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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Tracey Watkins (Stuff):Jacinda Ardern wins fans as she appears on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert

Claire Trevett (Herald): PM Jacinda Ardern goes for last laugh on US talk show

RNZ: Checkpoint: Jacinda Ardern cracks jokes on Stephen Colbert’s show (video)

Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): Ardern charms, plugs tourism on Colbert appearance

Chris Bramwell (RNZ): Jacinda Ardern discusses Trump handshake strategy on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

Tracy Watkins (Stuff): Jacinda Ardern appears on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert 

1News: Watch: Jacinda Ardern skilfully dodges Stephen Colbert’s efforts to create ‘diplomatic incident’ over Trump’s UN speech

Emma Hurley (Newshub): Late Show’s Stephen Colbert grills Jacinda Ardern about whether she laughed at Trump

Daniel Rutledge (Newshub): Jacinda Ardern officially offers Stephen Colbert Hobbiton citizenship on the Late Show

Claire Trevett (Herald): PM Jacinda Ardern appears on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert in New York

Stuff: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern gives Flight of the Conchords ‘open invitation’ to dine

Tracy Watkins (Stuff): Jacinda Ardern ramps up NZ climate change pledge

Scott Palmer (Newshub): Jacinda Ardern attacks ‘extreme positions’ on climate change

1News: In CPTPP talk with Justin Trudeau, Jacinda Ardern points to downside of globalisation

Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): Ardern trumpets trade, but ‘social licence’ needed

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

Claire Trevett (Herald):United front on trade from PM Jacinda Ardern, Canada’s Justin Trudeau and Chile’s Sebastian Pinera

Zoe Madden-Smith (Vice): Jacinda Ardern At The UN, Featuring Baby Neve and Clarke: The Greatest Hits

Spinoff: Jacindamania goes global (video)

Derek Handley CTO controversy

Thomas Coughlan (Newsroom): Long read: Anatomy of a disaster

RNZ: Derek Handley says he holds no hard feelings towards Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern

Stuff: Derek Handley refuses to confirm or deny links to former National Party president Michelle Boag

Andrea Vance (Stuff): ’No bias’ in Derek Handley recruitment as chief technology officer, report concludes

Henry Cooke (Stuff): Derek Handley allegedly advised by former National Party president

Henry Cooke (Stuff): Derek Handley met with Labour Party president and spoke with PM’s chief of staff ahead of job offer

Lucy Bennett (Herald): Derek Handley files reveal PM Jacinda Ardern’s close interest in process

RNZ: Paula Bennett challenges transparency in Ardern-Handley saga

Lucy Bennett (Herald): Jacinda Ardern and staff involved in Derek Handley process, National claims

Anna Whyte (1News): Released: Read the emails and messages Clare Curran exchanged with Derek Handley

Anna Bracewell-Worrall (Newshub): Revealed: Govt releases emails, WhatsApp messages on Derek Handley

RNZ: Govt releases all communications relating to Derek Handley

Madeleine Chapman (Spinoff): Last night Derek Handley gave a talk called ‘Making bold moves for your career’

Meka Whaitiri

Audrey Young (Herald): Parliament is a bullying workplace, just like all the others says Green MP Jan Logie

Audrey Young (Herald): Govt ministers close ranks around sacked minister Meka Whaitiri after leaked report reveals evidence about bruising

1News: Watch: Winston Peters calls National MP a ‘twit’ before Speaker steps in during questions over Meka Whaitiri

Jane Patterson (RNZ): Another week, another leak: Whaitiri joins Bridges in the spotlight

1News: ’Hugely disappointed’ Jacinda Ardern announces investigation in Meka Whaitiri leak

Herald: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern reveals inquiry into Meka Whaitiri report leak

Stuff: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern confirms investigation into Meka Whaitiri leak

Newshub: Probe launched into leaked Meka Whaitiri report

RNZ: Jacinda Ardern announces investigation into how draft Meka Whaitiri report was leaked

Talisa Kupenga (Māori TV): PM announces investigation into leak of draft Whaitiri report

Regan Paranihi (Māori TV): Whaitiri draft report leaked

No Right Turn: Meka Whaitiri’s workplace bullying

David Farrar: Bruised by Minister because of missed photo op

Waka jumping bil passes

Anna Whyte (1News): As waka-jumping bill passes, what is it and why does it matter?

