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Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – April 2 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

PM in China
Audrey Young (Herald): Was Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s 24 hours in China worth it?
Richard Harman (Politik): China: it’s a matter of trust
Stacey Kirk (Stuff): Friendliness greets Ardern in Beijing, but these are trying times 
Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): Bewildered in Beijing – Jacinda Ardern’s personal charm eases anxiety in China
Newshub: Jacinda Ardern’s China trip ‘quality over quantity’ – Tova O’Brien
Tova O’Brien (Newshub): Jacinda Ardern meets Chinese leaders despite spying fears
Hongzhi Gao, Ivy Guo, Tarek Soliman (The Conversation): How to get ready as the US-China trade war spills over to other countries
Jane Patterson (RNZ): New Zealand and China must ‘trust each other’ – Xi Jinping
1News: ‘Our two sides must trust each other’ China’s President Xi Jinping tells Jacinda Ardern
Audrey Young (Herald): PM in China: Jacinda Ardern meets Xi Jinping
Katie Fitzgerald and Miriam Harris (Newshub): Jacinda Ardern raised Huawei during ‘constructive’ discussions with Xi Jinping
Stacey Kirk (Stuff): Rushed but not hurried: Jacinda Ardern makes most of single-day visit to China
Jenée Tibshraeny (Interest): An update from Beijing
Tema Hemi (Māori TV): PM strengthens trade relations with China
Herald: Jacinda Ardern on Chinese Government (video)
Audrey Young (Herald): Ardern in China: Beijing ‘ready to strengthen relationship’ with NZ
1News: Watch: Jacinda Ardern greeted by pomp and pageantry in Beijing
Stacey Kirk (Stuff): Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to meet with President Xi Jinping in Beijing
Zane Small (Newshub): Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on why China shouldn’t worry about ‘Huawei ban’
1News: Ardern says Huawei decision not a political one, ahead of meeting with China’s president
Hadyn Green (Newsroom): Huawei – into your pocket and out of the news
Audrey Young (Herald): Jacinda Ardern speaks of values at embassy opening in Beijing
Jane Patterson (RNZ): PM formally opens NZ embassy in Beijing
Stacey Kirk (Stuff): New Zealand’s new embassy in China a ‘significant diplomatic’ space
Zane Small (Newshub): Jacinda Ardern’s balancing act: Appeasing China while standing up for Muslims

Gun laws
Ben Strang (RNZ): Gun law change fast-track has ‘outpaced’ gun lobby – academic
Jamie Ensor (Newshub): Government will be tougher on gangs with illegal weapons after Christchurch attacks – Winston Peters
Anna Whyte (1News): ‘You will be handing them back’, Winston Peters tells gang members planning to keep guns in wake of Christchurch terrorist attack
Zane Small (Newshub): ‘You will hand them back’: Winston Peters’ warning to gangs over gun law reform
Derek Cheng (Herald): Government to gangs: Hand in your military-style semi-automatics or face 5 years’ jail
Collette Devlin (Stuff): Police minister warns gangs: Hand over guns or the police will come after you
Kate Hawkesby (Newstalk ZB): Taking aim at gangs’ hypocrisy on firearms ban
Duncan Garner (Newshub): Police should seize illegal guns from gang pads
Jamie Ensor and Miriam Harris (Newshub): Rural community concerned by urgent gun law change process
Henry Cooke (Stuff): How the Government will pass its first set of gun law changes
Henry Cooke (Stuff): Guns handed in by end of September
Derek Cheng (Herald): Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters reveals gun reform details at post-Cabinet press conference
RNZ: New gun laws expected to pass by end of next week – minister
Jenna Lynch (Newshub): The hefty new penalties under New Zealand’s gun law changes
Peter Wilson (Stuff): Why Jacinda Ardern’s quick ban on semi-automatics is a red herring
Belinda Feek (Herald): Newspaper editor stands by PM ‘dumb-as-a-plank’ remark in gun reform story
Madison Reidy (RNZ): Super Fund looks to drop firearms investment

Hate crimes, hate speech, censorship
Bryce Edwards (Herald): Political Roundup: Outlawing hate speech and hate crimes
Matthew Theunissen (RNZ): Law change should consider protecting religious groups against hate speech
Karl du Fresne: The attack on free speech: important update
David Farrar: Government looking to introduce hate speech laws
Jason Walls (Herald): National Leader Simon Bridges backs hate speech review but warns against limiting free speech
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Dear Labour – make the hate speech review about regulation of social media NOT a debate about free speech
Dan Satherley (Newshub): The 41 terror publications you didn’t know the Censor banned
Dan Satherley (Newshub): Chief censor ‘concerned’ over Christchurch terror attack game
Kurt Bayer (Herald): Alleged Christchurch mosque killer’s banned manifesto booby-trapped by hackers
John Moore: Should Jordon Peterson be banned & no-platformed?

