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Today’s content by Dr Bryce Edwards.

Zero Carbon Bill
Audrey Young (Herald): Simon Bridges enhances his leadership over climate change shift (paywalled)
Richard Harman (Politik): Bridges uses the Zero Carbon Bill to redefine National
Henry Cooke (Stuff): James Shaw won the battle on climate change, not the war
Jenée Tibshraeny (Interest): Why the political unity shown around the Zero Carbon Bill will be short-lived with National and NZ First to battle it out for the farming vote
Press Editorial: Climate change and the art of compromise
Mike Houlahan (ODT):Legislation a legacy for totemic Donald
Brent Edwards (NBR): Zero Carbon Act effectiveness doubted (paywalled)
Duncan Garner (Newshub): Passing Zero Carbon Bill a sign Parliament has grown up
Scott Palmer (Newshub): Zero Carbon Bill ‘gutted’ before passing – youth climate activists
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): The only reason there has been so much cross Party support for the Zero Carbon Act is because it doesn’t do anything 
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): ‘ok Boomer’ & smug Zero Carbon sophistry – evidence that the climate crisis will doom us and make Fortress Aotearoa an inevitability
No Right Turn: Climate Change: As predicted
Zane Small (Newshub):National MP Judith Collins considered ‘crossing the floor’ over Zero Carbon Bill
Jamie Ensor (Newshub): National Party playing ‘politics’ in supporting Zero Carbon Bill – Willie Jackson
Zane Small (Newshub): Julie Anne Genter brought to tears during James Shaw’s Zero Carbon Bill speech

Sustainable NZ party launched
Charlie Dreaver (RNZ): Sustainable New Zealand political party: Other parties unruffled
Audrey Young (Herald): Sustainable NZ Party launches with promise to boost conservation spending by $1 billion
Henry Cooke (Stuff): Sustainable NZ party launches, promising to be a ‘full-time environmental party’
1News: Sustainable New Zealand Party launches with focus on environmental issues
Scott Palmer (Newshub): Sustainable New Zealand Party launches with promise of $1b environmental boost
RNZ: Sustainable New Zealand Party to prioritise water, native species, economy
Heather du Plessis-Allan (Herald): A very bluish shade of green (paywalled)
Audrey Young (Herald): Newest political party Sustainable NZ struck by tragedy before tomorrow’s launch (paywalled)
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): The real purpose of National’s new ‘Sustainability NZ Party’

John Armstrong (1News): Ardern’s ‘deft, yet ruthless piece of politics’ left Shane Jones, Winston Peters humiliated
Bernard Hickey (Newsroom): The dirty little secret in this migration debate
Andrea Vance (Stuff): They are not us: What Shane Jones’ attack on migrants really says
Collette Devlin (Stuff): Shane, you’re wrong: National MP happily in an arranged marriage for 25 years
Josephine Varghese (Spinoff): Busting myths about arranged marriage
Bronson Perich (Māori TV): Indians have a ‘bloody cheek’ in protesting – VisionNZ
Samantha Gee (Stuff): Migrant sex workers in top of the south deported

Winston Peters’ privacy leak case
Richard Griffin (Stuff): Why Winston Peters deserves more respect
Craig McCulloch (RNZ): No evidence indicates ministry staff source of Peters leak – MSD manager
Harrison Christian (Stuff): Winston Peters: MSD staff could have seen document at printer, court hears
Tim Murphy (Newsroom): Words matter to these civil servants, Mr Peters

