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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.

Media
Peter Thompson (Stuff): A new model for public media – but have the old lessons been learned?
Damien Venuto (Herald): Faafoi’s conundrum: The toughest political call left in 2019 (paywalled)
Colin Peacock (RNZ): Mediawatch: Government ponders proposal for public media
Mark Jennings (Newsroom): Back in time as Government considers new state broadcaster
Duncan Greive (Spinoff): Five key questions about the new super-broadcaster to replace TVNZ and RNZ
Audrey Young (Herald): Kris Faafoi wants to set public broadcasting policy to last for up to 25 years
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): TVNZ chief executive Kevin Kenrick breaks silence on public media merger
Pattrick Smellie (BusinessDesk): Govt media plan won’t weaken commercial players – TVNZ (paywalled)
RNZ: ‘Bolstering public broadcasting is the answer’ – Ardern
RNZ: No mandate for creating single public broadcaster – Simon Bridges
Jane Patterson (RNZ): Govt to consider replacing RNZ, TVNZ with new public broadcaster
Vita Molyneux (Newshub): Government may disestablish TVNZ, RNZ to create one entity

Primary industries
Guyon Espiner and Kate Newton (RNZ): NZ First-linked forestry company pushed for govt funds
Gordon Campbell: On why the public is losing patience with the farming sector’s persecution complex
No Right Turn: Climate Change: We need more trees, not less
Jason Walls (Herald): NZ First Minister Shane Jones calls hundreds of farmer protesters outside Parliament ‘rednecks’
Zane Small (Newshub):‘Ngati-redneck-ery’: Shane Jones bites back at jeering 50 Shades of Green marchers
1News: Shane Jones lashes out at protesting farmers – ‘rednecks’ and ‘incredibly vitriolic’
1News: Hundreds of farmers march on Parliament protesting emissions targets, water regulation
Felix Desmarais (Stuff): Shane Jones calls protesting farmers ‘rednecks’ following rowdy march on Parliament
Shane Jones (Herald): Tree planting not a case of ‘farters vs radiatas’ (paywalled)

Greens on budget responsibility rules
Jason Walls (Herald): Leaked Greens discussion document suggest the party plans to scrap its spending limit support
Henry Cooke (Stuff): Green Party review of budget rules suggests party scrap them and spend more

Parliament
Richard Harman (Politik): Shaking up Select Committees
Audrey Young (Herald): Parliament to loosen rules around use of television footage in advertising
Anna Whyte (1News): Quickfire: Mark Mitchell and Meka Whaitiri on vaping, euthanasia and recycling labels

Zero Carbon Act
Matthew Hooton (Herald): James Shaw’s victory double-edged (paywalled)
Mike Treen (Daily Blog): We need a Green New Deal for a Just Transition with democratic empowerment
Simon Upton (Newsroom): There are no costless ways forward on carbon
Jamie Mackay (Herald): James Shaw on working with the enemy on the Zero Carbon Act (paywalled)

Police
RNZ: People with mental health problems will be shot by new armed police – Mental Health Foundation
Leigh-Marama McLachlan (RNZ): Armed Response Teams: change in remit worries Māori leaders
Ruby Nyika (Stuff): New armed units in Hamilton suburbs sparks mother’s fear
Harrison Christian (Stuff): Police review alert system after teenage girl left at the home of her alleged rapist
Isaac Davison (Herald): IPCA ‘racist’ says former top police officer Hurimoana Dennis after watchdog finds he abused powers
Zac Fleming (Newshub): Former officer Hurimoana Dennis found to have abused his power claims watchdog is ‘racist’
Leigh-Marama McLachlan (RNZ): Former inspector repeatedly abused power – IPCA
Dubby Henry (Herald): ‘Abuse of power’: IPCA says teen unlawfully detained by top cop Hurimoana Dennis
1News: Former senior police officer Hurimoana Dennis unlawfully detained teen, influenced outcome of son’s case – IPCA
Trevor Bradley (Newsroom): ‘Plural policing’ should come at a cost

Local government – Christchurch
Kamala Hayman (Press):Christchurch City Council secrecy outrageous
Tina Law and Dominic Harris (Stuff): Damning report alleges Christchurch City Council staff kept negative information secret, manipulated reports
RNZ: Senior Chch Council managers altered negative reports – ombudsman

