Political Roundup: 17 January 2023

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Items of interest and importance today

PARLIAMENT
Gordon Campbell. On National’s fraught journey back to the centre
Duncan Garner (TodayFM): Could National lose it from here?
Simon Wilson (Herald): The 2023 election is a choice between the best Government yet, and the worst (paywalled)
Peter Bale (North & South): Home, and Away
Thomas Coughlan (Herald): Efeso Collins among list of likely Green candidates for 2023 election
John Minto (Daily Blog): Progressive voters have only one sensible place to put their vote in 2023
Chris Trotter (Daily Blog): What Is Co-Governance?
Stephen Ward (Waikato TImes): Clock ticks for Hamilton East candidate selection

LOCAL GOVERNMENT
Todd Niall (Stuff): Auckland mayor Wayne Brown secures new top advisor
Nick Truebridge (Newshub): Auckland Mayor Wayne Brown hits milestone with first 100 days in power
John Robertson (Herald): Three Waters – the debt is in the detail (paywalled)

LAW AND ORDER
Kate Newton (Stuff): The Whole Truth: Has violent crime gone up under Labour?
Chris Trotter (Interest): A civilisation in which the law may be broken with impunity will not remain a civilisation very long
Stuff: Christchurch Hospital staff felt ‘traumatised’ after Mongrel Mob threats, says staff member

ECONOMY, COST OF LIVING
Susan St John (Daily Blog): Serious deficiencies in the social policy processes
Adam Burns (RNZ): Cost of living pressure set to continue in 2023, says economist
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Signs inflation coming off: When might interest rates drop?
Duncan Greive (Spinoff): The new Ashley Bloomfield is heaps less fun than the old Ashley Bloomfield

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BUSINESS, EMPLOYMENT
Rachel Moore (Stuff): Trio allegedly ‘enriched themselves’ by tricking Papua New Guinea workers with NZ opportunity
1News: Supermarket supply costs rise to 10.6% higher than a year ago
Avina Vidyadharan (Stuff): Brewers in crisis as CO2 rationed, prices leap 500% in six months, industry leader says
Erin Gourley and Avina Vidyadharan (Stuff): Wellington craft breweries hit hard by carbon dioxide shortage
Kirsty Frame (RNZ): Building sector braces for an uncertain 2023
1News: Auckland barber shop giving free haircuts to the homeless

EDUCATION, CHILD WELFARE
Martin van Beynen (Stuff): National childcare operator under scrutiny over missing pay and spending of $3.2m Covid-19 subsidy
Michael Fallow (Stuff): Simmonds warns this may be SIT’s last zero-fees intake
Anna Whyte (Stuff): Nearly $2.4m spent on vacant Education Ministry building over four months
Corazon Miller (1News): Charter flights for international students mooted by universities
Gyles Dexter (RNZ): Calls for increased focus on diagnosing dyspraxia in children
Gabrielle McCulloch (Stuff): NCEA results are out. Here’s what you need to know

HOUSING
1News: Over 20 organisations call on Govt for better housing
George Heagney (Stuff): ‘Kāinga Ora need a kick in the butt’: Woman takes housing body to court over lawyer’s fees
Miriam Bell (Stuff): The cost to build an average home rose 11.3% last year
RNZ: Rising costs of residential construction could be slowing
Geraden Cann (Stuff): ‘Don’t expect LVR relaxation to cushion house prices’ – CoreLogic

FOREIGN AFFAIRS, TRADE
Fran O’Sullivan (Herald): New Zealand’s objectives for CPTPP (paywalled)
Alexander Gillespie (The Conversation): NZ aid worker remains missing in Ukraine: the tragedy of people motivated to help in war zones becoming victims themselves
Ollie Neas (North & South): Talofa and Ni Hao

TRANSPORT
Thomas Coughlan (Herald): Government clean car scheme breaks EV records, but ‘Ute Tax’ may need to rise to pay for discounts (paywalled)
Esther Taunton (Stuff): Gone to pot: Waka Kotahi recieves record 555 pothole complaints
RNZ: Trucking industry says it’s not to blame for pothole plague
Emma Hatton (Newsroom): Transport plans are full steam ahead for 2023, says minister
Wilson Longhurst (1News): Auckland’s year of rail disruption begins as major rebuild underway

HEALTH
Ian Powell and Heather Roy (Newsroom): How Te Whatu Ora can succeed: Put patients first
Thomas Cramner: Covid and our Kiwi Kids – Part 2
Hannah Martin (Stuff): Covid-19: 19,215 cases reported over the past week, 333 in hospital

OTHER
Chris Trotter: In Praise Of Individualism
Catherine Knight (Spinoff): Why combatting climate change means embracing degrowth
Matthew Hooton: Blame China and India for Bad Summer (paywalled)
Peter de Graaf (Northern Advocate): Waitangi Tribunal invited to Northland to hand over ‘history-defining’ report
Tumamao Harawira (Whakaata Māori): Ngāpuhi starts studying the implications of Waitangi Tribunal report
George Driver (North & South): Lost in the Weeds
BusinessDesk: Dileepa Fonseka joins BusinessDesk
The Blue Review: Announced: Kiwi of the Year for 2022