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.

Capital gains tax

Nikki Mandow (BusinessDesk): Closing the gap: How a capital gains tax could raise $100M

Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Capital gains tax debate not over, Grant Robertson suggests

Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Capital gains tax in doubt, decision seen too political for tax working group

Herald: Capital gains tax in doubt, says accounting expert

Judith Collins (Herald): Capital gains tax will hit the vulnerable

Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): National Party crows as capital gains tax seen to be in doubt

Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Property investors: Capital gains tax wouldn’t work

No Right Turn: We’ve been had

Government, Clare Curran resignation

RNZ: Lessons to be learned from Curran controversy – Ardern

Newstalk ZB: PM gives MP ‘stern call’ over ZB interview

Jenna Lynch (Newshub): New MP Greg O’Connor grilled after criticising Jacinda Ardern’s handling of Clare Curran saga

Bryce Edwards (Herald): Political Roundup: Liability or lynching – Does Clare Curran deserve any sympathy?

Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): Clare Curran saga reflects poorly on Jacinda Ardern’s leadership

Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): Clare Curran saga shows PM Jacinda Ardern lacks backbone

Paul Gorman (ODT): No place for destroying minister in NZ

RNZ: Simon Bridges: ‘Let us see the Gmails’

Dan Satherley (Newshub): Jacinda Ardern showing ‘real weakness’ over Clare Curran – Simon Bridges

David Farrar: The edited transcript

Point of Order: More fallout from the Curran affair could follow inspection of her G-mail account

Danyl Mclauchlan (Spinoff): Here’s what the NY Times didn’t tell you about life in Jacinda Ardern’s New Zealand

David Cormack (Herald): Is Jacinda Ardern a weak leader?

1News: ’Some clown slept in!’ – Police Minister criticises ‘unbelievable and unacceptable’ Napier Airport delay

Herald: Police minister hits out at late airport staff following delays

Jennifer Dann (Herald): 12 questions with Golriz Ghahraman: ‘They hate it when you’ve achieved something’


Richard Harman (Politik): Is Winston is about to have another go at Labour?

1News: ’Things change when you become a coalition’ – Labour hits a wall over scrapping youth rates

Jock Lawrie (ODT): Anti-Meca message a sophisticated dog whistle

Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): BusinessNZ considering an international challenge to labour law changes

Liam Dann (Herald): Workplace law changes a ‘smack in the face’ – business group

Susan Strongman (RNZ): The reality of life on the minimum wage in NZ

RNZ: IRD staff call off industrial action after reaching agreement

Dennis Maga (Stuff): Where’s the Workers Advisory Council?


Anneke Smith (RNZ): Small businesses doing well despite low business confidence

Cas Carter (Stuff): Nike working hard to look ‘woke’


Thomas Coughlan (Newsroom): Comment: Our landed Parliament

Simon Collins (Herald): Banks queue to lend to first KiwiBuild home buyers in Papakura

Newshub: The ballot for first block of KiwiBuild homes is open

Henry Cooke (Stuff): KiwiBuild ballot officially opens for first 18 homes in South Auckland

1News: Ballot opens for first KiwiBuild homes

Catherine Hutton (Stuff): Landlord group embarks on alternative to rental WOF

Thomas Manch (Stuff): Wellington City Council issues three rental WOFs in a year

No Right Turn: Of course we need rental warrants-of-fitness

Health and disability

Phil Pennington (RNZ): Plunket proposal: ‘Potential for clients to fall through the gaps’

Tracy Neal (RNZ): Canterbury DHB $142.9m outsource move unavoidable – union head

Oliver Lewis (Stuff): Capacity constraints see Canterbury DHB spend $143m on private surgeries

Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): ACC should cover sickness and disability, says Sir Geoffrey Palmer

Rukuwai Tipene-Allen (Māori TV): Ministers’ lack of interest a barrier for Whānau Ora

