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Politics Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – 29 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).
Coalition documents and open government

Dominion Post Editorial: The new Government already seems to be ratting on its promises about openness

NZ Herald Editorial: Public should see these coalition ‘notes’

Otago Daily Times Editorial: Open government; not just yet

Audrey Young (Herald): National hammers Ardern and Peters over confidential coalition agreement

Anna Bracewell-Worrall (Newshub): The shape-shifting NZ First-Labour document

Jane Patterson (RNZ): Political revelations writ large

1News: Watch: Winston Peters has Parliament laughing arguing coalition document shrunk because of ‘changed font’

1News: ‘It’s in the public interest’ – Bill English calls for release of coalition document

Newshub: Government’s longer coalition deal needs to be released – Bill English

David Farrar (Kiwiblog): Reform of the OIA


Phil Quin (Newsroom): The Green MP and the genocide hearings

Phil Quin (Stuff): Green MP Golriz Ghahraman pictured smiling in photograph alongside Rwandan convicted for inciting genocide

Andrew Geddis (Pundit): Contra Quin: Ghahraman still did nothing wrong

Andrew Geddis (Stuff): Rwanda criticisms against Golriz Ghahraman don’t stack up

Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): Greens repeat history while fudging it over

Emma Hurley (Newshub): New Zealand Law Society defends Golriz Ghahraman

Mike Hosking (Herald): Green MP Golriz Ghahraman idealistically delusional

Newshub: Golriz Gharaman’s explanation ‘not good enough’ – Duncan Garner

Newshub: ‘I’ve been so open’ – Golriz Ghahraman

Herald: Profile on party website of MP who defended Butcher of Bosnia now changed to be more accurate

Anna Bracewell-Worrall (Newshub): Golriz Ghahraman denies work defending war criminals was ‘hidden’

1News: Video: Defiant Green MP Golriz Ghahraman defends her work for UN in Rwanda after ‘genocide denier’ allegations

Newstalk ZB: Green MP unapologetic for posing with genocide accused

Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Quin’s demolition of Golriz highlights far deeper crisis within Greens

Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): I loath to agree with David Farrar, but he’s right about Golriz Ghahraman

David Farrar (Kiwiblog): The case for the prosecution and the defence

David Farrar (Kiwiblog): So where is Mashhad

Lynn Prentice (The Standard): Phil Quin: our media’s goto dogwhistling Aussie

The Standard: Thank-you Golriz

Liam Hehir (Medium): Defence lawyers and lobbyists

Herald: Greens ditch earlier plan to horse-trade over waka-jumping bill

Liam Hehir (Medium): Greens all set to roll over on waka jumping law


Tamsyn Parker (Herald): Reserve Bank to ease home lending restrictions

Bernard Hickey (Newsroom): Only slight loosening of LVRs

Newshub: Loan-to-value ratio restrictions to be eased from 2018

RNZ: Loan-to-value ratios to ease in January

Bernard Hickey (Newsroom): Don’t count your LVR chickens

Claire Trevett (Herald): Hope on horizon for home buyers struggling with deposits

Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Getting a loan may still be tough, even without Reserve Bank rules

Henry Cooke (Stuff): Finance Minister Grant Robertson keen to see end to Reserve Bank’s brakes on housing

Interest: Most people think house prices will decline or stay the same over the next 6 months and new government will have a positive impact on housing market

Anne Gibson (Herald): ‘Perfect storm’ of rent rises to hit market, Property Institute says

Susan Edmunds (Stuff): No magic bullet for housing but better renting, more stock may help

Michael Reddell (Croaking Cassandra): Housing policy and prospects

Mike Hosking (Herald): Labour already all mouth, no action on building houses

Environment and oil 

Robert McLachlan (Conversation): A fresh start for climate change mitigation in New Zealand

Nicholas Jones (Herald): Law change on oil exploration signalled as Amazon Warrior reaches NZ waters

No Right Turn: Time to put the environment into the Crown Minerals Act

Gordon Campbell (Werewolf): On the political risks of the rising price of oil, and Harry/Meghan

Grant Bradley (Herald): Big oil player quits New Zealand as offshore activity dries up

BusinessDesk: Anadarko to leave New Zealand

Benedict Collins (RNZ): EPA irrigation views ‘bizarre’

Ged Cann (Stuff): The long, lonely life of a plastic bag: New Zealand’s single-use bag problem


John Gerritsen (RNZ): Bad marks for NZ approach to core subjects

Benedict Collins (RNZ): Rise in truancy rates ‘atrocious’

Nicholas Jones (Herald): Travel bill surges as correspondence school moves online

Jo Moir (Stuff): New school starting age announced ahead of Cabinet approval

Tom Furley (RNZ): Tutoring company boss faced similar complaints in Australia


Aaron Leaman (Stuff): Waikato DHB chairman Bob Simcock steps down

Herald: Waikato DHB chairman Bob Simcock resigns

RNZ: Embattled Waikato DHB chair resigns

RNZ: SFO inquiring into former Waikato DHB boss’ spending

Peter Davis (Stuff): More data needed to reveal health of our hospitals

Emma Hatton (RNZ): Evening junk food ads greatest risk to children – academic

Hamish McNeilly (Stuff): Dunedin staffing issues cause free annual dental check-up delays for children

RNZ: ‘My son died…will they listen now?’

