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Critical Politics Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – 10 November 2017 – Today’s content

Editor’s Note: Here below is a list of the main issues currently under discussion in New Zealand and links to media coverage.

The Beehive and Parliament Buildings.

Below are the links to the items online. The full text of these items are contained in the PDF file (click to download).


Vernon Small (Stuff): TPP ‘agreed in principle’ as Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern arrives in Vietnam

Audrey Young (Herald): We have a deal? TPP ‘agreed’ as Jacinda Ardern lands for Apec

Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): Jacinda Ardern: TPP talks ‘down to the wire’

Corin Dann (1News): Winston Peters hits the world stage in group photo with APEC Foreign and Trade ministers in Vietnam

Gordon Campbell (Werewolf):On Ardern’s trade battles at APEC

Audrey Young (Herald): Jacinda Ardern’s top priority at Apec will be survival of TPP

Audrey Young (Herald): Make-or-break time for TPP deal

Vernon Small (Stuff): PM Jacinda Ardern is putting even odds on the Trans-Pacific Partnership getting the tick

Patrick O’Meara (RNZ): 50-50 chance of TPP deal – Ardern

1News: Jacinda Ardern heads to APEC summit for first big test on international stage

Gerald McGhie (Stuff): How our diplomats can come up trumps


John Armstrong (1News): Opinion: Ardern needed Peters at her side when National went for the jugular

Chris Trotter (Bowalley Road): Chris Hipkins’ Mistake.

Press Editorial: the prime minister’s positive way forward

Toby Manhire (Herald): The minister whose homework was eaten by a dog

Jo Moir (Stuff): Question Time: Confusion, chaos and comedy as MPs face-off for first time

Claire Trevett (Herald): Speaker Trevor Mallard’s left ear the hero of the Opposition

Jane Clifton (Stuff): More mirth than menace at Parliament’s first Question Time

Jane Patterson (RNZ): Parliament gets off to stumbling start

Jane Patterson (RNZ): Jesus, Queen dropped from Parliament prayer

No Right Turn: Progress

David Farrar (Kiwiblog): Good innovations from Speaker Mallard

1News: ‘They’ll be held hostage by lobbyists and laziness’ – Bill English’s scathing first speech as Leader of the Opposition

Watch: Labour’s Kiri Allan lays down some slick spoken word poetry and praises Jacinda Ardern in maiden speech to Parliament

Denis Welch (Opposable thumb):Real thing

Laura Walters (Stuff): Breastfeeding babies in the debating chamber becoming normalized

Holly Walker (Spinoff): I left parliament because I couldn’t be an MP and a mother. This week has given me hope


Stacey Kirk (Stuff): Row erupting over level of expert scrutiny on early Government decisions

Mike Hosking (Herald): This government is specialising in window-dressing, not reform

Lindy Laird (Northern Advocate): Acting PM Kelvin Davis expects a bit of stick from Tai Tokerau cousins

Washington Post article on govt

1News: Watch: Winston Peters launches scathing attack on article that called NZ First a far-right party poisoning New Zealand

Duncan Greive (Spinoff): The shocking truth: Washington Post reveals the ‘far right agenda’ of the new Labour-led government

Michael Reddell (Croaking Cassandra): The Washington Post falls for Ben Mack

Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): What Duncan Greive misses and why Ben Mack is National’s best chance of winning 2020

Pete George (Your NZ): Out of whack Mack on the ‘far right’

Winston Peters legal action

1News: Video: Deputy PM Winston Peters stonewalls journalists when grilled over pension leak legal action

Mai Chen (Stuff): No quick resolution in Winston Peters superannuation leak case

Dan Satherley (Newshub): Winston Peters ‘not genuine’ in coalition talks – Judith Collins

Benedict Collins (RNZ): Peters’ attempts to obtain journalists’ phone records over leak ‘wrong’

Listener: We deserve better than Winston Peters’ legal stunt


RNZ: TOP party candidate told to resign

Dan Satherley (Newshub): Gareth Morgan fires ‘pain in the arse’ candidate

Stuff: ‘You’re a pain in the arse – ka kite ano, Gareth’

Laura Walters (Stuff): Gareth Morgan calls TOP candidate ‘pain in the a…’, tells her to resign


