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Today’s content by Dr Bryce Edwards.

Privacy breach at Ministry for Culture and Heritage
Audrey Young (Herald): How latest privacy breach will impact on Jacinda Ardern’s Government (paywalled)
Craig McCulloch (RNZ): Ministry for Culture and Heritage privacy breach: ‘Somebody has to be held to account’
Piers Fuller (Stuff): Platform should have been tested, expert says
Damian George and Jessica Long (Stuff): ‘Coding error’ compromises passports, driver licences in Ministry of Culture and Heritage data breach
1News: How it came to light: Coding error to blame for data breach
Audrey Young (Herald): Ministry for Culture and Heritage reports serious digital privacy security breach 
1News: Major privacy breach hits Ministry for Culture and Heritage
Craig McCulloch (RNZ): Serious privacy breach at Ministry for Culture and Heritage
Scott Palmer (Newshub): Ministry for Culture and Heritage investigating serious digital privacy breach

Meriana Johnsen (RNZ): Ihumātao: ‘Why would we pay the thief for our own land?’
Leigh-Marama McLachlan (RNZ): ‘There is no deal’ – Waikato-Tainui leader
RNZ: Reports of Waikato-Tainui buying Ihumātao is speculation – Pania Newton
Duncan Garner (Stuff): Tainui saves the Government from a seabed and foreshore moment
Jamie Ensor (Newshub): Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will visit Ihumātao
Katie Bradford (1News): Jacinda Ardern says she will visit Ihumātao but doesn’t know when
RNZ: Jacinda Ardern ‘will visit Ihumātao … it’s just a matter of timing’
Danielle Clent (Stuff): Ihumātao: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says she will visit protest site
Michael Sergel (Herald): Catholic Church calls for Ihumātao solution, urges Jacinda Ardern to visit
Karl du Fresne: Some more thoughts on Ihumatao
Martin Bradbury (Daily Blog): Labour’s strategy behind Ihumātao

Peters Super leak
Heather du Plessis-Alan (Newstalk ZB): Winston’s in the right – National has a history of playing ‘dirty politics’
Dan Satherley (Newshub): Flowers won’t fix what ‘dirty rotten Nats’ did to Winston Peters – Willie Jackson

2020 Election
Henry Cook (Stuff): Stopping viral misinformation in the next election will be a task for all of us
Henry Cooke (Stuff): Facebook ads will dominate the next election – but our politicians don’t have to tell us about them
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): How National wins the 2020 election using Identity Politics and Facebook

John Armstrong (1News): Omens don’t look good for Labour and Greens Parliamentary Budget Office proposal
MIchael Reddell: A policy costing unit
Peter Wilson (RNZ): Week in Politics: Ardern takes on the oil companies
Brent Edwards (NBR): The week in politics: Forcing down petrol prices an ironic twist for Coalition
Phil Smith (RNZ): You and non-you: MPs tangled in grammar
Felix Desmarais (Stuff): Call for better accessibility in Wellington’s halls of power
Ben Uffindell (The Civilian): Adorable: Trevor Mallard cradles drunk Shane Jones while Parliament in session

National Party
Richard Harman (Politik): Collins presents Bridges with a dilemma
Lana Andelane (Newshub): National MP argues climate change ‘is natural’ in Facebook rant taken from US right-wing source
Bryce Edwards (Herald): Channelling Trump? Bridges and National go populist (paywalled)
Andrea Vance (Stuff): Judith Collins’ revenge book: Why some big names should be worried
Jason Walls (Herald): There have been many books about MPs over the years, how can Collins stand out?
Jason Walls (Herald): Longtime National MP Judith Collins is penning a tell-all book about her time in Government

Audrey Young (Herald): Labour’s behaviour suggests National leader Simon Bridges is rattling the Govt (paywalled)
Andrea Vance (Stuff): Green Party co-leader Marama Davidson on writing sex poetry, Winston’s tantrums and pollution taxes
John Anthony (Stuff): Threats to Andrew Little trigger late night police visit, says Pike River re-entry critic
David Farrar: Guest Post: Gerry Morris: Pike Re-entry on Shaky Ground
Herald: Jacinda Ardern speaks to Stuart Nash about his behaviour after Air NZ outburst

Local government 
Julia Talbot-Jones (The Conversation): Voter turnout at New Zealand local elections keeps falling, but paying people to vote could backfire
Tom O’Connor (Stuff): Beware the dilution of local democracy
Ripu Bhatia (Stuff): Local body elections are vital in removing barriers for disability community

