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Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – September 13 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.

Government
Richard Harman (Politik): Shane Jones warns: don’t mess with NZ First
Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): Is Winston Peters running this Government?
Alex Braae (Spinoff): Five times NZ First muscled up on Labour and got away with it
Tracy Watkins (Stuff): Why National insists on calling Jacinda Ardern ‘weak’
Anna Bracewell-Worrall (Newshub): Coalition power play: Winston Peters again denies holding up Govt announcement
1News: Are there cracks in the coalition? Disagreement with NZ First forced Labour to abandon announcing details of Crown-Māori Relations portfolio
Jo Moir (RNZ): NZ First pull support for Labour-led initiatives at last minute
Jane Patterson (RNZ): Unions worried Labour may cave to pressure from NZ First
Tova O’Brien (Newshub): Unions worried by NZ First’s ‘dominance’ in Jacinda Ardern’s Government
1News: Watch: Jacinda Ardern says Simon Bridges is ‘jealous’ of Government during heated exchange over starting wage
Henry Cooke (Stuff): Winston Peters’ party charging $350 a head for dinner with him at Russell McVeagh
Claire Trevett (Herald): Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s Happy Club rules put to the test
Newstalk ZB: Chris Trotter on free speech, Jacinda Ardern and NZ political values (audio)
David Hargreaves (Interest): Govt moves on Wellbeing and independence

Stardust and Substance: the New Zealand General Election of 2017
Thomas Coughlan (Newsroom): Election polling data should worry left bloc
Winston Peters: ‘We chose the harder path’: Winston Peters on election 2017 (exerpt)
Herald: Winston Peters admits choosing National would have been ‘tidiest’ option
Emma Hurley (Newshub): New book Stardust and Substance tracks Jacinda Ardern’s rise to the top
Herald: Stardust and substance: New book reveals how Jacinda Ardern led Labour into government

NZ Politics
Jane Clifton (Listener): Winston Peters and Simon Bridges are the architects of their own misfortunes
Chris Trotter (Daily Blog): A Different Kind Of Populism
Gordon Campbell: Are Only Old People Likely to Vote for Him?
Max Rashbrooke: New Book Published: Government for the public good

Power prices
Pattrick Smellie (Stuff): Electricity review a smoking pop-gun
Press Editorial: Power and the powerless
Gordon Campbell (Werewolf): Yesterday’s electricity price review
Herald Editorial: Electricity demands too much shopping around
Dene Mackenzie (ODT): Little in price review report to concern electricity sector
Sophia Duckor-Jones (RNZ): Greenpeace wants govt to use funds for solar panels instead of oil and gas
Emma Hurley (Newshub): Greenpeace wants the Government to provide interest-free loans for solar panels
Leah Te Whata (Māori TV): Free solar energy brings power back to marae

Welfare
Thomas Manch (Stuff): MSD report shows half of unemployed return to WINZ 18 months after gaining employment
1News: Major report finds half of people off the benefit in 2013/14 were back on within 18 months
Anna Bracewell-Worrall (Newshub): What happened to people who left the benefit after National’s reforms?
Shabnam Dastgheib (Stuff): Auckland pensioners turning to food banks, flatmates to get by

Te Reo Māori 
Alice Neville (Metro): Do we need to make te reo Māori compulsory?
John Boynton (RNZ): Te reo not main priority for Māori in regions
Paula Tesoriero (Herald): Education in te reo Māori is a basic human right
ODT Editorial: Te Reo a taonga for us all
Glenn McConnell (Stuff): Why we need to chill out about te reo and start wearing red suits
Michael Neilson (Herald): Learning te reo Māori a pathway to Aotearoa’s culture and history
Amber-Leigh Woolf (Stuff): English, te reo Māori, and the world-wide threat of ‘digital extinction’
Holly Carran (Newshub): Christchurch youth justice residents opt in to Māori language
Cleo Fraser (Newshub): McDonald’s pulls U-turn, now letting employees speak te reo Māori
Mānia Clarke (Māori TV): McDs upsizes their reo Māori
RNZ: McDonald’s worker told to stop using te reo
Newshub: McDonald’s tells worker not to speak te reo Māori
1News: Hamilton McDonald’s worker ordered to stop speaking te reo with customers
Te Kuru o te Marama Dewes (Māori TV): Mayor Meng Foon grew up with te reo Māori
Regan Paranihi (Māori TV) Awanuiārangi launches new reo stategy
Newshub: Why adults should learn Te Reo
1News: Sun shines on 1 NEWS weatherman Dan’s te reo efforts with ‘big improvement’
Michael Neilson (Herald): Key to making te reo Māori mainstream is making it fun

