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Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – September 5 2018

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.

Pacific Forum, Nauru
Herald Editorial: Jacinda Ardern is obliged to raise refugees with Pacific Islands Forum host
Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): Actions, not words, needed if Govt wants to help Nauru refugees out
Laura Walters (Newsroom): Could politicking set back refugee plan?
Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): Winston Peters is saving this Government from itself
RNZ: Pacific Islands Forum masking human rights abuse – advocate
Murdoch Stephens (RNZ): Peters’ ‘economic refugees’ comments miss the mark
Ann Beaglehole (Stuff): Labour raised expectations on refugee quota. It should deliver
Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): Ardern ‘outrage’ ignores cost of political work
Matthew Hooton (RNZ): MPs’ travel expenses are a necessary cost, not a scandal
Tracy Watkins (Stuff): No reason for Jacinda Ardern to stay home from Pacific Forum
Nick Perry (AP): Tensions run high over China and refugees at Pacific Islands Forum
Jenna Lynch (Newshub): Pacific Islands Forum on Nauru causing headaches for the Prime Minister
1News: If refugees using New Zealand as backdoor to Australia barrier to taking Nauru offer, ‘we can fix that up’ – Winston Peters
Henry Cooke (Stuff): Winston Peters suggests closing backdoor to Australia for Nauru refugees
Lucy Bennett (Herlad): Winston Peters suggests law change could allay Australian fears over refugees
Michael Daly (Stuff): Winston Peters casts doubt on rise in refugee quota
Moana Makapelu Lee (Māori TV): Labour remain intent on lifting refugee quota
Anna Bracewell-Worrall (Newshub): Jacinda Ardern, Winston Peters clash over migrants using NZ to access Australia
AAP/1News: New Zealand’s offer to take in refugees for Nauru, Australia and US to decide, says Winston Peters
RNZ: Nauru refugee tells Peters: ‘I want to have a better life’
Herald: Labour and NZ First give conflicting views on refugee quota increase
RNZ: NZ to help fund dedicated Pacific TV channel
Charles Anderson (Guardian): Jacinda Ardern queried for taking costly flight to minimise time away from baby
David Farrar: The $80,000 flight
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Duncan Garner compares apples with fish
1News: ‘Damned if I did and damned if I didn’t’ – Jacinda Ardern between ‘rock and a hard place’ over Nauru flight
Lucy Bennett (Herald): Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern looked at all options on Nauru flight
Newshub: Duncan Garner clashes with Wendyl Nissen over Jacinda Ardern flight, living wage
RNZ: Pacific leaders assert common values and strength

TVNZ’s Barbara Dreaver detained by police in Nauru
Chris Bramwell (RNZ): PM to ask questions of NZ journalist’s detention in Nauru
Newshub: ‘No one’s missing?’ Jacinda Ardern jokes with NZ journalists after detention of reporter
Newshub: Tensions high in Nauru after TVNZ reporter detainment
1News: Watch: 1 NEWS’ Barbara Dreaver describes being detained by police while trying to interview refugee on Nauru
1News: 1 NEWS Pacific correspondent Barbara Dreaver released after being detained by police in Nauru
RNZ: Nauru government defends treatment of NZ journalist
Henry Cooke (Stuff): TVNZ reporter Barbara Dreaver released after being detained in Nauru
Herald: 1 News Pacific correspondent Barbara Dreaver released by police after being detained in Nauru
Newshub: TVNZ reporter Barbara Dreaver released after police detention on Nauru
1News: 1 NEWS Pacific correspondent Barbara Dreaver detained by police in Nauru while interviewing refugee
Helen Davidson (Guardian): New Zealand reporter detained by police on Nauru after refugee interviews
Pacific Media Centre: Nauru authorities detain TVNZ Pacific reporter for interviewing refugee
No Right Turn: No press freedom in Nauru

