NZ Politics Daily: 25 July 2023

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Today’s content

KIRI ALLAN
Audrey Young (Herald): It will be a miracle if Chris Hipkins can rescue his Government from this (paywalled)
Luke Malpass (Post): Kiri Allan car crash shortens Labour’s re-election runway even further (paywalled)
Danyl McLauchlan (Herald): Kiri Allan the architect of her own downfall (paywalled)
Claire Trevett (Herald): Sad demise of ministerial career leaves a lot of what-ifs for Chris Hipkins (paywalled)
Felix Desmarais (1News): Analysis: Did Labour just lose the election?
Jo Moir (Newsroom): From the ‘top of her game’ to tragic downfall
Damien Venuto (Herald): The Front Page: Will Labour’s long list of ministers lost in 2023 derail Chris Hipkins?
Jenna Lynch (Newshub): Can Labour come back from the latest Kiri Allan scandal?
Jenna Lynch (Newshub): Kiri Allan’s sudden departure leaves Labour fighting for political survival, public confidence
Dileepa Fonseka (BusinessDesk): Resignation of Kiri Allan poses awkward questions for Hipkins (paywalled)
Jonathan Milne (Newsroom): Labour’s car crash of an election campaign
Sean Plunket (The Platform): A Preventable Political Car Crash
Tova O’Brien (Stuff): The Kiri Allan saga means the result of the election may have been sealed
William Hewett (Newshub): Peter Dunne says Labour’s re-election has ‘become like Everest’
Rachel Sadler (Newshub): What Kiri Allan’s ‘unprecedented’ sudden ministerial departure means for Labour’s future
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Do not make Kiri’s downfall a failure of Chippy’s Leadership
Joel Maxwell (Stuff): My message to Māori: We’re allowed to be collectively, individually imperfect
Herald Editorial: Kiri Allan’s crash to Earth is unfortunate for everyone (paywalled)
Thomas Coughlan (Herald): RNZ board member lashes out over former Justice Minister’s scandal
No Right Turn: Labour’s self-inflicted wounds
Amelia Wade (Newshub): MP’s constituents on East Coast gutted by latest issues
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Jo Moir (Newsroom): How MPs see mental health
RNZ: Checkpoint: Mental health expert on Kiri Allan facing criminal charges
1News: Kiri Allan’s struggles show ‘the real difficulties of politics’
1News: MPs ‘saddened’ by news of Kiri Allan’s arrest, resignation
RNZ: Opposition targets PM’s decision-making in wake of Kiri Allan resignation
RNZ: Political leaders react to resignation and arrest of Kiri Allan
Wiliam Hewett (Newshub): Kiri Allan: Simon Bridges says resignation raises questions about Chris Hipkins’ leadership
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Glenn McConnell (Stuff): How it unfolded: The night that cost Kiri Allan her career as a minister
Michael Neilson (Herald): Who is Kiri Allan? Labour’s rising star, passionate minister to cancer battle, mental health struggles and political mishaps
Toby Manhire (Spinoff): The Kiri Allan story
1News: The rise and fall of Kiri Allan, from political star to arrest
William Hewett (Newshub): Timeline of underfire MP Kiri Allan’s career
Georgina Campbell (Herald): Justice Minister Kiri Allan’s arrest and resignation: Wellington resident describes aftermath of crash
Annemarie Quill (Stuff): What we know about the Kiri Allan car accident
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Michael Neilson (Herald): Kiri Allan arrest and resignation: Chris Hipkins says Labour still in good position to win election
Eric Fykberg (Interest): Labour’s decision to have one person holding both the Police and Justice ministerial roles sparks controversy
RNZ: Watch: Prime Minister Chris Hipkins announces portfolio reshuffle after Kiri Allan resignation
Glenn McConnell (Stuff): PM Chris Hipkins rejigs ministerial portfolios after Kiri Allan departure
Marc Daalder (Newsroom): Ginny Andersen becomes Justice Minister after Allan resigns
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Andrea Vance (Post): Kiri Allan’s career is over – but were red flags ignored? (paywalled)
Adam Pearse and Melissa Nightingale (Herald): Justice Minister Kiri Allan’s arrest and resignation: PM details ‘difficult’ conversation
Felix Desmarais (1News): ‘Extreme emotional distress’: PM on Kiri Allan’s car crash, arrest
RNZ: Watch: Prime Minister Chris Hipkins gives update on Kiri Allan’s resignation
Stuff: PM: Kiri Allan’s actions ‘inexcusable’ after car crash and failed breath test
Jamie Ensor (Newshub): Kiri Allan arrest: Prime Minister Chris Hipkins says facts were initially contested
AP (Guardian): New Zealand justice minister Kiri Allan resigns after being charged with resisting arrest following car crash

ELECTION
Simon Wilson (Herald): Winston Peters and his ‘mission to save our country’ (paywalled)
Dave Armstrong (Post): Is winning with Winston still an option? (paywalled)
Amelia Wade (Newshub): New Zealand First announces tax cut policy without details
Richard Harman (Politik): Labour’s other political problems (paywalled)
Thomas Coughlan (Herald): Where’s Labour’s election policy?
Kevin Norquay (Stuff): Prime Minister Hipkins failing to arrest regular Cabinet minister departures
Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): Dame Jacinda Ardern left Chris Hipkins to clean up the mess she created
David Chaston (Interest): Here’s Interest.co.nz’s 2023 election party policy comparison feature
David Farrar: The race for Auckland Central

