Political Roundup: 16 February 2023

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Items of interest and importance today

CYCLONE GABRIELLE, CLIMATE CHANGE
Duncan Greive (Spinoff): How three torrential weeks will impact a whole year – and beyond
Cameron Bagrie (BusinessDesk): We have to rethink risk after Cyclone Gabrielle (paywalled)
Steven Cowan: James Shaw: I’m not responsible for the lack of action on Climate Change
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): James Shaw’s crocodile climate change tears – are the Greens in trouble politically?
Marc Daalder (Newsroom): ‘We are entering a period of consequences’
No Right Turn: Climate Change: The lost decades
Luke Malpass (Stuff): Cyclone Gabrielle: With taciturn authenticity Kieran McAnulty makes his mark
Thomas Manch (Stuff): National security crisis committee convenes as Cyclone Gabrielle wreaks havoc
Thomas Coughlan (Herald): Cyclone Gabrielle: Storm will have ‘very significant’ cost – Treasury
Jamie Ensor (Newshub): Cyclone Gabrielle: Christopher Luxon still keen for tax cuts despite expected significant costs of weather damage
Dileepa Fonseka (BusinessDesk): Luxon wants joint infrastructure plan – and tax cuts (paywalled)
William Hewett (Newshub): National Party leader Christopher Luxon calls for investment in infrastructure, climate adaptation
Bernard Hickey: A glimmer of bi-partisan hope for climate adaptation investment
Newshub: David Seymour says hard to fault Government response to Cyclone Gabrielle – but has one key question
Jenée Tibshraeny (Herald): Can EQC keep its head above water? (paywalled)
Teall Crossen (Stuff): How our planning has failed to address climate change resilience
Thomas Coughlan (Herald): We need to think about floods as we build more houses – Greens
Matthew Scott (Newsroom): Can home-owners weather the climate storm?
Damien Venuto (Herald): The Front Page: Sponge cities – could this approach help NZ weather climate change?
John MacDonald (Newstalk ZB): Gabrielle is driving home infrastructure neglect
Ian Llewellyn (BusinessDesk): Scramble to fix a flooded substation built by a river (paywalled)
Timothy Welch (The Conversation): Massive outages caused by Cyclone Gabrielle strengthen the case for burying power lines
Riley Kennedy and Rebecca Howard (BusinessDesk): Govt’s $4 million may fall short of Cyclone Gabrielle’s ‘unprecedented’ damage (paywalled)
RNZ: Government provides $4m to rural and farming recovery
Andrea Fox (Herald): Cyclone Gabrielle: The $7 billion horticulture industry takes a hammering
Jamie Morton (Herald): Deconstructing Gabrielle: The making of a monster storm
Kate Newton (Stuff): New Zealand’s worst storm? Cyclone Gabrielle in charts
Bridie Witton (Stuff): Cyclone Gabrielle: After the rain, hopelessness and helplessness may set in

PARLIAMENT
Audrey Young (Herald): Meet Chris Hipkins’ inner circle – the people he relies on (paywalled)
Graham Adams (The Platform): Chris Hipkins is fêted for… retreating?
Cameron Slater (The BFD): This Is Luxon’s Core Problem
Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): Luxon’s leadership called into question, but he has time
Sinead Gill (Stuff): TOP party leader pledges to take Christchurch to Wellington
Stewart Sowman-Lund (Spinoff): ‘We’re standing in it… this is climate change’: Parliament’s one-hour cyclone catch-up
Thomas Coughlan (Herald): Parliament radio set to go silent, ending nearly 90 years of broadcast
Thomas Manch (Stuff): Tea trolleys for MPs at risk as inflation eats into Parliament’s budget

FORESTRY SLASH
Michael Neilson (Herald): Cyclone Gabrielle: Political consensus builds for review into forestry slash
Esther Taunton (Stuff): ‘Wall of wood’: The trouble with forestry slash

