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New Zealand Parliament Buildings, Wellington, New Zealand.

Today’s content by Dr Bryce Edwards.

Delphine Herbert and Dan Satherley (Newshub): Tainui to buy Ihumātao land – sources
Danielle Clent (Stuff): Ihumātao: Protest leader Pania Newton questions reports Tainui is set to buy land
RNZ: Reports of Tainui buying Ihumātao is speculation – Pania Newton
Simon Wilson (Herald): Why hasn’t Jacinda Ardern been to Ihumātao? (paywalled)
Perry Wilton and Dan Satherley (Newshub): Ihumātao protest won’t ‘simply fade away’ – historian
Herald: ‘They have been heard’: Jacinda Ardern denies snubbing Ihumātao march
Dan Satherley (Newshub): Ihumātao ‘isn’t a Treaty issue’ – protest leader Pania Newton
Morgan Godfery: John Tamihere attacks government over Ihumātao “lie”
1News: Tamariki present 26,000-strong petition calling for Jacinda Ardern to visit Ihumātao
Heta Gardiner (Māori TV): Ihumātao petition presented to PM’s Electorate office
Alex Perrottet and Meriana Johnsen (RNZ):Ihumātao hīkoi: Hundreds march in rain to Ardern’s office
Dan Satherley (Newshub): Ihumātao hīkoi should be to Tainui, not Jacinda Ardern’s office – former Treaty Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson
1News: Ihumātao protestors picket Ardern’s electorate office calling for her to visit site
Charles Anderson (Guardian): Hundreds of protesters march on Jacinda Ardern’s office over Māori land dispute
Newshub: As it happened: Ihumātao protesters hīkoi to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s office
Leonie Hayden (Spinoff): A damp hīkoi with high spirits
Duncan Garner (Newshub): Pania Newton is astonishing, a real hero
1News: ‘They should keep on walking’ – Paula Bennett calls time on Ihumātao protest

Tobacco company funding for smoking researcher
Jo Moir (RNZ): Speaker to look into conflict of interest in law submissions
1News: Marewa Glover hits back after being labelled mouthpiece for tobacco companies
Zane Small (Newshub): Smoking researcher Marewa Glover’s organisation funded by tobacco giant Philip Morris

Bryce Edwards (Herald): Political Roundup: Playing politics with proposals for an election policy watchdog (paywalled)
Peter Dunne: Bin the Treasury idea, and focus on establishing a politically independent office
Dan Satherley (Newshub): Judith Collins is writing a book that ‘will not be boring’
Thomas Coughlan (Stuff): Ihumātao protesters banned from Parliament by Speaker Trevor Mallard
Jason Walls (Herald): Group of teenagers, including Youth MPs, booted from Parliament after protest
Anna Whyte (Newshub): Year-long Parliament ban slapped on singing Ihumātao protestors, three Youth MPs
Jason Walls (Herald): Group of teenagers, including Youth MPs, booted from Parliament after protest
Yvette McCullough (RNZ): Protesters banned from Parliament for singing despite warning
RNZ: Nick Smith ejected from Parliament again: ‘Speaker is biased’
Henry Cooke (Stuff): Nick Smith kicked out of Parliament again, accuses Speaker of bias
1News: Inside Parliament: Euthanasia, drug testing beneficiaries and petrol prices (video)
Daniela Maoate-Cox (RNZ): Preempting attacks in question time
Phil Smith and Daniela Maoate-Cox (RNZ): MPs head back to school
Stuff: Photos of Speaker with Tāmati Coffey’s baby in Parliament seen around the world
Herald: Why photo of Speaker Trevor Mallard feeding a baby during debate went viral

