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Editor’s Note: Here below is a list of the main issues currently under discussion in New Zealand and links to media coverage.

New Zealand Parliament Buildings, Wellington, New Zealand.

Today’s content

Budget leak, SSC inquiry
Tim Watkin (Pundit): Gabriel Makhlouf’s already had three strikes. Can he really avoid being ‘out’?
Liam Hehir (Pundit): Sometimes with politics, you should sweat the small stuff
Richard Harman (Politik): What did Makhlouf say to Robertson
Audrey Young (Herald): Govt also needs answers from Gabriel Makhlouf inquiry (paywalled)
Fran O’Sullivan (Herald): What lies ahead for the next Treasury Secretary (paywalled)
Jamie Ensor (Newshub): Response to Budget data breach could be ‘dirty politics’ – Simon Bridges
Henry Cooke (Stuff): SSC to investigate Treasury Gabriel Makhlouf’s actions and statements during Budget ‘hack’ saga
Derek Cheng (Herald): Treasury boss Gabriel Makhlouf under investigation over Budget comments
RNZ: Investigation launched into treasury secretary Gabriel Makhlouf
Tova O’Brien (Newshub): Secretary to the Treasury Gabriel Makhlouf to be investigated over Budget hacking claims
1News: Investigation into Treasury secretary launched by State Services Commission following Budget data breach
Stacey Kirk (Stuff): PM holding judgment on Treasury boss over bungled Budget for investigation
Derek Cheng (Herald): Should Treasury boss Gabriel Makhlouf be sacked? Jacinda Ardern refuses to say
1News: Jacinda Ardern calls out National for ‘political point scoring’ tactic in Budget leak
Jamie Ensor (Newshub): Early Budget details release only ‘point-scoring’ – Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): I think almost everyone on the Left who are trying to underplay what Treasury did hasn’t read this…

Simon Chapple (The Conversation): Why NZ’s well-being budget should have focused on lifting employment rates
Michael Fletcher (Newsroom): Budget moves not nearly enough to meet child poverty targets
Jennifer Curtin and Suzy Morrissey (Newsroom): Where does gender equality fit into the Budget?
John Minto (Daily Blog): Budget 2019: Funding an industry to pick up the pieces at the bottom of the cliff
Liz Gordon (Daily Blog): Too many chicks in the nest
Scott Palmer (Newshub): Socialist group slams Labour with ‘tax the rich’ motorway banner
Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): Red alert – Labour Government in danger of plunging into deficit
RNZ: Nine to Noon – Gavin Ellis: Do ‘transformational’ budgets need a big bang? (audio)

Graham Adams (Noted): Jacinda Ardern and the halo effect
Gordon Campbell (Stuff): On the fallacy of political moderation
Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): Not a lot has changed about firebrand MP Winston Peters from day one

Teachers’ strike
Simon Collins (Herald): Settling teachers’ dispute could cost $540m over four years – almost as much as a Poseidon (paywalled)
1News: As secondary teachers continue strike action Ardern reflects on ‘long term issues’ raised around schooling
Jessica Long (Stuff): Prime Minister says meeting between Education Minister and unions an opportunity to ‘reflect’
Simon Collins (Herald): Surprise gesture: Ministry of Education agrees to pay striking teachers ahead of talks on Thursday
John Gerritsen (RNZ): Unions quiet ahead of meeting to break teacher dispute deadlock
Aaron Leaman (Stuff): Teachers’ strikes roll on as union leaders eye crucial meeting with Education Minister
RNZ: Jacinda Ardern hopes teachers, govt can find longer-term solutions
Katy Jones (Stuff): Workload top of list for striking teachers heading into talks
Danielle Clent (Stuff): NZ secondary school teachers’ strike June 4: Everything you need to know

Education and training
Te Aniwa Hurihanganui, (RNZ): Kōhanga reo $32m post-Budget boost a relief for unpaid workers
Tema Hemi (Māori TV): Tears of joy over kōhanga reo funding announcement
Simon Collins (Herald): Kōhanga reo volunteers will get minimum wage by 2021 in Budget boost
Felix Desmarais (Stuff): $32m boost to kōhanga reo ‘just the start’ says Minister Kelvin Davis
1News: Government announces $32m funding boost to protect survival of Te Reo Māori
Jessica Long (Stuff): Government spends $3.5 million to teach young New Zealanders basic life skills
John Lewis (ODT): Question over timing of postal voting papers
Josephine Franks (Stuff): Auckland school bans phones – and students are happy about it
Herald: Auckland’s Diocesan School for Girls bans cellphones – and the students are happy
Wiremu Doherty (Herald): Māori languish ‘undeveloped’ in vocational training (paywalled)

