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New Zealand Parliament Buildings, Wellington, New Zealand.

Today’s content

Environment and conservation
Danyl Mclauchlan (Spinoff): The real enemy: Why blaming NGOs for climate inaction is stupid
Jarrod Gilbert (Herald): When dogs can’t drink at the creek it’s time to act (paywalled)
Joel MacManus (Stuff): More than 50 of New Zealand’s top scientists call on Government to declare climate emergency
Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): The race to carbon zero
ODT Editorial: Time to act on climate
Bruce Munro (ODT):Leading by design
Michael Neilson (Herald): Sea Change: Government steps up process to save ‘desperate’ state of Hauraki Gulf as snapper, crayfish stocks in peril
RNZ: Committee to look at Hauraki Gulf restoration plan named
1News: First half of the year the fifth warmest on record, according to NIWA
RNZ: Driest first half of year on record
Herald: Watercare urges Aucklanders to conserve water as dry condtions start to bite
Tom McRae (Newshub): Aucklanders warned to save water after record dry spell
Nicole Lawton (Stuff): Auckland water shortage: City warned to cut shower time after dry spell leaves dams depleted
Laurilee McMichael (Taupõ Weekender): ‘Very disturbing’: Tūwharetoa Māori Trust Board calls for investigation after raw sewage pours into Lake Taupō
1News: Major water main break leads to ’70 per cent’ of Taupō’s wastewater spilling into lake
RNZ: Residents asked to conserve water after pipe breaks, footpath collapses
Peter Williams (Newshub): 1080 most effective way to control our pest epidemic
1News: Sea Shepherd slams ‘utter horror’ of Japan’s return to commercial whaling
RNZ: New funding not enough for Fox River clean up – mayor
1News: Defence Force to send large contingent to help clean up West Coast landfill rubbish
Stuff: Defence Force to help with West Coast rubbish cleanup
Herald:Defence Force to help clean up rubbish-strewn West Coast
No Right Turn: The future of wind
Paul Gorman (Stuff): DOC workers subjected to repugnant taunts, physical threats and assaults
Mike White (North & South): Saving Manapōuri: The campaign that changed a nation

Ruby Macandrew (Stuff): Health Minister David Clark ‘taking time’ to consider draft national cancer plan after long-fought campaign 
Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): Māori statistics are a damning indictment on New Zealand
RNZ: The Detail: Watershed report on Māori health highlights racism
RNZ: DHBs report shows funding, population woes – senior doctors union head
1News: Despite record funding into health, Jacinda Ardern says she’s not seeing desired outcomes in the sector
RNZ: Southern DHB staff shortages: Patients ‘feeling really angry and frustrated’
Mike Houlahan (ODT): Radiation situation a ‘perfect storm’
Simon Wallace (Herald): Why are aged care nurses so undervalued? (paywalled)
Amy Wiggins (Herald): More than $450,000 of district health board medical equipment missing or overdue (paywalled)
Hannah Martin (Stuff): New Zealand’s syphilis and gonorrhoea rates ‘significantly’ increasing
Herald: Expert: How to keep leached plastic out of your body
Meghan Lawrence (Herald): Burns, broken teeth and explosions: E-cigarette injuries on the rise in New Zealand (paywalled)
Cecile Meier (Stuff): Construction company launches mental health campaign after boss loses brother to suspected suicide

Toby Manhire (Spinoff): Everybody stop being so mean to ANZ immediately
Gareth Vaughan (Interest): As the bad news continues flowing out of ANZ New Zealand, we seek answers to some pertinent questions
Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Retreat by biggest bank could have major implications
RNZ: ANZ staff sacked for deleting customer email addresses over negative feedback fear
Herald: NZ banking system ‘safe’ but doesn’t mean there aren’t problems says Jacinda Ardern
Herald Editorial: Too late for a Royal Commission into banking (paywalled)

