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New Zealand Parliament Buildings, Wellington, New Zealand.

Today’s content by Dr Bryce Edwards.

Climate change, environment
Paul Gorman (Stuff): How would you spend an unlimited war chest for battling climate change?
Jeanette Fitzsimons and Cindy Baxter (Newsroom): The unknown loophole threatening zero carbon bill
David Hall (The Conversation): Insensitive efforts risk failure
Charlie Mitchell (Stuff):National inventory of climate risks a ‘milestone’ for New Zealand
Eloise Gibson (Newsroom): Blueprint out for NZ’s first climate risk assessment
Jamie Morton (Herald): Government’s climate risk assessment a ‘good first step’, councils say
Zane Small (Newshub): James Shaw unveils plan for climate-related hazards ‘not yet realised’
1News: ‘We must start adapting’ – James Shaw announces climate change framework
RNZ: Climate change risk assessment framework released
Greg Roughan (RNZ): Counting the ways climate change will affect us – and how we will affect the climate
Harry Lock (RNZ): Increasing acidity could have a significant impact on ocean ecosystems – report
Brian Fallow (Herald): Carbon cuts could be lost in the wind
Nigel Bunel (Herald): Why our ETS is a plastic fork for a gun fight
Farah Hancock (Newsroom): Precarious doomsday solution for native plants
Jessica Long (Stuff): Victoria University of Wellington pledges five-point plan for carbon reduction
Yu Luo, Jiaying Zhao and Rebecca M. Todd (Stuff): Climate Explained: Why are climate change sceptics often right-wing conservatives?
Amanda Larsson (Taranaki Daily News): Offshore wind could play a role in Taranaki’s just transition
Rick Burke (Herald): Blame previous governments for harm (paywalled)
Susan Botting (Northern Advocate): Robin Grieve: Why target methane?
Maureen Howard (ODT): Carbon gets personal
John Lewis (ODT): Sending a message with third march for change
Jean Sergent (Spinoff): The bleakest climate change documentaries you can watch right now
Tim Newman (Stuff): New Zealand’s horticulture industry adapting to meet climate change challenges
Maria Armoudian and Nicolas Pirsoul (Newsroom): Building bridges over troubled water
Piripi Taylor (Māori TV): Māori Anxious about the Future of Water
1News: Protest planned as farmers feel under-represented in Govt’s environment talks
Nicholas Pointon (RNZ): Farmers vent frustrations over government’s new freshwater policy
Simon Davies (ODT): New water policies will hobble farmers
Andrew McRae (RNZ): Delays in cattle deaths report a ‘traumatic nightmare’ for farm owners
Anna Whyte (1News):Indonesia vows to send back contaminated plastic waste to New Zealand

Operation Burnham inquiry, defence
David Fisher (Herald): The full story of the New Zealand Defence Force’s extraordinary incompetence on display at the NZSAS raid inquiry (paywalled)
Thomas Manch (Stuff): Crucial evidence suddenly upsets Operation Burnham inquiry
Jonathan Mitchell (RNZ): Operation Burnham inquiry hearing suspended, witnesses may be recalled
Jonathan Mitchell (RNZ): Operation Burnham: The documents locked away in a safe
Boris Jancic (Herald): ‘It wasn’t a conspiracy’: former Defence Force chief Tim Keating denies key Burnham file buried
Alexander Gillespie (The Conversation): Operation Burnham: inquiry underway to determine any wrongdoing by New Zealand troops in Afghanistan
No Right Turn: An increasingly shoddy coverup
Andrew McRae (RNZ): 20th anniversary of NZDF entering Timor-Leste to restore law and order
Grace Cocker (Newshub): Commemoration to mark ‘hell on earth’ conflict in East Timor

