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Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – March 11 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
Jane Clifton (Listener): 
Is the Government trying to sink its own capital gains tax proposal?
Liam Hehir (Stuff): Capital gains tax policy faults forgotten in ‘battle of good and evil’
Henry Cooke (Stuff): Capital gains tax should be just the start, says Green co-leader Marama Davidson
RNZ: Greens want wide-ranging tax reform
Dan Satherley (Newshub): Landlord’s call to scare tenants into not voting for Labour
Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Property investors told: Worried about CGT? You’ve only yourself to blame
Peter Ashworth (ODT): Capital gains fuels wider tax debate
Derek Cheng (Herald): Capital gains tax could affect over 400,000 lifestyle blocks: Simon Bridges
1News: Simon Bridges says family homes on lifestyle blocks could be affected by proposed capital gains tax
Stacey Kirk (Stuff): Government looks to distract, but finds no circuit-breaker on pervasive tax talk
Dan Satherley (Newshub): Property capital gains tax already fair – Simon Bridges
Dan Satherley (Newshub): Sir Michael Cullen ‘caught out’, Simon Bridges claims
Andrea Fox (Stuff): Silence on the land: Why are NZ farmers quiet on prospect of capital gains tax?
ODT: Editorial – Capital gains tax and fairness
David Farrar: Cullen as Chair was a huge mistake
Point of order: Sir Michael is being paid well while he takes his tax report for a spin
Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Here’s what to invest in if you want to avoid capital gains tax
No Right Turn: Why we need to tax landlords
Bryan Bruce (Daily Blog): Simon says…

School students’ climate change strike
Grace Wilkie and Libby Morrison (The Spinoff): Why we’re striking
James Macey (The Spinoff): Why I’m not striking
Dan Satherley (Newshub): Simon Bridges questions whether ends justify the means in climate protest
Alex Macmillan (ODT): Striking at the heart of the issue
Steve Braunias (Herald): Secret diary of the climate change march
Andrew Gunn (Stuff): Stay at school, kids. We’ve got it covered
Oscar Kightley (Stuff): Our climate kids should be able to wag school to have their say on the future
Nicholas Boyack (Stuff): Students marching against climate change reject talk they’re just wagging
Jamie Morton (Herald): Five reasons young Kiwis deserve to be angry about climate inaction
John Gerritsen (RNZ): Climate strikers want adults to pay attention
RNZ: Academics, teachers back students’ climate strike
Josephine Franks (Stuff): Beware climate deniers – the climate kids are coming
Michael Daly (Stuff): Telling students whether to take part in climate change strike ‘patronising’, Shaw says
James Shaw (Stuff): Student climate change strike: Rules don’t matter when you’re fighting for your future
Mark Dawson (Wanganui Chronicle): Editorial: Good on the Whanganui school students striking over climate change
Brittney Deguara (Stuff): Student strike over climate change gets support from teachers
Aaron Leaman (Stuff): School Strike 4 Climate NZ offers Kiwi students ‘real’ learning
Lizzie Marvelly (Herald): Next generation of rangatahi fills me with hope
David Slack (Stuff): The kids are alright, the greenhouse effect is not

Climate change and the environment
Damien Grant (Stuff): If we want to get serious about climate change, it’s time to take another look at the nuclear option
Ryan Anderson (Stuff): Coastal areas need more support from Government as rising sea levels pose risk
Jacqueline Rowarth (Herald): Pulling up NZ’s socks takes whole nation
Will Harvie (Stuff): Kiwi calculator measures household CO2 emissions
Brian Easton: New Zealand’s methane cloud
Amanda Cropp (Stuff): Biosecurity threat sees dirty-bottomed boats ordered out of New Zealand waters
Nikki Mandow (Stuff): Two Cents’ Worth: Recycling plastic won’t save the world
Isobel Ewing (Newshub): Deep-sea trawling taking a toll on certain species and their habitats
Heather McCarron (Newshub): Anti-water bottling protesters say ‘enough’s enough’
Laura Macdonald (Newshub): ‘Put New Zealanders first’: Protestors take to Christchurch streets calling for end to local water being sold offshore
Duncan Garner (Newshub): Labour doesn’t know how to charge water bottlers despite pre-election song and dance
1News: Climate change, reducing resources some of the challenges facing the future of food in New Zealand, expert says
Paul Gorman (Stuff): Coal will keep burning across Canterbury for decades

