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Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – March 21 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
Herald: 50 people lost their lives in Christchurch: These are their stories

Christchurch mosque shootings: Gun reform, firearms
Jared Savage (Herald): Briefing to Police Minister Stuart Nash shows gun law loophole also exploited by Northland siege killer Quinn Patterson
Zane Small (Newshub): Jacinda Ardern on gun law: New Zealand has been ‘blueprint’ for ‘not what to do’
RNZ: A ‘large number of loopholes’ in NZ’s gun laws – PM speaks to media in Christchurch
Herald: National MP Chris Bishop defends firearms Facebook post following mosque shooting
Katie Fitzgerald (Newshub): ‘We have no idea how many firearms are in New Zealand’ – Police Association
Maria Slade (Spinoff): The answer for gun law reform lies across the Tasman at Port Arthur
Liam Hehir (Pundit): Gun law reform: Once again we don’t how lucky we are
Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): End of innocence – maybe our gun laws are hopelessly naive
RNZ: Fish and Game supports banning military style semi-automatic guns
Bryan Bruce (Daily Blog): Cartooning at its thought provoking best by Rob Rogers.
Hamish McNeilly (Stuff): Silent protest outside Dunedin’s Gun City in wake of Christchurch mosque shootings
Imogen Neale (Stuff): Courier van ‘full of firearms’ shocks business owner in wake of Christchurch mosque shootings

Christchurch mosque shootings: International
AP: Turkish President didn’t know ‘nature’ of his comments in wake of Christchurch terror attacks – Winston Peters
Rob Mitchell (Stuff): Erdogan comments endanger bond built on blood and battle
RNZ: Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s comments about Anzacs spark diplomatic row
AAP: Winston Peters to confront Turkish president after threat to send Kiwis home in coffins ‘like your grandfathers’
Patrick Wintour (Guardian): New Zealand minister to confront Erdoğan over Christchurch video
Dan Satherley (Newshub): Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan’s comments taken out of context – journalist
Jason Walls (Herald): Turkey’s President Erdoğan praises Jacinda Ardern in an op-ed for the Washington Post
Collette Devlin (Stuff): PM Jacinda Ardern eases Kiwi fears over travel to Turkey for Anzac Day, and retaliation threats
John Weekes (Stuff): Turkish president Erdogan ‘playing into hands’ of Christchurch terrorist
Raf Sanchez (Telegraphy): Why Turkey’s leader is acting the way he is over Christchurch
Laura Walters (Newsroom): When terror is co-opted for political gain
Michael Reddell: Why is the Deputy Prime Minister going to Istanbul?
Michael Neilson (Herald):ISIS threat following Christchurch mosque attacks depends on ‘how we respond as a nation’ – expert
Tova O’Brien (Newshub): Islamic State retaliation threat: New Zealand’s darkest day casting a long shadow
Matt Burrows and Jamie Ensor (Newshub): Islamic State, ‘every major jihadist group’ call for retaliation
Nicholas Rowe (Newsrom): Retaliation? A question we should not ask
Ashely Parker and Josh Dawsey (Washington Post): Donald Trump’s response to NZ massacre highlights his combative history with Muslims
Albert Redmore (Newshub): Former Trump advisor Steven Rogers says US President has never targeted minorities
Liu Chen (RNZ): Chinese businesspeople raise millions for Christchurch victims
Michelle Grattan (The Conversation): Christchurch attack strains Australian-Turkish relations ahead of ANZAC day
Conor Whitten (Newshub): Christchurch terror attack fuels Turkey, Australia stoush
1News: Australian PM demands please explain after Erdogan’s inflammatory comments in wake of Christchurch attack
Max Koslowski (Sydney Morning Herald): Australian PM attacks eight-year-old report about Muslim immigration
Vita Molyneux (Newshub): Melbourne teen ‘EggBoy’ released without charge after egging Fraser Anning

Christchurch mosque shootings: Intelligence and security agencies
Jane Patterson (RNZ): No mention of right-wing extremist threats in 10 years of GCSB and SIS public docs
Paul Buchanan (RNZ): ‘New Zealand must own this terrorist attack’
Herald Editorial: Hindsight is a poor guide to preventing terrorism
Collette Devlin (Stuff): Security agency working to prevent revenge attacks, amid Islamic State threat
Martyn Bradbury: The SIS & GCSB combined budget for last year was $230m – how come they didn’t see a white supremacist plotting an atrocity?

