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.

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.

Drug Foundation report, synthetic drugs

NZ Drug Foundation: Drug law reform stacks up in dollar terms - new report

Shamubeel Eaqub (Spinoff): The economic boon for New Zealand of drug law reform

Jared Nicoll (Stuff): Legalised cannabis market could grow NZ’s coffers by $240m a year in tax

Alex Baird (Newshub): Legalising cannabis could be worth $240m to New Zealand - top economist

Chris Bramwell (RNZ): Regulating cannabis could generate $240m in tax - report

Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom):Strong economic case for drug reform - report

Anna Whyte (1News): Drug Foundation calls for decriminalisation of use and possession of all illicit drugs

Zahra Shahtahmasebi (VIce): In New Zealand It’s Much Easier to Score Meth than Weed

Newshub: Decriminalise synthetics: Health expert’s call as death toll rises

Derek Cheng (Herald): MPs should ‘walk the talk’ and decriminalise drug use, say the Greens

Bryan Cadogan (ODT): Underestimate meth at your peril

Melissa Nightingale (Herald): Synthetics-contaminated cooking utensil poisoned Porirua children

Jami-Lee Ross and NZ First

Richard Harman (Politik): Dirty politics, Russell McVeagh and Winston Peters. The bizarre story of two high priced dinners

Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): Winston Peters plays politics like no one else

Tracy Watkins (Stuff): Winston Peters’ plan to make National eat humble pie

RNZ: NZ First to hold Jami-Lee Ross’ proxy vote

Laura Walters and Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): NZ First to cast Jami-Lee Ross’ proxy vote

Sophie Bateman (Newshub): New Zealand First accepts Jami-Lee Ross proxy vote for Botany

Anna Whyte (1News): NZ First accept Jami-Lee Ross’ proxy vote

Herald: NZ First has agreed to accept MP Jami-Lee Ross’ proxy vote in Parliament

Tracy Watkins (Stuff):Jami-Lee Ross switches his proxy vote to New Zealand First

Unemployment, employment law, migrant labour

Liam Dann (Herald): Unemployment fall a win for Government

Amy Williams (RNZ): Depth of underemployment problem not reflected in stats - union

Jason Walls (Herald): The Government reaches its unemployment target but the PM warns the number will fluctuate

BusinessDesk: NZ employment rate hits highest ever level

Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): Unemployment drops sharply, hitting lowest level since 2008

Alice Webb-Lidall (Newshub): Unemployment rate the lowest in 10 years

1News: Unemployment rate down to 3.9 per cent, lowest level since 2008

Herald: Unemployment falls to lowest level since the 2008 global financial crisis, Statistics NZ says

No Rght Turn: 17,000 employed under Labour

Andrew Ashton (Hawkes Bay Today): Hawke’s Bay’s job boom: Number of unemployed drops by half in a year

Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): National claims Government has agreed to water down employment law

RNZ: New Zealand to review impact of RSE on Pacific

Kiri Gillespie (Bay of Plenty Times): More migrant workers to ease ‘acute’ kiwifruit labour shortage

Anuja Nadkarni (Stuff): Waikato cleaning company and owner to pay $37,500 for staff exploitation

RNZ: Cleaning company fined $37k for exploiting staff


Jane Clifton (Listener): How KiwiBuild turned into a PR disaster

ODT Editorial: Cracks appear in KiwiBuild

Jenna Lynch (Newshub): Exclusive: Housing Minister’s backdown on penalties for KiwiBuild property flippers

Chris Harrowell (Stuff): KiwiBuild rebuffs offer to get involved in Buddhists’ Auckland housing development

Ben Leahy (Herald): Housing Minister says all major indicators show homelessness was up over the winter

Banking sector

Shamubeel Eaqub (Stuff): It’s time to address New Zealand banks’ big four problems

John Anthony (Stuff): Kiwibank’s ‘readiness’ to become Government’s bank investigated

Gareth Vaughan (Interest): Govt mulling ‘fundamental change’ to the bank-customer relationship

Rob Stock (Stuff): Bank staff exposed for privacy breaches and repeated accessing of customer files

Moana Makapelu Lee (Māori TV): Consumer NZ pushes for bank regulations to protect consumers

Point of Order: Wake-up call in banking should be heeded by the regulatory agencies, too

Chris Hutching (Stuff): Main Kiwi banks refuse to support bitcoin trading businesses

Duncan Bridgeman (Herald): Who wants to be a banker now?

Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): It’s cool to hate banks and oil companies but they’re not crooked


Cate Broughton (Stuff): Group to ‘un-mesmerise’ communities on harmful foods

Nicholas Jones (Herald): Can’t walk or talk - but dementia sufferer faces eviction from rest home

Oliver Lewis (Stuff): Canterbury DHB and Health Ministry dispute admissions to secure unit

Jason Walls (Herald): The Government will spend close to $46 million on a new children’s hospital in Wellington

Felix Desmarais (Stuff): Wellington children’s hospital gets $45 million funding boost from Government

1News: Wellington children’s hospital closer to reality with $45.6m Govt funding boost

Emma Hatton (RNZ): Govt to contribute $45.6m to children’s hospital

Scott Palmer (Newshub): Hone Harawira says tobacco companies should be shot

Scott Palmer (Newshub): Smoking main cause of preventable child death - Plunket

Danielle Clent (Stuff):30 surgeries affected in 48-hour strike by Northland anaesthetic technicians

Annna Whyte (1News): Students urge Government for abortion no-protest buffer zone around hospital

Mandy Te and Hannah Martin (Stuff): ’Not appropriate to alarm’ public about W meningococcal strain in May, Northland DHB says

Herald: Northland District Health Board defends timing of alert on new meningococcal strain

Tom Hunt (Stuff): Infants to finally be offered meningicoccal B vaccine

Herald: New vaccine launched to combat killer meningococcal B disease

Lucy Warhurst (Newshub): ’Scariest time of my life’: Mum urges Kiwis to get meningococcal B vaccination

RNZ: Midwives say rejected offer doesn’t acknowledge big responsibility

Michael Hall (RNZ): Call for probe into pesticide banned by France after illnesses

Catherine Harris (Stuff): Plumbers call on Govt to stop tapware with unsafe levels of lead

Mental health

Phil Pennington (RNZ): Porirua, Ōtaki sudden deaths: Authorities slammed for lack of response

Simon Shepherd (Newshub): John Kirwan promotes digital humans to fight mental health ‘pandemic’

Katie Scotcher (RNZ): Film labelling body pushes for law change after Hollywood film sparks distress

RNZ: A Star Is Born: Hollywood blockbuster with suicide sparks NZ censorship concerns

Cecile Meier (Stuff): A Star Is Born: Chief censor adds warning after young people ‘severely triggered’ by movie

Catherine Shoard (Guardian): A Star Is Born classification changed after New Zealand teens ‘severely triggered’

1918 influenza pandemic

RNZ:NZ announces support for Samoan nursing centre

1News: Winston Peters throws support behind memorial marking 100 years since Samoa influenza outbreak

Martin Johnston (Herald): The false Armistice and the Kiwi flu epidemic that killed a quarter of Samoans

Jamie Tahana (RNZ): How NZ took influenza to Samoa, killing a fifth of its population

Karel Sroubek residency decision

Jason Walls (Herald): Deputy Prime Minister suggests immigration officials are at fault over the Sroubek saga

Stuff: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern found out about Karel Sroubek decision through the media

Derek Cheng (Herald): House burgled days after Karel Sroubek lodged a claim on it, the National Party says

Matthew Rosenberg and Anna Loren (Stuff): House tied to drug smuggler Karel Sroubek withdrawn from sale after alleged burglary

Edward Gay (Stuff): Drug smuggler Karel Sroubek deportation order is still ‘pending’

Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): Catastrophic error - Why Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway must lose his job


