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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Press Editorial: The Government is in good shape on its first anniversary

Claire Trevett (Herald): Kindness and chaos – Ardern and Peters are the political odd couple

Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): Politics’ odd couple mark one year in power

Toby Manhire (Spinoff): On their first birthday, how is the National-NZ First government getting on?

ODT: Baby steps: PM faces sobering challenges

Tracy Watkins (Stuff): Jacinda Ardern and Winston Peters on making their relationship work

1News: One year on, Jacinda Ardern and Winston Peters reflect on the decision to work together

Claire Trevett (Herald): Government turns one: PM Jacinda Ardern and NZ First leader Winston Peters look back – and forward to 2020

Jane Patterson (RNZ): One Year On: Together in the political hot seat

Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): All smiles for the Government one year on

Talisa Kupenga (Māori TV): PM and deputy PM talk first year in govt

Peter Dunne: NZ First and Greens move to promote their brands more vigorously

Angela Cuming (Huff Post): This Could Be The Most Progressive Country On Earth

Devdiscourse: New Zealand: Analysts fault PM Ardern for making slow progress

RNZ: Beyond the Beehive: Students mark the govt on fees policy

Alice Webb-LIddall (Newshub): Kids quiz Jacinda Ardern on 1080, petrol prices, mental health at PM’s Picnic

Collette Devlin (Stuff): Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern hosts kids’ picnic, but all eyes are on Neve

Herald: ’Ja Mon!’ Baby Neve receives hilarious gift from world leader

Newshub: Prime Minister of St Lucia’s unique gift to baby Neve

National Party, political finance

Matthew Hooton (Herald): Jami-Lee Ross fiasco a symptom of wider disease

David Fisher (Herald): The chain of events which put Jami-Lee Ross in mental health care began with a concerning text to a former lover

Martyn Bradbury Daily Blog): Cameron Slater drops an atomic bomb on National

Bryce Edwards (Herald): Should taxpayers fund political parties?

Bryce Edwards (Newsroom): State funding of parties is bad for democracy

Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): Where’s the scandal in political donations?

Simon Louisson (Standard): Ross saga quiescent, but donations scandal needs addressing

Greg Presland (Standard): Nothing to worry about

Peter Dunne (Newsroom): Serious questions amid salacious gossip

1News: Greens’ Marama Davidson wants political donation system changed – ‘We’re a bit open for corruption’

Herald: Greens reiterate call for change after National received $3.5m in anonymous donations

Bryce Edwards (RNZ): The case for and against Judith Collins leading National

Tova O’Brien (Newshub): Winston Peters won’t rule out working with Simon Bridges after 2020 election

Herald: The Country: Simon Bridges: I’ve been through a fire but I’ve come out stronger

Merepeka Raukawa-Tait (Rotorua Daily Post): What we can learn from the Jami-Lee Ross saga

Kyle MacDonald (Herald): Jami-Lee Ross and New Zealand’s need for compassion

No Right Turn: An admisison of guilt


Herald: Justice Minister Andrew Little is changing voting laws to allow enrolling on Election Day

Collette Devlin (Stuff): The Electoral Commission wants Parliament to make voting changes

Jo Moir (RNZ): Minister wants voters to be able to register on election day

Michael Daly (Stuff): Former MPs, partners travel cost $1.1m in past year

No Right Turn: Time to end this rort

Stephanie MItchell (Stuff): Do celebrities really have the skills to be political leaders?

Fuel taxes and petrol prices

Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): Since Jacinda Ardern said consumers were being fleeced, Z Energy shareholders have lost more than $500m

Craig McCulloch (RNZ): PM rejects claims regional fuel tax promise was impromptu

Derek Cheng (Herald): PM Jacinda Ardern’s claims over regional fuel tax ‘silly’ and not credible – National

Derek Cheng (Herald): PM says she was ‘very clear’ about regional fuel tax ban well before yesterday

Jason Walls (Herald): Not telling Shane Jones about ruling out new regional fuel taxes a ‘glitch on our part’ says Transport Minister

Craig McCulloch (RNZ): Regional fuel tax off the table: Local government wants alternatives

Newshub: Borrowing, road tolls better than taxes – Infrastructure NZ

Newshub: Jacinda Ardern’s climate change crusade ‘nothing but hot air’ – Ryan Bridge

1News: Families face stark choice between filling up their car or their kids’ bellies, budgeting service says

Colin Craig vs Cameron Slater

Alison Mau (Stuff): Colin Craig defamation case breaks new ground for victims of sexual harassment

Cameron Slater: Craig vs Slater: MacGregor vindicated

Herald :’It’s a win’: Colin Craig labels lawsuit a victory, despite sexual harassment ruling

Dan Satherley and Karen Rutherford (Newshub): Colin Craig claims victory in Cameron Slater defamation case, considers appeal anyway

Sam Hurley (Herald): The rise and fall of Colin Craig: A brief and bizarre delve into politics

