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Nats claim to have revealed budget details, Treasury say system was “deliberately hacked”
Jamie Ensor (Newshub):‘Multiple and persistent’ attempts to access Treasury systems – chief executive
RNZ: Budget info on Treasury website under ‘multiple and persistent attack’
Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): Treasury says there were ‘more than 2000’ attempts to access Budget documents
Herald: Budget: 2000 hack attempts of Treasury website over 48 hours
Richard Harman (Politik): Treasury hacked: major security threat
Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): Hack claim raises stakes for National and Treasury
Jo Moir (RNZ): National Party leader and Finance Minister in standoff over Budget ‘leak’
Herald: Treasury announcement and wording of ‘hacking’ is concerning, a tech commentator says
Jason Walls (Herald): Budget ‘leak’: Treasury says it was ‘deliberately and systematically’ hacked
Henry Cooke (Stuff): ‘Budget leak’ referred to police after Treasury says it finds evidence of hacking
RNZ: National Party ‘Budget leak’: Treasury ‘deliberately hacked’
Claire Trevett (Herald): National Party leader Simon Bridges learns to turn the other leak (paywalled)
1News: Budget 2019 leaks by National came after Treasury was ‘deliberately and systematically hacked’
Newshub: Budget leak: Simon Bridges accuses Grant Robertson of smear job
Tova O’Brien and Jenna Lynch (Newshub): Budget leak to be referred to police by Treasury
David Farrar: My guess as to what happened
Jane Patterson (RNZ): Budget leak: Embarrassing error or conspiracy?
Claire Trevett (Herald): PM cannot afford to let Budget ‘leak’ slide (paywalled)
Stacey Kirk (Stuff): Jacinda Ardern’s Government is in paralysis as National hijacks its Wellbeing Budget
Tova O’Brien (Newshub): National’s Budget 2019 drops could be the Government’s greatest crisis
Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB) Budget spoiler Simon Bridges had good reason to be happy
Jason Walls (Herald): PM Jacinda Ardern refused to offer Treasury her full confidence following Budget ‘leak’
Henry Cooke (Stuff): Government says budget details not from Beehive, while PM refuses to state confidence in Treasury
Jason Walls (Herald): Budget 2019: The Treasury to investigate ‘potential’ leak of details to National Party
Anna Whyte (Herald): Finance Minister Grant Robertson admits some numbers in Budget leak ‘are right’
Jason Walls (Herald): Government concedes some of National’s Budget 2019 details correct
Zane Small (Newshub): Finance Minister Grant Robertson admits some Budget details National released are correct
Jenée Tibshraeny (Interest): Robertson admits some of National’s Budget figures are correct
Collette Devlin (Stuff): National’s Budget ‘reveal’ police, justice and corrections could receive large boosts in funding
Lucy Bennett (Herald): National Party claims it has details of mental health spending in Budget
Lucy Bennett (Herald): How health is looking if National’s Budget 2019 proven right
Collette Devlin (Stuff): Health Minister needs to apologise to midwives for Budget snubs – National
Amber-Leigh Woolf (Stuff): Conservation and the Emissions Trading Scheme emerge as winners in leaked Budget notes
Stacey Kirk and Henry Cooke (Stuff): Government to spend $1.3 billion on defence? Nats claim Budget details revealed
Zane Small (Newshub): National leader Simon Bridges drops more Wellbeing Budget details
Zane Small (Newshub): National leaks what it claims are Wellbeing Budget details
Anna Whyte (1News): ‘Money for tanks but not for teachers’ – Simon Bridges takes aim at Budget after claiming massive leak of details
Yvette McCullough (RNZ): National Party releases ‘key details’ from Budget
Thomas Coughlan (Newsroom): National claims to reveal Budget 2019 details

