Dr Bryce Edwards’ NZ Politics Daily Political Roundup: 27 April 2022

Items of interest and importance today

TAX REFORM AND WEALTH
Luke Malpass (Stuff): What are Revenue Minister David Parker’s new tax principles really all about?
Bridie Witton (Stuff): Revenue minister has ‘virtually no idea what rate of tax is paid by the very wealthy’
Bernard Hickey: David Parker’s long, long game towards a fairer tax system
Thomas Coughlan (Herald): David Parker wants to start ‘debate’ on tax, but denies Government is planning taxes on wealth and capital (paywalled)
Mark Quinlivan (Newshub): ACT’s David Seymour accuses Government of ‘tall poppy syndrome witch hunts’ with tax investigation
Zane Small (Newshub): Government accused of ‘planting the seed for increased taxation’ with proposed Tax Principles Act
Ireland Hendry-Tennent (Newshub): Christopher Luxon criticises Government’s investigation into top earners, says tax system is fair
Rachel Smalley (Today FM): Capital gains flip-flop is why we don’t trust politicians
Jenée Tibshraeny (Interest): Govt plans to legislate tax ‘principles’
No Right Turn: Underwhelming
Jem Traylen (BusinessDesk): Govt proposes new ‘tax principles’ law (paywalled)
Today FM: ‘Divide the pie’ or ‘grow it’ – David Seymour says ‘wealth tax’ no solution to inequality
Mike Hosking (Newstalk): More dangerous ideology from the Government
Newstalk: Tax expert: Parker is setting up for a future political mandate for more capital taxes

PARTNERSHIP POLITICS (CONSTITUTIONAL REFORM, CO-GOVERNANCE, THREE WATERS; MĀORI WARDS)
RNZ: Luxon warns of ‘division’ if government coy on co-governance plans
Graham Adams (The Platform): Attorney-General belatedly steps up to defend democracy
RNZ: Co-governance helping deliver better results for Māori – Deputy PM
Michael Neilson (Herald): Government remains committed to Rotorua Māori seats bill, may need to go back to ‘square one’
Steven Cowan: The Tyranny of the minority
Brigitte Morten (NBR): Who gets to pick what consensus means? (paywalled)
Mark Quinlivan (Newshub): Rawiri Waititi swipes at Attorney-General David Parker for deeming proposed Rotorua Māori ward restructure discriminatory
Richard Prebble: Labour’s new kind of democracy

Katie Doyle (Stuff): Mixed views on Te Tiriti o Waitangi, support for Aotearoa new NowNext survey finds

PARLIAMENT AND GOVERNMENT
Glenn McConnell (Stuff): $3.5 million Parliament occupation investigation won’t get all the answers, National says
RNZ: Parliament protest: IPCA gets $3.5m funding for inquiry into policing
Thomas Coughlan (Herald): Act boycotts Parliament delegation to Europe (paywalled)
Ireland Hendry-Tennent (Newshub): Christopher Luxon says Trevor Mallard, Judith Collins’ upcoming trip to Europe ‘really important’ amid free trade agreement discussions
Martyn Bradbury (Waatea News): Why all the hopes of the Left are now on Green/Māori Party and what their 10 bottom lines for Labour should be
Today FM: National’s bid for more diversity conjuring up more white men
Today FM: How much would former Air NZ CEO Chris Luxon make back under National tax cuts?
Lloyd Burr (Today FM): National’s fiscal policies are making a fool of Christopher Luxon
Phil Smith (RNZ): Painting the legal jigsaw, one piece at a time
Gordon Campbell: On the Tame interview, and Macron’s endless challenges
Herald: Jono and Ben cha-cha slide with National leader Christopher Luxon

INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND DEFENCE
John Weekes (Herald): NZDF peacekeepers extend mission in South Sudan and Middle East
RNZ: Defence Force marks 40 years keeping peace in Middle East
Thomas Coughlan (Herald): Inside New Zealand’s month of Russia trade talks(paywalled)
Derek Cheng (Herald): Behind the scenes on Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s tour to Singapore and Japan (paywalled)
Craig McCulloch (RNZ): Face time makes all the difference for Ardern
Gerhard Uys (Stuff): What does New Zealand’s agricultural trade with Singapore and Japan look like?
Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): Geopolitics, climate change loom large in supply chain talks
Koroi Hawkins (RNZ): Concerns voiced on security pact between China and Solomons
RNZ: Russia could unleash malicious cyber campaigns: NZ and Five Eyes partners warn

EMPLOYMENT AND ECONOMY
1News: Investigation launched following port deaths
Tova O’Brien (Today FM): Public servants get an unfair rap and the Government’s at fault
Dileepa Fonseka (Stuff): Hello world, buy our stuff! But is NZ truly open for business?
Robert MacCulloch (Herald): The case against the Reserve Bank and the Finance Minister (paywalled)
Mike Hosking (Newstalk): Inflation number paints a grim economic and political picture
Ireland Hendry-Tennent (Newshub): Grant Robertson says Budget 2022 will focus on health system reset, rules out tax cuts
Gerhard Uys (Stuff): Farm salaries increase 14% with senior dairy managers the biggest winners
Rebecca Howard (BusinessDesk): Wage pressures heat up on-farm inflation(paywalled)
RNZ: Businesses likely to feel the pinch of inflation, now and into 2024
Jess Berentson-Shaw (Newsroom): Under-resourcing many parents is a choice our society makes
Sasha Borissenko (Herald): ‘Work to rule’ clause provoking strike action (paywalled)
Jenée Tibshraeny (Interest): National non-committal on maintaining contributions to the Super Fund
David Farrar: Did you know the Government is planning to cut your take home pay?
Jenée Tibshraeny (Interest): Revealed: The interest rates banks are using to test mortgage applicants
Pattrick Smellie (BusinessDesk): Supermarket reform: what are the options?(paywalled)
Tina Morrison (Stuff): Cabinet agrees to support Fonterra capital restructuring
NBR: Govt paves the way for new Fonterra capital structure (paywalled)
Lee Suckling (Herald): The French workplace policy all New Zealand companies should follow (paywalled)

