This is our morning round-up of the key news links this morning from other sites, including RNZ, NZ Herald, Stuff, TVNZ, Newshub and various blog sites. Photo by Lynn Grieveson

This is our morning round-up of the key political and government links this morning from other sites, including RNZ, NZ Herald, Stuff, TVNZ, Newshub and various blog sites.

It is broken down by portfolio and topic for ease of scanning and is designed specifically for those in Government relations, media relations, corporate relations, business development and executive teams. Newsroom Pro subscribers can have it directly email to them every morning. Just email bernard.hickey@newsroom to be put on the Newsroom Pro Monitor list.

lare Curran resignation

Audrey Young (Herald): Clare Curran may be gone but more headaches loom

Tracy Watkins (Stuff): Wounded Clare Curran had no choice but to quit

Jane Patterson (RNZ): Curran: The best of intentions now subject to ridicule

Bryce Edwards (RNZ): Curran’s misery at an end, but the PM’s goes on

Tim Watkin (RNZ): Clare Curran controversy: PM finally rips off the band-aid

Richard Harman (Politik): Why did Labour let Curran go

Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): Parliament’s pressure cooker claims Curran

Claire Trevett (Herald): Clare Curran the canary in the mine for Jacinda Ardern

Ben Uffindell (The Civilian): Ardern reaffirms that she still won’t be firing Clare Curran

Martin Johnston (Herald): Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern told two radio stations she was not firing Clare Curran

David Farrar: Ardern misleads

No Right Turn: Dishonest

Herald Editorial: PM not impressive when dealing with Clare Curran

Duncan Garner (Dominion Post): Time for weak Ardern to show them who’s boss

Steve Braunias (Herald): Secret Diary of Jacinda Ardern

1News: Clare Curran’s resignation as Minister a ‘significant but necessary blow’ to Government

Kerre McIvor (Herald): Clare Curran had to go but must own mistakes

RNZ: Possibility for Clare Curran’s emails to be made public through OIA

1News: Clare Curran situation has ‘done real damage’ to Jacinda Ardern and Government’s credibility – Simon Bridges

Herald: Clare Curran hits back at RNZ journalist on Twitter, then deletes account

Bryce Edwards (Herald): Political Roundup: Clare Curran’s agonising downfall

Audrey Young (Herald): The real reason Clare Curran resigned as a minister

Mike Houlahan (ODT): Pressure sinks Curran

No Right Turn: Good riddance

David Farrar: Curran resigns

1News: ’A tough one for her’ – Jacinda Ardern on Clare Curran’s resignation from ministerial portfolios after position became ‘untenable’

RNZ: PM: Clare Curran under ‘huge’ pressure

Emma Hurley (Newshub): Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern accepts Clare Curran’s resignation as a Minister

1News: Watch: ‘I am… a human being’ – tired Clare Curran admits mistakes, speaks of personal toll after quitting as Minister

Jo Moir (RNZ): Clare Curran’s resignation: ‘This pressure has become intolerable’

RNZ: Clare Curran: ‘I’ve made some mistakes’

Audrey Young (Herald): Clare Curran fronts following resignation

Herald: ’Unacceptable distraction’: Besieged Clare Curran quits as a minister

Emma Hurley (Newshub): Clare Curran says her mistakes were ‘greatly amplified’

Talisa Kupenga (Māori TV): “Intolerable” pressure pushes Curran to resign as Minister

1News: As it happened: Clare Curran resigns, former 1 NEWS journalist Kris Faafoi named new Broadcasting Minister

Lucy Bennett (Herald): Clare Curran’s short time as a Government minister

Bryce Edwards: Top tweets about the resignation of Clare Curran

Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Clare Curran’s resignation provides opportunity to change course

Mke O’Donnell (Stuff): New CTO must have full support of industry

Vaughn Davis (Stuff): Time for government to grow up on CTO idea

John Anthony (Stuff): New broadcasting minister must negotiate ‘incredibly important’ and ‘delicate’ portfolio