Tax
Thomas Coughlan (Newsroom): IRD chases students while speculators go free
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Absence of tax recommendation means ‘more uncertainty for longer’, says National

State Sector
Geoff Bertram (Stuff): A public business, not a public service
Audit Blog: Six questions with John Ryan, Controller and Auditor-General

Foreign Affairs and trade
Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): Top diplomat Chris Seed talks fairness and responsibility
Lucy Bennett (Herald): Australian deportation policies bad for transtasman relationship, High Commissioner Chris Seed says
RNZ: Deportations have ‘corrosive impact’ on NZ/Australia relations
RNZ: Kiribati climate activists want more from Australia and New Zealand
Stuff: Diplomat ducks rent debt, talks with delegation take a dive

Gerry Brownlee
RNZ: Gerry Brownlee defends ‘bullying’ phone call to law firm
Herald: Former government minister Gerry Brownlee denies ‘bullying’ lawyer in phone call
1News: National’s Gerry Brownlee accused of ‘phone bullying’ after conversation with junior staff member at law firm
Newstalk ZB: Gerry Brownlee accused of bullying lawyer involved in class action suit
The Standard: Brownlee accused of bullying lawyer

Employment
RNZ: Minimum wage: The students sharing a bedroom
Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): So much for ‘see you later agitators’
Matt Shand (Stuff): Whakatane Pak’nSave strike demanding fair pay for fair wor

Pornography, sexual violence and sex education
Jackie Edmond (Stuff): Why do we keep getting sexuality education in schools so wrong?
Simon Collins (RNZ): Education Review Office tells schools: teach more about porn
Simon Collins (RNZ): Sexual violence and non-consensual sex rising due to porn, finds survey
1News: High school students should be taught about pornography and sexual violence, report says

Education
Zane Small (Newshub): New Zealand teachers struggling with kids affected by P-addicted parents
Megan Sutherland (Newshub): Police called as Auckland students storm rival Massey High School
Torika Tokalau and Hannah Ross (Western Leader): West Auckland high school brawl ‘sparked by rap battle’
1News: Police called to Massey High School in Auckland after students from another school attempt to enter grounds
Matt Burrows (Newshub): Brutal new footage of ruthless Massey High School fight raises questions
Herald: Watch: Shocking footage emerges of Massey High School fight
Herald: Police called to ‘incident’ at Massey High School
Jimmy Ellingham (Manawatū Standard): Malamalama Moni A’oga Amata EFKS in the clear
Jessica Long (Stuff): Whitireia scraps journalism diploma months after moving into new Wellington facility Te Auaha
Te Aniwa Hurihanganui (RNZ): Māori academics ‘isolated’ and lacking in numbers
Stuff: Dr Amanda Lynn replaces Leeza Boyce as UCOL chief executive

Primary and extractive industries
Charlie Mitchell (Stuff): Western Sahara refugees urge PM Jacinda Ardern to step in over phosphate trade
Tony Wall (Stuff): When asbestos gets in the way of our nation’s need for fertiliser
RNZ: Fonterra announces $196m loss
Hamish Fletcher (Herald): Departing Fonterra CEO Theo Spierings paid another $8 million
Gerard Hutching (Stuff): The $5 million job no-one wants: Kiwi execs turn down Fonterra’s top job
Conan Young (RNZ): Southland famer to sue over purchase M. bovis infected calves
Nona Pelletier (RNZ): Fonterra under pressure to reveal future plans
Maja Burry (RNZ): Funds run dry for beekeeper working to eliminate deadly parasite
Jenny Ling (Stuff): Northland timber mill upgrade means jobs on chopping block
Heather Chalmers (Stuff): Young Farmer Contest changes to encourage more women to enter
Simon Hartley (ODT): Contentious issues to feature at conference

