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Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – November 12 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.

Supreme Court ruling on prisoners’ right to vote, justice
Matthew Theunissen (RNZ): Prison reform charity wants debate on prisoners’ right to vote
RNZ: Youth advocacy group disappointed in govt’s stance on prisoner votes
Craig McCulloch (RNZ): Prisoners’ right to vote currently not a priority for Parliament – Little
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): In just 7 words did Andrew Little demolish real prison reform?
No Right Turn: “Not a priority”
Sam Hurley (Herald): Supreme Court upholds decision saying ban on prisoner voting inconsistent with Bill of Rights
Laura Walters (Newsroom): Step forward for NZ human rights law
Catrin Owen (Stuff): High Court declaration on prisoner voting rights upheld
Alex Baird (Newshub): Kiwi prisoners’ right to vote upheld Supreme Court rules
No Rigjht Turn: Vindicated
Matt Nippert (Herald): Dame Sian Elias’ $3.3m super payout
Scott Palmer (Newshub): Duncan Garner slams Dame Sian Elias’ ‘gold-plated’ super scheme
Jamie Ensor (Newshub): The ‘compassionate’ way Kelvin Davis slashed New Zealand’s prison population
Andrea Vance (Stuff): Greater counter terrorism powers on the cards
Andrea Vance (Stuff): Government considers reviving tattoo removal scheme
Jared Savage (Herald): Court of Appeal overturns rape convictions for teenage boy and criticises defence lawyer Brandt Shortland in miscarriage of justice
Edward Gay (Stuff): Te reo in court is important, says Waitangi Tribunal lawyer
RNZ: Law society surprised by resistance to use of te reo in court
Stuff: Obituary: Destined from childhood to be well qualified for top judge’s job
Hugh Rennie (Stuff): Obituary: Sir John McGrath had reputation for supporting many women lawyers

Teachers’ pay dispute
Martin van Beynen (Stuff): Pay teachers more or expect more inequality
Luke Kirkness (Herald): NZ teachers have biggest workloads, survey finds as NZEI strikes begin
1News: Simon Bridges sympathises with striking teachers as he accuses Government of wasting money
Scott Palmer (Newshub): Simon Bridges thinks teachers’ strike justified, blames Government
Simon Collins (Herald): Teachers: Govt offer came too late to change strike meetings
Katie Scotcher (RNZ): Primary school teachers on strike again today
Josephine Franks (Stuff): Auckland teachers strike in first day of rolling nationwide action
Newstalk ZB: Teacher’s rep: ‘We didn’t call off strike because venues were booked’
Lucy Bennett and Simon Collins (Herald): Education Minister Chris Hipkins hits back: ‘Other Kiwis would appreciate $9500 pay hike’
Laura Tupou (Newsroom); Government’s latest pay offer to primary school teachers ‘misleading’
RNZ: ‘An air of unreality’ – ERA slams teacher union’s pay demands
Newshub: Employment Relations Authority recommends primary school teachers accept pay offer
George Heagney (Stuff): Impasse between teachers and Ministry of Education shows no sign of thawing
Damian George and Collette Devlin (Stuff): Primary teachers and principals confirm nationwide strike after facilitation talks fail
Thomas Coughlan (Newsroom): Teachers to begin week of strikes
RNZ: Primary teacher strikes to go ahead as last-ditch offer fails
Lucy Bennett and Simon Collins (Herald): Education Minister Chris Hipkins disappointed by primary teachers strike action
Jenna Lynch (Newshub): Education Minister Chris Hipkins ‘disappointed’ teachers’ strike going ahead
David Farrar: Teachers striking again

Education
Scott Palmer (Newshub): Stand Strong NZ: New Zealand’s ‘deeply disturbing’ bullying rates revealed
Simon Collins (Herald): Students who die early 100 times more likely to have been expelled from school – study
Simon Collins (Herald): Struggling to learn: kids who learn differently struggle in schools
Astrid Austin (Hawkes Bay Today): Hawke’s Bay school expulsion rates reveal drug use frequent factor
John Gerritsen (RNZ): Learning revolution or pathway to ignorance?
Simon Shepherd and Katie Fitzgerald (Newshub): 600 new learning support coordinators ‘too important’ to wait for data
Adele Redmond and Laine Moger (Stuff): Local schooling or parent choice? Number of schools with zones hits a record high
Lizzie Marvelly (Herald): I wish I’d been taught about same-sex relationships at school
Simon Collins (Herald): Henderson Valley School board agrees to consider parents’ concerns over principal Janet Moyle
Keith Locke (Daily Blog): SIS persecuting foreign students with allegations of WMD research
RNZ: Student investigated over ‘incredibly vague’ WMD allegations
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): ‘No qualifications required’ campaign runs out of steam
Siouxsie Wiles (Stuff): Politicians, don’t interfere with science

