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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

PARLIAMENT, PARTIES, ELECTIONS
Thomas Coughlan (Herald): National defends selling dinner with Christopher Luxon for $1500 (paywalled)
Andrew Dickens (Newstalk ZB): I warned you that Winston is back and I was right
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Horizon Poll: Winners, Losers & Predictions
Toby Manhire (Spinoff): Raf Manji on Top 3.0, the balance of power, and ruling out a role in government
Herald: PM responds to rumours of her quitting before election; issue with window seal caused Hercules to get stuck in Antarctica
Ireland Hendry-Tennent (Newshub): Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern responds to quitting, moving to New Plymouth rumours
Rachel Smalley (Today FM): Mahuta upstaged the Prime Minister yesterday
Kelvin McDonald (Te Ao – Māori News): Ngarewa-Packer TikTok claims ACT is ‘anti-Māori baiting anō’
Katie Doyle (Stuff): Fund launched to help disabled New Zealanders campaign for Parliament
Jonah Franke-Bowell (Stuff): ‘Underdog’ National Party unveils diverse candidate shortlist for Hamilton West by-election
Adam Pearse (Herald): Hamilton West byelection: Former mayor Andrew King out of National’s candidate race
RNZ: National releases its shortlist for Hamilton West by-election

THREE WATERS
Richard Harman: The Mayors and the three waters money trail
Graham Adams: A taniwha rears its head in the Three Waters debate
Todd Niall (Stuff): Government ‘open to change’ as coalition of mayors pushes new vision for water reforms
RNZ: Two mayors seek support for alternate three waters plan
Matthew Scott (Newsroom): Triple-header: Three mayors versus Three Waters
Todd Niall (Stuff): Auckland mayor sprang Three Waters alternative on council with 8 minutes’ notice
Bernard Orsman (Herald): Auckland and Christchurch mayors put forward alternative plan for Three Waters
Rachael Comer (Timaru Herald): South Canterbury mayors support consensus plan for Three Waters
Brent Edwards (NBR): Lukewarm response from Government to new Three Waters proposal (paywalled)
Leanne Warr (Hawkes Bay Today): Future of freshwater management under review (paywalled)

ECONOMY, BUSINESS, EMPLOYMENT
RNZ: Windfall tax needed to rein in excess profits of major corporates – Greens
Nona Pelletier (RNZ): Windfall tax could turn investors off, business figures say
No Right Turn: Time for a windfall tax
Steven Cowan: We deserve a lot better than what we’re being delivered
Cameron Smith (Herald): ‘No silver bullet in sight’: Kiwis borrowing more as inflation bites, mortgage lending continues to fall (paywalled)
RNZ: Personal loans rise as household budgets hit, mortgage lending falls
Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Individuals’ tax bill up 55% in five years
Ireland Hendry-Tennent (Newshub): PM Jacinda Ardern defends NZ after recruiter claims cost of living, crime, visa delays putting off international job seekers
Rob Stock (Stuff): The Reserve Bank gets banks to run stress-test scenarios as part of its mandate to ensure the stability of the country’s financial system.
Jonathan Mitchell (NBR): Banks pass stagflation sniff test (paywalled)
Jenny Ruth (BusinessDesk): Reserve Bank stress test shows more bank capital is unnecessary (paywalled)
David Chaston (Interest): ANZ moves to staunch its term deposit reputation damage
Michael Reddell: Profits
Louise Ternouth (RNZ): Many workers with disabilities still paid $5 an hour on average
Daniel Smith (Stuff): Earthquake Commission to pay out 600 employees owed holiday pay
Melanie Carroll (Stuff): Inland Revenue deletes Halloween-themed Tweet after it backfires
Gianina Schwanecke (Stuff): Wellington hospitality giant rolls out living wage to all employees
Leeann Watson (Herald): Are Fair Pay Agreements fair?

FREE SPEECH, HATE SPEECH
Jonathan Ayling (Stuff): Christopher Luxon needs to say where he stands on hate speech laws
Anna Whyte (Stuff): Ardern looks for broad support on hate speech law
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Kiri Allan’s hate speech laws will be the political kiss of death to Labour
Damien Venuto (Herald): The Front Page: Elon Musk vs Kiri Allan – The debate about where to draw free speech line
Stuff: Gay hate speech case in court as review of law announced

EXTREMISM, NATIONAL SECURITY
Katie Green (RNZ): What are New Zealanders most concerned about?
Oscar Jackson (Today FM): Government censorship ‘completely inappropriate’ in face of mis/disinformation
Glenn McConnell (Stuff): A ‘smorgasbord’ of extremism that’s caused the SIS to pivot its counterterrorism focus
Adam Pearse (Herald): Disasters, hackers and disinformation: Experts forecast risks to national security
Bridie Witton (Stuff): Disinformation has security agencies ‘worried’ as it fuels divisions
Rachel Moore (Waikato Times): Cyber minister needed as attacks ramp up, says security expert

FOREIGN AFFAIRS
Thomas Coughlan (Herald): Jacinda Ardern confirms Government can respond more freely to Iran, after wealthy influencers freed
Jacinda Ardern: Iran is holding back all women’s progress
Jenna Lynch and Rachel Sadler (Newshub): New Zealand suspending human rights dialogue with Iran as anti-regime protests intensify
RNZ: NZ suspends bilateral Human Rights Dialogue with Iran, PM to announce response to violence
Bridie Witton (Stuff): PM ‘fiercely defends’ Iran stance while Kiwis detained, human rights dialogue now suspended
Jenna Lynch (Newshub): PM Jacinda Ardern signs international letter calling for Iran to be removed from UN women’s rights body
1News: Mahuta targets Russian defence, security sectors in new sanctions

