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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 AND GOVERNMENT
Jo Moir (Newsroom): Co-governance plan kicked down the road to 2024
Jenée Tibshraeny (Herald): RBNZ director hired, and then asked to give up another directorship to avoid being fired (paywalled)
Danyl McLauchlan (Listener/Herald): Dollars and sense: Does social investment work? (paywalled)
Glenn McConnell (Stuff): Te Pāti Māori wants to connect with Māori drawn to ‘white supremacist’ movements during the pandemic
1News: Te Pāti Māori frustrated by Govt’s incremental approach
1News: 2022 in Review: Māori voice grows louder throughout society
Adam Pearse (Herald): David Seymour will choose policies over positions in a National-Act government
Brent Edwards (NBR): Political winners and losers in 2022 (paywalled)
Newshub: Politicians reveal their highs and lows of the year (video)
David Farrar: Kiwiblog’s 2023 predictions
David Farrar: Scoring my 2022 predictions
1News: Man who won $100K ‘arrogant prick’ auction needs loan to pay for it
Bridie Witton (Stuff): Jacinda Ardern’s ‘arrogant prick’ comment snapped up by Reefton vet at auction
Newshub: ‘Arrogant prick’ Jacinda Ardern, David Seymour transcript auctioned off for $100,100
RNZ: Jacinda Ardern’s ‘arrogant prick’ insult aimed at David Seymour raises more than $100k for charity
Guardian: Jacinda Ardern’s ‘arrogant prick’ comment nets more than $100,000 at auction

TRANSPORT
Thomas Coughlan (Herald): The 200 consulting firms working on Auckland Light Rail
Ben Strang (RNZ): Government agencies admit trouble achieving Road to Zero targets
Isobel Ewing (Newshub): Auckland Transport resorts to safety screens on buses after ‘startling’ increase in violence towards drivers
Gabrielle McCulloch (Stuff): Air New Zealand reschedules nearly 2000 international flights for 2023

CLIMATE, ENVIRONMENT, CONSERVATION
Bernard Hickey: Govt concedes to farmers on emissions
Marc Daalder (Newsroom): An emissions price in name only
RNZ: Climate activist says government locked in a compromised emissions pricing scheme
Rod Oram (Newsroom): Bold COP15 deal can halt and reverse biodiversity loss by 2030
Whakaata Māori: Plenty of fish in the sea for a feed

HEALTH AND COVID
Denise Piper (Stuff): Whangārei Hospital rebuild won’t stop long waits at ED, leaked documents show
Georgina Campbell (Herald): Hutt Hospital patients to remain in building despite earthquake risk
Bryan Betty (Herald): Getting the basics right in GP care forms my Christmas wish list (paywalled)
Kate Nicol-Williams (1News): ACC sensitive claims counselling waitlist still rising
Stephen Forbes (Local Democracy Reporting): Counties Manukau DHB’s $52m underspend on major projects exposed
Matthew Rosenberg (Local Democracy Reporting): ‘Demoralising, heartbreaking’: Gisborne nurse describes difficult working conditions
Stephen Forbes (Local Democracy Reporting): Pharmac announces alternative drug for type 2 diabetics
Sophie Harris (Stuff): Auckland woman with terminal heart failure can’t get cardiologist appointment
Avina Vidyadharan (Stuff): A Christmas honeymoon in hospital – the cost of our health crisis
RNZ: Thousands to miss Christmas thanks to Covid-19 – how to avoid making it worse
Rachel Maher (Herald): Baby at centre of vaccinated blood stand-off discharged from hospital after life-saving surgery

ECONOMY
Bernard Hickey: Why are we using a blunt and short-term demand lever in response to two long-run supply shocks?
Bernard Hickey: CTU wants new Act to cut inflation and lift disposable income
Jonathan Mitchell (NBR): Economics Panel: NZ economy may surprise, shock in 2023 (paywalled)
RNZ: Economist urging different approach to tackle inflation with new legal framework

BUSINESS
Jenée Tibshraeny (Herald): Govt underwrite of business loans in 2020/21 wasn’t entirely necessary (paywalled)
Jenny Ruth (BusinessDesk): Govt business loan guarantee scheme not a great success (paywalled)
RNZ: Covid-19 business support loan scheme had room to be better – review
Tina Morrison (Stuff): Govt loan scheme helped marginal firms during Covid-19, review finds
Karanama Ruru (Stuff): Police officer accused of fraudulently getting Covid-19 wage support payment
Anne Gibson (Herald): Retirement village law review underway: Ministry ponders upping consumer protection (paywalled)
David Chaston (Interest): Business sentiment recoils after RBNZ shock

EDUCATION
Merran Davis (Stuff): Te Pukenga needs accountability, not teflon suits
Olivia Shivas (Stuff): Educational neglect of disabled children still happens today, advocates say
John Gerritsen (RNZ): Universities lukewarm on new website aimed at foreign students

HOUSING
Miriam Bell (Stuff): More chances for first-home buyers as house prices at cheaper end of market fall
Tracey Roxburgh (Herald): ‘It’s just nuts’: Workers leaving Queenstown in droves
Brent Melville (BusinessDesk): What recession? Herne Bay, Arrowtown ride it out (paywalled)

OTHER
Hamish Cardwell (RNZ): Slow progress on changes to police practice of photographing people
Stuff: 501 deportee advocate will fight on after Crown human rights appeal
K Gurunathan (Stuff): As old Treaty grievances are settled, will today’s generation pass the latest acid test?
Max Frethey (Local Democracy Reporting): Only half of Nelson residents satisfied with council
André Chumko (Stuff): Quarter of Kiwi artists homeless or sought housing assistance in last five years – research
BusinessDesk: NZ Post keeps $400m of Kiwibank sale proceeds
RNZ: Taupō District Council loses chief executive Gareth Green to New Plymouth
Seni Iasona (Newshub): Stats NZ calls on Kiwis to get involved in collecting Census data for $30 per hour

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