Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – August 31 2018

Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – August 31 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.

Meka Whaitiri
Craig McCulloch (RNZ): Labour MP accused of ‘manhandling’ press secretary
Audrey Young (Herald): Meka Whaitiri had high turnover of staff, was difficult to work for
1News: Jacinda Ardern to be tested over Meka Whaitiri incident after ‘soft’ Clare Curran punishment, political commentator Bryce Edwards says
1News: Public has right to know results of probe into Minister’s treatment of staff, National says
Craig McCulloch (RNZ): Labour MP stands down amid assault allegation
Emma Hurley and Jenna Lynch (Newshub): PM Jacinda Ardern accepts Govt Minister Meka Whaitiri’s offer to stand aside
1News: Customs Minister Meka Whaitiri stands down from all ministerial portfolios over alleged assault on staff member
Newstalk ZB: Allegations that Minister Meka Whaitiri assaulted staff member
Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): Whaitiri stood down as minister over ‘staffing matter’
Lucy Bennett (Herald): Meka Whaitiri stands aside amid investigation into ‘staffing matter’ in her office
Stuff: PM stands Minister Meka Whaitiri aside over staffing issue
Moana Makapelu Lee (Māori TV): Ikaroa Rāwhiti MP Meka Whaitiri stands down from ministerial portfolios
Hawkes Bay Today: Who is Meka Whaitiri: From rugged East Coast upbringing to Labour MP
The Standard: Facing Meka
David Farrar: Whaitiri stood down

Chelsea Manning visit and free speech
Liam Hehir (Pundit): How do you solve a problem like Chelsea?
ODT Editorial: Free speech and Chelsea Manning
Henry Cooke (Stuff): Chelsea Manning granted special direction to apply for visa
RNZ: Chelsea Manning cleared to enter NZ for speaking tour
1News: Whistle-blower Chelsea Manning will be allowed to visit New Zealand, immigration department rules
Lucy Bennett (Herald): US whistleblower Chelsea Manning step closer to entering New Zealand for speeches
Newshub: Judith Collins calls Chelsea Manning a ‘traitor’ who cost lives
Keith Locke (Daily Blog): NZ visa requirements too tough on former “criminals”
Gordon Campbell: On the continuing saga of the Chelsea Manning visit, and BTS
Newshub: Chelsea Manning visa decision sits with Immigration NZ – Kris Faafoi
Pete George: Ghahraman fettering free speech, links Farage to UK MP death
Sophie Bateman (Newshub): Chelsea Manning barred from entering Australia

Housing
Henry Cooke (Stuff): Billions borrowed for new state homes against Treasury advice
Thomas Coughlan (Newsroom): Treasury hammers borrowing dodge
Simon Wilson (Herald): Government set to override Unitary Plan in bid to build more Auckland homes
Newshub: Government to strip Auckland Council of powers over major housing developments
Simon Wilson (Herald): Housing plans: The need for speed
Kate Newston (RNZ): Why renters won’t complain about landlords
Dan Dalgety (RNZ): Rental property managers getting away with illegal methods – report
Zac Fleming (RNZ): Checkpoint: Landlord’s ‘swamp house’ may be deemed unliveable
Zac Fleming (RNZ): Family paying $520 a week for ‘third world swamp house’
ODT: Property company wants rent from Dunedin man after departure
Stuff: Split on legal fallout for landlords and tenants of ‘irregular’ properties
Fatemah Yavari and Brenda Vale: Flatting in retirement: suitable and affordable housing
Guy Williams (ODT): $24m housing infrastructure loan
Tess Brunton (RNZ): Queenstown’s first-home buyers secure extra helping hand
Rebecca Howard and Anne Gibson (Herald): Building boom! Auckland residential building consents jump 28 per cent

Business and economy
Mitch Harris: Aussie banks keep interfering in NZ politics – it needs to stop
Brian Fallow (Herald): Jacinda Ardern is right – this gloom is misplaced
Bryce Edwards (Herald): Political Roundup: Is Labour yielding too much to business?
Matthew Hooton (Herald): Business advisory council may surprise
Kirk Hope (Stuff):It may not restore confidence, but PM’s speech was a step in the right direction
Chris Trotter (Daily Blog): Compassing The Economy’s Death
Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): ANZ warns the threat to activity ‘is real’ as business confidence stays in the doldrums
Amy Adams (Herald): New Zealand’s economy needs real leadership not policy uncertainty
BusinessDesk: Where has all that business confidence gone?
Liam Dann (Stuff): Business confidence falls further – dollar drops
RNZ: Business confidence continues to slide
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Why Labour’s new appeasement of Business confidence will fail
1News: ‘He is a celebrity, I’m stating a fact’ – Shane Jones on Air NZ’s Christopher Luxon business appointment
1News: National’s Paul Goldsmith accuses Shane Jones of giving PM ‘the middle finger’ over Christopher Luxon appointment
Andrea Fox (Herald): Wealthy Waikato has a neglected side: Shane Jones
Mānia Clarke (Māori TV): World’s first indigenous crowdfunding platform