Christchurch mosque shootings: Government
Richard Harman (Politik): One PM to rule them all
Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): Ardern balances domestic priorities with outside pressures
Joanne Butcher (Stuff): Jacinda Ardern calls for global fight against racism after Christchurch mosque shootings
Derek Cheng (Herald): Two-minute silence on Friday to honour the dead, PM Jacinda Ardern announces
1News: Jacinda Ardern announces nationwide two-minute silence to mark week since Christchurch terror attack
Henry Cooke (Stuff): New Zealand will mark week since Christchurch terror attacks with two minutes’ silence
Henry Cooke (Stuff): Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern asks Cashmere High students not to ‘dwell’ on attacker
Craig McCulloch (RNZ): Help rid NZ of racism, PM asks students at school where two died
Anna Whyte (1News): Cashmere High pupil asks Jacinda Ardern touching question – ‘How am I? Very sad’
Zane Small (Newshub): Jacinda Ardern comforts students at Christchurch’s Cashmere High that lost two student
Talisa Kupenga (Māori TV): PM asks school students to ‘honour those lost, not the one responsible’
Laura Dooney (RNZ): Parents plead to stay and support widowed daughter
Harrison Christian (Stuff): Race Relations role’s nine-month vacancy strongly felt after Christchurch terror attacks

Christchurch mosque shootings: Internet, social media, news media
Pattrick Smellie (Stuff): Facebook’s intolerable insult to New Zealand
1News: Expert calls for independent social media regulator in wake of Christchurch terror attacks
Anna Bracewell-Worrall (Newshub): Government requests urgent advice on pulling Facebook advertising spending
Collette Devlin (Stuff): Government seeks urgent advice on social media after Christchurch shootings
Chris Keall (Herald): Front up, Zuckerberg
RNZ: Facebook and New Zealand government to hold talks ‘at some point’
Newshub: Facebook’s business outlook after Christchurch terror attack
Drew Harwell (Stuff): Facebook, YouTube, Twitter told to brief Congress after mosque shootings
Zane Small (Newshub): ‘Global alliance’: Jacinda Ardern joins world leaders calling for tech giant accountability
Astrid Austin (Hawkes Bay Today): Hawke’s Bay teacher believes more than 50 per cent of students are accessing shooting video
David Williams (Newsroom): Alt-right-delete: Stopping shooting video’s spread
Stuff: Hey Facebook, what about this anti-Islamic Facebook ‘hate’ group?
Sanjana Hattotuwa (Stuff): Terrorists know they have the upper hand on social media
Andrew Quodling (The Conversation): Anxieties over livestreams can help us design better Facebook and YouTube content moderation
Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Investment funds add voices to calls for more responsibility on social media
RNZ: NZ firms with investments in social media giants call for responsibility
BusinessDesk: Massive Kiwi funds with $90b consider dumping Facebook, Google, Twitter shares if firms broke law by hosting shooting video
Stuff: Broadcaster Chris Lynch apologises for anti-islamic column
Gordon Campbell: On Brexit and Christchurch tragedy porn
James Croot (Stuff): TVNZ, Mediaworks, Sky continue to reschedule programmes in wake of Christchurch terror attacks
Chris Keall (Herald): Kiwis lose jobs for sharing massacre video at work
Stuff: Kiwis face charges related to sharing mosque massacre live stream
David Clarkson and Anne Clarkson (Stuff): Philip Arps charged with sharing live stream of Christchurch mosque massacre
Isaac Davison (Herald): Philip Neville Arps in custody for allegedly sharing footage of shooting
Mark Longley and Emma Cropper (Newshub): Christchurch business owner in custody after reposting livestream of the Christchurch terror attack
Wairarapa Times Age: Masterton woman arrested for Facebook post after mosque shooting

Christchurch mosque shootings: Parliament
Collette Devlin (Stuff): Golriz Ghahraman says UN Migration Compact hysteria was slippery slope
Lucy Bennett (Herald): Green MP Golriz Ghahraman says hate speech needs to stop following Christchurch mosque shootings
RNZ: Politicians must stop inciting division after shootings – MP
1News: ‘This happened here, and it began with hate speech’ – MP Golriz Ghahraman on Christchurch terror attack
Anna Whyte (1News): Judith Collins gives condolences after terror attack, calls accused ‘filthy coward’

