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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.

Immigration
Chris Trotter (Daily Blog): Has Shane Jones Just Saved NZ First?
Gaurav Sharma (Spinoff): How Shane Jones’ fire is burning New Zealand’s Indian community
Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): Immigration fiasco hints at coalition fractures to come
Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): NZ First’s Shane Jones on a collision course with Labour over immigration
Sandeep Singh (Indian Weekender): Racist comments against Kiwi-Indians are not representative of New Zealanders
Heather du Plessis-Allan (Newstalk ZB): Bending the rules on visas is wrong
Duncan Garner (Newshub): Shane Jones isn’t racist – he has a point
Dileepa Fonseka (Newsroom): Ardern backs down over ‘racist’ partnership visa change
Derek Cheng (Herald): Jacinda Ardern steps in to resolve partnership visa standoff
Collette Devlin (Stuff): PM Jacinda Ardern wants visa policy affecting arranged marriages reversed
Jo Moir (RNZ): Govt asks immigration changes be reversed back to status quo
Katie Bradford (1News): Controversial partnership visa decision set to be reversed by Immigration New Zealand
Zane Small (Newshub): Jacinda Ardern tells Immigration New Zealand to ‘reverse’ partnership visa changes
Jenna Lynch (Newshub): Immigration lawyer says Shane Jones’ language ‘needs to be stamped out immediately’
RNZ: Checkpoint: NZ resident returning to India after wife’s visa declined
Jason Walls (Herald): Minister Shane Jones floats plans of an NZ First anti-immigration policy ahead of the election
Māori TV: Shane Jones: How many new ‘Kiwis’ do we want?
RNZ: Shane Jones to push immigration policy after battle with Indian community
Jamie Ensor (Newshub): Shane Jones invited to Indian community meeting to watch Bollywood movie, have ‘intellectual discussion’
Jody O’Callaghan (Stuff): Officials reject Christchurch rebuild worker’s visa because of leukaemia
Guy Williams (ODT): Mother fears having to leave her young children behind if forced from NZ

Winston Peters’ privacy breach lawsuit
Bryce Edwards (RNZ): The Winston Peters case and the politicisation of the public service
Tim Murphy (Newsroom): Minister told husband, sister about Peters’ super
Craig McCulloch (RNZ): Peters ‘indignant and defensive’ in call to ministry over error, court told
Kim Baker Wilson (1News): Winston Peters was ‘indignant and defensive’ when told of Ministry of Social Development error, court hears
Harrison Christian (Stuff): Winston Peters ‘indignant and defensive’ at news of pension overpayment, court hear
Zac Fleming (Newshub0: Winston Peters ‘indignant and defensive’, Ministry of Social Development staffer tells court
Newshub:Journalists refuse to reveal source of Winston Peters leak

National Party
Claire Trevett (Herald): The stress-testing of National’s Chris Luxon and the John Key factor (paywalled)
RNZ: Simon Bridges defends Christopher Luxon over support for ‘no jab, no pay’ extension
1News: Luxon part of National’s ‘fresh talent’ after spate of MPs leave since Bridges became leader
Kate Hawkesby (Newstalk ZB): National leader Simon Bridge’s women’s troubles as Maggie Barry retires
Brent Edwards (NBR): ACT says it’s National’s only friend (paywalled)

Climate change
Richard Harman (Politik): National caucus meets late over climate change
Paul Duignan (Stuff): Citizens’ assembly should think the unthinkable about climate change
Marc Daalder (Newsroom): Methane-detecting satellite to be controlled from NZ
RNZ: Govt invests $26m in methane-measuring from space
Anna Whyte (1News): NZ to contribute $26m, to be control destination for climate change space mission
Boris Jancic (Herald): New Zealand to fund methane satellite mission
Alex Braae (Spinoff): Cheat sheet: New Zealand is launching the climate change effort into space
Zane Small (Newshub): New Zealand to host international space mission tackling climate change
Jenée Tibshraeny (Interest): NZ to help send satellite to space in hope of it eventually measuring agricultural emissions
Julie Iles (NBR): Coalition helps fund methane-monitoring satellite (paywalled)
Zane Small (Newshub): Insults fly at Zero Carbon Bill reading as MP takes shot at ‘obnoxious’ Shane Jones
Vita Molyneux (Newshub): Duncan Garner, James Shaw butt heads over climate change emergency declaration
James Shaw (Spinoff): Trump is swimming against the tide of history. Let’s rally behind the real leaders
Steven Cowan: New Zealand needs a Green New Deal
Rodney Hide (NBR): Inventive stunts and Chicken Little alarm (paywalled)

Conservation, environment
Katrina Goddard (Stuff): Ministers have the fate of entire Māui dolphin species in their hands
1News: World’s rarest gulls find home in ruins of building destroyed in Christchurch earthquake
Johnny Blades (RNZ): West Papua solidarity group critical of NZ land sale

