Political Roundup: 20 February 2023

Political Roundup: 20 February 2023

Chris Trotter (Interest): Gabrielle’s lesson
Andrea Vance (Stuff): Passively waiting for climate change has cost us time, options, and lives
Felix Desmarais (1News): Analysis: Climate change no longer about penguins, it’s about us
Gordon Campbell: On disaster politics
Thomas Coughlan (Herald): Welcome to the age of the never-ending crisis (paywalled)
Brent Edwards (NBR): Politics, floods, climate change and rebuilding after the cyclone
Hamish McNicol and Calida Stuart Menteath (NBR): Cyclone Gabrielle will be felt for generations (paywalled)
Andrea Vance (Stuff): Government bows to mining industry and developers and weakens protections for wetlands
Thomas Coughlan (Herald): Cyclone Gabrielle: Cabinet meets to decide cyclone recovery package
Thomas Coughlan (Herald): Cyclone Gabrielle: Grant Robertson hints at larger Budget after ‘multi-billion dollar’ cyclone cost
Rebecca Wright (Newshub): Full Newshub Nation interview: Prime Minister Chris Hipkins speaks from Cyclone Gabrielle-hit Hawke’s Bay
Anna Whyte (Stuff): Cyclone Gabrielle: PM warns tough calls to come as resilience ‘tested like never before
Steven Cowan: After Gabrielle: Time for a Green New Deal?
Damien Venuto Herald): The Front Page: James Shaw on why climate change is ‘too big for petty, partisan politics’
Kevin Norquay (Stuff): Rebuilding from Gabrielle: ‘Cheapest is not always best … do the goddamn thing properly’
Nikki Macdonald (Stuff): Can we build our way to flood resilience?
Rod Oram (Newsroom): Let’s hope we respond to these sudden shocks by ditching short-termism
David Shand (Stuff): Fixing up after Cyclone Gabrielle
Eric Crampton (Stuff): Don’t repeat the mistakes of Christchurch earthquake rebuild after Cyclone Gabrielle
Fran O’Sullivan (Herald): Cyclone Gabrielle: Five ideas to help rebuild (paywalled)
Liam Dann (Herald): Storm deals a blow to our fragile economic recovery but we have an opportunity (paywalled)
William Hewett (Newshub): Economist Brad Olsen warns Cyclone Gabrielle will be ‘inflationary event’
Ben Moore (BusinessDesk): We killed copper, stranding thousands in a cyclone(paywalled)
1News: Telcos have ‘social responsibility’ to make sites more resilient
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Dear Labour I’m not asking for socialism, just basic regulated capitalism – the post Cyclone Gabrielle regulation list
John Roughan (Herald): We need to be proactive in maintaining infrastructure (paywalled)
Guy Trafford (Interest): Extraordinary events call for action now
Herald Editorial: Cyclone Gabrielle – Challenges and questions about future resilience(paywalled)
Herald Editorial: Cyclone Gabrielle editorial: Sticking plasters aren’t enough for these wounds
Susan Botting (Local Democracy Reporting): Don’t expect gold-plated Cyclone Gabrielle roading fixes – Te Tai Tokerau MP Kelvin Davis
Rob Stock (Stuff): EQC has had nearly 2300 claims from after flood and cyclone, and the number is still rising
Gareth Vaughan (Interest): Government launches New Zealand Claims Resolution Service with insurers’ support to help those hard hit by recent storms
Tina Morrison (Stuff): Govt rolls out service to help homeowners with natural disaster insurance claims
Geraden Cann (Stuff): Expect ‘few lollies’ in the Government’s Budget
Bernard Hickey (Interest): Climate change now Robertson’s ‘defining dynamic’
Glenn McConnell (Stuff): Air bridge’ or porta-homes could be set up for thousands of cyclone evacuees
Stephen Forbes (Local Democracy Reporting): Kāinga Ora tenants sleep in flood-damaged homes as agency struggles to meet demand
Stephen Ward (Waikato Times): Māori housing group calls for ‘high-trust’ funding in wake of cyclone
John Hopkins (Spinoff): What exactly is a national state of emergency, and why do we declare one?
Rebecca Wright (Newshub): Kieran McAnulty can’t say how long New Zealand will remain in state of emergency
Cherie Howie (Herald): Cyclone Gabrielle: 24 hours that changed our world
Toby Manhire (Spinoff): What did we search for online during Cyclone Gabrielle?
1News: Over 900 defence personnel supporting disaster-hit regions – NZDF
Karl du Fresne: Cyclone Gabrielle has shown us the best of New Zealand
Denis O’Reilly (E-Tangata): ‘We were a united nation’
Anusha Bradley (RNZ): Cyclone Gabrielle battered our homes – but brought our community closer
Lillian Te Hau-Ward (E-Tangata): Cyclone Gabrielle: Now is the time for mana motuhake
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Cyclone Gabrielle has exposed enormous structural frailties and inequalities while highlighting Kiwi’s stoicism and community kindness
James Nokise (Stuff): In case of emergency, use this language
Krystal Gibbson RNZ): Cyclone Gabrielle: Hawke’s Bay Regional Council defends decision not to evacuate Esk Valley
Hawke’s Bay Today: Cyclone Gabrielle: ‘I’m going rogue’: Napier deputy mayor says Government failings contributed to flood impact
Mohammad Alafeshat (RNZ): Cost of produce set to increase after cyclone damage, Agricultural Minister warns
Rob Stock (Stuff): ANZ latest bank to offer interest-free overdrafts to flood/cyclone victims, while ASB will charge just 0.01%
Rob Stock (Stuff): BNZ last of the big banks to offer interest-free emergency loans to cyclone victims

