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New Zealand Parliament Buildings, Wellington, New Zealand.

Today’s content

Euthanasia
Laura Walters (Newsroom): Uphill battle continues for euthanasia
Jamie Ensor and Hayley Jacobsen (Newshub): David Seymour surprised by extent of support for End of Life Choice Bill
Jo Moir (RNZ): Emotional debate at second reading of End of Life Choice Bill
Henry Cooke (Stuff): Euthanasia bill passes second reading
Herald: Euthanasia bill passes second reading
Anna Whyte (1News): Euthanasia Bill passes second hurdle in Parliament
Sophie Bateman (Newshub): End of Life Choice Bill passes second reading
RNZ: Euthanasia bill passes second reading in Parliament
Herald: How your MP voted on the End of Life Choice Bill
Boris Jancic (Herald): MPs share life experiences in bill debate: ‘I watched her die a dehumanising death’
Zane Small (Newshub): Judith Collins tears up describing father’s ‘terrible pain’ in euthanasia speech
1News: Teary-eyed Judith Collins recounts father’s death, says she’ll change vote to ‘yes’ for End of Life Choice Bill
Spinoff: Willie Jackson: I never thought I would support this bill. But, then, there’s Mum
Anna Bracewell-Worrall (Newshub): End of Life Choice Bill on brink of moving toward law
Jo Moir (RNZ): End of Life Choice bill vote in Parliament today
Jamie Ensor (Newshub): Legalising assisted-dying sends wrong message to vulnerable people – anti-euthanasia advocate
Anna Whyte (1News): A look at Canada’s experience with legal euthanasia as MPs face second vote on End of Life Choice Bill

State Sector reform
Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): The next step for fixing the public service
Collette Devlin (Stuff): Overhaul will see government departments become a unified public service
Jason Walls (Herald): Government will repeal and replace the State Sector Act with a new, modern law
RNZ: Public Services to receive biggest change in 30 years
No Right Turn: The end of New Public Management

Treasury
Simon Chapple (Newsroom): Public sector pick carries disheartening message
Michael Reddell: Secretary to the Treasury

Education
Laura Walters (Newsroom): What happened with the principals’ pay offer?
RNZ: Principals eye non-cooperation as leverage over ministry in pay talks
Simon Collins (Herlad): Education Minister Chris Hipkins: Teachers’ pay offer was ‘the final deal’
RNZ: Education Minister disappointed principals turned down pay offer
Katarina Williams, Jessica Long and Julie Iles (Stuff): Primary teachers say yes, principals say no to latest collective agreement offers
Simon Collins (Herald): Teachers accept pay deal – but principals reject it
John Gerritsen (RNZ): Primary school principals reject government’s latest pay offer
Katy Jones (Stuff): Principals’ pay offer ‘a backward step’ as teachers settle
1News: Primary principals reject Government’s latest pay offer, teachers accept
Vita Molyneux and Laura Macdonald (Newshub): Primary school teachers accept, principals reject Government’s latest offer
John Lewis (ODT): Teachers settle but primary principals fighting on
Jessica Long (Stuff): Wellington’s secondary teachers meet to discuss Government’s offer ahead of decision
Kate Hawkesby (Newstalk ZB): Teachers’ pay deal – why would you bother becoming a principal?
1News: Education not bans needed in wake of damning statistics showing high rates of porn access attempts in schools
RNZ: Porn in schools: 300,000 searches blocked in four weeks
Simon Collins (Herald): School networks block 300,000 porn searches in a month
Zane Small (Newshub): Hundreds of thousands of porn searches blocked in schools
Andre Chumko (Stuff): Education around consent, sexual violence and porn ‘inconsistent’ in New Zealand
Derek Cheng (Herald): Principal: Govt axe to parent donations will see most schools worse off
Zane Small (Newshub): How scrapping donations could leave schools financially worse-off
Tom Kitchin (Stuff): Transgender student gets backing to stay at all-boys Christ’s College as a female
Danielle Clent (Stuff): Ministry of Education and Botany Downs college awarded $1.1m over leaky buildings
Stuff: Mother of Haeata student who worked on cars without NCEA credit gets meeting
Alice Burton (Spinoff): Victoria Uni is thinking about killing study week, and students are not happy
Elena McPhee (ODT): ‘Uphill battle’ fought over animal testing

