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New Zealand Parliament Buildings, Wellington, New Zealand.

Today’s content by Dr Bryce Edwards.

Government
Audrey Young (Herald): Jacinda Ardern’s special talent after two years in Govt (paywalled)
Luke Malpass (Stuff): Two years down, parties shaping up for election battle
Andrea Vance (Stuff): It’s time for Jacinda Ardern to stop compromising and start delivering
Claire Trevett (Herald): Jacinda Ardern and her right hand man (paywalled)
Henry Cooke (Stuff): Two years in this Government has a lot more to do
Stuff: Two years in: How is PM Jacinda Ardern’s Government doing?
David Cormack (Herald): Why Phil Twyford must go from Cabinet (paywalled)

Environment
Charlie Mitchell (Stuff): Free carbon credits worth billions will continue being allocated for decades
Newshub Nation: ‘A sell-out of monumental proportions’: Greenpeace blasts Government over ETS
Newshub Nation: ‘We don’t have time’: Young Greens slam their party’s ‘incredibly disappointing’ ETS compromise
1News: James Shaw defends emissions scheme ‘compromise’ after Greenpeace labels Govt ‘sellouts’
Heather du Plessis-Allan (Herald): Labour shows its pragmatic side (paywalled)
No Right Turn: Climate Change: You cannot compromise with physics
Geoff Simmons (Interest): Has the Government blown its chance to reform farming?
Brent Edwards (NBR): National coy on support for climate change accord with farmers (paywalled)
Rob Fenwick (NBR): National must honour Paris climate pledge (paywalled)
Ryan Bridge (Newshub): Delay to agriculture in ETS Government’s most sensible move
Dominion Post Editorial: Government has the whip hand on polluting farmers, and must use it
ODT Editorial: Emissions agreement hope
Bryce Wilkinson (NBR):Zero carbon bill’s Trojan horse (paywalled)
Guy Trafford (Interest): Greens using forestry tax benefits to undermine livestock farming?
Alison Cole (Stuff): Time to take climate change to the world court
Toby Manhire (Spinoff): Young scientists call on Greens to rethink GM stance in the cause of the climate
Deborah Paull (Stuff): Time to break the stigma on genetic modification, for the sake of the climate
David Williams (Newsroom): What the shark cage ruling means for 1080
1News: Wellington parents take to Parliament over children’s ‘eco-anxiety’

Defence, Foreign Affairs
Luke Malpass (Stuff): Defence paper puts meat on ‘Pacific Reset’ bones in report being released on Tuesday
Derek Cheng (Herald): Defence paper seen as pushing back on China’s Pacific influence
Laura Walters (Newsroom): NZ looks for ways to raise concerns over Xinjiang
RNZ: NZ aid inquiry: Foreign Ministry fronts to select committee
1News: New Zealand to send police contingent to Bougainville for referendum
Herald: Foreign Minister Winston Peters in Japan next week, considering going to World Cup final

Transport
Todd Niall (Stuff): Light rail to Auckland airport: Why do we need it and what’s the hold up?
Jenna Lynch (Newshub): Phil Twyford leaves officials scratching their heads over Auckland light rail
David Slack (Stuff): We need more mass transit, we need more quality in our decision-making
John Roughan (Herald): Public transport funding not a matter to be taken lightly (paywalled)
Derek Cheng (Herald): Twyford: NZ Super Fund bid for Auckland light rail was not solicited
Bernard Orsman (Herald): Auckland light rail: Phil Goff says ratepayers won’t be asked to help pay (paywalled)
Brittany Keogh (Stuff): More ‘publicly funded Ubers’ for rich Aucklanders, as $1.3m Devonport rideshare trial extended
RNZ: Auckland Transport ride-sharing service trial to be extended
RNZ: NZTA plans lower speed limits on Taupō to Tūrangi route
Tracy Neal (RNZ): Chatham Islands Airport misses out on government funding

Terror law
John Battersby (Stuff): Common sense goes missing in our response to terrorism laws
Charlie Dreaver (RNZ): Former Green MPs unhappy with party’s Terrorism Suppression Bill support
Anna Whyte (1News): Quick turnaround of counter-terrorism law could lead to unintended consequences – Amnesty International
Yvettte McCullough (RNZ): Terrorism Suppression Bill: National, Labour and Greens continue to battle it out
Zane Small (Newshub): Amy Adams tells Andrew Little to stop letting his ‘ego’ prevent bipartisanship on anti-terror law

