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Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – April 26 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

Tax, budget, inequality
Listener Editorial: Wasn’t the capital gains tax part of the ‘transformational’ Labour Government?
Pattrick Smellie (Stuff): Cutting capital gains tax adrift was master stroke by Jacinda Ardern
Matthew Hooton (Herald): Jacinda Ardern on track for triumph in 2020
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Jacinda Ardern keeps window on tax changes open, after locking door to CGT
Susan St John (Newsroom): CGT is dead – time to act on alternatives
Brian Fallow (Herald): Taking aim at the land bankers
Jamie Ensor (Newshub): Jacinda Ardern canned capital gains tax to protect her political future – Simon Bridges
1News: Simon Bridges questions ‘the point of this Government’ after capital gains tax failure
Peter Dunne (Newsroom): Roots of Wellbeing Budget reach back to National
Bryce Edwards (Herald): Political Roundup: A capital gains tax is dead, so what will Labour do about inequality now?
Bryan Bruce (Daily Blog): NZ Labour and the gap between the haves and the have nots

Social media, “Christchurch Call” campaign, media
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): The devil will be in the detail of the ‘Christchurch Call’
Claire Trevett (Herald): PM Jacinda Ardern gathers allies to wrestle the social-media Hydra
Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): Irony to New Zealand and France’s terrorism summit next month
Richare Harman (Politik): The NZ diplomatic offensive against social media
Damien Venuto (Herald): The country that could derail Jacinda Ardern’s social media efforts
Jordan Carter (Spinoff): How to stop the ‘Christchurch Call’ on social media and terrorism falling flat
Joanna Norris (Press): Christchurch is calling the world to action
Henry Cooke (Stuff): Simon Bridges ‘sceptical’ of PM’s social media push, raises concerns about erosion of freedom
Dominion Post Editorial: Sri Lanka’s suppression of social media cause for concern
RNZ: Christchurch terror attacks: Videos still on social media – expert
Tom Pullar-Strecker & Anuja Nadkarni (Stuff): Social media summit hosted by NZ and France gets thumbs up from Facebook
RNZ: ‘We all need to act’ – PM says NZ and France will try to end use of social media for acts of terrorism
Jason Walls (Herald): Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to lead global attempt to shutdown social media terrorism
1News: PM Jacinda Ardern leads global campaign to rid terrorism from social media
Jamie Ensor (Newshub): New Zealand, France to lead world on ending social media use for terrorism
Eleanor Ainge Roy (Guardian): ‘No right to livestream murder’: Ardern leads push against online terror content
Jason Walls (Herald): PM Jacinda Ardern has been in contact with Mark Zuckerberg over Christchurch Call summit
1News: ‘Condolences were shared’ over Christchurch terrorist attack during conversation between Ardern and Mark Zuckerberg
Nate Lanxon (Bloomberg): Facebook says head-cam Christchurch video foiled its AI system
Oliver Lewis (Stuff): Christchurch Call pledge backed by city’s mayor to stop ‘spread of hate’
Pete Geroge: Louisa Wall: “The Media have a responsibility to do no harm”
David Farrar: Labour MP calls for Government control of the media
Helen Harvey (Stuff): Avoid offence by not reading this

Anzac Day, Defence Force
Bryce Edwards (Herald): Political Roundup: A different sort of Anzac Day
Glenn McConnell (Stuff): Anzac Day should be a time of reflection, not celebration or patriotism
ODT Editorial: Honouring our past, present and future
RNZ: Thousands fewer attended Auckland Anzac Day services this year
Tommy Livingston (Stuff): Actual number of surviving World War II veterans unknown by NZDF
Talisa Kupenga (Māori TV): Veterans at Anzac Day services welcome wellbeing funds from govt
RNZ: Veterans praise government funds earmarked to provide better support
RNZ: Veterans and families to get an extra $4m funding for well-being support
Luke Kirkness (Herald): Digging in their heels: Australian Defence Force preventing New Zealanders from serving
RNZ: Australian Defence Force’s tighter security vetting prevents New Zealanders from joining
Māori TV: The state of the NZDF today
Marty Sharpe (Stuff): The obscure foreign fields that are forever Kiwi
Yvonne Tahana (1News): Eight-metre-tall carving made from kauri installed in Passchendaele to honour Māori WWI soldiers
Māori TV: Did you know Waikato Māori refused to fight in WWI?
Jessica Tyson (Māori TV): Stories of Māori Battalion must be retold – Ardern
D’Angelo Martin (Māori TV): Author sought for proposed A Company book
Tema Hemi (Māori TV): C Company’s Epineha ‘Pine’ Ratapu reflects on his full life
Te Kuru o te Marama Dewes (Māori TV):“There is a debt from my country to the Māori community” – Italian ambassador
1News: ‘We really felt it was important’ – Police security out in full force for Anzac Day commemorations
Katie Fitzgerald: Anzac Day 2019: Jacinda Ardern calls for peace
Anna Whyte (1News): Governor-General reflects on ‘devastating terrorist attack against our Muslim community’ during Anzac Day speech
1News: Prince William attends Auckland Anzac Day service as New Zealand honours those who gave their lives in war
Julie Iles and Jesssica Long (Stuff): Anzac Day services become a symbol of unity in the wake of all conflicts
Katie Fitzgerald and Ella Prendergast (Newshub): Muslim communities volunteer at Dawn Services
Don Franks: Anzac Day tricks: from Bill Massey to Jacinda Ardern
Point of Order: Anzac Day – how local body leaders initiated a half-day holiday in NZ
RNZ: Anzac service at Gallipoli held despite terrorism threat
News au: Anzac terror plot: Kiwis targeted in alleged Isis Gallipoli threat, man arrested
Reuters, Dan Satherley (Newshub): Chilling details emerge of IS terrorist’s plan to attack Gallipoli services
Reuters, Dan Satherley (Newshub): Turkish police arrest Islamic State member accused of planning attack
1News: Turkish police arrest man allegedly planning to carry out attack on Anzac Day commemorations at Gallipoli

