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Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – November 8 2018

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Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – November 8 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.

Drug Foundation report, synthetic drugs
NZ Drug Foundation: Drug law reform stacks up in dollar terms – new report
Shamubeel Eaqub (Spinoff): The economic boon for New Zealand of drug law reform
Jared Nicoll (Stuff): Legalised cannabis market could grow NZ’s coffers by $240m a year in tax
Alex Baird (Newshub): Legalising cannabis could be worth $240m to New Zealand – top economist
Chris Bramwell (RNZ): Regulating cannabis could generate $240m in tax – report
Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom):Strong economic case for drug reform – report
Anna Whyte (1News): Drug Foundation calls for decriminalisation of use and possession of all illicit drugs
Zahra Shahtahmasebi (VIce): In New Zealand It’s Much Easier to Score Meth than Weed
Derek Cheng (Herald): MPs should ‘walk the talk’ and decriminalise drug use, say the Greens
Bryan Cadogan (ODT): Underestimate meth at your peril
Melissa Nightingale (Herald): Synthetics-contaminated cooking utensil poisoned Porirua children

Jami-Lee Ross and NZ First
Richard Harman (Politik): Dirty politics, Russell McVeagh and Winston Peters. The bizarre story of two high priced dinners
Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): Winston Peters plays politics like no one else
Tracy Watkins (Stuff): Winston Peters’ plan to make National eat humble pie
Dan Satherley (Newshub): Jami-Lee Ross should consider resigning – NZ First MP Tracey Martin
1News: NZ First’s Tracey Martin admits it will be odd voting for Opposition as party takes Jami-Lee Ross’ proxy vote
RNZ: NZ First to hold Jami-Lee Ross’ proxy vote
Laura Walters and Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): NZ First to cast Jami-Lee Ross’ proxy vote
Sophie Bateman (Newshub): New Zealand First accepts Jami-Lee Ross proxy vote for Botany
Anna Whyte (1News): NZ First accept Jami-Lee Ross’ proxy vote
Herald: NZ First has agreed to accept MP Jami-Lee Ross’ proxy vote in Parliament
Tracy Watkins (Stuff):Jami-Lee Ross switches his proxy vote to New Zealand First

Unemployment, employment law
Liam Dann (Herald): Unemployment fall a win for Government
Amy Williams (RNZ): Depth of underemployment problem not reflected in stats – union
Jason Walls (Herald): The Government reaches its unemployment target but the PM warns the number will fluctuate
BusinessDesk: NZ employment rate hits highest ever level
Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): Unemployment drops sharply, hitting lowest level since 2008
Alice Webb-Lidall (Newshub): Unemployment rate the lowest in 10 years
1News: Unemployment rate down to 3.9 per cent, lowest level since 2008
Herald: Unemployment falls to lowest level since the 2008 global financial crisis, Statistics NZ says
No Rght Turn: 17,000 employed under Labour
Andrew Ashton (Hawkes Bay Today): Hawke’s Bay’s job boom: Number of unemployed drops by half in a year
Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): National claims Government has agreed to water down employment law

Migrant labour
Steve Kilgallon and Dileepa Fonseka (Stuff): The Big Scam: $5000 cash buys you a job
RNZ: New Zealand to review impact of RSE on Pacific
RNZ: Cleaning company fined $37k for exploiting staff

Housing
ODT Editorial: Cracks appear in KiwiBuild
Jenna Lynch (Newshub): Exclusive: Housing Minister’s backdown on penalties for KiwiBuild property flippers
Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): Kiwibuild scandal just gets bigger and bigger
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Wait, what? Not only is Kiwibuild for the children of the middle classes – it’s also for property speculators?
David Williams (Newsroom): On KiwiBuild’s fringe, the have-nots
Chris Harrowell (Stuff): KiwiBuild rebuffs offer to get involved in Buddhists’ Auckland housing development
Ben Leahy (Herald): Housing Minister says all major indicators show homelessness was up over the winter
Chris Morris (ODT): Dunedin housing plans ‘broken’: developer

