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Today’s content

Parliamentary bullying and harassment report, National’s review into party culture
Jamie Ensor (Newshub):Former National MP Tau Henare lets rip on bullying in Parliament after review release
Duncan Garner (Newshub): Speaker of the house Trevor Mallard must lift the lid on bullies
1News: Speaker Mallard regrets some of his past behaviour as an MP, after report finds ‘systemic’ bullying in Parliament
Peter Wilson (RNZ): Bad apples in the Parliament’s barrel
Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): We should not bear Parliament’s ‘bear pit’ any longer
Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): Working in Parliament is a hazardous task
Bryce Edwards (Herald): Political Roundup: Toxic politicians under scrutiny (paywalled)
RNZ: Checkpoint: Parliament a ‘perfect storm’ for bullying, bad behaviour – report
Tova O’Brien (Newshub): MPs accused of treating staff like servants in bullying review
Zane Small (Newshub): Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern details how Parliament will respond to toxic culture revelations
Andrea Vance (Stuff) :Parliament a toxic workplace with systematic bullying problem – Francis Review
Anna Whyte  (1News): Bullying and harassment widespread in Parliament, report finds
Lucy Bennett (Herald): Francis review into harmful behaviour in Parliament released
Zane Small (Newshub): ‘Power imbalance’: Sexual assault, bullying claims revealed in Parliament
Jane Patterson (RNZ): Serious bullying rife at Parliament – report
Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): Parliament bullying report calls for sweeping change
Newsroom: Parliament bullying: in their own words
Alice Webb-Liddall (Spinoff): Report finds bullying and sexual harassment rife in parliament
No Right Turn: A toxic workplace
1News: Working at Parliament ‘tough’, Jacinda Ardern says ahead of bullying and harassment inquiry release today
Thomas Coughlan (Newsroom): Mixed messages from National on culture review

Golriz Ghahraman
Zane Small (Newshub): David Seymour denies responsibility over threats to Golriz Ghahraman
Jason Walls (Herald): Green MP Golriz Ghahraman gets a security escort after increased threat level
Andrea Vance (Stuff): Security escort for Green MP Golriz Ghahraman after death threats
Anna Bracewell-Worrall (Newshub): Golriz Ghahraman gets security escort following David Seymour’s ‘menace’ comments
1News: Green MP Golriz Ghahraman to get extra security in part due to David Seymour’s ‘menace to freedom’ comments
Jamie Ensor (Newshub): Pieces of work that led David Seymour to compare Golriz Ghahraman to Chinese President Xi Jinping
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): On a brief history of death threats
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): ACT vs Greens, culture wars & threatening Golriz

Budget
Ganesh Nana (Pundit): Frustrations of an unreconstructed, unrepentant Keynesian
Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): A focus on wellbeing does not change the reality of a slowing economy

New parties
RNZ: Alfred Ngaro confirms he’s contemplating getting party started
Herald: Destiny Church’s Brian Tamaki signals return to politics
Jamie Ensor (Newshub): Destiny Church leader Brian Tamaki considering launching political party
John Stringer (Kiwiblog):‘Christian’ Votes since 1996

Abortion
Anna Whyte (1News): Alfred Ngaro rules out Botany deal, calls abortion a ‘tragedy’
Jenna Lynch (Newshub): No woman has been made to feel like a criminal for abortion – Alfred Ngaro
Katie Fitzgerald (Newshub): Government ‘poked the bear’ with discussion about abortion rights – Ngaro
Henry Cooke (Stuff): National Party MP Alfred Ngaro says number of abortions in New Zealand is a ‘tragedy’
Jason Walls (Herald): National MP Alfred Ngaro says he regrets sharing a post that likened abortion to the holocaust
Lynn Williams: On Abortion
Paula Penfold (Stuff): Abortion law reform: Women are in fact made to feel criminal, Mr Ngaro
Liz Beddoe (Stuff): As US protection of abortion rights weakens, NZ should strengthen laws
Bob Jones: The abortion debate (again)
Emma Espiner (Newsroom): Abortion – a life on my terms
Martyn Bradbury: The arrogance and ignorance of Alfred Ngaro is as breathtaking as his misplaced self-assured smugness

