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.

It is broken down by portfolio and topic for ease of scanning and is designed specifically for those in Government relations, media relations, corporate relations, business development and executive teams. Newsroom Pro subscribers can have it directly email to them every morning. Just email bernard.hickey@newsroom to be put on the Newsroom Pro Monitor list.

National Party

Mitchell Alexander (Newshub): National’s leak investigation widened to include staff outside Parliament

Tracy Watkins (Stuff): Simon Bridges’ judgment call coming back to haunt him

Press Editorial: How to turn an opportunity into a disaster

Herald Editorial: Simon Bridges’ stellar rise has struck bumbling block

Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): Bumbling Simon Bridges has made Jami-Lee Ross saga so much worse

Zane Small (Newshub): Simon Bridges’ ‘embarrassing’ comment breached Jami-Lee Ross’ privacy – Garner

RNZ: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern circumspect over National MP’s sick leave

Anna Bracewell-Worrall (Newshub): Jacinda Ardern would not have used the word ‘embarrassing’ for MP’s health issue

Jason Walls (Interest): PM would not have used word ‘embarrassing’ to describe MP’s health issues, she says

Newshub: National MPs stand by Jami-Lee Ross

Greg Presland (The Standard): National’s leak problem

Business and economy

Richard Harman (Politik): Winning back business confidence

David Hargreaves (Interest): Are the bottoming levels of business confidence really pointing to a substantial economic slowdown

Chris Keall (Herald): Are businesses better off with the R&D tax credit than Callaghan’s Growth Grants?

Tim Benbow and David Snell (Interest): Government’s new R&D plan is a bold initiative

Nikki Mandow (Newsroom): R&D tax credits aren’t enough to boost productivity

Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Tax break for R&D upped to 15pc, with stop gap help for start-ups

RNZ: NZ still behind in research and development investment

1News: Government announces $1 billion tax incentive for research and development

Herald: Air NZ boss Christopher Luxon on the Government: Time for less hui, more do-ey

Herald: Will council build confidence?

Herald: Amy Adams vs Grant Robertson: Is NZ’s economy slipping behind?

Fran O’Sullivan (Herald): Business should show leadership

Fraser Whineray (Herald): A bipartisan low-carbon energy goal

Andrew Grant (Herald): What will work in the future?

Herald: Shane Jones faces tough criticism in Mood of the Boardroom as CEOs urge him to cut the bombast

Sam Stubbs (Stuff): KiwiSaver: The saviour of NZ’s economy

Michael Reddell: A bare pass mark for the Board


Jane Clifton (Listener): Why Labour’s capital gains tax dreams are turning into a political nightmare

Jesse Mulligan (Spinoff): At war with angry #nzpol Twitter on the need for a capital gains tax

John Minto (Daily Blog): Why does a minimum wage worker pay a higher tax rate than a rich lister?

Taxpayer Union’s OIA requests

David Fisher (Herald): How right-wing lobby group NZ Taxpayers’ Union used false identities to make OIA request – and how it got caught

Greg Presland (The Standard): The Taxpayers’ Union’s identity problem

Foreign Affairs and trade

Rob Schmitz (NPR): Australia And New Zealand Are Ground Zero For Chinese Influence

Zane Small (Newshub): US Ambassador warns NZ not to trust China

RNZ: NZ not condemning US over ‘cruel’ diplomat change

Mackenzie Smith (RNZ): In Tokelau, NZ must ease tensions, mend relations


Kurt Bayer (Herald): The Big Read: Commander of NZ troops killed during Battle of Baghak tells his story for first time

Patrick Gower (Newshub): How an SAS technique kept shot Kiwi soldier Craig Wilson alive

Patrick Gower (Newshub): Exclusive: Former Kiwi soldier ‘haunted’ by deaths under his command

Education and training

Katarina Williams and Jessica Long (Stuff): Ministry of Education to recruit 400 overseas secondary school teachers

