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Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – March 28 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

Royal Commission, role of spy agencies
Guyon Espiner (RNZ): Were NZ’s intelligence agencies looking in the wrong direction?
Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): Why sweeping surveillance laws aren’t the answer
Peter Dunne: Review role of security services but be vigilant against surrendering individual liberties
Phil Pennington (RNZ): SIS was warned to protect interviewees’ rights – Inspector-General
Stuff: Muslim men say they’re being asked by the SIS to spy on their communities
1News: High security alert to remain until retaliation or copy-cat terrorist threat subsides – Andrew Little
Jason Walls (Herald): Andrew Little, the minister in charge of the GCSB and SIS, has signed off more spy warrants since March 15
Tema Hemi (Māori TV): Minister of Justice signs off intrusive surveillance
Collette Devlin (Stuff): NZ’s Security Intelligence Service is monitoring more Kiwis after terror attacks

Christchurch mosque shootings
Chris Trotter (Daily Blog): The Blame Game Continues
Blair Ensor (Stuff): Questions raised about police response
Scott Palmer (Newshub): Human Rights Commission calls out Muslim leader who blamed Mossad for Christchurch attack
John Campbell (1News): The Story: Islamic scholar says NZ response to attacks a lesson for the world (video)
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Political, societal and cultural ramifications of the white supremacy atrocity
Farzana Noorai and Toni Bruce (Newsroom): NZ media shows world high-quality coverage of Islam
Jamie Ensor (Newshub): Government must confront its other business after dealing with Christchurch attacks – Tova O’Brien
Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): Harrowing day in Christchurch as the nation remembers the massacre
Helen Wong (Stuff): How we can all push back against racism
Merepeka Raukawa-Tait (Herald): Jacinda Ardern and the politics of aspiration
John Tamihere (Herald): Moments that defined our nationhood
Jamie Ensor (Newshub): Global interest in living in New Zealand rises after Christchurch terror attacks
1News: Expressions of interest in migrating to NZ spike following Christchurch mosques attack
1News: Agencies continue to offer support to Christchurch terrorist attack victims and families
Jessica Tyson (Māori TV): More than 500 people receive support following Chch attack
Oliver Lewis (Stuff): Mental health need expected to last years following Christchurch terror attack – GP
Talisa Kupenga (Māori TV): Muslim groups want Kaupapa Māori approach for trauma response support – Davidson
Tina Law (Stuff): New calls for a multicultural hub in Christchurch following mosque killings
Herald: Chief Censor says shooting video found to promote ‘extreme violence and cruelty’
Robert van Royen (Stuff): Crusaders set to make changes for first home game post Christchurch shooting
Brad Lewis (Newshub): Super Rugby 2019: Crusaders scrap knights from pre-match entertainment – report

PM’s visit to Dunedin
Jono Edwards (ODT):City’s Muslims say thank you to PM
Tim Miller (ODT): Community has outgrown its mosque
Jason Walls (Herald): PM Jacinda Ardern says her trip to Dunedin was to provide a sense of ‘safety and security’
MIke Houlahan (ODT): Govt looks overseas for ideas to beef up security
Hamish McNeilly (Stuff): Jacinda Ardern reassures Dunedin’s Muslim community, discusses security concerns
Mike Houlahan (ODT): Dunedin’s link to terror attack prompted visit – PM
Zane Small (Newshub): Dunedin Muslim’s ‘astounding message’ to Jacinda Ardern about New Zealand after Christchurch attack
Jenna Lynch (Newshub): ‘I’m scared for our safety’: Dunedin Muslim community looks to Government for help after Christchurch attack
1News: Leaders of Muslim countries ‘overwhelmed’ by NZ’s response to terrorist attack, PM says
Hamish McNeilly (Stuff): Jacinda Ardern visits Dunedin’s Muslim childhood centre
Jono Edwards (ODT): PM visits Dunedin Islamic kindergarten
1News: Jacinda Ardern visits Dunedin Muslim early childhood centre, reads kids a story

