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Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – November 14 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.

Pike River
Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): Pike River saga a step towards giving families closure
1News: Anna Osborne tells John Campbell about eight-year fight for husband killed in Pike River disaster – ‘you don’t just leave your loved one behind’
RNZ: Pike River relatives on mine re-entry: It’s a ‘truly amazing day for our families
Stacey Kirk and Jonathan Guildford (Stuff): Pike re-entry: ‘This is a victory for the families and the little people’
1News: Pike River re-entry plans gives families ‘closure they’ve been waiting for’, Greymouth mayor says
Jason Walls (Herald): ‘Absolutely amazing’ – Pike families express their relief at the decision to re-enter the mine
Newshub: Duncan Garner praises Andrew Little’s ‘integrity’ over Pike River mine re-entry announcement
Newshub: Andrew Little confirms ‘single entry’ Pike River re-entry plan
RNZ: LIttle: ‘To the Pike River families, to New Zealand, we are returning’
1News: Government confirms plan to re-enter Pike River Mine drift will proceed – ‘It is now our intention to get this job done’
Stacey Kirk (Stufff): ‘We’re going in’ – Government unveils decision to re-enter Pike River Mine
Lucy Bennett (Herald): Pike River Mine re-entry to go ahead – first major task likely to begin in February 2019
Eleanor Ainge Roy (Guardian): Pike River mine disaster: bodies of 29 dead will be recovered

Royal Commission into child abuse
Gordon Campbell: On why the Royal Commission into child abuse needs to change its timeframe
Chris Morris (ODT): Bishop considering public ‘full disclosure’
Dominion Post Editorial: It’s right to open doors on churches’ dark past
Moana Makapelu Lee (Māori TV): Anglican church welcomes broader abuse inquiry
Stuff: Appeal about court documents in cases of abuse in state care
Maxine Jacobs (RNZ): State abuse inquiry: Hopes Māori addition will shed light on more cases
1News: Human rights lawyer sceptical about expansion of inquiry into child abuse in state care
Tom Hunt (Stuff): Victims of child sexual abuse heartened by widening of Royal Commission
Samantha Gee (Stuff): Move to expand Government abuse inquiry to include religious institutions welcomed

Police
Scott Palmer (Newshub): ‘Grossly misrepresented’ – Shane Jones in passionate defence of Wally Haumaha
Jared Savage (Herald): ‘We were on trial’ – Two women who complained about Deputy Commissioner Wally Haumaha speak out
Thomas Manch (Stuff): Wally Haumaha bullying complainants say Government report ‘lacks balance’
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): The Nashy solid under Wally Haumaha high ball as report denies NZ media another #MeToo Villain
Laura O’Connell Rapira and Kassie Hartendorp (RNZ): Police and Pride: We need to heal our relationships first

Environment and conservation
Derek Cheng (Herald): Former Green MP Sue Bradford says party is betraying its members and is Labour’s handmaiden
Zane Small (Newshub): ‘Just another flip-flop’: Green MP Eugenie Sage under fire over foreign land sales
Christine McKay (Hawkes Bay Today): At least five Pahiatua rural property owners, including farms, have been taking between 5 and 20 per cent of Pahiatua’s treated water supply without making any payment.
Sam Kilmister (Manawatū Standard): Feilding to discharge most wastewater to land instead of Ōroua River
Joanne Carroll (Stuff): Westland District Council charged with discharging sewage into river
Southland Times Editorial: Awards are nice. Success is better.
Samantha Gee (Stuff): First takahē eggs found in nest after birds moved to Kahurangi National Park
Eleanor Ainge Roy (Guardian): Kiwis to be reintroduced to New Zealand capital for first time in a century
Piers Fuller (Stuff): A Wairarapa dark sky reserve would be world’s largest

Foreign affairs
Audrey Young (Herald): Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern saddles up for big encounters at Singapore summit
Audrey Young (Herald): Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern set to meet Aung San Suu Kyi as criticism mounts
Jessica Mutch McKay (1News): Jacinda Ardern to sit with US Vice President Mike Pence at ASEAN gala dinner, to speak about high steel tarrifs
Audrey Young (Herald): Six days without Neve: Jacinda Ardern riding solo to Singapore, Papua New Guinea
Bevan Rapson (North & South): Forget the love trysts, our relationship with China is a much bigger affair
Anna Bracewell-Worrall (Newshub): Emails reveal NZDF wanted to go harder on the threat of Chinese influence
1News: As Brexit looms, New Zealand opens first Irish embassy
RNZ: Brexit vote prompts embassy opening in Ireland

Karel Sroubek residency decision
Collette Devlin (Stuff): Immigration minister not given Karel Sroubek’s full criminal history
Matthew Whitehead (Standard): The dirty politics of beating up on Karel Sroubek
Herald: Immigration lawyer casts doubt whether Immigration Minister can deport Karel Sroubek
Collette Devlin (Stuff): Iain Lees-Galloway stalling on brief for opposition MP on Karel Sroubek case
1News: Acting Prime Minister defends Iain Lees-Galloway’s one-hour decision on Karel Sroubek
RNZ: Checkpoint: Karel Sroubek’s mother Mila: ‘Give him one last chance’

