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Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – April 5 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

Gun laws
Graeme Edgeler (Public Address): A (non-)submission on the new Arms Amendment legislation
Stephen Franks: NZ’s right to bear arms? Firearms as a Treaty taonga.
Peter Adams (Stuff): Four tactics the pro-gun lobby can be expected to employ
Collette Devlin and Henry Cooke (Stuff): Gun law: Tears and tension at marathon select committee considering fast-tracked law
Matthew Theunissen (RNZ): Select committee hears out feedback on gun law reform
Laura Walters (Newsroom): The rollercoaster ride of firearms reform
Anna Whyte (1News): MPs hear different views on gun law reform, as thousands of submissions are made
Derek Cheng (Herald): MPs consider public submissions on the Government’s gun law reforms
Esther Taunton (Stuff): Gun owners say they are being unfairly targeted by proposed law changes
Derek Cheng (Herald): Trauma surgeon James McKay on how bullets used in terror attacks are designed to fragment for maximum damage
Zane Small (Newshub): ‘Taking away rights’: Muslims, gun owners at odds in submissions on gun laws
Zane Small (Newshub): David Seymour says lack of public consultation on gun reforms creating ‘division and anger’
Stuff: Gun City owner David Tipple in heated exchange with journalists
Zane Small and Jenna Lynch (Newshub): Gun City owner David Tipple labels Newshub journalists ‘terrorists’ over gun reform coverage
Collette Devlin (Stuff): Gun City owner David Tipple tells select committee on gun law its letting the shooter win
Derek Cheng (Herald): Gun City boss David Tipple tells MPs semi-automatics ban ‘ignored what went wrong’
Zane Small (Newshub): Man who labelled Jacinda Ardern a ‘tyrant’ speaks at gun reform select committee
Jamie Ensor (Newshub): Destiny Church’s Brian Tamaki slams Jacinda Ardern, Government’s urgent gun law reform
Derek Cheng (Herald): MPs hearing submissions on gun law reforms told stretched police resources led to mismanagement of arms control
Collette Devlin and Henry Cooke (Stuff): Gun lobbyist tells Judith Collins she is why ‘politicians get burnt’

Operation Burnham inquiry 
Thomas Manch (Stuff): Cost of Operation Burnham inquiry blows out to $5m after first day of public hearings
Lucy Bennett (Herald): Operation Burnham inquiry hears from Defence Force over location of raid
Lucy Bennett (Herald): Former defence minister Wayne Mapp gives evidence in Operation Burnham inquiry
RNZ: Operation Burnham inquiry: Mapp details how NZ SAS came to be in Afghanistan
1News: Former Defence Minister gives evidence in inquiry into SAS raid in Afghanistan
Thoman Manch (Stuff): Former defence minister says SAS best equipped to distinguish between civilian and insurgent
Lucy Bennett (Herald): Former Australian Defence Force chief Sir Angus Houston speaks at Operation Burnham Inquiry
Andrea Vance (Stuff): Protesters target Hit & Run inquiry with huge ‘farce’ banner
Lucy Bennett (Herald): Hearings into Hit & Run’s Operation Burnham claims begins
RNZ: Protestors gather as public hearing for Operation Burnham opens

Christchurch mosque shootings
Bryce Edwards (Herald): Political Roundup: How intolerant is New Zealand?
Chris Trotter: The Multiple Faces Of Radicalisation.
Damon Berry (University of Auckland ): What is the ‘Alt-Right’?
Zain Ali (Herald): Crusader and Islamic leader had mutual respect
Dan Satherley (Newshub): Christchurch terror attack: Experts split on whether terrorism charges should be laid
Herald: Christchurch mosque shootings: Accused gunman hires two lawyers, faces 50 murder charges, 39 attempted murder charges
1News: Alleged Christchurch mosque shooter facing 50 murder charges, 39 of attempted murder
RNZ: Christchurch mosque attacks: Accused to face 50 murder charges, police confirm
Jamie Ensor and Thomas Mead (Newshub): Christchurch terror attack: Alleged shooter to face 50 murder charges, 39 for attempted murder
Tommy Livingston (Stuff): Auckland lawyers Shane Tait and Jonathan Hudson to represent Christchurch terror suspect
RNZ: Christchurch terror attack accused appoints defence lawyers
RNZ: Christchurch terror attack victims’ families get first chance to see accused in court
Stuff: Christchurch mosque shooting suspect back in court today
Heather McCarron and Dan Satherley (Newshub): Christchurch shooting suspect to appear in court
Kurt Bayer (Herald): Christchurch teen kept in custody after claims he distributed mosque shooting video
Anneke Smith (RNZ): Teen refused bail for sharing objectionable material
Jason Walls (Herald): Police have made almost 1000 visits to mosques and places of worship since the March 15 attacks
Katie Fitzgerald (Newshub): Christchurch terror attack: More than $1.5m of Victim Support Givealittle fund already spent
Ben Strang (RNZ): Thousands don’t believe official Christchurch terror attacks story
Stuff: Dalai Lama lauds New Zealand PM for handling mosque attacks