Child abuse
Phil Pennington (RNZ): Wellington Catholic school has no records of sex abuse
Tom Hunt (Stuff): Jehovah’s Witness child sex abuse survivor urges examination of NZ church

Media
Graham Adams (Noted): The Jami-Lee Ross saga: Questions around cover-ups continue
Colin Peacock (RNZ): JLR’s greatest hits keep coming (audio)
Pete George (Your NZ): The non-naming of the National MP raises media issues
Colin Peacock (RNZ):  Stuff tightens squeeze on community papers
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Stuff threatened to gut journalism if they didn’t get their monopoly – will this spook Government Broadcasting Policy?
Jeremy Rose  (RNZ): Possible push polling polarises Porirua
Arana Taumata (E-Tangata): Māori media: Work hard, but fight hard too
Quinton Hita (E-Tangata): Māori media: Broadcasting can’t save te reo
Morgan Godfery (E-Tangata): Māori media: Where are our Māori print journalists?
Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): Chilling memories of bullying tactics

National Party
Southland Times Editorial: ‘Moving on’ is not acceptable
Audrey Young (Herald): Leaked tape shows a little kindness from Simon Bridges
Claire Trevett (Herald): National leader Simon Bridges: Turning the tank of Opposition after Jami-Lee Ross
David Farrar: Maybe JLR should join NZ First!

Government
Gia Garrick (RNZ): Shane Jones fails to disclose 61 meetings
Zane Small (Newshub): National MP slams Shane Jones’ failure to disclose meetings
Lucy Bennett (Herald): NZ First MP Tracey Martin – no ego, all action
Jo Moir (Stuff): Labour Māori caucus needs to face ‘cold harsh reality’
Herald: Book extract: What matters most to Jacinda Ardern
Dionne Christian (Herald): Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern inspires political play by Sam Brooks

Armistice centenary
Chris Trotter: What We “Don’t Know And Can’t Know” – The Truth About World War I
Bruce Munro (ODT): The prospects for peace
Mike Treen (Daily Blog): Why did New Zealand suffer the worst casualty rate in World War One?
Andrew Johnston (Spinoff): The Mangel-wurzel, monster of endless war
RNZ: Armistice Day: ‘Don’t anyone talk to me of the glories of war’
Jonathan Milne (Stuff): Too many of the real heroes of WWI have been forgotten; let’s do better for today’s heroes
John Roughan (Herald): We are fascinated with war for good reason
Herald Editorial: A day to remember a nation’s sacrifice
Tom Hunt, Dominic Harris and Ben Bathgate (Stuff): Armistice Day silence broken with a cacophony of noise as NZ marks centenary
1News: Gun salutes, silence and sound as New Zealand marks Armistice centenary
RNZ: Services mark 100 years since end of WW1
Newshub: Armistice Day commemorated around New Zealand
Tema Hemi (Māori TV): 100th anniversary of Armistice Day
Jason Walls (Herald): Jacinda Ardern: Armistice Centenary is a time for reflection and looking towards the future
1News: Watch: Jacinda Ardern speaks of ‘peace, multilateralism and inclusion’ during Armistice Day speech
AP: Armistice centenary: Winston Peters, Prince Harry lay wreaths before All Blacks Test with England
Kate Nicol-Williams (1News): Wairarapa War Camp memorial to be unveiled as part of Armistice Day
RNZ: Plaque recognising role of hospital ship unveiled

APEC, Foreign Affairs
Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): Apec summit highlights the simple price of maintaining Pacific influence: cash
Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern leads ministers to APEC and East Asia Summit
Richard Harman (Politik): McCully defends the China relationship
Fran O’Sullivan (Herald): New Zealand’s tricky balancing act between two trading superpowers
Michael Reddell: Some reading for Todd McClay
RNZ: Cook Islands to join China’s Belt and Road
Thomas Nash (Spinoff): Why it’s time to push NZ foreign policy thinking out of the comfort zone

