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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.

Monday’s content

Oranga Tamariki, state care of children, adoption
Bonnie Sumner (Newsroom): Māori unite to declare ‘enough is enough’
Bonnie Sumner (Newsroom): A sense of injustice too large to fathom
Laura O’Connell Rapira (Spinoff): The call from the hui was loud and clear: give us back our kids
Hayley Jacobsen and Dan Satherley (Newshub): Huge support for Māori-led inquiry into Oranga Tamariki
1News: Protest march to Parliament planned over state’s uplift of Māori babies
Laine Moger (Stuff): Māori inquiry into Oranga Tamariki: ‘We have a right to stand up for our babies’
Māori TV: Māori Midwives fed up with laws which dehumanise mothers
Adam Hollingworth (Newshub): Oranga Tamariki: Māori leaders issue strong call to action over uplifts
Te Aniwa Hurihanganui (RNZ): Oranga Tamariki inquiry hui grows, forced to find larger space
Bonnie Sumner (Newsroom): Hui on child uplifts has to limit attendees
Michael Neilson (Herald): Baby uplifts: Māori-led Oranga Tamariki inquiry launches at Auckland hui
Jessica Tyson (Māori TV): Māori unite in hui today to discuss inquiry into Oranga Tamariki
Astrid Austin (Hawkes Bay Today): Number of children uplifted in Hawke’s Bay has increased (paywalled)
Talisa Kupenga (Māori TV): ‘Tikanga before taking’ a focus of Māori-led Oranga Tamariki inquiry – Jackson
Dan Satherley (Newshub): Oranga Tamariki uplifts ‘too brutal’ – Willie Jackson
Stuff: Judith Collins: ‘Just stop beating up kids’
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David Fisher (Herald): How Oranga Tamariki bungled the handling of baby brought to New Zealand by drug traffickers
Sam Sherwood and Blair Ensor (Stuff): Questions raised about whether red flags missed before West Coast child’s death
Te Aniwa Hurihanganui (RNZ): How closed adoption robbed Māori children of their identity

Climate Change, clean cars scheme
John Armstrong (1News): Jacinda Ardern’s eco-warrior, emissions cutting image is a ‘charade’
Henry Cooke (Stuff): We don’t need a climate emergency. We need a climate war
Richard Harman (Politik): Government risks showdown with farmers
Christine Rose (Daily Blog): Extinction a harder case than climate change?
Alice Angeloni (Stuff): Kiwis suffering depression, anxiety and hopelessness because of climate change
Joanna Santa Barbara (Stuff): Have your say on Zero Carbon Bill
No Right Turn: Climate Change: We need a fossil fuel non-proliferation treaty
Alexandra McNeill (Spinoff): One thing you can do right now to help end the climate crisis
RNZ: World has “stuffed up” on climate change – Niue Premier
RNZ: Bridges: Clean vehicles plan would cost up to half billion dollars
Listener Editorial: We like big vehicles and we cannot lie
Rod Oram (Newsroom): Crucial moves on cutting car and truck emissions
Katie Fitzgerald (Newshub): Rise of a Kiwi icon – How New Zealand’s love affair with utes grew
Andrea Black: Emissions, Feebates and Fringe Benefit Tax
Mike Watson (Taranaki Daily News): Preparing for a new future in Taranaki
Jihee Junn (Spinoff): Land of coal-fired milk powder and honey: Is NZ really as ‘green’ as we think?
Alice Angeloni (Stuff): New Zealand couples concerned for planet choose childless futures
Jamie Morton (Herald):2050 climate: Wellington becomes Auckland, Auckland becomes Sydney
ODT Editorial: Why whaling nations refuse to budge

