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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.

Today’s content by Dr Bryce Edwards.

Euthanasia
Henry Cooke (Stuff): David Seymour narrows euthanasia bill to only cover patients with 6 months to live
Boris Jancic (Herald): Euthanasia bill moves forward despite fierce opposition in Parliament
Jamie Ensor (Newshub): Euthanasia eligibility changes made in David Seymour’s End of Life Choice Bill
1News: Louisa Wall weeps during euthanasia speech as she touches on family member’s terminal illness
Henry Cooke (Stuff): Euthanasia bill’s amendment-laden journey through Parliament
Zane Small and Jenna Lynch (Newshub): End of Life Choice Bill: MPs debate who should be eligible under proposed euthanasia law
Jo Moir and Craig McCulloch (RNZ): MPs debate euthanasia bill in Parliament
Boris Jancic (Herald): Euthanasia critics look to drag out battle in Parliament
Anna Whyte (1News): Seymour’s proposed euthanasia changes bring Greens onboard but opponents not convinced
Jamie Ensor (Newshub): Act leader David Seymour praises Winston Peters’ cooperation ahead of potential euthanasia Bill changes
Tema Hemi (Māori TV): MPs mull amendments to the End of Life Choice Bill
No Right Turn: Member’s Day: End of Life Choice

Ihumātao
Wayne Mapp (Herald): Jacinda Ardern has too much to lose at Ihumātao (paywalled)
Leigh-Marama McLachlan (RNZ): King Tūheitia to visit Ihumātao protest site
Michael Neilson (Herald): Ihumātao: United Nations human rights body raises ‘concerns’ over Government approach, Māori consultation
Leigh-Marama McLachlan (RNZ): Ihumātao: Māori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta meets SOUL co-founder
Michael Neilson (Herald): ‘PM deeply involved’: Māori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta to meet SOUL leader Pania Newton over Ihumātao dispute
Leonie Hayden and Don Rowe (Spinoff): The occupation of Ihumātao: week one
Pattrick Smellie (Herald): Corporates offer key to deadlock at Ihumātao (paywalled)
Ted Dawe (Herald): Ihumātao is about respecting our past
Glen McConnell (Stuff): Ihumātao is a watershed moment for this generation, it cannot be ignored
RNZ: Simon Bridges accuses PM of ‘bad error of judgement’ over Ihumātao
Te Aniwa Hurihanganu (RNZ): Ihumātao protest: Kaimahi ‘do what needs to be done’
Eleanor Ainge Roy (Guardian): New Zealand rocked by Māori protests on child removals and use of sacred land
Peter McKenzie (Spinoff): How art and technology mobilised an army of support for Ihumātao

Water
Derek Cheng (Herald): Government sets out new plans for water management and regulation
1News: Government to create ‘dedicated watchdog’ to regulate water quality
Amber-Leigh Woolf (Stuff): Government approves drinking water watchdog in response to Havelock North campylobacter outbreak
RNZ: New govt regulator to have ‘final say’ on safe drinking water
Richard Harman (Politik): The huge water bill
Anusha Bradley (RNZ): Havelock North residents unconvinced by new water management agency
Dominic Harris (Press): Christchurch faces mandatory chlorination under new government-led water agency
Jono Edwards (ODT): Failures in meeting standards on drinking water vex Laws

Education
Katie Fitzgerald (Newshub): China’s ‘request’ to shut down AUT event could have been an order – academic
Herald Editorial: China’s silencing of dissent unwelcome (paywalled)
Laura Walters (Newsroom): Student visa delays cost polytechs $70m
Logan Savory (Southland Times): SIT chief executive Penny Simmonds hopeful of positive announcement
Steven Joyce (Herald): Hold on to our apprenticeship system (paywalled)
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Derek Cheng (Herald): Education Minister’s ‘wide’ power on school donation exemptions
Simon Collins (Herald): Ministry of Education paid 1776 teachers below minimum wage
1News: Nearly 1800 teachers paid less than minimum wage, most now back-paid
Josephine Franks (Stuff): School board chairs take out full-page ad in support of principals
Katie Fitzgerald and Hayley Jacobsen (Newshub): Board of Trustees chairs pen open letter to Government over principals’ pay
1News: More than 700 board of trustees chairs back primary school principals in pay dispute
RNZ: Open letter by primary school boards back principals’ pay demand
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Marty Sharpe (Stuff): Parents can handle coroner’s criticism: They’re just want to see other children kept safe
Marty Sharpe and Katarina Williams (Stuff):Walking group calls for coroner to be censured over comments about children walking to school
Herald: Coroner’s decision sparks debate: Should adults accompany kids walking to school?
Marty Sharpe (Stuff): Principal of Carla Neems says plenty of his pupils walk to school without an adult
Dave Armstrong (Dominion Post): Walking to school used to be part of the Kiwi way of life, and it should be again
Emily Writes (Spinoff): The coroner was meant to explain a tragedy. Instead, he compounded it
Stuff: Parents divided on what age children should be allowed to walk to school alone

