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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.

NZ First
Matt Shand (Stuff): NZ First Foundation dodging electoral rules? Records suggest breaches
Matt Shand (Stuff): Why the NZ First slush fund ‘could breach electoral law’: expert
Guyon Espiner (RNZ): NZ First-linked company applied for $15m govt loan, pledges transparency
1News: ‘Yes, I am calling you psycho’ – Winston Peters lashes out at journalists after grilling over NZ-First linked company
Newshub: Winston Peters lashes out at reporter for probing NZ-First linked company’s dealings
Jason Walls (Herald): PM Jacinda Ardern is again distancing herself from comments made by top NZ First Ministers
Harrison Christian (Stuff): Winston Peters superannuation case: Ministerial staff lose name suppression

Richard Harman (Politik): Robertson and Fletchers to talk Ihumatao
Jo Moir (RNZ):Ihumātao: Crown considers loan for Auckland Council to buy land

NZ in Afghanistan
Eugene Bingham and Paula Penfold (Stuff): It’ll be years before NZ’s firing ranges in Afghanistan are safe: PM
Derek Cheng (Herald): Chief of Army: ‘Minimal’ chance NZ ordnance to blame for Afghan civilian deaths
Thomas Manch (Stuff): Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern tells NZDF to urgently clean up Aghanistan firing ranges
1News: Jacinda Ardern says NZDF too slow cleaning up firing ranges in Afghanistan
RNZ: Prime Minister expects Defence Force to speed up clearance of Afghanistan firing ranges
Dan Satherley and Lydia Lewis (Newshub): NZDF urged to front on Afghanistan children’s deaths

Anna Rawhiti-Connell (Newsroom): When will landlords understand it’s about homes, not houses
Dominion Post Editorial: Tipping scales in favour of the tenants
Anne Gibson (Herald): Now and then: Landlord/tenant law overhaul, how 1.5m lives could change
Kate Nicol-Williams (1News): ‘Impossible to compete’ – woman subject to price bidding to rent a home welcomes proposed changes to Tenancy Act
RNZ:Changes in rental law would help restore power imbalance, says tenant
Luke Appleby (1News): Tenancy Act changes will ‘destroy’ student flat market, force elderly to testify against ‘feral’ neighbours, Property Investors Federation says
Catherine Harris (Stuff): Tougher laws for ending leases ‘could put property managers at risk’
Paul Mitchell (Stuff): When home is hell: Tenant who twice battled and won against property managers pleads for regulation
Brent Edwards (NBR): New urban development agency won’t be tax-free (paywalled)
RNZ: Hutt Council affordable housing change puts native trees at risk – Forest & Bird
Indira Stewart (RNZ): South Auckland residents in strife over Māori housing building project
Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): Time to get real on housing – there’s no taming growth

Shaun Robinson (Spinoff): For people living with mental illness, the arming of New Zealand police is a disaster
Moana Maniapoto (E-Tangata): A call to war?
na Andelane (Newshub):Police slammed after footage of ‘brutal’ arrest in Whangārei goes viral

Labour Party
Matt McCarten (Daily Blog): Time for real leadership for Maori in Labour?
Gordon Campbell: On Labour’s age problem, and the battle for Port Hills

Peter Thompson (Briefing Papers): Circling vultures: Why MediaWorks TV is really in trouble
Tom Frewen (Daily Blog): The TVNZ/RNZ merger
Steve Maharey (Pundit): TVNZ And RNZ: A Future For Public Broadcasting
TVNZ: 50 years of Network News: Our changing society

McDonalds to backpay underpaid NZ workers
Newstalk ZB: McDonald’s may owe staff $90 million in holiday pay
Aimee Shaw (Herald): McDonald’s underpays staff ‘up to $90 million’ in holiday pay
1News: Thousands of McDonald’s workers in NZ to receive ‘millions’ in holiday back pay
Matthew Theunissen (RNZ): McDonald’s workers in for boost after payroll bungle
Debrin Foxcroft (Stuff): Thousands of McDonald’s workers may get back pay