Environment and conservation
Adelia Hallett (Stuff): How we’re all paying the bill for years of environmental neglect
Nicholas Pointon (RNZ): Opposition to chopping down 300-year-old West Coast rātā
Tim Miller (ODT): Six years’ work to sort toxic stockpile
Mike Cranstone (Whanganui Chronicle): Conservation comment: Pines death to NZ life forms
John Mccrone (Press): Unfinished business: Hitting Canterbury’s air quality targets may not be good enough
Ella Prendergast and Dan Satherley (Newshub): Can Stewart Island become the biggest pest-free island in the world?
RNZ: Deal signed to make Rakiura predator free
RNZ: Hundreds of native fish die in botched transfer
Jono Edwards (ODT):Great Walk decision welcomed
Jono Edwards (ODT): Southland’s Hump Ridge Track named next Great Walk
RNZ: Take a walk on the southern side: ‘Great’ Hump Ridge Track
Albert Redmore (Newshub): Meet New Zealand’s next ‘Great Walk’ winner
Mike Watson (Stuff): Signs and big fines no deterrent to dog owners in national park
Fiona Connor (Newshub): Sustainable Coastlines founder Sam Judd

Firearms
RNZ: No gun registry means unknown number of guns out there – Stuart Nash
Dan Satherley and Hayley Jacobsen (Newshub): Successful buyback event will inspire others to hand their guns in – Nash
Jonathan Guildford (Stuff): Government’s first gun buy-back scheme secures banned weapons worth $1 million
Herald: Gun owners hand in $1 million of weapons in buyback’s first weekend
Martin van Beynen and Sam Sherwood (Stuff): Government’s gun buy-back scheme off to a flying start as hundreds hand in their semi automatic
Martin van Beynen and Sam Sherwood (Stuff): Government’s first gun buy-back event declared success
RNZ: Gun owners hand over firearms at first buyback event in Christchurch
Newshub: Police fork out more than $400,000 to gun owners at first buyback
Amber Allott (Herald): Gun buyback: More than 400 guns and parts worth $433,000 handed in
1News: Police pay nearly half a million dollars in first gun buy back event
1News: Many Christchurch gun owners vow to stay home as buyback collection begins today
RNZ: Gun buyback: Public fully in favour, professor says
Ella Prendergast and Dan Satherley (Newshub): Gun buyback taking ‘the least-dangerous guns out of circulation’ – David Seymour
RNZ: Resentment at gun buyback prices simmers ahead of first collection event
Tom O’Connor (Waikato Times): Latest gun campaign doomed to misfire

Māori health
Newshub: The Hui: The challenges Māori face getting cancer treatment
Alex Loo (Manawatū Standard): Mulhollands’ Māori health inquiry submission to focus firmly on drug funding problems
Guyon Espiner (RNZ): Tobacco company targeting Māori for money – minister
RNZ: Rheumatic fever rates in Northland: ‘It’s just so sad
1News: Rheumatic fever reporting systems need improvement, audit suggests

Health
Lisette Reymer (Newshub): Government accused of pandering to alcohol industry
Katie Fitzgerald (Newshub): Inaction on alcohol a ‘glaring exception’ from mental health recommendations – expert
1News: Alcohol regulation ‘low-hanging fruit’ which Government can easily enact, expert says
Catherine Hutton (RNZ): Disability services hit by rising costs and funding freeze
Jamie Morton (Herald): Why are so few Kiwi cancer patients in clinical trials?
Eloise Gibson (Newsroom): Why does cancer treatment work only for some people?
ODT Editorial: Protecting Pharmac and cancer treatment
1News: ACC revokes cover for woman who was surgically injured
RNZ: Pasifika people front and centre in health programme
Rachael Kelly (Southland Times): Midwife calls SDHB decision not to supply gas for pain relief at hubs for birthing mothers ‘barbaric’
RNZ: New ‘nimble’ rural ambulances mean quicker response – St John
Ruby Macandrew (Stuff): Private hospitals partnership plan for elective surgeries stymied by Government