Cabinet reshuffle
Jane Patterson (RNZ): Coalition agreements and lack talent constraining reshuffle options
Peter Dunne (Newsroom): PM’s delay does not equal weakness
1News: Phil Twyford could lose out as housing minister at reshuffle after KiwiBuild woes

ANZ, Banks
Kate Macnamara (Stuff): Did fear of reprisal stop ANZ acting on whistleblower tip?
Liam Dann (Herald): ANZ board was called to RBNZ Governor’s office (paywalled)
Tamsyn Parker (Herald): ANZ’s sale of house to wife of former boss David Hisco raises tax issues for IRD (paywalled)
Fran O’Sullivan (Herald): Winston Peters gunning for wrong ANZ scalp (paywalled)
Kevin Norquay (Stuff): Silver Fern shooter Maria Folau unlucky scapegoat for ANZ corporate troubles
Rebecca Howard (BusinessDesk): Banks, insurers should expect more intrusive RBNZ – Geoff Bascand
1News: Economist hits out at ‘lack of competition’ in NZ banking sector – ‘We’ve got this plague’
Rob Stock (Stuff): ANZ: Now we’re looking out for customers
Jenée Tibshraeny (Interest): IMF and OECD give bank capital and deposit protection proposals the thumbs up
Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Interest rates down everywhere… except for your credit card

OCR
Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): Reserve Bank warns weak growth may see interest rates cut further
Gyles Beckford (RNZ): Official Cash Rate remains unchanged – Reserve Bank
Jenée Tibshraeny (Interest): RBNZ holds OCR at 1.5% but hints strongly at future rate cut

Parliament
Herald: Andrew Little cold on change to four-year parliamentary term
RNZ: New report calls for four-year term, more MPs in Parliament
Brittney Deugara (Stuff): Proposal to extend parliamentary term to four years, increase MPs to 150
Peter Dunne: List MPs styling themselves as electorate MPs perversion of the MMP system

Housing
Pattrick Smellie (Herald): Why KiwiBuild is unlikely to walk the plank (paywalled)
Bryce Edwards (Herald): Who’s to blame for KiwiBuilds blunders?
Ben Leahy (Herald): Infrastructure NZ says housing reform urgently needed to deliver cheaper Auckland homes
Greg Ninness (Interest): 10,195 new homes added to Auckland’s housing stock in April year

National Party
Press Editorial: The timing is wrong for National
Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): Why Simon Bridges clearly needs to go to an optometrist
1News: ‘Why the hell are you leaving?’ – Breakfast host John Campbell questions Amy Adams’ retirement
RNZ: National reshuffle: Bridges knew of Adams’ plans months ago
1News: Amid MP resignations, Simon Bridges vows to bring on ‘fresh, massive talent’
Jamie Ensor (Newshub): Shadow Cabinet reshuffle shows National Party ‘home of talent’ – Simon Bridges
Katie Fitzgerald (Newshub): Amy Adams reveals sexist insults she received while working at Parliament

Health
Hannah Martin (Stuff): South Auckland cancer patients facing ‘significantly’ long waits for urgent treatment
Mark Quinlivan (Newshub): National cancer agency petition organiser pleads with Government to take action
Laura Andelane (Newshub):Kiwi father Whitinga Harris dies from colon cancer after fundraising efforts for unfunded cancer treatment
Liu Chen (RNZ): New Zealand lacks treatment access to myeloma patients – Myeloma New Zealand
1News: Research into cutting Māori, Pasifika smoking rates gets $4.95 million funding boost
Charlie Dreaver (RNZ): Bill banning smoking in cars ‘awful’ and needs work – National
Sophie Trigger (Stuff): Health board puts town centre smoking on notice as smokefree countdown continues
Mike Houlahan (ODT): No second surgeon within NZ
Hannah Martin (Stuff): Polio survivor stresses importance of ensuring New Zealand children are vaccinated
Scott Palmer (Newshub): New syphilis action plan as outbreak spreads across New Zealand
1News: Ministry of Health launches new plan to combat rising levels of syphilis
Ben Leahy (Herald): Ministry of Health unveils action plan to tackle syphilis after babies’ deaths
John Gibb (ODT): Study results back effectiveness of sugary-drinks tax
Samesh Mohanlall (Timaru Herald): Shortage of rural health workers can add to hospital patient numbers
Janine Rankin (Manawatū Standard): Countdown Rangitīkei pharmacy offers free prescriptions
RNZ: Middlemore hospital assault fears prompt security guard escorts upsurge
1News: Middlemore Hospital assault fears prompt security guard escorts upsurge
Emma Russell (Herald): Overseas study warns antidepressants can trigger suicide (paywalled)

