Sexism, heroines and rock ‘n’ roll: NZ’s women of music speak out
Michelle Robinson (Stuff): Addressing submissive attitudes in females as important as identifying toxic male entitlement
Carly Thomas (Stuff): Band puts female Kiwi singers in the spotlight
Tapu Misa (Herald): Conversations: Moana Maniapoto says radio stations didn’t want her ‘foreign language’ Māori songs
1News: Former Black Fern Melodie Robinson becomes New Zealand’s first Māori Barbie doll – ‘How cool is that?’
RNZ: Melodie Robinson becomes first-ever Māori Barbie doll
Madeleine Chapman (The Spinoff): Melodie Robinson: New Zealand’s first Barbie doll
Gordon Campbell: On the handling of sexual assault complaints, and ticket scalping
Herald: Further allegations of sexual misconduct at TVNZ: Worker stood down for exposing himself
Katie Fitzgerald and Jared McCulloch (Newshub): Billboard calling for sexual violence support funding erected for International Women’s Day

Capital gains tax
Matthew Hooton (Herald): 
Capital Gains Tax debate shows Jacinda Ardern’s weakness
Mike Hosking (Herald): Weak Government contracting out the too-hard decisions
Barry Soper (Herald): Bit rich for Sir Michael Cullen to call John Key a ‘rich prick’
Anna Bracewell-Worrall (Newshub): What’s going on with New Zealand First’s capital gains tax survey?
Dan Satherley (Newshub): Sir Michael Cullen’s job to correct Simon Bridges’ ‘inaccurate hypotheticals’ – Kris Faafoi
Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): Grant Robertson says ongoing payments to Sir Michael Cullen are ‘appropriate’
Matthew Theunissen (RNZ): Tax Working Group chair Michael Cullen only billing for four days in February, March
Jason Walls (Herald): National accuses the Government of using the Tax Working Group’s chairman as a ‘hired gun’
Zane Small (Newshub): Grant Robertson defends extending Sir Michael Cullen’s ‘$1000-a-day’ contract
Jane Patterson (RNZ): Govt defends paying Sir Michael Cullen $1000 a day
1News: Amy Adams says Sir Michael Cullen being paid $1000 a day ‘to engage in political debate’ after tax group disbanded
Jenée Tibshraeny (Interest): Robertson: Cullen is responsible for the tone of his comments
David Farrar: Cullen being paid $1000 a day to attack National
Jonathan Barrett (The Conversation): New Zealand’s proposed capital gains tax could nudge taxpayers to invest in art instead of property
Herald: Why property investors make more profit, even with a Capital Gains Tax
Cathy Odgers: TWG Review – Why are Maori Authorities Taxed at 17.5%?
Frank Macskasy (Daily Blog): Simon Bridges: “No ifs, no buts, no caveats, I will repeal this CGT”
Laura Wiltshire (Hawkes Bay Today): Capital gains tax could affect 17,000 Hawke’s Bay lifestyle blocks, National says
Craig McCulloch (RNZ): Landcorp defends $11k Tax Working Group submission

China-NZ relations
Lucy Bennett (Herald): Labour MPs vote against allowing China expert Anne-Marie Brady to speak at justice select committee
Thomas Coughlan (Newsroom): Brady blocked from foreign interference inquiry
Gia Garrick (RNZ): National Party targets justice committee refusal to hear Anne-Marie Brady
David Farrar: Why did Labour block Anne-Marie Brady’s testimony?
Curwen Ares Rolinson (Daily Blog): Why Raymond Huo wants Prof Brady blocked from speaking to his select committee
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Labour are now as compromised to our Chinese Overlords as National are
Richard Harman: British warning about Huawei likely to increase nervousness in Wellington
Michael Reddell: The China Council defends itself

School students’ climate change strike
Chris Trotter (Bowalley Road): 
Striking To Save The Planet
Graeme Edgeler (Public address): The climate strike and the voting age
Dominion Post: Editorial – Protesting students should be seen and heard
Jamie Morton (Herald): Students climate strike: We put teens’ questions to Climate Change Minister James Shaw
Jennifer Eder (Stuff): Climate change strike worth truancy threat, students say

