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Political Roundup by Dr Bryce Edwards.

Items of interest and importance today

1NEWS-KANTAR OPINION POLL
1News: Poll: Labour halts decline, but National still in position to govern
Thomas Coughlan (Herald): Sniff the air – election 2023 smells like a drag race (paywalled)
Mike Hosking (Newstalk): Poll still shows change is coming
Toby Manhire (Spinoff): A poll that sets the stage for the year to election day
Jo Moir (Newsroom): Election 2023 clock officially ticking for Nats and Labour
Thomas Manch (Stuff): Political poll shows National has the edge on Labour
1News: Latest poll results ‘not fabulous for anyone’
Herald: National, Act could form Government in latest 1News Kantar poll
William Hewett (Newshub): Christopher Luxon lauds ‘tremendous progress’ in latest political poll, defends his dwindling support as preferred Prime Minister
David Farrar: One News Kantar Poll September 2022
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): TVNZ Poll – National + ACT can form Government
RNZ: New political poll has Labour making ground on National

HOUSING
Jane Patterson (RNZ): More people living in emergency housing for longer, some for up to two years
Ashley Church (One Roof): Is Kāinga Ora on track to be an even bigger failure than KiwiBuild?
Jenée Tibshraeny (Herald): Inland Revenue and Treasury oppose build-to-rent property tax break (paywalled)
Blair Jackson (Stuff): Beds crammed in Te Anau garages amid rental shortage
Sam Stubbs (Stuff): Should the New Zealand dream be quarter-hour, not quarter-acre?
Tom Kitchin (RNZ): Napier residents upset proposed social housing development ‘hidden’ from public
Ben Leahy (Herald): Is Auckland’s building boom cooling off? 1500 fewer homes built in past year (paywalled)
Emma Vitz (Spinoff): Are you financially better off renting or buying a house?
Emile Donovan (RNZ): The fragile magic of highly productive land

INTEGRITY IN POLITICS
Graham Adams (The Platform): The smoking gun in the Mahuta saga
Matt Nippert (Herald): Charities regulator probes John Tamihere campaign funding (paywalled)
No Right Turn: The SFO and the right to silence
Martyn Bradbury (Waatea News): The case for and against Nanaia Mahuta

LOCAL GOVERNMENT ELECTIONS
Toby Manhire (Spinoff): Gulp. Ten days out, local election vote turnout across NZ is tracking at a record low
Anna Murray and Devin Pike (Re:News): Low voter turnout could see more extreme candidates in local government
Rhys Jones (Herald): Local elections will shape our health and fairness for decades (paywalled)
David Farrar: The race for Wellington
Lucy Xia (RNZ): Social media post with claimed affiliation to Auckland mayoral candidate Wayne Brown removed for breaching electoral law
Georgina Campbell (Herald): The pothole on my street reminds me of Wellington’s mayoral race (paywalled)
Justin Wong (Newshub): Greens regional council candidate apologises for telling person to ‘stab’ Porirua mayor in the back
Sarah Sparks (Stuff): Why Māori wards are critical for Kiwi democracy

THREE WATERS
Thomas Cranmer: Three Waters and Taumata Arowai
Susan Botting (Local Democracy Reporting): Whangārei mayoral hopefuls all oppose Three Waters
Russell Palmer (RNZ): Three waters opponents vying for council likely powerless to stop it – mayors

MONARCHY AND REPUBLICANISM
1News: Half of Kiwis say no to Aotearoa becoming a republic – poll
Luke Malpass (Stuff): Not anytime soon: Labour and National on unity ticket over a New Zealand republic
Audrey Young (Herald): National’s Christopher Luxon says no republic for New Zealand on his watch (paywalled)
Matthew Hooton (Patreon): Final thoughts on the Queen (paywalled)

MEDIA
Stuff: ‘Not that scary’: Simon Bridges turns tables on journo John Key warned him about
Janine Fenwick (Stuff): World News Day: How Stuff’s fact-based journalism makes a difference
Virginia Fallon and Kevin Norquay (Stuff): Nudity, pulled ponytails and callous cartoons: The Media Council turns 50
RNZ: Journalist and educationalist Gordon Dryden dies at 91
Jenna Lynch (Newshub): Christchurch terror attack victim’s sister calls on politicians to skip Sean Plunket’s show after he claims shooter not terrorist

POLICE AND SIS
Jordan Lane (1News): Police plan training review, audit after CCTV revelations
Audrey Young (Herald): Police Minister Chris Hipkins seeks answers on false stolen car alerts
Mark Quinlivan (Newshub): Chris Hipkins says police ‘looking into’ report cops falsely recorded Northland women’s cars as stolen to get into databases
No Right Turn: The police are out of control
RNZ: SIS says it has green light for CCTV operations

CLIMATE AND ENVIRONMENT
Marc Daalder (Newsroom): Why flying school strikers aren’t hypocrites
Maria Slade (NBR): Rattle your dags, National, and tell us your climate policy (paywalled)
Adrian Macey and Dave Frame (BusinessDesk): NZ’s carbon targets ignored domestic reduction potential (paywalled)
Adrian Macey and Dave Frame (BusinessDesk): Our costly assumptions on emissions reduction (paywalled)
Matthew Scott (Newsroom): ‘Even the introverts are here’: the return of the climate strike
Brigitte Morten (NBR): Moral panic on GE has abated (paywalled)

ECONOMY, EMPLOYMENT AND INEQUALITY
RNZ: Wages not matching thriving labour market – survey
RNZ: Council of Trade Unions calls for four-day work week, better employment conditions
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Council of Trade Unions calls for ‘mass pilot’ of a four-day working week
Jenée Tibshraeny (Herald): Unions float sweeping policy wish list ahead of election year
Jonathan Mitchell (NBR): Four-day working week mooted by CTU (paywalled)
Susan Hornsby-Geluk (Stuff): The key sticking points in Government’s Fair Pay Agreements Bill
Susan Edmunds (Stuff): ‘It can turn to custard very quickly’: Will world economic woes hit NZ?
Dileepa Fonseka (Stuff): What economists think about inflation amounts to guess-o-nomics
Duncan Garner (NBR): Forced job insurance scheme a tax grab looking for a problem (paywalled)
Richard Harman: BusinessNZ changes its mind (paywalled)
Herald: Editorial: Inflation control levers are ready and waiting (paywalled)
Rob Stock (Stuff): Should couples be able to ‘share’ their KiwiSaver contributions so women don’t fall behind?
Brandon Jackson (Stuff): We need skilled workers. The question is how do we get them?
Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): Better free trade outcome ‘an illusion’ – EU politician
Richard Prebble (Herald): US interest rate hike has slammed NZ dollar (paywalled)

GOVERNMENT AND PARLIAMENT
Kerre Woodham (Newstalk): There is a real disconnect between the mood of Labour and the mood of the people
Michael Bassett: Jacinda force feeds us te au Māori
Tim Wilson: Resentment politics… In reverse

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