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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

Matthew Hooton (Herald): Chris Hipkins offers a welcome taste of integrity (paywalled)
Richard Harman (Politik): What’s wrong with the public service (paywalled)
Damien Venuto (Herald): The Front Page: What should Government and big bosses learn from the Rob Campbell saga?
Glenn McConnell (Stuff): Rob Campbell says ministers ‘targeted’ him after he stood up for co-governance
Felix Desmarais (1News): Rob Campbell says sackings about co-governance, not LinkedIn posts
Thomas Coughlan (Herald): Rob Campbell fired from second Govt role, says David Parker opposed his steps towards EPA co-governance
Newstalk ZB: Peter Dunne: Rob Campbell must have known he was playing with fire
Gordon Campbell: On the sacking of Rob Campbell
Liam Dann (Herald): Rob Campbell sacking highlights risks of sharing on social media (paywalled)
Zarina Hewlett (Today FM): Rob Campbell says its ‘no accident’ he was stripped of two chair roles
Thomas Coughlan (Herald): What the Public Service Commission told ministers about sacking Rob Campbell
Amelia Wade (Newshub): Rob Campbell: The advice to ministers which got him sacked twice in a week
Jem Traylen (BusinessDesk): Public sector directorships – if not Rob Campbell, then who? (paywalled)
Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): We need to think about the public service differently
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Rebuilding a new Public Service
Giles Dexter and Russell Palmer (RNZ): Rob Campbell ‘very disappointed’ over removal as EPA chair
Herald: Rob Campbell speaks out once again after being fired from his second public service role
RNZ: Ousted health boss Rob Campbell also dumped as chair of EPA
Jamie Ensor (Newshub): Rob Campbell fired from Environmental Protection Authority chair role
Thomas Coughlan (Herald): Rob Campbell says David Parker ‘considering his options’ over whether he should be sacked from second job
1News: Govt should ‘act with haste’ to sack Campbell as EPA chair – Brown

Simon Mackenzie, Sarah Monod de Froideville and Charles Louisson (Newsroom): ‘As natural as cheese in a can’: Disasters carry human prints
Peter Dunne (Newsroom): Govt must build consensus on cyclone recovery and climate policies
Josie Pagani (Stuff): How to pay to fix our broken infrastructure
Charlie Mitchell (Stuff): The Whole Truth: How our farms contribute to climate change
RNZ: Red Cross Cyclone Gabrielle fund: Where will donations go?
Arena Williams and Stuart Smith (Stuff): The reality of our situation is that climate change is quite literally on our shores now
Sapeer Mayron (Stuff): Slash stole two thirds of his yard. Is it time to move the house?
Adam Pearse (Herald): Cyclone Gabrielle: Transport Minister Michael Wood promises Bailey bridges for isolated areas after storms
Newstsalk ZB: Federated Farmers President calls for army to be brought in to Hawke’s Bay
Olivia Wannan (Stuff): Maybe e-bikes shouldn’t just be for the wealthy
Kaeden Watts and Isabella Lenihan-Ikin (Spinoff): Cyclone Gabrielle showed us that climate change is a health emergency, too
Paul McBeth (BusinessDesk): Insurers likely to hike premiums to pay for costs of climate change (paywalled)
Todd Niall (Stuff0: Auckland’s place among climate-leading cities is in peril
Mildred Armah (Stuff): School Strike 4 Climate: School students get ready to strike again over climate change
Jamie Ensor (Newshub): Who Mayor Wayne Brown was calling, texting as Auckland flooded
Stephen Forbes (Local Democracy Reporting): Kāinga Ora to demolish flood-damaged homes in Māngere, but won’t say how many
Logan Church (1News): Flood city: Council stormwater boss says ‘no long-term solutions’ for some

Jamie Morton (Herald): Air pollution: Two contaminants linked to thousands of early NZ deaths, hospitalisations
Michael Neilson (Herald): New Health Minister Dr Ayesha Verrall on workforce, waitlists and winter demand (paywalled)
Michael Baker, Amanda Kvalsvig and Matire Harwood (The Conversation): It’s been 3 years since COVID entered New Zealand – here are 3 ways to improve our response

Jo Moir (Newsroom): Water charges could be hiked under National’s policy
Nona Pelletier (RNZ): Winners and losers: S&P on Three Waters impact for councils’ financial ratings
Tina Law (Press): Water leaks in Christchurch getting worse as millions of litres lost every day

Moana Ellis (Local Democracy Reporting): ‘Central government has turned their backs’: Councils call for radical rethink on public services
Georgina Campbell (Herald): On The Tiles- Local Edition: Behind the spectacle and excitement of council budgets
Todd Niall (Stuff): Inequality in Auckland deepens, with fears budget cuts will worsen the struggle
Madeleine Chapman (Spinoff): ‘Don’t f****** come and talk to me’ – Wayne Brown snaps at arts funding question
Todd Niall (Stuff): Auckland’s global rivals push economic growth as the axe hovers at home
Todd Niall (Stuff): Austerity bites for Auckland councillors when there’s no free lunch
Kiri Gillespie (Bay of Plenty Times): Bay of Plenty Regional Council still chasing its own rates after ‘complex and challenging’ transition
Brittany Keogh (Stuff): Council told to apologise for handling of Farrah’s factory noise complaints
Nicholas Boyack (Stuff): Hutt City’s RiverLink all go, despite claims by MP that it faces delay
Erin Gourley (Dominion Post): Wellington wind could dash hopes of drones to replace fireworks
Maia Hart (Local Democracy Reporting): Marlborough lands on ‘good starting point’ for proposed rates rise
Hamish McNeilly (Stuff): Dunedin council considering scrapping tradition of commissioning mayoral portraits