Kids and sport
Dominion Post Editorial: Too many injuries: Let kids be kids and adults step up
Herald Editorial: Sports injuries among children could be too much of a good thing (paywalled)
Isaac Carlson (Spinoff): Kids playing sport is great. But how much is too much?
RNZ: Time management ‘crucial’ to youth sport training
Kate Nicol-Williams (1News): Porirua principal labels ACC’s child sport advice nice but unrealis

John Key’s ANZ directorship, banking
Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): New Zealand’s banking sector inching close to warfare
Rob Stock (Stuff): Reserve Bank governor Adrian Orr questions Sir John Key’s ANZ directorship

RNZ: Multinational tax will help NZ companies – tech lobbyist
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): ‘Facebook tax’: Government proposes taxes for digital giants as it calls for submissions on proposals
RNZ: Government proposes taxes for tech giants, multinationals
Scott Palmer (Newshub): Government releases digital service tax options
1News: Government eyes tax on digital platforms such as Uber, Instagram
Herald: Government’s two options for digital services tax
Charlie Dreaver (RNZ): PwC partner warns against rushing into multinational taxes
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): 450,000 people have been paying wrong rate of tax on KiwiSaver and other investments, IRD discovers
Herald: Thousands of people paying the wrong tax rate for KiwiSaver and other managed investments

Rowan Quinn (RNZ): Free dental care petition with 10,000 signatures heads to Parliament
Meghan Lawrence (Herald): Head injury experts call for tougher rules on e-scooters following release of shocking figures
Herald: ACC forks out $700,000 in e-scooter head injury claims
Nicholas Jones (Herald): Allergy shock: Parents test kids in hospital carparks  (paywalled)
Sophie Trigger (Stuff): Eye scan delayed four times for macular degeneration patient
Teuila Fuatai (Herald): Middlemore’s Dr David Galler on 30 years at the hospital (paywalled)
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): ‘Final’ 10% tax hike on tobacco hangs in the air

Health sector industrial action, employment conditions
RNZ: Urgent facilitation between junior doctors and DHBs fails
Samantha Gee (Stuff): Ongoing strike action prevents health board from meeting health targets
Laura Wiltshire (Hawkes Bay Today): $395 an hour to cover Hawke’s Bay junior doctor strikes (paywalled)
RNZ: Hospital attendants at Waikato Hospital to strike
Ruby Nyika (Stuff): Children of bashed Waikato Hospital guard say there are many ‘close calls’
1News: Children of security guard bashed at Waikato Hospital feared for mum’s safety before attack
Jessie Chiang (RNZ): Allied Security guard’s children speak out over safety concerns
Hannah Martin (Stuff): Auckland measles outbreak: 83 confirmed cases

RNZ: Checkpoint: Parents say govt policy violates rights of disabled people
Luke Kirkeby (Stuff): Disabled workers pay for wage pressures

Poverty, inequality
Brittany Keogh (Stuff): Stop blaming the poor to break poverty cycle among Māori, report says
1News: ‘We can all do something to help’ – new foodbank initiative aiming to aid those in need this winter

RNZ: Speed limits too high on most roads, NZTA estimates
Lucy Bennett and Chris Knox (Herald): Speed limits ‘unsafe’ on nearly all NZ roads, says NZ Transport Agency’s Mega Maps planning guide (paywalled)
Mandy Te (Stuff): WOF inspector suspended, about 300 Auckland car owners advised to get retests
Sophie Bateman (Newshub): ‘Absolutely shattering’: 2019 Queen’s Birthday Weekend road toll is double last year’s
Debbie Jamieson (Stuff): Queenstown negotiating tough rules for Lime scooters
Amanda Chapman (Spinoff): A polite note to ute drivers screaming at cyclists to ‘Get off the road’

Peter Cullen (Stuff): Parliamentary employees deserve a safe workplace
RNZ: Parliament’s rainbow room refurbished
Daniela Maoate-Cox (RNZ):‘I am Catholic, I am a Filipino, and a New Zealander’ Paulo Garcia’s maiden statement

Jordan Oppert (1News): Insulation companies struggling to meet demand as rental property upgrade deadline looms
RNZ: Auckland principal worried some evicted students may not get help
Susan Edmunds (Stuff): No room to add three kids to seven-adult household, tenant has limited options
Kerrie Waterworth (ODT): Wanaka housing costs prompt move to attract teachers

Primary industries
RNZ: M Bovis: 129 farms cleared of cattle disease, 43 ‘actively infected’ – MPI
Tony Watson (Newshub): Quad bike rollover protection a ‘no-brainer’

Foreign Affairs, Pacific, trade
Talisa Kupenga (Māori TV): Peters in Solomon Islands and Vanuatu for Pacific Reset
Scott Palmer (Newshub): Winston Peters condemns China over Tiananmen Square massacre on 30th anniversary
Walter Zweifel (RNZ): Stalled nuclear compensation irks Tahiti claimants
RNZ: NZ science showcase on climate heads to Tonga
RNZ: New US visa rules to only affect a few New Zealanders
Liam Dann (Herald): Government can’t blame trade war for low growth (paywalled)

