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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PM in New York

Tracy Watkins (Stuff): Back to Earth with a bump for Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern

Claire Trevett (Herald): Baby Neve to PM’s rescue in New York as bad news arrives from home

ODT Editorial: PM’s appeal must become action

Bryce Edwards (Herald): Political Roundup: Ardern’s stardust and substance on display in New York

Newshub: Jacinda Ardern sits down with Christiane Amanpour on CNN

Tracy Watkisn (Stuff): US President Donald Trump’s greeting to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern

Chris Bramwell (RNZ): PM has brief talk on tariffs with Trump at UN

Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): Ardern calls for UN to improve conflict prevention

Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): Ardern announces $300m for climate aid work

AP: ’He led the struggle’ – Jacinda Ardern pays tribute to Nelson Mandela at UN speech

Jessica Tyson (Māori TV): PM honours Mandela on centenary of his birth

Scott Palmer (Newshub): What Simon Bridges, Marama Davidson, David Seymour would say to Donald Trump

Scott Palmer (Newshub): Paddy Gower, Mark Richardson clash over Jacinda Ardern’s ‘kool-aid’

1News: You can be strong, you can be kind’ – Jacinda Ardern talks leadership, President Trump on US television

Jo McKenzie-McLean (Stuff): Jacinda Ardern searches for Kiwi women in crowd after Today show appearance

Eleanor Ainge Roy (Guardian): Jacinda Ardern makes history with baby Neve at UN general assembly

Chris Bramwell (RNZ): PM’s daughter makes global headlines with UN appearance

1News: ’UNderage’ – world’s media spellbound by Jacinda Ardern’s history-making appearance at UN with baby Neve

Tracy Watkins (Stuff): ’The world needs this’: The world reacts to Jacinda Ardern baby pic

Herald: Baby Neve watches mum Jacinda Ardern speak at the UN

1News: Pictures: Baby Neve takes pride of place alongside Jacinda Ardern and Clarke Gayford at United Nations

AAP: PM has baby Neve sit in on UN meeting, Clarke Gayford shares story of awkward encounter with Japanese delegation

Emma Hurley (Newshub): Baby Neve watches Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s first speech at United Nations

Tracy Watkins (Stuff): Jacinda Ardern’s baby watches historic UN session from mum’s lap

Aziz Al-Sa’afin (Newshub): New Zealand First’s baby or New Zealand First baby?

Stuff: A UN ID for baby Neve, by public demand

Tim Lambourne (Spinoff): Special briefing for Jacinda Ardern re Stephen Colbert on The Late Show

War on Drugs

Peter Dunne (Spinoff): I am stunned by National’s somersault in backing Trump’s ‘war on drugs’

Russell Brown (RNZ): PM’s position on ‘drug war’ balanced and realistic

Scott Palmer (Newshub): Simon Bridges backs Donald Trump’s new War on Drugs

Chlöe Swarbrick (Stuff): It’s time we walked the talk on treating drugs as a health issue

Russell Brown (RNZ): Drugs and the road forward

Linday Laird (Northern Advocate): Northland retains its reputation as cannabis capital of New Zealand

Ben Bootsma (Southland Times): Meth use cause for concern for Invercargill Oranga Tamariki staff

Derek Handley CTO appointment controversy

Audrey Young (Herald): Jacinda Ardern is making a habit of creating the wrong impression

Herald Editorial: Despite apology, Handley, Ardern, Curran saga leaves bad taste

Lucy Bennett (Herald): Robertson forced to correct answer in Parliament over Handley emails

Jane Patterson (RNZ): PM accused of misleading parliament over Handley texts

1News: Peters says Bridges ‘probably only gets one call a month’ as he defends PM over Derek Handley saga

Henry Cooke (Stuff): Minister Megan Woods apologises to Derek Handley on behalf of Government

Lucy Bennett (Herald): Minister Megan Woods apologises to Derek Handley over recruitment process for CTO role

Lucy Bennett (Herald): Megan Woods clarifies – no confidentiality agreement with Handley

