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Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – September 25 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.

PM in New York, Government
Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): Ardern calls for UN to improve conflict prevention
Herald: Baby Neve watches mum Jacinda Ardern speak at the UN
1News: Baby Neve inspiration behind ‘family-friendly policies’, says Jacinda Ardern tells millions of Americans on NBC’s Today show
Tracy Watkins (Stuff): Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern uses New York platform to boost climate change funding
Claire Trevett (Herald): PM Jacinda Ardern’s challenges other world leaders on climate change
Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): Ardern announces $300m for climate aid work
RNZ: PM announces increase in climate change funding for Pacific
Tracy Watkins (Stuff): Jacinda Ardern’s ticket to the hottest party in New York
1News: Pictures: Baby Neve takes pride of place alongside Jacinda Ardern and Clarke Gayford at United Nations
Tracy Watkins (Stuff): Jacinda Ardern’s baby watches historic UN session from mum’s lap
Aziz Al-Sa’afin (Newshub): New Zealand First’s baby or New Zealand First baby?
Stuff: A UN ID for baby Neve, by public demand
1News: ‘You can be strong, you can be kind’ – Jacinda Ardern talks leadership, President Trump on US television
Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): Ardern shares ‘joy’ of motherhood on US talk show
Chris Bramwell (RNZ): Jacinda Ardern on US breakfast TV show: joy of parenthood ‘far surpassed’ expectations’
Claire Trevett (Herald): PM Jacinda Ardern on breakfast Today Show in New York
Simon Hampton (Newshub): Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern talks motherhood on NBC’s Today Show
Stuff: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern appears on Today show
Southland Times Editorial: That’s fighting talk (it turns out…)
Claire Trevett (Herald): Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern knocked down – but proves no pushover
Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): Trump towers over Ardern in clash of ideals
Zane Small (Newshub): Jacinda Ardern reveals what she would say to Donald Trump
Tova O’Brien (Newshub): Jacinda Ardern treads lightly on subject of Donald Trump at United Nations
Dan Satherley (Newshub): Jacinda Ardern careful to avoid blaming Donald Trump for ‘challenging the rules’
Chris Bramwell (RNZ): Jacinda Ardern rejects Trump’s call for war on drugs
Scott Palmer (Newshub): Simon Bridges backs Donald Trump’s new War on Drugs
1News: Jacinda Ardern says she’s not the gold standard for raising a child
Herald: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern: ‘I’m not the gold standard’ for motherhood
Talisa Kupenga (Māori TV): PM talks Pacific climate change with UN Secretary General
Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB):  It’s hard enough just getting into America
Peter Dunne: PM needs to be seen to be in charge

Curran, Ardern, Handley texts public
Herald: PM Jacinda Ardern insists she did not mislead Parliament over Derek Handley contact
John Anthony (Stuff): PM says government owes Derek Handley apology over chief technology officer saga
Hamish Fletcher (Herald): ‘It feels a bit Star Trek’ – texts between Clare Curran and Derek Handley released
Hamish Fletcher (Herald): CTO bungle: Emails, texts between Derek Handley, Clare Curran and Jacinda Ardern revealed
Newshub: Revealed: Derek Handley details ‘disappointing’ CTO recruitment process
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Jilted CTO candidate Derek Handley disappointed by lack of explanation from Government
RNZ: Derek Handley releases correspondence with Jacinda Ardern and Clare Curran
Tim Murphy (Newsroom): “It feels like Star Trek”

Employment
RNZ: Pay equity deal for Oranga Tamariki social workers
Newshub: Pay equity: Oranga Tamariki social workers offered 30 percent pay rise
Jason Walls (Herald): $114 million pay equity settlement reached for Oranga Tamariki social workers
Maria Slade (Spinoff): What are you doing to stop further deaths?’ Auckland wharfies plead for action on safety
David Farrar: Union vs union
Paul Mitchell (Stuff): Striking Palmerston North tomato workers demand employer grows their pay