Education
Simon Collins (Herald): NCEA injustice: Huge gaps in reader-writer assistance
Katie Scotcher (RNZ): NCEA exams unlikely to be fully digital by 2020 – NZQA
RNZ: Nine to Noon: On-line exam glitch: “I panicked for 20 minutes”
Adele Redmond (Stuff): Research project aims to determine what effect schools have on students’ success – if any at all
Herald Editorial: One in five pupils now need help with learning disorders
Simon Collins (Herald): Struggling to learn: ‘It’s like coming out of the fog, you can see each child clearly’
Josephine Franks (Stuff): English language requirements for foreign teachers overhauled
Adele Redmond (Stuff): Christchurch’s Redcliffs School community watches old school’s ‘heartbreaking’ demolition

Teachers’ pay dispute
RNZ: Secondary teachers face tough vote over possible 2019 strikes
Aaron Leaman (Stuff): More and bigger teacher strikes could be on the way
Katarina Williams (Stuff): Secondary teachers to consider new deal, but their union says ‘reject’
1News: Christchurch primary teachers next in line today as rolling nationwide strike continues

Defence
Nicky Hager (North & South): The NZ armed forces’ toxic culture of impunity and cover-ups revealed
Kendall Hutt (Stuff): Legal firm criticises Defence Force’s methods of testing for fire-fighting-foam toxins

Housing
Jason Walls (Herald): Ministry of Education land sold to HNZ for hundreds of thousands of dollars under market value
Greg Ninness (Interest): KiwiBuild homes are on the margins of affordability for first buyers but that could change significantly next year
Barnaby Bennett (Public Address): What almost everyone is missing about KiwiBuild
Steve Deane (Newsroom): Setting Tāmaki families on a pathway to housing independence
RNZ: Church’s housing trust tackling homelessness
Ben Leahy (Herald): Major banks ANZ, BNZ and Westpac unveil historic low rates in fight for customers
Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Reserve Bank ‘expects easing of loan restrictions’

Infrastructure
Thomas Coughlan (Newsroom): Twyford’s big infrastructure gamble
Fran O’Sullivan (Herald): Building a framework for future funding
Stuff: ‘Infrastructure tax’ for homeowners in new housing project north of Auckland
BusinessDesk: New infrastructure funding model at Auckland subdivision
RNZ: Owners of a new development north of Auckland to pay higher rates
Anne Gibson (Herald): 500% fee hikes necessary for infrastructure demands: council defends rise

EQC inquiry
Liz McDonald (Stuff): EQC inquiry head Dame Silvia Cartwright says inquiry not about reputations
Megan Sutherland (Newshub): Dame Silvia Cartwright to head inquiry into EQC’s earthquake claim handling
Lucy Bennett (Herald): Minister Megan Woods announces terms of reference for inquiry into Earthquake Commission
RNZ: EQC inquiry wants to hear from unhappy home owners

Billion Trees Project
Jo Moir (RNZ): Local iwi takes blame for $160k tree planting botch-up
Lucy Warhurst (Newshub): Forestry blunder a ‘speed bump’ – Forestry Minister Shane Jones
David Fisher (Herald): Tree seedlings worth $160,000 ‘mulched’ after forestry land found to be choked with scrub
Jo Moir (RNZ): $160k worth of seedlings mulched in project botch-up
Newshub: Hitting the trees: National slam Shane Jones over forestry bungle
1News: ‘Incompetence laid bare’ – National lambastes destruction of 400,000 pine tree seedlings

Health
John Campbell (1News): The Story: When the drugs don’t work
1News: Calls for meningococcal vaccine to be funded after six deaths from rare strain this year
RNZ: Frontline paramedics taken off frontline to cover private events – union
Oliver Lewis (Stuff): St John ambulance staff take strike action by refusing to attend events
Zane Small (Newshub): St John ambulance workers to strike over pay, staff misuse
1News: Around 1000 ambulance workers to begin strikes today
Cate Broughton (Stuff): ‘Extremely high demand’ caused three-hour wait for ambulance
Emma Russell (Herald): Hundreds of premature babies to benefit from new West Auckland $6m rebuild unit
Tracey Roxburgh (ODT): Company formed for joint-venture Queenstown hospital
Jin Russell (Spinoff): 2018 is forcing doctors to be advocates as well as healers
Thomas Manch (Stuff): Parliamentary tour for End of Life Choice bill comes to a close

Government
Branko Marcetic  (Spinoff): The curious political transformation of Shane Jones
1News: Kelvin Davis defends Shane Jones’ failure to disclose 61 meetings – ‘Hundreds of meetings over the course of a month’
Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): The Government’s optics stink, and will hurt them
Michael Reddell: The Prime Minister: kindness, policy, and specific abuse

Official Information Act
Amanda Cropp (Stuff): Official Information Act users face being unmasked
No Right Turn: Another reason to use a false name for OIA requests

