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Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – September 18 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
Simon Wilson (Herald): Why National will adopt Labour’s plan
Chris Trotter (Daily Blog): No Substance To Her Stardust: Has Jacinda Lost The Magic?
Gordon Campbell: On the Ardern pep talk
Liam Hehir (Stuff): Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s ability to lead dependent on coalition partners
Herald Editorial: Government in crisis? We need to see genuine unity
Claire Trevett (Herald): PM’s verdict on the three words guaranteed to annoy NZ First leader Winston Peters
Brigitte Morten (RNZ): A SuperGold move from the coalition
Bryce Edwards (Herald): Political Roundup: Jacinda Ardern’s stardust returns
David Cormack (Herald): Reports of the Government’s death have been greatly exaggerated
Lucy Bennett (Herald): Cabinet paper appendix details Government plan, indicators for defining success
Lucy Bennett (Herald): Government’s work plan lacks measurables, National says
1News: ‘Is Winston Peters undermining you at the moment?’ Jack Tame’s curly question to Jacinda Ardern gets curt response: ‘No’
Anna Bracewell-Worrall (Newshub): Jacinda Ardern’s ‘driving the car’ – Winston Peters
Stuff: Coalition government is working as it should, says Winston Peters
Dan Satherley (Newshub): Winston Peters will ‘pull the pin’ if he doesn’t get his way – Peter Dunne
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Media response to Jacinda’s empty crisis management speech as underwhelmed as you would expect
Thomas Coughlan (Newsroom): Tax and meth reports out this week
Newshub: Jacinda Ardern should tell Clarke Gayford she ‘fights her own battles’
David Farrar: Why is the Beehive website only including selective releases?
Point of Order: Some “partnership” proposals need puncturing – so plaudits, please, for Peters
Point of Order: Political appointments – see who landed jobs in the latest batch of ministerial announcements

NZ in Iraq and Afghanistan 
Zane Small (Newshub): Keeping New Zealand troops in Iraq beyond June 2019 a ‘possibility’ – Jacinda Ardern
Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): NZ’s ‘mission creep’ in Iraq creeps on
Richard Harman (Politik): Once were not warriors
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Dear Jacinda – so what does ‘victory’ in Iraq & Afghanistan look like then?
Gia Garrick (RNZ): Green Party disappointed with Iraq decision
1News: Green MP Golriz Ghahraman’s message to her Government on NZ’s Iraq troops: ‘That money could so much better be spent on humanitarian aid’
Audrey Young (Herald): Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announces extension of NZ deployments but signals future withdrawal
Henry Cooke (Stuff): New Zealand extends Iraq and Afghanistan deployments
Jane Patterson (RNZ): NZ govt extends Iraq deployment until June 2019
Anna Whyte (1News): New Zealand’s military deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan extended
Tova O’Brien (Newshub): Jacinda Ardern’s U-turn on pulling troops out of Iraq
No Right Turn: Bring them home

Stardust and Substance: the New Zealand General Election of 2017
1News: Jacinda Ardern speaks at launch of Stardust and Substance book chronicling her rise to power
Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): Jacinda Ardern’s rise still unprecedented a year on
Bryce Edwards (Newsroom): Stardust and Substance – how international observers view the 2017 election

Parliament
Gareth Hughes (Spinoff): Parliament can’t keep ignoring the New Zealand Wars
Madeleine Chapman (Spinoff): A soon-to-be-deleted look at New Zealand politicians’ worst tweets

Housing
Natalia Sutherland (1News): Who are NZ’s homeless? Thousands of Kiwi kids and it could be getting worse, expert warns
Isaac Davison (Herald): ‘I need to be indoors’: Homeless counted across Auckland for the first time
Zane Small (Newshub): ‘It’s a hell of an existence’: Phil Goff’s night with Auckland’s homeless
Isaac Davison (Herald): Auckland’s ‘shame’: Mayor Phil Goff says homeless problem never been this bad as first regionwide head count gets underway
Adam Dudding (Stuff): Behind the scenes of Auckland’s Homeless Count
RNZ: Auckland’s first homelessness census kicks off
1News: Volunteers hit Auckland streets to conduct city’s first official homeless count
Cleo Fraser (Newshub): Volunteers take to Auckland’s streets for first homeless count
Kate Hawkesby (Newstalk ZB): : Auckland Council needs to get its own house in order to tackle homelessness
Collette Devlin (Dominion Post): Government asked to support building ‘eco-city’ and use KiwiBuild funds for capital’s housing solution
RNZ: First look at Wellington’s new social housing units
Ben Leahy (Herald): Foreign buyer ban to hit Auckland and Queenstown house prices: Westpac
1News: Foreign buyer ban to impact Kiwi house prices and squeeze more Kiwis out of apartment market – Westpac economist
Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Policies restrict access to ‘bank of mum and dad’
Hawkes Bay Today: Havelock North Residents concerned about impact of housing development