Environment and conservation
David Williams (Newsroom): Ministerial advice doctored
Henry Cooke and Gerard Hutching (Stuff): New Zealand needs to get rid of up to a fifth of livestock methane emissions to stop more global warming
Jamie Morton (Herald): More methane cuts needed to avoid further warming – study
Eric Frykberg (RNZ): Farmers face pressure under climate change legislation
Richard Harman (Politik): Upton report suggests belching cows could get a reprieve
Eloise Gibson (Newsroom): ‘We can have cows and a clean conscience’
No Right Turn: Climate change: No free ride for methane
Newshub: Shane Jones wants criminals ‘made to pick up a spade’ and plant trees
Dominic Harris (Stuff): National water monitoring system needs improvement, resources, health boss says
Dominic Harris (Stuff): Safety warnings for bottling plant days after being caught illegally taking water
Mike Watson (Stuff): Golf clubs in the rough over excessive water use allocation
Zac Fleming (RNZ): Checkpoint: Port of Tauranga operating for 27 years without RMA consent
Samantha Motion (Bay of Plenty Times): Bay of Plenty Regional Council alleges port discharged ‘thick brown sludge’ into Tauranga Harbour
Newshub: Auckland Council planning 1080 drop in Hunua Ranges
Marlene Singh (Stuff): 1080 to be dropped in Hunua Ranges in bid to bring down pest numbers
Dan Satherley (Newshub): 1080 activism: Going down the conspiracy ‘wormhole’
Charles Anderson (Guardian): Paw outcome? New Zealand council proposes banning all cats
Virginia Fallon (Stuff): Plastic straw ban ‘kick in the teeth’ for disabled people, advocate says
Cherie Sivignon (Nelson Mail): Dams old-school thinking, says Forest & Bird’s Debs Martin
Cherie Sivignon (Nelson Mail): Waimea dam project like slow train wreck, says Cr Dean McNamara
Samantha Gee (Stuff): Nelson’s Hunter Laminates fined $270k for arsenic emissions

Health
Lucy Bennett (Herald): Treasury officials suggested dropping national bowel screening programme funding as saving option
ODT: New Zealand’s Silent Killer – Bowel Cancer
John Loof (Herald): Daffodil Day says we could be the healthiest place on the planet
Ben Irwin (Newshub): Kiwi health experts warn of surge in unnecessary testing
Tim Newman (Stuff): The shed that saved Clarrie Merrick
Newshub: Woman’s desperate plea to Pharmac to fund $6000/month cancer drug
Kirsty Lawrence (Stuff): Expensive life-prolonging drug not an option for many women
Lindy Laird (Northern Advocate): Northland DHB backs its suicide-prevention programmes in face of increase
Stacey Kirk (Stuff): National calls for a release of critical audit report into failing $90m health IT project
Moana Makapelu Lee (Māori TV): Experts ramp up efforts to eliminate tuberculosis in NZ
Rachael Kellly (Stuff): Health Minister dodges Lumsden Maternity directors
Daniel Hutchinson and Chloe Blommerde (Stuff): Community service groups evacuated from Taupō building over asbestos fears
Ruby MacAndrew (Stuff): Calls for improved sexual education with many young Kiwis delaying STI checks
John Gibb (ODT): ‘Disappointed’ by progress of ACC service
Herald: Donations close for Abby Hartley, family hope to bring her home next week
Anna Whyte (1News): Almost $240K donated to seriously ill Kiwi woman in Bali – ‘Luckily New Zealanders are generous’
Beka Mills (Stuff): I’m a nurse and I feel cheated by this pay deal

Banking
Chris Bramwell (RNZ): ‘Champion of Regions’: Jones holds true to title
Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): Abiding memory of election 20 years ago
Ben Strang (RNZ): Rural residents back Shane Jones’ call to keep banks open
Herald: Govt will ‘look at’ concerns over banks pulling out of regions
Michael Reddell: Orr off the record on major policy matters

