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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

Chris Trotter (Daily Blog): Blowing Off The Froth: Why Chris Hipkins Must Ditch Three Waters
Audrey Young (Herald): What iwi leaders will tell Chris Hipkins about co-governance (paywalled)
Michael Neilson (Herald): Waitangi 2023: PM Chris Hipkins and National’s Christopher Luxon to be tested by Māori leaders in first visits
Jo Moir (Newsroom): Hipkins heads to the Far North to woo at Waitangi
RNZ: Co-governance and climate to top agenda as PM meets Iwi Chairs Forum
Ripu Bhatia (Stuff): Human Rights Commission calls for government to commit to co-governance
Te Aniwa Hurihanganui (1News): Ngāpuhi Treaty settlement set to be major talking point at Waitangi
Jamie Ensor (Newshub): Waitangi Tribunal report recommending Crown land be returned to Māori front of mind at talks
Thomas Manch (Stuff): Nanaia Mahuta says she was happy to step aside as local government minister after Three Waters negativity
Caitlin Rawling (Newshub): Prime Minister Chris Hipkins now driving up to Waitangi after plane couldn’t land due to fog

Matthew Hooton (Herald): Chris Hipkins takes Labour from defeat to dead heat – but this election is about policies, not personalities (paywalled)
Damien Venuto (Herald): The Front Page: Can Luxon overcome trust issues to beat Hipkins?
Peter Dunne (Newsroom): Christopher Luxon absent as Chris Hipkins steps into the floodlights
Brent Edwards (NBR): Polls, reshuffle, cost-of-living announcement, Waitangi (paywalled)
Anna Whyte and Bridie Witton (Stuff): The policies you forgot (or never knew existed) that Chris Hipkins could kick down the road
Emma Clark-Dow (Stuff): Michael Wood ‘essentially’ already minister of Auckland in transport role, mayor says
Grant Duncan: January Surprises

Anna Whyte (Stuff): Wellington Central seat exodus sets up potential thriller
Anna Whyte and Gianina Schwanecke (Stuff): Mayor backs young councillor’s Green Party bid for Wellington Central seat
Toby Manhjire (Spinoff): James Shaw exits Wellington Central race, backs Tamatha Paul as Green candidate
Thomas Coughlan (Herald): Green Party co-leader James Shaw will not contest Wellington Central, councillor Tamatha Paul to run instead
Jamie Ensor (Newshub): James Shaw won’t stand in Wellington Central, supports Councillor Tamatha Paul for Greens candidacy
Giles Dexter (RNZ): James Shaw pulls out of Wellington Central race, backs Tamatha Paul
Anna Whyte (Stuff): James Shaw steps aside for new candidate in Wellington Central
Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): James Shaw opts against Wellington Central run

Gordon Campbell: On extending the fuel/public transport subsidies
Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): Govt are in a fuel subsidy precedent they can’t get out of
Marc Daalder (Newsroom): Extended petrol subsidy drives emissions gap
Timothy F Welch (Newsroom): Cheaper petrol only adds fuel to the fire
RNZ: Fuel subsidy extension about being ‘nimble’ – Robertson

RNZ: Chris Hipkins says it’s ‘inane’ to rule anything in or out
Steven Cowan: Chris Hipkins: Bread and butter won’t be any cheaper under his government
Liam Hehir (The Blue Review): Let’s force David Seymour to recant on indexation
Ireland Hendry-Tennent (Newshub): New data reveals true depth of New Zealand’s cost of living crisis as household spending jumps
BusinessDesk: Cost of living climbed over 8% in 2022 (paywalled)
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Infometrics predicts long recession despite glimmer of hope over interest rates
RNZ: New Zealand likely to remain in recession into next year – Infometrics forecast
David Hargreaves (Interest): The economic tide is turning, but how quickly will it go out?
Brent Edwards (NBR): Households face a difficult two years (paywalled)
Bernard Hickey: The stagnant debates in our hermit kingdom of a political economy
Herald: Household inflation cools down: New quarterly stats released
Anan Zaki (RNZ): Higher unemployment rate prompts banks to lower OCR forecast
Jonathan Mitchell (NBR): RBNZ can tone down after unemployment, inflation data (paywalled)
Rebecca Howard (BusinessDesk): Reserve Bank may follow the US Fed and slow the pace (paywalled)
Kiwiblog: Unemployment Rate Vs Those on a Benefit

RNZ: Auckland flooding: PM Chris Hipkins announces funding, says ‘there’s no one-size-fits-all approach’
Amelia Wade (Newshub): Auckland flooding: Calls for Government to give extra help to uninsured families who’ve lost everything
RNZ: ‘Tough calls’ to be made on future of climate-vulnerable communities – Chris Hipkins
Nicholas Pointon (NBR): ‘We don’t want to become an insurer by default’ – PM (paywalled)
Todd Niall (Stuff): Auckland mayor Wayne Brown ‘never going to be a smooth-talking politician’
Herald: On the Tiles – Local Edition: How Auckland Floods will impact Mayor Wayne Brown
Newshub: Auckland floods: Chris Hipkins says immediate response discussed in meeting with Mayor Wayne Brown
1News: Wayne Brown regrets ‘drongos’ text, says communication needs to improve
Herald: Auckland floods: Mayor Wayne Brown regrets ‘media drongos’ slur, labels comment ‘inappropriate’
Erin Johnson (Stuff): Auckland flooding: Swarbrick points to ‘frontline disconnect’ in disaster response
Marc Daalder (Newsroom): Comms crucial, not optional, in an emergency
Jayden Holmes (Today FM): 39 percent of Aucklanders don’t have home insurance – issues arising amid flood damages
Jonathan Killick (Stuff): Call for government to halt ‘looming’ rent increase for flood-stricken renters
Glenn McConnell (Stuff): Unequal destruction: The crisis continues for Auckland’s most vulnerable whānau
Rowan Quinn (RNZ): Auckland floods: Authorities uncertain how many people made homeless
Herald Editorial: Timing of floods is terrible for local economy
Merepeka Raukawa-Tait (Herald): Māori to Mayor Brown: You might be Brown in name but not in mana
Ireland Hendry-Tennent (Newshub): National MP Erica Stanford reveals father is trapped because of broken lift after Auckland’s catastrophic flooding
Bernard Orsman (Herald): Wayne Brown’s email to mayoral candidate – ‘my biggest backer was me you drongos’

