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Critical Politics Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – 27 November 2017 – Today’s content

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

The Beehive and Parliament Buildings.

Tax Review

Dominion Post Editorial: Michael Cullen is not an independent tax expert

1News: ‘Independent he isn’t’ – Steven Joyce hits out at appointment of Sir Michael Cullen to tax working group

RNZ: Tax review head Cullen has ‘huge integrity’

David Hargreaves (Interest): The Tax Working Group may yet surprise us, but its brief appears to be a disappointingly shallow and aimed at achieving narrowly-defined outcomes

Ellen Read (Stuff): Tax is a subject close to all our hearts – here’s what I hope the tax review will do

John Minto (Daily Blog): Michael Cullen and New Zealand workers

Interest: Ahead of the Government’s new Tax Working Group, David Chaston casts a broad historical eye over NZ tax and how it’s paid

Dan Satherley (Newshub): Tax working group a ‘load of bollocks’ – Judith Collins

RNZ: Farmers want say in government’s tax review

Curwen Ares Rolinson (Daily Blog): “It’s Not Hypocrisy When We Do It” – The National Party’s All-Out Attack On Michael Cullen Chairing Labour’s Tax Working Group


Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): Kiwis left in dark over secret document

Fran O’Sullivan (Herald): Get over the silly gossip, there’s work to be done

Claire Trevett (Herald): One month in: How are Labour and Jacinda Ardern tracking?

Anna Bracewell-Worrall (Newshub): How the Government’s tracking on its 100-day plan

Claire Trevett (Herald): Helen Clark, Michael Cullen and cries of ‘nanny state’ return

Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): Criticise Jacinda Ardern at your peril

Heather du Plessis-Allan (Herald): Telling Apec tale of Trump’s Trudeau confusion won’t harm Ardern in long run

RNZ: Kiwis optimistic as Aussies down in the dumps

Jo Moir (Stuff): Labour’s campaign manager on how party turned things around in just eight weeks

Tim Murphy (Newsroom): First with the Goss

Anthony Hubbard (Stuff): National Portrait: Kelvin Davis – Minister of Sunshine

Stuff: Below the Beltway: The week in politics


Jo Moir (Stuff): Bill English needs to be more visible if he’s serious about staying on as leader

Jenna Lynch (Newshub): Simon Bridges winning race to be next National leader

Newshub: Is Judith Collins plotting to roll Bill English?

Ryan Bridge (Newshub):‘Life goes on’: Bill English not crying over election results

Newsub: Nick Smith claims National won the election

David Farrar (Kiwiblog): Nonsense story

Stuff: National Party hopes all is not lost with Lose Yourself, as it files appeal

Katie Bradford (1News): National Party appeals verdict in ‘EminemEsque’ music case

Philip Chandler (Mountain Scene): Former MP Todd Barclay returns to resort

Pike River

NZ Herald editorial: Dropping Pike River charges was a disgrace

John Armstrong (Herald): Andrew Little’s real Pike River role is to let the families down gently

1News: ‘Chequebook justice’ not OK in NZ, says Pike River lawyer


Michael Daly (Stuff): Housing review will show what needs to be targeted, Jacinda Ardern says

Benedict Collins (RNZ): Housing stocktake just smoke and mirrors – Nats

Elton Rikihana Smallman (Stuff): Housing Minister Phil Twyford commissions housing crisis report

1News: Government asks outside experts to assess New Zealand’s housing issue

Nicholas Jones (Herald): Flat to falling market means commissioned housing report not needed: National

Stacey Kirk (Stuff): Opposition slams ‘independent’ housing review as a panel to justify ‘radical’ housing policy


RNZ: Workers’ share of national income shrinks

Press Editorial: The winds of economic change are blowing

Susan Edmunds (Stuff): For third year in a row, New Zealanders spending more than they earn


John-Michael Swannix (Newshub): National burying Parliament in ‘spam’ – Hipkins

Graeme Edgeler (Public Address): Questions, but no answers, with thanks to David Simon for opening my eyes

Nicholas Jones (Herald): National denies questions are ‘Parliamentary spam mail’

