NZ Politics Daily: 18 July 2023

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1NEWS VERIAN POLL
Felix Desmarais (1News): Poll: National, ACT maintain wafer-thin advantage
Felix Desmarais (1News): Can potential coalition partners National and Act agree on tax?
Felix Desmarais (1News): Poll: Slim majority of voters want capital gains tax on rentals
Thomas Coughlan (Herald): Poll of polls: Race tightens with National only just ahead of Labour (paywalled)
Andy Fyers (BusinessDesk): Election 2023: Polling shows close election (paywalled)

ELECTION, PARLIAMENT
Audrey Young (Herald): Chris Hipkins’ life story – mum reveals how a ‘quite different’ child got into politics (paywalled)
Simon Wilson (Herald): The Prime Minister’s Stockholm Syndrome and National’s potholes (paywalled)
Luke Malpass (Stuff): Centre-right surges as Hipkins desperate to prove he’s ‘in it for you’
Verity Johnson (Stuff): This election is a choice between more of the same or god knows what
Tim Hurdle (Post): How the bureaucracy keeps on growing (paywalled)
Phil Smith (RNZ): The House: Geoffrey Palmer: Strengthen Parliament to watch government
Piers Fuller (Stuff): High Court dismisses fringe parties’ bid for review of electoral funding
Jonathan Milne (Newsroom): It’s what the political campaign slogans leave unsaid
William Hewett (Newshub): ACT Party leader David Seymour says Labour’s campaign slogan makes him ‘nervous’
Rob Campbell (Newsroom): If Govt were a business, ministers would be under performance management
Danyl McLauchlan (Listener/Herald): Political week in review: Labour polling down as Chris Hipkins missing vision (paywalled)
Anna Whyte (Post): Public Service Watch: Law and order on the cards this week as the election campaign warms up (paywalled)

CRIME, GANGS
Jenna Lynch (Newshub): New data reveals retail crime has exploded but punishments have plummeted
RNZ: ‘Mistake’ at youth crime announcement conflated two options on table, Hipkins says
Newshub: Jenna Lynch analysis: ‘Embarrassing’ correction to youth crime policy shows rush
Herald Editorial: Ram raids keep smashing into election campaign (paywalled)
1News: PM announces ‘crackdown’ on youth crime, says system needs ‘shake-up’
RNZ: Watch: Chris Hipkins announces crackdown on youth and gang crime at post-Cabinet update
Anna Whyte (Stuff): PM announces shake-up to tackle ‘brazen criminal offending’
Adam Pearse (Herald): PM Chris Hipkins reveals new Govt youth crime policy as Kiri Allan returns
Nadine Roberts (Stuff): ‘I pray to God to keep my store safe’: Dairy owner’s anguish after night of ramraids
RNZ: More than 380 ram raids with 218 prosecutions in six months ended May
RNZ: ACT promises tougher sentences for attacks on workers
Peter Davis (Herald): Inside the report on gangs and what can be done about them (paywalled)

GREENS’ MĀORI LAND POLICY
Rachel Sadler (Newshub): Chris Hipkins says he won’t reopen Treaty settlements following Greens’ proposal to ‘return stolen land’ to Māori
Tamara Poi-Ngawhika (BusinessDesk): Te Pāti Māori: The Greens will never out Māori us
Rachel Sadler (Newshub): Green Party ‘desperate vandals’ for its plan to ‘return stolen land’ to Māori – David Seymour
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Greens Māori land policy probably gave ACT another 5 points
Glenn McConnell (Stuff): Greens propose $350 million ‘#LandBack’ fund to return stolen Māori land
1News: ‘Return stolen land’: Greens announce new Te Tiriti policy
Jamie Ensor (Newshub): Greens want to ‘return stolen land’ to Māori, allow tribunal to make recommendations about private land
RNZ: Greens announce policy to repeal 2008 deadline to lodge Treaty claims
Will Trafford (Whakaata Māori): Greens vow to return stolen land
Tamara Poi-Ngawhika (BusinessDesk): Green party: returning land to Māori is the right thing to do

TAX
Dave Armstrong (Post): Don’t fret about a wealth tax, there’s an election to be won (paywalled)
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): The wriggle room Labour still has on tax
Duncan Garner (NBR): Chris Hipkins needs a tax cut sweetener to stay in the race (paywalled)
Liam Hehir (The Blue Review): Reality beats fantasy on taxation in NZ
Terry Baucher (Interest): The tax switch that never happened, and Inland Revenue comes under fire for its investigations policy

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HOUSING
Frances Cook (BusinessDesk): Using KiwiSaver for rental bonds? One of the worst ideas I’ve heard (paywalled)
Dan Brunskill (Interest): National Party policy that would let young people use KiwiSaver to pay rental agreement bonds is a ‘stop-gap’ measure that dilutes the scheme, experts say
Stewart Sowman-Lund (Spinoff): National targets young renters with O Week-launched KiwiSaver policy
Matthew Scott (Newsroom): National plans to let students dig into KiwiSaver for flat bonds
Anna Whyte and Susan Edmunds (Stuff): National promises to let under-30s raid their KiwiSavers for rental bonds
RNZ: National unveils policy to allow some tenants to use KiwiSaver for bond payments
Jamie Ensor (Newshub): Election 2023: National wants young Kiwis to have option of using KiwiSaver funds to pay rental bond
1News: National wants to let under-30s access KiwiSaver for rent bonds
Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Kiwibank lifts home loan rates, standard one-year nearly 8%