Oil and gas exploration
1News: Watch as feisty Winston Peters denies NZ First ‘swallowed dead rat’ over new oil and gas exploration ban
Hamish Rutherford (Stuff) Government set to give oil industry breathing space over permits, potentially boosting exploration
Scott Palmer (Newshub): Government has ‘no plan’ for oil and gas changeover – Mayor Neil Holdom
Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): Offshore oil ban will cost Crown billions with little climate impact, officials warn
Herald: Govt officials estimate cost to NZ of ban on new offshore oil and gas exploration at $7.9 billion
Anna Bracewell-Worrall and Isobel Ewing (Newshub): Govt oil and gas drilling ban could cost NZ $8 billion over 23 years – MBIE
RNZ: Halting new offshore oil and gas exploration permits to cost govt $8b
Richard Harman (Politik): The Government gets damning advice on the oil exploration ban
Thomas Coughlan (Newsroom): Woods vs. MBIE on oil and gas ban

Tax
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): How a capital gains tax could affect you
Gareth Vaughan (Interest): Cullen says the Tax Working Group will be as detailed as possible to combat political attacks through ‘mischief by misrepresentation’
RNZ: Tobacco tax: heaviest burden on the poor
Liam Hehir (Stuff): Pain in the details of Labour’s capital gains tax ambitions
Marta Steeman (Stuff): Tax relief of more than $1 billion a year for building owners possible
Newshub: Christchurch businessman served home detention for unpaid taxes

Meth Report
Danyl Mclauchlan (Spinoff): The dumbfounding nastiness of Simon Bridges’ ‘meth crooks’ remarks
Thomas Manch (Stuff): No children uplifted by Oranga Tamariki ‘solely’ because of meth test
Gia Garrick (RNZ): Bridges slammed for ‘meth crook’ comments
Newstalk ZB: Winston Peters mocks Simon Bridges over ‘meth crooks’ comments
1News: Phil Twyford hits back at Simon Bridges over ‘meth cook’ Housing NZ compensation
Stuff: Simon Bridges claims Government is providing ‘compensation for meth crooks’
Martyn Bradbury: Could the Government please tell us if Mike Sabin’s Methcon had anything to do with setting flawed meth standards?
Mike Yardley (Press): Why are we frittering away big bucks on compensation?

Housing
Herald: Papakura ‘swamp house’ baby admitted to intensive care unit with bronchitis
Imogen Neale and Melanie Earley (Papakura Courier): Baby living at Auckland ‘swamp house’ in intensive care
Henry Cooke (Stuff): Housing Minister Phil Twyford’s reforms likely to raise rents, officials warn
Melissa Nightingale (Herald): Phil Twyford says 200 more state houses to get thermal upgrades
Benn Bathgate (Stuff): Labour MPs want public to be part of changing ‘outdated’ tenancy laws
Andy Fyers (Stuff): This is what it takes to get on the property ladder in Auckland
Felicity Reid (Stuff): Auckland church farewells man who lived on grounds for a year

SAS inquiry, Iraq deployment
David Fisher (Herald): Secret inquiry – public set to be shut out of the inquiry into claims of NZSAS revenge raid
No Right Turn: NZDF’s contempt for democracy
Dave Armstrong (Dominion Post): The military mission creep going on under the coalition radar
Tom Peters (World Socialists): New Zealand government extends troop deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan

Regional development
Zizi Sparks (Rotorua Daily Post): Government gives Rotorua $27.4m for Lakefront and forest redevelopment
Benn Bathgate (Stuff): Rotorua set for $55m redevelopment boost

Education
Simon Collins (Herald): Govt aims to recruit 400 overseas teachers to fill teaching gaps
Phil Pennington (RNZ): Priest’s sexual abuse at Upper Hutt school admitted: It’s ‘criminal’
Adele Redmond (Stuff): Schools could ask for signed consent to teach religious instruction
Adele Redmond and Sam Sherwood (Stuff): Schoolboy assaulted over fake Instagram account seeking nude photos
1News: Students excluded from Canterbury school after ‘serious assault’
Juliet McGhie (Stuff): Mindfulness could hold the key to combating bullying culture
Newshub: How a stolen pencil case led to a 10-month legal battle
Kate Hawkesby (Newstalk ZB): Fraser High students who staged walkout are losers
Ruby Nyika (Stuff): Truancy protest could teach students about democracy, lecturer says
Ruby Nyika (Stuff): Fraser students protest principal’s speech
Belinda Feek (Herald): Fraser High School students mass walkout over principal’s controversial truancy speech
1News: Hundreds of Fraser High School students stage mass protest after principal’s anti-truancy speech
RNZ: Students walk out of school over principal’s truancy comments
Herald: Homeowner whose compost sparked illness outbreak in Carterton labels situation a ‘case of hysteria’
Piers Fuller and Katarina Williams (Dominion Post): Sulphur-smelling compost likely cause of Carterton health scare
Herald: Compost likely cause of mass illness at South End School, Carterton
1News: Hot compost caused medical event at Wairarapa school where students needed to be treated by medics
RNZ: Hot compost cause of vapour that made kids feel sick
Emma Hurley (Newshub): Mystery vapour at Wairarapa school came from compost
Jessie Chiang (RNZ): Mandarin Chinese lessons in hot demand
1News: University or a trade – what’s the best option for school leavers?

