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Today’s content by Dr Bryce Edwards.

Shane Jones’ comments at forestry conference
Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): Shane Jones’ funding cut threat a step too far
Jason Walls (Herald): ‘This utu [revenge] is best served cold’ – Minister Shane Jones vows revenge on forestry rivals
Thomas Coughlan (Stuff): Shane Jones issues warning to forestry companies – ‘political utu is a dish best served cold’
Zane Small (Newshub): ‘His language should be tighter’: Shane Jones gets telling off from Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern
RNZ: Forestry comments: Jones’ language should be much tighter, says PM
Herald: Shane Jones on vote-buying allegations: ‘Spurious National Party rubbish’ (paywalled)
Herald Editorial: Extraordinary words from Shane Jones overstep propriety (paywalled)

Parliament TV attack ads
Graeme Edgeler (RNZ): Parliamentary video: a rule whose time has passed
ODT Editorial: National going on the attack
Richard Harman (Politik): Brownlee challenges Mallard
Jo Moir (RNZ): Parliament TV attack ads: Rule review brought forward
Herald: Parliament considers video rule shake-up
Zane Small (Newshub): Simon Bridges accuses Speaker of acting ‘outside of his powers’ over attacks ads ruling

Banking
Newshub: Farmers welcome regional banking ‘hubs’ trial
Thomas Coughlan (Stuff): Government reaches deal with banks to push pause on regional branch closures
Jason Walls (Herald): Banks promise not to shutdown regional branches as Government trials ‘banking hubs’
Zane Small (Newshub): Banks in New Zealand to trial ‘hubs’ in regions hit by lack of branches
Anna Whyte (1News): Major NZ banks to trial regional hubs, as branches continue to close
RNZ: Regional banking hubs to be trialled in towns
David Hargreaves (Interest): Big banks have promised not to close any regional branches while trial of banking hubs is under way from early next year
Julie Iles (NBR): Banks to trial regional hubs in 2020 (paywalled)
Tamsyn Parker (Herald): ANZ insider describes Bonus Bonds as massive ‘rort’ (paywalled)

Transport
Audrey Young (Herald): Simon Bridges receives apology from Ministry of Transport over ‘spam’
Henry Cooke (Stuff): Transport Ministry will review processes after National Party submissions labelled as spam
Jo Moir (RNZ): Submissions forwarded from National Party flagged as spam

Government
Chris Trotter (Daily Blog): Keeping The Hope Of “Delivery” – And “Jacinda” – Alive
Jason Walls (Herald): Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern didn’t give much away when asked about a peace prize nomination

Climate change
TVNZ: Q+A: James Shaw denies climate change strategy just talk, admits it doesn’t fly with student protestors
Brent Edwards (NBR): New Green fund to be commercial but tax-exempt (paywalled)
1News: Jacinda Ardern approached by other nations to share climate change ideas after UN speeches
David Cormack (Herald): National’s climate change position means they’re not fit to govern (paywalled)
Peter McKenzie (Spinoff): The climate strike smashed it for scale. But is it all too … polite?
1News: Jacinda Ardern speaks out in defence of climate activist Greta Thunberg, expresses ‘deep admiration’
Cas Carter (Stuff): Greta Thunberg and student climate action leaders stick to their core values
John Hosking (Newsroom): NZ scientists’ carbon footprint dilemma

Environment and conservation
Mike Joy (Spinoff): For once, could we please just listen to the scientists?
Gerard Hurtching (Stuff): Bathurst Coal buys land to expand mining for dairy factories
Anna Whyte (1News): ‘It’s morally unacceptable’ – Three containers from NZ confirmed in Indonesia’s plastic crackdown
Michael Daly (Stuff): Spill risks among reasons public needs input into Otago oil exploration plan: Greenpeace
Katie Todd (RNZ): Protesters surround Petroleum New Zealand conference
Daisy Hudson (ODT): Protesters make their point at conference
Brent Melville (ODT): Oil and gas permits will lower emissions, claims sector
RNZ: Fishing industry ‘rolls with punches’ on tarakihi catch 10 percent cut
Laurel Stowell (Whanganui Chronicle): Company applies to bottle and sell Whanganui bore water
Tracy Neal (RNZ): Cruise ship emissions in New Zealand to be kept in check

