NZ Politics Daily: 6 May 2021

NZ Politics Daily: 6 May 2021

Parliament’s Speaker Trevor Mallard
Henry Cooke (Stuff): National v Mallard: That atrocious late-night debate is the reason people hate politicians
Barry Soper (Herald): Trevor Mallard’s outburst this week questions whether he understands what a serious sexual assault is
Claire Trevett (Herald): The unedifying spectacle of the Speaker v National in Parliament (paywalled)
Heather du Plessis-Allan (Newstalk ZB): Mallard using his power to attack individuals – he needs to go
Tova O’Brien (Newshub): Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern stops short of sacking House Speaker Trevor Mallard
Richard Harman: The Parliamentary sexual assault saga continues (paywalled)
Jo Moir (Newsroom): PM’s failed bid to rein-in Trevor Mallard
Justin Giovannetti (Spinoff): Mallard’s expensive allegation and an extraordinary night in parliament
Derek Cheng (Herald): Explainer: Trevor Mallard’s false rape claim and how we got to last night’s messy debate (paywalled)
Kerre McIvor (Newstalk ZB): If Mallard believes what he’s saying, he should say it outside Parliament
Newstalk ZB: Peter Dunne: PM has gone as close as she can to firing Mallard
Henry Cooke and Brittney Deguara (Stuff): Debate over Trevor Mallard’s defamation case ‘poorly managed and inappropriately politicised’: Jacinda Ardern
Zane Small (Stuff): Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern gives Speaker Trevor Mallard grilling over behaviour in Parliament
Herald: Parliament sex assault claims: Jacinda Ardern ticks off Speaker Trevor Mallard over debate comments
Henry Cooke (Stuff): Nobody came out well from debate over Trevor Mallard’s defamation case, Chris Hipkins says
Lana Andelane (Newshub): Trevor Mallard: Parliament an ‘absolute powder keg’ with National to go full throttle in bid to axe Mallard – Tova O’Brien
Craig McCulloch (RNZ): Labour’s Chris Hipkins calls on all MPs to ‘step back’ after unruly scenes in Parliament
Dan Satherley (Newshub): Trevor Mallard’s ‘utu’ in Parliament an ‘abhorrence’ – Judith Collins
Duncan Garner (Newshub): I’ve never seen a Speaker stoop this low – and only Jacinda Ardern can control it
David Farrar: Mallard makes allegations under parliamentary privilege
Zane Small (Newshub): House Leader Chris Hipkins to meet with Speaker Trevor Mallard after Parliament stoush
Tova O’Brien (Newshub): Jacinda Ardern expected to break silence after Trevor Mallard’s explosive night in Parliament
Newshub: Barry Soper; Mallard should answer questions outside parliament
Meriana Johnsen (RNZ): National Party repeats call for Speaker Trevor Mallard’s removal after fiery debate
Luke Malpass (Stuff): Speaker Trevor Mallard uses parliamentary privilege to defend himself
1News: Collins: Mallard’s ‘unfit’ to be Speaker after ‘shocking display’ accusing man of sexual assault
Mark Quinlivan (Newshub): National’s Chris Bishop urges Jacinda Ardern to ‘ask herself an honest question’ about Trevor Mallard’s behaviour
Newstalk ZB: Judith Collins; PM needs to tell Mallard to step down
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Mallard’s woke justice is the reactionary rage the right are looking for
Newstalk ZB: Former Speaker: Parliamentary privilege should not be abused
Peter Williams (Magic Talk): Jacinda Ardern has insulted all of us

Public sector pay freeze
Bernard Hickey: The brilliant and perverse absurdity of Labour’s austerity Budget of 2021
Rob Mitchell (Stuff): Hundreds of public sector workers angry at Govt’s ‘appalling’ three-year extension to pay freeze
Jordan Bond (RNZ): Fears Kiwi nurses and doctors will leave NZ due to salary freeze
Stuff: Public sector pay freeze a kick in the teeth for health workers
George Block (Stuff): Cops, prison officers slam public sector pay freeze ‘bombshell’
Jenna Lynch (Newshub): Public Service Association outraged at Government’s pay freeze for workers
Michael Neilson (Herald): Police slam Government’s public sector pay freeze over next three years as ‘unacceptable bombshell’
Stuff: Public sector pay freeze extended for next three years for those earning more than $60,000
Zane Small (Newshub): Government freezes pay of public servants earning over $100,000 for next three years
ODT: Editorial – Public pay

He Puapua document and Māori self-determination
Chris Trotter (Daily Blog): Developing separately – or together?
Glenn McConnell (Stuff): Don’t be so scared of a little self-determination when it comes to Māori
RNZ: He Puapua report: Māori Development Minister wants public buy-in
Dita De Boni (NBR): Change the record (paywalled)
John Tamihere (Herald): We already have a separatist health-care system (paywalled)
Liam Rātana (Herald): Oranga Tamariki shifts power to Māori in Northland (paywalled)
Alan Kenyon (1News): Rawiri Waititi wonders ‘why two Pākehā women talking about Māori issues’ during freshwater debate in House
Waatea News: Iwi companies consider Maori bank

