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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.

Today’s content

Thomas Coughlan (Herald): Sensitivity made Jacinda Ardern stronger (paywalled)
Richard Harman (Politik): Ardern; lifting the veil (paywalled)
Toby Manhire (Spinoff): Jacinda Ardern says goodbye
Jess Mutch McKay (1News): Analysis: Ardern’s historic time at the top – accolades and vitriol
Herald Editorial: Jacinda Ardern – a prime minister with a plan (paywalled)
Newshub: Sir John Key’s National Government ran ‘a lot more competently’ than Jacinda Ardern’s Labour – Patrick Gower
Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): How will we remember Jacinda Ardern as Prime Minister?
Bernard Hickey: A financial reckoning of a departing PM’s legacy
Lianne Dalziel (Newsroom): Ardern was a role model PM but must have hoped for more progress
Morgan Godfery (Stuff): Ardern’s legacy lies in her style, and in lives saved
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Goodbye Jacinda – we didn’t deserve you
Glenn McConnell (Stuff): Jacinda Ardern leaves Parliament with a message to the nerds, mothers and huggers
Michael Neilson and Raphael Franks (Herald): Jacinda Ardern says leaders can be ‘anxious, sensitive, kind and wear your heart on your sleeve’ in farewell valedictory speech
Felix Desmarais (1News): Jacinda Ardern’s farewell to Parliament sends a message to unlikely leaders
1News: Jacinda Ardern recounts highs and lows as PM in final speech

Jo Moir (Newsroom): Jacinda Ardern hugs her way out of Parliament
Tess McClure (Guardian): Jacinda Ardern says leaders can be ‘sensitive and kind’ in farewell speech

RNZ: Jacinda Ardern’s legacy: More than just Covid-19?

Adam Pearse (Herald): Former Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern pushes for Labour donations after final speech

Herald: Former Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will donate clothing to Te Papa
Waatea News: Wahine leadership missing Jacinda spark
RNZ: Prince William: Jacinda Ardern’s appointment to Earthshot Prize team will bring ‘a rich infusion of new thinking’

Matthew Hooton (Herald): Polls tell happier story for Labour (paywalled)
Chris Hyde (Hawke’s Bay Today): Stuart Nash: Napier MP’s only interview after announcing exit from politics (paywalled)
Christine Rovoi (Stuff): With Nash gone, key decisions on fisheries must not fall between cracks – Greenpeace
Tamara Poi-Ngawhika (BusinessDesk): Māori party will contest general and Māori seats, says John Tamihere
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): The Māori Roll could unleash Māori political aspiration like no other event
Tim Hurdle (Stuff): Social media may be a political battlefield, but does it change voters’ minds?
Brigitte Morten (NBR): Pollies disappoint (paywalled)
Jo Moir (Newsroom): Hipkins on disagreeing with Ardern and carving his own path
Jamie Ensor (Newshub): Revealed: How much has been paid out to former Prime Ministers for travel perks
Stuff: Christopher Luxon talks OCR, business confidence and Stuart Nash saga
RNZ: Opposition leader says another OCR rise would bring pain, suffering
RNZ: Government deficit higher than forecast
Gehan Gunasekara (Herald): Should we be afraid of co-governance? (paywalled)

Peter Dunne: In these days of feelings- rather than rules-based politics, some Ministers believe the rules do not apply to them
William Hewett (Newshub): Peter Dunne slams PM Chris Hipkins’ ‘weak’ handling of Kiri Allan’s RNZ comments
Karl du Fresne: Kiri Allan and her Claytons apology
Jacqui Van Der Kaay (Democracy Project): The personal is political
RNZ: Allan backed by commentators over Māori broadcasting remarks
Akula Sharma (Herald): Andrew Little weighs in on Kiri Allan’s RNZ farewell speech for host partner Māni Dunlop

Barrie Saunders: Lobbyists – specific regulation?
Brent Edwards (NBR): The vexed question of making politics more transparent (paywalled)
Gordon Campbell: On rules for lobbyists
Mana Wikaire-Lewis (Whakaata Māori): David Seymour on political lobbying and Ardern’s legacy

Luke Malpass (Stuff): Jacinda Ardern gets her timing right as Labour plays the monkey to the RBNZ organ grinder
David Hargreaves (Interest): The Reserve Bank has double-pumped the Official Cash Rate. But is it now going to run out of ammo?
Susan Edmunds (Stuff): OCR hike: ‘If they haven’t already done too much, they probably will’
Jenée Tibshraeny and Raphael Franks (Herald): Official Cash Rate: How yesterday’s interest rate hike will impact mortgages
Mark Quinlivan (Newshub): Reserve Bank’s latest official cash rate hike could make recession more ‘severe and quicker’, expert says
Liam Dann (Herald): Why the RBNZ made its shock OCR move (paywalled)
Liam Dann (Herald): Reserve Bank hikes Official Cash Rate to 5.25 per cent
1News: ‘Punch in the guts’: Higher-than-expected OCR jump sparks surprise
Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Here’s what the official cash rate increase might mean for borrowers
Mike Treen (Daily Blog): Reserve Bank Interest rates rise to force a recession on NZ
Stephen Minto (Daily Blog): New Zealand Reserve Bank attacks Labour and labour
Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Reserve Bank lifts official cash rate to 5.25% to stop home loan rates falling
RNZ: Reserve Bank raises OCR to 5.25%
1News: Reserve Bank lifts official cash rate 50 basis points
Dan Brunskill (Interest): Reserve Bank lifts Official Cash Rate 50 basis points to 5.25% saying severe weather events have led to higher prices for some goods & services
Brent Edwards (NBR): RBNZ’s ‘punch in the guts’ rate hike, with more in the offing (paywalled)
Rebecca Howard (BusinessDesk): RBNZ takes a different approach than Canada and Australia (paywalled)
Brianna Mcilraith (Stuff): Inflation drives consumer spending hits record high in March
Dileepa Fonseka (BusinessDesk): Consumer spending reaches new highs but still in line with inflation (paywalled)