Government, Pacific Forum, Nauru

Audrey Young (Herald): Jacinda Ardern was equally to blame for last week’s Coalition chaos

Fran O’Sullivan (Herald): Jacinda Ardern faces growing challenge of Winston Peters

Colin Peacock (RNZ): Mediawatch: Media go OTT on PM as RNZAF VIP

Heather du Plessis-Allan (Herald): Why it’s right to call out PM over Nauru flight of fancy

Nick Perry (AP): Unwanted by Australia, refugees on Nauru have few options

Herald: Stuck on a tiny Pacific island: Teen refugees taking desperate measures to get off Nauru

Martin van Beynen (Stuff): Pacific needs hard hats, not silly shirts

Colin Peacock (RNZ): Nauru squirms under the spotlight

Maureen Dowd (New York Times): Lady of the Rings: Jacinda Rules

Sophie Bateman (Newshub): Jacinda Ardern opens up about Nauru flight backlash in New York Times profile

Debrin Foxcroft (Stuff): Global hype continues to paint Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern as a cliche

David Farrar: How the Meka inquiry should have happened

Provincial Growth Fund

Craig McCulloch (RNZ): Govt announces $152m investment for Gisborne area

Thomas Coughlan (Newsroom): Shane Jones dishes out $152m in Tairāwhiti

Emma Hurley and Anna Bracewell-Worrall (Newshub): East Coast gets $153m investment from Provincial Growth Fund

Political finance

Bryce Edwards (Herald): Political Roundup: Is the public being ripped off by politicians’ spending?

Bill Ralston (LIstener): Politicians spend taxpayer dollars. Get over it

Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): The curious case of the ‘secret’ state gift

Official Information Act

Mitchell Alexander and Finn Hogan (Newshub): Ticked Off: The Official Information Act

Eva Corlett (RNZ): Ombudsman tackling increase in complaints about OIA requests


Peter Dunne (Newsroom): Ministers need training and performance reviews

Peter Wilson (RNZ): Week In Politics: Policy problems and woeful performances

Tracy Watkins (Stuff): Below the beltway

RNZ: Focus on Politics for 7 September 2018 (audio)

Point of Order: So how did the politicians dish out our money this week? Let’s check it out…

Stephanie Mitchell (Stuff): Social media can prove a minefield for politicians

Alison Mau (Stuff): Politicians and social media: A very bad combo

Daniela Maoate-Cox (RNZ): Crossing enemy lines for women’s representation

Miranda Burdon (Herald): Kate Sheppard’s legacy still inspiring at 125th anniversary

Morgan Godfery (Māui Street): Rino Tirikatene pulls one out of the bag

Dominion Post Editorial: Fix the gap in our history by honouring Land Wars dead

Peter de Graaf (Northern Advocate): Northland MP’s ‘coward’s punch’ Bill drawn from ballot

Anna Whyte (1News): Proposed law aims to ‘focus on the lethal nature’ of coward punches – MP

State sector

Audit Blog: Free and frank advice to Ministers: why it matters…

Thomas Coughlan (Newsroom): Crisis looms without privacy funding

Foreign Affairs and trade

Keith Locke (Spinoff): Why on earth is NZ sending a plane into the Kim-and-Trump tinderbox?

Newshub: New Zealand deploys Air Force against North Korea over sanctions breaches

Stuff: Government to send RNZAF Orion maritime patrol aircraft to enforce UN sanctions against North Korea

Laura Walters (Newsroom): NZ sends troops to North Korea over sanction breaches

RNZ: NZ airforce plane to join patrol near North Korea

1News: NZ, Australia deploy planes to Japan to help enforce UN sanctions against North Korea

Stacey Kirk (Stuff): Was a Govt beset by problems given a sympathy ‘second chance’ on Salisbury statement?