China and New Zealand
Jamie Ensor (Newshub): Xinjiang: New Zealand MPs back ‘watered-down’ concern about China’s Uighurs, but three parties believe ‘genocide’ occurring
Thomas Manch (Stuff): Parliament unanimously declares ‘severe human rights abuses’ occurring against Uyghur in China
Mike Smith (The Standard): Uyghur separatists behind call for Parliamentary motion on genocide
Robert MacCulloch (NBR): The China Conundrum: New Zealand at a crossroads (paywalled)
Pattrick Smellie (BusinessDesk): Xinjiang – we’ve gone about as far as we can go, for now
Phil Smith (RNZ): Parliament: compromising to achieve motion
Newstalk ZB: Former Foreign Affairs Minister; right questions must be asked on Uighur genocide
Newstalk ZB: Parliament can take a stand on Uighurs without upsetting China
The Civilian: Ardern says China differences ‘becoming harder to ignore’; promises to work harder on ignoring them

Housing crisis
Katarina Williams (Stuff): Housing ‘most urgent’ issue facing Porirua, social services tell council
Chloe Ranford (Stuff): Pensioners worried as ‘impossible-to-pay’ rent increases bandied about council
Aaron Hendry (Herald): Our wretched treatment of homeless youth (paywalled)
1News: Wellington shelter for homeless women opens new wing as demand rises
Frances Cook (Herald): Fixing housing won’t be quick, but we have to start (paywalled)
Miriam Bell (Stuff): Property investors ‘take a step back’ from the market
Greg Ninness (Interest): Average value of NZ homes rose by between 6.4% & 43.6% in April year
Tony Alexander (One Roof): Puncturing New Zealand’s big house price delusions
Thomas Coughlan (Stuff): Reserve Bank ponders what constitutes an unaffordable house
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Housing ‘not a flashing red alert but it’s a concern’, says Reserve Bank
Tamsyn Parker (Herald): Likelihood of ‘significant correction’ in house prices has increased, Reserve Bank says (paywalled)
David Hargreaves (Interest): Investors blow out their debt-to-income ratios buying houses
Hamish Rutherford (Herald): Reserve Bank hints new lending tool might be worthwhile, even if only applied to investors (paywalled)
Brent Edwards (NBR): Reserve Bank expects legislation to provide more clarity about its role (paywalled)
Brent Edwards (NBR): Financial system in good shape but worries about the housing market (paywalled)

Henry Cooke (Stuff): Labour rejects select committee inquiry into ‘sanitised’ mental health report
David Farrar: This is a job for PMO, not DPMC
Herald: Jacinda Ardern reveals she and Clarke Gayford have finally set a wedding date
Stuff: Jacinda Ardern and Clarke Gayford are planning a summer wedding

Economy, Budget, and work
Thomas Manch (Stuff): NZ-UK Free Trade Agreement negotiations to be ‘accelerated’, as Australia streaks ahead
Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): Robertson full of spin
Jenée Tibshraeny (Interest): Is more accountability of govt spending something Robertson can deliver?
Liam Dann (Herald): Jobs data shows we’re through the worst of Covid shock (paywalled)
Matthew Scott (Newsroom): Inequality an accident waiting to happen for children

1News: Pharmac asked to fund drug for children with spinal muscular atrophy after it changes four-year-old’s life
Katie Todd (RNZ): ‘Green fairies’ increasingly getting charged, lawyer says
Russell Brown (Public Address): A picture of official callousness and detachment
Mike Houlahan (ODT): Despair in radiation oncology

Covid and border
Derek Cheng (Herald): An over-promise that leaves our borders vulnerable (paywalled)
Henry Cooke (Stuff): Government exceeding nationwide vaccine target with over 300,000 doses now administered
Brittney Deguara (Stuff): Should we be focusing on developing a universal vaccine?
Herald: Editorial: Some NZ Covid 19 transmissions still a mystery (paywalled)
Marc Daalder (Newsroom): Charting New Zealand’s vaccine rollout

Pattrick Smellie (BusinessDesk/Spinoff): How Biden’s quiet radicalism may embolden New Zealand’s political left
Thomas Coughlan (Stuff): Government signals decade of big investment in rail
Hamish Cardwell (RNZ): Government lays out 10-year plan for rail investment
Lawrence Gullery (Stuff): Māori aren’t scary, kaumātua says, as hui hears case in support of Māori wards for councils
Finlay Macdonald (Newsroom): Book of the Week: Helen Kelly, Prime Minister
Mike Hosking (Herald): Newstalk ZB ratings and why it’s important to get the facts right (paywalled)
Derek Cheng (Herald): Attendance numbers: More sick days taken; truancy ‘crisis’ worsening
Elizabeth Bowyer (Newsroom): The poor treatment of sexual violence victims in court runs deep in our history
Michael Neilson (Herald): ‘Simple guy’ National MP Matt Doocey supports abortion safe zones after hearing ‘misogynistic vitriol’
Geoff Simmons (Stuff): Funding new ways of thinking will cut the costs of the low-carbon transition