NZ Politics Daily: 30 March 2023

NZ Politics Daily: 30 March 2023

Today’s content

Richard Harman (Politik): How Nash got tangled up in “dirty politics” (paywalled)
William Hewett (Newshub): Political pundit Bryce Edwards calls for anti-corruption commission, says Stuart Nash review needs to see if any MPs have ‘corrupt dealings’
Bridie Witton (Stuff): PM Chris Hipkins faces pressure to answer questions over Stuart Nash scandal
Thomas Coughlan (Herald): Blunders and Nash – what next for beleaguered MP (paywalled)
Herald Editorial: Sacked Cabinet Minister Stuart Nash careered into chaos (paywalled)
Chris Hyde (Hawke’s Bay Today): Undone by his contact book: Stuart Nash’s fall
Toby Manhire (Spinoff): Winston Peters’ wooing of Stuart Nash
Jenna Lynch (Newshub): Stuart Nash knocked down on fourth strike – and it looks likely he will be gone come October
Adam Pearse (Herald): Stuart Nash sacking: Why it matters and why he’s staying on as Napier’s MP
Stewart Sowman-Lund (Spinoff): A brief history of Stuart Nash’s big mouth
Luke Malpass and Thomas Manch (Stuff): Jacinda Ardern’s office knew of Stuart Nash’s 2020 email; Hipkins orders review
Jamie Ensor (Newshub): Prime Minister Chris Hipkins orders review of Stuart Nash’s comms with donors, reveals Jacinda Ardern’s office knew of email containing Cabinet info
RNZ: Prime Minister Chris Hipkins announces review into Stuart Nash’s communications with donors
Jamie Ensor (Newshub): National accuses Prime Minister’s Office of ‘cover-up’ over revelations Stuart Nash’s email was known of, Chris Hipkins says that’s not the case
RNZ: Luxon wants broad inquiry into sacked minister Stuart Nash’s correspondence
Glenn McConnell (Stuff): Police commissioner signals there may have been other Stuart Nash calls
Claire Trevett , Adam Pearse and Thomas Coughlan (Herald): Sacked minister Stuart Nash breaks silence after dismissal, says he will continue to serve as Napier’s MP
Felix Desmarais (1News): Luxon ‘smiles to your face but stabs you in the back’ – Nash hits back
Anna Whyte and Thomas Manch (Stuff): ‘I got this wrong’: Sacked minister Stuart Nash apologises
RNZ: Stuart Nash apologises to colleagues, staff and Labour members after being sacked by PM
Former minister Stuart Nash says he will remain Napier MP ‘for now’ in Facebook post
Bridie Witton (Stuff): How Stuart Nash could resign without triggering a byelection
Thomas Manch, Glenn McConnell and Anna Whyte (Stuff): Chris Hipkins says it’s for Stuart Nash to resign from Parliament
Jamie Ensor (Newshub): Former minister Stuart Nash says he will remain Napier MP ‘for now’ in Facebook post
Jamie Ensor (Newshub): Labour MPs react to Stuart Nash’s sacking after leaking confidential Cabinet discussions
Hamish Bidwell (Hawke’s Bay Today): National’s Napier candidate Katie Nimon says Stuart Nash’s antics ‘really disappointing for the region’
Marty Sharpe (Stuff): Napier doesn’t feel Stuart Nash can be trusted, National candidate says

Luke Malpass (Stuff): Chris Hipkins’ delicate balancing acts over Stuart Nash scandal, and the ‘white cis men’
Brent Edwards (NBR): The long, hard winter before the election (paywalled)
Katie Kenny (Stuff): Fact checking Marama Davidson’s ‘white cis men’ claims (and follow-up statement)
RNZ: Greens co-leader ‘not going to apologise to cis men’, Luxon says Davidson making ‘excuses’
Herald: Marama Davidson says she knows who the motorcyclist was that hit her at Posie Parker rally
Mike Hosking (Herald): Is the Govt trying to buy a third term? (paywalled)
Ben Thomas (Stuff): Will the battle against ‘woke’ be enough to get Winston Peters back in parliament?
Virginia Fallon (Stuff): Winston Peters called me out but at least called me back
Piers Fuller (Stuff): Wade-Brown puts her hand up again for Wairarapa seat
RNZ: Education Minister Jan Tinetti injured in media scrum