Political week in review
Claire Trevett (Herald): Beehive Diaries: Insults fly over Newshub, Winston Peters (paywalled)
Peter Wilson (RNZ): Week in politics: Voters will get the final say on voluntary euthanasia
1News: Inside Parliament: Evading emissions, referendums and Peters gearing up for the campaign of a lifetime (video)
Brent Edwards (NBR): This week in politics: National’s increasingly hardline approach on legislation (paywalled)

Parliament
Craig McCulloch (RNZ): Todd McClay gets govt department support over Chinese billionaire donations issue
Derek Cheng (Herald): Massey University Professor contemplates complaint to Speaker – about the Speaker
Stephanie Ockhuysen (Stuff): Women in Parliament: 100 years with the right to stand, 86 years with a seat
Jamie Ensor (Newshub): Hamilton charity calls for Women’s Parliamentary Rights legislation to be acknowledged on 100th birthday
Mike Houlahan (ODT): Human side of politics on display
1New: Quickfire: MPs quizzed on cannabis, soft plastic recycling and prisoners voting

Royal Commission of Inquiry into abuse in state and church care
David Cohen (RNZ): What to expect from the long-awaited Abuse in Care Royal Commission
Laura Walters (Newsroom): Resignation ahead of Royal Commission public hearings
Katie Scotcher (RNZ): Royal Commission of Inquiry to hear evidence publicly today
Isaac Davison (Herald): ‘It was a crime factory’: Arthur Taylor to speak about time in state care as public hearings begin in Auckland

Health
Amber-Leigh Woolf (Stuff): Ministry of Health releases results of cyber security tests for 600 health websites
RNZ: Security weaknesses found at five more health websites
Zane Small (Newshub): Jenny Salesa backtracks on ‘vape-free’ New Zealand remark, says she ‘misspoke’
Zane Small (Newshub): Associate Health Minister Jenny Salesa wants New Zealand to be ‘vape-free’
Mike Houlahan (ODT): Urologists say national implications in report
Rachael Kelly (Southland Times): Cancer patient speaks out over ‘unacceptable’ failed SDHB urology services
Mike Houlahan (ODT): SDHB aims for better apologies
Mike Houlahan (ODT): Dunedin Hospital’s Radiology department regains accreditation
Mike Houlahan (ODT): Overdue cut to list, SDHB says
Oliver Lewis (Stuff): Bowel cancer screening programme rollout presents ‘significant challenges’
Whanganui Chronicle: Whanganui bowel screening programme aims to improve Māori health outcomes
Libby Wilson (Stuff): Hard Yakka at Waikato DHB: working through the turbulent years
Eloise Gibson (Newsroom): Are un-immunised hospital workers putting us at risk?
RNZ: Pacific measles outbreak: ‘Diseases don’t know borders’
RNZ: NZ to assist Pacific countries with measles response
Niki Bezzant (Herald): Time has come for sugar tax (paywalled)
1News: NZ’s drinking culture placing burden on emergency departments, new study finds
Aram Kim and Rebekah Jaung (Spinoff): Suicide is a growing risk in NZ’s Asian community. Why?
1News: Friendship telephone service for Auckland Hindi speakers launched today
Colleen Bergin (Newsroom): $1m e-scooter bill in need of serious fix
Mike Houlahan (ODT): Partial support from ministry for petition
Alice Wilkins (Newshub): Lower pay resulting in district health boards ‘hemorrhaging psychologists’ – workers

Water
Dileepa Fonseka (Newsroom): Havelock North’s legacy: a new regulator
Dominic Harris (Stuff): New water regulator will be independent from Government – but could be two years away
Dan Satherley and Delphine Herbert (Newshub): Havelock North gastro outbreak inspires new water regulator

NZ Wars
The Hui: How should New Zealand remember the Land Wars?
Leighton Keith (Taranaki Daily News): A spine-tingling greeting for Jacinda Ardern as Land Wars commemorations begin
RNZ: Te Pūtake o te Riri: Fierce welcome for Ardern and Māori ministers
Herald: Time to understand our history’ as New Zealand Wars remembered in Taranaki
1News: Australia commemorates New Zealand Land Wars for first time
RNZ: NZ Wars: Stories of Waitara (Documentary)