Climate change, environment
Marc Daalder (Newsroom): Government considered banning fossil fuel vehicles
Matthew Hooton (Herald): Save on fuel or saving the planet? (paywalled)
Charlie Mitchell and Paul Gorman (Stuff): People, roads and billions in assets vulnerable to climate change-related floods
Tracy Neal (RNZ): New reports map cost of flood risk under climate change
Janika ter Ellen (Newshub):New NIWA study shows 800,000 Kiwis at risk of flooding in coastal areas
Paul Gorman (Stuff): River flooding in Canterbury potentially most damaging in NZ
Dominic Harris (Stuff): ‘Be inspired by Greta Thunberg’ urges Helen Clark
1News: Hundreds of students to join climate activist on his 100th day of strike outside Parliament
Amber-Leigh Woolf (Stuff): Climate vigil at parliament called off after 100 days of no action
Eloise Gibson (Newsroom): Q&A: Farmers’ growing awareness on climate
Tracy Neal (RNZ): Rātā trees thought to be 300-years-old bowled for new stop bank
Joanne Carroll (Stuff): West Coast residents ‘gutted’ after historic trees were knocked down
Amber-Leigh Woolf (Stuff): Plastic in our drinking water could spread disease, World Health Organisation warn
RNZ: ‘Microplastics are everywhere, including our drinking water’
Jamie Morton (Herald): You’re eating plastic pollution – around the weight of a credit card’s worth each week
RNZ: New marine pest found near Great Barrier Island
RNZ: Application to spill wastewater into waterways will avoid costly prosecutions – Council

Thomas Coughlan (Stuff): The $3.5 billion ‘brake’ on the economy
Janine Baalbergen (Herald): Road to nowhere? NZTA admits it has no funding for Levin expressway
David Farrar: Meredith Connell geting $200,000 a week from NZTA
Phil Pennington (RNZ): Silicon Valley company tested cameras on Auckland highway
Bernard Orsman (Herald): Auckland light rail process will drag on past next year
Stephen Forbes (Interest): Two proposals in the mix to build Auckland light rail
Anna Bracewell-Worrall (Newshub): Civil Aviation Authority problems run deeper than boss – aviation industry
Kate Nicol-Williams (1News): Former Civil Aviation Authority chairman says resignation request ‘certainly a surprise’
Te Aniwa Hurihanganui (RNZ): Far North iwi want action on speed limits after latest crash
Georgina Campbell (Herald): Councillor calls for Wellington to abandon e-scooter trial
Herald: Fullers ferry service reaches ‘peak failure’: ‘They’re operating like a bunch of cowboys’
Katie Fitzgerald and Perry Wilson (Newshub): Auckland Councillor calls on Government to fix ferry problem

Shelly Bay
Harry Lock (RNZ): Nearly $800k spent on controversial Shelly Bay development
Tom Hunt (Stuff): Wellington councillors vote to delay Shelly Bay review
Kate Nicol-Williams (1News): Wellington City Council vote against review of Shelly Bay development

Local government
Nikki Preston (Herald): Mayors, councillors confirmed month before local election voting even opens
Dominic Harris (Stuff): Political career ‘ruined’ after clerical error disqualifies Canterbury councillor from election
Stephen Forbes (Interest); Mayoral candidates are now in campaign mode as they all fight for the top job in cities and towns around the country
RNZ: Word limits for Māori translations on candidate profiles labelled ‘institutional racism’
Jason Walls (Herald): Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter slams John Tamihere’s 18-lane bridge plan
Tim Murphy (Newsroom):‘Extreme’ pro-China candidate raises disquiet
Jessie Chiang (RNZ): Pacific leaders want action on cultural centre
RNZ: Northland council writes off $800k on failed timber mill
1News: ‘A beautiful man’ – Meng Foon farwelled as Gisborne mayor to become new Race Relations Commissioner
Aaron Leaman (Stuff): Hamilton City Council to host mayoral debate and candidate session
Dileepa Fonseka (Stuff): Wellington mayor and councillors abandoned library move due to ‘uncertainty’
Robin Martin (RNZ): Rough sleeper at centre of South Taranaki mayoralty race
Catherine Groenestein (Taranaki Daily News): South Taranaki mayoral candidate more determined after abusive message sent to his daughter
Matt Rilkoff (Taranaki Daily News): Local government a tough business but families aren’t part of it
Chloe Ranford (Stuff): First-time council candidate takes stand on campaign expenses
Chris Morris (ODT): Big pay rise for DCC chief executive
Damian Rowe (Southland Times): Southland District Council requires by-elections because of a lack of nominations
Evan Harding and Michael Fallow (Stuff): Some councillors express ‘extreme disappointment’ in Shadbolt