James Fyfe (Newshub): Government’s school donation scheme eases burden on families – budgeting expert
Henry Cooke (Stuff): Donation scheme: Nine in ten eligible schools sign up to scrap school donations next year
Craig McCulloch (RNZ): More than 1500 schools opt in to donations scheme
Derek Cheng (Herald): Government school donations plan: How many have signed up?
Mikaela Collins (Herald): Rural Northland schools struggling to keep pools open (paywalled)
Hamish McNeilly and Lee Kenny (Stuff): Med students who faked work placement ‘heartbroken’
Elena McPhee (ODT): Rort leaves student doctors in limbo
ODT: Med student travel rort ‘much wider’ than first thought
RNZ: More than 50 medical students to be denied graduation after overseas placement rort
Scott Palmer (Newshub): One in five Otago med students have qualifications withheld after rort exposed
Kevin Clements and Peter Matheson (ODT): Toxic atmosphere at Otago Uni risks becoming ‘chronic’

Free speech
TVNZ: Q + A: How do universities find the balance between free speech and hate speech?
Josephine Franks (Stuff): What’s a TERF, anyway? Behind the Speak Up For Women debacle

OK boomer
Bryce Edwards (Herald): Political Roundup: Why ‘OK boomer’ generational warfare is a dead-end (paywalled)
Bill Ralston (Listener): Why I’m saying sorry, millennial

Environment and conservation
Michael Morrah (Newshub): Exclusive: Government advised genetic technology could replace 1080
Farah Hancock (Newsroom): RMA oversight unit ‘not fit for purpose’
Pat Baskett (Newsroom): NZ’s enduring carbon blind spot
1News: Artificial intelligence project to help protect last 63 Māui dolphins backed by WWF New Zealand
Amber-Leigh Woolf (Stuff): Dolphin-chasing drone could help save the last 63 Māui dolphins
ODT Editorial: Let there be less light
James Perry (Māori TV): ‘To hear the birds & see the bush is an awesome prospect,’ says Ngāti Oneone
Eloise Gibson (Newsroom): Storm surges to get bigger in south, smaller in north

West Coast environment protest
Dan Satherley and Lydia Lewis (Newshub): National MP says there’s ‘1000 years’ of coal to burn on West Coast
Newshub: Simon Bridges insists he’s ‘always had a high opinion’ of Maureen Pugh
RNZ: West Coast rally denounces land classification proposal

Primary industries
Matthew Littlewood (Timaru Herald): Oceania Dairy wants to discharge 10 million litres a day of treated wastewater into Pacific Ocean
Brent Edwards (NBR): Some catchments likely to be exempted from tough freshwater standards (paywalled)
Alex Braae (Spinoff): A day out at Fonterra’s PR farm

Local government
Andy Asquith, Andrew Cardow and Karen Webster (Stuff): Politicians need to regain control of local government
Aaron van Delden (RNZ): Change Electoral Act precluding communities having Māori wards – Mayor
Alex Loo (Manawatū Standard): Horowhenua councillors receive healthy pay rises for the coming year
Alice Geary (Timaru Herald): Successful year for debt-free Mackenzie District Council
Tina Law (Press): Ombudsman to monitor Christchurch City Council after damning report

Berhouz Boochani
Angela Cuming (Guardian): Jacinda Ardern says she was kept in the dark over arrival of Manus refugee Behrouz Boochani
Ben McKay (Stuff): Jacinda Ardern says Boochani asylum ‘totally hypothetical’
Benjamin Robinson-Drawbridge (RNZ): ‘People will die’ – Boochani sounds grim Bomana warning

Immigration, refugees
Bruce Munro (ODT): Mixed blessings 
Michael Reddell: People from poorer countries will come if we let them
Amanda Cropp (Stuff): Websites caught fraudulently selling NZ electronic travel authorities

RNZ: Family files court papers naming govt ministers in challenge to caring for disabled children
Herald Editorial: Disability support failure is a fly in our wellbeing ointment (paywalled)
Andrew Dickens (Newstalk ZB): Report on disabled people shows Wellbeing Govt’s true priorities