Primary industries
Andrew McRae (RNZ): Photos reveal unacceptable conditions for calving, SAFE says
Imran Ali (Northern Advocate): About 50 beef cattle in a Northland farm infected with Mycoplasma bovis
RNZ: M bovis found in Northland for first time
Kaitlin Ruddock (1News): MPI asks High Court for extra time to make decision over thousands of fruit trees considered ‘biosecurity risk’
Andrea Fox (Herald): Fruit sector and MPI head back to court over destruction order
Christine McKay (Hawkes Bay Today): Farmers reel from stress, anxiety, depression
Andre Chumko (Stuff): Mushroom farm odour makes living in Hawke’s Bay feel ‘like a third-world country’

Government
Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): Labour’s a shambles and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern haunted by weakness
No Right Turn: Steve Maharey’s crony appointment

Labour Party
Press Editorial: Labour’s lessons from summer camp saga
1News: Helen Clark wouldn’t have meant to fire youth camp sex scandal ‘missile’ at Jacinda Ardern, says political analyst
Benn Bathgate (Stuff): How Helen Clark would have handled the youth camp sex assaults
Alice Guy (Rotorua Daily Post): Former Prime Minister Helen Clark addresses summer camp scandal, Donald Trump and gender diversity
Herald: Labour Party camp complainant slams lack of transparency in report

Civil Defence
Kurt Bayer (Herald): Government announces multi-million-dollar shake-up of NZ’s civil defence emergency response system
Jessica Long (Stuff): Civil Defence Minister Kris Faafoi announces $5.2 million for rapid response teams for disasters
1 News: Government to invest $5.2 million in new ‘fly-in teams’ for civil defence emergencies
Alex Baird (Newshub): Government forks out $5.2 million to improve disaster response
Newshub: Brue Pepperell Interview: Does New Zealand deal with natural disasters well enough? (video)

Education
John Gerritsen (RNZ): Budget documents reveal pressure on education spending
1News: PPTA head says increase in ‘negative’ disciplinary action shows need for more help
Peter Lyons (ODT): Present incentive structure for teachers is discouraging
Dominic O’Sullivan (Newsroom): Charter schools and Māori self-determination
Nicholas Boyack (Stuff): School principal wants yoga to be part of the mainstream curriculum
RNZ: Fibre Free Friday: An Otago high school’s digital detox
Te Kuru o te Marama Dewes (Māori TV): Te Wharekura o Ngāti Rongomai secures stand-alone status
Herald: Ministry of Education extends helping hand to McAuley High School after operational concerns
Janika ter Ellen (Newshub): Unpopular principal at Auckland’s McAuley High School ‘on leave’ after mass protest
Melanie Earley (Stuff): Ministry of Education considering statutory intervention at McAuley High School after operational concerns
Renee Clayton (Stuff): Bible lessons provoke one mother’s wrath and she is not alone
Katy Jones (Stuff): NMIT confident it will reverse budget deficit
Adele Redmond (Stuff): Christchurch’s Avonmore Tertiary Institute goes into voluntary liquidation

International relations and trade
RNZ: Call for Forum leaders to take a stand on Aust treatment of refugees
Point of Order: Peters and partnership in the Pacific: an issue which gelled with Aust policy-makers
Lucy Bennett (Herald): 84 agencies call for Pacific leaders to pressure Australia over refugees in offshore detention
RNZ: Zinke to represent US at Pacific Forum summit
RNZ: Australia under pressure to back Pacific over climate change
Mike Treen (Daily Blog): Open Letter to Winston Peters regarding Israeli aggression & MFAT collusion
Yadira Ixchel Martínez Pantoja (The Big Q): Has the New Zealand-Mexico relationship been neglected?

Five Eyes meeting
RNZ: Five Eyes allies urge digital industry to stop illicit material
No Right Turn: The opposite of security

Justice, corrections, crime
Tony Wall (Stuff): The family of a young prisoner who choked to death in his cell say he could have been saved
David Fisher (Herald): Simon Bridges’ ‘tough on crime proof’ — unpublished, not reviewed and doesn’t really back him up
Matt Stewart (Stuff): Rimutaka Prison’s paedophile village could be ruled illegal
Anne Mare May (RNZ): Programme to help prison staff suffering from witnessing violence
Anneke Smith (RNZ): Prisoner told medical staff of assault before death, inquest told
Catrin Owen (Stuff): Auckland inmate Nicholas Julian Evans spear-tackled to the ground, inquest hears
Laura Tupou (Newshub): Mystery surrounds Whangarei prisoner’s ruptured lung death
Joanne Carroll (Stuff): Police system might make crims think they’re ‘likely to get off’, judge says
Edward Gay (RNZ): Corrections officer says he fought for his life in prison clash
Meghan Lawrence (Herald): Over 2300 firearm-related offences in five years: Bay of Plenty and Canterbury worst hit districts
Rodney Hide (Kiwiblog): Lady Justice

