Our morning roundup of the key news

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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Karel Sroubek residency decision

Gordon Campbell: On why deportation decisions should be transparent

Beith Atkinson (Integrity Talking Points): Czechmate 

Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Do we really have to spell it out about Karel Sroubek gaining residency? Really?

Dominion Post Editorial: Reading between the lines, you are wrong

Zane Small (Newshub):’We look like suckers’: Duncan Garner calls for justification of Sroubek’s visa

Jared Savage (Herald): ’I believe him’ - Judge who gave Karel Sroubek AKA Jan Antolik a second chance stands by ruling

Zane Small (Newshub): ’Privacy is critical’ in Sroubek’s residency case - Winston Peters

Derek Cheng (Herald): Residence decision for convicted drug-smuggler ‘responsible’ - Winston Peters

Jo Moir (RNZ): Minister stands by Czech drug smuggler decision

Collette Devlin (Stuff): Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway stands by his decision to grant convicted drug smuggler Karel Sroubek residency

Derek Cheng (Herald): Public safety chief concern in granting residency to drug smuggler - minister

Michael Morrah (Newshub): ’It’s disgusting’: Napier electrician fumes at Czech drug lord Karel Sroubek’s NZ residency

Harrison Christian (Stuff): Split families slam Immigration Minister over Karel Sroubek decision

Northland Age: MP protest after drug smuggler granted residency, Switzer care worker deported

1News: Jacinda Ardern defends decision not to deport Czech drug smuggler - ‘There’s other information, obviously'

Derek Cheng (Herald): Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern backs her minister over not deporting Czech drug smuggler Karel Sroubek

Zane Small (Newshub): ’This is now a decision for him’: Jacinda Ardern defends drug lord’s residency

David Farrar: What the Parole Board said


Rob Stock (Stuff): Incomes rise, housing costs rise faster, Stats NZ says

Interest: Stats NZ: Average annual housing costs rose faster than average annual household income over the past decade

Don Rowe (Spinoff): First homes and fake news

Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Five myths about KiwiBuild - and who it’s meant to help

Susan Edmunds (Stuff): KiwiBuild is not buyers’ only affordable housing option

Jenée Tibshraeny (Interest): Collins slates KiwiBuild for not serving those most in need, but is comfortable with nearly 10% of residential property purchases in central Auckland being made by foreigners

RNZ: Judith Collins says housing minister ‘verging on hysteria’

RNZ: Phil Twyford: KiwiBuild owners ‘a slice of middle New Zealand’

Anne Gibson (Herald): Twyford vs Collins: Twitterstorm raises questions about who should qualify for Kiwibuild

Jenna Lynch (Newshub): Judith Collins accused of bullying KiwiBuild first-home buyers

Derek Cheng (Herald): Twyford, Collins, blame each other as cyber-bullies target KiwiBuild couple

Derek Cheng (Herald): Twyford and Collins in war of words over KiwiBuild bullying

Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Judith Collins ‘bullying’ KiwiBuild first-home buyers, housing minister claims

Thomas Coughlan (Newsroom): Cyberbullying spat in Parliament

Newshub: Judith Collins accused of bullying KiwiBuild first-home buyers

RNZ: Checkpoint: Housing Minister’s numbers in contrast to HNZ figures

RNZ: Meth evictions: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says tenants won’t be penalised twice

Derek Cheng (Herald): PM hopes compensation for flawed meth tests by Xmas

Education and training

Simon Collins (Herald): Unicef ranks NZ education among world’s most unequal for boys and girls

Stuff: NZ’s education gap among the worst in the developed world

Jessica Long (Stuff): Poverty is stretching the divide within NZ’s education system, UNICEF says

RNZ: NZ among worst ranked for inequality in education - report

James Bentley (Herald): Schools have more urgent needs than all these reviews

Laura Walters (Newsroom): Teachers want long-term solutions

Luke Kirkeby (Stuff): Foreign teachers bridging New Zealand’s shortage

Simon Collins (Herald): Fewer schools will sit NCEA online this year

Rukuwai Tipene-Allen (Māori TV): Hapū says MOE sells land without Māori consultation

Liz Garton (RNZ): Voices: Kicking NZ’s ‘cut and paste’ school curriculum to touch

Conan Young (RNZ):Pre-school at risk of closure puts community under pressure

RNZ: Plea to boost funding in work-based training to ease labour shortage

MItchell Alexander (Newshub): The number of university students needing counselling revealed

John Lewis (ODT): $310m boost for South from international education

Health and disability

MIchael Neilson (Herald): Poverty, discrimination behind health inequities facing young Māori - study

Nicholas Jones (Herald): Revealed: Hundreds declined specialist care for painful skin conditions

Newshub: Junk food marketing needs to be changed to reduce risk of obesity induced cancers

David Clark (ODT): Government is delivering on promises

Jesse King (Whanganui Chronicle): Mike King returning to Whanganui to visit schools with mental health message

Max Towle (RNZ): Beyond the Beehive: What the govt should do about mental health

Phil Pennington (RNZ): Porirua community demands help after six suicides: ‘It’s just too many’

Anusha Bradley (RNZ): Pasifika community in Hawke’s Bay urged to get bowel checks

Māori TV: Call for “Māori positive ageing”

Newshub: The amazing story of June Hieatt

Felix Desmarais (Stuff): After 8 years being locked up Ashley Peacock is ‘immensely happy’ in his new digs

National Party

Lucy Bennett (Herald): Ousted MP Jami-Lee Ross writes to National Party offering his vote