International working women’s day, feminism
Audrey Young (Herald): Time for Jacinda Ardern to look across the aisle on gender discrimination
Jason Walls (Herald): PM Jacinda Ardern: NZ has lots to celebrate on International Women’s Day, but there is still work to be done
Cecile Meier (Stuff): Too tired for International Women’s Day
Alice Webb-Liddall (Newshub): NZ Police ‘highlight’ 1941 officer who ran Japanese internment camp in Twitter gaffe
Joel MacManus (Stuff): NZ Police apologise for praising officer who ran concentration camp
RNZ: New Zealand rated third best in OECD for working women
Charlotte Carter and Josephine Franks (Stuff): The most tone-deaf International Women’s Day promotions
Liz Breslin (ODT): Untying patriarchy’s knots
Martine Pierhagen (Bay of Plenty Times): New campaign to stop women body shaming
Michele A’Court and Jeremy Elwood (Stuff): Celebrate International Women’s Day or any other day you fancy
1News: Why is there a lack of female pilots in New Zealand?
Stuff: Rapper Scribe faces backlash for ‘misogynistic’ International Women’s Day poem
Anna Leask (Herald): Scribe doubles down on ‘misogynistic’ poem with sweary swipe at critics
Duncan Johnstone (Stuff): Team NZ open to women trialling for crew to defend America’s Cup
Clare de Lore (Listener): Jenny Wheeler: The first woman to be appointed Listener editor
No Right Turn: Time for pay transparency
Lee Kenny (Stuff): Protesters call on PM to increase funding for sexual violence prevention

Gender and sexual politics
Felix Desmarais (Stuff): National Council of Women ‘explicitly including transgender women’
Laura O’Connell Rapira and Ahi Wi-Hongi (Stuff): Wellington Pride Festival: Rainbow shines brighter over New Zealand, but bigots still out there
RNZ: Govt team needed to improve equality for LGBTQI community – Greens
Charlie Dreaver (RNZ): Support for Greens’ plan to help LGBTQI community
Maria Slade (The Spinoff): Rainbow disconnection: ‘Gay Oscars’ founder lays police complaint
Felix Desmarais (Stuff): Green MP Jan Logie says Ministry for Rainbow Communities a ‘good idea’
Herald: Advice to my younger transgender self: My one, huge regret

China-NZ relations
The Southland Times: Editorial – Brady rebuff short-lived but significant
Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): Govt set to U-turn on Brady block
Craig McCulloch (RNZ): Labour MPs backtrack on Anne-Marie Brady committee decision
Jason Walls (Herald): Justice select committee chairman Raymond Huo opens invitation to Anne-Marie Brady to speak to MPs
Michael Reddell: On refusing to hear from Prof. Brady
Henry Cooke (Stuff): Anne Marie Brady likely to be invited to select committee after all
Heather Roy: No Excuse Not to Recuse
Zane Small (Newhub): Labour U-turns on blocking China critic Anne-Marie Brady’s foreign interference submission
Finn Hogan (Newshub): Stop reading tea leaves on NZ-China relations – expert
Liam Finnigan (Newshub): NZ and China is business as usual, almost
Chris Keall (Herald): ‘We’re not going to roll over and take this’ – Huawei NZ exec
Jamie Ensor (Newsroom): New Zealand’s former ambassador to China John McKinnon believes Jacinda Ardern will travel to China

Provincial Growth Fund
Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): Act asks Auditor-General to investigate Shane Jones’ involvement with Manea
Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): Prime Minister rejects calls to sack Shane Jones, saying conflict was managed
Edward O’Driscoll and Dan Satherley (Newshub): Shane Jones has to be fired over ‘smoking gun email’ – David Seymour
Derek Cheng (Herald): Call for Shane Jones to be sacked over conflict of interest in Northland tourism project
Derek Cheng (Herald): Shane Jones denies supporting Northland tourism project he had conflict of interest in
Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): Shane Jones ‘provided reassurance’ to ministers, despite declaring conflict
RNZ: Shane Jones denies conflict of interest in funding decision