Housing
Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): So where’s all the KiwiBuild buyers then?
Jason Walls (Herald): The Government’s flagship KiwiBuild policy is on ‘life support’ National’s Judith Collins claims
Stacey Kirk and Laine Moger (Stuff): KiwiBuild at threat of going ‘KiwiBust’ over ‘plummeting popularity’
Ben Leahy (Stuff): Twyford says KiwiBuild no lottery after criticism of Auckland ballot
Bryce Edwards (Herald): Political Roundup: Is KiwiBuild becoming KiwiSpeculator?
Bryce Edwards (Newsroom): Will state housing fix what KiwiBuild can’t?
Hayden Donnell (Spinoff): Did Phil Twyford just turn KiwiBuild into a property investor’s paradise? The definitive ruling
Donna-Lee Biddle (Stuff): Housing NZ tenant, 84, forced to move as newly renovated home set for demolition
1News: Anti-poverty advocate tells PM to ‘chase up’ compo for state tenants evicted for drug use
Mike Wesley-Smith and Finn Hogan (Newshub): Calls for night shelter to stop homeless dying on Auckland streets
Tom Dillane (Herald): Starbucks staff report harassment by homeless at Auckland’s Queen St store
Anne Gibson (Herald): ‘We look at Bastion Point’: Māori protester plans mass anti-Fletcher action
Herald: House price growth slumps, becoming ‘buyers’ market’, ASB chief economist says
Anuja Nadkarni (Stuff): ASB housing survey shows confidence in the market is rising

Karel Sroubek residency decision
Collette Devlin (Stuff): Immigration New Zealand explains how Karel Sroubek case worked
Derek Cheng (Herald): Travel to Czech Republic missing from Karel Sroubek case file
Martyn Bradbury (Waatea News): The attacks by National on Immigration Minister, Iain Lees-Galloway are ridiculous
Steve Braunias (Herald): The secret diary of Iain Lees-Galloway
Heather du Plessis-Allan (Herald): Iain Lees-Galloway too sloppy to stay
Herald: Jacinda Ardern addresses Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway’s future

Health
Duncan Garner (Stuff): For a country that says kids are our future, we have a funny way of showing it
Emma Russell (Herald): New Zealanders biggest consumers in favour of sugary drinks tax, poll reveals
Niki Bezzant (Herald): Let’s keep our kids healthy
Herald on Sunday Editorial: Long waits for public health services can be fixed
Karen Brown (RNZ): NZers’ use of medication not helping mental health – report
Deborah Hill Cone (Herald): DHBs must start offering more talk therapy
RNZ: Unpaid carers suffer high levels of anxiety and depression – study
Mike Houlahan (ODT): Chance to help reform ACC
RNZ: Lack of rural health professionals will result in crisis – GPs
Jacques Steenkamp and Imogen Neale (Stuff): Billion dollar drug company wants to be ‘reimbursed’ with taxpayer funding
Stacey Kirk (Stuff): Who’s really driving the campaign to publicly fund a $1m drug for the orphan disease Spinal muscular atrophy?
RNZ: Government to spend more than $7m on Bay of Islands hospital
Northern Advocate: Bay of Islands Hospital gets $7.1m primary health centre injection from Government
Libby Wilson (Stuff): Rural health school bid not a threat to Waikato med school push: backers
Daniel Birchfield (ODT):Health company confident of breaking even
Jono Edwards (ODT):Volunteers create health centre
Alex Perrottet (RNZ): Checkpoint: Families support GP’s controversial ‘miraculous’ eczema cream
Phil Pennington (RNZ): Support for family of dead woman inadequate – principal
Hadley Grace Robinson-Lewis (Daily Blog): Alex Pirie a social justice and mental health advocate

Banking and finance
ODT Editorial: Uneasiness over bank probe
Brian Gaynor (Herald): Aussies are banking on bumper profits in NZ
Gareth Vaughan (Interest): Why the regulators should take a look at the credit card market
Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Union calls for cap on bank chief executive pay
Lynda Hallinan (Stuff): Should we overlook the fact it appears to be the banks who are robbing us blind?
Torika Tokalau (Stuff): Auckland woman claims she was victim of ‘racist’ treatment at bank
Damien Grant (Stuff): The best guardians of a bank’s customers are the customers themselves
Kirsty Wynn (Herald): Major bank offers lowest interest rate since after World War II

