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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Richard Harman (Politik): The Chinese businessman and the National Party

David Fisher (Herald): National put Chinese businessman up for Queen’s Birthday honour

Tracy Watkins (Stuff): After a horrendous day, Nats leader Simon Bridges is still standing – for now

Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): In Jami-Lee Ross saga, Simon Bridges comes up short

Jane Patterson (RNZ): A day in Parliament unlike any other

David Slack (RNZ): Ross offers another moment of truth

Bryce Edwards (RNZ): National’s hollow political scandal entertaining but insignificant

Claire Trevett (Hearld): Burning Bridges or self-immolation of Jami-Lee Ross?

Claire Trevett (Herald): Comment: Jami-Lee Ross’ revenge was astonishing and could prove fatal to Simon Bridges

Dominion Post Editorial: The mutiny, then the Botany

ODT Editorial: Truly a bizarre day in politics

Todd Niall (Stuff): Jami-Lee Ross: Controversial from the start

Brad Flahive (Stuff): Inside the secretive world of political donations

RNZ: What happens when an MP quits?

Henry Cooke (Stuff): National Party chaos: The day Jami-Lee Ross burned his bridges

Tracy Watkins (Stuff): Explosive allegations before disgraced MP Jami-Lee Ross quits National Party, forcing by-election

Herald Editorial: Simon Bridges may yet pay price of Jami-Lee Ross debacle

Heather du Plessis-Allan (Herald): Simon Bridges must quit to save National

1News: It’s ‘a crisis’ for National as Jamie-Lee Ross launches ‘the most extraordinary attack’ on Simon Bridges, says Bryce Edwards

Newshub: ’Jihadi Jami-Lee Ross’ a man without a plan – political commentators

Lucy Bennett (Herald): Outcast National MP Jami-Lee Ross expected to lay police complaint over Bridges today

Chris Bramwell (RNZ): Jami-Lee Ross to take complaint to police on Bridges today

1News: ’We can find no proof’ says National Party President as Jami-Lee Ross accuses leader of breaking electoral law over donations

Katie Fitzgerald, Mark Longley and Sophie Bateman (Newshub): As it happened: National Party President finds ‘no proof’ of Simon Bridges’ alleged corruption

Herald: Electoral lawyer says if Jami-Lee Ross allegations true, Bridges could face jail

Aine Kelly-Costello and Brooke Hobson (Newshub): Simon Bridges could face jail if Jami-Lee Ross’ corruption claims are true – law expert

John Anthony (Stuff): Wife of businessman Yikun Zhang says they hosted Simon Bridges for dinner

RNZ: Fanning the flames: Ross tweets photos of meeting at centre of National allegations

1News: Jami-Lee Ross tweets pics of Simon Bridges and Chinese ‘$100k donor’ as MP accuses National Party leader of electoral fraud

Herald: Jami-Lee Ross posts images of Simon Bridges with ‘$100k donor’ Zhang Yikun

Herald: Simon Bridges continues to stonewall questions about donations and sexual harassment claims

Michael Reddell: The corruption of New Zealand politics

Herald: Who is Jami-Lee Ross?

Todd Niall (Stuff): The battle for Botany: Jami-Lee v the National Party

1News: Jami-Lee Ross faces fight of his life to keep Botany as resignation forces by-election in safe National seat

Jason Walls (Herald): Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern: Botany byelection will be a ‘scrap’

Moana Makapelu Lee (Māori TV): By-election ahead following explosive day for National

Emma Cropper (Newshub): Mental Health Foundation slams National MPs for insensitive language

Laura Walters (Newsroom): Jami-Lee Ross leaves more questions than answers

Derek Cheng (Herald): Jami-Lee Ross accused of inappropriate behaviour for a married MP: Paula Bennett

Herald: Police stay quiet on whether Jami-Lee Ross is the leaker

Jason Walls (Herald): ’Pathetic’: Winston Peters comes out swinging against National Leader Simon Bridges

1News: ’Here comes the punchline’ – Winston Peters plays song ‘Burning Bridges’ to media

Herald: Winston Peters’ cheeky response to Simon Bridges-Jami-Lee Ross drama

No Right Turn: National’s corrupt electoral practices

Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): National looks less like a political party and more like a front for Chinese business interests

Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): So when will the NZ Herald call for Simon Bridges to stand down?

