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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.

Lianne Dalziel undeclared political donations 
Cate Broughton (Press): Christchurch mayor has ‘cavalier attitude’ to donation rules
Martin van Beynen (Press): Donors supporting Lianne Dalziel connected to her husband
RNZ: John Minto calls for investigation over Christchurch mayor Lianne Dalziel political donations
John Minto: Request for inquiry into the 2019 and 2016 election expenses return of Christchurch City Mayor Lianne Dalziel
Anan Zaki (RNZ): Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel blames husband for donor non-disclosure
Cate Broughton and Michael Hayward (Press): Christchurch mayor ‘regrets’ not taking independent advice over election expenses
David Farrar: I didn’t declare donors because my husband told me not to!

Local government
Simon Wilson (Herald): The good news (and not-so-good) about the Auckland Council year (paywalled)
Herald: Big step taken to clear way for Napier City Council-owned site to be developed
Damian George (Stuff): Council away day with overseas speaker costs Wellington taxpayers $23,000
Sophie Trigger (Stuff): Childcare reimbursement step to attract young parents to Marlborough council
Blair Jackson (Southland Times): Recycling may end up in Southland landfills after tender process closed

2019 in review
Peter Dunne (Newsroom): Goodbye to a year of stagnation and tragedy
Martyn Bradbury: TDB 2019 Media Awards
Russell Brown: “OK Boomer” wins Public Address Word of the Year: Services alerted

Infrastructure consensus and the election
Chris Trotter (Daily Blog): Reconnecting Jacinda With Her Inner Swashbuckler
Matthew Hooton (Herald): Unity on infrastructure great way to end 2019 (paywalled)
Brent Edwards (NBR): Long-term commitment to infrastructure investment needed (paywalled)

Poverty, inequality
Rosemary McLeod (Stuff): Old people have too much money? Don’t make me laugh
Susan St John (Newsroom): ‘Pension for children’ no panacea
Jeni Cartwright (CPAG): Dear New Zealand Government, this Christmas families want a light at the end of the tunnel

Transport, road safety
Thomas Coughlan (Stuff): Government announces road safety package, with $10 billion earmarked for safety improvements
1News: Government aims for 40 per cent reduction in road deaths, serious injuries by 2030
Zane Small (Newshub): Speed limits and penalties under review in Government’s road safety action plan
Herald: Speed camera ahead: Government unveils road-safety plan
Dileepa Fonseka (Newsroom): The road to zero deaths
Chris Fowlie (Daily Blog): Govt roadside drug testing shock: the proposed rules are actually pretty good!
Andrew Dickens (Newstalk ZB): No evidence of CRL creating a retail wasteland
ODT Editorial: National cycle fines laughable
Herald: Free public transport today: Police fear Friday will be big day for drink-driving
Dan Satherley and Perry Wilton (Newshub): 2019’s worst day for drink-driving is here

Climate change
Henry Cooke (Stuff): Government proposes capping emissions at 2020 levels with huge changes to ETS pricing
No Right Turn: Climate Change: The scale of failure
Vita Molyneux (Newshub): 20,000 Aucklanders could be exposed to flood hazards in the next 100 years – report
John Berry (Spinoff): A message to Westland and KiwiSaver investors: Coal is finished

Stuff: Dogs, cats and other animals used for experiment into deadly 1080 alternative
Farah Hancock (Newsroom): Westport rats ‘Mr X’ is Dr Nick Wall

Regina Scheyvens (RNZ): Complacency no option for NZ tourism
Interest: Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment warns current approach to tourism risks ‘killing the goose that laid the golden egg’
Klaus Bosselmann (Newsroom): Can kaitiakitanga save the planet?
Abbey Palmer (ODT): Asbestos-erosion link on Bluff’s Ocean Beach 
Farah Hancock (Newsroom): Jacinda’s lichen-ness

Primary and extractive industries
Zac Fleming (Newshub): Caged-egg farm under investigation by MPI after video shows rotting chickens
Richard Harman (Politik): Jones answers the “rednecks”
Zane Small (Newshub): Wairoa farmland sold for forestry angers 50 Shades of Green as Shane Jones extends olive branch
Chris Morris (ODT): AgResearch confirms Invermay to stay
Guy Trafford (Interest): Environmental issues made the most impact in 2019. The wild card for 2020 is the election
Guy Trafford (Interest): A foggy 2019 is giving way to a better 2020
Mike Watson (Stuff): Receivers called as Tamarind Taranaki placed into liquidation after watershed creditors meeting
Hamish Rutherford (Herald): Troubled oil company Tamarind Taranaki placed in liquidation

Gun buyback scheme
Herald: Over 50,000 guns collected as buy-back scheme comes to an end
RNZ: Gun amnesty: calls to extend as collection period ends
Anna Leask (Herald): Lay down your guns – or surrender: Last hours of arms amnesty approaching

Immigration, refugees
RNZ: Refugee Behrouz Boochani’s overstay in New Zealand could fuel tensions with Australia
Anna Whyte (1News): NZ endorses international pledge to support refugee programme

