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Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – March 19 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

Christchurch mosque shootings
Kenan Malik (Guardian): Do not let raw anger cloud our judgment after Christchurch
Mehdi Hasan (The Intercept): Don’t Just Condemn the New Zealand Attacks — Politicians and Pundits Must Stop Their Anti-Muslim Rhetoric
Albert Redmore (Newshub): Far-right expert says he’s been warning the New Zealand Government for a long time
Joe Burton (The Conversation): Four lessons we must take away from the Christchurch terror attack
Lincoln Tan (Herald): Expert says ‘we’ve got to be prepared’ for copycats
Lee Kenny (Stuff): Security expert warns of ‘copycat’ risk as national security threat level remains ‘High’ following mosque shootings
Rhonwyn Newson (Newshub): Reporting online extreme views will help get perpetrators on the database
Albert Redmore (Newshub): Watch: Security experts call on Kiwis to stay vigilant
Alexandra Nelson (Newshub): Racist white male terrorists a rising global problem – expert
Ben Elley (Herald): The dark web and the rise of the alt-right
Moustafa Bayoumi (Guardian): White supremacy is on the march, and Trump is at least partly to blame
Greg Sargent (Stuff): It’s time to question if Donald Trump is emboldening hate groups
Gaurav Sharma (Stuff): Measure our response to racism and terror not in flowers, but action
1News: Kiwis need to ‘stop living in denial’ and acknowledge racism exists in Aotearoa
Herald: Kiwi Muslim’s words reveal both sides of New Zealand
Katie Fitzerald (Newshub): ‘This is New Zealand’ – Muslim woman reflects on past racist attacks
Matt Nippert (Herald): As conspiracy theories swirl, experts urge caution
Cathy Odgers: Put A Fork In Him Winston Is Done
Brendan O’Neill (Spiked): New Zealand’s ghoulish opportunists
Steven Cowan: Marama Davidson has control issues
Russell Brown: These things we must now change
Anne Salmond (Herald): Racist underbelly seethes just beneath surface
Simon Wilson (Herald): We are the people of horror, of heart, of hope
Liam Hehir (Stuff): Mosque shootings in Christchurch: How acts of love pierce the darkness
Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): Don’t be an egg, keep the debate sensible
John Moore: The politics of the mosque shootings tragedy
1News: Muslim community leader says right wingers trying to promote hatred ‘have failed woefully’ in NZ
Carmen Parahi (Stuff): Christchurch mosque attacks a chance to unite and stamp out racism, says Māori leader
Charlie Mitchell (Stuff): ‘Welcome, brother’: A community that stressed peace is undone by violence
Southland Times Editorial: Things the Christchurch mosque shooter didn’t have in mind
Mike Yardley (Stuff): World is seeing our essential goodness, love, generosity and humanity

