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

Charlotte Graham-McLay (New York Times): Jacinda Ardern’s Progressive Politics Made Her a Global Sensation. But Do They Work at Home?

Tracy Watkins (Stuff): Jacinda Ardern, Canada and Chile leaders talk trade at UN

Chris Bramwell (RNZ): Ardern discusses trade with Canadian and Chilean leaders

Claire Trevett (Herald): Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern prepares for her New York minute

Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): Gayford provides laughs, PM preps for serious test

Philip Matthew (Press): Editorial: Taking the high road over the drug war

Hayden Donnell (Spinoff): Jacinda Ardern goes overseas, promptly emits beam of hope in our dark world

Stuff: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern discusses parental leave, pay equity with Anne Hathaway

Herald: The PM Diaries: Jacinda Ardern meets with Hollywood star Anne Hathaway

Newshub: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern meets with Anne Hathaway at UN summit

Zane Small (Newshub): New Zealand’s appeal boosted by Jacinda Ardern – Tourism NZ CEO

Anna Bracewell-Worrall and Tova O’Brien (Newshub): Jacinda Ardern explains why she didn’t laugh at Donald Trump’s speech

Tracy Watkins (Stuff): Ardern says she didn’t join the laughter on Trump UN speech

1News: Ardern says she didn’t laugh with other world leaders during Trump’s UN speech

Claire Trevett (Herald): PM Jacinda Ardern’s poker face as UN leaders laugh at Trump

Tracy Watkins (Stuff): The world laughed at Donald Trump – we won’t be laughing

Tracy Watkins (Stuff): While Donald Trump and Jacinda Ardern shake hands, Melania has a kind word for Clarke Gayford

Newstalk ZB: Simon Bridges: Trump deserves the world’s respect, not laughter

Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): There are times you have to bite your tongue

Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): Ardern unworried by Iran sanctions threat

1News: Government moves to support Kiwi businesses trading with Iran as its relationship with US worsens

Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): Trump takes on globalism in muted UN speech

1News: Jacinda Ardern defends New Zealand against sexism claims during CNN interview

Stuff: Ardern tells CNN of her delight at seeing Neve on floor of UN General Assembly

1News: Neve’s UN attendance a ‘humbling reminder’ world leaders must act for future generations – Fiji PM

Michelle Ruiz (Vogue): New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern—And Her Baby, Neve—Made History at the United Nations

Katie Fitzgerald (Newshub):Flight of the Conchords school Stephen Colbert on New Zealand ahead of Jacinda Ardern interview

Nick Perry (AP): Admired abroad, New Zealand leader faces hurdles at home

The Indian Express: ’The world needs this’: New Zealand PM takes 3-month-old baby to UNGA session, netizens cheer

Meka Whaitiri

Audrey Young (Herald): The minister & the staffer: Leaked report into Meka Whaitiri incident

Audrey Young (Herald): Hard to see MP return as a minister

Talisa Kupenga (Māori TV): Whaitiri’s co-chair position could be reviewed at release of incident report

Tim Murphy (Newsroom): Māori caucus tells National to back off

Jo Moir (RNZ): Māori caucus back Meka Whaitiri: ‘We support her’

Derek Handley CTO controversy

Richard Harman (Politik): Michelle Boag involved in Handley affair

Jane Patterson (RNZ): Handley saga: Blast waves of political bomb shake confidence

Point of Order: Fallout from the CTO fiasco spreads from Clare Curran to – oh, look! – the PM

Newshub: Government is ‘making New Zealand great again’ – Winston Peters

1News:’Making New Zealand great again’ – Winston Peters channels Trump during exchange with Simon Bridges

Parliament, NZ politics

Jason Walls (Herald): The ‘Waka jumping bill’ would hamper NZ’s electoral freedom, international experts say

Henry Cooke (Stuff): National would repeal waka jumping law, but won’t commit to not using it

Gia Garrick (RNZ): Public servants labelled ‘buffoons’ over Waka Jumping Bill

Gordon Campbell: On the party of no ideas

Glen McConnell (Stuff): This week has proven one thing: ‘Sorry’ really is the hardest word

Michael Reddell: Shame on our MPs

Herald: ’F***ty boo’: Peeni Henare’s speech in Parliament gets hilariously lost in translation

