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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

Andrea Vance (Stuff): National has got much bigger problems than an unpopular leader
Chris Trotter (Interest): National must learn to be kind – or remain in opposition
1New: Q+A: Luxon’s polls ‘abysmal’ but National leadership change unlikely – panel
Philip Burdon (Post): The challenges mounting against Luxon and National (pawyalled)
Grant Duncan: What’s up with Christopher?
ODT Editorial: Luxon lucks out (paywalled)
Adam Pearse (Herald): Wealthy donors match $150,000 in small donations to Labour
Peter Dunne (Newsroom): Luxon’s ‘coalition of chaos’ may yet come to pass
1News: Q+A: Election 2023: Who will be Northland’s champion in Parliament?
Jonah Franke-Bowell (Post): Billiards and babies as Hipkins comes to Hamilton (paywalled)
Bridie Witton (Post): Stuart Nash review due in 10 days as Napier gets a new Labour candidate (paywalled)
Doug Laing (Hawkes Bay Today): Labour reveals candidate for Napier electorate
Newshub: Labour announces businessman Mark Hutchinson as replacement for Stuart Nash in Napier
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Green membership takes back their Party (just) but will 2017 Class Left ride to their rescue again in 2023?
Glenn McConnell and Erin Johnson (Stuff): Greens release party list after dramatic ranking process that saw an MP resign
Kelvin McDonald (Whakaata Māori): Green Party candidate list includes nine Māori
1News: Green Party confirms election list after Kerekere resignation
RNZ: Green Party unveils its list for October’s general election

Claire Trevett (Herald): National leader Chris Luxon’s scotching of Budget moves raises questions on tax cuts (paywalled)
Tracy Watkins (Post): When bread and butter budgets are as good as it gets (paywalled)
Gordon Campbell: On the Budget
Wayne Hope (Daily Blog): Labour’s John Key Budget
Rod Oram (Newsroom): Robertson becomes ever less the visionary leader
Mark Quinlivan: Newshub Nation: Reserve Bank shouldn’t need to do additional official cash rate hikes – Grant Robertson
Luke Malpass (Stuff): Grant Robertson’s budget has one marker who matters: Adrian Orr
Liam Dann (Herald): Why Labour’s Budget might be the most radical in 30 years (paywalled)
Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Here’s what Budget means for this week’s OCR decision
Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Recession or not, brace for tough times, economists say
William Hewett (Newshub): Brad Olsen says Government’s ‘eye-watering’ spending in Budget 2023 will see Reserve Bank raise official cash rate this week
1News: Q+A: Budget 2023: Do video games really need subsidies?
Simon Shepherd: Newshub Nation: Why the gaming industry was chosen as the big winner in Budget 2023
Dileepa Fonseka (BusinessDesk): Sausage roll socialism is served (paywalled)
Thomas Manch (Stuff): Hang on, what? National falls into one of Labour’s Budget traps (paywalled)
Anna Whyte (Stuff): Finance Minister calls National ‘completely out of touch’ over prescriptions
Herald: Budget 2023: National’s Judith Collins takes dig at Labour MP Arena Williams for prescription co-payment removal Tweet
Mark Quinlivan (Newshub): Labour MP Arena Williams fact-checked by Twitter community note over post about scrapping of prescription fee
Craig McCulloch (RNZ): Budget 2023: bare bones, blowout, or both?
Peter Wilson (RNZ): Week In Politics: The Budget chasm between Labour and National
1News: Budget 2023 about ‘balance’ and ‘easing pressure’ – Robertson
Jenée Tibshraeny (Herald): Uncertainty around immigration looms large (paywalled)
Jem Traylen (BusinessDesk): Immigration is more than just a forecasting headache (paywalled)
Jennifer Curtin, Komathi Kolandai, Oluwakemi Igiebor, Suzy Morrissey and Victoria Woodman (The Conversation): Budget 2023 used a ‘gender lens’ for the first time – the result was a win for women
Herald: On the Tiles: The highs and lows of Budget 2023
RNZ: Budget 2023: What the politicians have to say
Damien Venuto (Herald): The Front Page: Christopher Luxon on what Budget 2023 got wrong and the big ideas he’d like to work on with Labour
Ben Leahy (Herald): Budget 2023: Typical Auckland mortgage payment may jump $1500 a year after Government spending
Heather du Plessis-Allan (Herald): I’ve struck the Budget jackpot – but hardly anyone else did (paywalled)
Amy Wiggins (Herald): Budget 2023: Childcare waitlist warnings as 20-hours-free scheme extended amid teacher shortage
Jonathan Milne (Newsroom): New $100m ‘Ministry of Works’ helps rescue public projects from trouble
RNZ: Mother says move on childcare fees ‘exciting’ for parents
Sophie Moulllin (Newsroom): ‘No-frills’ Budget won’t cut it for early childhood education
RNZ: Budget 2023: Climate and science sectors react to wins and losses
Chris Ford (RNZ): ‘No Frills’ Budget delivers something but not everything for people with disabilities
RNZ: Questions over whether Budget provides enough for cyclone recovery
RNZ: Students to keep pushing for free fares, with Budget excluding over-25s
Jonny Mahon-Heap (Stuff): The symbolic powers of Budget day fashion, and ties