Justice and corrections
Harrison Christian (Stuff): Drones likely to have dropped contraband into prisons, says Corrections
Claire Trevett (Herald): More prisoners, more tuck-shop money: $4.4m boost to prison canteen takings (paywalled)
Lisette Reymer (Newhub): Kim Richmond’s family want better custody rights after battling her killer over their grandchildren
Vita Molyneux (Newshub): Jacinda Ardern asks Minister of Justice to look at prisoners’ custody rights
Danielle Clent (Stuff): Family of missing Auckland student Laurence Wu didn’t want police to close case
Michael Neilson (Herlad): ‘We are holding on to hope’: Missing Auckland student Guoquan ‘Laurence’ Wu’s family desperate for answers
George Block (ODT): Desire to return to prison behind homeless man’s alleged crime spree
Guy Williams (ODT): ‘Medicinal’ cannabis user escapes conviction

Environment and conservation
Farah Hancock (Newsroom): Scientists reject fossil land swap
Dubby Henry (Herald): ‘Indefensible’: Auckland councillor wants city to stop using Roundup in public areas
RNZ:Department of Conservation gets $11m to protect staff from anti-1080 protesters
Robin Martin (RNZ): Mayor calls for climate-focused tertiary institute in Taranaki
Alice Angeloni (Stuff): Climate group doubles down on emergency declaration
No Right Turn: Climate Change: Left in the dust
No Right Turn: Odious secrecy II
Alison Collins (Press): The ripple effect: How driving your car might affect the food on your table
Marty Sharpe (Stuff): Council with ’emergency’ sewerage overflow pipe has until next week to produce plan to fix it
Rotorua Daily Post: Study shows ‘significant’ improvement of lake water clarity around Rotorua
RNZ: Thousands of reptiles saved in black market crack down

Local government
Rowan Quinn (RNZ): National Party stays out of Auckland mayoral race
Brian Rudman (Herald): Deal of the century could burn ratepayers (paywalled)
RNZ: What’s happening with Auckland’s port?
Joanne Carroll (Stuff): Council and Government say no money to clean up old West Coast rubbish dump mess
RNZ: Invercargill CBD development worth millions to go ahead
Ellen O’Dwyer (Stuff): Hamilton Airport’s multi-million dollar upgrade
RNZ: Whangarei council reveals site for new $37m offices

Coalition NZ Party and Destiny Church
Marae: New direction? Hannah Tamaki lets the cameras in as she prepares to run for Parliament
Herald: Jevan Goulter: How I brought Destiny Church’s Brian Tamaki and his apology to the rainbow community – and what came next (paywalled)

Stuff: Mana of North Island iwi damaged by Crown Treaty breaches – Waitangi Tribunal
Lionel Carter and Mike Rudge (Briefing Papers): Behind the scenes at Te Papa
Tom Saunders (Newsroom): Why can’t taxpayers access the research they fund?
Liz McDonald (Stuff): Earthquake Commission secures reinsurance worth $6.2b for the next 12 months
Emma Hatton (RNZ): Pokie machines should go, says recovering gambler
Susan St John (Daily Blog): Break open the Champagne
Jarrod Gilbert (Herald): White supremacy – An ugly problem that is becoming harder to measure (paywalled)
Emily Brookes (Stuff): Love Island at 5pm is ‘pornification of our culture’, says Family First
Jody O’Callaghan (Stuff): Concerns raised about Royal Commission inquiry into Christchurch terror attack
Steve Maharey (Pundit): New Times arising: The Giddens Project blogs II
David Fisher (Herald): No parole for gunman who targeted Matt Blomfield as police prepare for legal findings after fresh investigation
Tamsyn Parker (Herald): The ‘massive issue with very lazy KiwiSaver managers’ (paywalled)
Hamish McNeilly (Stuff): Ex-gang member allowed to keep replica AR-15 despite housemate losing his gun and licence
Greg Bruce (Herald): Stacey Morrison on the importance of being (and speaking) Māori (paywalled)
Thomas Manch (Stuff): Cannabis campaigner Dakta Green opens cannabis club in Wellington, claiming 700 members
Mark Quinlivan (Newshub): Wellington landlord loses tribunal case alleging tenant was operating a brothel
Mark Quinlivan (Newshub): Residents furious pets owned by victims of domestic violence to be housed in Auckland suburb
Te Kuru o te Marama Dewes (Māori TV): Overseas ‘haka’ businesses remove footage
Chris Morris (ODT): Wrecking balls to start work soon on ‘The Bureau’
Cate Broughton (Stuff): False go ahead for Ramadan finish after draft letter leaked on social media