Cameron Slater: Craig v Slater: Damning findings against Craig, found to have sexually harassed Rachel MacGregor

Cameron Slater: Craig vs Slater: What the judge said about me

Sam Hurley (Herald): Judge rules Cameron Slater defamed Colin Craig who sexually harassed Rachel MacGregor

Tommy Livingston (Stuff): Colin Craig defamed by Cameron Slater, but also found ‘guilty’ of sexual harassment

Sarah Robson (RNZ): Judge rules Colin Craig was defamed by Cameron Slater

Dan Satherley (Newshub): Colin Craig ‘guilty of moderately serious sexual harassment’ against Rachel MacGregor, judge rules

David Farrar: Zero damages in Craig vs Slater

Primary industries

Rosalind Holland (Stuff): I met a ‘meat chicken’ en route to the slaughter and she was just a baby

Gerard Hutching (Stuff): Free range meat chicken claims fail to stack up

Stuff: Five graphs which show how big New Zealand’s chicken industry is

Sophie Bateman (Newshub): No good reason for pig farrowing crates – animal expert

Herald: Woman in cage outside Parliament protests against farrowing crates

Angie Skerrett (Newshub): Milestone for M bovis team


ODT Editorial: Hospitals too valuable to politicise

Cate Broughton (Stuff): Population growth drives suicide rate down, but total number of deaths still rising

Nicholas Jones (Herald): Review Pharmac model, urge breast cancer petitioners

Herald: Alarming number of Kiwis failing to slip, slop and slap, study finds

Regan Paranihi (Māori TV): Kaumātua concerns highlighted in new report

Natalie Akoorie (Herald): Health and Disability Commissioner seeks advice over conflict of interest claim

Herald: Ministry warns of dangers of purchasing medicines online

David Clarkson and Joel Ineson (Stuff): Canterbury couple who stole $500k from disabled clients avoid prison

Birttany Keogh (Stuff): Meet the young woman hoping to be the Far North’s first female Māori GP

Drug law

1News: Kiwis divided on legalising cannabis, but more are in favour, 1 NEWS poll reveals

1News: MPs reveal when they last smoked cannabis

Tova O’Brien (Newshub):’We could fix that’: Government’s changes to medicinal cannabis Bill

Vomle Springford (Noted): What you learn at NZ’s cannabis museum-cafe ‘will stay in your system for weeks’

Wendy Allison (Spinoff): Here comes festival season, where dodgy drugs thrive thanks to a dumb law


Katie Scotcher (RNZ): National MP has ‘no problem’ speaking at conference on bullying

Kirk Hope (Stuff): Migration must balance priorities of communities with need to attract skills to NZ

Nicole Lawton and Matthew Rosenberg (Stuff): ’Be a safe guy’: Kaitaia comedian uses humour to speak up for Māori workers

Matthew Ronsenberg (Stuff): Unsuccessful female candidate told store opted for ‘physically strong’ male

1News: Ecostore tells Auckland shop manager ‘what discrimination is’ after she gave job to ‘physically strong’ man


1News: Primary teachers, principals vote for rolling strikes nationwide next month

Jessica Long (Stuff): Primary school teachers and principals vote to strike across country

Newshub: Teachers vote ‘overwhelmingly in favour’ of week of strikes

Herald: Primary school teachers vote to commence rolling strikes

RNZ: Primary school teachers vote for rolling strikes

Adele Redmond (Stuff): One in five teacher training graduates don’t work in schools

Jessica Long (Stuff): Students are missing out on science due to inadequate training, says science group

John Lewis (ODT): OGHS pupils given option of trousers

Simon Collins (Herald): Mt Albert Grammar shuts out senior students on final day of school to avoid pranks

Transport, roading

Tom Hunt (Stuff): MPs, union, and companies in harmony: Capital bus overhaul too big, too quick

RNZ: NZ Bus chief takes swipe at council over troubled bus network

RNZ: Few passengers miss the bus as Wellington bus drivers strike

Matthew Littlewood (Stuff): Timaru could become national leader in public transport

NIta Blake-Persen (RNZ): Checkpoint: Lime e-scooters: Genius idea or public nuisance?

1News: Auckland mayor orders Lime scooter safety probe after city councillor almost hit

Alice Wilkins (Newshub): Auckland council to seek advice on Lime Scooter safety

RNZ: E-scooter safety check urgently needed – councillor

Mandy Te (Stuff): Explainer: Where can you ride e-scooters and what are the rules?

