Political Roundup: 3 March 2023

Political Roundup: 3 March 2023

Items of interest and importance today

Matthew Hooton (Herald): Chris Hipkins offers a welcome taste of integrity (paywalled)
Richard Harman (Politik): What’s wrong with the public service (paywalled)
Damien Venuto (Herald): The Front Page: What should Government and big bosses learn from the Rob Campbell saga?
Glenn McConnell (Stuff): Rob Campbell says ministers ‘targeted’ him after he stood up for co-governance
Felix Desmarais (1News): Rob Campbell says sackings about co-governance, not LinkedIn posts
Thomas Coughlan (Herald): Rob Campbell fired from second Govt role, says David Parker opposed his steps towards EPA co-governance
Newstalk ZB: Peter Dunne: Rob Campbell must have known he was playing with fire
Gordon Campbell: On the sacking of Rob Campbell
Liam Dann (Herald): Rob Campbell sacking highlights risks of sharing on social media(paywalled)
Zarina Hewlett (Today FM): Rob Campbell says its ‘no accident’ he was stripped of two chair roles
Thomas Coughlan (Herald): What the Public Service Commission told ministers about sacking Rob Campbell
Amelia Wade (Newshub): Rob Campbell: The advice to ministers which got him sacked twice in a week
Jem Traylen (BusinessDesk): Public sector directorships – if not Rob Campbell, then who?(paywalled)
Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): We need to think about the public service differently
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Rebuilding a new Public Service
Giles Dexter and Russell Palmer (RNZ): Rob Campbell ‘very disappointed’ over removal as EPA chair
Herald: Rob Campbell speaks out once again after being fired from his second public service role
RNZ: Ousted health boss Rob Campbell also dumped as chair of EPA
Jamie Ensor (Newshub): Rob Campbell fired from Environmental Protection Authority chair role
Thomas Coughlan (Herald): Rob Campbell says David Parker ‘considering his options’ over whether he should be sacked from second job
1News: Govt should ‘act with haste’ to sack Campbell as EPA chair – Brown

Simon Mackenzie, Sarah Monod de Froideville and Charles Louisson (Newsroom): ‘As natural as cheese in a can’: Disasters carry human prints
Peter Dunne (Newsroom): Govt must build consensus on cyclone recovery and climate policies
Josie Pagani (Stuff): How to pay to fix our broken infrastructure
Charlie Mitchell (Stuff): The Whole Truth: How our farms contribute to climate change
RNZ: Red Cross Cyclone Gabrielle fund: Where will donations go?
Arena Williams and Stuart Smith (Stuff): The reality of our situation is that climate change is quite literally on our shores now
Sapeer Mayron (Stuff): Slash stole two thirds of his yard. Is it time to move the house?
Adam Pearse (Herald): Cyclone Gabrielle: Transport Minister Michael Wood promises Bailey bridges for isolated areas after storms
Newstsalk ZB: Federated Farmers President calls for army to be brought in to Hawke’s Bay
Olivia Wannan (Stuff): Maybe e-bikes shouldn’t just be for the wealthy
Kaeden Watts and Isabella Lenihan-Ikin (Spinoff): Cyclone Gabrielle showed us that climate change is a health emergency, too
Paul McBeth (BusinessDesk): Insurers likely to hike premiums to pay for costs of climate change (paywalled)
Todd Niall (Stuff0: Auckland’s place among climate-leading cities is in peril
Mildred Armah (Stuff): School Strike 4 Climate: School students get ready to strike again over climate change
Jamie Ensor (Newshub): Who Mayor Wayne Brown was calling, texting as Auckland flooded
Stephen Forbes (Local Democracy Reporting): Kāinga Ora to demolish flood-damaged homes in Māngere, but won’t say how many
Logan Church (1News): Flood city: Council stormwater boss says ‘no long-term solutions’ for some

Jamie Morton (Herald): Air pollution: Two contaminants linked to thousands of early NZ deaths, hospitalisations
Michael Neilson (Herald): New Health Minister Dr Ayesha Verrall on workforce, waitlists and winter demand (paywalled)
Michael Baker, Amanda Kvalsvig and Matire Harwood (The Conversation): It’s been 3 years since COVID entered New Zealand – here are 3 ways to improve our response

Jo Moir (Newsroom): Water charges could be hiked under National’s policy
Nona Pelletier (RNZ): Winners and losers: S&P on Three Waters impact for councils’ financial ratings
Tina Law (Press): Water leaks in Christchurch getting worse as millions of litres lost every day

Moana Ellis (Local Democracy Reporting): ‘Central government has turned their backs’: Councils call for radical rethink on public services
Georgina Campbell (Herald): On The Tiles- Local Edition: Behind the spectacle and excitement of council budgets
Todd Niall (Stuff): Inequality in Auckland deepens, with fears budget cuts will worsen the struggle
Madeleine Chapman (Spinoff): ‘Don’t f****** come and talk to me’ – Wayne Brown snaps at arts funding question
Todd Niall (Stuff): Auckland’s global rivals push economic growth as the axe hovers at home
Todd Niall (Stuff): Austerity bites for Auckland councillors when there’s no free lunch
Kiri Gillespie (Bay of Plenty Times): Bay of Plenty Regional Council still chasing its own rates after ‘complex and challenging’ transition
Brittany Keogh (Stuff): Council told to apologise for handling of Farrah’s factory noise complaints
Nicholas Boyack (Stuff): Hutt City’s RiverLink all go, despite claims by MP that it faces delay
Erin Gourley (Dominion Post): Wellington wind could dash hopes of drones to replace fireworks
Maia Hart (Local Democracy Reporting): Marlborough lands on ‘good starting point’ for proposed rates rise
Hamish McNeilly (Stuff): Dunedin council considering scrapping tradition of commissioning mayoral portraits