Transport
Phil Pennington (RNZ): Raft of problems with IT systems overhaul revealed
Todd Niall (Stuff): Auckland’s Light Rail: Project hit the buffers when NZTA took over, former AT chair says
RNZ: The Detail: Is Auckland’s light rail plan off track?
Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): Collateral damage – City Rail Link ghost town (paywalled)
Georgina Campbell (Herald): Wellington mayor’s latest roadblock: Congestion charging
Mandy Te (Stuff): Greater Wellington Regional Council open to congestion charge debate
Georgina Campbell (Herald): Proposal to lower central Wellington speed limits to 30km/h

Police, justice, corrections
Te Aniwa Hurihanganui (RNZ): Police launch stratregy to reduce Māori re-offending by 25 percent
RNZ: Reducing number of Māori in the justice system by healing a ‘severed relationship’
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): 5 years and finally justice: NZ Police formally apologise & settle for breaching my civil rights
David Fisher (Herald): ‘Bomber’ Bradbury gets apology from police after exploit used to access bank records, driving him to the edge (paywalled)
Auckland University: Q+A: Could working with gangs help reduce crime?
Sahiban Hyde (Hawkes Bay Today): Hastings backpackers bought: Corrections says released inmates need to be housed somewhere (paywalled)

Abuse in care inquiry
Andrew McRae (RNZ): Royal Commission hearing: Psychologist says some children better off in state care
Katie Scotcher (RNZ): Survivor raped multiple times in care despite concerns raised

Fireworks
Press Editorial: Is it time for a fireworks ban?
Stephen Forbes (Stuff): Auckland Council and LGNZ continue campaign to ban sale and private use of fireworks
Herald: Fireworks fright night: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern wades into Guy Fawkes debate
Zane Small (Newshub): ‘It sounded like a warzone’: Jacinda Ardern to raise firework concerns with councils
1News: Fireworks call outs around the country put fire crews under ‘a lot of stress’
1News: Nearly 90 fireworks related call outs across the country with large blaze on Auckland’s Mt Wellington
RNZ: Auckland’s volcanic cones to be closed during Guy Fawkes
1News: Public access to Auckland’s volcanic cones to be banned on Guy Fawkes due to fires
Jessica Tyson (Māori TV): All maunga in Auckland closed following Guy Fawkes fire
Glenn McConnell (Stuff): Fireworks are dangerous, but that doesn’t mean we should ban them

Health
1News: ‘Stretched services’ in rural health sector sparks call for commissioner role
Nick Truebridge (Stuff): Health authorities ‘overrun’: Govt promises more money as measles epidemic grips south Auckland
Jenny Meyer (RNZ): Relaunch of MMR in Samoa a huge task – Health Ministry
RNZ: UN agencies tell Pacific to vaccinate against measles
RNZ: Researchers to look at Pacific genetic link to gout, diabetes
Felix Desmarais (Stuff): Diabetes in Pacific people possible result of evolutionary protection from malaria
1News: Government claims ‘breakdown of communication’ as Mike King says he was declined funding for Gumboot Friday initiative
Scott Palmer and Fiona Connor (Newshub): Mike King says Gumboot Friday charity denied more funding from Ministry of Health
Katarina Williams (Stuff): Ministry declines funding for Gumboot Fund counselling service, Mike King claims
Eleanor Ainge Roy (Guardian): Young women ‘vast majority’ of rising self-harm incidents in New Zealand
Juliette Siversten: Just Listen podcast: Feeling anxious or anxiety disorder?
Herald Editorial: Hear our voices, we entreat (paywalled)
Eleisha Foon (RNZ): Deadline looms for nuclear veterans and descendants study

Insurance
RNZ: Government should review quake insurance role – Wellington mayoral taskforce
Rob Stock (Stuff): Ignorance, dishonesty, bullying insurers behind ‘withdrawn’ insurance claims

Foreign affairs and trade
Guy Trafford (Interest): What has been won (and lost) in the recent signing of the RCEP, and the upgraded China free trade deal
David Farrar: Two minor trade gains
RNZ: PNG PM’s visit to NZ deferred

Media
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Ad-free TV One ‘most popular’ option for Broadcasting Minister, says lobby group
Scott Palmer ((Newshub): Research shows majority of Kiwis want TVNZ ad-free

Local government
David Fisher (Herald): Legal challenge over election – ousted candidate sought to challenge rivals in court (paywalled)
Heta Gardiner (Māori TV): Murupara-Galatea looks at options
Catherine Groenestein (Stuff): Community board candidate got elected but nobody believes him
Damian George (Stuff): Ousted mayor Justin Lester’s request for a vote recount challenged by incumbent
Ian Telfer (ODT): Listen: Post-election sit-down with Mayor Hawkins

Education
RNZ: MPs urged to set minimum staff-to-student ratios in uni hostels
Lee Kenny (Stuff): Single eastern European country tied to med student work placement deception
Derek Cheng (Herald): Kelvin Davis accused of ‘atrocious’ behaviour and ignoring Treaty obligations
Mandy Henk (Spinoff): How paywalls are poisoning public-interest research
Tema Hemi (Māori TV): Polytechs struggling to keep doors open
Brittany Keogh (Stuff): Period poverty: Nearly 100,000 girls at risk of missing school
Hawkes Bay Today: Iona College matrons strike over pay and working conditions

