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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

ROB CAMPBELL
Duncan Greive (Spinoff): How to save your company director from being radicalised on LinkedIn
Audrey Young (Herald): The Rob Campbell sacking – and why saying sorry wasn’t enough (paywalled)
Newshub: Rob Campbell’s witch hunt accusations are ‘nonsense’, political expert Bryce Edwards says
Cécile Meier (BusinessDesk): Rob Campbell’s sacking a blow for an exhausted health sector
Dileepa Fonseka (BusinessDesk): Rob Campbell says neutrality rules will scare off board candidates
RNZ: Rob Campbell’s Health NZ sacking an opportunity to gain better leadership – ex-DHB member
Jayden Holmes (Today FM): NZ Nurses Organisation ‘sorry to see’ Rob Campbell go
Boris Sokratov (Herald): What does Rob Campbell’s sacking mean for Māori health outcomes?
Heather du Plessis-Allan (Newstalk ZB): Rob Campbell is not going to go quietly
Rachel Smalley (Today FM): Campbell’s comments don’t impact the lives of patients. Pharmac’s failings do.
Lloyd Burr (Today FM): Where is the line for public servants?
Tova O’Brien (Today FM): I’m gutted, I rated Rob Campbell big time
Anna Rawhiti -Connell (Spinoff): Rob Campbell proves once again that unemployment is always just a post away
Thomas Coughlan (Herald): Rob Campbell says he’ll reply to David Parker’s letter tomorrow, Campbell to be fired, Herald understands
1News: Rob Campbell set to be fired as EPA chair, 1News understands
Amelia Wade (Newsroom): Rob Campbell makes bombshell accusation of a witch hunt in Newshub interview
Jenna Lynch (Newshub): Rob Campbell set to be fired from Environmental Protection Authority chair role, Newshub understands
Glenn McConnell (Stuff): Rob Campbell faces axe from second Government job, after Te Whatu Ora sacking
RNZ: Environmental Protection Authority chair Rob Campbell looks set to lose another role
Thomas Coughlan (Herald): Sir Ashley Bloomfield weighs in on Rob Campbell sacking
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Claim’s that the Public Service is ‘Left wing’ misdiagnoses the disease, symptom and patient!
Jamie Ensor (Newshub): Sir Ashley Bloomfield weighs in over Rob Campbell sacking, calls it a ‘big story’
Thomas Coughlan and Claire Trevett (Herald): Health chair Rob Campbell sacked by Health Minister Ayesha Verrall – fears co-governance had role in his dismissal
1News: Sacked Te Whatu Ora chair doubles down on Three Waters comments
Newstalk ZB: Former Te Whatu Ora chair adamant he hasn’t crossed a line
RNZ: Luxon says ousted health boss Rob Campbell should be sacked from EPA too

PARLIAMENT OCCUPATION
Luke Malpass (Stuff): A year on from the Parliamentary riots: MPs just get on with life
RNZ: Boiling Point: The violent end of the occupation at Parliament grounds
Toby Manhire (Spinoff): Parliament grounds occupation of 2022: Figureheads and factions, one year on
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): March 2nd – One year on from Parliament Lawn Protest – Winners and Losers
Piers Fuller (Stuff): Parliament occupation ‘a scar on NZ’: Vaccine mandates long gone, mistrust remains
Stuff: How the occupation of Parliament came to an end

PARLIAMENT
Mike Hosking (Herald): This Government’s attempts to blame National for their problems is tiresome (paywalled)
David Farrar (Patreon): Timing and Momentum in Politics (paywalled)
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): When the Right pretend their toxicity towards Jacinda had nothing to do with her resigning…

CLIMATE CHANGE
Max Rashbrooke (Spinoff): Saying it’s ‘too late’ to mitigate climate change sounds seductive – but it’s wrong
Cindy Baxter (Newsroom): Cyclone flushes out the new climate denial
Ben Thomas (Stuff): Cyclone Gabrielle: Adaptation no longer climate change’s poor cousin
Steven Cowan: How radical is Chloe Swarbrick?
Newstalk ZB: $12.8 billion will have to be paid out to other countries to slash emissions
Aurora Garner-Randolph (Stuff): In defence of climate protest

