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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Thomas Coughlan (Newsroom): One year on: Change worthy of its name?

Tracy Watkins (Stuff): The Government no-one saw coming just turned one

Heather du-Plessis Allan (Herald): Hats off to Ardern and Peters

Claire Trevett (Herald): Ahoy! One year down but pirates ahead for PM Jacinda Ardern

Newsroom: One year in: the fault lines ahead

Chris Trotter (Daily Blog): Who Do The Greens Think They Are?

Brigitte Morten (RNZ): Few fireworks in Labour-NZ First marriage, but is govt delivering?

Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): One year of the new Government: The faded hope of a hollow promise – grading Labour, NZ First & Greens

Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): One year of the new Government: The faded hope of a hollow promise – grading the issues

1News: Ardern and Peters say coalition ‘better than expected’ on first anniversary, Bridges sees ‘disarray’

Newshub: The Project: Jacinda Ardern word association game

TVNZ: Marae: Labour’s deputy leader brought to tears during candid TV interview

National Party

Graham Adams (Noted): Has National weathered the Jami-Lee Ross storm?

David Fisher (Herald): Jami-Lee Ross: New text from ‘homeless’ MP reveals the tipping point

Selwyn Manning (Evening Report): National Affairs and the Public Interest

John Anthony (Stuff): National president named chairman of Chinese conference by alleged donor Zhang

Martyn van Beynen (Stuff):How do we handle a mentally unwell MP?

Lizzie Marvelly (Herald): Why I sympathise with Jami-Lee Ross

Steve Braunias (Herald): Secret Diary of … Judith Collins

Mike Williams (Hawkes Bay Today): Must be time for a post Jami-Lee Ross National Party clean-out

Peter Griffin (Listener): Covert recordings and the laws and ethics behind them

Political finance

Dan Satherley and Simon Shepherd (Newshub): State-funding political parties ‘not our culture’ – Andrew Little

Geoff Simmons (Spinoff): The Greens’ proposed donation ban would serve to ban new parties from parliament

Liam Hehir (Spinoff): The case for anonymous political donations


Chris Trotter: Too Close For Comfort

Tim Watkin (Pundit): Don’t give me culture – change it

Collette Devlin (Stuff): How parties plan to stomp out sexual harassment in political arena

Deborah Hill Cone (Herald): Can something positive come out of Jami-Lee Ross mess?

Peter Wilson (RNZ): Week in Politics: Who would want to lead National right now?

The Standard: An Ineffectual Opposition Is Bad News


Bernard Orsman (Herald): First KiwiBuild families continues Labour tradition of providing decent, warm, dry homes

1News: Concern Government creating greater inequality with KiwiBuild homes

Jenna Lynch (Newshub): Housing crisis to worsen despite Government’s KiwiBuild policy

Teuila Fuatai (Newsroom): KiwiBuild: a ‘community trainwreck’

Pacific Media Centre: Housing trust chief slams ‘short cuts’ approach to NZ homes crisis

Eva Corlett (RNZ): First KiwiBuild families welcomed to new Papakura homes

Laine Moger (Stuff): First KiwiBuild families welcomed to new homes by Prime Minister

Herald: First KiwiBuild families welcomed by PM Jacinda Ardern at Papakura launch

Katie Fitzgerald and Emma Cropper (Newshub): Jacinda Ardern, Phil Twyford welcome first families to new KiwiBuild development

Katie Fitzgerald (Newshub): ’This is obviously a citrus tree’ – PM responds to ‘mischievous’ comments about KiwiBuild gift

Herald: ’Thank you Ms Jacinda’ – PM shares heartwarming note from youngest KiwiBuild resident

No Right Turn: Climate Change: Labour isn’t serious

Anne Gibson (Herald):Tenants for life? Open-ended tenancies suggested in wide-sweeping rent law reform

Jacob McSweeny (Whanganui Chronicle): Former Rent Centre inspector says company used incoming bonds to pay outgoing tenants

Ben Leahy (Herald): Herne Bay homes make almost 20 times more money in one year than average city worker

Catherine Harris (Stuff): Falling Australian house prices a warning for NZ: commentator

Lydia Lewis (Newshub): Homeless advocate fights back as Auckland Council tears down makeshift homes


