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New Zealand Parliament Buildings, Wellington, New Zealand.

Today’s content

Ihumātao
Chris Trotter (Daily Blog): Colonisation In Action
Hone Harawira (Daily Blog): Ihumatao
Qiane Matata-Sipu and Frances Hancock (Newsroom): Rising up in the spirit of justice
Gordon Campbell: On the Ihumatao dispute
Alex Birchall: Ihumātao: The class conflict in Māori politics opens up
David Farrar: The Ihumātao conflict
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Jacinda Ardern’s spineless position on Ihumātao and the disgusting Police Overkill
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Jo Moir (RNZ): Ihumātao: Disregard for mana whenua will lead to trouble – Willie Jackson
Katie Fitzgerald and Hayley Jacobsen (Newshub): Green Party MPs headed to Ihumātao
1News: Stan Walker performs for protestors at Ihumātao – ‘Don’t let the fire burn out, whānau’
RNZ: Ihumātao stand-off: Protesters try to block main road to airport
1News: Seven arrested this evening as Ihumātao protestors attempt to block Auckland motorway
Stuff: Seven more arrested at contested Ihumātao
Herald: Police arrest seven people near Ihumātao in Auckland as occupation enters third night
Emma Cropper and Lana Andelane (Newsub): Protesters ‘handcuffed’ and taken into custody at Ihumātao
Leonie Hayden (Spinoff): Organise Aotearoa protesters arrested on Southwestern motorway near Ihumātao
Katie Scotcher (RNZ): Regret over Ihumātao land decision expressed at council vote
Herald: Council calls for urgent meeting over ‘grave’ situation at Ihumātao housing development site
Todd Niall (Stuff): Ihumātao eviction: Select committee urges Parliament to note protesters’ concerns
1News: Ihumātao protests a long time coming after Government, Auckland Council failed to act – activist
RNZ: Ihumātao protest: Busloads of more supporters expected from across country
Sophie Bateman (Newshub): Ihumātao protectors develop colour-coded arrest system as tensions grow
Kendall Hutt (Stuff): Ihumātao eviction: Generations of Māori divided in dispute
Waatea News: Ihumātao challenge to private property rule
James Perry (Māori TV): SOUL tamariki send open letter to PM
Waatea News: Protest upswell draws out human rights observers
Jessica Tyson, Wikitōria Day (Māori TV): Photo gallery – Hundreds tautoko mana whenua at Ihumātao
Lucy Warhurst (Newshub): Explainer: The complex history behind Ihumātao
Simon Wilson (Herald: Nov 2018): The tragedy of Ihumātao (paywalled)

National Party conference
Richard Harman (Politik): The uneasy National Party conference
Matthew Hooton (Herald): National stumbling to defeat (paywalled)
Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): Nats conference a test of Bridges’ mettle
Bryce Edwards (Herald): Political Roundup: What’s going on inside the National Party? (paywalled)
Katie Fitzgerald (Newshub): Labour Party poll leak: Simon Bridges’ favourability drops again

Greens
Chris Trotter (Daily Blog): The Accents Of Power
Laura Walters (Newsroom): Jan Logie: The Government’s secret success story
Press Editorial: No joking please, we’re the Green Party

Climate change, environment
Joel MacManus and Anuja Nadkarni (Stuff): These are NZ’s largest emmitters
Boris Jancic (Herald): Shane Jones calls for a rethink of ‘GE-free gospel’ in face of climate change (paywalled)
Jason Walls  (Herald): DairyNZ says Zero Carbon bill will hurt farmers; Forest and Bird say more needs to be done
Zane Small (Newshub): Dairy New Zealand, Forest & Bird clash over Zero Carbon Bill methane targets
Collette Devlin (Stuff): Zero Carbon Bill submitters say farmers’ methane targets are ‘unattainable’
Yvette McCullough (RNZ): Methane levels debated at Zero Carbon Bill hearing
Richard Harman (Politik): The air is heating up
No Right Turn: Climate Change: Farmers plan to fail
Denise Piper (Stuff): Whangārei District Council declares climate emergency
RNZ: Whangārei District Council declares climate change emergency
Lana Andelane (Newshub): SkyCity to put climate change guides in each of its Auckland hotel rooms
Sam Kilmister (Stuff): Manawatū District Council won’t declare climate-change emergency, but says it must do more
RNZ: Kauri log export: Conservation group accuses MPI of ignoring Supreme Court ruling
RNZ: GMO vote by Northland Regional Council chair challenged
Samantha Gee (Stuff): Call for DHB to consider nitrate levels in drinking water
RNZ: Tenure agreement reached for Canterbury high country station
Jennifer Eder (Stuff): Mussel farms seek to fill data gap on environmental effects in the Marlborough Sounds
Jenna Lynch (Newshub): Christchurch MP Duncan Webb causes controversy with comments on whaling, eating kiwis

