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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.

Māori prison strategy, prisoner voting
1News: Kelvin Davis admits parts of prison system ‘extremely racist’
Tania Sawicki Mead (RNZ): ‘Treating people in prison with basic human respect should be a given’
Meriana Johnsen (RNZ): New Māori prison strategy revealed, pressure now on Corrections
Elena McPhee (ODT): ‘Fantastic’ Maori prison strategy welcomed
Anna Bracewell-Worrall (Newshub): Hope Māori-focused Corrections plan will deliver for families
Derek Cheng (Herald): New Corrections Māori strategy: Prison should not traumatise inmates more than loss of liberty
Collette Devlin (Stuff): Corrections’ new strategy to break cycle of Māori imprisonment and reoffending
Zane Small (Newshub): ‘Humanising’ prisoners: Strategy launched by Corrections to reduce Māori reoffending
Tema Hemi (Māori TV): Hōkai Rangi – designed to lower Māori incarceration and reoffending
Herald Editorial: Voting ban on prisoners is all stick, no carrot (paywalled)

Katie Fitzgerald and Hayley Jacobsen (Newshub): No need to change the law around prison mail – Graeme Edgeler
Derek Cheng (Herald): Govt eyes hate speech and online reach as reasons to block prisoner mail
Collette Devlin (Stuff): PM Jacinda Ardern says Cabinet will consider ‘digital age’ law change after Corrections letter botch-up
Sam Sacheva (Newsroom): Govt mulls law change after prisoner letter fiasco
Tova O’Brien (Newshub): Government considering law changes around inmates sending offensive letters
RNZ: Prison letters: Cabinet pushes ahead with law changes to Corrections Act
1News: Cabinet to discuss prison mail policies today, in wake of 4chan letter controversy
Craig McCulloch (RNZ): Prisoners’ mail: ‘The law could be made a little bit clearer’ – Corrections boss
Derek Cheng (Herald): Corrections sets up 0800 number and email but also wants stronger laws to stop prisoners’ mai
Collette Devlin (Stuff): Corrections sets up public helpline for unwanted prisoner mail
Zane Small (Newshub): Corrections sets up 0800 number to report unsolicited prisoner letters
Kiri Gillespie (Bay of Plenty Times): Department of Corrections ‘sorry’ for distress over Jason Reihana’s release (paywalled)
Liz Gordon (Daily Blog): Opening up our prison

Bruce Munro (ODT): Up to no good: What impact is lobbying having on public health?
Jamie Morton (Herald): Researchers reveal troubling gap facing NZ cancer survivors
1News: Cancer researchers to focus on inequities between Māori and non-Māori in New Zealand
Laura Walters (Newsroom): Govt cancer plan: ‘strong leadership’, early access to medicines
John Potter (Stuff): Hospitals should start cutting out meat from their menus
Nicholas Jones (Herald): DHBs act over controversial ‘premium’ room charges at rest homes (paywalled)
ISO: Solidarity with Nurses Organisation President Grant Brookes
Dubby Henry and Ben Leahy (Herald): Measles outbreak worse than 2011 as cases jump by a third in 10 days (paywalled)
Hannah Martin (Stuff): Measles outbreak largest in a decade, 51 new cases in Auckland at the weekend
RNZ: Measles cases on the rise, people urged to get vaccinated
Brittany Keogh and Caroline Williams (Stuff): Period shaming: Three in four Kiwi women say menstruation is stigmatised
Hannah Martin (Stuff): District Health Board psychologists vote for further strike action, will not accept new patients
Dave Macpherson (Daily Blog): End of dispute between Nicky Stevens’ family and Waikato DHB means a new phase of the mental health work starts
NIkki Preston (Herald): Skateboarding, bike or horse riding worst for serious head injuries in kids

Jo Moir (RNZ): PM on not visiting Ihumātao: ‘Crown not a party in negotiations’
Boris Jancic (Herald): Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern won’t visit Ihumātao ahead of march
Mark Quinlivan and Alistair Lynn (Newshub): Ihumātao protests: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern rules out visiting site before Thursday
1News: Ardern won’t rule out going to Ihumātao, but no visit this week
RNZ: Hikoi to Mt Albert, petition to urge PM Jacinda Ardern to visit Ihumātao
Teuila Fuatai (Herald): Ihumātao division leads to legal action among senior whānau leaders (paywalled)
G L Smith (Herald): Are we moving in the right direction on Ihumātao? (paywalled)
Vaimoana Tapaleao (Herald): All Black TJ Perenara visits Ihumātao and encourages others to do the same