Five Eyes
Stuff:‘Five Eyes’ nations discuss giving police secret access to WhatsApp messages
Reuters: Five Eyes, including New Zealand, calls for law enforcement access to encrypted data
RNZ: Five Eyes partners increase pressure on social media companies

Peter Ellis appeal
Press Editorial:It’s now or never for Peter Ellis
Sam Hurley (Herald): Supreme Court to hear Peter Ellis’ case as he fights to clear his name
1News: Peter Ellis granted leave for new appeal
RNZ: Peter Ellis granted leave to appeal case to Supreme Court
1News: As dying Peter Ellis appeals convictions again, court should consider ‘moral panic’ of the ’90s, ex-lawyer says
Stuff: Peter Ellis is a step closer to getting dying wish to clear his name

Foreign Affairs
1News: Winston Peters thanks Asian nations for ‘humbling’ words of support after Christchurch terrorist attacks
Audrey Young (Herald): Trade Minister David Parker meets Britain’s new trade minister Liz Truss
Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB):It’s time we showed some mettle with our Australian neighbours
RNZ: Australia’s new visa rules ‘will lead to a lot more angst’
RNZ: NZ govt defends PM’s Tokelau visit
RNZ: Tokelau comments show ignorance and divisiveness – Aupito
Christine Rovoi (RNZ): NZ’s drug issues fuelling problems in Pacific, warns expert

Transport
Georgina Campbell (Herald): Division over calls to release secret Let’s Get Wellington Moving letter
Felix Desmarais (Stuff): National MP Chris Bishop demands release of Lets Get Wellington Moving letter
Georgina Campbell (Herald):Julie Anne Genter grilled over Let’s Get Wellington Moving letter
Phil Pennington (RNZ): Questions raised over how NZTA protects sensitive information
Robert McLachlan (The Conversation): New Zealand poised to introduce clean car standards and incentives to cut emissions

State care of children, Oranga Tamariki
David Fisher (Herald): Those investigating claims of children abused in state care have ‘hundreds’ of names of alleged perpetrators (paywalled)
Tema Hemi (Māori TV): MPs welcome new operation model for Oranga Tamariki

Maternity care
1News: Government votes against inquiry into Lumsden Maternity Centre downgrade
Rachael Kelly (Southland Times): Government MPs say no to independent inquiry over Lumsden Maternity
Mike Houlahan (ODT): Bid for Lumsden Maternity Centre inquiry fails
RNZ: Lumsden Maternity decision inquiry bid fails at select committee
Pam Jones (ODT): Midwife wants to show PM
Michelle Duff (Stuff): The last midwife, and the first babies born in the world

Health
Simon Wilson (Herald): The trouble with National’s cancer plan (paywalled)
Gil Barbezat (ODT): Colorectal cancer care: are the politicians actually listening?
Brittany Keogh (Stuff): New doctors’ cancer education, training worse than 20 years ago: study
Mike Houlahan (ODT): Waiting list for radiation oncology treatment at the Southern DHB on decline
Zane Small (Newshub): Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer confirms health ministry didn’t take up extra vaccines offer for Northland
Mike Houlahan (ODT): Appointment of support locum neurosurgeon delayed
Kelley Tantau (Stuff): Hauraki Rail Trail included in council’s vapefree, smokefree policy
Rino Tirikatene (Southland Times): Don’t mainstream Māori mental health service, SDHB
Ruth Nichol (Listener): Why is NZ’s infant death rate still so comparatively high?

