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New Zealand Parliament Buildings, Wellington, New Zealand.

Today’s content

Foreign Affairs and trade
Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): The new, Australian elephant in the room
Richard Harman (Politik): Melbourne gives Ardern a rockstar welcome
Craig McCulloch (RNZ): Jacinda Ardern to focus on Australia deportations in talks with Scott Morrison
Jason Walls (Herald): Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will meet Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison tomorrow
Collette Devlin (Stuff): Jacinda Ardern will press Australian prime minister on citizenship, deportation
Lisa Martin (Guardian): Jacinda Ardern to raise ‘corrosive’ deportation of Kiwis with Scott Morrison
Jason Walls (Herald): NZ is ‘open for business’ – Ardern pitches NZ to Aussie investors
1News: Jacinda Ardern tells Aussie investors ‘New Zealand is open for business’
Zane Small (Newshub): Entrepreneurs tell Jacinda Ardern NZ has good ideas, but isn’t good at selling them
1News: Jacinda Ardern says Australia and NZ can be examples to world on encouraging trade
Jason Walls (Herald): PM Jacinda Ardern to raise several issues with Aussie PM Scott Morrison
Jason Walls (Herald): PM Jacinda Ardern tells Melbourne audience how forgiving Muslim community was after Christchurch shootings
Joel MacManus (Stuff): Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern wants ‘concrete action’ from Facebook on livestreaming, won’t commit to prison sentences for execs
Laura Walters (Newsroom): Falun Gong ask PM to stand up to China

Climate change, environment
Simon Wilson (Herald): Why I believe National is our biggest climate change threat (paywalled)
Boris Jancic (Herald): Government needs to look at genetic modification: Shaw
Bryce Edwards (Herald): Political Roundup: The problems with declaring climate change emergencies (paywalled)
Joel Rindelaub (Newsroom): Why sources matter in a climate of ignorance
Jane Clifton (Listener): Why we need to plant more native trees than pines
Gerard Hutching (Stuff): Farmers’ greenhouse gas emissions bill will lead to higher food prices
Guy Trafford (Interest): The Government should focus more on transport rather than agriculture and bring everybody to the table to feel some of the pain
Brian Fallow (Herald): Emissions plan a step in the right direction (paywalled)
Brent Edwards (NBR): Farmers should be trusted over emissions, says National (paywalled)
Kirk Hope (Stuff): The risks for farming from emissions charging agreement
RNZ: Iwi leader’s climate change case against government: papers filed
RNZ: Construction industry called on to reduce carbon emissions
Claire Keeling (Nelson Mail): Measuring carbon footprints key tool to reduce emissions
David Williams (Newsroom): Laws calls bullsh*t on Queenstown overflows
RNZ: The Detail: Coping with the plastic bag ban

Government, Greens
Peter Dunne: Greens timidity and impotence in government may see them neutered as a political force
Mike Houlahan (ODT): Fire in the belly drives young MP
Mathew Hooton (Herald): Jacinda Ardern’s ‘year of delivery’ is anything but (paywalled)

Local government
1News: Wellington City Council ‘operating like a Soviet-satellite state’ over Shelly Bay plans, Sir Peter Jackson says
Dileepa Fonseka (Dominion Post): Mayor of Porirua Mike Tana defends cash withdrawals, expensing and $120k staff bill
Laura Dooney (RNZ): Chris Laidlaw rules himself out of council elections
Georgina Campbell (Herald): Local government not as sexy as the Beehive, but still important
Herald: Panuku cleared by Serious Fraud Office over Civil Administration Building sale but concerns raised about CEO hospitality
RNZ: Panuku cleared of fraud but concerns remain over trip
Mandy Te (Stuff): Auckland local body election candidate nominations open
Taroi Black (Māori TV): Four Māori Labour candidates in Papakura Local Board race
Steven Cowan: Time for a real change?
Stuff: Critics want plans for $41m Napier pool complex stalled while consultation is challenged