Local government
Dileepa Fonseka (Newsroom): Local election overhaul may follow recounts and coin tosses
Piers Fuller (Stuff): Are our mayors earning their pay rises?
Charlotte Jones (RNZ): Ousted Whakatāne councillor to fight for seat
Kereama Wright (Māori TV): NZ’s only Māori Mayor – Lyn Riesterer, Mayor of Ōpōtiki District Council
Ellen O’Dwyer (Stuff): Waikato District Councillors’ gag order over secret meetings
Janine Rankin (Manawatū Standard): Councillors support Awapuni, but they do not choose to live there
Rob Mitchell (Dominion Post): The fading of a rising star – How Justin Lester lost the Wellington mayoralty
Damian George (Dominion Post): Lester thanks supporters and looks to future following mayoral defeat
Georgina Campbell (Herald): Foster v Lester: Moving on from Wellington’s cliffhanger election result
Georgina Campbell (Herald): Ousted Wellington mayor Justin Lester’s recount bid declined
Damian George (Dominion Post): Ousted Wellington mayor Justin Lester’s application for vote recount declined
Emma Hatton (RNZ): Wellington mayoralty: Justin Lester’s mayoral election recount bid declined
1News: Justin Lester’s bid for recount in Wellington mayorality race declined
Cherie Sivignon (Stuff): Tasman District mayor, deputy mayor to receive jump in salary
RNZ: Council ends inquiry into defeated Christchurch councillor
Guy Williams (ODT):Boult proxy role critics dismissed
Emma Perry (ODT): Threat to Dunedin’s water supply

OK boomer
Chlöe Swarbrick (Guardian): My ‘OK boomer’ comment in parliament symbolised exhaustion of multiple generations
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Putting the Me into Millennial – why ‘Ok Boomer’ is identity politics gone awry
Michael Daly (Stuff): All this talk of boomers when Gen-X actually dominates Parliament
David Farrar: How many MPs in each generation
Jack Tame (Herald): OK, Boomers: Here’s what’s up
Richard Meadows (Stuff): The Boomers are OK
Heather du Plessis-Allan (Newstalk ZB): OK millennials, we know you’re jealous of boomers
Scott Palmer (Newshub): Chlöe Swarbrick says ‘OK Boomer’ reaction ‘desperately bewildering’
Alice Neville (Spinoff): Oh Chlöe no! All the boomers who aren’t OK with OK boomer
Glenn McConnell (Stuff): The world is obsessed with Chlöe Swarbrick’s ‘OK, boomer’ jibe
Kerre McIvor (Newstalk ZB): ‘OK boomer’ is the new ‘whatever’ (paywalled)

Parliament, week in politics
Peter Wilson RNZ): Week in Politics: NZ First sees votes in a population policy
Claire Trevett (Herald): Beehive Diaries: Christopher Luxon, Chloe Swarbrick and Shane Jones (paywalled)
1News: Inside Parliament (video)
Steve Braunias (Herald): The secret diary of the All Blacks coach selection panel (paywalled)
Rizwan Asghar (Newsroom): Is Aotearoa ready for online voting?

National Party
Damien Grant (Stuff): Simon Bridges might have what it takes to win the next election
David Slack (Stuff): Christopher Luxon knows that in the Koru Lounge of life, everything’s a transaction
Bob Jones: The deification of Christopher Luxon
Henry Cooke (Stuff): National puts former journalist Nicola Grigg forward for safest seat in NZ
Audrey Young (Herald): National picks former press secretary for safest seat in the country
Angie Skerrett (Newshub): New National candidate ‘passionate’ about farming and agriculture

Abuse in care inquiry
Katie Scotcher (RNZ): Royal Commission into abuse in care hearings: What we learnt
Carmen Parahi (Stuff): ‘We still hear harrowing accounts’: Children’s Commissioner gives stark warning to abuse inquiry
Katie Scotcher (RNZ): Abuse survivor raped at foster homes, sexually abused by nun
Andrew McRae, (RNZ): Abuse survivor calls on Catholic Church to ‘do the right thing’ for victims
Giles Dexter (Newshub): Catholic Church needs to be held accountable for its sexual predators – abuse survivor
RNZ: Ribbons tied to fence of Catholic Cathedral to honour victims of abuse

