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Today’s content

Paris summit, social media, free speech
Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): Jacinda Ardern’s Christchurch Call internet pledge will be weak on implementation
Henry Cooke (Stuff): Jacinda Ardern saw the Christchurch video and will try and stop something like that happening ever again
Tova O’Brien and Zane Small (Newshub): Christchurch Call: Jacinda Ardern confirms topic to be discussed in Paris
Henry Cooke (Stuff): Who is and isn’t coming to Jacinda Ardern’s Paris summit on social media
Jane Patterson (RNZ): PM arrives at Christchurch Call but Trump and Zuckerberg absent
Derek Cheng (Herald): Neither Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg nor US President Donald Trump will be at Jacinda Ardern’s Paris summit
Tova O’Brien (Newshub): Mark Zuckerberg snubs Jacinda Ardern’s request to attend Christchurch Call
Derek Cheng (Herald): The Christchurch Call summit in Paris next week – will it make a difference? (paywalled)
Derek Cheng (Herald): Paris summit on social media will be more than just talk: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern (paywalled)
Derek Cheng (Herald): How Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern made the Christchurch Call summit in Paris happen (paywalled)
Jacinda Ardern (New York Times): How to Stop the Next Christchurch Massacre
Herald: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern reveals she inadvertently saw the Christchurch mosque shootings video
Dan Satherley (Newshub): ‘No one should be able to broadcast mass murder’ – Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern
1News: Jacinda Ardern reveals she has seen Christchurch terrorist attack video ahead of Paris summit
Dan Satherley and Delphine Herbert (Newshub): International effort needed to rein in social media terror – expert
RNZ: PM en route to Paris for ‘Christchurch Call’ meeting
Richard Swainson (Stuff): Tackling free speech from a different perspective
Pete George: Members of ‘digital and media expert group’ respond
Pete George: ‘Digital and media expert group’ advising on social media regulation revealed
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): The PMs censorship panel highlights all that’s wrong with the current social media/free speech debate
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Shouldn’t an advisory board to the PM on censoring the internet require some academics and experts on civil rights and freedom of speech?
Brittany Keogh (Stuff): Social media influences New Zealanders’ opinions on politics and hurts democracy, study says

Teachers’ strike
Jane Patterson (RNZ): Teacher strike ‘unjustified’, says Education MInister
Luke Kirkness (Herald): Government standing firm on pay offer despite impending school mega-strike to impact 800,000 students
John Lewis (ODT): Urgent return to bargaining sought
Toby Manhire (Spinoff): Primary and secondary teachers vote for ‘mega strike’: all you need to know
Laura Walters (Newsroom):New Zealand’s first teacher megastrike
RNZ: NZ primary and secondary teachers vote for largest ever strike
Herald: First combined primary and secondary teachers’ strike set for May 29
Stuff: Teachers have voted to strike on May 29
Sophie Bateman (Stuff): Primary and secondary teachers vote overwhelmingly to strike
Damian Rowe (Stuff): Nearly 1000 Southland teachers to walk off the job if strike action goes ahead
Lisa Geraghty  (Spinoff): I’m a teacher. Here’s why I voted to strike

Simon Collins (Herald): Bullying persists even in the ‘best’ schools, says Education Review Office (ERO)
John Gerritsen (RNZ): Bullying ‘intolerably high’ and beyond schools’ direct control – ERO
Katie Fitzgerald (Newshub): Nearly half of New Zealand primary school students bullied – survey
Simon Collins (Herald): Big NCEA changes aims to bring back coherent subjects (paywalled)
John Morgan (Newsroom): Teachers must be educated, not just ‘trained’
Jessica Long (Stuff): Every school in New Zealand needs a data scientist, Microsoft says
Simon Wilson (Herald): Former principal forced to wait months for $100k from Ministry of Education
1News: Waikato University Vice-Chancellor Neil Quigley reappointed for another five years