Hamish Rutherford (stuff): Budget claims show how little focus is on Grant Robertson’s Budget framework
Jamie Ensor (Newshub): Kiwis want Government’s Wellbeing Budget to focus on healthcare
Herald: Three views – What Budget 2019 needs to do: Richard Prebble, Sue Bradford, Ben Thomas (paywalled)
Amanda Larssen (Stuff): The wellbeing of still being here
RNZ: Speculation on govt back away from investment will have to wait until after Budget – PM
Michael Daly (Stuff): Jacinda Ardern hopes people see the ‘beginnings’ of changes they expect to mental health
Derek Cheng (Herald): Big budget expectations for drug and addiction treatment services (paywalled)
Matthew Littlewood (Timaru Herald): ‘Wellbeing Budget’ must tackle environment, Forest and Bird says
Samesh Mohanlall (Timaru Herald): Budget 2019: Wellbeing funds could help hopeful South Canterbury Hospice close its deficit
Maia Hart (Stuff): The ‘wishy-washy’ wellbeing Budget doesn’t hold water in Blenheim
Phil Smith (RNZ): The House: 30 months a year: the everlasting budget cycle
Stacey Kirk (Stuff): Government’s first ‘Wellbeing Budget’ hot off the presses ahead of unveiling

Aaron Leaman (Stuff): Teachers’ mega-strike just the beginning
Jessica Long (Stuff): Teachers’ ‘mega-strike’: Pay talks in ‘gridlock’ ahead of Budget
Laura Walters (Newsroom): Buckle up folks, teachers aren’t done yet
John Gerritsen (RNZ): Teachers strike: ‘Not just about money, also about time, value, respect’
Herald Editorial: Warnings for Govt as Strike Nation takes hold (paywalled)
Simon Collins (Herald): Day of disruption as teachers walk out on 773,000 children (paywalled)
Kate Nicol-Williams (1News): Thousands of teachers and principals to strike nationwide today calling for better pay and work conditions
Alice Wilkins (Newshub): Teaching mega-strike: Teachers warn they’ll quit if demands not met
Eleanor Rarity (Timaru Herald): Former Waimate school principal says expectation teachers will fix everything
Simon Collins (Herald): Teacher: ‘I feel undervalued’ (paywalled)
Peter Lyons (ODT): High time we valued teachers
Jai Breitnauer (Spinoff): Performance related pay for teachers is a terrible idea
Josephine Franks (Stuff): Cop-turned-teacher says stress of teaching matches policing
Liz McDonald (Stuff): Teachers oppose strike as thousands of colleagues take to the streets
Stuff: ‘Martyred’ teachers like to exaggerate, but it’s not a bad job
Katy Jones (Stuff): Five Nelson teachers leave jobs at one school as teachers gear up for mega-strike
Alwyn Poole (Herald): ‘Strikes are missing the correct target’ (paywalled)
Simon Collins (Herald): Most schools will close tomorrow as hopes of last-minute talks collapse
Jessica Tyson (Māori TV): 50,000 teachers prepare for mega-strike tomorrow
Liu Chen (RNZ): Parents prepare as teachers head for mega strike tomorrow
Emily Brookes (Stuff): Teachers strike poses logistical hurdle for working parents
Adam Hollingworth (Newshub): How small businesses will cope with the teachers’ mega-strike
Josephine Franks and Charlotte Carter (Stuff): Auckland teachers’ strike: Protests, road closures and kids’ activities
Astrid Austin (Hawkes Bay Today): ‘I have it so much better here’: Hawke’s Bay teacher moved to Darwin, and got huge pay rise
Damian Rowe (Southland Times): Primary and secondary teachers set to mega-strike in Invercargill
Alice Angeloni (Stuff): Marlborough parents say teachers in mega-strike ‘deserve the world’
Georgina Campbell (Herald): Victoria University students come out swinging over proposed liquor ban
Te Aniwa Hurihanganui (RNZ): Wintec embeds introductory te reo Māori and tikanga Māori in programmes

Francis report
Derek Cheng (Herald): Speaker Trevor Mallard refuses to front about his ‘rape’ comments
Jamie Ensor (Newshub): Winston Peters says Parliament bullying, sexual harassment report shows only one side of story
Herald: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern urges caution over Mallard and ‘tantamount to rape’ comment
Derek Cheng (Herald): Mallard’s ‘serious lapse in judgment’ raises questions – National

Anna Bracewell-Worrall (Newshub): Trevor Mallard accused of exacerbating allegations of sexual assault in Parliament

National Party culture review
Zane Small (Newshub): The National Party’s culture review fails to mention what prompted it
Derek Cheng (Herald): Simon Bridges defends National Party workplace culture review
Anna Whyte (1News): National Party release recommendations of health and safety review
Derek Cheng (Herald): National Party culture review recommends code of conduct
RNZ: National releases health and safety review recommendations

