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New Zealand Politics Daily is a collation of the most prominent issues being discussed in New Zealand. It is edited by Dr Bryce Edwards of The Democracy Project.

Items of interest and importance today

GOVERNMENT AND PARLIAMENT
Ernie Newman (Stuff): Kris Faafoi’s unwelcome move into lobbying
Herald: Editorial: Kris Faafoi from Cabinet Minister to lobbyist – when is too soon? (paywalled)
Ben Thomas (Stuff): Business should be wary of thinking it can predict a future without Labour
Ripu Bhatia (Stuff): ACT’s proposal for Treaty referendum is ‘virtue signalling’, says Government
Jo Moir (Newsroom): Te Pāti Māori underwhelmed by prospect of government
Peter Dunne: Fixing potholes vs. leading the world
Jason Walls (Herald): $45 million in three years: Government defends speed limit review spend
Moana Ellis (Local Democracy Reporting): Parliamentary milestone: New MP’s swearing-in will make political history
Caitlin Rawling (Newshub): Former Prime Minister John Key says he would’ve voted for Donald Trump in 2016 US election

CLIMATE CHANGE
Michael Neilson (Herald): Emissions plan: National leader Christopher Luxon says it will ‘decimate’ sheep and beef farming – James Shaw says criticism ‘confused’
Luke Malpass and Anna Whyte (Stuff): National promises to repeal potential farming emission changes
John MacDonald (Herald): Our farming sector shouldn’t be the world’s guinea pigs (paywalled)
Owen Jennings (Herald): Farmers are mired in deep confusion and muddle policy (paywalled)
Mike Hosking (Newstalk): The Government is shafting rural New Zealand
Bridie Witton (Stuff): Fears for regional economic decline and ‘ghost towns’ from agricultural emission pricing proposals
Brent Edwards (NBR): The Government faces a rural backlash over climate plan (paywalled)
Andrea Fox (Herald): Why Māori are likely to be disadvantaged by agriculture emissions pricing system
Rachel Smalley (Today FM): Explaining the convoluted emissions charge
Guy Trafford (Interest): Fed Farmers shouldn’t be too surprised
Imran Ali (Herald): Agricultural emissions: Federated Farmers – three out of five Northland beef farms in danger of closing (paywalled)
Jayden Holmes (Today FM): Transport Minister Michael Wood labels Wellington protest as ‘idiotic and counterproductive’

LOCAL GOVERNMENT, THREE WATERS, AND ELECTIONS
Chris Trotter (Daily Blog): The Grapes aren’t sour – They’re just not the centre-left’s
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Making bitter wine with Comrade Trotter – why Wayne Brown winning is bad
Morgan Godfery (Guardian): New Zealand’s local elections appear to show a backlash against Ardern. The reality is more complex
Mark Thomas (Newsroom): The dire state of NZ local government
Shane Te Pou (Herald): Voters want new ideas and inspiration (paywalled)
Guy Trafford (Interest): Governance by motivated special interest groups?
The Facts: Alpha-bias- surnames in the top 3 won >50% of elections
Thomas Cranmer: Three Waters and One Mountain of Debt
David Farrar: Cranmer on Three Waters and Te Mana o te Wai
Simon Wilson (Herald): The councillors who could be on Wayne Brown’s team (paywalled)
Emma Hatton (Newsroom): Transport Minister plans to meet new mayors ASAP
Todd Niall (Stuff): Which projects can Auckland’s ‘Fix-it’ mayor really fix?
Bernard Orsman (Herald): Auckland Mayor Wayne Brown at war with development arm, which is fighting back

ECONOMY, EMPLOYMENT AND INEQUALITY
Esther Taunton (Stuff): About half of the total household wealth is owned by the richest 10%
Melanie Carroll (Stuff): Breaking down the top 1% in NZ and the world
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Reserve Bank recommends removing housing order from its remit
Jenée Tibshraeny (Herald): Reserve Bank open to being made to prioritise inflation (paywalled)
RNZ: Reserve Bank: Feedback shows majority don’t think climate change should be in any future remit
Jenée Tibshraeny (Herald): Beyond ‘maximum sustainable employment’? Reserve Bank staff turnover hits record 22% (paywalled)
Michael Reddell: Accountability document with no accountability
Ian Llewellyn (BusinessDesk): Govt policy uncertainty a brake on electricity investment, says regulator (paywalled)
Peter Griffin (BusinessDesk): A Big Tech telco tax could backfire badly (paywalled)
Maria Slade (NBR): What is an employee? Government about to change definition (paywalled)

IMMIGRATION
Michael Neilson (Herald): Government immigration announcement sees skilled migrant, parent categories reopen
Bernard Hickey: Wood loosens migration settings again
Corazon Miller (1News): Govt’s plan to reunite migrant families earns bittersweet reaction
Amelia Wade (Newshub): Immigration Minister restarts visas – but system’s already struggling with current workload
Liam Dann (Herald): Brain drain: Signs of recovery but immigration challenges remain (paywalled)
Richard Harman: Wood opens immigration up (paywalled)
Dita De Boni (NBR): Immigration ‘reset’ set aside as skilled migrants welcomed back (paywalled)

HOUSING
Miriam Bell (Stuff): ‘Painful’ housing market correction: No end in sight, says QV
William Hewett (Newshub): New Zealand house values record first annual decline in over decade but positive news for first home-buyers
RNZ: National average house price down for first time in decade

INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
Tamsyn Parker (Herald): Kiwi corporate leaders warned of ‘sonic boom’ risks as China-US relationship falters (paywalled)
Anna Fifield (Stuff): As China’s Xi consolidates power, NZ’s choices become more stark
Lloyd Burr (Today FM): Why is the NZ government allowing 18 of Putin’s diplomatic core to remain in NZ?
Herald: Russian embassy pokes fun at New Zealand’s sanctions on social media
Molly Swift (Newshub): Russian Embassy in New Zealand mocks new trade ban on vodka and caviar

OTHER
Baz Macdonald (Re:News): Thou art ‘boring as sh*t’: Is Shakespeare relevant to NZ in 2022?
Damien Venuto (Herald): After US changes, calls grow for cannabis laws to evolve
Tom Hunt (Stuff): Wellington leading what is tipped to be another national Covid wave
Hamish Bidwell (Herald): I have fears for the future of free speech (paywalled)
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): You wont believe this new attack on Free Speech – UoA Greens cancel all debates if they can’t have trigger free safe spaces

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