Southland Times Editorial: Law Commission steps up on abortion

Dan Satherley and Simon Shepherd (Newshub): Justice Minister Andrew Little backs removing legal restrictions on abortions up to 22 weeks

RNZ: Abortion law reform options an improvement – advocate

Liz Bedoe (Newsroom): Time to change outdated abortion laws

Eleanor Ainge Roy (Guardian): New Zealand pro-choice campaigners hail move towards abortion law reform

Jackie Edmond (Spinoff): Explaining the Law Commission’s alternative approaches to abortion law

1News: NZ’s first major step in abortion law reform in 40 years gets support from PM

Melanie Earley and Hannah Martin (Stuff): Government considers three options for abortion law reform

Stuff: Law Commission proposes Govt repeals criminal offences in abortion law reform

Thomas Coughlan (Newsroom): Three options for abortion law reform

Anna Whyte (1News): Law Commission’s alternative approaches to abortion released, if it is removed from the Crimes Act

Katie Fitzgerald and Anna Bracewell-Worrall (Newshub): Abortion Law review findings released

Jo Moir (RNZ): Abortion not a crime if Labour delivers on law change

Lucy Bennett (Herald): Law Commission proposes repealing criminal offences for abortions

David Farrar: Three options for abortion reform

No Right Turn: Reforming abortion law


Simon Collins (Herald): Early childhood teacher shortage means teachers can get ‘whatever they want’

John Gerritsen (RNZ): One Year On: Teachers disappointed and frustrated

Nicholas Boyack (Stuff): Employment Relations Authority to facilitate in teachers’ strike

1News: Talks planned to try and stop teachers strikes next month

Adele Redmond (Stuff): NZEI and Education Ministry ‘urgently’ seek independent facilitation as primary teachers and principals vote for further strikes

1News: Union wants Government to prioritise cash for teachers, in wake of $5.5 billion surplus

Jason Walls (Herald): Chris Hipkins is ‘disappointed but not surprised’ with teachers’ decision to strike next month

Amber-Leigh Woolf (Stuff): Education Minister says Government sympathises with frustrated teachers: ‘We’ve got a lot of work to do’

Alex Baird (Newshub): Classrooms of 40 students: Primary school teachers vote to strike over pay and work conditions

Jamie Ensor (Newshub): Government’s $5.5 billion surplus gives Chris Hipkins more options to deal with teachers’ strikes than National had – Nikki Kaye

Dan Satherley (Newshub): Government ‘just useless’ at negotiating with teachers – Judith Collins

RNZ: ’The recruitment into teaching is not really the big problem’ – Education Secretary

Bronwyn Wood (Newsroom): Engaged students make for engaged citizens

Tom Dillane (Herald):The parent trap: How to navigate the minefield of intervening in your child’s bullying

Chris Morris (ODT): 165 sign request to rename college

Jason Walls (Herald): Fees-free education keeping cost of living down for high-spending households, Stats NZ data shows

Cameron Bagrie (Herald): It’s time to end interest-free student loans

Aine Kelly-Costello (Newshub): Outrage and sadness as eminent flute Professor farewelled

Point of Order: Sir Ernest Rutherford today could go to university and learn how to synthesise his science with Māori belief

Ruwani Perera (Newshub): Meet Tamatha Paul, Victoria University’s first wahine student president


Matthew Rosenberg and Paul Mitchell (Stuff): Jailed drug-dealer escapes deportation as Government grants him NZ residency

Catherine Harris (Stuff): Drug dealer’s residency exemption not the norm

Lucy Bennett (Herald): National wants answers after convicted drug-smuggler Karel Sroubek granted residence

Jamie Ensor (Newshub):Immigration Minister ‘under threat’ after granting foreign drug importer NZ residency – Mark Mitchell

RNZ: Czech drug smuggler gains residence in NZ

Steve Kilgallon and Dileepa Fonseka (Stuff): The Big Scam: ‘Marriages for sale’ in alleged visa rort

Skara Bohny (Stuff): Immigration to take more regional approach, says minister

Colin Craig vs Cameron Slater

Andrew Geddis (Pundit): The only winning move is not to play

Sam Brooks (Spinoff): All the biggest burns in the Colin Craig v Cameron Slater judgment

Fuel taxes and petrol prices

Fran O’Sullivan (Herald): Will Ardern’s fondness for ‘captain’s calls’ come back to bite her?