Sri Lankan bombings
Paul Buchanan: Beware the false narrative.
Alexander Gillespie (Herald): Why Sri Lankan bombings could be linked to Christchurch, and why it’s not relevant
Laura Walters (Newsroom): International media drops the ball on Sri Lanka terror coverage
Newstalk ZB: Sri Lanka attack ‘probably coincidental’ and no evidence to Christchurch shootings: Expert
RNZ: Authorities wary over linking attacks to Christchurch and ISIS
RNZ: Simon Bridges urges caution over retaliation claims
Brittney Deguara (Stuff): Sri Lanka attacks: ‘Ardent follower’ of terror leader spread ‘hate speech against non-Muslims’ following Christchurch attacks
Adam Taylor (Washington Post): The hazy link between the attacks in Sri Lanka and New Zealand
Jamie Ensor (Newshub): New Zealand at the centre of global crisis if Sri Lanka bombings retaliation for Christchurch shootings – expert
Herald: Sri Lanka suicide bomber Abdul Lathief Jameel Mohamed’s family link to Auckland

Ruby Macandrew (Stuff): Hope fading fast that ‘life-changing’ breast cancer drug will be funded by Pharmac
Lucy Bennett (Herald): No outcomes on breast cancer drugs Kadcyla and Ibrance yet, says Pharmac
Libby Wilson (Stuff): All but two Waikato DHB members offer to leave before sacking: member
Karen Brown (RNZ): Junior doctors to go on longest strike yet over rosters
RNZ: Junior doctors, DHBs in urgent mediation ahead of strike
RNZ: Junior doctors reject call to stop five-day strike
Natalie Akoorie (Herlad): ‘Systemic bias’ failing the elderly, alleges rest home complainant
Ruby Macandrew (Stuff): Potential new role for NZ Blood Service proposed to increase organ donation
Phil Pennington (RNZ): Greenlane hospital falls short on firestopping standards
Karen Brown (RNZ):Middlemore Hospital seeks to stop rising violence in emergency department
1News: Children under two should have no screen time at all, new report says
Dan Satherley (Newshub): WHO says kids under two shouldn’t have any screen time at all
Laura Walters (Newsroom): Cultural shift needed to tackle Pacific nutrition issues
RNZ: Anti-vaccination message spreads to Pacific
Kirsty Lawrence (Stuff): Taking the issue of youth suicide to the top

Chris Ford (Spinoff): Disability Support Services cuts ‘cancelled’? They’re already happening
Isaac Davison (Herald): Disability Rights Commissioner seeks answers on whether disabled funding is being quietly cut

Jannah Dennison (Newsroom): A brave new world of euthanasia?
Claire Freeman (Stuff): As a tetraplegic I once supported assisted suicide – but I was wrong

ODT Editorial :Is it time of a KiwiBuild switch?
Michael Reddell: Reforming housing/land, and compensating some losers
Brendon Harre (Interest): The housing productivity story 
RNZ:Auckland’s North Shore gets 23 new state houses to ease ‘crisis’
Jo McKenzie-McLean (Stuff): Queenstown holiday park tenants face homelessness to make way for development
Cira Olivier (Rotorua Daily Post): ‘For every house that sells, you make a family homeless’

RNZ: Banks pushing unwanted financial products, survey finds
1News: One in five bank customers offered financial products they don’t need – Consumer NZ
David Hargreaves (Interest): Banks still pushing unwanted products
Jenny Ruth (BusinessDesk): Fewer than half of Kiwi customers say banks can be trusted
Gareth Vaughan (Interest): RBNZ capital proposals ‘not going to be a difficult task’ for big 4 banks
Kirk Hope (Stuff): Changes to how much back-up banks need could leave vulnerable borrowers out of the loop

Justice, corrections
Chester Borrows (Herald): Caught in a cycle of abuse
Jody O’Callaghan (Stuff): Court mocking symptomatic of racism within government ‘safe spaces’, victim says
Collette Devlin (Stuff): Prison population increases past 10,000 inmates

