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Today’s content by Dr Bryce Edwards.

Foreign affairs and trade
Thomas Coughlan and Luke Malpass (Stuff): Jacinda Ardern feted abroad, but Emissions Trading Scheme extension in trouble at home
Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): The new NZ-US relationship – devil will be in the detail
Audrey Young (Herald): There’s a time when the Leader of the Opposition should just button it (paywalled)
1News: In UN address today, Jacinda Ardern to focus on Christchurch terrorist attack, climate change
Derek Cheng (Herald): Donald Trump ditches gun reform a day after quizzing Jacinda Ardern about it
Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): Ardern hails ‘warm’ meeting with Trump
Derek Cheng (Herald): New Zealand’s biggest day at the UN, but not because of Trump (paywalled)
Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): Ardern’s Call heard on day of diplomatic frenzy
Press Editorial: Jacinda Ardern’s big day in the Big Apple
Herald: ‘Wonderful meeting!’ Trump tweets about face-to-face with Ardern
Stuff: Donald Trump tweets about ‘wonderful’ meeting with Jacinda Ardern
Jamie Ensor (Newshub): Jacinda Ardern ‘looking good’ on world stage, but not walking the talk – Simon Bridges
1News: Simon Bridges gives low mark for PM Jacinda Ardern’s ‘substance’ on UN trip
Zane Small (Newshub): Winston Peters hails ‘stellar’ Ardern-Trump meeting as Simon Bridges says she ‘copped out’
Boris Jancic (Herald): Simon Bridges accuses PM Jacinda Ardern of climate hypocrisy after Donald Trump meeting
Jessica Tyson (Māori TV): Ardern ‘falls short’ in UN climate change speech
Sophie Bateman (Newshub): Jacinda Ardern seated at Donald Trump’s UN Summit lunch table
Jamie Ensor (Newshub): Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern snubbed from Donald Trump Twitter video
Luke Malpass (Stuff): The moment US President Donald Trump met Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern
Jane Patterson (RNZ): PM Jacinda Ardern’s meeting with Donald Trump discusses tourism, terror and trade
Derek Cheng (Herald): Jacinda Ardern in New York: What she discussed with Donald Trump
Laura Gambino (Guardian): Trump showed interest in New Zealand gun buyback program, Ardern says
Luke Malpass (Stuff): Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern warns world on climate prisoners’ dilemma
Steven Cowan: Jacinda Ardern: Ignoring Greta’s message
AP: Climate experts say they hear talk at UN but not much action

Christchurch Call
Craig McCulloch (RNZ): Donald Trump warns about social media platforms ‘acquiring immense power’
Katie Kenny (Stuff): Jacinda Ardern’s ‘Christchurch Call’ has made strides, but is worth much more than the paper it’s written on?
Alex Braae (Spinoff): Four months on from the Christchurch Call, small signs of meaningful change
Sophie Bateman (Newshub): Jacinda Ardern should get angry like Greta Thunberg – KiwiSaver provider
Luke Malpass (Stuff): Christchurch Call grows louder, but Facebook won’t apologise
Derek Cheng (Herald): Facebook regretful but not sorry over March 15 terrorist attack footage
1News: Ardern touts Christchurch Call at UN, announces Google to hold crisis response exercise in NZ
Jenna Lynch (Newshub): Christchurch Call: Tech leaders to release anti-terror algorithms, terror crisis plan formulated
Craig McCulloch (RNZ): Christchurch Call: Tech companies overhaul organisation to stop terrorists online
Derek Cheng (Herald): Christchurch Call update: Social media giants join forces to fight extremism

Climate change
Thomas Coughlan (Stuff): Draft emission trading scheme stalls, fails to make it to Cabinet
RNZ: Emissions Trading Scheme details to be revealed
John Gibb (ODT): Native trees preferred as carbon sinks
David Surveyor (ODT): Bill will impact farming sector significantly
Jason Walls (Herald): Acting PM Winston Peters says children better off in school than marching in Friday’s climate change protests
Katy Jones (Stuff): Businesses and unions support schools climate strike
Andrew MacFarlane (1News): Student climate march organisers expect biggest turnout yet as adults invited to join
Emily Brookes (Stuff): I want my daughter to be Greta Thunberg
Hannah Martin (Stuff): Climate change a ‘health emergency’ for New Zealanders, says medical association
Christopher Tenisio and Ernest Gibson (Newsroom): Pacific people on the front lines for climate
1News: New climate change campaign encourages Kiwis to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
RNZ: Saturday Morning: Tim Flannery: 20 years in climate activism a ‘colossal failure’
Marta Steeman (Stuff): The New Zealand Green Building Council calls for new buildings to be rid of gas and coal

