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.


Jenna Lynch (Newshub): ’Is this Kiwi Airbnb?’: National slams Govt over KiwiBuild renting penalty

Patrick Smellie (Newsroom): KiwiBuild homesellers who break the rules can keep 70% of any capital gain

Jason Walls (Herald): The Government changes the rules on KiwiBuild capital gain payback policy

Newstalk ZB: Government changes the rules on KiwiBuild payback policy

Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): Kiwibuild scandal just gets bigger and bigger

Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Wait, what? Not only is Kiwibuild for the children of the middle classes – it’s also for property speculators?

David Farrar: You can now sell your Kiwibuild house the next day for a huge capital gain!

Heather Roy: Government Should Focus On The Hungry, Not The Peckish

Joel Ineson (Stuff): Christchurch trust overcharging for dated, uninsulated council flats it claims are ‘A grade’

Libby Wilson (Stuff): Ōtorohanga reserve ruled out for Waikeria Prison workers’ camp

Greg Ninness (Interest): Making landlords pay letting fees likely to encourage more competitive pricing by letting agencies

Herald: New Zealand First leader Winston Peters denies link with Simon Lusk

Jason Walls (Herald): PM Jacinda Ardern would have tried to facilitate proxy vote for Jami-Lee Ross, if he had asked

Dan Satherley (Newshub): Jami-Lee Ross should consider resigning - NZ First MP Tracey Martin

1News: NZ First’s Tracey Martin admits it will be odd voting for Opposition as party takes Jami-Lee Ross’ proxy vote

Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): NZ First plays with dirty politics

Karel Sroubek residency decision

Matthew Rosenberg and Collette Devlin (Stuff): Minister made Karel Sroubek residency decision in less than an hour

Craig McCulloch (RNZ): Immigration Minister made Sroubek decision in just one hour

Derek Cheng (Herald): Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway under pressure over Karel Sroubek decision

1News: Bridges calls for Immigration Minister to be sacked over revelation he didn’t read entire Sroubek file

RNZ: Peters says officials to blame in Sroubek case

Peter Dunne: Report will determine not only Sroubek’s fate, but also the Minister’s

Matthew Rosenberg and Edward Gay (Stuff): Convicted drug smuggler Karel Sroubek hits out at National Party from prison

RNZ: Czech drug smuggler Karel Sroubek: ‘Much of what has been said does not present the true picture’

Herald: Controversial Czech Karel Sroubek hits back: I’m not a burglar

Newshub: Karel Sroubek speaks out on immigration controversy

Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Why calling for Iain Lees-Galloway to resign over Karel Sroubek is sophistry

Immigration and treatment of international students

Steve Kilgallon and Dileepa Fonseka (Stuff): The Big Scam: $5000 cash buys you a job

RNZ: Migrants not the answer to aged care workers shortage - nurses union

Matt Brown (Stuff): Seasonal worker increase - good for business, bad for housing

Michael Morrah (Newshub): Immigration fears foreigners using study in New Zealand to make weapons of mass destruction

Dileepa Fonseka and Steve Kilgallon (Stuff): Crackdown on Iranian students in NZ: is US to blame?

Lincoln Tan (Herald): Call for more transparency after Auckland’s Regent International Education Group is shut down for non-compliance

Environment and conservation

Jason Walls (Herald): The Government will undo ‘objectionable changes’ to the RMA introduced under National

No Right Turn:Restoring the RMA

Colin Williscroft (Stuff): Former PM accuses ECan of ‘gerrymandering’ to farming interests

Tina Law (Press): Christchurch City Council opposes bottling company’s bid to take water from deep bore

RNZ: Council votes for submission to oppose water bottling application

Matthew Theunissen (RNZ): Decision allows development near sacred Māori site

Alexia Russell (Newsroom): The conservation story lost in gumboot antics

Robin Martin (RNZ): Man accused of blackmailing DOC over 1080 programme named

RNZ: Scientists find out Matariki whale’s age and gender


1News:’We need to be constantly vigilant’ - PM responds to damning tooth decay report

Sarah Robson (RNZ): No improvement in childhood tooth decay rates

1News: Study calls for sugar tax in NZ - ‘Self-regulation is not working’