Medicinal cannabis
Dan Satherley (Newshub): Newshub Nation: ‘Reefer madness’ has held up medicinal cannabis – Chloe Swarbrick
Finn Hogan (Newshub): Newshub Nation: Medicinal cannabis law could encourage criminal activity – National
Finn Hogan and Lloyd Burr (Newshub): Newshub Nation: It’s a mistake not to let GPs prescribe cannabis – UK expert
Charlie Dreaver (RNZ): Medicinal cannabis ‘false hope’ for chronic pain sufferers – pain doctors

Local government
Rob Mitchell (Stuff): Local bodies under pressure as central government moves in
Brent Edwards (NBR): Why voting in local body elections does matter (paywalled)
Tracy Watkins (Stuff): The creeping influence of party strategists at local body elections
Tim Cadogan (Southland Times): Elections 2019 – get into it
Lee Kenny (Stuff): Christchurch City Council chief executive’s salary just higher than PM’s
Jonathan Guildford and Lee Kenny (Press): Christchurch City Council chief executive role ‘job of a lifetime’
Bevan Hurley (Stuff): John Banks hires powerful campaign team as he eyes a run for Auckland mayor
Bernard Orsman (Herald): John Banks considering Auckland Mayoralty: Phil Goff’s reign like ‘grandma’s boiled cabbage’
Dan Satherley and Hayley Jacobsen (Newshub): John Banks considering third go at being Mayor
Victoria Young (NBR: Third time lucky for John Palino’s mayoral hopes? (paywalled)
RNZ: Shelly Bay land sale: Legal action lodged against iwi
Steve Kilgallon (Dominion Post): Centre-right ‘Wellington Party’ to contest council elections
Tracy Watkins (Stuff): Glenda Hughes: The unlikely conservative
RNZ: Quake proofing the capital’s library could cost $100m
RNZ: Wellington library to remain closed for more than a year
Dileepa Fonseka (Stuff): Wellington Central Library’s future: $100m ‘guesstimates’ on work, mayor pledges to save and add Capital E
RNZ: Westland District Council defends financial mismanagement criticisms
Zizi Sparks (Rotorua Daily Post): Election 2019: Rotorua mayoral candidate Reynold Macpherson lodges police complaint (paywalled)
Chloe Ranford (Stuff): Marlborough publishes election handbook to keep candidates on the straight and narrow
Skara Bohny (Stuff): Nelson Mayor Rachel Reese is running for re-election

Transport
Thomas Coughlan (Stuff): NZTA leaked report paints a picture of demoralisation and chaos for staff
Ben Strang (RNZ): Ex-NZTA boss faulted over innovation unit’s ‘extensive disregard’ for processes
RNZ: Vehicle inspector suspended from issuing WOFs due to poor safety checks
Dileepa Fonseka (Dominion Post): Mayor lights the path to ‘Wellington Transport’ but will it get Wellington moving?
Damian George (Stuff): What can frustrated Wellington bus commuters expect over the next year?
Dileepa Fonseka and Damian George (Dominion Post): The big change over: Wellington’s bus network a year on
Damian George (Stuff): Sorry to those typing angry tweets to Metlink, but my bus service is currently pretty good
Simon Wilson (Herald): 25 questions for Auckland Transport – congestion, safety, cycle lanes …
Heather du Plessis-Allan (Herald): Roads mess could cost election (paywalled)
RNZ: E-scooters between ‘rock of the footpath…hard place of the road’
Janika ter Ellen (Newshub): Police warn of potentially ‘catastrophic’ consequences of pointing lasers at aircraft

Parliament
Stacey Kirk (Stuff): Still fatigued from the last election? Gird your loins for 2020 – parties deep in planning
Peter Wilson (RNZ): Week in Politics: Electric cars and medicinal cannabis
Ripu Bhatia (Stuff): New Zealand Jewish Council accuses Green Party MP of ‘antisemitism’
David Farrar: Green MP claims Jesus wasn’t Jewish
Martyn Bradbury: The Green Party are many things, antisemites are not one of them
David Slack (Stuff): Shane Jones’ commercial chiropracty could leave the backbone of the economy in pain
Annabel McCarthy (RNZ): Call to lower voting age from Youth MP
Mike Houlahan (ODT): Curran shows she is back in business
1News: Sunday: Tim and Tamati’s baby journey
1News: Baby name announced for Tāmati Coffey and husband Tim Smith