Gordon Campbell: On the teachers’ struggle for better pay and conditions

John Gerritsen (RNZ): Teachers on rejected pay offer: ‘It’s difficult to focus on my teaching’

Newshub: Secondary school teachers on what they need from Government (video)

Mānia Clarke (Māori TV): More teacher strikes planned for next month

Finn Hogan (Newshub): We need to teach our kids argument and empathy – expert

Annette Beautrais and Gerard Hoffman (Stuff): Halls of residence can be unsafe environments for vulnerable students

Adele Redmond and Joanne Carroll (Stuff): Parents forced to give up work if kindergarten closes

Health and disability

1News: Calls for free sanitary products, bins in primary schools after latest research reveals younger girls getting first period

Meriana Johnsen (RNZ): Almost half of NZ girls get period before high school – report

Ruby Macandrew (Stuff): Call for sanitary bins in primary schools across New Zealand

Megan Sutherland (Newshub): Calls for sanitary bins in primary schools as 8yos getting periods

1News: Calls for sanitary products to be funded for school-age girls, with some getting first period at primary school

Julie Chapman (Stuff): Kiwi girls as young as 8 are struggling with period poverty

Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): NZ unlikely to follow Australia in axing ‘tampon tax’, says expert

Emma Russell (Herald): After-hours doctors’ fees for children skyrocket at two Auckland clinics after DHBs cut funding

Belinda Feek (Herald): Man incensed over $100 fee for copy of medical files; GP backs down

Cate Broughton (Stuff): Disabled Lower Hutt man has ACC compensation re-instated, avoids eviction

Laine Moger and Shabnam Dastgheib (Stuff): Anti-vaccine billboard complaints taken to ASA Complaints Board

RNZ: Concern as hospital anaesthetic staff in Whangārei strike

Jennifer Eder (Marlborough Express): ’Pop-up’ clinic at emergency housing finds children without doctors

Matthew Tso (Stuff): Hutt DBH funds mental health workshops for community’s ‘frontline’ workers

RNZ: DHB to offer discounted parking tickets at hospital

Scott Palmer (Newshub): Waitemata DHB takes action after parking costs furore

Laine Moger (Stuff): AUT counsellor accused of ‘the worst’ counselling in alleged sex assault case

PIers Fuller (Stuff): Work begins on Wairarapa Hospital’s bracing

Ian Town (Stuff): New approach brings different health professions together to learn

Matthew Tso (Stuff): Hutt DBH funds mental health workshops for community’s ‘frontline’ workers

Lucy Bennett (Herald): Government rejects cross-party co-operation on mental health, for now


Ruby Macandrew (Stuff): Fiery words as David Seymour and Bill English debate euthanasia bill

Lucy Bennett (Herald): Bill English debates David Seymour on End of Life Choice Bill


Megan Sutherland and Annabelle Tukia (Newshub): Health Minister David Clark wants to reclassify synthetic drugs into Class A category

Sam Sherwood (Stuff): Health minister wants synthetic cannabis reclassified after Christchurch death

Logan Church (RNZ): Checkpoint: Dodgy synthetic drugs blamed for Christchurch death

1News: Potent new batch of synthetic drugs turning users violent in Christchurch – ‘Every person is quite unpredictable’

1News: Two deaths thought linked to synthetic cannabis as 19 people get ill from drug in Christchurch over past fortnight

Sam Sherwood (Stuff):Authorities investigating suspected synthetic cannabis death

Newshub: Two deaths from suspected bad batch of synthetic drugs in Christchurch

Herald: Christchurch death suspected to be related to synthetic cannabis


Tim Watkin (Pundit): What value do we put on the values worth valuing? How New Zealand First has it wrong

RNZ: NZ values bill: ‘This is actually the antithesis of racism’ – NZ First MP Clayton Mitchell

