NZ Politics Daily: 17 May 2021

NZ Politics Daily: 17 May 2021

Newshub poll
Tova O’Brien (Newshub): Judith Collins’ allegations of Māori separatism not working for National in Newshub-Reid Research Poll
Tova O’Brien (Newshub): Newshub-Reid Research Poll: The race relations debate – Kiwis think Judith Collins is being divisive
Tova O’Brien (Newshub): Judith Collins being replaced as leader is now a matter of when, not if
Jenna Lynch (Newshub): Newshub-Reid Research Poll: Majority of Kiwis back trans-Tasman bubble
Toby Manhire (Spinoff): Collins’ Orewa politics aren’t just deplorable, they’re unpopular. Can National afford to wait?
Henry Cooke (Stuff): Judith Collins’ personal support crashes in new poll, while Labour remains well-ahead
Derek Cheng (Herald): Latest political poll: Judith Collins plummets in preferred PM stakes
Richard Harman: National caucus to meet today in wake of bad poll (paywalled)
Duncan Garner (Newshub): Judith Collins is in free-fall and no National Party MP is lining up to catch her

Budget 2021
Thomas Coughlan (Stuff): Budget 2021: How much money will be in the budget?
Luke Malpass (Stuff): ‘Holding pattern’ Budget will need to plot a path to the future
Luke Malpass (Stuff): Budget 2021: Is New Zealand on the eve of a new brain drain to Australia?
Liam Dann (Herald): Budget 2021: Spend or Save? Finance Minister’s dilemma (paywalled)
Liam Dann (Herald): Budget 2021: Why Grant Robertson won’t match big spending Aussies (paywalled)
Liam Dann (Herald): Budget 2021: ‘It’s not a lolly scramble’ this year, Deloitte CEO says
Mike Houlahan (ODT): Pandemic not the only challenge
Claire Trevett (Herald): Labour and the weight of Budget expectation (paywalled)
Warwick Rasmussen, Bridie Witton and Danielle Clent (Stuff): Pre-Budget wishes, expectations, and the lure of working in Australia
Brad Olsen (Stuff): It’s time for the recharge budget
Andrew Bayly (Herald): What I would do if I was finance minister (paywalled)
Tracy Watkins (Stuff): Post-Covid complacency the enemy within for New Zealand
Sarah Dalton (Stuff): Budget must address stressed, overworked health workers who have ‘had enough’

Inequality and poverty
Bryce Edwards (Democracy Project): Political Roundup – Will the Government take the poverty crisis seriously?
Caroline Williams (Stuff): ‘Stop the war on the poor’: Poverty action group protest stops traffic on Ponsonby Road
Brian Easton (Pundit): Are we really serious about child poverty?
Josephine Franks (Stuff): Missioner Helen Robinson — ‘It’s not a job without pain’
RNZ: Major rise in benefits needed to get children out of poverty – Auckland City Missioner
Kerre McIvor (Herald): Kids need free school lunches, they can’t learn when they’re hungry (paywalled)
Rachel Graham (RNZ): Some schools decline government funded lunches

Dileepa Fonseka (Stuff): Population Policy debate comes into focus
Eric Crampton (Stuff): Govt needs to rethink hostile approach to skilled migrants
Anuja Nadkarni (Newsroom): Govt’s new push to attract high-skilled migrants
Herald: Editorial – The immigration battle for skilled workers and investors (paywalled)
Amy Williams (RNZ): Wealthy investors due to arrive on new border exemption
Gill Bonnett (RNZ): Immigration Minister to outline border policy changes
Zane Small (Newshub): Green MP Ricardo Menéndez March’s concern as Jacinda Ardern signals shift ‘away from low-skilled, low-paid’ migrants
Tom Peters (World socialist website): Thousands protest against New Zealand government’s anti-immigrant policies
Anuja Nadkarni (Newsroom): Govt’s new push to attract high-skilled migrants
Dan Satherley (Newshub): ‘Perfect storm’ of Covid and complex applications behind visa processing delays – Immigration Minister Kris Faafoi

He Puapua document and Māori self-determination
Emile Donovan (RNZ): What is He Puapua?
Martin Van Beynen (Stuff): Partnership or separatism – negotiating the Treaty relationship
Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): It’s fair to ask questions about He Puapua
Māori TV: Nationals’ Shane Reti stands by Judith Collins’ views on He puapua
Steven Cowan: “Systemic racism” is not the source of inequality
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Haka political theatre in Parliament – Winners & Losers