Christchurch mosque shootings: Racism, hate speech, extremism
Leighton Keith (Stuff): Small town New Zealand not exempt from white supremacists
Carmen Parahi (Stuff): Māori Muslims face tough scrutiny from security, public and Māori
Michael Andrew (Pacific Media Centre): NZ: Online hate speech ‘gives green light’ to religion, race attacks
1News: ‘Were our voices not enough?’ asks refugee who experienced racism in NZ prior to mosque attacks
Elizabeth Stanley (Spinoff): How expressions of white supremacy seep through our society
Louise Humpage (Newsroom): You don’t need to make racial slurs to be racist
Adam Geller (AP): Massacre renews fears of terror by lone attackers
Jonathan Scott (Stuff): They are us. The attack in Christchurch was upon New Zealand
Martyn Bradbury: Everyone wants to blame Mike Hosking, Duncan Garner & Chris Lynch – why that’s too easy
Mai Chen (Stuff): Mosque shootings are a wake-up call for us all to try harder
Shabnam Dastgheib (Stuff): Christchurch shootings: The rot behind New Zealand’s cloak of decency
Karl du Fresne (Stuff): Some would paint us as a nation of hateful racists – that’s not the real NZ
Brannavan Gnanalingam (Overland): First they diverted the river, then came the flood
Phil Goff (Herald): We should not welcome racists to Auckland
Lloyd Jones (Herald): Christchurch terror – the wolf was hidden in plain sight
Leigh-Marama McLachlan (RNZ): Christchurch mosque attacks: Māori leaders say acts of terror nothing new in New Zealand
Shaun Robinson (Spinoff): Extremism is not a mental illness
Caroline Williams (Stuff): Mental illness no excuse for Christchurch mosque shooting, says Mental Health Foundation
1News: ‘White extremism is not a mental illness,’ Mental Health Foundation says

Christchurch mosque shootings: Trial
Sam Hurley and Melissa Nightingale (Herald): What powers does judge have to curb fear of hate speech during Christchurch terror trial?
Dan Satherley (Newshub): Judge urged to shut down alleged gunman’s ravings
Laura Walters (Newsroom): Victim advocates call for safeguards ahead of gunman’s trial
Duncan Garner (Newshub): We need to see alleged gunman on trial

Christchurch mosque shootings: Crusaders, sport
Ian Anderson (Stuff): Crusaders name matters and change ‘should be discussed’
Brad Lewis (Newshub): Crusaders name change needs to be put on hold – Scott Roberston, Kieran Read, Sam Whitelock
1News: Name controversy: Crusaders were originally meant to have different moniker
Anendra Singh (Hawkes Bay Today): Mosque massacre shows sport can be potent platform to redefine boundaries of life
Hamish Bidwell (RNZ): New Zealanders can take inspiration from All Blacks halfback
Ross McNaughton (Newhsub): Blues back Sonny Bill Williams’ Christchurch hiatus
Steve Deane (Newsroom): It’s time to play on

Christchurch mosque shootings: Other
John Gerritsen (RNZ): Mosque terror attacks: Christchurch schools faced angry parents during lockdown
Vera Alves (Herald): Do you want to help the Muslim community in New Zealand? You need to read this
ODT Editorial: Police worthy of acknowledgement
Leigh-Marama McLachlan (RNZ): Māori wardens underutilised, offer help ‘whatever the need’
Danielle Clent (Stuff): Confederate flags banned from sale on Trade Me following Christchurch terrorist attack
Katie Fitzgerald (Newshub): Mayor defends decision not to call state of emergency
Amy Wiggins (Herald): Culturally appropriate mental health support in short supply
Cate Broughton (Stuff): Big increase in calls to mental health support service after Christchurch shooting
1News: ‘I was struck by her humanity’ – photographer who took incredible portrait of PM

Housing
Benedict Collins (1News): Former KiwiBuild boss loses bid to keep employment dispute secret
Jane Patterson (RNZ): Ex-KiwiBuild boss Stephen Barclay loses bid to keep employment dispute details secret
Henry Cooke (Stuff): KiwiBuild chief failed to get job back in December amid allegation of ‘serious misconduct’
Janine Rankin (Manawatū Standard): Sections coming soon for a variety of housing needs
Alexia Russell (Newsroom): The past is the new future for housing