Stacey Kirk (Stuff): New Zealand joins UK condemnation of Russia in Salisbury chemical attack

Stephen Jacobi (Spinoff): Belt and Road doesn’t mean anything to most of us. Here’s why it really should

Justice, corrections, police

Mei Heron (1News): Government under fire from National over $1.5 million bill for Justice Summit

RNZ: Criminal Justice Summit cost balloons out to $1.5m

Blair Ensor (Stuff): Disgraced prison boss says dismissal unfair, plans legal action against Corrections

Chester Borrows (Whanganui Chronicle): Destiny Church’s heady blend of bikies, bishop and bigotry

Laura Tupou (Newshub): ’I’ve got people batting for me’: Life-long Kiwi criminal on what’s keeping him out of jail

Mike Williams (Hawkes Bay Today): Mitchell’s ‘soft on crime’ message disgusting nonsense

Edward Gay (RNZ): Prison guards acquitted of assaulting prisoner

Isobel Ewing and Wilhelmina Shrimpton (Newshub): Auckland Prison guards found not guilty for role in inmate attack

Imran Ali (Northern Advocate): Northland dairy owner threatens hunger strike over youth offending

RNZ: Record number of Samoa police recruits sworn in

Newshub: Police enthusiast’s replica cop car ordered off Auckland roads


Northern Advocate: 1080 – Damned if you do and damned if you don’t

Christine Rose (Daily Blog): Talking about 1080 & dispelling the ignorance of science

Matthew Theunissen (RNZ): Brakes put on 1080 programme in Hunua Ranges

Tim Murphy (Newsroom): Court delays Hunua 1080 poison drop

Herald: Environment Court orders halt to Auckland Council’s 1080 drop in Hunua Ranges

RNZ: Court delays 1080 drop in the Hunua Ranges

1News: DOC joins agencies in fight against ‘campaign of disinformation’ over 1080

Maddison Northcott and Christina Persico (Stuff): Protesters make a nationwide stand against 1080

Mānia Clarke (Māori TV): Nationwide silent hīkoi protests held against 108

Newshub: Ban 1080 protesters descend upon Parliament

1News: Sharp rise in threats to DOC as 1080 protesters hold demonstrations

Newshub: 1080 protesters continue war for national ban despite public push-back

George Block (ODT): Protesters decry use of 1080

Environment and conservation

Jamie Morton (Herald): Three of four NZ fish ‘staring extinction in the face’

Rod Oram (Newsroom): Farmers can do much better

Richard Harman (Politik): National and the Greens get slightly closer together

Dominic Harris (Stuff): Bottling company took 10 million litres of water illegally before being caught

1News: Christchurch-based water bottling company snapped illegally taking over 10 million litres from an aquifer

Bryan Gould: Who do you trust on climate change?

Eric Frykberg (RNZ): Waimea Dam investor that revived project remains a mystery

Tracy Neal (RNZ): DOC to manage tourist numbers and cut aircraft noise at parks

1News: Big changes proposed to manage Aoraki Mt Cook National Park’s visitor influx

Juliet Speedy (Newshub): Drastic changes proposed for Mt Cook visitors

Stacey Bryan (RNZ): Push to cut copper brakes from mainstream use over pollutants

Lana Hart (Herald on Sunday): Straw ban: How did it all go so very wrong for straws?

Laine Moger (Manukau Courier): Plastic bag ban could create hardship for south Auckland businesses, consumers

Financial sector

Nikki Mandow (Newsroom): Greedy, tacky, slow: FMA boss hits out at industry

Liam Dann (Herald): What the Lehman Bros crash cost us socially

Brian Gaynor (Herald): Who are the real Bonus Bonds winners?

Tamsyn Parker (Herald): KiwiSaver funds should be investing more in NZ companies: Grant Robertson

John Berry (Stuff): Future murky for KiwiSaver predictions

Business, Budget, economy

Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): Does business confidence foretell a slowdown, or mark a corporate conspiracy

Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): Should we care that business confidence is so low

Geoff Bertram (Newsroom): Austerity – a cautionary tale

Cameron Bagrie (Herald): Public sector pay the Government’s ‘canary in the coal mine’

Rebecca Stevenson (Stuff): Can Bridges pull off the ultimate confidence trick?

