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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.

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MEKA WHAITIRI DEFECTION, ELIZABETH KEREKERE RESIGNATION
Thomas Coughlan (Herald): The Greens will be fine – but Chris Hipkins should be worried (paywalled)
Richard Harman (Politik): The reality after the resignations (paywalled)
Heather du Plessis-Allan (Herald): Parties playing nice for the sake of coalition (paywalled)
Vernon Small (Post): Quitting her seat would be the right thing for Meka Whaitiri to do (paywalled)
Thomas Cranmer: Meka Whaitiri’s Departure from the Labour Party: A Wake-up Call for the Māori Caucus
1News: Q+A: We should’ve looked after Meka Whaitiri more – Willie Jackson
Janet Wilson. (Stuff): Whaitiri defection solidifies Te Pāti Māori kingmaker position
Liam Hehir (Blue Review): Schrödinger’s MP and the Electoral (No Integrity) Amendment Act
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): The Meka defection: Winners, Losers and Predictions
Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): The Meka Whaitiri mess is a disgrace
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Marc Daalder (Newsroom): Kerekere gone from Greens but identity crisis remains
Liam Hehir (Blue Review): Party hopping: why list MPs are not shackled to parties
Steven Cowan: The Green Party: At war with itself
RNZ: Watch: Green Party co-leaders respond to resignation of MP Elizabeth Kerekere
Thomas Coughlan (Herald): ‘Some untruths were told’ – Marama Davidson and James Shaw confront Elizabeth Kerekere allegations
Thomas Manch (Stuff): Green Party co-leaders knew of ‘concerns’ about Dr Elizabeth Kerekere before ‘crybaby’ message
Thomas Coughlan (Herald): ‘Green Party members process Elizabeth Kerekere’s resignation
Glenn McConnell (Stuff): Elizabeth Kerekere quits Green Party, takes aim at co-leaders
Craig McCulloch (RNZ): Green MP Elizabeth Kerekere resigns from party
Felix Desmarais (1News): Elizabeth Kerekere quits Green Party, will ‘retire’
David Farrar: Kerekere slams Greens co-leaders

PARLIAMENT, ELECTION
Andrea Vance (Post): How former party hacks are skewing the national debate (paywalled)
Claire Trevett (Herald): The biggest threats to PM Chris Hipkins’ honeymoon right now are the health and economic blizzards of winter (paywalled)
Luke Malpass (Stuff): Chris Hipkins’ Labour starts to fray at the edges
Thomas Manch (Post): Govt to make pre-Budget announcements as Parliament reels from defections (paywalled)
Gordon Campbell: On the Coronation, Bishop, Checkmated and Jumping Ship
Grant Duncan: On how to become a republic, and the defection of Meka Whaitiri
Felix Desmarais (1News): Analysis: The battleground electorates to watch this election
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): 6 Months until 2023 election – Political Battlefield Analysis Special
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): The most Left Wing Government since Savage vs the most Right Wing Government since Lange – what is at stake this election
Joel Maxwell (Stuff): Co-governance to cost of living – what are the big issues for Māori voters?
Luke Malpass (Post): Why the suits fits for Michael Wood (paywalled)
Peter Wilson (RNZ): Week In Politics: Meka Whaitiri – why did she do it?
Claire Trevett and Adam Pearse (Herald): Beehive Diaries: Chris Hipkins and Chris Luxon go to London, Meka Whaitiri goes to Te Pāti Māori and the MP who said he was a fox
Sapeer Mayron (Stuff): Rotary Club investigating after Jacinda Ardern mask attached to toilet seat
Herald: Simon Bridges made chairman of commercial and residential services company CC Group (paywalled)