Water reforms
Derek Cheng (Herald): ‘Deceptive and wrong’: Ngāi Tahu rejects Judith Collins’ claims of asset co-ownership plans
1News: Govt advances plans to transfer 50 per cent of South Island’s public water assets to iwi ownership – Collins
Newstalk ZB: Judith Collins: Government proposing South Island water assets co-owned by Ngāi Tahu
Guy Williams (ODT): Southern mayors condemn Judith Collins for ‘fear-mongering’
Bernard Orsman (Herald): Government water reforms open the door to privatisation – Phil Goff(paywalled)

Employment relations, pay freeze, and Fair Pay Agreements
RNZ: Finance expert suggests redistribution of public sector CEO salaries
John Roughan (Herald): This government of state servants is bravely tackling its toughest decision yet(paywalled)
Damien Grant (Stuff): The Fair Pay Working Group will undo Jim Bolger’s enduring legacy
Steve Braunias (Herald): The secret diary of the civil service pay freeze (paywalled)
Claire Trevett (Herald): The pay freeze debate: ‘Crisis’ meetings, the Prime Minister steps in as Govt and unions in showdown
Alex Braae (Spinoff): How New Zealand’s employment laws changed forever, 30 years ago today
Steven Joyce (Herald): There’s nothing fair about Fair Pay Agreements (paywalled)
John Braddock (World socialist website): New Zealand Labour-led government imposes public sector wage freeze
Peter Wilson (RNZ): Government ‘pushes the reset button’ on public sector pay

Economy and work
ODT: Editorial – Misleading statements undermine trust
Hamish Rutherford (Herald): Even if it can find fraud in the wage subsidy scheme, MSD may be reluctant to chase it
Tim Murphy (Newsroom): Is NZ missing our post-Covid window of opportunity?
Heather du Plessis Allan (Newstalk ZB): Hipkins’ comment exposes Labour’s lax approach to our money
Laura Wiltshire (Stuff): Campaign calls for more diversity in care sector hit hard by Covid-19
Tamsyn Parker (Herald): Couples sharing domestic burden would boost economy by $1.5 billion
David McLean (Herald): Sharing the load at home lightens load for everyone (paywalled)
Michael Neilson (Herald): Act Party calls for Government to scrap ‘unfair’ road tax applied to marine fuel
Bryan Bruce (Daily Blog): What is an economy for?

Nurses strike
Kirsty Wynn (Herald): Pay restrictions after year from hell a bitter pill for Kiwi nurses
Emma Russell (Herald): Nurses strike: Tens of thousands to walk off the job for 8 hours
RNZ: Nurses vote to strike for 8 hours over breakdown in pay negotiations
Newstalk ZB: NZNO: Strike action a ‘last resort’ but nurses united behind decision

Parliament and Government
Fran O’Sullivan (Herald): Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern honoured abroad, less so at home (paywalled)
Jason Walls (Herald): Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern tops Fortune’s list of the world’s greatest leaders
Georgia Forrester (Stuff): Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern tops Fortune magazine’s world’s greatest leaders list
Jamie Ensor (Newshub): Jacinda Ardern ‘world’s greatest leader’, beating out pioneers of Covid-19 vaccines in magazine rankings
Zane Small (Newshub): Portrait of Jacinda Ardern joins corridor in Parliament featuring artistic impressions of former Prime Ministers
Dan Satherley (Newshub): Eight years on, Labour MP Aupito William Sio stands by vote against same-sex marriage
Claire Trevett (Herald): Beehive Diaries: Simon Bridges’ confessions, MPs’ wayward texts (paywalled)
Stuff: Points of Order: How to get from a gelato store to Parliament
Victor Billot (Newsroom): An ode for Simon Bridges, author

Housing crisis
Simon Wilson (Herald): If house prices fall, will the sky fall too? (paywalled)
Janine Starks (Stuff): Housing market still needs brakes applied, rent control could be the way to go
Jane Matthews (Stuff): New Plymouth man facing another winter living in his car while waiting for a public housing space
Heather du Plessis-Allan (Herald): Government must deal with appalling behaviour of emergency housing residents in motels (paywalled)
Tom Kitchin (RNZ): Six-month wait for supplies and becoming worse, builders say
Kelly Makiha (Herald): Emergency housing relief: Rotorua solo mother Sarah Murray reveals motel horror
Newstalk ZB: Housing advocate: Homelessness a problem across NZ
Apanui Koopu (E-Tangata): Things have to change
Māori TV: Davidson pleased with progress toward preventing homelessness