Zaryd Wilson and Lucy Bennett (Herald): PM makes $1.9m housing announcement at Rātana centenary celebrations

Collette Devlin (Stuff): Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announces $3m investment at Rātana centenary

RNZ: Govt gives $3m funding for Rātana community land development

Leah Te Whata (Māori TV): $3.6mil announced for housing in Ratana

Collette Devlin (Stuff): Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern brings gifts from baby Neve to Rātana

Tova O’Brien (Newshub): Rātana Church issues stern warning to Jacinda Ardern’s Government

Leigh-Marama McLachlan and Meriana Johnsen (RNZ): Rātana centenary: Thousands arriving for celebrations

Leah Te Whata (Māori): Jacinda Ardern to return to Ratana


Claire Trevett (Herald): Hope, change and the Speakers’ Peace Mission with Gerry Brownlee

Newshub: Tova O’Brien tackles 1080 and taxpayer travel rorts (video)

Megan Sutherland (Newshub): Footage emerges of Gerry Brownlee and Trevor Mallard’s Japanese trade mission

RNZ: David Seymour on Japan junket: Trevor Mallard ‘a well-known sports fanatic’

1News: Cheeky Labour MP says Mallard and Browlee wouldn’t have gone on $24k Japan ‘junket’ if they had a choice – ‘they’re both old men’

Michael Reddell: The PRC and New Zealand: bits and pieces

RNZ: Parliament seeks protection for MPs against cyber attacks


Laura Walters (Newsroom): Our racist education system

ODT Editorial: Kiwi kids worth investment

CPAG: Government on the right track to making education more inclusive

Simon Collins (Herald): Secondary teachers reject ‘half-hearted’ pay offer, discuss potential strike

Justine Munro (Herald): Our kids need more skills than school prize-givings recognise

Aaron Leaman (Stuff): Statutory manager appointed to Ōtorohanga College

Eva Corlett (RNZ): Hundreds of teachers turn out for pay discussions

Alwyn Poole (Herald): Crushing of the charter school model hurts the poorest

Amber-Leigh Woolf (Stuff): Act of Parliament needed to change Vic’s name ‘a game changer’

Isaac Davison (Herald): ’Gaia-inspired’ childcare centre proposed in South Auckland

Justice, corrections

Victoria University of Wellington (Newsroom): Justice system grim despite reputation

Anneke Smith (RNZ): Court staff strike after Ministry’s failed injunction bid

Sam Hurley (Herald): More court strikes after Ministry of Justice’s injunction bid dismissed

David Farrar: The 13th Chief Justice of NZ

Julie Iles (Stuff): The theft of an Auckland legal aid lawyer’s laptop compromises 80 cases


Thomas Manch (Stuff): High stakes for Haumaha has supporters nervous, days from release of report

Mere McLean (Māori TV): Rotorua NCEA Police Studies programme a success

RNZ: Police officer charged with illegally tasering woman


Mitchell Alexander (Newshub): Fact check: Who taxed your petrol the most - Labour or National?

Thomas Coughlan (Newsroom): Car importer should be prosecuted — Faafoi

Laura Dooney and Meriana Johnsen (RNZ): Wellington regional council spending thousands a month to help bus network

RNZ: E-scooters not as dangerous as reported, council told

1News: E-scooters a hit in Christchurch, clocking up 107,000 kilometres within first two weeks


Rhonwyn Newson (Newshub): Why we should all be worried by Stuff’s proposal to slash community news

Bill Ralston (Stuff): Hosking on Newstalk ZB ‘forever’ because he’s good, and because lots of people dislike him

Environment and conservation

RNZ: Councillor concerned about new water bottling application

Tracy Watkins (Stuff): Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern received death threats as 1080 debate takes a violent turn

Eleanor Ainge Roy (Guardian): Jacinda Ardern receives death threat as poison 1080 row grows