Climate change
Jamie Morton (Herald): ‘We are literally on the front line’: report echoes councils’ call for help prepare for rising seas
Stephen Forbes: OECD report says New Zealand government needs to work on a national plan for rising sea levels
Esther Taunton (Stuff): NZ farmers could grow coffee, pineapples as the planet warms
No Right Turn: Climate change: Denier mayors

Mark Taylor
Peter Dunne (Newsroom): 
Lessons from a tragic misfit
RNZ: Helen Clark: former IS fighters ‘not the sort of citizens any country wants’
Kate Hawkesby (Herald): Bumbling seems an understatement for Kiwi Jihadist Mark Taylor
Rosemary McLeod (Stuff): What about the things bumbling ‘Kiwi jihadi’ witnessed without a problem?
Tova O’Brien (Newshub): ‘He is a psycho’: Relatives open up about ‘evil’ Kiwi jihadi Mark Taylor
RNZ: Listen: Kiwi jihadi Mark Taylor says he left IS because he was ‘starving, begging’
Jason Walls: Kiwi Jihadi Mark Taylor says he stayed with ISIS because of their ‘courtesy and manners’
Joel MacManus (Stuff): ‘Kiwi Jihadi’ Mark Taylor turned his back on Christian faith after wife left him for another man

Drugs
Tony Wall (Stuff): 
Sequoia King’s Tramadol addiction could have killed her
1News: ‘Complete overhaul of Misuse of Drugs Act needed’ says Green MP Chloe Swarbrick
Dan Satherley and Jared McCulloch (Newshub): Synthetics crackdown taking too long – father
Lucy Bennett (Herald): Misuse of Drugs Amendment Bill introduced to crack down on synthetic drugs
Collette Devlin (Stuff): ‘Health-based’ bill introduced to crack down on synthetic drugs, more powers for police
Newstalk ZB: Government announces new measures to tackle synthetic drugs

Health
Karen Brown (RNZ): 
Chronic pain widespread with too few specialists, clinics – report
Ruby Macandrew (Stuff): Chronic pain comes at a huge financial and emotional cost but New Zealand lacks an action plan
Amy Wiggins (Herald): Half of Bay of Plenty people with severe bowel cancer not getting urgent referral
1News: Amid people doing DIY dental care, doctor calls for funding for minor procedures
Heather Came, Maria Haenga-Collins, and Tim McCreanor (The Conversation): Māori and Pasifika leaders report racism in government health
Te Aniwa Hurihanganui (RNZ): Māori and Pasifika health advisors being marginalised – study
Michael Neilson (Herald): Study highlights racism Māori and Pasifika health experts feel on advisory boards
Farah Hancock (Newsroom): Health advisory boards rife with racism
RNZ: NZ health policy groups called out on racist attitudes

Smoking
Dileepa Fonseka (Stuff): Wellington’s vape-free moment delayed, but beaches go smokefree
Herald: Wellington beaches to go smokefree
1News: ‘Stop selling cigarettes’ – Ardern ‘cynical’ over Philip Morris’ call for tax break on smoke-free tobacco sticks
Bonnie Flaws (Stuff): Philip Morris says “less harmful” tobacco sticks should be taxed less

Local government
Katie Milne (Newshub): 
Politics on your doorstep daily
Holly Carran (Newshub): Queenstown Lakes District to hold $70k referendum on visitor levy
Daisy Hudson and Philip Chandler (ODT): Govt backs resort levy
Todd Niall (Stuff): Centre-right Auckland Future party to sit out 2019 local body election
Point of order: All votes are equal on this regional council working group – but some are more equal than others

Nicky Hager
Matt Nippert (Herald): 
Westpac folds on Hager privacy complaint
Joel MacManus (Stuff): Nicky Hager settles with Westpac after personal information released to police
Jenny Ruth (Newsroom): Westpac settles over breach of Nicky Hager’s privacy
RNZ: Westpac admits error in giving journalist Nicky Hager’s bank details to police
No Right Turn: A victory for privacy

