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New Zealand Parliament Buildings, Wellington, New Zealand.

Today’s content

Paris social media summit, hate speech, mosque attacks
Washington Post Editorial: Christchurch Call: No easy fix to social media regulation
Alexander Gillespie (Newshub): Opinion: ‘Christchurch Call’ first step in long journey to regulate online extremism
Golriz Ghahraman (Stuff): We need laws with real teeth to protect our online safety
Jordan Carter and Konstantinos Komaitis (Stuff): How to regulate the internet without shackling its creativity
Derek Cheng (Herald): Christchurch Call summit: New rules must leave nowhere to hide (paywalled)
Tova O’Brien (Newshub): Jacinda Ardern won’t rule out blocking Facebook if used to spread extremist content
Henry Cooke (Stuff): Christchurch Call could lead to work on ‘red-pilling’ of online radicalisation
1News: Mitigating sharing of Facebook livestreams ‘critical’ in stopping harmful videos
Henry Cooke (Stuff): Christchurch call summit will look into how tech companies monetise hate with business models
Henry Cooke (Stuff): Collaboration between tech companies and governments mooted in Christchurch Call
Derek Cheng (Herald): Christchurch Call may lead to broader work into how technology aids radicalisation
Tova O’Brien (Newshub): Christchurch Call: Government’s war on extremism online
Stuff: Most Kiwis want livestreaming halted until violent content can be curbed: survey
Jason Walls (Herald): Former PM Helen Clark is throwing her support behind changing NZ’s hate speech laws
Katie Fitzgerald (Newshub): Would have been nice to have Mark Zuckerberg at Christchurch call – Robertson
Zane Small (Newshub): Winston Peters backs Jacinda Ardern’s crusade against online ’emotional terrorism’
Katie Scotcher (RNZ): Royal Commission into Chch attacks may be private
David Fisher (Herald): The real story of the Christchurch massacre – how the Royal Commission will get to the truth (paywalled)
Newshub: Police Commissioner denies there were warnings about threat from white supremacists
Stuff: Police ‘not aware of any information’ that could have prevented terror attack
Patrick Gower (Newshub): Christchurch attack: The new face of white supremacy in New Zealand
Jody O’Callaghan (Stuff): Injured Christchurch terror attack victims facing up to lifelong physical and mental harm
RNZ: Muslim leaders ‘value’ engaging with commission

Gun laws
RNZ: Jacinda Ardern on gun law changes: ‘I do not understand the US’
Newshub: ‘I do not understand the United States’: Jacinda Ardern on gun laws
Tracy Neal (RNZ): Firearms lobby to complain about police treatment of gun owners
1News: ‘We just ask to be heard’ – gun owners feel ignored as second phase of law reform looms

Budget
Richard Harman (Politik): Robertson gets ready for his radical budget
Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): Robertson is this government’s economic saviour
Jason Walls (Herald): Finance Minister Grant Robertson won’t commit to promising a second year of fees-free studies
Jane Patterson (RNZ): Fees-free tertiary policy not a failure, Grant Robertson says
Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): Low enrolments sees $200m clawed back from fees free scheme
Jason Walls (Herald): Government aims for $1 billion cuts to ‘low priority’ spending, clip fees free scheme
1News: Government pulls $198m from fees free policy due to lower enrolment numbers
Zane Small (Newshub): Budget 2019: Fees-free funding to be reallocated, ‘not meeting initial forecasts’
Jenée Tibshraeny (Interest): Uptake of fees free tertiary education undershoots govt expectations
Brian Roper: The Labour-led Government’s Fee-Free Policy for Tertiary Education
Thomas Coughlan (Newsroom):Robertson shuns ‘rockstar economy’
Eleanor Ainge Roy (Guardian): New Zealand’s world-first ‘wellbeing’ budget to focus on poverty and mental health
Point of Order: It’s his first crack at a wellbeing budget, folks, so grant Robertson a bit of slack

Education
Simon Collins (Herald): Schools survey exposes yawning gap in internet access for kids in rich and poor families
Paul Gorman (Stuff): Changes to NCEA should help teachers and students with workload and stress
RNZ: NCEA shake-up: Mixed feelings over external assessments
Dominion Post Editorial: Back to the future for students in NCEA overhaul
Tema Hemi (Māori TV): Porirua primary schools going without hot water
Gordon Campbell: On the (lack of an) end game for the teachers strike
Piers Fuller (Stuff): MP tells ‘undervalued’ teacher to look for a new job
Alice Angeloni (Stuff): Kindergarten teachers next to lobby Government for better work contracts
John Gibb (ODT): Billion-dollar enterprise