Stacey Kirk (Stuff): Labour promised transparency in Government, but they seem to be buckling on that early

Gwynn Compton (Libertas Digital):  Crying a river over Parliamentary written questions

David Farrar (Kiwiblog): Hipkins crying over what he used to do

Michael Reddell (Croaking Cassandra): National single-handedly lifting parliamentary productivity

Greg Presland (Standard): National spams the Beehive

Damien Grant (Stuff): Waka jumpers should be free to take the leap

1News: ‘Who are you praying to?’ – Decision to remove Jesus from parliamentary prayer proves divisive

Immigration and refugees

Stacey Kirk (Stuff): The immigration tightrope – a U-turn is risky, pressing on riskier for Government

Lincoln Tan (Herald): Would-be migrants with skills needed in the regions targeted

Paul Taylor (ODT): Hundreds march to support family

Debbie Jamieson (Stuff): Queenstown rallies in support of family facing deportation to Sri Lanka

Rachel Graham (RNZ): Family facing deportation overwhelmed by community support

Rachel Smalley (Herald): NZ’s immigration policy – you’re welcome, until you get sick

Herald: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern reaffirms pledge to take Manus Island refugees

1News: Watch: Jacinda Adern insists Australia’s approval imperative before taking Manus Island refugees

1News: Watch: ‘We are broken, terrified’ – Manus Island refugees plead for New Zealand’s help

Herald: Pauline Hanson takes a swipe at Jacinda Ardern over Manus Island

No Right Turn: Manus needs a rescue flotilla

Jonathan Milne (Stuff): Decision on whether to extradite alleged people-smuggler at crux of refugee debate


Teuila Fuatai (Newsroom): Biggest labour law changes in generation

RNZ: Tank blast death: ‘I hope this never happens to another family’

Joanna Mathers (Herald): Praise for tackling gender pay gap

Catherine Harris (Stuff): NZ law ill-prepared for gig economy, professor says


John Gerritsen (RNZ): Restraint reporting too detailed, but vital – teachers

Brad Flahive (Stuff): Kiwi girls outperform boys according to OECD study

RNZ: PM rejects criticism of student allowance policy

Herald: Trump’s Kiwi adviser Chris Liddell donates $450,000 to Auckland University

RNZ: Taranaki polytech expects $2.4 million deficit

Sarah Robson (RNZ): Med students want new govt to lift loan cap

Stacey Kirk (Stuff): Free tertiary study with allowance increase: recipe for a rort, warns National

Natalie Akoorie (Herald): Higher student allowances and free study easy money for unemployed – National

John Roughan (Herald): Free tuition is a recipe for academic decline

Ged Cann (Stuff): Almost half of Victoria University students have poor emotional wellbeing


Andrew Wright (Stuff): Fact checking Greenpeace and the oil industry on seismic surveys

RNZ: Greenpeace wants PM to stop exploration off Taranaki coast

Newshub: Greenpeace calls on Govt to stop oil ship

Sally Rae (ODT): EPA chief scientist says irrigation good for environment

Maja Burry (RNZ): Hoiho population falls to record low

Grant Bradley (Herald): Air New Zealand to take lead in tree planting programme to offset carbon

No Right Turn: Climate change: A good question


Natalie Akoorie (Herald): Chairman admits DHB failures on expenses

Natalie Akoorie (Herald): Pressure mounts for Waikato DHB chairman to step down

Karen Brown (RNZ): Audit reveals extent of former DHB boss’ travel spend

RNZ: ‘Action’ threatened if DHB spending report not released

No Right Turn: There’s a word for this

RNZ: More than 500 failures in hospitals in the past year

Lee Umbers (Herald): Plans for Ronald McDonald House at Middlemore reviewed

Herald on Sunday Editorial: DHBs give too much say to health ideologues – Herald on Sunday

David Farrar (Kiwiblog): HoS on public health officials

Narelle Henson (Waikato Times): No such thing as a free lunch, or dental care

ODT Editorial: Healthy progress for men

Poverty and inequality

Herald: PM Jacinda Ardern to seek National’s support on child poverty law

Newstalk ZB: Labour and National clash on child poverty

Greg Presland (Standard): Labour to seek consensus over child poverty

Spinoff: Energy poverty is real in New Zealand. I’ve been there.


Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): RNZ TV like the sweater grandma knitted you for Xmas

Colin Peacock (RNZ): Outcry foils Tony Veitch’s TV comeback

Steve Braunias (Herald): The secret diary of Jack Tame

Te Reo Māori

Shannon Haunui-Thompson (RNZ): Kia ora from RNZ

Emma Espiner (Newsroom): The threat of Te Reo

RNZ: South Island iwi up for Māori Language Award

Dave Witherow (ODT): Haere mai? Everything is far from ka pai!

Leith Huffadine (Stuff): Paper responds to ‘racist’ te reo column complaints

Tim Watkin (Pundit): Free speech matters, in any language

Megan Gattey (Stuff): ‘This is New Zealand, get used to it’: Dame Susan Devoy

Glen MConnell (Stuff): How to know if you’re racist: Hot tip, saying ‘native’ is a good sign you are

Oscar Kightley (Stuff): All praise the defenders of te reo

Madeleine Chapman (Spinoff): We’ve found it: the worst column of 2017

Auckland and America’s Cup

Shamubeel Eaqub (Stuff): No free lunch when putting on a sports event

Nicholas Jones (Herald): Jacinda Ardern says in ‘everyone’s best interest’ next America’s Cup is held in NZ

Simon Wilson (Spinoff): Whatever happened to ‘not one more metre’? Council approves huge wharf extensions

Todd Niall (RNZ: Dual Auckland wharf decisions hope to create jobs


Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): Energy Minister demands fuel study findings ‘as soon as possible’

Stacey Kirk (Stuff): Rail has saved New Zealand $1.5 billion a year, study shows

RNZ: Report places value of rail at $1.5bn

International relations and trade

Richard Harman (Politik): Another test of the trans Tasman relationship

Nicholas Jones (Herald): Kiwis’ access to the UK won’t worsen after Brexit: Fox

Nicholas Jones (Herald): UK trade secretary Liam Fox to visit NZ

Philip Matthews (Stuff): Academic Anne-Marie Brady confronts the power of China

Leslie Bravery (Daily Blog): Is Winston changing tack?

White Ribbon and Destiny Church

Anna Leask (Herald): White Ribbon unapologetic for refusal to support Destiny Church rally

Craig Hoyle (Stuff): White Ribbon campaign moves to stamp out Destiny Church influence

RNZ: Destiny Church leader ‘hijacked’ White Ribbon day

Herald: Brian Tamaki leads march despite controversy

Craig Hoyle (Stuff): Destiny Church marches in Auckland amid White Ribbon clash

Local government

John Cousins (Bay of Plenty Times): Don Brash hits out at Maori seats decision

Lee Scanlon (RNZ): West Coast sinks one district plan

RNZ: Explicit message breached Hamilton council’s code of conduct

Alison Mau (Stuff): Hamilton, you deserve better than ‘frat house’ council

Richard Swainson (Stuff): A councillor, a freelance writer and an off-colour joke

Gwynn Compton (Libertas Digital): A spate of councillors behaving badly


David Williams (Newsroom): Officials probe foreign land sale

Rob Mitchell (Stuff): Unlock the door and throw away the key

Jessica Mutch (1News): Youth, social issues and Afghanistan controversy on the agenda for new defence minister

Adam Dudding (Stuff): The little voices in Thomas Sainsbury’s head

Amber-Leigh Woolf (Stuff): Justice and democracy are stuck in last century with paper-based communications

Phil Pennington (RNZ): Criticism of fire rule changes warrants attention

Mike Mather and Aaron Leaan (Stuff): Sir William Gallagher claims Treaty of Waitangi cover-up

John Boynton (RNZ): Ngāi Tahu hold biennial hui

Liz McDonald (Press): Metro sports centre plans up in air after long delays and blown budgets

Herald: Green MP Golriz Ghahraman on a life-changing year in Rwanda

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