Local government
RNZ: Hamilton City Council chief calls for election reform
Jane Bowron (Stuff): No wonder voter turnout’s so low – you can never find a post box these days
Ollie Neas (Spinoff): Policy Local: 10 things we learned from surveying thousands of local election candidates
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Simon Wilson (Herald): How John Tamihere’s Trump-lite campaign went to work on Auckland (paywalled)
Bernard Orsman (Herald): Mike Lee – the wild horse of Auckland local politics (paywalled)
Todd Niall (Stuff): Political veteran Mike Lee reflects on Auckland Council election defeat after 27 years
1News: Former Te Karere reporter becomes Whakatāne councillor on coin toss
Tom O’Connor (Stuff): Extreme positions on race relations push common ground out of reach
RNZ: Iwi leader to councillor: ‘I’m not going to have Treaty work spat on’
Meriana Johnsen (RNZ): Tauranga councillor who called Treaty of Waitangi a ‘joke’ defends comments
Heta Gardiner (Māori TV): Tauranga Mayor calls for unity after tense swearing in ceremony
Benn Bathgate (Stuff): Old hands and new faces help make New Zealand’s most diverse council
Damian George (Dominion Post): Decision on Justin Lester’s challenge of mayoral election results expected early next week
Laura Dooney (RNZ): Former Wellington mayor Justin Lester applies for election result recount
Emma McKay (Newstalk ZB): Former Wellington mayor Justin Lester wants a recount
Laura Dooney (RNZ): Wellington’s new deputy mayor: ‘We’re probably more aligned than people would think’
Felix Desmarais (Dominion Post): ReCut event series cost Wellington ratepayers almost half a million since 2017
Chloe Ranford (Stuff):‘Always the bridesmaid’ Jamie Arbuckle makes general election vow
Hamish McNeilly (Stuff): Dunedin welcomes Aaron Hawkins – the country’s first Green Party mayor
Mary-Jo Tohill (Stuff): Siblings reveal their parallel lives in local politics
Luisa Girao (ODT): Early skills playing out on council stage

Media
Colin Peacock (RNZ): TV sell-off prompts political response
Colin Peacock (RNZ): History behind a paywall – and on screen for free
Jeremy Rose (RNZ): Oiling the wheels of questionable science
Damien Grant (Stuff): Free to-air TV is dying and its replacement is here, let’s embrace the revolution
Herald on Sunday Editorial: Three’s company in an increasingly streaming world (paywalled)

Primary and extractive industries
Mare Haimona-Riki (Māori TV): Smith to file lawsuit against Austrian Oil Tycoon
Carmen Parahi (Stuff): Iwi leader Mike Smith takes OMV oil boss to International Criminal Court
Newshub: Iwi leader to file criminal complaint against oil and gas CEO
Newshub Nation: Govt to clamp down on forestry speculators
Hannah Martin (Stuff): Kiwis hungry for plant-based foods as 1 in 3 eating less meat – survey
Matt Rilkoff (Taranaki Daily News): Plant-based export products are an opportunity New Zealand must embrace
RNZ: How free range are your chickens and eggs?

Economy, trade
Brian Gaynor (Herald): Time right for Government to be bold and borrow
Liam Dann (Herald): Farmers riding to NZ’s economic rescue … again (paywalled)
Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): India’s NZ dairy fears puts brakes on RCEP

Oranga Tamariki
Jo Moir (RNZ): Parents at centre of Oranga Tamariki child uplift won’t take part in government review
1News: Waitangi Tribunal launches fifth Oranga Tamariki baby uplifts inquiry
Tim Murphy (Newsroom): Urgent Waitangi Tribunal inquiry into Māori child uplifts

Immigration
Teuila Fuatai (Herald): Race-based rhetoric alive and well (paywalled)
Ripu Bhatia (Stuff): NZ First MP Shane Jones under fire for ‘derogatory’ comments towards Indian community
RNZ: Indian association demands public apology from Shane Jones

Education
Simon Collins (Herald): Generation Debt: Ex-Kiwi student loan borrowers scared to come home (paywalled)
Simon Collins (Herald): Generation Debt: How student loans have defined a generation (paywalled)
Michael Neilson (Herald): Victoria University students outraged over hall withholding bond money for communal damage (paywalled)
Adam Burns (ODT): Student newcomers’ support mooted
Simon Collins (Herald): Teacher misconduct cases treble as teacher shortage forces schools to ‘cut corners’
Katy Jones (Stuff): Schools weigh up ‘unknown factor’ of donations scheme
Meng Foon (Herald): Protect kids from corrosive effects of bullying (paywalled)
Mikaela Collins (Northern Advocate): Whangārei teacher aides want action from Ministry of Education (paywalled)
Sahiban Hyde (Hawkes Bay Today): Money for toilet paper or teacher aides: Which one should a school pick? (paywalled)
RNZ: School to pay $100k reparations after student, teacher injured in fall
Maria Slade (Spinoff): The Crimson Education enigma