Craig McCulloch (RNZ): Waka-jumping bill passes into law after heated debate

Henry Cooke (Stuff): Waka jumping bill finally passes, with begrudging support of Green Party

David Farrar: Waka jumping amendments the Greens voted against


Herald Editorial: Govt’s greater transparency vow nowhere to be seen

Thomas Coughlan (Newsroom): No rules for ministers’ private emails

Jane Clifton (Listener): Winston Peters’ theatrics play a big role in the Government’s disunity

Matthew Hooton (Herald): Why Jacinda Ardern really is like Donald Trump

Laura Walters (Newsroom): Govt again caught on the back foot

Parliament, NZ politics

Max Rashbrooke (Herald): How to build governments which work

Jason Walls (Herald): Speaker of the House Trevor Mallard cracks down on ‘personal reflections’ in Parliament

Health and disability

Ruth Hill (RNZ): Campaigner unimpressed by family care system review move

Kirsty Johnston (Herald): ’Discriminatory’ disability law to be repealed, family care policy changed – Government

Kirsty Johnston (Herald): ‘We have been optimistic before and been let down’ – families hopeful but cautious over carer law change

Danielle Clent (Stuff): Government to change ‘discriminatory’ disability law and family care policy

Newshub: Govt set to repeal ‘discriminatory’ disability law, overhaul carer policy

No Right Turn: Repealing National’s constitutional outrage

Imran Ali (Northern Advocate):Overseas tourists’ unpaid medical bill in Northland tops $250,000

Horowhenua Chronicle: Grandmother caring full-time for sick child may lose house after debt piles up

Melanie Earley (Stuff): Man with sought-after blood type barred from donating due to sexuality

Laura Walters (Newsroom): Desperate Kiwis look overseas for organs

Emma Russell (Herald): Ground-breaking New Zealand research hopes to detect rheumatic fever earlier

Jennifer Eder (The Marlborough Express): The $10m primary healthcare kitty and where it goes

Newshub: Air ambulance services agree to merge

Newshub: Abby Hartley’s family donating leftover Givealittle money to charity

Hannah Martin (Stuff): Doctors slammed with ‘unsafe’ workloads as staff shortages strain Auckland hospitals

Jonathan Mitchell (RNZ): Anaesthetic technicians to strike at two DHBs

Media, broadcasting

Tim Murphy (Newsroom): Public dodges a bullet from StuffMe

Donal Curtin: As expected

Tim Murphy and Mark Jennings (Newsroom): MediaRoom: RNZ claims radio’s crown

Stuff: RNZ is reaching its largest ever audience, driven by Morning Report success

Justice, corrections

Matt Stewart (Stuff): New body for reviewing justice miscarriages will be based away from judicial sway of Auckland and Wellington

Jason Walls (Herald): Government moves on Criminal Cases Review Commission to address miscarriages of justice

Dan Satherley (Newshub): First homosexual convictions expunged

Andrea Vance (Stuff): Corrections: NZ First bill will increase prison beds

Rachael Kelly and Dave Nicoll (Stuff): Sensible Sentencing Trust against compassionate grounds release

Herald: Total bill and expenditure for Government’s Criminal Justice Summit revealed

Chelsea Boyle (Herald): Murderer Phillip Smith argues against rules imposed on prisoners after his escape

1News: All Blacks lead training session at maximum security prison in Buenos Aires

Police, crime

Andrea Vance (Stuff): Wally Haumaha phone call claims: Winston Peters says he doesn’t use landline

Newshub: New Zealand at lowest murder rate in 40 years – police

Herald: 518 people murdered in New Zealand in 11 years but rate is dropping

Natalie Akoorie (Herald): Residents remain on high alert after Te Kuiti gangsters bailed back home

Sam Sherwood (Stuff): Police Association: Revised pay offer ‘fair’ and ‘significant’

George Block (ODT): AOS callouts in Sthld twice those in Otago

Transport, motoring, road safety

Jason Walls (Herald): ACC Minister Iain Lees-Galloway not thrilled with the prospect of new petrol tax

Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Minister says ACC will have to make ‘very, very’ strong case to hike petrol levy

Zane Small (Newshub): ACC proposes higher levies for motorists in New Zealand

1News: Proposed new ACC levy could see motorists hit $14 extra per year in the pocket