Catherine Hutton (RNZ): Changes needed before Pacific can enter aged care sector – NZACA

Zane Small (Newshub): Disability advocate Esther Woodbury condemns sale of disabled parking permits

RNZ: Fepulea’i Margie Apa first Samoan to lead a District Health Board in New Zealand

Jo McKenzie-McLean (Stuff): Wanaka midwife faces going it alone when interim locums’ contracts end

Anna Marie May (RNZ): Study reveals link between domestic violence and suicide attempts

Abby Hartley has died

Herald: New Zealander Abby Hartley has died in Bali hospital: report

Newshub: Sick New Zealand woman Abby Hartley stuck in Bali has died

1News: Kiwi woman Abby Hartley who fell ill while holidaying in Bali dies

Crown-Māori Partnership Office planned

Audrey Young (Herald): Jacinda Ardern announces plans for Crown-Māori Partnership Office

Henry Cooke (Stuff): New Treaty office suggested, likely to be established

Audrey Young (Herald): Activist Titewhai Harawira joins Jacinda Ardern to hail Crown-Māori partnership

Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): Titewhai Harawira’s ‘wow’ moment


Nuk Korako (Stuff): Māori succeeding in Parliament just fine without need to entrench seats

Ruben Toa Kearney-Parata (Salient): Meeting Our Māori MPs

Phil Smith (RNZ): How to shout at MPs on TV: the rules of political scrums

Environment and conservation

Phil Pennington (RNZ): Foam contamination found in streams around Palmerston North airport

Kirsty Lawrence (Stuff): Testing shows surface water and soil contaminated near Palmerston North Airport

Tess Brunton (RNZ): Dog proposal at National Park sparks fury and debate

1News: ’Bipartisan accord on climate change’ is critical if New Zealand wants to tackle the issue – James Shaw

Charlie Dreaver (RNZ): Habitat loss, pollution drive significant drop in fish

Jo McKenzie-McLean (Stuff): Wanaka landowner ordered to remediate land after removing protected plants

Piers Fuller (Stuff): 1080 operation in northern Remutakas continues despite nationwide protests

Timaru Herald Editorial: The evidence says it’s the best control we have

Lisette Reymer (Newshub): 1080 dump in Hunua Ranges puts human health at risk, lawyer argues

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

Te Reo Māori 

Herald Editorial: Until te reo is in the core curriculum, progress will be slow

Tova O’Brien (Newshub): Mass confusion over Government’s Te Reo Māori in school policy

Dan Satherley (Newshub): Māori a ‘core subject’ by 2025 – but still not compulsory

1News: Compulsory classes will help right the wrong after Te Reo Māori ‘beaten’ out of school children a generation ago – Sir Pita Sharples

Sophie Bateman (Newshub): Jacinda Ardern says not learning te reo Māori one of her ‘great regrets’

Talisa Kupenga (Māori TV):  High School with compulsory te reo Māori classes welcomes PM

1News: Te Tari: Labour’s Peeni Henare on being a teen dad and why te reo shouldn’t be compulsory (video)

Regan Paranihi (Māori TV): Mahuta urges NZ to take part in Māori Language Week

1News: ’It is a taonga’ – Green Party renew calls for compulsory Te Reo Māori in school by 2025

RNZ: Watch: Dame Naida Glavish on Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori

Katarina Williams (Stuff): Resourcing and teacher shortage could impact on plans for more te reo in schools

1News: Singing taniwha helping children around the country learn te reo during Māori Language Week

Mark Dawson (Whanganui Chronicle): Wanganui Chronicle changes name to Whanganui Chronicle

Laura Macdonald (Newshub): NZ’s oldest newspaper adds key letter for Māori Language Week

Leigh-Marama McLachlan (RNZ): Mixed emotions as newspaper adopts Māori spelling

Herald: NZME embraces Te Wiki o Te Reo

Te Aniwa Hurihanganui (RNZ): Te Wiki o te reo Māori: Day one with Guyon Espiner (video)