Government
Guyon Espiner (RNZ): This government has lost its luggage and flight plan
Craig McCulloch (RNZ): Labour Māori MPs support sidelined minister in chair role
Sophie Bateman (Newshub): Police won’t act on alleged Meka Whaitiri assault
Herald: Police refuse to act on Meka Whaitiri criminal complaint laid by Graham McCready
Talisa Kupenga (Māori TV): Police won’t act further on alleged Whaitiri assault
Stacey Kirk (Stuff): Simon Bridges says inquiry into Meka Whaitiri is unnecessary
Susan Hornsby-Geluk (Stuff): Whaitiri case shows difficulties of working for politicians
Lucy Bennett (Herald): Parliament holds urgent debate on Clare Curran’s Cabinet sacking
1News: Watch: Simon Bridges calls Government ‘absolute amateurs’ after ‘a torrid and incompetent, shambolic few days
Newstalk ZB: Simon Bridges rants about Govt: ‘It has the air of asbestos’
Britt Mann (Stuff): PM Jacinda Ardern, Clarke Gayford and baby Neve star in new kids’ book

Environment and conservation
Dominion Post Editorial: Time for politicians to step up on climate change
Richard Harman (Politik): How James Shaw wants to change the NZ landscape
Sophie Bateman (Newshub): James Shaw sings National’s praises on bipartisan climate negotiations
Thomas Coughlan (Newsroom): Farm vs town in climate debate
Eric Frykberg (RNZ): ‘Delaying action is likely to make the transition costlier’
Jenée Tibshraeny (Interest): NZ needs to generate 65% more electricity in the next 30 years
Herald: Emissions proposals could harm rural communities and farm balance sheets
Michael Reddell: The Productivity Commission’s zeal for net-zero
No Right Turn: Climate change: Reinventing the wheel
Veronika Meduna (Listener): Climate change is no longer a distant, slow-moving emergency
Robin Martin (RNZ): Gas company seeks to discharge chemicals into sea
Mark Dawson (Wanganui Chronicle): Editorial: Mining denied and lessons to be learnt
Katie Doyle (RNZ): Court ruling sinks teeth into shark cage diving
Alice Angeloni (Stuff): Police attend 1080 protest after report of ‘disorder’
Māori TV: Iwi place ban on Castle Rock

Racing industry
Bridget Tunnicliffe (RNZ): Harness racing probe: Seven people charged after police raids
Herald: Seven people charged after police race-fixing raids at 10 Canterbury, Manawatu and Invercargill stables
1News: Seven people charged as police investigate alleged race-fixing in NZ harness racing industry
Newshub: Racing: Seven charged over alleged harness race-fixing
Michael Guerin (Herald): The evidence that could bring racing industry to its knees
Greg Tourelle (Stuff); Focus on harness racing as police conduct raids on stables
1News: Jail sentences a possibility as arrests to be made over race-fixing in harness racing industry
1News: Stables raided throughout New Zealand in police sting on alleged race-fixing in harness racing industry
Herald: Harness racing probe: Police expect to make arrests, lay charges later today
RNZ: Horse stables raided in racing corruption investigation
Newshub: Police raid ten harness racing properties as part of alleged race-fixing investigation
Herald: Harness racing race-fixing, corruption probe prompts police raids
RNZ: Sunday Morning: Sheldon Murtha: racing industry has had its head in the sand

Housing
1News: Rental housing availability could drop next winter as insulation deadline looms, expert says
Mei Heron (1News): Tougher rules could be on the way for landlords in move to create warmer and healthier homes
Damian George and Thomas Manch (Stuff): New rules proposed to bring rental homes up to adequate health standards
Katie Fitzgerald and Alex Baird (Newshub): Government reveals what’s being considered for new rental standards
Greg Ninness (Interest):  Government releases proposals that could set new standards for heating, ventilation, dampness and draught control in rental homes
Geoff Simmons (Interest): Keep Crown debt low – get rid of Housing NZ and replace with regional ‘associations’ tasked with providing affordable and state housing
Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Properties give their owners a tax-free windfall – is that fair?
Newshub: Aucklanders need three times median income to afford home – data
Eric Crampton: Vacancy rates

National Party
Jo Moir (RNZ): Expenses leak inquiry: MPs to hand over communications
Lucy Bennett (Herald): National MPs sign privacy waiver as leak probe continues

Chelsea Manning
1News: US whistle-blower Chelsea Manning granted work visa, will appear in two NZ shows
Herald: Chelsea Manning granted NZ work visa
Newshub: Chelsea Manning granted NZ work visa
Stuff: Chelsea Manning granted New Zealand work visa, Think Inc says

