Political Roundup: 24 January 2023

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Items of interest and importance today

GOVERNMENT, PARLIAMENT
Simon Wilson (Herald): Chippy vs the donors de Luxe (paywalled)
Rachel Smalley (Today FM): The power of vulnerability – Can Chris Hipkins heal our country?
Henry Cooke: Nine thoughts on Prime Minister Chippy
Branko Marcetic (Jacobin): Jacinda Ardern’s Leadership Was a Cautionary Tale of Liberal Inaction
Henry Cooke (Guardian): Hipkins is unlikely to reach heights of Jacindamania, and that may suit New Zealanders
Audrey Young (Herald): Chris Hipkins’ three Cabinet problems (paywalled)
Natasha Frost (New York Times/Herald): Jacinda Ardern will be gone soon, but New Zealand’s economic troubles are here to stay (paywalled)
Pattrick Smellie (BusinessDesk): Hipkins’ biggest challenge: relevance (paywalled)
Duncan Garner (NBR): A week’s a long time in politics (paywalled)
RNZ: Incoming Prime Minister Chris Hipkins singles out ‘global inflation pandemic’ as priority
1News: Chris Hipkins discusses challenges ahead as PM job looms
Glenn McConnell (Stuff): ‘We’re doing too much’: Chris Hipkins prepares to cut Government policies
Julie Burchill (Spectator): The insipid cult of saint Jacinda Ardern
Tina Ngata (Spinoff): New Zealand isn’t ready for a Māori prime minister
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): How Chippy wins 2023 election
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Jacinda’s Legacy: The Good, the Bad and the really really ugly
RNZ: Quickfire Q&A: Getting to know Chris Hipkins
Jonny Mahon-Heap (Stuff): Incoming Prime Minister Chris Hipkins’ best memes
RNZ: Hutt mayors back Chris Hipkins’ working-class appeal: ‘He’s one of them’
Lloyd Burr (Today FM): Labour had the perfect opportunity to fix something… But they didn’t
John MacDonald (Newstalk ZB): Don’t underestimate Mr Fix-It
Mike Yardley (Stuff): Is Hipkins a caretaker PM or genuine election game-changer?
Tim Dower (Newstalk ZB): Hipkins may be the front man, but who really holds the power?
Will Trafford (Whakaata Māori): Tiriti referendum: ACT seizes moment on PM handover
Will Trafford (Whakaata Māori): Hipkins stumped on Tiriti articles
Tess McClure (Guardian): Who is Carmel Sepuloni? New Zealand’s first Pasifika deputy prime minister
RNZ: Carmel Sepuloni’s deputy PM appointment symbolic for NZ, Pacific leaders say
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Greg Presland’s meltdown tantrum Sepuloni blog and the limitations of identity politics journalism
Glenn McConnell (Stuff): Jacinda Ardern started thinking about resigning last year, Chris Hipkins says
Alice Cuddy (BBC): Jacinda Ardern’s burnout highlights the pressure world leaders face
Jonah Franke-Bowell (Stuff): Waikato was Jacinda Ardern’s ‘tūrangawaewae’Waikato was Jacinda Ardern’s ‘tūrangawaewae’
RNZ: New Labour leadership much of the same, opposition says
Tom Peters (WSWS): New Zealand Labour Party installs new right-wing PM

ABUSE DIRECTED AT JACINDA ARDERN
Chris Wilson (Stuff): How data shines a light on the online hatred for Jacinda Ardern
Rachel Smalley (Today FM): If you’re a politician, sit up, take note and remember, we are human too
Hamish Price (The Blue Review): Neither a simp nor a hater be
Nikki Macdonald (Stuff): Nine out of 10 hateful posts tracked in darkest corners of the internet targeted Ardern – new study
Paul Buchanan: On the darkness behind the PM’s departure
Aaron Smale (Newsroom): It’s not politics, and it’s not OK
Verity Johnson (Stuff): Luxon knew gendered abuse was a problem – he just didn’t want to admit it
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Why the NZ Right are demanding you ignore what your eyes saw and pretend their hate wasn’t the reason Jacinda resigned