Christchurch mosque shootings: Gun reform, firearms
Herald Editorial: Citizens have no good use for machine guns
ODT Editorial: Gun law changes must proceed
John Battersby (RNZ): Mosque killings highlight gaps in New Zealand’s arms laws
Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): More than 20 years too late we’re banning semi-automatic weapons
Peter McKenzie (Newsroom): Why gun reform is desperately needed
Calla Wahlquist (Guardian):Jacinda Ardern’s John Howard moment – the time to tighten gun laws is now
RNZ: Kaitaia gun club burns down
Danielle Clent (Stuff): Police investigating fire at Kaitaia Gun Club in Northland
Herald: Fire at Kaitaia Gun Club
Gia Garrick (RNZ): Party leaders saying little on gun law reform
RNZ: PM on gun law reforms: ‘We are absolutely united’
Scott Palmer (Newshub): Cabinet ‘absolutely unified’ over gun law decisions – Jacinda Ardern
1News: ‘Our world changed forever’ – Winston Peters backs plan to toughen gun laws
Henry Cooke and Collette Devlin (Stuff): Christchurch attack: Government has agreed to gun law changes, will tell public within week
Lucy Bennett (Herald): Changes to gun laws coming
Thomas Coughlan and Laura Walters (Stuff): Gun reform to be announced by next Monday
Tema Hemi (Māori TV): PM Jacinda Ardern announces reforms on NZ gun laws
Eleanor Ainge Roy (Guardian): Christchurch attack: Jacinda Ardern says cabinet has agreed ‘in principle’ gun reform
Jared Savage (Herald): Police Minister Stuart Nash told ‘gaps’ in gun laws impossible to police
Scott Palmer (Newshub): Christchurch terror attack: Jacinda Ardern preparing for gun law changes
RNZ: Christchurch terror attacks: PM Jacinda Ardern confirms gun laws will change, to be discussed in Cabinet
Jane Patterson (RNZ): Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s focus on strengthening current gun laws after Christchurch terror attacks
Melissa Davey (Guardian): New Zealand attack: cabinet meets to work on gun law changes
RNZ: National Party leader Simon Bridges says gun control laws need changing
Dan Satherley (Newshub): National changes tune on gun control
Elton Rikihana Smallman (Waikato Times): Hamilton MPs back swift changes to gun ownership
Newshub: ‘No place in New Zealand for weapons designed to kill people’ – Mayor Phil Goff
Jared Savage (Herald): Sniper rifles with armour piercing rounds for sale on basic licence
Thomas Manch (Stuff): A beginner’s guide to firearms, gun licences and gun law in New Zealand
Stuff: 7000 kiwis endorsed for semi-automatic guns as petitions call for ban after mosque shootings
Debrin Foxcroft (Stuff): Demand for AR15s high after Christchurch terrorist attack
RNZ: New Zealand firearm licence applications had a 99.6 percent pass rate in 2017
Leo Horgan (Māori TV): 1.5 million guns in NZ – Maori Council calls for reform in wake of Ōtautahi attack
Dan Satherley (Newshub): Gun lobby want a ‘discussion’ before any decisions on ban
Anuja Nadkarni (Stuff): Federated Farmers says AK47 and AR-15 semi-automatic firearms have a place on farms
Chris Morris (ODT): Club president favours changes but not total ban
RNZ: ‘Turn away from the NRA’: US gun lobby may try to influence reforms
Cira Olivier and Kelly Makiha (Rotorua Daily Post): Rotorua firearm seller says tighter gun sales laws are overdue
Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): Gun City owner in gun debate spotlight
Chris Hutching (Stuff): Christchurch shooting: arms industry lucrative for Gun City
Hawkes Bay Today: Mayor says Gun City has every right to open new store in Napier
Michelle Dufff (Stuff): Gun City’s David Tipple: Firearms aren’t the villain
1News: Gun City sold alleged Christchurch mosque gunman four firearms but not the military style semi-automatic reportedly used
Stuff: Gun City owner confirms Christchurch shooting accused bought guns there
Herald: Gun City owner David Tipple confirms four weapons, ammunition sold to accused gunman
RNZ: Retail owner: Gun City sold firearms and ammunication to accused gunman
Maria Slade (Spinoff): Gun City owner defends sale of murder weapons as Ardern pledges reforms
Nick Truebridge (Stuff): Gun City pulls billboard from outside Christchurch store showing children using firearms
Alice Angeloni (Stuff): Hunting & Fishing pulls ‘military-style’ semi-automatic firearms natio
Debrin Foxcroft and John Anthony (Stuff): Trade Me bans semi-automatic gun sales following Christchurch shootings
Herald: Trade Me pulls sales of all semi-automatic rifles
1News: Trade Me suspends semi-automatic gun sales in wake of Christchurch terror attacks
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Gun adverts will no longer be accepted by Stuff
Vera Alves (Herald): Christchurch terror attack: Kiwis begin to voluntarily return their semi-automatic rifles
Joanne Butcher (Stuff): Kiwis start voluntarily handing in semi-automatic weapons
Richard Davison (ODT): Clutha mayor, gun clubs deny racist subculture
Vaughan Elder (ODT): ‘Betrayed’: Rifle club closes in wake of terror attack
Hamish McNeilly (Stuff): Death threats for members of gun club linked to alleged Christchurch terrorist
Danielle Clent (Stuff): Kumeu Militaria Show cancelled in wake of Christchurch terror attack
Scott Palmer (Newshub): New Zealand’s largest gun show cancelled after ‘senseless’ Christchurch attack
Bryan Bruce (Daily Blog): Mucad Ibrahim was just 3 years old when he reportedly died in his father’s arms during last Friday’s massacre
Mike O’Donnell (Stuff): The gun law must be changed to restrict assault weapons