Electricity
Bryan Leyland (Herald): Electricity suppliers are not letting lakes store enough water
Bob Weir (Spinoff): Cheap spot price electricity is a double-edged sword
Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Retailers should take responsibility for high power prices, former Genesis exec says

Justice
Richard Harman (Politik): Judge supports court strikers
Eva Corlett (RNZ): More disruptions as court staff strikes ramp up despite warning
Anneke Smith (RNZ): Ongoing court strikes could lead to miscarriage of justice – Chief Judge
RNZ: Cases delayed as court staff refuse to handle sentencing papers
Sam Hurley (Herald): Court staff refuse to sign legal documents as strike action ramps up, creating case logjam
Tommy Livingston (Stuff): Court workers refuse to sign documents as industrial action continues between PSA and MoJ
Michael Morrah (Newshub):‘A real affront’: Corrections apologises after lawyer told to give bio-data to visit prison client
Sam Hurley (Herald): Would-be eighth three-strikes offender dodges hefty prison sentence after court botch-up

Bullying
Newshub: Stand Strong NZ: Stan Walker – ‘I’ve had experiences on both ends
Newshub: Stand Strong NZ: ‘It really impacted me’ – Duncan Garner on bullying

Parliament
RNZ: The House: When MPs go with their gut: what is a conscience vote?
Stuff: Nelson MP Nick Smith seeks constituents’ views in annual survey
Marc Wilson (Listener): How politicians’ words influence other people’s actions

Treaty of Waitangi
John Boynton (RNZ): Overlapping claims probed at urgent Waitangi inquiry
Samantha Motion (Bay of Plenty Times): Waitangi Tribunal will hear Ngāi Te Rangi grievance

NZ Pacific Economy report
Vaimoana Tapaleao (Herald): Report on Pasifika contribution shows need for more investment
RNZ: NZ Treasury to work with Pasifika community to reduce barriers
RNZ: New report shows economic contribution of Pasifika in NZ

Local government
Jimmy Ellingham (Manawatū Standard): Horowhenua council officials desperate to cast their actions in a positive light
Matthew Littlewood (Stuff): Timaru District Council urged to be open and transparent in Alpine Energy sales proposal

Auckland
Todd Niall (Stuff): Forty per cent in Auckland’s poorer suburbs can’t afford basics, study finds
Herald: Auckland Council responds to Mike Hosking on Auckland cycleways: Get out of your car
Brian Rudman (Herald): PwC director can’t see wood for trees on views of volcanic cones
Laine Moger (Stuff): Human waste the leading contaminant at Auckland beaches, DNA tests show

Transport
Katie Fitzgerald (Newshub): This year’s road toll approaches 2017’s record level
Bernard Orsman (Herald): Auckland Transport board puts the brakes on lower speeds
Amy Baker (Stuff): Auckland Transport okays unpopular parking charges near congested bus station
RNZ: E-scooters en route to Wellington
Jessie Chiang (RNZ): Electric moped ride-sharing arrives in Auckland
Mei Heron (1News): Drones in record numbers caught near NZ airports this year – risking catastrophe

Primary industries
Toni Williams (ODT): Rural Support Trust member quits in protest
Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): Fonterra shareholders opt for an empty chair over company endorsed director
Tim Murphy (Newsroom): A global rip-off or an innocent abroad?

Retirement
1News: Massive increase in KiwiSaver hardship withdrawals a ‘potential financial disaster in the years to come’
Rob Stock (Stuff): Health expectancy rises put pressure on to lift age of NZ Super from 65

Other
Rachel Stewart (Herald): Feminist shooting straight from the hip
Mathew McKay and Hayden Roberts (Newsroom): Tax Working Group faces complex CGT challenge
RNZ: Water safety call ahead of regulation review
Bill Ralston (Listener): Simon Bridges looks like a dead man walking
Eric Crampton (Newsroom): Regulate cannabis like booze
Anna Leask (Herald): Deadly synthetics: man lay dead in boarding house for 8 days after smoking toxic drugs, says Coroner
Kirsty Lawrence (Stuff): Third death in a week linked to synthetic cannabis
Richard Jackson (Briefing Papers): The Need to Diversify New Zealand’s War Narratives
Michael Neilson (Herald): Māori academic calls for regional observance days to mark New Zealand Wars
Te Kuru o te Marama Dewes (Māori TV): Taonga tell accurate history of Cook encounters
Alice Angeloni (Stuff) Iwi descendant celebrates Abel Tasman in Netherlands
Karl du Fresne (Listener): The history of NZ newspapers would shame the Facebook generation
Susan Hornsby-Geluk (Stuff): Here’s how to avoid getting sacked if you speak up about work
Toby Manhire (Spinoff): ‘I literally covered my wall in Post-it notes’: meet NZ’s new chief scientist
ODT Editorial: Charity boxing must keep guard up
Northern Advocate: $4.8M from PGF for Whangārei ship repair firm for new travel lift
Liam Hehir (Stuff): Donald Trump takes wrestling-style communication to the presidency
Cecile Meier (Stuff): Pregnant Kiwi dad-to-be getting ready to welcome first child around Christmas

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