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Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – April 24 2019

Editor’s Note: Here below is a list of the main issues currently under discussion in New Zealand and links to media coverage.

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Today’s content

Chris Trotter (Interest): Jacinda Ardern and Grant Robertson won’t be losing much sleep over their left-wing critics’ anger over the CGT decision
Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): Killing capital gains tax the painful part of politics for Jacinda Ardern
Audrey Young (Herald): Finance Minister Grant Robertson leaps to defence of PM Jacinda Ardern over Capital Gains Tax ‘leadership’ claims
Brittany Keogh (Stuff): Youth voices drowned out in capital gains tax debate – no wonder we don’t vote
Terry Baucher (Interest): How many of the TWG’s 99 recommendations will in fact actually make it into law. A third are certain, another 11 high priority. The rest?
David Farrar: Cullen has a final sulk
Andrea Black: Taxing more capital gains
Jason Walls (Herald): National’s tax threshold change legislation will be put in the members’ ballot this week
Henry Cooke (Stuff): Simon Bridges puts bracket-creep-busting tax indexation bill in ballot
Zane Small (Newshub): National leader Simon Bridges submits Member’s Bill to link income tax with inflation

Vanita Prasad (Newsroom): Migrant exploitation laid bare in report
Michael Morrah (Newshub): Deported Indian students to be allowed back into New Zealand
RNZ: Checkpoint: Indian students granted new visas two years after deportation
Laura Walters (Newsroom): NZ plans for inevitable climate-related migration

Parliament, parties
Graham Adams (Noted): Lack of humility is Simon Bridges’ fatal flaw
Audrey Young (Herald): In defence of Trevor Mallard’s ‘junket’ to Africa and Turkey
Herald: Speaker’s trip to Africa with gorilla tour attacked as lacking value
Bay of Plenty Times: New Zealand First loses Tauranga stalwart Tommy Gear

Henry Cooke (Stuff): Finance Minister Grant Robertson forecasts ‘significant investment’ in mental health in Budget 2019
1News: Mental health ‘big priority’ in this year’s Budget – Finance Minister

Libby Wilson (Stuff): Closed-doors meeting as Waikato DHB plans response to commissioner threat
Jonathan MItchell (RNZ): Disability house modifications: Frustrated man petitions for quicker process
Yvonne Tahana (1News): Major shakeup to the way paramedics treat heart attacks
Mike Houlahan (ODT):Strike imperils SDHB’s revenue
Melanie Earley (Stuff): Appointments, surgeries in Counties Manukau will be affected by doctor strike
Martyn Bradbury (Waatea): The Euthanasia debate has been woeful

Zane Small (Newshub): How a KiwiBuy scheme could work
Hawkes Bay Today: ‘The problem is so bad’: Govt says motels will have to house Hawke’s Bay’s homeless this winter

Anzac Day
James Robins (Newsroom): The repetition of Anzac half-truths
John Tamihere (Herald): Of all our days Anzac Day is our real national day
Herald: Kiwi troops not designed for Anzac Day crowd control, police say they have the resources

Christchurch mosque attacks
Chris Keall (Herald): As Jacinda Ardern prepares social media crackdown, alleged gunman’s video reappears – and gets huge traffic
Dominion Post Editorial: Sri Lanka’s suppression of social media cause for concern
Cate Broughton (Stuff): New special visa allows Christchurch terror attack survivors a permanent stay in New Zealand
RNZ: Christchurch terror attack: Families offered option to stay permanently
Mark Longley (Newshub): Special residents’ visa set up for Christchurch attack victims
Robert Weiner and John Black (Herald): US can only marvel at NZ’s quickfire gun control
RNZ: Firearms amnesty draws in hundreds of weapons
Chris Tobin (ODT): Feds disagree with handling of Arms Bill
David Hall (Stuff): We must recognise racism in NZ before we can put it right
Tom Cowie (Stuff): ‘A beacon of tolerance, love and peace’: Jacinda Ardern mural to be painted on Australian silos
Herald: Paintings of Jacinda Ardern to feature on Melbourne skyline
1News: ‘Publicity seeking idiot’ – Robertson slams UK columnist for suggesting Ardern should dress ‘as the Pope’ in wake of Sri Lanka terrorist attacks