Brent Edwards (NBR): Campbell’s sacking, National’s policy, cyclone recovery
David Farrar: Ipsos Issues Feb 23
Audrey Young (Herald): Kelvin Davis on Married at First Sight and the Treaty of Waitangi (paywalled)
Camryn Brown (The Blue Review): Earning the centre makes for better governments

1News: Parliament occupation: Have lessons been learnt one year on?
RNZ: The new and frightening footage from the end of the Parliament occupation
Frances Chin (Stuff): Jacinda Ardern interviewed for investigation into police conduct during Parliament protest
Amelia Wade (Newshub): Police officer’s first-hand account from Parliament protest revealed
Hazel Osborne (Open Justice Reporting): Parliament protests one year on: Handful of cases remain before the courts
Spinoff: Charges dropped against 172 arrested in parliament occupation
Stuff: Anti-mandate protest over, but misinformation spread rising

Rob Stock (Stuff): Anti-monopolist Tex Edwards: ‘Every man, woman and child is spending 2000 bucks a year on bank profits’
Heather du Plessis-Allan (Newstalk ZB): We need an official inquiry into bank profits
Gareth Vaughan (Interest): Are the ethics and morals of NZ’s banks showing up our government?

Matt Nippert (Herald): Revealed: How Myanmar ‘blood timber’ found its way to Whangārei (paywalled)
Thomas Manch (Stuff): Government fog cannon subsidy scheme fires up, hundreds of applications received
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): GST on Airbnb and Uber now hangs on the election
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Biggest power company, Meridian Energy, increases profit 51%
Cathy Hendry (Stuff): The Australians are beating us in pay equality. Why?
Jo Cribb (Newsroom): The Aussies have thrashed us on pay transparency

Cameron Bagrie (BusinessDesk): Paying the bills trumps climate concern (paywalled)
Jamie Ensor (Newshub): David Parker pushing ahead with tax principles legislation plan
Liam Dann (Herald): The great reopening: Will China’s rebound turbocharge NZ’s economy? (paywalled)

Jonah Franke-Bowell (Stuff): National deputy leader Nicola Willis vows to pull levers of immigration to get country moving
Andrew Bevin (Newsroom): Calls for wider and permanent RSE rule changes
Brent Melville (BusinessDesk): New tourism plan sidesteps immigration elephant (paywalled)

Thomas Coughlan (Herald): Government policy changes help drive rents to record highs, Government survey finds
Oliver Lewis (BusinessDesk): Christchurch endorses housing intensification plan (paywalled)
Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Housing consent numbers fall, ‘potentially helping to stabilise prices’
Greg Ninness (Interest): Barfoot & Thompson’s February sales at lowest level in at least 25 years
Miriam Bell (Stuff): Barfoot & Thompson reports Auckland sales slump after floods, cyclone
Miriam Bell (Stuff): Record low for February new listings on

Paul McBeth (BusinessDesk): Chief Justice warns of ‘extensive litigation’ in RMA reform (paywalled)
Alisha Evans (Local Democracy Reporting): Marae’s pollution concerns stymied, ‘no feasible pathway’ to move heavy industry
Mark Quinlivan (Newshub): Ministry for Environment slammed by ACT Party for spending $913,000 on flights in 11 months

Damien Venuto (Herald): Cam Wallace quits MediaWorks: What next for struggling Today FM as he leaves a mixed media legacy? (paywalled)
Daniel Dunkley (BusinessDesk): Cam Wallace leaves behind a divided MediaWorks (paywalled)
Stuff: Stuff retains audience lead, has biggest Auckland reach
Simon Plumb (Stuff): NBR staff say they’ve ‘no interest’ in working with Kamahl Santamaria after ‘uncomfortable’ visit

Gianina Schwanecke (Stuff): NZ education sector problems ‘very solvable’, consultant says
Paul Moon (Bassett, Brash and Hide): Shaping things to come: New Zealand’s new history curriculum
Lee Kenny (Stuff): 1500 Christchurch teachers attend packed meeting to discuss latest pay offer
Martyn Bradbury (Waatea News): Imagine if we spent $74million on free school lunches rather than Truancy Officers?

Richard Dawkins (Spectator): Why I’m sticking up for science
Brian Easton (Pundit): Census 2023: Why I Take the Population Census Seriously
Chris Trotter: The Pakeha Quest
James Perry (Whakaata Māori): WAI262 claimants advancing protection of taonga including rongoā Māori
William Hewett (Herald): Poet Tusiata Avia lashes ACT after party calls book The Savage Coloniser ‘racist’ and ‘hate-fuelled’
Katie Harris (Herald): ‘Unhinged conspiracy theorists’: Auckland drag queen targeted in Avondale library protest speaks out
James Nokise (Spinoff): World Rugby rules hurt Pacific nations, and we all suffer



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