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’s visit to New York 

Colin Peacock (RNZ): Jacindamania goes global: the PM in US at the UN

Claire Trevett (Herald): Q&A: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Donald Trump, curtsying and Clarke’s tweets

Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): Moving fast to remould the world order

Herald Editorial: Stardust and substance – PM Jacinda Ardern at the United Nations in New York

Tracy Watkins (Stuff): Jacinda Ardern’s New York photo album missing one face

Claire Trevett (Herald): Jacinda Ardern hires ad agency for US trip – and taxpayer pays

Jamie Ensor (Newshub): Ardern spent taxpayer money on getting photographs of herself in New York

1News: Ardern could breach campaign spending rules after hiring ad agency for New York trip – National

David Farrar: Taxpayer money goes to a Labour donor to promote Jacinda’s UN trip

Heather du Plessis-Allan (Herald): Jacinda Ardern scores 6/10 in New York

Duncan Garner (Stuff): Jacinda Ardern was masterful in trumping the Don

Claire Trevett (Herald): A week in New York: Jacinda Ardern’s diary

Jane Bowron (Stuff): ’First Baby’ Neve is the new kid on the diplomatic block

Tracy Watkins (Stuff): Baby Neve’s time in New York

Herald: Jacinda Ardern and Baby Neve: The apple of New York’s eye

Claire Trevett (Herald): The message in PM Jacinda Ardern’s silences about Donald Trump? It’s you, not me

Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): Ardern: UN remarks not directed at Trump

Stuff: Jacinda Ardern says she’s not the anti-Trump

Claire Trevett (Herald): PM on Trump: ‘It’s not all about one leader’

Scott Palmer (Newshub): Jacinda Ardern ‘exceptionally diplomatic’ dealing with Donald Trump – expert

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

The Guardian:  Contrasting styles: Trump and Ardern speak at the UN – video

Eleanor Ainge Roy (Guardian): ’MeToo must become WeToo’: Jacinda Ardern’s speech to UN rebuts Trump

Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): Ardern advances a kinder worldview on world stage

Talisa Kupenga (Māori TV): Te reo Māori opens PM’s UN General Assembly statement

Tracy Watkins (Stuff): Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern calls for ‘Me Too’ to become ‘We Too’

Spinoff: Jacinda Ardern’s UN speech, digested to 200 words

Jol Bates (Stuff): Talk is cheap – but Prime Minister must step up to walk the WeToo talk with victims

Dominion Post Editorial: We’re struggling to stay together

Christine Rose (Daily Blog): The case against the hollowness of Jacinda’s Labour – we need more than words!

1News: Jacinda Ardern challenges world leaders to follow NZ’s ‘unashamedly ambitious’ climate change policies

Eleanor Black (Stuff): Fashion diplomacy: Jacinda Ardern’s New York wardrobe

Chris Bramwell (RNZ): Gender inequality always on the agenda – PM

Zane Small (Newshub): How two women showed us a glimpse of gender equality on the world stage

Jo Swinson (Guardian): Like me, Jacinda Ardern took her baby to work – and was met with ignorance

NZ First

Richard Harman (Politik): NZ First Ministers and MPs come out of the shadows from behind Peters

Dan Satherley and Lisa Owen (Newshub): Winston Peters will ‘never’ choose a successor

Finn Hogan (Newshub): Newshub Nation Interview: Winston Peters

Winston Peters: ’The past is our prolouge’: Winston Peters on NZ First at its 25th birthday

Henry Cooke (Stuff): NZ First’s 25th birthday bash a chance to push right into the culture wars

Laura Walters (Newsroom): New Zealand First punches above its weight

1News: Winston Peters says Simon Bridges won’t lead National at next election

Adam Hollingsworth (Newshub): Winston Peters slams ‘leaderless’ National, says Simon Bridges will be gone by next election

Jo Moir (RNZ): Peters calls National ‘leaderless, moribund and vacuous’

Henry Cooke (Stuff): Winston Peters attacks Simon Bridges and National in conference speech

Lucy Bennett (Herald): Winston Peters attacks National at NZ First conference in Tauranga

Mere McLean (Māori TV): Peters targets media and National leadership in speech

Henry Cooke (Stuff): NZ First conference takes aim at banks with several remits

Laura Walters (Newsroom): NZ First takes aim at Aussie banks

Lucy Bennett (Herald): NZ First call on Government to buy back Kiwibank

RNZ: Martinborough needs a local bank says Shane Jones

Jamie Ensor (Newshub): NZ First MP Tracey Martin says her party’s new immigrant and refugee Bill may not be needed