Matthew Rosenberg (Local Democracy Reporting): Gisborne council spent $350k on cyclone-related water project that never went ahead
Todd Niall (Stuff): Auckland mayor ‘probably’ too busy to show up for Three Waters select committee
Todd Niall (Stuff): Politicians back councillor after Wayne Brown says she’s ‘pushing the boundaries’
Raphael Franks (Herald): Mayor Wayne Brown’s ‘predetermined’ decision on selling Auckland Airport shares criticised by councillors
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Airport sale would cost Aucklanders, says competition campaigner
Wayne Brown (Herald): Selling airport shares is the only sensible course
Gabrielle McCulloch (Stuff): Scrapping Auckland Council childcare centres could cost ratepayers $1m, union says
Todd Niall (Stuff): Auckland Council agency seeks independence to avert big budget cut
Doug Sail (Timaru Herald): Contracting costs exceeding Mackenzie District Council’s staffing budget
Brendon McMahon (Local Democracy Reporting): Deposed West Coast council chairman keeps mum on next move
Joanne Naish (Stuff): Westland deputy mayor stands down over questions about his workload and pay
Michael Fallow (Stuff): ICC has a seriously unbalanced budget
Diane McCarthy (Local Democracy Reporting): Whakatāne council faces bleak options on rates

Eloise Gibson (Stuff): We assessed climate progress by some of our biggest emitters. Here’s what we found
Stuff: Climate Action Report Card
Olivia Wannan (Stuff): ‘Irresponsible’: Government allows new planet-heating fossil fuels to be found
RNZ: Greymouth Gas granted offshore oil and gas exploration permit
Eloise Gibson (Stuff): How some of our biggest retailers and power companies are doing on climate progress
Sarah Heeringa (Stuff): Cost of living overides sustainability action, despite best intentions

Cushla Norman (1News): ‘Outrageous’: 24h window on cyclone bill submissions criticised
Todd Niall (Stuff): Councillors had mixed views on mayoral flood inquiry due out this week
RNZ: Wairoa iwi pushes government for housing support, post-Cyclone Gabrielle

Thomas Coughlan (Herald): David Parker rejects calls to delay RMA reforms
RNZ: New nationwide recycling and food scraps strategy unveiled
Tommy de Silva (Spinoff): What our latest litter audit tells us about New Zealand

Jane Patterson (RNZ): AUKUS participation talks highlight New Zealand’s nuclear-free status
Guardian: New Zealand may join Aukus pact’s non-nuclear component
Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): NZ pushes China on lethal aid concerns over Ukraine war
Michael Neilson (Herald): Govt ‘actively considering’ amnesty for migrant overstayers – Immigration Minister Michael Wood confirms
Charlotte Graham (Guardian): NZ mulls harsher law against refugee boat arrivals – despite no refugee boats ever having arrived
Cushla Norman (1News): Govt criticised for proposal to increase detention time for asylum seekers
Robert Patman (The Conversation): The environmental impact of Russia’s invasion goes beyond Ukraine – how do we deal with ‘problems without passports’?
Shanti Mathias (Spinoff): Is TikTok a threat to NZ’s democracy?
Gordon Campbell: On the banning of Tik Tok
RNZ: NZ Foreign Minister Mahuta to visit Vanuatu
Nigel Stirling (Farmers Weekly): NZ’s attempt to shoot its shot at reviving Gulf deal backfires