Lord of the Rings series
Heather du Plessis-Allan (Newstalk ZB): Subsidies for LOTR TV will be a worthy investment
Anna Bracewell-Worrall (Newshub): How Government could subsidise world’s richest man with Lord of the Rings grant
Jason Walls (Herald): Announcement on Amazon producing the Lord of the Rings TV show in NZ is ‘imminent’
Danielle Clent and Glenn McConnell (Stuff): Minister’s meetings to keep Lord of the Rings in New Zealand
Stuff: NZ nearly lost Amazon’s Lord of the Rings production after Christchurch attacks
Matthew Theunissen (RNZ): Lord of The Rings TV series set to be filmed in Auckland – insiders
Tim Miller (ODT): Resort may cash in on ‘Rings’

Justice, corrections
Laura Walters (Newsroom): Overdue changes to ‘harrowing’ court process
Derek Cheng (Herald): Fair trial concerns about Government proposals to ease trauma on sexual violence victims
Katie Fitzgerald and Delphine Herbert (Newshub): New sexual abuse law changes suggestions tip of the iceberg – victims’ advocate
Felix Desmarais (Stuff): Changes to sexual violence laws aimed at avoiding revictimisation of survivors
Kim Baker Wilson (1News): Complainants’ sexual history to be off limits in court under planned new laws
Zane Small (Newshub): Proposed law changes to benefit sexual violence victims in court
Sarah Robson (RNZ): Government proposes justice system changes to sexual violence cases
Alison Mau (Stuff): Slut-shaming tackled in first step to reduce the trauma of sex trials
Derek Cheng (Herald): Justice Minister Andrew Little says Google is giving NZ the middle finger on Grace Millane murder case
RNZ: ‘Google’s contempt for NZ law unacceptable’ – minister

Henry Cooke (Stuff): Public housing waitlist climbs to 11,655 as winter begins to bite
Duncan Garner (Newshub): Kiwibuild has failed but the private sector has stepped up
Elle Hunt (Spinoff): Renting isn’t about ‘surviving’ or ‘enduring’ – it’s about having a warm, dry home
Brittany Keogh (Stuff): Couple evicted from home four days before insulation deadline considers legal action
Rikihana Smallman (Stuff): Property manager parts company with ‘reluctant’ landlords
Danielle Clent (Stuff): ‘Men in black’ removing blankets belonging to homeless ‘inexcusable’, Auckland councillor says
Brian Rudman (Herald): Rough sleepers get a raw deal in the City of Sails (paywalled)
RNZ: Wanaka, Hāwea special housing areas may add 681 homes – council
Mark Price (ODT): Govt approves massive Hawea housing project
Mark Price (ODT): Two SHA proposals approved at Wanaka
Georgia May (Hawkes Bay Today): Bea’s anxious wait: One month until a 73 per cent rent rise

1News: Extending MP terms to four years would allow more ‘thoughtful analysis’, expert argues
Danielle Clent (Stuff): Lowering voting age not on radar but more electoral education needed, PM Jacinda Ardern says

Andrew Little served trespass notice
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): NZ Spy minister motorcade served trespass notice
Newshub: Andrew Little served trespass notice in Bay of Plenty
Herald: Police called after attempt to trespass Justice Minister Andrew Little

Gun laws, buyback scheme
Derek Cheng (Herald):Legal challenge to Government gun law thrown out
Ben Strang (RNZ): Media banned from gun buy-back events after concerns raised

Christchurch mosque shootings, Far Right, anti-Muslim material
Thomas Mead (1News): Family says rights have been infringed as police crack down on distribution of offensive material
Phil Pennington (RNZ): GCSB and SIS release one email relating to far-right killer Anders Breivik
Newshub: ‘Absolutely’ links between European far-right and New Zealand extremists – Patrick Gower
Jamie Ensor and Patrick Gower (Newshub): Victim Support contacts far-right leader Martin Sellner to reimburse donation
Stuff: Far-right group leader on mosque attack: ‘I don’t want anything to do with this kind of terrorism’
RNZ: 16yo admits to charge of possessing mosque shooting footage