Local government
Phil Pennington (RNZ): Councils’ public relations spending jumps, latest figures show
Todd Niall (Stuff):Local body elections: Five tips to get you voting
Spinoff: No voting papers? Don’t panic. You can still exercise your democratic right
Lois Williams (RNZ): Far North elections: Growing population heats up 10-strong mayoral race
Todd Niall (Stuff): Auckland mayoral race: No worries about low voter turnout
Jennifer Dann (Herald): 12 Questions: Phil Goff on ambitions, successes – and regrets (paywalled)
Andrew McRae (RNZ): Hamilton’s mayoral fight heats up as younger candidate steps in
Samantha Motion (Bay of Plenty Times): Election 2019: Tauranga City Council candidates detail sign vandalism (paywalled)
RNZ: Napier pool: Residents’ court case against council decision begins
Janine Rankin (Manawatū Standard): Election signs at the mercy of vandals, thieves and weather
Tina Law and Dominic Harris (Press): Christchurch city councillor Deon Swiggs not returning to electioneering yet
Thomas Mead (1News): Christchurch City Council still using potentially cancer-causing weed killer
RNZ: Chch councillor accused of inappropriate behaviour taking more leave
Cate Broughton (Press): Religion, race increase risk of attack for candidate posters
Gary Moore (Press): Zero rates rises mean taking the ‘build’ out of ‘rebuild’
Peter McDougall (Press): Zero rates increase is achievable, says council candidate
Mark Price (ODT): Alleged conflict of interest draws second complaint
John Gibb (ODT): Positive messages from meeting
Gil Barbezat (ODT): Hospital board faces juggling act, challenges
Chris Morris (ODT): DCC: hydrogen could aid carbon-neutral goal

Wellington
Nicholas Boyack (Dominion Post): Wellington Report 2019: City or village? The age-old question
Dileepa Fonseka (Dominion Post): Wellington Report: Wellington ‘bursting at the seams’, consents go backwards and social housing backlog balloons
Virginia Fallon (Dominion Post): Wellington Report 2019: Cheapest and most expensive homes to buy and rent
Rob Mitchell (Dominion Post): Wellington Report 2019: Getting too big for our boots?
Nicholas Boyack (Dominion Post): Wellington Report 2019: Smaller and taller – How to house a growing population
Rob Mitchell (Dominion Post): Wellington Report 2019: Why the Matrix is not always about the future
Max Rashbrooke: Pressure for mayoral candidate transparency begins to bear fruit
Dileepa Fonseka (Stuff): Wellington mayoral candidates debate what Wellywood can do to bring Lord of the Rings back
Sophie Bateman (Newshub): Wellington council candidate wants women to be able to swim topless at public pools

Auckland Council Southern and Molyneux decision
Nick Truebridge (Stuff): High Court rejects judicial review of decision to block controversial Canadian pair from Auckland venue
Nikki Preston (Herald): High Court rules Auckland Council within rights to cancel Lauren Southern, Stefan Molyneux event
Scott Palmer (Newshub): High Court backs decision to block Lauren Southern, Stefan Molyneux
Jamie Ensor (Newshub): ACT Party leader David Seymour’s freedom of speech talk interrupted by ‘lame’ protesters

Education
Southland Times Editorial: Mason Pendrous: Death in a lonely crowd
Daniel Meech (Spinoff): Auckland University won’t remove white supremacist signs from campus
Dave Armstrong (Stuff): Parents’ decile choices have widened gap between rich and poor suburbs
Eric Crampton (Newsroom): A better measure of school performance
Benn Bathgate (Stuff): Education Minister says addressing ECE pay ‘top of the pile’ issue
Jessica Long (Stuff): Kindergarten teachers’ roles a commodity as pay gap widens for early childhood educators
EducationHQ: Compulsory history should open the door for national curriculum: academic

Australia-New Zealand relationship
TVNZ: Q+A: Aussie senator vows to fight ‘absolutely disgusting’ visa system for Kiwis living across Tasman
Jamie Ensor (Newshub): Influx of criminal deportees from Australia a ‘major irritant’ to relationship – Jacinda Ardern
Duncan Garner (Newshub): Not a surprise Australia’s criminals re-offended in New Zealand

State sector pay rates
RNZ: State sector pay rates ‘have got completely out of control’
Jason Walls (Herald): Act leader David Seymour says the Government’s pay increase veto for top boards is ‘image trumping policy’
Michael Reddell: A rather well-paid Governor

Police
Jared Savage (Herald): New clause allows State Services Commission to ask for anonymous, confidential feedback on Police Commissioner candidates (paywalled)
James Fyfe (Newshub): Police carrying guns at all times may be ‘inevitable’ – Police Association
Boris Jancic (Herald): NZ First halts festival drug-testing policy proposed by Labour

Health
Michael Hale (Spinoff): When treat foods become the norm: A doctor on our childhood obesity epidemic
1News: Survey reveals how much time Kiwi parents let their kids spend on devices
Guyon Espiner (RNZ): Seizures, driving stand-downs as Pharmac pulls epilepsy drug funding
Giles Dexter (Newshub): Pharmac’s reduced funding for epilepsy drug raises concerns over driving, seizures
Nicholas Boyack (Stuff): Should hospices have to rely on sausages sizzles for funding?
Imran Ali (Northern Advocate): Weeks to get GP appointments in Northland (paywalled)
Cameo Turner and Megan Harvey (Herald): US doctor saves life of Kiwi woman with cancer after her call for help on Facebook
Melanie Earley (Stuff): Radio personality Michael Kooge says he’s being ‘left to die’ as he can’t afford cancer treatment 
Mike Houlahan (ODT): Facilities at Wakari not fit: report
Lee Kenny (stuff): Open days at Christchurch Hospital building delayed as building work incomplete
Felix Desmarais (Stuff): What are you supposed to do when a friend is in a mental health crisis?
Aaron Hendry (Noted): How we can all try to slow down New Zealand’s rising suicide rate