Health
RNZ: NZ health system called racist over untimely Māori and Pasifika deaths
Katie Fitzgerald and Miriam Harris (Newshub): Pharmac called out over failure to fund breast cancer drug Ibrance
Conan Young (RNZ): Patient locked in shed: DHB’s media boss tried to minimise ordeal
Emma Russell (Herald): 23-year-old Whangarei woman Ruby Hill left to starve to death without any pain relief
No Right Turn: Unlawful threats and undue influence
Stuff: Seven-day strike by Rotorua anaesthetic technicians will affect surgeries: union
Elspeth McLean (ODT): The power of apology
Hannah Martin (Stuff): Measles: Number of Auckland cases jumps to 12, seven in one house
Hannah Martin (Stuff): Waitematā DHB asked to apologise after teen went missing from mental health unit
Amber-Leigh Woolf (Stuff): ‘Trigger warnings’ do little to reduce distress, research finds

Euthanasia
Tariana Turia (Herald): Euthanasia would undermine whānau values
Newshub: End of Life Choice Bill will make New Zealand a ‘dangerous place’ – Sir Bill English
Bob McCoskrie: Overwhelming Majority Tell MPs To Kill The Euthanasia Bill
Dan Satherley (Newshub): Slippery slope to kids, mentally ill getting euthanised – doctor

Christchurch mosque shootings
Jody O’Callaghan and Tom Kitchin (Stuff); Group warns ’emotional’ Muslims to resist retaliation talk after Christchurch mosque shooting
Mark Durie (Quadrant): The Christchurch Killer’s Anti-Humanist Ideologyck
Mike Houlahan (ODT): Privacy, security not incompatible
Ben Francis (Newshub): New Zealand Cricket calls off under-19s tour of Bangladesh following Christchurch shootings
Kamala Hayman (Stuff): The Press front pages of the Christchurch mosque shootings
James Conner (Stuff): Many civilisations were culpable during the Middle Ages
Spinoff: After Christchurch (podcast)

Internet, social media
Peter Thompson (Newsroom): Let’s stop selling ourselves short
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): NZ call for better social media controls gains global traction
Jennifer Duke (Sydney Morning Herald): Google executive admits ‘pendulum has swung’ against internet giants
Scott Palmer (Newshub): ‘Predator-trolling’ and white supremacy: How social media led to Christchurch terror atta

Justice, corrections, crime
Hannah Martin (Stuff): Corrections asked to apologise after prisoner’s fractured finger went untreated for months
Emma Hatton (RNZ): Law commission seeks to overhaul law on police access to public’s DNA

Government spending
Collette Devlin (Stuff): Provincial Growth Fund, Winter Energy Payments spending not properly authorised
RNZ: Some MSD energy payments unlawful, inquiry finds

Parties
Geoff Simmons (Daily Blog): Greens Toothless and Divided
David Cormack (Herald): The hopeless week of Simon Bridges

Employment
1News: Living wage to increase to $21.15 on September 1
Jessica Tyson (Māori TV): Living wage to rise following minimum wage increase
1News: As minimum wage rises so too does cleaner Chevy-Lee Morrison’s hopes and dreams
Meriana Johnsen (RNZ): Low expectations as minimum wage goes up to $17.70 per hour
John Gibb (ODT): Mixed reply to minimum wage rise
Māori TV: Minimum wage to lift from $16.50 to $17.70
Dan Satherley (Newshub): Teachers wonder how min wage increase will be paid for
Emma Dangerfield (Stuff): Support workers for intellectually disabled people take to streets over pay, safety
RNZ: ‘Undervalued’ caregivers set for nationwide strike over pay
John Lewis (ODT): Idea’s staff strike over conditions
Georgia May (Hawkes Bay Today): Working ‘125 hours a fortnight’: Hawke’s Bay Idea Services strike for change
Samesh Mohanlall (Stuff): Employers can do better with wages, care workers say
1News: Victims of domestic violence now can receive 10-days paid leave
Dan Satherley (Newshub): Domestic violence leave no problem, employers say

Primary industries
Marty Sharpe (Stuff): Iwi buys Hawke’s Bay Seafoods business at centre of under-reporting its fishing
Keith Woodford (Interest): Westland Co-operative Dairy demise is self-inflicted
Eric Frykberg (RNZ): Forestry sales at record high – reports