CRIME, AUCKLAND SHOOTING, POLICE
Gordon Campbell: On talking tough about law and order
David Farrar (Post): As violent crime rises, Labour’s law and order focus is on the wrong target (paywalled)
Carrie Leonetti (Newsroom): Until women’s lives matter
RNZ: ‘Very deep sense of sorrow’: Community pulls together to support families of shooting victims
RNZ: ‘What could we have done?’: Pacific community in Auckland grieves shooting victims
RNZ: Auckland gunman’s fatal wounds self-inflicted – police
Phil Pennington (RNZ): Australian police suspend use of vehicle-tracking camera system used in NZ
Katie Ham (Stuff): Police set to spend $320k on six podcasts as part of recruitment drive

ECONOMY, COST OF LIVING, INEQUALITY
Damien Venuto (Herald): The Front Page: Debt explained – How much does NZ owe and who do we owe it to?
JamieGray (Herald): Nation of Debt: Rising costs and falling milk price mean farmers could struggle to break even (paywalled)
Ian Powell: The real philanthropists
David Hargreaves (Interest): Inflation’s heat is on the Reserve Bank
Jenée Tibshraeny (Herald): Don Brash: Reserve Bank should be empowered to change fuel tax rates (paywalled)

HOUSING
Gareth Kiernan (Stuff): Have property prices finally bottomed out?
Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Westpac lifts home loan rates: ‘They need to justify increases from here’
Cameron Smith (Herald): Mortgage pain: Westpac, several smaller banks lift home loan rates – again
Brent Melville (BusinessDesk): Cash rate at ceiling, why are mortgage rates still headed up? (paywalled)

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TRANSPORT
Matthew Scott (Newsroom): ‘Urgent’ funding review needed for Auckland’s fault-ridden transport network (paywalled)
Oliver Lewis (BusinessDesk): Auckland harbour crossing decision delayed

BUSINESS
Gareth Vaughan (Interest): Customers carrying ‘pretty much all the risk’ in fight against scams & ‘banks must do better,’ Consumer NZ says
Sally Murphy (RNZ): Farmer starts petition calling for govt wool use
Steve Kilgallon (Stuff): Move to force Christchurch liquor baron out of industry fails
Tamara Poi-Ngawhika (BusinessDesk): Statistics NZ: Māori business owners need to wear that badge with pride
Brent Melville (BusinessDesk): Industry moves out of the silica stone age (paywalled)
Jonathan Mitchell (NBR): Corrections vs Fujitsu trial still on for September (paywalled)

HEALTH
ODT Editorial: Vaping controls: too little, too late (paywalled)
Phil Pennington (RNZ): Project Domino ‘bandaid’ buys time for troubled Hawke’s Bay hospital
Piers Fuller (Post): Public Service Watch: Are Masterton people going to front $90 million for hospital debacle? (paywalled)
Will Trafford (Whakaata Māori): Māori face higher treatment injuries, hospital care complications – study
Delphine Herbert (RNZ): Risk that anger will push nurses to reject latest pay equity offer – commentator
Rob Campbell (Newsroom): Forget potholes – fix the funding holes in aged care
Bruce Cotterill (Herald): Let’s turn our health system into a health service (paywalled)
RNZ: Covid-19 update: 3764 new cases, 24 deaths
Kaitlin Aldridge (Fair Go): Shingles can be deadly, so why is the vaccine only free for one year of life?

LOCAL GOVERNMENT
RNZ: LGNZ criticises time given for three waters submissions
Graham Adams (The Platform): Hipkins betrays Three Waters promise
Verity Johnson (Stuff): Stop calling Tory Whanau a party girl
Grant Miller (ODT): Gore District Council Chief exec, mayor at odds over road map (paywalled)

DISINFORMATION
Kate Hannah (Spinoff): Speaking out about the silencing of women
RNZ: Undercurrent: I feared my conspiracy theorist friend would try to ‘save’ my children

FOREIGN AFFAIRS
Christine Rovoi (Stuff): US-China competition: Blinken heading to New Zealand, Tonga, Australia
RNZ:  Washington says compacts represent US “ironclad” commitment to Pacific
John Weekes (Herald): Trade surplus for NZ in June as dairy, steel prove strong, but China doldrums a long-term challenge (paywalled)

CLIMATE CHANGE, ENVIRONMENT
RNZ: Survey shows New Zealanders feel they lack information about gene-edited food
Marc Daalder (Newsroom): We are bending the climate curve
Danny Rood (Spinoff): Why it’s so hard to make good climate choices
Rituraj Sapkota (Whakaata Māori): Aotearoa’s natural gas supply is running out: What will replace it?
Lois Williams (Newsroom): Line in the sand between locals and miners

OTHER
Guyon Espiner (RNZ): ‘Astonishment’ at lobbyists advising Transparency International on ethics and rules of their own industry
RNZ: Human Rights Commission gives NZ mixed report card on indigenous rights at UN
George Heagney and Matthew Dallas (Manawatū Standard): ‘We’re a better nation than that’: Call for calm Treaty conversations after woman manhandled at anti co-governance meeting
Luka Forman (RNZ): ‘Level the playing field’ – Help for low decile students with exam support
Gavin Ellis: Editorial executive: ‘There must be more to life than this’
Gareth Vaughan (Interest): Any NZ central bank digital currency still years away
Abhishek Mukherjee, Paresha Sinha and Paul David Richard Griffiths (The Conversation): The future of money is digital – but NZ needs a careful framework to prevent the pitfalls of cryptocurrency
RNZ: Half of Hawke’s Bay homes have cyclone damage status downgraded