Primary and extractive industries
Jamie Morton (Herald): NZ genetic engineering laws ‘old and tired’, top scientist says
Eric Frykberg (RNZ): New Zealand must learn to talk about ‘evolving technologies’ – Sir Peter Gluckman
Mitch McCann (Newshub): Spot testing of Northland kiwifruit orchards for toxic chemical spray Hi-Cane
Luisa Girao (ODT): Intensive grazing in winter under examination
Luisa Girao (ODT): Feds largely support plan but seek consent rule change
Maja Burry (RNZ):Federated Farmers quest for ‘fair labelling’ of plant-based products: ‘Call it almond juice’
Elena McPhee (ODT):Plaman withdraws; maar still vulnerable
Farah Hancock (Newsroom):Future still uncertain for Foulden Maar’s fossils
Elena McPhee (ODT): Application to purchase land for mine withdrawn
RNZ: Plaman dumps mining plan for Foulden Maar crater lake
Jono Edwards (ODT): Opponents stymied at Dunedin oil and gas hearing
RNZ: Zero Carbon Bill targets ‘unachievable’ – retiring National MP
No Right Turn: Climate Change: No magic required
Jamie Mackay (Herald): National farming spokesman Todd Muller: Why Labour Government is not delivering (paywalled)
Henry Cooke (Stuff): Government pushed to accept methane ‘silver bullet’ for NZ dairy farming emissions

Environment
1News: ‘Put aside silly politics and act’ – Chlöe Swarbrick urges climate emergency declaration
Thomas Coughlan (Newsroom): Industrial emitters will pay more for emissions, eventually
No Right Turn: Climate Change: Subsidising pollution forever
Vince Dravitzki (Stuff): Most private cars would go in my radical plan to urgently cut emissions
Kelley Tantau (Stuff): Hauraki District Council opt to acknowledge ‘climate urgency’ not emergency
Tim Miller (ODT): Council votes to incentivise use of low-emission vehicles
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Converting three Fonterra factories to gas could save 100,000 tonnes of carbon emissions
Saeid Baroutian (Newsroom): Healthcare’s massive carbon footprint
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Emma Hatton (RNZ): Residents oppose planned water-bottling operation in Petone
Nikki Preston (Herald): DOC and Motutapu Farms seeking diversion for burying cows on heritage site (paywalled)
Lois Williams (RNZ): Is it a log – or is it art?
Eloise Gibson (Newsroom): Does ‘compostable’ plastic really break down?
Anna Whyte (1News): In first month of plastic bag ban, 178 reports of businesses breaking the rules

National Party
Hearld: Invercargill MP Sarah Dowie won’t be charged over ‘you deserve to die’ message to Jami-Lee Ross
1News: MP Sarah Dowie cleared after police investigation into text to Jami-Lee Ross
Zane Small (Newshub): No charge for National MP Sarah Dowie over text to Jami-Lee Ross
RNZ: No charges against MP Sarah Dowie over Jami-Lee Ross text
Thomas Coughlan (Stuff): No charges for Sarah Dowie in relation to text
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Duncan Garner (Newshub): Simon Bridges isn’t looking like a future Prime Minister
Tim Newman (Nelson Mail): Air New Zealand chief executive Christopher Luxon keeping mum on political speculation
RNZ: Luxon staying silent on preferred prime minister poll result

Greens
Mike Houlahan (ODT): Greens aim to boost Dunedin support
David Farrar: How the female Green MPs are going to get screwed over by their gender quota rules

Local government
Blair Ensor (Stuff): Appointment of Crown observer to Westland District Council a ‘political nonsense’ – mayor Bruce Smith
RNZ: Westland District Council in the dark over allegations of wrongdoing
Todd Niall (Stuff): Should you read Auckland Council’s pre-election report?
Samantha Gee (Nelson Mail): Different voting systems confuse Nelson voters says DHB
Tom Hunt (Stuff): Speed cameras, red light cameras … now parking cameras for Wellington
Justin Lester (Dominion Post):I want our central library back as much as anyone
Tina Law (Press): Lianne Dalziel confirms bid for third term as Christchurch mayor
Matt Rilkoff (Taranaki Daily News): He says it like he sees it, but Murray Chong sees things very differently to most
Leighton Keith (Taranaki Daily News): Councillor accused of harassment after being issued with parking ticket
Denise Piper (Stuff): Children of Whangārei District councillors to get ratepayer-funded childcare

