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New Zealand Parliament Buildings, Wellington, New Zealand.

Today’s content by Dr Bryce Edwards.

Foreign affairs and trade
1News: Full video: Jacinda Ardern takes media questions following meeting with Donald Trump
Jamie Ensor (Newshub): Jacinda Ardern, Donald Trump meeting: US President takes interest in gun buyback
Stuff: US President Donald Trump interested in New Zealand’s gun buyback, PM says
Stuff: PM Jacinda Ardern calls climate change ‘perfect trade opportunity’ in optimistic UN speech
Jamie Ensor (Newshub): Climate change an ‘extraordinary threat’, Jacinda Ardern warns United Nations
Derek Cheng (Herald): ‘No one has the luxury of copping out’ – Jacinda Ardern gives keynote UN climate address
Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): ‘Change is coming, whether you like it or not’
Craig McCulloch (RNZ): Ardern opens UN climate summit with pledge to lead way on food production
Luke Malpass (Stuff): Jacinda Ardern’s busy week kicks off at UN climate action summit
1News: Busy morning in NYC for Jacinda Ardern as she meets with world leaders, Facebook CEO
1News: Jacinda Ardern takes world stage to advocate for tackling climate change
Jenna Lynch (Newshub): Jacinda Ardern meets UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson for first time
1News: ‘Disingenuous’ for Ardern to raise free trade deal with Trump says former MP, unionist Laila Harre
Derek Cheng (Herald): Trade talks to begin as Jacinda Ardern and Donald Trump have formal sit-down today (paywalled)
Herald: Gains of CPTPP Trans-Pacific trade deal yet to be seen, say economists
Luke Malpass (Stuff): Why Jacinda Ardern didn’t get a Trump banquet, but Australia’s Scott Morrison did
Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): Jacinda Ardern’s meteoric rise culminates with Donald Trump meeting
Stuff: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern meets US President Donald Trump
Hamish Cardwell (RNZ): Young kiwis urge PM to take action at UN Climate Summit
Dan Satherley (Newshub): Jacinda Ardern has no plans to confront Donald Trump on climate change at Tuesday’s meeting
1News: Ardern claims ‘no qualms’ about bringing up climate but says she’ll focus on trade with Trump, Johnson
RNZ: Pacific leaders call for action from industrial nations
Craig McCulloch (RNZ): No media presence as PM talks trade with Trump
Derek Cheng (Herald): Jacinda Ardern in New York: PM prepares to woo Donald Trump on free trade
Luke Malpass (Stuff): Trade deals, Kiwi OEs on Ardern’s agenda with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson
1News: Full video: Jacinda Ardern takes media questions while in New York for UN meeting

Census – electoral boundaries
Richard Harman (Politik): Scramble for National nominations begins
Boris Jancic (Herald): National questions 2020 electoral lines, Census data
Zane Small  (Newshub): Maps show electorates likely to be split in 2020 election
Henry Cooke (Stuff): Census 2018: New Zealand to gain one new seat in 2020 election
Jo Moir (RNZ): Census 2018: Changing population sees creation of new North Island electorate seat
Zane Small (Newshub): Census 2018: There will be a new electorate at the 2020 general election
Elena McPhee (ODT): Census results suggest changes for electoral boundaries
David Farrar: One extra electorate seat

Census
Katie Fitzgerald (Newshub): Winston Peters wants to turn immigration ‘upside down’ in wake of census results
1News: Winston Peters says we need to get ‘the right people’ as Census reveals fastest population growth in 50 years
David Hargreaves (Interest): Ethnicity information in latest census of only ‘moderate’ quality, independent panel finds
Thomas Manch (Stuff): Census 2018: New Zealand population is larger and more diverse
Boris Jancic (Herald): Fastest growth in 50 years: NZ population just shy of 4.7 million
1News: NZ’s population has grown at fastest rate in over 50 years, newly released Census results reveal
Rob Stock (Stuff): Flawed census data indicates home ownership fell again and rentals got more crowded
Anna Bracewell-Worrall (Newshub): New Zealand’s population boom: Salvation Army says housing isn’t keeping up
Greg Ninness (Interest): The latest census data show housing pressures are not confined to major centres like Auckland and Wellington
Amanda Saxton (Stuff): Northland’s dramatic population growth disputed
Dileepa Fonseka (Dominion Post): Census shows wider Wellington region taking growth leadership role over city
Paul Gorman (Press): Christchurch population rising despite boom times in Selwyn
Rachael Kelly (Southland Times): Census 2018: Southland’s population grows by more than 4000
Herald: There are more Jedi and Pastafarians in New Zealand than Destiny Church members
Alex Braae (Spinoff): The most buzzy data points from the just-released Census