Local government: Auckland
Simon Wilson (Herald): Roll up, roll up, it’s the Auckland Council election and do they have a show for you! (paywalled)
Heather du Plessis-Allan (Herald): Is John Tamihere Auckland’s Brexit or Trump moment? (paywalled)
Todd Niall (Stuff): The mayoral poacher turned gamekeeper
Nick Truebridge (Stuff): Auckland mayoralty: New leader will inherit a super city struggling to become world class
Dan Satherley (Newshub): John Tamihere calls on landlords to ‘reflect deeply on their conscience’ and freeze rents
Todd Niall (Stuff): Auckland mayoral race: Tamihere would freeze rates and cut salaries
Dubby Henry (Herald): John Tamihere promises to freeze Auckland rates for three years
1News: Auckland mayoral candidate John Tamihere promises three-year rates freeze
Ripu Bhatia (Stuff): Auckland mayoral hopeful John Tamihere’s petrol tax proposal divides experts
Toby Manhire (Spinoff): Revealed: The John-Tamihere-for-mayor campaign brainstorm
Tim Murphy (Newsroom): Labour distances itself from pro-China candidate
Jessie Chiang (RNZ): Local board member claims being ‘sidelined’ over pictures with politicians
Todd Niall (Stuff): Stuff Auckland mayoral debate: Live audience to quiz election frontrunners
Tom Dillane (Herald): 88 cats euthanised by Auckland Council since March as activists fork out thousands to desex strays
Tom Dillane (Herald): ‘It’s horrible … These cats don’t deserve this’ – On the prowl with Auckland’s cat vigilantes (paywalled)

Local government: NZ
Alice Webb-Liddall (Spinoff): Meng Foon on 18 years as Gisborne mayor, and a new life in race relations
Te Kuru o te Marama Dewes (Māori TV): Māori-speaking mayor Meng Foon acknowledged for services to East Coast
Aaron Leaman (Stuff): Waikato survey reveals disconnect between young people and council politics
Jo Lines-MacKenzie (Stuff): Lisa Lewis wants to leave sex industry behind to be Hamilton mayor
Christina Persico (Stuff): Council over-spending needs to stop, says mayoral candidate
George Heagney (Stuff0: Tararua mayoral candidate fined for disorderly behaviour
Dileepa Fonseka (Stuff): Election 2019: Wellington City Council Eastern ward candidate profiles
Joel Maxwell (Stuff): Bum note for Porirua City children following funding cut after charities split
Skara Bohny (Stuff): Big Issues: Nelson council’s track record on environment
1News: Blenheim council candidate says election billboards are a ‘waste of space’
Tina Law (Stuff): Class of 2016 – What has Christchurch City Council achieved this term?
Hamish McNeilly (Stuff): A gender pay victory or financial madness – debate over council chief executive salary
ODT: Labour candidates’ campaigns launched
Chris Morris (ODT): Cr subject of eleven complaints
Evan Harding (Southland Times): Invercargill city councillor Alex Crackett under scrutiny in recycling tender drama

Primary industries
Mike Joy and David Larsen (New York Times): The Incontinent Cows of Middle-earth
Esther Taunton (Stuff): Ecologist takes dairy criticism to world stage
Rod Oram (Newsroom): Fed Farmers’ dangerous climate strategy
Marty Sharpe (Stuff): More than 200 convictions and 6000 notices issued for dirty dairy offences over past decade
Teresa Cowie (RNZ): Milk shake – Why the future of dairy looks scary
Todd Muller (Stuff): The crisis of confidence undermining our primary industries is untenable
Brian Gaynor (Herald): Numbers reveal the scale of Fonterra’s failure (paywalled)
Brent Edwards (NBR): ‘Banks say rural clients treated well, farmers cavil (paywalled)
Jenée Tibshraeny (Interest): How much trouble do farmers need to be in before their creditors suggest mediation?  
Pete Fitz-Herbert (Herald): Farming’s not a game – why MPs need to stop playing with our livelihood (paywalled)

Herald: Hamilton to Auckland rail service full steam ahead: $92m funding announced
Ellen O’Dwyer (Stuff): Government funding for Hamilton to Auckland rail service confirmed
1News: Auckland-Hamilton rail link makes progress with NZTA funding approval
Mark Quinlivan and Giles Dexter (Newshub): NZ Transport Agency approves Hamilton to Auckland passenger rail service construction
RNZ: $90 million for rail service between Hamilton and Auckland
Lauren Paddy and Dan Satherley (Newshub): Hamilton commuter train may eventually reach Britomart
RNZ: Waikato-wide train service campaigners’ new dream after Hamilton-Auckland rail route
Matthew Theunissen (RNZ): Fullers under more pressure from fed-up ferry passengers
1News: Roadside memorials are not a distraction to Kiwi drivers, study suggests

