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Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – October 26 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
Thomas Coughlan (Newsroom): One year on: Change worthy of its name?
Press Editorial: The Government is in good shape on its first anniversary
Claire Trevett (Herald): Kindness and chaos – Ardern and Peters are the political odd couple
Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): Politics’ odd couple mark one year in power
Newsroom: One year in: the fault lines ahead
ODT: Baby steps: PM faces sobering challenges
Chris Trotter (Daily Blog): Who Do The Greens Think They Are?
Toby Manhire (Spinoff): On their first birthday, how is the National-NZ First government getting on?
Tracy Watkins (Stuff): Jacinda Ardern and Winston Peters on making their relationship work
1News: One year on, Jacinda Ardern and Winston Peters reflect on the decision to work together
Claire Trevett (Herald): Government turns one: PM Jacinda Ardern and NZ First leader Winston Peters look back – and forward to 2020
Jane Patterson (RNZ): One Year On: Together in the political hot seat
Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): All smiles for the Government one year on
Talisa Kupenga (Māori TV): PM and deputy PM talk first year in govt
Angela Cuming (Huff Post): This Could Be The Most Progressive Country On Earth
Devdiscourse: New Zealand: Analysts fault PM Ardern for making slow progress
RNZ: Beyond the Beehive: Students mark the govt on fees policy
Alice Webb-LIddall (Newshub): Kids quiz Jacinda Ardern on 1080, petrol prices, mental health at PM’s Picnic
Collette Devlin (Stuff): Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern hosts kids’ picnic, but all eyes are on Neve
Herald: ‘Ja Mon!’ Baby Neve receives hilarious gift from world leader
Newshub: Prime Minister of St Lucia’s unique gift to baby Neve

National Party, political finance
Matthew Hooton (Herald): Jami-Lee Ross fiasco a symptom of wider disease
David Fisher (Herald): The chain of events which put Jami-Lee Ross in mental health care began with a concerning text to a former lover
Selwyn Manning (Evening Report): National Affairs and the Public Interest
Martyn Bradbury Daily Blog): Cameron Slater drops an atomic bomb on National
Martyn Bradbury Daily Blog): Love him or hate him, Slater’s nuclear bomb on National must be investigated
Geoff Simmons (Spinoff): The Greens’ proposed donation ban would serve to ban new parties from parliament
Bryce Edwards (Herald): Should taxpayers fund political parties?
Simon Louisson (Standard): Ross saga quiescent, but donations scandal needs addressing
Greg Presland (Standard): Nothing to worry about
Herald: Greens reiterate call for change after National received $3.5m in anonymous donations
Bryce Edwards (RNZ): The case for and against Judith Collins leading National
Tova O’Brien (Newshub): Winston Peters won’t rule out working with Simon Bridges after 2020 election
Herald: The Country: Simon Bridges: I’ve been through a fire but I’ve come out stronger
No Right Turn: An admisison of guilt
Curwen Ares Rolinson (Daily Blog): On National’s Yet-Unsinking Poll Numbers

Parliament
Herald: Justice Minister Andrew Little is changing voting laws to allow enrolling on Election Day
Collette Devlin (Stuff): The Electoral Commission wants Parliament to make voting changes
Jo Moir (RNZ): Minister wants voters to be able to register on election day
Michael Daly (Stuff): Former MPs, partners travel cost $1.1m in past year
No Right Turn: Time to end this rort
Stephanie MItchell (Stuff): Do celebrities really have the skills to be political leaders?

Fuel taxes and petrol prices
Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): Since Jacinda Ardern said consumers were being fleeced, Z Energy shareholders have lost more than $500m
Herald: ‘We have the power’: Kiwis give fuel companies middle finger as nationwide boycott underway
Dan Satherley (Newshub): Jacinda Ardern ‘making policy up on the hoof’ – Judith Collins
Craig McCulloch (RNZ): PM rejects claims regional fuel tax promise was impromptu
Derek Cheng (Herald): PM Jacinda Ardern’s claims over regional fuel tax ‘silly’ and not credible – National
Derek Cheng (Herald): PM says she was ‘very clear’ about regional fuel tax ban well before yesterday
David Farrar: PM claims it wasn’t policy on the hoof

