NZ Politics Daily: 14 August 2023

NZ Politics Daily: 14 August 2023

Marc Daalder (Newsroom): On tax, Labour looks to govern by focus group
Luke Malpass (Post): GST off fruit and vege: The idiot cousin of Labour’s craven desperation (paywalled)
Pattrick Smellie (BusinessDesk): Labour tax policy: how do you like them (GST-free) apples? (paywalled)
ODT Editorial: Desperate and disappointing Labour (paywalled)
Richard Harman (Politik): Labour’s very clever class politics (paywalled)
Toby Manhire (Spinoff): Chris Hipkins and the church of apples
Susan St John (Daily Blog): So this is the best we can expect from the Working for Families (WFF)review?
William Hewett (Newshub): Brad Olsen says Labour’s GST policy puts economic credibility at stake
Tova O’Brien (Stuff): Chris Hipkins shaking off Jacinda Ardern, taking Labour back to the old school
Adam Pearse (Herald): Labour leader Chris Hipkins defends GST off fruit/veges as experts claim policy fails poorer Kiwis
Bridie Witton (Post): Tax-free fruit and veg policy panned by economists, public health experts (paywalled)
Susan Edmunds (Stuff): How much would GST removal really save New Zealanders?
Jamie Ensor (Newshub): Labour’s tax policy under fire as ‘miserly offering’
Jenna Lynch (Newshub): Chris Hipkins chooses tinkering over transformation with tax policy
Dan Brunskill (Interest): Labour’s full policy includes the GST exemption, boosted tax credits for working families, but no wealth taxes
Jenna Lynch (Newshub): Chris Hipkins explains why Labour GST policy limited to fruit, veges
Jane Patterson (RNZ): Labour’s promise of GST off fruit and veg – what would be covered, what would not
Jane Patterson (RNZ): Labour promises to remove GST from fruit and vegetables, boost Working for Families
Jamie Ensor (Newshub): How Labour’s GST policy would work – what is included?
Bridie Witton (Stuff): Labour to cut GST on fresh and frozen fruit and vegetables from April
Jenée Tibshraeny (Herald): Property owners to foot the bill for Labour’s tax policy (paywalled)
Toby Manhire (Spinoff): One simple GST tweak to put Labour on the front foot
Sasha Borissenko (Herald): What will putting supermarkets under the spotlight change? (paywalled)
Emily King (RNZ): Hungry for change: Fixing Aotearoa’s broken food system
Rebecca Stevenson (Interest): Grocery food prices increase by 11.9%
Melania Watson (Newshub): Food inflation slows but prices still 9.6 percent higher than last year
Rob Stock (Post): Shopper ‘resistance’ is helping slow racing food price rises (paywalled)

Danyl McLauchlan (Listener): Unfair tax system: Where is the will from politicians to fix it? (paywalled)
Jenée Tibshraeny (Herald): Tax warning: Accountants want low-income trusts to be exempt from rate hike(paywalled)
Warren Couillault (BusinessDesk): Tax, tax and more tax (paywalled)


Chris Trotter (Interest): The radical consequences of doing as little as possible

