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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.

Prisoner voting ban
Jo Moir (RNZ): NZ First tightlipped on prisoners’ voting rights
Derek Cheng (Herald): Jacinda Ardern against blanket right to vote for all prisoners
Dan Satherley (Newshub): Restoring prisoners’ right to vote still not a priority – Andrew Little
1News: Human rights lawyer, ex-inmate urge Government to give prisoners back the right to vote
Gordon Campbell: On NZF’s ability to maintain the ban on prisoner voting
Southland Times Editorial: Prisoner voting: the legal case advances; public sentiment not so much
1News: ‘It’s basic and right’ that NZ prisoners shouldn’t be allowed to vote, say Simon Bridges
Collette Devlin (Stuff): National Leader Simon Bridges pledges to oppose any changes on prisoner voting ban
Derek Cheng (Herald): National won’t support granting prisoners voting rights
David Farrar: Labour wants prisoners voting
No Right Turn: National’s prisoner voting ban breaches the Treaty

Sophie Bateman (Newshub): New Zealand ranks last in OECD for medicine access
Hannah Martin (Stuff): New Zealand’s access to funded medicines ‘well behind the rest of the world’ – report
Marty Sharpe, Ruby Macandrew and Felix Desmarais (Stuff): Major report into reducing alcohol harm ignored for almost a decade
RNZ: Sick to Death: Why the New Zealand health system is failing Māori 
Jess McAllen (Newsroom): Labour’s wellbeing problem
Dubby Henry (Herald): Nursing ‘crisis’: 208 nurses needed at Counties Manukau DHB (paywalled)
RNZ: Junior doctors settle long employment row with district health boards
Vita Molyneux (Newshub): Junior doctors resolve employment conflict with district health boards
Damian Rowe (Stuff): Allied Health and nursing staff in rural Southland seeking pay equity
1News: Waikato Hospital ‘almost gridlocked’, patients turned away
Ellen O’Dwyer (Stuff): New boss says Waikato DHB should be a ‘civic leader’
Mike Houlahan (ODT): Cull up for ‘daunting’ SDHB challenge

Labour Party
Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): ‘Process underway’ a convenient shield for Labour Party to hide behind
Jamie Ensor and Heather McCarron (Newshub): Appeal process for alleged Labour Party staffer victims may be too little, too late – victims’ advocate
Craig McCulloch (RNZ): Labour Party members allowed right to appeal investigation
Derek Cheng (Herald): Complainants into Labour Party bullying and intimidation granted appeal
Lana Andelane (Newshub): Labour to establish independent appeal process for alleged victims of senior staffer
1News: Labour to establish independent appeal process for complainants
Liam Hehir (Stuff): Caution warranted in dealing with misconduct claims

Child welfare
Jehan Casinader (1News): ‘I’ve seen the dark sides of this country’ – Oranga Tamariki social workers describe working on the frontline
Andrew Dickens (Newstalk ZB): Finally we are seeing the full story around Oranga Tamariki uplifts

Genetic engineering
Richard Harman (Politik): Time for the Jean Genies
Jamie Morton (Herald): Strongest call yet for overhaul of ‘outdated’ genetic engineering laws (paywalled)
Amber-Leigh Woolf (Stuff): New Zealand needs to consider allowing gene editing technology to eradicate pests, scientists say
Farah Hancock (Newsroom): Our GE legislation due for an overhaul
1News: New Zealand’s gene editing laws need an overhaul, expert panel says

Chris Trotter (Interest): A Brutal, But Inescapable, Truth
Lauren Paddy (Newshub): Government’s waterways plan misses the mark – Mike Joy
RNZ: Kaipara Harbour cleanup fund a start, but it’s a big job
Skara Bohny (Stuff): World on the ‘cusp’ but action still possible, climate scientist
Stuff: Hamilton City councillors’ climate views ‘complete rubbish’ says scientist
1News: ‘The new normal’: DOC official says climate change makes repeat of Fox River event likely
Mia Sutherland (Stuff): We will be striking again for climate change
Steve Urlich (Stuff): New biodiversity strategy throws up conundrums for protecting nature