Lucy Bennett (Herald): Megan Woods says confidentiality agreement in place on Handley settlement

Duncan Greive (Spinoff): Derek Handley and the CTO saga that refuses to die

David Farrar: Derek Handley releases comms with Ministers

Audrey Young (Herald): National leader Simon Bridges says Derek Handley has been treated shabbily by the Government

John Anthony and Henry Cooke (Stuff): PM denies misleading Parliament about correspondence with Derek Handley

Herald: PM Jacinda Ardern insists she did not mislead Parliament over Derek Handley contact

John Anthony (Stuff): PM says government owes Derek Handley apology over chief technology officer saga

Zane Small (Newshub): Revealed: Derek Handley details ‘disappointing’ CTO recruitment process

Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Jilted CTO candidate Derek Handley disappointed by lack of explanation from Government

RNZ: Derek Handley releases correspondence with Jacinda Ardern and Clare Curran

Tim Murphy (Newsroom): “It feels like Star Trek”

Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Media outrage over Jacinda-Handley emails is petty

Meka Whaitiri

Lucy Bennett (Herald): National Party says Whaitiri left bruises on staff member

Andrea Vance (Stuff): ’Bruising’ allegations levelled at Labour’s Meka Whaitiri

Sophie Bateman (Newshub): Amy Adams insinuates Meka Whaitiri left staffer ‘with bruising’

Gia Garrick (RNZ): Govt’s handling of Whaitiri incident questioned in urgent debate

Andrea Vance (Stuff): Māori caucus back Meka Whaitiri despite not seeing investigation report

Lucy Bennett (Herald): Meka Whaitiri keeps support of Māori caucus as she returns to Parliament after sacking

Andrea Vance (Stuff): Meka Whatiri determined to win back Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s confidence

Talisa Kupenga (Māori TV): Whaitiri “absolutely gutted” she was fired

Anna Bracewell-Worrall (Newshub): ’Absolutely gutted’ – Meka Whaitiri speaks for the first time since she was fired

1News: Meka Whaitiri says she accepts PM’s call to sack her as she faces media barrage on return


1News: Hopes Oranga Tamariki pay boost will attract more men to social work profession

RNZ: Pay equity deal for Oranga Tamariki social workers

Newshub: Pay equity: Oranga Tamariki social workers offered 30 percent pay rise

Laura Walters (Newsroom): Pay equity deal for 1300 social workers

Hannah Ross (Stuff): DHB admin workers paid up to 45pc less for being women, union says

RNZ: Nine to Noon: Builders’ suicide highest number in NZ

Chris Hutching (Stuff): Construction industry’s ‘toxic’ masculine culture blamed for high suicide rate

RNZ: 8000 Ni-Vanuatuans working in Australia and New Zealand

David Farrar: Union vs union

Peter Cullen (Stuff):Is your employer spying on you?

1News: Waikato bus drivers to strike again tomorrow as talks try to break stalemate

Oil and gas exploration

Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): Symbolic backdown undermines Government’s untidy oil move

Jason Walls (Herald): ’Use it or lose it’ oil exploration rules put on ice

Jenée Tibshraeny (Interest): Megan Woods: Financial impact of oil/gas ban ‘impossible to know’

1News: Watch as feisty Winston Peters denies NZ First ‘swallowed dead rat’ over new oil and gas exploration ban

Hamish Rutherford (Stuff) Government set to give oil industry breathing space over permits, potentially boosting exploration

Scott Palmer (Newshub): Government has ‘no plan’ for oil and gas changeover – Mayor Neil Holdom

Jason Walls (Herald): National Party Leader Simon Bridges labels oil and gas exploration ban an economic ‘wrecking ball’

No Right Turn: Climate change: Two-faced

Meth Report

Danyl Mclauchlan (Spinoff): The dumbfounding nastiness of Simon Bridges’ ‘meth crooks’ remarks

Gordon Campbell: On National’s ‘meth crooks’ failure of leadership

1News: Simon Bridges and Judith Collins were ‘defamatory’ with ‘meth crooks’ claim, says Winston Peters


Richard Harman (Politik): MMP rules; the final nail in the first past the post coffin

Thomas Coughlan (Newsroom): Mallard moves to curtail urgency

No Right Turn: Abolishing urgency?