Thomas Coughlan (Newsroom): Petroleum regulator accused of industry capture
Maria Slade (Spinoff): What even is a ‘Wellbeing Budget’? The Spinoff talks to Grant Robertson
Jamie Ensor (Newshub): Mother’s Day: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on motherhood influencing leadership

Henry Cooke (Stuff): KiwiBuild failure is more than a broken promise, it’s a betrayal
Duncan Garner (Newshub): KiwiBuild was Labour’s biggest promise, now it’s their biggest failure
Dan Satherley (Newshub): KiwiBuild proving ‘difficult to get going’, Labour admits
Tom Furley (RNZ): Uncertainty over KiwiBuild’s ability to deliver a risk – advisor
Jason Walls (Herald): The Government says it will spend $200m on housing 1000 homeless
Danielle Clent (Stuff): Government allocates $197 million through Budget to tackle homelessness
RNZ: Extra $94 million to house homeless in government Budget
1News: Government announces $197 million investment into tackling homelessness
Scott Palmer (Newshub): Government announces major funding boost for Housing First
Andre Chumko (Stuff): Councils ask Government to step in over Hawke’s Bay housing crisis
Kris Boult (Stuff): Rental shortage hitting families hard in South Taranaki

Zero Carbon Bill, climate change
Tom McKinlay (ODT): The laws of science and politics
Stacey Kirk (Stuff): NZ First may be most hurt by widening rural-urban divide, over Zero Carbon Bill
Asia Pacific Report: NZ’s ‘toothless’ Zero Carbon Bill has no bite, says Greenpeace chief
Katie Fitzgerald (Newshub): Zero Carbon Bill ‘not just about farmers’ – James Shaw
Finn Hogan (Newshub): Only cure for climate anxiety is climate action – expert
Finn Hogan (Newshub): Our obsession with growth is costing us our planet – economist
Felix Desmarais (Stuff): Deadline 2050: Will policy goals set today create a better future?
Pat Baskett (Newsroom): Dear planet, how long have we got?
Maulik Thakkar (Spinoff): The time to build a zero carbon future isn’t later – it’s now
Rod Oram (Newsroom): Time to shout for a better climate law
Andrew Hoggard (Newshub): Opinion: Living under the Zero Carbon Act
David Slack (Stuff): Let’s build a fleet of electric vehicles and call it Kiwicar? Either that or we hit the iceberg
Eric Frykberg (RNZ): James Cameron takes on Kiwi farmers
1News: ‘A path to a zero carbon future’ – former Midnight Oil frontman talks climate action

Conservation, environment
Andrea Vance (Stuff): Last gasp of a dying dolphin. Are we too late to save Māui?
Andrea Vance (Stuff): After six years of arguing, south-east dolphins and sea birds to get protection
RNZ: NZ not doing enough to protect marine environment – Forest and Bird
Cushla Norman (1News): Plans to save South Island marine life announced today
Jono Edwards (ODT): Marine protection for South
RNZ: New Zealand government announces marine protection plan for coast of South Island
Katie Fitzgerald (Newshub): Government unveils new marine sanctuary near Timaru
Craig McCulloch (RNZ): Government reveals recycling plans following China’s waste import ban
Anna Whyte (1News): New plan to improve the way Kiwis recycle announced by Government
Todd Niall (Stuff): More waste recycling needs to be done onshore in New Zealand, Government says
Dan Satherley and Hayley Jacobsen (Newshub): Recycling plan just ‘eco-babble’ – National
Matthew Tso (Stuff): Hutt City Council stands to profit from recycling changes
AP: Landmark UN plastic waste pact approved – but not by the US
Isobel Ewing (Newshub): West Coast company still fighting for pipeline through conservation land despite backlash
Farah Hancock (Newsroom): Dunedin’s ‘Pompeii’ to be mined to make pig food
Farah Hancock (Newsroom): Opposition grows to fossil mining project
Simon Hartley (ODT): Lack of info prompts meeting about mine
Kennedy Warne (E-Tangata): A river calls my name
RNZ: Myrtle rust identified on West Coast for first time