CORONATION
Colin Peacock (RNZ): A constitutional conundrum – or simply a king-size spectacle?
Andrew Butler (Stuff): Myth busting the ‘should NZ become a republic’ discussion
Tracy Watkin (Sunday Star Times): There’s a case for keeping the monarchy, even if you’re not a royalist
Niva Chittock and Hamish Cardwell (RNZ): King Charles’ Coronation resurrects New Zealand republic debate
Post Editorial: It’s complicated: What to make of a new monarch for New Zealand (paywalled)
Rachel Sadler and Adam Hollingworth (Newshub): ‘Some learnings’ for Phil Goff after he offended Māori King with coronation comments – Carmel Sepuloni
Kelvin McDonald (Whakaata Māori): ‘Phil Goff must stand down’: Tukoroirangi Morgan calls out high commissioner as inappropriate for ‘position of this mana’
Te Rina Kowhai (Newshub): Calls for Phil Goff to quit after offending Māori King with coronation comments, forgotten karakia
Kereama Wright and Will Trafford (Whakaata Māori): King Tuheitia presents King Charles with taonga ahead of coronation
Charlotte Muru-Lanning (Spinoff): Why Phil Goff’s dismissal of the Māori king was more than a faux pas
RNZ: High Commissioner to the UK Phil Goff offends Māori King with coronation comments, forgotten karakia
1News: Tensions flare as Māori King offended by Govt at coronation event
Tamara Poi-Ngawhika (BusinessDesk): The indigenous’ call for an apology from British monarchy is a ‘pipe dream’
Herald: King’s coronation: Prime Minister Chris Hipkins reflects on trip to London
RNZ: Atmosphere at King Charles’ coronation was ‘quite phenomenal’, PM Chris Hipkins says
William Hewett (Newshub): King Charles III’s coronation: Moment Prime Minister Chris Hipkins appears in TV coverage
Benjamin Plummer (Herald): King Charles’ coronation: Anointing screen to NZDF march – Kiwi’s contribution to the coronation
Adam Hollingworth (Newshub): King Charles III’s coronation: New Zealanders mark occasion with tea parties, punk concerts
RNZ: Tree plantings, gun salutes mark King Charles’ Coronation in New Zealand

FOREIGN AFFAIRS, TRADE, DEFENCE
1News: Q+A: Taiwan urges NZ to invest in Pacific, warns of China’s ‘ambition’
Thomas Manch (Post): Two ACT MPs to travel to Taiwan after cross-party group decides against trip (paywalled)
Fran O’Sullivan (Herald): Wild card entries complicate the trade game (paywalled)
Henry Cooke (Stuff): Boring meeting underlines strength of NZ – UK relationship
Herald: Prime Minister Chris Hipkins’ BBC interview: Māori politics, future republic, UK trade and sausage rolls
Esther Taunton (Stuff): Here’s what the NZ-UK free trade agreement means for you
Gerhard Uys (Post): Red meat, wine and fruit to get boost from UK free-trade agreement (paywalled)
1News: Hipkins meets with UK PM, sharing tray of sausage rolls
Henry Cooke (Stuff): Prime Minister Chris Hipkins meets Rishi Sunak ahead of coronation
Thomas Coughlan (Herald): Government to announce Defence boost, hoping to retain staff
Thomas Manch (Post): Budget to include more than $240m for defence assets (paywalled)

ECONOMY, TAX
Max Rashbrooke (Post): Is degrowth the planet’s saviour or a left-wing menace? (paywalled)
Brian Easton (Pundit): Budgeting The Merry Month Of May
Dan Brunskill (Interest): Monetary policymakers are hoping for a no-thrills budget that helps them dampen inflation
Liam Dann (Herald): With numbers this good, why does the economy feel so bad? (paywalled)
Steven Joyce (Herald): Don’t need a weatherman to feel these winds (paywalled)
Gareth Vaughan (Interest): Ex-Bank of England Deputy Governor Paul Tucker on how quantitative easing has exposed government finances to rising interest rates
Jean Edwards (RNZ): Struggling families ‘stuck’ using buy now pay later for essentials
Molly Swift (Newshub): Price battle: How New Zealand’s grocery prices compare to rest of the world
William Hewett (Newshub): Latest grocery data shows another 10 percent rise in supply costs, Kiwis facing ‘very expensive environment’
Shane Te Pou (Herald): Tax cuts are coming, who should get them? (paywalled)
Aimee Shaw (Post): Richlister questions legitimacy of report on tax bills of wealthy (paywalled)
Bryce Wilkinson (NZ Initiative): When debating tax, don’t forget spending quality
Sam Stubbs (Stuff): Why raising GST could be the easiest way to make the rich pay more tax
Terry Baucher (Interest): Tax break for flood hit taxpayers and the tax implications of renting a room to a flatmate