Lucy Bennett (Herald): NZ First to discuss Respecting New Zealand Values bill

Lucy Bennett (Herald): NZ First plans law change to make migrants, refugees ‘respect New Zealand values’

Jo Moir (RNZ): NZ First members want migrants and refugees to sign to core values

Henry Cooke (Stuff): NZ First members push ‘values bill’ which could expel migrants

Jamie Ensor (Newshub): Seymour-Peters rivalry continues as ACT accuses NZ First of policy theft

Laura Walters (Newsroom): New Zealand First’s work not done yet

Lucy Bennett (Herald): New Zealand First leader Winston Peters reviews the past year in Government

Lucy Bennett (Herald): Boxer Joseph Parker surprise speaker at NZ First’s annual convention

Henry Cooke (Stuff): NZ First kick off 25th conference with a look back – and Joseph Parker

Jo Moir (RNZ): Joseph Parker guest speaker at NZ First conference

Waka jumping law

Audrey Young (Herald): Winston Peters wastes hard-won power on wretched law

Thomas Coughlan (Newsroom): Happy Birthday Mr. Peters

Bryce Edwards (RNZ): How To Win An Argument About: the waka-jumping bill


John Armstrong (1News): Jacinda Ardern must stop the rot in ‘drunken sailor’ Government

Andrea Vance (Stuff): A week of grubby politics in contrast to New York performance

Peter Wilson (RNZ): Week in Politics: National on attack while PM visits UN

Chris Trotter (Daily Blog): CTO-gate – Smoke Gets In Our Eyes

Chris Keall (Herald): The CTO mess: Where to from here – experts’ advice for Megan Woods

Dan Satherley (Newshub): Jacinda Ardern acting ‘very dodgy’ over Derek Handley fiasco – Judith Collins

Steve Braunias (Herald): Secret Diary of… Derek Handley

Greg Presland (The Standard):Is Michelle Boag advising Derek Handley?

Morgan Godfery: Labour’s Māori caucus are right to back Meka Whaitiri. It’s tikanga at work.

Jo Moir (RNZ): Meka Whaitiri’s role in Māori caucus: ‘Nothing has changed’

Tracy Watkins and Brad Flahive (Stuff): Prime Minister says committing to kindness shows strength, not weakness

John Drinnan: The Importance of Being Close To Jacinda

Herald: Clarke Gayford opens up about what it’s really like to be home with Neve

Film industry subsidies

Matt Nippert (Herald): Government bins film subsidy cuts after Avatar threat

RNZ: Government backs down on film subsidy cap


Jamie Ensor (Newshub): Green Party renews support for the same welfare policy from infamous Metiria Turei speech

Gia Garrick (RNZ): Greens campaign for sanction free welfare system

Lucy Bennett (Herald): Green Party launches campaign to overhaul welfare system

Susan St John (Daily Blog): Dobbing in is a frightful blot on the face of a failed welfare system

National Party

Tom Dillane and David Fisher (Herald): Oops they did it again…National pulls Carpool Karaoke rip-off promo amid copyright fears

Newshub: National forced to pull Simon Bridges ‘Carpool Karaoke’ skit due to copyright fears

Parliament, political parties

David Farrar: Good proposals from Mallard on urgency

Alan Apted (Stuff): Want to explore Parliament? Take a new virtual tour

Finn Hogan (Newshub): New leader of The Opportunities Party talks ‘more democratic’ future

Health and disability

Eugene Bingham and Paula Penfold (Stuff): Who knows the true cost of medicines?

Stuff: Drug Deals: The real price of medicine – secret money in the multi-million dollar legal drugs market

Natalie Akoorie (Herald): Hospitals $370 million in the red, raising concern over funding for primary care

Nicole Lawton (Stuff): Low income workers lose more teeth to dental decay – and are likelier to pull them out

Cate Broughton (Stuff): Dental care brought to Kiwis … by the biggest chocolate bar company in the world

Jonathan Milne (Stuff): Choc, horror, melt-in-your-mouth marketing men are from Mars

1News: Syrian refugees in NZ suffer excruciating dental pain, research finds

RNZ: Human Rights Commission welcome changes to Funded Family Care

Kate Hawkesby (Newstalk ZB): Overdue change helps families caring for disabled family members

Cate Broughton (Stuff): Questions raised over whether Kiwi surgeons have enough experience and skill for transvaginal mesh implants

Jarred Williamson (Stuff): Last call for alcohol advertising on Auckland’s public transport

1News: Auckland Transport to be free from alcohol advertising from Monday

Paul Little (Herald): Our health system shames us all

Newshub: Man with rare blood type says gay donor rules should be changed

Peter Williams (Bay of Plenty Times): Too many women dying of gynaecological cancers