Liz Gordon (Daily Blog): The school decile debate
Simon Collins (Herald): Axing deciles will create winner and loser schools
Simon Collins (Herald): School deciles to be scrapped from 2021-22; Education Minister Chris Hipkins unveils new ‘equity index’
John Gerritsen (RNZ): Decile rating to go, schools to be scored between 1 and 200
Henry Cooke (Stuff): School decile funding system will be scrapped by 2021 or 2022
1News: Govt announces school decile system to be abolished in two years to ‘reduce the stigma’
Lucy Warhurst (Newshub): School decile system: ‘Stigmatisation’ concerns lead to new Equity Index
Herald Editorial: Decile scheme scrapped, time to meet the new kid (paywalled)
Brian Rudman (Herald): History move will fill in our missing pieces (paywalled)
Tim Newman (Stuff): Nelson teacher shocked by Novopay overpayment bill
Jim Flynn: My Book Defending Free Speech Has Been Banned

Royal Commission of Inquiry into Abuse in Care
Katie Fitzgerald (Newshub): Tracey Martin doesn’t have confidence in royal commission after paedophile attendance
Katie Scotcher (RNZ): Royal Commission: Calls for commissioner Paul Gibson to step down
Laura Walters (Newsroom): Tracey Martin considers action after royal commission blunder
RNZ: Checkpoint: Martin seeks advice on removing abuse inquiry commissioners
Henry Cooke (Stuff): Sex offender in inquiry meetings: Minister says her hands are tied
1News: Outrage follows revelation sex offender allowed contact with survivors as part of Royal Commission into Abuse in Care
Jason Walls and Boris Jancic (Herald): Children’s Minister Tracey Martin ‘horrified’ a child sex offender allowed in abuse meetings
Zane Small (Newshub): ‘I’m horrified’: Minister Tracey Martin wants answers over paedophile’s presence at meetings
RNZ: Royal Commission: Minister’s confidence ‘has been shaken’
Anna Bracewell-Worrall (Newshub): ‘It made me feel sick’: State abuse victims shocked over paedophile at Royal Commission of Inquiry gatherings

Local government
Jean Drage (Stuff): Local elections: Do some research and vote. This matters.
Max Rashbrooke (Stuff): My plea to council candidates: more openness, ASAP
Tim Muller and Logan Penniket (Spinoff): The true impact of New Zealand’s wildly uneven voting statistics
John Hawkes (Herald): Democracy in New Zealand is outdated (paywalled)
Simon Wilson (Herald): Local elections 2019: The battle for the Shore (paywalled)
Todd Niall (Stuff): Auckland waterfront stadium projected cost rises to $2.4 billion
Todd Niall (Stuff): Auckland Mayoral race: John Tamihere’s $80m council building up-sell allegation rejected
Samantha Motion (Bay of Plenty Times): Tauranga City Council revokes decision to give Elms neighbour 11 Mission St to Ōtamataha Trust
Sam Kilmister (Manawatū Standard): Mayor suggests her role is too demanding for working parents
Jono Galuszka (Manawatū Standard): Mayoral candidate suffering from clinical psychosis, delusion
Dileepa Fonseka (Stuff): $23.9m paper deficit on Wellington city council’s books after $50.9m write-down of civic assets
ODT: Election Expectations – ECan
Joanne Carroll (Stuff): West Coast council’s bullying and misspending complaints concern Minister
Hamish McNeilly (Stuff): Dunedin mayoralty a ‘raffle’ thanks to Single Transferable Vote system
Hamish McNeilly (Stuff): No cents meets common sense: Dunedin mayoral candidate’s zero spend campaign
Tess Brunton (RNZ): Dunedin mayoral candidates speed date their constituents
Chris Morris (ODT): Collegiality in question at council
Chris Morris (ODT): Cull backs Garey, Hawkins
Abbey Palmer (ODT): Pleasantries before business at Invercargill City Council’s last meeting