Colin Craig vs Cameron Slater
Alison Mau (Stuff): Colin Craig defamation case breaks new ground for victims of sexual harassment
Cameron Slater: Craig vs Slater: MacGregor vindicated
Herald :‘It’s a win’: Colin Craig labels lawsuit a victory, despite sexual harassment ruling
Dan Satherley and Karen Rutherford (Newshub): Colin Craig claims victory in Cameron Slater defamation case, considers appeal anyway
Sam Hurley (Herald): The rise and fall of Colin Craig: A brief and bizarre delve into politics
Cameron Slater: Craig v Slater: Damning findings against Craig, found to have sexually harassed Rachel MacGregor
Cameron Slater: Craig vs Slater: What the judge said about me
Sam Hurley (Herald): Judge rules Cameron Slater defamed Colin Craig who sexually harassed Rachel MacGregor
Tommy Livingston (Stuff): Colin Craig defamed by Cameron Slater, but also found ‘guilty’ of sexual harassment
Sarah Robson (RNZ): Judge rules Colin Craig was defamed by Cameron Slater
Dan Satherley (Newshub): Colin Craig ‘guilty of moderately serious sexual harassment’ against Rachel MacGregor, judge rules
David Farrar: Zero damages in Craig vs Slater

Primary industries
Rosalind Holland (Stuff): I met a ‘meat chicken’ en route to the slaughter and she was just a baby
Stuff: Five graphs which show how big New Zealand’s chicken industry is
Sophie Bateman (Newshub): No good reason for pig farrowing crates – animal expert
Herald: Woman in cage outside Parliament protests against farrowing crates
Angie Skerrett (Newshub): Milestone for M bovis team

Health
Melanie Earley (Stuff): One third of Kiwis drinking ‘hazardously’ their entire adult lives, research shows
ODT Editorial: Hospitals too valuable to politicise
Cate Broughton (Stuff): Population growth drives suicide rate down, but total number of deaths still rising
Nicholas Jones (Herald): Review Pharmac model, urge breast cancer petitioners
Janet Hoek and Philip Gendall (Public Health Expert): Tobacco product innovation in a smokefree world. Oxymoron or commercial cynicism?
Herald: Alarming number of Kiwis failing to slip, slop and slap, study finds
Newshub: Popular kids’ areas need more shade – Otago University study
Regan Paranihi (Māori TV): Kaumātua concerns highlighted in new report
Natalie Akoorie (Herald): Health and Disability Commissioner seeks advice over conflict of interest claim
Herald: Ministry warns of dangers of purchasing medicines online
David Clarkson and Joel Ineson (Stuff): Canterbury couple who stole $500k from disabled clients avoid prison
Birttany Keogh (Stuff): Meet the young woman hoping to be the Far North’s first female Māori GP

Drug law
1News: Kiwis divided on legalising cannabis, but more are in favour, 1 NEWS poll reveals
1News: MPs reveal when they last smoked cannabis
Tova O’Brien (Newshub):‘We could fix that’: Government’s changes to medicinal cannabis Bill
Vomle Springford (Noted): What you learn at NZ’s cannabis museum-cafe ‘will stay in your system for weeks’
Wendy Allison (Spinoff): Here comes festival season, where dodgy drugs thrive thanks to a dumb law

Employment
Katie Scotcher (RNZ): National MP has ‘no problem’ speaking at conference on bullying
Kirk Hope (Stuff): Migration must balance priorities of communities with need to attract skills to NZ
Nicole Lawton and Matthew Rosenberg (Stuff): ‘Be a safe guy’: Kaitaia comedian uses humour to speak up for Māori workers
1News: Ecostore tells Auckland shop manager ‘what discrimination is’ after she gave job to ‘physically strong’ man