Phil Smith and Daniela Maoate-Cox (RNZ): The House: Parliament’s to do list: equal pay for women and no extra pay for MPs

Phil Smith (RNZ): The House: Parliament’s trinity: the omnibus bill trick

Jane Bowron (Stuff): Lighten up, Nats, and stop barking at every passing car

Bll English knighted

Tom Hunt (Dominion Post): Arise Sir Bill: Former Prime Minister Bill English is officially knighted at Government House

Herald: Arise Sir Bill English – former PM knighted at Government House

1News: Former Prime Minister Sir Bill English officially knighted by the Governor General


Hamish McNeilly (Stuff): Scarfie flatties accept bong-taking proctor’s apology

Elena McPhee and Chris Morris (ODT): ’I was wrong’ – Proctor

Tim Brown (RNZ): Uni proctor regrets confiscating bongs: ‘I’ve made an error here’

Megan Sutherland (Newshub): Otago University proctor Dave Scott admits ‘error’, denies seizing bongs from other flats

1News: ’I have made a mistake’ says Otago University proctor who removed cannabis bongs from student flat

Andrew Geddis (Spinoff): Hey, proctor, leave our bongs alone: How Otago’s ‘campus cop’ is breaking the law

Edward Willis: Otago University, the Proctor, and the constitution

RNZ: Otago bong confiscation: Proctor’s behaviour unlawful

Hamish McNeilly (Stuff): Private prosecution pending against University of Otago’s bong-taking proctor

Megan Sutherland (Newshub): Calls for University of Otago proctor Dave Scott to resign over confiscated bongs

Herald: Otago students say proctor taking bongs from flat is ‘abuse of power’

Joel MacManus (Critic): Proctor Let Himself into Flat, Took Bongs in 2016, Students Say

Joel MacManus (Critic): Second Flat Claims Proctor Entered Home Without Permission, Took Bongs

RNZ Checkpoint: Student told she couldn’t return to hostel after she tried to kill herself

Newshub: Victoria University asked student to leave hall after suicide attempt

George Heagney (Stuff): Massey top brass backs under-fire vice-chancellor in row over free speech; Brash ‘astonished’

Judy McGregor (Herald): Women still struggle to make top of academia

Aaron Leaman (Stuff): Hamilton Junior High School ditches donations request

Vaimoana Tapaleao (Herald): Ministry of Education moves in on West Auckland school after entire board resigns

Aaron Hendry (Noted): What the principal missed: How truancy is the symptom of a toxic environment

Kate Hawkesby (Newstalk ZB): Fraser High students who staged walkout are losers

Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): To the entitled little snots who walked out of Fraser High School

Health and disability

Katie Doyle (RNZ): Children’s prescriptions for antidepressant up 50 percent – research

Herald: Surge in Kiwi teens taking antidepressants, study shows

Alice Guy (Rotorua Daily Post): DHB investigating after woman forced to give birth to stillborn child alone at Rotorua Hospital

Imran Ali (Northern Advocate): Northlander blames health system for late diagnosis of bowel cancer

Annette Lambly (Stuff): Northland patients wait too long for bowel cancer test

Carla Penman (Herald): ’I used to go home looking like Father Christmas’ – Asbestos-related cancer sufferer

Tim Miller (ODT): Service failures led to sight loss

Catherine Groenestein (Stuff): Fonterra screens workers after staff member is diagnosed with tuberculosis

1News: ’There are more options’ – medical specialist advises against cold turkey method for those trying to quit smoking

Phil Pennington (RNZ): Taranaki hospital buildings may be quake-prone

Stephanie Mitchell (Taranaki Daily News): Parts of Taranaki Base Hospital identified as earthquake prone

1News: Kiwi volunteer medics give 14 youngsters lifesaving heart surgery in Fiji

Sam Kilmister (Stuff): Countdown Marton praised for its efforts to educate community about autism

Media, broadcasting

Colin Peacock (RNZ): Media mega-merger reaches the end of the road

Alex Braae (Spinoff): StuffMe is dead. Does StuffMediaworks make any sense?

Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Media consolidation still ‘essential’ says Stuff boss

Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Stuff, NZME lose at Court of Appeal over merger

Herald: Court of Appeal rejects NZME and Stuff merger challenge

RNZ: Court of Appeal rejects NZME-Stuff merger

AAP: Court of Appeal blocks media merger proposal between NZME and Fairfax

Te Aniwa Hurihanganui (RNZ): Māori TV head of news resigns after restructure plans

Leith Huffadine (Stuff): Māori TV restructure: Union warns of job losses

RNZ: Māori TV cuts jobs, halts plans for second studio

Sophie Bateman (Newshub): Redundancies coming at Māori Television

Māori TV: Strategic refresh for Māori Television

Mark Jennings (Newsroom): Sky TV taking pirate sites to court

Chris Keall (Herald): 300k Kiwis illegally watch sport streams

Sam Kilmister (Manawatū Standard): Footrot Flats cartoonist Murray Ball to be honoured at hometown’s Rural Day

Robbie Nicol (Spinoff): White Man Behind A Desk quits comedy, pivots to political commentary


Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Capital gains tax would increase house prices, economic modelling suggests

Muriel Newman: Capital Gains Tax Edges Closer

Frank Newman: Capital gains tax heading your way

Mark Lister (Herald): Tax Working Group eyes a slice of the PIE


David Hargreaves (Interest): The housing market over the next few months will decide a lot of things, including who wins the next election

Herald: Rent in regions hits record high as summer rush pushes up prices

Colin Williscroft (Stuff): Asbestos remediation cost spells the end for Christchurch housing units

Russell McVeagh, legal profession

Sacha Judd (Spinoff): I became a partner at 32. By 40 I left the law behind forever

Ruby MacAndrew (Stuff): Much-maligned Law Society president leading taskforce into law culture change

Katie Scotcher (RNZ): Whistleblower unsurprised by fresh scandal at law firm

Jessie Chiang (RNZ): Disappointment over fresh scandal at Russell McVeagh

Needles found in supermarket strawberries

Jason Walls (Herald): Minister of Agriculture Damien O’Connor: Supermarkets should consider installing metal detectors

Scott Palmer (Newshub): MPI reveals 3 needles were discovered in strawberries

RNZ: Multiple strawberries found to have needles in NZ punnet

1News: MPI concerned strawberry risk could be blown out of proportion amid needle contamination

1News: Strawberry needle epidemic ‘an Australian problem’, says Kiwi grower

Primary industries

Eric Frykberg (RNZ): Growers get 20,000 plants back after MPI testing clears any risk

Heather Chalmers (Stuff): Dairy farmers tackle nitrogen loss

1News: Forestry worker dies after tree falls on him in the Manawatu

Herald: Logging company fined $100K after worker seriously injured

Herald: One tenth of NZ beef exports end up on McDonald’s world menu

Jacqueline Rowarth (Herald): Will consumers pay up for glyphosate-free production?

Andrea Fox (Herald): Fonterra director election system diluting farmer influence: candidate

Gerard Hutching (Stuff): A2 boss riles shareholders while others cash in

Environment and conservation

Kate Gudsell (RNZ): NZTA contractors caught dumping rubble in Whangārei stream

Leah Te Whata (Māori TV): NZTA admits contractors dumped rubble in Whangārei stream

Farah Hancock (Newsroom): Could mosquito technology help Predator Free 2050?