FORESTRY SLASH, TIMBER INDUSTRY
Andrea Fox (Herald): Forestry slash inquiry: Debris-battered East Coast sees red over minister’s measure of pine plantation content (paywalled)
Rebecca Stevenson (Interest): Gisborne forestry company Aratu says it has lost trees worth tens of millions in Cyclone Gabrielle
Waatea News: Forestry workers need voice in slash inquiry
David Schiel and Chris Battershill (Stuff): Sediments are wrecking our coastal ecosystems
Clemens Altaner (The Conversation): Despite restrictions elsewhere, NZ still uses a wood preservative linked to arsenic pollution

CYCLONE GABRIELLE, FLOODING
Thomas Manch (Stuff): State highway repair and red-zoning communities ‘immediate issues’ for cyclone recovery
Phil Pennington (RNZ): To stay or go: Is managed retreat on the cards for some cyclone-hit areas?
Anna Whyte (Stuff): Call for $257m Government investment to strengthen rivers, stop flooding
Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): Why do we have race-based flood funds?
Simon Bridges (NBR): We need to rebuild, whether it’s inflationary or not (paywalled)
Roger Partridge (Herald): Cyclone Gabrielle: How to build back better (and how not to) (paywalled)
Peter Griffin (BusinessDesk): Rebuild yes, but with a side of innovation, too (paywalled)
Brooke van Velden (Herald): Govt needs courage to get cracking on rebuild
Simon Mercep (1News): MP urges some flood-hit homeowners to wait for a buyout option
Rob Stock (Stuff): Will the banks ever lend on flooded Auckland homes again?
Susan Botting (Local Democracy Reporting): Cyclone Gabrielle: PM’s promise north won’t be forgotten angers Northland leader
Toby Manhire (Spinoff): Brian Tamaki blames porn use in Gisborne and Hastings for Cyclone Gabrielle disaster
Anita Wreford (The Conversation): Cyclone Gabrielle hit NZ’s main fruit-growing region hard – now orchardists face critical climate choices
Marty Sharpe (Stuff): Orchardists tell PM they need financial help after cyclone devastation

CYCLONE GABRIELLE – CRIME CONCERNS
Adam Pearse (Herald): Cyclone Gabrielle: Why police didn’t tell Prime Minister Chris Hipkins that road workers were threatened with guns
Newshub: Dismissal of crime after Cyclone Gabrielle ‘a really bad look’ for Chris Hipkins – Bryce Edwards
RNZ: Police have accurate picture of crime in regions affected by Cyclone Gabrielle – Coster
Newshub: Jenna Lynch says Prime Minister, Police Minister must call in Police Commissioner Andrew Coster over latest crime revelations
Jenna Lynch (Newshub): Andrew Coster apologises to Prime Minister over comms breakdown that led to Chris Hipkins dismissing crime story
Karen Rutherford (Newshub): Chris Hipkins visits decimated Hawke’s Bay orchards, promises community fearful of looting that he’s listening
Mitchell Hageman (Hawke’s Bay Today): Cyclone Gabrielle: Police deploy mobile bases amid Hawke’s Bay crime concerns
Denis O’Reilly (Herald): A view on lawlessness from my evacuation shelter (paywalled)

ENVIRONMENT
Ian Llewellyn (BusinessDesk): Upton scathing about RMA reform (paywalled)
Anna Whyte (Stuff): MP labels environment ministry outrageous and hypocritical over flight use

HOUSING
Richard Harman (Politik): Housing intensification backfires on National
Geraden Cann (Stuff): Wellington now ‘most affordable’ city to buy in following sharp price falls
Greg Ninness (Interest): Latest figures from Realestate.co.nz suggest a growing mountain of unsold properties for sale
Zoe Hunter (Herlad): Cost of living: Tauranga rents rise $30 in year to January, landlords ‘bombarded’ by tenants (paywalled)
Rob Stock (Stuff): ASB matches BNZ’s 4.99% one-year fixed mortgage rate in behind-closed-doors deal

COST OF LIVING
Brianna Mcilraith (Stuff): Kiwis spend 13 hours of work time a month worrying about money, research finds
Cameron Smith (Herald): Financial pressures forcing workers to delay retirement (paywalled)
1News: Kiwis ‘cutting back further’ amid inflation – expert
Andrew Bevin (Newsroom): Ecommerce dropping away ‘markedly’

BUSINESS
Jenée Tibshraeny (Herald): Banks’ net interest margin hits 8-year high (paywalled)
Debbie Jamieson (Stuff): Harassment and bullying concerns revealed in plan to transform tourism workforce
RNZ: Government announces plan to strengthen tourism workforce
Nona Pelletier (RNZ): What’s holding up an energy supply deal on Tiwai aluminium smelter?