Emma Russell (Herald): Health minister David Clark: Postcode cancer care ’embarrassing’
Emma Russell (Herald): New cancer boss promises to close the gap between New Zealand and Australia (paywalled)
1News: Lack of DHB testing means lung cancer patients could be missing out on life-prolonging drugs
Jessica Tyson (Māori TV): Māori missing out on life-prolonging lung cancer medicine
Ruwani Perera (The Hui): The challenges Māori face getting a life-saving kidney transplant
Joel Maxwell (Stuff): Cultural opposition to donation could be ‘unsubstantiated myth’, says Medical Council chair
Joel Maxwell (Stuff): Researching these stories has changed my afterlife: So take everything, even the eyes
Natalie Akoorie (Herald): Crystal Beavis went on taxpayer-funded course for Waikato DHB after board was sacked
Hayley Jacobsen and Dan Satherley (Newshub): Damning report into Southland’s maternity hubs prompts renewed call for rollback
Hannah Martin and Nicholas Boyack (Stuff): Kiwis rate themselves the healthiest in the OECD, but statistics disagree
Hannah Martin (Stuff): District Health Board complaints: Is yours the most complained about in the country?
RNZ: Unfair to say NZ at fault for Samoa measles – High Commissioner
Karen Rutherford (Newshub): Auckland widow slams drug companies for ‘wasteful’ regulations around unused medications
RNZ: Significant barriers to cancer control in Pacific – researcher
Jake Kenny (Stuff): Young Cantabrians bemoan ‘appalling’ wait times for mental health support
Josie Adams (Spinoff): It’s not over: Psychologists say DHB strikes will be back on soon
Donna Chisholm (North & South): Future of NZ’s most successful cancer drug discovery lab questioned

1News: Suicide is not about numbers, but devastated families and communities, says new official
RNZ: Suicide prevention needs wider approach – new office’s director
Laura Walters (Newsroom): NZ needs a more nuanced discussion about suicide
Sophie Trigger (Stuff): Not only people with mental illness end their lives, says former coroner

Isaac Davison (Herald): Community Housing Providers say more than 500 homes ‘gathering dust’ during housing crisis (paywalled)
Stephen Forbes (Stuff): Salvation Army opens $28 million social housing development in Royal Oak, Auckland
Jessie Chiang (RNZ): Tenant in new $28m social housing block: ‘It’s a dream come true’
RNZ: Checkpoint: Motels make millions providing emergency housing
RNZ: Wellington councils need to make room for more homes – report
Libby Wilson (Stuff): Whare Ora fighting off cold and damp in homes to protect kids

Tuia 250
Denise Piper (Stuff): Tuia 250: Māori give officials fierce and passionate reaction in Northland’s Waitangi
Peter de Graaf (Northern Advocate): First contact, 250 years on – Tuia flotilla arrives at Waitangi

Tiwai Point
Jamie Gray (Herald): Power surge: What happens if Rio Tinto pulls the plug on Tiwai Point? (paywalled)
RNZ: Tiwai Point smelter closure could affect South Island hydro plants – Genesis
Brent Melville (ODT): Tiwai closure would spur transmission spend: study

Oranga Tamariki
Scott Palmer (Newshub): Child uplift due to ‘incompetence’ – Tracey Martin
1News: PM says there’s ‘no excuses to be made’ after Oranga Tamariki report released
RNZ: Checkpoint: ‘Shut it down’ – a call to close Oranga Tamariki
Regan Paranihi (Māori TV): Raukawa-Tait challenges Oranga Tamariki to step aside
Marty Sharpe (Stuff): ‘Employment process’ underway at Oranga Tamariki following release of Hastings review
RNZ: Oranga Tamariki inquiry: ‘serious consequences’ over attempted removal of baby
Derek Cheng (Herald): Family lawyer on Oranga Tamariki uplifts: Widespread trauma and misery

Simon Collins (Herald): Tomorrow’s Schools review: School boards look set to keep their powers (paywalled)
Henry Cooke (Stuff): Hipkins promises early childhood sector support is on way – next year
1News: School support staff demand fair pay in union ‘week of action’
RNZ: Sharing teachers online may help beat teacher shortage
RNZ: NCEA exams begin, 20,000 students sitting online tests
Lee Kenny (Stuff): Placement scam justified because studying medicine is ‘gruelling’, student argues
Thomas Mead (1News): Axed Antarctic study could still go ahead following 1 NEWS story
1News: University of Canterbury’s sudden cancellation of Antarctic study a ‘betrayal of opportunities’ – marine expert
Jake Kenny (Stuff): Lincoln University reveals plan to replace coal with solar energy
RNZ: Lincoln University goes solar in bid to cut coal use
George Heagney (Manawatū Standard): Squabble over Massey University Students’ Association president adjourned