James Nokise (RNZ): Secret New Zealand values immigration quiz

Steve Kilgallon and Dileepa Fonseka (Stuff): The Big Scam: Migrant ‘thanks God’ for opportunity to stay

Lincoln Tan (Herald): Great-grandmother, 80, detained at airport after Immigration says she’s ‘too sick’ to be visiting daughter in NZ

Matthew Ronsenberg (Stuff): Man who arrived as asylum seeker leaving after life in NZ failed to deliver

Zane Small (Newshub): Afghan refugee battered by racism, hardship plans to leave New Zealand


Branko Marcetic (Newsroom): Long read: Meth-testing’s ‘wild west’ – Part two

Clare Curran (Southland Times): Have your say on renting law

Benn Bathgate (Stuff): ’The meth got to her’: Tamati Coffey hears horror stories from landlords

Eva Corlett (RNZ): Residents of closed Grey Lynn boarding house have nowhere to go

Nicole Lawton (Stuff): Fighting as notorious Auckland boarding house closes its doors for good

Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Tenants have fewer rental properties to choose from

Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Your guide to NZ housing market’s ‘new normal’

Oliver Lewis (Stuff): Anglican Care retirement village exit causes ‘extraordinary’ stress – resident


Amy Ross (Stuff): Understanding pay equity requires robust, rigorous analysis

Newshub: Sexist double standards in public service – report

1News: Taboo of not discussing what you earn could be self-defeating for Kiwi workers, says union


Sophie Bateman (Newshub): Māori over-represented in prisons due to colonisation – report

Laura Walters (Newsroom): Prison system crisis averted

Bayley Moor (Stuff): Children’s school holiday programme with dad in prison

Tess Brunton (RNZ): Ōamaru courthouse to reopen after years of facing closure

Stuff: Convicted killer David Mahia has died in Invercargill


Stuff: Data for sale

Margo White (North & South): Is your phone eavesdropping on you?

RNZ: Tech giants oppose proposed Australian law seeking private data

Local Government

Anusha Bradley (RNZ): Debate over sale of Napier Port could lead to referendum

Marty Sharpe (Stuff): Council proposing to sell up to 49 per cent of Napier Port so it can cope with growth

Lisette Reymer (Newshub): Gisborne District Council in talks over what will replace Gisborne’s Captain Cook statue

Jimmy Ellingham (Stuff): Palmerston North City councillors should hold their debates in the open

Todd Niall (Stuff): Auckland Council wins $12 million claim against Westgate developer

Nick Truebridge (Stuff): John Tamihere slams Auckland Mayor Phil Goff’s criticism of housing plan as ‘bizarre’, ‘unfair’

Aaron Leaman and Libby Wilson (Stuff): Hamilton Mayor Andrew King’s ‘controversial’ river city vision

Gerald Piddock (Stuff): Hamilton City Council buys five riverside properties as part of Victoria on the River expansion plan

Christina Persico (Stuff): Māori significance first priority in new road names in New Plymouth


Michael Hayward (Stuff): New electric scooters allowed on footpath and road, but not cycle lanes

David Chaston (Interest): Regressive petrol taxes drive pump prices to record highs even though crude oil prices are 40% below record highs

Anna Bracewell-Worrall (Newshub): Reality of Government: No plans to scrap car registration fees

Simon Smith and Torika Tokalau (Stuff): Government considers scrapping car rego fees – a ‘giant revenue gathering device’

Damien O’Carroll (Stuff): What your vehicle rego really does – and it’s not your registration

Bernard Orsman (Herald): Deaths prompts safety upgrade of 11 rail level crossings in Auckland

Mitch McCann (Newshub): ’We miss him so much’: Grieving family’s relief at Auckland’s new rail safety measures

1News: ‘It helps lift the pain’ – parents of teen killed at rail crossing pay tribute to son amid major safety victory

1News: Teen jogger’s tragic death inspires $7.6 million in upgrades to Auckland rail crossings