Local government – Christchurch
Sam Sherwood and Tina Law (Stuff): Christchurch City councillor Deon Swiggs taking ‘short break’
Tina Law (Press): Christchurch councillor accused of ‘grossly inappropriate’ messages absent from council meeting
Thomas Mead (1News): Christchurch councillor accused of inappropriate conduct no show at meeting
Mel Logan and Mark Quinlivan (Newshub): Christchurch councillor Deon Swiggs accused of sending ‘inappropriate’ messages to young people absent from meeting
Josie Adams and Hayden Donnell (Spinoff): Race briefing: Christchurch, where misconduct allegations are derailing the election race

Jason Walls (Herald): New NZTA board appointee refuses to apologise to Winston Peters for insulting tweet
Thomas Coughlan (Stuff): Winston Peters tells NZTA board to get on with the job, or they’ll be sacked
Michael Morrah (Newshub): Minister reveals details of CAA bullying review
RNZ: The Detail: E-scooters – should we ban them or embrace them?
Charlotte Cook (RNZ): Relief as new Manawatū Gorge highway announced
Sam Farrell (Newshub): Government green-lights $620m new Manawatu Gorge highway
RNZ: Manawatū Gorge replacement highway gets go-ahead
1News: Government invests in $620m Manawatū Gorge replacement highway
Stephen Forbes (Interest): NZTA will outline reallocation of Auckland light rail funding this week
Amanda Saxton (Stuff): Auckland public transport scam: Impostors with ‘borrowed’ SuperGold Cards

Infometrics: Insights from the 2018 census (so far)
RNZ: Māori have no measure of success following botched census
Isaac Davison (Herald): ‘Lock and leave’ apartments blamed for high number of empty homes in Auckland CBD
Scott Palmer (Newshub): ‘No religion’ overtakes Christianity in latest Census results
1News: ‘No religion’ officially overtakes Christianity in New Zealand Census stats
Scott Palmer (Newshub): Destiny Church leader Brian Tamaki eviscerates ‘ludicrous’ Census
Stephen Forbes (Interest): Winston Peters criticises quality of immigration data
Duncan Garner (Newshub): Immigration debate sorely needed

Gun laws
Katie Fitzgerald and Heather McCarron (Newshub): Second tranche of gun law changes won’t make public safer – National
1News: National and ACT vote against Government’s latest gun laws
Collette Devlin (Stuff): Aim for gun reform to be law by first anniversary of Christchurch shooting
Boris Jancic (Herald): Gun register bill passes first reading in Parliament
Laura Andelane (Newshub): Police warn ‘time is running out’, thousands of prohibited firearms yet to be handed in
RNZ: Police spend $45 million in gun buy-back scheme

Business, economy
Jacinda Ardern (Herald): My hope – a rising tide that will lift all boats (paywalled)
Tim McCready (Herald): Mood of the Boardroom: Winston Peters viewed as ‘the voice of reason’ (paywalled)
Herald: Mood of the Boardroom: Is Grant Robertson delivering credible economic and fiscal management for NZ? (paywalled)
Richard Harman (Politik): The surprising factor causing business confidence to fall
Fran O’Sullivan (Herald): Mood of the Boardroom: How CEOs ranked Cabinet on performance (paywalled)
Tim McCready (Herald): Mood of the Boardroom: CEOs score Greens’ ministers (paywalled)
Tim McCready (Herald): Mood of the Boardroom: Goff or Tamihere – CEOs pick their preferred Auckland mayor (paywalled)
Liam Dann (Herald): Support for Adrian Orr in banking battle (paywalled)
Fran O’Sullivan (Herald): Mood of the Boardroom: Banks’ shrill response decried by CEOs (paywalled)
Brent Melville (ODT): NZRB to publicise regulatory breaches
Duncan Bridgeman (Herald):  Mood of the Boardroom: Staffing a big issue for executives (paywalled)