Luke Malpass (Post): Corprate welfare or co-investment? Role of state back in play for election
Luke Malpass (Stuff): Climate subsidy for group that made $2.85b profit in 2022 (paywalled)
1News: Govt’s NZ Steel deal welcomed by climate activists
Rachel Sadler (Newshub): Christopher Luxon blasts Government’s ‘outrageous’ spend on emissions-cutting deal with NZ Steel
No Right Turn: Climate Change: A big deal
Rachel Sadler and Isobel Ewing (Newshub): Revealed: Government unveils massive emissions reduction project in partnership with NZ Steel
Luke Malpass (Stuff): Government announces massive emissions-cutting deal with NZ Steel, Contact Energy
RNZ: NZ Steel to receive up to $140m to recycle scrap steel using electricity instead of coal
Eric Frykberg (Interest): Phase down of iron-sand based steel production and big cutback in free carbon credits in store after 3-way agreement at NZ Steel
Rod Oram (Newsroom): Govt offers NZ Steel $30m more in bonuses for bigger, faster emissions cuts

Molly Swift and Rebecca Wright: Newshub Nation: Treasury forecasts 150,000 New Zealanders to lose jobs by end of next year
John Campbell (1News): The Uber economy
Rob Stock (Stuff): Wage theft: ‘It’s widespread. It’s ugly. It’s a bloodsport in our country’
Oliver Lewis (BusinessDesk): Bullying rife in NZ workplaces, study shows (paywalled)
Emma Hatton (Newsroom): Disabled employment subsidies spark concerns
Jonathan Milne (Newsroom): Govt orders inquiry into anti-competitive land covenants
Andrew Bevin (Newsroom): NZ ‘too small’ for PwC-style tax rort
Olivia Caldwell (Stuff): Tradie’s widow speaks out over the industry’s mental health crisis
Geraden Cann (Stuff): Auckland construction firm with 75 staff goes into liquidation

Anna Whyte (Post): Public Service Watch: PM, Luxon line up post-Budget roadshows (paywalled)
Herald: Beehive Diaries: National MP Erica Stanford tries to find out if Act leader David Seymour wants her job, a Budget whoopsie and did Chris Luxon or Hipkins win Budget week (paywalled)
Sasha Borissenko (Herald): Budget 2023 English falls short of Plain Language Act (paywalled)
Jack Horsnell (1News): Watch: Andrew Little channels director Wes Anderson for Pink Shirt Day

Steve Kilgallon (Stuff): Boarding houses: A problem we’ve always needed to fix
Linda Burgess (Spinoff): Liam: a Loafers Lodge story
Tom Hunt (Post): Front door of Loafers Lodge locked on night of killer fire (paywalled)
Mike White and Nikki Macdonald (Stuff): The full story of the Loafers Lodge blaze
RNZ: “This one’s real” – The Loafers Lodge fire
Ronji Tanielu (Stuff): Loafers Lodge tragedy highlighted what’s broken within our social systems
Georgina Campbell (Herald): Fire Service advised against Loafers Lodge building consent
Phil Pennington (RNZ): Loafers Lodge: 111 call-takers short staffed on night of fire
Phil Pennington (RNZ): Loafers Lodge blaze: Larger truck absence limits firefighting tactics, says firefighter
Herald Editorial: Loafers Lodge fire editorial: Tragedy demands answers (paywalled)
Newshub: Possibility of death toll rising in Loafers Lodge tragedy ‘weighing heavily’ on Wellington’s Mayor

