NZ Politics Daily: 21 April 2023

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Today’s content

PARLIAMENT PROTEST
Claire Trevett (Herald): IPCA report on Parliament protests should leave Police top brass with red faces (paywalled)
Charlie Mitchell (Stuff): A chaotic day in Wellington, a ‘distraction team’ equipped with safety goggles and ‘gardening gloves’
Glenn McConnell (Stuff): PM, IPCA say there wasn’t ‘undue’ pressure to end Parliament occupation
Marc Daalder (Newsroom): ‘It looks like everyone is leaving’: How police failed at Parliament
No Right Turn: A disturbing attitude from the IPCA
Felix Desmarais (1News): Police Minister ‘pleased’ and ‘assured’ by Parliament protest report
Amelia Wade (Newshub): Parliament protest: Police Commissioner Andrew Coster doesn’t think there’s ‘any call for apology’ for police actions
Hamish Cardwell (RNZ): Police welcome IPCA report into handling of Parliament protest
RNZ: No need for police to apologise for over Parliament protest conduct – Commissioner Andrew Coster
Frances Chin (Stuff): ‘Extreme risk’: Police borrowed firefighter helmets at riotous end of occupation
Bill Hickman (RNZ): IPCA received 2000 complaints about police action at Parliament occupation, report debunks several online narratives
Ethan Griffiths (Open Justice Reporting): Parliament protest: Behind the scenes of the muddled police negotiation with protesters
Ethan Griffiths (Open Justice Reporting): Parliament protest: IPCA finds police tactics justified, intelligence response and safety left wanting
1News: Parliament protest: Police ‘served NZ well’, but lacked body armour
Alice Neville (Spinoff): IPCA report into parliament protest response finds failings
Stuff: Rioting protester gets community detention for throwing pavers during occupation

PARLIAMENT
Marta Rychert and Chris Wilkins (The Conversation): Lobbying regulations are vital to any well functioning democracy – it’s time NZ got some
Matthew Hooton (Herald): Greens’ ‘mean girl’ obsession a distraction from the real issues (paywalled)
Rachel Smalley (NBR): Green Party in self-sabotage mode (paywalled)
Glenn McConnell (Stuff): ‘We need to value them’: Why Harete Hipango got National back in Māori politics
Robert MacCulloch: The PM makes it up again, this time on Comms staff
Felix Desmarais (1News): Inside Parliament: Protests, police and pasture

NATIONAL PARTY
Craig McCulloch (RNZ): National’s ex-candidate Stephen Jack accuses media of ‘woke stupidity’ and ‘character assassination’
Grant Miller (ODT): Jack blames media ‘attacks’
RNZ: National Party MP condemns Taieri candidate’s ‘disrespectful’ social media post
Anna Whyte (Stuff): Poem shared by National candidate ‘disgusting’, disrespectful to Ardern, MPs say
Felix Desmarais (1News): Former National candidate’s comments ‘crass’ – Luxon
RNZ: National re-selects embattled MP Barbara Kuriger for Taranaki-King Country electorate

ECONOMY
Bridie Witton (Stuff): Homeowners with mortgages, families on low incomes worst hit as costs rise
Liam Dann (Herald): Inflation still too high but “some light at end of tunnel” (paywalled)
Mark Quinlivan (Newsroom): Analysis: Why is New Zealand’s inflation still elevated?
Mark Quinlivan (Newsroom): CPI reaction: NZ’s inflation comes in cooler than expected – but Opposition brands Govt ‘disconnected from realities of working’ Kiwis
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): ‘Pleasant surprise’ as annual inflation drops to 6.7%
1News: Surprise drop: Inflation rate falls to 6.7%
Dan Brunskill (Interest): Headline inflation drops to 6.7% as petrol prices fall but domestic prices continue to climb
David Farrar: Domestic inflation at record high while global inflation drops
Herald: The Front Page: Surprise inflation data raises questions about Reserve Bank’s aggressive rates rises
Jack Tame (1News): Is Labour planning big changes to tax policy?

