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.


Simon Wilson (Herald): Why National will adopt Labour’s plan

Gordon Campbell: On the Ardern pep talk

Tim Murphy (Newsroom): The Push-me-Pull-you Government

Herald Editorial: Government in crisis? We need to see genuine unity

Claire Trevett (Herald): PM’s verdict on the three words guaranteed to annoy NZ First leader Winston Peters

Brigitte Morten (RNZ): A SuperGold move from the coalition

Bryce Edwards (Herald): Political Roundup: Jacinda Ardern’s stardust returns

Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): A Government defined by sheer hopelessness

David Cormack (Herald): Reports of the Government’s death have been greatly exaggerated

Lucy Bennett (Herald): Cabinet paper appendix details Government plan, indicators for defining success

1News: Watch: ‘No’ – Jacinda Ardern says change in wording on Labour’s website doesn’t mean she’s ‘ceding power’

RNZ: Winston Peters: ‘There’s only one captain on a boat

Anna Bracewell-Worrall (Newshub): Jacinda Ardern’s ‘driving the car’ – Winston Peters

Stuff: Coalition government is working as it should, says Winston Peters

Dan Satherley (Newshub): Simon Bridges wouldn’t let Winston Peters have ‘presidential veto’

Jane Patterson (RNZ): Watch: National dismisses govt blueprint as ‘nothing new’

Dan Satherley (Newshub): Winston Peters will ‘pull the pin’ if he doesn’t get his way – Peter Dunne

Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Media response to Jacinda’s empty crisis management speech as underwhelmed as you would expect

Newshub: Jacinda Ardern should tell Clarke Gayford she ‘fights her own battles’

David Farrar: Why is the Beehive website only including selective releases?

Point of Order: Some “partnership” proposals need puncturing – so plaudits, please, for Peters

Point of Order: Political appointments – see who landed jobs in the latest batch of ministerial announcements

NZ in Iraq and Afghanistan 

Richard Harman (Politik): Once were not warriors

Gia Garrick (RNZ): Green Party disappointed with Iraq decision

Audrey Young (Herald): Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announces extension of NZ deployments but signals future withdrawal

Henry Cooke (Stuff): New Zealand extends Iraq and Afghanistan deployments

Jane Patterson (RNZ): NZ govt extends Iraq deployment until June 2019

Anna Whyte (1News): New Zealand’s military deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan extended

Tova O’Brien (Newshub): Jacinda Ardern’s U-turn on pulling troops out of Iraq

No Right Turn: Bring them home

Stardust and Substance: the New Zealand General Election of 2017

1News: Jacinda Ardern speaks at launch of Stardust and Substance book chronicling her rise to power

Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): Jacinda Ardern’s rise still unprecedented a year on

Bryce Edwards (Newsroom): Stardust and Substance: the 2017 election through politicians’ eyes


Gareth Hughes (Spinoff): Parliament can’t keep ignoring the New Zealand Wars

Madeleine Chapman (Spinoff): A soon-to-be-deleted look at New Zealand politicians’ worst tweets


Isaac Davison (Herald): ’I need to be indoors’: Homeless counted across Auckland for the first time

Isaac Davison (Herald): Auckland’s ‘shame’: Mayor Phil Goff says homeless problem never been this bad as first regionwide head count gets underway

Adam Dudding (Stuff): Behind the scenes of Auckland’s Homeless Count

RNZ: Auckland’s first homelessness census kicks off

1News: Volunteers hit Auckland streets to conduct city’s first official homeless count

Cleo Fraser (Newshub): Volunteers take to Auckland’s streets for first homeless count

Ryan Boswell (1News): 1 NEWS investigates homelessness in New Zealand: The faces of New Zealand’s homeless

Collette Devlin (Dominion Post): Government asked to support building ‘eco-city’ and use KiwiBuild funds for capital’s housing solution

RNZ: First look at Wellington’s new social housing units

Ben Leahy (Herald): Foreign buyer ban to hit Auckland and Queenstown house prices: Westpac

1News: Foreign buyer ban to impact Kiwi house prices and squeeze more Kiwis out of apartment market – Westpac economist

Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Policies restrict access to ‘bank of mum and dad’

Hawkes Bay Today: Havelock North Residents concerned about impact of housing development

Police and justice

Te Aniwa Hurihanganui (RNZ): Māori killed and charged in police pursuits more than any other group