Primary industries
Stuff:Jacinda Ardern: New Zealand has ‘potential’ to be 100 per cent clean and green
Eric Frykberg (RNZ): ‘Metropolitan-based power culture’ targeting fishing industry – Jones
Jamie Gray (Herald): Billion trees backlash – Shane Jones on the defensive (paywalled)
Rachael Kelly and Damian Rowe (Stuff): Environment Southland’s Phillips won’t resign over Southland winter grazing
Maja Burry (RNZ): Climate policy impact biggest concern – Federated Farmers survey
Hawkes Bay Today: Hawke’s Bay apple industry building 1500 new beds for RSE workers

Jason Walls (Herald): NZ First’s Shane Jones takes yet another swing at dairy giant Fonterra (paywalled)
Duncan Bridgeman (Herald): Fonterra must axe absurd incentives as Spierings payout looms (paywalled)
Maria Slade (Spinoff): Cheat Sheet: Why Fonterra has taken a massive financial hit
Gerard Hutching (Stuff): Fonterra’s ‘skeletons uncovered’ as it predicts loss of $590-675m for year
AAP: ‘Farmers and unit holders will be rightly frustrated’ – Fonterra signals massive loss
Gyles Beckford (RNZ): Fonterra forecasts up to $675m loss for year
David Hargreaves (Interest): Fonterra to make huge loss – no dividend
Brent Melville (ODT): Adjustments spur $675m Fonterra loss
Andrew McRae (RNZ): Fonterra needs to be asked the hard questions – farmer

Craig McCulloch (RNZ): Minister cautions Huawei against ‘heavying’ NZ government
Newstalk ZB: Huawei tells Government they may leave NZ if they can’t provide 5G
Chris Keall (Herald): Leaked letter reveals Huawei threat to pull out of NZ
RNZ: Huawei warns govt it may pull out of New Zealand

Richard Harman (Politik): Did the PM say too much
Zane Small (Newshub): PM Jacinda Ardern insists economy is in ‘good shape’ despite skill-shortage woes
Brent Edwards (NBR): Economist urges government infrastructure spending (paywalled)
1News: Reserve Bank Governor warns against putting money into high-risk ‘duds’ as bank deposit rates low
David Hargreaves (Interest): New RBNZ figures show high debt-to-income levels – but falling
John Highton (ODT): Failing system becoming more bizzare

Phil Pennington (RNZ): Taxpayers hit from govt partnership with US videogame maker Machine Zone
1News: Privacy Commissioner would be ‘very worried’ if Auckland Transport introduces facial recognition technology in cameras
RNZ: Privacy Commissioner in dark over advanced CCTV plan for Auckland
Sophie Bateman (Newshub): Auckland Transport’s new CCTV system could give city thousands more cameras
Damian George (Stuff): Tranzurban cuts 25 bus services to take Wellington’s planned daily cancellations to 46
David Farrar: Why the claims Genter just used the wrong letterhead are pitiful
Dan Satherley (Newshub): Call for WOF checks to be every six months
1News: Mechanic wants older cars inspected more often, says WOF system is dangerous
RNZ: KiwiRail launches ‘memorials’ for near misses
Mark Quinlivan (Newshub): KiwiRail releases footage of horrifying near-misses with trains as Rail Safety Week commences
1News: Shocking video shows Kiwis nearly being hit by trains as authorities urge people to pay attention at crossings
1News: ‘How lucky they were’ – mum joins calls for rail crossing safety after son nearly killed
1News: Auckland train lines to get 15 additional safety gates in bid to ‘save lives’
Michael Cropp (RNZ): Civil Aviation Authority misled public on inspector numbers – report
RNZ: Dunedin adds security body scanners for domestic flights
1News: Shane Jones ‘almost got run off the road’ to Tauranga to make funding announcement

International relations, Pacific Islands Forum, trade
Jamie Tahana (RNZ): Frank talk and the two C’s: What to watch for at this week’s Pacific Forum
RNZ: Fiji challenges Australia on climate change and coal
RNZ: Australia to fund big Pacific renewable energy, climate change package
RNZ: The Detail: The Pacific’s plastic catastrophe
Maire Leadbeater (Herald): West Papua must be on the agenda at the Pacific Islands Forum (paywalled)
David Williams (Newsroom): Why NZ needs a re-think on Antarctica
1News: Free trade agreement, climate change discussed as Ardern congratulates Johnson

Peter Ellis appeal
Martin van Beynen (Stuff): Possibility Peter Ellis’ appeal could go ahead even if he dies
Herald; Peter Ellis hopes to clear his name, and live to see the results

