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New Zealand Parliament Buildings, Wellington, New Zealand.

Today’s content

Government
Joseph Nunweek (Spinoff): Jacinda Ardern and bringing the people
Liam Hehir (Stuff): Past taunts from opposition come home to roost for the Government
1News: Q+A: Jacinda Ardern admits it will take ‘a few Budgets’ to effectively tackle poverty
1News: Q+A: Jacinda Ardern says Government not giving up on housing despite KiwiBuild not meeting ‘our expectations’
Heather du Plessis-Allan (Newstalk ZB): Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s Aussie interview only awkward because she got caught out
Henry Cooke (Stuff): Jacinda Ardern remains ‘relentlessly positive’ despite negative Facebook ad about Simon Bridges
Chris Trotter (Daily Blog): The Greens Used To Be So Likeable – What’s Gone Wrong?
Josh Van Veen (Newsroom): Man out of time: Winston Peters and the Kiwi dream
Andrea Vance (Stuff): Decision on official information review stalled
Herald: Aussie news outlet slams rumours Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is in contention for Nobel Peace Prize

State care of children, Oranga Tamariki
Chelsea Boyle (Herald): Oranga Tamariki report: More than a hundred children harmed in state care in first three months of year
Mark Quinlivan and Jared McCulloch (Newshub): More than 100 children abused in state care within three months – Oranga Tamariki
Sarah Robson (RNZ): Māori children over-represented in state care harm figures
Māni Dunlop (RNZ): New law returns child to whānau in Oranga Tamariki dispute
Bonnie Sumner (Newsroom): Victim of abuse compromised by privacy leak

Gun law reform
Thomas Manch (Stuff): No guarantee firearm reforms would have prevented Christchurch terror attack
Katie Fitzgerald (Newshub): Gun register not about gun owners, but those who steal them – Jacinda Ardern
RNZ: Firearms licensing changes: Fees currently at ‘low price point’ – PM
Jenna Lynch (Newshub): New gun laws explained, but Government gets critical detail wrong
Katie Fitzgerald and Jared McCulloch (Newshub): Gun law reforms ‘meaningful and positive’ – Police Association
Derek Cheng (Herald): Police Association welcome tighter gun laws and national register
Laura Walters (Newsroom): Sweeping gun law changes off the back of terror attack
Anna Whyte (1News): Gun register coming as Government continues post-terrorist attack overhaul of firearms laws
RNZ: Gun law reforms: Government to set up firearms register
Derek Cheng (Herald): Government wants gun register, tighter rules on firearms licences, ban on visitors buying weapons
Thomas Manch and Tom Kitchin (Stuff): Firearms register among second raft of gun law reforms announced by PM
Zane Small (Newshub): Second tranche of gun law changes: Firearms register, tighter licencing
Jenée Tibshraeny (Interest): Govt announces plans for gun register, tighter rules for gun owners, and licensing shooting clubs.National unsupportive
Lana Andelane (Newshub): Auckland man charged after lying in an attempt to avoid gun buyback scheme
1News: Man charged after prohibited guns reported stolen allegedly located in his home
Kendall Hutt (Stuff): Long queues at Auckland’s first gun buy-back event meant owners turned away
Danielle Clent (Stuff): Auckland man arrested after allegedly hiding firearms from police
George Heagney (Manawatū Standard): Police collect almost 500 guns at Palmerston North gun buy back

Climate change
Richard Harman (Politik): Leadership rivalries cloud climate change consensus
David Cormack (Herald): The worst climate position of them all (paywalled)
Jamie Mackay (Herald): Judith Collins: Government has thrown Kiwi farmers ‘under a bus’
Paul Gorman (Stuff): ‘Taking stock’ before second attempt at declaring New Zealand-wide climate emergency
Herald: Greenpeace anti-oil protesters scaling Wellington’s tallest building

Environment and conservation
Damian George (Stuff): Truck load of plastic waste dumped into oceans every 38 seconds: Report
RNZ: Researcher highlights concern on lack of info on microplastics in new report
Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): Green co-leader James Shaw shows real leadership on genetic engineering
Paul Gorman (Stuff): ECan councillor says proposed plan changes don’t go far enough to protect drinking water
Blair Jackson (Southland Times): Kaumātua says ‘no more’ to dairy farming in Southland
Stuff: Tourism earnings from Hector’s dolphin ‘could quadruple’ with net fishing ban
Paul Charman (Newsroom): What’s ailing the little owls of Auckland?
Farah Hancock (Newsroom): When is art, art?
Mike Yardley (Stuff): Time to embrace the brilliance of technology to reduce waste
Katie Todd (RNZ): Operation Fox: River clean-up in full force with added support
1News: More troops brought in to help clean up littered West Coast’s Fox River
RNZ: West Coast rubbish spill: Extra Defence Force aid arrives to help in clean-up
Annabelle Tukia and Emily O’Connell (Newshub): New Zealand Defence Force joins effort to clean up Fox River landfill
Hamish Cardwell (RNZ): Great Barrier Island groups take waste issue to court
Michael Neilson (Herald): Mayor Phil Goff doubles down over cosmetic company Sephora’s ‘unacceptable’ waste disposal
Ben Goodale (Herald): Sephora is being used as an environmental soapbox
Alice Neville (Spinoff): Here’s a thought: let’s not blame millennials for Sephora’s ‘waste dumping’
Denise Piper (Stuff): Northland pensioner dumps rubbish outside McDonald’s to protest littering