Foreign affairs and trade
Matthew Hooton (Herald): When Jacinda Ardern meets Donald Trump (paywalled)
Luke Malpass (Stuff): Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s UN leadership challenge
Newshub: Jacinda Ardern opens up on what was covered during talks with Shinzo Abe
Emma Cropper (Newshub): Rugby World Cup 2019: Jacinda Ardern using sport’s diplomacy to strengthen Japanese relationship
1News: Ardern and Abe commit to working together as ‘natural partners’, as PM visits Japan
RNZ: Women’s empowerment and space – PM meets with Japanese counterpart
Zane Small (Newshub):‘To err is human to forgive is divine’: Winston Peters quotes poetry in defence of Jacinda Ardern’s China-Japan gaffe
Herald: China gaffe: Where in the world is Jacinda Ardern?
Angela Cumming (Guardian): Jacinda Ardern mistakes Japan for China during Tokyo visit
Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): Heeding the call on social media terror
Craig McCulloch (RNZ): Jacinda Ardern to meet Facebook, Microsoft, Google execs in US
Peter Dunne (Newsroom): Taking the minimalist approach on China
Michael Morrah (Newshub): Thousands gather as Tongan Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pōhiva laid to rest
RNZ: Thousands mourn ‘Akilisi Pohiva at Tonga state funeral
Koroi Hawkins (RNZ): Australia says it respects Solomons’ decision to switch to China

Labour Party sexual assault allegations, National attacks on Ardern
Richard Harman (Politik): Bridges says only family is off limits
Jamie Ensor (Newshub): Jacinda Ardern either untrustworthy or ‘weak’ on Labour Party sexual allegations scandal – Nikki Kaye
Cathy Odgers: First Jacinda Now Justin – Hoist With Your Own Petard

Local government
Southland Times Editorial: Candidates, let’s hear less about your virtues and more about your plans, methods
Bernard Orsman (Herald): Local body elections: It’s time to have your say
ODT Editorial: Taking part in the process
Laine Moger (Stuff): Local body elections: What to do if your voting pack doesn’t arrive in the mail
Ripu Bhatia and Mandy Te (Stuff): More CCP vandalism on Auckland councillor’s election signs
Bernard Orsman (Herald): Local elections: Auckland Council candidate moves out of Remuera mansion to sleep rough to woo voters (paywalled)
Aaron Leaman (Stuff): Hamilton mayor rules out further hefty rates rises if re-elected
Gavin Ogden (Herald): Local Focus: Rotorua infrastructure hot topic in upcoming elections
Robin Martin (RNZ): New Plymouth council facing legal action over sewage spill
Stuff: Hawke’s Bay Mayoral candidates discuss rates, water, housing and transport
Laura Dooney (RNZ): Wellington Mayor Justin Lester reveals mayoral campaign donations but rival Andy Foster won’t
Nicholas Boyack (Dominion Post): Hutt City facing huge bill to repair earthquake-prone buildings
Chloe Ranford (Stuff): Your Place: Councillors not trusted to give everyone ‘fair shake of the dice’
Dominic Harris (Press): Unanimous call for public transport overhaul during climate change mayoral debate
Chris Morris (ODT): Dunedin: Views on direction a dividing line
Elena McPhee (ODT): OUSA presents range of election policies
Tim Miller (ODT): Long-awaited pool hot topic at Mosgiel meeting
ODT: ORC candidates quizzed on future of farming
ODT: Voting still possible for the unenrolled
Don Rowe (Spinoff): Queenstown’s benevolent dictator prepares for battle
Luisa Girao (ODT): Few candidates attend forum

John Tamihere’s ‘Sieg heil’ comments
Mark Jennings (Newsroom): Tamihere adds insult to infamy
Todd Niall (Stuff): Holocaust Centre on John Tamihere: Nazi Germany started with words
Belinda Feek (Herald): John Tamihere’s ‘sieg heil’ comments ‘hurtful’, supporter Christine Fletcher says
Nick Truebridge and Todd Niall (Stuff): Auckland mayoral election: John Tamihere’s deputy says he ‘erred’ in using Nazi slogan
Jamie Ensor (Newshub): Running mate Christine Fletcher distances herself from John Tamihere’s use of Nazi slogan
RNZ: Watch: Phil Goff tells John Tamihere to apologise over ‘sieg heil’ comment
Jamie Ensor (Newshub): ‘Sieg Heil’ appropriate because Phil Goff was ‘acting like Hitler’ – John Tamihere
Herald: Auckland mayoral candidate John Tamihere defends making his ‘sieg Heil to that’ comment
Matthew Rosenberg (Stuff): Auckland mayoral hopeful John Tamihere says he doesn’t regret ‘sieg heil’ comment