Press Editorial: Police recruitment target depends on trust

Herald: Use-of-force report: NZ police fired guns 10 times in 2017

George Block (ODT): Southern police not revealing disciplinary action

George Block (ODT): Southern police draw 26 use-of-force complaints

Stuff: Ministry of Justice employees to strike nationwide

1News: Ministry of Justice workers who are PSA members to hold nationwide two-hour strike on Wednesday

Child abuse

1News: Man sexually abused from age of seven calls on Kiwis to talk ‘a lot more openly’ about this issue

1News: Three brave male survivors of childhood sex abuse speak about what they endured, and how they are healing

1News: Men still struggling to speak out about childhood sexual abuse, advocate says – ‘We don’t like to talk about it’

Colin Williscroft (Press): Call for Catholic Church to release file it has on priest who sexually abused boys

Phil Pennington (RNZ): Priest carried out ‘litany of offending against young boys’ – report

Thompson and Clark spying inquiry

RNZ: Inquiry into Thompson and Clark won’t be extended to police – PM

No Right Turn: The police owe us some answers on Thompson & Clark

The Standard: Police spying must be investigated


Simon Collins (Herald): Willie Jackson’s charter school approved to stay open as integrated school

Anna Bracewell-Worrall (Newshub): All NZ charter schools now approved to become state integrated

No Right Turn: No more charter schools

Catrin Owen (Stuff): Catholic church applies for court order to trespass protesters from Hato Pētera College

RNZ: Protestors occupying school will fight legal action

Mei Heron (1News): ’PC gone mad’ say teachers not allowed to restrain troubled, violent students

Mikaela Collins (Northern Advocate): Whangārei principal Pat Newman says child restraint rules are ‘PC gone mad’

Piers Fuller (Stuff): Small Wairarapa school with just eight students on roll to remain open

RNZ:School with eight students to remain open in 2019

1News: ’What do you want to be?’ is not the right question to ask young people – career counsellor

Kay Sinclair (ODT): Principals gather in Dunedin

Kristin Mcfarlane (Bay of Plenty Times): Opinion: AIMS Games a winner for intermediate school children

Environment and conservation

Catherine Knight (Stuff): The public is ready for environmental change. Now we need a lead from politicians

Hayden Donnell (Spinoff): Separating fact from fiction in the 1080 debate

Kate Gudsell (RNZ): DOC staff face more abuse after anti-1080 protests

Kate Nicol-Williams (1News): Government to step in to resolve planning stoush hampering farmers

Hawkes Bay Today: Water concerns rising as Ruataniwha aquifer level falls

Emma Hatton (RNZ): Kānuka creating hope for East Coast locals

Bridget Grace (Newshub): Environmental group slams ‘disgusting’ pollution of Auckland’s Whau River

Geoff Duffy (Kiwiblog): Parliamentary Commissioner’s Report Wrong about Livestock Methane

Primary and extractive industries

Gerard Hutching (Stuff): Taxpayer costs for kiwifruit claim trial balloon out to $6m

Newshub: Major study on kiwifruit pollination wins Government funding

Susan Strongman (RNZ): Fighting back against the avocado crime wave

1News: Should mānuka honey standards be more strictly regulated in NZ? Consultation closes today

Newshub: Farming group pleased with new KiwiRail policy

Simon Hartley (ODT): Sector optimistic despite mines pledge

Employment and migrant exploitation

Corin Dann (1News): Unions urge Labour against making changes to flagship employment reform after NZ First calls bill a ‘work in progress’

Herald: Business owner Davinder Singh who forced staff to cook and clean his house convicted of exploitation

Skara Bohny (Nelson Mail): Exploitative employer fined $150k, sentenced to community work

Tracy Neal (RNZ): Employer sentenced to home detention for exploiting staff

1News: Indian national ordered to pay $150k to employees he exploited at Pizza Hut restaurants

RNZ: Hiding mental illness while working for minimum wage


Tamsyn Parker (Herald): New KiwiSaver tool to help investors avoid animal cruelty, gambling and porn

Rob Stock (Stuff): Animal cruelty worse than bombs and tobacco to KiwiSaver investors

Economy and business

Dene Mackenzie (ODT): GDP data to show NZ on the rise: economist

Dene Mackenzie (ODT): Services index at lowest in five years

Mark Lister (Herald): The ugly truth about our household debt

Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): The coming checkmate of capitalism moment


Chris Morris (ODT): Commission taking Aurora Energy to court

Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): Otago lines company accused of causing power cuts due to under investment

RNZ: Aurora Energy facing court action


Dan Satherley and Edward O’Driscoll (Newshub): Alcohol industry’s ‘proof’ advertising doesn’t drive consumption ridiculed

Newshub: Does fast food sponsorship have an impact on kids’ obesity rates?

