NZ Politics Daily: 13 April 2021

NZ Politics Daily: 13 April 2021

Maori Party referred to Police over donations
Henry Cooke (Stuff): Māori Party referred to police over $328,000 in undeclared donations
Rachel Sadler (Newshub): Māori Party undeclared donations: Electoral Commission notified as soon as error was noticed – party president Che Wilson
David Farrar: Who are the mystery Maori Party funders?
No Right Turn: The Māori Party’s hidden donations
Claire Trevett (Herald): Election donations: Māori Party referred to police over $320,000 in undeclared donations
RNZ: Māori Party undeclared donations referred to police
Anna Whyte (1News): Māori Party referred to police over delay in declaring more than $300,000 of donations
Tova O’Brien (Newshub): Billy Te Kahika outs himself as second Electoral Commission referral to police over donations

Covid: Vaccinations programme and border
Luke Malpass (Stuff): New Zealand’s vaccine roll out might be slow, but it’s looking a lot better than Australia’s
Justin Giovannetti (Spinoff): Five pressing questions about the state of New Zealand’s vaccination programme
Derek Cheng (Herald): Left in the dark on so many aspects of the Covid response (paywalled)
Esther Taunton (Stuff): Job losses, legal action possible as deadline for MIQ vaccinations looms
Melanie Sharma-Barrow (Spinoff): The India travel ban reminds me I’ll always be second-class in your eyes
1News: Michael Baker says there’s chance of Covid-19 outbreak in Auckland due to missing case linking border workers
Adam Jacobson (RNZ): Union urges no penalty for unvaccinated MIQ workers
Herald: What new NZ case means for transtasman travel bubble
Herald: Editorial: New stage in our fight against Covid (paywalled)
Newstalk ZB: Vaccinologist questions the current rate of the vaccine rollout
Meriana Johnsen (RNZ): ‘Unregulated’ Covid-19 vaccinators a stop-gap for underinvestment in nurses – union
Amelia Wade (Newshub): Unclear how many border workers will move off frontline once new vaccine rule takes effect
Andre Chumko (Stuff): Harcourt-McKenzie play goes inside minds of leaders during lockdown

Economy and work
Shai Navot (Stuff): How Grant Robertson got our economic recovery wrong
Kerre McIvor (Newstalk ZB): Would increasing the benefit make more economic sense?
Shane Te Pou (Herald): It’s time for Ports of Auckland CEO Tony Gibson to go (paywalled)
Andrea Fox (Herald): Transport Minister Michael Wood speaks out on Auckland port safety issues(paywalled)
Mike Yardley (Stuff): Tomorrow’s tourism cannot be business as usual
Chris Keall (Herald): PC sales hit record thanks to Covid-driven work-from-home boom (paywalled)

International relations and defence
Chris Trotter (Daily Blog): Principled, pragmatic and expedient? You betcha! A reply to Paul Buchanan
Simon Draper (Stuff): Navigating our complex relationship with China
John Braddock (World socialist website): New Zealand accused of “backstabbing” allies over China
Mackenzie Smith (RNZ): New Zealand military export control review to be led by former MBIE head David Smol
1News: Human rights advocates concerned after MFAT gave green light to military exports to countries on UN blacklist

Climate change
Nile Bijoux (Stuff): Jacinda Ardern is top of the list when it comes to transport emissions
Thomas Coughlan (Stuff): National won’t vote for Climate Change Commission proposals in current form
Richard Harman: Government calling National’s bluff (paywalled)
Zane Small (Newshub): Todd Muller’s endorsement of School Strike 4 Climate in stark contrast to National leader Judith Collins
Jamie Morton (Herald): Is NZ getting forestry right?
Simon Wilson (Herald): Cycling the Auckland Harbour Bridge is a climate issue (paywalled)
Jamie Morton (Herald): Can eating greener make a difference to emissions?
India Logan-Riley (Stuff): A just transition is more than just retraining workers
Elle KIngsbury and Serah Allison (International socialists): Political attempts to redirect protest energy

Housing crisis
Norman Gemmell (The Conversation): New Zealand’s new housing policy is really just a new tax package — and it’s a shambles
RNZ: Abolition of property investor tax break a blunt tool – tax expert
Jeremy Sutton (One Roof): Could the new housing rules put the shackles on divorcing couples?

National Party leadership
Duncan Garner (Newshub): National leader Judith Collins is a dead woman walking
Zane Small (Newshub): Could National merge with ACT? Judith Collins and David Seymour weigh in
Newstalk ZB: ‘I’m not in trouble’: Judith Collins denies leadership coup rumours

Local Government
Kiri Gillespie (Herald): Tauranga council commissioners vote to establish Māori ward
Matthew Scott (Newsroom): Free Six60 tickets for councillors ruffle feathers
Brittany Keogh and Andre Chumko (Stuff): Let’s Get Wellington Moving ‘spending millions on nothing’: City councillor
Todd Niall (Stuff): Auckland’s water crisis was a good thing

Drug reform
Stuff: Editorial – Drug reform has a timing problem
Craig McCulloch (RNZ): Misuse of Drugs Act overhaul off the cards for now, Andrew Little says

Mental health crisis
ODT: Editorial – Excuses over report don’t wash
Rebecca Moore (1News): Suicide prevention group pleads for Govt funding for ‘vulnerable workforce’

Nicholas Jones (Herald): Exclusive: Secret review of cardiac surgery at Waikato Hospital warned of under-staffing, bullying ‘at all levels’ (paywalled)
Amy Wiggins (Herald): St John failing to meet response time targets: 90yo waits three hours after cat attack (paywalled)

Chris Trotter (Interest): A break in the wave
Phil Pennington (RNZ): Police, Defence Force and Transport Agency contractor spending up by at least 15%
Daniel Dunkley (BusinessDesk): PR industry seeks to stamp out its dark side
Michael Wood (Herald): Transport Minister Michael Wood explains why Govt has taken track it has with Auckland rail (paywalled)
Thomas Coughlan (Stuff): Waka Kotahi-NZTA board member slams new train as ‘worst of both worlds’
Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): Officials track NZ’s alt right after Capitol riot
Bonnie Flaws (Stuff): Concerns raised over inadequate shade and water in stockyards
Emma Russell and Nikki Preston (Herald): 12yo league player ordered off field because she’s a girl: NZ Rugby League says rule applies
Gavin Ellis: A rare Hosking U-turn