Natalie Akoorie (Herald): Patient with drain in her chest says she was told to clean ‘revolting’ toilet herself at Waikato Hospital

Jennifer Eder (Marlborough Express): Patients petition to keep three-day GP clinic in outlying town

Nin Hindmarsh (Stuff): Four-week wait to see GP sends frustrated Golden Bay patients over the hill

Adele Redmond (Stuff): The ‘Girl Code’: High school students’ emergency kits to combat period poverty

Anneke Smith (RNZ): Students around NZ echo mental health care concerns

Jonathan Mitchell (RNZ): Stress becoming ‘unsustainable’ for many students, says Green MP

Anna Bracewell-Worrall (Newshub): Greens pressure Government on mental health after Swarbrick takes portfolio

Press: Editorial: Telling people to ‘harden up’ is not helping

Meghan Lawrence (Herald): New Zealand businesses step up in fight against high suicide rates


Paula Penfold (Stuff): Is it enough that police are investigating themselves over use of security firms?

Newshub: Police spying inquiry needs more independence – Russel Norman

RNZ: Police to investigate use of security consultants

Newshub: New Zealand Police launch internal probe into use of external security consultants

No Right Turn: No credibility

Lucy Bennett (Herald): Police warning over traffic ticket-processing system

Newshub: Traffic ticket system could ‘cease to operate’

Jennifer Eder (Marlborough Express): Social media making new police recruits ill-equipped for life on the beat

Justice, corrections

Laura Tupou (Newshub): Court ruling on strip searches has Corrections officers worried

Chelsea Boyle (Herald): Arthur Taylor and Phillip Smith win compensation after wrongful prison strip search

Stuff: Auckland prisoners get $1000 each after ‘unlawful’ strip search

Newshub: Court awards prisoners $2000 over ‘unlawful’ strip search

Anneke Smith (RNZ): Prison strip-searches were unlawful, court rules

Katie Fitzgerald (Newshub): Criminal Cases Review Commission long overdue – expert

No Right Turn: Finally

Herald: Discharges without conviction halve in past decade

Southland Times: Editorial: We cannot dispense with compassion

David Farrar: What a huge waste of money

John Boynton (RNZ): Ngāpuhi and Oranga Tamariki to provide service for young offenders

RNZ: Celebration as past convictions for homosexuality wiped: ‘It’s been a long time coming’

Mike Wesley Smith and Finn Hogan (Newshub): Grove Road: Murder on a Sunday night

Family and sexual violence strategy

Newshub: Mixed reaction to new cross-Government family and sexual violence prevention plan

Gia Garrick (RNZ): Govt outlines new plan to fight family and sexual violence: ‘They’re not getting that help’

Te Kuru o te Marama Dewes (Māori TV): A new strategy to combat family and sexual violence

NZ relationship with Pacific, foreign affairs and trade

RNZ: NZ govt to launch project to empower Pasifika

RNZ: Kris Faafoi first NZ Minister to visit Tokelau since 2004

Vinnie Wylie (RNZ): Insight: Rugby – Tackling Soft Diplomacy in the Pacific

Apelu Tielu (E-Tangata): Don’t go down into the gutter with them

Newshub: Winston Peters on his way to tsunami-hit Indonesia

Aine Kelly-Costello (Newshub): Kiwi Robert Martin MNZM becomes first person with intellectual disability to chair UN session

Jamie Gray (Herald): NZ officials keep a watching brief on China e-commerce rules

Thomas Manch (Stuff): MFAT denies clearing a New Zealand-made plane for landing in North Korea


John Gerritsen (RNZ): Filling next year’s teacher shortage ‘devilishly hard’

Simon Collins (Herald): Both primary and secondary teachers look set to strike

Simon Collins (Herald): US teacher to NZ teachers: 9-day strike won us pay rise

Astrid Austin (Hawke’s Bay Today): Hawke’s Bay schools seek more Ministry of Education help with traumatic incidents

Liz Wylie (Whanganui Chronicle): No school for four years – invisible disability barrier to education for Razeal

Natalie Akoorie (Herald): ’Wagger wagon’ used to return truants to Fraser High no longer in use

Richard Swainson (Stuff): Should New Zealand history must be taught in New Zealand schools

Wiremu Manaia (E-Tangata): How compulsory te reo in schools would make us smarter

Mike Mather (Stuff): Childcare centre boss silent over sexual assault investigation

John Gerritsen (RNZ): Majority of polytechnics and tech institutes in financial trouble