CTV’s series on sexual abuse of boys
CTV: ‘I don’t know what love is’: Sexually abused at 3, then again in state care
CTV: The secret locals knew: ‘Do you want to bring some friends along
CTV: A 50-year secret: ‘He ripped all my innocence away’

Environment and conservation
Don Abel (Stuff): New Zealand, and the world, needs ethical leadership on global warming
University of Auckland: Q+A: How are our diets damaging the planet?
Paul Gorman (Stuff): Farming group walks away from Environment Canterbury water consultation
RNZ: Shipping industry warns of uncertainty if fuel change comes in
Taroi Black (Māori TV): Māori land saved and nurtured for future generations
Matthew Littlewood (Stuff): Gary Rooney cleared in audit of Central South Island Fish and Game
Tim Newman (Stuff): Rising sea levels to shape growth of Nelson Tasman region
Imran Ali (Northern Advocate):A lack of knowledge of Māori culture blamed for breach of rāhui at Mermaid Pools
Jennifer Eder (Stuff): Ospri to test deer-repellent 1080 bait in south Marlborough
Dan Satherley, Miriam Harris (Newshub): Kauri protester doesn’t want to spend another night in a tree
Tina Law (Stuff): Corona’s yellow-eyed penguin photo ‘disappointing and disturbing’
ODT: Beer brand slammed over yellow-eyed snap
Michael Hayward (Stuff): Lyttelton residents frustrated over lack of information on proposed harbour float plane tours

Local government
Chris Morris (ODT): Plans for local body Labour candidates
Rosemary McLeod (Dominion Post): Thank you, Peter Jackson, for asking awkward questions
Newshub: Stop Stealing Our Harbour spokesperson Michael Goldwater talks to The AM Show following Queen’s Wharf extension announcement (interview)
Jordan Bond (RNZ): Widow takes on council over partner’s death after tree-hole fall

Herald Editorial: Caught in political power play
Bridget Grace (Newshub): Auckland Transport collecting an extra $4m in bus lane fines per year
Nicholas Boyack (Stuff): Transmission Gully motorway could be bad news for SH2 motorists in wake of project delays
Hamish McNeilly (Stuff): Dunedin councillor describes Lime scooters as a ‘curse down on our beloved residents’
Michael Cropp (RNZ): Wellington residents want parking fee hike dialled back
RNZ: Wellington residents’ parking price spike ‘not unreasonable’ – councillor
Amanda Cropp (Stuff): Fear of fire sparks call for stricter policing of dangerous goods on inter island ferries

Primary industries
Jamie Gray (Herald): Farmers shocked as MPI steps up M. bovis programme
Katy Jones (Stuff): Growers hope Nelson’s Wai-iti dam will fill in time for next season
Eric Frykberg (RNZ): Slow start to plans to track fruit and vegetables from farm to table
Jamie Mackay (Herald): The 10 biggest stories in farming over the past 25 years

PIke River
Alex Baird (Newshub): Final countdown as team prepares to drill into Pike River Mine
RNZ: Pike River mine re-entry set for next week

Israel Folau
Hamish Bidwell (RNZ): Has the Folau saga shown rugby has a race problem?
Anendra Singh (Hawke’s Bay Today): Gospel, according to Israel Folau, goes all the way back to Pacific Island Christianity

Building industry
Stephen Forbes (Interest): Insurance Council wary of building industry guarantees
Stephen Forbes (Interest): New Zealand Certified Builders says the Government should take a harder line on building industry over guarantee and insurance
Paul McBeth (BusinessDesk): Soft compulsion favoured for homeowners to get building work cover

Michael Reddell: Polling marijuana
Steph Rangi (Stuff): New medicinal cannabis company to create 100 jobs in Taupō

Foreign affairs and trade
Fran O’Sullivan (Herald): Parker seeks urgency for China free trade agreement upgrade
RNZ: NZ High Commission’s new chancery building opens in Niue
1News: Winston Peters pays his respects to victims of the 2011 mass shooting in Norway

Thomas Coughlan (Newsroom): Provincial fund nearly spent $30m on airlines
Pattrick Smellie (BusinessDesk): Spark cautiously optimistic as UK allows Huawei into 5G
Leigh-Marama McLachlan (RNZ): Aotearoa called out for hate and bullying toward LGBTIQ people
RNZ: Fears rescue missions could be delayed by gap in helicopter coverage
Te Karere: Māori language revitalised throughout print media in recent years – study
Andrew Beach (Stuff): Saudi woman granted refugee status in NZ because of persecution
George Heagney (Mnaawatū Standard): Teacher training numbers up at Massey University and around the country
Isobel Ewing (Newhsub): Families who rely on au pairs say requirement for qualification will penalise them
Tim Newman (Stuff): Gun buyback scheme delays Nelson forest fire relief funding
Zane Small and Taylor Sincock (Newshub): New Zealand’s most Facebook-savvy MPs revealed