Tertiary education
Sophie Bateman (Newshub): Burglary of Kiwi professor Anne-Marie Brady sends shockwaves through academic world
Joel MacManus (Critic): Proctor Enters Flat Without Permission, Steals Bongs
Joel MacManus (Spinoff): Second Dunedin flat claims Proctor entered home without permission, took bongs
Elena McPhee (ODT): Proctor’s actions ‘unusual’
Elena McPhee (ODT): Uni claims no right to search flats
Stuff: Student bong removed by Otago proctor ‘unlikely to be repeated’
Elena McPhee (ODT): ‘Unacceptable’: Otago Uni proctor ‘enters flat and takes bongs’
Eric Crampton: Police academy
No Right Turn: A burglary
David Farrar: Otago Uni proctor steals property from student flats
1News: Otago uni students fight plans to scrap Art History and Visual Culture courses
Kate Nicol-Williams (1News): Victoria University’s council votes in favour of name change but there’s opposition from some students
Jessica Long (Stuff): Wellington’s Victoria University will change its name to University of Wellington
RNZ: Victoria University council votes in favour of changing name
Newshub: Victoria University of Wellington’s Council votes in favour of name change
Emme McKay (Newstalk ZB): Wellington’s Victoria University one step closer to changing its name
Newshub: ‘Don’t be a traitor’: Patrick Gower challenges Chris Hipkins over Victoria University name change
Aaron Leaman (Stuff): Wintec spends $28,900 on sex-doll probe

Health and disability
Herald: DHB investigating after woman forced to give birth to stillborn child alone at Rotorua Hospital
Newshub: DHB investigating after Rotorua woman forced into lonely stillbirth at hospital
Chloe Blommerde (Stuff): Rotorua Hospital too busy to help mum give birth to stillborn baby
Leigh-Marama McLachlan (RNZ): Māori eight times more likely to get TB than Pākehā
Michelle Duff (Stuff): Will meaningful changes be made to maternity care?
Cate Broughton (Stuff): Standard improved to stop ‘tragic’ surgical mesh stories
RNZ: Southern eye clinic asked to apologise to glaucoma patient
Jessica Tyson (Māori TV): Dental care grants bringing smiles to those in need
1News: ‘There are more options’ – medical specialist advises against cold turkey method for those trying to quit smoking
Jessica Tyson (Māori TV): Exploring nature decreases anxiety and depression

Building safety
Kurt Bayer (Herald): Porirua hospital allows workers to occupy ‘unacceptably’ dangerous quake-prone building
Anne Gibson (Herald): Auckland University won’t reclad block with Grenfell Tower-like cladding

Police
Jason Walls (Herald): Acting PM Winston Peters now says he can’t recall who invited him to Haumaha celebration
Jared Savage (Herald): Winston Peters must reveal who invited him to celebration for deputy commissioner Wally Haumaha – National Party
Anna Leask (Herald): Deputy commissioner Wally Haumaha no longer speaking at international conference
Sandra Conchie (Bay of Plenty Times): Tasers used more often in Bay of Plenty police district, but small number of serious injuries

Justice and crime
Jason Walls (Herald): NZ First MP Darroch Ball thinks his shoplifters’ fine bill will have the support of the whole house
Dan Satherley (Newshub): National may back instant fines for shoplifters
RNZ: Death of Whanganui Prison inmate will be investigated
Sophie Bateman (Herald): Serial killer Hayden Poulter found dead in prison