Local government
Peter McKenzie (Newsroom): Time to rein in the cash in local politics?
RNZ: Two-horse race: Candidates Tamihere and Goff go head-to-head in debate
Todd Niall (Stuff): John Palino withdraws from Auckland mayoral race
Herald: John Palino exits Auckland mayoral race, backs John Tamihere
Georgina Campbell (Herald): Councillor Diane Calvert announces Wellington mayoral bid
​Patrick Barrett (Stuff): Council polling day in cross hairs for young Hamilton voters
Virginia Fallon (Stuff): Kāpiti councillor fired for indecent assault in June, standing again in October elections

Joel MacManus (Stuff): Why a pastor who abused children served half as much prison time as a low-level cannabis dealer
Edward Gay (Stuff): Teenage sportsman spared jail after admitting sex attacks on two girls

Katie Fitzgerald (Newshub): Ihumātao protest: Solution not as straightforward as Simon Bridges thinks – Jacinda Ardern
Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): As Government panics about Ihumātao, Simon Bridges starts to look prime ministerial
Michael Neilson (Herald): ‘We are already home’: Ihumātao group responds to Simon Bridges’ comments
Zane Small (Newshub):If Simon Bridges was Prime Minister: ‘I would do three things’ to fix Ihumātao standoff
Derek Cheng (Herald): Simon Bridges says some Ihumātao protesters have ‘nothing better to do’
1News: Ihumātao protest leader Pania Newton courted by several political parties
Prue Kapua (Herald): Who is to blame for Ihumātao (paywalled)
Zane Small (Newshub): ‘I’m not racist’: Hone Harawira defends comments on police at Ihumātao as Simon Bridges labels them ‘disgusting’
RNZ: Occupiers at Ihumātao remain strong in mud, rain and wind
TVNZ: Marae: ‘Being here makes me feel more Māori’ – the night shift at Ihumātao

NBR Rich LIst 
NBR: NBR Rich List breaks through $10 billion (paywalled)
Owen Poland (NBR): NBR Rich List 2019: Why property is still king (paywalled)
Fiona Rotherham (NBR): NBR Rich List 2019: Why so few women? (paywalled)
NBR: NBR Rich List 2019: How New Zealand benefits (paywalled)
Alex Braae (Spinoff): Ten takeaways from the NBR Rich List for 2019
Herald: Who’s NZ’s newest billionaire? 2019 NBR Rich List out today: Newcomers, whose fortunes are up and down
1News: NBR Rich List sees toy tycoons hit spot number five, grow wealth by $2 billion

Nicholas Boyack (Stuff):Housing New Zealand is finally building on vacant land in Lower Hutt
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Nearly half of Auckland first-home buyers have debts that make RBNZ sit up
Ashley Church (Herald): Do urban growth boundaries hold up land prices?
Herald: Manurewa homeless: MP urges businesses to work with social services

Employment, training
Herald: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern unveils new employment plan
Thomas Coughlan (Stuff): National attacks ‘all talk and no action’ education plan

Liam Sloan (Stuff): New direction for training aligns well with NMIT’s industry and sector connections, CEO says
ODT: Polytechnic boss to see out changes
Leigh-Marama McLachlan (RNZ): Exclusive top Māori language academy comes to an end

Audrey Young (Herald): Does Jacinda Ardern take more overseas trips than other Prime Ministers? (paywalled)
Grant Christie (Newsroom): University of Auckland: Cannabis legalisation … OK idea, bad timing
Logan Church (RNZ): Checkpoint: Controversial state owned insurer Southern Response to be wound up by end of year
1News: Chloride in drinking water ‘certainly not the answer in Christchurch’ – mayor
David Cormack (Herald): Abortion reform and a failure of leadership (paywalled)
Laura Dooney (RNZ): Plans for Te Papa branch in South Auckland canned
Eleanor Ainge Roy (Guardian): New Zealand gun buyback: 10,000 firearms returned after Christchurch attack
Katie Scotcher (RNZ): Royal Commission funds Islamic Women’s Council’s legal representation
RNZ: Families settle with Ministry over disabled care pay
Herald Editorial: Child arrests an absurd blight on our society (paywalled)
1News: ‘Support Women’s Sport Basin Reserve’ campaign lacks support as deadline looms
Kathy Errington (Spinoff): I used to believe internet freedom was all. Christchurch and El Paso changed that
Dave Armstrong (Dominion Post): Ripped-off hospitality workers need to get more militant
Sam Sherwood (Stuff): Police officer failed to contact Interpol when allowing mother to abduct child