Education
Derek Cheng (Herald): Govt policy on parent donations for school camps: OK for some, not OK for others
Amanda Saxton, Tim Newman and Aaron Leaman (Stuff): Lagging salaries, 50-hour weeks, and an ever-changing role: This is why principals are striking
Josephine Franks (Stuff): Māori students are capable – it’s the education system that’s broken, principal says
RNZ: Large decrease in men enrolling in polytechs and universities
Aaron Leaman (Stuff): Wintec battles student visa delays
Ray O’Brien (ODT): Polytechnic ecosystem fertile ground

Foreign affairs and trade
Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom):European Union raises PGF concerns with NZ
RNZ: Peters insists focus remains on Australia deportation policy
Zane Small (Newshub): Australia has ‘no intention’ of reviewing deportation law – Foreign Minister Marise Payne
Melissa Chan-Green (Newshub): Indonesia’s relationship with the Pacific ‘fine’ – Foreign Minister
RNZ: Protest at Indonesian trade show in Auckland
1News: Winston Peters shows off drumming skills, delivers speech at Pacific Expo in Auckland
Nick Perry (AP): Why is China pouring money into Tonga?

Housing
Eleisha Foon (RNZ): Christchurch social housing: Calls for change as waitlists soar
RNZ: Pensioners left waiting for more than two years for council housing
Newshub: Fears historic Auckland park will be turned into housing
Craig McCulloch (RNZ): Kaingaroa settlement receives $2.4m for redevelopment
Cherie Howie (Herald): Our shrinking backyards: Death of the quarter-acre dream
Jody O’Callaghan (Stuff): Christchurch man fighting Ray White over cold, mouldy home
Simon Kennedy (Bloomberg): New Zealand housing market at risk of crash, Bloomberg research shows
Stuff: New Zealand at risk of a house price crash: Bloomberg

Christchurch, mosque shootings
Kurt Bayer (Herald): Has Christchurch really changed? (paywalled)
Boris Jancic (Herald): ACC needs to change after failure in Christchurch: Greens
Anna Leask (Herald): Mosque survivor four months on: Still haunted, but ‘it’s getting better’ (paywalled)

Media
Colin Peacock (RNZ): Broadcasting watchdog targets ‘harm’
Jennifer Duke (Sydney Morning Herald): Broadcasting Christchurch massacre footage escapes punishment in Australia
Glen McConnell (Stuff): TVNZ has angered many for its doco That’s A Bit Racist. Good job, TVNZ

Justice
Deena Coster (Stuff): Young girl and family’s faith in justice system shattered after sex case dismissed
Blair Jackson (Stuff): Social media ‘contaminating justice system’ and leading to wrongful arrests, say lawyers
Benn Bathgate (Stuff): Professional drivers that kill should be held to a higher account than other drivers, Justice Minister says in wake of recent sentencings
David Fisher (Herald): Charged with causing two deaths – how the young American tourist found evidence which allowed him to walk away from police (paywalled)
Lane Nicholas (Herald): Call for law change after child sex accused worked as real estate agent

Royal Commission into historical state care abuse
Alison Mau (Stuff): Inquiry into abuse in state care orders security checks for vulnerable women
Alison Mau (Stuff): State care abuse inquiry’s gang connections the latest hurdle for vulnerable participants

Primary and extractive industries
Bruce Munro (ODT): No time to ignore ‘blood phosphates’
Mike O’Donnell (Stuff): You can’t blame Westland’s farmers for selling out
Herald: Log price crash: The ‘perfect storm’ facing NZ’s forestry industry (paywalled)
Taranaki Daily News: Battle for consent to mine iron sand in South Taranaki will head to the Court of Appeal in September
1News: Egg producers warn consumers of supply shortages, high prices as NZ goes cage-free