RĀTANA
Michael Neilson and Adam Pearse (Herald): Jacinda Ardern resigns: Rātana Pā to be Prime Minister’s last outing, Chris Hipkins debuts alongside National leader Christopher Luxon
Glenn McConnell (Stuff): Jacinda Ardern’s final act as prime minister will see her visit Rātana Pā
RNZ: Rātana ceremonies mark Labour’s changing leadership with Jacinda Ardern’s final speech as PM
Te Kakenga Kawiti-Bishara (Herald): Winston Peters takes centre stage as Ratana faithful arrive for 150th celebrations

ECONOMY
Simon Shepherd (Newshub): Workers’ survey shows majority think they don’t earn enough to meet costs as Chris Hipkins hints at changes to tax system
Ireland Hendry-Tennent (Newshub): Wealth tax, higher GST and lower income tax: Prominent economist Cameron Bagrie reveals how he would overhaul tax system
Rachel Sadler (Newshub): Politicians react after Chris Hipkins hints at tax system changes
Molly Swift (Newshub): Bold policy changes needed if incoming Prime Minister Chris Hipkins wants to lift record low business confidence – advocate
Catherine Knight (Newsroom): Food security at the heart of our cost of living crisis
Hanna McCallum (Stuff): Interest in community gardens on the rise as food prices soar
David Hargreaves (Interest): Kiwibank economists are hoping the Reserve Bank can be deterred from its signalled 75 basis point Official Cash Rate hike and ‘meet in the middle’ with a 50 point rise

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ENVIRONMENT
Eloise Gibson and Olivia Wannan (Stuff): Ardern, Hipkins and the phrase that became a rod for the prime minister’s back
Anne Salmond (Newsroom): NZ’s fatally flawed climate change strategy
Ric Stevens (Open Justice Reporting): Company fined for Hawke’s Bay Awa oil spill

LOCAL GOVERNMENT
Todd Niall (Stuff): The year of harsh political reality for Auckland and Wayne Brown
Damien Venuto (Herald): The Front Page: After a 30-year fight, will the Auckland port finally move?
Alisha Evans (Local Democracy Reporting): Tauranga residents’ satisfaction with council low, survey finds
Maia Hart (Local Democracy Reporting): ‘Sign of the times’: Candidates spend little on local election

HOUSING
Roshena Campbell (The Age): The big promises Jacinda didn’t keep
Miriam Bell (Stuff): No end in sight for housing market downturn, despite easing price falls
Geraden Cann (Stuff): Family faces $450 a week jump in homeloan payments
Sela Jane Hopgood (Spinoff): I grew up in a crowded home and I’m grateful for it
George Heagney (Stuff): Empty police houses could help ease the housing shortage burden

EDUCATION
Liz Gordon: Kicked upstairs
Melissa Nightingale (Herald): Back to school: Device requirements a challenging sum for families (paywalled)
Jacqui Southey (Herald): Early education makes a greater nation (paywalled)
Stefan Dimitrof (Whakaata Māori): Service academies could be the answer for wayward youth

TRANSPORT
Finn Blackwell (RNZ): Better to ‘bite the bullet’ and get rail work done quickly, Transport Minister says
Stephen Forbes (Local Democracy Reporting): Transport minister defends price tag for Auckland train stations
Dave Armstrong (Stuff): How about paying to train bus drivers since there’s a shortage?
Mohammad Alafeshat (RNZ): Waka Kotahi disputes reported number of pothole complaints

HEALTH
Rachel Thomas (Stuff): Wellington calls in Christchurch surgeons again – this time to prop up women’s cancer team
Sophie Harris (Stuff): Woman removed from a transplant waiting list gets new kidney from her brother
Hannah Martin (Stuff): Warnings of increased risk of polio in Aotearoa amid overseas outbreak

MEDIA
Myles Thomas (Herald): Debate over RNZ/TVNZ merger is the proof we need it
Gavin Ellis: Vox pops give public opinion a bad name

OTHER
Hamish Bidwell (Hawke’s Bay Today): National candidate Catherine Wedd focused on issues and not Tukituki incumbent Anna Lorck
Marty Sharpe (Stuff): Catherine Wedd to run against former colleague Anna Lorck for Tukituki seat
Rachael Kelly (Stuff): Gang numbers grow faster than police recruitment in southern district
Shaneel Lal (Herald): There’s no Pride in being a National voter (paywalled)