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New Zealand Parliament Buildings, Wellington, New Zealand.

Today’s content by Dr Bryce Edwards.

Terrorism bill
Lydia Lewis and Dan Satherley (Newshub): Security expert backs new terror law proposal
Jo Moir (RNZ): Counter-terrorism bill changes sought by National not acceptable – Justice Minister
Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB: ‘It’s better to be safe than sorry’
Heather du Plessis-Allan (Newstalk ZB): Will Mark Taylor be jailed?
No Right Turn: An odious bill
Zane Small (Newshub): Jacinda Ardern rejects Golriz Ghahraman’s description of anti-terrorist law as ‘dog-whistling’
Tova O’Brien (Newshub): What the new ‘Mark Taylor law’ would mean for returning ‘high-risk’ New Zealanders
Jason Walls (Herald): Political question marks already loom over Government’s tailor-made terrorism bill
Zane Small (Newshub): New law to impose restrictions on ‘high-risk’ New Zealanders involved in terrorism
Anna Whyte (Newshub): Government to introduce stronger counter-terrorism laws to deal with Kiwi jihadist, others
RNZ: Government introduces new bill to prevent terrorism

Housing
Kirsty Johnston (Herald): ‘We are in deep trouble’: Dire lack of state housing creates a new homeless (paywalled)
Kirsty Johnston (Herald): Ani’s story: Inside New Zealand’s unending state house crisis (paywalled)
Anne Gibson (Herald): Fletcher opens giant Wiri prefab house-building factory: 22-week build could be just 6 weeks
Edward O”Driscoll (Newshub): New house-making factory hoped to ease housing shortage
Jessie Chiang (RNZ): Hundreds more homes to be produced after off-site manufacturer boosts capacity
Rob Stock (Stuff): Inside Fletcher Building’s high-tech house factory, where they turn out two homes a day
Mandy Te (Stuff): ‘Heavy burden’ of living in mouldy and damp homes, landlords still installing insulation
Indira Stewart (RNZ): New homes and a new hope for Tāmaki state housing evictees
Massey University: Modest improvements in home affordability continue
Anne Gibson (Herald): Petition to Parliament urges reform of law governing $50b apartment sector

Industrial relations
Pattrick Smellie (BusinessDesk): Fair Payment Agreements and ‘swallowing vomit’ – the lot of the CTU
Luke Malpass (Stuff): Are the unions back as a political force?
Jason Walls (Herald): The Workplace Relations Minister can’t say when Fair Pay Agreement legislation will pass

National Party
Chris Trotter (Daily Blog): Ever-So-Slightly Bonkers: Simon Bridges Plays To His Base.
Henry Cooke (Stuff): Christopher Luxon faces a real challenge in National Party selection
Newstalk ZB: Christopher Luxon faces competition for Botany seat
RNZ: Botany candidacy race heats up: ‘It’s a free world’

Massey University cancels Feminism 2020 event
Rachel Stewart: The column the NZ Herald didn’t publish
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Rachel Stewart quits NZ Herald after gutless woke censorship by NZs largest newspaper
Ele Ludemann: Thugs’ veto wins again
Jessica Long (Stuff): Massey University cancels controversial Feminism 2020 event due to ‘health, safety and wellbeing’ concerns
Murphy (RNZ): Massey University cancels ‘Feminism 2020’ event citing health and safety risks
Herald: Massey University backs down from controversial ‘feminist’ event

Operation Burnham, Whenuapai
Thomas Manch (Stuff): Defence Force top brass at odds about who knew of possible civilian deaths
Boris Jancic (Herald): Second NZDF officer points to former Defence Minister amid ‘cover-up’ allegations
1News: Defence Force document management systems ‘may not be the best’
No Right Turn: Passing the buck
RNZ: The Detail: Whenuapai developer trumped by ministerial over-ride