Cate Broughton (Stuff): Fizzy drinks study shows labels will fail to fix obesity

Katie Fitzgerald (Newshub): Government looking into banning smoking in cars with kids - Jenny Salesa

Hannah Martin (Stuff): Auckland DHB temporarily closes a maternity ward due to staffing pressures

Herald: Auckland DHB maternity ward out of action due to staffing shortages

Lucy Warhurst (Newshub):’We’ve had enough’: Doctors’ union threatens DHBs with legal action over rosters

Dan Satherley (Newshub): Junior doctors still working epic shifts

Eric Crampton: Have you considered using prices?

Deena Coster (Stuff): Major service changes for ACC could impact Taranaki staff

Jennifer Eder (Stuff): Mental health charity refuses grundy run-tainted donation

Nick Wilson, Michael Baker, Jennifer Summers, Matt Boyd, Ramona Tiatia (Public Health Expert): A 100 years ago today a Death Ship from NZ Arrived in Samoa: A Reminder of NZ’s Responsibilities to its South Pacific Neighbours

Lead tap concerns

Newshub:Lead found in brand-new tap bought on Trade Me

Lisette Reymer (Newshub): Lead in plumbing products could have ‘severe effects’ on kids - expert

Catherine Harris (Stuff): Building products review out soon, as lead tap concerns mount

Phil Pennington (RNZ): Experts warn over taps leaching lead into water

Herald: Australia’s ‘lead crisis’ makes it way to New Zealand: Unsafe levels of lead found in tapware

Foreign Affairs

Anne-Marie Brady (Noted): China 2.0 and the challenge it poses to New Zealand

RNZ: New Zealand announces Pacific enabling fund

RNZ: Australia expected to announce billion dollar loan fund for Pacific

Jono Edwards (ODT): US swing to left in House net positive for NZ: expert

1News: ’Only time will tell’ what impact US midterm results will have on NZ trade – Jacinda Ardern

Rebecca Watson (Newshub): Jacinda Ardern must live up to her UN speech and stand up to China on Xinjiang


Matt Stewart (Stuff): Police Commissioner gets robust grilling over Wally Haumaha inquiry

Gia Garrick (RNZ): Police Commissioner dodges questions on Haumaha inquiry

Derek Cheng (Herald): Police Commissioner silent on Wally Haumaha appointment

1News: Cop who hit 200kmh in pursuit which saw two people die after car hit tree drove dangerously, IPCA finds

RNZ: Speeds of police in fatal pursuit should have been investigated - IPCA

Chelsea Boyle (Herald): IPCA report into police pursuit crash that killed two in St Lukes Rd, Auckland

Scott Palmer and Laura Tupou (Newshub): Police officer should have been criminally investigated over fatal chase - IPCA

RNZ: Speeds of police in fatal pursuit ‘clearly unjustified’

No Right Turn: Police look the other way on crime by their own

Banking and finance sector

Rob Stock (Stuff): David Seymour slams ‘rogue’ banking review

Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Many borrowers don’t understand when they sink into debt, says Instant Finance CEO

Government, Labour Party conference

Pattrick Smellie (Stuff): Our interventionist government still contains traces of Roger Douglas

Peter Dunne (Newsroom): Beware the politics of the warm glow

Bryan Gould: Good - but could be better

Jo Moir (Stuff): Investigation fails to find leaker of Whaitiri report

Herald: DIA fails to uncover source of leaked report on Meka Whaitiri incident

Stacey Kirk (Stuff): Probe into leak of report on Meka Whaitiri comes up short

Treaty of Waitangi

Lois Williams (RNZ): Ngāpuhi settlement: ‘We’ve basically been steam-rolled’

Morgan Godfery: Divisions deepen in Ngāpuhi as Kotahitanga chiefs are told to step down

Graeme Everton (Spinoff): A 5G network is coming and Māori deserve a share

1News: Economist says treating drug addicts costs half as much as keeping them in prison

1News: ’What if those drugs had killed us?’ Chloe Swarbrick implores MPs who have admitted cannabis use to back law change


Bryce Edwards (Herald): Political Roundup: Lifting the lid on MPs’ free perks and junkets


