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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.

Zero Carbon Bill, climate change
Henry Cooke (Stuff): NZ First kept methane target from exiting Zero Carbon Bill
Zane Small (Newshub): Simon Bridges blasts New Zealand First as ‘no friend’ of regions and farmers
No Right Turn: Climate Change: Thank Winston
Amanda Larsson (Newsroom): Don’t kick climate to touch
ODT Editorial: Acting at the eleventh hour
David Cormack (Herald): NZ goes from fast follower to world leader (paywalled)
Amber-Leigh Woolf (Stuff): Public-led approach to fight the climate crisis in 2020 discussed at conference
Tom Hunt (Dominion Post): Climate scientist rubbishes his student – Wellington councillor Sean Rush
Jenny Coatham (Spinoff): The young climate activists who broke through to the halls of power

Police
Tim Watkin (Pundit): No Longer An Operational Matter: Armed Police Now Must Become A Political Decision
Emma Cropper (Newshub): Video of man being pulled over sparks fears about new Armed Response Teams
No Right Turn: This is not what armed police are for

Firearms
Collette Devlin (Stuff): Government widens gun law: Firearm Prohibition Orders to ban gangs and offenders from being around firearms
Derek Cheng (Herald): Firearms Prohibition Orders: Wide police powers to take guns from dangerous people
Anna Whyte (1News): Government pitches further gun restrictions aimed at high-risk individuals
RNZ: Govt wants to limit firearms access for those deemed high-risk
Zane Small (Newshub): Government considers National’s bid to give police ‘greater powers’ over gun control
Derek Cheng (Herald): Judicial review: Police Minister accused of asking the wrong questions when banning ammo

OK boomer
Chris Trotter (Daily Blog): OK Boomer Ruling Class!
Claire Trevett (Herald): Millennials take pot shots at Boomers, but Generation X rules the roost in Parliament (paywalled)
Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Policies ‘hard-code’ differences between Baby Boomers and younger generations, researcher says

Sustainable NZ
Sue Bradford (Pundit): Is Sustainable NZ An Endangered Species From Its Birth? Or Are Friends In The Wings?
Zane Small (Newshub): Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern throws doubt on Vernon Tava’s Sustainable NZ
Alex Braae (Spinoff): The new green party is still defined by the old Green party
No Right Turn: The astroturf party
1News: Sustainable New Zealand leader says new party could work with Labour or National
Dan Satherley (Newshub): Capitalism not the environment’s enemy – Sustainable NZ leader Vernon Tava
Georgina Campbell (Herald): Wellington regional councillor finds home in Sustainable NZ Party

Winston Peters’ privacy breach lawsuit
Tim Murphy (Newsroom): Peters and civil service chief don’t talk
Harrison Christian (Stuff): Winston Peters case: State Services Commissioner denies ‘acting politically’ when briefing Paula Bennett
Kim Baker Wilson (1News): Former top civil servant backs others who told ministers of Winston Peters’ superannuation over-payments
Yvette McCullough (NRZ): ‘I had no political motivation in deciding to brief my minister’
RNZ: Ministers’ briefing about Winston Peters’ pension completely appropriate – Sir Maarten
Derek Cheng (Herald): Winston Peters fact-check: $18,000 repayment amount ‘demonstrably false’ in 2017

Health
Jason Walls (Herald): Financial state of DHBs ‘concerning’ say Treasury as Govt earmarks $370m for bailouts (paywalled)
Emma Russell (Herald): Funding shortfall: Cancer agency will stall without more money (paywalled)
Nicholas Jones (Herald): Fair Care: Action promised on ‘burgeoning problem’ of diabetic amputations (paywalled)
RNZ: Samoan family mourns deaths of 2 children from suspected measles
RNZ: Measles outbreak: 6 quarantined in Fiij
Herald: Allergy NZ and Pub Charity behind bid to give EpiPens to 2500 at-risk children
RNZ: Free EpiPens to go towards thousands of at-risk New Zealanders
Ella Prendergast (Newshub): ‘Life-saving’ EpiPens should be publicly funded – Allergy NZ
Meriana Johnsen (RNZ): Lung cancer ALK+NSCLC genetic mutation screening could save lives – doctors
Mike Houlahan (ODT): Maternity plan ‘waste of two years’
Hannah Martin (Stuff): Delays to patient test results, diagnoses likely as lab workers prepare two-day strike – union
Scott Palmer (Newshub): Dozens of Auckland beaches declared no-swim zones due to faecal contamination
1News: Warnings issued after nearly 40 Auckland beaches contaminated by faeces

Christchurch Principles 
Boris Jancic (Herald): Former PM Helen Clark’s bid to make the internet safer and more democratic
David Hall (Spinoff): How the Christchurch Principles will fight the spread of hate
Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): A principled way to prevent online hate

Online searches in Govt departments
Mitchell Alexander and Tova O’Brien (Newshub): Live sex chats, bondage and smelly sock fetishes: The websites public officials attempt to access
Mitchell Alexander (Newshub): Porn storm: The Government departments clicking on illicit material
Mitchell Alexander and Tova O’Brien (Newshub): White supremacy, how to cheat exams: What ministry staff are searching online