Rachel MacGregor and Colin Craig defamation trial
Ryan Boswell (1News): Colin Craig sought out Rachel MacGregor in ‘irregular and inappropriate ways’ court told
Tommy Livingston (Stuff): Colin Craig drops damages claim against Rachel MacGregor as defamation trial begins
Chelsea Boyle (Herald): Colin Craig withdraws damages claim as defamation hearing begins
RNZ: Colin Craig withdraws claims for damages
Newshub: Colin Craig drops damages claim, but presses ahead with suit against Rachel MacGregor
Ryan Boswell (1News): Colin Craig to reveal text messages detailing ‘true nature of relationship with’ Rachel MacGregor

Needles found in supermarket strawberries
Scott Palmer (Newshub): MPI reveals 3 needles were discovered in strawberries
1News: MPI concerned strawberry risk could be blown out of proportion amid needle contamination
Herald Editorial: Strawberry sabotage serious, upsetting, shows food security vulnerability
1News: Strawberry needle epidemic ‘an Australian problem’, says Kiwi grower
RNZ: Winston Peters mixed up over strawberry checks
Jason Walls (Herald): Acting PM Winston Peters: All imported strawberries will be put through a ‘rigorous’ screening process
Daniel Laufer (RNZ): Strawberry crisis: How NZ growers can prevent ‘crisis contagion’
Esther Taunton (Stuff): What Auckland needle probe means for NZ strawberry market
1News: ‘It could destroy us’ – Auckland strawberry grower fears for local industry amid needle contamination scandal
AAP: Strawberry crisis: Our strawberries are not the problem say New Zealand growers
Jason Walls (Herald): Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor asks Kiwis not to overreact to strawberry needles
Herald: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern responds to Countdown strawberry scare
Catherine Harris (Stuff): PM speaks out about spiked strawberries
Herald: Needles in strawberries: NZ Government wants answers on lack of checks
Catherine Harris (Stuff): Kiwi strawberry growers looking at all options after needle found in Aussie fruit here

Primary industries
Heather Chalmers (Stuff): Dairy farmers tackle nitrogen loss
Louise Giltrap (Stuff): Fonterra has bred an ‘us versus them’ mentality damaging farmers
Keith Woodford (Interest): Why lack of retained earnings combined with flawed investment strategies is at the heart of both the Fonterra and Westland Dairy capital constraints
Gerard Hutching (Stuff): Fonterra’s Chilean farmers threaten to break away
Nikki Mandow (Newsroom): Gagged Fonterra critic wants to get back on the co-op’s board
Newshub: Final candidates for Fonterra director election announced
Eric Frykberg (RNZ): Five contenders for Fonterra dairy company’s board
Gerard Hutching (Stuff):A2 market value plunges $450m in wake of CEO share sell-off
RNZ: Country LIfe: Omapere Rangihamama Trust: a country comeback story

Environment and conservation
Te Aniwa Hurihanganui (RNZ): Iwi’s ‘pain and anguish’ at plan to rename Great Barrier Island
Whanganui Chronicle: Trans-Tasman Resources appeals High Court decision on seabed mining
Gina Dempster (ODT): Rebooting the system
Amber-Leigh Woolf (Stuff): Supermarkets disappointed their ‘recyclable’ meat trays aren’t being recycled
Melanie Early (Stuff): Track in Clevedon Scenic Reserve closed over kauri dieback fears
Charlie Dreaver (RNZ): Wellington’s native bird population soars
Tina Law (Stuff): Captive kea Casper and Stumpy in good health before shock deaths
Newshub: Hunting group threatens legal action over DoC’s mass cull of Himalayan tahr
Farah Hancock (Newsroom): Could mosquito technology help Predator Free 2050?

1080
Linday Laird (Northern Advocate): Maori Land Court injunction attempt to stop 1080 drop over the Russell State Forest fails
RNZ: Appeal threatened over 1080 drop in Russell Forest
1News: Oamaru residents ‘disgusted’ by anti-1080 vandalism to town’s welcome sign
Hamish MacLean (ODT): Vandals deface Oamaru sign with anti-1080 message

Foreign Affairs and trade
Chris Harrowell (Stuff): Kiwi taxpayers funding repairs to 300 storm-damaged homes in Tonga
Michael Reddell: Once were traders
Catherine Harris (Stuff): Reopening of steel inquiry risks Chinese tension

Parliament
Thomas Coughlan (Newsroom): Mallard moves to curtail urgency
Phil Smith (RNZ): The House: Parliament’s trinity: the omnibus bill trick
Jane Bowron (Stuff): Lighten up, Nats, and stop barking at every passing car