Audrey Young (Herald): MPs go head to head: Where the new battlelines are drawn(paywalled)
Grant Duncan: Power and water – bread and butter
Luke Malpass (Stuff): The election has just changed (again) and Luxon must look through the noise
Heather du Plessis-Allan (Herald): Hipkins has hardly put a foot wrong in his first 25 days(paywalled)
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): 8 Months until 2023 election – Political Battlefield Analysis Special
Peter Wilson (RNZ): Week in Politics: Cyclone Gabrielle and aftermath test Chris Hipkins’ leadership
Thomas Coughlan (Herald): Beehive Diaries: A visit from the Colonial-in-Chief (paywalled)
Shane Te Pou (Herald): Chris Hipkins wipes poll lead off Christopher Luxon’s aimless National (paywalled)
Herald: Chris v Chris: The weekly verdict on whether Chris Luxon or Chris Hipkins won the week
John A.Z. Moore: Woke and “bread and butter” politics
Jo Moir (Newsroom): MPs to discuss expanding use of virtual Parliament
Katie Scotcher (RNZ): Parliament food prices spike after MPs reject $3.5m plea
Stuff: Carl Bates selected as National’s candidate in Whanganui

Anne Salmond (Newsroom): Logs like bulldozers – why the East Coast feels betrayed
Mark Bloomberg (The Conversation): Cyclone Gabrielle triggered more destructive forestry ‘slash’ – NZ must change how it grows trees on fragile land

Catherine Delahunty (E-Tangata): The Pākehā allergy to sharing
Nadine Anne Hura (Spinoff): The prospect of co-governance sparks deep, irrational fears
Greg Hurrell (BusinessDesk): Activist group appeals ban on seeing three waters crown law advice (paywalled)

Grant Kirby (Stuff): Local government in New Zealand is fundamentally flawed
Bernard Orsman (Herald): Exclusive interview: Wayne Brown stays in the background while deputy Desley Simpson shines in the weather disaster (paywalled)
Todd Niall (Stuff): Auckland mayor Wayne Brown says no to gender balance on ‘important’ committee
Steven Walton (Stuff): Government’s RMA reforms too complex and ‘erodes democracy’, councils say
Janine Rankin (Manawatū Standard): Resource management reform undermines local democracy