Tova O”Brien (Newshub): Jami-Lee Ross gears up for return to Parliament

Stacey Kirk (Stuff): Disgraced MP Jami-Lee Ross still voting alongside National

Jenée Tibshraeny (Interest): Jami-Lee Ross puts National on the spot

1News: Jami-Lee Ross remains on leave, gives National his proxy vote

Lucy Bennett (Herald): Jami-Lee Ross moved out of National’s offices in his absence

Newstalk ZB: Jami-Lee Ross breaks his social media silence


Simon Chapple (The Conversation): New Zealand politics: how political donations could be reformed to reduce potential influence

Tim Watkin (Pundit): Don’t give me culture - the question of character

1News: Watch: The moment Parliament is evacuated after 6.2 magnitude earthquake strikes Wellington

Jason Walls (Herald): Close to 1000 gather at Parliament in bid to get Jesus added back into parliamentary prayer

Collette Devlin and Thomas Manch (Stuff): Parliamentary prayer rally calls for speaker to reinstate references to Jesus

RNZ: Protesters want reference to Jesus put back in parliamentary prayer

Zane Small (Newshub): Christians protest Parliament’s removal of Jesus from prayer

Katie Fitzgerald (Newshub): Christians return to Parliament to protest removal of Jesus from prayer


Alex Towle (RNZ): Beyond the Beehive: ‘Life for them is a day-by-day survival’

Isaac Davison (Herald): The ‘kinder’ Winz: All 126 service centres to get family-friendly makeover


Jo Moir (RNZ): MPs tread cautiously around abortion legislation

Talisa Kupenga (Māori tV): Māori MPs give their take on abortion law reforms

Regan Paranihi (Māori TV): Abortion survey: 66% support women’s right to choose

Foreign affairs

RNZ: Four NZ MPs among Fiji election observers

RNZ: NZ law firm says Tokelauans denied legal access, human rights

Lorna Thornber (Stuff): New Zealanders granted right to fast-track at UK airports 

Thomas Coughlan (Newsroom): Ardern softly raises concern over Uighurs

MIchael Reddell: Is that the best you can do Prime Minister?

Energy, oil and gas exploration ban

Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): Prime Minister’s once dramatic voice on oil has gone remarkably quiet

Mike Joy (Newsroom): Energy makes the economy go round

Jason Walls (Herald)): Energy Minister Megan Woods says people had enough time to submit on the oil and gas ban bill

Chris Bramwell (RNZ): Govt slammed over ‘poor process’ of rushed offshore exploration bill

Justice, corrections

Roger Brooking (Pundit): Its not the justice system that’s broken - its the political system

Matt Stewart (Stuff): GPS ‘blind spot’ prevents residents of child sex offender village from being tracked


Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Media giants agree it’s ‘time to talk’ about sustaining journalism

Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): RNZ and TVNZ look set to stay ‘just good friends’

Environment and conservation

Adrian Blomfield (Daily Telegraph): WWF warns of cataclysmic decline in global wildlife

Rachel Stewart (Herald): ‘Trump of tropics’ latest psycho in club

Leighton Keith (Stuff): Conservation minister invites public to talk about whitebait

RNZ: New $235k bore to help address Gore water shortage

Primary industries

Esther Taunton (Stuff): Farmers urged to have their say on changes to animal tracing system

Eric Frykberg (RNZ): Massey study to look at farming effects on soil

RNZ: Plant-based mince product fills niche market

Animal welfare

Farah Hancock (Newsroom): Taking animals out of the lab

Alice Webb-Liddall (Newshub): Public ban on fireworks not currently in plans, says PM


Catherine Harris (Stuff): Massive gender survey shows where women dip out of leadership

Liam Dann (Herald): Largest workplace gender survey shows huge gap at the top

Joanne Carroll (Stuff): West Coast farmer shames ex-employer into action over unpaid wages

Local government

Melanie Earley (Stuff): Council looks to remove the word ‘begging’ from public safety bylaw

Bernard Orsman (Herald): Eden Park ramping up its case for $1.5m of ratepayer money for new turf

Tim Miller (ODT): Drinking rules now cover city but weakened during process

RNZ: Calls for flexibility in alcohol restrictions amid policy reform

Tom Rowland (Herald): City council looking towards a 100-year plan for Greater Hamilton

Donna-Lee Biddle (Stuff): Council votes to change city’s ‘woeful’ extinction rate of native environment

Matthew Littlewood (Stuff): Grey Power raises concerns about CBD development, calls for greater transparency

Jess Cartwright (1News): Stewart Island locals fear proposed visitor levy hike will deter tourists


Dana Johannsen (Stuff): Sport New Zealand seeks public views on sport integrity issues

Susan Hornsby-Geluk (Stuff): Sport culture needs a reset


ODT Editorial: Auckland stadium a national matter

Herald: Minister Andrew Little to receive Pike River re-entry plan tomorrow

Newstalk ZB: PM standing behind embattled Deputy Kelvin Davis

Tony Wall (Stuff): An early warning system for eruptions on Mt Ruapehu is under threat over funding

Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): NZ experts cautious about following UK with new tax on digital giants

Debrin Foxcroft (Stuff): ACC numbers reveal a 27-fold increase in e-bike related accidents in last five years

Kirsty Lawrence (Stuff): Protesters plan to ‘stop the weapons expo’

Laura Dooney (RNZ): Te Papa review panel not made aware of restructure plan

Brian Rudman (Herald): Lest we forget ravages of our own un-civil war

RNZ: Diaries of Gallipoli war veterans return home after a century

RNZ: Firms seek $30m to set up cannabis operations

Kayne Ngātokowhā Peters (Māori TV): Ngāti Paoa removes Treaty mandate from trust board

1News: NZ Post releases stamp collection celebrating Duke and Duchess trip

Herald: NZ third most generous country, global index finds

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