Justice, corrections
Tova O’Brien (Newshub): Two major resignations from group tasked with justice system overhaul
Chester Borrows (Herald): Voting in prisons a tiny step towards a better system (paywalled)
Hamish Cardwell (RNZ): Young people facing dual-court process despite law change – lawyer
Laura Walters (Newsroom): An innovative approach to family violence
Hamish McNeilly (Stuff): ‘Orchestrated attack’ by prisoners captured on CCTV
Vita Molyneux (Newshub): Police admit prisoners who escaped in Levin were not held ‘with best practice’
1News: Police acknowledge ‘mistakes’ as manhunt for escaped Levin prisoners enters third day

Tim Bently (Stuff): More than a quarter of workers depressed – study
Zane Small (Newshub): New Zealand workplaces more stressed and anxious: Time to extend sick days?
Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has become a serial thought bubbler

Kate MacNamara (Stuff): ANZ error in failing to disclose house sale glaringly obvious
Pattrick Smellie (BusinessDesk): ANZ still doesn’t get it
Liam Dann (Herald): ANZ should have disclosed sale of $6.9m Hisco mansion – FMA
Gareth Vaughan (Interest): ANZ house sale to Hisco’s wife was ‘material’ for financial reporting purposes, FMA says
RNZ: ANZ should have disclosed house sale, FMA says
Jono Edwards (ODT): ANZ sponsorships incite protest

Heta Gardiner (Māori TV): Māori Development Minister confirms consideration of MTS, TVNZ, RNZ merger
Finlay Macdonald (Stuff): An ad-free TVNZ? Technology has moved on, why can’t we?
Herald: Stuff earnings slide 24 per cent
Jonathan Milne (Woman’s Weekly): Paul Henry reveals he’s ‘in talks’ to return to TV

Christchurch mosque shootings
1News: Uproar over letters sent by Christchurch terrorist attack accused ‘a massive overreaction’ – criminologist
Boris Jancic (Herald): Government to contact Ukraine over sale of accused Christchurch gunman’s ‘manifesto’
Mark Quinlivan (Newshub): Prime Minister says Government will contact Ukraine over sale of alleged gunman’s manifesto
RNZ: NZ to talk to Ukraine after accused mosque shooter’s manifesto sold
Jason Walls (Herald): Nato boss Jens Stoltenberg addressed the Royal Commission investigating the March 15 shooting
1News: Man shot nine times at Christchurch mosque recounts healing Mecca trip, relief to be back home in NZ

Boris Jancic (Herald): Prime Minister announces $14 million fund to help lift literacy for lower-skill workers
RNZ: Government tops up on-the-job literacy and numeracy training fund
Tema Hemi (Māori TV): Literacy and numeracy needed in workplaces
Luisa Girao (ODT): `Comfortable’ about level of SIT autonomy
Elena McPhee (ODT): OUSA will look at legal sale of cannabis
Jennifer Eder (Stuff): School emails show ‘crisis management’ plans as sex allegations come to light
Herald Editorial: Any changes to help unlock joy of reading are welcome (paywalled)
Daniela Maoate-Cox (RNZ): The House: New Zealand history should be compulsory teaching – Youth MPs

Canterbury quakes
MIchael Hayward (Press): EQC settles with on-sold test case under new Government policy
Dominic Harris (Press): Plan for future of Christchurch’s red zone to be unveiled

Te Kuru o te Marama Dewes (Māori TV): Monocultural health system ‘needs an overhaul’
RNZ: New tobacco research programme to target Māori smoking rates
David Downs (Herald): Cancer crisis needs to be the centre of attention (paywalled)
RNZ: Auckland measles cases rise to nearly 600 during worst outbreak in 20 years
1News: Auckland hospital sets up measles ward as rapid increase of cases prompts warnings of looming epidemic
Mike Houlahan (ODT): GPs: gastroenterology dept requires resources
Hannah Martin (Stuff): Fruit and vegetable intake declines among kids, calls for better regulation of fast food outlets
Eleisha Foon (RNZ): Warning over latest ’13 Reasons Why’ season release

