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Political Roundup: 12 April 2022

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Items of interest and importance today

UKRAINE
Malcolm McKinnon (Stuff): All means of resolving the Ukraine crisis must be kept in play
Ireland Hendry-Tennent (Newshub): Ukraine invasion: Admiral says NZ is no longer neutral, stops short of saying we’re at war
Richard Harman: Why we are going to war (paywalled)
Michael Neilson (Herald): Russia Ukraine war: NZ’s lethal military support for Ukraine a ‘significant step-up’ – expert
Gordon Campbell: On virtue signalling about Ukraine
Rachel Smalley (Today FM): New Zealand finally offers tangible support to Ukraine
Today FM: Has a four-week delay in sending lethal aid to Ukraine cost lives?
Mark Quinlivan (Newshub): Ukraine-Russia war: Russian Ambassador to New Zealand ‘should be on his bike’ – Gerry Brownlee
Katie Scotcher and Russell Palmer (RNZ): Russian ambassador continues refusing ‘futile’ briefings
Seni Iasona (Newshub): Former Defence Minister Wayne Mapp backs Government’s move to dispatch 50 troops to Europe
Anneke Smith (RNZ): Greens: Ukraine weapons fund should be humanitarian relief
Sapeer Mayron (Stuff): Greenpeace petitions Government to freeze Russian oligarch’s Kiwi assets
Zane Small and Jenna Lynch (Newshub): Russia invasion: New Zealand dispatches 50 troops to Europe to assist with logistics of moving weapons into Ukraine
RNZ: Jacinda Ardern speaks after Cabinet meeting, announces more support for Ukraine
Stuff: PM Jacinda Ardern says NZ sending Hercules aircraft to help Ukraine, $7.5m for weapons

LOUISA WALL
Barry Soper (Herald): Jacinda Ardern needs to learn how to deal with talent and potential trouble
Claire Trevett (Herald): The Prime Minister, Louisa Wall and the art of getting MPs to go quietly (paywalled)
Glenn McConnell (Stuff): PM Jacinda Ardern will not attend Louisa Wall’s valedictory speech
Rukuwai Tipene-Allen (Māori TV): Louisa Wall: An inevitable end
RNZ: Departing MP Louisa Wall to earn up to $210,000 in new role
Stuff: Jacinda Ardern denies strained relationship with outgoing MP Louisa Wall
Jamie Ensor and Amelia Wade (Newshub): Louisa Wall compares human rights abuses in China to atrocities in Ukraine, calls for ability to sanction ‘corrupt actors’

PARLIAMENT AND GOVERNMENT
Chris Trotter (Daily Blog): Eighty-one thousand votes
Jo Moir (Newsroom): Greens plan to continue a deal to help govern – without swallowing dead rats
Andrew Dickens (Newstalk ZB): As the polls fall, more cracks will appear in Labour’s facade
John MacDonald (Newstalk ZB): Change for change’s sake a threat to Labour

PARTNERSHIP POLITICS (CONSTITUTIONAL REFORM, CO-GOVERNANCE, THREE WATERS; MĀORI WARDS)
Glenn McConnell (Stuff): Work begins on how Aotearoa can realise UNDRIP and Māori self-determination
Joseph Los’e (Herald): Three Waters: Maria Nepia – the wahine adding the Māori magic
Yo Heta-Lensen (Herald): Māori, Treaty co-governance needs right foundations (paywalled)
Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): Will the Govt listen to the people over co-governance?
David Farrar: The difference between universal suffrage and equal suffrage
1News: Co-governance: Tūhoe on what is and isn’t working in Te Urewera
Matthew Martin (Stuff): Māori ward confirmed for next two Taupō district elections

LOCAL GOVERNMENT
Todd Niall (Stuff): Beneath the Auckland mayoral campaign slogans
Georgina Campbell (Herald): Why the Greens gave long-time Wellington City councillor Iona Pannett the boot (paywalled)
Dave Armstrong (Stuff): Divided council risks voter backlash
Susan Botting (Local Democracy Reporting): Local Government Commission warns remuneration concerns not best representation review driver
Susan Botting (Local Democracy Reporting): Northland local government faces seismic leadership change
Erin Gourley (Stuff): This Iraqi refugee wants to shake up the Wellington City Council

ECONOMY AND EMPLOYMENT
Melanie Carroll (Stuff): Inflation: When the penny dropped for households that things had changed
Annemarie Quill (Stuff): Union: Pickers and packers want pay, not pavlovas
Sam Stubbs (Stuff): Why is New Zealand so darn expensive?
1News: Legal review launched into historic pay settlement for nurses
Sophie Harris (Stuff): Nurses left feeling ‘invisible’ and ‘undervalued’ by pay settlement

MEDIA
RNZ: Fears “woke” media is undermining democracy
Karl du Fresne: Break out those Tui billboards
John Anthony (Stuff): News publishers move closer to collective negotiations with Google and Meta
Daniel Dunkley (BusinessDesk): NZME defends PIJF money, advertising policy (paywalled)
Tim Hunter (NBR): NZME keeps lid on debate with online AGM (paywalled)

CLIMATE AND AGRICULTURE
Sharon Brettkelly (RNZ): Groundswell: Who are they and what do they want?
Simon Wilson (Herald): 7 big takeouts from that scary IPCC climate change report (paywalled)
Jacqueline Rowarth (Stuff): How to keep feeding the world while fighting climate change

TRANSPORT
Thomas Coughlan (Herald): Covid-19 blows $350 million hole in transport fund, fears infrastructure projects might be cut (paywalled)
Thomas Coughlan (Herald): Michael Wood admits City Rail Link cost inflation, budget blowout to be revealed later (paywalled)
David Farrar: The cycleway that keeps costing money
Todd Niall (Stuff): Auckland public transport users spike, but cheap fares are only half the story
Brent Edwards (NBR): Iwi consultation next step in KiwiRail’s plan to extend core lease (paywalled)

HEALTH AND COVID
David Williams (Newsroom): How far should we go to ‘save’ the health system?
RNZ: Few dollars no substitute for good conditions and safe staffing levels – doctors
Herald: New Zealand death toll reaches ‘grim milestone’
Karanama Ruru (Stuff): Ministry of Health announces third death linked to Covid-19 vaccine
Hannah Martin (Stuff): What we know about New Zealand’s 500 Covid deaths
Kate Hawkesby (Newstalk ZB): Keeping us in Red over Easter would be political suicide

POLICE AND LAW AND ORDER
The Facts: National Gang List (NGL) – New Zealand
Katie Todd (RNZ): Police promise ‘powerful’ response to Auckland central crime spike
Sapeer Mayron (Stuff): Black Power members allowed to work as security guards, tribunal rules

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