Environment and conservation
David Williams (Newsroom): DOC takes lessons from mining
Newshub: National MP accuses Marama Davidson of undermining Conservation Minister
Gia Garrick (RNZ): Environment Minister David Parker has a run-in with 1080 protesters
Anna Bracewell-Worrall (Newshub): David Parker clashes with 1080 protesters after dead birds placed outside Parliament
Henry Cooke (Stuff): Attempt to take 1080 protest through doors of Parliament
1News: Fake 1080 pellets and dead birds left on Parliament steps
Moana Makapelu Lee (Māori TV): Northland’s Russell State Forest receives 1080 drop
Phil Pennington (RNZ): Insurance underwriter turned private detective to expose chemical contamination
BusinessDesk: GE ban jeopardises farm emissions reductions: Peter Gluckman
Sarah Robson (RNZ): Material from soft plastic recycling bins is sitting in storage
Laura Dooney (RNZ): Wellington warned of water shortages if usage remains the same
Jo McKenzie-McLean (Stuff): Mayor takes on regional council over proposed ‘colossal’ blow to local economy
Joanne Carroll (Stuff): West Coast communities warned they must move from flood and erosion zones
Eric Frykberg (RNZ): Gisborne port authorities disappointed in iwi appeal
Kaitlin Ruddck (1News): Fluorescent whitebait unleashed near Nelson in native fish conservation effort
Matthew LIttlewood (Stuff): Human waste becoming a big problem in Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park
Frank Gibson (Whanganui Chronicle): Climate change and the end of civilisation

Health and disability
Karen Brown (RNZ): Dying patients with rare chemo reaction paying for own drugs
Nicholas Jones (Herald): PM asks science advisor about sugar tax, told it works
Nicholas Jones (Herald): Grey Power calls for rest home watchdog with bite
Natalie Akoorie (Herald): Medical advances and attitudes shape health outcomes for Kiwi women
RNZ: Pacific culture suits aged care workers according to trainer
RNZ: ‘There is insufficient resource and support for community midwives’
Bayley Moor (Stuff): Woman claims she can’t get a mobility car park
Fiona Conner (Newshub): Mike King slams Lifeline, claims it refused help with unanswered calls
Harrison Christian (Stuff): ‘Nobody will take her’ – intellectually disabled woman sent to prison
Libby Wilson (Stuff): 50 patients, one nurse: Coroner’s findings show high caseload for Waikato mental health nurse
Jacob McSweeny (Herald): Whanganui mental health unit Te Awhina regularly overcrowded

Kiwisaver and retirement
1News: Man with Down syndrome appeals to MPs, wants early access to KiwiSaver to visit brother and best friend
Lucy Bennett (Herald): Joan and Tim Fairhall take KiwiSaver fight to Parliament
Kate Hawkesby (Newstalk ZB): Can’t this Government show some compassion for one KiwiSaver?
Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Is your retirement approach ‘Hansel and Gretel’?

Media and broadcasting
Mānia Clarke (Māori TV): Te Māngai Pāho questioned over funding cut

Labour Party summer camp
Sam Hurley (Herald): Two charges withdrawn against Labour Party summer camp accused, four complaints remain
Catrin Owen (Stuff): Two charges dropped against man accused of sexual assaults at Labour Party summer camp

EQC and emergency preparedness
MIchael Hayward (Stuff): From $6.4b to $171m: EQC’s disaster fund forecast to run out next year
Lucy Bennett (Herald): New bill gives officials power over buildings in emergencies

Housing
Tom Furley (RNZ): First look at Onehunga KiwiBuild apartment plan
Herald: Construction of 25 stylish KiwiBuild apartments in Onehunga starts today
Stuff: KiwiBuild adds 25 apartments from private developer to its total 
Imogen Neale (Stuff): Family evicted from Auckland ‘swamp house’ calls for more scrutiny on landlords
Michael Neilson (Herald): Family living in Papakura ‘swamp house’ given eviction notice
Emma Hurley (Newshub): Green Party condemns eviction of family from Auckland ‘swamp house’
No Right Turn: A revenge eviction
Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Landlord seeking answers about rent from empty property

