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Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – March 29 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
Thomas Beagle (Spinoff): Why mass surveillance is not the answer to the atrocity of Christchurch
John Battersby (Stuff): Christchurch shootings: We need an inquiry, not an inquisition
Chris Trotter: Now And Then
Simon Wilson (Herald): Remembering the Christchurch terror: Borne on wings of hope
Carl Davidson (Stuff): How can we hold onto the spirit that has emerged?
Graham Adams (Noted): Why banning the accused gunman’s manifesto is a bad idea
Simon Bridges (Magic Talk): Important questions need to be asked about our security and intelligence agencies
Karl du Fresne: Some more thoughts on the Christchurch massacres and their aftermath
Muriel Newman: The Politicisation of a Tragedy
Darius Shahtahmasebi (Stuff): I fear hidden side of Christchurch may have been ignited
Herald: Israeli Embassy calls out mosque leader who blamed Mossad for Christchurch terror attack
David Farrar: A sad anti-Semitic smear
Pete George: Seymour, Ghahraman, identity politics, white supremacy
Katie Fitzgerald (Newshub): More than 30 widows needing support after shooting
RNZ: Crusaders name change discussions already underway
1News:‘We need to respect the victims’ – Crusaders chairman on potential name change
1News: Prince William to visit Christchurch to honour terrorist attack victims

Internet, social media
Andy Fyers, Katie Kenny and Tommy Livingston (Stuff): How YouTube spreads extremist ideas that inspire events like the Christchurch mosque shootings
Peter Griffin (RNZ): Facebook ban: What can it do and will it work?
Paul Brislen (RNZ): Facebook ban: Stop me if you’ve heard this one before
Jessica Tyson (Māori TV): Facebook ban ‘won’t stop white supremacy’ – Professor
Phillipa Smith (The Conversation): The challenge of drawing a line between objectionable material and freedom of expression online
Damien Venuto (Herald):Former US ad man calls for Mark Zuckerberg’s head
1News: ‘More work to do,’ says PM as Facebook bans white nationalist content
Jason Walls (Herald): Jacinda Ardern: ‘Still more work to do’ after Facebook’s white-nationalism crackdown
Dominic Harris (Stuff): Jacinda Ardern welcomes tightening of Facebook rules on hate speech
Henry Cooke (Stuff): Facebook allowed ad that said Jacinda Ardern supported the ‘Islamization’ of New Zealand
Chris Keall (Herald): Facebook finally removes one NZ-based hate site, but leaves another
Anna Bracewell-Worrall (Newshub): Former extremist backs Facebook ban on white nationalists
Natasha Tusikov and Blayne Haggart (The Conversation): Stop outsourcing the regulation of hate speech to social media

Gun laws, firearms
Spinoff: The gun laws will change. Great. And now for the really hard part
Lucy Bennett (Herald): Jacinda Ardern reveals more on changes to NZ’s gun laws
Lyall Russell (Herald): War collections include some banned semi-automatic weapons
Angie Skerrett (Newshub): ‘Don’t lose your nerve’: Message to the Government from Kiwi farmer at centre of gun debate
Danielle Clent (Stuff): Air New Zealand flight delayed after passenger had gun in checked baggage
1News: Firearm found in baggage hold of Air NZ jet causes flight delay
Rosalie Willis (Kapiti News): Kāpiti mayor seeks block on gun-related violent computer games in public libraries

Police
Cate Broughton and Blair Ensor (Stuff): Commissioner backs police response to Christchurch mosque shootings
Karen Brown (RNZ): Flowers from neighbours at door of man who died in police standoff
Sam Sherwood and Charlotte Carter (Stuff): Russian man found dead after Christchurch police standoff was ‘intimidating and cold’
Sam Sherwood (Stuff): Ex-Russian soldier dies of suspected suicide after police standoff in Christchurch
Matthew Tso (Stuff): Police stations cut hours following Christchurch shootings

Jacinda Ardern’s leadership
Bryce Edwards (Herald): Political Roundup: International fascination with Jacinda Ardern
Peter Dunne (Newsroom): She’s no Trump, but is that enough?
Nesrine Malik (Guardian): With respect: how Jacinda Ardern showed the world what a leader should be

White nationalism, Islamophobia
Bruce Munro (ODT): Global Insight: Tackling Islamophobia in Australia
Press Editorial: The new racists wear suits not swastikas
Jason Wilson (Guardian): With links to the Christchurch attacker, what is the Identitarian Movement?
Dan Satherley (Newshub): Who is Austrian far-right leader Martin Sellner?
1News: ‘Skinheads’ pose potential security threat in wake of Christchurch terrorist attack – Paul Buchanan

Remembrance services
1News: Order of events released for national remembrance service for Christchurch attacks
Stuff: National Remembrance Service in Christchurch – what you need to know
Lucy Bennett (Herald): 59 countries to be represented at Christchurch mosque attack remembrance service
ODT: Southern remembrance services cancelled over police numbers
Angie Skerrett (Newshub): Rural remembrance events for Christchurch victims cancelled
RNZ: Rural remembrance events face cancellation over police staffing