Press Editorial: What now for Ihumātao?
Leigh-Marama McLachlan (RNZ): Ihumātao: ‘They owe mana whenua something’
RNZ: Winston Peters questions mana whenua’s ‘collective decision’ on Ihumātao
1News: Shane Jones disappointed ‘richest tribe in the country’, Tainui, didn’t buy Ihumātao land itself
Melanie Earley (Stuff): Ihumātao: Kate Sheppard House purchase sees renewed calls for Government help
Pattrick Smellie (BusinessDesk): Fletcher seeks urgent talks on Ihumatao stalemate
Zane Small (Newshub): National MP Andrew Bayly booted from Parliament over Ihumātao questioning
No Right Turn: Ihumātao and Treaty settlements

Herald: Transport Minister Phil Twyford clears out nearly entire NZTA board
Thomas Coughlan (Stuff): Phil Twyford lashes out at Simon Bridges’ ‘feral’ attacks over NZTA board
Zane Small (Newshub): Phil Twyford defends rapid transit as NZTA looks to pump millions into highways
Georgina Campbell (Herald): Second chance for Wellington’s second Mt Vic tunnel?

Felix Desmarais (Stuff): ‘Make it 16’ campaign launches, taking case of voting rights of 16-year-olds to court
Anna Bracewell -Worrall (Newshub): Group of young people push Government to drop voting age to 16
1News: Inside Parliament: WINZ & losses (video)
RNZ: Labour MP Ruth Dyson accepts apology from Maggie Barry
Jason Walls (Herald): National MP Maggie Barry claims she was ‘misrepresented’ by Assistant Speaker Ruth Dyson

Marc Daalder (Newsroom): In the trenches of our housing crisis
Jason Walls (Herald): Parliament has voted to create a new housing entity called Kāinga Ora replacing Housing NZ
RNZ: Crown Entity Kāinga Ora-Homes and Communities legislation passes final reading
Daisy Hudson (ODT): Blacklisted from Queenstown rentals – because they have a baby
Samantha Olley (Rotorua Daily Post): ‘No Indians’: Rotorua, Christchurch flat ads ‘racist’

Thomas Coughlan (Stuff): Businesses not feeling Jacindamania as economy continues to grow
Liam Dann (Herald): GDP data offers a test of your mindset (paywalled)
Thomas Coughlan (Stuff): New Zealand’s slowing GDP: Economic vandalism or business as usual?
Gyles Beckford (RNZ): GDP slows in second quarter
Jamie Gray (Herald): NZ GDP fair to middling over June quarter, but confirms slowdown (paywalled)
1News: GDP rises 0.5 per cent for June quarter
RNZ: Christchurch economy slowing down

Elspeth McLean (ODT): Reluctance to release survey results uncovered
Katarina Williams (Stuff): Motels frequently used as Wellington Hospital deals with high patient demand
Lucy Warhurst (Newshub): Ministry of Health proposes more regulations after survey shows school children vaping
RNZ: Mounting concern about vaping as govt prepares to introduce regulation bill
1News: ‘A drug delivery device’ – marketing expert joins calls for vapes to be regulated like cigarettes
Phil Pennington (RNZ): Cost of fixing DHB payroll breaches revealed
RNZ: First Up: Father grateful for work of Southern DHB’s only neurosurgeon
RNZ: Second pop-up offering measles vaccines to open today
RNZ: Co-ordination centre to make sure MMR vaccine is where it’s needed
Jason Walls (Herald): MP: Asian children refused measles vaccination as they weren’t the priority
Tess Brunton (RNZ): Wanaka mums call for ‘real commitment’ to maternity care
Jo McKenzie-McLean (Stuff): Simon Bridges pledges $500k to support new birthing unit in Wanaka
1News: National says it will extend maternity services in central Otago, if elected
Mark Price (ODT): Birthing unit vow fails to satisfy
Geoff Simmons (Spinoff): A champion for the elderly? Parliament already has plenty of those

Alex Perrottet (RNZ): Checkpoint: Parents fear more disability terminations: ‘We were under immense pressure to have genetic counselling’
Aroha Mane (Māori TV): “Obviously I Can’t use calling minutes … because I’m Deaf”