Government
Chris Trotter (Interest): Who’s backing ‘Brand Jacinda’?
Peter McKenzie (Newsroom): When a progressive star falls

Local government – Christchurch
Newstalk ZB: John Minto: Swiggs incidents need a “proper investigation” (audio)
Mike Yardley (Stuff): Christchurch voters urged not to rush to ballot box as Swiggs scandal unfolds
Sam Sherwood and Blair Ensor (Stuff): Christchurch city councillor Deon Swiggs’ alleged messages to teen ‘out of the blue’
1News: Independent investigation launched over allegations made against Christchurch City councillor
Mark Quinlivan and Kaysha Brownlie (Newshub): Christchurch city councillors urge representative who allegedly sent ‘inappropriate’ messages to come forward
Kurt Bayer (Herald): Christchurch councillor Deon Swiggs denies wrongdoing with teenagers
1News: Christchurch City councillor accused of inappropriate behaviour denies allegations
RNZ: Christchurch councillor accused of inappropriate behaviour identifies himself
Michael Hayward (Stuff): Do Christchurch local body candidates know about the red zone? A community group thinks not
Dominic Harris (Press): Strong backing for mayoral hopeful Darryll Park’s plan to slash Christchurch’s rates
Kurt Bayer (Herald): Post-quake settlement deal between Crown and Christchurch City Council finally reached

Local government
Bernard Orsman (Herald): Local politics is a different game to national politics (paywalled)
Otago University: Young people not catered for in current voting system
Tamsyn Matchett (Spinoff): The civics project trying to turn around our godawful youth voting statistics
Te Aniwa Hurihanganui (RNZ): Meet the candidates vying to be their region’s first Māori mayor
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Todd Niall (Stuff): Auckland mayoral race: Cool on revived waterfront stadium
Juliet Moses (Herald): John Tamihere’s ‘sieg heil’ a sign of Holocaust hysteria and hypocrisy
Nevil GIbson (NBR): Congestion pricing unites Auckland mayoral rivals (paywalled)
Helen Harvey (Taranaki Daily News): Taranaki voters asked to look deeper than diversity for diversity’s sake during election
Catherine Groenestein (Stuff): Taranaki regional councillor says criticism of $50 million Yarrow Stadium revamp is one-sided
Charlotte Cook (RNZ): Manawatū District councillor Steve Bielski stands by anti-Muslim sentiments
Janine Rankin (Manawatū Standard): Art Gallery supporters want freedom from Te Manawa
Nicholas Boyack (Dominion Post): Flying cars, corporate welfare and ‘that’ hotel: Lively Lower Hutt mayoral debate
Joel Maxwell (Stuff): Regional council admits its get-out-and-vote posters used nonsensical te reo Māori
Salient: Are You There Youths? It’s me, people who want to be your mayor – Conor Hill and Justin Lester
Dave Armstrong (Dominion Post): Spark, rugby and candidates’ stream of consciousness
Cherie Sivignon (Stuff): Millions earmarked for engineering as TDC plans 2019-20 capital spend of $56m
Don Rowe (Spinoff): Race briefing: Queenstown, jewel of New Zealand Incorporated
Debbie Jamieson (Stuff): Growing pains at centre of Queenstown Lakes election debate
Chris Morris (ODT): Race heats up as mud flies online
Chris Morris (ODT): Complaint made against Vandervis

RWC streaming
Collette Devlin (Stuff): Acting PM Winston Peters’ warning for Spark over Rugby World Cup streaming failure
Zane Small (Newshub):‘It was a disaster’: Winston Peters reflects on Rugby World Cup 2019 streaming woes
Jason Walls (Herald): Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern: Viewers ‘very keen’ on uninterrupted World Cup watching
Dan Satherley (Newshub): Rugby World Cup 2019: Simon Bridges invites fans to join him at the bar
Jason Walls (Herald): Act Leader David Seymour says Government needs to butt-out of Spark streaming saga
Trevor McKewen (Spinoff): What Spark’s streaming issues mean for the future of rugby in New Zealand
ODT Editorial: Spark’s fizzer
Jamie Ensor (Newshub): Spark Sport calls Wales v Georgia match ‘streaming success’
1News: Spark confident streaming service up to task for remaining Rugby World Cup following glitches