Aaron Dahmen (Newstalk ZB):Government hopes to introduce vaping legislation before Christmas
RNZ: Complaints system for retirement care failing – Consumer NZ
Emma Hatton (RNZ): Aged care: call for stricter regulation after woman forced from home
Vita Molyneux (Newshub): Doctors’ Association says hospitals need to step up and protect their staff
Herald: New campaign puts meningococcal disease in the spotlight
RNZ: Checkpoint: Medical ethics boss urges Mike King’s charity to destroy suicide letters
Tony Wall (Stuff): Brother’s shooting by police inspired Genevieve Simpson to become a mental health worker
Donald Pettitt (Stuff): Many men don’t need much, but what they do need they need desperately

Samoa measles outbreak
RNZ: Samoa measles outbreak claims life of 15 children
1News: New Zealand steps up response to measles outbreak in Samoa
RNZ: Measles epidemic: NZ to send 18 more nurses to Samoa
Nick Perry (Stuff): Samoa shuts schools, declares emergency as measles kills 6
RNZ: Measles outbreak: Samoa LDS church cancels all services
Herald: Samoa measles outbreak: All schools shut, kids banned from public areas as state of emergency declared

Gareth Hughes
1News: Longest-serving Greens MP Gareth Hughes plans to ‘reconnect with activist roots’ after retirement
No Right Turn: A loss for the Greens

Christchurch mosque shootings
Marc Daalder and Laura Walters (Newsroom): Select committee stream cut after ChCh gunman claims
Thomas Manch (Stuff): MPs shut down public submitter who says he supplied bullets to Christchurch terror suspect

Transport, roading
Dave Armstrong (Stuff): Behind the scenes at Let’s Keep Wellington Motionless
Deena Coster (Taranaki Daily News): Resignation hits trust considering position on $200m Mt Messenger bypass
RNZ: Petition against speed limit reductions to State Highway 6 delivered to Parliament
Leighton Keith (Stuff): New Zealand Transport Agency considers 80kmh speed limit on stretch of State Highway 3
1News: Air NZ expects 14k customers will be affected by ‘unavoidable’ engine checks over holidays

Chris Trotter (Daily Blog): Democracy “A Bit Bonkers” – thoughts on Lizzie Marvelly & friends
TVNZ: Q+A: Children’s Commissioner urges Govt to take action on child poverty – ‘We’ve got the money, now’s the time’
Thomas Manch (Stuff): Substantial benefit hikes appear off the Government’s agenda
Phil Pennington (RNZ): Survivors quit abuse royal commission over lack of support, misinformation
RNZ: State Sector Act to be replaced with new Public Service Act
Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Here’s what young people are really spending more on, compared to their parents’ generation
Rachel Sadler (Newshub): White Ribbon research shows toxic masculinity stereotypes still remain in New Zealand
Kyla Rayner (RNZ): Sexual violence law changes ‘long overdue’
Nikki Preston (Herald): Decision over whether SkyCity can roll out 60 more pokie machines draws closer
Melanie Earley (Stuff): Gender pay gap: Kiwi women now ‘working for free’ until 2020
Dan Satherley (Newshub): Worldwide Indian propaganda network found operating in NZ
Phillipa Malpas (University of Auckland): The ethics of assisted dying: What could a law change mean for New Zealanders?
Stuff: Secret passport case survives minister’s attempt to kick it out of court
David Cormack (Herlad): Why moving Auckland’s port is a win for everyone (paywalled)
Jason Walls (Herald): Former Air Force pilot Tim Costley has been selected to run in the National safe seat of Ōtaki
Geoffrey Palmer (Spinoff): Global storm clouds threaten our democracy. Let’s do something about it
RNZ: The Detail: Why councils are asking for a fireworks ban
Tama Te Kapua Poata (E-Tangata): Marching into history
Guyon Espiner (RNZ): Conversations with Nico: Explaining Aotearoa’s past to its future
Jessica Tyson (Māori TV): Lack of ethnic diversity in NZ companies ‘shocking
Jason Walls (Herald):Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern sends international fan ‘beautiful and personal reply
Zane Small (Newshub): Jacinda Ardern taking time off for wisdom tooth extraction after ‘three years’ of issues
Stuff: Clarke Gayford quizzes Stephen Colbert on Fishes of NZ as ‘Newest New Zealander’
Chris Keall (Herald): Former Labour MP’s lawsuit against Chorus thrown out (paywalled)