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.

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Grant Duncan (Stuff): Three-part harmony a challenge for coalition government

Chris Trotter (Daily Blog): No Substance To Her Stardust: Has Jacinda Lost The Magic?

Liam Hehir (Stuff): Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s ability to lead dependent on coalition partners

David Hall (Stuff): How Jacinda Ardern embodies the spirit of republicanism

RNZ: PM Jacinda Ardern: No cracks in coalition

Lucy Bennett (Herald): Government to proactively release Cabinet papers from next year

1News: Watch: Jacinda Ardern admits Government not ‘most open, most transparent’ after questioning by Simon Bridges in Parliament

David Hargreaves (Interest): ‘This is about being an open and accountable Govt’

Michael Reddell: A bouquet for the Government

No Right Turn: Proactive release

Thomas Coughlan (Newsroom): Tax and meth reports out this week

Michael Reddell: Having read the Our Plan speech

PM’s GDP comments

Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): Prime Minister’s mix-up could have led to a much more brutal economics lesson

Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): Ardern error was ‘economically dangerous’

Craig McCulloch (RNZ): PM forced to backtrack about ‘hint’ over unreleased GDP numbers

Rebecca Howard (BusinessDesk): Stats NZ says not even Jacinda Ardern gets sneak preview at GDP data

Newshub: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s office admits mistake over GDP comments

Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): Prime Minister’s office admits mistake over Ardern’s economic growth ‘hint’ claim

1News: Did ‘distracted’ Jacinda Ardern’s radio remarks cause the NZ dollar to rise?

BusinessDesk: Dollar gains on Ardern’s mistaken comments

Derek Handley and CTO role

RNZ: Govt told to front up with personal emails between Curran and Handley

Lucy Bennett (Herald): PM Jacinda Ardern admits getting text message from Derek Handley about CTO role

Lucy Bennett (Herald): Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern apologises over Derek Handley recruitment process

Vaughan Rowsell (Idealog): A CTO versus a tech taskforce – which one does New Zealand need?

NZ in Iraq and Afghanistan 

Gordon Campbell: On our military roles in Iraq and Afghanistan

Zane Small (Newshub): Winston Peters slams media for calling hypocrisy on Iraq troop extension

Zane Small (Newshub): Keeping New Zealand troops in Iraq beyond June 2019 a ‘possibility’ – Jacinda Ardern

Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): NZ’s ‘mission creep’ in Iraq creeps on

Emma Hurley (Newshub):James Shaw grills Defence Minister over Iraq, Afghanistan deployments

David Farrar: Hypocrisy but the right decision on Iraq

Thompson & Clark

Eugene Bingham and Paula Penfold (Stuff): Thompson & Clark hosted oil industry meeting in ‘bunker’ underneath Beehive

Eugene Bingham and Paula Penfold (Stuff): Concern over surveillance links between police and Thompson & Clark

Māori Crown relations agency

Audrey Young (Herald): Winston Peters endorses new ‘bridge’ between Māori and the Crown

Audrey Young (Herald): Government announces new Māori Crown relations agency – Māori Crown Relations: Te Arawhiti

Tracy Watkins (Stuff): Labour finally gets Crown Maori agency over the line

Chris Bramwell (RNZ): New agency created to help public service ‘better engage with Māori’

1News: Details of new Māori Crown agency released


Finn Hogan and John-MIchael Swannix (Newshub): ’Uncaring governance’ fueling 1080 pushback – author

Laurel Stowell (Whanganui Chronicle): Whanganui 1080 whistleblower now supports use of the poison

1News: Eight cattle die after 1080 drop in Waikato as DOC work to increase numbers of endangered kokāko

Newsroom: Cows die on farm after 1080 drop

Megan Sutherland (Newshub): DoC investigating possible 1080 cow deaths

RNZ: Cattle deaths after 1080 drop being investigated

Environment and conservation

Kate Gudsell (RNZ): At least 16 foreign investors have bought NZ sensitive land illegally

Chris Hutching (Stuff): Overseas billionaire’s anonymity necessary ‘to protect his commercial position’

Gerald Piddock (Waikato Times): Waikato polluters paying only 4 per cent of the maximum fine under law

Ryan Dunlop (Herald): New Zealand Defence Force and Department of Conservation team up to count whales in subantarctic islands

1News: Photos: NZDF spot over 100 whales during census of NZ’s southern right whales

Holly Carran (Newshub): Urgent cull of South Island’s Himalayan tahr population ordered by Conservation Minister

Suzi Kerr (The Conversation): Why NZ’s emissions trading scheme should have an auction reserve price

Amber-Leigh Woolf (Stuff): NZ lags behind on microplastic research, but scientists hopes $12.5m boost could help

Amber-Leigh Woolf (Stuff): Over 9000 New Zealanders have their say on binning plastic bags

Suffrage, feminism, gender

Martin Johnston (Herald):H Files: Wheeling and dealing at Parliament couldn’t kill historic women’s suffrage bill

Raewyn Dalziel (The Conversation):125 years of women’s suffrage: A small country leading the world?

