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Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – November 2 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.

Housing
Matthew Hooton (Herald): KiwiBuild fiasco predicted right here
Herald Editorial: KiwiBuild houses never for the poor
Ben Leahy (Herald): Kiwi families set for upfront cash subsidy to help make KiwiBuild homes affordable
1News: Renters get relief as Government bans letting fees – ‘They have no economic rationale’
Derek Cheng (Herald): Bill passes meaning letting fees will be gone by Christmas
Stacey Kirk (Stuff): Parliament bans letting fees on rentals
RNZ: Letting fees to be banned from next month
Greg Ninness (Interest): Residential tenants moving house will no longer pay letting fees from December 12
Dan Satherley (Newshub): Real estate agency apologises for mocking tenants in newsletter
Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Warning letting fee ban may backfire
Libby Wilson (Stuff): Houses everywhere in Raglan but not one to rent
Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Landlord’s ‘mind-boggling’ fight to remove tenant

Porirua
Thomas Manch and Jared Nicoll (Stuff): $1.5b revitalisation of Porirua will see thousands of new state and KiwiBuild homes built
1News: Thousands of state homes in Porirua to be made ‘warmer, drier and safer’ as part of $1.5b investment
Ana Bracwell-Worrall (Newshub): Porirua to be rebuilt under a $1.5b Government plan
RNZ: $1.5b homes project for Eastern Porirua
Melissa Nightingale (Herlad): Government announces $1.5 billion plan to rejuvenate Porirua
Māori TV: Porirua gets $1.5bil regeneration boost
Allison Ballance (RNZ): From hills to the sea – a community thinks about freshwater

Karel Sroubek residency decision
Gordon Campbell: On ministerial transparency, presidential lies (and Bob Dylan)
Laura Walters (Newsroom): Immigration Minister in a precarious position
Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): Immigration NZ used by experts to do their own dirty work
Chris Bramwell (RNZ): Minister made ‘poor’ decision in Czech drug smuggler case – National
Jared Savage (Herald): Karel Sroubek aka Jan Antolik went back to Czech Republic twice despite fears for life
Derek Cheng (Herald):Investigation called into residency case of drug-smuggler Karel Sroubek
Matthew Rosenberg (Stuff): Drug smuggler granted NZ residency wanted in Czech Republic for allegedly bashing police officer
RNZ: Czech drug-smuggler Karel Sroubek’s past comes to light
Jane Patterson (RNZ): Sroubek returned to Europe, court ruling confirms
Edward Gay (Stuff): Smuggler travelled twice to Czech Republic, but told court it was too dangerous to go home
Collette Devlin (Stuff): Immigration NZ to investigate convicted drug smuggler Karel Sroubek’s residency
1News: Immigration NZ to investigate Czech drug smuggler’s residency case
Newshub: Immigration NZ to investigate Czech drug lord Karel Sroubek’s residency
Chelsea Boyle (Herald): Czech drug-smuggler Karel Sroubek used false name for fancy Kiwi wedding

National
David Fisher (Herald): Jami-Lee Ross: The inside story on his spectacular exit from the National Party
Bryan Gould (Spinoff): My review for Labour was quietly buried. Will Bridges do the same with National’s?
Tracy Watkins (Stuff): National rejects proxy vote offer from MP Jami-Lee Ross
Newshub: National rejects Jami-Lee Ross’ proxy vote
RNZ: National declines Jami-Lee Ross’ proxy vote
Herald: National Party denies Jami-Lee Ross’ proxy vote
Herald ‘I bleed blue…but it’s for Bridges to deal with’: Sir John Key saying little on Jami-Lee Ross fallout
Claire Trevett (Herald): Paula Bennett’s cunning plan to save Simon Bridges: Ban NZ Herald political editor Audrey Young’s holidays

Parliament
Alliance: Let’s Talk About Taxpayer Funded Elections
Daniela Maoate-Cox (RNZ): Committee stages at Parliament

