NZ Politics Daily: 21 August 2023

NZ Politics Daily: 21 August 2023

Chris Trotter (Interest): The practice of New Zealand politics, and the reporting of it, has changed, and the voters have noticed
Derek Cheng (Herald): Why don’t voters trust National leader Christopher Luxon – and does it matter(paywalled)
John Campbell (1News): Beth and Taxes in election la-la-land
Vernon Small (Stuff): National trumpets turning back the clock, as Labour ignores the recent past
Liam Dann: Christopher Luxon wants to bring NZ’s mojo back – but what is mojo? (paywalled)
Andrea Vance (Post): Why we really need to start using the L word (paywalled)
Luke Malpass (Post): The subterranean theme of Election 2023: competence versus diversity (paywalled)
Luke Malpass (Post): Labour’s risky game of cost of living whack-a-mole (paywalled)
Newshub Nation: Political panel highly critical of National and Labour’s policy announcements before general election
Toby Manhire (Spinoff): These are the box-office electorate battles in election 2023
Glenn McConnell (Stuff): The political divide drowns out Chris Hipkins, splits families in Ōtara
Jenna Lynch (Newshub): Fringe groups threaten to hijack election campaign as minor parties open up divisive debates
1News: Chris Hipkins heckled by protesters at Auckland market walkabout
Steve Braunias ((Herald): The Secret Diary of … ‘Shipwreck’ Chris Hipkins (paywalled)
Mike Munro (Herald): It’s values that win votes when times are tough (paywalled)
Felix Desmarais (1News): 1News Verian Poll out tonight as election campaign heats up
Herald: On the Tiles: Political polls: All you need to know
Michael Wagener (The Blue Review): Polling 101 – Chapter One: Sample Sizes
Marc Daalder (Newsroom): The latest charts and data on Election 2023
Grant Duncan: Is a red–blue coalition all that absurd?
1New: Q+A: TOP proposes new investor visa to fund climate refugee intake
Herald: Shane Jones appeals to Northland voters through TikTok song
1News: Watch: Shane Jones appeals to voters with rendition of rock classic
Seni Iasona (Newshub): The National Party and satisfying cake-cutting videos – expert breaks down the link
Joseph Los’e (Herald): Te Pāti Māori Party billboards vandalised in ‘racist attack’, Pākehā donate thousands for repairs
Casper McGuire (1News): Winston Peters proposes to make English an official language
Katie Harris (Herald): Bye bye Barbie: Green Party deletes political Barbie memes from social media
Dewi Preece (1News): Minor party initiative scrutinised by Electoral Commission
Janine Rankin (Manawatū Standard): Manawatū manifesto asks politicians for overdue support
Hamish Bidwell (Hawkes Bay Today): Labour Party candidate Mark Hutchinson opts out of televised Napier electorate debate
Victor Billot (Newsroom): An Ode for .. David Seymour
Thomas Coughlan (Herald): This Parliament is begging for its own dissolution (paywalled)
Herald: Sacked Cabinet minister Stuart Nash reveals new corporate role when he leaves Parliament
Brent Edwards (NBR): Former minister thanks mates who funded his campaigns (paywalled)
Greg Presland (The Standard): Later Stuart
Conor Knell (Stuff): Paul Eagle to move to Chatham Islands as council chief executive
Mike Houlahan (ODT): Stepping back with no regrets
Mike Houlahan (ODT): Dunedin MP Clark recalls career, warts and all, in valedictory
Herald: Beehive Diaries: Stuart Nash’s work wives, will Mike Hosking honour bet, who won Chris of the week? (paywalled)
Audrey Young (Herald): Best and worst of the week in politics (paywalled)
Peter Wilson (RNZ): Week in Politics: NZ First gains traction while GST-free produce fails to hit the sweet spot