Wealth and inequality
Stuff: Plan to target ‘poverty cycle’ in one of country’s most deprived suburbs
Katie Doyle (RNZ): Reducing childhood inequity focus of planned Rotorua programme
1News: Financial institutions urged to adopt ‘living wage’
Rob Stock (Stuff): Feeling wealthy? New Zealand ranks sixth in global wealth report
Oscar Kightley (Stuff): The joy of six brings rich rewards
Joanne Carroll (Stuff): Abusive partners deny women money for food, power, rent and sanitary products
Herald: ‘Economic abuse’: Finances used to control Kiwi women, research shows

Employment
Imran Ali (Northern Advocate): Northland unemployment climbs in September quarter
John Boynton (RNZ): Study reveals the effects of gig economy on employment
Aimee Shaw (Herald): The gig trap: Study finds ‘gig economy’ workers unlikely to secure ‘regular’ employment
Alice Peacock (Herald): Women feel need to bury sexism struggles, office study finds
Carrie Buckmaster (Spinoff): Public service employers need to do more to stop sexual harm by staff. Here’s how.

Police
Thomas Manch (Stuff): Wally Haumaha report expected on Monday, but his fate may remain unclear
Herald: Katie Fitzgerald and Simon Shepherd (Newshub): Government commits to date for release of Wally Haumaha inquiry
Tom Hunt (Stuff): Nine under-14s laser ‘painted’ and one 15-year-old was Tasered in 2017
Aziz Al-Sa’afin (Newshub): The not-so-inclusive Pride Parade
Bridie Chetwin-Kelly (Newshub): Auckland Pride board treasurer Matty Jackson resigns following ban on uniformed police
Sinead Corcoran (Stuff): NZ Police ‘banned’ from wearing uniforms to Pride Parade
Zane Small (Newshub): ‘Giant backwards step’: Auckland Pride Parade bans cops in uniform
Sam Hurley (Herald): Double prison sentence under controversial law for third striker who ‘terrorised’ tourist
RNZ: Auckland police HQ to shift to new location
Belinda Feek (Herald): ‘The laws need to change’, double fatal crash family urge
Harrison Christian (Stuff): Northland man allegedly pepper sprayed while wearing handcuffs and seatbelt

Electricity
RNZ: Calls for investigation into surge in wholesale power prices
Gavin Evans (BusinessDesk): Electricity regulator tells networks to get on with pricing reform

Corporate boxing, death of Kain Parsons
Stacey Kirk (Stuff): Government rejected calls for a review of corporate boxing – until someone died
Meghan Lawrence (Herald): Nearly 14,000 ACC claims for boxing in three years and three known deaths
Herald: Kiwi boxing champ’s ‘simple remedy’ to dangers of corporate boxing following Christchurch death
Cleo Fraser (Newshub): Safety a priority at first charity boxing match since Kain Parsons’ death

Parliament
Henry Cooke (Stuff): Three lessons for Kiwi politicians in chaotic US midterms
Phil Smith (RNZ): Going through the Motions
Peter Wilson (RNZ): Week in Politics: Lees-Galloway’s turn as Ross runs out of steam
Angie Skerrett (Newshub): Labour MP Kiri Allan disputes ‘rural experience’ stats
Herald: ACT leader David Seymour auctions off Brave Blossoms scarf from Speaker Trevor Mallard

Treaty of Waitangi
Northern Advocate: Thousands start voting on new Ngāpuhi Treaty negotiations plan
Bess Manson (Stuff): National Portrait: Dame Claudia Orange, Treaty witness

Welfare
Marty Sharpe (Stuff): Taxpayer-funded training organisation left disabled clients sitting idle and bored for long periods
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Survey shows toxic culture at WINZ takes more than Labour’s whitewash renovation

Supreme court ruling on swamp kauri
Farah Hancock (Newsroom): Draining the swamp kauri swamp
Lois Williams (RNZ): Supreme Court decision could shut down swamp kauri trade
Linday Laird (Herald): Northland group jubilant as Supreme Court deems swamp kauri export illegal
John Anthony (Herald): Swamp kauri cannot be exported unless it’s a finished product, Supreme Court rules
Emma Cropper (Newshub): Supreme Court rules swamp Kauri cannot be exported
BusinessDesk: Calling swamp kauri a tabletop doesn’t make it true
No Right Turn: Ending the pillage