Drugs
Astrid Austin (Hawkes Bay Today): Stuart Nash: Let’s not underestimate the scale of this problem
RNZ: ‘We’re human beings who have an illness’
Jack Marshall (Vice): New Zealand’s Only Rastafarian MP On the Shifting Politics of Weed Reform

Local government
Todd Niall (Stuff): Nine councils to decide on online voting trial by Christmas
No Right Turn: Online elections cannot be trusted
Collette Devlin (Stuff): Alcohol-related harm the dark side of Wellington no one wants to talk about – councillor
George Heagney (Manawatū Standard): Safety of Horowhenua District Council building up for debate – again

Consumer protection
Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Kiwis unwittingly buying written-off vehicles
Mark Jennings (Newsroom): Egg farmer charged with duping consumers
RNZ: Egg farmer sold caged eggs as free range, commission alleges
Dan Satherley (Newshub): Egg farmer allegedly sold caged eggs as ‘free range’
1News: Auckland egg farmer charged after allegedly selling millions of caged eggs as ‘free range’
Kate Hawkesby (Newstalk ZB): Check the box – the alarming truth about some health foods

Kiwisaver
Tamsyn Parker (Herald): ‘False sense of security’: Nearly million dollar difference in KiwiSaver calculators
Tamsyn Parker (Herald): Dollar fees fail to spark KiwiSaver switches

Transport
Katie Doyle (RNZ): Karori residents vent frustrations over new bus services
Herald Editorial: Parking and riding is the popular way to go
Tracy Neal (RNZ): New $6 million air traffic tower in Nelson could be last one built
Herald: Travellers rage against air ticket name-change costs

Racing industry
Jo Moir (RNZ): Plan to cut 20 race tracks ‘gamechanger for industry’
Grant Chapman (Newshub): Messara report confirms worst fears of NZ racing industry
1News: Report into New Zealand’s racing industry recommends doubling prize money, almost halving number of race tracks
Ian Anderson (Stuff): Number of race tracks look set to reduce as Winston Peters releases the Messara report
Herald: Messara report into racing industry released
Johnny Turner (ODT): Seven race tracks face closure
David Di Somma (Newshub): Racing: Messara report could radically change industry in NZ
RNZ: Racing report recommends halving number of tracks in NZ

Gangs
Morgan Godfery (Māui Street): Essay: the war on gangs is over – we lost
Wanganui Chronicle Editorial: Despite shooting, ‘gang town’ label is still way wide of the mark
Zane Small (Newshub): Calls for patch ban in Tasman town prompts eerie threat to councillor
Leah Te Whata (Māori TV): Mongrel Mob and Black Power feature on Snapchat

Police find no evidence for Awanui Black allegations
Kate Gudsell (RNZ): ‘Is there something there, or is there not?’
RNZ: Checkpoint: No evidence of Tauranga paedophile ring – police
1News: No evidence of paedophile ring in Tauranga say police after claims by late Māori leader’s widow
RNZ: Anihera Black allegations: Police halt investigation
Florence Kerr (Stuff): Legal action looming after police stop ‘paedophile ring’ investigation
Newshub: Police fail to uncover Bay of Plenty ‘pedophile ring’

Other
John Armstrong (1News): National Party lacks leadership options if Simon Bridges is rolled
Logan Church (RNZ): Exploited, abused Filipino worker speaks out
Tristram Clayton (Herald): Life on the breadline: Surviving on $55 a week for food
Marta Steeman (Stuff): Insurance based on individual risk is ‘nothing new’ for commercial buildings, the Insurance Council says.
Max Nippert (Herald): Cullen tax case sparked by 2004 audit of Eric Watson
Michael Reddell: On our disappearing migration data
Zoe George (RNZ): Rugby money should go to women and diversity, not All Blacks – MP
Chris Morris (ODT): Trio ‘sincerely regret’ hurt caused by comments
Hannah Brown (The Big Q): New Zealand Defence Force prepares for cyber threats
Stuff: Captain Hamilton statue vandalised in Hamilton’s main square
Richard Swainson (Waikato Times): Statues of colonial white guys
Regan Paranihi (Māori TV): Te Pūtake o te Riri fund to honour the past and build future
Tarannum Shaikh (Stuff): Boosting Asian representation on screens and behind-the-scenes

MIL OSI – Source: Evening Report Arts and Media