Youth Parliament, voting age
1News: PM says Youth Parliament incident that left student in tears was ‘unfortunate’
Vera Aves (Herald): Comment: The irony of Anne Tolley’s reaction to a speech on youth mental health (paywalled)
Derek Cheng (Herald): Anne Tolley apologises to Youth MP and Speaker Trevor Mallard
1News: Youth MP speaking about friend’s suicide reduced to tears by National MP Anne Tolley – ‘I’m so sorry if I upset anyone’
Herald: ‘I hope I haven’t ruined it’: Tolley apologises after leaving Youth MP in tears
Zane Small (Newshub): Deputy Speaker Anne Tolley ‘feels terrible’ for upsetting Youth MP Lily Dorrance over suicide speech
Hawkes Bay Today: ‘Enough is enough’: Youth MP who stood up to Anne Tolley
Sophie Dixon (RNZ): The House: Youth Parliament 2019 declares climate emergency
Oli Morphew (Spinoff): A 14-year-old on how to rescue politics

Welfare, MSD
Brittney Deguara (Stuff): Welfare system ‘creating criminals’: Why some people are committing benefit fraud to live
Alice Bracewell-Worrall (Newshub): We don’t get enough’: Hardships give-outs and benefits skyrocket
Anna Whyte (1News): ‘New Zealanders can’t afford this Government’ – Kiwis on jobseeker benefits jumps 11 per cent in a year
RNZ: Limited Service Volunteer programme: Boot camps for the unemployed set to double in size

Health
ODT: ‘Alarming’ new study spurs new call
1News: People living with mental illness have shorter life expectancy by 20 years – research
Lisette Reymer (Newshub): Mental Health Foundation urges media giants like Netflix to demonstrate more responsibility around suicide
Harry Lock (RNZ): Measles outbreak: Call for national approach as expert advice not ‘addressed’
Kirsty Johnston and Chris Knox (Herald): Anti-vaxx debate: Vaccination rates plummet for NZ babies (paywalled)
Zizi Sparks (Rotorua Daily Post): Lakes District Health Board vaccine rates below national figures (paywalled)
1News: ‘Pervasive addiction’ – Psychiatrists call for rise in NZ’s alcohol-buying age, price hikes
Paul Mitchell (Manawatū Standard): Palmerston North Smokefree poster dairy returns to selling cigarettes
Heather McCarron (Newshub): Foreigners’ unpaid medical debts revealed
Emma Espiner (Newsroom): NZ contraception – a scandal down under
Hannah Martin (Stuff): NZ’s most expensive health insurance claims: Knee, hip replacements top the list
Karen Brown (RNZ): Extra flu jabs not enough for Canterbury – medical officer
1News: Walking, cycling for short trips could save billions in healthcare costs, study finds

Housing
Newshub: Is the Kiwi dream of owning a house slipping away?
Anne Gibson (Herald): National house shortage hits 130,000, could rise to 150,000: Kiwibank economists
RNZ: Checkpoint: The state house hurting a severely disabled teen
Libby Wilson (Stuff): Bring back boarding houses to combat homelessness, nightshelter manager says
RNZ: Efficient heater grants added to government insulation subsidy scheme

Transport
Thomas Coughlan (Stuff): Road safety strategy: Should New Zealand wait 359 years for better roads?
Deena Coster (Stuff): Iwi want farmers excluded from group providing cultural oversight over $200m road

Education
Vita Molyneux (Newshub): New Zealand educators support Welsh law change for gender neutral, affordable school uniforms
Leonie Hayden (Spinoff): Cheat sheet: Compulsory te reo Māori in schools
Jessica Long (Stuff): New Zealand Institute of Sport founder could help parents buy Samuel Marsden Collegiate, Whitby
Aaron Leaman (Stuff): Wintec nears end of paperwork overhaul after Audit New Zealand’s bombshell report
ODT Editorial: Empowerment and polytechnics

Employment
Brent Edwards (NBR): Fair pay agreements legislation still some way off (paywalled)
Paul Davidson (Stuff): Here’s where you can have a four-day work week. Is this the next big thing?