Thomas Coughlan (Herald): Christopher Luxon does his best to diversify National – why it won’t be enough (paywalled)
Richard Harman (Politik): Luxon living dangerously (paywalled)
Mike Houlahan (ODT): Commitment to Dunedin questioned
Jo Moir (Newsroom): National’s list starts to reflect Luxon’s wish for diversity
RNZ: National Party seeks to improve its line-up’s gender diversity before election
Mike Houlahan (ODT): Local MP all but departs
Craig McCulloch (RNZ): National MP Michael Woodhouse announces departure from politics after low list ranking
Scott Palmer (Newshub): Michael Woodhouse out, multiple MPs plummet in National Party’s new election list
Glenn McConnell (Stuff): National Party announces election list, minus Michael Woodhouse
David Farrar: National’s 2023 List
Tony Wall (Stuff): Searching for Sam: Why is National shielding Tauranga MP Sam Uffindell from the media?
Jessie Gurunathan (Herald): Uffindell is ‘internet-famous for all the wrong reasons’
Finn Hogan and Gray Gibson (Newshub Nation): National MP Chris Penk shares his Backstory and talks about struggles of politics, Twitter

Michael Neilson (Herald): Analysis: Ugly campaign could be on cards as Labour mellows Māori message (paywalled)
Michael Neilson (Herald): Labour’s Māori caucus revs up after tough few months with campaign launch (paywalled)
Glenn McConnell (Stuff): Labour makes a promise-free plea to Māori: ‘We are in the fight of our lives’
RNZ: Labour launches party’s Māori campaign and manifesto – but no major announcements
Michael Neilson (Herald): Politicians attempt to charm Māori at Kiingi Tūheitia koroneihana – allegations of ‘race-baiting’; Luxon has a dance
Wena Harawira (Whakaata Māori): ‘Don’t treat Māori as a political football’, political parties told
Te Aniwa Hurihanganui (1News): Māori leaders unleash on politicians at Koroneihana celebrations
Jo Lines-MacKenzie (Post): Māoridom has a message for political parties, amongst banter and dancing (paywalled)
Wena Harawira (Whakaata Māori): Diplomatic status should be given to Kīngi Tuheitia: Rawiri Waititi, Te Pāti Māori
Karanama Ruru (Stuff): Māori King chooses council at Koroneihana celebrations

Felix Desmarais (1News): Te Pāti Māori list: 20-year-old ranked at number four
Spinoff: Te Pāti Māori set to bring youngest MP to parliament for 170 years
RNZ: Te Pāti Māori announces list, may elect NZ’s youngest MP, aged 20
Joseph Los’e (Herald): Te Pāti Māori promotes youth to Parliament list alongside its three experienced MPs

Julie Jacobson (Post): Planned public service cuts death knell for Wellington? (paywalled)
Anna Whyte (Post): ACT wants more than 10,000 public service jobs on the chopping block, but National?(paywalled)
Hillmarè Schulze (NBR): Is our government too big? (paywalled)
Thomas Manch (Stuff): ACT promises to set public service targets and ‘KPIs’ for government chief executives
Mark Quinlivan and Perry Wilton  (Newshub): ACT promises performance pay for Government department chief executives
Felix Desmarais (1News): ACT calls for public performance reviews for public service bosses
Tom Hunt (Post): Back to the future as ACT ramps up against public service (paywalled)
ODT Editorial: Engage brain before opening mouth
Tina Ngata: What David Seymour Teaches Us
Will Trafford (Whakaata Māori): Seymour slammed over Ministry for Pacific Peoples comment
Amelia Wade (Newshub): Police don’t identify offence after ACT leader David Seymour referred for Ministry for Pacific Peoples remark
Seni Iasona (Newshub): ACT leader David Seymour refuses to apologise for ‘clearly not serious’ Guy Fawkes ‘joke’
Anneke Smith (RNZ): Ministry for Pacific Peoples says staff were abused, lodges police report
Tova O’Brien (Stuff): Incident at Ministry of Pacific Peoples leaves staff rattled, police called in
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Post): Union in talks after Stats NZ requests staff take more leave over Christmas (paywalled)

