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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

THREE WATERS
Jane Patterson (RNZ): Three Waters anti-privatisation blunder adds to storm of controversy
Jo Moir (Newsroom): The chaos behind the Greens’ controversial Three Waters amendment
Emile Donovan (RNZ): The problem with entrenching party policy
Thomas Cranmer: Mahuta ditches ‘no surprises’ policy
Anne Salmond (Newsroom): Fresh water is beyond ‘entrenchment’
Thomas Manch (Stuff): National unwilling to budge on ‘entrenchment’ of public water assets
Thomas Manch (Stuff): Cheat sheet: Are the Three Waters reforms a done deal?
Jamie Ensor (Newshub): Three Waters: Christopher Luxon accuses Labour of trying to ‘scare the public’ by discussing privatisation
RNZ: Hurunui seeks Three Waters funding while staying opposed to reforms
Stephen Minto (Daily Blog): I am proud of Labour’s initiative on 3 waters and Co-Goverance
Jonathan Milne (Newsroom): Proposal to break central-local deadlock on Three Waters and climate

PARLIAMENT
Richard Prebble (Herald): The next 12 months could be dangerous (paywalled)
Mark Quinlivan (Newshub): National leader Christopher Luxon ‘very comfortable’ with $45,000 taxpayer top-up from renting office back to Parliament
Jenna Lynch (Newshub): How much Christopher Luxon’s charging taxpayers to lease his own office from himself – and how it compares to market rent
No Right Turn: We need greater transparency on party funding
Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): ‘Not achieved’: Civil society grades Hipkins on open government work
Andrew Macfarlane (1News): National hoping to cash in on overseas votes
AAP: Ardern confirms no wedding or Australian holiday this summer
Leeann Watson (Herald): Why are our politicians obsessed with tinkering?

HAMILTON WEST BY-ELECTION
RNZ: Hamilton West by-election: Crime and cost of living top of mind for voters
Jonah Franke-Bowell (Stuff): Crime, co-governance and coalitions on table at spirited Hamilton West debate
Jonah Franke-Bowell (Stuff): Close to 700 by-election votes cast already in Hamilton West

CRIME, POLICE
Luke Malpass (Stuff): Why Labour’s fog cannon subsidies are an implicit admission of failure – for now at least
Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): Government response to retail crime is soft
RNZ: Funding to deal with crime ‘not enough’, Indian community leaders say
Aimee Shaw (Stuff): Dairies say Govt’s new fog cannon scheme has come too late
Kate Hawkesby (Newstalk): The PM’s post-Cab chat yesterday was stomach churning
1News: Friend of slain dairy worker laments stolen ‘bright future’
Mana Wikaire-Lewis (Whakaata Māori): Government ‘part of the problem’ for crime rise – Goldsmith
1News: Police to ramp up presence in areas worst-hit by retail crime
Heather du Plessis-Allan (Newstalk): Does the police reviewing their pursuit policy count as change?
James Halpin (Stuff): Police U-turn on fleeing cars, but no date for new spikes after officer run over
William Hewett (Newshub): Commissioner Andrew Coster reveals police to change fleeing driver policy
John MacDonald (Newstalk ZB): Crime statistics are only part of the story
ODT: Editorial – Be kind — no excuses

ECONOMY, BUSINESS, EMPLOYMENT
Jenée Tibshraeny (Herald): Reserve Bank not keen to make banks help cover cost of money printing (paywalled)
Tamsyn Parker (Herald): Sharesies study reveals signs of Kiwis starting to feel economic pinch (paywalled)
Gareth Vaughan (Interest): Big banks ramp up dividends after Reserve Bank restrictions lifted
Christoph Schumacher (NBR): Making sense of the OCR (paywalled)
Michael Reddell: Not that way
Stuff readers: We asked how the OCR hikes will affect you
Gareth Vaughan (Interest): Karen Silk on what RBNZ Monetary Policy Committee members will be watching over summer
Brent Edwards (NBR): NZIER forecasts a lower interest rate track (paywalled)
David Burton (Stuff): Yes, big business can do more to support parents in the workforce
BusinessDesk: New Commerce Commission chair announced

HOUSING 
Shamubeel Eaqub (Interest): Pulling many levers: Banking, borrowing & building need to change to make housing in NZ affordable
RNZ: 22 percent drop in house prices will be a ‘relief’ for people, ANZ economist says
Susan Edmunds (Stuff): ANZ: House prices will drop 32% in real terms from their peak
Greg Ninness (Interest): ANZ’s economists revise their expectations of house prices falls to 22%
Tamsyn Parker (Herald): Think mortgage rates are high now? Economist Tony Alexander warns of 9.5% peak (paywalled)
Susan Edmunds (Stuff): ANZ lifts home loan, savings and term deposit interest rates
RNZ: ANZ lifts home loan rates with floating mortgage rate to go to 7.99 percent
1News: NZ’s biggest bank hikes mortgage rates after latest OCR rise
David Chaston (Interest): The next round of floating mortgage rate increases start, taking rates close to 8% for the first time since 2008
Felix Desmarais (Local Democracy Reporting): Why Rotorua’s mayor and deputy skipped public housing meeting
Benn Bathgate (Stuff): ‘Just clear out’, Kāinga Ora leader told at Rotorua community meeting