Royal Commission of Inquiry into Abuse in Care
Laura Walters (Newsroom): Child sex offender in meetings with abuse survivors
RNZ: Royal Commission: Sex offender at gatherings with abuse survivors

Health and disability
Oliver Lewis (Stuff): Government budgets $9.5m for sweeping health and disability system review
Peter Davis (Stuff): Future lies in expanded primary and community care and fewer hospitals
Katarina Williams (Stuff): Wellington Regional Hospital among ‘many’ hospitals ‘too small for population’
RNZ: Smoke-free laws in bars and cafes outdated – expert
RNZ: Flavoured e-cigarettes can kill lung cells, study finds
Denise Piper (Stuff): Two Whangārei streets first in New Zealand to be declared smokefree
1News: NZ Dental Association looking for funding to help low-income people receive care
Tommy Livingston (Stuff): Non-immunised students and teachers told to avoid school after measles scare at Wellington High School
Cate Broughton (Stuff): Bowel cancer in young people campaigner and father of four dies
RNZ: Call for Pacific ministries to work together on NCDs
RNZ: More support needed for women who lose premature babies
Maxine Jacobs (Waikato Times): Six week wait for doctor at Tokoroa Medical Centre not common
Benn Bathgate (Stuff): Prison sentences for couple who starved vulnerable man under their care
1News: Boy in foster care failed by disability service, Health and Disability Commission finds
Murphy (RNZ): Trans and non-binary health and wellbeing report reveals severe inequities
Felix Desmarais (Stuff): Kiwi transgender and non-binary people at higher risk of suicide – survey
D’Angelo Martin (Māori TV): Has Mason Duries’ ‘Whare Tapa Whā’ Model Delivered for Māori?

Tax, IRD
John Anthony (Stuff): Government tweaks tax rules for businesses to encourage investment
1News: Government releases plan for ‘productive, sustainable and inclusive economy’, including changes to business tax
Jane Patterson (RNZ): Tax breaks for business to encourage investment
RNZ: Govt announces tax changes for business
John Anthony (Stuff): KiwiSavers and investors on wrong tax rate to be sent reminder in the post from IRD

Primary and extractive industries
Deena Coster (Stuff): South Taranaki seabed mining case to be heard in Court of Appeal
Māori TV: Mining company seeks to overturn Pātea iron-sand decision
RNZ: Mining company appeal over quashed consent to be heard today
Mike Watson (Taranaki Daily News): Taranaki oil exploration suspension shows high risks involved in sunset industry, insiders say
Eric Frykberg (RNZ): Tractor protest: Farmers concerned by rush of reforms
Peter Fraser (Spinoff): The $700m bombshell that could explain Fonterra’s results postponement
Keith Woodford (Interest): Fonterra’s company culture lies at the heart of the matter

Education
David Williams (Newsroom): Minister pressured uni into merger talks
John Gerritsen (RNZ): Apprenticeships could soon have same status as degrees and diplomas
Sylvia Nissen (University of Auckland): ‘Most students don’t share my views’: Why is talking about politics so difficult?

Justice, corrections
Jody O’Callaghan (Stuff): NZ prisons to get 976 extra prison beds
Oliver Lewis (Stuff): Prisoner waited nine weeks to see a doctor after injuring shoulder in fall
Stuff: Convicted murderer Phillip John Smith wants media interview

Environment and conservation
Mia Sutherland (Stuff): Climate strike: Protest is in Kiwis DNA and the climate needs us to take action
Joel MacManus (Stuff): The story behind the million-dollar TV ad calling people to cut their emissions
Sean Hogan (1News): Katikati farmer embracing challenge to reduce carbon emissions
Marc Daalder (Newsroom): Builders release ambitious zero carbon roadmap
Laura Smith (ODT): Long coastline steadily eroding
Tema Hemi (Māori TV): Not too late for Māori to save NZ’s polluted waters
RNZ: The Packaging Dilemma: how to keep food safe and save the world from plastic waste
Andrea Vance (Stuff): Trawling ban could help stop endangered sea lion deaths at Auckland Islands
RNZ: Plan to protect declining New Zealand sea lion population
Robin Martin (RNZ): DOC takes action to protect booming whio population
1News: Government plans law change to protect endangered species from illegal trade
RNZ: NZ government targets ivory trade regulations
Stuff: Plague of wallabies threatens forest dividing Bay of Plenty and Waikato