FARMING, ANIMAL WELFARE
Jim McAloon (Newsroom): National’s farming mistake – regulations are there for a reason
RNZ: Nat’s ‘gold standard’ live exports would need independent oversight – animal welfare group
1News: Ricky Gervais weighs in on NZ kids’ feral cat cull with mocking tweet

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ENVIRONMENT, RMA
Richard Harman (Politik): Parker sidesteps his own legislation (paywalled)
Steven Cowan: David Parker: Hey, carry on polluting
No Right Turn: David Parker: Climate saboteur
Teressa Betty (Stuff): Why supply chains and lobbying have to be part of carbon accounting
Brendon McMahon (Local Democracy Reporting): Court overturns decision on mine near Westport

THREE WATERS
Josie Pagani (Stuff): Never mind co-governance. Show us the money
Graham Adams (The Common Room): Labour’s Three Waters refresh is a tragi-comedy

EDUCATION
Hamish MacLean (ODT: Dark day for uni
RNZ: University of Otago proposes cutting ‘several hundred’ jobs
John Gerritsen (RNZ): Government told in February Te Pūkenga needed to urgently cut spending
Phil Pennington (RNZ): Scrapped deal to push AI learning in schools revealed

HEALTH
Stephen Forbes (Local Democracy Reporting): South Auckland’s poor census turnout could cost it $130m in health funding
RNZ: Dying Dunedin man urges others waiting for treatment to stay on the phone
Fiona Ellis (ODT): Healthcare delays push cancer patient private
Rob Campbell (Newsroom): I’m pro-public sector, but health money wasted on empty offices shows problem
Fiona Ellis (ODT): Govt allocates $225m for total digitisation
Jimmy Ellingham (RNZ): Emails reveal Palmerston North Hospital staff concerned about mental health unit
Stephen Forbes (Local Democracy Reporting): Man with spinal cyst told he’ll wait 9 months to see a specialist
Sam Olley (RNZ): Staff shortages hit Auckland urgent care clinics – ‘The cavalry has not yet arrived’
Adam Burns (RNZ): Young people ‘forgotten’ in health sector, Dame Sue Bagshaw says

TRANSPORT, INFRASTRUCTURE
John Minto (Daily Blog): Aotearoa New Zealand’s long, proud history of civil disobedience protest
Vita Molyneux (Herald): Wellington Mayor Tory Whanau says meeting with Restore Passenger Rail protesters is ‘off the table’
Hazel Osborne (Herald): Protesters accused of gluing themselves to busy Wellington road bailed
Nigel Haworth (Herald): What is the purpose of the Ports of Auckland? (paywalled)
Tom Kitchin (RNZ): The Detail: Chaos on the Cook Strait
Justin Hu (1News): AT reveals when bus cancellation crisis expected to end
Simon Wilson (Herald): New bike ferries proposed for Auckland harbour
Jonathan Milne (Newsroom): Tunnel vision on proposed rail route through Auckland neighbourhoods
Finn Blackwell (RNZ): Most Auckland schools want speeds lowered, but not all councillors convinced

FOREIGN AFFAIRS, NATIONAL SECURITY
Marc Daalder (Newsroom): Govt mulls crackdown on immigrant terror suspects
Mike Treen (Daily Blog): Why it is mad for NZ to support US war against China
Arena Williams and Stuart Smith (Stuff): Chinese-made surveillance cameras are used in our Government and police offices
The Standard: Really Small States in Really Big Conflicts
Amelia Wade (Newshub): Allegation men from high-powered Indian dairy delegation grabbed Kiwi woman at event with minister

HOUSING
David Hargreaves (Interest): Using interest rates to temper house prices – who would have thought?
RNZ: End to housing market downturn may be in sight – CoreLogic NZ

CRIME, CORRECTIONS
Adam Pearse (Herald): ‘Gaslighting’: National cries foul over Labour ad claiming 65 per cent drop in ram-raids
RNZ: Community Corrections workers go on strike after failed pay negotiations

MEDIA
Shayne Currie (Herald): Media Insider: Broadcasting Minister Willie Jackson on TVNZ, shock loss of CEO Simon Power, why NZ’s identity extends beyond Country Calendar (paywalled)
RNZ: Is New Zealand really post-dominion? Legal expert says it’s ‘not actually that important’

OTHER
Oliver Lewis and Victoria Young (BusinessDesk): Law Society keeps culture report secret (paywalled)
Jonathan Milne (Newsroom): Emergency response: Mayor points the finger at the other Wayne Brown
Craig Kapitan (Herald): Posie Parker protest: Man accused of punching elderly woman appears in court
George Block (Herald): Christchurch mosque attack terrorist seeking judicial review of his prison conditions