Half of Māori and Pacific deaths ‘potentially avoidable’ 
Hannah Martin (Stuff): Half of Māori and Pasifika deaths potentially avoidable, study finds
Issac Davison (Herald): Avoidable deaths and lower life expectancy for Māori and Pacific a travesty, medical experts say
Newstalk ZB: Half of Maori and Pacific deaths ‘potentially avoidable’ – study

Health
Tema Hemi (Māori TV): ‘Declare lung cancer national priority’ – Lung Foundation NZ
Whanganui Chronicle: Whanganui District Health Board says small number of patients affects cancer treatment wait time results
John Gerritsen (RNZ): Can New Zealand really be smokefree by 2025?
1News: PM not surprised ‘at all’ by new survey that finds kids would ban junk food ads
Jamie Morton (Herald): Kids’ call to Jacinda Ardern: ban junk food ads
Oliver Lewis (Stuff): Canterbury measles outbreak: vaccine availability extended to new groups
Ella Predergast and Dan Satherley (Newshub): MMR vaccine eligibility widened as measles outbreak spreads
Hannah Martin (Stuff): More than 900 Aucklanders could have been exposed to measles – public health service
1News: Canterbury DHB to provide more vaccine doses as woman with measles arrives on flight from Asia
Melanie Earley and Mandy Te (Stuff): Middlemore Hospital staff hold protest after nurses are attacked in car park
1News: Violent attack on two Middlemore Hospital nurses sparks rally for ‘safe parking’
Damian Rower (Southland Times): Lumsden maternity centre set for final transition

Education
Trish Grant (Noted): Are we there yet? The bumpy road to inclusive education
Gill Bonnett (RNZ): Not enough action on overseas student visa scams, group says
Jennifer Orman (Herald): Taskforce lacks a solid case for taking over schools
Adele Redmond (Stuff): Nationwide secondary teachers’ strike called off after Christchurch terror attack
Tim Cadogan (ODT): Education Minister’s concerns already addressed South

Employment and retirement
Zane Small (Newshub):Minimum wage boost: Employment expert’s warning to employers
Debrin Foxcroft (Stuff): More money but worse off after hard-won pay increase for aged-care workers
Evan Harding (Southland Times): Overseas workers coming to Mataura meat plant
Mitch McCann (Newshub): How much is enough, when it comes to retirement?

Foreign affairs
Gordon Campbell: On the human rights dimension of Jacinda Ardern’s visit to China
Zane Small (Newshub): Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on why she cut short her ‘important’ China trip
ODT Editorial: Peters’ performance affects Ardern
Zane Small (Newshub): The Christchurch video that brought Islamic leaders to tears

NZ First
Chris Trotter (Daily Blog): The Roots Of His Rage: Can Winston Peters Save NZ First?
Matthew Hooton (Herald): Move on Winston Peters, your time is up

Environment and conservation
Stuff: Climate change hit 62m people worldwide, says State of the Global Climate report
Jamie Morton (Herald): Grim global climate report: Drought, rising seas, millions displaced
Brian Fallow (Herald): No hiding in the forests with climate change
Ivan Diaz-Rainey (The Conversation): NZ’s environmental watchdog challenges climate policy on farm emissions and forestry offsets
Myles Allen (Newsroom): A climate-neutral NZ? Yes, it’s possible
Stuff: DOC issues stark warning over risk of rising sea levels to NZ’s coast
RNZ: Climate change to have ‘significant impact’ on Māori businesses
1News: Fertiliser company fined $45,000 for discharging chicken effluent into Waikato’s Waitakaruru River
Jennifer Eder (Stuff): Studies showing 1080 causes mass deer deaths ‘consistent’ with hunter experiences
Jamie Morton (Herald): Plague warning: Forest & Bird fears biggest ‘megamast’ in 45 years
Jamie Morton (Herald): Great Barrier among ‘arks’ to save world’s most threatened species
Jamie Morton (Herald): Tensions as council mulls future of popular Waitākere Ranges
Torika Tokalau (Stuff): Aucklanders fear spread of kauri dieback during replacement of Huia water treatment plant

Transport, road safety
Collette Devlin (Stuff): NZTA to fix $30m compliance problems – but no end in sight
1News: ‘They were furious’ – Ministers change tune in wake of plunging breath tests
RNZ: NZ Bus should ‘hand the buses back to the ratepayers’ – MP
Emma Jolliff (Newshub): Wellington’s public transport system continues to cause mayhem
RNZ: NZ Bus fined by Wellington Regional Council 17,000 times
No Right Turn: Time to sack NZBus
Phil Pennington (RNZ): NZTA faces pressure to regulate e-scooter use
1News: Transport agency blames rogue boulder for Waiho River Bridge collapse during deluge