Alfred Ngaro to remain with National
Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): Alfred Ngaro’s backdown another nail in MMP coffin
Jamie Ensor (Newshub): Alfred Ngaro to remain National Party MP, won’t start new party
1News: MP Alfred Ngaro gives up on forming own conservative party, decides to stay with National
Herald: MP Alfred Ngaro will not split off from National to start new Christian party
Henry Cooke (Stuff): Alfred Ngaro will stay within National Party
RNZ: Alfred Ngaro decides against forming Christian party

Foulden Maar mine proposal, Mining Forum
Elena McPhee (ODT): Paleontologist breaks silence: ‘horrified’ over Foulden Maar
Elena McPhee (ODT): Academic ‘more than horrified’ at mining proposal
Hamish McNeilly (Stuff): Battle to save ‘essential’ Foulden Maar heats up
ODT: Cull: Protesters expressing ‘overwhelming’ view of city
Hamish McNeilly (Stuff): Some fossil fuel plans ‘not welcome here’ – Dunedin mayor opens controversial conference
Simon Hartley (ODT): Mining industry on notice
Simon Hartley (ODT): Parker’s warning to sector
Simon Hartley (ODT): Under pressure to deliver
Hamish McNeilly (Stuff): Woman protesting controversial minerals forum in Dunedin taken to hospital
George Block (ODT): Clashes as police fail to remove climate protesters
George Block (ODT): Injured protester slams ‘brutal’ police as 3 arrested
1News: Police use bolt cutters to remove protesters from Dunedin coal conference
Newshub: Protester injured after confrontations outside Dunedin mineral conference
RNZ: Protesters block delegates from mining conference
No Right Turn: This is what the destruction of social licence looks like

Employing workers with disabilities
Evan Harding (Southland Times): Protesters turn up heat on Invercargill city councillors
Newshub: Top law firm Buddle Findlay opens its doors to employ young people with disabilities

Henry Cooke (Stuff): KiwiBuild scheduled to deliver just 1535 houses by 2020 election, a tenth of original goal
Jason Walls (Herald): Housing Minister Phil Twyford says he’s ‘disappointed’ by KiwiBuild’s performance so far
Jamie Ensor (Newshub): Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern needs to show courage and gut KiwiBuild – Judith Collins
Anne Gibson (Herald): Listen: PM Jacinda Arden admits KiwiBuild ‘hasn’t been at the pace we wanted’ but sticks to 100,000 target (paywalled)
Duncan Garner (Newshub): Has there been a bigger flop that Phil Twyford’s Kiwibuild?
Thomas Coughlan (Newsroom): Treasury raises fears for public housing funding
David Hargreaves (Interest): How high has the price been for first home buyers?
Sophie Trigger (Stuff): Demand for rentals sees rents spike in Marlborough
Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Houses are cheaper outside Auckland but here’s what you should know…

Amanda Cropp and Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): Shane Jones introduced Stan Semenoff as possible NZTA board member
Jonathan Mitchell (RNZ): Cyclists outraged by Tranzurban manager’s mocking Facebook post
Grant Bradley (Herald): Air fare warning as Air New Zealand cuts domestic capacity due to softening demand and increasing costs (paywalled)
John Anthony (Stuff): Air New Zealand reduces domestic capacity by 2 per cent, reviews fares
Dan Lake (Newshub: Air New Zealand reviewing airfares as it cuts back on domestic routes
Herald: Air NZ CEO denies possible move to politics
Rikihana Smallman (Stuff): King: Regulating electric transport devices ‘ludicrous’

Local government
Dileepa Fonseka (Stuff): Fewer tenders more ‘partnerships’ mooted by Wellington City Council CEO
RNZ: Insurance won’t cover Wellington library fix – mayor
Felix Desmarais (Stuff): No clear plan to re-house 350,000 items in Wellington’s Central Library as pop-up opens
Herald: Residential streets opened up for freedom camping: Councillors call for boycott of bylaw
Chris Morris (ODT): Cull standing down
1News: Dunedin’s mayor Dave Cull won’t seek re-election after nine years in office
Jono Galuszka (Manawatū Standard): Horizons Regional Council divided as it trims its livestreaming trial