Economy
Shamubeel Eaqub (Stuff): Politicians now have the controls of the economy
Thomas Coughlan (Stuff): Choosing tax cuts or benefit increases isn’t just about economics, it’s about people too
Tony Burton (Spinoff): How to spend a surplus: The opportunities, and pitfalls, of fiscal stimulus
Michael Cullen (Herald): Surplus needs to address our three biggest priorities (paywalled)
Pattrick Smellie (Herald): The essence of confidence is control (paywalled)
Herald Editorial: Building confidence one step at a time (paywalled)
Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Economist question IMF’s growth prediction
Rebecca Howard (BusinessDesk): Stronger-than-expected inflation won’t deter November rate cut – economists
Tom Pullar-Strecker Stuff): Soaring domestic airfares and higher rents help hold up inflation at 1.5%
Kim Savage (RNZ): Inflation beats expectations but still below target

Police
Charlie Dreaver (RNZ): Govt told it’s breaking promise if it doesn’t count attrition in police staff target
Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): Govt shifts goalposts on police numbers
Collette Devlin (Stuff): Government shifts goalposts on 1800 new police promise after PM questioned in Parliament
Anna Bracewell-Worrall (Newshub): Confusion over Government’s 1800 new police target
Derek Cheng (Herald): Government shifts goalposts on 1800 more police promise: National

Gangs
Stuff: Top cop calls out gangs’ PR offensive to generate public sympathy
Anna Leask (Herald): ‘The Comancheros are the devil’: Top gang cop reveals how gangland is changing in NZ
1News: Police union warns businessmen who accept cash payments from gangs – ‘You’re just as bad’
Daisy Hudson (ODT): Gang violence inevitable in South, ex-member says

Firearms
Jason Walls (Herald): Jacinda Ardern warned by Privacy Commissioner not to give Police a ‘blank cheque for information sharing’ (paywalled)
Alexander Gillespie (Herald): Gun register is crucial next stage of reforms post Christchurch mosque shootings
1News: Shane Jones shrugs off AR-15 controversy – ‘People shouldn’t castastrophise one Facebook photo’
RNZ: Gunsmiths kept busy by short deadline to modify guns
Vita Molyneux (Newsroom): Police clarify ammunition used for recreational hunting is still legal after Act NZ claimed it wasn’t
1News: Police hop on RNZAF flight to Chatham Islands as residents take part in gun buyback

Poverty, inequality
Sarah Robson (RNZ): Govt won’t make serious financial hardship grounds for debt write-off
Sarah Robson (RNZ): Auckland City Mission: 10% of Kiwis experiencing food insecurity
Regan Paranihi (Māori TV): Colonisation still impacting on food insecurity

Local government
Julienne Molineaux (Spinoff): Online voting as the big fix for low turnout is not a brainwave, it’s a brainfart
Christina Persico (Taranaki Daily News): Online option, one election day could pick up voter turnout – New Plymouth mayor
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Todd Niall (Stuff): Auckland Council election: Big special vote count leaves seat changes possible
Liu Chen (RNZ): Tread carefully, say city businesses over pedestrian-friendly trial
Charlotte James (RNZ): Eastern BOP DHB representation at risk
Aaron Leaman (Stuff): $19k team talk leaves Hamilton City Council staff ‘buzzing’
Rotorua Daily Post: Street view: What do you think of the new-look Rotorua Lakes Council? (paywalled)
Jon Galuszka (Manawatū Standard): Horizons gets greener tinge, steers clear of urban-rural divide
Georgina Campbell (Herald): Justin Lester’s rainbow legacy on the ropes?
Chloe Ranford (Stuff): Marlborough council staff embrace te reo Māori lessons
Dominic Harris (Press): Staff ‘safe’ as Christchurch council boss Dawn Baxendale promises cost cuts
Chris Morris (ODT): No plans to stop hitching

Transport
RNZ: Transport Minister hands over Green MP letters, except Genter’s
Thomas Coughlan (Stuff): Transport minister open to new talks on Let’s Get Wellington Moving
David Farrar: Wellington now fertile grounds for National
RNZ: Jetstar confirms plan to drop regional flights
1News: Jetstar confirms it’s scrapping regional domestic routes in New Zealand
John Anthony (Stuff): Five challenges for Air New Zealand’s new boss Greg Foran
Katie Scotcher (RNZ): Wellington council scrambles to remove poster boy’s racist tweets

University care of students
Henry Cooke (Stuff): Treasury warns hall of residence changes are rushed and could be costly
Luisa Girao (ODT): SIT confident in standard of student accommodation