RNZ: Motor vehicle levy could rise 12 percent

David Hargreaves (Interest): ACC’s hefty road user levy hikes

RNZ: Risk of collision at Wellington Station remains – report

Tom Hunt and Damian George (Stuff): Regional Council says it would do little differently if it could roll out Wellington’s new bus network again

Gia Garrick (RNZ): Troubled bus network: Process was correct, officials say

Emma Jolliff (Newshub): Regional Council promises Wellington buses will be punctual within 8 weeks

Rob Maetzig (Stuff): EV drivers are bludgers costing NZ roads $7m per year

Matt Shand (Stuff): Dangerous stretch of SH2 ticks up $30,000 of fines a month

RNZ: Checkpoint: Family feel let down by GDC after daughter’s death

CHris Morris (ODT): Twyford puts focus on regional and local roads

Christina Persico (STuff): Taranaki’s $40k road in the back of beyond


Jessie Chiang (RNZ): Call for reviews to stop for all state housing tenants

NIcholas Boyack (Stuff): Twyford acknowledges problems as KiwiBuild is overwhelmed by proposals

Robin Martin (RNZ): Tenants in Whanganui’s Pink Flats say they’re living in Third World conditions

Catherine Harris (Stuff): Banks get curious about funding prefabs and tiny houses


Chris Morris (ODT): Teacher referred to police

RNZ: Police receive complaint related to abuse at Chch school

Kyle MacDonald (Herald): What we’ve misunderstood about the kids of Fraser High

John Gerritsen (RNZ): Auckland university drops in a second global ranking list

Newshub: No sign of New Zealand universities in latest top 200 ranking

Elena McPhee (ODT): Students’ pleas for art history ignored

Joel MacManus (ODT): Don’t Fire the Proctor, Reform the Position

Hamish McNeilly (Stuff): Organiser of protest against bong-taking proctor faces political fight

Elena McPhee (ODT): Students want proctor’s power’s curtailed

Charlie O’Mannin (Critic): OUSA Demands Proctor and Campus Watch Be Stripped of All Disciplinary Powers For Off-Campus Actions

Primary industries, overseas investment

Michael Morrah (Newshub): Exclusive: NZ’s biggest hoki fishery is a ‘barren wasteland’ – insider

Jessica Tyson (Māori TV): Hoki fishing quota reduced

Shanti Ahluwalia (Newsroom): Animal welfare the Government’s ticking time bomb

RNZ: Hoki quota cut to cost millions – fishing industry

Andrea Fox (Herald): Fonterra financials fall well short of industry merger expectations: new report

Paul McBeth (BusinessDesk): NZ shares fall as A2 Milk extends decline

Scott Palmer (Newshub): Shane Jones puts China on notice over New Zealand logging

Chris Hutching (Stuff): Job-saving forestry deal given the go ahead

Jamie Gray (Herald): PEP’s Manuka Health sold to South East Asian trading company

Environment and conservation

RNZ: Cows killed by 1080 in drop area, DOC confirms

Megan Sutherland (Newshub): Department of Conservation’s ‘extraordinary step’ to win public over on 1080 drops

Newshub: 1080 poison dumping story was inaccurate and unbalanced

David Williams (Newsroom): Grazing in national park ‘breaks promise’

Chloe Ranford (Stuff): New Zealand waters seeing fastest rate of acidic change in 25 million years

Rotorua Daily Post: Outspoken environmental advocate Dr Mike Joy to speak in Taupō

Mark Quinlivan and Matthew LIttlewood (Stuff): Confusion surrounds South Island Himalayan Tahr cull start

Liz McDonald (Stuff): Charges filed after mass eel deaths from creek contamination

Newshub: 22,000 litres of untreated wastewater discharged at Christchurch’s Sumner Beach

Megan Sutherland (Newshub): South Island Countdowns rid of single-use plastic bags in a fortnight

Jim Tucker (Stuff): Questioning the climate change inconsistencies

Felicity Reid (Stuff): Kauri dieback threat closes more tracks on Auckland’s North Shore

Oil and gas exploration ban

Richard Harman (Politik): Government MP claims Nats want to burn the earth

Gavin Evans (Herald): Richlister Mark Dunphy suing Energy Minister Megan Woods over oil and gas decision

