NZ Politics Daily: 22 April 2021

NZ Politics Daily: 22 April 2021

Health reforms: Analysis
Chris Trotter (Daily Blog): Labour’s health reforms: Boldly going where it might not be wise to venture
Luke Malpass (Stuff): Government’s DHB overhaul is the latest salvo in the Wellington vs local control war
Stuff: Editorial – Healthcare change needed but crucial staff shortages need to be addressed
Audrey Young (Herald): Little’s Cabinet paper shows how Heather Simpson was rolled (paywalled)
Herald: Editorial: One health department is not so radical, but overdue (paywalled)
Peter Dunne: Back to the future and heavy centralisation
Luke Malpass (Stuff): The public health overhaul that had to happen
Ian Powell: Bureaucratic centralism rules supreme in New Zealand health
Peter Davis (Newsroom): Everything to play for in new health reforms
David Farrar: A bold and positive health reform from Labour
Gordon Campbell: On welcoming the major health reforms
Alex Braae (Spinoff): Massive health sector overhaul explained
Liz Gordon (Daily Blog): Superman Little strikes again
1News: Dramatic health changes are a ‘bold move’ that leaves National in a tricky spot, says 1News political reporter
No Right Turn: Ending the DHB scam

Health reforms: Details
Tess McClure (The Guardian): New Zealand announces radical shake-up of health system
Rowan Quinn (RNZ): Major health sector shake-up: DHBs scrapped and new Māori Health Authority announced
Thomas Manch and Bridie Witton (Stuff): Government announces radical plan to centralise healthcare, will abolish DHBs
Emma Russell (Herald): Health shake-up: What will it mean for mental health patients?
Tova O’Brien (Newshub): New Zealand’s under-stress health system all too real for some Kiwis
Marc Daalder (Newsroom): Public Health Agency ‘the legacy of the pandemic’
Jason Walls (Herald): Government unveils plans for New Zealand’s first ‘truly national public health service’
Newstalk ZB: Little: DHB overhaul should mean more cash for healthcare

Health reforms: Reaction in health sector
The Spinoff: ‘All my dreams have come true’: Doctors and experts react to the end of DHBs
RNZ: Experts optimistic but want assurances over health sector reform
Cate Broughton (Stuff): Single mum who fought health board and won says health reform ‘phenomenal’
Julie Iles (NBR): Transparency and consistency key opportunities of health system overhaul (paywalled)
Jo Lines-MacKenzie (Stuff): DHB member who fought for change from the inside calls health shake-up ‘brave’
Hannah Martin (Stuff): Health system shake-up: Vulnerable communities ‘might get lost in the shuffle’
Emma Russell (Herald): Health system reforms: Grieving families speak out on end of ‘postcode lottery’ care

Health reforms: Māori Health
Barry Soper (Herald): It’s doubtful whether Māori Health Authority will achieve its goals
Gabrielle Baker (Spinoff): Health reforms for Māori: ‘I’m not ready to celebrate just yet’
Heather du Plessis-Allan (Newstalk ZB): DHBs won’t be missed – but Māori health authority a tough sell
Florence Kerr (Stuff): Self-determination at the heart of new Māori Health Authority
Florence Kerr (Stuff): Māori Health made a priority in a raft of radical changes to the sector
Zane Small (Newshub): How New Zealand’s revamped health system will look with new Māori Health Authority
Anna Whyte (1News): DHBs to be scrapped, new Māori Health Authority to be created in major health system shake up
Mike Yardley (Newstalk ZB): More bureaucracy won’t help Māori quit smoking
Te Rina Triponel (RNZ): Major health sector shake-up: What this means for Māori
Sharnae Hope (Stuff): Waikato GP believes centralised health agency will remove ‘red tape’ for all

Health reforms: Regions
Kaysha Brownlie (RNZ): Government’s new health system gives ‘bigger voice’ to rural communities
Natalie Akoorie (RNZ): Health reforms: ‘Loss to local democracy but what we had clearly wasn’t working’
Louisa Steyl (Stuff): New health reforms ‘level the playing field for rural patients’
Jennifer Eder, Cherie Sivignon and Katy Jones (Stuff): Scrapping DHBs prompts mixed views on impact for top of the south
Catherine Groenestein (Stuff): Taranaki leaders react with congratulations and scepticism over radical health reforms
Cate Broughton (Stuff): Canterbury Māori provider says health overhaul ‘needed to happen’, board member says ‘deeply worrying’
Bridie Witton, Marty Sharpe and Mandy Te (Stuff): Wellington region medical sector welcomes “drastic” changes to health system
Herald: Wellington health bosses react to overhaul that will see DHBs abolished
Alice Angeloni (RNZ): Health reforms: What does it mean for Tairāwhiti?
Libby Wilson (Stuff): Just what the doctor ordered: health system shakeup gets positive response in Waikato
Janine Rankin (Stuff): Health groups poised to launch into reforms
Lois Williams (RNZ): Health reforms: Cautious support from West Coast leaders
Liam Rātana (Herald): Resourcing key in improving health of Northlanders: Health reforms reaction