Crusaders name change, ‘the Naki’, Tauranga street names
Chris Trotter (Daily Blog): Shadows Of The Past
Press Editorial: The Crusaders, ‘the Naki’ and the power of names
Kevin Norquay (Stuff): The time for the Crusaders to put their name to the sword has arrived
Paul Thomas (Listener): Why changing the Crusaders’ name is a sacrifice worth making
Geoff Troughton (The Conversation): Playing in overtime: why the Crusaders rugby team is right to rethink brand after Christchurch attack
Emma Hatton (RNZ): Activist disappointed with Crusaders’ consideration to keep name
Paul Cully (Stuff): Super Rugby: Crusaders name change will be ‘particularly challenging’: expert
Robin Martin (RNZ): South Taranaki mayoral candidate under fire for ‘Naki’ branding
Samantha Motion (Bay of Plenty Times): Call to reconsider Tauranga street names celebrating British military

Social media, internet
Chris Keall (Herald): NZ watchdog slams tough new Aussie social media law
Chris Keall (Herald): How Australia’s tough new social media law works – and where is ours?
Curtis Barnes (Stuff): New technologies are a threat to civil liberties, but not how you imagine
Herald: Facebook ‘still allowing’ Chch gunman’s video, UK MP rages as dozen copies found
Rod McGuirk (AP): Australia could imprison social media executives for showing violence like the Christchurch shootings
Chris Keall (Herald): Facebook’s crafty privacy switch for NZ users

Government
Matthew Hooton (Herald): Why Jacinda Ardern should call an early election
Alex Braae (Spinoff): A brave attempt to count every Shane Jones mini-scandal over 18 short months
David Farrar: Has Shane Jones been doing a Justin Trudeau?
Georgia Forrester (Stuff): Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern pays for groceries of a mum who forgot her wallet
Herald: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern pays for groceries of mother who forgot her wallet
Vita Molyneux (Newshub): Clarke Gayford on the ‘surreal’ way life has changed since Jacinda Ardern became Prime Minister

State care of children
Michael Neilson (Herald): Call for independent Māori children’s commissioner over ‘unconscionable’ rates of abuse in state care
RNZ: Young Māori over-represented in state care and detention
Regan Paranihi (Māori TV): Māori Council crack down on State Care system

Poverty, inequality
Brian Fallow (Herald): Brian Fallow: Child-poverty targets just got tougher to reach
Don Franks (Redline): Pensioner poverty

Primary industries
Gerard Hutching (Stuff): Hundreds of New Zealand cattle exported to Sri Lanka die in ‘horrific’ conditions
RNZ: Hundreds of New Zealand and Australian cattle die in export deal
1News: Hundreds of New Zealand and Australian cows reportedly die after export to Sri Lanka
Sam Clarke (1News): Canterbury teen saves 80 cows from death row, starts Givealittle page to fund her ‘sanctuary’
Jamie Morton (Herald): Capital punishment: High debt weighs down dairy co-ops
Evan Harding (Southland Times): World is watching New Zealand: Mycoplasma bovis expert
Jo McKenzie-McLean (Stuff): Lack of available workers leaves fruit harvests short across New Zealand

Police
Chris Trotter: Unwilling To Disclose.
David Fisher (Herald): Big Read: The blogger and the businessman – how the police failed, and new inquiries into a vicious home invasion
Dan Satherley (Newshub): NZ First tells police to keep chasing young drivers
Herald: Officer should not have shot at stolen Murupara patrol car, IPCA says
Ruby Nyika (Stuff): Officer shouldn’t have shot at stolen police car in Bay of Plenty, investigation finds
RNZ: Police officer censured after shooting at his own car that was being stolen
No Right Turn: Why police should not be armed