Environment
Southland Times Editorial: Unfocused, under-resourced data collection has us flailing in the darkness of environmental perils
RNZ: The Detail: Three years in, how realistic is our Predator-Free 2050 goal?
David Williams (Newsroom): Inside the break-up of DoC’s IT unit
David Loughrey (ODT): Hoiho’s big win ‘bittersweet’ for bird’s champions
RNZ: Bird of the year 2019: Hoiho takes the winning title
1News: Hoiho wins Bird of the Year competition
Nik Dirga (RNZ): Bird of the Year competition: Keeping the good vibe flying high
Josephine Franks (Stuff): Protesters vow to occupy Auckland’s Ōwairaka/Mt Albert 24/7 to block removal of trees
D’Angelo Martin (Māori TV): 345 exotic trees get the chop

Education
Mike Hosking: (Newstalk ZB): Government gets schooled on education reforms
Ella Prendergast and Dan Satherley (Newshub): School support staff begin week of protest over low pay
Luke Kirkness (Herald): ‘I am spitting tacks over this’: Auckland bus strike disrupts students sitting exams, father outraged
Giselle Byrnes (Spinoff): Nailing jelly to the wall? Universities, academic freedom and free speech

Building standards, safety
Phil Pennington (RNZ): CertMark founder should not have held job ‘relating to quality control’ – ex-employer
Stephen Forbes (Stuff): Claims NZ’s defective buildings are a threat to public safety
Georgina Campbell (Herald): Another building closes following Statistics House partial collapse
Jono Galuszka (Manawatū Standard): Levin Courthouse to close for earthquake strengthening

NZ firefighters sent to Australia
1News: Kiwi firefighters sent across the ditch to help battle ‘catastrophic’ Australian wildfires
Audrey Young (Herald): NZ Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern offers support as Australian fires worsen

Local government
Joseph Romanos (Dominion Post): Lester tackled to a host of difficult issues during his mayoralty
Felix Desmarais (Stuff): Time to revive the flag? No not that one – the Wellington one
ODT: Waitaki Mayor Gary Kircher elected unopposed to two roles with LGNZ

Primary industries
Collette Devlin (Stuff): Financial pressure on rural sector ‘likely to get worse’
Rachael Kelly (Southland Times): Dairy NZ: economy could be ‘significantly harmed’ under freshwater reforms
Andrea Fox (Herald): Fonterra shareholder watchdog to self-review after performance backlash (paywalled)

Justice, corrections
Herald: Video explains how the New Zealand judicial system works
Regan Paranihi (Māori TV): New App helps corrections staff learn Te Reo

Vision NZ
1News: Hannah Tamaki wants no more mosques or ‘other foreign buildings of worship’ built in New Zealand
Mark Quinlivan (Newshub): Hannah Tamaki’s Vision NZ says it will ban the construction of mosques, temples and other ‘foreign buildings’
Herald: Destiny Church’s Hannah Tamaki calls for ban on new mosques

Other
David Cohen (RNZ): Abuse in care hearings: Survivors’ stories tell of an era of pop therapies
Kelly Doust (Guardian): Helen Clark: ‘I’d like to think I was ahead of my time’
1News: Auckland port looks destined for Northland move after report finds it ‘economically and environmentally unviable’
1News: Oranga Tamariki uplifts labelled ‘national disaster’ by Whānau Ora and family law expert
Paul McBeth (BusinessDesk): ACC investment chief quitting to found own firm – with ACC as anchor customer
Jim Rolfe (Incline): A National Security Strategy for New Zealand?
Tess Brunton (RNZ): Dunedin faces summer without largest water supply
Daisy Hudson (ODT): Foam firefighting rules exposed
Sally Rae (ODT): Glenaray tenure review open for reaction
Matthew Littlewood (Timaru Herald): Orari Gorge Station owners aren’t ruling out further protection
Cherie Sivignon (Stuff): Rachel Boyack returns as Labour Party candidate in Nelson for 2020
John Gibb (ODT): MPs reveal motivations, inspirations at public lecture
Carmen Hall (Herald): Transitional housing in Tauranga costs taxpayers more than $9 million dollars (paywalled)
David Hargreaves (Interest): The OCR review this week: We’ve got a live one!
Brian Easton (Pundit): Secular Stagnation?
Paul Goldsmith (Stuff): Government needs to stop blaming offshore problems for local jobs slump
Max Towle (RNZ): Poet’s Corner
Mandy Te (Stuff): Te Papa Museum visitors told to look and sometimes touch
Michael Cropp (RNZ): Electric ferry under construction for Wellington will be first in Southern Hemisphere
RNZ: White Silence: Former Deputy PM’s biggest regret after Air NZ Erebus crash
1News: Sex therapist warns ‘aggressive, violent’ porn warping Kiwi kids’ views on sex
1News: Prince Charles, Camilla to visit site of Christ Church Cathedral during New Zealand tour
1News: TVNZ appoints new board chair

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