Henry Cooke (Stuff): Euthanasia referendum question attacked as a euphemism by opponents
David Farrar:A clear referendum

RNZ: Pacific victims of trafficking granted NZ work visas
Charlie Dreaver (RNZ): Growers say fruit will rot unless govt speeds up migrant worker decision

Treaty settlments
D’Angelo Martin (Māori TV): Ngāpuhi Hapū stand Defiant Against Andrew Little
Te Aniwa Hurihanganui (RNZ): Ngāti Hinerangi settlement has first reading in parliament
Taroi Black (Māori TV): Waikato Iwi calls for fellowship with Hobbiton

Kate Sheppard’s former Christchurch home, women’s suffrage
RNZ: Thanks and thrills after government purchases Kate Sheppard’s former home
1News: Kate Sheppard’s former Christchurch home ‘a huge taonga for us as a country’ – Megan Woods
Liz McDonald (Stuff): Kate Sheppard house to be used for education, private events
Katie Pickles (The Conversation): NZ was first to grant women the vote in 1893, but then took 26 years to let them stand for parliament

Peter Ellis
Martin van Beynen (Stuff): New hearing to decide if Peter Ellis case to go ahead
Herald: A hearing will decide whether Peter Ellis’ case will be heard in Supreme Court
RNZ: Peter Ellis’ appeal bid to be decided despite death

John Gerritsen (RNZ): Primary schools unhappy with Ministry of Education’s proposed staff cut
Simon Collins (Herald): Half of Auckland’s schools face teacher staffing cut despite swelling rolls
Vaimoana Tapaleao (Herald): Ministry of Education gives advice on students watching Netflix series 13 Reasons Why
1News: More and more New Zealand schools practising lockdown procedures
George Heagney (Manawatū Standard): Massey students call for action against sexual violence at the university

Brent Melville (ODT): ‘Groundbreaking’: Dunedin Railways to pay staff living wage
RNZ: Dunedin Railways to pay living wage to union members
Cathy Murphy (Herald): Westpac’s gender pay gap surprise – give me strength

Primary industries
Rachael Kelly (Southland Times): How did farmers become public enemy number one?
Kaitlin Ruddock (1News):Environment needs to be considered as aquaculture industry expands, expert says
Tracy Neal (RNZ): Open ocean farming has great potential, but conservationists warn to tread carefully
Kate Nicol-Williams (1News): Concerns over effect warming seas will have on paua industry

Colin Craig and Rachel MacGregor
Dan Satherley (Newshub): Craig sexually harassed McGregor but wasn’t bad employer – judge
Alison Mau (Stuff): Rachel MacGregor’s win is one for all workers
Anna Leask (Herald): Colin Craig did sexually harass Rachel MacGregor, High Court rules
Sarah Robson (RNZ): Colin Craig defamed Rachel MacGregor, High Court judge finds
1News: Ex-Conservative Party leader Colin Craig found by High Court to have sexually harassed press secretary

Kim Griggs (RNZ): Getting tough: How New Zealand could stop domestic violence
Laura Walters (Newsroom): Remand population hits all-time high
RNZ: The Detail: New Zealand’s rampant meth culture
Audrey Young (Herald): Former Greens leader Metiria Turei makes submission on cannabis referendum bill
Eric Frykberg (RNZ): ANZ rules out sale of rural debt to foreign hedge funds
David Williams (Newsroom): Stats NZ to tout $2m start-up unit
Gordon Campbell: On abortion law reform, and the US Electoral College nightmare
Jason Walls (Herald): ‘My sincerest apologies:’ Radio host Allan Jones grovels to Ardern in released apology letter
Chris Keall (Herald): TVNZ sales team hits Queenstown as state-owned broadcaster heads for $17m loss (paywalled)
Herald: Christchurch mosque shootings: Gunmaker Colt stops production of AR-15 rifle used in attacks
Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): Big holes emerging in Government’s gun buyback scheme
Henry Cooke (Stuff): Another data snafu at Ministry of Culture and Heritage
Paul McBeth (BusinessDesk): Super Fund can expect lower returns over next decade – review
Herald: ‘Let me at them’: World reacts to vegan vigilantes who stormed Auckland supermarket
Kyle MacDonald (Herald): The era of woke All Blacks is upon us (paywalled)