Health
Meghan Lawrence (Herald): Better diet could prevent 1 in 5 deaths globally: NZ exceeds intake of red meat and sugary drinks
RNZ: Health equity focus for NZ Ministry
Karen Brown (RNZ): Junior doctors ballot for new strike after cancellation
Stuff: Resident doctors decide against planned pre-Easter strike
1News: Junior doctors call off strike in week before Easter say DHBs
Astrid Austin (Hawkes Bay Today): ‘Enough is enough’: Flaxmere community fights bottle store
Jessica Tyson (Māori TV): Smoking rates highest among teen Māori girls
Jamie Morton (Herald): Smoking among young teens nearly stubbed out – survey
Brittney Deguara (Stuff): Teen smoking rate drops to a record low, survey finds
1News: Teen smoking at record low in New Zealand, new research finds
Vita Molyneux (Newshub): Measles outbreak: Three quarters of reported cases occurring in unvaccinated people
Herald: More than three-quarters of people with measles not vaccinated
Matthew Littlewood (Timaru Herald): ACC job cuts another failure to regions

Euthanasia
Conrad Engelbrecht (Stuff): Patients’ trust in doctors central in End of Life Choice Bill debate
1News: Widower of euthanasia campaigner Lecretia Seales gives ‘best gift’ on what would have been her birthday

Banned firefighting foam
Phil Pennington (RNZ): Banned firefighting foam found at multiple sites – investigation
Jamie Morton (Herald): EPA sweep finds banned chemical at six airports
Danielle Clent (Stuff): Banned toxic firefighting foam found at six New Zealand airports
No Right Turn: The EPA is a joke

Education and vocational training
Simon Collins (Herald): Manukau Institute of Technology to build new $55m trade training school
Kaitlin Ruddock (1News): Nelson City Council concerned about impact of polytech reform for its biggest tertiary provider
Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): Government must change tack on flawed polytech plan
Phil Pennington (RNZ): Shock at delay in removing paedophile priest’s photo
Dan Satherley (Newshub): Make school lockdown drills compulsory – expert
Tim O’Connor (Spinoff): Auckland Grammar principal: Education Hubs would be a disaster for schools

Anzac Day
Tommy Livingston and Lee Kenny (Stuff): Muslim prayer at Porirua Anzac Day service scrapped over security concerns
Simon Collins (Herald): Muslim prayer at Anzac Day service upsets RSA veterans
Katie Fitzgerald, Eleisha Foon and Emma Jolliff(Newshub): Proposed Muslim prayer on Anzac Day sparks violent threats
RNZ: Threats over Muslim prayer at Anzac service
Alice Webb-Liddall (Newshub): Fraser Anning blasts Islamic prayer at Anzac service as ‘left-wing virtue-signalling’

Justice, crime
1News: Golriz Ghahraman calls for tougher laws on hate speech
1News: Proposed law calls for renaming of verdict of ‘not guilty on account of insanity’
Katie Fitzgerald (Newshub): Victims’ advocate celebrates move to reword ‘not guilty on account of insanity’
George Block (ODT): Family harm reports soar
Deena Coster (Stuff): Anti-violence campaigner says working with abusers key to addressing problem
1News: Large South Auckland online chat groups seeing ‘pounds of weed and big shipments of crack’ bought and sold

Local government
Listener Editorial: Ports of Auckland could become a make-or-break issue for the Coalition
Stephen Forbes (Interest): Government reforms set to change the Local Government Commission’s role after its first review since 1947
James Perry, Talisa Kupenga (Māori TV): Ngāi Tahu Representation Bill voted down
Point of Order: Then along came Jones – and Ngai Tahu’s hopes of securing an electoral privilege (for now) were scuppered
RNZ: Wellington quake-strengthening priorities revisited by council
Dileepa Fonseka (Stuff): ‘Religious’ references to Māori sea god in Wellington’s climate change plan irks councillors
RNZ: Wellington councillors debate ‘Tangaroa’ reference in document
Katie Fitzgerald (Newshub): Westland Mayor defends breaking rules to build stopbank
RNZ: ‘Let’s put the wall back up’ – Westland District Council mayor Bruce Smith
Elton Rikihana Smallman (Stuff): Councillor ‘shaken to the core’, realises it’s his own fault: Mayor
Laura James (1News): Hamilton City Councillor’s social media posts spark concern over potential impact on the city’s reputation
Isobel Ewing (Newshub): Hamilton City Council’s attempt to ban street prostitution might be illegal
Tina Law (Press): Christchurch City Council chief executive Karleen Edwards is leaving
1News: Hawke’s Bay beach still set to re-open, despite continued landslides at Cape Kidnappers