Environment and conservation
Jono Galuszka (Manawatū Standard): Horizons gets rates rise under 5 per cent, but cuts freshwater funding to do it
Jono Galuszka (Manawatū Standard): New report paints a grim picture of wider Manawatū environment
Marty Sharpe (Stuff): Plan to make Napier and Hastings ratepayers pay $30 a year for defences against coastal erosion
Joanne Carroll and Paul Gorman (Stuff): West Coast rubbish debacle a ‘national emergency’ that needs more funding to clean up
Mark Quinlivan (Newshub): Westland District Council to ditch storm clean-up as it’s too expensive
Jody O’Callaghan (Stuff): Conservationist Jane Goodall says ‘more humane ways’ than 1080 to deal with invasive species
Skara Bohny (Nelson Mail): Brook Valley group not ruling out disbanding to avoid court costs
Herald: Record numbers of kiwi chicks released back into the wild
Torika Tokalau (Stuff): Drastic plastic problem: What rubbish ends up in Auckland’s harbour
Kirsty Johnston (Herald): Ratepayers charged 500 times more for water than bottling companies

Crime, gangs
RNZ: Simon Bridges’ crime statistics claims don’t add up – ex-National MP
Brittney Deugara (Stuff): When are crimes too dangerous for police officers to intervene?
Anusha Bradley (RNZ): Hawke’s Bay mayors’ gang patch ban rejected by Police Minister
Andre Chumko (Stuff): Gang Focus police unit to be established in Hawke’s Bay following mayors’ calls for public patch ban
Laura Wiltshire (Hawkes Bay Today): ‘Enough is enough’: Hawke’s Bay mayors unite to tackle rising gang population (paywalled)
1News: Hawke’s Bay mayors call ‘urgent meeting’ with Minister of Police over ‘deeply concerning’ gang activity

Justice, corrections
Lydia Lewis (Newshub): Sick prisoner Vicki Letele’s family considering taking Corrections to court after report into her death
Katie Doyle (RNZ): Family of ex-inmate and cancer sufferer Vicki Letele considering legal action against Corrections
1News: Corrections failed inmate Vicki Letele as she suffered with cancer, commission finds
RNZ: Vicki Letele’s family confirm report critical of prison care
Tema Hemi (Māori TV): Inmates unjustly treated by corrections staff
Stuff: Former prisoner paid up to $50,000 for being in custody too long

Dental care
Jonathan Broadbent (The Conversation): High cost means more than half of NZ’s young adults don’t access dental care
RNZ: Dental health reorientation at root of long treatment delays – Health Ministry

1News: Paramedics nationwide voting on whether to strike, 1 NEWS understands
Herald: Sacked board member back as one of four commissioners overseeing Waikato DHB
Libby Wilson (Stuff): Surgeon, health expert, familiar face: Waikato DHB announces new deputy commissioners
Rachael Kelly (Southland Times): Health Minister ‘disappointed’ with Southern DHB’s maternity services roll out in Northern Southland
Mike Houlahan (ODT): Clark ‘disappointed’ with SDHB over service rollout
Collette Devlin (Stuff): Health Minister needs to apologise to midwives for Budget snubs – National
Janine Rankin (Manawatū Standard): Crowd funding launched for Women’s Health Collective
1News: GPs calling for Government to intervene as doctor shortage looms
RNZ: Watch: Pharmac head defends drug agency’s funding
RNZ: Northland measles case: More than 30 being monitored don’t have immunity
Hannah Martin (Stuff): Auckland measles outbreak: 72 confirmed cases
1News: Another New Zealand district considers outdoor ban on smoking and vaping
Dubby Henry and Luke Kirkness (Herald): Two people die in Auckland from the flu
Sophie Bateman (Newshub): Two Aucklanders die from flu, fears Australian outbreak could spread

Mental Health
Karen Brown (RNZ): Community-based mental health care saves the life of a new mum
Mike Houlahan (ODT): Wakari facility ‘no longer fit for use in current state’
Herald: What causes construction sector suicides? First report out on reasons for 300 deaths in a decade
MItchell Alexander (Newshub): Mental health: New Zealand’s self harm hospitalisations rising

Whale Oil book
David Fisher (Herald): Big Read: Book reveals Whaleoil blogger’s torment of family – and the fight to expose the truth (paywalled)
Sam Brooks (Spinoff): The 10 most shocking moments in the blistering new book ‘Whale Oil’
Stuff: New book lifts lid on Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater’s dirty tactics
RNZ: New book looks at battle between Slater and Blomfield
No Right Turn: Are we China now?
Pete George: So what is the ‘Whale Oil’ book about?

