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Politics Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – 13 December 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.

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

Dominion Post Editorial: Watchdog bites the SIS for acting illegally

David Fisher (Herald): Spies ‘unlawfully’ accessed data then refused to talk about it properly – oversight body

Tracy Watkins (Stuff): SIS criticised by government watchdog over ‘unlawfully accessing’ information

No Right Turn: The SIS breaks the law again

Government

Newshub: How the Government is tracking halfway through its first 100 days

Laura Walters (Stuff): Chief Ombudsman’s provisional ruling on secret coalition doc says it’s not ‘official’

Chris Bramwell (RNZ): Ombudsman backs govt over coalition document

Emma Hurley (Newshub): Ombudsman rejects report he sided with Government over secret document

No Right Turn: Not official information

Karl du Fresne (Stuff): A new Government exercises the levers of power

Richard Harman (Politik): The Government gets ideological

Herald: British medical journal holds up PM Jacinda Ardern as example of voice against free markets

Greg Presland (Standard): The Herald thinks Jacinda Ardern is a Marxist

Newshub: New Government ‘not quite gelling’ – Chris Trotter

Michael Reddell (Croaking Cassandra): Two BIMs and a bureaucrat

Leith Huffadine (Stuff): As republic debate reignites, what would it take for NZ to go it alone?

Stuff: Reader report: New Zealand needs its own head of state

2017 in review

Martyn Bradbury (Waatea News): Māori Politics 2017 – wins and losses

Guy Williams (Stuff): Government-changing Metiria Turei is my Kiwi of the year

Parliament

Audrey Young (Herald): Willie Jackson gets caught out on basic question

1News: ‘You’re beginning to try my patience’ – weird ruling stops Stuart Nash speaking in House, gets him scolding from Speaker

1News: Watch: Look who’s back! Smiling Sir John Key makes low-key return to the House

Newshub: Former Prime Minister Sir John Key spotted in Parliament

Anna Bracewell-Worrall (Newshub): Beyond three-year cycles: The change Jacinda Ardern wants

Ruby Macandrew (Stuff): Wellington teen puts the country’s newest MPs under the microscope

Māori Party

Heta Gardiner (Māori TV): O’Sullivan wants sole Māori Party leadership position

Stuff: Dr Lance O’Sullivan wants solo Māori Party leadership position

Rachel Smalley (Herald): Why Lance O’Sullivan should be the sole leader of the Maori Party

Reserve Bank

Herald Editorial: New RB Governor should work well with Labour

Liam Dann (Herald): Adrian Orr seen as a politically savvy choice as Reserve Bank governor

Fran O’Sullivan (Herald): Adrian Orr breathes new life into influential role

Economy

Pattrick Smellie (Listener): Does low business confidence foreshadow an economic downturn?

Jamie Gray (Herald): Finance Minister Grant Robertson faces cooling economy at first mini-budget

International relations and MFAT

Bryce Edwards (Newsroom): Time to discuss China’s soft power in NZ

Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): China’s influence back in the spotlight

Anna Bracewell-Worrall (Newshub): Australia ‘most pervasive influence’ on NZ – Bill English

RNZ: English: NZ has always dealt with foreign influence

Victoria University (Newsroom): Three ways NZ can improve its China literacy

The Standard: Why Malcolm Turnbull is nearly right

Audrey Young (Herald): Barnaby Joyce warns Jacinda Ardern to ‘stay away’ from Manus Island issue

Jane Patterson (RNZ): Exploit NZ’s leverage in Iraq, says expert

Andrea Vance (1News): MFAT mistake costs Kiwi taxpayers $262,000

Environment

Eloise Gibson (Newsroom): Government to release long-delayed sea level rules

Herald: Coastal developments ‘dumb’ in face of rising seas, says Climate Change Minister James Shaw

Charlie Mitchell (Stuff): ‘It’s just so dangerous’: Squalid conditions reported at water bottling plant

Herald: Proposal to take water from Murupara lacking detail: Council

Anusha Bradley (RNZ): NZ Super among big investors pressuring climate polluters

Terrence Loomis (Daily Blog): Ending Our Reliance on the Oil and Gas Industry – Fossil Fuels Aotearoa Research Network