MEDIA
Phil Pennington (RNZ): Questions over AM network’s funding despite its essential status in disasters
Lyric Waiwiri-Smith (Stuff): RNZ interview about trans rights with UK philosopher was ‘freedom of expression’ – BSA
Poppy Clark (Stuff): ‘Ridiculed’ teen felt apology wasn’t a priority for Heather du Plessis-Allan
Shaun Bamber (Stuff): Julian Wilcox joins Māori current affairs series The Hui

LOCAL GOVERNMENT
Damien Venuto (Herald): The Front Page: Why the next Auckland Budget could shape the city for years
Ben Strang (RNZ): Auckland Mayor Wayne Brown’s diary almost empty day of the flood
RNZ: I know it’s tough’ – Wellington Mayor on 12% rates rise
Grant Miller (ODT): DCC supports giving 16-year-olds the vote (paywalled)

THREE WATERS
Thomas Coughlan (Herald): Three Waters reform explainer: Contrasting Labour and National’s initiatives (paywalled)
Liam Hehir (The Blue Review): National’s 3 Waters alternative is… actually pretty good
Rebecca Stevenson (Interest): The financial winners and losers from NZ’s water reforms
Jonathan Milne (Newsroom): Credit agency warns NZers are blind to ‘astronomical’ costs of fixing Three Waters
Brent Edwards (NBR): Further kerfuffle over funding Three Waters infrastructure (paywalled)
Stuff: Marlborough mayor reiterates opposition to Three Waters

HEALTH
Virginia Fallon (Stuff): New Zealand’s health system is keeping something important private
RNZ: Changes to Dunedin Hospital build will not affect care patients receive – advisory chair
Georgia O’Connor-Harding (Herald): Christchurch mum left with bleeding gums, holes in teeth as dental costs take a toll
Anna Whyte (Stuff): Public, organisations have say on proposed changes to alcohol rules
Stephen Forbes (Local Democracy Reporting): Counties Manukau waiting list jumps 46 percent in a year
ODT Editorial: Being rash about measles
Jody O’Callaghan (Stuff): Christchurch health worker faces employment backlash after racist social media posts
Mana Wikaire-Lewis (Whakaata Māori): Country’s first rare disorders month begins

TRANSPORT
Phil Pennington (RNZ): Expert advised WorkSafe to prosecute NZTA, VTNZ after faulty truck handbrake failed
Brook Sabin (Stuff): The big problem at Air NZ few people are talking about

TUSIATA AVIA
Chris Trotter (Daily Blog): F…ing Things Up
Newstalk ZB: Creative New Zealand CEO defends controversial Tusiata Avia project
Chris Lynch: Human Right Commission receives complaints over Christchurch poet

EDUCATION
Tom Kitchin (RNZ): The Detail: Keeping kids in school
RNZ: University of Auckland staff strike action continues over pay talks dispute
Evan Harding (Southland Times): Southland primary and kindergarten teachers fight for better conditions
Alwynn Poole (Kiwiblog): Two Election Year Reports in the NZ Education System – Part 1

OTHER
David Fisher (Herald): The author who mapped New Zealand’s far right – then went into hiding because they wanted to murder him (paywalled)
Jamie Ensor (Newshub): Modern slavery: Kiwis overwhelmingly support action by Government, new poll reveals
Brianna Mcilraith (Stuff): Gaming machine profit surpasses $1b for the first time in nearly 20 years
RNZ: GCSB does not have legal mandate to ban TikTok on government devices
David Williams (Newsroom): Flood risk casts shadow over feedlot plans

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