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Politics Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – 15 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.

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).
Government’s Mini-Budget

Audrey Young (Herald): Stunning impact for Government’s no surprises package

Tracy Watkins (Stuff): Labour’s big ticket families package puts a stake in the ground

Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): National gasping for air

Chris Trotter (Daily Blog): Grant Robertson’s “Mini Budget” Presents Progressives With A “Maxi-Problem”

Chris Trotter (Bowalley Road): Transformational Politics Demands Transformational Economics

Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): Labour’s families package a massive political risk

Corin Dann (1News): Labour delivers on election promises in mini-budget and keeps books in the black, although there is limited wriggle room

Dene Mackenzie (ODT): Restraint evident in budget statement

Dene Mackenzie (ODT): Cutting child poverty one aim of $5.5b Families Package

Stuff Editorial: The mini-budget is a test of new powers

Herald Editorial: Treasury expects higher growth in two years

Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): Treasury shrugs off plunge in confidence with rosy outlook for economy

David Snell (Herald): Robertson walking tightrope between paying for policy and controlling debt

Richard Harman (Politik): Government calls on private sector to help balance books

Bernard Hickey (Newsroom): Analysis: Debt anchor dragging Labour into PPPs

Patrick O’Meara (RNZ): Solid economy to underpin government’s spending plans

Herald: Labour’s Families Package good for Maori, children and parents

Claire Trevett (Herald): Goodbye tax cuts but Labour’s families package expected to halve child poverty

Shane Cowlishaw (Newsroom): Good news for children in poverty

Claire Trevett (Herald): Finance Minister Grant Robertson: health, education and poverty focus of Budget 2018

Brad Flahive (Stuff): Families Package: What the Best Start payment means for you

Henry Cooke (Stuff): The table that shows how much each family gets in mini-budget

Henry Cooke (Stuff): How the mini-budget affects five Kiwi families

Jane Patterson (RNZ): Govt reveals $5bn families package: Will it affect you?

Nita Blake-Persen (RNZ): Families look forward to budget boost for ‘the little things’

Andrea Vance (1News):‘Feel-good’ Budget promises to slash child poverty and make nearly 400,000 families better off by $75 a week

Lloyd Burr (Newshub): Labour introduces major $5b plan to halve child poverty

Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): Economists cast doubt over Treasury’s ‘optimistic’ forecasts

Jenee Tibshraeny (Interest): Bank economists say Treasury’s projections are ‘somewhat of a best-case scenario’

Michael Reddell (Croaking Cassandra): A few HYEFU thoughts

Audrey Young (Herald): Books point to tight cost pressures ahead for new Government

Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): Government will start paying into the NZ Super Fund on Friday

Dene Mackenzie (ODT): Govt resumes payments to NZ super fund today

Sam Carran (Newstalk ZB): Sir Michael Cullen warns super fund can’t recover lost ground

Herald; At a glance: half-yearly Treasury update

Chris Bramwell (RNZ): Books opening shows fiscal hole real – National

Jane Patterson (RNZ): Labour’s books ‘look very tight’ – National

Nicholas Jones (Herald): National hits out: ‘the Grant that stole Christmas’

David Farrar (Kiwiblog): Government is saying it will keep new spending to $600 million a year

NZ spy agencies

David Fisher (Herald): The Big Read: How our spies got so out of control that they wound up getting Kiwi data ‘unlawfully’

David Fisher (Herald): Spies slammed by watchdog for ‘unlawful’ access of database which includes most Kiwis

Chris Bramwell (RNZ): SIS unlawfully accessed Customs data for 19 years

No Right Turn: NZ’s intelligence oversight is a bad joke

Government and 2017 in review

Toby Manhire (Herald): Ardern’s year beyond a shadow of doubt

Jane Patterson (RNZ): Govt tracking to hit its 100-day goals

Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Winston Peters’ KiwiSaver dream a step closer

Herald: Greens win extra safeguard in waka-jumping bill

Herald: Coalition agreement to stay secret after Ombudsman Peter Boshier’s ruling

RNZ: Ombudsman rules coalition document outside OIA

Laura Walters (Stuff): Ombudsman says Prime Minister entitled to refuse release of coalition document

Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): Ombudsman backs Govt over coalition document in final ruling

David Farrar (Kiwiblog): Which Associate Ministers actually have a proper job?