Local government
Denise Piper (Stuff): Pensioners in Mangawhai, Northland, worried council will ditch their homes
Melanie Earley (Stuff): Pregnant dog and puppies ‘starved’ at Northland pound, needed emergency care
Anne Gibson (Herald): ‘Price of human safety’: Aotea Centre refurbishment to cost $66.8m (paywalled)
Anusha Bradley (RNZ): Patangata Bridge closure means 1km ‘trek on foot’ for families’ tangi
Georgina Campbell (Herald): Money, money, money: Litigating Wellington’s Shelly Bay (paywalled)

Cannabis and euthanasia referendums
Andrew McRae (RNZ): Voters may be overwhelmed by both referendums and election – analyst
Derek Cheng (Herald): Andrew Little: With euthanasia and cannabis, the election is going to get ugly

Justice, corrections
Collette Devlin (Stuff): Review of prisoner mail rules finds ‘absurd’ law thwarts effective intelligence-gathering
Craig McCulloch (RNZ): Review over prison letter management suggests ‘urgent’ law change
Zane Small (Newshub): Corrections creating ‘dedicated mail-monitoring team’ after Christchurch-accused sent hate letters
Herald: Prison mail changed after Christchurch attack blunder
Alison Mau (Stuff): Courts should be about justice, not more trauma
Collette Devlin (Stuff): Proposed sexual violence laws to debunk myths and improve the court system
RNZ: Bill to help sexual violence victims testify passes first reading
1News: Many survivors say courtroom experience is ‘worse’ than sexual assault – victims’ advocate
Derek Cheng (Herald): Courtroom shake up: New rules in rape cases hailed as decades-overdue

Immigration
Chris Trotter (Daily Blog): When Worlds Collide
Meng Foon (Stuff): Don’t vilify minorities to make your political point
Peter Dunne (Newsroom): We don’t need more intolerance and political scapegoating
RNZ: Partnership visa change: Confusion over singling out arranged marriages
1News: Shane Jones says he won’t be ‘cowed by people’ who disagree with his views on immigration
ODT Editorial: Immigration consensus far away
Emma Russell (Herald): Russian family saddled with half a million dollars of medical bills after baby born with rare condition

Euthanasia
Claire Trevett (Herald): Euthanasia vote moves from politicians to the people – but can we handle it? (paywalled)
Graham Adams (Noted): David Seymour’s euthanasia bill triumph
Wendi Wicks (Guardian): New Zealand’s euthanasia bill is a step into the unknown for disabled people
David Fisher (Herald): Euthanasia: Whangārei’s Shane Reti only Northland MP to oppose End of Life Bill
Jenna Lynch (Newshub): End of Life Choice Bill: Euthanasia put to public vote in 2020
AAP: ‘Get back to the garden’ – David Seymour’s swift retort to Maggie Barry amid ‘major war’ claim after euthanasia Bill passes
RNZ: End of Life Choice Bill: lines drawn as debate goes to public
Jo Moir (RNZ): End of Life Choice Bill on euthanasia goes to referendum
Phil Smith (RNZ): The End of Life Choice Debate: in pictures and the words of MPs
Sophie Trigger (Stuff): Death a ‘learning experience’, says at-home hospice worker
Kim Moodie (Herald): ‘She’d be very happy:’ Lecretia Seales’ widower applauds End of Life Choice vote

Freedom of speech
Chris Trotter: Could There Be Method In Massey University’s Madness?
Spinoff: David Seymour to host controversial Feminism 2020 event in parliament
Martyn Bradbury: Feminism 2020 Conference to be held at Parliament

Transport
Thomas Coughlan (Stuff): Ministers’ ‘fishy’ Wellington dinner during NZTA board appointment process
Phil Pennington (RNZ): NZTA sees increase in contractors despite govt orders otherwise
Phil Pennington (RNZ): Transmission Gully motorway project has concerns about the technology it’s using
Damian George (Stuff): Wheels slowly starting to move on Wellington’s $6.4 billion transport revamp
RNZ: Contracts for Wellington transport projects put to tender
Rahul Bhattarai (Marlborough Express): Slower speeds on SH6 could hit consumers in the pocket, truckies say
Tracey Roxburgh (ODT): Minister faults pay rates in bus driver issue
Brent Edwards (NBR): Air New Zealand defends focus on competitive advantage (paywalled)