Child welfare, foster care
RNZ: Children’s Comissioner says Oranga Tamariki approach must change
1News: Children’s Comissioner says Oranga Tamariki approach must change
1News: Oranga Tamariki sees increasing number of child removals over ‘systemic racism’ – researcher
Ian Hyslop (Newsroom): Racist uplift practice cause for alarm
RNZ: Mother’s Day hui to discuss Oranga Tamariki’s removal of newborn babies
Delphine Herbert and Dan Satherley (Newshub): Families whose kids were taken by Oranga Tamariki gather for hui
Karoline Tuckey (RNZ): Government to review payments to foster carers
Katie Bradford (1News): Foster parents in line for more financial assistance after review

Gun violence, laws
Blair Ensor, Thomas Manch and Tony Wall (Stuff): The Homicide Report gives a detailed account of gun violence in New Zealand
Thomas Manch and Tony Wall (Stuff): A gun register may help reduce the homicide rate, but it’s no sure bet
Thomas Manch (Stuff): Police Minister Stuart Nash backs firearm register, unwilling to limit firearm cache

Justice, corrections
1News: Nearly $100m into new Māori prison programme ‘going to be a big change’ – Corrections Minister
Zane Small (Newshub): Budget 2019: $98 million for Māori-focused prison initiative
Laura Walters (Newsroom): A $98m approach to tackle Māori incarceration
Laine Moger (Stuff): $98 million Māori pathway created to break reoffending cycle in Northland, Hawke’s Bay prisons
David Fisher (Herald): Analysis: Kelvin Davis is throwing everything – including the kitchen sink – at changing the story of Maori in prison (paywalled)
Harrison Christian (Stuff): Taxpayers fork out $330k to defend murderer Phillip Smith’s lawsuits
MIchelle Duff (Stuff): Slut-shaming for women and protection for men: is this system fair?
Dominion Post Editorial: It’s time to better the odds for victims of sexual crime
Samantha Olley (Rotorua Daily Post): Rotorua’s Billy Macfarlane demands apology over gang comment about tikanga course (paywalled)

Martin van Beynen (Stuff): Why police don’t investigate some crimes
Sam Sherwood (Stuff): Cops close $100k fraud inquiry because Northland detectives were diverted to investigate Christchurch mosque shootings
RNZ: Checkpoint: Police launch non-urgent number 105
1News: New non-emergency phone number for contacting police introduced
Jason Walls (Herald): Police are rolling out a new non-emergency number to help take the pressure off 111
Collette Devlin and Tom Hunt (Stuff): Chinese police officers set for training and information sharing in New Zealand

Christchurch mosque attacks
Karoline Tuckey (RNZ): Royal Commission into terror attacks begins, will ‘leave no stone unturned’
Patrick Gower (Newshub): Christchurch attack: The dark truth about New Zealand’s white supremacists
Hal Crawford (Newshub):Opinion: Why we ran the video of the white supremacist and the pig’s head
1News: Christchurch terrorist attack Royal Commission to begin work on what could have been done, future prevention
Stuff: Royal Commission into Christchurch terror attack to begin
Herald: Royal Commission to begin looking at evidence next week
1News: Victim Support to make third lump sum payment to Christchurch mosque victims next week
RNZ: Christchurch terror attacks: Donations plan to more than double distributed funds next week
Libby Wilson (Stuff): Christchurch attacks ‘impetus’ behind surge in refugee support volunteers
Tim Barlass (Stuff): Jacinda Ardern to be invited to jacaranda festival at Grafton, hometown of the mosque shooter