Housing
Jane Patterson (RNZ): Nearly $5 million spent on KiwiBuild consultants and contractors
Paul Taylor (ODT): Kiwibuild homes announced for Queenstown
Talisa Kupenga (Māori TV): Ngai Tahu and Govt partner for 100 KiwiBuild homes in Queenstown
Anuja Nadkarni (Stuff): No-one was meant to live in cold, damp building, but landlord rented it out
Anne Gibson (Herald): Three landlords hit with $17,000 fines for breaking the law

Tax
Bernard Hickey (Newsroom): Old landlords vs young renters on CGT
Anne Gibson (Herald): Capital gains tax: What will it mean for your property?
Herald: Q&A: Your questions on capital gains tax
James Lee (Herald): Banking, tax reforms a threat to growth

Local government
Laura Wiltshire (Hawkes Bay Today): Tears and singing as Hastings District Council votes to appoint tangata whenua representation
RNZ: Hastings councillors to vote on more Māori representation in committees
Jessie Chiang (RNZ): Staff responsible for Bella Vista botch-up to be held to account – mayor
Ripu Bhatia (Stuff): Auckland council amends bylaw targeting aggressive beggars
Todd Niall (Stuff): Eden Park Future: Cost savings to come in council deal
Ripu Bhatia (Stuff): New drone restrictions agreed for use on Auckland Council land
Laura Wiltshire (Hawkes Bay Today): Napier City Council leads charge for changes to defective building liability
Tom Hunt (Stuff): Filmmaker Sir Peter Jackson takes Wellington Mayor Justin Lester to task over Shelly Bay
RNZ: New Shelly Bay plans reveal improved foreshore accessibility
Rosemary McLeod (Stuff): Extravagance is fine when buying shoes, but not if you’re a city council
Hawkes Bay Today: Hawke’s Bay councillor invites public to test new $700 chairs
Cherie Sivignon (Nelson Mail): Tasman District Council counts cost of fire, drought
Tim Newman (Nelson Mail): Nelson City councillors backing community housing plan
Cherie Sivignon (Nelson Mail): Waimea Water to deliver dam ‘to quality, time and cost’

Media
Michael Andrew (Pacific Media Watch): NZ: How journalists can improve diversity in the media
Diana Wichtel (Listener): The Christchurch shooting brought the best out of our TV broadcasters
Māori TV: Māori Media Shift – Māori Broadcasting Funding
Hamish McNeilly (Stuff): Former MP Michael Laws alleges Otago student magazine Critic defamed him

Primary industries
Heather Chalmers (Stuff): MPI admits it doesn’t know how some farms got Mycoplasma bovis 
Herald: Takeover target Westland Milk cuts dairy payout forecast
Jennifer Eder (Stuff): Fonterra to pay dairy farmer Phillip Woolley’s $40,000 legal costs
Raniera Harrison (Māori TV): What is mānuka honey? Māori beekeepers “could have been making half a million”
Heather Chalmers (Stuff): One-stop-shop farm waste recovery to prevent burning and stockpiling

Justice, corrections
George Block (ODT): Gang mix sent South to OCF
George Block (ODT): North gang ex-prisoner crimewave
David Williams (Newsroom): The ins and outs of life without parole
Kurt Bayer (Herald): Independent review backs Parole Board’s handling of convicted killer Paul Wilson’s release

Immigration
Kirk Hope (Stuff): Politicians must stop picking on immigration
Jason Walls (Herald): Immigration NZ considered ‘character issues’ before granting Eminem a visitor’s visa

Other
Alice Webb-Liddall (Newshub): Kids can be more in danger in family care – foster parent
Lynley Tulloch (Whanganui Chronicle): Dying children in New Zealand get limited media coverage
Māori TV: Unlikely pair get behind local fundraiser
Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): Tourism New Zealand is wrong to suspend marketing of the country
Wairarapa Times Age: Judge tells police to review assault case against Simon Bridges’ senior adviser Belinda Milnes
Chris Keall (Herald): Chorus move threatens to push up broadband pricing by $40/month, Vodafone claims
1News: Slingshot warned by Commerce Commission for misleading customers
Madison Reidy (RNZ): Air New Zealand to cut costs, delay buying $750m of new aircraft
Kelvin McDonald (Māori TV): Parihaka reserves right to choose own destiny
Herald Editorial: Reserve Bank signals economy coming of the boil
Herald: NZ economy ‘quietly losing steam’ – ANZ survey
John Anthony (Stuff): New Zealand economy ‘quietly losing steam’ as business confidence falls in March, ANZ says
David Hargreaves (Interest): Two academics and a long time trade unionist named as the ‘externals’ on the new committee that will decide on New Zealand’s official interest rates
Paul McBeth (BusinessDesk): Government’s 8-month surplus bigger than expected as less spending offset lower corporate tax take

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