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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.

Foreign affairs and trade
Audrey Young (Herald): It’s a wrap for Jacinda Ardern and her old acquaintances in Bangkok but no RCEP deal
Luke Malpass (Stuff): Pan-Asian trade deal goes ahead, but with a chunk missing
Richard Harman (Politik): India says no but China says yes to free trade deals involving NZ
RNZ: NZ and 14 other Asia-Pacific countries agree terms for huge trade pact
Reuters: New Zealand, 14 Asian countries finish negotiating massive trade deal
Audrey Young (Herald): Ardern entitled to gloat after China trade upgrade sealed (paywalled)
Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): China trade upgrade a win despite modest gains
Audrey Young (Herald): Jacinda Ardern announces upgrade on free trade agreement with China
1News: NZ’s free trade agreement with China upgraded after years of negotiations
Jane Patterson (RNZ): NZ strikes deal on China FTA upgrade after years of talks
Luke Malpass (Stuff): New Zealand announces upgrade to China trade deal
Newshub: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern signs upgrade to free trade deal with China
Jenée Tibshraeny (Interest): Upgraded NZ-China FTA to be signed in early 2020; Includes no new sweeteners for dairy
Herald: PM Jacinda Ardern speaking in Bangkok about the upgrade with agriculture minister Damien O’Connor (video)
Dominion Post Editorial: Absence of Trump, Xi is opportunity for others to forge path in Asia-Pacific region
Luke Malpass (Stuff): Thai PM to New Zealand: Give us the sheep placenta cream
Jane Patterson (RNZ): East Asia Summit: Jacinda Ardern and Thai PM talk NZ leadership in agricultural sector
Vita Molyneux (Newshub): Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern dumbfounded by Thai Prime Minister’s ‘sheep placenta cream’ compliment
1News: Jacinda Ardern taken aback by unusual agriculture request involving sheep placenta
RNZ: What is sheep placenta cream and why is the Thai PM commenting on it?
1News: Kiwi exporters nervous over possible quota changes in event of no-deal Brexit

Winston Peters’ privacy lawsuit
Kim Baker Wilson (1News): Winston Peters’ privacy breach ‘insidious’, court told
Craig McCulloch (RNZ): Winston Peters’ privacy lawsuit: NZ First leader claims damage to reputation
Isaac Davison (Herald): Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters says he is not to blame for pension overpayments of $18,000
Newstalk ZB: Winston Peters takes stand in pension overpayments court case
Herald: Winston Peters takes to witness stand in court case, says he is not to blame for pension overpayments
Harrison Christian (Stuff): Winston Peters: Superannuation leak ‘malicious’, ‘a slur on my character’
Tova O’Brien (Newshub): Winston Peters takes the stand in High Court over pension overpayments
Tim Murphy (Newsroom): Multiple omissions in Peters’ super application

Christopher Luxon selected as National’s Botany candidate
George Block (Stuff): National chooses former Air NZ boss Christopher Luxon as Botany MP candidate
Herald: National selects Christopher Luxon as its new candidate for Botany
Anna Whyte (1News): Ex Air NZ CEO Christopher Luxon wins National’s Botany candidacy, set to battle Jami-Lee Ross in Election 2020
Jordan Bond (RNZ): Ex-Air New Zealand boss wins National’s Botany candidacy
Lana Andelane (Newshub): Christopher Luxon selected as National candidate for Botany
Pattrick Smellie (BusinessDesk): Luxon a shoo-in for National in Botany (paywalled)

Abuse in state and church care inquiry
David Cohen (RNZ): Abuse in care inquiry: ‘Arduous process’ to reach ultimate context
RNZ: Abuse survivors not compensated enough, Commission hears
Andrew McRae (RNZ): Abuse in Care inquiry: Number of claimants increasing – law firm
Katie Scotcher (RNZ): Pacific voice: Gang member ‘lost ability to love’ after state abuse

Primary industries
Eric Frykberg (RNZ): Documents show Treasury endorsed the government’s water reforms
Geoff Simmons (Interest): How much truth is there in Dairy NZ’s claim that proposed fresh water reforms could cost $6 billion a year by 2050?
Alice Angeloni (Stuff): Salmon company and Government careful not to ‘collude’ during relocation proposals
Alice Angeloni (Stuff): NZKS can hit Govt’s $3b aquaculture goal on its own says boss
Stuff: ‘Highly careless’ Morrinsville farmer fined $63,000
Gerard Hutching (Stuff): Waimate farmer fears sheep and beef property might become forest
Andrew Bevin (NBR): Forest owners say pasture conversion exaggerated (paywalled)

