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 emailed to them every morning. Just email pro@newsroom to be put on the Newsroom Pro Monitor list.

National Party, political finance

MIchael Macaulay (Stuff): Line between political access and political influence is porous

Simon Chapple (The Conversation): New Zealand politics: foreign donations and political influence

Laura Walters (Newsroom): Chinese donor’s up-and-comers made JPs

1News: Seven Sharp: How much influence do foreign donors have in Kiwi politics?

John Anthony (Stuff): Police approach Electoral Commission following Jami-Lee Ross complaint

Laura Walters (Newsroom): What’s wrong with our electoral laws?

Herald Editorial: Complete public funding of parties would be a big step

RNZ: Greens urge political donation reform

David Farrar: Danger – Labour wants you all to fund their party

Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Isn’t it time to seriously consider making Political Parties taxpayer funded?

No Right Turn: A reason to support public funding of political parties

Nicky Hager (Spinoff): Dirty Politics, 2018:Nicky Hager assesses the Jami-Lee Ross saga

David Fisher (Herald): National’s leader Simon Bridges rings Dirty Politics blogger to talk Jami-Lee Ross

Tracy Watkins (Stuff): Jacinda Ardern thinks MPs can ‘shift the dial’ – but is it too late?

Southland Times Editorial: Another issue arises from the Ross case

Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Could the Spinoff be possibly wrong about JLR? Maybe?

Gordon Campbell: On what the polls say about National’s leadership

1News: Jessica Mutch McKay: ‘Seven per cent as preferred Prime Minister is a dangerously low level’ for Simon Bridges

1News: ’I don’t take the polls in relation to me lightly’ – Simon Bridges responds as support drops to dismal seven per cent

Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): National Party has to take a serious look at its leadership

Herald: Simon Bridges: Jami-Lee Ross ‘no longer my problem’

RNZ: Simon Bridges defends leadership: ‘I’ve come through the fire stronger’

Michael Daly (Stuff): Bridges says he’s doing a good job as leader, despite poll drop

Toby Manhire (Spinoff): Senior National MP sets ultimatum for Simon Bridges

Point of Order: Down but not out – Bridges can take heart from Jim Bolger’s poll experience

Glenn McConnell (Stuff): Simon Bridges needs to call the hazmat team and order a full scale clean-out

Martyn Bradbury (Waatea News): National Party meltdown

Eleanor Ainge Roy (Guardian): New Zealand’s scandal-hit National party to investigate safety of female workers

Leith Huffadine (Stuff): How Parliament can put pressure on MPs’ mental health

Herald: New Zealand’s rules for detaining someone mentally unwell against their will

Zane Small (Newshub): Simon Bridges dodges queries over National involvement in Jami-Lee Ross’ sectioning

1News: Simon Bridges insists there’s been no ‘weaponising’ of Jami-Lee Ross infidelity allegations

Moana Makapelu Lee (Māori TV): Former independent MP’s advice for Jami-Lee Ross

Fuel taxes and petrol prices

Richard Harman (Politik): Beleaguered Bridges revels in Ardern backdown

Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): Leadership locked into a single issue

Claire Trevett (Herald): PM Jacinda Ardern’s fuel tax moment delights National’s Bridges, surprise for Shane Jones

Emma Hatton (RNZ): ’There will be no other regional fuel taxes while I am Prime Minister’

Alice Webb-LIddall (Newshub): Jacinda Ardern promises no more fuel taxes while she’s Prime Minister

Thomas Manch and Collette Devlin (Stuff): Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern rules out more regional fuel taxes

Jenée Tibshraeny (Interest): Ardern rules out regional fuel taxes beyond Auckland while she’s PM

Jason Walls (Herald): National hits back at Prime Minister for making up ‘policy on the hoof’

Jenna Lynch (Newshub): Government slams ‘mischief-making’, ‘desperate’ Simon Bridges over fuel tax claims

Melanie Earley, Todd Niall and Dileepa Fonsenka (Stuff): Regional fuel tax wouldn’t work outside Auckland, AA says

Herald: No regional fuel tax for Wellington, council says

Zane Small (Newshub): Wellington could be next in line for regional fuel tax

Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): Law change clears way for Commerce Commission probe into fuel prices

Jason Walls and Derek Cheng (Herald): New law means competition regulator can now investigate fuel companies

1News: Poll: Rising petrol costs causing Kiwis to cut back on driving and essential spending

