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Editor’s Note: Here below is a list of the main issues currently under discussion in New Zealand and links to media coverage.

New Zealand Parliament Buildings, Wellington, New Zealand.

Today’s content by Dr Bryce Edwards.

Defence, Foreign affairs
Audrey Young (Herald): The real message behind Ron Mark’s latest Defence paper (paywalled)
Richard Harman (Politik): The real threat to the Pacific
Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): Defence’s dance around China in the Pacific
Derek Cheng (Herald): Defence Minister: People, more than money, will win favour with the Pacific
Zane Small (Newshub): Defence Minister Ron Mark hopes China ‘adheres to openness and transparency like we do’
RNZ: NZ looks to enhance links with Pacific’s militaries – report
Mandy Te (Stuff): Chinese naval training vessel, Qi Jiguang, spotted in Wellington Harbour
Fran O’Sullivan (Herald): Winston Peters’ North Asia visit comes at a sensitive time (paywalled)
RNZ: Ardern to discuss strategic and security issues at East Asia Summit
RNZ: Christchurch to host high level trade talk ahead of APEC 2021

Thomas Coughlan (Stuff): Phil Twyford repeatedly ‘forgot’ key NZTA job offer, until he couldn’t
Alex Braae (Spinoff): Why Phil Twyford should absolutely be sacked (and why he absolutely shouldn’t)
John Anthony (Stuff): Two million reasons why Christopher Luxon will want new Air New Zealand CEO Greg Foran to do well
Nikki Preston (Herald): New multi-regional bus ticketing system runs over time and budget (paywalled)
Jono Edwards (ODT): Ticketing project over time, budget

Primary industries
Cherie Sivignon (Stuff): Freshwater package not etched in stone: Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor
Angie Skerrett (Newshub): ‘Action plan’ announced to address primary sector worker shortages
Sam Kilmister (Manawatū Standard): Government announces plan to get more skilled workers into primary industries
David Williams (Newsroom): Controversial Mackenzie farm gets pivotal consent
1News: One in three New Zealanders have cut down on meat consumption, new study shows
RNZ: Third of New Zealanders eliminate or cut down on eating meat – research
Esther Taunton (Stuff): Free-range chickens kept in flocks of 36,000
Leighton Keith (Stuff): Concerns for the future of New Zealand’s billion dollar chicken farming industry after virus outbreak
Esther Taunton (Stuff): Fonterra accused of PR stunt with Open Gates campaign
Gerard Hutching (Stuff): Fonterra to shift 160 staff from Auckland head office to Takanini

Royal Commission into Historical Abuse in Care
Wilhelmina Shrimpton (Newshub): State care abuse survivors call on Government to ‘show some remorse’
Laine Moger (Stuff): Abuse Inquiry: Claims of historical child rape at state-owned care institutions heard
Katie Scotcher (RNZ): Abuse in Care Royal Commission: Survivors recall abuse and violence
RNZ: New Royal Commission chair to be announced ‘very shortly’
1News: Witnesses give evidence at Royal Commission inquiry into abuse in state care
Christopher Longhurst (Stuff): An abuse survivor’s plea: Be open and honest with us

Tiwai Point
Thomas Coughlan (Stuff): MPs turn up the heat as Rio Tinto Tiwai Point closure consensus grows
Evan Harding (Southland Times): Rio Tinto ‘not bluffing’ about threat to shut Tiwai Point smelter
Logan Savory (Southland Times): Can Southland’s economy cope if the smelter doors are shut?
Mark Revington (NBR): Head winds or shakedown? Tiwai Point’s future doubtful (paywalled)