Damien Venuto (Herald): Time for free dental care in New Zealand? – The Front Page
Peter Davis (Newsroom): Health system better than you might think
Ian Powell: Trust, relationships and health systems
ODT Editorial: Hospital PR fails (paywalled)
Tim Brown (RNZ): New Dunedin Hospital cost cuts delayed project, health officials say
Maddy Lloyd (1News): New Dunedin Hospital delayed by a year, further cuts not ruled out
Stephen Forbes (Local Democracy Reporting): Just 19% of Middlemore ED staff think they have resources necessary to do their jobs
Giles Dexter (RNZ): Three weeks on: Te Whatu Ora yet to republish pulled health reporting data
Rachel Smalley (Today FM): Pharmac has misled the Health Minister over Today FM ban
Chris Lynch: Health Ministry accuses misinformation reporter of reporting misinformation

Katie Doyle (Stuff): Ministers and MPs set to appear at National Māori Housing Conference in Rotorua
Ripu Bhatia (Stuff): Thousands of new homes needed to improve health of Pasifika children – report
Laura Smith (Local Democracy Reporting): ‘No-brainer’: Rotorua council approves Kawaha Point housing plans
Laura Smith (Local Democracy Reporting): Up to 86 homes, new sports field: Rotorua council and club consider land proposal

Christine Braid (The Conversation): Teaching the ‘basics’ is critical – but what teachers really want are clear guidelines and expectations
Lee Kenny (Stuff): What next after the second teachers’ strike?
RNZ: Secondary school teachers striking again around the country
Lee Kenny (Stuff): A third of staff see no future at mega polytech Te Pūkenga, survey finds
Luke Forman (RNZ): Students feel blindsided by last-minute closure of respected Auckland music school

Rebecca Stevenson (Interest): NZ’s big banks may be ‘fat, dumb and happy with an apathetic, stable customer base.’ But what does that mean for competition?
Gemma Rasmussen (Stuff): We’re behind the times when it comes to catching greenwashing
Nona Pelletier (RNZ): Wage growth lagging behind annual inflation, new data shows
RNZ: Open letter calls for pay gap transparency legislation
RNZ: Confidence in labour market remains despite nervousness, Index finds
Brianna Mcilraith (Stuff): Here is where the biggest pay rises have been, according to Seek

David Fisher (Herald): Police officers using facial recognition tool without recommended safeguards, prompting ‘cavalier’ concerns (paywalled)
Glenn McConnell and Katie Doyle (Stuff): New police plan to keep officers safe, amid rising firearms use
RNZ: Police ‘Tactical Response Model’ being rolled out nationwide

RNZ: New strategy to guide use of technology in courts launched
Emma Hatton (Newsroom): Lawyers bridle at claim court delays are to make money
Ducan Greive (Spinoff): Behind the scenes of the $4m ‘white saviour’ Corrections ads banned by the ASA

Martyn Bradbury: Dear NZ Left – we will lose 2023 election if we allow woke activists to drag us into a culture war
Sharon Brettkelly (RNZ): The Detail: Parker’s visit poses plenty of questions
Madeleine Chapman (Spinoff): On protest and the limits of empathy
Herald: Police ask Posie Parker juice-thrower Eli Rubashkyn to come forward so matter can be ‘dealt with’
Herald: Posie Parker rally: Police investigating ‘number of calls’ about alleged offending at Auckland protests

Thomas Coughlan (Herald): Second Auckland harbour crossing: Prime Minister Chris Hipkins to bring forward construction to 2020s
Thomas Coughlan (Herald): ‘Probity Management Plan’ in place after officials warn against appointing Auckland Light Rail board member (paywalled)
Tom Hunt (Stuff): ‘Irresponsible’: Push to delete light rail from $7.4b Wellington transport plan
Erin Gourley (Stuff): On-time Interislander sailings drop by 30% due to Kaitaki breakdown

Shane Te Pou (Metro): A Māori Lens: They called it racist. But 20 years on, Whakaata Māori is thriving.
Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): RNZ enters Chinese-language news amid censorship concerns

Nona Pelletier (RNZ): Govt not doing enough to fund aged care properly – survey
RNZ: Pike River Mine: WorkSafe will not appeal decision to release documents to families