Russell McVeagh
Jessie Chiang (RNZ): Disappointment over fresh scandal at Russell McVeagh
1News: Russell McVeagh bars partner from workplace amid claim of ‘inappropriate comments’
Stuff: Russell McVeagh investigating partner over inappropriate comments
Newshub: Russell McVeagh partner being investigated after ‘inappropriate comments’ allegation

Transport
Bevan Woodward (Herald): Reducing speed limits offers swathe of benefits
Damian George (Stuff): Wellington’s controversial new bus hubs to be reviewed as some are still being built
ODT Editorial: Time nearly up for cycleway success

Local government
Dominic Harris and Tina Law (Press): Christchurch council manager’s $500k defamation claim against former mayor
Sadie Beckman (Horowhenua Chronicle ): Horowhenua councillor wearing bodycam after altercation with another councillor
Tess Brunton (RNZ): Plans to increase Stewart Island visitor levy slammed as ‘ridiculous’
Janine Rankin (Manawatū Standard): Year in review shows progress, if not achievements

Media, broadcasting
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Stuff, NZME lose at Court of Appeal over merger
Herald: Court of Appeal rejects NZME and Stuff merger challenge
RNZ: Court of Appeal rejects NZME-Stuff merger
Oriini Kaipara (Māori TV): Stereotyping Māori in cartoons must stop, says cartoonist
Sam Kilmister (Manawatū Standard): Footrot Flats cartoonist Murray Ball to be honoured at hometown’s Rural Day
Alex Braae (Spinoff): Holy shit: Is Radio Sport woke now?
Alan Perrott (Stuff): Explaining Country Calendar’s lasting allure
Robbie Nicol (Spinoff): White Man Behind A Deskquits comedy, pivots to political commentary

Merv Smith dies
RNZ: Veteran broadcaster Merv Smith dies (audio)
1News: Legendary broadcaster Merv Smith of ZB breakfast fame dies
Herald: Radio legend, former ZB breakfast host Merv Smith dies

Oceania exhibition
Joy Reid (1News): Major exhibition showcasing 500 years of Pacific art set to open in London
Matthew Hooton (Herald): Oceania brings Piccadilly to a halt
Emine Saner (Guardian): Oceans Apart: Art and the Pacific with James Fox review – an engaging exploration of Māori culture

Gender equality
James Borrowdale (Vice): We Ran the Numbers on New Zealand’s Gender Inequality to Ask Are We There Yet?
Ben Stanley (Vice): Still a Long Way To Go Before There’s Gender Equality in New Zealand Sport

Other
Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Solar power systems take decades to pay for themselves, Consumer NZ says
Zane Small (Newshub): Government promises ‘decent’ incentives for electric cars
David Williams (Newsroom): Time for a bridge between Crown and Māori
No Right Turn: Open Government: Business as usual
Ripeka Timutimu (Māori TV): Exclusive: Miss World NZ reveals a childhood of abuse
Ripeka Timutimu (Māori TV): “My mum believed me” How Miss World NZ survived abuse
Ruby McAndrew (Dominion Post): Catherine Healy and Kristine Bartlett among impressive cohort of women honoured
Ged Cann (Stuff): Faultlines: Evacuating Wellington’s CBD on foot after a big quake is no walk in the park
RNZ: 160 vessels inspected by NZ and Fiji in joint maritime patrols
Dan Dalgety (RNZ): CBD parking problem: ‘They’ll unfortunately head to a mall’
Jess Berentson-Shaw (Briefing Papers): New narratives for discussing child poverty in New Zealand
Dominic Godfery (RNZ): Pre-colonial Pacific culture ‘inspiration for feminism today’
Rachael Kelly (Southland Times): Pet owners could be collared under new MPI rule
Roger Douglas (Herald): Rock star faces music
Bryan Gould (Daily Blog): Positive Money Petition
RNZ: Eric Watson ordered to pay Sir Owen Glenn nearly $50 million
Claire Murdoch (RNZ): Explosion of ‘unashamedly feminist’ writing only the beginning
Andy Evans, Robyn Bargh and Bess Manson (Stuff); ‘Wahine Toa’ published The Bone People
Tim Grafton (Herald): Too many Kiwis are flying blind to risks

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