1News: Q+A: Congestion tax: National wants to ‘rapidly’ legislate for system
Thomas Coughlan (Herald): National gets story straight on fuel taxes, after saying it could contemplate putting them up next year
1News: InterCity buses better than Govt’s $105m regional trains pitch – National
Newshub: Transport Minister David Parker defends fuel tax increase, says there’s ‘no difference’ with National’s plan
Eric Crampton: Transport GPS
Kaysha Brownlie (Newshub): Fuel company CEO calls for audit of fuel tax expenditure
Todd Niall (Stuff): Cost blowout on Auckland rail rebuild raises question about final stage
Matthew Scott (Newsroom): Speed bumps on Auckland’s road to zero deaths

Craig McCulloch (RNZ): Labour’s GST-free fruit and vege strategy falls foul of the experts
Janet Wilson (Post): Labour’s win ugly strategy may be a loser (paywalled)
Ripu Bhatia (Stuff): Labour’s GST removal will help whanau put healthy kai on the table – economist
Sasha Borissenko (Herald): The tangled, weird world of GST food basket cases (paywalled)
Heather du Plessis-Allan (Herald): Chris Hipkins’ GST policy on fruit and vegetables is rotten (paywalled)
Eric Crampton: GST carveouts

Giles Dexter (RNZ): Immigrant exploitation should have already been reviewed, say stakeholders
RNZ: Immigration NZ under fire for ‘flawed’ principle, inadequate visa process checks
Hayden Donnell (RNZ): Mediawatch: Migrant exploitation finally in the media spotlight
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Andrew Little’s migrant exploitation arrogance gets bashed (and it ain’t pretty)
Gaurav Sharma (RNZ): Indian High Commission outlines avenues of redress for migrant workers facing exploitation

Geoffrey Miller (Democracy Project): Should New Zealand build bridges with the BRICS?
Gordon Campbell: On why China isn’t a real military threat
Thomas Manch (Post): Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta no longer headed to Palestine (paywalled)
Gaurav Sharma (RNZ): New Zealand to host first Indian naval vessels since 2016
Whanganui Chronicle: Defence Minister Andrew Little welcomes fourth and final P-8A Poseidon to Ōhakea air base
Alecia Rousseau (Stuff): P-8A Poseidon: Final aircraft joins maritime surveillance fleet
RNZ: France aims to increace ‘Francophone influence’ in Fiji
RNZ: Photo essay: Vietnam Veterans Day commemorated in Wellington

Kirsty Johnston (RNZ): Crown vs Cow part three: Why farming reneged on its deal to cut emissions
David Williams (Newsroom): The price of failure on farm emissions
Michael Daly (Stuff): Delay to farm-level reporting of climate change emissions, pricing
RNZ: Government announces $370m plan to help farmers reduce emissions
Brent Edwards (NBR): Green Party not happy with farm emissions scheme (paywalled)
Herald Editorial: Co-operation better than point-scoring with future challenges (paywalled)
Newshub Nation: National MP Simon Watts responds to School Strike 4 Climate activist’s scathing criticism of party’s infrastructure plan
Simon Wilson (Herald): Climate crisis: The great divide – will technology solve the biggest issue facing humanity? (paywalled)
Kevin Norquay (Post): Voters worry about climate change, but many can’t afford to help pay for a cure (paywalled)
Damien Grant (Stuff): Freedom to speak, and to listen, are rights we should cherish
RNZ: Scientists call for investment in climate change research in Southern Ocean
No Right Turn: Climate Change: Labour grovels to the mighty cow
Tina Morrison (Stuff): Former Beef and Lamb chairperson Mike Petersen and ‘ethical’ carbon farming
Sneha Johari (Southland Times): Federated Farmers executive defends farmer of Southland sheep caked in mud

