NZ Politics Daily: 3 August 2023

NZ Politics Daily: 3 August 2023

Jenna Lynch (Newshub): Newshub-Reid Research poll results: Labour in downward spiral as public sends party decisive message after scandals 
Jenna Lynch (Newshub): Chris Hipkins’ popularity is Labour’s small saving grace, Christopher Luxon’s preferred PM ranking falls further
Jenna Lynch (Newshub): Nearly half of Kiwis don’t trust Christopher Luxon, Chris Hipkins’ trust ranking sliding too
Jenna Lynch (Newshub): The Labour MPs at risk of losing their seats on Newshub-Reid Research poll results
Newshub: The latest polling, preferred Prime Minister
Jamie Ensor (Newshub): Parties leading the poll, the key issues, and how we got here
Claire Trevett (Herald): Labour’s last chances should have run out by now, will the NZ First question become a problem for National leader Chris Luxon? (paywalled)
1News: Seymour rules out NZ First partnership, takes aim at Peters
Tova O’Brien (Stuff): ACT categorically rules out working with Winston Peters and NZ First
Jo Moir (Newsroom): Luxon doesn’t need to be trusted or liked to govern
William Hewett (Newshub): Peter Dunne says Newshub poll results ‘no surprise’ after recent Labour scandals
Stewart Sowman-Lund (Spinoff): As Luxon’s popularity slumps, Nicola Willis could be National’s secret weapon

Brent Edwards NBR): Don’t expect honesty from politicians in election campaign (paywalled)
Thomas Coughlan (Herald): Public service bosses called in as Government accounts plunge deeper into the red
Luke Malpass (Post): Robertson hoses down talk of cuts, while Labour pops education poison pill(paywalled)
Richard Harman (Politik): It’s not looking good (paywalled)
Michael Reddell: Policy costing
Dan Brunskill (Interest): National’s finance spokesperson hasn’t read CTU costings
Jessica Mutch McKay (1News): GST off fruit and veg is clever politics
Thomas Coughlan (Herald): Why do experts hate Labour’s potential GST exemption? (paywalled)
Audrey Young (Herald): Meet James Christmas – potential Attorney-General (paywalled)
Mike Hosking (Herald): Kieran McAnulty thinks Labour will win, I have $1000 for charity betting he’s wrong(paywalled)
Felix Desmarais (1News): Electoral Commission aware groups encouraging supporters to apply for roles
Bridie Witton (Stuff): ‘Analogue politics in a digital age’: How officials are preparing for the misinformation wave this election
Giles Dexter (RNZ): Electoral Commission to focus on spread of inaccurate information this election
Joel Maxwell (Stuff): As election looms, can we have a safe campaign season for Māori?
Ben Thomas (Post): Critics to the left, critics to the right, critics all around (paywalled)
Judith Lacy (Manawatū Guardian): Act leader David Seymour brings ‘real change’ campaign to Palmerston North
James Perrry (Whakaata Māori): Tamaki in Tāmaki, party to contest all Māori seats

Herald Editorial: Disorder in the House deplorable (paywalled)
Katie Scotcher (RNZ): Tim van de Molen to ‘cooperate fully’ with investigation into alleged behaviour
Donna Chisholm (BusinessDesk): Cash for Candidates: what’s to change? (paywalled)

Timothy Welch (Post): What politicians get wrong about transportation (paywalled)
RNZ: Waka Kotahi too focused on climate, not enough on transport – Christopher Luxon
Georgina Campbell (Herald): How National’s transport policy stacks up against Let’s Get Wellington Moving (paywalled)
Matthew Scott (Newsroom): For whom the road tolls: National digs through funding toolbox
Damien Venuto (Herald): The Front Page: What does NZ need to do to improve congestion and state of our roads?
Sharon Brettkelly (RNZ): The Detail: The perilous state of the Far North’s roads
Jo Moir (Newsroom): Road user charges loom for hybrid and EV owners
Greg Pert (Post): All parties should be focused on unclogging our highways (paywalled)
Phil Pennington (RNZ): Coromandel slip: Embankment to support SH25a had fill tipped into it in the 1960s

Liam Dann (Herald): Unemployed or underemployed – what the latest job market numbers really mean (pawyalled)
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Unemployment rises faster than expected to 3.6% but most still finding work
David Hargreaves (Interest): Labour market figures clear the way for the Official Cash Rate to remain on hold
Dan Brunskill (Interest): Unemployment rate rises to 3.6% as workforce hits record size
Jonathan Mitchell (NBR): Unemployment, wages head in RBNZ’s desired direction (paywalled)
Ella Somers (BusinessDesk): RBNZ will still be ‘wary’ following higher-than-expected unemployment rate (paywalled)
David Hargreaves (Interest): The Reserve Bank’s $20 billion vacuuming trick
Dan Brunskill (Interest): Reserve Bank gets an extra $500 million to build up the foreign reserves it would use to prop up the New Zealand dollar in a crisis
Gareth Vaughan (Interest): Treasury suggests deposit insurance fund of up to $1.4b built up over up to 20 years
Mark Quinlivan (Newshub): Economist Shamubeel Eaqub explains why banks are still increasing interest rates despite OCR pause
Mana Wikaire-Lewis (Whakaata Māori): Whānau on benefits who are forced to pay back debts can’t afford food

Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): We are still feeling the mistakes of Covid
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Date set for supermarkets to provide clear pricing
Brent Edwards (NBR): Warnings that ‘woke’ director duties a waste of time (paywalled)
Rob Stock (Stuff): Retirement village residents celebrate Govt proposals for greater ‘fairness’
RNZ: Government proposes changes to law governing retirement villages

David Fisher (Herald): No one is waiting more than a year for Auckland hospital surgery – Health Minister Dr Ayesha Verrall on success with waiting lists and not having data to prove it (paywalled)
Rachel Graham (RNZ): New Zealand falls short of WHO best anti-smoking measures because of vaping
RNZ: St John forced to delay handover of seriously ill patients at Waikato Hospital
William Hewett (Newshub): AM’s Ryan Bridge slams Te Whatu Ora’s 200 communications workers for not fronting for interview after worst-ever day of ‘ramping’
Tumamao Harawira (Māori TV): Te Whare Oranga opens to help with unregistered patients in the Far North
RNZ: Pharmac proposes widening access to antiviral drugs for those most at-risk from Covid-19
William Sangster (Whakaata Māori): Northland disability advocate calls for quota in government agencies

RNZ: UN committee concerned by number of tamariki Māori in detention facilities – Children’s Commissioner
Jody O’Callaghan (Stuff): Report card one year after agencies put on notice under Oranga Tamariki Action Plan
Felix Desmarais (1News): ‘Colonising tool’: Te Pāti Māori’s plan to end state care for mokopuna Māori
RNZ: Te Pāti Māori proposes Mokopuna Authority to end state care of Māori
Louise Ternouth (RNZ): Charity supporting sexual abuse survivors fighting for survival
Liz McDonald (Stuff): ‘Hell on earth’: State and church enabled child abuse, damning report finds
Liz McDonald (Post): ‘A voice for all survivors’: Victims of child sex abuse at hands of Catholic brothers say they have finally been heard (paywalled)
Lucy Xia (RNZ): Royal Commission: Marylands School abuse ‘extreme’, children’s cries for help ignored
Tim Scott (ODT): Redress demanded by Dunedin survivor

Amy Williams (RNZ): Government looks to volunteer wardens to ‘supplement’ police in central Auckland
Akula Sharma (Herald): Police Association’s Chris Cahill on worsening crime, Megan Woods questions lolly theft in stats
David Farrar: Missing vital context
Anne Gibson (Herald): Ram raid crackdown: Police, Michael Hill, retailers join forces to combat crime (paywalled)
Emma Hatton (Newsroom): Youth offender charity forced to lay off staff
Amy Williams (RNZ): Sandringham businesses fear losing out on crime prevention fund
Joseph Los’e (Herald): Brian Tamaki launches Freedoms NZ’s ‘Time to Stop Crime’ policy with a firm hand
Frances Chin (Post): Public Service Watch: Serious assaults with injuries on the rise (paywalled)

Jonathan Milne (Newsroom): The government we elect will shape the councils that decide our rates and roads
Simon Wilson (Herald): Auckland waterfront: Seawater pool, concerts on the water feature in Mayor Wayne Brown’s big plans (paywalled)
Jonathan Killick (Stuff): Auckland port land could be returned to public within 2 years, mayor Wayne Brown says
RNZ: Auckland Mayor Wayne Brown forms new committee to target ‘stupid’ council spending
Kim Meredith (Herald): Auckland Mayor Wayne Brown’s move to reduce local boards seen as dismantling democracy
David Williams (Newsroom): Port company keeps cost of party secret
Karina Cooper (Northern Advocate): Iwi ‘flabbergasted’ Kaipara Mayor Craig Jepson claimed they were consulted about te reo exclusion
Tommy de Silva (Spinoff): The fight to uphold tikanga continues in Kaipara
Robin Martin (RNZ): New Plymouth District Council restructure to cut quarter of senior management staff
Glenn McLean (Stuff): Major restructure at NPDC to address ‘severe’ staff increases
Erin Gourley (Stuff): Ad campaign invites New Yorkers to move to Wellington
Julie Jacobson (Post): Americans being urged to Esc(ape) to Wellington (paywalled)