Mitchell Alexander and Finn Hogan (Newshub): Ticked Off: Petitions (video)

Elena McPhee (ODT): Study compares gay men’s voting trends

Lucy Bennett (Herald): Victorian Senator Derryn Hinch on politics, Hanson, deportations and manners

Media, broadcasting

Bernard Hickey (Newsroom): Employ journalists rather than lawyers

Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Court of Appeal explains decision to decline media merger

Paul McBeth (BusinessDesk): Media merger: public benefit not limited to economic considerations – Appeal Court

RNZ: Stuff-NZME merger would lead to ‘substantial reduction’ of journalists, court says

Herald: NZME appoints Katie Mills as chief marketing officer

Ryan Dunlop (Herald): New Zealand Herald cartoonist Rod Emmerson receives award at conference he says ‘beats a knighthood’


Isobel Ewing (Newshub): Exclusive: Major law change good news for state housing tenants

Anneke Smith (RNZ): Baby living in ‘swamp house’ still in intensive care

Anusha Bradley (RNZ): Napier rental squeeze leaves families in ‘absolute desperation’

Zoe Madden-Smith (Vice): The Ever-Rising Price of Renting in New Zealand Hits New Heights

Ben Leahy (Herald): Want your first home? You’ll need to spend $700 a week on your mortgage, report says

Health and disability

Gill Bonnett (RNZ): Auckland hospitals write off $53m in treatment costs for overseas patients

RNZ: Waikato DHB nearly $2 million deeper into deficit

Teuila Fuatai (Newsroom): How far is too far to trust your doctor?

Kate Hawkesby (Newstalk ZB): The 24/7 helpline, the sleeping clinician – and the proof this happened

1News: More than 200 people report adverse reactions to recently-funded antidepressant

Henry Cooke (Stuff): Chlöe Swarbrick takes on Green Party’s mental health portfolio

Tina Law (Press): Akaroa homeowners might be levied for village’s new health centre

Chelsea Boyle (Herald): $50,000 gifted to charities close to Kiwi mum Abby Hartley’s heart

Stuff: Abby Hartley’s Hamilton family donate to charity after her death in Bali

Bayley Moor (Stuff): GP to face off with David Seymour in euthanasia debate


Newshub: Govt ‘doing the best we can’ to boost teachers’ pay – Peters

John Gerritsen (RNZ): Strikes possible after primary teachers turn down pay offer

Katarina Williams (Stuff): Primary teachers and principals ‘resounding’ rejection of new pay deals

Laura Walters (Newsroom): Teachers overwhelmingly reject pay offer

1News: Primary teachers reject latest pay offer from Ministry of Education, may strike next term

Herald: Primary teachers and principals reject Government’s latest settlement offer

Emma Hurley (Newshub): Primary teachers and principals reject latest pay offers

Dylan Cleaver (Herald): Midweek Fixture: Schoolboy rugby has become a plaything of the elite

Aaron Leaman (Stuff): Greens aside, little appetite among parties to make NZ Wars compulsory learning

Herald: Mother tries to send anti-bullying message to Whangaparāoa College

Simon Collins (Herald): New Zealand universities drop out of world’s top 200

Elena McPhee (ODT): Proctor will not be disciplined

Chris Morris (ODT): ’Unlawful’ proctor ‘not a bad dude’

ODT Editorial: Outrage at proctor may backfire

Casey Callahan (Newshub): Why Otago University’s proctor should not resign

Elena McPhee (ODT): Otago prof calls for more Maori lecturers

Emma Hatton (RNZ): Victoria University: Suicidal student wasn’t evicted, but told to leave

RNZ: The removal of a mentally unwell student may cause further distress – advocate

Jessica Long (Stuff): Victoria University of Wellington shows off possible new University of Wellington crest

Transport, motoring, aviation

Lucy Warhurst (Newshub): The heartbreaking knock-on effect of the petrol price hike

Zane Small (Newshub): New Zealand petrol prices could get even higher – Bernard Hickey

Bernard Orsman (Herald): Social agency says petrol taxes are taking food off the table for the poor