Nikki Macdonald (Stuff): We’ve paved paradise, how do we let the water out?
Toby Manhire (Spinoff): How do we know climate change played a role in the Auckland floods?
Jan Heijs (Newsroom): Stormwaters’ inclusion in Three Waters reforms will worsen flood risks
RNZ: What now for Auckland? Four ideas for a more climate resilient city
Sharon Brettkelly (RNZ): Can a sponge city really prevent flooding?
Stuff: Dunedin council buys ‘globally significant’ Foulden Maar site
Federico Magrin (Stuff): Bleaching, death of sponges in Fiordland linked to marine heat waves
Molly Swift (Newshub): New Zealand researchers discover rocket launches could hinder healing the ozone layer

Rebecca Macfie (Listener/Herald): Ardern put a spotlight on child poverty. But did she actually make a difference? (paywalled)
Ashleigh McCaull (RNZ): Oranga Tamariki insists progress being made to meet minimum standards despite new report
RNZ: Reported assaults on children by Oranga Tamariki staff up 250 percent in 2 years
Aaron Hendry (Herald): Oranga Tamariki kids in motels are not ‘a necessary evil’ (paywalled)
Don Rowe (Spinoff): 10-year-olds can be charged with murder in NZ. The UN says that should change

Stephen Ward (Waikato Times): Cheeky ‘Chippy’ comment as Hamilton criticises Government reforms
Oscar Francis (ODT): Gore mayor ambivalent about rumours
Stuff: Decline in Christchurch’s tree canopy could be reversed under new city plan

ODT Editorial: Hipkins’ polytechnic merger
Zizi Sparks (Rotorua Daily Post): Cabinet reshuffle: Education Minister Jan Tinetti says she’ll hit ground running
Ripu Bhatia (Stuff): New Zealand Principals’ Federation elects first wahine Māori president
Sonya Bateson (Bay of Plenty Times): Expensive school uniforms a yoke around parents’ necks (paywalled)

Tommy de Silva (Spinoff): Auckland needs sustainable transport. Will we get it under Wayne Brown?
Justin Hu (1News): Govt might scrap Auckland light rail, Opposition says
Oliver Lewis (BusinessDesk): Will Auckland light rail survive govt policy refocus? (paywalled)
Brent Edwards (NBR): MPs question if biofuels obligation bill needed (paywalled)

Geoffrey Miller (World Politics Review): For New Zealand After Ardern, China Remains a Tricky Balancing Act
Lydia Lewis (RNZ): New Zealand PM to look into Pacific overstayer petition
Don Rowe (Spinoff): End in sight for Australian deportations denounced as draconian and inhumane
Thomas Bywater (Herald): New Zealanders visiting the UK will soon have to pay an ETA before travel
Gianina Schwanecke (Stuff): Why New Zealand’s reputation isn’t hurting as much as it might feel it is
Christine Rovoi (Stuff): NZ welcomes Kiribati back to the Pacific Islands Forum family

Matthew Rilkoff (Stuff): Taranaki farmer loses appeal against record fine for illegal earthworks
Gerhard Uys (Stuff): Oat milk trade-off: Fewer greenhouse gases, but less profit, study shows
Will Harvie (Stuff): Two ‘illegal’ methyl bromide operations found in Canterbury

Brianna Mcilraith (Stuff): Govt takes action against landlords: Here are the biggest fines of 2022
Miriam Bell (Stuff): Lowest number of January sales in 20 years
Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Banks lower home loan rates but one economist wouldn’t ‘touch them with a bargepole’

Dita De Boni (NBR): Tex Edwards a lonely soldier in fight to break up supermarkets (paywalled)
Grant Bradley (Herald): Cabinet reshuffle: What the tourism industry wants from new minister Peeni Henare (paywalled)
Jonathan Mitchell (NBR): Z Energy weighs in on ‘excessive’ fuel amendment bill (paywalled)
Miriam Bell (Stuff): It is time for change in the home building industry, economist says
Greg Ninness (Interest): Building industry could be heading for a breather as dwelling consent numbers decline
BusinessDesk: Downturn and change coming for home builders: Westpac (paywalled)

Oscar Francis (ODT): Govt response provides nothing new: mayor
Herald: How racism was identified in initial media reporting of Covid in Aotearoa

Adam Pearse (Herald): Police Minister Stuart Nash pushing for faster removal of cigarettes from dairies
Sinead Gill (Stuff): ‘David and Goliath’: The tiny community fighting a 20% hike in power bills
Emma Hatton (Newsroom): Investigation underway over concerns pokie trusts cooking the books
RNZ: Gathering at restored Ōhaeawai battle site to mark New Zealand wars
Moana Ellis (Local Democracy Reporting): Pākaraka: ‘We didn’t pull the trigger, we didn’t swing the bayonet. But together we should all move on’
RNZ: Improving grid stability project ahead of schedule in Waikato
Joseph Pearson and Tony Smith (Stuff): Grant Robertson suggests Fifa considers its commercial arrangements amid concerns about Saudi sponsor
Sam Brooks (Spinoff): A gay All Black is a big deal



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