Karel Sroubek residency decision
Peter Dunne: Report will determine not only Sroubek’s fate, but also the Minister’s
Jason Walls (Herald): Deputy Prime Minister suggests immigration officials are at fault over the Sroubek saga
Stuff: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern found out about Karel Sroubek decision through the media
Derek Cheng (Herald): House burgled days after Karel Sroubek lodged a claim on it, the National Party says
Matthew Rosenberg and Anna Loren (Stuff): House tied to drug smuggler Karel Sroubek withdrawn from sale after alleged burglary
Edward Gay (Stuff): Drug smuggler Karel Sroubek deportation order is still ‘pending’

Government, Labour Party conference
Pattrick Smellie (Stuff): Our interventionist government still contains traces of Roger Douglas
Peter Dunne (Newsroom): Beware the politics of the warm glow
Bryan Gould: Good – but could be better
Rino Tirikatene (Stuff): The rockstar prime minister

Banking sector
Shamubeel Eaqub (Stuff): It’s time to address New Zealand banks’ big four problems
John Anthony (Stuff): Kiwibank’s ‘readiness’ to become Government’s bank investigated
Gareth Vaughan (Interest): Govt mulling ‘fundamental change’ to the bank-customer relationship
Point of Order: Wake-up call in banking should be heeded by the regulatory agencies, too
Chris Hutching (Stuff): Main Kiwi banks refuse to support bitcoin trading businesses
Duncan Bridgeman (Herald): Who wants to be a banker now?
Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): It’s cool to hate banks and oil companies but they’re not crooked

Health
Katie Fitzgerald (Newshub): Government looking into banning smoking in cars with kids – Jenny Salesa
Cate Broughton (Stuff): Group to ‘un-mesmerise’ communities on harmful foods
Sarah Robson (RNZ): No improvement in childhood tooth decay rates
Nicholas Jones (Herald): Can’t walk or talk – but dementia sufferer faces eviction from rest home
Hannah Martin (Stuff): Auckland DHB temporarily closes a maternity ward due to staffing pressures
RNZ: Midwives say rejected offer doesn’t acknowledge big responsibility
Oliver Lewis (Stuff): Canterbury DHB and Health Ministry dispute admissions to secure unit
Jason Walls (Herald): The Government will spend close to $46 million on a new children’s hospital in Wellington
Felix Desmarais (Stuff): Wellington children’s hospital gets $45 million funding boost from Government
1News: Wellington children’s hospital closer to reality with $45.6m Govt funding boost
Emma Hatton (RNZ): Govt to contribute $45.6m to children’s hospital
Danielle Clent (Stuff):30 surgeries affected in 48-hour strike by Northland anaesthetic technicians
Annna Whyte (1News): Students urge Government for abortion no-protest buffer zone around hospital
Mandy Te and Hannah Martin (Stuff): ‘Not appropriate to alarm’ public about W meningococcal strain in May, Northland DHB says
Herald: Northland District Health Board defends timing of alert on new meningococcal strain
Tom Hunt (Stuff): Infants to finally be offered meningicoccal B vaccine
Herald: New vaccine launched to combat killer meningococcal B disease
Lucy Warhurst (Newshub): ‘Scariest time of my life’: Mum urges Kiwis to get meningococcal B vaccination
Dan Satherley (Newshub): Junior doctors still working epic shifts
Michael Hall (RNZ): Call for probe into pesticide banned by France after illnesses
Catherine Harris (Stuff): Plumbers call on Govt to stop tapware with unsafe levels of lead
Phil Pennington (RNZ): Experts warn over taps leaching lead into water
Herald: Australia’s ‘lead crisis’ makes it way to New Zealand: Unsafe levels of lead found in tapware
Katie Scotcher (RNZ): Film labelling body pushes for law change after Hollywood film sparks distress
Eric Crampton: Have you considered using prices?