Transport
Michael Hayward (Stuff): LINZ and NZTA close to signing lease to test driverless cars in Christchurch’s red zone
Herald: Lime scooters return to Auckland streets under new council guidelines
Herald: Tunnel running under Waitemata Harbour proposed to combat rising traffic levels in Auckland

Education, vocational training
Katie Bradford (1News): Tomorrow’s Schools proposal gets thumbs down at David Seymour’s public meeting, with claims its akin to communism
Virginia Nicholls (Stuff): Vocational training reform needs rethinking
Manawatū Standard: Activist Tāme Iti to take up residence at Massey
Stuff: Activist Tāme Iti to take up residence at Massey
Georgina Campbell (Herald): Call for Victoria University vice-chancellor to resign over name change saga

Housing and KiwiBuild
Henry Cooke (Stuff): Six KiwiBuild homes contracted ‘off the plans’ in November already built in September
Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Here’s how much New Zealanders pocket when they sell houses

Michael Jackson dropped from NZ radio
Katie Fitzgerald (Newshub): 
Pulling Michael Jackson from radio playlists ‘pre-emptive’ – academic
Karl Puschmann (Herald): Was radio right to drop Michael Jackson? Umm … it’s complicated

Employment
Kate Hawkesby (Herald): Rise of the robots and new technology to make our lives easier
Michael Reddell: Nurses, pay equity, and the real structural problems

Other
Peter Dunne: 
The Wellington bureaucracy
Herald: Editorial: NZ’s first online census missed too many
Brian Fallow (Herald): Don’t rush Provincial Growth Fund in the regions
The Listener: Editorial – NZ’s household debt levels are reaching terrifying heights
Chester Borrows (Herald): A justice system that re-victimises those brave enough to complain
Thomas Coughlan (Newsroom): Loan shark bill stokes interest rate cap fears
David Williams (Newsroom): The PM through a southern lens
Chris Hutching (Stuff): Receptive Cantabrian business audience hears Ardern on tax, carbon neutrality and wellbeing
Kurt Bayer (Herald): More than 52,000 firearms imported into New Zealand last year, Customs data shows
Mike Loder (Stuff): Firearms registration would be an expensive and worthless exercise
Herald: Forbes rich list: Graeme Hart, Richard Chandler and Peter Thiel wave Kiwi flag
Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Two New Zealanders feature on Forbes richest list
Laura O’Connell Rapira (The Spinoff): Why social media is not a safe place for indigenous people
Liam Hyslop (Stuff): NZ Golf refuses to answer questions about Māori cloak given to NZ Open winner
Nikki Mandow (Stuff): Around 40,000 rural households’ broadband won’t be good enough to stream Rugby World Cup
Mike McRoberts (Newshub): ‘I was on my own’: Willie Apiata says he, other NZ veterans got no PTSD support
Laura James (1News): Auckland hosts world anti-corruption and counter-fraud experts on tackling shared threats
Felix Desmarais (Stuff): Wellington Pride Festival timed to coincide with world conference
Georgina Campbell (Herald): Police and Defence Force roll out top brass for Wellington pride parade
John Moore: Critical Politics alternative analysis – Bumbling Kiwi Jihadi, Civil war in CTU, Ticket scalping ban
Cherie Sivignon (Stuff): ‘Bit soon’ to talk about Government funding of call-blocking units
Dan Satherley (Newshub): Annette King reflects on trying to roll Helen Clark
RNZ: Burial costs force some families to consider cremation against beliefs
RNZ: Beekeepers turn down proposal for commodity levy
Sally Rae (ODT): MP says Landcorp is ‘out of touch’
Ben Strang (RNZ): Road police: high turnover, low experience pool means response not prevention
Point of Order: Green co-leader will be led by science – but GM is not yet a Shaw thing
Chris Trotter (Daily Blog): Separating The Singer From The Song

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