Housing and KiwiBuild
Isaac Davison (Herald): Only one in four of Government’s new public housing places in Auckland are new builds
RNZ: KiwiBuild figures included houses already built – Judith Collins
Bonnie Flaws (Stuff): Meeting new rental property standards not easy, even if you are trying, landlord says
Charlie Gates (Stuff): Does Canterbury need KiwiBuild? Housing experts say no, but government says yes
Joel Ineson (Stuff): Living in a car for nearly three years: ‘I’m really close to giving up’
Chris Chang (1News): After nearly 40 years living in state housing Kiwi family realise dream of home ownership

John Armstrong (1News): Silence from the Beehive astonishing over Lime Scooter’s rocky start on NZ streets
John Roughan (Herald): Scooters bring a dash to the city and a glimpse of the future
Edward O’Driscoll and Dan Satherley (Newsroom): Wellington gets cold feet on e-scooter trial
Todd Niall (Stuff): Residents of upmarket Auckland suburb ferried around by $1.3m Uber-style service
Simon Wilson (Herald): The next harbour crossing: road and rail, or just rail?
RNZ: Lobby groups support rail crossing option for Harbour Bridge
Phil Pennington (RNZ): SkyPath fiasco: NZTA launches independent investigation
Ripu Bhatia (Stuff): NZTA launches investigation into Auckland SkyPath proposal amid escalating row
Danielle Clent (Stuff): ACC pays out $740,000 for e-scooter-related injuries in five months
George Block (ODT): Former Summerland truck driver claims he worked illegal hours to keep up with routes
Meghan Lawrence (Herald): Lime pushes for more cycle lanes: ‘It’s madness we’re still using scooters on footpaths’
Robin Martin (RNZ): New Zealanders rack up $10m in unpaid toll fees

Mark Taylor
Heather du Plessis-Allan (Herald): 
Why ‘Kiwi Jihadi’ Mark Taylor needs to come home to face music
Collette Devlin (Stuff): Mark Taylor: The potential legal case facing the ‘Kiwi jihadi’ if he makes it home to New Zealand
Zane Small (Newshub): ‘It turns out that freedom of speech was not allowed in the Islamic State’ – ‘Kiwi Jihadi’ Mark Taylor
Jason Walls (Stuff): Former PM Helen Clark says Kiwi Jihadi Mark Taylor isn’t the sort of citizen any country wants
Tom O’Connor (Stuff): Let bumbling jihadi Mark Talyor face a Kiwi court

Defence forces and Afghanistan
Bevan Hurley (Stuff): The Defence Force time their release to perfection in responding to The Valley’s findings
RNZ: Defence Force’s response to documentary ‘confirms many’ accusations – Penfold
RNZ: Defence Force responds to ‘The Valley’ allegations
Herald: NZSAS admits holding Afghan naked at knifepoint but denies provoking gunfight
Eugene Bingham and Paula Penfold (Stuff): Secret details about Willie Apiata’s VC firefight revealed
Simon Ewing-Jarvie: Bravo Kiwi – A Book Review
Ella Prendergast (Newshub): Ron Mark says his rehabilitation after army service was ‘pathetic’

Justice, corrections, police
Cate Broughton (Stuff): Justice Minister Andrew Little shows support for specialised young adults court
1News: Chief Justice, Dame Sian Elias delivers farewell speech after nearly 20 years in the role
Jason Walls (Herald): Outgoing Chief Justice Dame Sian Elias: ‘I have had a truly wonderful time’
Stuff: Chief Justice Dame Sian Elias retires as New Zealand’s top judge
Eva Corlett (RNZ): Crime victim’s petition: ‘We are non-persons in this’
Carly Gooch (Stuff): Victims’ rights petition ready for next step
Jono Galuszka (Stuff): Man one of the first in New Zealand to be jailed under new strangulation law
Harrison Christian (Stuff): Auckland prison assaults have ballooned over the past decade, staff call for law changes
Jared Savage (Herald): Wally Haumaha saga: Justice fails to talk to affected staff following critical State Services Commission report into complaint