Audrey Young (Herald): Shane Jones announces loan for Invercargill to mark first Auckland direct flight
1News: Invercargill receives $19.5 million funding boost from Provincial Growth Fund
RNZ: Invercargill to get $19.5 million loan to help with central city redevelopment
Evan Harding (Southland Times): Invercargill CBD development gets $19.5m funding boost
Thomas Bywater (1News): Shane Jones v Christopher Luxon: The Ruff-up in Bluff
Damian Rowe (Stuff): Inaugural direct flight from Auckland to Invercargill takes off
Abbey Palmer (ODT): Invercargill jet link to Auckland launche
1News: New Air NZ flight between Auckland and Invercargill to get exports, people moving in the region – Shane Jones

Justice, corrections
Jo Moir (RNZ): Departures will not ‘hurt’ justice reform group’s report
Emilie Rākete (Spinoff): The Ngawha scandal proves Corrections cannot be trusted to change its own culture
Thomas Manch (Stuff): A serial stalker continued to torment her victims through the prison mail system
Tommy Livingston (Stuff): Fighting back: How Andrew Kupa-Caudwell came back from the brink

1News: Police launch review of custody and transport of prisoners after escape incidents
Melanie Earley (Stuff): Police Commissioner launches national review of custody and transport of prisoners after week of escapes
RNZ: Police ‘can do better’: review of prisoner custody after four escapes in a week

Brent Edwards (NBR): No silver bullet for news media problems (paywalled)
James Perry (Māori TV): Ministers tackle future of State media
Chris Trotter: Fade To White
Malcolm Evans (Daily Blog): The Fraud Estate
John Roughan (Herald): Privileges don’t grant freedoms – they protect authority (paywalled)
Colin Peacock (RNZ): Mediawatch: TV watchdogs differ on Christchurch gunman’s footage
Colin Peacock (RNZ): Mediawatch: ‘Blowhard’ with a vengeance
David Slack (Stuff): Matthew Hooton’s favourite thing: his feather duster
Mark Jennings (Newsroom): Sky rolls out its new game

Child welfare
MItchell Alexander (Newshub): Crackdown: The Government’s moves to stop kids accessing adult material
Simon Collins (Herald): School census: Most kids have their own phones by age 11 (paywalled)
Simon Collins (Herald): School census: High-schoolers stuck on their phones (paywalled)
Finn Hogan (Newshub): Newshub Nation: Children’s Commissioner Andrew Becroft supports separate childcare system for Māori
Mitch McCann (Newshub): Newshub Nation: Putting Tamariki first: A report from Tūhoe country (video)
RNZ: Tūhoe sign agreement with Oranga Tamariki

Southland Times Editorial: When Big Tobacco likes the cut of your jib, what does that tell you?
MIchael Morrah (Newshub): ‘Wake up’: Police say alcohol laws aren’t working
RNZ: Māori elderly and disabled ‘forgotten’ New Zealanders – report
Thomas Coughlan (Stuff): Healthcare in New Zealand a victim of its own success
Harrison Christian (Stuff): Coca-Cola’s deal to exclusively stock hospitals with drinks ‘astonishing’
1News: It may become tougher for Kiwis to get lifesaving cancer medication, advocates concerned
Sophie Trigger (Stuff): Widow left with what ifs after husband too young for bowel cancer screening
Natalie Akoorie (Herald): Human rights case against Health and Disability Commissioner ‘exceptional’ (paywalled)
Nicholas Jones (Herald): ‘Illness, disability and death’: Auckland DHB warns about superbugs in confidential report (paywalled)
Libby Wilson (Herald): Kaumātua wellbeing research gets $2.5 million in government funding
Florence Kerr (Stuff): Largest iwi health provider to slash jobs after losing major partnerships
Vera Alves (Herald): Comment: Enough is enough, it’s time to make vaccines mandatory
Cate Broughton (Stuff): One in two children not fully immunised at Christchurch’s Helios medical centre
Ruby Macandrew (Stuff): How Kiwis’ drugs are being tested before they have the chance to do harm
RNZ: Scheme fills nurse shortages in hard-to-staff areas
Katherine Rich and Eric Crampton (ODT): Calls to raise ‘sin taxes’ ignore complexity
Adam Dudding (Stuff): Jami-Lee Ross: ‘Find My iPhone’ saved me from myself
Natalie Akoorie (Herald): Dentists performing orthodontics serious problem, specialists say (paywalled)
Peter Griffin (Stuff): Keeping fluoridating NZ water despite bombshell study