Gun control, firearms
Craig McCulloch (RNZ): MPs from across the political divide previously stymied gun control
Claire Trevett (Herald): Gun debate pits Second Amendment against Second Breakfast
Bonnie Flaws (Stuff): Fastway refuses to ship guns, parts
RNZ: Police probe fake online submissions for handing in guns
Damon Rusden (Stuff): Guns alone don’t kill people, but they make it easier
John Hart (Washington Post): I gave up a gun after the New Zealand mosque shootings. Why are Americans mad at me for it?
Esther Taunton (Stuff): Military-style semi-automatic weapons aren’t needed to kill animals at home but they ‘should be an option’

Social media, internet
Pattrick Smellie (Stuff): Moment is ripe for global action to curb toxic social media
Herald: Facebook says it will now block white nationalist, white separatist posts
Katie Fitzgerald (Newshub): Facebook bans white nationalism and separatism
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): NZ ‘Facebook tax’ on digital giants dealt blow after Australia rejects the idea
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Alleged attacker ‘wasn’t from New Zealand or Australia, but from the internet’
Collette Devlin (Stuff): Privacy Commissioner will not be able to dish out fines to social media platforms in new Privacy Bill
Herald: Spark, 2degrees and Vodafone release browser software for blocking terror content

Christchurch man dies after police standoff
Sam Sherwood (Stuff): Ex-Russian soldier dies of suspected suicide after police standoff in Christchurch
NZME: Family seeks answers after Christchurch death
Patrick Gower (Newshub): Police investigate possible link between alleged Christchurch shooter and Troy Dubovskiy, who died after police stand-off
1News: Man wanted after guns found at Christchurch home dies during standoff with police

International links to alleged gunman, white nationalism
Bharath Ganesh (Spinoff): How the swarm of white extremism spreads itself online
Katie Bradford (1News): International links to alleged Christchurch terrorist no surprise, says expert
Stuff: Austria considers dissolving far-right group amid Christchurch shooting link probe
RNZ: Austrian govt confirms accused Christchurch gunman gave cash to far-right group
Jenna Lynch (Newshub): Islamophobia investigations spread worldwide in wake of Christchurch terror attack
AP: Austrian far-right activist probed over ties to accused Christchurch mosque shooter

Book bans, comments sections
Glenn McConnell (Stuff): We’re banning their comments, ‘manifesto’ and books – let’s stop and talk
Scott Palmer (Newshub): Jordan Peterson claims victory over Whitcoulls after book reinstated
Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Jordan Peterson’s book returns to Whitcoulls shelves
David Farrar: Kiwiblog content and comments
Anne Hunt (Spinoff): The #MeToo book that the High Court tried to pulp

Health
David Galler (Spinoff): How to avoid another health system review that goes nowhere
Herald: All Blacks Beauden Barrett and Damian McKenzie broke advertising code in Instagram posts
Rob Stock (Stuff): Paramedics call on Government to give them a fair wage
RNZ: Measles exposure: Auckland DHB following up with 900 people
Hannah Martin (Stuff): New Zealanders missing hundreds of hours of ‘wellbeing’ time by skipping lunch breaks
Herald: Hamilton woman with terminal condition explains why she opposes euthanasia bill

Education, polytech and industry training reform
Liz Gordon (Daily Blog): Exclusionary principles
Jessica Long (Stuff): More time needed after Christchurch shootings for Tomorrow’s Schools Review feedback, politician says
Zizi Sparks (Rotorua Daily Post): Rotorua Boys’ High and John Paul College in group of schools opposing reforms
RNZ: Whangārei principal speaks out on Taskforce proposed reforms
Simon Collins (Herald): Outspoken Northland principal Pat Newman joins Teaching Council
Stephen Dobson (Newsroom): Teaching vital to prevent another attack
Felix Desmarais (Stuff): Sex positivity and the Scandinavian Model: visions for the future of Kiwi sex ed
Charlotte Cook (RNZ): Complaints of sexual harrassment ‘culture’ at Otago student residence
Felix Desmarais (Stuff): Wellington City Council officially opposes Victoria University name change
Laura Dooney (RNZ): Wellington City councillors move to oppose Victoria name change
Evan Harding (Southland Times): Stand up for SIT signs to come down