Tuia 250, colonisation
Philip Matthews (Stuff): Tuia 250: on the islands of history
The Hui: The fall and rise of Ngāti Hei
RNZ: Endeavour expedition’s 250-year-old specimens go on display
Laine Moger (Stuff): Tuia 250: Historical fleet moors in Auckland Harbour
Karen Rutherford (Newshub): Auckland welcomes symbolic Tuia 250
1News: Tuia 250 flotilla sails into windy Waitematā Harbour
Denise Piper (Stuff): Kerikeri marks 200 years of history as first bicultural settlement in New Zealand

RWC
Luke Malpass (Stuff): Is the All Blacks loss at the Rugby World Cup a death knoll for Labour?
RNZ: Māori or Pacific Island heritage needed in All Blacks coaching set-up – SBW
Jamie Wall (Māori TV): SBW calls for Māori All Black coach
1News: ‘Never happened when we were in Govt.’ – National MP Judith Collins takes quip at All Blacks’ RWC loss
Newshub: National MP Judith Collins jokes it’s the Government’s fault the All Blacks lost
Stuff: All Blacks v England: Simon Bridges sums up nation’s mood in one word

SkyCity fire
Herald: ‘Tell them you can’t comment’ – Media muzzle placed on SkyCity workers amid strike action following convention centre fire
1News: SkyCity workers could strike over work conditions after convention centre fire
Dan Satherley and Miriam Harris (Newshub): SkyCity insists air is safe five days after blaze, but staff not so sure

Police
Derek Cheng (Herald): The Government’s cynical dance on 1800 new police (paywalled)
Oscar Kightley (Stuff): We’ll be watching the police’s new armed response units very, very closely
Nicholas Pointon (RNZ): Police ask Picton locals to pitch in with community patrols

Freedom of speech
Listener Editorial: The world is on a dangerous path to stifling free speech
Steven Cowan: Speak Up for Women announce new Wellington venue

Rodeo
Lynn Charlton (ODT): Halting illegal animal cruelty overdue
Dan Satherley and Delphine Herbert (Newshub): Buckle up: Rodeo protest season kicks into gear

Housing
1News: Kaitaia rent to own scheme touted as solution to housing crisis
Emma Dangerfield (Stuff): Tiny home owners crying out for change to ‘perverse’ building rules

Other
Craig McCulloch (RNZ): Emails show finance minister’s staff tried to keep Treasury criticism secret
Morgan Godfery(Spinoff): Treaty settlements are a fraud
Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): Constitutional changes back on track after delay
Tracy Watkins, Leighton Keith, Luke Malpass (Stuff): Baghdadi dead, but Kiwi nurse Louisa Akavi still missing
Gareth Vaughan (Interest): A show of contrition from ANZ NZ when it reports annual results would go down well
Richard Griffin (Stuff): Passing of Parihaka Reconcilliation Bill as politically, socially significant as it gets
Andrea Vance (Stuff): A former spin doctor almost went blind. Now he wants to be Labour’s president.
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Tax fix too late to stop KiwiSavers losing another $30m, says National
RNZ: National puts pressure on Labour over rise in jobseeker benefits
Ti Lamusse  (Spinoff): Innocent until proven guilty? Not if you’re Māori, poor or homeless
Tracy Neal (RNZ): No amount of planning can prepare NZ for a large-scale disaster – officials
Alex Braae (Spinoff): ‘Here for good’: The long, strange twilight of Social Credit
Damien Venuto (Herald): Could Perpetual Guardian founder Andrew Barnes be NZ’s next blue-chip politician (paywalled)
Duncan Garner (Stuff): National can rip rug from under Winston Peters by ruling out a deal
Newshub Nation: How NZ First’s youth wing overturned the party’s pill-testing policy
Zane Small (Newshub): ‘Fake news and scaremongering’: Winston Peters defends sale of Hawke’s Bay land to Japan’s Pan Pac
Dan Satherley (Newshub): Being gay might not be legal if NZ public had their way – Willie Jackson
Andrea Vance (Stuff): Plus-size women WorkSafe inspectors told to “wear the men’s uniform”
Alison Mau (Stuff): Worksafe’s insistence that fat women wear men’s clothes is horribly insulting
Jordan Oppert (1News): Christchurch cops use pedal power in crackdown on distracted drivers
RNZ: Competition for filming locations poses threat to NZ industry – top film executive
Sasha Borissenko (Herald): Law Society review – about blimmin’ time (paywalled)
Rob Stock (Stuff): Pensioner locked in financial war of attrition with Westpac Life
Stephen Forbes (Interest): Proposed changes to the Commerce Act could be announced before Christmas
Phil Quin (Stuff): Why not say what you mean
Herald: Former FBI director James Comey ‘moving to New Zealand’ if United States President Donald Trump re-elected in 2020