RNZ: Man charged over threatening anti-1080 letters

Newshub: Man arrested after 1080 threats to Department of Conservation staff

Dan Dalgety (RNZ): New supercomputers to research effects of climate change

Primary industries

Heather Chalmers (Stuff): Farmers question carbon sink tree planting plans

Bala Tikkisetty (Newshub): Finding balance critical for farmers

Barrie Smith (Taranaki Daily News): Regional council and farmers are doing good work

Tim Murphy (Newsroom): Man in kiwifruit smuggling case named

Andrea Fox (Herald): Fonterra shareholders prepared to back new leadership to get change: Chairman

Local government

Stuff: Mayor says family will join him, accuses predecessor of ‘dirty politics’

Katie Fitzgerald (Stuff): Porirua Mayor upset by criticism over family’s living situation

Katee Shanks (Rotorua Daily Post): Porirua mayor questioned over living arrangements

Andre Chumko (Stuff): Napier’s council spends $61k defending Easter trade policy that was thrown out

RNZ: Council’s second-generation plan shapes Dunedin’s future

Emma Dangerfield (Stuff): ’Perverted’ council camera in public toilet removed after Privacy Commission complaint


Steve Kilgallon and Dileepa Fonseka (Stuff):Auckland speedway stadium to be funded by millions from city’s parks

Tim Murphy (Newsroom): No such thing as a free stadium

Isaac Davison (Herald): Auckland’s medical officer recommends more pedestrian areas to combat rising pollution

1News: Hazardous black carbon plagues one of NZ’s busiest streets, report finds

RNZ: Queen St contains highest levels of black carbon in NZ

Oil and gas

Mike Watson (Stuff): Mixed reaction to new law banning oil and gas exploration

Derek Cheng (Herald): Bill to ban offshore oil and gas exploration passes final reading

RNZ: Parliament passes Bill banning new offshore oil and gas exploration

RNZ: Energy company sells its NZ oil fields

Pattrick Smellie and Gavin Evans (BusinessDesk): Taranaki oil and gas producer TAG Oil quits NZ operations

No Right Turn: Climate Change: The next step

Kain Parsons has died

Herald: Kain Parsons dies after charity boxing match

Megan Sutherland (Newshub): Charity boxer Kain Parsons dies

RNZ: Boxer injured in Christchurch charity match dies

Gender and identity

Ravinder Hunia (RNZ): Men’s netball rejected by governing body

1News: ’It’s absolutely huge’ – as Tasmania considers dropping gender from birth certificates, should NZ follow?

Lynn Williams: Identity Theft

Business and economy

Liam Dann (Herald): Economy Hub: At the crossroads - why the outlook is still so uncertain

Rebecca Howard (Newsroom): NZ businesses expect faster - but still muted - inflation ahead


Wayne Mapp (Spinoff): Labour had a bold vision for rail revival. But does it have a plan?

Bayley Moor (Stuff): Water supply in Kaeo faces closure

Susan Edmunds (Stuff): How can you know your KiwiSaver money is safe?

Rino Tirikatene (Stuff): The rockstar prime minister

RNZ: NZ parliament passes super portability law

Muriel Newman: Return the Coast to Public Ownership

Raniera Harrison (Māori TV): Ngāpuhi motion to remove Te Kotahitanga leadership

Jason Walls (Herald): Parliament passes legislation aiding the rollout of fast-fibre across New Zealand

1News: Auckland Head Hunters deny slick viral video being used as a recruitment drive

Scott Palmer (Newshub): Children pull gang signs in new Head Hunters recruitment video

Emma Jolliff (Newshub): Dunedin power company closes citing ‘volatile market’, high power prices

Seven Sharp: Does new technology mean solar power is now the answer to rising power prices?

Māori TV: Family Violence Bills pass third reading

Kate Nicol-Williams (1News): Tolaga Bay mural that divided Māoridom officially launched 38 years later

RNZ: Māori activists congratulate Kanaks on referendum result

1News: Kaikōura’s earthquake recovery wins prestigious engineering award

RNZ: Quake recovery effort takes UK engineering award

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