BUSINESS, EMPLOYMENT
Brianna Mcilraith (Post): Big business profits concern New Zealanders, survey shows (paywalled)
Kate MacNamara (Herald): Revealed: The huge cost of the Government’s shelved Income Insurance Scheme (paywalled)
Alka Prasad (Herald): ERA finds Wendy’s failed to pay workers for public holidays
Tom Pullar Strecker (Stuff): Telcos bristle over plan to force them to display customer service rankings
Amy Williams (RNZ): Supermarkets lose Supreme Court battle to extend alcohol sales hours
Rob Stock (Post): ANZ’s 14% cash profit boost came from households paying more (paywalled)
Gareth Vaughan (Interest): ANZ NZ’s half-year profit falls despite strong rise in income, led by net interest income, and lower expenses
Paul McBeth (BusinessDesk): Outrage you can bank on (paywalled)
Rob Stock (Stuff): Fresh wave of shock as Latitude sends out last wave of cyberattack notifications

HEALTH
Alex Spence (Herald):  94 hours in A&E: Health and Disability Commissioner calls for action on overcrowding in psychiatric units (paywalled)
Alex Spence (Herald): 94 hours in A&E: Doctor raises alarm about ‘longest ever wait’ for bed at Auckland Hospital (paywalled)
Rachel Thomas (Post): ‘Running for our lives’: Te Whatu Ora staff losing faith in their employer (paywalled)
Marc Daalder (Newsroom): Winter health plan leads transition to new model of care
Ian Powell: Is a horrendous winter from hell coming?
Anneke Smith (RNZ): Staffing woes menace Te Whatu Ora winter health plan
Stephen Forbes (Local Democracy Reporting): ‘Can’t flog a dead horse’: Health worker sceptical of winter plan
1News: Q+A: Govt hints at more help for medical students amid shortage
1News: MMR vaccine drive on for Auckland as measles cases discovered
Kirsty Wynn (Herald): Measles outbreak: Teachers to have blood tests to check immunity before they return to school
Teuila Fuatai (E-Tangata): ‘We’re tired of being resilient’
Ripu Bhatia (Stuff): Cost of dental care forces abuse victim to live with broken teeth
George Laking (Newsroom): Why NZ should not copy Australian vape clampdown
Hamish Bidwell (Hawke’s Bay Today): Political tit-for-tat starts in Tukituki as Nats claim Labour over-egging hospital proposal
Dale Husband (E-Tangata): Dr Sue Crengle: Our health inequities and colonisation
Teuila Fuatai (E-Tangata): South Auckland deserves more than a “short-sighted, short-term fix”
RNZ: WHO Covid-19 status change makes no practical difference to management of cases- Baker
Herald Editorial: Covid officially downgraded, but what about the next pandemic? (paywalled)
Karen McBride-Henry (Newsroom): The high cost of ‘disability-blind’ health policies
Andrew Shelling (Newsroom): Health workers urge regulation of genetic discrimination
Brianna Mcilraith (Post): NZ’s first dried medicinal cannabis flower verified (paywalled)

TRANSPORT
Lane Nicholas (Herald): Public transport disaster: Our troubled trains system and KiwiRail’s horror week (paywalled)
Emile Donovan (Stuff): Newsable: Jaundiced public transport down to ‘decades of underinvestment’
Julie Jacobson (Post): Transport woes catching as capital’s commuter chaos continues (paywalled)
Vita Molyneux (Herald): Interislander Kaitaki ferry failure caused by failure of expired ‘safety critical’ equipment
Tom Hunt (Post): Interislander knew ill-fated Kaitaki ferry had missed safety critical work (paywalled)
Brian Roper: Remuera-dwelling Tesla drivers – Where are the clean car rebates going?
Guy Trafford (Interest):  Taxation in transport sector to change behaviour, but no good options to do the right thing
Sapeer Mayron (Stuff): Auckland Transport feared wonky road markings were a ‘serious reputational risk’

IMMIGRATION
Barbara Dreaver (1News): Opinion: Immigration has a lot to answer for over Pasifika treatment
Barbara Dreaver (1News): Pasifika leaders share dawn raid concerns, Govt apologises – again
Lydia Lewis (RNZ): ‘We are still being dawn raided’, Tongan community leader tells public meeting

HOUSING
Geraden Cann (Stuff): Mortgage rates have exceeded what many borrowers were stress-tested at
Miriam Bell (Stuff): How Ockham Residential is helping deliver Kiwibuild 2.0
Geraden Cann (Stuff): Property investors losing one of last ways to keep interest deductibility
Rosa Hehir (Critic Te Ārohi): Landlords are (Once Again) Pressuring Students to Sign Early