Census
RNZ: Census jobs stats: Women welcome Kiwis into the world, men see them out
Herald: New Census reveals Kiwis still working in traditionally gendered jobs
Catherine Harris and Debrin Foxcroft (Stuff): Cafes and supermarkets the country’s biggest employers: Census

Peter Ellis appeal
Joel MacManus (Stuff): Peter Ellis appeal derailed by legal curveball on possible tikanga Māori approach
Melissa Nightingale (Herald): Peter Ellis Supreme Court hearing into Christchurch creche case begins today
Sam Farrell (Newshub): Supreme Court weighs whether sex offender Peter Ellis’ appeal can continue after death
Jonathan Mitchell (RNZ): Peter Ellis appeal case taken to Supreme Court

Health and disability
Natalie Akoorie (Herald): Crystal Beavis took $5000 course because Health Ministry training of boards lacking
Janine Rankin (Manawatū Standard): New mental health ward plans in Palmerston North provide bittersweet progress for families
RNZ: PM says $30m mental health facility upgrade transformative
RNZ: Palmerston North Hospital mental health unit set for $30 million upgrade
Mike Houlahan (ODT): ‘Strong oversight’ of SDHB maternity sought
Lydia Lewis and Dan Satherley (Newshub): Coca-Cola’s use of Māori words a ‘real tragedy’ – health expert
Taroi Black (Māori TV): Māori Dentist backs reo Māori on Coke bottles
1News: Meningococcal vaccine boost for youth in close-living situations
RNZ: Measles outbreak: NZ sends vaccines, medical staff to Samoa
RNZ: Spread of measles expected to continue over holidays
RNZ: USP Samoa cancels graduation ceremony over measles
RNZ: American Samoa declares health emergency over measles
RNZ: Measles outbreak: Tongan govt primary schools, kindergartens close
Charlie Gates (Stuff): Medicinal cannabis company raises $1 million in just over a week
Georgia Forrester (Stuff): The rise of syphilis in NZ: The worst STI hot-spots as disease make a comeback
Laura James (1News): Government reveals new plan to help more than 1 million Kiwis with disabilities

Abuse in care inquiry
RNZ: Judge Shaw appointed chairperson of historical abuse in care inquiry
1News: New chairperson appointed for Commission into abuse in state care

Housing
Doug Laing (Hawkes Bay Today): First Hawke’s Bay KiwiBuild homes on sale in Maraenui, Napier in stormy market (paywalled)
MIchael Daly (Stuff): Housing affordability gains may be over as median price tops $600,000 for first time
1News: New Zealand’s median house price at record high after passing $600k for first time

Education
Jake Kenny and Lee Kenny (Stuff): Canterbury schools opt in to Govt payment scheme to ‘support the community’
Katy Jones (Stuff): Donations scheme confusing and unfair, some excluded schools say
Elena McPhee (ODT): Graduation fears for students
RNZ: More Otago uni students speak up on abused overseas placements
Katy Jones (Stuff): NMIT staff in talks after course closures
Amanda Saxton (Stuff): Cyber attacks on Auckland University systems come at ‘worst time possible
Robin Martin (RNZ): MAINZ audio production course closure shocks unaware students
Cira Olivier (Rotorua Daily Post): Rotorua teacher aides working multiple jobs to survive (paywalled)

Drug laws, alcohol
Newshub: New Zealand’s alcohol problem getting worse – survey
Ben Strang (RNZ): Fewer low-level drug charges laid, health referrals increase
Vita Molyneux (Newshub): Teenagers suffer higher rates of addiction when recreational cannabis is legalised – study
Duncan Garner: Legalising weed could cause teen addiction to skyrocket
Laura Walters (Newsroom): Synthetics market evolves post-law changes