Southern maternity services
Rachael Kelly (Southland Times): No oxygen or gas at Lumsden Maternity centre as fourth mother has emergency birth
Tess Brunton (RNZ): No pain relief at fourth Lumsden maternity emergency birth – midwife
Mike Houlahan (ODT): Another birth as decision again deferred
Katie Fitzgerald (Newshub): Lumsden Maternity Hub unequipped for latest birth outside hospital, midwife says
Mike Houlahan (ODT): Another emergency birth in South

Inequality
Brian Easton (Pundit): Inequality and Mental Health
Brian Easton: What Happened to Egalitarian New Zealand?
Infometrics: Improving Māori Wellbeing

Illegal drugs
Kate Lyons (Guardian): Pacific nations are ‘victims’ of Australian and New Zealand appetite for drugs, experts say
Mark Quinlivan (Newshub): Law enforcement experts say New Zealand and Australian drug markets devastating Pacific Island nations

Local government
Kate Newton (RNZ): ‘Archaic’ law allows multiple-property owners extra voting rights
No Right Turn: We should not give extra votes to the rich
Chris Hutching (Stuff): Port Napier share float and NZX listing given go ahead
Evan Harding (Southland Times): Sir Tim Shadbolt ‘struggles to follow what’s happening’ at council meetings, councillor critics say
Virginia Fallon (Stuff): Independent review proposed for Kāpiti Coast District Council
Mike Tana (Dominion Post): Ratepayers are always top of our minds
Euon Murrell (Dominion Post): Porirua councillors must stop hiding behind officials
Tina Law (Press): Rates discount mooted for central Christchurch residents
RNZ: Kāpiti Coast councillor loses appeal against indecent assault conviction

Environment, conservation, climate change
Tim Brown (ODT): Foulden Maar: Permanent protection wanted for ‘most important terrestrial fossil site in NZ’
Simon Hartley (ODT): Fossils not mentioned in Plaman OIO application
Christina Persico (Taranaki Daily News): New Plymouth mayor says Taranaki ahead of other regions on climate action
Hamish McNeilly (Stuff): Free coal giveaway the day after Dunedin declares climate emergency
No Right Turn: Climate Change: More emergencies
Jono Galuszka (Manawatū Standard): Horizons Regional Council finds it’s not easy being green
Tracy Neal (RNZ): Picton air quality study will look at cruise ship emissions, woodburners
Matthew Littlewood (Timaru Herald): More than 100 Timaru households sent notices for bad burning, but no dirty nights yet
RNZ: Fox River rubbish spill: DOC calls for more volunteers to help in clean up
Daisy Hudson (Mountain Scene): Doc failed to identify tree as risk: report

Transport, road safety
Todd Niall (Stuff): Majority of Auckland motorists oppose cycle lanes, AA survey shows
Nikki Macdonald (Stuff): The science of roadside drug testing
Dileepa Fonseka (Dominion Post): Wellington City Council passes 20-year, $6.4b transport plan
Michael Cropp (RNZ): Multi-billion dollar plan to fix Wellington’s traffic woes criticised
Ben Leahy and Emma Russell (Herald): Lime to roll out additional safety measures days after man’s e-scooter death
Scott Palmer (Newshub): Auckland Lime scooter death was ‘medical event’ – police
Kendall Hutt (Stuff): Lime e-scooter death: Victim suffered medical event
Mandy Te (Stuff): E-scooters: People ‘thinking twice about going to shops’ because of scooters on footpaths

Stats NZ General Social Survey
Jason Walls (Herald): New Stats NZ data shows more Kiwis were struggling to make ends meet, says the CTU
Stephen Forbes (Interest): Renters not as happy with their housing as homeowners, Stats NZ says
Anna Whyte (1News): Stats NZ wellbeing survey shows ‘huge difference’ in satisfaction between renters and owners
Jason Walls (Herald): For the first time, Statistics New Zealand has collected information about sexual identity
Ruby Macandrew (Stuff): Gay Kiwis as satisfied with their lives as straight people, but not so for bisexuals
Lana Andelane (Newshub):Bisexuals less satisfied with life than gay and straight people – study