1918 influenza pandemic
RNZ:NZ announces support for Samoan nursing centre
1News: Winston Peters throws support behind memorial marking 100 years since Samoa influenza outbreak
Martin Johnston (Herald): The false Armistice and the Kiwi flu epidemic that killed a quarter of Samoans
Jamie Tahana (RNZ): How NZ took influenza to Samoa, killing a fifth of its population

Rātana
Zaryd Wilson and Lucy Bennett (Herald): PM makes $1.9m housing announcement at Rātana centenary celebrations
Collette Devlin (Stuff): Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announces $3m investment at Rātana centenary
RNZ: Govt gives $3m funding for Rātana community land development
Leah Te Whata (Māori TV): $3.6mil announced for housing in Ratana
Collette Devlin (Stuff): Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern brings gifts from baby Neve to Rātana
Tova O’Brien (Newshub): Rātana Church issues stern warning to Jacinda Ardern’s Government
Leigh-Marama McLachlan and Meriana Johnsen (RNZ): Rātana centenary: Thousands arriving for celebrations

Parliament
Bryce Edwards (Herald): Political Roundup: Lifting the lid on MPs’ free perks and junkets
Claire Trevett (Herald): Hope, change and the Speakers’ Peace Mission with Gerry Brownlee
Newshub: Tova O’Brien tackles 1080 and taxpayer travel rorts (video)
Megan Sutherland (Newshub): Footage emerges of Gerry Brownlee and Trevor Mallard’s Japanese trade mission
Michael Reddell: The PRC and New Zealand: bits and pieces
RNZ: Parliament seeks protection for MPs against cyber attacks

Education
ODT Editorial: Kiwi kids worth investment
CPAG: Government on the right track to making education more inclusive
Simon Collins (Herald): Secondary teachers reject ‘half-hearted’ pay offer, discuss potential strike
RNZ: Revised pay offer for secondary teachers labelled as ‘laughable’
Justine Munro (Herald): Our kids need more skills than school prize-givings recognise
Aaron Leaman (Stuff): Statutory manager appointed to Ōtorohanga College
Eva Corlett (RNZ): Hundreds of teachers turn out for pay discussions
Alwyn Poole (Herald): Crushing of the charter school model hurts the poorest
Zane Small (Newshub): Kaiapoi North School ‘devastated’ after fire destroys classroom
RNZ: Kaiapoi North School fire: ‘Everything in those two classrooms is gone’
Amber-Leigh Woolf (Stuff): Act of Parliament needed to change Vic’s name ‘a game changer’
Isaac Davison (Herald): ‘Gaia-inspired’ childcare centre proposed in South Auckland

Justice, corrections
Laura Walters (Newsroom): Strikes keeping people in custody – lawyer
Anneke Smith (RNZ): Court staff strike after Ministry’s failed injunction bid
Sam Hurley (Herald): More court strikes after Ministry of Justice’s injunction bid dismissed
David Farrar: The 13th Chief Justice of NZ
Julie Iles (Stuff): The theft of an Auckland legal aid lawyer’s laptop compromises 80 cases

Police
Chelsea Boyle (Herald): IPCA report into police pursuit crash that killed two in St Lukes Rd, Auckland
Thomas Manch (Stuff): High stakes for Haumaha has supporters nervous, days from release of report
RNZ: Police officer charged with illegally tasering woman

Transport
Mitchell Alexander (Newshub): Fact check: Who taxed your petrol the most – Labour or National?
Laura Dooney and Meriana Johnsen (RNZ): Wellington regional council spending thousands a month to help bus network
RNZ: E-scooters not as dangerous as reported, council told
1News: E-scooters a hit in Christchurch, clocking up 107,000 kilometres within first two weeks

Environment and conservation
RNZ: Councillor concerned about new water bottling application
Tracy Watkins (Stuff): Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern received death threats as 1080 debate takes a violent turn
Eleanor Ainge Roy (Guardian): Jacinda Ardern receives death threat as poison 1080 row grows
RNZ: Man charged over threatening anti-1080 letters
Newshub: Man arrested after 1080 threats to Department of Conservation staff
Dan Dalgety (RNZ): New supercomputers to research effects of climate change
Alexia Russell (Newsroom): The conservation story lost in gumboot antics