Tourism
Amanda Cropp (Stuff): New Zealand tourism sees threat if climate change deters long-haul flyers
1News: Environmental impact of travel a threat to Aotearoa’s tourism industry, report finds
Dave Goosselink (Newshub): New Zealand tourist operators warned as visitor numbers ‘level off’ after rapid growth
Tess Brunton (RNZ): Tourism NZ welcomes chance to share data on Kiwi tourists

Primary industries
Maja Burry (RNZ): Government rejects blame for low farmer confidence
Maja Burry (RNZ): Farmers’ inner-city BBQs aim to boost urban connections, mental health

Pacific
Anna Whyte (1News): Government looks to deepen business ties with Fiji
Dominic Godfrey (RNZ): Emotional scars remain in American Samoa from tsunami
RNZ: Climate logic must be accepted says Samoa PM
RNZ: Vanuatu PM calls for UN action on West Papua

Economy
Liam Dann (Herald): Grim business confidence becomes a political football (paywalled)
Bonnie Flaws (Stuff): Businesses expect conditions to deteriorate over the next year despite rate cut, says ANZ
RNZ: Business confidence keeps dropping

Immigration
Lincoln Tan (Herald): Immigration adviser who faked emails from Associate Immigration Minister suspended
Teuila Fuatai (Herald): Pacific people treated differently (paywalled)

Spark Sport complaints, rugby broadcasting
RNZ: Spark stands by RWC coverage after more complaints
Debrin Foxcroft (Stuff): Rugby World Cup 2019: Commerce Commission assessing 13 Spark Sport streaming complaints
Herald: 2019 Rugby World Cup: Commerce Commission receiving complaints about Spark Sport
Stuff: Sky TV lost the Rugby World Cup, will fight to broadcast other rugby champs

Justice, corrections
Jamie Morton (Herald):Prison violence: Can we predict it before it happens?
Elena McPhee (ODT): Ex-prisoner’s plight not uncommon – Pars
Donna Chisholm (Noted): Child testimony: Could the Peter Ellis case happen again?

Defence industry forum
Thomas Manch (Stuff): Defence forum abandons military expo as ‘aggressive protesters’ claim success
Nicholas Pointon (RNZ): Defence industry forum canned over protester concern

Mongrel Mob women’s chapter proposed
RNZ: ‘Wāhine have got nothing to do with the patch’ – gang member
Simon Collins (Herald): Mongrel Mob says women’s chapter won’t wear back patches
Scott Palmer (Newshub): Mongrel Mob divided over plans for women’s chapter

Other
Isaac Davison (Herald): Auckland landlords charging Government $300 a night to house homeless (paywalled)
Rawiri Taonui (Stuff): Ihumātao: What are the options for the Labour Government?
Sarah Robson (RNZ): Oranga Tamariki social workers face assaults, abuse and threats
RNZ: The Detail: The story behind the sex abuser at the sexual abuse inquiry
John Anthony (Stuff): Who bought John Key’s mansion? ‘U have to wait and see,’ former PM texts
Boris Jancic (Herald): Marama Fox’s business debts hang over Māori Party, president says
Michael Hayward (Stuff): Public submissions on EQC’s performance critical of ‘difficult’ agency
Laura Walters (Newsroom): Who is watching NZ’s Chinese-language media?
Denise Piper (Stuff): Hapū from Northland’s Bay of Islands sad its story missed from Tuia 250 events
Gavin Evans (BusinessDesk): Market studies: too valuable to get wrong (paywalled)
Gareth Vaughan (Interest): Faafoi waves stick of royal commission in otherwise conciliatory speech
Rob Stock (Stuff): Borrowers can shop around for loans without being judged ‘desperate’
Stephen Forbes (Interest): Government seeks to address construction industry volatility with new Crown contracting guidelines
Evan Harding (Southland Times): Reform proposal ‘big blow’ to Tiwai aluminium smelter
Gerard Hutching (Stuff): Synlait rival warns of risk to infant formula from proposed quarry
Jamie Ensor (Newshub): Metservice, NIWA under investigation by Commerce Commission for anti-competitive behaviour
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): More Kiwis looking at alternatives to term deposits, says Financial Markets Authority
Clare de Lore (Listener): Springboks tour veteran Trevor Richards on the purpose of protest
Anna Knox (Spinoff): Gender bias and art in Aotearoa: a Spinoff survey reveals the harsh reality
1News: As those with no religion overtake Christians in NZ Census, church leaders confirm findings
Herald: Kiwis less suspicious of foreign investment if rules clear

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