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New Zealand Parliament Buildings, Wellington, New Zealand.

Today’s content by Dr Bryce Edwards.

British regret for Māori killed during Cook landing
Audrey Young (Herald): Māori not blameless: Winston Peters (paywalled)
Tom McRae (Newshub): Britain expresses regret for Māori killed during Captain Cook’s arrival
Te Kuru o te Marama Dewes (Māori TV): “We can’t sit back and let that be a shallow statement”
Te Kuru o te Marama Dewes (Māori TV): Gisborne iwi receive expression of regret from UK Govt
RNZ: British High Commissioner’s regret ‘more meaningful than apology’
AP: Britain expresses regret for killing of Māori during Captain Cook’s landing 250 years ago
Audrey Young (Herald): Gisborne iwi requested expression of regret over deaths of Maori at first Cook encounter
RNZ: Iwi to receive message expressing regret for Māori killed in James Cook meeting
Charlotte Graham-McLay (Guardian): Britain expresses ‘regret’ over Māori killings after Cook’s arrival in New Zealand
Perry Wilson and Mark Quinlivan (Newshub): UK Government to ‘express regret’ for Māori killed by Captain James Cook
Tina Ngata (Spinoff): The right to conquer and claim: Captain Cook and the Doctrine Of Discovery

Climate change
Katie Fitzgerald (Newshub): Prehistoric data shows climate change could cause 20m sea level rise
Georgia Forrester (Stuff): Widespread ice sheet melting in Antarctica could raise sea level by 20m, NZ-led study finds
1News: Sea levels could rise up to 20 metres if Paris climate accord isn’t followed, NZ study finds
Jamie Morton (Herald): Paris Agreement’s failure could mean 20m of sea level rise
Eloise Gibson (Newsroom): Whanganui’s ancient rock yields worrying clues about Antarctic melting
1News: Simon Bridges doesn’t see climate change as an emergency, says that label’s ‘unhelpful and worrying’
Caleb Allom (Stuff): Why the youth won’t ‘grow out’ of climate activism
Daisy Abraham (Herald): All aboard the climate action bandwagon (paywalled)
Felix Desmarais (Stuff): Managed retreat for Kāpiti Coast park will go ahead

Local government 
1News: Some elected representatives not showing up to local council meetings
Māori TV: Te Ao with Moana: Candidates with Māori names end up at bottom of election results
Bernard Orsman (Herald):Aucklanders slow out of the blocks to vote in local body elections
Tim Murphy (Newsroom): The man making Tamihere look orthodox
Hayden Donnell (Spinoff): Auckland’s penny-pinching rates protesters find a new hero
Ripu Bhatia (Stuff): Racist comments by Auckland local election candidate John Subritzky surface
Will McKenzie (Herald): Keeping Auckland congestion to acceptable levels (paywalled)
Matt Shand (Waikato Times): NZ’s ‘most honest’ election sign causes a stir
Herald: Pretend Tauranga council election billboard goes viral as Kiwis praise ‘honest campaign’
Mike Watson (Stuff): Kiss the babies, shake hands with the mothers, Taranaki regional councillors reminded
Sam Kilmister (Manawatū Standard): Town-wide protest not enough to stop the sale of Haylock Park
Janine Rankin (Manawatū Standard): Palmerston North Voters slow to make their choices for councils
Sophie Trigger (Stuff): Mayor promises to ‘walk alongside’ youth in climate fight
Tina Law (Press): Christchurch mayor Lianne Dalziel becomes newest inner city resident
Matthew Littlewood (Timaru Herald): Climate change, poor planning, identified as risky scenarios for council
Esther Ashby-Coventry (Timaru Herald): Timaru council urges public to have say on waste disposal before its too late
Jono Edwards (ODT): Driving the future of public transport
Blair Jackson (Southland Times): War of words erupts between the Southland District mayor and one of his challengers