Amber-Leigh Woolf (Stuff): Litter by Little: Eugenie Sage says cleaning up trash is ‘the way we do it around here’

Pam Jones (ODT): Hunter fined for shooting protected ducks

Rachel MacGregor and Colin Craig defamation trial

Tom Furley (RNZ): Colin Craig: ‘There was a very, very deep and close friendship between us’

Sam Hurley (Herald): High Court judge rules Colin Craig can use truth defence in defamation case with Rachel MacGregor

Tommy Livingston (Stuff): Colin Craig given leeway after leaving out his ‘main’ defence against defamation

Tom Furley (RNZ): Colin Craig forgets to include main defence in his case

Transport, motoring, speed cameras

Herald: Automobile Association slams latest fuel hike as unfair and unjustified

Chelsea Boyle (Herald): Pain at the pump: 91 creeps over $2.40

Luke Appleby (1News): Police ‘disappointed’ as stats show staff are getting snapped by speed cameras at twice the rate of last year

Mānia Clarke (Māori TV): Northland motorists riling over speed camera

Collette Devlin (Dominion Post): Auditor-General raises concerns about Wellington bus service

RNZ: Wellington Council on notice over troubled bus network

Daphne Lawless (Fightback): Is Auckland’s public transport becoming more or less accessible?

ODT Editorial: Time nearly up for cycleway success

Jo Lines-Mackenzie (Stuff): Refugees gaining independence through drivers licence


Dominion Post Editorial: Our ponzi scheme of false promises and real pain

Kate Nicol-Williams (1News): Calls for foreigners to be able to legally operate in New Zealand’s sex work industry

Inequality and poverty

David Cormack (Herald): GDP hides the real truth in our economy

Rebekah Graham (CPAG): Fill a hungry belly or meet nutritional guides? The impossible choices facing low-income families

Jess Berentson-Shaw (Briefing Papers): New narratives for discussing child poverty in New Zealand

America’s Cup

RNZ: Smooth sailing for America’s Cup resource consents

Herald: Environment Court grants America’s Cup consents

Nick Truebridge (Stuff): Environment Court approves changes to Auckland waterfront for America’s Cup 2021

Local government

Collette Devlin (Dominion Post): Councillor scrutinises Wellington City deal with Housing New Zealand

Tracy Neal (RNZ): Golden Bay considers ceding from Tasman District Council

Tess Brunton (RNZ): Plans to increase Stewart Island visitor levy slammed as ‘ridiculous’

Cleo Fraser (Newshub): Maori wardens to ride Rotorua buses after driver attacked

Oceania exhibition

Matthew Hooton (Herald): Oceania brings Piccadilly to a halt

Emine Saner (Guardian): Oceans Apart: Art and the Pacific with James Fox review – an engaging exploration of Māori culture

Gender equality

James Borrowdale (Vice): We Ran the Numbers on New Zealand’s Gender Inequality to Ask Are We There Yet?

Ben Stanley (Vice): Still a Long Way To Go Before There’s Gender Equality in New Zealand Sport


Tess Brunton (RNZ): Fears tripling visitor levy could damage island’s tourism

Dave Goosselink (Newshub): Stewart Island locals surprised by plan to triple tourist levy

Sharon Reece (ODT): Stewart Island residents concerned by proposed visitor levy increase

Debbie Jamieson (Stuff): Airbnb calls for tourist bed tax, rejects council regulation


David Fisher (Herald):Inside the NZSAS: How our elite soldiers train for missions

David Williams (Newsroom): Time for a bridge between Crown and Māori

John Anthony (Stuff): Rising fuel prices are not the only thing making life in New Zealand more expensive

David Chaston (Interest): Bank terms and conditions are where it is most obvious that your deal with them is not an equal balanced arrangement

Patrick Gower (Newshub): Exclusive: Did a conveyor belt cause the deadly Pike River blast?

Zane Small (Newshub): ’It’s tough’: Richie Barnett on his role mentoring deported Kiwis

1News: Infighting puts Māori Women’s Welfare league at risk amid annual conference

Joshua Hitchcock (Spinoff): Recognising Māori intellectual property is essential for international trade

Victoria University of Wellington (Newsroom): A deep dive on what we mean by wellbeing

Liz McDonald (Press): Court warns expert witnesses after refugees’ failed lawsuit

No Right Turn: Open Government: Business as usual

Bryan Gould (Daily Blog): Positive Money Petition

Jessica Tyson (Māori TV): Special discount for rangatahi at World Indigenous Business Forum

RNZ: Flight of the Conchords appear on The Late Show

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