Business conduct and consumer protections
Jason Walls (Herald): Government outlines plans to crack down on businesses taking consumers for a ride
Zane Small (Newshub): ‘Verbally abused and blacklisted’: The ‘unconscionable’ business practices targeted in Government crackdown
RNZ: Govt proposes changes to protect against ‘poor commercial conduct’

Nicola Short & Dave Veart (Herald): Ihumātao challenges how we view heritage (paywalled)
Boris Jancic (Herald: Finance Minister Grant Robertson tight-lipped about Ihumātao meeting with Fletchers
Lucy Mackintosh (Guardian): Why Ihumātao truly is a piece of New Zealand’s soul

Jono Edwards (ODT): ORC may delay rules on discharges six years
Tema Hemi (Māori TV): Ngāti Ruanui Fight to Protect their Environment
RNZ: Appeal to mine off Taranaki coast wraps up first day incourt
Phil Pennington (RNZ): ‘Crunch time’ for NZ’s quarries as aggregate price soar

Māori TV: Wikitōria Day, Te Ao with Moana: Update: A hapū’s quest to save their marae
Māori TV: Te Ao with Moana: The survival of a sinking marae
Māori TV: Te Ao with Moana: Marae can plan 10 to 50 years ahead with specialist advice
Māori TV: Te Ao with Moana: Whānau of marae destroyed by fire determined to rebuild

Alan Kenyon (1News): Peters claims Bridges dodging him in question time as ‘nobody likes to get beaten up in the first round’
Katie Fitzgerald (Newshub): Winston Peters reveals ‘infection’ delayed return to work after operation
Herald: Winston Peters says serious infection after ‘serious operation’ kept him away from Beehive

RWC streaming 
Thomas Manch (Stuff): All Blacks on free-to-air? Winston Peters hasn’t given up on the dream
1News: ‘We’re a first world country’ – Winston Peters lashes out at ‘circus’-like RWC streaming issues
Hamish Bidwell (RNZ): Opinion: Spark sells New Zealand a lemon
Heather du Plessis-Allan (Newstalk ZB): In defence of Spark Sport at 2019 Rugby World Cup (paywalled)
Chris Keall (Herald): Anatomy of a streaming meltdown: What went wrong for Spark Sport on Saturday night (paywalled)

1News: Measles alert for Tongan community after woman with disease attended ‘Akilisi Pohiva’s Auckland memorial service
RNZ: Measles warning for those who attended late Tongan PM’s memorial service in Auckland
Charlotte Cook (RNZ): Calls for minimum standard of care for all bereaved parents
1News: Transgender and non-binary people suffer high levels of mental health and discrimination issues, report finds
Sophie Bateman (Newshub): Half of transgender and non-binary Kiwis victims of attempted rape – survey
Karen Brown (RNZ): Radiographers, sonographers, psychologists to walk off the job

ODT Editorial: Euthanasia concerns remain
1News: Controversial euthanasia bill back before Parliament today

Jane Patterson (RNZ): Risks for Kiwibuild programme revealed
Peter Cordtz (Interest): Why women enter retirement worse off than men
Marc Daalder (Newsroom): It takes a village to heal this struggling suburb
Hamish Cardwell (RNZ): Half of NZ’s worst drunk drivers not made to get vehicle immobilisers – report
Laura Walters (Newsroom): No change to child welfare without everyone on board
Deena Coster (Stuff): Employment action taken against Oranga Tamariki residential staff after grievances upheld
Bryan Gould: The value of balance in news treatment by our media
RNZ: Tahitian va’a brings spirit of Tupaia to Tuia voyage
Yvette McCullough (RNZ): Millions poured to ensure mānuka honey is a NZ only product
AAP: Government supporting industry push to trademark manuka honey in China
Zac Fleming (Spinoff): Warnings raised that legalising cannabis could contaminate food supply
Nicholas Boyack (Stuff): Single-use plastic bags return to Lower Hutt market despite ban
Stuff: Official name change for Manawatū-Whanganui region gets a macron and an extra letter
Heather McCarron (Newshub): One in four people getting out of jury service