Wellington
Georgina Campbell (Herald): Treasury vents concerns over Let’s Get Wellington Moving
Damian George and Rob Mitchell (Dominion Post): Wellington Report 2019: The cost of living with the threat of a big earthquake
Rob Mitchell (Dominion Post): Wellington Report 2019: Fearing the taniwha’s return
Dominion Post: Wellington Report 2019: Resilience fears around the region
Amber-Leigh Woolf (Dominion Post): Wellington Report: Climate deadline looms – how will we write the future?
Amber-Leigh Woolf and Ruby McAndrew (Dominion Post): Wellington Report 2019: Capital’s climate change reality – Slips, storms and flooding are on their way
Ruby McAndrew (Dominion Post): Wellington Report 2019: A community divided on what to do about coastal erosion, sea level rise and climate change
Dileepa Fonseka (Dominion Post): Wellington Report 2019: Strengthening tanks dreams of city apartment owners
Felix Desmarais (Dominion Post): Wellington’s Regional Council chairman Chris Laidlaw skirts bus-pocalypse in final speech

Police
Harrison Christian (Stuff): Eagle helicopter footage shows moment police used ‘excessive force’ in arrest
Scott Palmer (Newshub): Man beaten during arrest wants police officer punished for brutality
Herald: Arrested man wants police constable punished for ‘excessive force’
No Right Turn: A criminal gang in blue

Environment and conservation
1News: EPA should limit or ban popular weedkiller, expert says
David Williams (Newsroom): As democracy returns, a river of unease still flows
Gerard Hutching (Stuff): Canterbury mudfish might block Bathurst coal mine
Jamie Morton (Herald): NZ’s big pest bust: how do we kill the last survivors?
Denise Piper (Stuff): DOC says dolphins come first as swimming ban hits Bay of Islands tour operators
University of Otago: Microplastics found in most local fish
Emma Hatton (RNZ): Residents furious after dam flushing leaves flurry of dead fish
Laura Smith (ODT): Awarua Runanga proposes traditional fishing reserve

Government
Claire Trevett (Herald) Shane Jones and why Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern won’t tell him off (paywalled)
RNZ: Govt considers scrapping old cars to modernise vehicle fleet
Herald: Watch: Jacinda Ardern’s Christmas card challenge is back
Katy Jones (Stuff): Jacinda Ardern to attend Nelson’s biggest community event

Provincial Growth Fund
Boris Jancic (Herald): East Coast’s biggest employer gets $15 million Government loan
Charlie Dreaver (RNZ): Provincial Growth Fund projects: ‘Push the speed button’ – Jones
Herald: $18 million for training, jobs and salad, as Regional Development Minister Shane Jones visits East Coast

Parliament
Katie Fitzgerald (Newshub): Simon Bridges claims Mallard’s ruling on political advertising is a freedom of speech issue
Gordon Campbell: On whether a Kiwi version of Boris Johnson could succeed in suspending our Parliament

Vision NZ
Anna Whyte (1News):‘Vision New Zealand’ – Hannah Tamaki’s political party puts forward new name
Jason Walls (Herald): Destiny Church’s Hannah Tamaki registers new political party name Vision NZ
Jamie Ensor (Newshub): Hannah Tamaki’s political party back with Vision NZ name
RNZ: Destiny Church proposes new political name and logo

Pike River 
1News: Pike River victim’s widow fighting cancer head on as she continues quest for ‘justice’ for miners
Mark Quinlivan (Newshub): Pike River: Emotions high as victims’ families to go underground, enter 170m barrier
1News: Pike River victims’ family members set to enter mine today
Rowan Quinn (RNZ): Pike River families to go further inside mine than ever before
Chelsea Daniels (Herald): Pike River families to make emotional walk into West Coast mine drift
Jessica Tyson (Māori TV): Families of Pike River victims to travel deeper into mine drift