Immigration
Mike Treen (Daily Blog): Migrant labour exploitation will increase with cuts to permanent residence numbers
RNZ: Some RSE workers arriving in NZ in poor health, say employers
Gill Bonnett (RNZ): Immigration NZ hiring more staff to get through visa partnership backlog

Primary industries
Andrea Fox (Herald): Co-operative ownership of Westland dairy company passes into history
RNZ: Strawberry growers vote for levy for industrial protection
Maja Burry (RNZ): School calf days get go-ahead with M bovis precautions
Sally Rae (ODT): Share sale ‘last chance’

Fonterra
No Right Turn: Fonterra finally gets it
Nona Pelletier (RNZ): Fonterra reduces reliance on coal ahead of plan
Gerard Hutching (Stuff): Fonterra pledges to stop building new coal boilers immediately
Jamie Gray (Herald): Fonterra to stop installing new coal boilers, brings forward target
Gerard Hutching (Stuff): Fonterra to shed another 25 staff in Australian restructure
Angie Skerrett (Newshub): Fonterra signals end of coal use
Anna Whyte (1News): Fonterra commits to reducing coal use, pledges recyclable, compostable packaging by 2025

Christchurch mosque shootings
RNZ: Saudi Arabia to host families of Christchurch mosque shooting victims for Mecca pilgrimage
1News: Ardern heaps praise on Christchurch terrorist attack survivor who met Trump today
Stuff: Chch terror victim’s praise for Trump typical of his ‘generosity’
Kurt Bayer (Herald): Christchurch mosque shootings: Survivor Farid Ahmed meets Donald Trump
Jamie Ensor (Newshub): Muslim Christchurch terror attack survivor Farid Ahmed appears with US President Donald Trump

Banking industry
Madison Reidy (RNZ): ANZ shareholder demands info over property sale to former boss David Hisco
RNZ: Westpac, ANZ credit rating outlook lowered Fitch

Provincial Growth Fund
Logan Savory (Southland Times): Further $1.7m Provincial Growth Fund injection ‘vote of confidence’ for Southland
Luisa Girao (ODT): $1.7m boost to Southland for airport and growth
Zane Small (Newshub): Shane Jones invests half-a-million-dollars to boost Auckland-Invercargill direct flights
Simar Gill (ODT): Invercargill Airport gets injection of Govt cash
RNZ: Invercargill Airport to get $500k for upgrade from regional fund

Māori land
Marty Sharpe (Stuff): Why a family was arrested and put in custody for refusing to leave ‘their’ land
Marty Sharpe (Stuff): Family at centre of Māori land dispute released under warning
Marty Sharpe (Stuff): Family at centre of Māori land dispute arrested, held in custody
Yvonne Tahana (1News): Four family members in court after police called in to end Māori land dispute

State care of children
Michelle Duff (Stuff): Māori four times more likely to have children removed: study
Helen Leahy (Stuff): Not one more Māori child should be left in isolation from its whānau

Police
Tim Brown (RNZ): Police breath-testing inside people’s homes, Dunedin lawyer says
Daisy Hudson (Mountain Scene):‘I feel completely unheard’: Anger at months long wait

Sport
Nicholas Boyack (Stuff): A gold standard for funding elite sport in New Zealand
Suzie Bates (RNZ): Basin Reserve name change good for women
Dominion Post Editorial: Transgender eligibility in sports bigger than he said, she said
RNZ: No clear evidence of trans women athlete advantage – researcher

Media
Tim Murphy (Newsroom): Judging journalism
Ryan Bridge (Newshub): Keeping a lost colleague’s deam alive

Other
Liam Dann (Herald): Nation of Debt: How much Kiwis owe and why it matters (paywalled)
Susan Edmunds (Stuff):It is getting harder to survive… but only for some
Herald Editorial: The American tourist, the fatal crash, and the former MP (paywalled)
George Block (ODT): Owners shirk surrender of rifles today
Wilhelmina Shrimpton (Newshub): Pretty Penny Loans under investigation for high-interest rates and lending behaviour
Frank Greenall (Herald): Cook: Intrepid explorer who came bearing gifts or harbinger of foreign invasion?
Katie Fitzgerald and Hayley Jacobsen (Newshub): Road to popular surfing spot Shipwreck Bay shut after pou vandalism
Katie Fitzgerald (Newshub): How it felt to be first to invade the pitch during the 1981 Springbok Tour
Madison Reidy (RNZ): Govt advisory group on digital economy has met once this year
David Cormack (Herald): What really happened on the parliamentary cricket team’s English tour (paywalled)
1News: ‘Get a life’ – Kāpiti mayor slams vandal who keeps removing macron from region’s welcome sign

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