Chris Trotter: Bridges’ Message To SMEs Should Be: “Survive Or Die.”

Dene Mackenzie (ODT): Small business owners having their say

Dene Mackenzie (ODT): Spending, job ads buck confidence trend

John McCrone (Press): Reasons to worry about another GFC … and where NZ stands in the global economic order

Paul Drum (Herald): What the tax working group has in store for business

Interest: Reserve Bank Governor Adrian Orr on where the global economy has come from, where it’s going, and why there’s a need for longer-term thinking

Sophie Boot (BusinessDesk): Adrian Orr’s plea to quit short-term thinking

1News: ’They’re starting from well behind the startline’ – New crowdfunding platform aims to help Māori grow business


1News: Thousands of new homes to be built in Auckland’s Mt Roskill as Government strives to tackle housing crisis

Herald: Phil Twyford sets out plan for massive housing development in Auckland’s Mt Roskill

Newshub: ’Fantastic outcome’: Mt Roskill to get 10,000 new homes, Housing Minister reveals

RNZ: Govt announces 10,000 new homes in Mt Roskill

Herald: ASB drops minimum deposit to 5pc for KiwiBuild applicants

Gareth Vaughan (Interest): ASB offering 95% mortgages for KiwiBuild homes

ODT Editorial: Unrealistic expectations for landlords

Dan Satherley (Newshub): Landlords should be banned from renting out bad homes – Greens

Stuff: Greens want a mandatory rental WOF, but National says it will force people into sleeping in cars

Newshub: Rental WOF could fix ‘power imbalance between tenants and landlords’

Catherine Harris (Stuff): Prefab housing ‘potential game-changer’ for KiwiBuild

Tess Brunton (RNZ): Mum’s desperate solution to escape mouldy, rotting Dunedin home

David Slack (Stuff): Mining the seam of self-interest

Hannah McQueen (Stuff): When renting makes sense – living central Auckland life on south Auckland prices


John Gerritsen (RNZ): Schools use students and admin staff to facilitate classes – PPTA

Josephine Franks (Stuff): School a ‘babysitting service’ because of lack of relief teachers, principals say

RNZ: Bill requiring primary schools to teach second language drawn from ballot

Herald: Primary school principals showing signs of post-traumatic stress disorder

Alex Baird (Newshub): Tauranga primary school educating high need pupils is crippled by debt

Rob Stock (Stuff): Teenagers love tax, and other surprises from school money lessons

Māori TV): Rangatahi share their stories: Part Four

1News: ’Signs out, cross now’ – thousands of Kiwi kids help celebrate nearly 90 years of school road patrol

Herald: Auckland high school cuts toilet breaks during class time

Herld: Pay rise means three jobs down to one

Eva Corlett (RNZ): Students have 30 days to save Elam’s Huia house


Charlie Dreaver (RNZ): ’No reason why NZ women shouldn’t expect the same quality of life’ – Aus Oncologist

Ruth Hill (RNZ): New Zealand falling behind in breast cancer treatment – report

Ruby MacAndrew (Stuff): Kiwis dying from stage 4 breast cancer twice as fast as those in similar countries

Laura Tupou (Newshub): Breast cancer sufferers dying twice as fast in NZ

Megan Sutherland (Newshub): Women in New Zealand die twice as fast of breast cancer than in some other countries

1News: People with advanced breast cancer treated like second-class citizens, breast cancer coalition group says

1News: Ambulance services call for more Government funding for proactive approach to health

Laurel Stowell (Whanganui Chronicle): Ohakea residents have blood tested for PFAS compounds

Karen Brown (RNZ): Insight: Nurses pay and staffing deal – hospital crisis averted?