Jonathan Milne (Newsroom): Last-ditch bid to push through contentious Kermadec ocean sanctuary
Will Trafford (Whakaata Māori): ‘Repugnant’, Iwi interests slam alleged gov’t move to push through Kermadec Sanctuary before election
Maia Hart (Local Democracy Reporting): Mixed feedback on proposal to recognise significant marine sites in Marlborough
Craig Ashworth (Local Democracy Reporting): Parihaka hopeful drillers will be kept off historical lands
RNZ: Activists call on political parties to commit to protecting tree coverage
Cam MacKay (Post): Landfill still polluting waterway (paywalled)

Mary Williams (ODT): Landlord tries to evict homeless from former hotel
Phil Pennington (RNZ): Half of low-cost Auckland accommodation have fire safety deficiencies, council finds
Phil Pennington (RNZ): Auckland, Wellington and Queenstown Lakes told to improve building warrant of fitness systems
Zane Small (Newshub): Auckland’s Te Mātāwai apartments are Government’s largest public housing development so far
RNZ: Housing investors likely to ramp up buying if National wins election – economist
Ethan Te Ora (Post): ‘Win wine’ and find out where your former tenants live, ‘bad tenant’ register tells landlords (paywalled)
Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Property manager regulation step closer, but not for private landlords

William Hewett (Newshub): Brad Olsen praises Labour’s financial literacy policy as great way to get young people ready for real world
Felix Desmarais (1News): Financial literacy advocates give Labour policy thumbs up
Thomas Manch (Stuff): Labour promises compulsory financial literacy lessons for school children, National backs the idea
Felix Desmarais (1News): National also aiming to make financial literacy compulsory in schools
Rachel Sadler and Caley Callahan (Newshub): Labour promises teaching financial literacy to be compulsory in schools
Anneke Smith (RNZ): Financial literacy in schools draws interest from political parties
Gianina Schwanecke (Stuff): Changes to school board eligibility and wānanga after Bill passes
Alison Mau (Post): Education policy will be critical, no matter who wins the election (paywalled)
Anna Sargent (RNZ): Education sector says international students flooding back into country
Luisa Girao (ODT): SIT to keep zero-fees next year (paywalled)
Kate Nicol-Williams (1News): Opinion: We owe it to students to improve teacher negotiation process
Kate Nicol-Williams (1News): Call for changes to teacher pay and conditions negotiation process

Eddie Clark (Post): New constitutional process protects rights without leading to full-on rule by judge(paywalled)
Rituraj Sapkota (Whakaata Māori): Will 16-year-olds be able to vote in local elections?
Alisa Evans (Local Democracy Reporting): ‘Disregard for democracy’ – speakers denied access to public forum
Matt Porter (Mountain Scene: Legal action stalls Queenstown fluoride move
RNZ: Three-year rates holiday on the cards for Wellington earthquake-prone property owners

Rebecca Wright and Gray Gibson (Newshub Nation): Minister Kieran McAnulty denies high turnover of regional Cyclone Recovery Ministers is disruptive
Andrea Vance (Post): Red-zoned: Six months after Cyclone Gabrielle, Pākōwhai locals face awful choice (paywalled)
Gianina Schwanecke (Post): Cyclone schools: The estimated cost of repairs to those hit by CycloneGabrielle (paywalled)

Jarrod Gilbert (Herald): How an opportunity for world-best crime reporting was missed (paywalled)
Michael Cugley (Herald): Is the portrayal of crime fair to Māori?
K Gurunathan (Post): As election billboards sprout, the preying on the public mind begins (paywalled)
Mark Quinlivan (Newshub): National’s Erica Stanford tells Ginny Andersen to worry ‘about reducing crime’ after criticising MP

Cushla Norman (1News): “We have the truth’: The full story of Alan Hall’s miscarriage of justice
RNZ: Review body may help establish other wrongful conviction cases, professor says
ODT Editorial: Justice delayed (paywalled)
1News: Alan Hall’s supporters seek Royal Commission into wrongful conviction
1News: Alan Hall’s family on ‘bittersweet’ Crown apology, compensation
Cushla Norman (1News): Alan Hall to get $5m payout for wrongful murder conviction
RNZ: Alan Hall to receive $5m from government for wrongful conviction