BusinessDesk: NZ oil co takes govt to court over exploration ban

Tracy Neal (RNZ): Company suing government over oil exploration decision

Jenée Tibshraeny (Interest): Oil and gas company takes Govt to court over exploration ban

Christina Persico (Stuff): More time for oil companies a ‘step in the right direction’

Point of Order: Megan Woods still in the firing line over handling of energy legislation

Oranga Tamariki 

Marty Sharpe (Stuff): Oranga Tamariki put 12-year-old boy back in motel despite judge’s order

Jessie Chiang (RNZ): Pay deal could help Oranga Tamariki keep staff

Cost of living

John Anthony (Stuff): Fact-checking National’s claim the Government is to blame for rising living costs

Taroi Black (Māori TV): Taxpayers fuming over increased living costs


Jason Walls (Herald):Government sets tourist tax at $35 per visitor

Tess Brunton (RNZ): Tourism levy gets green light but will it make a difference for regions?

Jessica Tyson (Māori TV): Tourists visiting NZ to pay new $35 levy fee

John Tamihere

Simon Wilson (Herald): Tamihere’s on the warpath but won’t run for mayor

Alex Braae (Spinoff): Passion and fury as John Tamihere revs up Auckland mayoral ambitions

Todd Niall (Stuff):John Tamihere lobs ‘corruption’ line into housing dispute

Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): John Tamihere’s damning evidence against Goff’s vacant social housing programme

Mitch McCann (Newshub): John Tamihere hints he’ll run for Auckland Mayor

1News: John Tamihere. concerned about housing in Auckland, doesn’t rule out running for mayor

Rowan Quinn (RNZ): Council faces accusations of corruption over social housing

Ben Leahy (Herald): Should state homes be lumped into big housing estates or blended into the community?

Colin Craig, Rachel MacGregor defamation trial

Rosemary McLeod (Stuff): Court of public opinion is vicious, and nobody really wins

Tommy Livingston (Stuff): Rachel MacGregor details the night she and Colin Craig kissed, says she was ‘scared’

RNZ: Rachel MacGregor: ‘I began to feel uneasy about the things he wrote to me’

Sam Hurley (Herald): ’Lines had been crossed’ – Helen Craig talks of life with Colin Craig and Rachel MacGregor

Ministry of Social Development

Stuff: Lawyer renews call for MSD chief to be investigated

No Right Turn: Not just unlawful, but a crime

Economy, business

Thomas Coughlan (Stuff):Business confidence ticks up

Gyles Beckford (RNZ):Reserve Bank holds key interest rate at 1.75%

Jamie Gray (Herald): RBNZ keeps rates on hold, little change in outlook

Jenée Tibshraeny (Interest): OCR to remain at 1.75% ‘through 2019 and into 2020’

Michael Reddell: More on Orr


Tamsyn Parker (Herald): Banks under attack – what will Aussie scandal mean for NZ?

Gareth Vaughan (Interest): Govt seeking to ‘progress open banking options for NZ consumers’

Local government

Kate Gudsell (RNZ): Rally supports Gisborne councillor who spoke out against racism

Regan Paranihi (Māori TV): Gisborne locals rally against racism

Gerald PIddock (Stuff): More Waikato Regional Council staff with six figure salaries

Joanne Carroll (Stuff): Lawyers investigating West Coast councillors after Harvard Uni jibe


Graham Adams (Noted): Free speech: From Charlie Hebdo to Don Brash

ODT Editorial: Addressing child poverty

Brian Easton (Pundit): Is There Public Service in Our Public Service?

Brian Fallow (Herald): Inequality a tough target for Cullen tax review

Stuart Smith (Stuff): National opposes ‘potentially damaging’ changes to employment relations law

Te Kuru o te Marama Dewes (Māori TV):Protesters disrupt MWWL National Conference

Kali Mercier (Spinoff): The war on drugs is killing Kiwis – we must choose a different approach

Newshub: Meatworks fined $332,000 after employee’s hand cut off

Rob Stock (Stuff): Directors of Islamic KiwiSaver seek $2 million in damages from FMA

Andrea Fox (Herald): Shariah law-adhering KiwiSaver provider Amanah Ethical sues FMA

Terry Bellamak (Spinoff): New Zealand can’t congratulate itself on International Safe Abortion Day

Matthew Rosenberg (Stuff): Turf war develops between Auckland Philharmonia and NZ Symphony Orchestra

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