FOREIGN AFFAIRS
Audrey Young (Herald): PM Hipkins says China-NZ relationship requires careful management
Richard Harman (Politik): Diplomatic high noon (paywalled)
Guardian: New Zealand PM says Pacific region less secure amid China’s rise
Riley Kennedy (BusinessDesk): Hipkins: NZ-China relationship needs ‘careful management’ (paywalled)
Dileepa Fonseka (BusinessDesk): NZ businesses confront the end of ‘win-win’ at China Business Summit (paywalled)
Dita De Boni (NBR): Controversial UK minister celebrates Britain’s entrance to CPTPP (paywalled)
Christine Rovoi (Stuff): New Zealand wants transparency over new China-Solomons pact
Bridie Witton (Post): Harinder Sidhu: the diplomat at the centre of Australia and New Zealand’s relationship (paywalled)
Caleb Fotheringham (RNZ): Data constraints could be skewing Pacific remittance figures
Stuff: NZ’s attempted ‘hurry up’ to UN over suspect’s extradition to China
John Braddock (World Socialists): New Zealand Prime Minister Hipkins “unwavering” in support of US-NATO war in Ukraine

HEALTH, DISABILITY
Ian Powell: Conflict of interest and Aotearoa New Zealand’s health system
Malcolm Mulholland (Post): Pharmac is the cruel joke of the healthcare world (paywalled)
ODT Editorial: Despite being awash with communications staff Te Whatu Ora struggles at almost every turn to tell it like it is (paywalled)
Thomas Coughlan (Herald): Budget 2023: Big pharmacies could pocket up to $70m from free prescriptions – Treasury
Rachel Thomas (Post): Pieces of ED data still missing while patients flounder in waiting rooms (paywalled)
RNZ: Checkpoint: Emergency depts at breaking point without resources to cope with demand
Sapeer Mayron (Stuff): Urgent action needed on disabled rangatahi health, education – study
Tamara Poi-Ngawhika (BusinessDesk): Health survey finds Māori staff suffered racism, isolation
Jenny Ling (Northern Advocate/Herald): Controversial ethnicity-based health policy used in Northland despite Government saying it wouldn’t be (paywalled)
Ruth Hill (RNZ): Eye specialists warn health system restructure has stalled moves to standardise care
Zahra Shahtahmasebi (Spinoff): What does the government’s new women’s health strategy actually offer?
Siouxsie Wiles (Post): The price paid for standing up against vaccine misinformation (paywalled)
1News: Covid-19: 4332 cases as numbers continue to fall, 20 deaths

ECONOMY, BUDGET, COST OF LIVING
Thomas Coughlan (Herald): Treasury said Working for Families reform one of ‘highest priorities’, but Govt scrapped changes at Budget
David Hargreaves (Interest): Westpac economists say there are signs the labour market ‘has not cracked yet’, still see OCR rise next month
Brent Melville (BusinessDesk): Major banks say another 25bps rates rise could be on the cards (paywalled)
Andrew Bevin (Newsroom): History’s bitter lesson: Interest rates hikes aren’t over till they’re over
Brianna Mcilraith (Stuff): The foods that have gone up in price the most in the past year

BUSINESS, EMPLOYMENT
Gail Pacheco (Post): We know ethnic pay gaps exist, so let’s do something about them (paywalled)
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Supermarket competition won’t change much in 20 years, Government warned
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Cabinet agrees to keep supermarket break-up option in back pocket
Jenée Tibshraeny (Herald): Government refrains from making grocery giants sell supermarkets – for now (paywalled)
Rob Stock (Post): Trial of next generation of regional banking ‘hubs’ begins
Rob Stock (Stuff): Commerce Commission seeks fines against Christchurch lender, warns four others
RNZ: Former high-cost lender Eagle MAN faces court action over alleged breaches
Brent Melville (BusinessDesk): ComCom acts against 100%-plus interest lender (paywalled)
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): One NZ backs away from fight with ComCom over coverage claim
Craig Hickman (Stuff): How Nestlé’s climate change decision could affect New Zealand farmers

CO-GOVERNANCE
Graham Adams (The Common Room): Co-governance smoulders in election run-up
David Williams (Herald): Stop Co-Governance meeting at Golden Bay ends with scuffle and several arrests
Federico Magrin (Nelson Mail): Police respond to ‘disorder’ at Stop Co-Governance event in Tākaka

EDUCATION
Gareth Jones (ODT): The crucial role of universities in troublesome financial times
Gianina Schwanecke (Post): Up to 35 jobs within Massey University’s College of Creative Arts could go (paywalled)
Caley Callahan (Newshub): Schools warn of more ‘time off’ for students amid dire teacher shortage
Te Rina Kowhai (Newshub): Te reo Māori advocates want more non-Māori teachers taking up the language
Isobel Ewing (Newshub): NZ carpet company ‘baffled’ by Ministry of Education decision
Manawatū Standard: Sir Lockwood Smith appointed Riddet Institute Board chair

