NZ Politics Daily: 19 July 2023


Today’s content

John Campbell: Voters moving away from Labour/National a striking change
Toby Manhire (Spinoff): The big noise from the small parties shaking up election 2023
1News: MPs react to nail-biter poll result: ‘Worst couple of months in our term’
Claire Trevett (Herald): Bitter pills for both National and Labour in latest poll but a silver lining for Nats as Christopher Luxon slowly gains ground (paywalled)
Pattrick Smellie (BusinessDesk): Act party founder Roger Douglas now a ‘swing voter’ (paywalled)
Adam Pearse (Herald): Act founder Roger Douglas not voting for Act, over welfare, wealth, tax concerns
Dan Brunskill (Interest): Act Party co-founder Roger Douglas criticizes the party as being ‘only for the wealthy’ and says he’ll considering voting National in Election 2023
Maria Slade (NBR): Van Velden may kick holes in National bastion of Tāmaki (paywalled)
Richard Prebble (Herald): Three strikes and Labour is out, another scandal will be fatal (paywalled)
Jamie Ensor (Newshub): Labour’s David Parker ‘disappointed’ in Chris Hipkins’ tax decision
Newshub: Chris Hipkins doesn’t know how much Labour’s ‘in it for you’ slogan cost
Kris Faafoi (Stuff): The danger for politicians of scratching itches
Tamara Poi-Ngawhika (BusinessDesk): Law change needed for Green party Māori citizenship policy

Jo Moir (Newsroom): Finding and training the right youth justice staff evades MPs
Luke Malpass (Post): Too little, too late? Labour’s law and order week is falling flat (paywalled)
RNZ: Opposition, Greens respond to government’s youth justice unit announcement
William Hewett (Newshub): Government to build two more youth justice units, strengthen legislation to make residences safer, more secure
Glenn McConnell (Stuff): Ministers commit to building two new ‘high needs’ youth justice facilities
RNZ: Chris Hipkins and Kelvin Davis announce govt will build two new youth justice units
William Hewett (Newshub): Youth workers ‘underwhelmed’ with Government’s crime crackdown, says it doesn’t fix long-term issues
Emma Hatton (Newsroom): Hipkins changes tune on youth crime as pressure builds
Tureiti Moxon (Herald): Act’s justice policy is more colonial racist rhetoric and not a solution to a youth problem

Seni Iasona (Newshub): Experts react to National’s KiwiSaver policy to cover rental bonds
Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Here’s the potential impact on KiwiSaver of withdrawing for a bond
David Hargreaves (Interest): It’s time we decided what KiwiSaver really is – and isn’t
David Chaplin (BusinessDesk): Rental mission for KiwiSaver is a creep too far (paywalled)
RNZ: KiwiSaver bond payment policy could drive up rental costs – Greens
Brent Edwards (NBR): KiwiSaver settings need to be clear and focused on the long term (paywalled)
Eric Frykberg (Interest): Financial Services Council says allowing renters to access savings for bonds is wrong but should at least provoke debate
Georgina Campbell (Herald): A Capital Letter: Wellington’s plan to end homelessness reads more like a wishlist (paywalled)
Charlotte Cook (RNZ): Kāinga Ora pushing for changes to Wellington’s housing rules
Max Rashbrooke (North & South): The Flames of Our Shame

Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Russian hackers may be behind ‘DDoS’ attack on NZ Parliament website
David Farrar: Wood savaged by Pecuniary Interests Registrar
Jamie Ensor (Newshub): Michael Wood’s shares issues ‘damaged his own standing’, ‘cast shadow’ over public’s trust in MPs, report finds
Thomas Coughlan (Herald): Michael Wood ‘cast a shadow’ over public’s trust in MPs – inquiry
Anna Whyte and Glenn McConnell (Stuff): Michael Wood referred to Parliament’s Privileges Committee
1News: Embattled Labour MP Michael Wood referred to Privileges Committee
RNZ: Michael Wood referred to Privileges Committee for failing to disclose conflicts of interest
Thomas Coughlan (Herald): Grumpy National and Labour MPs confront tax and unpopularity as they return to Parliament
RNZ: Michael Wood and Kiri Allan return to Parliament
Tema Hemi (Whakaata Māori): Kiri Allan back to Parliament for the mahi
RNZ: The House: Privileges and more than a sense of urgency
Shane Te Pou (Herald): Labour’s Māori ministers can be proud of their records (paywalled)
Victoria Young (BusinessDesk): Business of government: in defence of Kiri Allan, who’s getting pay rises, SFO, XRB and more… (paywalled)

Kelvin Anthony and Koroi Hawkins (RNZ): NZ govt says it ‘honoured commitments’ to Solomon Islands, rejects Sogavare’s claims
Thomas Coughlan (Herald): NZ, Solomon Islands, China: NZ to ‘set the record straight’ after aid accusations
Christine Rovoi (Stuff): Chinese officials visit Cook Islands amid concerns over police pact
Dileepa Fonseka (BusinessDesk): Keep the pressure on around agricultural tariffs, says Tim Ayres

Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Last chance for Government to prove progress on inflation before election
John Weekes (Herald): Inflation wars: With new consumer price index data today, how does NZ stack up around the world? (paywalled)
Rachel Sadler (Newshub): Inflation preview: Still ‘long way to go’ as economists predict New Zealand’s June quarter consumer price index