Ben Uffindell (The Civilian): Judith Collins loses all control of host body

1News: Simon Bridges rejects ‘baseless’ allegations as National MPs vote to expel Jami-Lee Ross from caucus

Herald: Simon Bridges responds to Jami-Lee Ross’ ‘corrupt’ claim

Newshub: ’I’ve done nothing wrong’: Watch Simon Bridges respond to stunning Jami-Lee Ross claims

Herald: Explosive claims: National sacks Jami-Lee Ross, Simon Bridges denies ‘corruption’ claims

Zizi Sparks (Rotorua Daily Post): Todd McClay denies claims he sighted a false electoral return

RNZ: Jami-Lee Ross: ‘I believe Simon Bridges is a corrupt politician’

Zane Small (Newshub): Jami-Lee Ross’ most blistering allegations against Simon Bridges

Newshub: Watch Jami-Lee Ross’ bombshell statement on Simon Bridges in full

Eleanor Ainge Roy (Guardian): NZ opposition leader accused of concealing $100,000 political donation

Alex Braae (Spinoff): Jami-Lee Ross accuses Bridges of corruption: the National implosion, explained

RNZ: Bridges on caucus support: ’55 MPs today say he is wrong’

RNZ: National Party allegations chaos: what has happened so far

Laura Walters (Nesroom): Jami-Lee Ross brings the house down

Jenée Tibshraeny (Interest): Ross quits party before Bridges announces he’s been expelled; Bridges welcomes police investigation into Ross’ claims he’s broken donation disclosure rules

Jane Patterson and Chris Bramwell (RNZ): National MPs consider fate of Jami-Lee Ross

Gordon Campbell: On the Jami-Lee Ross Saga

Toby Manhire (Spinoff): Jami-Lee Ross has left Bridges’ leadership hanging by a thread

Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): A real leader would have suspended Jami-Lee Ross on the spot

Stuff: What you need to know about the National Party’s leak saga

Zane Small (Newshub): Bridges will emerge stronger after Ross spat – former National president


John Boynton (RNZ): Mana motuhake for Māori health services at centre of Waitangi Tribunal inquiry

Donna-Lee Biddle (Stuff): A health system delivered by Māori for Māori, Tamihere says

Mānia Clarke (Māori TV): Tamihere says Māori are discriminated against by PHOs

Karen Brown (RNZ): Breast cancer patients beg govt to fund new drugs

Melissa Nightingale (Herald): Women march on Parliament for funding of breast cancer medicines

George Heagney (Stuff): Hope for more memories and breast cancer cure fuel march on Parliament

Janine Rankin (Manawatū Standard): Cancer service may take radiation therapy to Hawke’s Bay and Taranaki

Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): ACC pays out $1b less to women and is more likely to reject their claims

Charlie Dreaver (RNZ): Most ACC claims for police PTSD rejected

Newshub: ’Sad and concerning’: Police’s plea after elderly people’s bodies go unnoticed for weeks

Stuff: Bodies of elderly men found in homes weeks after they died

Thomas Coughlan (Newsroom): Gender affirmation surgery cap lifted


1News: Salvation Army calls for a ‘KiwiBuy’ scheme, predicts growing homelessness, rent rises

Ben Leahy (Herald): Salvation Army wants Government to spend $1b per subsiding renters to buy their own home

Amanda Saxton (Stuff): New Zealand needs more options for home ownership, Salvation Army says

Zane Small (Newshub): Rental demand outstripping home ownership rates in New Zealand – report

Susan Edmunds (Stuff): ’Bucket toilet’ for garage tenants: The vulnerable Kiwis reforms won’t help

Ben Leahy (Herald): Just desperate’: Rental shortage hurting renters, Auckland mum says


Colin James: A first anniversary. Will there be a fourth?

Zane Small (Newshub): Tax cuts not on the agenda – Jacinda Ardern


1News: Latest teachers’ pay offer is more of an increase than they got in three pay rounds under previous Government, says Jacinda Ardern

Newshub: Jacinda Ardern on why she won’t use surplus funds to increase teachers’ offer

Gill HIggins (1News): Fair Go: English test holding teachers back, prompts petition

Jessica Long (Stuff): Students talk online safety and bullying as Facebook and Sticks ’n’ Stones launches programme

Kate Nicol-Williams (1News): ’We always want to be doing more’ – anti-bullying group aided by $100,00 injection from Facebook

Kurt Bayer (Herald): White crosses symbolising 18,000 World War I dead given to NZ schools and playcentres

1News: Group of Auckland mothers on a mission to make free school lunches a reality