Inequality, poverty
Ian Hyslop (Newsroom): Inequality a blight on NZ society
Simon Collins (Herald): Child poverty rates unknown as targets about to become law
Craig McCulloch (RNZ): Child poverty targets come one step closer
Lucy Bennett (Herald): Child Poverty Reduction Bill passes second reading

Education, child welfare
Chris Morris (ODT): Naming plea by barrister
Chris Morris (ODT): Kavanagh name change counter-petition
LIstener: How is NZ supposed to attract teachers when Australia pays thousands more?
Adele Redmond (Stuff): Primary schools start announcing plans to close during upcoming teachers’ strikes
Mānia Clarke (Māori TV): Principal warns of pressure on Māori-medium teachers
Josephine Franks (Stuff): ‘Ridiculous’ language requirements lock English-speaking teachers out of jobs
Bernard Orsman (Herald): Hundreds of thousands of parents being asked to help reinstate school buses in Auckland
Briar Lipson (Herald): NCEA review is not tackling our declining performance

Health
Phil Pennington (RNZ):Porirua deaths were ‘absolutely’ preventable – Youth worker
Phil Pennington (RNZ): Porirua deaths: ‘We know we need to do better’
1News: ‘Action is necessary and it is urgent’ – Chlöe Swarbrick calls on MPs to tackle mental health after spate of Porirua deaths
RNZ: Survey estimates quarter of underage NZers having sex
Newshub: Hundreds of ambulance workers to strike
1News: Nearly 1000 ambulance workers to strike, say patients won’t be put at risk
Amber-Leigh Woolf (Stuff): Reusable bags could kill about 20 people a year claims politician
Rob Stock (Stuff): Southern Cross snips vasectomy cover from RegularCare policies
Carly Gooch (Stuff): Health scare turns holiday heaven into hell for Nelson couple without travel insurance
Bayley Moor (Stuff): Cancer patients call for vitamin C infusion to be affordable

Abortion
Bob McCoskrie: Māori MPs give their take on abortion law reforms
Stuff: ‘Scared teenager’: Why NZ abortion law must change

Property Relationships Act
Newshub: Break-up law revamp given the thumbs-up
Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Changes proposed for law dictating how property split in break-up
RNZ: Fifty-fifty split a thing of the past says Law Commission
Emma Cropper (Newshub): Law Commission recommends sweeping changes to divorce laws
Herald: Law Commission recommends ditching 50-50 split after a breakup

Justice, corrections, police
Roger Brooking (Spinoff): Kelvin Davis has a cunning plan to cut the prison population – and it’s working
Benn Bathgate (Stuff): Ministry brands court strike union move ‘unlawful, unsafe and irresponsible’
Sam Hurley (Herlad): Ministry of Justice seeks injunction to challenge legality of court workers’ ‘lightning strikes’
RNZ: Former Chief Justice Sir Thomas Eichelbaum dies
Stuff: Retired Chief Justice Sir Thomas Eichelbaum dies
Laura Walters (Newsroom): Police accept ‘best pay offer they could expect’

Trade
Stephen Jacobi (Spinoff): Where does the US vs China trade war leave New Zealand?
Point of Order: Greens are among the few grinches as political and business leaders welcome CPTPP

Waitara Lands Bill
Jim Tucker (Stuff): Waitara bill not home just yet
Robin Martin (RNZ): Hapū to decide fate of Waitara Lands Bill

Employment, business
Philip Matthews (Press Editorial): When work and life are out of balance
Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): It’s time for the equality warriors to get real
Anne Gibson (Herald): Homai te pakipaki? How business is embracing te ao Māori, te reo Māori

Banks
Susan St John (Daily Blog): Time for KiwiBank default providers to smarten up?
1News: Are we getting a fair deal from Aussie-owned banks on our home turf?
Duncan Bridgeman (Herald): ANZ chair Sir John Key pushes for tougher rules for NZ banks
Zane Small (Newshub): Australian banks ‘sucking’ New Zealand’s wealth, expert claims
RNZ: Demand for home loans tip BNZ’s profit over $1b again
Jason Walls (Herald): NZ could become the last developed country to enact deposit insurance rules