Patrick Gower (Newshub): My woeful Māori pronunciation means I owe Tūhoe an apology

Ripeka Timutimu (Māori TV): Disability no obstacle to learning te reo Māori

Lee Kenny (Stuff): She’s Pākehā, but raising her children with te reo Māori

Michael Neilson (Herald): Pākehā need to get over politics and embrace te reo

Michael Neilson (Herald): Māori Language Week: New arrivals to Aotearoa embrace te reo Māori

Deena Coster (Stuff): Māori Language Week 2018: Taking on the wero of learning te reo in adulthood

1News: Hundreds take part in Wellington hīkoi, celebrating Te Reo Māori

Moana Makapelu Lee (Māori TV): Thousands march in Wellington for Māori Language Week

Te Aniwa Hurihanganui (RNZ): Wellington turns out for Te wiki o te reo Māori

Regan Paranihi (Māori TV): Research shows more Māori ‘loan words’ being used

Benn Bathgate (Stuff): New te reo road sign welcomes motorists to Rotorua

Foreign Affairs and trade

AAP: NZ joins Australia in rejecting push for Japanese commercial whaling

RNZ: PM reinforces condemnation of Russia after Novichok suspects named

Anna Bracewell-Worrall (Newshub): Winston Peters belatedly condemns Russia for Salisbury attack

Stacey Kirk (Stuff): National calls on harsher condemnation of Russia over Salisbury attacks

Audrey Young (Herald): National condemns Govt for ‘embarrassing’ statement on Salisbury findings

RNZ: Ulu o Tokelau visits Wellington

Victoria University: NZ’s trade opportunity with India

Justice, corrections, police

Edward O’Driscoll (Newshub): Revealed: The ‘significant’ increase in police misconduct allegations in 2018

Sam Hurley (Herald): Hours after losing High Court defamation case, police employee receives ‘termination letter’

1News: Simon Bridges criticises Labour for $800k over-budget Justice Summit he labels a ‘PR’ exercise

Kelly Phillips (Spinoff): How Terri Friesen, convicted of killing her baby, finally cleared her name

Kim Dotcom

Melissa NIghtingale (Herald): Kim Dotcom’s ‘vexatious’ information request appealed in High Court

Ben Strang (RNZ): Attorney-General appeals Dotcom privacy win


David Cohen (RNZ): ’Uni of NZ’ idea opens new chapter for academic rationing

John McGowan (Herald): Teacher shortage really is a crisis – Schools are growing and not enough teachers are being trained

Zane Small (Newshub): One in three school principals show signs of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder – survey

Andre Chumko (Stuff): Small school won’t sell beer and wine at fundraiser after ‘bullying’ from DHB

Doug Laing (Hawke’s Bay Today): Opposition to alcohol at Hawke’s Bay school food and music festival

Primary industries and animal welfare

RNZ: Tegel evade legal action after chicken welfare concerns

Carla Penman (Herald): Tegel won’t be prosecuted over footage of dead and deformed chickens

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

1News: Increase in animal abuse complaints due to vigilant Kiwis reporting unacceptable behaviour – SPCA

Tim Mackle (Stuff): Most dairy farmers strive to do the best for their cows and the environment

Andrea Vance (Stuff): Cattle of former two-decade MP tested for M. Bovis

Pat Deavoll (Stuff): Technology puts farmers on-call to their animals

Eric Frykberg (RNZ): Farm debt mediation bill needs more work

Newshub: Call for 50-year plan to boost farming confidence

Farah Hancock (Newsroom): A billion trees and a trillion weeds

Katy Jones (Nelson Mail): Fears forestry slash poses a ‘catastrophic’ risk to residents along the Maitai River