LOCAL GOVERNMENT
Simon Wilson (Herald): Eden Park, emissions and the forest in a football stadium (paywalled)
Brian Finn (The Bounce): Eden Park 6.8: The ‘billion-dollar’ folly
Matthew Scott (Newsroom): Auckland’s austere future: dodging debt by a thousand cuts
Rod Oram (Newsroom): Urban Auckland has become a haphazard mess
Luisa Girao (ODT): Southland councillor Peter Kett apologises for ‘offensive’ remarks
Kiri Gillespie (Herald): Tauranga City: Poll shows people want an early council election (paywalled)
Craig Ashwroth (Local Democracy Reporting): ‘It’s mana enhancing’: Council backs calls for more Māori art despite ‘artistic freedom’ opposition

MEDIA
Tom Pullar Strecker (Post): RNZ boss Paul Thompson sets out how it could spend its $26 million budget boost (paywalled)
Virginia Fallon (Stuff): Duncan Garner: 49, divorced and living with his mum
James Halpin (Stuff): MediaWorks tease new radio station as Duncan Garner gets podcast
Shayne Currie (Herald): Lunch with … Paddy Gower: The Three star on his new show Paddy Gower Has Issues, reporting, empathy and regrets (paywalled)
Daniel Dunkley (BusinessDesk): Further job cuts planned at Stuff (paywalled)
Daniel Dunkley (BusinessDesk): School Road Publishing acquires North & South magazine (paywalled)

EDUCATION
Alwyn Poole (Herald): Elections are about the economy but education is the flip side of the same coin (paywalled)
Wei Shao (Post): Four years abroad: the benefits and sacrifice of Chinese kids attending NZ schools (paywalled)
Brodie Stone (Northern Advocate): Northland educator says Ministry of Education restraint policy problematic (paywalled)
ODT: David Clark takes Otago University role

ENVIRONMENT
Robin Martin (RNZ): Miners, environmentalists at odds over government’s seabed inquiry
Pattrick Smellie (BusinessDesk): Govt kicks Māori party seabed mining bill into touch (paywalled)
No Right Turn: More foot-dragging from Labour
Pat Baskett (Newsroom): NZ faces a third Fossil of the Day award
1News: Scientist studies how much construction plastic ends up in landfill

EXTREME WEATHER, NATURAL DISASTERS
Jonathan Milne (Newsroom): Govt to pick up some flood retreat costs insurance firms can’t cover
Lauren Crimp (RNZ): Hastings post-cyclone recovery bill set to top $2 billion
Ethan Te Ora (Post): The perfect Wellington storm could test even our best-laid emergency response plans (paywalled)

DISINFORMATION PROJECT, HATE, CULTURE WARS
David Fisher (Herald): The debate over trans rights and women’s spaces – the voices turning up the volume (paywalled)
Gabrielle McCulloch (Stuff): ‘Awful and targeted’: Librarians, teachers fear bitter culture wars reaching NZ
Hanna McCallum (Post): ‘I could see this coming’: Transgender community and allies anticipated rise in hate (paywalled)
Bob McCoskrie: The Disinformation Project’s Missing Information

JUSTICE
Thomas Manch (Post): ACT wants $500m new juvenile detention facilities (paywalled)
Sasha Borissenko (Herald): A better way to deal with lawyers’ misconduct (paywalled)
Blair Ensor (Post): The 501 advocate, the legal action and the empty bank account (paywalled)

OTHER
Kate MacNamara (Herald): Nanaia Mahuta’s husband Gannin Ormsby fails in bid for formal apology over terminated DoC contracts (paywalled)
Warren Gamble (Nelson Mail): Perceived conflict of interest involving minister and port project did not eventuate, watchdog finds
Siena Yates (E-Tangata): Margaret Mutu: Call it what you want, co-governance isn’t going away
Charlie Mitchell (Post): The collapse of New Freeland, the sovereign citizen Utopia that wasn’t (paywalled)
RNZ: Work and Income quietly removes ‘sleeps over’ as listed reason to not grant benefits
Jared Savage (Herald): Corruption scandal: Police investigate ‘tangled web’ of alleged international money laundering after $18m sent from Bahamas to New Zealand (paywalled)

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