John Gerritsen (RNZ): Fifteen percent of school leavers had no NCEA qualifications last year
Gabrielle McCulloch (Stuff): Around 15% of students who leave school have no NCEA qualifications
Michael Neilson (Herald): Teacher pay rise: Education Minister Jan Tinetti on Government response to secondary school proposal of 14.5 per cent increase
Gabrielle McCulloch (Stuff): 14.5% pay rise on cards for teachers as Government comes to the table
RNZ: Watch: Education Minister Jan Tinetti responds to panel’s recommendations about secondary teacher pay
Erin Gourley and Gabrielle McCulloch (Post): Sense of relief for teachers as Government announces pay rise (paywalled)
Gianina Schwanecke (Post): Big payout for Te Pūkenga’s top earner despite $80m deficit (paywalled)
John Gerritsen (RNZ): Te Pūkenga’s leaders reveal organisation headed for another big deficit this year
James Kierstead (Herald): NZ universities and non-academic staff – how many is too many? (paywalled)
Gianina Schwanecke (Post): 74 voluntary redundancies accepted at Victoria University (paywalled)
Hamish McNeilly (Stuff): Those protesting funding cuts at University of Otago inflicted ‘tens of thousands of dollars’ in damage
ODT: Protesters cause thousands in damage: police

Thomas Manch (Post): A ‘neutral’ New Zealand? Parliament divided over defence policy (paywalled)
Don Brash: I love America, but…
Eleisha Foon (RNZ): ‘Fully-fledged’ embassy in Samoa will offer Paris greater clout – diplomat
Joanne Wallis (The Conversation): Australia should offer our ‘Pacific family’ access rather than simply reacting to China
Bernadette Carreon and Aubrey Belford (RNZ/OCCRP): Solomon Islands newspaper promised to ‘promote China’ in return for funding
Torika Tokalau (Stuff): Solomon Islands newspaper takes money to ‘promote China’
Kelvin Anthony (RNZ): Pacific media should be supported post-covid – researchers
Christine Rovoi (Stuff): Deep sea mining threat remains despite delay, New Zealand warns
Samuel Hume (Arena): Hypocrisy and shaky premises: New Zealand and the war in Ukraine

Tema Hemi (Whakaata Māori): Headache for conservation minister
Kate Green (RNZ): No action in East Coast two months after report demanded forestry felling be stopped
Peter de Graaf (RNZ): The land that’s washing away: ‘Mass of mud’ flowing away from Northland
Evan Harding (Southland Times): Southland councillor scolds salmon farming; claims rejected by industry
Rachael Kelly (Southland Times): Independent panel declines Ngāi Tahu’s plans for a salmon farm off the coast of Stewart Island
Rachael Kelly (Southland Times): Environment Southland cancels all winter grazing abatement notices

Adam Pearse (Herald): Emotions boil over as National accuses Labour of petty politics in killing paid parental leave changes
Craig McCulloch (RNZ): Labour blocks National’s paid parental leave bill that would have allowed parents to share time off
Glenn McConnell (Stuff): National says Labour ‘insulting parents’ by blocking change to paid parental leave
Seni Iasona (Newshub): National accuses Labour of picking ‘politics over parents’ after it halts progress of paid parental leave Members’ Bill

Tim Watkin (RNZ): RNZ facing overhaul after editorial standards audit
RNZ: Checkpoint: RNZ news division in for overhaul after report into inappropriate editing
Colin Peacock (RNZ): Review of RNZ’s ‘inappropriate editing’ calls for change
1News: RNZ edits scandal: Chief executive criticised in review
Toby Manhire (Spinoff): RNZ review backs editorial overhaul, chides reaction that ‘contributed to public alarm’
Daniel Dunkley (BusinessDesk): RNZ review calls for shake-up of editorial after ‘rogue’ edits (paywalled)

Raphael Franks (Herald): Posie Parker to return to New Zealand in September: Will border officers let her in?
Mildred Armah (Stuff): Anti-transgender activist Posie Parker set to return to New Zealand

John Minto (Daily Blog): The fantasy world of Megan Woods
Susan Edmunds (Stuff): The home loan borrowers stuck paying up to 10% interest

Mark Quinlivan (Newshub): Christopher Luxon explains why National is joining the Greens with criticism of controversial Mass Arrivals Bill
No Right Turn: More petulance from Andrew Little

RNZ: Study of infrastructure transparency finds access to information lacking for many
Jonathan Milne (Newsroom): DIY climate retreat: the village that won’t wait on government
Sapeer Mayron (Stuff): Auckland Museum frustrated kahu kiwi will be sold, not gifted back to Aotearoa
Te Karere: Auction of ‘rare’ kahu kiwi cloak draws concern
Mohan Dutta (Massey News): The Far-Right, Misinformation, and Academic Freedom
Karl du Fresne: My invitation to Professor Mohan Dutta