Vernon Small (Stuff): Winston Peters is back, but is he in or is he out?
Claire Trevett (Herald): Poll plonks Winston Peters onto stage of Christopher Luxon’s election pantomime(paywalled)
Tracy Watkins (Post): Peters has a knack for collecting the disaffected – but has he gone too far this time?(paywalled)
Simon Shepherd and Gray Gibson (Newshub Nation): Sitting minor party leaders David Seymour, Rawiri Waititi and James Shaw reveal negotiation priorities – what happens if Government can’t be formed?
Steve Braunias (Herald): The Secret Diary of … the Abominable Winston Peters (paywalled)
Anna Whyte (Post): What the parties are saying about Winston Peters (paywalled)
Heather du Plessis-Allan (Herald): Act-NZ First coupling a headache for National (paywalled)
Jack Tame (Newstalk ZB): Ruling out NZ First now would martyr Winston Peters
Charlie Mitchell (Stuff): Chemtrails, 9/11 and vaccine nanobots: The digital trail of NZ First’s could-be MPs
RNZ: NZ First calls for October vote on four-year parliamentary terms
Damien Grant (Stuff): Will National and ACT’s ‘strained relationship’ hurt their election chances?
Anneke Smith (RNZ): ACT’s top six: The faces and aspirations aiming for government
Annemarie Quill (Stuff): National MP Sam Uffindell blasted for sexism over supermarket habits
Trent Doyle (Newshub): National MP Chris Penk apologises for criticising former Today FM host Tova O’Brien
Janet Wilson (Post): The election where the ‘rational’ choice may be not to vote at all (paywalled)
Grant Duncan: Do we need better leaders?
Simon Shepherd (Newshub): Expert on why re-election would be ‘devastating’
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): 2 months until 2023 Election – Winners, Losers, Predictions and chance of a hung Parliament snap election
Giles Dexter (RNZ): The Green Party’s path to power
Matthew Scott (Newsroom): Auckland MPs go head-to-head on the revenue crunch
David Farrar: Some good debates
Mike Houlahan (ODT): Political landscape a mixed blessing (paywalled)
Sarah Sparks (Herald): Raukawa-Tait’s Rotorua election run will take Te Pāti Māori to new horizons
Tom Hunt (Stuff): Vandals, thieves enter election campaign – and no, Ed Sheeran isn’t running
Caroline Williams and Gabrielle McCulloch (Stuff): Auckland political candidates’ election billboards spotted going up early

Luke Malpass (Post): Labour’s not dead, but it’s lurching into last-gasp territory (paywalled)
Anna Whyte (Post): Election Watch: Last hurrah before election a time to tie up loose ends (paywalled)
Felix Desmarais (1News): Inside Parliament: Is a school phone ban red tape for kids?
Audrey Young (Herald): Best and worst of the week in politics – Labour pays for nightmare run; Christopher Luxon sets the agenda (paywalled)
Michele Hewitson (Listener): The prize for political faux pas of the year goes to… (paywalled)
VIictor Billot (Newsroom): An Ode for .. the Prime Minister
Newshub Nation: Backstory: Te Pāti Māori co-leader Debbie Ngarewa-Packer shares her storied past
Georgina Campbell (Herald): MP Ginny Andersen’s sharp rise: New Justice Minister on family and politics(paywalled)
Catherine Milford (Woman’s Weekly): Tāmati Coffey on the Beehive, babies and a blessing: ‘Our life-changing miracle’
Jamie Ensor (Newshub): Parliament’s new ‘Te Kāhui Mōuri’ cost $500,000
Tracy Watkins (Stuff): Steven Joyce goes ‘on the record’ with new political memoir
Audrey Young (Herald): Steven Joyce’s new book: Being part of Key’s inner sanctum and THAT sex toy incident

Tess McClure (Guardian): Youthquake rumbles to a stop? Support for the left falls among New Zealand’s young voters
Simon Shepherd (Newshub Nation): Youth leaders’ opinions on New Zealand’s most pressing issues
Newshub: Climate change action should be informed by mātauranga Māori, says Te Pāti Māori candidate Hana-Rawhiti Maipi-Clarke