Jessica Long (Stuff): Union not ruling out strikes after urging secondary teachers to reject latest Government offers

RNZ: Revised pay offer for secondary teachers labelled as ‘laughable’

Point of Order: How the supernatural is being merged with science for Kiwi students

Justice, corrections

RNZ: Teen’s imprisonment raises questions over justice and punishment

Laura Walters (Newsroom): Strikes keeping people in custody - lawyer

Primary industries, Fonterra

Rachael Kelly (Stuff): Passionate pleas over Otama water scheme ownership

RNZ: Rodeo cowboy charged over use of electric shocker

RNZ: Asset sale and debt reduction outlined at Fonterra AGM

BusinessDesk: Fonterra under-performance since creation ‘unambiguous’

Tamsyn Parker (Herald): Report: Fonterra has failed to deliver ‘meaningful returns’

Jeremy Rees (RNZ): Fonterra hopes for collaboration in review of regulating law

Anna Whyte (1News); National vow to reverse ‘rammed through’ ban on new offshore oil and gas exploration permits

Local government

Matthew Littlewood (Timaru Herald): Timaru council holdings company confirms proposal to sell shares in Alpine Energy

RNZ: Kaipara rates rebels lose appeal

Charity boxing, death of Kain Parsons

Holly Carran (Newshub): ’All of us are devastated’: Charity boxer Kain Parsons’ family speak out on shock death

1News: Over $46,000 raised for children of Kain Parsons, who died after bout at charity boxing event

Stuff: Tracey Martin seeks advice from Internal Affairs on charity boxing events

Tracy Neal (RNZ): Professional boxing groups make moves to protect reputation

RNZ: Boxing New Zealand to cease involvement with charity boxing

Busines, economy

Anuja Nadkarni (Stuff): New Zealand has ‘productivity disease’, says Business Council chair, Air NZ CEO Chris Luxon

Herald: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern meets with her Business Advisory Council for the first time

Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): Government can take praise for full steam ahead economy

Melissa Nightingale (Herad): Kiwi businesses mistakenly believe NZ is safer from cyber crime

Michael Reddell: Inching towards greater transparency

Jason Walls (Herald): RBNZ Governor Adrian Orr has not taken the possibility of a rate cut off the table

Rebecca Howard (BusinessDesk): RBNZ still firmly on hold despite increasing inflationary pressure

1News: OCR remains at 1.75 per cent, expected to stay unchanged to 2020

RNZ: Reserve Bank holds its cash rate steady at a record low 1.75%

Waitara Lands bill

Deena Coster (Stuff): Waitara hapū backs contentious land bill

Tourism, freedom camping

RNZ: Tourism spending: Collaboration key to regional growth

Tess Brunton (RNZ): Tourism industry faces up to pressure and challenges at summit

Tina Law (Press): Freedom camping banned in most parts of Akaroa

Lloyd Burr: The Government should fund Le Quesnoy museum

Alex Braae (Spinoff): Should ANZAC and the memory of war be such big business?

Herald: All Blacks to wear embroidered poppy to commemorate Armistice Day

Herald: Gareth Morgan still funding The Opportunities Party

Herald: Kiwis ‘being ripped off’: Independent power retailers urge action

Rob Stock (Stuff): Where in the world is your KiwiSaver?

RNZ: Surge in NZ Pacific Super portability expected

RNZ: Public backing for gender and sexuality survey questions

Thomas Manch (Stuff): Euthanasia pioneer warns of ‘beg and grovel’ legislation

Nicholas Boyack (Stuff): Signs explaining quake-prone status of Queensgate mall ‘not prominent enough’

Laura Dooney (RNZ): Cost to fix St James Theatre balloons by $16m

Gia Garrick (RNZ): Thousands sign ‘save the highways’ petition

Collette Devlin (Stuff): Defence Force ramps up efforts to deal with inappropriate sexual behaviour and drugs misuse

Leigh-Marama McLachlan (RNZ): Plaque unveiled at Rātana

1News: ’All avenues exhausted’ in police probe into Auckland strawberry scare

RNZ: Pasifika public servants awarded inaugural medals

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