Scott Palmer (Newshub): ’It’s going to take me out’: Patrick Gower’s heartbreaking cancer admission

Denise Taylor (Newsroom): The medicinal cannabis conundrum

1News: Inaction over banning surgical mesh putting Kiwi women at risk – Christine Rankin

Michelle Duff (Stuff): Doctor-patient misconduct rules tightened

Tom Hunt (Stuff): ACC looks at ‘chatbot’ to master small talk

Foreign Affairs and trade

Winnie Laban (RNZ): Pushback against du Plessis-Allan’s Pacific ‘leeches’ comments encouraging

Nicole Lawton (Stuff): Sam Neill denounces Heather du Plessis-Allen for calling Pacific people ‘leeches’

RNZ: Pacific Islands Forum not working – Toke Talagi

Jenny Shipley and Mainzeal reckless trading charges

RNZ: Mainzeal traded while ‘dangling by a thread’, court told

BusinessDesk: Former Prime Minister Dame Jenny Shipley accused of reckless trading as Mainzeal director

John Anthony (Stuff): Former Mainzeal director Dame Jenny Shipley defending ‘reckless trading’ allegations

Treaty settlements

John Boynton (RNZ): Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei allowed to take claim to High Court

Raniera Harrison (Māori TV): Ngāpuhi in Australia prepare for Treaty consultation

Māori Cultural and Intellectual Property Right Conference

Kelvin McDonald  (Māori TV): Māori intellectual property hui welcome

Tracy Neal (RNZ): Protection of Māori rights up for discussion at Nelson hui

Kelvin McDonald (Māori TV): Government to consult on rights to plants


Sally Blundell (Listener): The women’s suffrage movement wasn’t only a fight for the right to vote

Jessica Tyson (Māori TV): Wāhine in rugby celebrated this week

Sue Bradford (Spinoff): The Monday Extract: A brief history of suffrage and struggle by Sue Bradford

Herald: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to guest edit Suffrage edition of NZ Herald

1News: Q+A: 125 years since Kiwi women first got the vote, what do they want now?

Local government

Alexandra Nelson (Newshub): Auckland Council considering euthanasia for cats without microchips

Anneke Smith (RNZ): Plan to classify unchipped cats as pests results in death threats

Seven Sharp: Cat lovers get their claws out to fight Auckland Council

Todd NIall (Stuff): Have you tuned in to Auckland’s political soap opera of the year?

Nick Truebridge (Stuff): Council consenting troubles puts ability to support Auckland growth at risk, report says

Jono Edwards (ODT): Private ORC discussions continuing

ODT Editorial: Future of Otago water concerns all

Transport and road safety

Andrew McRae (RNZ): Locals frustrated at delays over deadly SH2 stretch

1News: AA calls for speeding ticket alternative as number issued in 2017 the highest in three years

Food safety

RNZ: Foodstuffs and Progressive halt all Australian strawberries distribution

1News: ’Commercial terrorism’ has brought strawberry industry to its knees – NZ supermarket chains stop Aussie imports over needle concerns

Newshub: Needle scare unlikely to affect New Zealand strawberry market

Herald: Foodstuffs, Countdown halt distribution of Australian strawberries


Henry Cooke (Stuff): Rich-listers’ wealth grows six-fold in two decades, much faster than rest of economy

Herald: Drug giants in NZ dodge $21m in tax, Oxfam claims

Martin van Beynen (Stuff): Antarctica NZ spent big to investigate disgraced CEO

RNZ: Voices: Fijian overstayer’s 20-year fight for residency

Charlotte Graham-McLay (New York Times): Maori Language, Once Shunned, Is Having a Renaissance in New Zealand

1News: Action planned to tackle loan sharks, with Winston Peters on board

Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): ’Country’ should take over digital strategy from Government, says NZTech

Tina Law (Stuff): Christchurch City council-owned Citycare posts its first-ever loss

Sasha Borissenko (Newsroom): Sparrow still fighting, still pushing

Herald: What’s in John Key’s shopping trolley?

Moana Makapelu Lee (Māori TV): Severne appointed as new Māori Trustee

Julie Hardaker (Waikato Times): Gender equality: Are we there yet?

Stuff: Protesters in court over blocking access way into Defence forum

RNZ: Defence expo arrests trial begins

Jeremy Hansen (Spinoff): How to fix racial inequality in urban design (audio)

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