Grant Bradley (Herald): Air New Zealand: First the apology, now fare increases

Zane Small (Newshub): Bevan Woodward wants 30km/h speed limits on residential Auckland roads

RNZ: 30km/h speed limit eyed for all Auckland CBD roads

1News: Auckland Transport proposes 30km/h zone for city centre

Newshub: Auckland councillor hits out at CBD’s 30km/h speed limit proposal

Herald: ’Absolutely ridiculous’: Public respond to Auckland CBD 30km/h speed limit

Katie FItzgerald: Auckland Transport parking app error leaves customers out of pocket

Emma Hurley (Newshub): Wellington bus drivers threaten to walk off the job ‘indefinitely’

Damian George (Dominion Post): Wellington bus drivers vote to strike if contract dispute is not settled

RNZ: Wellington bus drivers vote to strike next month

Katie Kenny (Stuff): Government agencies turn to Google, Spark data to try and solve Auckland’s traffic woes

Chris Hutching (Stuff): Air NZ chief confirms fare rises, outlines how the company is fixing flight disruptions

1News: Rising jet fuel prices could lower Air New Zealand’s profit

RNZ: ’Headwinds’ of rising fuel costs put pressure on Air NZ’s ticket prices

Tracy Neal (RNZ): Probe into two accidents involving NZ-made aircraft

Tracy Neal (RNZ): Drone testing plans in Central Otago worries local flyers


Jo Moir (RNZ): Peters denies claims he called Wally Haumaha during inquiry

Anna Bracewell-Worrall (Newshub): ’Swatting off this midge’: Winston Peters denies making phone call to Wally Haumaha

Jared Savage (Herald): ’Things would be okay’ – National claim Winston Peters called Wally Haumaha about inquiry

Andrea Vance (Stuff): New Wally Haumaha claims levelled at Winston Peters

Laura Walters (Newsroom):Police focus 500 officers on gangs

Newshub: Police raids crack down on Te Kuiti gang activity

Phillipa Yalden (Stuff): Four arrests after recent upsurge in gang activity in King Country town of Te Kuiti

Herald: Guns, cannabis and ammunition found in raid on gang houses in Te Kuiti

Jessica Tyson (Māori TV): Police who died in 1918 influenza epidemic honoured

Environment and conservation

Lois Williams (RNZ): DOC investigating claims power station is blocking reserve access

Eloise Gibson (Newsroom): Watery limbo for flood-prone bay

Taroi Black (Māori TV): Kauri dieback in Waitākere continues to spread

Jason Walls (Herald): A petition to stop the cull of 17,500 Tahr has surpassed 20,000 signatures

Greg Presland (The Standard): National is now barking at Tahrs

Lee Kenny (Stuff): South Island Countdown stores to be free of single-use plastic bags

Oil and gas exploration

Liam Hehir (Spinoff): Is feel-good symbolism really worth the cost of this oil and gas ban?

Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): Oil ban will cause economic engine to seize

No Right Turn: A breach of faith

No Right Turn: This is where the Greens should put their foot down

Arun Chaudhari (Stuff): An invitation to the Government to talk with region hit by oil and gas exploration changes

Primary industries

Michael Morrah (Newshub): ’The fish are not turning up’: The serious problem with NZ’s biggest fishery

Sam Sherwood (Stuff): Fishing industry announces 22 per cent reduction in hoki quota

Katie Scotcher (RNZ): Checkpoint: NZ strawberry grower forks out $20,000 for security measures

Newshub: Apple, stonefruit growers ‘vindicated’ by return of seized plants

RNZ: Farm pests costing $2.3 billion in lost productivity

Carol Stiles adn Maja Burry (RNZ): Wet winter could result in veggie shortages – grower

Gerard Hutching (Stuff): How Fonterra sold Beingmate to shareholders – and got it wrong

PIke River

Sam Sherwood (Stuff): Former cop: ‘Compelling’ evidence conveyor belt on before Pike explosion

Patrick Gower (Newshub): Ex-top cop John Canning backs ‘compelling’ new Pike River conveyor belt explosion theory

RNZ: Pike River: Police investigate use of conveyer belt

Scott Palmer and Patrick Gower (Newshub): Pike River families blast police investigation

Joanne Carroll (Stuff): Father of Pike River miner alleges police set off second explosion