Nurses Organisation
Karen Brown (RNZ): Nurses’ leader fights to prevent being ousted from union job
Mike Houlahan (ODT): Retiring nurses’ advocate prefers a low profile

NZ spy agencies
Newshub Nation: Bringing our spy agencies out of the shadows
Zane Small (Newshub): GCSB’s warning to ministers about sending classified information via apps
Stuff: NZSIS intelligence officers talk about their job as agency seeks new spies

Environment and coservation
Katie Fitzgerald (Newshub): Greenpeace blasts Government for dropping plan to ban petrol cars
Anna Bracewell-Worrall (Newshub): Government considered banning all petrol and diesel car imports in the next 15 years
Alison Cole (Stuff): Climate change is genocide
1News: Crowd turns out in show of solidarity during climate emergency protestor’s 100th day outside Parliament
RNZ: Checkpoint: Climate protester marks 100 days at Parliament
Jason Walls (Herald): Hundreds turn out for Parliament’s lone climate change protester’s 100th consecutive day
Christine Rose (Daily Blog): Extinction rebellion should start with what’s on your plate
Melanie Vautier and Tim Jones (Spinoff): Does Wellington really want to be the coalest little capital?   
Amy Ridout (Stuff): The Kiwi food businesses blazing a carbon-zero trail
Joel MacManus (Stuff): ‘Gambling with extinction’: Conservationists at war over Māui dolphin plans 
Farah Hancock (Newsroom): Another nail in the coffin for endangered eels
Annabelle Tukia (Newshub): New yellow-eyed penguin research heightens concerns about extinction
RNZ: The Detail: Is it time to re-visit our GE rules?
Chloe Ranford (Stuff): Pelorus Sound farm gets approval despite king shag concerns
Joanne Carroll (Stuff): Renew Energy says it won’t stockpile waste for waste-to-energy plant
1News: Microplastics discovered in our drinking water ‘not a big surprise’, expert says
1News: West Coast to receive $3.9m funding boost following decision to close access road to Fox River valley
RNZ: Road to Fox Glacier will not reopen, engineers say
RNZ: Closure of road to Fox Glacier will have ‘negative effect on township’
Scott Palmer (Newshub): Road to Fox Glacier closed indefinitely due to landslide
Herald: Zealandia ecosanctuary named one of TIME’s 100 Greatest Places of 2019

Henry Cooke (Stuff): KiwiBuild and HNZ competed over same land and homes
Cate Broughton (Press): 52 Christchurch council units left to rot amidst housing crisis
Lana Hart (Stuff): Kiwi houses need warming up
Tracy Watkins (Stuff): As the housing market stumbles, should we be celebrating?
Lindy Laird (Herald): Scheme will give Whangārei homeless a place to call home (paywalled)
Gerald Piddock (Stuff): Renters struggling to find housing as property market tightens
Cate Broughton (Stuff): Christchurch social housing tenants ‘terrified’ after attacks and threats
Andrew King (Herald): Landlords fear tenancy rules change, including to 90-day eviction period

Monetary policy, economy
Bernard Hickey (Newsroom): What if money really did fall from the sky?
Steven Joyce (Stuff): Here’s why the Government needs to spend more now
Tim Hunter (NBR): RBNZ governor tells business to buck up (paywalled)
Herald Editorial: Company results show economy still solid

Michael Hayward (Stuff): Christchurch red zone plan approval may clear path for projects
1News: Government gives go-ahead for ‘once in a lifetime’ revamp of Christchurch’s quake-affected redzone
Dominic Harris (Press): Hope for ‘forgotten’ suburb after Christchurch red zone residents told they can stay

Gill Bonnett (RNZ): Immigration NZ admits restructure did not go smoothly
Jo McKenzie-McLean (Stuff): Queenstown’s ‘abandoned’ migrant workers fear for future
Ripu Bhatia (Stuff): British migrants flee New Zealand citing expensive rentals and heavy traffic
Taroi Black (Māori TV): Short film uncovering New Zealand’s shameful history

Foreign affairs
Andrea Vance & Phil Quin (Stuff): Helen Clark ‘wasn’t interested’ in UN Rwanda genocide claim
Gordon Campbell: On why New Zealand shouldn’t try to curry favour with Trump
Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): Interpol involved in NZ aid sexual assault allegations
RNZ: Remembering the lives lost in the influenza epidemic in Samoa