Natalie Akoorie (Herald): Public v private healthcare: Does the conflict cause long wait times? (paywalled)
Kathy Spencer (Herald): Eight months is too long to wait for surgery (paywalled)
Elspeth McLean (ODT): Colonoscopy concerns: Review restricted
Elspeth McLean (ODT): Limited colonoscopy access slammed
John Boynton (Newshub): The Auckland hapū taking control of whānau health
Ripu Bhatia (Stuff): Free private health insurance ‘life changing’ for Māori tribe in Auckland
Katie Fitzgerald (Newshub): Mates need to look out for their depressed friends – Mike King
Karen Brown (RNZ): GPs disappoint during process of diagnosing dementia, study finds
Libby Wilson (Stuff): A look into life with dementia: 49 people tell their stories for Alzheimers NZ
Stacey Kirk and Kate Green (Stuff): Three day stay bill to give more choices for mums
Dan Satherley (Newshub): National makes Mother’s Day pitch for better postnatal treatment
Sam Kelway (1News): National MP pushes for mothers to have a 3-day stay in hospital post-birth
Mike Houlahan (ODT): Lumsden issue puts pair in tricky spot
Rachael Kelly (Stuff): Health Minister David Clark will not get involved in Southland’s Maternal and Child Hubs
Rachael Kelly (Stuff): Simon Bridges critical of Health Minister David Clark’s inaction on Southland’s maternal hubs
Samesh Mohanlall (Timaru Herald): South Canterbury Idea Services staff to join nationwide strike for second time
Teuila Fuata’i (E-Tangata): Teuila Percival: There’s more to being a doctor than medicine
Brittney Deguara (Stuff): Kiwis over 30 not slowing down when it comes to pre-drinking, study finds
Niki Bezzant (Herald): Just $120 could save a life – but Govt won’t pay
David Loughrey (ODT): New home for ACC as 100 jobs added

Laura Walters (Newsroom): Parliamentary Service engages top PR firm
Peter Dunne: Parliament’s current Speaker is turning the ancient and venerable institution on its head
Jamie Ensor (Newshub): Speaker Trevor Mallard’s ‘protection’ of Jacinda Ardern ‘patronising’ – Peter Dunne
Herald: Peter Dunne weighs in to row between Speaker Trevor Mallard and National MPs
Audrey Young (Herald): Is it time for fresh challenges for Speaker Trevor Mallard? (paywalled)
Duncan Garner (Stuff): Beware low-flying ducks: Nats declare war on Mallard
Richard Griffin (Stuff): Self indulgent or mildly entertaining? MPs’ bad behaviour bordering on the crass
Dan Satherley (Newshub): Judith Collins tells the men in Parliament to ‘calm down’
Felix Desmarais (Stuff): Democracy, freedom and friction: how does a petition work?

National Party
Richard Harman (Politik): Party saves Bridges from caucus
Michael Fallow (Stuff): Bridges to party faithful: time is on our side
Michael Fallow (Stuff): Councils in rank disodour but taxman gets a halo in Nats’ consultation feedback
Spinoff: Extract: How Marilyn Waring became an MP aged 23

Foreign affairs
Ryan Boswell (1News): Kiwi residents beg Australian government to have their rights given back
Zane Small (Newshub): Labour candidate Naisi Chen outraged to be cited in Anne-Marie Brady’s China paper
1News: ‘We are not on track’ – UN Secretary General gives stern warning on climate change after touching down in New Zealand
Harrison Christian (Stuff): UN Secretary-General praises PM Jacinda Ardern on climate change leadership
Emma Cropper (Newshub): Ardern’s leadership is ‘crucial’ – UN secretary-general
Katie Scotcher (RNZ): UN secretary general lauds NZ unity after Christchurch attacks
Jason Walls (Herald): UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres arrives in NZ today for a visit with a focus on climate change

Peter Wilson (RNZ): Week in politics: Cannabis legalisation – the devil will be in the detail
Michael Daly (Stuff): Rose Renton readies for next stage in cannabis struggle
Lizzie Marvelly (Herald): We need to straighten out our outdated drug laws (paywalled)