Phil Pennington and Bernard Orsman (RNZ/Herald): Transport Minister David Parker to be briefed on ‘slow-moving landslide’ along Pūhoi-Warkworth motorway
Phil Pennington (RNZ): Pūhoi-Warkworth motorway: Engineer says gullies ‘look unstable’, Waka Kotahi confident of resilience
Phil Pennington (RNZ): Heavy rain events reveal landslide problems on Pūhoi to Warkworth highway
RNZ: Checkpoint: New north Auckland motorway may be at risk of slips just weeks after opening
Georgina Campell (Herald): Transmission Gully remains unfinished 15 months after opening (paywalled)
RNZ: Ban on red-light-running Te Huia train ‘unjustified’ says rail union

Laura Smith (Local Democracy Reporting): Rotorua museum: Millions would have to be repaid if full restoration doesn’t continue
Tom Hunt (Post): Mayor in the dog box for bringing Teddy the staffy to the office (paywalled)
Stuff: Why Tory Whanau’s dog is her latest headache
RNZ: Wellington City Council intiative aims to highlight diverse views for long-term plan
Michael Fallow (Southland Times): Invercargill City Council says no to STV voting change
Rachael Kelly (Southland Times): Spike in suspicious emails as Gore council’s internal woes air on television: Report
Nelson Mail: Top of the south council staff ratify new collective agreement

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William Hewett (Newshub): Teacher crisis: Principal describes staffing shortages as ‘worst he’s ever seen’, fears kids could miss more school
Amy Wiggins (Herald): School curriculums for technology, arts: New drafts under fire from teachers (paywalled)
Jared Carpendale (Manawatū Standard): Finding a productive way forward with the refresh of the science curriculum
Annabelle Parata Vaughan and Nina Brown (Critic Te Ārohi): Prime Minister Chris Hipkins: On the Tertiary Sector, Student Life, and Protesting
Gianina Schwanecke (Post): Public Service Watch: Back to school for politicians too (paywalled)

Eric Crampton (Newsroom): Land owners: Should I stay or should I grow?
Olivia Wanna (Stuff): Meet the world’s first ‘Commissioner for the Unborn’
RNZ: Marine conservationist hopeful about new Fiordland fishing limits
Lois Williams (Newsroom): Miners feel put upon by biodiversity rules

Stuff: Government announces plan to help regions impacted by severe weather
RNZ: Government announces plan to future proof regions impacted by severe weather
RNZ: Severe weather recovery: ANZ offers low interest business loan scheme

Gareth Vaughan (Interest): How the Government might raise hundreds of millions of dollars from the big 4 banks following ‘windfall or supernormal’ profits
Gerhard Uys (Stuff): Rural satellite internet connections boom, but rural consumers still pay more and get less than urban counterparts
Sharon Brettkelly (RNZ): The Detail: The dangers of our productivity slide
Ben Espiner (The Platform): Businesses should keep out of social issues
Bob McCroskie: Turfing out woke companies

Mat Kermeen and Joseph Pearson (Stuff): Victoria axes hosting of Commonwealth Games in 2026, New Zealand not a replacement option
Dominic Harris (Stuff): Christchurch should host Commonwealth Games, mayor Phil Mauger says

Samantha Marsh (Newsroom): Social media: The kids are not all right
RNZ: Toxic chemicals still cropping up at shutdown Auckland water treatment plant
Anna Robertshawe (Critic Te Ārohi): Vape Laws: A Breath of Fresh Air?
Sue Teodoro (Local Democracy Reporting): Wairarapa Hospital in $90 million building dispute
Katy Jones (Jones): Plan for contested bottle store centres around risk of alcohol-related harm, hearing told
Michaela Pointon (Herald): Buying ‘nangs’ – nitrous oxide cream chargers – should be more regulated in New Zealand, says former Tauranga meth addict

Gaurav Sharma (RNZ): Ministry for Ethnic Communities defended after ACT promises to abolish it
David Harvey: Censorship – Plus ca Change
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Tech Karen from InternetNZ tells us DIAs Ministry of Truth will be splendid
Amelia Wade (Newshub): Immigration: Just one visa approved under Government’s new investor scheme – and they were already here
Hanna McCallum (Post): ‘Big kick in the guts’: Funding cut for national driving programme for former refugees (paywalled)
Rob Stock (Post): Is Google’s anti-scam agreement with regulator effective? (paywalled)
Ethan Oneroa (Te Karere): ‘What is a Māori elite?’ – Artist challenges anti-co-governance tour
Cherie Howie (Herald): Are New Zealanders more risk averse since the Covid-19 pandemic? (paywalled)
Phil Pennigton (RNZ): FENZ water rescue teams ready to be deployed though half still to get boats
Piers Fuller (Stuff): Cheers, standing ovation at celebration of Georgina Beyer’s colourful life
Jill Herron (Newsroom): Researcher takes aim at gun register
Denise Piper (Stuff): Changing name of Russell back to Kororāreka could be test case for NZ
David Cohen (The Australian): Highway to hell or NZ’s nod to their own Indigenous voice? (paywalled)
RNZ: RNZ launches new initiative to tell stories of Asian communities in New Zealand
RNZ: Call for UN sustainable development goals to be science-led
Shilpy Arora (Stuff): “Progress on SDGs disappointing”: New Zealanders take lead advocating science for sustainability at the UN
Jerry Coyne: The Guardian touts Māori ways of knowing as ways of science


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