Newshub: Home support workers ‘having to pay out of our pockets’ to keep working thanks to high petrol prices

Jessie Chiang (RNZ): Petrol station boycott sparks response from thousands

Herald: ’We have the power’: Kiwis give fuel companies middle finger as nationwide boycott underway


Emma Russell (Herald): ’I am scared’: South Auckland woman’s plea to end obesity-cancer epidemic

Melanie Earley (Stuff): One third of Kiwis drinking ‘hazardously’ their entire adult lives, research shows

Eleanor Ainge Roy (Guardian): One in three New Zealanders drink dangerously through their entire lives – study

Cate Broughton (Stuff): ACC says bogus case managers for “high risk” claimants legal

RNZ: One social insurance scheme could work better – expert

Tom Hunt (Stuff): Leaky pipes threaten Wellington hospital operating theatres

LIbby Wilson (Stuff): Hunt on for nurses at Waikato DHB in wake of safer staffing agreement

Lincoln Tan (Herald): Burnout leaving hospital doctors ‘unable to care’, putting patients at risk

Cate Broughton (Stuff): Natural toothpaste will lead to epidemic of dental decay: dentists

Oliver Lewis (Stuff): Christchurch Hospital contractor breached consent over non-approved pipes

Janet Hoek and Philip Gendall (Public Health Expert): Tobacco product innovation in a smokefree world. Oxymoron or commercial cynicism?

Brian Easton (Pundit): Should We Tax Sugar?

Jo McKenzie-McLean (Stuff): Concern for patients as Central Otago after hours health service cut

Dale Husband (E-Tangata): Fa’afetai Sopoaga: Connecting communities in Dunedin

Laura Macdonald (Newshub): Kiwis’ slip, slop, slap and wrap knowledge slipping away

RNZ: Beyond the Beehive: What the govt should do about mental health

John Boynton (RNZ): Many kaumātua feel isolated – report

Jess McAllen (RNZ): History repeating – New Zealand’s mental health inquiries

Bridget Grace (Newshub): ’Bark up’ rural mental health campaign launches


Spinoff: Reeferendum: what should the question on cannabis legalisation be?

Finn Hogan (Newshub): New Zealand ‘well-behind’ on lifesaving drug reform – Helen Clark

1News: Greens and NZ First at odds over how to deal with deadly synthetic cannabis crisis

Vicki Anderson (Stuff): Crying on a P pipe’: Rachel’s life on meth

Protection for whistleblowers

Catherine Harris (Stuff): Organisations may face stiffer obligations to whistle-blowers

Lucy Bennett (Herald): State Services Commission reports back on possible stronger protections for whistle-blowers

Foreign affairs

Michael Appleton (Spinoff): An eye, an ear, a voice: 75 years of New Zealand in the world

RNZ: NZ Foreign Minister defends assistance to PNG for APEC

Peter McKenzie (Newsroom): Time for NZ to get tough on China

MIchael Reddell: New Zealand, the PRC, and our traditional partners

Nauru refugees

Jamie Ensor (Newshub): Overwhelming support from Australians for Nauru refugees to be moved to New Zealand poll

AAP (Guardian): Almost 80% of voters support NZ resettlement for children on Nauru, poll shows

Waleed Aly (Sydney Morning Herald): New Zealand, asylum seekers and nonsense: An Australian perspective

Paul Little (Herald): What to do about Saudi Arabia?

Justice, corrections

Rob Mitchell (Stuff): The struggle to house child sex offenders and keep society safe

Samantha Gee (Stuff): Raped woman backs stronger rights for victims attacked by those declared insane

Laura Walters (Newsroom): Fixing the justice system will take a generation

David Farrar: Disappointed National voted against

Blair Ensor (Stuff): Prison guard Alastair Wood receives final warning over alleged interfering in investigation

Stuff: Retired Supreme Court judge John McGrath dies


Scott Palmer (Newshub): Police failing to meet emergency response times targets

Mike Wesley-Smith and Finn Hogan (Newshub): Revealed: No GPS trackers in NZ Police fleet

Te Kuru o te Marama Dewes (Māori TV): A sign of the times

Annette Lambly (Stuff): Northland’s new top cop to focus on leadership

RNZ: Cop who made racist remarks wins $11,000 police payout


RNZ: Little confident in proposed Ngāpuhi Treaty settlement model

Rukuwai Tipene-Allen (Māori TV): Hapū outraged at ‘rushed’ voting process

Te Aniwa Hurihanganui (RNZ): Ngāpuhi vote soon on model for biggest ever treaty settlement

Environment and conservation

Rod Oram (Newsroom): The crucial but contentious methane decision

Sean Connelly (ODT): Food system needs new ‘sense’

Jonathan Milne (Stuff):  To cull protected fur seals or to consign muttonbirding to history?