Migrant exploitation, employment

MIchael Morrah (Newshub): ’Abuse of power’: Immigration Minister fumes over overseas students’ treatment

Katie Fitzgerald (Newshub): Migrant worker exploitation rampant across hospitality industry – Union

Katie Scotcher (RNZ): ’We still have some old, inherited cultures of power’


Jane Patterson (RNZ): One Year On: Rating the government’s performance

Leigh-Marama McLachlan (RNZ): One Year On: Māori remain optimistic under Labour-led Government

Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): Coalition has held together and prospered

Stuff: Jacinda Ardern on Clarke Gayford going back to work: ‘We’re just making it work’

Newshub: ’We’re making it work’: Jacinda Ardern discusses Clarke Gayford’s return to work


Talisa Kupenga (Māori TV): Parliament workplace culture needs “tidy-up” – CultureSafe

Laura Wiltshire (Hawkes Bay Today): Claims of voter suppression in Flaxmere go to Parliament

Bryce Edwards (Newsroom): Former politicians spend $1.1m on travel

Will Harvie (Stuff): The mysteries contained in the Government’s official newspaper

Daniela Maoate-Cox (RNZ): 100 years of Parliament’s debating chamber


David Fisher (Herald): OIA inquiry launched after lobby group exposed using false names to get information

No Right Turn: Looking into it II


RNZ: NZ confirms refugee offer is 150 each year

Herlad: Nauru refugees would be screened before coming to NZ

Foreign affairs, defence

Nina Hall (Stuff): Seeking a broader debate on New Zealand’s role in the world

Philip Matthew (Stuff): Give the peace unit a chance

Tara Leota-Seiuli, Torisse Laulu, and David Tokiharu Mayeda (Newsroom): A history lesson in Pacific ‘leeching’

Herald: Defence Ministers of US, Russia, Japan and New Zealand respond to the ‘scourge of terrorism’

Primary industries

Stuff: New Zealand’s chicken industry in six graphs

Cecile Meier (Stuff): Is free-range chicken worth the extra cost?

RNZ: Mycoplasma bovis eradication cost split still undecided

Guy Trafford (Interest): How our current struggle with mycoplasma bovis compares with how others have tackled major animal disease outbreaks

RNZ: NZ patrols find no serious fisheries offending

1News: Over keen fishers stung with $4000 in fines after taking undersized fish

Mike Chapman (Newshub): Horticulture on a roll

Environment and conservation

Dominic Harris (Stuff): $3500 bill for every household in small-town New Zealand to fix ageing wastewater plants

Gavin Evans (Newsroom): Costs of improved waste treatment

Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): ’Perfect storm’ of climate change and growing conflict

Victoria University of Wellington (Newsroom): Why NZ vineyards are resting on climate change laurels

Sarah Mead (Newsroom): Court decision on greenhouse gas emissions a warning for NZ

RNZ: Carbon neutral project in Southland wins government funding

Māori TV: Landmark court decision to protect Westport Water Conservation Reserve

RNZ: Fixing Te Mata Peak’s contentious track could cost $1m

Chris Harrowell (Stuff): Water quality alert at south Auckland’s Weymouth Beach lifted after 18 years

Dave De Lorean and Leith Huffadine (Stuff): We’re interrupting dolphins’ downtime, and it’s wearing them out

Luke Appleby (1News): DOC investigating after leopard seal found dead with suspected gunshot wound near Bluff

Treaty claims

Anna Bracewell-Worrall (Newshub): ’It’s theft’: Government faces decade in court over Māori water rights

David Rankin (Herald): Ngāpuhi will never settle Treaty claims on today’s procedure


Marty Sharpe (Stuff): Median length of stay in a rest home for someone receiving govt funding is just 1.7 years

Nicholas Jones (Herald): ’Through the cracks’: 11-year-old loses sight waiting for treatment

Eva Corlett (RNZ): Anonymous letter reopens inquest into medical student’s death nine years later

Ruby Macandrew (Stuff): Calls for Pharmac review after funds made available to offset wage settlements

Mike Houlahan (ODT): Hep C drug delay confirmed

Katy Jones (Stuff): Mental health nurse says return of attacker shows victims’ rights ignored

Rachael Kelly (Stuff):Southland anaesthetic technicians give notice of strike action

Esther Taunton (Stuff): Study links glyphosate to antibiotic resistance

Paul Elias (Stuff): Cancer ruling against Monsanto weed killer Roundup is upheld in US