Chris Trotter (Daily Blog): The Politics Of National Security

Alexander Gillespie (The Conversation): Out of the shadows: why making NZ’s security threat assessment public for the first time is the right move
Shane Te Pou (Herald): Pick Pacific partnership over power games with China and US (paywalled)
RNZ: NZSIS’s first unclassified threat assessment targets competition, public trust, technology
Adam Pearse (Herald): China, Iran and Russia conducting foreign interference in NZ – new security intelligence report
Jamie Ensor and Lloyd Burr (Newshub): New Zealand spies call out foreign interference, including by China, in first-of-its-kind report
Thomas Manch (Stuff): China, Russia and Iran interfering in New Zealand’s democracy, SIS says
Felix Desmarais (1News): Spy agency says China, Iran and Russia interfering in NZ
Marc Daalder (Newsroom): Spies say interference in NZ linked to Chinese intelligence
Tess McClure (Guardian): New Zealand intelligence report accuses China of ‘foreign interference’
John Moremon (The Conversation): The ‘number 8 wire’ days for NZ’s defence force are over – new priorities will demand bigger budgets
Laura Walters and Gray Gibson (Newshub Nation): Progress for Afghanistan evacuees but painstaking wait to reunite with families remains due to massive backlog
Conor Whitten (1News): Sunday: Kiwi’s fatal ‘accident’ in Ukraine may really be Russian war crime
Philip Matthews (Post): Was a Kiwi hero executed in Ukraine? (paywalled)
Thomas Manch (Stuff): Kiwi humanitarian Andrew Bagshaw is possible war crimes victim, family says
Brent Edwards (NBR): Labour and environmental standards an important part of FTAs (paywalled)

Olivia Wannan (Stuff): Is the Government’s $1b decarbonising fund working?
Fran O’Sullivan (Herald): Jacinda Ardern’s star power shines on in BlackRock deal (paywalled)
Bridie Witton (Stuff): What is BlackRock, the investment giant supercharging New Zealand’s green energy sector?
Madison Reidy (Herald): ‘Why would you care?’ Sir John Key says don’t fret about foreign money(paywalled)
Steven Cowan: Blackrock: Making money out of the climate crisis
Marc Daalder (Newsroom): New Zealand’s path to a green power future
Jamie Ensor (Herald): Explained: Why NZ’s cities need to get ‘spongier’ – and fast
Tina Morrison (Post): Fonterra is getting ready to tackle its biggest source of emissions – farmers(paywalled)

Max Rashbrooke (Post): The trouble with PPPs ‒ problems, pitfalls and pain (paywalled)
Gordon Campbell: On gender posturing and mis-using PPPs in public health
Tom Hunt (Post): Let’s Get Wellington Moving staffers earn on average $148,000 a year (paywalled)
Neil Holdom (Taranaki Daily News): Billion dollar roading schemes, the election and the lack of a ‘long term’ blueprint for New Zealand’s infrastructure
Dileepa Fonseka (BusinessDesk): Tasmania, and how megaprojects can setback dreams (paywalled)

Mary Williams (ODT): ‘Fed to the sharks’: Life inside Dunedin’s boarding houses
Mary Williams (ODT): Stuck at the bottom of a broken system
Mary Williams (ODT): No bed, no heating and $440 a week
Mary Williams (ODT): Exposed: Abandoned in Dunedin’s houses of horror
Nicholas Boyack (Post): Costly council mistake ruins social housing dream (paywalled)
William Hewett (Newshub): Greens say Clean Power Payment will save households over $1000 a year on energy bills, slash carbon emissions
Dan Brunskill (Interest): Green Party proposes a $6k grant and $30k loan for household energy upgrades
RNZ: Greens announce climate-focused clean power policy
Anna Whyte (Stuff): Greens pledge $6K clean energy grants, $30K interest free loans
Rob Stock (Post): Green Party’s ‘zero carbon’ loans will compete with banks’ no-interest energy efficiency home loan top-ups (paywalled)
Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Here’s how landlords set your rent
Miriam Bell (Stuff): The dangers of direct debit and water charges

Michael Wright (Post): Why is our health system so f@#%&*? (paywalled)
Ian Powell (BusinessDesk): How health went from the Simpson review to a Simpsons-style farce
Alex Spence (Herald): Doctor accuses Te Whatu Ora of ‘conspiracy’ to avoid public scrutiny of unsafe radiology practices
Maddison Gourlay (Timaru Herald): ‘A single solitary doctor simply cannot be found’: Ōamaru ED closing for two nights
Jo Lines-MacKenzie (Post): Father of two who’s spent his life serving the public told to consider Australia for funded cancer treatment (paywalled)
Mike King (The Common Room): Mental Health: We need change now
Louisa Steyl (Stuff): Suicide survivor creates crisis kit to help those ‘let down’ by system