RNZ: Coroner probes train speeds after death of 11-year-old

Cleo Fraser (Newshub): ’Slow the hell down’: Grieving Ngaruawahia mum’s plea to train drivers after daughter’s death

Lois Williams (RNZ): Whangārei MP says road plan change a letdown for the north


Mitchell Alexander (Newshub): Solar panels weren’t considered for Kiwibuild

Mānia Clarke (Māori TV): Kaumātua concerned KiwiBuild homes unaffordable

Regan Paranihi (Māori TV): Minister announces 175 new homes for Te Kauwhata

Anne Gibson (Herald): Landlords want new three strikes rule to evict tenants

CPAG: Rental reform proposal offers little more than minor modifications

Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Methamphetamine rules unclear as insurers stick to lower standard

Treaty of Waitangi

Leigh-Marama McLachlan (RNZ): Waitangi tribunal judges burnt out – Chief Judge speaks out

RNZ: Meeting over who should lead Ngāpuhi treaty negotiations

Rukuwai Tipene-Allen (Māori TV): Crown proposal causing division

No Right Turn: Ignoring the obvious solution

Royal visit

Gordon Campbell: On our addiction to the monarchy

Refugees, foreign affairs

AAP: Australia later blocking entry of asylum seekers accepted by NZ risks undermining all Kiwis’ rights: Winston Peters

Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): Push for peace from new foreign policy body

MIchael Reddell: “Free from interference” – Ardern

Environment and conservation

Jamie Morton (Herald): ’Breakthrough’ plan to tackle NZ’s vanishing nature

RNZ: Forest & Bird hails biodiversity report as breakthrough

Laura Mills (ODT): Public’s views on whitebait fishery sought

1News: Whitebaiters could hold the key to securing the future of endangered New Zealand tradition

Mark Quinlivan (Stuff): Greenpeace protesters escape conviction over Mackenzie farm demonstration

Stuff: Invasive wilding pines concern

RNZ: Controversial Craggy Range track found to be dangerous

Scott Palmer (Newshub): Auckland’s filthiest beaches: Where ‘faecal contamination’ is worst


Matt Stewart (Stuff): New Defence Force boss ushers in major shake-up of military top brass

Jamie Tahana (RNZ): Giant conch shell unveiled as NZ’s memorial to Pacific soldiers

Oil and gas exploration

Gavin Evans (Newsroom): Submitters send serious message on exploration ban

No Right Turn: Climate Change: One state at a time

Media and broadcasting

Eden More (RNZ): Legend of television: Tini Molyneux

Tema Hemi (Māori TV): Tini Molyneux receives Television Legend award

James Croot (Stuff): TVNZ contemplating charging Kiwis for an ad-free on-demand service

John Drinnan: Seven best of the credible media left

Entrust election

Todd Niall (Stuff): Entrust election staggers to possible record low turnout

No Right Turn: Voter suppression right here in NZ

Relationship property laws

Elena McPhee (ODT): Property division law examined

Isaac Davison (Herlad): Time to ditch 50-50 split after a breakup? A majority of New Zealanders think so

Emma Cropper (Newshub): How New Zealand’s divorce laws could soon change


Stuff: Hamish Carter resigns from High Performance NZ

RNZ: Former Olympic champion resigns after leaking information to Peden

Local government

Janine Rankin (Stuff): Peace Action heads to court over weapons forum

Tina Law (Stuff): Christchurch residents need to conserve water to avoid restrictions, mayor says

Chris Morris (ODT): DCC calls for review of debt arrangements

Tourism, freedom camping

1News: Cruise ships’ air pollution sparks calls for Government to sign international rules

Dan Dalgety (RNZ): Cruise scheduling angers Akaroa locals: ‘It’s just chaos’

RNZ: Plans to control Queenstown freedom camping revealed

Ngāi Tahu

Moana Makapelu Lee (Māori TV): Ngāi Tahu net worth $1.65bil

Chris Hutching (Stuff): Ngāi Tahu more cautious looking ahead as it posts strong profit

RNZ: Profit climbs to $150m for Ngāi Tahu iwi


Richard Harman (Politik): Saving Labour from itself

Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Humans still have final say on ‘almost all’ NZ government decisions

Jason Walls (Herald): Trade Minister David Parker unable to secure steel and aluminium tariff exemption on US trip

Herald: Landlord to up rent after getting $1500 power bill for one week

Stuff: Most of Wellington – and the rest of New Zealand – hasn’t done basic earthquake preparation

Michael Littlewood (Interest): The Tax Working Group’s recommendations on retirement saving lack evidence

1News: Calls in NZ for non-disclosure agreements to be banned in sexual assault cases

Laura Walters (Newsroom): Has NZ got the balance right on free speech?

Samuel Becher and Jessica Lai (Newsroom): What fake honey and trade wars have in common

Herald: Bill to establish reviews of criminal cases passes first reading

Morgan Godfery: High Court to the MWWL: “more care and gentleness required”

Anuna Nadkarni (Stuff): Tech awards speakers have more ‘John’s, Mark’s and Wayne’s’ than women

RNZ: Plagued Hawke’s Bay museum could sell items to cut costs

Gyles Beckford (RNZ): NZ posts record monthly trade deficit

Phil Pennington (RNZ): Steel & Tube says its conduct was ‘unintentional’ after record fine

Taroi Black (Māori TV): SPCA launches unique book in te reo Māori

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