Local government
Simon Wilson (Herald): Phil Goff’s new team to lead Auckland Council
Todd Niall (Stuff): Auckland Mayor Phil Goff’s appointment of committee heads a political loaves and fishes act
Stephen Forbes (Stuff): Phil Goff outlines new committee and posts to increase oversight of Auckland Council CCOs
Rowan Quinn (RNZ): Auckland Council sets up new climate change committee
Chris Marshall (Waikato Times): Christine Rankin named as Taupō’s deputy mayor
Christina Persico (Taranaki Daily News): Non-elected member gets voting rights on New Plymouth District Council committee
Nicholas Boyack (Stuff): Hutt City could become more like Coronation St after radical plan change
Chloe Ranford (Stuff): Four of five iwi seats empty at Marlborough District Council
RNZ: Complaint laid against Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel over Deon Swiggs investigation
Anan Zaki (RNZ): Chch deputy mayor ‘seriously considered’ running for Parliament
Joanne Carroll (Stuff): Council may piggyback on Westland Milk’s new $26m pipeline out to sea
Guy Williams (ODT): Declining discharge unrealistic – Queenstown Lakes District Council 

Local councils win the right to set fishing regulations
Michael Morrah (Newshub): ‘Precedent’ setting: Appeal Court rules regional councils can control fishing rules
Andrea Vance (Stuff): Motiti residents win ‘significant’ battle to protect the waters around their island
RNZ: Local control of fishing rules have been upheld by Court of Appeal in Mōtītī case

DCC looks to buy Foulden Maar
Chris Morris (ODT): DCC starts Foulden Maar process
Chris Morris (ODT): Dunedin council wants to buy Foulden Maar
Esther Taunton (Stuff): Dunedin council steps in to protect Foulden Maar
Farah Hancock (Newsroom): Foulden Maar for public good, not pig food
RNZ: Dunedin Council takes first step towards buying Foulden Maar

Charlie Mitchell (Stuff): The coal mine and the endangered mudfish
RNZ: They Will Inherit the Earth – What climate change will mean for NZ’s next generation
David Williams (Newsroom): Green light for Queenstown development
Laura Smith (ODT): Management key to whitebait’s future
Mia Sutherland (Stuff): New Zealand is not too small to tackle climate change
Sam Dean (Stuff): Climate Lessons: How global warming affects New Zealand’s wind and rain

Emma Russell (Herald): Cancer disgrace: DHB, radiology service slammed after 67yo dies after near six-year delay
Anan Zaki (RNZ): Women who died from lung cancer failed by health professionals – report
Samesh Mohanlall (Timaru Herald): SCDHB and radiology service in breach of health code
Nikki Preston (Herald): Calls for new Rural Health Commissioner to address rural healthcare failings
Māni Dunlop (RNZ): Call for independent hauora authority to embed Māori-led solutions
Oliver Lewis (Stuff): Youths to be treated in ‘dark and oppressive’ hospital for three more years
Eloise Gibson (Newsroom): Why fully vaxed hospital workers are getting measles
RNZ: Measles epidemic: Samoa’s govt mobilises resources
Janine Rankin (Manawatū Standard): Bowel cancer screening rolls out in MidCentral
1News: New cancer drug to be funded by Pharmac
Newshub: 100,000 Kiwis with undiagnosed diabetes (video)
Snita Ahir-Knight (Newsroom): The moral pieces of the child obesity puzzle

Phil Pennington (RNZ): NZTA’s chair confident in the troubled agency’s direction
Georgina Campbell (Herald): Doubt bus driver rest breaks can be delivered on time
Derek Cheng (Herald): Two-year amnesty for 144,000 restricted and learner drivers
1News: Extension granted for 144k New Zealanders with soon-to-expire learners and restricted licences
RNZ: Govt extends five-year limit on learner and restricted licences
Lana Andelane (Newshub): Government gives expiring learner, restricted licences two-year extension
Belinda Feek (Herald): Spate of cycle, motorcycle deaths: Overhaul trucking industry, cycling group urges
Hamish Cardwell (RNZ): Drop in numbers of experienced flight instructors a ‘crisis