Ports of Auckland move
Lewis Holden (Noted): Why the Ports of Auckland move matters
Dileepa Fonseka (Newsroom): ‘We bloody own the land’ – Goff questions port report
Herald Editorial: Auckland port’s move north to Whangārei looking likely (paywalled)

Monetary policy
Jenée Tibshraeny (Interest): Adrian Orr tones down calls for more govt spending, saying he has been heard
Jenny Ruth (BusinessDesk): The Reserve Bank’s element of surprise (paywalled)
Brent Edwards (NBR): Reserve Bank looks for positive inflation to grow economy (paywalled)

Genital mutilation ban
Thomas Coughlan (Stuff): MPs band together for female genital mutilation ban
Derek Cheng (Herald): Historic first: Bill from women MPs of colour to fight female genital mutilation

Manus Island refugee Behrouz Boochani in NZ
RNZ: Manus Island refugee Behrouz Boochani lands in Auckland
Ben Doherty (Guardian): Behrouz Boochani, voice of Manus Island refugees, is free in New Zealand

Foreign affairs and trade
Brent Edwards (NBR): Trade agenda about protecting NZ from super-power politics (paywalled)
RNZ: Cook Islands to ratify PACER Plus
Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): China’s ‘business of greening’, and what it means for the world
John Minto (Daily Blog): Foreign Affairs tweet an outrage in a decent society
RNZ: Australia Pacific Security College launched

Terrorism bill
Alexander Gillespie (Herald): Terrorism Suppression Bill is the lesser of the evils we face (paywalled)
Zane Small (Newshub): Minister William Sio ‘distressed’ by anti-terror law submitter’s March 15 remarks

Space
RNZ: Space sector contributes $1.7 billion to NZ economy
Brent Edwards (NBR): Potential for New Zealand space earnings to blast off (paywalled)
Pam Jones (ODT): Space sector’s net worth to economy $1.69 billion

Environment and conservation
Cherie Sivignon (Stuff): Julie Anne Genter urges climate change action as road maintenance costs climb
Rose Davis (Herald): Motiti battle a victory for Bay’s marine reserves (paywalled)
Mark Price and Laura Mills (ODT): Whitebaiting policy document date doubt
Mare Haimona-Riki (Māori TV): Less than 400 Hoiho left in Aotearoa
Hawkes Bay Today: Kiwi linked to PM Jacinda Ardern’s daughter Neve hatches at Tararua wildlife centre

OK boomer
RNZ: The Detail: The anger behind the OK Boomer viral meme
Rosemary McLeod (Stuff): It’s the Boomers’ fault: we created these Millennial monsters

Ihumātao
Glenn McConnell (Stuff): Top musician Tom Scott condemns Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern at NZ Music Awards
Hearld: ‘Go to Ihumātao’: Tom Scott takes aim at PM Jacinda Ardern at NZ Music Awards

Other
Brent Edwards (NBR): Public service policy: to tell or not to tell (paywalled)
Simon Wilson (Herald): Auckland political power rankings: The top 25 (paywalled)
Peter Dunne (Interest): How sustainable is Sustainable New Zealand?
No Right Turn: The IGIS annual report: Dead letters and secret law
Peter Williams (Newshub): Why is New Zealand offering tax breaks to make Chinese propaganda films?
Jessie Chiang (RNZ): Auckland alcohol licensing trusts guilty of misleading public
Herald: ZM host gets Justice Minister’s name changed to Andrew ‘Daddy Thicc Snacc’ Little
Brianna McIlraith (Stuff): Andrew Little plays along with radio gag and changes Twitter name to ‘Daddy Thicc Snacc’
Zane Small (Newshub): The Justice Minister’s new Twitter name
Teresa Ramsey (Stuff): Michael Jackson songs back on New Zealand radio airwaves
James Fyfe (Newshub): Judith Collins calls herself a ‘woman of colour’ in deleted tweet
Māori TV: “Pass the Rua Kēnana Bill” – Hone Te Rire
Daisy Hudson (ODT): Baxter Peace Garden funded
Brent Melville (ODT): Transpower revenue restricted
Paul McBeth (BusinessDesk): Broadband providers to expand GCSB’s cyber blanket (paywalled)
Brian Fallow (Herald): Don’t write off Tiwai Point (paywalled)

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