Health
Gill Bonnett (RNZ): Third of vaping advisory group come from e-cigarette industry
Stu Hunt (Stuff): Are the dangers of vaping real or just hot air?
Laura Mills (Greymouth Star): West Coast leaders call for dementia care funding changes
Libby Wilson (Stuff): No HealthTap under me, new Waikato DHB boss says
Imran Ali (Northern Advocate): Hundreds of x-ray appointments in Northland rescheduled due to strikes
RNZ: Sceptics aim to shut down NZ tour by spiritual healer
John Gerritsen (RNZ): Deaf Foundation blames earbuds, phones for teens’ hearing loss
Vaimoana Tapaleao and Simon Collins (Herald): Teenagers warned to turn the music down or risk loss of hearing
David Loughrey (ODT): $37.1m mostly on land and design
John Gibb (ODT): Red meat claims queried
1News: Free doctors’ visits, eye tests for seniors still NZ First policy despite no roll out with SuperGold Card

Measles
Press Editorial: Was the measles outbreak predictable?
Katie Fitzgerald (Newshub): Simon Bridges hits out at Government over measles outbreak handling
Simone Watkins (Herald): Choosing not to vaccinate is an ill-informed decision (paywalled)
Farah Hancock (Newsroom): Take measles vaccine to the people
Emma Russell (Herald): Measles anxiety: Plunket’s helpline flooded with calls from ‘terrified parents’
RNZ: Vaccines limited as measles cases rise in the south
Jenny Meyer (RNZ): Measles outbreak: South Auckland Pacific pre-schoolers worst hit
Mike Houlahan (ODT): Measles infections rise to 57
Mike Houlahan (ODT): Measles cases confirmed in Dunedin, Wanaka
Debbie Jamieson (Stuff): Measles epidemic spreads to Dunedin and Wanaka as southern epidemic continues
Tommy Livingston (Stuff): Warnings issued after confirmed measles cases rise in Wellington and Hawke’s Bay
1News: Measles case on Auckland-Tauranga return flights sparks new alert

University of Canterbury – student death
Sam Sherwood (Stuff): University of Canterbury announces terms for investigation into student’s death
James Fyfe (Newshub): Former High Court judge to lead investigation into student’s death at University of Canterbury
Herald: Ex-judge Kit Toogood to lead probe into death of University of Canterbury student Mason Pendrous
1News: Ex-High Court judge to lead investigation into death of Canterbury University student
Robert Brownlee (Stuff): ‘It could’ve been me’: Why the University of Canterbury incident is far from inconceivable

University of Auckland
Katie Fitzgerald and Heather McCarron (Newshub): David Seymour praises University of Auckland over ‘white supremacist’ materials
Katie Scotcher (RNZ): Open letter denounces white supremacy at Auckland University
Kendall Hutt (Stuff): White supremacists at Auckland Uni: staff sign open letter saying racism has no place there
Toby Manhire (Spinoff): 250 University of Auckland staff sign open letter over white supremacist materials on campus
Harrison Christian and Georgia Forrester (Stuff): Heated Hong Kong protest at Auckland University 

Education
Matthew Theunissen (RNZ): New census data reveals more than half of NZ’s students use private vehicles to commute
Laura Walters (Newsroom): School transport overhaul threatens small operators
Jason Walls (Herald): National explores a policy of fining parents of high school drop-outs not in further education (paywalled)
John Gerritsen (RNZ): NZEI calls for immediate increase in pay for early childhood teachers
Cira Olivier (Rotorua Daily Post): Fair pay campaign in early childhood education launched by NZEI Te Riu Roa in Rotorua
Benn Bathgate (Stuff): Union plan aims to close growing early childhood teaching pay gap
James Baker (Stuff): Learning support coordinators a ‘band-aid’ over a deeper problem
Elena McPhee (ODT): Polytech’s innovations unlikely in new model
George Heagney (Manawatū Standard): Massey student president election winner was ineligible to stand for office

Housing
Rob Stock (Stuff): The ‘Rottenomics’ of the $47 billion leaky homes market failure
Deena Coster (Stuff): Construction well underway in first phase of city’s KiwiBuild homes
Danielle Clent (Stuff): Pregnant Auckland mum waits two months for Kāinga Ora home
Danielle Clent (Stuff): Housing group asks for dead pensioner’s belongings 
Daisy Hudson (ODT): KiwiBuild project to provide 350 units
Pam Jones (ODT): Study will document ‘underbelly’