Cate Broughton (Stuff): Contractors paid $500 an hour to help health board find ‘significant savings’
Nicholas Jones (Herald): Auckland Hospital surgeons’ pay tops $1m, more staff earn over $500k(paywalled)
Emma Russell (Herald): The uncomfortable truth: Top male doctors earn up to $73,000 more than female colleagues (paywalled)
Newstalk ZB: Herald investigation reveals sexism against female doctors
Stuff: MP sends letter to health minister after concerns of cancer wait times
Henry Cooke (Stuff): National pushes Government to provide 100,000 free counselling sessions
Kirsty Wynn (Herald): Jacinda Ardern replies to boy who gave budget advice on beds for sick kids

Christchurch Call
Derek Cheng (Herald): Two years of the Christchurch Call. Are we any better off? (paywalled)
ODT: Editorial – Christchurch Call not yet realised
Thomas Manch (Stuff): Christchurch Call focuses on tech companies’ algorithms, six countries join
1News: Biden’s absence from Christchurch Call summit does not make USA’s recent joining ‘lip service’ – Ardern
RNZ: Jacinda Ardern opens Christchurch Call second anniversary leaders’ summit
RNZ: Plan for Christchurch Call to target social media algorithms welcomed
Australian Associated Press: Jacinda Ardern calls for ‘ethical algorithms’ to help stop online radicalisation

Tess McClure (The Guardian): No roadmap’: New Zealand mulls reopening options after a year of closed borders
Jamie Ensor (Newshub): Jacinda Ardern smacks down suggestion New Zealand to move to alert level 2.5 when borders open
Nina Hall (Spinoff): NZ made the right call on supporting the vaccine waiver. Now comes the hard part

Colin Peacock (RNZ): Shocking news reveals southern reporting cutbacks
Kelly Bertrand (Stuff): Hilary Barry on news cleave, ambition and finding joy in the little things
Colin Peacock (RNZ): Access all areas? The past and future of community broadcasting

Climate change
Tim Murphy (Newsroom): Climate crimes: Will you be found guilty?
Derek Cheng (Herald): Budget 2021: Public sector carbon cuts – $67m for low-emissions cars, coal burner replacements
RNZ: Government reveals options for climate change policies in transport sector
Todd Niall (Stuff): Government could ban fuel-burning cars by 2050, with imports ending 2035

Local government
Mandy Te (Stuff): Wellington City Council set to have its first rainbow communities advisory group
Sean Rush (Stuff): City councillor: Why I changed my mind about iwi representation
Jono Galuszka (Stuff): People say they want Māori wards in wider Manawatū and Horowhenua
Tim Newman (Stuff): Back of the Agenda – Māori ward decision triggers election shake-up

International relations
Jamie Ensor (Newshub): British High Commissioner Laura Clarke doesn’t believe United Kingdom, New Zealand splintering, insists nations ‘on same page’ on China
Paul Buchanan: Between appeasement and confrontation

Jarrod Gilbert (Herald): How New Zealand should tackle public gang warfare (paywalled)
Mark Quinlivan (Newshub): ACT deputy leader Brooke van Velden praises Government for going after gangs

Kiwisaver reform
Jason Walls (Herald): The Government’s KiwiSaver moves will apply ‘competitive pressure’ to funds market
Rob Stock (Stuff): KiwiSaver default fund shake-up has a ‘buy local’ flavour

Thomas Coughlan (Stuff): Government on defensive as it chases target for school build programme
Michael Neilson (Herald): Tackling racism in Aotearoa: Should white privilege be taught in schools?(paywalled)

Jane Patterson (RNZ): SFO charges an indictment on political parties – not the system
Jon Johansson (Stuff): Influencing political policy, and the triumph of marketing
Melanie Earley (Stuff): Auckland Libraries say there are no plans to get rid of ‘transphobic’ books
Gordon Campbell: On cancel culture and the ‘hate speech’ laws
Bernard Orsman (Herald): Auckland light rail facing huge hurdles to get back on track (paywalled)
Simon Wilson (Herald): Helen Kelly: Her Life – author Rebecca Macfie on the kindness warrior (paywalled)
Gianina Schwanecke (Herald): Hawke’s Bay sheep numbers drop 346,000 in year amid climate change concern
Alison Mau (Stuff): Want to make a better, safer society? Watch your language
Kennedy Warne (E-Tangata): The hope for change: imagining decolonisation here and now
Herald: Māori Authority wants Eagle Brewing put before Human Rights Commission over racist comments