Christchurch mosque shootings: Govt inquiry, response
David Fisher (Herald): Only ‘small’ improvements to intelligence agency problems after $179m brick-by-brick upgrade project
Richard Harman (Politik): What lies under the rocks?
RNZ: Terror attack: NZ spy agencies GSCB, SIS open to inquiry into their workings
1News: NZ intelligence agencies say they had no intel on Christchurch terror attack as Government announces inquiry
Jenée Tibshraeny (Interest): GCSB and SIS flag lack of intel on Christchurch attack, as Govt announces inquiry into what authorities knew or should’ve known
Jason Walls (Herald): Royal commission of inquiry into Christchurch shooting could be considered by Government
David Fisher (Herald): What is Odesc? Meet the top-secret committee guiding Jacinda Ardern and New Zealand through our darkest days
Jason Walls (Herald): An independent group called CTAG is in charge of setting New Zealand’s terror alert level
Anna Whyte (1News): Racism ‘something we’re going to have to confront as a nation’
Jason Walls (Herald): The Government is in the process of organising a national memorial event for terror attacks
Anna Whyte (1News): PM: Cabinet agrees on gun law reform ‘in principle’, inquiry and national commemoration
Felix Desmarais (Stuff): PM: no national day of mourning on Friday following Christchurch mosque attacks
Rhonwyn Newson (Newshub): Options for a national day of mourning being discussed – Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern
Mike Treen (Daily Blog): National Day of “Peace, Love, Solidarity” needed
Lincoln Tan (Herald): Immigration priority for families of victims
Steve Kilgallon (Stuff): Former immigration minister’s call for residency for families of Christchurch shooting victims
1News: ‘We grieve together’ – Jacinda Ardern, Governor General sign book of condolences for Christchurch terror attack victims
John Gerritsen (RNZ): Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern opens book of condolences: ‘They are us’
Collette Devlin (Stuff): Christchurch shooting: Prime Minister and Governor-General open national book of condolence
Rhonwyn Newson (Newshub): Christchurch terror attack: Jacinda Ardern praised for being ‘compassionate leader’
Glenn McConnell (Stuff): Face of empathy: Jacinda Ardern photo resonates with the world after terror attack
Suzanne Moore (Guardian): Jacinda Ardern is showing the world what real leadership is: sympathy, love and integrity
Anna Fifield (Washington Post): New Zealand’s prime minister wins worldwide praise for her response to the mosque shootings
Annabel Crabb (ABC): Christchurch attacks show New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern is a leader for our times
Jamila Rizvi (Stuff): Jacinda Ardern just proved typically ‘feminine’ behaviour is powerful

Christchurch mosque shootings: Social media, news media
News.au: Website Kiwi Farms refuses to surrender data linked to accused Brenton Tarrant
Newshub: Kiwi Farms website refuses to help police in Christchurch terror case
Colin Peacock (RNZ): Mediawatch: The response to crisis in Christchurch
Paul Spoonley (Stuff): Hate speech – we need to understand the damage it does
Chris Keall (Herald): Could a horrific livestream happen again? Where Facebook, YouTube & Twitter’s response falls short
Bertie Vidgen (The Convseration): Four ways social media platforms could stop the spread of hateful content in aftermath of terror attacks
Henry Cooke (Stuff): Pressure will be placed on social media platforms after Christchurch shooting
Richard MacManus (Stuff): We didn’t watch white supremacists closely enough
Stuart M Bender (The Conversation): Social media creates a spectacle society that makes it easier for terrorists to achieve notoriety
Damien Venuto (Herald): After Christchurch mosque shooting, New Zealand must follow the German example and hit Facebook, Google with $80m fines
Stephen Forbes (Interest): Regulating online hate speech and violence in the wake of the Christchurch terror attacks; What does the law say and what more can be done?
Bernard Hickey (Newsroom): Dear Mr Zuckerberg: Please stop livestreaming
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Facebook taking action against Christchurch shooting video-sharers on ‘case by case’ basis
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Mum angry block on video of Christchurch shootings came too late for her 16yo son
Elizabeth Dwoskin and Craig Timberg (Washington Post): Inside YouTube’s struggles to shut down video – and the humans who outsmarted its systems
Jamie Ensor (Newshub): Global support wanted as Kiwi businesses pull advertising from Facebook after Christchurch terror attack
Stuff: New Zealand advertisers reconsider social media in wake of Christchurch attacks
Damien Venuto (Herald): Major Kiwi companies set to pull ads from Facebook and Google
David Clarkson (Stuff): Christchurch teen appears in court over alleged re-posting of mosque shootings live stream
RNZ: No bail for man accused of distributing live stream of mosque shootings
AAP: Teen charged with sharing live-stream refused bail
Duncan Greive (Spinoff): The quiet deletion of the Islamophobic archives
Lisa Marie Pane (Stuff): Growing movement calls on media to avoid naming shooters
James Croot (Stuff): TVNZ, Mediaworks, Prime pulling violent programming in wake of Christchurch attacks