Winston Peters Paula Bennett stoush
Claire Trevett (Herald): Winston Peters applies brickbat to Paula Bennett’s bouquet: ‘Seriously bad taste’
Stuff: ‘Seriously bad taste’ – a recuperating Winston Peters on Paula Bennett’s flowers
James Fyfe (Newshub): Winston Peters slams hospital flowers from Paula Bennett as ‘seriously bad taste’
1News: Winston Peters labels flowers from Paula Bennett, ‘seriously bad taste’

Immigration, refugees
Press Editorial: Time to end ‘racist’ refugee policy
RNZ: Refugee advocate asks PM to back ‘they are us’ statement
Gill Bonnett (RNZ): Immigration NZ faces questions over unfair queue-jumping amid long waits for visas
Lincoln Tan (Herald): Couples kept apart by immigration rules (paywalled)

Tūhoe-Oranga Tamariki agreement
1News: Tūhoe and Oranga Tamariki unite in effort to move at-risk children out of state care
Herald: Oranga Tamariki signs agreement with North Island iwi Tūhoe

Brian Fallow (Herald): First-home buyers up to their nostrils in debt (paywalled)
Samantha Olley (Rotorua Daily Post): ‘All of us should feel outraged’: Rotorua mayor Steve Chadwick reacts to housing rejection
Samantha Olley (Rotorua Daily Post): ‘I feel sad for the people of Rotorua’ – Ngongotahā Special Housing Area developer (paywalled)
Andrew King (Stuff):  ‘No eviction’ policy proposed for tenants will hurt communities

Foreign affairs
No Right Turn: Dodging a bullet
Point of Order: NZ’s Defence assets are out of action or over-burdened – so sorry, we can’t help in the Gulf

James Shaw attack
Newstalk ZB: Green Party co-leader James Shaw recalls moment he was attacked
RNZ: Paul Harris disputes facts over his assault of Greens leader James Shaw
Emma McKay (Herald): Man who punched James Shaw wanted to talk about abortion
Stuff: Attack on James Shaw over Green party abortion policies

Stuart Nash
Jenna Lynch (Newshub): Police Minister Stuart Nash apologises after airport outburst
Herald: Police Minister Stuart Nash ‘very sorry’ for swearing at Air NZ staff member
Stuff: Police Minister ‘little bit grumpy’ at airport, swears; phones later to apologise

Sydney land claim
Jamie Ensor (Newshub): Māori group claiming Sydney land in Australian court case
Herald: Māori group’s legal battle for valuable land in Sydney, Australia

Peter Dunne (Newsroom): A Government of dashed hopes
Chris Trotter (Daily Blog): Jacinda’s Library
Benedict Collins (1News): Children’s Commissioner urging PM to ‘put children first’ and reconsider her support for drug sanctions for beneficiaries
Zane Small (Newshub):Labour and NZ First defend voting against KiwiSaver for foster kids without legal guardians
Te Kuru o te Marama Dewes (Māori TV): Iwi challenge council over water rights
Jim Rose (Stuff): Petrol industry charged, tried and sentenced for capitalism
Ben Uffindell (The Civilian): Petrol companies recommend fighting climate change by buying lots of petrol and not using it
Liam Dann (Herald): Upside down: Making sense of negative interest rates (paywalled)
Piripi Taylor (Māori TV): The ‘King of Heart’ addresses the nation
Caroline Williams (Stuff): Santa Claus ‘will always be a man’, says Orewa Christmas parade job advert
Patrick Gower (Newshub): It is time to talk about weed
Te Aniwa Hurihanganui (RNZ): Kaumātua learn te reo basics to shore up iwi’s knowledge gap
RNZ: China hits out at Australia over its Pacific approach
RNZ: Weary Port Otago workers vote to ban overtime if talks fail
RNZ: The Detail: We are forgetting the Holocaust
Andrea Vance and Phil Quin (Stuff): The Kiwi who went after a war criminal
Aimee Shaw Herald): Retail NZ: GST cheating at border ‘prolific’
RNZ: The Mixtape – Grant Robertson
RNZ: MPs back euthanasia bill revisions: ‘This is to alleviate concerns’ – David Seymour
Carly Gooch (Stuff): Club’s response to racist comments sparks community action
1News: Air NZ must ‘continue to lift our game’, outgoing CEO says as big profit drop revealed