Sri Lankan bombings
1News: No link between deadly Sri Lanka bombings and Christchurch terrorist attack
Adam Taylor (Stuff): Isis claimed Sri Lanka attacks, but there are many unanswered questions
Herald: Sri Lanka bombings: Islamic State (ISIS) claims attacks, defence chiefs face sack for failing to act on warnings
RNZ: Easter Sunday bombings were retaliation against New Zealand mosque attack – Minister
Stuff: Sri Lanka attacks were retaliation for Christchurch terrorist shootings, official says

Queens Wharf
Matthew Theunissen (RNZ): Queens Wharf decision sinks Auckland mayor Phil Goff’s campaign promise – harbour development objectors
Herald: Independent commissioners grant consent for Queens Wharf upgrade, controversial moorings to go ahead
Scott Palmer and Lauren Paddy (Newshub): Controversial Auckland Queen’s Wharf extension to go ahead
RNZ: Consent granted for controversial Queens Wharf upgrade
Charlotte Carter (Stuff): Consent approved for 90m mooring extension of Auckland’s Queens Wharf

Shelly Bay
Tom Hunt (Stuff): Peter Jackson to council: Open your books
RNZ: Iwi retaliates against Peter Jackson’s Shelly Bay accusations
Dave Armstrong (Stuff): Baggins, dragons and the Fellowship of the Bay

Local government
Alice Webb-Liddall (Spinoff): The Māori ward project is failing, and it’s hurting New Zealand democracy
Tim Murphy (Newsroom): Auckland’s growth pressure cooker cools
Dileepa Fonseka (Stuff): Social media influencer Lucy Revill gets ratepayer funding to promote Wellington City Council
Mark Price (ODT): Journalist denies campaign against mayor
1News: Differing brothel bylaws could be putting sex workers at risk
Chris Morris (ODT):Cull ‘undecided’ as rumours flow
Alex Loo (Stuff): Lake Horowhenua key issue for mayoral hopeful

Environment and conservation
Jono Edwards (ODT): Councillors to boycott gas giant’s briefing
Cameron Madgwick (ODT): Gas could deliver big economic boost
Eric Frykberg (RNZ): Most New Zealanders accept purchase of overseas carbon credits
RNZ: More than 50 people caught using closed Waitākere Ranges tracks
Caroline Williams (Stuff): Seven people trespassed for entering closed Waitākere tracks
Piers Fuller (Stuff): Fourteen-year project sees bare paddocks shaped into wetland in Wairarapa

Treaty settlements
Te Aniwa Hurihanganui (RNZ): Andrew Little accused of steamrolling opposition and continuing with Treaty settlement
Māori TV: Whakatōhea Treaty negotiations to reopen

RNZ: Banks pushing unwanted financial products, survey finds
Elizabeth Knight (Stuff): Australian banks may struggle with New Zealand requirements

Derek Cheng (Herald): Prison population tips over 10,000 again, but still 1500 below forecast
RNZ: Prison officers seek longer sentences for inmates who attack them

Phil Pennington (RNZ): Scooter speed limits sought more than a decade ago
Tom Hunt (Stuff): Bluebridge ferry leaking oil across Cook Strait with no immediate solution
Grant Bradley (Herald): Air New Zealand turns to external consultants to chop million of dollars in costs

RNZ: Deadline extended for publication on surveillance by government agencies
Shamubeel Eaqub (North & South): How the typical NZ household is undergoing a revolution
Eloise Gibson (Newsroom): Telescope group responds to mental health smears
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Axe hangs over what was the ‘icing-on-the-cake’ of school UFB initiative
Peter Davis (Stuff): We lack the ‘policy space’ to properly debate the big issues
Brian Rudman (Herald): Leave Israel Folau out of hate speech heat
Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Renters, young people, regions missing out on New Zealand’s success story
Alexander Gillespie (The Conversation): Rift between NZ government and aid agency over naming of nurse captured by ISIS
Alex Perrottet (RNZ): Checkpoint: Minginui – the town time forgot is growing
Peter Langord (Newshub): Opinion: Infrastructure on West Coast needs addressing
Russell Brown: Digital persuasion and the dark places of democracy
Sally Rae (ODT): Activity over ‘M. bovis’ ramping up
RNZ: Iwi board delays Benneydale / Te Māniaiti naming decision
Ellen O’Dwyer (Stuff): Dual name for Benneydale still a possibility
RNZ: Fonterra mulling Tip Top offers
John Power (South China Morning Post): New Zealand teacher who lost job in South Korea after refusing HIV test sues for damages
Amanda Saxton (Stuff): Blair Peach 40 years on: Kiwi killed by British cops at anti-fascist protest remembered