Immigration
RNZ: No changes planned to far right visitor access, says Immigration NZ
Liu Chen (RNZ): Immigration New Zealand wrongly cancels mans visa, stranding him

Health
Phil Pennington (RNZ): Firefighters want law change to to ease ACC cancer battles
Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Comments by doctor on Whaleoil blog spark complaint

Local government
Tim Murphy (Newsroom): Park bailout ‘like a Lions tour every year’
Ollie Ritchie (Newshub): Auckland Mayor Phil Goff says Eden Park hand-out not fair on ratepayers
Stephen Forbes (Interest): Eden Park Trust secures $63.3 million dollar bail-out from Auckland Council
Stephen Forbes (Interest): Auckland Council is now airing concerns about the $28 billion Auckland Transport Alignment Project
Chris Keall (Herald): Lime ‘shocked’ as it loses out to newcomer Uber in Wellington e-scooter trial
Meriana Johnsen (RNZ): Wellington council tight-lipped on possible Uber partnership
RNZ: Council ‘dragging heels’ on review of bungled Wellington bus services
Charlie Dreaver (RNZ): Wellington library closure hits cafe and 160 staff
Dominion Post Editorial: Precaution beats pain in closure of Wellington Library
Matthew Littlewood (Timaru Herald): South Canterbury ‘over-representation’ on ECan criticised

Westland Co-operative Dairy Company sale, Fonterra
Eric Frkyberg (RNZ): Government loan for dairy company ‘dead’ after Chinese takeover bid
RNZ: Fonterra weighs in on sale of Westland Milk
The Standard: Westland Dairy sale
Guy Trafford  (Interest): Assessing the new direction
Jamie Gray (Herald): Debt-laden Fonterra faces uphill battle amid weak earnings
RNZ: Fonterra makes half-year profit of $80m

Education
Katarina Williams (Stuff): Primary teachers to vote on Ministry of Education’s offers in electronic ballot
Stuff: Education Minister Chris Hipkins extends polytechnic sumbission timeframe
Aaron Leaman (Stuff): Jobs cut, new roles created at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa
Aaron Leaman (Stuff): Wintec acts on Audit New Zealand’s bombshell report into overseas spending

Transport
RNZ: Union commends NZTA for cracking down on ex-mayor’s truck company
Cleo Fraser (Newshub): Northland’s largest logging truck company being forced off roads
Kristin Edge (Northern Advocate): Northland company to appeal after NZTA orders logging trucks off the road
Kiri Gillespie (Herald): ‘How dare they?’ – Tauranga mayor lashes out at NZ Transport Agency over city traffic hold ups
Alexia Russell (Newsroom): NZTA disarray threatens Auckland transport projects

Environment
Jamie Morton (Herald): Extreme heat, disease and rising seas: how climate change threatens Auckland
Todd Niall and Mandy Te (Stuff): Climate change: Call to tackle future risk to Auckland’s poorest communities now
Todd Niall and Mandy Te (Stuff): Auckland’s poorest to suffer most in climate change

Employment
Michael Neilson (Herald): Whangārei man turned down job by Air NZ over tā moko
1News: Man declined job at Air New Zealand, made to feel ‘s… for being Māori’, for having a tā moko

Other
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Inland Revenue to close to the public for a week
RNZ: NZ and Australian FMs in Jakarta for Indo-Pacific talks
Mike Watson (Stuff): Oil and gas researcher digs deep in Taranaki to uncover local views on industry
Melissa NIghtingale (Herald): Dotcom seeks to appeal High Court decision on privacy breach
RNZ: Company with effluent leaking pipe will not be prosecuted
Katie Fitzgerald (Newshub): 18yo sentenced to two years in prison over Countdown security guard death
David Teulon, Karen Armstrong, John Kean (Newshub): Finding fruit flies doesn’t mean the system is broken
1News: TVNZ’s collection of Māori media and television taonga protected from international sales
Herald: Former Court of Appeal judge Raynor Asher to head New Zealand Media Council
Tema Hemi (Māori TV): ILGA Conference continues despite events in CHCH
Emily Tamkin (Washington Post): New Zealand’s resilience and social connection makes it one of the happiest countries

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