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New Zealand Parliament Buildings, Wellington, New Zealand.

Today’s content

Banks
Bernard Hickey (Newsroom): A proper banking and insurance inquiry please
Thomas Coughlan (Newsroom): Are the banks too safe? Or not safe enough?
Gyles Beckford (RNZ): New bank scheme serves as rebuke to RBNZ’s decades old approach
Richard Harman (Politik): Trying to rein in the banks
1News: ‘A massive conflict of interest’ – Winston Peters says ANZ chair Sir John Key should resign
Liam Dann (Herald): Warning to bank directors as conduct report released
RNZ: Government takes harder line against banks, executives
Jason Walls (Herald): The $30,000-$50,000 proposed to come under a protection scheme has been slammed by an expert
Jo Moir (RNZ): Govt’s bank deposit protection doesn’t go far enough – National
Jason Walls (Herald): Cabinet gives green light to Government to develop a deposit-protection scheme
1News: Government moves to bring in banking deposit safety scheme, amid suggestions NZ could be vulnerable in a crisis
Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Govt protection proposed for 90 per cent of bank deposits
Newshub: Government signals deposit protection regime to ‘increase confidence in banks’
Jenée Tibshraeny (Interest): Bank deposit protection regime to be introduced
BusinessDesk: Deposit insurance coming, RBNZ keeps prudential supervision
Pattrick Smellie (BusinessDesk): Deposit protection reduces case for RBNZ bank capital increase, Grant Robertson says
1News: ANZ refuses to comment on reports it sold luxury house at a loss to David Hisco’s wife
Herald: ANZ refuses to provide details on Hisco house valuations
Stuff: Winston Peters: I would have called for Sir John Key’s resignation
Herald:Winston Peters calls on Sir John Key to resign from ANZ board
Susan Edmunds and Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): Reserve Bank orders ANZ to provide assurance ‘it is operating in a prudent manner’
RNZ: Reserve Bank requests assurance reports from ANZ
Tamsyn Parker (Herald): Regulator asks ANZ to prove it’s operating in ‘prudent manner’
Reuters (Newshub): ANZ New Zealand under Reserve Bank scrutiny
Charles Anderson (Guardian): Wine and chauffeurs: ANZ under pressure after NZ boss’s $400,000 in expenses revealed
Gerard Hutching (Stuff): Taranaki farmers win interest swap case against ANZ at Court of Appeal
Paul McBeth (BusinessDesk): Appeal Court puts ANZ back in the gun over interest rate swaps
Stuart Condie (Stuff): Westpac set to overhaul executive bonuses again
Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Bank staff welcome industry move to can frontline sales incentives
RNZ: Banks promise to drop sales incentives for staff

Housing
Jamie Ensor (Newshub):Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern defends Government’s housing programme
RNZ: PM defends Housing Minister Phil Twyford over KiwiBuild ahead of reshuffle
Henry Cooke (Stuff): KiwiBuild policy not guaranteed in 2020
1News: Question mark hangs over Phil Twyford’s Housing portfolio
Henry Cooke (Stuff): KiwiBuild houses mostly snapped up by young buyers
Tim McRae (Newshub): ‘Unqualified failure’: Building industry scathing of KiwiBuild’s progress
1News: As KiwiBuild summit begins, National’s Judith Collins calls for Govt to pull the plug on ‘failure’
1News: Construction industry urges Government to get on with KiwiBuild changes
Duncan Garner (Newshub): Twyford’s no-show at KiwiBuild conference a ‘middle finger’ to the industry
Jessica Long (Stuff): Wellington’s Housing First initiative to put roof over 200 homeless people’s heads
1News: Housing First scheme aims to house 200 homeless in Wellington
RNZ: Housing First aims to shelter 200 homeless people in Wellington
Herald: Government launches homelessness plan in Wellington
Tema Hemi (Māori TV): Wellington’s most vulnerable receive housing boost
Tina Law (Press): Empty Christchurch earthquake homes to be occupied