Education
Dan Satherley (Newshub): Government ‘just useless’ at negotiating with teachers – Judith Collins
Katie Fitzgerald (Newshub): Principals unanimously support teachers’ strike – NZ Principals’ Federation president
1News: Primary teachers, principals vote for rolling strikes nationwide next month
Jessica Long (Stuff): Primary school teachers and principals vote to strike across country
Newshub: Teachers vote ‘overwhelmingly in favour’ of week of strikes
Herald: Primary school teachers vote to commence rolling strikes
RNZ: Primary school teachers vote for rolling strikes
Adele Redmond (Stuff): One in five teacher training graduates don’t work in schools
Bronwyn Wood (Newsroom): Engaged students make for engaged citizens
Jessica Long (Stuff): Students are missing out on science due to inadequate training, says science group
John Lewis (ODT): OGHS pupils given option of trousers
Simon Collins (Herald): Mt Albert Grammar shuts out senior students on final day of school to avoid pranks
Adele Redmond (Stuff): Lincoln University could be governed by Canterbury University under potential ‘partnership’ plan

Transport, roading
Tom Hunt (Stuff): MPs, union, and companies in harmony: Capital bus overhaul too big, too quick
RNZ: NZ Bus chief takes swipe at council over troubled bus network
RNZ: Few passengers miss the bus as Wellington bus drivers strike
Matthew Littlewood (Stuff): Timaru could become national leader in public transport
Simon Wilson (Herald): Nightmare on Albert St
NIta Blake-Persen (RNZ): Checkpoint: Lime e-scooters: Genius idea or public nuisance?
1News: Auckland mayor orders Lime scooter safety probe after city councillor almost hit
Alice Wilkins (Newshub): Auckland council to seek advice on Lime Scooter safety
RNZ: E-scooter safety check urgently needed – councillor
Mandy Te (Stuff): Explainer: Where can you ride e-scooters and what are the rules?
RNZ: Ngāruawāhia community sets up patrol to try to keep children off bridge
RNZ: Coroner probes train speeds after death of 11-year-old
Cleo Fraser (Newshub): ‘Slow the hell down’: Grieving Ngaruawahia mum’s plea to train drivers after daughter’s death
Lois Williams (RNZ): Whangārei MP says road plan change a letdown for the north

Housing
Teuila Fuatai (Newsroom): KiwiBuild: a ‘community trainwreck’
Tom Furley (RNZ): First home buyer dreams hindered by existing debt
Mitchell Alexander (Newshub): Solar panels weren’t considered for Kiwibuild
Mānia Clarke (Māori TV): Kaumātua concerned KiwiBuild homes unaffordable
Regan Paranihi (Māori TV): Minister announces 175 new homes for Te Kauwhata
Anne Gibson (Herald):Tenants for life? Open-ended tenancies suggested in wide-sweeping rent law reform
Anne Gibson (Herald): Landlords want new three strikes rule to evict tenants
CPAG: Rental reform proposal offers little more than minor modifications
Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Methamphetamine rules unclear as insurers stick to lower standard

Treaty of Waitangi
RNZ: Ngāpuhi agree to vote on settlement negotiation model
Leigh-Marama McLachlan (RNZ): Waitangi tribunal judges burnt out – Chief Judge speaks out
RNZ: Meeting over who should lead Ngāpuhi treaty negotiations
Rukuwai Tipene-Allen (Māori TV): Crown proposal causing division
No Right Turn: Ignoring the obvious solution

Royal visit
Gordon Campbell: On our addiction to the monarchy
Alice Guy (Stuff): Nerves setting in for Rotorua performers chosen to sing for royal couple

Foreign affairs
RNZ: NZ Foreign Minister defends assistance to PNG for APEC
Peter McKenzie (Newsroom): Time for NZ to get tough on China
MIchael Reddell: “Free from interference” – Ardern

Environment and conservation
Jamie Morton (Herald): ‘Breakthrough’ plan to tackle NZ’s vanishing nature
RNZ: Forest & Bird hails biodiversity report as breakthrough
Laura Mills (ODT): Public’s views on whitebait fishery sought
1News: Whitebaiters could hold the key to securing the future of endangered New Zealand tradition
Mark Quinlivan (Stuff): Greenpeace protesters escape conviction over Mackenzie farm demonstration
Stuff: Invasive wilding pines concern
RNZ: Controversial Craggy Range track found to be dangerous
Scott Palmer (Newshub): Auckland’s filthiest beaches: Where ‘faecal contamination’ is worst