Welfare
Sarah Robson (RNZ): ‘I’m not receiving enough income to cover my basic needs’ – beneficiary
Sarah Robson (RNZ): Petition calls for urgent changes to welfare system
Nicolas Herault, John Creedy and Norman Gemmell (The Conversation): How raising tax for high-income earners would reduce inequality, improve social welfare in New Zealand

Economy
David Cormack (Herald): Labour can walk the walk but not talk the talk on economy (paywalled)
Tamsyn Parker (Herald): Mood of the boardroom: How business rates the Government

Housing
RNZ: Landlord fined $25,000 for failing to lodge tenancy bonds
1News: Auckland landlord fined nearly $25k after failing to lodge tenancy bonds on 32 occasions
Anne Gibson (Herald): Four homes going, 36 units rising: KiwiBuild project set to change west Auckland street (paywalled)

Fatal Lime scooter crash
James Fyfe (Newshub): Lime removed scooter from scene of fatal accident before police arrived – Auckland Councillor Christine Fletcher
1News: Lime says scooter wasn’t removed from scene, before emergency services arrived at fatal Auckland crash
1News: Lime says it’s ‘inappropriate to comment’ about claim it removed scooter from scene after fatal Auckland crash
Bernard Orsman (Herald): Fatal Lime scooter crash: Witness believes front wheel locked up
RNZ

Gun law reform
Charlie Dreaver (RNZ): National lists demands for firearm law reform
Jason Walls (Herald): National lays out 13 changes the Government needs to adopt before it supports more gun laws

Pike River
Kurt Bayer (Herald): Pike River Mine tragedy families invited to go underground
1News: Family members of Pike River disaster victims have chance to enter mine

Transport, roading
Georgina Campbell (Herald): Wellington Chamber of Commerce slams city’s $6.4b transport plan
Thomas Couglan (Stuff): Manawatū Gorge to get $620 million replacement motorway
Deena Coster (Stuff): Iwi position on $200m Mt Messenger bypass remains unclear

Place names
Bronson Perich (Māori TV): Land Information NZ finally corrects Spelling Errors
RNZ: Seal of approval for spelling of Manawatū-Whanganui region
Paul Mitchell (Manawatū Standard): Rangitīkei town prepares to celebrate 150th anniversary of its naming

Other
Michael Morrah (Newshub): ‘Desperate people will pay significant money’: Human smuggling groups target New Zealand
RNZ: Ihumātao: Govt had ‘meaningful’ discussions with Fletchers
Boris Jancic (Herald): Conspiracy denials: What we’ve learned about Operation Burnham (paywalled)
Gordon Campbell: On the RWC, and the Operation Burnham inquiry debacle
Rob Stock (Stuff): Taxpayer could pay stay-at-home mums’ KiwiSaver contributions
RNZ: The Detail: Sudden ditching of Te Papa North plan stuns Auckland
Jenna Lynch (Newshub): New Zealand Government deep dives into Facebook moderation
Daniel Dunkley (Stuff): At 18, Kiwibank still has only 4 per cent of the market. What’s happened?
Jenny Ruth (BusinessDesk): Analysis: Govt will have to pay up to keep construction industry going
Jim Rose (Stuff): Defending free speech requires you to put up with oddballs and a good deal of rubbish
Emma Hatton (RNZ): Data collection company says onsite hazard information should be publicly available
RNZ: Hawke’s Bay gets $14m PGF investment
John Weekes (Stuff): Mexican cartels target NZ in ‘perfect storm’ of high cocaine prices, abundant supply
Jessica Tyson (Māori TV): All iwi urged to get insurance for their marae in case of disaster
RNZ: Nine to Noon: Challenging negative stereotypes of millenials to Gen Z
Nikki Mandow (Newsroom): How Whale Oil rivals found themselves on the same team
RNZ: Niue’s Premier returns to island but not to office
Hana Mereraiha, Tamati Tiananga (Māori TV): Ngāi Tahu flying to new business heights with Air NZ