Brian Easton (Pundit): So What Is Special About Housing?
1News: Q + A: Housing plans too driven by business – developer
Brianna Mcilraith (Stuff): Unpaid rent from Kāinga Ora tenants has quadrupled in three years
Greg Ninness (Interest): More homes are being resold at a loss with apartments being particularly badly hit
RNZ: Slight rise in house sales making losses – CoreLogic
Kelly Makiha (Rotorua Daily Post): Fighting for Rotorua: Fewer homeless in emergency housing, city returning to positive ‘vibe’

Charlie Mitchell (Stuff): Cyclone Gabrielle scepticism is a sting in Covid’s tail
Hayden Donnell (RNZ): Radio hosts fixate on schools closing as Gabrielle closes in
RNZ: Mediawatch – before and after Gabrielle
Gavin Ellis: The media’s role in reporting on terrorism
Sri Krishnamurthi (Asia Pacific Report): Journalism at crossroads but must ‘stick to principles’ to regain trust, warns TDB’s Bomber Bradbury
Ethan Griffiths (Open Justice Reporting): Employee alleges broadcaster Sean Plunket yelled at her, punched desk

Marc Daalder (Newsroom): Radio silence on Govt plan to regulate Big Tech
Donna Miles (Stuff): We can no longer ignore growing disinformation industry
Byron C Clark (Spinoff): Women and the alt-right in New Zealand

Asia Martusia King (RNZ): Calendar Girls dancers take employment campaign to Parliament
Rob Stock (Stuff): Why didn’t we make ticket scalping illegal?
Tina Morrison (Stuff): Costs come under the microscope as businesses prepare for a downturn
David Hargreaves (Interest): Let the battle (re)commence
Terry Baucher (Interest): How the tax world is shaping up in 2023

Lee Kenny (Stuff): Another Te Pūkenga executive has resigned soon after being appointed
Gianina Schwanecke (Stuff): ‘Confronting’ student enrolment figures as Victoria University reports $15.7m deficit
Brett Berquist (Stuff): One of the country’s oldest tertiary institutions turns 150
Geraden Cann (Stuff): Auckland University tells staff to use GPTZero to detect chatbot cheats

Wang Xiaolong (Newsroom): Much Hot Air about Nothing? Some Observations on the Balloon Saga
RNZ: NZ not yet taking any action over Chinese-made surveillance cameras
Ripu Bhatia (Stuff): Government moving at ‘glacial speed’ to combat Iran, advocate says

Sam Stubbs (Stuff): Time to wake up from the multi-billion-dollar fantasy of Auckland’s light rail
Todd Niall (Stuff): Auckland’s $4.4b City Rail Link escapes ‘lasting’ flood impact
Shane Reti (Herald): Roading crumbs instead of four lanes (paywalled)
Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): Somehow our roading dilemma is new to Chris Hipkins
Jonathan Milne (Newsroom): Govt agencies buy more petrol and diesel cars – despite big EV subsidies
Grant Bradley (Herald): Air New Zealand heading for $1b turnaround as profit surges to $1.3m a day: analyst (paywalled)

John Minto (Daily Blog): How much longer can New Zealand afford to carry the rich?
Jamie Morton (Herald): Nitrate pollution: Concerning levels in 60% of NZ freshwater sources
Andrea Vance (Stuff): Spies want local freedom of information laws curtailed
Matthew Hooton: Sex, drugs, alcohol, vaping & mental health
K Gurunathan (Stuff): How Māori are changing the public service from within
RNZ: Crown must better fund Treaty claimants – Waitangi Tribunal
Ethan Te Ora (Stuff): Aaron Gilmore’s so-called ‘sales office’ is an abandoned shack in the hills
Jarrod Gilbert (Herald): Signs of changing times as Corrections recruits put to the test during lengthy process
Chris Tse (Spinoff): Sorry seems to be the hardest word (to hear in the wrong language)