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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
Morgan Godfery (Guardian): The dark side haunting New Zealand’s politics in 2022 must not hijack the next election
Brent Edwards (NBR): Political debate could get more extreme in election year (paywalled)
Ben Thomas (Stuff): Stock up on electoral hope, because the fear is coming in 2023
Gordon Campbell: On Becoming A Nation Of Political Paranoids
Toby Manhire (Spinoff): The 2022 Golden Jandals for conspicuous contributions to NZ politics
Herald: On the Tiles: Political winners and losers from 2022
1News: It’s an inequality crisis, not a cost of living one – Green Party
Anna Whyte (Stuff): End of year interviews: The Green Party on pulling Three Waters support and the highs and lows of 2022
Jo Moir (Newsroom): Luxon’s success with ‘deadly serious’ plan to diversify
1News: Luxon’s proudest 2022 achievement: National’s now ‘a team’
Thomas Coughlan (Herald): National Party to hold special meeting after wave of regional resignations
Tatiana Gibbs (Stuff): Green MP Eugenie Sage to step down at next election
Newshub: Hamilton West by-election: Official results show how much National beat Labour by, number of disallowed votes
David Farrar: Final by-election results
Tess McClure (Guardian): Jacinda Ardern learned she was in new Meghan and Harry series the day of trailer release
Jamie Ensor and Kethaki Masilamani (Newshub): Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern only found out she’d feature in Prince Harry, Meghan Markle show same day trailer dropped
1News: Ardern had ‘no communication’ with Harry and Meghan over doco
Stuff: Jacinda Ardern learned she was in Live to Lead the day Harry and Meghan documentary trailer dropped
Pete Burdon: Nicola Willis is my Media Communicator of the Year
Eva Davies (Manawatū Standard): Steph Lewis named as Labour candidate for Whanganui electorate in 2023 general election
Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): Yikun Zhang associate loses Justice of Peace role

ENVIRONMENT
Olivia Wannan (Stuff): Agri emissions: What farmers won and lost in the Government’s plan
Glenn McConnell (Stuff): James Shaw defends ‘lowest price possible’ farming emissions prices, says it’s political reality
Hamish Cardwell (RNZ): Emissions pricing proposal splits farming industry opinion
Adam Pearse (Herald): Govt promises ‘lowest possible’ farming emissions levy price in latest plan
Jamie Ensor and Simon Shepherd (Newshub): Government makes changes to proposed agriculture emissions pricing scheme to ‘build greater levels of buy-in’
Hamish Cardwell (RNZ): Government makes changes to farm-level emissions pricing plan
Adam Pearse (Herald): National aiming for but can’t commit to 2025 farm emission levy deadline
Craig Ashworth (Local Democracy Reporting): Toxic well underlines windmill plan fears in Taranaki
Joanne Naish (Stuff): Litter plagues one of New Zealand’s remotest coastlines
Pokere Paewawi (RNZ): Bay of Plenty iwi puts in place climate change strategy for Maketū
David Hill (Local Democracy Reporting): Kaikōura recreational pāua fishing delayed until April 

ECONOMY
Thomas Coughlan (Herald): 70k people will lose their job to fight inflation – one economist thinks there’s another way
John Gascoigne (Herald): How New Zealand can gain rich-nation status (paywalled)
RNZ: ANZ-Roy Morgan confidence survey shows sharp skid in sentiment
Aimee Shaw (Stuff): What cost-of-living crunch? Shoppers flock to malls for ‘last hurrah’

BUSINESS, EMPLOYMENT
Susan Edmunds (Stuff): 4% of wage subsidy repaid: Ministry warns more court action likely
Jonathan Milne (Newsroom): Govt scrutiny of $9m loan to struggling publicly-owned laundry company
Melanie Carroll (Stuff): Which airlines haven’t returned to NZ, and how can we lure them back here?
Seni Iasona (Newshub): Gloriavale drops legal counsel for ‘prolonged’ Employment Court case as costs bite
Virginia Fallon (Stuff): Petulant Fire and Emergency NZ is desperately clinging to power