Environment and conservation
Liz McDonald (Stuff): The industries with a thirst for Christchurch’s pure water
Cherie Sivignon (Stuff): Cr Dana Wensley queries basis for claim Waimea dam partner, WIL, was skint
Rachael Kelly (Stuff): MP’s feast on whitebait at hearings of native fish bill
Phil Pennington (RNZ): Extent of water contamination near air bases confirmed
Kirsty Lawrence (Stuff): Councils call for action to fix water-contamination problems at Ōhakea
No Right Turn: One way of fixing it
Kennedy Warne (E-Tangata): You can’t be a kaitiaki from a distance
Te Kuru o te Marama Dewes (Māori TV): Reviving the rivers
Matthew Theunissen (RNZ): Likely-extinct bird sighted in Golden Bay
Tim Newman (Stuff): Sightings spark hope in the search for New Zealand’s most wanted bird
Jamie Ensor (Newshub): South Island kokako spotted by tramper – report
Wilhelmina Shrimpton (Newshub): New Zealand’s only kea dog headed for retirement

Primary and extractive industries
Tony Wall (Stuff): The kiwifruit worker’s death that led to a multi-pronged, groundbreaking prosecution
Gerard Hutching (Stuff): Mycoplasma milk testing turns up only three infected farms
Rod Oram (Newsroom): Board culture at heart of Fonterra failure
Rebecca Stevenson and John Anthony (Stuff): Fonterra chief executive Miles Hurrell earning ‘substantially less’ than Theo Spierings
RNZ: Good riddance

Crime
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Winner of Government cyber crime tender now frustrated by ‘weird’ lack of support
Kirsty Johnston (Herald): Auckland teen to travel to Denmark to testify against alleged cyber criminal
Newshub: A third of Kiwis have fallen victim to scams – Westpac
Anuja Nadkarni (Stuff): Kiwis losing up to $500 million each year in scams, Westpac fraud survey tells
Tamsyn Parker (Herald): Business email compromise scams costing Kiwis $8000 a day
Harrison Christian (Stuff): Auckland’s street gangs: Social media a breeding ground for ‘wannabe’ gangsters
RNZ: Drugs from the dark net: Police target importers
Herald: Dark net drug importers targeted in major police operation across NZ
Aine Kelly-Costello (Newshub): Dark net drug operation about avoiding ‘downward spiral of drug addiction’ – police
Phil Taylor (Herald): Soft approach on Dark Net drugs is Government’s doing, says Opposition

Transport
Alexia Russell (Newsroom): Getting on board with Universal Basic Mobility
RNZ: Wellington bus network launches new services in response to complaints
RNZ: Lime recalls all e-scooters made by Okai
RNZ: Drone leads to controlled airspace closure at Wellington Airport
Tracy Neal (RNZ): Council accused of charging ‘illegal’ fee to pilots

Cannabis
RNZ: Medicinal cannabis regulation ‘could be all sorted in six months’
Chris Hutching (Stuff): Is cannabis another boom and bust investment sector?
Matthew Tso (Stuff): Cannabis reform advocates preach education over ‘smoke-ups’ outside Parliament

Local government
Andre Chumko (Stuff): Councils eye up real-time satellite monitoring for compliance matters
Aaron Leaman (Stuff): Hamilton’s only holiday park up for sale
RNZ: Stewart Island visitor levy is under review
Todd Niall (Stuff): Auckland lacks a champion to speak up on its biggest issues
RNZ: Kelly Tarlton’s wants nothing to do with wharf development
John-Michael Swannix (Newshub): Auckland’s Albert Park Tunnels ‘have to be open before the America’s Cup’ – developer Bill Reid
Guy Williams (Stuff): New Zealand, stop building roads and malls on our waterfronts

Other
Charlie Dreaver (RNZ): Pokie profits on the rise, despite fewer machines
Emma Hatton (RNZ): Furniture industry shake-up over flammable foam concerns
Laura Walters (Newsroom): Further deaths from synthetics
1News: Defence force wants unmanned aircraft by mid-2020s
Christine McCarthy (Newsroom): Saving ‘ugly duckling’ buildings from demolition
Stuff: Lawyer in secret passport case concerned talks might be bugged
Philip Matthews (Stuff): The week in good news: more jobs, more voters, more donuts
RNZ: Criminal case against cowboy a ‘publicity stunt’
Nikki Macdonald (Stuff): The mayoral mistress, the streaker, or the cat? Who is Wiki-worthy?
Max Cryer (Herald): Should NZ defend or amend national anthem?
RNZ: Company fined $100k after fatal fall from mobility scooter on damaged footpath
Zane Small (Newshub): Should New Zealand drop gender for birth certificates, licences?
Koro Vaka’uta (RNZ):NZ Samoan recognised for connecting public service with Pasifika

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