Jessica Long (Stuff): Schools not quick enough to recruit teachers, claims Education Minister Chris Hipkins

Herald: More than 2000 applications for New Zealand teaching jobs

John Lewis (ODT): Teacher shortage looming in South

Simon Collins (Herald): Ōtāhuhu College closes activity centre for at-risk teens after damning ERO report

Jessica Long (Stuff): Victoria University name change decision could be ‘legally challenged’, minister says

Media and broadcasting

Damien Venuto (Herald): TVNZ may charge Kiwis for online TV next year

Herald: NZME and Stuff won’t challenge Court of Appeal media merger decision

BusinessDesk: NZME and Stuff pull plug on merger

RNZ: NZME gives up on plans to merge with Stuff

RNZ: Reporter wins award for stories on Lake Alice mental hospital


Phil Pennington (RNZ): Auckland MP wants answers over brake test failings

Phil Pennington (RNZ): VTNZ admits using inferior brake test on Waiheke Island

Damian George (Stuff): Ōtaki to north of Levin highway gets green light following Government review

Kate Nicol-Williams (1News): Tranzurban asks for mediation as it seeks agreement with Wellington bus drivers

RNZ: Two injuries a day after e-scooters sent out on streets

Katie Fitzgerald (Newshub): Road or footpath? The official ruling on where Limes should be used

Cameron Smith (Herald): Auckland public sees red as concerns grow around the safety of Lime e-scooters


Astrid Austin (Hawkes Bay Today): Skype a cop: The new crime-fighting technique being trialled in Waipukurau

1News: Watch: NZ Police release another big-budget recruitment ad, laden with Kiwi humour

Scott Palmer (Newshub): Watch: NZ Police release hilarious new recruitment video


Phil Twyford (Herald): Light rail will serve Auckland commuters as well as the airport

Peter Williams (Herald): That sinking feeling about a new Auckland waterfront stadium

Geoff Cooper (Herald): Why Auckland’s growth is wavering


Jason Walls and Derek Cheng (Herald): Comprehensive Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal passes third reading

Collette Devlin (Stuff): CPTPP trade deal one step closer as amendment bill passes third reading

Legal profession

Tom Hunt (Stuff): New NZ Law Society president enters amid #Metoo turmoil

Te Aniwa Hurihanganui (RNZ): NZ Law Society elects first woman of Pacific descent as president

Te Aniwa Hurihanganui (RNZ): Law firm offers staff extra six weeks of paid parental leave


Paula Penfold and Eugene Bingham (Stuff): Privacy commissioner recommends Serco could be liable for damages over missing video of beaten prisoner

ODT Editorial: Expand Royal Commission’s brief

Tamsyn Parker (Herald): Employers should have to pay KiwiSaver for over 65s – academic

Pattrick Smellie (Stuff): Giving oxygen to hydrogen

BusinessDesk: Govt Minister Kris Faafoi tweaks legislation and protect Kiwis from bill shock

RNZ: Steel and Tube fined a record $1.9m for ‘grossly negligent’ conduct

Megan Sutherland (Newshub): Steel and Tube fined $1.8 million for misleading public over earthquake strenghtening mesh

RNZ: NZ moves up to second place on riskiest country rankings

Tamsyn Parker (Herald): ‘NZ second riskiest country for insurance’: global research

Gareth Vaughan (Interest): MBIE strongly opposed to the introduction of a comprehensive creditor licensing regime as part of government’s loan shark crackdown

Susan Edmunds (Stuff): How Kiwis get into mega debt trouble

Jo LInes-MacKenzie (Stuff): Street’s recycling dumped in rubbish truck 

Katie Scotcher (RNZ): Only 1.5% of Te Papa’s collection on display

John Tamihere (Herald): Milestones that shaped our nation

RNZ: Water filter firm sold $12m of units with unsubstantiated claims

Amy Williams (RNZ): Hobson’s Pledge receives apology: ‘We are not racist and we are not anti-Māori’

Conan Young (RNZ): Quake-damaged homes a rich resource for some

RNZ: NZ investigation into needles in strawberries closes without arrest

RNZ: NZ Cycle Trail to get $770k upgrade

Mere McLean (Māori TV): Reviving the Tokelauan language

1News: Georgina Beyer follows footsteps of political giants, speaking at Oxford Union

Tracey Roxburgh (ODT): Public outcry leads to U-turn on freedom camping plans

RNZ: Consumer spending growth rate outpaces Australia

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