Rachael Kelly (Stuff): Southern Māori ask to ‘control’ protected fur seal population to save muttonbirding heritage

Amber-Leigh Woolf (Stuff): It’s ‘Save The Kiwi’ month, yet they’re declining at 2 per cent a year

Claudia Palmer (Spinoff): The oil and gas ban shows NZ as a true leader on the hardest issue of our times

Cameron Madgwick (Spinoff): If the oil and gas ban is really a good idea, why are they rushing it through?

Sophie Barclay (Stuff): Photo essay: Battling Big Oil in the dangerous southern ocean

Tracy Neal (RNZ): Plan to burn treated timber in landfill kiln gets binned

Bayley Moor (Stuff): Volunteer groups contribute $1million in unpaid pest control

Newshub: Funeral to be held for endangered Hector and Māui dolphins killed in 2018

Nicholas Boyack (Stuff): Trio call for ‘common sense’ after defying closure and walking Te Mata track

Caley Callahan (Newshub): ’He was a legend’: Beloved DoC ranger Paul Hondelink killed in Wanaka helicopter crash farewelled

Primary industries

Waikato Times Editorial: The chicken conundrum

Sally Rae (ODT): Food, fibre fund open for business

RNZ: Large-scale Canterbury irrigation project in new hands

Tess Brunton (RNZ): Agritourism with a touch of Southern hospitality

Newshub: Ministry for Primary Industries catches group of 11 people poaching crayfish and kina

Herald: Six adults, five kids caught with dozens of crayfish poached from Gisborne marine reserve

Regional development

1News: Rail corridor from Whangarei to Marsden Point gets underway

Mere McLean (Māori TV): 150 new jobs set for Kawerau

Mere McLean (Māori TV):$2mil of Provincial Growth Fund to be invested into Kawerau


Lucy Bennett (Herald): Small Business Council to consider future of Small Business Council

Ben Mack (Idealog): How the World Indigenous Business Forum is empowering rangatahi and supporting Māori business

RNZ: Women still scarce on boards of NZ’s top companies

Chris Keall (Herald):Researchers reveal best and worst NZ companies for women on boards, call for action

Media and broadcasting

Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Government could help pave way towards a solution for the media

Jeremy Rose (RNZ): Politics, sex and the media

Glen McConnell (Stuff): The future for TVNZ: How it plans to win the war against Sky TV and Netflix

Mark Jennings (Newsroom):TVNZ could merge with RNZ: Kevin Kenrick

Mere McLean (Māori TV): Māori radio excellence acknowledged

Kim Knight (Herald): John Campbell: ‘It’s not easy being the world’s most uptight man’

Nevak Rogers (E-Tangata): Windows into other worlds

Defence Industry Association forum

John Hinchcliff (Manawatū Standard): Mysterious Defence ‘forum’ an insult to democracy

Darroch Ball (Stuff): Protesters overlook importance of industry to New Zealand and their right to have a say

Janine Rankin (Manawatū Standard): Appeal made to councillors to stop Defence Forum road blocks

Local government

Laura Dooney (RNZ): Councils feel powerless to stop gambling harm

Chris Morris (ODT): DCC’s policy on alcohol approved

RNZ: Dunedin alcohol sale restrictions to come into force next year

Thomas Manch (Stuff): Drunk and disorderly in Kilbirnie could prompt liquor clampdown

Dan Dalgety (RNZ): New Christchurch stadium will be shaped by community feedback

RNZ: Fizzle or fire: Should Auckland Council ban fireworks?