Primary industries
Skara Bohny (Stuff): Farmers need incentives to deal with ‘legacy’ pollution issues, says expert
Conan Young (RNZ): Farmers helped to come up with carbon reduction plans
Kate Nicol-Williams (1News): Researchers say new beef product has potential to end bobby calf slaughter
Gerard Hutching (Stuff): Independent dairy companies offer farmers an attractive option 

Foreign affairs and trade
Denham Sadler (Guardian): ‘We’re screwed’: the New Zealanders left stranded in Australia
Hamish Rutherford (Herald): Stephen Jacobi stepping down from New Zealand-China Council
RNZ: Academic warns against geostrategic motivations for aid
Sasha Borissenko (Herald): Trade deal update right time to teach China NZ’s law (paywalled)
Jason Walls (Herald): NZ Government working with Japan to bolster space programme, documents show (paywalled)
Harrison Christian (Stuff): US ambassador Scott Brown is leaving New Zealand after one term
Jamie Ensor (Newshub): US Ambassador to New Zealand Scott Brown to exit role after first term

Fire service
Natalie Akoorie (Herald): SkyCity fire: Firefighters had to urinate in street, bought own food, fell asleep up ladders
Kendall Hutt (Stuff): SkyCity Convention Centre fire: Union survey reveals firefighters were fatigued, ate ‘party food’
Liu Chen (RNZ): SkyCity fire: Firefighters reported falling asleep on ladders eight storeys up
Laura James (1News): Firefighters battling Auckland convention centre inferno were so exhausted some fell asleep on ladder
Mark Quinlivan (Newshub): SkyCity blaze: Firefighter fatigue and inadequate resources exposed
Daisy Hudson (ODT): Still waiting for apology

Phil Pennington (RNZ): 3000 heavy vehicle certificates revoked in 2019 so far
Samantha Gee (Stuff): Backlash against plan to lower speed limits across New Zealand highways
Damian George (Stuff): Reduced crash rate on Kāpiti expressway leads to call for fast track of safety upgrades
Richard Prebble (Herald): Sky Cabs: Auckland’s world-leading public transport solution (paywalled)

RNZ: White Silence: The Caravan
RNZ: White Silence: The aviation safety lessons learned after the Erebus disaster
Phil Taylor (Herald): Government pushed ahead with Erebus memorial at a site its consultants said was a poor option, documents reveal
Mark Quinlivan (Newshub): ‘Traumatic job’: Retired police officer relives Mt Erebus recovery operation

Environment and conservation
Dominic Harris (Stuff): Thousands of tonnes of recycling are sent abroad every year – could we fight the war on waste here?
Cherie Sivignon (Stuff): Te Waikoropupū Springs report delay surprises Environment Minister
ODT Editorial: Boost for Foulden Maar fans
RNZ: Lack of transparency over possible whitebaiting ban – National
Scott Palmer (Newshub): National warns new whitebaiting policy could crash price of stands
RNZ: Southland river transformed from ‘a drain’ to country’s most improved
Kate Nicol-Williams (1News): Department of Conservation banking on more seeds to save native trees from myrtle rust fungus
Andrew McRae (RNZ): Call to save endangered bats as city’s sprawl threatens habitat
Tracy Neal (RNZ): Thousands more NZers book Great Walks than overseas visitors
Anna Whyte (1News): Petition calling for clear, compulsory recycling labels on packaging garners 46k signatures
RNZ: Dog owners warned after potentially poisoned rats wash up on beaches

Jordan Bond (RNZ): Police Armed Response Team arrest in suburban area raises concerns
RNZ: The Detail: Questions over armed police patrols
Paul Little (Herald): We don’t need police with guns on our streets (paywalled)

Violence, crime
Alison Mau (Stuff): The cycle of silencing victims is beyond frustrating
Mariné Lourens (Stuff): New ‘proximity’ alarm will alert victims of domestic violence when their attackers are nearby
Daisy Hudson (ODT): Rape Crisis renamed; OCASA to work with all genders
Donna Chisholm (Listener): How victim video statements are helping to arrest family violence
Dan Satherley (Newshub): New Zealanders don’t feel as safe walking the streets as people living in some dictatorships – survey

Alexander Gillespie (Herald): New law promises Parihaka amends (paywalled)
Alexander Gillespie (The Conversation): How NZ’s colonial government misused laws to crush non-violent dissent at Parihaka