Local government
Bryce Edwards (Herald): Political Roundup: Will more than a third vote in the local government elections? (paywalled)
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): I’m getting the same feeling about local elections I did with the Census
Southland Times Editorial: Local government – enough of the same-old same old
RNZ: Younger diverse range of kiwis make bid at local elections
Hayden Donnell (Spinoff): The invisible mayor: Phil Goff launches stealth campaign to keep his job
Dan Satherley (Newshub): 18-lane Auckland Harbour crossing virtually already funded – Tamihere
Stephen Forbes (Interest): Auckland Council says there would be economic and administrative issues with introducing a vacant land tax and questions whether it could be justified
Tom Hunt (Stuff): QC-led Shelly Bay review to cost ratepayers $180,000-plus
David Farrar: Lester helped by multiple challengers
Laurel Stowell (Whanganui Chronicle): Ruapehu hill-country farmer Richard Steele stands for Horizons
George Heagney ((Manawatū Standard): Council candidates want to improve city’s housing
Jono Galuszka (Manawatū Standard): Mayoral hopeful Maruna Engu committed public indecencies
Cherie Sivignon (Stuff): Hearing panel revises Port Tarakohe proposal after considering 162 submissions
Mary-Jo Tohill (Southland Times): New mayoral hopeful for Southland District comes forward
RNZ: Mayoralty campaign heats up in cold southern winter with record candidates

Southern Response, Canterbury quakes
Logan Church (RNZ): Checkpoint: Southern Response boss silent as calls for inquiry grow
Michael Hayward (Stuff): Gerry Brownlee says Southern Response ordered to behave in a ‘fair and reasonable manner’
Tina Law (Press): Plans to address earthquake issues in coastal Christchurch fall short, residents say

Foreign affairs
Paul Karp (Guardian): Visa character test change likely to make ‘bad situation worse’, New Zealand says
1News: Thanks for being a good sport’ – Jacinda Ardern wins Bledisloe Cup bet with Scott Morrison
James Fyfe (Newshub): Charities ask for New Zealanders’ help to get more Government funding for Syria

RNZ: Call for Australia to be cut from Pacific Forum over coal
RNZ: Pacific aid could lead to exploitation, academic warns
1News: ‘We’re getting to boiling point’ – Pacific rugby nations fed up with treatment of players and unwinnable financial battles
1News: John Campbell investigates: Odds stacked against Pacific minnows like Manu Samoa at Rugby World Cup

Environment and conservation
Paul Gorman (Stuff): Carbon dioxide-capturing pine forests could be nurseries for native trees in NZ
RNZ: Drones wanted in fight to protect Māui dolphins
RNZ: Arguments for and against Māui and Hector’s dolphin protection plan
Boris Jancic (Herald): Outrageous Fortune’s Robyn Malcolm calls for help for Māui dolphin
Heather McCarron (Newshub): Petition calls for better protection of Māui dolphins
RNZ: Kākāpō face space limitations as population tops 200
1News: Nearly 75,000 native trees, shrubs to be planted on Auckland’s volcanic cones
Stuff: ‘Very rare’ shrub found in Rotorua forest

Primary industries
RNZ: Farmers, vets, environmentalists and scientists on winter grazing taskforce
Brent Melville (ODT): Environmental campaigner appointed to grazing task force
Rachael Kelly (Southland Times):MP Hamish Walker critical of environmentalist appointment to Government winter grazing taskforce
Gerald Piddock (Stuff): Farmers furious at Australian animal rights activists publishing addresses and location on map
Tracy Neal (RNZ): Log price war and protected economies hurting NZ’s wood processors
Liam Hehir (Stuff): The science of climate and its discontents
ODT Editorial: GM laws must be re-engineered
Brent Melville (ODT): Call for revamp of GM rules

Christchurch terror attacks schools lockdown
John Gerritsen (RNZ): Schools thought Christchurch terror attacks lockdown order was a hoax
1News: Confusion, delays in schools lockdown amid Christchurch terrorist attack, report finds
Dominic Harris (Press): Schools’ lockdown during Christchurch terror attack ‘hindered’
Mark Quinlivan (Newshub): Parents assaulting staff, lack of communication among weaknesses identified in school lockdown review

Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Even wealthiest households get Government handouts
1News: Beneficiaries failing drugs tests still hit with sanctions

Stuff: Winston Peters off Parliament for a week to recover from an operation on his leg
Herald: Deputy PM Winston Peters set to recover from old rugby injury; missing a week of Parliament
Zane Small (Newshub): Green MP Chlöe Swarbrick ‘frequently thinks about leaving Parliament’

National Party
Thomas Coughlan (Stuff): National’s ‘desperate’ attack ads to be investigated by Advertising Standards Authority
David Cormack (Herald): Entry of the Gladiators (paywalled)