Brent Edwards (NBR): Campbell’s sacking, National’s policy, cyclone recovery
David Farrar: Ipsos Issues Feb 23
Audrey Young (Herald): Kelvin Davis on Married at First Sight and the Treaty of Waitangi(paywalled)
Camryn Brown (The Blue Review): Earning the centre makes for better governments

1News: Parliament occupation: Have lessons been learnt one year on?
RNZ: The new and frightening footage from the end of the Parliament occupation
Frances Chin (Stuff): Jacinda Ardern interviewed for investigation into police conduct during Parliament protest
Amelia Wade (Newshub): Police officer’s first-hand account from Parliament protest revealed
Hazel Osborne (Open Justice Reporting): Parliament protests one year on: Handful of cases remain before the courts
Spinoff: Charges dropped against 172 arrested in parliament occupation
Stuff: Anti-mandate protest over, but misinformation spread rising

Rob Stock (Stuff): Anti-monopolist Tex Edwards: ‘Every man, woman and child is spending 2000 bucks a year on bank profits’
Heather du Plessis-Allan (Newstalk ZB): We need an official inquiry into bank profits
Gareth Vaughan (Interest): Are the ethics and morals of NZ’s banks showing up our government?

Matt Nippert (Herald): Revealed: How Myanmar ‘blood timber’ found its way to Whangārei(paywalled)
Thomas Manch (Stuff): Government fog cannon subsidy scheme fires up, hundreds of applications received
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): GST on Airbnb and Uber now hangs on the election
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Biggest power company, Meridian Energy, increases profit 51%
Cathy Hendry (Stuff): The Australians are beating us in pay equality. Why?
Jo Cribb (Newsroom): The Aussies have thrashed us on pay transparency

Cameron Bagrie (BusinessDesk): Paying the bills trumps climate concern (paywalled)
Jamie Ensor (Newshub): David Parker pushing ahead with tax principles legislation plan
Liam Dann (Herald): The great reopening: Will China’s rebound turbocharge NZ’s economy? (paywalled)

Jonah Franke-Bowell (Stuff): National deputy leader Nicola Willis vows to pull levers of immigration to get country moving
Andrew Bevin (Newsroom): Calls for wider and permanent RSE rule changes
Brent Melville (BusinessDesk): New tourism plan sidesteps immigration elephant(paywalled)

Thomas Coughlan (Herald): Government policy changes help drive rents to record highs, Government survey finds
Oliver Lewis (BusinessDesk): Christchurch endorses housing intensification plan(paywalled)
Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Housing consent numbers fall, ‘potentially helping to stabilise prices’
Greg Ninness (Interest): Barfoot & Thompson’s February sales at lowest level in at least 25 years
Miriam Bell (Stuff): Barfoot & Thompson reports Auckland sales slump after floods, cyclone
Miriam Bell (Stuff): Record low for February new listings on Realestate.co.nz

Paul McBeth (BusinessDesk): Chief Justice warns of ‘extensive litigation’ in RMA reform(paywalled)
Alisha Evans (Local Democracy Reporting): Marae’s pollution concerns stymied, ‘no feasible pathway’ to move heavy industry
Mark Quinlivan (Newshub): Ministry for Environment slammed by ACT Party for spending $913,000 on flights in 11 months

Damien Venuto (Herald): Cam Wallace quits MediaWorks: What next for struggling Today FM as he leaves a mixed media legacy? (paywalled)
Daniel Dunkley (BusinessDesk): Cam Wallace leaves behind a divided MediaWorks(paywalled)
Stuff: Stuff retains audience lead, has biggest Auckland reach
Simon Plumb (Stuff): NBR staff say they’ve ‘no interest’ in working with Kamahl Santamaria after ‘uncomfortable’ visit

Gianina Schwanecke (Stuff): NZ education sector problems ‘very solvable’, consultant says
Paul Moon (Bassett, Brash and Hide): Shaping things to come: New Zealand’s new history curriculum
Lee Kenny (Stuff): 1500 Christchurch teachers attend packed meeting to discuss latest pay offer
Martyn Bradbury (Waatea News): Imagine if we spent $74million on free school lunches rather than Truancy Officers?

Richard Dawkins (Spectator): Why I’m sticking up for science
Brian Easton (Pundit): Census 2023: Why I Take the Population Census Seriously
Chris Trotter: The Pakeha Quest
James Perry (Whakaata Māori): WAI262 claimants advancing protection of taonga including rongoā Māori
William Hewett (Herald): Poet Tusiata Avia lashes ACT after party calls book The Savage Coloniser ‘racist’ and ‘hate-fuelled’
Katie Harris (Herald): ‘Unhinged conspiracy theorists’: Auckland drag queen targeted in Avondale library protest speaks out
James Nokise (Spinoff): World Rugby rules hurt Pacific nations, and we all suffer