Health and disability
Laura Walters (Newsroom): Radical change needed to address health inequity
Jody O’Callaghan (Stuff): Emergency department doctors call for ethnicity-specific audits of health outcomes
Catherine Hutton (RNZ): Disability advocate takes govt ministers to court over employment situation
Katie Todd (RNZ): Checkpoint: Counsellors unpaid as Mike King’s Gumboot Fund runs out of cash
1News: Battle for life-saving drugs now harder as Pharmac absorbs $5m rare disorders fund – critics
1News: Rotorua principal says action needs to be taken to stop high school kids vaping
Sophie Trigger (Stuff): Championing for funded mammograms past age 70
Georgia-May Gilbertson (Stuff): Misdiagnosed cancer patient’s final wish comes through, with help from DHB
Laura Smith (OD)T: 100 attend first Southland charity hospital meeting
1News: Mum on mission for funding of life-changing Type 1 diabetes technology
Dave Goosselink (Newshub): Fresh calls for young people to get vaccinated against meningococcal disease

Simon Collins (Herald): Generation Debt: Student loan always paid on time, yet doubled by interest (paywalled)
Simon Collins (Herald): Generation Debt: Student loan for life was ‘well worth it’ (paywalled)
Simon Collins (Herald): Generation Debt: Science trumps music when you have to pay for it (paywalled)
Henry Cooke (Stuff): National attacks proposed student voice centre as ‘taxpayer-funded training for Labour activists’
Katie Todd (RNZ): Complaints over University of Canterbury counselling service prompt changes
Tom Hunt (Stuff): $19,000 a year to live at Victoria University hall as fees soar 
Angie Skerrett (Newshub): New Lincoln agritech research centre wins ministerial support
Simon Collins (Herald): Teaching Council says trebling of misconduct cases not due to teacher shortage
John Gerritsen (RNZ): Parent reports forged signature at ECE centre, wants answers
1News: Principal’s urgent plea for more trained counsellors to help high school students

Local government
Stephen Forbes (Interest): Councillor calls for wider review of Super City’s governance structure
Todd Niall (Stuff): Eden Park stadium: Auckland venue makes new bid to stage six concerts
1News: South African immigrant who fell in love with Gisborne 18 years ago takes over as mayor
Taroi Black (Māori TV): Former journalist feels stabbed in the back by election recount
Damian George (Dominion Post): Newly-elected deputy mayor Sarah Free says she won’t fight any decision to replace her
Georgina Campbell (Herald): Wellington City Council inauguration in the shadow of a vote recount
Harry Lock (RNZ): Wellington council should ‘rein in’ airport expansion, environmental group says
Dominic Harris (Press): $80m Govt cash could fund Christchurch’s green spine, revamp roads
Anan Zaki (RNZ): Christchurch regeneration fund may be used for Avon River Corridor and transport projects
Jono Edwards (ODT): Questions to ask and much to sort out
Daisy Hudson (ODT): Aurora review will also look at allegations on social media

NZ Wars
1News: Public holiday ‘not the way we build our shared understanding’ of NZ Land Wars, Ardern says
Robin Martin (RNZ): Te Pūtake o te Riri: Emotions run high on second day of commemorations
Christina Persico (Stuff): Stories shared on day two of Land Wars commemorations

RNZ: NZ’s damp housing: 318,000 homes affected
Rob Stock (Stuff): Renter’s win over damp, uninsulated home sends message to landlords
Brent Edwards (NBR): Housing problems a failure of regulation, not market, says Collins (paywalled)
Ambe-Leigh Woolf (Stuff): Man’s questionable tiny house in Hutt Valley could set legal precedent, court hears

Zane Small (Newshub): Abortion providers say women should have final decision, not GPs
Zane Small (Newshub): ‘I died inside’: Woman holds back tears in abortion law submission

SkyCity fire
RNZ: SkyCity fire: Workers have ‘sore throats’ and are ‘fainting’, union says
Susan Hornsby-Geluk (Stuff): SkyCity Convention Centre fire raises employment questions
Michael Neilson (Herald): ‘No witch hunt’: SkyCity boss concerned for welfare of person thought to have started convention centre blaze
Herald: SkyCity blaze: 10 agencies now investigating massive Auckland fire

Mel Bunce (Herald): It’s no joke Winston Peters – why it’s time to act fast to support media (paywalled)
Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Deal done to buy major MediaWorks shareholder may not be good news for NZ business