Herald Editorial: University of Auckland’s education ranking drop huge blow

Simon Collins (Herald):University of Auckland scraps most teacher in-service support after $2.5m loss

Simon Collins (Herald): University of Auckland to quit $80m Epsom campus by 2020

RNZ: Māori staff back uni vice-chancellor amid controversy

Carmen Parahi (Stuff): Embattled Massey University vice-chancellor Jan Thomas backed by Māori staff and students

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

Tess Brunton (RNZ): Otago University students protest proctor’s ‘bongshell’ actions

Jo McKenzie-McLean (Stuff): Otago University’s bong-taking proctor fronts for students at campus protest

Child welfare

Michelle Duff (Stuff): Children’s commissioner: state care residences must close

Newshub: Children’s Commissioner pushes community-group homes for high-risk youths

Kerre McIvor (Herald): Their stories broke my heart — I hope to do them justice

Herald and World Vision: Not for Sale series: Ending the exploitation of girls


Leighton Keith (Stuff): Deer release and war threat over 1080 still being investigated

Tom O’Connor (Waikato Times): 1080 protesters wilfully ignorant

RNZ:1080 drop to go ahead at Cape Brett

Conan Young (RNZ): Hunter Valley dispute: Matt Lauer agrees to give public better access

Debbie Jamieson (Stuff): Access agreement signed for Matt Lauer’s Central Otago high country station

RNZ: Charges laid following creek poisoning

Rod Oram (Newsroom): There are easy ways and hard ways

Gwynne Dye (Herald): We’re riding to extinction waterfall in an oil barrel

Rewa Harriman (Newshub): Para Kore: Going clean and green the Māori way

Transport, motoring, aviation

Shamubeel Eaqub (Stuff): Higher price of oil will impact household budgets – can you cope

Rob Stock (Stuff): A rose by any other name… changing the language of the petrol ‘discounts’

Herald: Petrol prices rise 3.5 cents a litre nationwide today as new fuel tax kicks in

Chris Reed (Herald): Regional Fuel Tax: Hundreds paying levy for fuel to heat homes

Chris Reed (Herald): Boaties want a break from new fuel tax

1News: Record petrol prices after tax hike spark calls for exemption, rethink

Damian George (Stuff): Transport Minister Phil Twyford continues to rule out intervening in Wellington bus network fiasco

Zac Fleming (RNZ): Girl’s death prompts upgrade of ageing Ruapehu shuttle buses

Newshub: Ruapehu Alpine Lifts orders new bus fleet following fatal crash

Bernard Orsman (Herald): Grey Lynn businesses withdraw support for cycleway fix costing $23m

Virginia Fallon (Stuff): Ready to launch: Transmission Gully’s mega bridge set to move

Michael Cropp (1News): As Wellington Airport applies to lengthen runway, safety is in dispute

Robin Martin (RNZ):New Originair service links Nelson to Napier

Tracy Neal (RNZ): NZ firm to introduce new drone-detection gadget for light aircraft

Pike River

Ruth Hill (RNZ): Former mines inspector meets Pike River families

RNZ: Pike River probe’s independence under scrutiny


ODT Editorial: Censorship a Trojan horse

John Drinnan: Radio NZ Can’t Afford To Become Red Radio

Māori TV: Māori TV news should stay

Newshub: Emma Jolliff and Simon Shepherd to present Newshub Nation

Anna Connell (Newshub): Where are the women/Māori/anyone other than white dudes in the CTO debate?

Colin Craig and Rachel MacGregor defamation trial

Sam Hurley (Herald): Colin Craig v Rachel MacGregor: A case benefiting no one?

Tommy Livingston (Stuff): Colin Craig begins cross examination of Rachel MacGregor in defamation trial

Sarah Robson (RNZ): Rachel MacGregor: ‘I had no interest in the political side of this’

Local government

Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Councils warned electronic voting will not be secure

Janine Rankin (Manawatū Standard): Ethics debate too late for defence forum protesters

Jacob McSweeny (Whanganui Chronicle): Meet the mayors fighting Government for local control

RNZ: Auckland Council report reveals $600m surplus

Todd Niall (Stuff): Auckland politician Penny Hulse: ‘You’ve got to go when you’re loving it’

RNZ: Queens Wharf extension ‘an egregious environmental blemish’

MItch McCann (Newshub): Stoush brews over Auckland waterfront trams

Collette Devlin (Stuff): Wellington City Council likely to tackle ‘commercial’ Airbnb hosts

Mary-Jo Tohill (Stuff): Airbnb: Analysing the impact of disruptive innovation


Damian Christie (Newshub): ’It’s a very bad outlook’: Half of over-65s will have to rent by 2040