Justice and police
Stuff: UN decision leads to $10,000 for murderer kept too long in solitary
Maddison Northcott (Stuff): Judith ‘Crusher’ Collins wants to crush boy racers’ cars after weekend rampage
Scott Palmer (Newshub): Judith Collins wants Christchurch boy racers’ cars crushed
Zane Small (Newshub): Spring Hill Correctional facility hosts tattoo removals to boost inmates’ job prospects
Stuff: Boxing champ backs MP’s ‘coward’s punch’ bill

Family violence
1News: Changes to family violence law strengthens protection of victims
Lucy Bennett (Herald): Amendments proposed to Family and Whānau Violence Bill

Local government
RNZ: Christchurch stadium: Council to vote on using govt funds
Michael Hayward (Stuff): Mixed feelings over planned allocation of Christchurch’s $300m Government fund
Dominic Harris (Press): Victory for residents as council promises inquiry into coastal consents fiasco
Zac Fleming (RNZ): The human face of Auckland Council’s consent botch-up
Nick Truebridge (Stuff): Politicians teed off over proposal for housing on six publicly-owned golf courses
Tom McRae (Stuff):Auckland Council considers what to do with its $2.2 billion-worth of golf courses
Matthew Theunissen (RNZ): Auckland golfers teed-off by thought of courses getting the chop
Guy Williams (ODT): Funding commerce chambers criticised
David Wilson (Northern Advocate): Shock horror, politicians need help governing the country
Cherie Sivignon (Stuff): Nelson, Tasman councils to enter negotiations over Waimea dam funding
Matt Shand (Stuff): Tauranga City Council could become living wage operation
Debbie Jamieson (Nelson Mail): Police call for booze ban as beach becomes ‘Queenstown’s largest garden bar’

Transport and road safety
Anneke Smith (RNZ): Auckland fuel tax: ‘It’s certainly making a big difference’
Katie Scotcher (RNZ): Aucklanders pay $13.2 million in fuel tax
Nicole Lawton (Stuff): Auckland’s new fuel tax pays raises $13.2 million in its first month
1News: Auckland’s Regional Fuel Tax: Amount of money generated in first month revealed
Nick Truebridge (Stuff): Transport Minister Phil Twyford says $80 fine for texting when driving is not enough
Newshub: Is the texting and driving fine enough to deter drivers in NZ?
Damian George (Stuff): Greater Wellington Regional Council may order independent review into bus network debacle
Laura Dooney (RNZ): Council considers independent review of bus changes

Other
Tamsyn Parker (Herald): Finance Minister Grant Robertson’s insurance warning: ‘People are being priced out of the market’
Newshub: Greg O’Connor to accept petition asking New Zealand to give Julian Assange asylum
Peter Dunne (Newsroom): Fine words, little action on abuse inquiry
Hannah Brown (The Big Q): Why is New Zealand trailing Australia in cyber security?
Lincoln Tan (Herald): Immigration marriage and dowry scams on the rise, says charity
Will Harvie (Stuff): NZ soldiers in Moscow attacked by KGB, defence force finally concedes
RNZ: Kiwibank and NZ Post shop loss ‘to isolate elderly’
Annette Lambly (Stuff): Dargaville racecourse faces closure after more than a century
George Heagney (Stuff): Mormon basketballer Mosiah MacDonald in New Zealand training squad
Stephanie Mitchell (Stuff): Helen Clark chats suffrage, challenges, Ardern, and life after office
Nerwshub: Helen Clark talks equality, women and power in new autobiography
Stuff: Law firm Russell McVeagh appoints new chief executive
Catherine Harris (Stuff): NZ not ready for gender neutral department floor: marketing expert
Kyle MacDonald (Herald): Kiwi feminists discriminating against our transgender community
Jonathan Mitchell (RNZ): Wellington makes Lonely Planet’s top NZ destination
RNZ: Balloon passengers to be briefed on turning off the fuel
Melanie Saluni (Newshub): Taika Waititi praises Jacinda Ardern, says NZ is ‘turning’
Damian George (Stuff): Taika Waititi says New Zealand is still racist but things are improving
Stuff: Greg Boyed: Family funeral, TVNZ memorial service held for beloved broadcaster

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