RMA
Jenée Tibshraeny (Interest): The trillion dollar roadblock to RMA reform
Marc Daalder (Newsroom):RMA reform launched into sea of political icebergs
Brian Fallow (Herald): Resource Management Act revamp a balancing act (paywalled)
1News: Paula Bennett slams coalition MPs for not getting behind Resource Management Act reform years ago

Health and disability
Emma Russell (Herald): Cancer delays slammed – Health Minister David Clark silent on independent agency (paywalled)
Boris Jancic (Herald): Cancer action petition reaches Parliament as pressure mounts on Government
Logan Savory (Southland Times): Day of celebration for Blair Vining as cancer petition handed to parliament
Anna Whyte (1News): Terminally ill Blair Vining’s petition calling for national cancer agency delivered to Parliament
Herald: Cancer reform petition presented to Parliament
Zane Small (Newshub): National MPs accept petition calling for national cancer agency
Oliver Lewis (Stuff): Older adults, not young people, behind forecast increase in alcohol consumption – academics 
Dan Satherley and Hayley Jacobsen (Newshub): Kiwi Baby Boomers are drinking more and more – study
Damian Rowe (Stuff): Invercargill woman’s hip replacement surgery cancelled for fifth time
Ruby Macandrew (Stuff): Best practice for stroke rehabilitation not being met in Wellington
Catherine Hutton (RNZ): New families joining Funded Family Care scheme may miss out on fair pay

Cannabis
Ruby Macandrew and Tom Hunt (Stuff): Medicinal cannabis advocate sends warning about NZ introduction
1News: Paula Bennett says gang members can get cannabis growing licence under Government’s plans
Don Rowe (Spinoff): Family First rebuked for ‘non-fact based activity’ over cannabis psychosis claims

Justice, corrections
Chester Borrows (Herald): Inaia Tonu Nei – How we have failed Māori (paywalled)
Leah Tebbutt (Herald): Government will ‘carefully examine’ justice reform report released by Hui Māori
Laura Dooney (RNZ): Māori lawyer supports report’s call for major justice system reform
Vaughan Elder and George Block (ODT): UN minimum standards breached at Invercargill Prison
Stuff: Invercargill Prison contravened UN prison treatment rules – Ombudsman
1News: Ombudsman finds Invercargill Prison conditions have improved but still lacking in some areas
Tema Hemi (Māori TV): Sir Graham Lowe – Corrections first patron
RNZ: Peter Ellis takes fight to clear name to Supreme Court
Kiwiblog: Guest Post: Is three strikes “silly”?

Foreign affairs
Patrick Keyzer and Dave Martin (Herald): The victims of Australia’s deportation policy – they’re Kiwis
Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): How tragedy has preserved the world order
Jamie Gray (Herald): Hard Brexit may hasten need for NZ-UK trade agreement: envoy Mike Petersen
Jamie Ensor (Newshub): New Zealand Foreign Minister Winston Peters condemns Iran over British oil tanker seizures
Derek Cheng (Herald): Winston Peters condemns Iran’s actions in the Strait of Hormuz

State care of children
David Fisher (Herald): Whistleblower: They knew agencies knew about Archives NZ privacy breach for years but did nothing (paywalled)
RNZ: Archives file error shows ‘troubling vulnerability’ – Edwards

Housing
Isaac Davison (Herald): Tenancy reforms make tenants liable for damage, and allow prosecution of landlords who rent out garages
Jamie Fyfe (Newshub): New law means tenants have to pay for rental damage
Zizi Sparks and Samantha Olley (Rotorua Daily Post): Elderly and homeless: Age Concern calls for more pensioner housing as Rotorua rental crisis hits (paywalled)
Luisa Girao (ODT): Hope for a home inscribed on the roof of her caravan
Emma Dangerfield (Stuff): Tiny home owner in legal stoush over building classification of his caravan