RETIREMENT
Jamie Ensor (Newshub): Christopher Luxon stands by policy of increasing superannuation age despite report saying it will disadvantage Māori, Pasifika
Bernard Hickey: Another looming housing crisis
Mark Quinlivan (Newshub): Christopher Luxon suggests disability payments for labourers if superannuation age goes up
Will Trafford (Whakaata Māori): Warnings superannuation hike will disproportionately affect Māori

HEALTH
Murray Jones (BusinessDesk): Compass: how a global catering giant gobbles up hospital contracts
Cécile Meier (BusinessDesk): Better food and no profit margins – how a health board saved millions on food
Stephen Forbes (Local Democracy Reporting): Te Whatu Ora chair describes workplace pressures on staff after visit to Middlemore ED
Emma Bernard (Whanganui Chronicle): “Overwhelmingly disappointed”: Government funding for frontline community health workers leaves out GP staff (paywalled)
1News: 20,000 frontline health workers to get pay parity – Little
Rowan Quinn (RNZ): GPs worry urgent care patients avoiding busy emergency departments
Brigitte Morten (NBR): Government failing to solve mental health (paywalled)
RNZ: Covid-19: New Zealand sees spike in cases with 6000 reported today

MEDIA
Phil Pennington (RNZ): RNZ-TVNZ public media merger: Private contractors paid $6000 per week on average
Glenn McConnell (Stuff): Bridges brushes off questions about job leading board of new public broadcaster
Daniel Dunkley (BusinessDesk): Meta retreats from news: what it means for NZ (paywalled)
RNZ: Independent review finds systemic racism at InternetNZ following Māori threat video
Samson Samasoni (Spinoff): Can the TVNZ-RNZ merger meet the diverse needs of Pacific audiences?
Duncan Greive (Spinoff): 10 key takeaways from an astounding new survey of Gen Z New Zealanders
Daniel Dunkley (BusinessDesk): Radio NZ: online audience falling amid ‘news fatigue’ (paywalled)

ENVIRONMENT
Tina Law (Stuff): ECan’s interpretation of water bottling decision labelled ‘bureaucratic idiocy’
Todd Niall (Stuff): Climate change: Funding an early hurdle for Auckland’s emissions plan
Pat Baskett (Newsroom): Why climate mitigation equals defeat
Hamish Cardwell (RNZ): Carbon capture: Firm wants to remove millions of tonnes of CO2 from the air in New Zealand

FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND TRADE
Will Trafford (Whakaata Māori): U.S. court bans popular kaimoana exports
Clive Elliot (Herald): Lessons for NZ in Finland’s success (paywalled)
Glenn McConnel (Stuff): Finland’s ‘party prime minister’ Sanna Marin arrives in Auckland to meet Jacinda Ardern
Herald Editorial: What New Zealand can learn from the war in Ukraine (paywalled)
Tom Peters: New Zealand government reaffirms support for US-NATO war against Russia
Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): Digital services push for NZ-China trade as Covid effects continue

LOCAL GOVERNMENT
Rachael Kelly (Stuff): ‘Back to basics’ Gore mayor’s proposed governance structure could cost nearly $300k more
Ryan Boswell (1News): Christchurch mayor says he didn’t break election rules giving out RATs
RNZ: 
Complaint about Christchuch mayor Phil Mauger’s election campaigning passed on to police
James Perry (Whakaata Māori): Puutikitiki St officially unveiled as Hamilton rids itself of part of its dark history
1News: New te reo Māori names for Hamilton street and park

EDUCATION
Gianina Schwanecke (Stuff): Primary school principals reject Government offer, as secondary teachers begin voting
James Perry (Whakaata Māori): Ngāti Toa moves closer to educational goals for rangatahi

RMA
Glenn McConnell (Stuff): ACT’s ‘truly local democracy’ will see neighbours vote on property developments
RNZ: ACT Party sets out RMA alternative and transport policies

OTHER
Jem Traylen (BusinessDesk): Still a lot being swept under the carpet: public sector survey
RNZ: Te Urewera hut found burnt after court injunction against removal
Alisha Evans (Local Democracy Reporting): ‘Nationally significant’ land wars institute one step closer
Jon Alexander (Stuff): A people-powered future: how New Zealand could lead the world
Waatea News: Hate speech law too narrow says Kerekere
Georgina Campbell (Herald): Wellington’s new motorways are cursed (paywalled)
Jayden Holmes (Today FM): Greyhound industry facing ‘last chance’ before potential shutdown

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