HOUSING
Brianna Mcilraith (Stuff): Kāinga Ora made almost 800 applications to the Tenancy Tribunal last year
Greg Ninness (Interest): Median house price declines over the past year are now being measured in hundreds of thousands of dollars in some places
Miriam Bell (Stuff): Increase in houses for sale on Trade Me fuels record price fall
Brent Melville (BusinessDesk): A quarter of Queenstown houses sit empty while rental market flatlines (paywalled)
Debbie Jamieson (Stuff): Plan forcing developers to pay for affordable housing met with overwhelming opposition

BUSINESS
Gareth Vaughan (Interest): ASB interim profit jumps 10% to fresh record high as it highlights ‘challenging’ year for home loan customers
1News: ASB announces profit jump, sympathises with Kiwis doing it tough
Paul McBeth (BusinessDesk): ASB chief urges closer ties on big issues (paywalled)
Rob Stock (Stuff): Court hears 90% of tickets sold by Viagogo from profit-seeking scalpers
Tina Morrison (Stuff): The Warehouse expands into fresh fruit, veges

COST OF LIVING, INEQUALITY, EMPLOYMENT
Brent Edwards (NBR): Salvation Army wants focus on parties’ policies on child poverty (paywalled)
Megan Wilson (Bay of Plenty Times): Rotorua: Social media and ‘breakdown of society’ barriers for young people getting jobs, education
Waatea News: Maori youth jobless concern in state of nation report
1News: 61% of Kiwis say pay doesn’t offset rising cost of living – report
Cameron Smith (Herald): The ‘Great Remorse’? How many workers could be regretting leaving their jobs (paywalled)
Brianna Mcilraith (Stuff): The industries that are ‘recession-proof’ in New Zealand
Stephen Minto (Daily Blog): GST is just a political tax. Scrap it.
David Hargreaves (Interest): RBNZ may have ‘already done enough’ with interest rate hikes
Tamsyn Parker (Herald): More than $3.6 billion wiped off KiwiSaver value in one year

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HEALTH
Nick Wilson, Matt Boyd, John Kerr, Amanda Kvalsvig and Michael Baker (Public Health Communication Centre): The need for long-term thinking – Especially for preventing catastrophic risks
Ananish Chaudhuri (Herald): Is big pharma profiteering from the pandemic? (paywalled)
Cécile Meier (BusinessDesk): GP profits ‘a dirty word’

LOCAL GOVERNMENT
Michael Fallow (Stuff): Councillors sever ICC from Otago-Southland staff submission on Three Waters
Tina Law (Stuff): Council calls for online voting in 2025 as postal system falls short
Rachael Kelly (Stuff): Gore mayor Ben Bell throws governance curveball at councillors
Evan Harding (Southland Times): Councillor: Southland District Council ‘choking in bureaucracy’
Keiller MacDuff (Press): Public transport, flood recovery behind ECan’s proposed 10% rates increase
Sinead Gill (Stuff): Ex-public servant didn’t know about potential corruption, didn’t check emails
Tracy Neal (Herald): Carterton council under fire for ‘just plain grubby humour
Arena Williams and Stuart Smith (Stuff): If you don’t like the mayor you have the answer is simple: next election cast your vote

FOREIGN AFFAIRS
Thomas Coughlan (Herald): War in Ukraine, protests: Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta unveils new sanctions against Iranians
Peter Grace (Newsroom): A national security-shaped hole in our political agenda

EDUCATION
Elizabeth Rata, Peter Schwerdtfeger, Raymond Richards, David Lillis: Open Letter to the PM
Mike Hosking (Herald): Chris Hipkins’ truancy announcement has come too late (paywalled)

OTHER
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Stats NZ not ruling out delay to March 7 census due to cyclone
Roger Partridge (Herald): Opinion: Submissions expose horrors of David Parker’s RMA reform proposals (paywalled)
Simon Bridges (NBR): NZ population: let’s try for 10 million
Oliver Lewis (BusinessDesk): KiwiRail reviewing Interislander replacement project (paywalled)