NZ Politics Daily: 17 July 2023

NZ Politics Daily: 17 July 2023

Vernon Small (Stuff): Hipkins sinks long-term hopes of a fairer tax system
Susan St John (Daily Blog): All for an extra $20 a week?
Claire Trevett (Herald): Chris Hipkins right to ditch wealth tax as polls put Labour at tipping point (paywalled)
Chris Trotter (Daily Blog): Captain’s Call
Andrea Vance (Post): PM determined to win at all costs: Is the price Labour’s soul? (paywalled)
Grant Duncan: Has the tax wedge split the Left?
Luke Malpass (Stuff): Changing the tax system was not an election-winning strategy for Labour
Dan Brunskill (Interest): Populist tax policy is sleepwalking New Zealand into fiscal trouble
Jack Tame (Newstalk ZB): Three Waters, wealth tax … what’s the point of an election win at the expense of political vision?
Damien Grant (Stuff): What Labour’s wealth tax plan tells us about our leaders
Bridie Witton (Post): Labour’s ‘bewildering’ tax call leaves young voters disillusioned (paywalled)
Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Wealth tax ‘would create compliance headaches, little gain’
RNZ: Dumped wealth tax: Hipkins defends move despite anger from minor parties
Anna Whyte (Post): Labour caught in policy pincer, facing tax attack from all sides (paywalled)
Steve Braunias (Herald): The Secret Diary of … Lonesome Cowboy Chip (paywalled)
Andrew Gunn (The Press): So. Farewell then, wealth and capital gains tax (paywalled)
Steven Joyce (Herald): Dead rats end Labour’s tax plan – but not the economic damage (paywalled)
Don Franks (Redline): NZ prime minister declares class war
No Right Turn: Labour won’t tax the banks either

Charlie Mitchell and Katie Kenny (Stuff): Can Winston Peters ride a ‘freedom’ wave to Parliament?
Chris Trotter (Interest): Loyalty should be earned and renewed, not given blindly and regardless of repeated failures and betrayals
Chris Trotter: An Extraordinary Promise
Michael Neilson (Herald): Māori Party launches at Matariki, says Prime Minister and Labour won’t call the shots come election night
Rayssa Almeida (RNZ): Te Pāti Māori says they will push for capital gains tax at party launch
Sapeer Mayron (Stuff): Labour says they’re ‘in it for you’ – have they shown it?
Luke Malpass (Post): In it for whom? Election 2023 campaigning steps it up a notch (paywalled)
Michael Neilson (Herald): Election 2023: ‘In It For You’, Chris Hipkins launches slogan for Labour 2023 campaign
Toby Manhire (Spinoff): We come to you live from the launch of an election slogan
1News: Chris Hipkins reveals Labour’s 2023 election slogan
Anna Whyte (Stuff): Labour releases election slogan: ‘In it for you’
Jenna Lynch (Newshub): Campaign slogan battle between Labour and National begins
Rachel Sadler (Newshub): Reactions flood in over Labour’s new campaign slogan
RNZ: On the campaign trail: National’s pothole fix, Labour’s new slogan and ACT’s party list
David Farrar: ACT’s 2023 List
Michael Neilson (Herald): Election 2023: Act list could see two MPs out of Parliament, making way for fresh faces
Isobel Ewing (Newshub): ACT catapults new names to top of list as David Seymour demands action on tax, Treaty
Scott Palmer (Newshub): ACT Party reveals its list of candidates for general election
Anna Whyte (Stuff): ACT releases candidate list, MP James McDowall to retire
Heald Editorial: Campaign features present problems but also possibilities (paywalled)
Dita De Boni (NBR): Business applauds tough-on-crime rhetoric at central city debate (paywalled)
Rob Campbell (BusinessDesk): Why business should be positive about a left coalition (paywalled)
Stewart Sowman-Lund (Spinoff): New Zealand’s first election was 170 years ago today – and it was pretty weird
Peter Wilson (RNZ): Week in Politics: Hipkins makes a captain’s call as Labour slides in the polls
Brent Edwards (NBR): Negative polls, no wealth tax, OCR idle, EU deal
1News: Inside Parliament: Sharp-toothed tensions rise in Parliament
Anna Whyte (Stuff): Kiri Allan to return on Monday, offers to apologise in person ‘to anyone who wants to talk to me individually’
RNZ: East Coast MP Kiri Allan to resume duties after speaking with PM on staff allegations
Kelvin McDonald (Whakaata Māori): Hipkins makes expectations ‘crystal clear’, Kiri Allan grateful for ‘all the aroha’
1News: Kiri Allan to return to work, resume full duties, PM announces
Sandra Coney (Herald): Why do we demonise wāhine partying but allow old boys network to continue?
Michele Hewitson (Listener/Herald): ‘Media are drongos’ debate all for a good cause (paywalled)