TRANSPORT
William Hewett (Newshub): David Seymour calls for more private partnerships to fix New Zealand’s pothole crisis
RNZ: National’s pothole policy about finding ‘balance between safety and efficiency’ – Brown
Delphine Herbert (RNZ): Pothole Fund idea welcomed by transport groups, unlucky motorists
Seni Iasona (Newshub): AA praises National’s pothole problem fix, but Labour says Nats caused it in first place
Grant Miller (ODT): Passenger rail in South floated (paywalled)
RNZ: ‘It’s crippling’: Waiheke residents to keep protesting against ferry fare hikes

CENSUS
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Stats NZ boss explains why this year’s census survey could be the last
Chris Knox and Julia Gabel (Herald): Will 2023 be the last? The Government’s statistician talks about the future of the census (paywalled)

CLIMATE CHANGE
Marc Daalder (Newsroom): Climate effects of Budget ‘very small’ – officials
Jenée Tibshraeny (Herald): Court orders Government to make controversial cost of living call pre-election (paywalled)
Brent Edwards (NBR): Judicial review helps drive ETS unit prices up (paywalled)
Todd Niall (Stuff): Climate promises made overseas by Auckland mayor Wayne Brown need to be delivered at home
Todd Niall (Stuff): New public transport plan falls well short of Auckland’s climate goals

LOCAL GOVERNMENT
Tom Hunt and Erin Gourley (Post): No obligation to listen to Wellington council’s new citizens’ assembly (paywalled)
Tom Hunt (Post): Wellington mayor Tory Whanau jets off to US for Harvard leadership course (paywalled)
RNZ: Auckland Council says no reports of dodgy apartment balconies amid Australian cases
Jonathan Killick (Stuff): Ratepayer fights council consultant’s $197 charge for ‘forwarding an email’
Justin Wong (Post): Porirua Wastewater Treatment Plant resource consent renewed for 18 years (paywalled)

MEDIA, INFORMATION
Tom Kitchin (RNZ): The Detail: Social media’s new revolution
Aaron Ryan (Whakaata Māori): Giants of Pacific media discuss their future in Aotearoa
Damien Venuto (Herald): The Front Page: Is the Herald biased? Top editorial bosses Murray Kirkness and Miriyana Alexander respond
Colin Peacock (RNZ): Australia puts big tech under more pressure
Vivien Maidaborn (Stuff): A once-in-a-generation opportunity to make a safer internet
Marc Daalder (Newsroom): Quarter of conspiracists say violence ‘acceptable to achieve change’
Daniel Dunkley (BusinessDesk): How TVNZ took on the streaming giants (paywalled)
Shayne Currie (Herald): Media Insider: Ad Net Zero – the media, marketing and advertising industry plan to cut carbon emissions (paywalled)
Shayne Currie (Herald): Media Insider: TVNZ forecasts $15.6m loss; Survivor – the NZ media industry edition; Murray Deaker’s return; Tributes for Sky TV video editor after untimely death (paywalled)

DEFENCE FORCES
Thomas Coughlan (Herald): Treasury warns of ‘unsustainable’ Defence Force staff costs, but govt boosted wages anyway (paywalled)
David Fisher (Herald): Sir Wira Gardiner’s final act of service – a High Court case after his death seeking better conditions for veterans (paywalled)
David Fisher (Herald): NZSAS soldier killed in training ‘expendable’, says grieving family at odds with inquiry report
David Fisher (Herald): SAS trooper talks about fighting in Afghanistan – and the post-war help he can’t find (paywalled)

GLORIAVALE
Jean Edwards (RNZ): Gloriavale employment case: Judge says suggestion women had ‘choice’ largely illusory
Jean Edwards (RNZ): Employment Court finds six former Gloriavale women were employees, not volunteers
RNZ: Education Review Office reviewing Gloriavale School after Employment Court case

OTHER
Bernard Hickey (The Kākā): Matariki special interview: Danyl McLauchlan on our captured state
Anna Whyte (Stuff): NZ pledges almost $19m for wetlands at risk of climate change in Asia
Holly Bennett (NBR): Who are ‘the Māori elite’? I’ll wait (paywalled)
Sasha Borissenko (Herald): The ins and outs of WorkSafe’s Whakaari/White Island trial (paywalled)
Aaron Smale (Newsroom): Complaint laid against Solicitor General over withholding of Lake Alice evidence from police
RNZ: Waikato locals deeply concerned about potentially explosive chemical stockpile
RNZ: New Zealand republicans want honours to be announced at Matariki
1News: Watch: Mallard joins waiata as Matariki celebrated in Ireland
Rayssa Almeida (RNZ): No start date for Auckland home buyout process as negotiations continue
Andrew Voerman (Stuff): FIFA Women’s World Cup: Jacinda Ardern surprises Football Ferns at training
Te Aniwa Hurihanganui (1News): Spain apologises for mocking haka as FIFA World Cup kick-off nears