Mike Hosking (Herald): Philip Morris’ tax break plea to stop selling cigarettes worth considering
ODT: Editorial – The tooth really hurts
Mike Houlahan (ODT): Resident doctors may strike for week
Mike Houlahan (ODT): Healthcare travel assistance scheme needs improvement
John McCrone (Stuff): Why Canterbury’s health system is doubling down on its drive for change
Dan Satherley (Newshub): Scrap fees-free policy and buy cancer drugs – National
Stuff: Parents told not to ‘shop around’ as desperate mum tries eight GPs for measles vaccine
Mei Heron (1News): Doctors worried new hepatitis C campaign will add pressure to health system
Jordan Oppert (1News): Around 100,000 vaccines to be given out in Canterbury as measles outbreak hits 22 cases
Jamie Morton (Herald): Antibiotic resistance: Global study suggests NZ among least exposed
Hannah Martin (Stuff): School leavers left out of alcohol and drug prevention programmes, research says

Local government
Mike Williams (Hawkes Bay Today): Keep an eye on mayoral elections
Deena Coster (Stuff): Agreement signed off between council and two hapū ahead of new land law
Jessica Long (Stuff): Infrastructure work blamed for 3.9 per cent Wellington City Council rates increase in draft annual plan
Bernard Orsman (Herald): Auckland Mayor Phil Goff cast as villain at Queens Wharf cruise ship protest
Dileepa Fonseka (Stuff): World-famous cities architect Jan Gehl had a plan to turn Wellington into Copenhagen
David Farrar: I thought Labour was against appointed Crs on ECan?

Simon Collins (Herald): Primary teachers ‘disappointed’ with latest pay offer, may strike on April 3
Jessica Long (Stuff): Primary teachers’ and principals’ union finds Government’s offers ‘disappointing’
Adele Redmond (Stuff): School spends $1.2 million on overseas travel including business class flights and five star hotels in five years
Josephine Franks (Stuff): ‘Racist’ comments at Tomorrow’s Schools meeting in Auckland
Shilo Kino (Herald): How this Māori Principal turned a failing school into one of the top schools in the country
Rachael Kelly (Stuff): Brethren Church behind plans for private Gore school

Michael Jackson controversy
Albert Redmore (Newshub): Michael Jackson albums defy controversy, fly up the charts
Colin Peacock (RNZ): Jackson doco jolts local radio
1News: Cotton On says Michael Jackson Smooth Criminal t-shirt a ‘coincidence’ amid current controversy
Alison Mau (Stuff): Leaving Neverland aside, I can’t listen to Michael Jackson any more
Herald: Editorial: Michael Jackson’s music is hard to hear now
Kerre McIvor (Herald): Why I’ll continue to listen to Michael Jackson’s music
Martin van Beynen (Stuff): Even people who are corrupt and awful can produce great art
Kristin Price (Herald): Michael Jackson fans to boycott ‘Leaving Neverland’

Henry Cooke (Stuff): Jacinda Ardern, in wanting to promote female MPs, is still suffering from a Cunliffe hangover
Bob Edlin (Point of order): Robertson gets to announce some spending – $7m for capital works in his cultural constituency
No Right Turn: A public review
Mike Houlahan (ODT): More open government welcome move

Toby Boraman (The Conversation): Overworked and underpaid: the revival of strikes in New Zealand
Marty Sharpe (Stuff): Meat worker’s union secretary jailed for stealing money from union
Isaac Davison (Herald): Diversity Works CEO Rachel Hopkins, who leads charge for workplace diversity, accused of bullying and cultural insensitivity
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Government-backed Diversity Works pays out employee in wake of complaint
Alex Ashton (RNZ): Line workers ripped off by contracts from Chorus subcontractor Visionstream – lawyer

Electoral reform
Duncan Garner (Stuff): Don’t be sneaky, Golriz – the voters aren’t as green as you think
The Press: Let’s play politics, not the person

Thomas Coughlan (Newsroom): Davidson: very Green, very outspoken and a lot to prove
Joel MacManus (Stuff): Simon Bridges: Green Party isn’t making ‘sufficient progress’ on the environment
Henessey Griffiths (Critic): A Non-Political Chat with Chlöe Swarbrick

Jeremy Rose (RNZ): Journalism courtesy of (foreign) taxpayers
Alice Snedden (Stuff): I finally understand why Duncan Garner has a TV show
Laura O’Connell Rapira (The Spinoff): Facebook and Stuff are allowing racism to flourish on their platforms
Pete George: Whose cracks are more problematic – Simon Bridges’ or Tova O’Brien’s?
Bess Manson (Stuff): Cartoonist Tom Scott has left the building – he might be some time
The Spinoff: Everything you need to know about our new webseries On the Rag