Phil Pennington (RNZ): Te Whatu Ora apologises for false claims over cancer wait lists
Phil Pennington (RNZ): Cancer patients still being told of 12-week wait times, patient advocate says
Maxine Jacobs (Stuff): Te Whatu Ora Southland say cancer staffing a national issue
Jared McCulloch (1News): Te Whatu Ora submit late response to damning cancer report
RNZ: Auckland Hospital radiation oncology department told ‘straightforward improvements’ needed
Seni Iasona (Newshub): Former Te Whatu Ora boss Rob Campbell dubs Government’s strategy to tackle inequities in health ‘repetitive’
Alex Spence (Herald): ‘I have never seen an ED that busy’: Shane Reti’s night ride with 19 ambulance crews (paywalled)
RNZ: More rural people dying at a younger age than urban dwellers, research confirms
Rachel Thomas (Stuff): Te Whatu Ora redundancies to begin next week
Mike Houlahan (ODT): Govt marches on with irresolute disabilities policy, little support
Isobel Prasad (1News): The other type of ‘special treatment for Māori’ everyone forgets

RNZ: No improvements in cost of living survey since March
RNZ: Food prices spike to 36-year highs, up 1.6% percent in June on month before
Rebecca Stevenson (Interest): Fruit and vegetable prices charge on with 22% annual rise
Aimee Shaw (Stuff): The shopping categories facing the biggest price hikes
Liam Dann (Herald): Ugly economic data adds to Labour’s week of woes (paywalled)
David Hargreaves (Interest): Inflation: It will be down – but is it out?
Tina Morrison (Stuff): Inflation slowing but remains too high, economists say

Phil Pennington (RNZ): Minister did not get advice on fire risks to intensive housing, OIA shows
Maria Slade (NBR): Wherefore art thou, KiwiBuild? (paywalled)
Rob Stock (Stuff): Banks checking loan affordability against ‘test’ rates of 8.75% to 9.5%
Colin Peacock (RNZ): Mediawatch: Could a ‘mortgage bomb’ blow up borrowers?
Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Mortgage repayment crunch: Where does the extra interest go?
Geraden Cann (Stuff): National refuses to say if party will scrap foreign home-buyers ban if elected
David Jenkins and Eileen Corcoran (Newsroom): Three directions our cities could take
Matthew Rosenberg (Local Democracy Reporting): ‘Recipe for disaster’: Gisborne neighbours battle Kāinga Ora development
Laura Smith (RNZ): Housing shortage: Homes could be built on cemetery reserve

Janet Wilson (Stuff): The shame-upon-shame, sorry-not-sorry saga of Labour’s Dawn Raids apology
Pakilau Manase Lua (E-Tangata): Compliance visit? It’s still a dawn raid
Matthew Hooton (Herald): Dawn raids failure – a new low for government incompetence and cynicism (paywalled)

Anne Salmond (BusinessDesk): Is the ETS really working for the planet?
No Right Turn: Climate Change: Overturned
RNZ: Government ordered to review Emissions Trading Scheme settings
Dan Brunskill (Interest): Labour ministers and James Shaw have been sent back to the Cabinet table to reconsider their ETS decision
Michael Daly (Stuff): Māori concerns ETS review putting $16b economic opportunity at risk, calling for UN to investigate
1News: Māori landowners head to UN in bid to stop Emissions Trading Scheme changes
Kelvin McDonald (Whakaata Māori): Māori landowners group want UN to stop govt revamp of emissions trading scheme
Ian Llewellyn (BusinessDesk): ETS changes could open a legal can of worms (paywalled)
Ian Llewellyn (BusinessDesk): James Shaw concedes ETS decisions flawed in law (paywalled)
Marc Daalder (Newsroom): Court orders Shaw to reconsider ETS settings
Jamie Morton (Herald): Climate change: Just two in 10 NZ forest owners taking ‘direct measures’ to adapt, study finds