Environment
Newstalk ZB: Winston Peters criticises ‘mischievous’, ‘deceitful’ farming leaders
Paul Gorman (Stuff): Some of Canterbury’s biggest water users yet to install meters
Rachael Kelly (Southland Times): Southland environmentalist turns down meeting with farmer to ease tensions at Mossburn

Measles
RNZ: Measles epidemic declared in Samoa
James Fyfe (Newshub): 1200 people exposed to measles at Rotorua church camp
1News: Measles alert for 1200 Rotorua church camp-goers
Kendall Hutt (Stuff): More than 1000 exposed to measles after child with illness attends church camp
RNZ: Health and education ministries to work together on measles

Health
Brittany Keogh (Stuff): Child obesity: NZ second worst in OECD, 39 per cent of kids overweight or obese
Zane Small (Newshub): ‘It ain’t working’: MPs demand progress from officials on mental health in schools
D’Angelo Martin (Māori TV): Hui called to address organ transplant issues
Lana Andelane (Newshub): IUD appointments booked out until 2020 after Pharmac announces funding
Hannah Martin (Stuff): Demand for funded IUDs filling Family Planning appointment books into next year
Laura Reiley (Washington Post): Study showing there’s no need to cut red meat has link to beef industry
Kyle MacDonald (Herald): The New Zealanders who feel most alone (paywalled)

Drug testing
1News: Legalising testing of drugs at festivals has overwhelming support, 1 NEWS Colmar Brunton Poll finds
Craig McCulloch (RNZ): NZ First youth wing chair ‘fully supportive’ of drug testing stations

Christchurch mosque shootings
Conan Young (RNZ): Mosque shooting victim fears being forced to return to India
Mark Quinlivan (Newshub): Christchurch shooting: Two officers who captured alleged mosque gunman given bravery awards
Anna Leaks (Herald): Hero cops: Christchurch terror arrest officers’ bravery recognised at national ceremony
RNZ: Mosque attack: Officers who captured alleged gunman ‘were doing our job’
1News: Officers who captured Christchurch terrorist attack suspect awarded for their bravery
Stuff: Crusaders: Results of review into Crusaders logo and name should be known by Christmas
Herald: Crusaders drop swords from logo following Christchurch mosque attacks
James Fyfe (Newshub): Fans react to Crusaders dropping knight and swords from logo

KiwiSaver
Harry Lock (RNZ): Proposal to use KiwiSaver for investment properties ‘long overdue’
Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Telling KiwiSaver members what they might pay elsewhere ‘could drive down fees’

Media
Colin Peacock (RNZ): MediaWorks comedy cuts point to bigger TV problems
ODT Editorial: The importance of student media

Other
Derek Cheng (Herald): Political ad decision: A chilling effect on democracy or a stain on free speech rights?
Karl du Fresne (Stuff): Overseas appointees cannot and do not represent New Zealanders
Tim Murphy (Newsoom): Judge to Peters: Answer the questions
Newshub: Backstory: Kelvin Davis (paywalled)
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): 84% of NZ electricity is renewable, but progress slow on some new wind farms
1News: Lululemon’s response to Bangladesh abuse allegations ‘not good enough’ – Tearfund NZ
RNZ: Women trades apprentices ‘earn $145k more than uni counterparts’
Te Aniwa Hurihanganui (RNZ): What next for Ngāpuhi leadership following Sonny Tau’s resignation?
Carrie Stoddart-Smith: The next wave of kaupapa Māori politics: its constitutional, it must be.
Cherie Sivignon (Stuff): New farm-based Motueka school aims for 2021 opening
RNZ: Stalwart of te reo Lee Smith dies, age 69
Māori TV: Ngāti Kahungunu farewells one of their great linguists
David Court (Stuff): Spark in sin bin as Rugby World Cup hits quarterfinals
Victoria University of Wellington: Protest, climate change and racism in NZ
Scott Palmer (Newshub): ‘Unacceptable’: Governor Grey statue in Albert Park vandalised
Amanda Saxton (Stuff): Calf carcasses piled in a trailer: ‘Shocking’ or just a farming reality?
Stuff: Stephen Colbert revives his Hobbit Laketown Spy as New Zealand tour continues

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