Tourism
Tess Brunton (RNZ): Disability advocate says tourism industry needs to lift its game
Jessica Tyson (Māori TV): Tourists to learn about tikanga Māori to avoid causing offense

Economy, business confidence
RNZ: Simon Bridges hints at plan to boost business confidence
Todd McClay (Spinoff): The Jetstar grounding shows why business confidence really matters
Michael Reddell: Not doing very well at all
Herald Editorial: Focus should be on growth, not board fees

Airforce
RNZ: Thousands oppose subdivision next to Whenuapai Air Base
Stuff: Judge had found there was nothing stopping Mariya Taylor from filing for compensation

Banking
Thomas Coughlan (Stuff): Paul Goldsmith calls time on 30 years of RBNZ regulatory independence, saying the Government should have a say
No Right Turn: National wants to deregulate banks
Michael Reddell: Reserve Bank annual reports
Nona Pelletier (RNZ): Central Bank paper: ‘We have responsibility to ensure cash available’
Tamsyn Parker (Herald): Timing of Hisco replacement to be known by year end

Primary industries
RNZ: Class action on cards over M bovis expenses – lawyer
RNZ: The Detail: Australia looking to sting back in battle over mānuka honey

Christchurch mosque shootings
RNZ: Arguments to move mosque attack trial to be heard today
Jody O’Callaghan (Stuff): Submissions for Christchurch terror attack Royal Commission show ‘deep dismay’
John Weekes (Stuff): After terrorist horror, chief censor opens up: ‘The world can be a very brutal and cruel place’
Donna Miles-Mojab (Stuff): Prme Minister Jacinda Ardern sends empowering message to young Muslim women
Donal McMahon (Herald): Man indicates guilty plea to threatening to kill Jacinda Ardern

Other
Simon Chapple (Newsroom): Are the Govt’s labour market policies coherent?
Zane Small (Newshub): National MP Jian Yang invited to attend Chinese Communist Party’s 70th anniversary parade
Amber Allott (Newstalk ZB): CTV building designer Alan Reay’s appeal dismissed
Richard Harman (Politik): Shock NZ First resignation
Phoebe Craig (Stuff): People asking for asylum in NZ get a raw deal
Jono Edwards (ODT): Interest-free money to combat loan sharks
Dubby Henry (Herald): ‘Atrocious’ training, ‘dysfunctional’ rules blamed in wake of forklift deaths (paywalled)
Tova O’Brien (Newshub): Jami-Lee Ross accuses National staffer of taking advantage of his grandmother
Chris Keall (Herald): 2degrees pulls out of Stats NZ’s population density tracking project, citing privacy concerns (paywalled)
Dita De Boni (Stuff): Ihumātao but one culturally significant site for Māori (paywalled)
1News: Fans vent frustrations at Spark Sport’s glitchy RWC streaming of All Blacks v Canada
Alex Loo (Manawatū Standard): Officials vying for newly available transport agency funds to kick start expressway project
Pattrick Smellie (Herald): NZ the loser as Japan rewards US for bad behaviour (paywalled)
Julie Iles (NBR): Aussie-style change proposes private insolvency practitioners (paywalled)
Rodney Hide (NBR): ‘Woke’ minorities only on diversity express
ODT Editorial: Population milestone approaches
Rob Stock (Stuff): Grey wave washes over KiwiSaver as over 65s refuse to close their accounts
Anne Gibson (Herald): String of 8 closures hit NZ rest homes, Mission Bay latest to go, 29 elderly residents out (paywalled)
Robert Moran (Sydney Morning Herald): Despite fallout with PM Jacinda Ardern, Alan Jones manages to keep listeners
Herald: Why NZ could be humanity’s ‘lifeboat’ in an extinction

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