National Party
Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): Can Simon Bridges survive another unfavourable poll?
Audrey Young (Herald): National’s finance spokesman Paul Goldsmith has hidden talents (paywalled)
Dan Satherley (Newshub): National opposes lowering the voting age

Health
Nicholas Jones (Herald): PM Jacinda Ardern on strained Middlemore maternity services: ‘consistent underfunding
RNZ: Waikato DHB ‘does not govern the organisation effectively’
Cate Broughton (Stuff): Victim of surgical mesh problems fears forums could be ‘a waste of time’
Ruby Macandrew (Dominion Post): Capital Liquor owner mulling options after High Court dismisses appeal for longer hours
Cherie Sivignon (Stuff): Chlorination may flow for drinking water, says Tasman mayor Richard Kempthorne
Teuila Fuatai (Herald): Our backwards disability policies (paywalled)
Kristin Edge (Northern Advocate): Two Whangārei businesses sell tobacco to underage customers
Denise Piper (Stuff): Meningococcal disease: Facts all parents should know about the deadly illness
Te Aniwa Hurihanganui (RNZ): Māori vegans doing ‘something good for the planet’
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Stuff: Wellington Hospital breached rights of Samuel Fischer who died of suspected suicide in mental health unit
Karen Brown (RNZ): Health board failed woman who died of Crohn’s disease – Commissioner
Hannah Martin (Stuff): Woman died after Waitematā DHB staff failed to properly treat her ongoing bleeding
Herald: Miscommunication and poor decisions at Waitematā DHB blamed for delay to elderly patient’s surgery
Nikki Preston (Herald): Hutt Valley DHB slammed for inadequate care given to patient using breathing device
Stuff: Patient out of sight of nurses when he stopped breathing, Hutt Valley DHB asked to apologise

Auckland
Bernard Orsman (Herald): How your rates are spent: Water bills, new tax fund improving Auckland’s beaches (paywalled)
Nick Truebridge (Stuff): Meet the Candidates: Mayoral hopeful Phil Goff ‘not satisfied’ with Auckland Transport, promises changes
1News: Auckland traffic likely to be worse in coming years than Government has let on, AA warns
Lucy Warhurst (Newshub): Revealed: How long Aucklanders spend in traffic every day
Dan Satherley (Newshub): City Rail Link should have been open by now, says frustrated Auckland Mayor Phil Goff
Duncan Garner (Newshub): Auckland drivers need to demand better from the Government
Todd Niall (Stuff): John Tamihere takes legal action against Auckland Council
Belinda Feek (Herald): Mayoral hopeful and Waipareira Trust chair John Tamihere launches legal action against Auckland council
Stephen Forbes (Interest): Tamihere seeks Human Rights Review Tribunal order against Panuku
Penny Hulse (Herald): Here’s why Phil Goff is a good civic leader

Local government
Tom Hunt (Stuff): Councillors say they were voting blind on Shelly Bay fast-track
Dave Armstrong (Stuff): Voter pressure will get candidates to put library fix ahead of vanity projects
Tracy Neal (RNZ): ‘Harsh’ social media a deterrent to potential politicians
Michael Neilson (Herald): Battle of the trees: Ōrākei Local Board spending thousands on private property pruning
Matthew Littlewood (Timaru Herald): Goodhew signals SCDHB bid
Tracy Neal (RNZ): Nelson ponders how to deal with ageing population

Sport
Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): Netball World Cup: No prize money because it’s a globally insignificant sport
Anna Whyte (1News): Silver Ferns not getting prize money, but PM says Kiwis want to see ‘fair acknowledgement’ of team
Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Netball World Cup prompts call to invest in sports pay equity
RNZ: Checkpoint: No prize money for Silver Ferns despite epic win
Cheree Kinnear (Herald): Netball World Cup 2019: No prize money for Silver Ferns after Netball World Cup win over Australia
Jason Walls (Herald): Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to World Cup Winning Silver Ferns: ‘We’re all very proud’
Anna Whyte (1News): MPs praise ‘incredible’ Silver Ferns coach after World Cup win
Olivia Caldwell (Stuff): Netball World Cup: Jacinda Ardern texts Australia PM Scott Morrison at fulltime
Olivia Caldwell (Stuff): Netball World Cup: Jacinda Ardern’s early start with Grant Robertson
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Yvonne van Dongen (Stuff): Even before birth, genetic building blocks are giving athletes born male a massive advantage over females