Christchurch mosque shootings: Australia
Amy Remeikis (Guardian): Scott Morrison attacks ‘mindless tribalism’ after Christchurch massacre
Sean Kelly (Sydney Morning Herald): Jacinda Ardern does something radical while Scott Morrison tells fairytales
Paul Karp (Guardian): Peter Dutton claims Greens ‘just as bad’ as Fraser Anning on Christchurch attack
Malcolm Farr (News.au) Peter Dutton explains why accused shooter wasn’t on a watch list
Daniel McCulloch and Matt Coughlan (AAP): Australia could bring home the man accused of Christchurch shooting
Naysa Bahfen (Spinoff): In Australia, the terrorist’s homeland, anti-Muslim hatred is rife
Ben Graham (News.au): Egg hit: Fraser Anning facing pressure on all sides, as cops investigate infamous egging incident
News.au: Egg fight: Senator Fraser Anning doesn’t regret slapping egg boy
Stuart Layt (Sydney Morning Herald): ‘Out of context’: Fraser Anning says comments after Christchurch shooting have been twisted
AP: Pauline Hanson to abstain from vote to censure Fraser Anning over Muslim comments
Scott Palmer (Newshub): ‘Do you feel complicit?’: Pauline Hanson’s explosive Christchurch attack interview
Stuff: Pauline Hanson called out by Australian TV host for anti-Muslim comments
News.com: Australian politician slammed over comments on Muslims after NZ massacre
Katie Fitzgerald (Newshub): Australia in state of shock over alleged gunman
David Crowe (Sydney Morning Herald): Australian Prime Minister announces security upgrades at place of worship 
Stuff: Australian massacre commenter in court
Michael Koziol (Sydney Morning Herald): Australia ex-PM Tony Abbott backs away from Islamaphobia comment after shootings

Christchurch mosque shootings: International
Audrey Young (Herald): Foreign Minister Winston Peters says Kiwis’ safety abroad could be at risk in wake of mosque massacre
Patrick Wintour (Guardian): Erdoğan shows Christchurch attack footage at rallies
RNZ: Solidarity from PNG leaders after NZ mosque attacks
Claire Trevett and Jason Walls (Herald): UK Government telling its citizens in New Zealand to follow the advice of police
Brooke Jenner (RNZ): Terror attacks: Jewish organisation raises money for Christchurch Muslim community
Stuff: British football berated after no tributes to Christchurch shooting victims
AAP: Football: England to stage Christchurch tribute before Euro qualifier
Herald: Talk show host John Oliver commends New Zealand’s ‘amazing’ response to terror attack

Christchurch mosque shootings: Alleged gunman
John Weekes and Edward Gay (Stuff): Why mosque killer could end up never answering terror charges
Katarina Williams (Stuff): Brenton Tarrant may escape terror charges in favour of multiple murder charges, experts suggest
Dan Satherley (Newshub): Lessons from the Anders Breivik trial
MIchael McGowan (Guardian): Europe investigates possible far-right links
Stuff: Alleged gunman Brenton Tarrant visited Israel in 2016
Thomas Manch and David Clarkson (Stuff): Alleged Christchurch shooter Brenton Harrison Tarrant being kept separate from other prisoners
Melissa NIghtingale (Herald): Brenton Tarrant ‘most targeted person’ in prison
Dan Satherley (Newshub): Gerry Brownlee calls for tough punishment of Christchurch gunman