NIgel Farage visits NZ
Anneke Smith (RNZ): Nigel Farage’s fans greeted by boos, cheers at Auckland event
Newshub: Protests planned as Nigel Farage arrives in Auckland
Herald: Nigel Farage on tour: Populist revolt is here to stay

State sector
Simon Chapple (Herald): Govt commissions experts because departments are run down
Lucy Bennett (Herald): State Services Minister Chris Hipkins announces consultation on public service review

Labour Party summer camp
Sam Hurley (Herald): Labour Party summer camp indecent assault accused keeps name suppression
1News: Labour Party youth camp accused allowed to keep his name secret until any trial ends
RNZ: Man charged over Labour camp assaults to keep suppression

Justice, corrections
Eva Corlett (RNZ): Corrections admits ‘pervasive’ violence in Whanganui prison
Newshub: Violence and intimidation rife at Whanganui Prison – Ombudsman
Wanganui Chronicle: Urgent action needed to stop violence at Whanganui Prison, ombudsman says
1News: Chief Ombudsman: ‘Whanganui Prison needs to urgently address inmate violence’
Sam Kelway (1News): First ‘Prison Home’ opens in Tauranga – ‘Weave the community back together’
Matt Shand (Stuff): Home for prisoners hopes to curb reoffending rates in New Zealand
Mere McLean (Māori TV): Tauranga opens transition house for ex-convicts
Lisette Reymer (Newshub): Whare 4 Freedom works to reintegrate prisoners

Police
Anna Leask (Herald): Under fire top cop Wally Haumaha to speak at international justice conference
Sam Hurley (Herald): Police spend nearly $1m on defamation defence against disgruntled employee
Sophie Bateman (Newshub): Police officers reject first pay offer from the Government
Laura Walters (Stuff): Police officers reject pay offer

Health
Stacey Kirk (Stuff): Damning report into beleaguered $90m health project released
Lucy Bennett (Herald): Health Minister David Clark suspends troubled Oracle DHB IT project
Herald: Schools need national health food policy, researchers say
Anne Marie May (RNZ): Study on growing serving sizes highlights obesity problem
Regan Paranihi (Māori TV): Te Rau Matatini host Māori Health Summit
Michelle Cooke (RNZ): Checkpoint: Amputee named in court stoush: ‘The pain is just too intense’
Janine Rankin (Stuff): Mental health crises increase fivefold in three years
Isaac Davison (Herald): ‘I wanted to get out of the black hole’ – Lifeline supporter Mary Haddock-Staniland
Isaac Davison (Herald): Financial services need to give more, says Simplicity after $72k boost to Lifeline
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): ACC ‘doubles down’ with $669m transformation project
Farah Hancock (Newsroom): Is it time to change our mind on GMOs?
Newshub: Half the Wellington ICU patients have flu
Karl du Fresne (Dominion Post): The moral crusade against alcohol continues

Abby Hartley
RNZ: Checkpoint: NZer in coma in Bali didn’t declare medical condition to insurer
Katrina Tanirau (Stuff): District rallies to support Hartley family who’re working to get their mother back from Bali

Canterbury
Dominic Harris (Press): Christchurch councillor in trouble over staff ‘tampering’ claims
1News: Forty thousand Canterbury homes could be sitting on damaged ring rubble foundations
Newshub: Newshub’s first report on the 2010 Canterbury earthquake

Education
Simon Collins (Herald):
Jobs tempt more young Kiwis into leaving school without University Entrance
Newshub: More young Kiwis leaving high school, getting jobs early
John Gerritsen (RNZ): Universities block course survey results
RNZ: Unitec’s extreme financial distress detailed in documents
Eleisha Foon (Newshub): The shocking disparities in pass rates across NZ’s law schools
Gill Higgins (TVNZ): New mum frustrated by student allowance rules now she’s a parent – ‘I assumed there’d be a wee bit more help’
Jacob McSweeny (Wanganui Chronicle): Rangitikei College scraps fees for Year 9 students
Tema Hemi (Māori TV): Moko Foundation seeks to save charter schools
Māori TV: Rangatahi share their stories – Part One
Rukuwai Tipene-Allen (Māori TV): The magic school bus meets mātauranga Māori
Newshub: Boys do better at schools without girls – study