Housing
Claire Trevett (Herald): Housing Minister Phil Twyford’s Waterloo: Will KiwiBuild cost him? (paywalled)
Zane Small (Newshub): Phil Twyford defends Government purchasing seven unsold KiwiBuild houses
1News: KiwiBuild homes snapped up in Tauranga as scheme finally shows some success
Mike Hosking (Newstalk): No magic trick will save KiwiBuild
Henry Cooke (Stuff): 11,067 families waiting longer and longer for housing – but growth in list has stalled
Mark Quinlivan (Newshub): More than 11,000 people still on the waiting list for social housing
Jessica Tyson (Māori TV): Higher numbers of Māori on the housing waiting list
1News: Taranaki woman battling Huntington’s disease left waiting for state house for over a year
1News/Sky: Social housing waiting list up 40 per cent on same time last year
RNZ: Fewer people placed into permanent homes
Anne Gibson (Herald): DIYers can build Bunnings flatpack homes, say experts
Ripu Bhatia (Stuff): House prices could shoot up if new building fees approved, critics warn

Pike River
Anna Osborne (Stuff): Pike River re-entry: ‘We were told it could never happen and we kept fighting’
Katie Fitzgerald and Mel Logan (Newshub): Pike River re-entry efforts begin in earnest
David Williams (Newsroom): What happens now at Pike River
Joanne Carroll (Press): Pike River re-entry finally a reality after eight-year battle
1News: ‘We just couldn’t contain our tears’ – Pike River families hail first re-entry to mine in over eight years
1News: Watch: Pike River Mine door pushed open to cheers from victims’ families
Laura Mills (Greymouth Star): Emotions run high at Pike River mine re-entry
Thomas Mead (Newshub): Entry makes way for long-awaited forensic examination to begin
RNZ: Relatives elated as Pike River Mine re-entered
1News/Sky: Relief for families as Pike River mine re-entry goes ahead
Jessica Tyson (Māori TV): “Today’s milestone belongs to the families” – Pike River Mine re-entered
Jamie Searle (Stuff): Invercargill sister of Pike River mine victim pleased re-entry has begun
Herald: ‘Just incredible’: First images inside the Pike River Mine, almost nine years after it was sealed
Stuff: Pike River mine re-entry: A momentous day captured in pictures
RNZ: Pike River agency confirms mine has been entered
Katie Fitzgerald (Newshub): Pike River re-entry ‘beginning of the end of a journey’ – Sonya Rockhouse
RNZ: Families witness as Pike River mine re-entry attempt begins
Breanna Barraclough (Newshub): Pike River timeline: From the first explosion to the re-entry
Charles Anderson (Guardian): ‘Symbolic moment’: Pike river mine reopened as search begins for 29 victims

Foulden Maar mine proposal
RNZ: Battle at Foulden Maar: Fighting to stop fossils being ground into feed
Chris Hutching (Stuff): Diatomite miner’s land application will take more time – OIO
Tim Miller (ODT): Foulden Maar’s developer defends mining diatomite

Health
Katie Fitzgerald (Newshub): Government cash injection nice, but not enough for staff pay – St John CEO
Sam Farrell (Newshub): Staff would rather focus on saving lives than raising funds – St John
Karen Brown (RNZ): Ambulance services to get funding boost from government
Jason Walls (Herald): Government will spend $40 million to help relieve the pressure from ambulance service providers
1News: Ambulance services get $38 million funding boost, but falls short of amount St John want
Zane Small (Newshub): Budget 2019: $21 million boost over two years for ambulance services
Stacey Kirk (Stuff): Budget 2019: Ambulance services get $21 million funding boost
Jessica Long (Stuff): Wellington Free to feel relief as Government injects $21m into ambulance services
Amy Wiggins (Herald): Hundreds of deaf adults missing out on life-changing surgery
Hannah Martin (Stuff): Calls to increase funding for cochlear implants as hundreds wait for surgery
Ben Leahy (Herald): Headphones and smartphones causing alarming rates of hearing loss in New Zealand kids
Te Aniwa Hurihanganui (RNZ): Māori employed by DHBs must double in the next 15 years – report
Janine Rankin (Manawatū Standard): Health board deficit could signal service cuts, deputy chairman warns
Hannah Martin (Stuff): Auckland measles outbreak: 63 confirmed cases

Crime, justice, corrections
Tema Hemi (Māori TV): The right to vote from behind bars
Howard League: Over 1,000 prisoners sign voting petition
Brad Flahive (Stuff): Alcohol is a factor in at least a third of all homicide cases
Katie Doyle (RNZ): Almost 200 youth offenders held in police cells – some for up to a week
Phil Pennigton (RNZ): No offending identified during paedophile’s stint at music centre – police
RNZ: No prosecutions yet despite Millane accused being named several times

Christchurch mosque shootings
Luke Kirkness (Herald): Prosecution of accused mosque gunman would be country’s first under Terrorism Suppression Act
Stuff: Accused mosque shooter now facing terrorism charge
RNZ: Police lay terrorism charge against man accused of mosque shootings
1News: Christchurch mosque attack accused charged with engaging in terrorist act
Kate Lyons (Guardian): Christchurch mosque attacks: suspect charged with ‘terrorist act’
Jason Walls (Herald): Government data paints a clear picture as to how the world reacted to the Christchurch attacks (paywalled)

