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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
Thomas Coughlan (Herald): National reshuffle awaits, Labour and Nat MPs descend on Napier for awkward week (paywalled)
Felix Desmarais (1News): Analysis: The three Government announcements pundits expect next week
Will Trafford (Whakaata Māori): No guarantee Māori-stacked cabinet will continue – Ardern
Stuff: Wealthy donors set National and ACT up for election year
Pattrick Smellie (BusinessDesk): Election 2023: let the shadow boxing commence (paywalled)
Jo Moir (Newsroom): Summer break replaced with reshuffles and resets for MPs
Ben Thomas (Stuff): Sleight of hand needed to reshuffle the deck
David Fisher (Herald): ‘Dirty politics’ and stacked selection claims in National Party electorate fracas (paywalled)
Jenna Lynch (Newshub): Allegations of dirty politics in National candidate selection as parties set to kick off political year
Deena Coster (Stuff): Barbara Kuriger rules out quitting politics after ‘most testing time’ in her career
Giles Dexter (RNZ): Retiring MPs reflect on their decision, look to the future
Steven Cowan: John Minto: Putting his trust in the Māori Party

HOUSING
Barbara Dreaver (1News): 40% of Pasifika living in home not big enough for family
Lucy Xia (RNZ): Four out of 10 Pacific people living in crowded homes
Ripu Bhatia (Stuff): Housing in Aotearoa fails to meet cultural needs of Pasifika, report finds
Benn Bathgate (Stuff): 350 home govt project on site Minister once ruled too risky for 80 homes
Carmen Hall (Herald): Government buys same Rotorua land it rejected private development on, plans 350 homes
Josie Pagani (Today FM): This housing crisis has actually been a wage problem all along
RNZ: Embattled homeowners get ‘creative’ as monthly interest payment up $2000
Georgina Campbell (Herald): ‘A tragedy’: Wellington’s desperate rental rush is crushing spirits
Shanti Mathias (Spinoff): Promises and pitfalls: What to expect as a renter in 2023
MIriam Bell (Stuff): Trade Me property asking prices fall 6% in post pandemic ‘come down’
David Hargreaves (Interest): NZ housing on a slippery slope
1News: Median house prices continue to drop annually – REINZ
RNZ: Buyers cautious despite huge drops in property values
Jenny Ruth (BusinessDesk): Is the house price crash nearly over? (paywalled)
Grady Connell (Today FM): Will house prices continue to tumble or will the election be a saviour?

ECONOMY, COST OF LIVING
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): NZ may have entered recession as consumers obey Reserve Bank and cut spending
Jenée Tibshraeny (Herald): ‘Worst of all worlds’: Recession could arrive faster than expected, as inflation still up (paywalled)
David Hargreaves (Interest): Sharp fall in retail spending points to looming slowdown for the economy
Damien Venuto (Herald): The Front Page: Recession, mortgage hike, property slide – Top economists weigh in on 2023 challenges
Cameron Bagrie (BusinessDesk): Goldilocks and the bear market (paywalled)
Rob Stock (Stuff): Hard times bring surge in complaints to financial ombudsman schemes
Aimee Shaw (Stuff): Retailers face a year of ‘rocky uncertainty’ that nearly a third fear they will not survive

BUSINESS, PRIMARY INDUSTRIES
Herald Editorial: Time to stump up on forestry slash (paywalled)
Rebecca Howard (BusinessDesk): Severe weather relief funding not fit for purpose, says O’Connor (paywalled)
Tom Pullar Strecker (Stuff): Pressure from carbon dioxide shortage slowly building, but few report a crisis
RNZ: Threat to creditworthiness of Australia’s banks would have implications for NZ banks – report
Greg Hurrell (BusinessDesk): Māori authorities’ exports dropped even as NZ exports rose (paywalled)

LOCAL GOVERNMENT
Bernard Orsman (Herald): It will be a ‘cold day in hell’ before Auckland Mayor Wayne Brown puts ratepayer money into Government light rail, says council source
Todd Niall (Stuff): Auckland Council magazine canned amid rising costs and budget cuts
Adam Burns (Local Democracy Reporting): Christchurch council at odds over giving up extra salaries
Karen Pasco (ODT): Gore District Council pleads guilty to charge related to death
Susan Botting (Local Democracy Reporting): New $59 million Whangārei Civic Centre nears completion

ENVIRONMENT, CLIMATE CHANGE
Eloise Gibson (Stuff): New Zealand’s biggest climate polluters, ranked
Stefan Dimitrof (Whakaata Māori): Aotearoa in hot water: Gloomy meteorologist says only global action will cool it down

HEALTH
David Williams (Newsroom): $30m-plus on a transition to… what?
Ian Powell and Heather Roy (Newsroom): How Te Whatu Ora can succeed: Learn lessons of the past
ODT: Building design changes: there are no cuts, Little says (paywalled)
Hannah Bodger-Kearns (Whakaata Māori): Co-leadership nurses to address Māori health inequity
Niva Chittock (RNZ): Unmasked gang members at hospital put ICU patients at risk, says mother
Rachel Smalley (Today FM): It shouldn’t take two years to add 1 disease to our Newborn Screening Programme

OTHER
Karl du Fresne: The press gallery hack who tried to have me cancelled
Victor Billot (Newsroom): When the left were actually left: Comrade
Eva Corlett (Guardian): ‘People don’t want to spend money on law breakers’: staff shortages send New Zealand’s prisons to crisis point
Alwyn Poole (Herald): Answers to our flagging education standards (paywalled)
Oscar Jackson (Today FM): Waka Kotahi call times 26 times longer than five years ago, despite 1,000 new staff
Tom Hunt (Stuff): Information gleaned in NZ government contractor hack released on the dark web
Peter Griffin (BusinessDesk): We have work to do to combat cyber threats (paywalled)
Peter de Graf (Northern Advocate): Russell or Kororāreka? Historic Bay of Islands town could return to its original Māori name
Peter de Graf (Northern Advocate): Former Prime Minister Dame Jenny Shipley backs proposal to restore Russell’s original name of Kororāreka (paywalled)
RNZ: Pacific rescue ‘fitting’ end to six decades of Orion operations
Jana Rangooni (Herald): TVNZ-RNZ merger: Rushed law risks creating monolithic, monopolistic monster (paywalled)

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