Nona Pelletier (RNZ): Forestry deal shows NZ ‘open’ for investment

Eric Frykberg (RNZ): Fonterra names board candidates up for election

Newshub: Fonterra board nominations open to farmers

Transport, petrol prices and road safety

Matt Rilkoff (Taranaki Daily News): Dying to get there: The avoidable deaths we must start avoiding

Leighton Keith (Stuff): Dying to get there: The sister

Leighton Keith (Stuff): Dying to get there: The dad who nearly lost a daughter

Leighton Keith (Stuff): Dying to get there: Russian Roulette on Raleigh St

Leighton Keith (Stuff): Dying to get there: The mayor who wants action

Leighton Keith (Stuff): Dying to get there: The cop

Leighton Keith (Stuff): Dying to get there: A solution in sight for a notoriously dangerous section of SH3

Dave Armstrong (Dominion Post): My suggestions for how council chief can fix Wellington’s buses

Banks, finance

Nikki Mandow (Newsroom): Consumer NZ hits out at toothless financial code

Kieran McAnulty (Stuff): Banks must uphold their side of the bargain for small-town NZ

Catherine Hutton (RNZ): Martinborough bank closure will hit businesses and elderly – protesters

Local government

Michael Hayward (Stuff): Christchurch stadium the big winner from council’s plans for Government funding

1News: Tim Shadbolt coy on France hotel investment idea as ratepayers give thumbs down

Bernard Orsman (Herald): John Banks takes the hand of Penny Bright and says there is no bigger fighter

Rukuwai Tipene-Allen (Māori TV): Whangarei District Council apologises to whānau after grave desecrated


Herald: ’He’s way off’: Haka expert slams Brash’s comments that it glorifies domestic violence

1News: Watch: Don Brash under fire for saying the haka ‘seems to glorify’ domestic violence

Dan Satherley (Newshub): Haka glorifies domestic violence – Don Brash

Madeleine Chapman (Spinoff): How did a 77-year-old white guy become the go-to media voice on Māori issues?

Patrick Gower (Newshub): Haka for Te Toiroa shows why Te Reo is so special

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to visit New Zealand

Sophie Bateman (Newshub):Revealed: Harry and Meghan’s New Zealand tour schedule

Stuff: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to visit New Zealand

1News: Dates and itinerary of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s trip to New Zealand confirmed

Herald: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tour of New Zealand confirmed

RNZ: Dates set for Harry and Meghan’s royal visit


Jane Patterson (RNZ): Cabinet to decide soon whether Iraq deployment should continue

Liz Macpherson (Stuff): ’Weapons of Math Destruction’ or a force for good?

Stuff: Experts consider Pike River Mine re-entry options

Stuff: Waitangi Tribunal finds Crown breached treaty obligations, caused harm to Te Rohe Pōtae

Logan Church (RNZ): Checkpoint: On-sold, broken home forces owner to seek help on Facebook

Laura Walters (Newsroom): Who is winning the war on synthetics?

Meriana Johnsen (RNZ): Chelsea Manning ‘still fighting the same battles’

Jennifer Eder (Stuff): Cruise industry calls for more ‘unique and authentic’ Māori tourism

Edward Gay (RNZ): Trial begins for first person charged with insider trading

Sam Clarke (1News): School lunch scheme for hungry Christchurch kids is revived

Tom McRae (Newshub): Oil companies capable of Rainbow Warrior-level sabotage – Greenpeace

Tamsyn Parker (Herald): Corporate NZ lagging behind state sector for women in leadership

Tamsyn Parker (Herald): Susan Peterson: Quotas need to be considered

1News: Children’s clothing company admits selling garments with incorrect fire warning tags, if any at all

Mike Treen (Daily Blog): How I got hijacked, kidnapped, tasered, cracked ribs and a fractured foot!

Newstalk ZB: Firefighters union warns lives at risk due to faulty fleet (audio)

Jack Latimore (Guardian): Another Captain Cook documentary – but do we really need it?

Jessie Chiang (RNZ): ’Bananas’ Split Over Their Identity

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