Immigration, refugees
Robin Martin (RNZ): Meeting halted after iwi leader says city not ready for refugees
Kate Nicol-Williams (1News): Immigration sting finds 38 foreigners illegally employed as sex workers across New Zealand
Richard Davidson (ODT): Lawyers and MPs put their weight behind family

Housing
1News: Kiwis, not migrants, putting pressure on NZ house prices, new research finds
David Hargreaves (Interest): ‘Kiwis push up house prices more than migrants’
Shiban Hyde (Hawkes Bay Today): ‘Never again’: Mum and two toddlers sleep in Napier park after emergency housing denied (paywalled)
Regan Paranihi (Māori TV): Population increase sees more challenges for Northland

Parliament
Brent Edwards (NBR): Coalition, National at loggerheads over electoral law (paywalled)
Sandeep Singh (RNZ): Should New Zealand do away with a three-year parliamentary term?
No Right Turn: Denial of real choice
Alan Keynon (1News): ‘Good tie!’ Judith Collins and Speaker share banter over his fashion in Parliament
David Farrar: Identity politics friendly fire

Employment
Frank Greenall (Herald): Sleepyhead’s workers’ village – When wasn’t enhancing the health and wealth of your workforce not great for business? (paywalled)
1News:Employment Relations Authority slams Subway chain after Northland franchise fined for worker exploitation
Gill Bonnett (RNZ): Subway’s ‘baffling’ lack of oversight of employment standards
Kim Baker Wilson (1News): Auckland retail workers storm major mall as they demand better pay
RNZ: Hundreds of retail workers rally for living wage at St Lukes mall

Christchurch mosque attack
David Williams (Newsroom): Terror on TV news: Lessons from Australia
Tina Law (Press): Government help for Linwood businesses impacted by mosque shooting falls short
Jordan Oppert (1News): Man pleads guilty to having banned Christchurch terrorist attack video
David Clarkson (stuff): Man in Trump shirt sentenced for abuse outside Christchurch mosque

Business
RNZ: Business operators more pessimistic
RNZ: More women at board tables, but fewer executives

Other
Claire Trevett (Herald): Simon Bridges’ ‘part-time PM’ jibe about Jacinda Ardern a lesson all round (paywalled)
Ollie Neas (Spinoff): Spying on Earth: Rocket Lab’s payloads get more and more interesting
Marc Daalder (Newsroom): Government backtrack on rate caps criticised
Brent Edwards (NBR): Complaints body wants tougher enforcement of predatory lending (paywalled)
Gordon Campbell: On the two public inquiries at odds over the need for shutting out the public
Derek Cheng (Herald): Govt looks to regulate online gambling with overseas provide
Luke Appleby (1News): Corrections find the phone inmates used to live stream sparring session inside Auckland’s Paremoremo prison
1News: Jacinda Ardern labelled ‘masterful’ by US Democratic candidate during debate
Jason Walls (Herald): Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern labelled ‘masterful’ by US Presidential candidate
Stuff: US presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg uses Jacinda Ardern as age example during debate
1News: New Zealand in ‘a little bit of a crisis around animal welfare’, rescue group says
1News: New Zealanders’ demand for vets seriously outstripping supply
Anneke Smith (RNZ): Govt funding for extra security measures in dairies leads to reduction in reported robberies
RNZ: David Tokohau Samuels named new Te Puni Kōkiri chief exec
Guy Williams (ODT): Boom over for tourism, CEO warns
James Nokise (RNZ): Marilyn Waring on her time in Parliament: ‘I wasn’t able to stomach the place’ (paywalled)
1News: A near-zero Official Cash Rate could spell good news for home buyers
Chloe Ranford (Stuff): Fly My Pretties to headline Tuia 250 commemorations in Picton
Jean Balchin (ODT): Social media enabling broader participation in group activism