Oranga Tamariki
Māni Dunlop, (RNZ): Māori flock to Māori-led Oranga Tamariki inquiry
Sahiban Hyde (Hawkes Bay Today): Whanau care: Ngati Kahungunu reveals plan to stop Oranga Tamariki baby uplifts (paywalled)

Aimee Shaw (Herald): IRD’s efforts to crackdown on hidden economy ‘five years late’: tax expert (paywalled)
Henry Cooke (Stuff): IRD mulls crackdown on house flippers suspected to be rorting the tax system

Martin Hawes (Stuff): It’s time we did more to help people who are self-employed
Susan Edmunds (Stuff): A $2000-a-year sweetener might help more Kiwis save for retirement, Retirement Commissioner says
Jenée Tibshraeny (Interest): Would you voluntary put more money in your KiwiSaver if a $2k govt contribution was up for grabs?
David Boyle (Stuff): Why KiwiSaver is stuck in go-slow mode
Rob Stock (Stuff): Eight in 10 KiwiSavers expect no human rights abusers or tax-dodgers in their funds

Justice, corrections
Kelly Dennett (Stuff): Plotting the survival of the Sensible Sentencing Trust
Emma Perry (ODT): Jobs expo holds out hope for inmates
Marty Sharpe (Stuff): Residents told that backpackers likely to become ex-prisoner accommodation

National on gangs
Jamie Ensor (Newshub): Simon Bridges won’t block gang members accessing healthcare as he’s not a ‘heartless bastard’
James Fyfe (Newshub): National Party confirms crackdown on gang members’ illegal income

Donna-Lee Biddle (Stuff): Islamic community in south Auckland want armed police
Sam Sherwood (Press): Fleeing driver allegedly ran at least three red lights before fatal crash
Mike Yardley (Stuff): Christchurch needs a police chopper to tackle fleeing drivers
Maxine Jacobs (Waikato Times): Waikato car chase abandoned, ‘risk to public too great’
Lana Andelane (Newshub): ‘We’re just normal people’: NZ Police say tattoos help to ‘humanise’ the force

Islamic State, Louisa Akavi
Jane Patterson (RNZ): Louisa Akavi kidnap: No new info after Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s death in Syria
Jamie Ensor (Newshub): Islamic State still threat to New Zealanders – Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern

Environment, conservation
Jamie Morton (Herald): 150 young scientists urge Greens to re-think GE
Alistair Lynn (Newshub): DoC concerned ‘mega mast’ could wipe out native bird populations in some areas

Destiny Church
Gia Garrick (1News): High Court reinstates charitable status of two Destiny Church entities, allowing tax exemptions
Herald: Destiny Church charities status reinstated after earlier being deregistered
RNZ: High Court orders three Destiny Church charities to be re-registered

Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Migrant exploitation affecting country’s ‘international reputation’, says Government
Anuja Nadkarni (Stuff): Former Chorus subcontractor Sunwin Technologies ordered to pay $53,449 by Employment Relations Authority
Collette Devlin (Stuff): Opposition says terror law deal with Greens undermines intelligence agencies
Brian Easton (Pundit): Are We Doing Enough For Those On Low Incomes?
Jennifer Eder (Stuff): Balancing development: Growth and the ‘augmented workforce’
Michael Reddell: Two years on
Jannah Dennison (Spinoff): In an ideal world, euthanasia would make sense. We don’t live in an ideal world
Karl du Fresne (Stuff): Book banning highlights threats facing free speech
Rawinia Higgins (Spinoff): Marcus Lush is on the right side of history. Mangling Māori names is no longer ‘the way it is’
Chris Morris (ODT): Expectations high of PGF monies for Dunedin projects
ABC: Landmark class action over PFAS contamination in Australia announced
Luke Kirkeby (Stuff): DIA questioned over concerning gaming venue conduct
Anusha Bradley (RNZ): ‘Arrogant and disrespectful’ freedom campers sadden Ngāi Tūhoe
Farah Hancock (Newsroom): The flurry and futility of 5G protests
ODT Editorial: The young find their voice
Skara Bohny (Nelson Mail): Jeweller behind Redneck Christmas has ‘Camp Christmas’ float turned down