Health
NIcholas Jones (Herald): Health Minister David Clark considering dental care report as calls for free treatment grow (paywalled)
Emma Russell (Herald): Health minister slams DHBs for keeping cancer patients waiting for radiation
Logan Savory (Southland Times): Petition support grows as Southlander calls on Government to act
Sophie Trigger (Stuff): ‘Bright light’ and cancer drug campaigner Emily Stein, 32, has died
Karen Brown (RNZ):DHBs ‘gone nuclear’ with agreements – doctors
Natalie Akoorie (Herald): Public v private healthcare: Why are doctors the only workforce allowed to compete against their employers?
Dave Macpherson (Daily Blog): Same mental health system, with the same creaking around the edges
Hannah Martin (Stuff): 86 per cent of New Zealand’s 132 measles patients unvaccinated
Albert Redmore (Newshub): Unvaccinated Kiwis bearing brunt of measles outbreak
Ruby Macandrew (Stuff): Concerted effort needed to increase measles vaccinations and prevent further outbreaks – expert
Karen Brown (RNZ): Flu jab call as Australian outbreak spreads
Phil Pennington (RNZ): Middlemore to scrap instead of fix quake-prone Galbraith building
Daniel Birchfield (ODT): Hospital group meets minister
Melanie Earley (Stuff): Record number of retailers selling cigarettes illegally to teens
Albert Redmore (Stuff): Record number of Auckland shops caught selling cigarettes to teenagers
1News: Nine Auckland CBD retailers caught selling tobacco to under-18s in two weeks
Ripu Bhatia (Stuff): Calls for review of 5G technology amid health concerns 
Helen Harvey (Stuff): Taranaki has highest level of heavy drinking in New Zealand

National Party
Ben Thomas (Spinoff): Memo to the National Party: you’re not actually the government any more
Zane Small (Newshub): Cannabis referendum: Paula Bennett on why she won’t debate Chlöe Swarbrick
David Fisher (Herald): Sarah Dowie and Simon Bridges silent about any co-operation with police investigating Jami-Lee Ross text inquiry (paywalled)
Stuff: No new appeal for increased damages for Eminem song rip-off
Herald: Eminem’s company loses Supreme Court bid in National Party copyright case
RNZ: Eminem publisher loses appeal for higher damages
Daniel Rutledge (Newshub): National Party wins Supreme Court court ruling over Eminem copyright

Foreign affairs and trade
Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): Winston Peters trade claim shows how little scrutiny the party is under
Jason Walls (Herald): Foreign Minister Winston Peters is working ‘very seriously’ on securing an NZ/US free trade deal
Fran O’Sullivan (Herald): Why New Zealand needs to roar — loudly (paywalled)
Terence O’Brien: Independence and New Zealand’s Huawei Decision
Ryan Boswell (1News): Kiwi family could be forced to return from Australia as young son ineligible for disability support

UN Secretary General visits NZ
Kera Sherwood-O’Regan (Spinoff): Breakfast with the Secretary General: Māori activists press the UN on climate change
Dominic Harris and Paul Gorman (Stuff): UN Secretary General António Guterres says hate speech is spreading like ‘wildfire’
1News: ‘No words to relieve the hurt’ – UN Secretary General visits Al Noor mosque, eight weeks after terrorist attack
Kurt Bayer (Herald): United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres visits Christchurch mosques
RNZ: UN Sec-General mosque visit: ‘It was extremely special’

Mining
Tim Miller (ODT): Mayor wants clarification on diatomite mine proposal
Simon Hartley (OD): Diatomite company’s ownership uncertain
Gerald Piddock (Stuff): OceanaGold applies for mining permit in the Coromandel Forest Park
Jono Edwards (ODT): Protesters prepare for mining forum

Environment
Jason Samenow (Washington Post): It was 28.9 degrees Celsius near the Arctic Ocean this weekend as carbon dioxide hit its highest level in human history
Rachel Stewart (Herald): Clean up Earth before even thinking about Mars (paywalled)
ODT Editorial: Carbon Bill a rational act
Keith Woodford (Interest): Zero Carbon Bill is just the start for agriculture’s greenhouse gas adaptation 
Janine Rankin (Manawatū Standard): Higgins’ environmental abuse
Eloise Gibson (Newsroom): Critical flaw in farming’s water-quality tool: scientists
Paul Mitchell (Stuff): Horowhena farmer narrowly avoids $80k fine for illegally draining a lake
Alex Loo (Manawatū Standard): Push to protect Foxton Beach sand dunes
Skara Bohny (Stuff): New partnership takes flight in effort to save kea from lunching on lead
Matthew Littlewood (Stuff): Wilding pines to cost NZ economy billions of dollars if unattended
Caroline Williams (Stuff): Waitākere Ranges re-opening plan shows conflict between recreation and kauri protection

Auckland mayoralty contest
Bernard Orsman (Herald): Auckland mayoral candidate John Tamihere proposes selling Ports of Auckland
RNZ: Auckland mayoral candidate Tamihere wants to sell port if elected
Caroline Williams (Stuff): Auckland mayoral candidate John Tamihere: Sell the ports and give ratepayers back their land
Stephen Forbes (Interest): Mayoral candidate John Tamihere says Auckland Council needs to sell the Ports of Auckland’s business operations
Todd Niall (Stuff): John Tamihere’s port policy on taxing trucks in Auckland CBD ‘random and bizarre’

Southland disAbility Enterprises loses WasteNet contract
Evan Harding (Southland Times): Attempt to get ICC meeting about recycling contract in public forum
Logan Savory (Southland Times): Disability advocate Janice Lee says sustainable solution needed
Southland Times Editorial: In desperate times, a doozy of a desperate measure from SDE