Environment and conservation
Richard Harman (Politik): Culture clash on climate
Henry Cooke (Stuff): National supports climate change bill through first reading
Jason Walls (Herald): National will vote with the Government on the first reading of the Zero Carbon bill
1News: National pledge to support first reading of Climate Change Bill
Northland Age: Act won’t vote for zero carbon bill
Josephine Franks (Stuff): Think climate strike kids can’t change anything? A new study says otherwise
Katy Jones (Stuff): U-turn from schools on student climate change strike
Lindsay Wood (Stuff): Nelson City Council climate declaration sets new course
Michael Neilson (Herald): No fishing: Large swathes of Hauraki Gulf could be placed in marine reserves or closed to fishing to reverse dramatic declines in marine species (paywalled)
ODT Editorial: Marine scheme means pain for some
Amber-Leigh Woolf (Stuff): Predator Free 2050 ‘dream’ called too costly, too unlikely at Biological Heritage conference
Sam Kelway (1News): Opportunities for ‘struggling economy’ lost if Chinese water bottling plant expansion in Whakatāne fails, court hears
Sam Kelway (1News): Chinese water bottling plant’s proposal to take water from Whakatane aquifer ‘sustainable’, court hears
Gerard Hutching (Stuff): Fungal disease is killing New Zealand’s rare kākāpō
Liz McDonald (Stuff): Pet owners warned over calicivirus rabbit cull in Christchurch red zone
RNZ: Virus deadly to rabbits to be released in Christchurch red zone

Primary industries
Esther Taunton (Stuff): Oil and gas ban could force rethink of Fonterra’s plans to cut coal
RNZ: Fonterra fears oil, gas exploration ban will limit its emissions reduction
Sally Rae (ODT): ‘M. bovis’ response farms now all contacted

Transport
Dileepa Fonseka and Damian George (Stuff): Commitment questioned on $4.4b promised for wider region in Let’s Get Wellington Moving
Damian George (Stuff): Public transport tendering model to be reviewed in an attempt to stem driver shortage
Georgina Campbell (Herald): Unions say new bus driver rest breaks is off to a bad start
RNZ: Council lawyers defend handling of Island Bay cycleway
Jono Galuszka (Manawatū Standard): NZ Transport Agency stands by advice to associate minister, despite turning back on it
Matthew Littlewood (Stuff): Proposed Timaru ‘on demand’ public transport service could face age barrier
Chris Keall (Herald): ACC’s e-scooter bill hits new high – but stats also back Lime exec’s safety claim (paywalled)
1News: Auckland Transport’s new parking warden camera cars can read your plate and give you a fine as it drives past
Patrick Reynolds (Spinoff): The story of a revolution: How public transport transformed Auckland
David Loughrey (ODT): CAA needs more funding so it can do its job: pilot’s family
Tom Hunt (Stuff): Ministry of Transport fraudster Joanne Harrison’s home and Rolex seized
Herald: Police seize $600,000 worth of assets from Ministry of Transport fraudster Joanne Harrison
RNZ: Police seize deported fraudster Joanne Harrison’s assets

Huawei
Juha Saarinen (Herald): US ban a double punch for Huawei (paywalled)
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Huawei says smartphone owners needn’t panic as Spark warns of ‘evolving situation’ 
Chris Keall (Herald): ‘No need to panic and return phones to retailers’ – Huawei NZ exec
1News: Vodafone says buyers should be wary of Huawei phones as ‘uncertainty’ over Google software continues

Legal profession
Tom Hunt (Stuff): Junior lawyers union started after law industry scandal
Charlie O’Mannin (Critic): SOULS to Decline Russell McVeagh’s Money
Joel MacManus and Alison Mau (Stuff): Otago law students not ready to forgive Russell McVeagh

Crusaders
Tony Smith (Stuff): Crusaders bosses taking a risk by not standing down accused players
RNZ: Crusaders ‘desperately’ want CCTV footage of alleged incident
RNZ: Wellington lawyer to investigate Crusaders harassment allegations
1News: ‘They are clearly gutted’ – Crusaders CEO says investigation underway into homophobic abuse allegations in Cape Town
Stuff: Crusaders and NZ Rugby to investigate homophobia allegations after Cape Town incidents
RNZ: NZ Rugby and Crusaders launch joint investigation
RNZ: Crusaders management to meet players about allegations of homophobic behaviour
1News: ‘The were laughing at us’ – witness stands by friends’ allegations of homophobic slurs from Crusaders players
Robert van Royen (Stuff):Crusaders say independent witnesses have joined players in rejecting alleged homophobic behaviour
Herald: Super Rugby: Crusaders coach names George Bridge as player involved in alleged ‘homophobic’ incident
Stephen Foote (Stuff): Super Rugby 2019: Crusaders coach Scott Robertson denies allegations of homophobic incident
1News: History behind the Crusades as the Crusaders consider a name change
RNZ: Fresh allegations: Crusaders player Richie Mo’unga accused of inappropriate touching
Newshub: Super Rugby 2019: Crusaders’ Richie Mo’unga accused of groping, spitting beer at woman in South Africa