Justice, corrections, police
Samantha Gee (Stuff): Raped woman backs stronger rights for victims attacked by those declared insane
Laura Walters (Newsroom): Fixing the justice system will take a generation
Blair Ensor (Stuff): Prison guard Alastair Wood receives final warning over alleged interfering in investigation
Scott Palmer (Newshub): Police failing to meet emergency response times targets
Jono Edwards (ODT):Inmate in hospital after Otago prison assault

Defence
Matt Stewart (Stuff): New Defence Force boss ushers in major shake-up of military top brass
Jonathan Mitchell (RNZ): NZ soldiers leave for Iraq mission
Jamie Tahana (RNZ): Giant conch shell unveiled as NZ’s memorial to Pacific soldiers

Oil and gas exploration
Gavin Evans (Newsroom): Submitters send serious message on exploration ban
No Right Turn: Climate Change: One state at a time

Media and broadcasting
Mark Jennings (Newsroom):TVNZ could merge with RNZ: Kevin Kenrick
James Croot (Stuff): TVNZ contemplating charging Kiwis for an ad-free on-demand service
Eden More (RNZ): Legend of television: Tini Molyneux
Tema Hemi (Māori TV): Tini Molyneux receives Television Legend award
John Drinnan: Seven best of the credible media left

Entrust election
Todd Niall (Stuff): Entrust election staggers to possible record low turnout
No Right Turn: Voter suppression right here in NZ

Relationship property laws
Elena McPhee (ODT): Property division law examined
Isaac Davison (Herlad): Time to ditch 50-50 split after a breakup? A majority of New Zealanders think so
Emma Cropper (Newshub): How New Zealand’s divorce laws could soon change

Sport
Stuff: Hamish Carter resigns from High Performance NZ
RNZ: Former Olympic champion resigns after leaking information to Peden

Local government
Janine Rankin (Stuff): Peace Action heads to court over weapons forum
Tina Law (Stuff): Christchurch residents need to conserve water to avoid restrictions, mayor says
Chris Morris (ODT): DCC calls for review of debt arrangements
Chris Morris (ODT): DCC’s policy on alcohol approved

Tourism, freedom camping
1News: Cruise ships’ air pollution sparks calls for Government to sign international rules
Dan Dalgety (RNZ): Cruise scheduling angers Akaroa locals: ‘It’s just chaos’
RNZ: Plans to control Queenstown freedom camping revealed

Ngāi Tahu
Moana Makapelu Lee (Māori TV): Ngāi Tahu net worth $1.65bil
Chris Hutching (Stuff): Ngāi Tahu more cautious looking ahead as it posts strong profit
RNZ: Profit climbs to $150m for Ngāi Tahu iwi

Other
Richard Harman (Politik): Saving Labour from itself
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Humans still have final say on ‘almost all’ NZ government decisions
Jason Walls (Herald): Trade Minister David Parker unable to secure steel and aluminium tariff exemption on US trip
Herald: Landlord to up rent after getting $1500 power bill for one week
Stuff: Most of Wellington – and the rest of New Zealand – hasn’t done basic earthquake preparation
Michael Littlewood (Interest): The Tax Working Group’s recommendations on retirement saving lack evidence
1News: Calls in NZ for non-disclosure agreements to be banned in sexual assault cases
Samuel Becher and Jessica Lai (Newsroom): What fake honey and trade wars have in common
Herald: Bill to establish reviews of criminal cases passes first reading
Morgan Godfery: High Court to the MWWL: “more care and gentleness required”
Sam Hurley (Herald): Law Society elects Gisborne lawyer Tiana Epati, its first female Pacific Island president
Anuna Nadkarni (Stuff): Tech awards speakers have more ‘John’s, Mark’s and Wayne’s’ than women
RNZ: Plagued Hawke’s Bay museum could sell items to cut costs
Gyles Beckford (RNZ): NZ posts record monthly trade deficit
Taroi Black (Māori TV): SPCA launches unique book in te reo Māori

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