COVID-19
Newshub: Jacinda Ardern claims COVID-19 Christmas comment has been ‘misinterpreted’, clarifies at press conference
Adam Pearse (Herald): PM Jacinda Ardern clarifies Christmas Covid comments as cases increase
RNZ: Covid-19: Jacinda Ardern defends settings amid wave of reported cases

JUSTICE
Craig Kapitan (Herald): Justice Minister Kiri Allan, PM Jacinda Ardern respond to court decision forcing rethink of 501s
Erin Gourley (Stuff): Crown urgently appeals against 501 deportee human rights case
Amy Williams (RNZ): Crown to appeal 501 rights decision that may ‘open floodgates for others’

HOUSING
Robin Martin (RNZ): Unruly neighbours move after ‘nightmarish’ year, Kāinga Ora admits mistakes
Bruce Morris (Newsroom): Kāinga Ora’s radical Auckland density wishlist
Megan Wilson (Bay of Plenty Times): Tauranga rental price and struggle forces mother to move daughter to new school

LOCAL GOVERNMENT
Steven Walton (Stuff): Council’s refusal to release voting record on CEO pay rise branded ‘inherently undemocratic’
Erin Gourley (Stuff): Hutt City Council fourth in Wellington region to endorse Make It 16’s call for lower voting age
Janine Rankin (Manawatū Standard): Palmerston North seeks consent for NZ’s best wastewater treatment
RNZ: Councillors divided over $40 per hour travel time allowance
Martyn Bradbury (Waatea News): The Kaipara Council Prayer: Western Secularism vs Indigenous Mana
Brendon McMahon (Local Democracy Reporting): Māori sites of significance maps to be fixed after errors found
Janine Rankin (Manawatū Standard): Palmerston North resumes face-to-face international connections

THREE WATERS
1News: Ardern: Three Waters, media merger ‘difficult’ but necessary
Arena Williams and Stuart Smith (Stuff): The worst part of the three waters debacle was the attempt to entrench the legislation
Susan Sandys (Star News): Chlorine could stay in Selwyn drinking water for 18 months

FOREIGN AFFAIRS
Daniel Smith (Stuff): Chinese-made cameras ‘pose potential security risk to New Zealand’
Anna Fifield (Stuff): 50 years of NZ-China relations: Consistency and courtesy have served us well, ‘old China hand’ says
Ford Hart (Stuff): Ambiguity and 50 years of NZ-China relations
Mike Smith (Standard): Celebrating 50th Anniversary of PRC recognition
Stuff: Fiji’s ruling party refuses to concede election, says Nanaia Mahuta ‘jumped the gun’
Dita De Boni (NBR): Aussies show us up in the Pacific (paywalled)

HEALTH
Maddy Lloyd (1News): Major cuts to new Dunedin Hospital design as budget blows out
RNZ: Cabinet signs off on more beds for new Dunedin Hospital inpatients building than planned
Sapeer Mayron (Stuff): Govt health arm fights advertising watchdog over pulled ‘middle finger’ campaign which cost taxpayers $1m
Katie Townshend (Stuff): Using manaakitanga to help improve cervical screening in Te Tauihu

TRANSPORT
Phil Pennington (RNZ): Congestion charging possible under proposed new NZ-wide transport ticketing system
Matthew Rosenberg (Local Democracy Reporting): Group raising $800k to maintain KiwiRail line for historic train
Caroline Williams (Stuff): Auckland’s top public transport user took 3400 trips this year – and didn’t pay a cent
Federico Magrin (Stuff): Behavioural and infrastructural changes needed to reduce road toll, says victim’s brother

OTHER
Russell Palmer (RNZ): Natural and Built Environment replaces the Resource Management Act: What you need to know
Te Kuru o te Marama Dewes (Spinoff): An momentous year for te reo Māori
Tom Hunt (Stuff): Could Wellington City Mission beat Eminem? It’s possible
Tom Hunt (Stuff): One person buys 8400 tickets for Wellington fundraiser nobody can attend

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