Primary and extractive industries
Maxine Jacobs (Stuff):Consent denied: Why did Sage block OceanaGold’s OIO application?
Gerard Hutching (Stuff): Westland shareholders demand OIO stop co-op sale to Chinese
Jo Moir (RNZ): Government calls for agritech shift in New Zealand – David Parker
Jason Walls (Herald): The Government is looking to shake-up New Zealand’s $1.5 billion agritech sector
1News: Embracing technology the way to economic success for agriculture in New Zealand, industry leaders say
Andrea Fox (Herald): Plan to delay or block Westland dairy cooperative sale over exit millions owed to farmers
Brent Melville (ODT): Dairying programme aims for healthy herds
Michael Reddel: Apocalypse Cow
RNZ: Farmers honour vet who found Mycoplasma Bovis in NZ
Gary Farrow (Stuff): Quarter of dairy herd dies near Cambridge after rapid grass growth pushes up nitrate levels
Brad Flahive adn Matthew Ronsenberg (Stuff): Mānuka honey fraud: Evergreen Life Ltd handed $260,000 fine for adding synthetics to its product

Gordon Campbell (Scoop): On the US’s Operation Burnham evidence
Jonathan Mitchell (RNZ): Calls for more ethnic, gender diversity in New Zealand Defence Force
1News: NZ Navy’s first Tongan Warrant Officer returning to South Auckland, hoping to inspire community

National Party
Zane Small (Newshub): ‘That’s a fact’: Winston Peters confident Simon Bridges will not be National leader in 2020
Zane Small (Newshub): National leader Simon Bridges describes Labour’s policies ‘spray and walk away
Jamie Ensor (Newshub): National Party Finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith outlines plan for cutting regulation, taxes

Anjum Rahman (Spinoff): Your email confirms you are lining up beside the populists and fascists
RNZ: Checkpoint: Forestry contractor calls for minister’s resignation over visa delays

Oranga Tamariki
Māori TV:Te Ao with Moana: CE of Oranga Tamariki on new legislation (video)
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Finally a sitting Māori MP speaks about Oranga Tamariki with some mana!
Meriana Johnsen (RNZ): Social service finds whānau to take children at risk of state care
Jamie Ensor (Newshub): Midwives involved in attempted Hawke’s Bay baby uplift slam Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern for not watching video
Iulia Leilua (Māori TV): Empty nest – a mother’s struggle to reunite with her uplifted tamariki
Te Kuru o te Marama Dewes (Māori TV): Mother opens up about child uplifts

John Gerritsen (RNZ): Primary, intermediate principals deliver warning letters to Education Ministry
Josephine Franks (Stuff): School primary principals march into Ministry of Education protesting pay offer
Wilhelmina Shrimpton (Newshub): Primary school principals threaten to boycott Ministry of Education if they don’t receive a better pay offer
John Lewis (ODT): Principals’ good will ‘running out’
Jessica Long (Stuff): Parents scramble to find schools after plan to close Samuel Marsden’s Whitby campus announced
Kiri Gillespie (Herald): Tauranga free school buses to help change lives for deprived families (paywalled0
Mandy Te (Stuff): Auckland couple reveal $10m building plans for ’boutique’ AGE School
Elena McPhee (ODT): Push to enrol students for elections continues