Police and justice
Te Aniwa Hurihanganui (RNZ): Police reject claims of bias in pursuits
Press Editorial: Police recruitment target depends on trust
Jessica Long (Stuff): 15-year-old youngest person Tasered by police in 2017
Herald: Use-of-force report: NZ police fired guns 10 times in 2017
George Block (ODT): Southern police not revealing disciplinary action
George Block (ODT): Southern police draw 26 use-of-force complaints
Stuff: Ministry of Justice employees to strike nationwide
1News: Ministry of Justice workers who are PSA members to hold nationwide two-hour strike on Wednesday

Child abuse
1News: Man sexually abused from age of seven calls on Kiwis to talk ‘a lot more openly’ about this issue
1News: Men still struggling to speak out about childhood sexual abuse, advocate says – ‘We don’t like to talk about it’
Colin Williscroft (Press): Call for Catholic Church to release file it has on priest who sexually abused boys

Environment and conservation
Kate Gudsell (RNZ): At least 16 foreign investors have bought NZ sensitive land illegally
Catherine Knight (Stuff): The public is ready for environmental change. Now we need a lead from politicians
Alison Campbell (Daily Blog): So what does the actual Science say about 1080?
Hayden Donnell (Spinoff): Separating fact from fiction in the 1080 debate
Kate Gudsell (RNZ): DOC staff face more abuse after anti-1080 protests
Hawkes Bay Today: Water concerns rising as Ruataniwha aquifer level falls
Emma Hatton (RNZ): Kānuka creating hope for East Coast locals
Bridget Grace (Newshub): Environmental group slams ‘disgusting’ pollution of Auckland’s Whau River
Geoff Duffy (Kiwiblog): Parliamentary Commissioner’s Report Wrong about Livestock Methane

Thompson and Clark spying inquiry
RNZ: Inquiry into Thompson and Clark won’t be extended to police – PM
No Right Turn: The police owe us some answers on Thompson & Clark
The Standard: Police spying must be investigated

CTO role 
Lucy Bennett (Herald): Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern apologises over Derek Handley recruitment process
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): ‘Country’ should take over digital strategy from Government, says NZTech

Education
John Gerritsen (RNZ): Ambassador wants better deal for Filipino students
Simon Collins (Herald): Willie Jackson’s charter school approved to stay open as integrated school
Anna Bracewell-Worrall (Newshub): All NZ charter schools now approved to become state integrated
No Right Turn: No more charter schools
Catrin Owen (Stuff): Catholic church applies for court order to trespass protesters from Hato Pētera College
RNZ: Protestors occupying school will fight legal action
Mei Heron (1News): ‘PC gone mad’ say teachers not allowed to restrain troubled, violent students
Mikaela Collins (Northern Advocate): Whangārei principal Pat Newman says child restraint rules are ‘PC gone mad’
Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): We know our kids better than unions do
Piers Fuller (Stuff): Small Wairarapa school with just eight students on roll to remain open
RNZ:School with eight students to remain open in 2019
1News: ‘What do you want to be?’ is not the right question to ask young people – career counsellor
Kay Sinclair (ODT): Principals gather in Dunedin
Kristin Mcfarlane (Bay of Plenty Times): Opinion: AIMS Games a winner for intermediate school children

Primary and extractive industries
Gerard Hutching (Stuff): Taxpayer costs for kiwifruit claim trial balloon out to $6m
Newshub: Major study on kiwifruit pollination wins Government funding
Susan Strongman (RNZ): Fighting back against the avocado crime wave
1News: Should mānuka honey standards be more strictly regulated in NZ? Consultation closes today
Newshub: Farming group pleased with new KiwiRail policy
Simon Hartley (ODT): Sector optimistic despite mines pledge
Bernard HIckey (Newsroom): Is it time to carve up Fonterra and sell it?

Media
Katie Scotcher (RNZ): Media barred from Women in Law Auckland conference
David Williams (Newsroom): MediaRoom: Papers, paywalls and public money
Mark Dawson (Whanganui Chronicle): Free speech is under attack – now it’s online bullying

Employment and migrant exploitation
Herald: Business owner Davinder Singh who forced staff to cook and clean his house convicted of exploitation
Skara Bohny (Nelson Mail): Exploitative employer fined $150k, sentenced to community work
Tracy Neal (RNZ): Employer sentenced to home detention for exploiting staff
1News: Indian national ordered to pay $150k to employees he exploited at Pizza Hut restaurants
RNZ: Hiding mental illness while working for minimum wage

Kiwisaver
Tamsyn Parker (Herald): New KiwiSaver tool to help investors avoid animal cruelty, gambling and porn
Rob Stock (Stuff): Animal cruelty worse than bombs and tobacco to KiwiSaver investors

Tax, economy and business
Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): Prime Minister’s office admits mistake over Ardern’s economic growth ‘hint’ claim
BusinessDesk: Dollar gains on Ardern’s mistaken comments
Dene Mackenzie (ODT): GDP data to show NZ on the rise: economist
Dene Mackenzie (ODT): Services index at lowest in five years
Greg Presland (The Standard): Someone tell the business sector, Kiwis like this Government
Mark Lister (Herald): The ugly truth about our household debt
Thomas Coughlan (Newsroom): Tax Inefficiencies only tell half the story
Herald: Drug giants in NZ dodge $21m in tax, Oxfam claims
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): The coming checkmate of capitalism moment