Child welfare
Andre Chumko (Stuff): Taken from the land of milk and honey
Ian Hyslop: Oranga Tamaraki – some food for thought
RNZ: Oranga Tamariki will need extra resources to care for kids longer

Education
Simon Collins (Herald): Call for guidelines on children’s screen use
Kawe Roes (Māori TV): The Battle of Ōrākau – confronting New Zealand’s past
John Lewis (ODT): PPTA postpones day of strike action in wake of terror attack
Jessica Tyson (Māori TV): Teachers, principals to vote on new pay offers today
ODT Editorial: School and rugby – in that order
Chris Hutching (Stuff): Electricians claim tradies’ bills will balloon
1News: Electricians organisation says costs for consumers could skyrocket if training industry is restructured

Local government
Albert Redmore (Newshub): Tauranga Council to be challenged in court over ban on rough sleepers and beggars
Keri Welham (RNZ): Shelter for homeless women opens as Tauranga bylaw kicks in
RNZ: Wellington residents face potential 15 percent rates rise
Belinda Feek (Herald): Under-fire Hamilton city councillor posts apology for Muslim remarks
Nikki Preston (Herald): Hamilton City Councillor James Casson to apologise to Waikato’s Muslim community
Eltion Rikihana Smallman (Stuff): Cr James Casson’s job with Immigration NZ untenable: Former Minister
RNZ: Councillor James Casson criticised by Hamilton mayor for comments after Christchurch terror attacks
Te Kuru o te Marama Dewes (Māori TV): Retiring Māori speaking mayor says te reo available to all
Leigh-Marama McLachlan (RNZ): Auckland Council push back on iwi calls to ban scattering ashes
Anne Gibson (Herald):Big projects: $703m Convention Centre to be ‘world first’, opening to streets on all sides
Liz McDonald (Stuff): Christchurch must find new ideas to fund both repairs and progress, city council told
Mike Yardley (Stuff): Localised levy looms as the best solution

Environment
Kate Gudsell (RNZ): Council feels heat over signing climate change statement
Katie Todd (RNZ): Rubbish-strewn West Coast brings resident to tears
Holly Carran (Newshub): ‘It’s a disaster’: West Coast locals disgusted as storm pulls landfill rubbish along 100km of pristine coast
Michael Hayward (Stuff): Regenerate Christchurch’s two-year sea-level rise project still has no options

Housing
Laura Wiltshire (Hawkes Bay Today): ‘We’ve got a housing crisis here’: Napier councillor Maxine Boag makes social housing plea to the Government
Marta Steeman (Stuff): Eight Auckland apartment developments get exemptions to sell to overseas buyers
Matthew Tso (Stuff): Penchant for taller fences ‘affecting makeup of suburban communities’
Martin Johnston (Herald): Kiwibuild to enter high-end Omaha market with affordable apartments – April billboard

Transport
Todd Niall (Stuff):1400 bus services could be at risk due to new employment laws, Auckland Transport says
Meriana Johnsen (RNZ): New rest-break law tipped to cause more bus delays
Cleo Fraser (Newshub): No change to train speed limit after Waikato girl’s death on rail bridge
Albert Redmore (Newshub): Delay to replace Waiho Bridge will be better in the long run, NZTA says

Other
Gyles Beckford and Phil Pennington (RNZ): New Zealand enmeshed in web of security agencies
Luke Appleby (1News): Critics say NZ military has wasted millions training for highly unlikely bombing operations
Dave Armstrong (Stuff): A better form of gun control: Get our troops out of Afghanistan and Iraq
Mark Hanna (Stuff): The power of the OIA: How the right question makes a difference
Chris Trotter (Daily Blog): Dark Matter
Nikki Macdonald (Stuff): Global fish experts could boycott Te Papa over scientist job cuts
1News: Australia’s most famous Kiwi deportee still fighting for right to be with family, three years on
Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): Aaron Gilmore in gun over ‘spiteful’ email
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): The Project Euthanasia debate last night – can current affairs get more shallow?
BusinessDesk: Money-laundering safeguards still not fit for purpose: FMA
Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): Former lawyer tipped to be new head of competition watchdog
Brianna McIlraith (Stuff): Airbnb criticises idea of regulations for peer-to-peer accommodation
Tamsyn Parker (Herald): KiwiSaver: Should you increase your contribution rate?
Mitchell Alexander (Newshub): How much New Zealand’s emergency services spend on fuel
Brittney Deguara (Stuff): Scientists consider earthquake warning system to help Kiwis prepare for tremor
Tess Brunton (RNZ): Refugee families struggle with cold damp Dunedin accommodation

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