Health reforms: National Party reaction
Luke Malpass (Stuff): Judith Collins lashes DHB overhaul as too much Wellington bureaucracy, and a ‘separatist model’
Jason Walls (Herald): ‘Reckless’ health shake-up could create two-tier health system – says the National Party
Zane Small (Newshub): Judith Collins endorses view Māori Health Authority is ‘separatist’, pledges to scrap restructure

Health reforms: Other
Emma Russell (Herald): Health shake-up: What could this mean for diabetes patients?
Mariné Lourens (Stuff): Healthcare overhaul must include increase in resources, cancer care advocate says
Chris Keall (Herald): Death of the DHBs a chance to give health tech a new life (paywalled)
Peter Griffin (BusinessDesk): Fixing our broken health IT systems (paywalled)

NZ-China relations: Mahuta Speech
Con Coughlin (Daily Telegraph/Herald): Jacinda Ardern’s pro-China stance undermines Western allies – and puts NZ’s Five Eyes membership at risk
Audrey Young (Herald): NZ-China relations: Jacinda Ardern faces bitter attack by UK writer over Five Eyes commitment
Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): Five Powers – the forgotten pact featuring NZ
Jamie Ensor (Newshub): China heaps praise on Nanaia Mahuta’s ‘remarkable’ Five Eyes comments
Jamie Ensor (Newshub): Praise for Nanaia Mahuta from ‘communist dictatorship’ China ‘deeply concerning’, speech ‘damaged international reputation’ – ACT
Straits Times: New Zealand says ‘uncomfortable’ with expanding Five Eyes
Binoy Kampmark: Mixed sight: New Zealand, The Five Eyes and China

Economy  and work
Daniel Dunkley (Stuff): Does our Amazon deal set a dangerous precedent?
RNZ: Data points to unequal recovery and entrenchment of poverty – Unions
Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Lower-income earners face too big a tax jump, experts say
Henry Cooke (Stuff): Large growth in older and female trade apprentices during pandemic
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Moody’s affirms NZ credit rating and expects economy to ‘remain resilient’
John Barnett (BusinessDesk): Amazon’s LOTR: One NZ film grant to rule them all (paywalled)
Jamie Gray (Herald): Why NZ interest rates will not follow inflation higher (paywalled)
Mike Hosking (Herald): On danger of Kiwis moving to Australia (paywalled)

Housing crisis
Eleanor Black (Newsroom): Housing crisis is the ‘canary in the coal mine’
Sandra Conchie (Herald): Homeless crisis: Tauranga’s top 10 emergency housing earners revealed
Greg Ninness (Interest): Residential real estate industry’s commission revenues soared in the first quarter

International relations
Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): NZ releases belated criticism of WHO Covid report
Jordan Small (Herald): Time for New Zealand to take centre stage in US (paywalled)
1News: Australia’s foreign minister visiting NZ for first visit since pandemic began

Local government
Joel MacManus (Stuff): Monorail pitched as option for Let’s Get Wellington Moving project
Georgia-May Gilbertson (Stuff): ‘Time for our voice to come to the table’, strong support to introduce Māori wards at Hastings District Council

Claire Trevett (Herald): Why is Labour set on keeping waka jumpers law? Insurance (paywalled)
Leighton Smith (Herald): Where art thou, alternative point of view? (paywalled)
Guyon Espiner (RNZ): Only 10 percent of health workers ‘definitely willing’ to carry out euthanasia – survey
Harry Lock (RNZ): Census data on gender, sexual identity to be gathered in ‘inclusive way’ – Stats NZ
Newstalk ZB: Unlawful Ihumatao deal to be tidied up by Parliament
Jacqui Dean (Stuff): Pastoral Land Reform Bill has the potential to destroy farming in the high country as we know it