Tom Sainsbury (Spinoff): Kiwis of Snapchat: Simon Bridges, opposition MP

Matthew Hooton (Metro): Auckland’s National voters were largely immune to Jacindamania

Chris Bishop (Spinoff): Prouder, wealthier, more confident: 10 of the National government’s big achievements

Herald: Paula Bennett impersonator returns with grim ‘confession’ about Ardern’s cat Paddles

Mitch Harris (Radio Live): National Grief Cycle


RNZ: Govt to block new mining on conservation land

Herald: Minister says no more mines on conservation land

Eric Frykberg (RNZ): Mining industry caught off guard by ban

No Right Turn: Orcs not welcome

David Williams (Newsroom): NZ getting close to ‘peak cow’ says Minister

Herald: New Zealand wants to take lead on climate change, minister to tell conference

RNZ: Winter is 30 days shorter, Niwa research finds

Alexia Russell (Newstalk ZB): Peters picking a fight with Japan over whaling

No Right Turn: Are there too many farmers?


Herald: Leading Aussies plea with PM Jacinda Ardern to save Manus refugees

RNZ: Manus Island refugees given two days to move

Herald: Amnesty pleads for medical care for about 90 sick Manus Island refugees

Donna Miles Mojab (Herald): Refugees have no need to be grateful


Gerard Hutching (Stuff): Landcorp to pay 1400 workers $2.4m following seven-year pay slip up

RNZ: Working group formed for ‘Hobbit law’ replacement

Simon Smith (Stuff): Minister Iain Lees-Galloway says replacing Hobbit law will be ‘a joint solution’

1News: Government reaffirms commitment to scrap ‘Hobbit Law’ which saw an end to collective negotiations for film industry workers

Reserve Bank and economy

Brian Fallow (Herald) : Why the long faces about the economy?

Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): New Government spending will boost NZ economy, says Reserve Bank

Richard Harman (Politik): Reserve Bank doubts Labour’s Kiwibuild plans

Bernard Hickey (Newsroom): RBNZ wary of Robertson’s jobless target


John Gerritsen (RNZ): Teachers, principals worried about restraint rules

John Gerritsen (RNZ): Teacher censured for carrying struggling child

Justin Stevenson (Stuff): Here’s why removing tertiary fees will make inequality worse

John Boynton (RNZ): Māori academics gather to present research

Justice and police

Herald Editorial:Pora case strengthens argument for criminal cases review commission

RNZ: Police unveil online alert system for missing children


RNZ: Hope turns to frustration as homeless men wait for housing

Robin Martin (RNZ): Builders worried best timber sent overseas

John Boynton (RNZ): Tūhoe prepare housing plan for tribe’s future


Katie Kenny and Laura Walters (Stuff): Mental health inquiry in ‘preliminary stages’, minister says

Aaron Leaman and Florence Kerr (Stuff): Waikato DHB won’t release Nigel Murray email

Don Rennie (Werewolf): Is It Time To Take ACC Back To First Principles?


Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): RNZ television no direct competition to commercial stations, minister says

Phil Pennington (RNZ): New Zealand’s television history archive under threat

Tess Nichol (Herald): ASA rules Facebook ad implying Ardern would end child poverty with abortion misleading

Helen Clark

Laura Walters (Stuff): Helen Clark takes job at Global Commission on Drug Policy

Herald: Helen Clark appointed to Global Commission on Drug Policy

RNZ: Clark joins global drug commission


Susan St John (Newsroom): A good start on tackling child poverty

Joel Ineson (Stuff): Renewed calls for Royal Commission into abuse of people in state care

Herald: Minister of Forests Shane Jones targets timber ‘shysters’

Andre Chumko (Stuff): Napier City councillors vote against establishing Māori wards

Derek Cheng (Herald): Defence Minister Ron Mark requests briefing on Hit & Run issues

Laura Dooney (RNZ): Shutter buildings that miss quake deadline – investor

Te Aniwa Hurihanganui (RNZ): ‘We are never going to let the memories of our unique tribe fade’

Deborah Coddington (Spinoff): Book of the Week: The wild life and times of ex-junkie, ex-Green MP, constant hero Sue Bradford

RNZ: Sport: ‘Samoa rugby will die’ warns Leo

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