Oliver Lewis (Stuff): Aged care sector warns ‘we’re now at crisis’ as nurses leave for DHBs

RNZ: Pacific the solution for aged care in Australia and NZ – World Bank

Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Earned $325 – billed $365 by ACC

Laine Moger (Stuff): Privacy commissioner warns against ‘alarmist comments’ that cause anxiety for patients

Mike Wesley-Smith and Finn Hogan (Newshub): Govt claims National quietly gutted disability sector

Andre Chumko (Stuff): Cannabis oil could help prevent sick girl have seizures, but Pharmac doesn’t fund it

Phil Pennington (RNZ): Counties Manukau DHB calls in lawyers to investigate financial reporting

Andrew Bydder (Waikato Times): DHB staff need to be accountable

RNZ: Group seeks to avoid labour delays at Dunedin hospital build

Dan Satherley (Newshub): Vest cameras not a response to increased violence – DHB

Bruce Munro (ODT): Going viral

Mental health, suicide

Chris Reed (Herald): NZ’s record high suicide numbers prove need for action, says health minister

Herald: World Suicide Prevention Day: Everyday Kiwis reveal their stories of hope and survival

Newshub: World Suicide Prevention Day: Call for regular mental health check-ups

James Croot (Stuff): Greg Boyed: Why we need to talk about depression

Mere McLean (Māori TV): Youth worker encourages more talk around suicide

Isaac Davison (Herald):’If you’re worried about somebody, don’t leave them alone’ – Taranaki shearer John Herlihy

State and church abuse

Teuila Fuatai (Newsroom): Cabinet yet to hear abuse inquiry proposal

Chris Morris (ODT): What victims want most: justice

Adam Dodds (ODT): Confession, not denial, the way to address wrongdoing

Tom O’Connor (Waikato Times): Church must be subject to law of the land

Te Reo Māori

Henry Cooke (Stuff): Green Party starts new push for compulsory te reo

Herald: Greens push for compulsory te reo Māori in schools by 2025

Carmen Parahi (Stuff): Why the Government could face legal challenges over te reo Māori

Ngahiwi Apanui (Stuff): What’s the point in learning te reo Māori, a language spoken only in New Zealand?

Matt Rilkoff (Taranaki Daily News): Editorial: Understanding the value of te reo Māori key for language to flourish

Mānia Clarke (Māori TV): Te Ataarangi to empower te reo Māori in region

Regan Paranihi (Māori TV): Awanuiārangi to launch te reo strategy

RNZ: Call for broadcasters to be censured if they butcher Māori words

Whanganui Chronicle: Chronicle puts the ‘H’ in Whanganui in time for Māori Language Week

Patrick Crewdson (Stuff): Why Stuff has become Puna for Māori Language Week

Philip Matthews (Press): The borrowers: Why you are speaking more Māori than you think

Thomas Manch (Stuff): New Zealand Fire Service to overhaul firetrucks with te reo Māori

Michael Neilson (Herald): Learning te reo is a challenge worth taking

Michael Neilson (Herald): So you want to learn te reo Māori? A fluent Pākehā shares his inspiring journey

Amanda Cropp (Stuff): Tourism is embracing te reo and visitors love it

Joel Maxwell (Stuff): Kaua e pukuriri ki te reo – don’t be angry at the language

Chelsea Manning

Newshub: ’An Evening with Chelsea Manning’ leaves audience frustrated

Laura Tupou (Newsroom): Chelsea Manning’s audience deserved better

Simon Wilson (Herald): Battle-weary, Chelsea Manning soldiers on

Damien Grant (Stuff): Chelsea Manning is on the right side of history

John Roughan (Herald): Disgust has not stopped Chelsea Manning speaking here

1News: Chelsea Manning lands in NZ declaring Donald Trump ‘not unusual in American politics’

Newshub: Chelsea Manning touches down in Auckland

Racing industry

ODT Editorial: Racing industry’s integrity at stake

RNZ: Another arrest in race-fixing investigation

Herald: Police make another arrest into harness racing investigation, taking the number to 11

RNZ: Harness racing arrests: ‘If they want to play with fire they get burnt’

Primary industries

Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Care of meat chickens must improve: SPCA

Sally Rae (ODT): Annual results will put Fonterra under microscope

Jamie Gray (Herald): Fonterra set for big fall in annual earnings as margin pressure bites