1News: Auckland Council suggests Government ban on public sale of fireworks


Tina Law (Stuff): Public access to two of Christchurch’s treasured heritage buildings restricted

RNZ: Christchurch’s first new preschool since quakes to open next year

RNZ: Twisted bridge to return to the banks of the Avon

Royal visit

1News: Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s NZ royal tour day one wrap

Herald Editorial:Tour de force

Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): Do we get value for money from Harry and Meghan’s visit?

1News: Almost half of Kiwis consider Duke and Duchess’ $1m visit bad use of taxpayer money

Stuff: Nearly half of Kiwis think the royals’ visit is a bad use of taxpayer money

Oscar Kightley (Stiuff): The royals should have at least gone halves in the Pacific tour

1News: Duchess of Sussex draws applause as she greets the crowd in Te Reo Māori during speech on women’s suffrage

Stuff: Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy hosts reception honouring 125 years since women’s suffrage

Sophie Bateman (Newshub): NZ Government House event for Prince Harry, Meghan Markle evacuated

Newshub: Haka for Meghan Markle, Prince Harry at New Zealand’s Govt House

RNZ: Rapturous welcome for royals in Wellington

RNZ: Wellington mayor urges public to be courteous ahead of royal visit

Nicole Lawton (Stuff): Jacinda Ardern opens up on the pleasure of being a new mum ahead of royal visit

RNZ: The history of Māori and visiting British royalty

Aimee Shaw (Herald): Royal duties: The businesses gearing up to host Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

Māori Party

Mānia Clarke (Māori TV): Bentham Ohia new Māori Party co-Vice President (Tāne)

Kelvin McDonald (Māori TV): Māori Party AGM to turn strategy into action

Aadam Hollingsworth (Newshub): Māori Party want to learn from New Zealand First’s successes and fight back at next election


Herald Editorial: Let’s not be too quick to slap regulations on scooters

Finn Hogan (Newshub): Former Auckland Deputy Mayor Penny Hulse says we need a moratorium on motorways


Jennifer Eder (Stuff): Demolition workers worried after company exposes them to asbestos twice

Alexandra Nelson (Newshub): Hamilton company celebrates disabled worker’s 50th anniversary

NZ Wars

Alexander Gillespie (Herald): Let’s not forget those who fell in the New Zealand Wars

Aaron Leaman (Stuff): Waipā District commemorates NZ Wars

KIwi values

Rob Mitchell (Stuff): Five ways NZ has changed beyond recognition – and changed for the better

Chris McKeen and Melanie Earley (Stuff): I’m proud of how chill we are’: Golriz Ghahraman and Guy Williams on what makes them ‘Kiwi as’

Consumer rights

Susan Edmunds and Catherine Harris (Stuff): Is New Zealand’s supermarket duopoly ripping us off?

RNZ: WORLD accepts ‘made in NZ’ tag may have broken law


Kirsty Johnston (Herald): Ministry of Social Development to stop using fake names for staff dealing with ‘high risk’ clients

Rob Stock (Stuff): AMP era ends, impacting hundreds of thousands of Kiwis

ODT: Life is a risky business

RNZ: Pike River re-entry plan to be delivered this week

Joss Miller (ODT): Free speech must be cherished, lest it slips away from us

Eleanor Wenman (Stuff): Wellington charity HELP takes look at explosion of #MeToo movement

Damien Grant (Stuff): Let’s not forget the presumption of innocence

Meghan Lawrence (Herald): Family holiday ruined by racist tirade: ‘This country is for white people only’

Stuff: The secrets even the woman they’re about can’t know

Herald: Injured soldier who was refused compensation wins top award at Invictus Games

Damon Rusden (Stuff): Migrants aren’t the reason Super is costing more – it’s bad planning

Aaron Leaman (Stuff): Government pledges $1m for app that aims to lock out cyber intruders

Tod Niall (Stuff): C&R retains hold in record low turnout Entrust election

Eden More (RNZ): Rare chance to see taonga from Māori King’s private collection

Herald: Vegans outraged after animal fat used to make NZ banknotes

James Maclaurin, Colin Gavaghan & Alistair Knott (Stuff): ’Human oversight’ does not remove all the risks of AI

Russell Craig (Stuff): Maximising our AI opportunities – without trampling our ethics and destroying jobs

RNZ: Steel & Tube must repay customers, says lawyer

RNZ: Why sharemarkets are so volatile right now

Newshub: Dunedin named New Zealand’s most beautiful city

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