Diversity and “woke politics”
Herald: Editorial: The rise of virtue signalling – Wake up to woke
Lee Umbers (Herald): How did we get so woke? The rise of virtue signalling
Marc England (Stuff): Balance is not just better for women

Aine Kelly-Costello (Newshub): We need fairer immigration policy but it won’t be easy
Tom Dillane (Herald): Immigration NZ ‘privacy breach’ leaves Auckland man in epic 10-hour phone ordeal

Laura Macdonald (Newsroom): Dame Tariana Turia joins campaign against David Seymour’s euthanasia Bill
Jared McCulloch and Dan Satherley (Newshub): Anti-euthanasia group launches documentary series

Tova O’Brien (Newshub): 
2020 New Zealand election a ‘juicy target’ for major hack – John Podesta
Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): Obama advisor calls Ardern’s election ‘bright spot’ amid populist wave
1News: Jami-Lee Ross wants new rules around financial donations to political parties from foreigners
Dan Satherley (Newshub): Government doing ‘pretty well’ to lose next election – Simon Bridges
Kate Hawkesby (Herald): Act leader David Seymour’s bark and bite better than National’s
Alice Neville (The Spinoff): Our prime minister is meeting your prime minister and we’d love you to do lunch
Dan Satherley and Jared McCulloch (Newshub): Another rodeo animal dies
Pat Deavoll (Stuff): Action group appeals to UN to have children banned from rodeo
Jennifer Curtin (Newsroom): Helen Clark: Toughen up and go for it
1News: Christchurch High Court clears the way for class action lawsuit against post-earthquake advocacy service
Michael Hayward (Stuff): Christchurch red zone plan to go to Greater Christchurch Regeneration Minister within a week
Julie Iles (Stuff): Mary English’s GP practice compromises patient privacy with group email
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): The new stolen generation of Māori children
Teresa Cowie (RNZ): Growing Demand – NZ’s budding cannabis businesses
Steve Kilgallon (Stuff): SkyCity’s big money online pokie plans upset minister
Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): Could the lucky country drag New Zealand down?
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Refining NZ faces tough questions from government inquiry over 2017 Auckland fuel crisis
Tom Pullar-strecker (Stuff): IRD bulks up call centres to handle ‘biggest tax change in a generation’
Kirsty Wynn (Herald): Meghan Markle’s sparkle glows on for NZ businesses and charities
Hannah Martin (Stuff): Sex offender’s admissions to mental health helpline worker used as evidence in court
Rob Stock (Stuff): Kiwis like ‘tall poppies’, but dislike ‘dicks’
Paul Little (Herald): Meaty issues for vegans
RNZ: Alcohol harm: Impact on Māori taken to Tribunal
Kendall Hutt (Stuff): Boy who started petition for Metallica to come to NZ is surprised by PM with tickets
1News: Jacinda Ardern’s ‘pretty diverse tastes’ include soft spot for Metallica
Kirsty Johnston (Herald): Landmark human rights case seeks to make Church responsible for abusive priests
Duncan Greive (The Spinoff): What Cook missed when he landed
Mike Houlahan (ODT): Carer’s role too often overlooked
Fran O’Sullivan (Herald): Jenny Shipley could have been key to saving Mainzeal
Herald: Editorial: Nelson case will test churches responsibility for their priests
Leighton Smith (Herald): What use is history if we do not learn from it
Nikki Macdonald (Stuff): Revenge porn: Is the Harmful Digital Communications Act working?
Simon Shepherd (Newshub): What does ambition mean to New Zealanders?
Brittany Keogh (Stuff): Government data could be used to prevent youth suicide, academic says
Pete George: UMR and other polls – Labour and National even
Michelle Dickinson (Herald): Obesity rates highlight need for review of social media influencers
David Hencke: Report from Waitangi: Where Maori Aotearoa became New Zealand
Morgan Godfery: Last ditch appeal for political intervention at Ihumātao set to fail
Peter Griffin (Stuff): Eyes open for New Zealand pseudoscience