Monetary policy
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Reserve Bank can’t now avoid leaving some pundits sitting on wrong horse
Liam Dann (Herald): An idiot’s guide to the Official Cash Rate (paywalled)
Tamsyn Parker (Herald): Bank boss’ warning: ‘Capital is going to get scarcer’ (paywalled)

Colin Peacock (RNZ): TVNZ’s local content play
NBR: TVNZ a poster child for government business incompetence (paywalled)
Colin Peacock (RNZ): Murder trials reported in distressing detail
Colin Peacock (RNZ): Cautionary tales about your digital data
MIchael S. Daubs (Newsroom): Twitter’s political ad ban a hopeful but empty gesture
Philip Matthew (Press): An author and editor who shaped New Zealand

Zane Small (Newshub): Paula Bennett attacks ‘ridiculous comment’ by Meka Whaitiri over ‘fairness’ for beneficiaries
Leigh-Marama McLachlan (RNZ): National MP says benefit cuts could be good for Māori, strengthen whānau

Tom O’Connor (Waikato Times): Time to blow up the Guy Fawkes farce
1News: Wellington Zoo ‘devastated’ after antelope spooked by fireworks dies
RNZ: Blaze sparked by fireworks endangers gannets at Muriwai Beach

Mongrel Mob
Katie Harris (Herald): Mongrel Mob Kingdom’s new PR person wants to fight stigma around gangs
1News: Mongrel Mob break-off chapter meets with Māori leaders to discuss becoming ‘acceptable’
Adam Hollingworth (Newshub): Mongrel Mob opens doors to confront its dark history
Florence Kerr and Donna-Lee Biddle (Stuff): Women speak about overcoming abuse at Mongrel Mob Kingdom event in Hamilton
Taroi Black (Māori TV): ‘I will support them’ to establish a women’s gang – Dame Tariana Turia

Shamubeel Eaqub (Stuff): Wages are finally up; but is it the last flourish of this economic cycle?
1News: ‘No place’ for euthanasia in NZ, doctor says as End of Life Choice bill’s third reading looms
Martin van Beynen (Stuff): Pike River a black hole for public money
Thomas Manch (Stuff): Another rocket lands in Camp Taji, home to New Zealand soldiers
Felix Desmarais (Stuff): Public service ‘susceptible’ to misuse of power for sexual gain – petitioner
Rob Mitchell (Dominion Post): Sue Bradford: The misunderstood radical
Matariki Williams (E-Tangata): The iceberg below the surface
Tom Dillane (Herald): Pania Newton: Reluctant leader joins Auckland University’s top 40 Under 40 list
Tamsyn Parker (Herald): KiwiSaver retirement savings scheme now worth more than $60 billion
Kali Mercier (Spinoff): Ahead of next year’s big vote, here’s what we know about drugs in NZ
Teresa Cowie (RNZ): Play time over: How Kiwi kids lost their freedom to roam
Te Aniwa Hurihanganui (RNZ): Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa celebrates its first knight, Sir Kim Workman
Dale Husband (E-Tangata): Rawinia Higgins: Regenerating the reo
Phil Pennington (RNZ): Concrete safety investigator ‘surprised nobody had been killed’
RNZ/ABC: Silica dust exposure levels set to be halved
Herald: Keyboard warrior slams wrong Barry while defending anti-vax movement
Regan Paranihi (Māori TV): NZDF land symbolically returned to Ngāti Rangi
Eric Crampton (Stuff): Failing to get insurance prices right causes problems
James Kierstead and Michael Johnston (Spinoff): What Karl Popper can teach modern New Zealanders
Scott Palmer (Newshub): Māori Council wants Pope to apologise for colonisation of New Zealand\
John Fisk (NBR): Flaws in Coalition’s insolvency law reform
Katharine Moody (Interest): Top Five: Government options for bottom trawling, pokies, synthetic nitrogen, agricultural emissions and the Billion Trees policy
Dave Kearns (ODT): When Hillside returns, think of its potential
Trevor Richards (E-Tangata): ‘Neither forgotten nor forgiven’
RNZ: Rapid house price growth creates a lot more Kiwi millionaires
Ashley Church (Herald): Have higher house prices made us a wealthier nation?