Jared Savage (Herald): Fighting the Demon: An interview with convicted meth dealer Karl Goldsbury from inside Waikeria Prison
Jared Savage (Herald): Operation Reverse ‘classic’ example of organised crime cells ‘setting up shop’ in New Zealand
Herald: Fighting The Demon: The children of the meth epidemic
Hinemoa Elder (Stuff): Campaign to get meth out of the Far North

Transport, road safety
Phil Pennignton (RNZ): Warrant of Fitness delayed for weeks by disputes over rules
Todd Niall (Stuff): Tales from two cities: how Auckland and Wellington can learn from each other’s successes and mistakes
Marty Sharpe (Stuff): Last year’s road toll was high – but it wasn’t the worst in a decade as previously thought
Ben Strang (RNZ): Road deaths hit 150 for the year to date – up on the same point last year
Dan Satherley (Newshub): Drug-driving problem as urgent as Christchurch – Simon Bridges
1News: Son of couple killed in horror Taranaki crash pleads for random drug tests for drivers
Herald: Random testing for drug drivers ‘urgently’ needed to save innocent Kiwi lives
Ben Strang (RNZ): Budget funding: Free training for driver licences would be ‘fantastic’
Benn Bathgate (Stuff): Deputy PM Winston Peters signals budget boost for railways
Denise Piper (Stuff): Northland motorists lament lack of State Highway 1 progress in ‘forgotten north’
Hamish McNeilly (Stuff): Lime scooter rider injured in crash with truck in Dunedin not prosecuted

Bruce Munro (ODT): Robots and us
Duncan Garner (Newshub): Salaries of female-dominated professions need resetting
Katarina Williams (Stuff): Pressure on public service to close gender pay gap

Banking and finance
Rob Stock (Stuff): Financial disputes schemes failing Maori and Pasifika
Michael Fallow (Stuff): Adams shudders at plan for heavier capital requirements for banks
Brian Easton (Pundit): Hubbard Bubble: Toil and Trouble
RNZ: Protestors call for banks to stop investing in fossil fuels

OCR cut
Phil Smith (RNZ): The price of money: the reserve bank and the official cash rate
John Roughan (Herald): Committees so often get it wrong (paywalled)
Richard Meadow (Stuff): Why the Reserve Bank’s rate cut punishes savers

Vincent O’Malley and the NZ Wars
Philip Matthews (Stuff): National Portrait: Vincent O’Malley, historian of the New Zealand Wars
Mihingarangi Forbes (Newshub): Vincent O’Malley and the battle to learn our history

Primary industries
Michael Morrah (Newshub): Newshub Nation investigates the human cost of M bovis
Michael Morrah (Newshub): Extended cut: The harrowing human cost of M bovis
Mike O’Donnell (Stuff): Buy some milk and get New Zealand for free
Talisa Kupenga (Māori TV): Iwi want law change to commercially farm trout

Lincoln Tan (Herald): A new population milestone: We are getting close to 5 million kiwis (paywalled)
Liam Dann (Herald): New Zealand leading the way on immigration debate
RNZ: Rest homes say immigration decision will recruit vital overseas nurses

Local government
ODT Editorial: Labour’s local body aspirations
Dileepa Fonseka (Stuff): Wellington Mayor pledges to end homelessness and get rid of cars on Golden Mile
Laura Dooney (Stuff): Wellington mayor makes three re-election promises
Georgina Campbell (Herald): Justin Lester launches Wellington mayoral campaign
RNZ: Temporary libraries for Wellington will cost millions
RNZ: ‘Reasonable likelihood’ library will be demolished – Mayor
Tracy Hicks (Stuff): The welcome return of the four wellbeings to local govt law
Stuff: Businessman Tenby Powell, Dame Susan Devoy contest Tauranga mayoralty
Stuff: Dame Susan Devoy to run for mayor of Tauranga
RNZ: Dame Susan Devoy takes shot at Tauranga mayoralty
Sam Kelway (1News): Dame Susan Devoy to run for Tauranga mayoralty
Emma Dangerfield (Stuff): Waimakariri District Council joins Auckland counterpart in lobbying for fireworks ban