International relations and trade

RNZ: ‘No guarantees’ for red meat trade post-Brexit

Audrey Young (Herald): Winston Peters delivers verdict on Australian Prime Minister

Henry Cooke (Stuff): Officials told Cabinet renegotiating TPP could be ‘very difficult’

Michael Reddell (Croaking Cassandra): Why do our politicians ignore PRC influence?

Phil Pennington (RNZ): ‘Arrogant indifference’ after NZ detainee’s death

Overseas buyers

Gerard Hutching (Stuff): Government to tighten rules around foreign farm buyers from December 15

RNZ: Tighter restrictions on farmland sales to overseas buyers

Jane Patterson (RNZ): Govt to reveal plan for foreigners buying NZ farmland

Herald: Govt to clarify rules for selling farmland to overseas buyers


Rachel Stewart (Herald): Sometimes hate speech trumps free speech

David Farrar (Kiwiblog): Newspaper circulations fall again

Bill Ralston (Listener): The Jack-Jacinda interview was the silliest ever done on TV – believe me

Clare de Lore (Listener): Guyon Espiner talks frankly about politicians, te reo and whanau

Winston Peters legal action

Tim Murphy (Newsroom): Peters seeks money from two journalists

Herald: Peters seeking monetary damages over Super leak

Poverty and welfare

Jess Berentson-Shaw (Public Address): Poverty, and mistaking symptoms for causes

Jenesa Jeram (Herald): Labour should not ditch National’s welfare measure

Rachel Clayton (Stuff): New Zealand’s household wealth on the rise, but inequality high

Treaty of Waitangi

John Boynton (RNZ): Ngāi Tahu success a lesson for iwi

Scott Hamilton (Spinoff): Treaty of Waitangi denialism: a long, dark and absurd history

Stuff: A Waikato kaumatua calls for apology from Sir William Gallagher

Thomas Manch (Stuff): Protester dressed in KKK outfit marches into Gallagher Group’s Hamilton office

Leonie Hayden (Spinoff): Will the real Sir William Gallagher please stand up


Jane Patterson (RNZ): Energy minister exploring fuel-price options

Katarina Williams (Stuff): Little the Government can do to pull down petrol prices pre-Christmas

Matt Lowrie (Spinoff): How a long-delayed report reveals the true value of rail to New Zealand

Local government

RNZ: Phil Goff responds to report criticising council handling of Māori issues

Shannon Haunui-Thompson (RNZ): Akl Council misses Māori wellbeing opportunities – report

Brian Rudman (Herald): Is nurturing Auckland’s heart and soul still in the brief of our city fathers?

Kelley Tantau (Stuff): Labour MP Nanaia Mahuta: ‘People are sick of being poor’

Helen Harvey (Taranaki Daily News): New Plymouth council looking at selling half a golf course for housing

Newshub: Wellington residents plan to pay beggars to pick up cigarette butts

Paid Parental Leave

Craig McCulloch (RNZ): Nats celebrate consensus on parental leave

Newshub: Government needs to ‘listen to the public’ over Paid Parental Leave – Bill English

Erebus memorial

Audrey Young (Herald): Jacinda Ardern gives green light for Erebus national memorial

Jo Moir (Stuff): Government will pursue national memorial to commemorate the Erebus disaster

RNZ: Erebus tragedy: Calls for national memorial


David Fisher (Herald): John Key, mass surveillance and what really happened when Edward Snowden accused him of spying

Richard Harman (Politik): National leaves Labour with a $20 billion bill

Katie Kenny (Stuff): New data on state care harm is cause for an inquiry, Children’s Commissioner says

Andrew Gourdie (Newshub): Are Team New Zealand holding us to ransom?

RNZ: Agency bans quad bikes after worker death

RNZ: Doctors still barred from Manus Island transit centres

RNZ: Iwi panels for offenders to be expanded

RNZ: Post Shop owner dumped by Kiwibank after robberies

RNZ: Royal engagement announcement ‘incredibly exciting’ – PM

Nicholas Jones (Herald):Jacinda Ardern congratulates Prince Harry, Meghan Markle on engagement

Newshub: New Zealand not ready to discuss becoming a republic – Prime Minister

Karl du Fresne (Manawatu Standard): Kiwis too quick to discard rich and important New Zealand history

Matt Burrow (Newshub): GCSB refuses to provide proof Bill English is not a rock

Stuff: Man sues police after claiming John Key agreed to buy him dinner

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