Michael Neilson (Herald): Failed media merger: Willie Jackson says new strategy and funding decision coming on Thursday
Glenn McConnell (Stuff): Major funding boost coming for RNZ, after $20 million bill for failed merger
Cusha Norman (1News): Govt to announce new ‘broadcasting strategy’ in next 24h
Pattrick Smellie (BusinessDesk): Willie Jackson’s phoenix: new media plan imminent (paywalled)
RNZ: Cancelled public media project cost almost $20m
Jane Nixon (1News): Employment lawyer on impact of Today FM hosts’ on-air comments
Emma Clark-Dow (Stuff): Today FM nominated for nine radio awards, despite being taken off air

RNZ: Questions over timing of Gore council chief executive’s reappointment
Rachel Kelly (Stuff): Gore mayor Ben Bell says he has ‘no plans to resign’
Stephen Forbes (Local Democracy Reporting): Cost of damage to Watercare’s broken Auckland network could now hit $460 million
1News: Auckland floods: Water system repairs could cost half-billion
Tina Law (Press): Cost to provide drinking water to Banks Peninsula settlement skyrockets 226%
Doug Sail (Stuff): Councillors push Timaru District’s consultants’ cost debate to workshop
Laura Smith (Local Democracy Reporting): Rotorua council missing out on millions in outstanding rates payments
Liz McDonald (Press): New logo and city identity markets Christchurch as the city of play

Marc Daalder (Newsroom): Petition opposes extra subsidies for carbon polluters
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Carbon credit ‘mistake’ could cost Government $1.3 billion if left unfixed
Jonathan Milne (Newsroom): US tech giant Amazon draining Auckland wetlands to build big cloud data centre
RNZ: Queenstown Lakes visitors invited to help fund region’s climate and conservation goals
Re: News: Plastic litter up 72% in three years

Thomas Manch (Stuff): ‘Aggressive’ spying taking place in New Zealand, SIS says
Adam Pearse (Herald): ‘Increasingly aggressive’: Foreign spies ramping up activity in NZ – SIS report
Reuben Steff (Stuff): With so much at stake, can New Zealand afford not to be part of Aukus?
RNZ: Government needs coordinated response to Chinese-made cameras – security expert
RNZ: Concern over dive in sheep meat exports to the UK
Guy Trafford (Interest): A world thinking a recession is imminent doesn’t make for happy exporting

Michael Johnston (Herald): The path toward a more content-rich curriculum (paywalled)
RNZ: Union representing 15% of primary principals accepts pay offer
Lee Kenny (Stuff): Top lawyer consulted after mega polytech boss made job loss announcement on live radio
Brent Edwards (NBR): Still questions over reform of vocational education (paywalled)

Finau Fonua (RNZ): Pasifika bearing the brunt of New Zealand’s housing crisis
RNZ: Demand for credit increases, more households in arrears
Greg Ninness (Interest): Average value of NZ homes down more than $100k in March year with rate of decline increasing

RNZ: Swarbrick’s Alcohol Harm Minimisation bill fails at first reading
Phil Pennington (RNZ): Wellington cancer patient says she had to spend $30,000 after public system let her down
Tom Kitchin (RNZ): The Detail: Dunedin Hospital rebuild: Will it live up to expectations?
RNZ: Call for marae-based education to improve kidney transplant rates for Māori
RNZ: Government reviews list of occupational diseases covered by Accident Compensation Act
Nikki Mandow (Newsroom): Bringing health care closer to home – or just another review
Jacob Johnson (1News): Paediatrics ‘crisis’ as childhood immunisation rates plummet
Rowan Quinn (RNZ): Health officials seek to urgently sequence deadly whooping cough strain
Rowan Quinn (RNZ): Te Whatu Ora must take action over whooping cough outbreak, paediatrician says

Farah Hancock (RNZ): Should offshore private equity companies be running our public transport buses?
Oliver Lewis (BusinessDesk): Single candidate interviewed by light rail panel (paywalled)
Lauren Crimp (RNZ): Holidaymakers’ fury over Bluebridge Cook Strait ferry engineering woes
Samantha Gee (RNZ): Couple abandon bucket list campervan holiday after Bluebridge ferry cancellations
Anna Whyte (Stuff): Government still mulling inclusion of disability vehicles in clean car standard
Thomas Coughlan (Herald): Clean car policy saving New Zealanders $115m in fuel bills

RNZ: New Zealand Aluminium Smelter and Meridian strike power demand deal, subject to approval
Tina Morrison (Stuff): New Zealand’s biggest electricity user agrees to reduce demand if system ‘under stress’
Ian Llewellyn (BusinessDesk): Meridian deal a further sign Tiwai Pt smelter could stay open (paywalled)

Eugene Bingham (Stuff): Investigation over alleged breach of rules to protect vulnerable people with modern landlines
Baily Brannon (RNZ): One-in-five Kiwi kids experience hardship – study
Steve Kilgallon (Stuff): Eating instant noodles every day: the penniless Chinese builders left destitute by uncaring employers
Carrie Leonetti (Newsroom): Secret court manuals shroud justice in secrecy
1News: Covid payment fraud: Man denies 95 charges over alleged $2.3m claimed
RNZ: Cost of funerals putting pressure on low income families – directors association
David Farrar: Who watches the watchers?
Hamish Cardwell (RNZ): Spike in online hate toward trans community after Posie Parker visit – researchers



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