Welfare
Michael Fletcher (The Conversation): Why New Zealand’s government cannot ignore major welfare reform report
Susan St John (Newsroom): What I wish Sepuloni had said on welfare
Sarah Robson (RNZ): Dole sanction delay ‘prolonging something harmful to vulnerable families’

Local government
Jo McKenzie-McLean (Stuff): Otago regional councillor Michael Laws calls iwi-seat proposal ‘PC nonsense’
Cherie Sivignon (Stuff): Voting system poll petition presented to Tasman District Council
Skara Bohny (Stuff): Climate change emergency popular in Nelsonian’s public submissions
Evan Harding (Stuff): ICC to ask public if it should spend up to $30m on CBD block development
Mitchell Alexander (Newshub): Wellington student president on why she’s running for city council

Immigration
Joanne Carroll (Stuff): US couple who moved to West Coast told they were ‘too old’ for residency
Adam Burns (ODT): Calls to make overseas hiring simpler

Transport, road safety
1News: If drug-driving tests are introduced investment is needed to ensure they’re accurate – Chlöe Swarbrick
Margo White (North & South): Why I long for the days when footpaths were safe and Lime scooter-free
Katie Fitzgerald and Ella Predergast (Newshub): New e-scooter rules a start, but more to be done – Blind Foundation
Herald: Brakes go on e-scooters: Speed limit imposed on parts of Auckland
RNZ: Auckland Council encourages 15km/h for e-scooters
Chris Morris (ODT): DCC may lower speed limit
Rob Stock (Stuff): Only around 1200 of the 16,000 unsafe BVL seatbelts have been traced
Cleo Fraser (Newshub): Auckland commuters facing delays as train workers strike
RNZ: City Rail Link faces threat of legal action over construction delays, disruption

Justice, corrections, crime
Blair Ensor and Henry Cooke (Stuff): The Homicide Report: NZ’s Family Violence record ‘horrific’, says Jacinda Ardern
Katie Kenny and Blair Ensor (Stuff): Warped masculinity is fueling NZ’s fatal family violence problem
1News: Court process for dealing with sexual assault cases needs overhaul, says law expert
Katie Doyle (RNZ): ‘I was one of those kids’: Young offenders see change in themselves

Primary industries
MIchael Morrah (Newshub):Canterbury cows euthanised after M bovis lockdown in poor conditions
Angie Skerrett (Herald): First sheep shearing collective signed in 24 years
ODT: Raw milk regulations need ‘a little bit of flexibility’
Yvonne O’Hara (ODT): Milk producers stymied

Being Māori
Rawiri Taonui (Newsroom): Room for kumara and potato at table of identity
Willie Jackson (Stuff): If you stand up for something you had better be able to back it up

Housing
Jai Breitnauer (Spinoff): CGT is dead. But there are other ways to thwart a raging property market
Debrin Foxcroft (Stuff): New Zealand house sales slump 11 per cent
Harrison Christian (Stuff): Indians are dirty’: Prospective tenants allegedly denied housing over ethnicity

Tip Top sold to overseas buyer
RNZ: Winston Peters blames Fonterra’s ‘bad decisions’ for Tip Top sale
1News: National accuses Winston Peters of ‘trash-talking’ Fonterra over Tip Top sale

Tourism
Tess Brunton (RNZ): Tourism industry urged to help wipe out visitors’ carbon footprint
RNZ: Sustainable growth front and centre at NZ tourism summit
1News: New Zealand visitor numbers down, Christchurch terrorist attack likely cause

Air NZ
John Anthony (Stuff): Air New Zealand executives freeze salaries for at least a year as part of cost-cutting
RNZ: Air New Zealand executives’ pay to be frozen
David Loughrey (ODT): Air NZ seeks long-term views
MIchael Cropp (RNZ): Air NZ investigates why plane hit runway light

Other
Georgina Campbell (Herald): Resource consent lodged for proposed development at Wellington’s Shelly Bay
Lydia Lewis (Newshub): Pilot programme pairing at-risk youth with supporters already changing trajectory of lives
Rob Stock (Stuff): Privacy Commission report shows people struggle to get timely access to their credit reports
No Right Turn: Chipping away at the OIA
RNZ: How would legalising cannabis work in New Zealand?
Chris Reed (Herald): Fighting the Demon: There’s always hope, say meth addicts who quit the deadly drug
Thomas Coughlan (Newsroom): Raworth on the fallacy of endless growth
Logan Church (RNZ): Checkpoint: Cancer patient relieved after finally settling with EQC
Debrin Foxcroft (Stuff): Pay equity legislation jumps hurdle and heads into second reading
1News: Vodafone sale to open up opportunities in digital sphere, chief executive says
Talisa Kupenga (Māori TV): No new findings in Māori media review – Radio host
Laura Dooney (RNZ): Owners face ‘insurmountable costs’ to make apartments quake safe
Lincoln Tan (Herald): NZ Catholic Church to ensure Pope’s sex abuse reporting rules are ‘fully implemented’

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