Primary industries
Rachael Kelly (Stuff): Passionate pleas over Otama water scheme ownership
Bala Tikkisetty (Newshub): Finding balance critical for farmers
Barrie Smith (Taranaki Daily News): Regional council and farmers are doing good work
Andrea Fox (Herald): Fonterra shareholders prepared to back new leadership to get change: Chairman

Local government
Stuff: Mayor says family will join him, accuses predecessor of ‘dirty politics’
Katie Fitzgerald (Stuff): Porirua Mayor upset by criticism over family’s living situation
Katee Shanks (Rotorua Daily Post): Porirua mayor questioned over living arrangements
Andre Chumko (Stuff): Napier’s council spends $61k defending Easter trade policy that was thrown out
Matthew Littlewood (Timaru Herald): Timaru council holdings company confirms proposal to sell shares in Alpine Energy

Auckland
Isaac Davison (Herald): Auckland’s medical officer recommends more pedestrian areas to combat rising pollution
1News: Hazardous black carbon plagues one of NZ’s busiest streets, report finds
RNZ: Queen St contains highest levels of black carbon in NZ

Oil and gas
Mike Watson (Stuff): Mixed reaction to new law banning oil and gas exploration
Derek Cheng (Herald): Bill to ban offshore oil and gas exploration passes final reading
RNZ: Parliament passes Bill banning new offshore oil and gas exploration
RNZ: Energy company sells its NZ oil fields
Pattrick Smellie and Gavin Evans (BusinessDesk): Taranaki oil and gas producer TAG Oil quits NZ operations
No Right Turn: Climate Change: The next step

Charity boxing, death of Kain Parsons
RNZ: Boxing New Zealand to cease involvement with charity boxing
Herald: Kain Parsons dies after charity boxing match
Megan Sutherland (Newshub): Charity boxer Kain Parsons dies
RNZ: Boxer injured in Christchurch charity match dies

Business and economy
Liam Dann (Herald): Economy Hub: At the crossroads – why the outlook is still so uncertain
Rebecca Howard (Newsroom): NZ businesses expect faster – but still muted – inflation ahead

Other
Anne-Marie Brady (Noted): China 2.0 and the challenge it poses to New Zealand
Wayne Mapp (Spinoff): Labour had a bold vision for rail revival. But does it have a plan?
Bayley Moor (Stuff): Water supply in Kaeo faces closure
Ravinder Hunia (RNZ): Men’s netball rejected by governing body
Susan Edmunds (Stuff): How can you know your KiwiSaver money is safe?
RNZ: NZ parliament passes super portability law
Bill Ralston (Stuff): Hosking on Newstalk ZB ‘forever’ because he’s good, and because lots of people dislike him
Muriel Newman: Return the Coast to Public Ownership
Raniera Harrison (Māori TV): Ngāpuhi motion to remove Te Kotahitanga leadership
Jason Walls (Herald): Parliament passes legislation aiding the rollout of fast-fibre across New Zealand
RNZ: Dame Jenny Shipley’s lawyer: Mainzeal bosses couldn’t have foreseen demise
1News: Auckland Head Hunters deny slick viral video being used as a recruitment drive
Scott Palmer (Newshub): Children pull gang signs in new Head Hunters recruitment video
Emma Jolliff (Newshub): Dunedin power company closes citing ‘volatile market’, high power prices
Seven Sharp: Does new technology mean solar power is now the answer to rising power prices?
Māori TV: Family Violence Bills pass third reading
Kate Nicol-Williams (1News): Tolaga Bay mural that divided Māoridom officially launched 38 years later
RNZ: Māori activists congratulate Kanaks on referendum result
RNZ: Quake recovery effort takes UK engineering award
1News: ‘All avenues exhausted’ in police probe into Auckland strawberry scare

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