Immigration, refugees
1News: Shane Jones’ comments about NZ Indian community ‘not the position’ of Labour, Jacinda Ardern says
Charlotte Graham-McLay (Guardian): New Zealand accused of racism after visa rule throws arranged marriages into chaos
Mark Quinlivan (Newshub): ‘Gutless’: Patrick Gower unleashes on Shane Jones following migrant comments
Gill Bonnett (RNZ): Voices: Teen forced to marry by parents

John Gibb (ODT): Medical students abused placement process
RNZ: Otago Uni finds 15 med students abused overseas placements
Mike Houlahan (ODT): Bureaucracy concerns polytechs
David Farrar: What price free speech asks Massey academic
1News: Early childhood teachers launch week of action calling for better pay
Leah Tebbutt (Rotorua Daily Post): Why some Rotorua schools are opting out of school donation scheme (paywalled)
Leah Tebbutt (Rotorua Daily Post): Mixed feelings in Bay of Plenty about school donation scheme (paywalled)

Tamsyn Parker (Herald): Former ANZ boss David Hisco’s last pay revealed, forgoes millions of dollars
Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Former ANZ CEO David Hisco’s final pay packet was missing millions
RNZ: Westpac posts $964m profit
1News: Westpac New Zealand earnings up three per cent to $1 billion

Dave Armstrong (Dominion Post): The bludgeon and the bludgers: a play for tomorrow
Mike Yardley (Press): National takes aim at reinstating more robust sanctions regime

Fireworks, Guy Fawkes
Laura James (1News): As Guy Fawkes mayhem gets underway, push continues to have fireworks sales banned
Gavin Ogden (Herald): Local Focus: Should private fireworks be banned?
Esther Taunton (Stuff): Horse’s death drives mission to ban fireworks
Dan Satherley (Newshub): ‘Fun police should back off’: Simon Bridges backs Govt’s refusal to ban fireworks
Deena Coster (Taranaki Daily News): Interest in Guy Fawkes could fade as focus turns to commemorating NZ history
Kate Hawkesby (Newstalk ZB): Ban fireworks sales – it’s just a feral free-for-all
ODT Editorial: Fire in the sky
Herald Editorial: Is it time to snuff out backyard fireworks? (paywalled)

Consumer affairs
1News: Government aims to require businesses that go bust to honour up to 50 per cent of gift cards
Susan Edmunds (Stuff): New protection for voucher-holders when businesses go bust

Laura Walters (Newsroom): Animal welfare minister never replaced
Herald: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s quick-fire achievement video goes global
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Ummmmm – about that list of achievements by Jacinda – cough
Tagata Pasifika: Community leaders fear new armed police patrols – ‘Brown males are going to suffer the most’
Chris Trotter (Interest): In theory the Internet should be producing the best-informed voters in history, in practice it appears to be producing the opposite
Steve Maharey (Pundit): Progressive Pragmatists – New Zealand Labour And The Third Way. Blog #6
Mark Broach, Eleanor Ainge Roy and Harriet Sherwood (Guardian): Thinking big: New Zealand’s growing pains as population nears 5 million
Eric Crampton: Data preservation?
Wyatt Creech (Pundit): The Three Year Term Is Too Short
Alex Braae (Spinoff): Want lower prisoner numbers in New Zealand? Look at Texas, not Norway
1News: British High Commissioner unaware preserved Māori heads still remain at British Museum
Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): Justice Minister Andrew Little seriously compromised on cannabis, euthanasia votes
Harrison Christian (Stuff): Chinese ‘soldiers’ at Auckland protest are international students
Brent Melville (ODT): Call to regulate property managers grows
Guardian: The Guardian and Aotearoa/New Zealand – a message
RNZ: The Detail: Hope is fading for the Kiwi nurse missing in Syria
Scott Palmer (Newshub): WorkSafe launches investigation into Auckland’s SkyCity convention centre fire
Point of Order: The issue for the Govt – as the fate of Tiwai Point smelter is decided – is to work out where the national interest lies
Vera Alves (Herald): When it comes to abortion, we’re debating the wrong thing
RNZ: Cook Islands retains ban on homosexuality