RNZ: Auckland gets funding boost for safety gates at rail level crossings

Scott Palmer (Newshub): Major investment in Auckland rail safety ‘to save lives’

Karl du Fresne (Dominion Post): A glittering career reaches the end of the line

Thomas Mead (Newshub): Wellington’s striking bus drivers to keep working for gold coins

Damian George (Stuff): Angry protesters storm regional council meeting over Wellington bus drivers’ dispute

Māori TV: Hamilton bus drivers strike again

Michael Neilson (Herald): Auckland Transport called out over poster appearing to reference Treaty of Waitangi

Damien O’Connell (Stuff): Parents confused by child safety restraints

RNZ: ID now essential for Jetstar’s domestic flights

Environment and conservation

Laurel Stowell (Herald): Why our most popular streams are too polluted to swim in

Michael Daly (Stuff): ’Extinction crisis’ can be reversed, but saving species with very low numbers complex

Amber-Leigh Woolf (Stuff): New Zealand ‘seriously lagging behind’ on deposit schemes to reduce rubbish

Finn Hogan (Newshub): Extended Interview: Rod Oram: How will climate change affect our economy?

ODT Editorial: Support predator plan

1News: Dunedin gets $4.3 million funding to help rid city of pests that threaten native wildlife

RNZ: Predator-free project receives $4m

AAP: Weasel ruffles feathers at Wellington kiwi haven

Lydia Lewis (Newshub): Dead Māui’s dolphin discovered to be pregnant

Johnny Moore (Stuff): If we can’t save our native birds, how will we tackle climate change?

Breanna Barraclough (Newshub): Bird of the Year brings in independent scrutineer to prevent voter fraud

Luke Appleby (1News): Photo-taking tourist narrowly avoids charging sea lion near Dunedin, prompting stern warning from DOC

Samantha Motion (Bay of Plenty Times): Call to ban dogs from two Tauranga parks to protect birdlife

Melissa NIghtingale (Herald): Porirua Adventure Park’s impact on environment ‘very minor’

RNZ: Predator wasp considered in eucalyptus-pest battle

Sarah Dowie (Southland Times): Recreation under assault

Human Rights Commission

Jason Walls (Herald): Justice Minister Andrew Little names new Human Rights Commissioner

David Farrar: Labour appoints a Corbynite as NZ’s Chief Human Rights Commissioner

Primary industries

RNZ: Nine to Noon: Fowl play? Chicken industry labelling ‘misleading’ says SAFE

Andrea Fox (Herald): Fonterra hold on raw milk market still 80 per cent despite predictions

Gerard Hutching (Stuff): Farmers are paying too much for fertiliser: soil scientist

Matthew Littlewood (Stuff): Serious concerns over long, dry summer see farmers asked to take less water

Farah Hancock (Newsroom): To GE or not to GE


Paula Penfold and Eugene Bingham (Stuff): Gloriavale review: Crown Law rejects second inquiry in death of Prayer Ready

Alex Braae (Spinoff): Socialism is back, baby, and it doesn’t want your vote

Don Rowe (Spinoff): How Ngāi Tahu turned a landmark settlement into a billion dollar iwi empire

RNZ: Niue premier says leeches comment ‘idiotic

Shabnam Dastgheib (Stuff): Government’s Families Package not a solution for Auckland’s poor, agencies say

Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): New York glamour shots by Augusto ad agency will hurt Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern

Waveney Russ (Spinoff): Metiria Turei: Beyond politics

1News: Changes in adoption laws will ‘take time’ says PM after broadcaster Toni Street signals frustration on social media

Robin Martin (RNZ): Oil and gas traffic in Taranaki dangerous and destroying rural lifestyle – residents

Jackson Thomas (Stuff): Former broadcaster Tony Veitch officially signs off from NZ media, and moves to Bali

Fiona Connor (Newshub): Controversial NZ broadcaster Tony Veitch launches wellness retreat in Bali

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