Michael Neilson (Herald): Pothole Repair Fund: National announces road transport policy
1News: National pledges $500m for ‘pothole repair fund’, Govt hits back
Mark Quinlivan (Newshub): National’s $500 million promise to establish ‘pothole repair fund’ unveiled
Anna Whyte (Stuff): National promises pothole fund to speed up road repairs
Georgina Campbell (Herald): Dire Strait: What our investigation into the Cook Strait ferries uncovered (paywalled)
Dita De Boni (NBR): Union: Auckland bus dispute an effort to de-unionise drivers (paywalled)
RNZ: Union says latest meeting with NZ Bus over Auckland drivers’ pay had ‘better outcome’
Emma Clark-Dow (Stuff): ‘Held hostage’: Waiheke Island residents to protest ‘overpriced, unreliable’ Fullers ferry
1News: MP, Waiheke locals protest ‘overpriced’ Fullers ferry service

Richard Harman (Politik): Maybe it’s who you know if you want to join the CPTPP (paywalled)
Giles Dexter (RNZ): Trans-Pacific free-trade pact: No progress on new countries wanting to join
Audrey Young (Herald): UK joins CPTPP Asia Pacific trade deal in NZ signing ceremony, China and Ukraine on waiting list
Tina Morrison (Stuff): UK becomes first European country to join Trans-Pacific trade bloc
Kim Baker Wilson (1News): Global ministers, delegates convene in Auckland for CPTPP meeting
RNZ: CPTPP: The UK officially joins at meeting in Auckland
Fran O’Sullivan (Herald): China the key issue as trade ministers gather in Auckland (paywalled)
Dileepa Fonseka (BusinessDesk): Is China still New Zealand’s meal ticket? (paywalled)
Tim Murphy (Newsroom): China to NZ: Don’t open door to the devil
Lydia Lewis (RNZ): Pacific Islands Forum chair confident in safety of Japan’s release into ocean
Robert Richmond (Newsroom): Alternatives to dumping Fukushima wastewater into the Pacific
1News: Ukrainian refugees in NZ call for greater visa certainty

Krystal Gibbens (RNZ): Demand for help would ‘go through the roof’ if free school lunches dropped
Amelia Wade (Newshub): Education Minister Jan Tinetti says ‘insulting’ to say free school lunch wastage going to pigs
John Gerritsen (RNZ): Principals facing teacher shortage say some regions in ‘staffing crisis’
Jonathan Boston (Newsroom): The crisis in tertiary education caused by inadequate funding
ODT Editorial: University visual identity issues (paywalled)
Cushla Norman (1News): Orchestra bursts into song in protest at Victoria University
Tim Scott (ODT): Swarbrick supports Sophia Charter
Alice Scott (ODT): Carpet choice with schools: ministry
Sally Rae (ODT): Time for Government to practise what it preaches

Damien Venuto (Herald): The Front Page: Public sector v private companies – Which CEOs earn more?
1News: Concerns employers unprepared for Fair Pay Agreement shake-up
Rebecca Stevenson (Interets): Foodstuffs co-operative can afford living wage, professor says, as union wins right to bargain for Fair Pay Agreement
Rebecca Stevenson (Interest): The Government wants grocery suppliers to challenge the power of Foodstuffs and Countdown. Will they?
Arie Dekker (Stuff): Are retirement villages really super-profiters?

Cameron Bagrie (BusinessDesk): Banks get lots of profit for not much expense (paywalled)
Gareth Vaughan (Interest): As the Commerce Commission’s banking market study gets underway, what is the impact of regulation on competition?

Phil Pennington (RNZ): High levels of toxic nitrates in water moving under and through South Auckland to harbour, research shows
Pavel Castka, Corey Ruha, John Reid, Xiaoli Zhao (The Conversation): Consumers want NZ farmers to comply with regulations – better monitoring and transparency would help to build trust
Gerhard Uys (Stuff): Supermarkets put farmers on notice they will have to provide farm specific emissions data