Herald: Suffrage 125: Cartoons celebrate long fight for rights

Rachel Stewart (Herald)): Women must unite against hard-line patriarchy

Fiona Kidman (Herald): The freedom of control over fertility

Sinead Corcoran (Stuff): What Women Want: Margaret Sparrow on reproductive equality

Kim Knight (Herald): The hilarity and horror of the struggle

Judy McGregor (Herald): Allison Roe’s double blow for feminism in troubled arena

Cherie Howie (Herald): In photos: The women of New Zealand 125 years after suffrage gave women the right to vote

Kim Knight (Herald): Suffrage 125: Jenny Shipley, Helen Clark and Jacinda Ardern make photographic history

Stuff: A conversation with Helen Clark and Jacinda Ardern

Claire Trevett (Herald): Suffrage 125: The women of Parliament – The woman’s way is the right way

Jacinda Ardern (Herald): Within the ordinary sits the extraordinary

Liz McDonald (Press): Female power base reflects Christchurch’s leadership history

Press: The day NZ’s ‘shrieking sisterhood’ forced the vote on ‘womenly women’

Stacey Morrison (Herald): Mana wāhine embedded in Māori world view

Matt Heath (Herald): A reflection on masculinity

Herald Editorial: Suffrage 125 – United we stand

Claire Trevett (Herald): Women’s suffrage: NZ Herald marks 125 years of speaking up

Dominion Post: Editorial: Sheppard’s first great steps

Jessica Long (Stuff): New Zealand’s divide over women’s rights to vote led to a historic world moment

Jonathan Guildford (Stuff): Government could buy Kate Sheppard’s historic Christchurch home

RNZ: Kate Sheppard’s former house up for sale

Charles Anderson (Guardian): Jacinda Ardern to guest edit New Zealand newspaper on anniversary of suffrage

Hannah Martin (Stuff): If women have to act like men to lead, that’s the ‘ultimate defeat’ – Dame Anne Salmond

Britt Mann (Stuff): Women of Influence Forum: Who else is sick of inspirational women?

Linda Herrick (Listener): Are We There Yet? is the exhibition marking 125 years of women’s suffrage in NZ

Matt Brown (Stuff): Age no barrier to progress for older signatory

Julie Iles (Dominion Post): The legacy of a suffragist lives on in Petone


Tim Murphy (Newsroom): Netsafe washes its hands of Avery ‘harm’ complaint

Gia Garrick (RNZ): Netsafe won’t pursue Sir Ray Avery’s complaint over media website

No Right Turn: Netsafe defends freedom of the press

Economy, tax, business

Thomas Coughlan (Newsroom): Tax Inefficiencies only tell half the story

Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff):Inland Revenue slams Oxfam claim drugs firms cheating NZ out of $21m in tax

Gill Bonnett (RNZ): Oxfam claims NZ among countries hit by tax-shifting drug companies

Fran O’Sullivan (Herald): Boardroom still a battle site for equality

Michael Neilson (Herald): Donna Awatere Huata secures top job as Māori Climate Commissioner

Foreign affairs and trade

Andy Fyers (Stuff): What comes of New Zealand’s Pacific aid money?

1News: Fourteen Kiwis deported from Australia arrive in Auckland, will be supervised as they reintegrate into NZ

Mandy Te (Stuff): Australian authorities return 14 detainees to New Zealand

Herald: Fourteen individuals flown back to New Zealand by Australian authorities

Emma Joliff (Newshub): US-China trade war could catch New Zealand in the middle – expert

Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff):NZ fears for world trade rise in wake of Trump’s fresh tariffs on China


1News: Government takes first step to freeze MPs’ pay

Bryce Edwards (Newsroom): Stardust and Substance – how international observers view the 2017 election

Scott Palmer (Newshub): Trevor Mallard, Simon Bridges in bizarre grammar debate in Parliament

Scott Palmer (Newshub): Andrew Little mocks rival politicians in hilarious spoof video

Matthew Rosenberg (Stuff): Shaming images, hateful attacks and death threats: Politicians open up on abuse


Henry Cooke (Stuff): Labour and NZ First’s disagreement over industrial law changes is meaningless

Richard Harman (Politik): Agreeing to disagree – or not

RNZ: Whistleblower exposed exploitation of migrant workers

RNZ: Minimum wage: ‘I couldn’t go to my own brother’s tangi’ (video)

Regan Paranihi (Māori TV): Ngāi Tahu Tourism invest in their workers

Health and disability

Kirsty Johnston (Herald): Disability law labelled ‘shame on society’ a step closer to repeal

Teuila Fuatai (Newsroom): New legal bid in disability funding battle

MItchell Alexander (Newshub): Revealed: Government ignored advice that midwives are worth five times what they make now

Donna-Lee Biddle (Stuff): Tribunal hearing to address Māori health inequity

Andre Chumko (Stuff): DHB defends $16k cost to prevent school from selling alcohol at fundraiser

Karl du Fresne (Stuff): Doctors telling men not to get tested for prostate cancer seems illogical