International relations

Terence O’Brien (Dominion Post): Money, military keys to Aussie foreign policy

Ged Cann (Stuff): Protesters stand for Manus Island refugees with a classic Aussie barbecue

Eric Frykberg (RNZ): Peters aims to tackle diplomatic ‘inexperience’

Workplace safety

Kurt Bayer (Herald): Ex-Marsden Point Oil Refinery worker with cancer wants compensation, claiming lead poisoning

James Paul (Stuff): The nature of deaths in the forestry industry is changing, worrying WorkSafe NZ


Sinead Donnelly (Herald): Palliative medicine uses morphine with care

Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Why I do not welcome euthanasia in New Zealand

1News: David Seymour says three quarters of Kiwis would support voluntary euthanasia in referendum

No Right Turn: Passed


Cecile Meier (Stuff): Opinion: Electric shock therapy without consent is a disgrace

Craig Hoyle (Stuff): Medicinal cannabis users pen open letter to new government, pleading for law change

Karen Brown (RNZ): Departing DHB head: ‘We have to be super-efficient’


Herald: Education Minister Chris Hipkins announces review of NCEA

Te Aniwa Hurihanganui (RNZ): Mainstream schooling failing rangatahi, says former teacher

Dominion Post Editorial: Karori Campus: Asset or liability?


Jamie Morton (Herald): NZ’s glaciers have shrunk by a third in area

Kate Pereyra Garcia (RNZ): Officials refusing to release foam contamination info

Johnny Moore (Stuff): Belfast water bottling rort shows we undervalue our most precious natural resource


Gordon Campbell (Werewolf): On Defence spending, Alabama, and Dolly Parton

Keith Locke (Daily Blog): $639 million upgrade poses question of whether we need frigates

Herald: Ministry of Defence shields previous Govt from $148m blowout

Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): Defence takes blame over frigate cost blowout


Nicholas Jones (Herald): Housing constrained by lack of builders, lending: Treasury

John Anthony (Stuff): Housing New Zealand has nearly 4000 Auckland state homes worth more than $1m

Stephen Selwood (Herald): Housing needs big investment in the future

CTV building collapse

Michael Wright (Stuff): CTV families vow to ‘keep fighting’ following police meeting over criminal charges

1News: Families looking for answers over deadly CTV buildng collapse to meet with police and justice minister


Colin Peacock (RNZ): Prime time presenters call it quits

John Drinnan (ZagZigger): Weatherman Sam To Take Over From Hosking

Herald: John Campbell and Hilary Barry: Could this be the new face of Seven Sharp?

Herald: Mike Hosking, Toni Street to leave TVNZ’s Seven Sharp

RNZ: Hosking, Street step down as Seven Sharp hosts

John Drinnan (Herald): Maori news unit to boost te reo?

Karl du Fresne (Stuff): ‘Dinosaur’ v dominatrix: Don Brash didn’t stand a chance

Guy MacGibbon (Stuff): MPs are more compelling when they look like a Renaissance painting

America’s Cup

Todd Niall (RNZ): Council chooses preferred option for America’s Cup village

Newshub: America’s Cup: Auckland Council votes for Wynyard Basin site


Fran O’Sullivan (Herald): Phil Twyford’s big challenge for Auckland’s success

Tony Garnier (Herald): 2018 will be a defining year for Auckland

Michael Barnett: (Herald): God save Auckland


Amber-Leigh Woolf (Stuff): Government ponders Auckland backup for Beehive emergency management centre

ODT Editorial: Can cattle disease be contained?

RNZ: No pay cut to top public servants’ existing salaries

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