R&D funding
Chris Hutching (Stuff): Government boosts R&D funding for developing firms
Zane Small (Newshub): Business hasn’t made profit yet? You’re eligible for more R&D funding

Banking sector, FMA
Rob Stock (Stuff): Daughter complains over ANZ bank manager’s deathbed visit to her mother
Nikki Mandow (Newsroom): The Taranaki farmers who took on a $81bn bank – and won
Tamsyn Parker (Herald): Finance regulator accused of conflict of interest failure (paywalled)

Vodafone
RNZ: Checkpoint: Woman says she was kicked out of Vodafone for speaking Samoan
Katie Fitzgerald (Newshub): Customer claims she was kicked out of Vodafone store for speaking Samoan, worker suspended

Animal welfare
Hayley Jaobsen and Dan Satherley (Newshub): Activists hope to chase away Wellington Steeplechase fans
RNZ: Discoloured chicken meat can be safely consumed – Pak’nSave
1News: Vegan vigilantes defacing meat products a concern for supermarkets

Tourism
Katie Fitzgerald and Karen Rutherford (Newshub): Government announces $12m boost for tourism infrastructure
RNZ: $1m funding boost to keep Northland beach ‘one of world’s best’
Emma Cropper (Newshub): Rotorua motels under pressure for taking in the city’s homeless

Industrial relations
1News: Auckland H&M workers suspended after sticker protest for living wage
RNZ: Farmers stores refuse to budge on workers’ pay claims

Police
Liu Chen (RNZ): Chinese family question assault response: ‘The communication got broken somewhere’
Isaac Davison (Herald): Police announce three new helicopters for Auckland’s skies
RNZ: New helicopters to update police air support

Mikhail Khimich
Cass Mason (Newsroom): Whatever happened to our ‘billionaire’ Khimich?
Cass Mason and Nikki Mandow (Newsroom): Companies Office questions over Waiwera firms

Other
Chris Trotter (Daily Blog): Why City Air Makes You Free – And Bad
Michael Hayward (Stuff): EQC inquiry unlikely to identify failures without investigative approach, group warns
John Roughan (Herald): A topic giving the Prime Minister nightmares (paywalled)
Fran O’Sullivan (Herald): What NZ can learn from Scandi noir’s The Bridge, Copenhagen and Malmo (paywalled)
Ripu Bhatia (Stuff): Auckland communities divided over scrapped ethnic issues ministry
Murray Horton (Daily Blog): Time to recognise Rocket Lab for what it is
Andrea Fox (Herald): Late invoice payments: does NZ Inc need an ethics code – or Govt measures?
Dan Satherley (Newshub): Why New Zealand’s population might soon be in decline
David Herkt (Stuff): A Conversation with my Country: Alan Duff scrutinises contemporary NZ in new book
Liam Dann (Herald): Unlikely rock stars – The economy vs the Black Caps (paywalled)
1News: Manufacturing sector’s ‘nostrils just above the water line’, analyst says
E-Tangata: Human Rights Commission: It happened here — a snapshot of hate crime in New Zealand
Kim Hurring (Newshub): Strong opposition from residents near site of proposed Mt Erebus national memorial
Emma Cropper (Newshub): Matata residents will find out fate of town on Tuesday
Scott Palmer (Newshub): Waitangi manager outraged over video starring white men with faux moko
RNZ: Port Hills’ blaze review: Fire service improvements a year away
RNZ: Earthquake-prone buildings changes to help provinces
Kereama Wright (Māori TV): The battle over Te Tumu Kaituna 14: converting Māori freehold land to general title
Muriel Newman (NZCPR): Privatising New Zealand’s Coastline – Beach by Beach
Alice Geary (Stuff): Tekapo or Takapō? One of NZ’s world famous lakes could be in for a name change
Albert Redmore (Newshub): Lake Tekapo, one of New Zealand’s most famous lakes, could be changing its name
John Gibb (ODT): ‘Shark spy’ project receives $19k grant

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