Martin Johnston (Herald): Auckland suburban profile: Sadness, trauma, jobs and new houses in rebirth of Glen Innes

Scott Yeoman (Herald): Taxpayers fork out millions for unnecessary meth clean-up in Tauranga and Western Bay

Jamie Ensor (Newshub): Hundreds of KiwiBuild homes planned for Wanaka

Henry Cooke (Stuff): 211 KiwiBuilds to be built in Wanaka, with 10 open soon

RNZ: Wanaka to get first KiwiBuild homes in South Island

1News: Photos: Take a sneak peek at South Island’s first KiwiBuild development, in Wanaka

1News: Wanaka to get South Island’s first KiwiBuild development

Eva Corlett (RNZ): Women-only shelter for Auckland’s homeless deemed a success

Anneke Smith (RNZ): Mother’s tough choice to bring sick baby back to ‘swamp house’

Rob Stock (Stuff): House sellers’ confidence is high, and so are the prices they are asking

Whanganui Chronicle: Wellington Labour MP visits Whanganui, talks to council

Jessica Tyson (RNZ): 500 smoke alarms donated to Northland homes

Defence forces, national security

Chris Trotter: Operation Burnham Inquiry To Proceed Under Cover Of Darkness

RNZ: NZ air force finds two missing Kiribati fishermen

Simon Ewing-Jarvie: Against the Tide: A Red Team View of Technology Trends in National Security

Treaty of Waitangi

Leigh-Marama McLachlan (RNZ): Waitangi Tribunal ‘a costly business’ for claimants

Matthew Rosenberg (Stuff): Treaty settlement nears completion for five iwi from Mahurangi to Bay of Plenty

Canterbury, EQC

Michael Hayard (Stuff): Sir Michael Cullen to chair EQC through ‘critical period’

Michael Hayward (Stuff): Government-owned Southern Response facing multimillion-dollar legal action

RNZ: Fundraising push for Christchurch sustainable food project

RNZ:Canterbury health staff ready for move to new $72m building


Zane Small (Newshub): New Zealand’s cannabis hotspots

Isaac Davison and Tom Dillane (Herald): High point: Drug test change at music festivals

Grant Shimmin (Timaru Herald): Let’s have the important conversations, but trust our young adults

Jared Savage (Herald): High Court judge finds Francis Gary Fennell paid $230,000 selling cocaine and Ecstasy in Australia and New Zealand

Primary industries

RNZ: M bovis ‘reinforces the need’ for biosecurity plan

Gerard Hutching (Stuff): Overseas consumers duped by diluted mānuka honey


Michael Wright (Stuff): ’Let it rest’: The Pike River and CTV families who want to move on

Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Travel insurance claim turned down because of undiagnosed cancer

Tova O’Brien (Newshub): Govt may change immigration settings to take climate change refugees

Philip Matthews (Stuff): National Portrait: Max Rashbrooke

1News: Georgina Beyer honoured by invite to speak at famous Oxford University debating society

Caley Callahan (Newshub): Cadbury World: Dunedin’s bittersweet $7 million promise

Tom Coupé (Interest): NZ from an international perspective, including, the country of volunteers, a good place for minorities, (un)affordable housing, treating women with respect & more

The Listener: The Catholic Church needs to reform – and celibacy is a good place to start

Rob Stock (Stuff): KiwiSaver is a government-subsidised holiday fund to many

Michael Hayward (Stuff): New rodeo animal welfare rules ‘crisis management’, critics say

1News: Deceased children to be included on parents’ death certificates thanks to one mum’s campaign

Herald: Jacinda Ardern’s response to Toni Street’s adoption woes

Stuff: What women want series

Rob Mitchell (Stuff): What’s the business case for going green

Hamish McQueen (Stuff): Capital gains tax would not hold back property investment

John Boynton (RNZ): Inside the attempts to revive Ngāi Tahu dialect

Charlie Dreaver (RNZ): NZ to help track space junk in midst of space’s ‘business revolution’

Emily Cooper (1News): Southern Hemisphere’s first space junk radar to be built in Otago

RNZ: Clocks go forward in NZ but Europe to scrap daylight saving

Emma Hatton (RNZ): Kitchen stirs up community spirit by serving local needs

Stuff: Winston Peters shocks Racing Board by withdrawing ‘race fields’ bill

Colin Williscroft (Stuff): Money given to restock rivers can of worms for regional Fish & Game council

Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Business pessimism ‘wake-up’ call to Government, says chamber of commerce

Dionne Christian (Herald): Podcast reveals drama of writing lives

Lani Wendt Young (E-Tangata): Writing to live, living to write

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