Thomas Coughlan (Newsroom): When one word makes a big difference

Megan Sutherland (Newshub): Two former strippers lose complaint over Calendar Girls’ ‘unfair dismissal’

Treaty settlements

Lois Williams (RNZ): Vote looms for Ngāpuhi on settlement path

Rotorua Daily Post: Whakatōhea welcomes Waitangi Tribunal recommendation

Economy, business

BusinessDesk: NZ workers lose confidence in jobs market as pay outlook dims

Pattrick Smellie (Stuff): Reasons to be Gloomy

Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): Business confidence bounce suggests ‘the wheels are not falling off’

Herald: Business confidence bounces back after prolonged slump

RNZ: Business confidence rebounds in latest survey

Victoria University of Wellington (Newsroom): Breast milk’s billion-dollar GDP gap

BusinessDesk: NZ trade deficit hits record for August as fuel costs bite

Gyles Beckford (RNZ): Record monthly trade deficit for August


Michael O’Brien (Herald): Let’s not forget another September anniversary

Sarah Robson (RNZ): MSD staff’s use of fake names was unlawful, court rules

Stuff: Social welfare benefits committee banned from using fake names

Colin Craig, Rachel MacGregor defamation trial

Tom Furley (RNZ): Colin Craig: ‘I think it’s okay for people to talk about their feelings’

Sam Hurley (Herald): Two of Me: The examination of Colin Craig

Tommy Livingston (Stuff): Colin Craig’s letters, gifts and poems under the spotlight again at defamation trial

Repatriation of NZ sailors

Andrew McRae (RNZ): NZ sailors’ remains return from England

Melissa Davies (Newshub): Body of man who died serving overseas returns to New Zealand

Herald: Repatriated Kiwi sailors returned to families in Auckland from England

Justice, corrections

Edward Gay (RNZ): Prisoner faces sentence without end after third strike offence

Herald: Maximum three-strikes sentence given to violent prisoner who attacked fellow inmates

America’s Cup

Nikki Mandow (Newsroom): Larry Ellison yacht co gets more taxpayer funding

Bernard Orsman (Herald): Concerns about empty bases for America’s Cup in Auckland dismissed by Environment Court

Local government

Jono Galuszka (Manawatū Standard): Former MP, mayor Jono Naylor confirmed as Horizons Regional Council by-election winner

John Tamihere (Western Leader):Auckland’s homeless census and Western Initiative will achieve little – Tamihere


Nicholas Jones (Herald): Sallies would welcome adoption inquiry ‘to bring healing’

RNZ: Nine to Noon: Outgoing chief social worker Paul Nixon

RNZ: Twelve-year-old’s escapes from care ‘beggars belief’ – judge

Paul Browning (Stuff): Copyright Act needs update for 21st century

David Williams (Newsroom): Billionaire’s lodge plan beats bureaucratic snag

Alison Mau (Stuff): Why is buck stopping with Kathryn Beck on culture change at legal firms?

Laura Dooney (RNZ): International experts to review Te Papa’s collections named

Lincoln Tan (Herald): American mum and daughter fighting to return after being given 24 hours to leave NZ

Donal Curtin: We take the plunge…

Māori TV: MWWL moving forward at National Conference

John Boynton (RNZ): A mass exhumation of 53 tūpuna or ancestors is planned for an urupā or cemetery being washed away by the Wairoa River in Hawke’s Bay

Sam Hurley (Herald): Auckland finance firm, director, office worker deny laundering Chinese-Canadian mogul’s millions

BusinessDesk: Jenny Shipley and others ignored Mainzeal risk court hears

Madison Reidy (RNZ): Commercial property sales hit half-decade high

1News: Mackenzie District pleading for financial help to cope with influx of tourists

Tess Brunton (RNZ): Airbnb voices support for bed tax in Queenstown

Megan Sutherland (Newshub): Auckland SPCA’s plea for foster families to take on farm animals

Herald: Aucklanders urged to adopt chickens and goats

Vinnie Wylie (RNZ): Sport: Funding demands threaten Pacific Super Rugby bid

Hirini Kaa (Spinoff): When Christianity came to Aotearoa: 150 years of The Bible in te reo Māori

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