Energy
Chris Morris (ODT): Commission taking Aurora Energy to court
RNZ: Aurora Energy facing court action

Health and disability
Teuila Fuatai (Newsroom): New legal bid in disability funding battle
Newshub: Does fast food sponsorship have an impact on kids’ obesity rates?
Scott Palmer (Newshub): ‘It’s going to take me out’: Patrick Gower’s heartbreaking cancer admission
1News: Inaction over banning surgical mesh putting Kiwi women at risk – Christine Rankin
Michelle Duff (Stuff): Doctor-patient misconduct rules tightened
Tom Hunt (Stuff): ACC looks at ‘chatbot’ to master small talk

Pacific “leeches” comments
Winnie Laban (RNZ): Pushback against du Plessis-Allan’s Pacific ‘leeches’ comments encouraging
Nicole Lawton (Stuff): Sam Neill denounces Heather du Plessis-Allen for calling Pacific people ‘leeches’

Jenny Shipley and Mainzeal reckless trading charges
RNZ: Mainzeal traded while ‘dangling by a thread’, court told
BusinessDesk: Former Prime Minister Dame Jenny Shipley accused of reckless trading as Mainzeal director
John Anthony (Stuff): Former Mainzeal director Dame Jenny Shipley defending ‘reckless trading’ allegations

Treaty settlements
John Boynton (RNZ): Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei allowed to take claim to High Court
Teuila Fuatai (Newsroom): Top Court opens door to tikanga principles
Raniera Harrison (Māori TV): Ngāpuhi in Australia prepare for Treaty consultation

Māori Cultural and Intellectual Property Right Conference
Kelvin McDonald  (Māori TV): Māori intellectual property hui welcome
Tracy Neal (RNZ): Protection of Māori rights up for discussion at Nelson hui
Kelvin McDonald (Māori TV): Government to consult on rights to plants

Suffrage
Sally Blundell (Listener): The women’s suffrage movement wasn’t only a fight for the right to vote
Jessica Tyson (Māori TV): Wāhine in rugby celebrated this week
Sue Bradford (Spinoff): The Monday Extract: A brief history of suffrage and struggle by Sue Bradford
Herald: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to guest edit Suffrage edition of NZ Herald
1News: Q+A: 125 years since Kiwi women first got the vote, what do they want now?

Local government
Katie Fitzgerald (Newshub): Un-microchipped cat cull needs to wait – SPCA
Alexandra Nelson (Newshub): Auckland Council considering euthanasia for cats without microchips
Anneke Smith (RNZ): Plan to classify unchipped cats as pests results in death threats
Seven Sharp: Cat lovers get their claws out to fight Auckland Council
Nick Truebridge (Stuff): Council consenting troubles puts ability to support Auckland growth at risk, report says
Tom Furley (RNZ): Building consent backlog puts Auckland Council reputation at ‘risk’
Jono Edwards (ODT): Private ORC discussions continuing
ODT Editorial: Future of Otago water concerns all

Transport and road safety
Zoe Hunter and Samantha Motion (Bay of Plenty Times): SH2 campaigners threaten to block development until killer highway is fixed
Andrew McRae (RNZ): Locals frustrated at delays over deadly SH2 stretch
1News: AA calls for speeding ticket alternative as number issued in 2017 the highest in three years

Food safety
RNZ: Foodstuffs and Progressive halt all Australian strawberries distribution
1News: ‘Commercial terrorism’ has brought strawberry industry to its knees – NZ supermarket chains stop Aussie imports over needle concerns
Newshub: Needle scare unlikely to affect New Zealand strawberry market
Herald: Foodstuffs, Countdown halt distribution of Australian strawberries

Other
Henry Cooke (Stuff): Rich-listers’ wealth grows six-fold in two decades, much faster than rest of economy
Lucy Bennett (Herald): SIS launches recruitment campaign for spies
Martin van Beynen (Stuff): Antarctica NZ spent big to investigate disgraced CEO
Charlotte Graham-McLay (New York Times): Maori Language, Once Shunned, Is Having a Renaissance in New Zealand
1News: Action planned to tackle loan sharks, with Winston Peters on board
Tina Law (Stuff): Christchurch City council-owned Citycare posts its first-ever loss
Herald: What’s in John Key’s shopping trolley?
Moana Makapelu Lee (Māori TV): Severne appointed as new Māori Trustee
Julie Hardaker (Waikato Times): Gender equality: Are we there yet?
Stuff: Protesters in court over blocking access way into Defence forum
RNZ: Defence expo arrests trial begins
Jeremy Hansen (Spinoff): How to fix racial inequality in urban design (audio)
Garth Bray (1News): ‘It’s a safety issue’: Concerns not all Kiwi motel rooms fitted with smoke alarms

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