John-Michael Swannix (Newshub): Northland’s Maitai Bay faces seafood ban to replenish stocks

Ellie Hooper (Noted): Going beyond plastic bags: The next step in the fight to save our oceans

Education

Newshub: National Standards has sent kids’ education backwards – Chris Hipkins

John Gerritsen (RNZ): Teachers leaving Auckland for cheaper houses

Adele Redmond (Stuff): Four in five NZ schools could stop asking families for donations, survey shows

Simon Collins (Herald): Treasury warns of ‘gap’ in school data without national standards

Peter Lyons (ODT): NCEA’s main lesson: do just enough to suffice

Derek McCormack (Herald): Society needs graduates as well as trades people

Water

Brian Rudman (Herald): Douse the water deniers

ODT Editorial: Getting to grips with our water

1News: Infrastructure think tank calls for a single nation-wide water authority in NZ

Health

Amy Wiggins (Herald): Cancer patients in New Zealand waiting months for treatment as hospitals struggle to cope

Tom Furley (RNZ): Whangarei Hospital blood bank’s accreditation suspended

Stuff: New medicinal marijuana legislation to spark debate in the House

Anna Bracewell-Worrall (Newshub): Medical cannabis legislation to get rolling next week

Stephen Blyth (Spinoff): It’s going to take more than a referendum to sort out NZ’s drugs issues

Megan Gattey (Stuff): Surgical mesh ban a ‘knee-jerk reaction’ that may hurt women: Doctors

Emma Jolliff (Newshub): Doctors say blanket restriction of surgical mesh not the way to go

Charlie Dreaver (RNZ): Most DHBs keep no records on self harm in respite care

Herald: Maori more likely subjected to mental health treatment, placed in seclusion

Euthanasia

Newshub: Euthanasia Bill likely to be debated on Wednesday

Anna Bracewell-Worrall (Newshub): Assisted dying: Politicians draw on their own consciences

Claire Trevett (Herald): MPs takes sides as euthanasia bill heads to vote

Craig McCulloch (RNZ): Euthanasia bill campaign launched

Stacey Kirk (Stuff): Battle lines being drawn over euthanasia as campaign for law change begins

Laura Walter (Herald): Contentious euthanasia bill to be debated, voted on

Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): For terminally ill patients euthanasia is very real

Mike Hosking (Herald): Euthanasia debate needs a referendum, not MPs

David Farrar (Kiwiblog): Which voters most support euthanasia?

Employment

Willie Jackson (Daily Blog): Focus on real jobs with security, forget ‘bludgers’ rhetoric

Mkke Treen (Daily Blog): Open letter to Russel Creedy from Unite over Alternative holiday theft

Child welfare

Ella Predergast (Newshub): National won’t join child poverty conversation unless Govt ‘shows it’s serious’ – Bill English

Newshub: Government blames KidsCan funding woes on National

RNZ: Minister says KidsCan funding a process, not a guarantee

Newshub: KidsCan CEO, Minister for Children at odds over ‘funding cut’

RNZ: KidsCan may lose govt funding: ‘Children will go hungry’

Stacey Kirk (Stuff): Losing focus on ‘vulnerable’ could cost lives: Bill English

Other

Max Towle (RNZ): Why is our prison population booming and how can we fix things?

Michael Morrah (Newshub): Man accused of live-baiting greyhounds had been investigated before

Todd Niall (RNZ): Wishlist: Goff wants govt to kick in for new stadium

Rod Oram (Newsroom): Twyford chases an illusory pot of gold

Laura Dooney (RNZ): Wairarapa says no to council amalgamation

Ric Stevens (Press): Council should ignore consultation results and give Cathedral restoration $10 million

David Farrar (Kiwiblog): How does NZ do with atheists?

Herald: Revealed: PM’s Secret Santa wish

Ruby Nyika (Stuff): Former PM Helen Clark honoured with home-town doctorate

Herald: Helen Clark receives honorary doctorate from Waikato University

Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Government’s claim to KiwiSaver savings is a myth that continues

Leanne Italie (Stuff): Merriam-Webster dictionary’s word of the year for 2017: ‘Feminism’

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