Katie Doyle and Glenn McConnell (Stuff): Crown’s failure to combat Māori homelessness breached Treaty, Waitangi Tribunal finds
Whakaata Māori: Government accepts it breached Te Tiriti in addressing homelessness
RNZ: Waitangi Tribunal finds Crown breached Treaty obligations in dealing with Māori homelessness
Te Rina Kowhai (Newshub): Advocates call for new Māori Housing Authority to tackle dire Māori homelessness
Miriam Bell (Stuff): Does NZ have the capacity to build 3000 more public homes?
AJ Hendry (Stuff): We need the 10,000 KiwiBuild homes promised to tackle homelessness
Diane McCarthy (Local Democracy Reporting): Tiny home owner faces prospect of seeing it taken away
Geraden Cann (Stuff): Investors pay $66 million more tax as mortgage interest deductibility phased out

Christine Rovoi (Stuff): US-China competition: New Zealand, Australia accused of ‘sabotage’
Barbara Dreaver (1News): Analysis: Memories of war haunt prospects of a militarised Pacific
Anneke Smith (RNZ): Chris Hipkins to meet Indian PM, Pacific leaders, US Secretary of State at summit
Amelia Wade (Newshub): Free trade deal with India, security in Pacific on Chris Hipkins’ mind as he heads to world leaders meeting in Papua New Guinea
1News Q+A: Boosting NZ-India trade requires partnership, trust – expert
Sarah Robson (RNZ): The India dilemma
Thomas Manch (Stuff): Government continues $25m refurbishment of Moscow embassy
Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): Myanmar minister to NZ: ‘Attention is good, action is a must’

Janet Wilson (Stuff): Gore’s Game of Thrones is more like Dad’s Army
Matthew Scott (Newsroom): Councillors surprised by council seeking advice on airport share sale
RNZ: ‘Even more work with even less support’ looms for council workers after cuts – union
Jill Herron (Newsroom): Closed meetings have Laws up in arms
Hastings Leader: Hastings: Council introduces bilingual signs on road to becoming te reo Māori city by 2040
Logan Church (1News): The curse of being a young politician – ‘Still in her nappies’

1News: Q+A: Crime stats must come down for Kiwis to feel safe – Police Minister
Thomas Cranmer: New Zealand’s Thin Blue Line
Adam Hollingworth (Newshub): Prime Minister Chris Hipkins opens new Rangatahi Hub for at-risk youths in Hamilton
1News: Rotorua sets target to halve inner-city violent crime by 2026
Miriama Kamo (1News): Sold for sex: 15-year-old exploited in Aotearoa speaks out

Krystal Gibbens (RNZ): KiwiRail to base train control operations at regional hub in Upper Hutt
Roeland van den Bergh (Post): KiwiRail’s horror run: What’s behind the service failures? (paywalled)
Robin Martin (RNZ): Petition against new Taranaki bypass held up by court action
Stewart Sowman-Lund (Spinoff): This eight-month old bus lane camera has already made $4.5m in fines

Corazon Miller (1News): Exclusive: Number of Census workers alleging employment breaches doubles
RNZ: Final notices sent as Census deadline extended for some regions

Sean Plunket (The Common Room): How to fix a broken media
Colin Peacock (RNZ): Mediawatch: A little local political difficulty pulls national media focus
Shayne Currie (Herald): Media Insider: Truce in radio survey wars – new Radio Broadcasters Association chief executive Alistair Jamison speaks (paywalled)

RNZ: AI used across ‘multiple departments’ in camera surveillance
Phil Pennington (RNZ): Are you unwittingly helping to train your AI replacement?
Fabio Morreale (Newsroom): AI is exploiting our unwitting, unwaged labour

Wei Shao (Stuff): ‘This is no dumping ground’: NZ exporting thousands of tonnes of second-hand clothes to PNG
Rob Campbell: Speech outlining the problems with the health system and what needs to change
Laura Walters and Gray Gibson: Newshub Nation: Burnout on the frontlines – why teachers are leaving in droves
Donna Miles (Stuff): Why critical maths adds up
Jennifer Shields (Spinoff): What is the media’s responsibility when reporting trans disinformation?
Sharon Hawke (E-Tangata): Remembering Bastion Point
Katie Doyle (Stuff): Ngarimu Blair reflects on Bastion Point and the story of Ngāti Whātua in Tāmaki Makaurau
Hamish Bidwell (Herald): Slash report: Forestry head hits out at inquiry findings, says land use is key (paywalled)



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