Te Aniwa Hurihanganui (RNZ): Police probe racist emails to Māori academic

Environment and conservation

Rachel Stewart (Herald): Climate – Don’t say I didn’t warn you

Meriana Johnsen (RNZ): Controversial chemicals not on new safety review list

Herald: DoC presses go on debated tahr cull with 6000 to be killed in next few weeks

Matthew Littlewood (Stuff): Controversial Himalayan Tahr cull start confirmed

RNZ: Tahr cull to go ahead

Eric Frykberg (RNZ): Local farmers help fund $102m Waimea Dam plans

Cherie Sivignon (Nelson Mail): Waimea Irrigators Ltd issues replacement prospectus for dam project

RNZ: Drop in crayfish stocks worries marine scientists

Regan Paranihi (Māori TV): Waikato river-clean up projects receive funding

Foreign Affairs

Lucy Bennett (Herald): Aussie PM says he will allow detainees in Nauru entry into NZ – but there’s a catch

RNZ: Australia PM said to be considering NZ’s Nauru resettlement offer

1News: Jacinda Ardern says moving Australia’s Israeli embassy to Jerusalem won’t help peace talks in the region

Overseas Investment

Anne Gibson (Herald): Government wants power to stop sale of big infrastructure to overseas buyers

Emma Hatton (RNZ): Government seeks discretion to veto foriegn buyers not in ‘national interest’

Petrol Prices

Jason Walls (Herald): National does U-turn on its support for a bill after Ardern’s appeal

Chris Hutching (Stuff): Fuel price to hit shoppers, EV inquiries take off


Phil Pennington (RNZ): Brake-testing revelations add to regulation failures

Laura Dooney (RNZ): Wellington cycleway repair to cost $4m more


Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Some Chorus subbies building ultrafast broadband in breach of visas, one overstayer, Labour Inspectorate confirms

Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Whether the living wage can deliver depends on where in New Zealand you live

Anuja Nadkarni (Stuff): Trade Me jumps on living wage pay movement


Te Aniwa Hurihanganui (RNZ): Māori media set for ‘sector shift’

Māori TV: Māori Broadcasting sector to undergo review

Economy and business

Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): Rising petrol prices could see annual inflation climb to highest since 2011 next year

Jamie Gray (Herald): Stronger inflation lowers odds of a rate cut – economists

RNZ: Inflation surges to highest level in a year

Kelvin McDonald , Tepara Koti (Māori TV): Coca-cola hits sour note with te reo faux pas

Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Coke’s New Zealand blunder: Hello, death

Local government

Richard MacManus (Newsroom): Are we ready for online voting?

Conan Young (RNZ): Information witheld on Chch water contamination risk – report

Kurt Bayer (Herald): Christchurch City Council apologises over failings in management of city’s chlorination

Dominic Harris (Stuff): ’Hope and optimism’ return to coastal Christchurch as consent crisis solution

Annabelle Tukia (Newsroom): New slogan could mean new life for Christchurch

Geoff Lewis (Stuff): Hamilton developers say new levies will stymie developments

Raniera Harrison (Māori TV): Hapū looking to fight plans to relocate central city marae

Chris Morris (ODT): Local alcohol policies ‘a farce’, Dunedin mayor declares

Primary industries

Angie Skerrett (Newshub): Farmer feedback sought in fight against M Bovis

Te Kuru o te Marama Dewes (Māori TV): Uawa community moving forward

Earthquake strengthening

RNZ: Heritage buildings to share $850k quake-strengthening funds

Catherine Groenestein (Stuff): Residents of small South Taranaki battle council earthquake strengthening proposal

Jenny Shipley and Mainzeal

Tom Furley (RNZ): No legal advice sought over finance from China – Dame Jenny

Rob Stock (Stuff): Dame Jenny Shipley wanted Mainzeal recapitalised


Phil Smith and Daniela Maoate (RNZ): Parliament’s to do list: fuel prices, equal pay, and reviewing convictions

Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): ‘Creaking and groaning’ New Zealand energy system poses risk to economy

Leith Huffadine (Stuff): One year on from #metoo, the fight against sexual misconduct is far from over

Jessica Tyson (Māori TV): Prominent Ngāi Tahu leaders receive Queen’s awards

Herald: Kiwis most targeted by tech support scams

Zane Small (Newshub): New Zealand tops list of most-scammed countries

Tamsyn Parker (Herald): We did lose our way’, says ANZ bank boss Shayne Elliot

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