Sealord-Iwi deal
Māori TV: 80% of Sealord profits to be returned to iwi
Leigh-Marama McLachlan (RNZ): New deal with Sealord ‘founded on tikanga Māori’

Environment, climate change
Brad Flahive (Stuff): Number of pollution cases has significantly declined in past 10 years
Ben Strang (RNZ): Otago Regional Council ‘at fault’ over 7-year Hawea wastewater plant pollution, consents breaches – residents
Eric Frykberg (RNZ): New form of carbon payments for forest owners
RNZ: Trees still best short term option on emissions – Climate Change Minister James Shaw
Jamie Morton (Herald): Govt: ETS changes to add another 89 million trees
Guy Trafford (Interest): Thinking local for a meaningful impact
Eloise Gibson (Newsroom): Councils may be liable for climate damage – QC
Stuff: Climate change threatens use of traditional Māori plants – study shows
Jessica Tyson (Māori TV): Rongoā Māori plants at risk from climate change
Tim Newman (Stuff): $100,000 climate change initiatives in Nelson city plan
Kaitlin Ruddock (1News): ‘We’re taking this seriously’ – Rising seas endanger popular Kiwi coastal walks

1080
Jamie Morton (Herald): 1080 drop wiped out 90 per cent of deer on Molesworth block
Will Harvie (Stuff): Toxin 1080 killed 90 per cent of deer, new Molesworth study finds
Stephanie McKee (Stuff): We are challenging the use of 1080, and we are a broad church

Employment
1News: Minimum wage set to increase next week, giving over 200,000 Kiwis a boost
Isaac Davison (Herlad): $2b pay equity settlement transformed workers’ lives – but has not been without problems
Katherine Ravenswood and Julie Douglas (The Conversation): Historic pay equity settlement for NZ care workers delivers mixed results

Retirement
Tamsyn Parker (Herald): What you need for a comfortable retirement
Miriam Harris (Newshub): How much you need to save to avoid a no-frills retirement
Rob Stock (Stuff): Retired couple need $785,000 nest egg for ‘choices’ retirement

Tax
Andrea Fox (Herald): Capital gains tax: A potential ‘nightmare’ for lifestyle block owners
LIsa Marriot (Spinoff): The claim farmers are becoming an ATM for beneficiaries is nasty and not true
Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): Hats off to a farmer who tells it like it is
Simon Kemp (Stuff): CGT might push even more investment into family homes
Susan St John (Daily Blog): Of course, the left wants a capital gains tax…

Primary industries
Zane Small (Newshub): ‘Erosion of control’: New Zealand First’s warning over multi-million-dollar Westland Milk deal
Angie Skerrett (Newshub):Westland Milk’s sale to China ‘positive for everyone’, says chairman
Meghan Lawrence (Herald): Investigation launched after images emerge of emaciated cattle

Local government
Herald Editorial: Shareholders would solve Ports of Auckland’s problems
Ripu Bhatia (Stuff): Auckland Council to vote on bylaw targeting beggars
Mandy Te (Stuff): Where is Auckland Zoo’s $1.6 million elephant?
Ripu Bhatia (Stuff): Auckland Council to vote on bylaw targeting drones
Dileepa Fonseka (Stuff): Nine per cent rates hike in Wellington averted and public to have say on annual plan
Samantha Motion (Bay of Plenty Times): Bella Vista: More details about council’s closed-door remediation decision revealed
Laura Wiltshire (Hawkes Bay Today): $700-plus for a seat at Hawke’s Bay Regional Council table