Stacey KIrk (Stuff): Fancy new planes for the defence force – but will a $2.5b decision be put to tender?
Andrew McRae (RNZ): Vietnam veterans receive health, wellbeing support decades on

Racism, Christchurch mosque shootings
Rawiri Taonui: Is Christchurch more racist than other New Zealand cities?
David Williams (Newsroom): Frustration, concern with Chch Commission
Herald: ‘Egg Boy’ donates $100,000 towards Christchurch Foundation and Victims Support
Stuff: ‘Egg boy’ Will Connolly donates $100,000 to help mosque attack survivors

Gun control
Derek Cheng (Herald): New gun control group pushes for national register
1News: New advocacy group forms to push for total ban on semi-automatic weapons in NZ
RNZ: New gun control lobby started in Wellington
Stuff: Over 500 guns handed in since ban, but others might not surrender them
Gordon George (Stuff): NZ’s licensed shooters are law-abiding citizens, not bludgers

Hate speech and the woke left
Rachel Stewart (Herald): Hounds of left are woke and I’m running scared (paywalled)
Karl du Fresne (Stuff): Lefty haters gonna hate and it’s all good; not so much when they’re offended

Foreign affairs
RNZ: Economic and climate resilience focus of NZ meeting in Cooks
RNZ: Cook Islands reviews its busy Auckland consulate

Immigration and refugees
1News: NZ refugee policy ‘the very definition of discrimination’ – Immigration Minister
Dominion Post Editorial: This racist immigration rule is not who we are
Mark Longley (Newshub): Kiwis encouraged to privately sponsor refugees

Primary industries
Eric Frykberg (RNZ): Westland Milk sale to Chinese company would net Pamu $11m
Gerald Piddock (Stuff): Consent granted for huge Brink’s Chicken meat farm to be constructed in Waikato
Angie Skerrett (Newshub): ‘Extraordinary growth’: New report shows booming horticulture sector

Samoan Language Week
Māori TV: Samoan Language Week NZ important to retain native tongue
Amanda Saxton (Stuff): Samoan Language Week kicks off in south Auckland

Herald: NZ ranked in Top 30 for protecting children but needs to do more to reduce child homicide
John Summers (North & South): Following the call of New Zealand’s abandoned freezing works
Tracy Neal (RNZ): South Island readies for 250th anniversary of Captain Cook’s arrival
Marina Young: The stories from the many women that regret their abortion should be validated too
Stephen Forbes (Interest): Auckland Council report calls for changes to legal liability settings
Liz McDonald (Stuff): Insurance puzzle leaves immaculate Christchurch character home unsellable
Alex Braae (Spinoff): Broad church: Diverse Christian voices worth listening to
Christine Rose (Daily Blog): When the police perpetuate injustice
Kelvin McDonald (Māori TV): Māori artist annoyed at awards snub
Jason Walls (Herald): Greens co-leader James Shaw on why he decided to knock down his office walls (paywalled)
Katy Jones (Stuff): Trade Me bows to public pressure, takes down ‘Okay to be white’ t-shirts
Scott Palmer (Newshub): Trade Me pulls ‘It’s Okay To Be White’ T-shirts after public pressure
Māori TV: Māori King’s momentous visits in first trip to Italy
Jacob Johnson (1News): Christchurch engineers test timber as an earthquake solution
Paul Cully (Stuff): Kiwi sports told: There’s a real pot of gold at end of the ‘diversity’ rainbow
Duncan Greive (Spinoff): ‘They don’t chase wins, they chase prices’: why the fixing stench still clings to cricket
1News: Grover Norquist, hero of US conservative movement, visits NZ to proselytise against taxes
Andrea Black: Tax and politics
1News: Petrol prices climbing again as taxes and commodity prices rise
RNZ: The Detail: The evolving month of Kiwi music