Euthanasia
RNZ: Checkpoint: 23 MPs still undecided on euthanasia vote
Amanda Landers (Stuff): The euthanasia debate: Death is not a black-and-white issue
1News: Disability sector ‘overwhelmingly opposed’ to euthanasia bill, commissioner says
Charlie Dreaver (RNZ): Seymour unfazed by doctors’ letter against End of Life Choice Bill
Zane Small (Newshub): Euthanasia: Simon Bridges blasts Greens, New Zealand First for ‘voting on party lines’

Government
Michael Reddell: The creeping corruption of official New Zealand
Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): Cabinet reshuffle no easy task for Jacinda Ardern
Boris Jancic (Herald): Jacinda Ardern confirms Cabinet reshuffle this week, but drops no hints
Tova O’Brien (Newshub): Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern confirms date of Cabinet reshuffle

National Party
Graham Adams (Noted): Collins’ ‘Aunty Judith’ routine eclipsed by Luxon love-fest
Liz McDonald (Stuff): ‘Luxon for National’ advertisement entrepreneur’s remarkable past

Firearms buyback scheme
Collette Devlin (Stuff): Jacinda Ardern says gun buyback scheme to ‘bed in’ before more gun law reform
Thomas Manch (Stuff): Gun lobby announces court action against firearm law reform
Derek Cheng (Herald): Firearms buyback: Government’s scheme ‘complete joke’, experts’ views ignored
Angie Skerrett (Newshub): ‘It must work for rural firearm owners’: Farming group worried about buyback scheme

Education
Laura Walters (Newsroom): Government makes a start in tackling education inequality
Chris Knox (Herald): Interactive: What your school is spending – data for every school in New Zealand (paywalled)
Hannah Martin (Stuff): Cost of free sanitary items for schools, universities ‘minimal
Anna Whyte (1News): New campaign calling on Government to provide sanitary products in schools to combat period poverty
RNZ: Campaign calls for free sanitary items nationwide in schools
Chris Morris (ODT): Delay prompts call for bishop to ‘break the cycle’ of inaction
Rotorua Daily Post: Rotorua principals plea for counsellors in all school year levels
Simon Collins (Herald): Students plan third school strike for climate in September
Dan Satherley (Newshub): School denies ball-ban on students who haven’t paid donation
RNZ: Teacher accused of misinformation over vaccines and autism
Dan Satherley (Newshub): University of Auckland denies silencing staff who reported ‘misogynistic’ far-right student
Katie Scotcher (RNZ): Far right views at University of Auckland prompts call to train academic staff on hate speech
Manawatū Standard: Pro vice-chancellor Paul Spoonley steps aside to pursue research on far right
Laura Wiltshire (Hawkes Bay Tdoay): EIT board could be sacked under ‘disastrous’ Government proposal, Lawrence Yule says (paywalled)

Local government
Tina Law (Press): Christchurch mayor defends decision to appoint a new council boss months before election
Paul Gorman (Stuff): First ‘climate emergency’ council increases public transport fares
Dave Armstrong (Dominion Post): How serious is Wellington about its ‘climate change emergency’?
Amber-Leigh Woolf (Stuff): Wellington City Council flights spending called climate change ‘hypocrisy’
Laura Smith (ODT): Meeting on climate emergency
No Right Turn: Local elections, regional councils, and climate change
Katarina Williams (Stuff): Residents’ parking up 50pc, despite lack of public support and legal concerns
Nick Truebridge (Stuff): Meet the Candidates: Ever-optimistic John Palino on why he still wants to be Auckland Mayor
Kereama Wright (Māori TV): Te Tatau o Te Arawa elections “very vulnerable”
Brendon McMahon (Greymouth Star): Chairman’s resignation adds to pressure on council
Luisa Girao (ODT): Robust debate over contract