Pike River
Paul Gorman (Stuff): Pike River advocates have ‘black box’ data police say was never saved
Mark Quinlivan (Newshub): Pike River ‘black box’ data critical for investigation – electrical expert
Laura Tupou (Newshub): Police admit not looking at Pike River ‘black box’ after first explosion
Herald: Pike River families call for inquiry after police admit not looking at ‘black box’ after first explosion
RNZ: Pike River: Weeks of work before team gets beyond 170-metre mark
1News: ‘Bring you home’ – missing note to Pike 29 to be replaced in mine

Firearms buyback scheme
Thomas Manch (Stuff): Cancel the revolution: Wellington ammunition dealer issues apology
Kiwiblog: Guest Post: Richard Prosser on gun buy-back

State care of children
Leigh-Marama McLachlan (RNZ): Māori leaders to launch fourth inquiry into Oranga Tamariki
1News: Fourth inquiry into Oranga Tamariki launched
Herald: Powerful Māori leaders behind Māori inquiry into Oranga Tamariki ‘without notice’ uplifts
Melanie Reid (Newsroom): Māori leaders launch fourth child uplift inquiry
Newsroom: Many state ‘uplifts’ of babies could be illegal: lawyer
Janet Mason (Newsroom): ‘Wake up and smell the injustice’
Newsroom: Dealing with the Govt ‘agency from hell’

Primary industries
Andrea Fox (Herald): The money or the flag? Westland dairy farmers fret in voting countdown to Chinese sale (paywalled)
Point of Order: NZ First is not alone in worrying at the implications of a Westland Milk sale to Yili
RNZ: New marking system will help stamp out the bad eggs
Angie Skerrett (Newshub):NZ egg industry launches traceability programme
Simon Hartley (ODT): Egg industry introduces voluntary traceability stamp
1News: ‘Purchase a firearm’ – Hastings farmers get advice from council to mitigate dog attacks on livestock
RNZ: Five dogs impounded after 143 sheep killed during full moon

Christchurch mosque shootings
Charlie Gates (Stuff): Final Victim Support payments this week for those affected by Christchurch mosque attack
RNZ: Victim Support to unveil distribution plans of $2.5m for mosque shooting survivors

Construction
1News:Construction report finds sector has a long way to go in wake of insolvencies
Ripu Bhatia (Stuff): Auckland 2029: 200,000 new jobs and construction sector boom predicted
Infometrics: Finding workers to build Dunedin’s hospsital
Anne Gibson (Herald): Builders bidding for work on razor-thin margins: BDO survey finds two-camp sector

Sport and gender
Olivia Caldwell (Stuff): Gisborne teenage boy Braden Sycamore gets regulated out of his netball team
Marty Sharpe (Stuff): Prime minister’s words read to Briar and team at tournament
1News: Havelock North Intermediate first XV boys open ranks to let girl play on their team
Trevor McKewen (Spinoff): Real Men Wear Black, revisited

Other
Marcelo Rodriguez Ferrere (Spinoff): Here’s an idea: if you’re a supreme court judge, don’t go on holiday with the lawyer
Steve Kilgallon (Stuff): The activist, the trespass notice and the bar with no beer
Nikki Mandow (Newsroom): Why are insurers still discriminating against HIV/Aids?
Tom Hunt (Dominion Post): Kiwis funding fraudster Joanne Harrison’s attempts to stop repayment
RNZ: Treaty Negotiations Minister confident iwi negotiations stage by next year
Bonnie Flaws (Stuff): Owner of KFC asking staff to authorise pay deductions is ‘cheap’ and ‘petty’, says union
RNZ: World’s indigenous people gather in New Zealand
Craig McCulloch (RNZ): Women’s ministry defends higher salaries for its male staff
Herald: Cost of living: New Zealand cities fall further down global rankings
RNZ: Cost of living in Auckland and Wellington drops
Auckland University: Taking issue: is social media good or bad for democracy?
Herald: Auction for some of New Zealand’s rarest documents reels in over $500,000
RNZ: Treaty of Waitangi proclamation of sovereignty sold at auction for $30,000
Rebecca Kiddle (Newsroom): Private Kiwis missing out on community
Ling Yee Wong (Newsroom): A tale of two murder extraditions
Andrea Black: Other capital taxes – what are the options?
Stuff: Satellites launched from NZ to be tracked for traffic and debris purposes
George Block (ODT): Quest for 24/7cover taken to minister

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