Foreign affairs
Michael Reddell: Raymond Huo’s creative reimagining
1News: Brunei’s new anti-gay sex laws ‘fly in the face’ of New Zealand principles – PM
Dan Sathlerley and Sophie Bateman (Newshub): Fiji apology for journalists’ arrest ‘seems’ genuine – Peters
Mark Jennings (Newsroom): ‘It’s Fiji: Anything can happen’
RNZ: Fiji arrest experience was ‘bizarre’ – Newsroom editor Mark Jennings
RNZ: Fiji PM apologises to NZ journalists detained in Fiji
Stacey KIrk (Stuff): Fiji PM offers apology to detained Kiwi journalists – Peters
Herald: Kiwi journalists Melanie Reid, Mark Jennings and Hayden Aull released from Fiji jail

Tax
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Capital gains tax compromise inevitable, accounting body believes
Liam Dann (Herald): Capital Gains Tax could cost NZ economy billions – Business NZ

Media
David Williams (Newsroom): Terror puts spotlight on media
Colin Peacock (RNZ): Mediawatch: Newstalk ZB broadcaster’s blurts censured
RNZ: Breach upheld over Kiwi talkback host Heather du Plessis-Allan’s Pacific leeches comments
Herald: Newstalk ZB broadcaster Heather du Plessis-Allan censured by Broadcasting Standards Authority over Pacific Islands ‘leeches’ claim
Stuff: Radio talkback host Heather du Plessis-Allan ‘leeches’ comment in breach of broadcasting standards
Stuff: Government minister says Mike Hosking interview like ‘a punch in the face’

Environment, conservation
Thomas Coughlan (Newsroom): No prosecutions from environment watchdog
Kate Gudsell (RNZ): More research of groundwater crucial for future – scientists
Karoline Tuckey (RNZ): West Coast rubbish wash-out: ‘We’re looking at a real disaster here’
1News: Close up look at the environmental disaster that’s left old landfill rubbish strewn along West Coast beach
Chris Morris (ODT): Many Otago landfills at risk from erosion
Anne Gibson (Herald): Titirangi kauri can be felled: Environment Court decision out
Leith Huffadine (RNZ): Auckland kauri faces the axe despite efforts to save it
Nikki Macdonald (Stuff): What is the carbon footprint of international tourism in NZ?
Jennifer Eder (Stuff): Dead grass lines Picton river as glyphosate used to keep weeds in check
Jamie Ensor (Newshub): Massive earthquake, tsunami in New Zealand inevitable in our lifetime – experts
Herald: New warning video released of ‘high risk’ megathrust quake expected off Hawke’s Bay
Chris Morris (ODT): Doc untangles whale caught in net

Transport, roading
Simon Wilson (Herald): The case for lower transport fares
Richard Hills (Spinoff): Freeze the Fares and other great ideas to fix public transport in Auckland
Brad Flahive (Stuff): Auckland Transport ‘financially irresponsible’ over Devonport rideshare trial, board member says
Jono Galuszka (Stuff): Department of Conservation opposes Manawatū-Hawke’s Bay highway
Gerald Piddock (Stuff): Hamilton bus services likely to be affected by new employment laws
Katie Doyle (RNZ): E-scooters risky around blind New Zealanders – survey

Drug policy
Russell Brown (Public Address): Splore 2019 – Please Don’t F*ck This Up Part 2: The Reeferendum
Elena McPhee (ODT): Drug tests for Hyde St Party

Other
Peter Dunne (Newsroom): Bridges once again on a quest for relevance
Jono Galuszka (Stuff): Stats NZ starts taking people to court over non-completed census forms
Tamsyn Parker (Herald): Finance company blocked from offering consumer loans after refusal to pay award
Bronwyn Groot (Spinoff): Why we need a central scam agency
ODT Editorial: Problem gambling
Brian Easton (Pundit): Do Regions Matter?
Barbara Dreaver (1News): Pacific Update with Barbara Dreaver: ‘Pacific leeches’ comment slammed by BSA, China recalls fishing boats it donated to Tonga
Raniera Harrison (Māori TV): To the highest bidder! Harawira, Brash and a fishing charter
Chris Hutching (Stuff): OIO reveals the high price paid by Matt Lauer for Hunter Valley Station
Debrin Foxcroft (Stuff): Chinese couple who tried to invest their way into New Zealand won’t get cash back
Anuja Nadkarni (Stuff): Wellington cafe Seashore Cabaret pays all 52 staff living wage
Herald: Leading photographers challenge Springbok tour pictures auction
John Anthony (Stuff): Auckland apartment owners regret buying units in development taken over by a hotel operation
RNZ: More NZ Māori tribes to join Tahiti hotel project
RNZ: New Zealand’s Vietnam War soldiers to be awarded for gallantry

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