KiwiSaver
RNZ: Early KiwiSaver withdrawals for those with congenital disorders
Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Want to sort your KiwiSaver? Here’s how

Media
Duncan Greive (Spinoff): One chart which reveals NZ’s incredible 30 year decline in public media funding
Herald: MediaWorks chief content officer Andrew Szusterman resigns
Māori TV: Māori Television apologises to Donna Hall and Sir Edward Taihakurei Durie

Defence
Jonathan MItchell (RNZ): Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s Australia delay symptom of ageing fleet – academic
Zane Small and Tova O’Brien (Newshub): Jacinda Ardern’s staff purchased commercial ticket in case Defence Force plane broke down

Education
Josephine Franks (Stuff): Auckland measles outbreak: Schools told to expect spike in cases
Simon Collins (Herald): Measles epidemic: Auckland schools told to send people home if they get a measles case
Nicholas Boyack (Stuff): Ken Laban was the only ‘brown face’ at Scots College but his time there shaped him for life
Stuff: Taranaki’s Green School starts to take shape as construction begins
Bruce Munro (ODT): Preserving innovation

Primary indsustries
Rebecca Balck (Stuff): Low wages, big profits. Why is Zespri’s record revenue staying with those at the top of the vine?
Brad Flahive (Stuff): Mānuka honey not routinely tested for added substances despite fears of corrupt producers

Foreign affairs
Zane Small (Newshub): Simon Bridges likens NZ-US free trade ambitions to ‘fly’ dealing with ‘elephant’
Point of Order: O’Connor travels to the US – and avoids (for now) the turbulence from climate change policies

Pacific
1News: ‘This is a crisis, it’s make or break now’ – 1 NEWS to look at how Tonga is battling meth trade
RNZ: Aus, PNG to schedule end of Manus Island detention

Immigration, refugees
1News: Controversial refugee policy on Middle East and Africa ‘up for review’, says Jacinda Ardern
Robin Martin (RNZ): E-visa problems create border control fears for NZ residents
Gill Bonnett (RNZ): Decision looms on ‘protected’ former child gang member staying in New Zealand

Justice, corrections
Clare de Lore (Listener): Former inmate Paul Wood’s insights on improving NZ’s criminal-justice system
Gerald Piddock (Stuff): Farming behind bars: Creating new skills for inmates

Christchurch mosque shootings
Joris De Bres (Spinoff): Why I refuse to appear before the inquiry into the Christchurch mosque attacks
Anna Rawhiti-Connell (Newsroom): MPs, it’s time to do your job

Transport, road safety
Patrick Gower (Newshub): Exclusive: Woman involved in crash caused by driver on their phone was told she may not have children
Amanda Cropp (Stuff): Transport Agency driver licensing delays cause havoc for taxi and bus companies

Other
Jamie Ensor (Newshub): Electoral Commission unsure of location of 60,000 people
Thomas Coughlan (Stuff): Give Kiwis ‘helicopter money’ cash payouts if economy crashes – Treasury
1News: Petition of 13,000 against decriminalising abortion to be presented today
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Rocket Lab’s secret payload owned by Mexican defence agency
Tamsyn Parker (Herald): Finance industry wants tougher stance on Payday lenders (paywalled)
Dubby Henry (Herald): ‘Racist’ pamphlet likely to cause ‘serious offence’ and must not be distributed
Evan Harding (Southland Times): SDE lost ministry contract unrelated to recycling
Māori TV: Treaty Minister looks at next steps forward with Ngāpuhi
Gareth Vaughan (Interest): Should the RBNZ be given bail-in powers for potential use in a bank crisis? 
Chris Hutching (Stuff): Homeowners urged to check tradies’ insurance in aftermath of Christchurch explosion
Nona Pelletier (RNZ): Construction procurement process a serious industry concern – Master Builders Assn
Tim Newman (Stuff): Nelson not-for-profit energy retailer closes down as wholesale market takes its toll
Tom Furley (RNZ): Potential cannabis growers probe industry opportunities
RNZ: Tenth Queensland fruit fly found in Northcote
George Heagney (Manawatū Standard): Tararua man had ‘no justification or excuse’ for phallus fell
Sam Farrell (Newshub): Man convicted of wilful damage for vandalising Māori carving
Amanda Saxton (Stuff): Council sorry over ‘burkini’ row at West Auckland public pool
Te Aniwa Hurihanganui (RNZ): Select committee recommends Parihaka name protection
Te Kuru o te Marama Dewes (Māori TV): Māori show support for Mauna Kea
RNZ: Dozens rally in New Zealand in support of Mauna Kea protests
RNZ: Police ‘determined to resolve investigation for Ernie Abbott’