CLIMATE
Olivia Wannan (Stuff: Government releases its plan to adapt to a hotter world
Marc Daalder (Newsroom): Resource management reform targets carbon emissions
Michael Neilson (Herald): NZ climate change adaptation plan to tackle costs and who pays as extreme weather events, managed retreat becomes reality
Pattrick Smellie (BusinessDesk): Climate change and the ‘last person standing’ conundrum (paywalled)
Allan Barber (Interest): Governments don’t have all the answers
Todd Niall (Stuff): Climate change: Auckland Transport argues plan lawful despite emission rise
Todd Niall (Stuff): Legal challenge to emissions-boosting Auckland transport plan begins
George Heagney (Stuff): Emissions Trading Scheme changes may stop ‘destruction of rural communities’
Adam Jacobson (Stuff): Government commits $27m for electric ferries in Auckland
Ian Llewellyn (BusinessDesk): Property rights and insurance: two thorny issues for climate change adaptation (paywalled)

HOUSING
Today FM: Human Rights Commission ‘neglected holding government to account’ on ‘cold, overcrowded’ houses
Anne Gibson (Herald): Inflation hits residential rents: New figures show how tenants are affected
Miriam Bell (Stuff): Rent jumps are ‘driving people out of their homes’
Corazon Miller (1News): Kiwis paying more for rent as inflation rise bites
1News: Need for housing in Northland at all time high ahead of winter
Tony Alexander (One Roof): Eight reasons why Auckland house prices will fall 5-10%
RNZ: Household debt levels a concern as mortgage interest rates set to rise
Greg Ninness (Interest): CoreLogic says housing sales are the weakest they have been in a decade

POLICE AND LAW AND ORDER
John MacDonald (Herald): Don’t just blame the current Government for rising crime
Stuff: Editorial – It’ll take more than street lamps to make Wellington safe
Molly Swift (Newshub): National says rise in ram raids due to Government’s ‘soft’ crime approach
Jordan Bond (RNZ): Meth use rises significantly during August lockdown, remains elevated
Angela Woods (Herald): Northland police encounter 505 firearms in 145 separate incidents in just over a year

COVID AND MIQ
Zane Small (Newshub): Grounded Kiwis succeed in High Court challenge against Government’s MIQ system
Chris Hyde (Stuff): Has NZ’s Omicron wave led to more deaths than usual?
Hazel Osborne (Herald): Grounded Kiwis fight in the High Court ends in success
Stuff: Grounded Kiwis: MIQ was a ‘lottery’ when a better system was available, judge decides
RNZ: Govt poorly supported disabled people in Omicron outbreak – inquiry
Cherie Howie (Herald): New Zealand’s second Omicron wave may have begun

LOCAL GOVERNMENT
Tim McCready (Herald): Phil Goff on his greatest regret as mayor of Auckland(paywalled)
Bernard Orsman (Herald): The candidates chasing NZ’s second-biggest job (paywalled)
Kirsty Frame (RNZ): Wellington’s new city library plans unveiled showing bigger, brighter design
Bernard Orsman (Herald): Businessman Leo Molloy closing Headquarters bar next month to go on the road for a mayoral bid
Emily Ireland (Local democracy reporting): W.Izard wants to bring the magic to Masterton’s mayoralty
Tom Hunt (Stuff): Wellington councillor Sean Rush on leave after bowel cancer diagnosis
RNZ: Councillor resigns over unauthorised sand quarry

ENERGY
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Is nuclear energy an option for NZ?
Denise Piper (Stuff): Why is Marsden Point oil refinery closing and should we care?
Pattrick Smellie (BusinessDesk): ‘Lot of life’ left in onshore Taranaki gas fields: Greymouth (paywalled)
Thomas Coughlan (Herald): Energy Strategy: Extending oil and gas ban on table for Government (paywalled)

HEALTH
Heather du Plessis-Allan (Newstalk): We talk a lot about essential workers; nurses are some of the most essential
Ian Powell (BusinessDesk): How not to build an aeroplane (or a health system)(paywalled)
John Braddock (World socialist website): New Zealand nurses “lied to” over union-government pay equity settlement

MEDIA
Toby Manhire (Spinoff): From Middle East to middle New Zealand: Kamahl Santamaria on joining Breakfast
Ricardo Simich (Herald): Will Breakfast’s Kamahl Santamaria be TVNZ’s viewing weapon?
Victor Billot (Newsroom): An Ode for Mike Hosking

EDUCATION, DEBATE, AND CULTURE WARS
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Free Speech Alert: AUT University disgracefully cancel feminist event on campus
The Conversation: Who will call out the misogyny and abuse undermining women’s academic freedom in our universities?
Ani O’Brien (The Platform): Is the woke reign of terror coming to an end?

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