Islamic Women’s Council conference
Jessie Chiang (RNZ): ‘Bootcamp’ for Muslim women interested in politics?
1News: Jacinda Ardern suggests hosting ‘politics bootcamp
Torika Tokalau (Stuff): Jacinda Ardern promises to look into more opportunities for Muslim women
Jake McKee (Herald): Jacinda Ardern dons hijab as she fronts Islamic Women’s Council national conference

Christchurch mosque shootings
Paula Penfold and Eugene Bingham (Stuff): The alleged Christchurch shooter’s digital footprint
Scott Palmer (Newshub): Christchurch shooting: Ukraine vows to prosecute people sharing alleged gunman’s manifesto
Anneke Smith (RNZ): Ukraine ‘will prosecute’ anyone spreading accused gunman’s manifesto

Tess Brunton (RNZ): Over $26m handed out to gunowners at buyback scheme
TVNZ: Sunday Feature: In-depth interview with Gun City owner David Tipple

ODT Editorial: ‘Reading wars’ are futile
Rodney Hide (NBR): PM’s spin won’t stop inequality in schools (paywalled)
Donna-Lee Biddle (Stuff): Principal who slept naked with students later did contract work for Ministry of Education
MIchael Hayward (Stuff): Red zone home mooted for Christchurch character school Te Pā o Rākaihautū
Sophia Honey (Spinoff): Why I’m taking on my school examiners over their plastic habit
George Heagney (Manawatū Standard): Palmerston North puts hand up to host new mega polytech headquarters

Canterbury law revue
David Williams (Newsroom): Uni law club defends ‘disgusting’ show
Melissa Chan-Green (Newshub): Canterbury law students mock profoundly deaf student in ‘satirical’ show
Melissa Chan-Green (Newshub): Helen Clark calls for sponsors to withdraw from ‘foulmouthed’ Canterbury law revue

Petrol prices
Frank Macskasy (Daily Blog): National and petrol taxes – when journalists gets it right
ODT Editorial: Huffing and puffing on petrol prices

Sydney land claim
Newstalk ZB: Māori leaders urge group to drop Sydney land claim
Jamie Ensor (Newshub): Māori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta doesn’t support Māori group’s Sydney land claim
Michael Neilson (Herald): Nanaia Mahuta calls on Māori group claiming Aboriginal area in Sydney to ‘respect the people of the land’

Fran O’Sullivan (Herald): ANZ – the time for an inquiry is now (paywalled)
Moana Maniapoto  (E-Tangata): How can there be justice if the process isn’t just?
Marc Daalder (Newsroom): DIA floats online gambling censorship
Deena Coster (Stuff): Waitara resident’s leaseholder status ends after 50 years
RNZ: Retiree becomes first Waitara leaseholder to buy her property
Te Kuru o te Marama Dewes (Māori TV): Challenging the Governments re-enactment of Cook’s arrival
Gareth Shute (Spinoff): Slow boil: Why stressed-out New Zealand firefighters say they’re at crisis point
Brent Edwards (NBR): ‘Win-win’ for lenders and poor (paywalled)
Martin van Beynen (Stuff): Drowning in guilt? Join the club
Steve Elers (Stuff): Everyone is a beneficiary but the poor are still poor
Lance Beath (Incline): Keeping the Lights On: The Need for New Zealand to Increase Its Maritime Capability
Stuff: Iwi join forces to create scheme to improve financial wellbeing of its members
Anne Goulding (Newsroom): The identity and privacy dilemma
Sasha Borissenko (Herald): Kiwis want homemakers compensated after a split (paywalled)
Zane Small (Newshub): Remember Karel Sroubek? He could be released soon
Lydia Lewis (Newshub): The Cookie Project is revolutionising employment for people with disabilities
Dan Satherley, Simon Wong and Giles Dexter (Newshub): Wellington cannabis club raided, two men arrested
1News: Two men charged over Wellington ‘cannabis club’
Wilhelmina Shrimpton (Newshub): South Auckland councillor blames gangs for shooting spate
Richard Swainson (Stuff): Alan Jones gives old men a bad name
Leighton Smith (Herald): Nothing wrong with telling Jacinda to put a sock in it (paywalled)
Stuff: Santa or Sandra? We’ve done it before – what’s wrong with doing it now?
Skara Bohny (Stuff): ‘Those poor white men’ – happy hour protest against racism at Nelson Club