Nicole Lawton (Stuff): Number of Year 10 students vaping doubles, but it’s not all bad news

Christina Persico (Stuff): Programme combating obesity earns Woman of Influence nomination

Anna Bracewell-Worrall (Newshub): Young people waiting months for mental health appointments

Caroline Williams (Stuff): Woman ‘devastated’ after crisis line tells her to call back next day

Chloe Blommerde (Stuff): Over 40’s more likely to access telephone helpline

RNZ: Coroner recommends police fully record information on suicidal people

Libby Wilson (Stuff): National Oracle Solution works for us: Waikato DHB

Building safety

Collette Devlin (Dominion Post): 112 buildings in Wellington clad in aluminium panelling linked to Grenfell tower disaster

Phil Pennington (RNZ): Nearly 50 buildings with Grenfell-like cladding identified

Herald: Te Papa museum has panels similar to Grenfell Tower


Benedict Collins (1News): Some KiwiBuild apartments redesigned after being too small for banks to lend on

RNZ: Twyford ‘regrets’ Chinese NZers felt unfairly targeted by 2015 survey

RNZ: ’I didn’t want to go out wearing my mayoral robes’

Zane Small (Newshub): ’It’s a hell of an existence’: Phil Goff’s night with Auckland’s homeless

Rowan Quinn (RNZ): Hundreds help to count homeless in Auckland

Māori TV: Volunteers survey rough sleepers in Auckland

Jessica Tyson (RNZ): New research about homeless programme at Te Puea Marae

Chris Harrowell (Manukau Courier): Auckland Housing NZ tenant says her cold home is making her daughter sick


John Gerritsen (RNZ): Ambassador wants better deal for Filipino students

Melissa Nightingale (Herald): Chris Hipkins announces takeover of Whitireia and WelTec

Jessica Long (Stuff): Education Minister Chris Hipkins moves to appoint commissioner to two Wellington-based polytechnics

Ruby McAndrew (Stuff): Focus on mental health education in schools after ‘concerning’ health survey

Regan Paranihi (Māori TV): Charter schools to become state integrated

Mike Mather (Stuff): The paedophile at Pukete Neighbourhood House: Fears raised 10 years ago

David Farrar: Massey lying over cancellation of Brash speech

Judy McGregor (Spinoff): The struggle for gender equality in tertiary education is a glass half-full story

Listener: Jennifer Curtin: feminist political scientist mixing rugby with politics

Police and Justice

Jared Savage (Herald): Wally Haumaha inquiry: QC to share evidence with IPCA investigation into alleged bullying

Te Aniwa Hurihanganui (RNZ): Police reject claims of bias in pursuits

Paul Little (North & South): The case for closing prisons

Primary and extractive industries

Bernard HIckey (Newsroom): Is it time to carve up Fonterra and sell it?

Taranaki Daily News: Government urged to hold hearings on oil and gas changes in Taranaki

RNZ: Some fish stocks re-certified as sustainably caught

Treaty settlements

Teuila Fuatai (Newsroom): Top Court opens door to tikanga principles

Rebecca Howard and Michael Neilson (BusinessDesk/Herald): Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Trust wins right to appeal Auckland land claims

Māori Cultural and Intellectual Property Rights Conference

Talisa Kupenga (Māori TV): Business leader calls for action to protect Māori culture in commerce

Kelvin McDonald (Māori TV): Jackson calls for ‘fundamental mind-shift’ on Treaty consultation


RNZ: Hawke’s Bay Airport goes morning without air traffic controller

Emma Hatton (RNZ): Wellington passengers left behind due to small buses

Local government

Whanganui Chronicle: Iwi ‘sidelined’ in sale of Whanganui District Council forestry land

Katie Fitzgerald (Newshub): Un-microchipped cat cull needs to wait – SPCA

Imogen Neale (Stuff): Council member’s email war against police Eagle helicopter

RNZ: Rising gang numbers in Gore part of a ‘planned effort by the Mongrel Mob’


Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Record profit turns around fears of decline for banks

ODT Editorial: The goal of affordable electricity

1News: Should New Zealand increase its refugee quota? A decision is ‘imminent’ says Ardern

RNZ: Pokie machines not the way to fund community groups – councillor

Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Cyber security agency Cert NZ touts its successes

Michael Hayward (Stuff): Research finds cash settlements better for economic recovery following Christchurch earthquakes

Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Beneficiaries get less in the hand as payment scheme ends

Lucy Bennett (Herald): SIS launches recruitment campaign for spies

Joanne Carroll (Stuff): Police staff could enter Pike River mine if re-entry is approved

RNZ: KiwiSaver users face ‘major barrier’ getting ethical investment advice

RNZ: Fewer than half of all Kiwis are making wills – research

Megan Sutherland (Newshub): Antarctica New Zealand chief executive Peter Beggs employment yet to be terminated

Tim Brown (RNZ): Worksafe ‘satisfied’ Aurora management responsible

Matthew Theunissen (RNZ): Mainzeal directors should have known it couldn’t recoup loans, court told

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