Social media
David Fisher (Herald): Exclusive: ‘Watchlist’ social media user talks about views on Jacinda Ardern and others which may have made him a target (paywalled)
Michael Daly (Stuff): Deepfakes and synthetic media: The new age of disinformation is growing

Education
John Gerritsen (RNZ): Secondary principals want 15 percent pay rise
Tracy Neal (RNZ): Emotions high over allegations of teacher’s inappropriate behaviour
Nikki Preston (Herald): Video of teacher and pupils linked to investigation at Marlborough Boys’ College
RNZ: Marlborough Boys’ College: Allegations about staff member referred to police

Foreign affairs
Michael Reddell: National on international affairs
Mackenzie Smith (RNZ): NZ-funded parliament in Niue runs into legal dispute
RNZ: NZ gives $NZ1m to improving electoral process in Tonga
RNZ: NZ Defence Force dentists bring relief in Samoa
1News: Hundreds of ‘high-needs patients’ in Samoa get dental work from NZ Defence Force

Pacific
Benjamin Robinson-Drawbridge (RNZ): Manus Island suicide attempts spike after Australian election
RNZ: Aus govt cannot ignore Manus Island suicide attempts – advocate
Mackenzie Smith (RNZ): China promising more than delivering in Pacific – US official

Defence
No Right Turn: NZDF’s secret rules of engagement
Imogen Neale, Caroline Williams and Kendall Hutt (Stuff): Soldier shot during training at SAS facility in south Auckland
RNZ: Soldier injured in live-fire training exercise

Local government
Matt Shand (Stuff): Another Tauranga City Council project under review
Dominic Harris (Stuff): Christchurch imam Gamal Fouda bids to enter local politics
Gerald Piddock (Stuff): Cat de-sexing fund creation hailed as ‘a game changer’

Consumer protection
Alex Loo (Stuff): Loan scheme for low-income earners helps beat loan sharks
Eleanor Ainge Roy (Guardian): Van halo: the truck shop in New Zealand that drives off profiteers

Other
Nikki Macdonald (Stuff): World-leading Te Papa mollusc expert misses out on curator job
Emily Writes (Spinoff): Say no to KFC’s PR bullshit and stand with the striking workers
Marie Russell, Lucy Telfar-Barnard and Hera Cook (Stuff): Why are taxpayers subsidising licensed firearms owners?
Fran O’Sullivan (Herald): Is it in the national interest? (paywalled)
Susan St John (Newsroom): Media must interrogate menacing privacy breaches
Brian Rudman (Herald): 2018 Census debacle a diversion from system meltdown (paywalled)
Josie Pagani (Herald): Australian result signals seismic change in working-class voting patterns (paywalled)
George Block (ODT): 148 police in South on $100K
Sophie Bateman (Newshub): New York Times says Jacinda Ardern ‘won’t save’ the UK or US
Jessica Tyson (Māori TV): Opinion: What our tamariki really need when it comes to sexual violence support
Phil Pennignton (RNZ): New Christchurch office building has serious flaws – engineers
Shane Te Pou (Spinoff): Review: An overly diplomatic biography of Labour grandee Dame Annette King
Point of Order: Open letter to associate professor sharpens the focus on Treaty of Waitangi and its influence on governance
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): New $1.6 billion IRD system got tax calculation wrong, says accountant
Paul Hunt (Spinoff): The dangers of ‘one of us’: The Chief Human Rights Commissioner on othering
Bonnie Flaws (Stuff): What we pay at the pump: why does the price of petrol vary so much?
Glen McConnell (Stuff): Younger viewers tune in for John Campbell on Breakfast
Katie Doyle (RNZ): Latest pursuit crash involving youths prompts more calls for review
Martin Hawes (Spinoff): KiwiSaver flagging? Be brave, stand firm
Sam Hurley (Herald): Auckland man admits ‘vicious’ homophobic attack on NZ reporter Aziz Al-Sa’afin
Imogen Neale (Stuff): Man admits assaulting Newshub journalist Aziz Al-Sa’afin on Auckland’s K’ Rd

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