Primary industries
Pattrick Smellie (Herald): Pressure on Jacinda Ardern over water quality amid farmer well-being concern (paywalled)
Andy Thompson (Herald): The Country: Jacinda Ardern’s message for farmers upset by viral video

Employment stats
Liam Dann (Herald): Jobs market may be worse than it looks (paywalled)
RNZ: Unemployment up to 4.2%, wages rising strongly
1News; Unemployment rate goes up after 11-year low
Jenée Tibshraeny (Interest): September quarter labour market data unlikely to be a game-changer for the RBNZ
No Right Turn: 11,000 employed under Labour

Child welfare
Melanie Reid and Mark Jennings (Newsroom): Uplift mother gets second child back
Martin van Beynen (Stuff): Oranga Tamariki apologises to dead boy’s dad for not hearing him
Katie Todd (RNZ): Autistic boy, 5, in hospital twice before death

2degrees
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): 2degrees red-faced after Commerce Commission calls it out for cheating
Chris Keall (Herald): 2degrees caught cheating with broadband test

Disaster preparedness
Lisette Reymer (Newshub): ‘It could happen tomorrow’: Scientists prepare for New Zealand’s next big earthquake
Marty Sharpe (Stuff): Why do a worrying number of us not know what to do before tsunami waves arrive?

James Shaw assault
Kate Nicol-Williams (1News): Man who attacked Greens co-leader James Shaw over abortion stance sentenced to prison
Stuff: Man who attacked James Shaw got jail because he would not agree to home detention
Melissa Nightingale (Herald): Man who punched Green Party co-leader James Shaw sent to prison

Rocket lab
Chris Keall (Herald): Space Minister Phil Twyford defends Rocket Lab’s ‘entertain the mega rich’
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): No harm found in putting on fake ‘shooting star’ shows, says Space Agency

SkyCity convention centre
Anuja Nadkarni (Stuff): SkyCity convention centre handed back to Fletcher Construction
AAP: Completion date for SkyCity’s convention centre to be revealed next February

Insolvency law reforms
Nicholas Pointon (RNZ): Ponzi scheme victims furious no reforms announced
Susan Edmonds (Stuff): First finance companies, then Ross Asset Management: Investor wants justice

Demographics
Keith Ng (Herald): Interactive: Do Kiwis choose to live in racially diverse neighbourhoods? Researchers find a surprising answer
Eleanor Ainge Roy (Guardian): ‘No hustle and bustle’: the only place in New Zealand where population is falling

Cash
1News: ‘Still a role for cash’ Reserve Bank says, despite Kiwi consumers’ preference for electronic payments
Maddy Lloyd (1News): Concern for elderly with future of cash up in the air

OK boomer
Stuff: Did Green MP Chloe Swarbrick kill the ‘OK boomer’ meme?
Josephine Franks (Stuff): Chlöe Swarbrick explains what ‘OK boomer’ means
Herald: NZ Parliament’s on-point response to ‘OK boomer’ TV gaffe

Other
Henry Cooke (Stuff): Jacinda Ardern has a huge edge on social media, but will it win her votes
Kate MacNamara (Stuff): The Reserve Bank should do nothing for the economy; the Government should not
Dara McNaught (Herald): Superannuitants caught in the trap of poverty (paywalled)
Joanne Carroll (Stuff): West Coasters to gather in opposition to ‘one-size-fits-all’ Government policies
No Right Turn: Boycott this democratic fraud
Collette Devlin (Stuff): Police Minister questions if fewer banned firearms in community than expected
Mitchell Alexander (Newshub): Bill would force political candidates to disclose criminal convictions
ODT: Tiwai Point: Time wasted before the inevitable
1News: Plaque commemorating victims of 1918 influenza pandemic unveiled in Wellington
Regan Paranihi (Māori TV): A commemoration for the 9000 lives lost in 1918 Influenza Pandemic
Martin Hawes (Interest): Incentives to ease a burden
Rino Tirikatene (Southland Times): When the regions thrive, Māori thrive
Ryan Boswell (1News): Māori claim to Sydney land dismissed by Australia’s Federal Court
Jono Edwards (ODT): 109 inquiries about no or low-interest loan scheme
Marc Daalder (Newsroom): ISPs split over blocking resurrected 8chan
Anusha Bradley (RNZ): Emergency call-outs drop after te reo Māori safety programme introduced
RNZ: Samoa Govt anticipates new seasonal work openings abroad
Ripu Bhatia (Stuff): Travellers should boycott Cook Islands over anti-gay law, Pacific leader says
Ryan Boswell (1News): Kiwi refugee accused of people-smuggling denied bail in Australia
1News: Charles and Camilla to visit Waitangi, Kaikōura during New Zealand trip this month
Alice Webb-Liddall (Spinoff): Signs, songs, stumps, symbols: A history of protest in Aotearoa in 350 objects

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