Mercury wind farm
No Right Turn: A monument to corruption
Janine Rankin (Manawatū Standard): Construction of 33 wind turbines at Turitea wind farm near Palmerston North confirmed
RNZ: Mercury to spend $256m on new wind farm
Grant Bradley (Herald): Mercury building a $256 million wind farm near Palmerston North

Foreign Affairs
Richard Harman (Politik): Malaysia backs New Zealand
Stephen Jacobi (RNZ): Symbolism and substance on agenda for PM Ardern’s China visit
Point of Order: PM’s China visit will show us if there are political benefits in a global halo
RNZ: Violence in Papua must end before negotiations – NZ Foreign Minister
RNZ: Tonga’s King Tupou VI in NZ for short visit

Transport
RNZ: West Coast flooding: NZTA was warned about Waiho Bridge days before it washed away
Lucy Bennett (Herald): NZTA clears backlog of regulatory compliance cases
Shane Ellison (Spinoff): How many people need to die on Auckland’s roads before we lower speeds?
Damian George (Stuff): Call for NZ Bus to relinquish Wellington contract after ‘outrageous’ failings
Katie Fitzgerald (Newshub): Generation Zero calls for free weekend buses, higher student discounts, fare caps
Todd Niall (Stuff): Youth lobby pushes for cheaper public transport
Todd Niall (Stuff): Delays and red tape costs hit Auckland transport projects
Meriana Johnsen (RNZ): Funding rethink stalls case for Auckland light rail project
Peter de Graaf (Northern Advocate): Northland rail line may reopen – ‘the best thing that could ever happen to Northland’
Jono Galuszka (Manawatū Standard): Cycling lobby critical of transport agency’s ‘rush job’ on Manawatū-Hawke’s Bay highway
RNZ: NZ air traffic controllers support Fiji colleagues in dispute

Gambling
Herald: Gambling regulator makes its first prosecution – company involved remains anonymous
Tom Hunt (Stuff): New Zealand’s first charge for failing to recognise problem gambler
Steph Rangi (Stuff): No new pokie machines for Taupō or Tūrangi

Housing
Dan Satherley (Newshub): Don Brash praises Phil Twyford’s housing speech
Ben Leahy (Herald): Average mortgage for low-deposit, first-home buyers jumps 46 per cent on last year
Anne Gibson (Herald): Six factors Kiwi landlords fear the most: new survey

Other
Michelle Duff (Stuff): We finally know the true extent of abuse in state care. It is shocking
Gareth Vaughan (Interest): International Consortium of Investigative Journalists says NZ is ‘being harmed reputationally as a country’ through its role in the world of offshore finance
Andrea Fox (Herald): European investors big fans of billion trees project
Gill Bonnett (RNZ): Restructuring and summer peaks blamed for visa delays
Leighton Keith (Taranaki Daily News): Tangata whenua angry over use of Parihaka name by Brian Tamaki of Destiny Church
RNZ: Destiny Church asked to remove ‘Parihaka’ from brand
Dan Lake (Newshub): Hefty new fines for New Zealand Customs breaches
No Right Turn: Shouldn’t there be prosecutions?
Te Kuru o te Marama Dewes (Māori TV): Ngā Aho Whakaari discuss Māori Media Review
Jarrod Gilbert (Herald): Older gang wants to turn the corner
RNZ: ‘There’s some way to go’ to engage older people with technology – new research
Jame Baker (Stuff): Threats of violence and abuse follow story about golliwog dolls sale
Joel MacManus (Stuff): Thai election: Advance votes cast from New Zealand won’t be counted
Chelsea Boyle (Herald): Top police communications job’s salary pitched at between $257k and $347k
Sam Hurley (Herald): Prison and home detention for financial directors guilty of multi-million dollar GFC crime
Aimee Shaw (Herald): Small business confidence continues to slide, international uncertainty sets in

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