Transport, road safety
Thomas Coughlan (Newsroom): Car companies could face fines
Chris Hutching (Stuff): Anonymous vehicle group wants stronger action against Japanese-owned rivals
Phillipa Yalden (Stuff): Sikh Society looks to educate drivers in wake of double fatal crash
John Gibb (ODT): Hillside jobs could double as result of govt decision

Petrol
RNZ: Z Energy’s underlying profit drops 31 percent after price hike
Alice Webb-Liddall (Newshub): Z Energy reports sharp fall in profit as petrol prices rise

Auckland Airport 
John Anthony (Stuff): Auckland International Airport profits too high, Commerce Commission says
1News: Auckland Airport warned its planned $53m profit not justified

Local government
Simon Wilson (Herald): Why have a stadium when you can build a car park and hotel instead?
Hannah Ross (Stuff): Auckland politicians vote on revoking reserve status to fix rowing club mistake
Eva Corlett (Herald): Bella Vista owners able to move on after gruelling saga
Kiri Gillespie (Bay of Plenty Times): ‘It’s over’ – Tauranga City Council settles with Bella Vista homeowners
Newshub: Ruapehu Councillor tells defeated rival to ‘go smoke some dope, dopehead’
Dominic Harris (Stuff): Apology over tampering claims as solution to consents fiasco inches closer
Kirsty Lawrence (Stuff): Ernie Christison resigns from Tararua District Council

Defence industry forum
Janine Rankin (Manawatū Standard): Inside the defence forum: A supervised tour through a weapons-free zone
Herald: More arrests at defence industry conference protesters label ‘weapons expo’
Regan Paranihi (Māori TV): Multiple arrests at Palmerston North weapons expo

Oil and gas exploration ban
Richard Harman (Politik): Balance needed in energy policies
John de Bueger (Stuff): The cost of our Prime Minister’s oil and gas free dream
No Right Turn: Labour entrenches bad faith

Tourism
Tess Brunton (RNZ): ‘It is our role and responsibility to lead the way’
Dan Lake (Newshub): Push for travellers to act as ‘guardians’ of New Zealand when visiting
Amanda Cropp (Stuff): New Tiaki Promise teaches visitors travel etiquette
1News: Tourism NZ’s latest ad focuses on how Kiwis treat their guests

Primary industries
Matthew LIttlewood (Timaru Herald): Timaru pig farmer won’t face prosecution after MPI investigation
Angie Skerrett (Newshub): Industry reacts to latest meat alternative

Other
Brian Easton (Pundit): Should Porkers Rule OK?
Brian Fallow (Herald): Soaring insurance and rates put the squeeze on older Kiwis
Jamie Morton (Herald): The fight for our national bird – and why it matters
Gareth Vaughan (Interest): Why the Govt rejected making lenders disclose the effective cost of debt
Mark Jennings (Newsroom): RNZ: Thanks, but we will stay single
Sarah Robson (RNZ): Royal couple’s visit might cost NZ, but how much is it worth?
Jessica Tyson (Māori TV): Māori couple speaks out on World Vegan Day
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Kiwi mobile phone users would pay for 5G ban on China’s Huawei, 2degrees warns
BusinessDesk: 5G spectrum allocation on track for 2020: Faafoi
Thomas Coughlan (Newsroom): Budget deficit in line with forecasts
Garth Bray (1News): Fair Go: Bar bashing leaves Christchurch man paying through his teeth for dental care
RNZ: NZ to use TV channel to promote its investment in Pacific
Sekhar Bandyopadhyay (Evening Report): From lascars to skilled migrants: Indian diaspora in New Zealand and Australia
No Right Turn: Banning “conversion therapy”
1News: Kiwi ex-pats with pioneer spirit claim island in Australia on behalf of NZ, Jacinda Ardern
Kingsley Baird (Stuff): The First World War centenary and its legacy in New Zealand
Integrity Talking Points: Today marks 150 years of New Zealanders keeping in time
Anne Gibson (Herald): Commercial property sales could crack $10b this year with foreign buyers making big deals

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