1News: Exploring New Zealand Sign Language’s discriminatory past and uncertain future
RNZ: Dunedin supermarkets test app to highlight mobility carpark misuse
Katie Fitzgerald and Delphine Herbert (Newshub): Countdown cracks down on accessibility parking thieves

Wellington Pride Parade
Julie Iles (Stuff): Wellington’s long-awaited Pride Parade features large showing of officers in uniform
Kim Nutbrown (Stuff): Chief of the New Zealand Defence Force marches in Wellington Pride Parade
Delphine Herbert and Dan Satherley (Newshub): Defence Force chiefs walk in Wellington Pride Parade

Te Mata Peak
Chris Hyde (Hawkes Bay Today): The maunga and the Mob: How the spat over Te Mata Peak came to this (paywalled)
Sean Hogan (1News): Hastings mayor to speak with Mongrel Mob after sacred Te Mata peak closed for patching ceremony

Merata Mita
Hepi Mita (E-Tangata): Merata — a son’s tribute
RNZ: Mother’s Day release of Merata Mita doco
Herlad: Ava DuVernay champions documentary of a Maori ‘icon’ – Merata: How Mum Decolonised the Screen
Leonie Pihama: Merata: How Mum Decolonised the Screen : A Commentary

Hekenukumai Busby has died
Karoline Tuckey (RNZ): Sir Hekenukumai Busby dies
Raniera Harrison (Māori TV): Master navigator Sir Hekenukumai Busby has passed away
1News: Master canoe builder Sir Hekenukumai ‘Hec’ Busby dies aged 86
Stuff: PM Jacinda Ardern remembers waka builder Sir Hekenukumai Busby as an ‘icon’ following his death

1News: Under Surveillance: John Campbell lays bare the shocking spying on Southern Response customers
Emma Hatton (RNZ): NZDF thought civilians may have been killed after attack in Afghanistan
Nikki Macdonald (Stuff): The story behind the man who took his life on parliament grounds
Bryce Edwards (Herald): Political Roundup: The State of the NZ media (paywalled)
Jane Bowron (Stuff): Campbell’s serious skills could be just the miracle that Breakfast needs
Lisa Davies (1News): Attempt to re-enter Pike River Mine due to happen within a month
Martin van Beynen (Stuff): Mortgages and marijuana – missing out on the good times
Anne Salmond (Stuff): Was James Cook a white supremacist?
No Right Turn: Why do MPs hate capital gains taxes?
Taroi Black (Māori TV): No arrests to peaceful protest at Ihumātao
Morgan Godfery: Funding-starved Māori sector dipping into reserves
Lewis Holden (Spinoff): Is it time to start calling ourselves ‘Aotearoa New Zealand’?
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Another ‘small wrinkle’ surfaces after minister labels huge IRD upgrade a success
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Vodafone NZ needs buyer with a head for complexity
RNZ: Vodafone NZ may be sold to private investors
Sally Blundell (Listener): ‘People are kaitiaki’: Sam Johnson on the future of the Student Volunteer Army
Piers Fuller (Stuff): Kiwis should be proud of how far Timor-Leste has come says NZDF colonel
Rob Stock (Stuff): Complaining is a modern life skill, so master it
1News: There needs to be tighter rules for people wanting to adopt, SPCA says
Piripi Taylor (Māori TV): Strength in unity – Māori Tourism
1News: Australia ranks NZ Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern as most ‘believable’ politician
Darren Bevan (Stuff): Clarke Gayford asked both of Jacinda Ardern’s parents for permission to marry
Herald: Clarke Gayford asked both of Jacinda Ardern’s parents if he could marry their daughter
Eleanor Ainge Roy (Guardian): Former New Zealand prime minister Helen Clark slams treatment of women in sport