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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

HAMILTON WEST BY-ELECTION
Chris Trotter (Daily Blog): Who is pulling Sharma’s strings?
Jenna Lynch (Newshub): Wealthy businessman Roshan Nauhria willing to financially back Gaurav Sharma
Peter Dunne: Will Sharma have the last laugh?
Glenn McConnell (Stuff): Gaurav Sharma has left Parliament, but did he really need to?
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): The Sharma drama by-election nirvana: Winners, losers and predictions
Russell Palmer (RNZ): Hamilton West by-election: Labour, National play down chances of winning

GOVERNMENT AND PARLIAMENT
Jo Moir (Newsroom): ‘Tough process’ to get acceptable co-governance plan to Cabinet
Mike Hosking (Herald): Another 10 reasons this Government won’t get a third term (paywalled)
Josh Van Veen (Democracy Project): Racial separatism is not the path to victory for NZ First
Morgan Godfery (Stuff): Peters’ 5% strategy won’t wash with Luxon or Ardern in 2023
Kiri Gillespie (Herald): Tauranga byelection candidates donations and expenses: Sam Uffindell gifted nearly $180k
Audrey Young (Herald): 50 years of diplomats – the best and the worst political appointments (paywalled)
Claire Trevett (Herald): National’s Christopher Luxon on when voters will see final tax plan, and Wayne Brown’s Three Waters showdown
Bernard Orsman (Herald): Auckland light rail: National slams ‘gravy train for consultants’, Government defends $16m bill (paywalled)
David Farrar: Greens on Campus not keen on debate
Stephen Minto (Daily Blog): Labour’s refusal to debate Winston’s co-governance spite is weakness
Amelia Wade (Newshub): Government expects cross-party support for terrorism law changes
Richard Harman: Anti terrorism Bill could hit anti-vaxers (paywalled)
Ripu Bhatia (Stuff): Government’s immigration changes ‘hurtful’ to low-income migrants, union says
Zarina Hewlett (Today FM): National’s tax cut for the rich: Has Luxon made same mistakes as Britain’s Liz Truss?
Michael Neilson (Herald): PM Jacinda Ardern to visit Antarctica, Scott Base to see redevelopment and climate change research
Thomas Manch (Stuff): Ardern to travel to Antarctica for two days on the ice

ECONOMY, EMPLOYMENT AND INEQUALITY
Rebecca Stevenson (Interest): Inland Revenue taxes multinationals $33 million for wage subsidy
Newshub: Prime Minister’s office apologises for misleading comments about New Zealand’s child poverty figures
John MacDonald (Herald): Food bank queues about to get longer
Herald: Editorial: Hungry for answers on child nourishment (paywalled)
Jonathan Milne (Newsroom): Labour costs drive building firms to the wall: ‘The guys all have kids to feed’
Rae Julian (Herald): Fifty years since we adopted the Equal Pay Act (paywalled)
RNZ: Inflation now embedded in economy – National Party

CLIMATE AND TRANSPORT
Justin Wong (Stuff): Protests in Wellington continue with Groundswell tractors replacing rail activists
Herald: Groundswell protest: Thousands expected in major centres this morning
Kirsty Frame (RNZ): Wellington rail protests risk doing more harm than good – critics
Karl du Fresne: What history tells us about long-distance passenger trains
Rebecca Howard (BusinessDesk): Agriculture emissions tax: what the heck does it all mean? (paywalled)
John Minto (Daily Blog): How refreshing – hats off to the Wellington climate change activists

LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND ELECTIONS
Joanne Naish (Stuff): By-election prompted by resignation of Westland councillor after 10 days
Karanama Ruru (Stuff): Majority of people who didn’t vote in local elections regret not doing so
Todd Niall (Stuff): Auckland Mayor Wayne Brown makes first public appearance but sidesteps Stuff
Todd Niall (Stuff): Mayor Wayne Brown has a lot to say to the PM – will she listen (and will he)?
Marcus Roberts (Herald): Time to make voting mandatory?
Jake Kenny (Stuff): Council assets manager denies taking $77,000 in bribes in exchange for lucrative contracts, court hears

INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND DEFENCE
Jenna Lynch (Newshub): Former New Zealand Defence Force personnel working for company allegedly recruiting people to train Chinese armed forces
Herald: Four former NZDF staff could now be training Chinese military
Rachel Smalley (Today FM): How hard is it for Jacinda Ardern to condemn Iran’s treatment of women?
Nicholas Khoo (Newsroom): Three lessons for New Zealand from the Ukraine war

CREATIVE NZ AND SHAKESPEARE FUNDING
Emile Donovan (RNZ): The Sheila Winn saga – much ado about funding
André Chumko (Stuff): Is the Government listening to Creative New Zealand’s pleas?
Eda Tang (Stuff): Queer artists respond to Creative New Zealand funding cuts

HOUSING
Kelly Makiha (Herald): Rotorua emergency housing motels: Locals make heartfelt pleas to commissioners to end ‘chaotic’ system
1News: New Rotorua mayor says emergency housing costing city millions

HEALTH
Tova O’Brien (Today FM): I’m just really disappointed with Health Minister Andrew Little
Ian Powell: Professor Baker is right; New Zealand needs pandemic political leadership

MEDIA
Annamarie Jamieson (Stuff): Why Stuff chose to become a B Corp
Karl du Fresne: More desperate floundering at Stuff

OTHER
Jamie Ensor (Newshub): Human Rights Commission received ‘ad credit’ from Facebook, Instagram to promote campaign telling people to be kind online
Gabrielle McCulloch (Stuff): Thousands of charges laid over ramraids, youth offending in Auckland and Waikato
Lynn Charlton (Stuff): If farmers are serious about animal welfare, they should give up on rodeos

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