Kirsty Lawrence (Stuff): Retiring Defence chief says allegations of ‘SAS murders’ in Afghanistan were upsetting to children of serving soldier

Andrew McRae (RNZ): NZ’s Vietnam vets shirk support due to stigma – advocates

Local government

Dominic Harris (Press): Political group puts stake in ground to keep asset sales on the table

Rob Stock (Stuff): ‘Mischievous’ data dump reveals 4850 local council employees earn more than $100,000

ODT Editorial: Councils disconnecting with public

Charlie Dreaver (RNZ): Huge costs loom for councils as sea levels rise

Liu Chen and Todd Niall (Stuff): Chinese voters call for more Howick by-election information in their language

1News: ’This is going to work for us’ – Paihia residents’ bid to rid town of violent crime has full support of local council

Māori TV: Desecration of son’s grave leaves family devastated

Transport, petrol prices and road safety

Zane Small (Newshub): Government’s belief it can control petrol prices ‘political puffery’ – Road Transport Forum chief

Juliet Speedy (Newshub): Calls for Government to incentivise owning electric cars

Eva Corlett (RNZ): Electric cars’ use of priority lanes ditched

Ben Strang (RNZ): Wellington bus network has become a joke – Labour MP

RNZ: Police to target sections of state highways to prevent crashes

Heritage, history

Patrick Gower (Newshub): Make Tītokowaru a New Zealand hero

Māori TV: Te Kooti – Villian of Hero?

Ross Meurant: Red Squad Revisited

Richard Swainson (Waikato Times): There’s still power in the press

Elton Rikihana Smallman and Aaron Leaman (Stuff): Captain Hamilton statue a ‘ratepayer liability’, mayor says

James Croot (Stuff): Academic tells Sam Neill Māori not exploited in early European encounters

Fire Service

Jonathan MIlne (Stuff): We don’t need rah-rah or jingoism – just simple respect for returning heroes

Katie Doyle (RNZ): NZ firefighters return home after battling California blazes

Alice Wilkins (Newshub): Kiwi firefighters who helped battle US blazes return home

1News: Inspirational volunteer firefighter, 68, proves it’s never too late to give back to the community


Michael Morrah (Newshub): Company director who underpaid staff is approved as an immigration adviser

Bess Manson (Stuff) Victims of partner violence see death as an escape: report

Michael Hayward (Stuff): EQC settles nearly half its Christchurch quake claims, but almost as many new ones filed

Colin Peacock (RNZ): Mediawatch: Time to cut the cord with the tech titans?

Leith Huffadine (Stuff): ’Five Eyes’ spy network and access to your private data: What it means for you

Shamubeel Eaqub (Stuff): The downside of too many tourists loving New Zealand

Marta Steeman (Stuff): Property owners’ rights are at risk under proposed changes to building law, surveyors warn

Cathy Murphy (Herald): Sexism in the law – a note to my younger self

Amanda Cropp (Stuff): Conference numbers drop when we’re building big new convention centres

Māori TV: Fraudster a family friend to CEO of Waitangi National Trust

Kennedy Warne (E-Tangata): Tāmati Kruger: Down that way, glory waits

Lloyd Ashton (E-Tangata): Tiki Raumati’s challenge for us

Rukuwai Tipene-Allen (Māori TV): Whānau want name change for Tau Henare Marae

Adam Dudding (Stuff): National Portrait: Dame Anne Salmond – walking between two worlds

Mary-Jo Tohill (Southland Times): Submissions on Clutha Licensing Trust pub sale close today

Kirsty Wynn (Herald): Overseas buyer withdraws bid for $20m+ waterfront estate

Matt Heath (Herald): New Zealand is open for the apocalypse

Tom Dillane (Herald): ’Very little’ training put into Auckland corporate boxer KO’d after 8 sec

Tamsyn Parker (Herald): Mind the gap: Money hurdles for women remain

Todd Niall (Stuff): Long-time activist Penny Bright in battle mode with ‘days to live’

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