Environment
Jason Walls (Herald):Achieving 100 per cent clean energy target would ‘disproportionately’ impact low-income households
Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): Experts warn 100pc renewable electricity target will hurt New Zealand’s wider climate goals
Matthew Littlewood (Timaru Herald): Rangitata River in line for further protection
Laura James (1News): ‘It goes to our oceans’ – oil, diesel discharged into Auckland waterway, killing eels
Scott Palmer (Newshub): ‘Disgusting’: Oil dumping in Papakura stream kills eels
Herald: Council take action on oil dumping in Papakura stream after call to action from community
Te Kuru o te Marama Dewes (Māori TV): Recognising original Māori place names
Herald: Greenpeace NZ apologises to Nigel Latta after he complains of endless spam calls
Marty Sharpe (Stuff): Climate change forces disabled community of 60 people to move to higher ground
Hawkes Bay Today: Climate change forces 60 Hawke’s Bay residents to move
Simon Hartley (ODT): Plaman NZ subsidiary also placed in liquidation

CAA
Michael Morrah (Newshub): Exclusive: Leaked report reveals major overhaul for Civil Aviation Authority
Tess Brunton (RNZ): Civil Aviation Authority toxic and crumbling – former employees, operators
Dan Satherley and Hayley Jacobsen (Newshub): Going public with concerns rare in aviation industry – expert

Stats NZ
Zane Small (Newshub): Stats NZ giving Kiwis option to ‘provide own description of their gender’
1News: New Zealanders’ gender diversity to be better reflected in household surveys, Stats NZ says
Felix Desmarais (Stuff): Transgender and non-binary identities to be counted by Stats NZ survey

Primary industries
David Williams (Newsroom): M.bovis cost passes $200m
Indira Stewart (RNZ): First Up: New Zealand’s most fertile land dug up for housing
Tracy Neal (RNZ): Will climate change bring banana crops to NZ?
ODT Editorial: Director’s cut

Health
Jenna Lynch (Newshub): The controversial exemption to the smoking in cars ban
Duncan Garner (Newshub): Government’s smoking in cars with kids ban an utter disappointment (paywalled)
Cate Broughton and Jo McKenzie-McLean (Stuff): Will more babies be born on the side of the road?
Cate Broughton (Stuff): Chronic Canterbury midwifery staff shortage expected worsen in the next decade
Boris Jancic (Herald): Five dying a day: Pharmac ‘failing’ on NZ’s deadliest cancer (paywalled)
Barbara Disley (Herald): Wellbeing Budget can make a difference, but there’s a but (paywalled)
Ruby Macandrew (Stuff): Seven strikes in eight months: Care workers’ long-running dispute heads to the Employment Relations Authority
RNZ: Checkpoint: At-risk patient ‘should have been on constant observation’
Matthew Tso (Stuff): Successful appeal after ACC dismissed claim linking rape and schizophrenia
Hannah Martin (Stuff): Auckland measles outbreak: 126 confirmed cases
Melanie Earley (Stuff): At-home bowel cancer screening test ‘saved man’s life’

Employment
1News: ‘We’ve just been left behind’ – Union argues need for fair pay agreements in NZ
Hamish McNeilly (Stuff): Mitre 10 workers win ‘landmark’ living wage case
Jono Edwards (ODT): Pay rate ruling a landmark decision
RNZ: Mitre 10 living wage ruling sets precedent for retail staff – union
Anna Rawhiti-Connell (Newsroom): Work less and prosper

Migrant labour
Southland Times Editorial: Scarlet letters not so easy to affix fairly
Amanda Cropp (Stuff): Owner of dangerous migrant village in old bingo hall agrees to close it
RNZ: Taranaki people have skills to fill senior oil rig jobs – Mayor
RNZ: Samoan workers expelled from New Zealand RSE scheme

Transport, road safety
RNZ: KiwiRail spend: Hundreds of new locomotives and wagons
Mark Quinlivan (Newshub): Tasman named worst district for speeding infringements, Wellington the best
Deena Coster (Taranaki Daily News): Regional council backs urgent need for better drug-driver testing
Leith Huffadine (RNZ): Free public transport in Auckland: Devonport, Queen Street bustling
Herald Editorial: Why rail fails in the City of Sails (paywalled)