Local government
Herald: Mayoral hopeful John Tamihere’s announcement to ‘part-privatise’ Watercare stuns Phil Goff
Todd Niall (Stuff): Mayoral candidate John Tamihere: Part-privatise Auckland’s Watercare
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): The logic behind John Tamihere’s water sale idea for Auckland
Todd Niall (Stuff): Mayor Phil Goff pledges cheaper weekday fares for school pupils in Auckland
RNZ: Auckland mayoral election: Goff pledges transport fare cuts for children
Simon Wilson (Herald): The slow road to change in downtown Auckland (paywalled)
Caroline Williams (Stuff): Auckland city redevelopment revealed: new images show what it could look like in 20 years
Scott Palmer (Newshub): Revealed: Images show what Auckland could look like in 20 years
Lana Andelane (Newshub): Auckland politician Rob Thomas campaigns for Western Springs geese to be re-homed instead of killed
Nikki Preston (Herald): Hamilton mayor accused of threatening groups with funding cuts over pokies submissions (paywalled)
Chris Morris (ODT): Huge costs predicted in spurring carbon neutral city programme
Pam Jones (ODT): Fears over possible govt intervention

Provincial Growth Fund
Talisa Kupenga (Māori TV): Māori-owned Kāpiti Island tourism company gets PGF boost
Jason Walls (Herald): Shane Jones’ Provincial Growth Fund has provided a $2.5 million loan to a hands-free wheelchair company
Herald: Trains and training as Shane Jones visits Wairarapa

Meghan Lawrence (Herald): Queensland fines drivers $1045 for using phones: Should Kiwis follow suit?
Damian George (Stuff): Let’s Get Wellington Moving reveals preferred option for Basin Reserve roundabout
Elena McPhee (ODT): Motorcycle rego discount offer gets mixed response

Economy, business confidence
Richard Harman (Politik): Remember the 2001 Knowledge Wave conference? It’s back.
Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): The rubber of weak business confidence is hitting the road; the Government must be ready to step in
1News: Paul Goldsmith slams Govt for ‘inconsistencies’ leading to 10-year business confidence low
Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): Plunging confidence a massive issue
Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): A further fall in business confidence points to economic growth dropping
Simon Hartley (ODT): Manufacturers lead fall in confidence
RNZ: Business confidence hits 10-year low – NZIER
Herald: Business confidence plunge: ASB predicts big rate drop

Olivia Caldwell (Stuff): Male-dominated sports organisations getting desperate for women, as time runs out
Kate Wells (Stuff): Fair point Scotty Stevenson, sorry Hayley Holt; men’s game a winner, says former Pulse netballer
Olivia Caldwell (Stuff): Hayley Holt’s remarks on men’s netball weren’t sexist

Plant-based meat
Esther Taunton (Stuff): MPI launches investigation into Hell’s covert use of fake meat
Brent Melville (ODT): Impossible burger becomes just…impossible

Dominion Post Editorial: Extremists win if we can’t debate issues important to this country
David Fisher (Herald): Analysis: The release of NZSAS secrets opens up our secret special operation forces to the public gaze (paywalled)
Chris Keall (Herald): Why Trump is Huawei’s best friend
Eloise Gibson (Newsroom): NZ bows out of all big telescope involvement
Brittany Keogh (Stuff): Only six child marriages approved since law changed to prevent forced marriage
Rob Stock (Stuff): Budget services wonder where missing Pākehā clients are
1News: Once Were Warriors author Alan Duff’s new book looks at NZ’s problems in a ‘non-PC’ way
1News: Call for street names honouring colonial officers who led attacks on Māori to be changed – ‘We’re surrounded by terrorists’
Matt Shand (Stuff): Call for calm after allegations of ‘Hapu Hoodlums’ in Ōpōtiki
Deborah Russell and Stuart Smith (Stuff): Law changes needed to give consumers more power in insurance policies
Point of Order: Our productivity growth has been flagging – so fixing this should be high on Phil’s new agenda
Geoffrey Palmer (Spinoff): Jock Phillips: history builder
Heta Gardiner (Māori TV): Waikato-Tainui share economic expertise with Pacific nations
Deena Coster (Stuff): Union opposes any mandatory expectation on fast food workers to report drugged drivers
Herald: Final coroner’s report into Christchurch earthquake released after lengthy delays
Herald: Ali Mau opens up on pay equity, Israel Folau and advocacy journalism
Boris Jancic (Herald): New Zealand boosts aid for Venezuelan crisis