Education
Craig McCulloch (RNZ): Minister denies principals blindsided over pay deal cost
1News: Early childhood teachers face deadline tonight to vote on Government’s latest pay offer

Transport
Dileepa Fonseka (Stuff): Wellington bus boss: ‘I take responsibility’
MIchael Cropp (Stuff): Thirty buses cancelled every day, but no quick fix in sight
1News: Politicians demand accountability over Wellington’s bus debacle
Bernard Orsman (Herald): Prime Minister being dragged into financial help for businesses facing financial ruin from $4.4b City Rail Project (paywalled)
Zane Small (Newshub): The seven New Zealand roads upgraded to be safer
1News: Extra 2,400km of road to be made safer in Government’s $1.4 billion programme
Jason Walls (Herald): National plays politics while accusing Transport Minister Phil Twyford of ‘playing politics’
Thomas Coughlan (Stuff): National MPs fume after Transport Minister Phil Twyford declines meeting request

Police
Ben Strang (RNZ): Police to replace poorly rated roster system for emergency call handlers
1News: Needle exchanges programme appalled that their clients are being charged by police
Jame Fyfe (Newshub): Police condemn leaked footage of crash on Auckland’s southern motorway
RNZ: Officer justified in 112km/h chase speed in Lower Hutt – IPCA

Local government
Tom Hunt (Dominion Post): Dead man listed as contact when council approves Tapu te Ranga Marae WoF
Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): To be blunt $495,000 isn’t a lot of money for Christchurch council boss Dawn Baxendale
Simon Wilson (Herald): Wake up Phil Goff! Here’s 5 ways to make Auckland the city it ought to be (paywalled)
Nick Truebridge (Stuff): Meet the Candidates: ‘Grassroots’ Auckland mayoral hopeful Craig Lord attacks higher-profile rivals
Stephen Forbes (Interest): Government’s planned housing and urban development reforms fuel tensions with Auckland Council
Bernard Orsman (Herald): Some of the fun was missing from Auckland last year, but council still put on a show
Katie Fitzgerald (Newshub): Auckland Council votes for new dog access rules
Jim Tucker (Taranaki Daily News):Is Taranaki NZ’s most sexist province?
Phil Pennington (RNZ): Hamilton City Council ‘too lax’ on building warrants of fitness, councillor says

Ngāti Rangi Treaty settlement
Talisa Kupenga (Māori TV): Ngāti Rangi settlement bill passes final reading
Herald: Government passes $17 million Ngati Rangi Treaty settlement

Sport
RNZ: Silver Ferns get payout but nothing for Taurua
Kate Hawkesby (Newstalk ZB): The embarrassing thing about the Silver Ferns’ $25k bonus
Zoё George (Newsroom): Making sport accessible to all – how hard is it?

Royal visit
1News: Prince Charles, Camilla to visit New Zealand at end of year
Stuff: Prince Charles and Camilla to visit New Zealand for the third time

Other
Peter Dunne (Newsroom): Next year’s nailbiter of an election
Tony Wall (Stuff): Phosphate ship the Venture Pearl arrives in Tauranga after allegedly ‘hiding’ its destination
RNZ: Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security resigns
Emma Russell (Herald): Abortion debate: Woman told she’s ‘immoral and risking hellfire’
Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Warning for borrowers: Careful what you wish for on interest rates
1News: Older Kiwis particularly feeling effects of fluctuating interest rates
Gareth Vaughan (Interest): Big banks distance themselves from doubts they’ve fully complied with RBNZ outsourcing policy 
Jenée Tibshraeny (Interest): Robertson comes in to bat for the RBNZ against the Aussies… and a Kiwi
Stephen Forbes (Interest): Car loans among areas of Commerce Commission focus
Jessica Tyson (Māori TV): 38 years since Springbok tour protests
Katie Fitzgerald (Newshub): West Auckland ‘Burkini’ incident about sexism – Journalist
Jo Lines-MacKenzie (Stuff): Kiwis’ $42m funeral bill: dignified farewell doesn’t come cheap
Grant Bradley (Herald): Replacing Luxon: Inside the hunt for Air NZ’s new boss
Mark Jennings (Newsroom): MediaRoom: TV executive quits as reality hits Three
Denis Muller (The Conversation): Australian media watchdog’s report into Christchurch shootings goes soft on showing violent footage

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