NZ Post
Edward Gay (Stuff): NZ Post $600k out of pocket after woman’s deception
Herald: NZ Post reviews and changes security processes after online credit fraud leaves $600K debt

Air NZ
Chris Hutching (Stuff): Air NZ quits after losing case against Z Energy over Marsden pipeline damage
Grant Bradley (Herald): Koru crunch: Passengers still being squeezed out of Air New Zealand’s lounge at Auckland Airport

Te Reo Māori 
TVNZ: Marae: Coach of netball team criticised for using te reo wants to help complainers understand ‘love of the language
Raniera Harrison (Māori TV):Te Taumata o Te Hiku prepares to unite for te reo Māori in Far North
Peter de Graaf (Nortern Advocate): Balls-up or brilliant? Te reo expert defends Kerikeri airport sign
Helen Castles (1News): ‘Balls up’ of Te Reo Māori translation leads to sniggering at Bay of Islands’ new airport

Jon Venables
RNZ: Immigration refutes reports on John Venables’ possible move to NZ
Derek Cheng (Herald):Jacinda Ardern on UK child-killer Jon Venables’ possible relocation to NZ – ‘Don’t bother applying’
Laura Andelane (Newshub): Infamous UK child killer Jon Venables’ rumoured relocation to NZ shut down by Jacinda Ardern

Other
1News: Winston Peters argues NZ’s Africa and Middle East refugee policy ‘can hardly be racist’
Herald: Over $4 billion of KiwiSaver money invested in weapons, sin stocks and unethical companies: find out what your fund owns (paywalled)
Anna Leask (Herald): Dial 111: Kiwi cops field millions of calls – new stats show why, where and who (paywalled)
Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): Viagogo says it is ready to ‘settle’ with the regulator, as it warns price caps ‘won’t work’
Chris Keall (Herald): Expert’s best-guess at Rocket Lab’s secret military payload (paywalled)
Nikki Mandow (Listener): Understanding New Zealanders’ attitudes to paying tax
Dileepa Fonseka (Stuff): Te Papa CE regrets not restructuring ‘quicker’ after worst staff satisfaction survey results in its history
Alice Burton (Spinoff): Where will the children play? Carving space for youth in politics
Jessica Tyson (Māori TV): ‘Huge lack of Māori staff at Oranga Tamariki’ – NZ Māori Council
Robin Martin (RNZ): Taranaki Cathedral $15m redesign project plans revealed
Jason Walls (Herald): Anyone can submit a petition to Parliament on any issue – and they do (paywalled)
Gill Higgins (1News): Gisborne boy side-lined from school netball team because he’s not a girl
Vera Alves (Herald): We need to talk about Netball New Zealand and Maria Folau
Vita Molyneux (Newshub): Don Brash defends Israel Folau, says people are too ‘politically correct’
1News: ‘A man for the times’ – Winston Peters sings Boris Johnson’s praises, picks him for UK PM
Sam Farrell (Newshub): Most New Zealanders don’t trust insurance companies – survey
Ellen Sinclair (Spinoff): Our animal welfare laws are barking up the wrong tree
Sophie Cornish (Herald): How gangs work: Organised crime, drugs, how prospects earn their patch
Susan Strongman (RNZ): Inside the anti-5G movement
Rebecca Kiddle (Spinoff): The buildings are ‘uniquely Aotearoa’. Their Māori designers are ignored
Herald: Kiwis more pro-choice than global counterparts
Tagata Pasifika: Meet Tiana Epati, the first Pasifika leader of the New Zealand Law Society
Thomas Mead (1News): Employers urged to take extra care as people affected by Christchurch terrorist attack return to work
Herald: Watch: 6000 Danish heavy metal fans perform spine-tingling haka for Kiwi band

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