Christchurch mosque shootings: Crusaders consider name change
Tony Smith (Stuff): Why the Crusaders are right to consult the Muslim community over name change
Richard Knowler (Stuff): Crusaders Super Rugby team could have been known as the ‘Plainsmen’
Stuff: Mark Richardson’s U-turn on Crusaders name change in wake of Christchurch shootings
Herald: Mark Richardson has change of heart over Crusaders name change

Christchurch mosque shootings – mental health
Anna Whyte (1News): Hundreds call mental health service for help after Christchurch terrorist attack
RNZ:Christchurch terror attack: More than 500 people access phone counselling support

Abuse, racism towards Muslim NZers
George Heagney (Stuff): Muslim taxi driver racially abused in Palmerston North
Stuff: Swastika-clad man seen hanging around Palmerston North mosque
Cleo  Fraser (Newshub): Muslim leaders call for action after sisters abused at Auckland train station
Emma Russell (Herald): Muslim sisters distraught after being verbally abused at Mt Albert train station
James Perry, Tamati Tiananga (Māori TV): A Māori Musilim doctor’s fight against racism

Health
Daniela Maoate-Cox (RNZ): Petitioning Parliament for breast cancer treatments
Hannah Martin (Stuff): Blind wheelchair-user stuck in home after hospital discharge into ‘totally unsuitable’ house
Hannah Martin (Stuff): University of Auckland student confirmed as fourth measles case in Auckland
RNZ: Fourth measles case in Auckland
1News: ‘Contagious’ student becomes fourth measles case confirmed in Auckland
Amber-Leigh Woolf (Stuff): ‘High risk’ liquor store loses stay application against reduced trading hours
Jessica Tyson (Māori TV): Māori mothers to benefit from new South Auckland ‘safe haven’
Mike Houlahan (ODT): Getting workers ‘problem’

Education
Simon Collins (Herald): NZ’s foreign student sector braces for a hit from Christchurch mosque attacks
Eleanor Rarity (Stuff): Geraldine Primary School fundraising for $260,000 classroom
Stuff: Nation-wide teachers’ union meeting called off out of respect for Christchurch victims
Nikki Preston (Herald): Gallagher’s to host outgoing Wintec chief Mark Flowers’ leaving party

Local government
Janine Rankin (Manawatū Standard):Defence Forum’s future in Palmerston North in doubt
Stuff: Protesters did not block public right of way during anti-weapons demonstration
Nona Pelletier (RNZ): Auckland Council looking for developer to build city precinct
Marty Sharpe (Stuff): Napier City Council paid $590,000 to fight leaky-building claim before reaching settlement
Matthew Littlewood (Stuff): Timaru rates increase set at 4.6 per cent

Housing
Luke Kirkeby (Stuff): Homelessness looms over Waikato mother who requires power to live
Alexia Russell (Newsroom): Walk the talk on affordable housing projects

Primary industries
Keith Woodford (Interest): Farming for cash and capital gain: the rules have changed
Andrea Fox (Herald): Fonterra brings jobs home, puts NZ brands business under microscope
RNZ: UK agricultural sector eyeing farming opportunities in NZ
RNZ: Kiwifruit growers’ PSA case: Judge took right approach – lawyer

Other
Jenée Tibshraeny (Interest): Insurers happy as Government considers different ways of funding Fire and Emergency NZ that don’t involve a levy being added to insurance premiums
Priyanca Radhakrishnan and Stuart Smith (Stuff): Call for Rainbow Ministry misguided MPs say
Alison Pavlovich (Stuff): Circumventing tax laws will damage our democracy
Brittany Keogh (Stuff): Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater abandons appeal against defamation court ruling
Matthew Tso (Stuff): Cut-price petrol seller Gull applies to put pumps in capital
Kawe Roes (Māori TV): King Tuheitia celebrates 100-year-old Māori parliament

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