Glenn McConnell (Stuff): Willie Jackson says he didn’t decide to end journalism fund, hopes alternative funding will arrive
RNZ: Mediwatch: Calling it quits after 30 years
Simon Plumb (Stuff): Watchdog tells TVNZ to explain why it tried to spin the Kamahl Santamaria scandal as a ‘family emergency’

Herald Editorial: Hold the phone – schools have more to deal with (paywalled)
RNZ: Plea for politicians to offer intelligent education policies, more funding instead of ‘clickbait’
Jonathan Leask (Local Democracy Reporting): Schools should decide cellphone bans, not government, principal says
Jonathan Leask (Local Democracy Reporting): Schools brace for higher power bills as they replace fossil fuel burners

Gareth Vaughan (Interest): It may seem underwhelming, but the significance of a banking competition market study shouldn’t be underestimated
Rebecca Stevenson (Interest): What New Zealand’s big four banks are doing about text scams
1News: Scam activity rises 13%, but Kiwis becoming ‘more scam savvy’ – BNZ
Ged Cann (Post): Ex-bank ceo warns ‘grandfathering’ used to keep lazy money on low interest(paywalled)

David Hargreaves (Interest): The RBNZ won’t be changing the OCR – but will it change its outlook?
Susan Edmunds (Stuff): OCR decision looms: Here’s what the Reserve Bank will be weighing up
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Post): Reserve Bank tipped to play it cool on Wednesday (paywalled)
Rebecca Howard (BusinessDesk): The RBNZ will watch, worry and wait (paywalled)

David Fisher (Herald): Inside Julian Batchelor’s long-simmering property spat before his divisive co-governance tour (paywalled)
Scottie Reeve (Post): Why this priest stood up to the Stop Co-Governance tour (paywalled)

Andrea Vance (Stuff): Kaoss Price was tried in the unforgiving court of public opinion. But what about the police?
Sara Salman (E-Tangata): How crime news harms us all
RNZ: ‘You had to be strong within your own Māoriness’ – Iwi liaison marks 50-year career in the NZ Police

Kerensa Johnston (E-Tanagata): The Nelson Tenths : A story of unmet obligations
Sandy Morrison (E-Tanagata): ‘We are not going away’
1News: Historic Nelson Tenths property claim heads back to court

Dita De Boni (NBR): ‘About time’ says campaigner as Govt mandates pay transparency (paywalled)
Alison Mau (Post): Gender pay gap policy may be too little, and much too late (paywalled)
Rebekah Armstrong (NBR): What does proposed modern slavery legislation mean for business?(paywalled)

Matthew Scott (Newsroom): Millions may be lost as airport share sale lags
Conor Knell (Post): Local government not for people who aren’t ‘old, white and cashed up’ (paywalled)

Tom Pullar-Strecker (Post): Ministry of Social Development’s $2.6b transformation: what would we get for the money? (paywalled)
Lloyd Burr (Newshub): Newshub-Reid Research poll shows New Zealanders split on rolling out bilingual road signs
Andrea Vance (Post): Crushed: Locals want to halt a quarry plan, but say fast-track process silences them(paywalled)
RNZ: Wildlife tour plans pulled after DOC raises concerns about protection of Hector’s dolphins
Janet McAllister (Herald): Who is running New Zealand’s key cultural institutions? (paywalled)
Brent Edwards (NBR): Aquaculture a priority for New Zealand First (paywalled)
Benn Bathgate (Post): ‘Out of proportion’ – Bishop accused of gaslighting abuse victim (paywalled)