LOCAL GOVERNMENT
Simon Wilson (Herald): The wind and the rain of Auckland Mayor Wayne Brown (paywalled)
Dave Armstrong (Stuff): Searching for solutions to low voter turnout at local elections
Luisa Girao (ODT): Mana whenua council role to be reduced
John MacDonald (Herald): Opinion: Lower the voting age? Yes!
Tom Hunt (Stuff): Upper Hutt mayor grants special talking permission after alleged public racism spat
Taupo & Turangi Herald: Final vote down but not dismal

HOUSING
Rayssa Almeida (RNZ): Emergency housing in Rotorua has ‘created a monster’, motel owner says
Kelly Makiha (Rotorua Daily Post): Rotorua contracted emergency housing motel owner unaware homeless were living at her property, resource consent hearing told
Greg Hurrell (BusinessDesk): Kāinga Ora’s deficit more than doubles (paywalled)
Miriam Bell (Stuff): Biggest rent increases in Auckland’s more affordable suburbs
Carmen Hall (Herald): Employers looking to buy rentals in Tauranga to attract staff as housing crisis threatens local economy (paywalled)
Duncan Garner (NBR): Suburban disorder: Can’t beat ’em, join ’em? (paywalled)
Muriwai Hei (Te Ao – Māori News): Te Tairāwhiti housing strategy helping whānau buy their own homes
Will Trafford (Te Ao – Māori News): Gov’t, Iwi partnership to build 200+ houses in Northland

ALCOHOL
Emily Worman and Grant Hewison (Spinoff): The alcohol licensing system has failed communities for years. It has to change
Stephen Forbes (Local Democracy Reporting): Anti-alcohol harm campaigners welcome government’s liquor sales reform plan
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): The State’s Jackboot should always be on the throat of the booze barons!
James Halpin (Stuff): PM Jacinda Ardern expects further liquor law changes to be ‘heavily contested’
RNZ: Alcohol law reform plans signalled by government
Esther Taunton (Stuff): Bar owner says alcohol law reform will force small businesses to close

HEALTH
Hamish McNeilly (Stuff): Cuts to Dunedin Hospital project pose ‘reputational, operational and clinical risk’
Rowan Quinn (RNZ): Health NZ decided against relocating nurses to aid under-pressure hospitals
1News: ‘Immediate changes’ needed to NZ’s Green List – health recruiter

JUSTICE, CORRECTIONS
Akula Sharma (Herald): Justice Minister doubles down on name suppression laws for famous people
Gavin Ellis: A shiver down the spines of the rich and famous
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Kiri Allan’s woke interpretation of suppression law could weaponise legal process
Will Trafford (Te Ao – Māori News): Corrections in ‘crisis’, human rights advocates say
Snita Ahir-Knight (Newsroom): Why 10-year-olds shouldn’t be criminals
Tara Ward (Spinoff): TVNZ’s new documentary wants to challenge our idea of what a criminal looks like

TRANSPORT
Tom Hunt (Stuff): Transport Minister denies promise to meet Restore Passenger Rail protesters
Vita Molyneux (Stuff): Wellington traffic protests: Transport Minister Michael Wood may meet with rail supporters – if they stop blocking highways
Greg Hurrell (BusinessDesk): Road freight will be king as transport decarbonises (paywalled)
Sharon Brettkelly (RNZ): Public transport’s $1.3 billion ticketing facelift
RNZ: Air NZ bringing in more planes to try bring prices down
Stewart Sowman-Lund (Spinoff): Remember when domestic flights were $29?
Raphael Franks (Herald): Nearly 1000 Auckland bus services suspended – Auckland Transport decision labeled ‘cynical’

CALLAGHAN INNOVATION, INDIGO, MANAAKI CONTROVERSY
Duncan Greive (Spinoff): Deep inside the explosive We Are Indigo saga
Maria Slade (NBR): MBIE, NZTE made aware of findings against small business adviser
Daniel Smith (Stuff): Accusations fly as Callaghan Innovation and small business platform Manaaki face off
Pattrick Smellie (BusinessDesk): Callaghan Innovation director resigns as Manaaki row escalates

ENERGY
Pattrick Smellie (BusinessDesk): Memo to the energy minister from ex-Genesis CEO (paywalled)
Ian Llewellyn (BusinessDesk): High electricity prices rule out export hydrogen plant (paywalled)
The Facts: Coal imports rapidly overtake coal exports

ENVIRONMENT
Jamie Mackay (Herald): Up a creek without a paddle (paywalled)
Ian Mason (The Conversation): From farming to fermentation: how New Zealand could ‘brew up’ new foods to reduce agricultural emissions
Rebecca Howard (BusinessDesk): Land-use change in mid-Canterbury may accelerate in early 2040s (paywalled)
Stefan Dimitrof (Te Ao – Māori News): Government backs moratorium on deep sea mining

OTHER
Brent Edwards (NBR): The Auditor-General’s challenge to get audits done on time (paywalled)
Ian Llewellyn (BusinessDesk): Auditor general worries about the future of audits (paywalled)
Laura Smith (Bay of Plenty Times): Government extends MSD’s support to include non-beneficiaries
Craig Ashworth (RNZ): Ngāti Maru apology highlights ongoing devastation of land theft
Mana Wikaire-Lewis (Te Ao – Māori News): Ngāti Maru come together as one to witness Crown apology
Stuff Editorial: Te Pūkenga – the gift that keeps on taking
Jem Traylen (BusinessDesk): Government wants to attract more international TV series to New Zealand shores (paywalled)
Soumya Bhamidipati (RNZ): Police refuse to confirm investigation progress following quashing of Alan Hall conviction

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