Royal Commission into abuse in state care
Katie Scotcher (RNZ): Royal Commission hearing: Churches consider dropping confidentiality agreements
Josephine Franks (Stuff): State care abuse not just ‘historical’, inquiry told

Simon Collins (Herald): Phonics debate: Ministry of Education says it is not a U-turn on reading
1New: School principals to reveal today whether they’ll accept Government’s latest pay offer
Rob Kidd (ODT): Parents fined for failing to get lethargic son to attend school: ‘He refuses to get up’

Tim Murphy (Newsroom): StuffMe 2: the return of the beast
Herald: Eight journalists sought as part of $1 million pilot scheme
Ruby Macandrew (Stuff): Regional reporting gets a leg up with $1m made available to hire eight new reporters
Anna Rawhiti-Connell (Newsroom): No way back from media’s forbidden fruit

Anna Leask (Herald): Cash for convictions: Police offer more than $1.65 million in reward money (paywalled)
Hawkes Bay Today: Bribe or gift? Items Bay police had to say ‘thank you, but no thank you’ to

Shamubeel Eaqub (Herald): The case for lower speeds in city centre (paywalled)
Damian George (Dominion Post): Wellington commuters’ confidence in region’s public transport plummets
Alex Braae (Spinoff): Shrink time, not space: How trains could revitalise the regions
Cath Gilmore (Newsroom): Queenstown and Wanaka unite: no more noisy jets

Jessie Chiang (RNZ): Concerns new guidelines for landlords won’t protect tenants
Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Property managers told not to go through prospective tenants’ bank statements
Lana Andelane (Newshub): Landlords, property managers told not to go through potential tenants’ bank statements
Stuff: Housing New Zealand property a drug den, neighbour believes
Mike Yardley (Stuff): Christchurch police failed to act over drug house
Phil Pennington (RNZ): Upper Hutt residents oppose new housing due to flooding fears

Oranga Tamariki
Andrew McRae (RNZ): Māori families ‘feel as if they don’t rate’, hui on Oranga Tamariki inquiry hears
Libby Wilson (Stuff): Māori leaders launch inquiry into tamariki being taken from their whānau
Adam Hollingworth (Newshub): Oranga Tamariki: ‘Listening posts’ for families to detail their social work experiences launched as part of inquiry
Florence Kerr (stuff): Abused and suffering in the care of Oranga Tamariki: Karisma Emery’s story

Chris Fowlie (Daily Blog): The only cannabis poll that counts is the Referendum itself
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): The slumping failure of the cannabis reform movement in NZ

Economy, monetary policy
RNZ: NZ will keep ‘head above water’ amid recession fears
Jenée Tibshraeny (Interest): RBNZ publishes the analysis behind its view that OCR cuts remain effective

RNZ: Government report urges support for gaming and interactives industry
Amber-Leigh Woolf (Stuff): Fund to help boost NZ’s fast growing interactive media industry sought
1News: Video game developers say they desperately need more support from Government

Nelson Club
Charles Anderson (Neslon Weekly): Nelson Club members gagged after ‘racism’ allegations
Hannah Bartlett (Stuff): Nelson Club member who made racist comments keeps his membership

Rob Stock (Stuff): BNZ whistleblower says bank is still driven by sales targets
Max Towle (RNZ): Taking a spin: More New Zealanders pouring money into online gambling
Heta Gardiner (Māori TV): Whānau Ora providers accuse Māori MPs of failing their people
Chris Trotter (Daily Blog): Real Fascists Don’t Use Swastikas
Collette Devlin (Stuff): New rules aim to stamp out inappropriate workplace behaviour for public servants
Marc Daalder (Newsroom): All eyes on Commerce Commission’s fuel study
James Perry (Māori TV): Sports stars finding their voices on issues
Nick Truebridge (Stuff): Former Conservative Party leader Colin Craig back in court to defend defamation lawsuit
Chloe Ranford (Stuff): Look who’s talking: Ngāti Kuia
Chris Keall (Herald):Consultant to PM’s department promotes 5G conspiracy theories (paywalled)
Chloe Ranford (Stuff): Submitters want partial freedom camping ban at Kaikōura surf break
Donna-Lee Biddle (Stuff): Raglan campervan killing: Shooting shatters ‘Safe NZ’
Kendall Hutt (Stuff): Ex-police inspector appointed SPCA’s new inspectorate general manager
ODT: Adjustment pains of IRD’s new system costs taxpayer trust
Giacomo Lichtner (Stuff): Is poor awareness of the Holocaust just the tip of the iceberg?
Alexis Carey:Advertisers desert shock jock’s show over Jacinda Ardern comments
Jamie Ensor (Newshub): Jacinda Ardern reveals the best way of getting revenge on Alan Jones after controversial comments