Employment
Emma Hatton (RNZ): Worker drives through intersection as boss remotely turns off vehicle
Herald: Workplace bullying a reality for one in five Kiwis: Report
Kate Dickie-Davis (Daily Blog): Policy not procrastination
Virginia Nicholls (ODT): Many reasons to say no to Mecas

Business, economy, trade
Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): A decade on from the GFC, the world is less equipped to cope with the next crisis
Craig Hudson (Herald): It’s not panic stations for small businesses
Patrick O’Meara (RNZ): Revised TPP to come into force within months
Jason Young (Newsroom): What ‘Belt and Road’ could mean for NZ

Local government
Brian Rudman (Herald): Minister’s tough turn on housing hard to justify
ODT Editorial: Self-belief Invercargill’s biggest asset
RNZ: Ports of Auckland pleads not guilty over swimmer’s death
Newshub: Ports of Auckland pleads not guilty after death of swimmer Leslie Gelberger

Transport
Simon Wilson (Herald): Road deaths up sharply so speed limits will fall
1News: Auckland eyes large-scale speed limit reductions amid ‘unacceptable’ crisis of deaths and serious injuries
Matthew Theunissen (RNZ): Auckland’s ‘roading crisis’ may prompt speed limit drop
Vaimoana Tapaleao (Herald): Auckland Transport cutting back speed limits around the city in bid to save lives
Zane Small (Newshub): The first road to be funded by Auckland’s Regional Fuel Tax

Waitangi National Trust 
1News: Waitangi Treaty Grounds trust ex-employee with ‘plumb the size of a coconut’ says sorry for $1.2m fraud
Edward Gay (RNZ): Former Waitangi Treaty Grounds trust finance head admits $1.2m theft
Susan Edmunds and Chris Harrowell (Stuff): Former Waitangi Treaty Grounds employee pleads guilty to fraud
Māori TV: Manager admits $1.2mil Waitangi fraud
Herald: Manager Wallace Tamamotu Te Ahuru admits stealing $1.2 million from Waitangi National Trust

Helen Clark
RNZ: Helen Clark: Women, Equality & Power
Alex Braae (Spinoff): ‘So much unfinished business’: Helen Clark on feminism, factions and equality

Primary industries
Esther Taunton (Stuff): Tail docking of cattle and dogs to be banned
Andrew Curtis (Herald): Noisy opposition to dams will leave us short of water

Marama Fox
Patrick Gower (Newshub): Marama Fox’s landlord evicted her after she failed to pay thousands in rent
Te Aniwa Hurihanganui (RNZ): Travel agent left with $40k debt from Marama Fox’s expenses

Other
Rachel Stewart (Herald): Time to crash the over-share market
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): How TOPs re-entry changes 2020 and the worst case scenario for the Progressive Left is highly likely
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Too much pinned on CTO appointment, industry body suggests
RNZ: Concerns over majority of young drivers without insurance
Phil Pennington (RNZ): Grenfell-like cladding on NZ buildings not audited correctly
Lincoln Tan (Herald): Spike in number of South Asian domestic violence victims seeking culturally appropriate help
Brad Lewis (Newshub): Former Football Ferns coach Andreas Heraf slams New Zealand culture, media
Leonie Hayden (Spinoff): Whakawhiti te rā: New Zealand sport, haka and the Māori perspective
Gareth Vaughan (Interest): New Zealand Bankers’ Association advertising for a new CEO after Karen Scott-Howman departs
John Boynton (RNZ): Hapū voices making mark on Auckland mainstream boardrooms
Regan Paranihi (Māori TV): Taking up the Mahuru Māori challenge
Te Kuru o te Marama Dewes (Māori TV): Taura Whiri releases tech words resource
Stuff: Jury mistake on Colin Craig’s defamation defence, Supreme Court told
Melissa Nightingale (Herald): Colin Craig and Jordan Williams back in court over defamation
John Stringer (Kiwiblog): Multiple NZ Churches to Leave Anglican Fold
Point of Order: Ontario has a lesson for NZ on how to deal with universities which constrain freedom of speech
Stephanie MItchell (Stuff): New Plymouth residents petition against freedom campers
Scott Yeoman (Bay of Plenty Times): Bella Vista collapse: Liquidators demand $2 million

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