Labour Party assault inquiry
Newstalk ZB: Mike Williams: Sexual assault allegations a police matter (audio)
Newstalk ZB: Louise Nicholas: What employers can learn from Labour Party assault report (audio)

National Party
Newstalk ZB: Simon Bridges names his Politician of the Year (audio)
Jamie Ensor (Stuff): Nigel Latta admits ‘stupid’ Twitter feud with Simon Bridges motivated by ‘fear’

Liam Dann (Herald): Who’s the hero of the GDP rebound? You are … you and your credit card (paywalled)
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): New Zealand economic growth stronger than expected
RNZ: GDP rises 0.7 percent for September quarter
1News: Retail spending drives GDP increase in September quarter
Newstalk ZB: Shoppers boost economy – GDP growth better than expected
Jenée Tibshraeny (Interest): GDP growth stronger than expected in September quarter at 0.7%
Rebecca Howard (BusinessDesk): New Zealand’s economy is bigger than thought

Health and disability
RNZ: Checkpoint: A new wheelchair-accessible state home after years of struggle
RNZ: Nine to Noon: Parents of kids with disabilities, summer without support
Sophie Trigger (Stuff): Financial and family stress a heavy price to pay over the festive season
Emma Hatton (RNZ): Family of mother with dementia furious over care home’s assessment

Samoa measles epidemic
RNZ: Call for national inquiry into Samoa’s measles epidemic
RNZ: Samoa’s measles epidemic claims another life, death toll now 77
Kendall Hutt (Stuff0: Samoa measles outbreak: Sonny Bill Williams, other rugby players raise more than $100,000

Minimum wage increase
Dan Satherley (Newshub): Minimum wage changes vs unemployment – what the evidence says
Angie Skerrett (Newshub): Lana Andelane (Newshub): Minimum wage increase will make ‘big difference’ for families with ‘nothing left’ after Christmas – Auckland City Mission CEO
Angie Skerrett (Newshub): ‘A blunt instrument’: Horticulture boss calls for rethink on minimum wage law

Rua Kēnana pardon
Meriana Johnsen (RNZ): Rua Kēnana’s descendents gather for official pardon at Maungapōhatu
Dan Satherley (Newshub): Tūhoe leader Rua Kēnana receives long-awaited pardon

Whakaari/White Island, Middlemore burns unit
Boris Jancic (Herald): Government considers more money to help Middlemore burns unit
Herald: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern meets Middlemore Hospital staff, patients
Rachel Sadler (Newshub): White Island eruption: Middlemore Hospital seeking donations for National Burn Centre
Nick Truebridge (Stuff): Whakaari / White Island: Middlemore burns unit calls for critical equipment
David Farrar: Publicly funded hospital calls for donations to treat burns victims

Pak’nSave Mangere charged with overcharging customers
Aimee Shaw (Herald): Pak’nSave Mangere caught ‘overcharging’ customers
Newstalk ZB: Pak’nSave Mangere could face a million dollars in fines over price fixing
1News: Auckland Pak’nSave facing charges of price discrepancies
RNZ: Auckland supermarket accused of overcharging at checkout

Ports of Auckland move
Denise Piper (Stuff): Auckland port move to Northland would take more than 30 years, Northport says
Andrea Fox (Herald): Port of Tauranga share price buoyed by Auckland port debate, fair economic winds (paywalled)

Rob Mitchell (Stuff): Landlords looking to sell up over proposed changes to rental rule
Phoebe Carr (Spinoff): Good housing is considered a privilege in New Zealand. In Sweden it’s a human right

Dita De Boni (NBR): Scandals gag NZ arms of misbehaving global parents (paywalled)
Jenny Ruth (BusinessDesk): RBNZ critics applaud governance changes, deposit insurance

Arthur Allan Thomas
Edward Gay (Stuff): Arthur Allan Thomas, pardoned for Jeanette and Harvey Crewe murders, faces rape charge
Simon Plumb (1News): Arthur Allan Thomas – pardoned for the 1970 Crewe murders – charged with rape, sex offences
RNZ:‘When is Arthur going to get a break?’ – Arthur Allan Thomas’ brother questions fair trial

Bryce Edwards (Guardian): New Zealand’s euthanasia and cannabis referendums will rightly give power to the people
Newstalk ZB: Peters talks 2019: Health issues, media and the coalition (audio)
Phil Pennington (RNZ): Government departments’ consultant spending increases
Graeme Edgeler: Did Parliament give the New Zealand Defence Force the power to prohibit newspapers from publishing?
Boris Jancic (Herald): Act leader David Seymour talks guns, euthanasia and dancing (paywalled)
1News: NZ First’s youth delegates convince party to soften ‘hard line’ on pill testing at festivals
Vita Molyneux (Newshub): Green MP Chlöe Swarbrick shares bizarre letter from angry Baby Boomer
Kirsten Patterson (NBR): Good governance needs longer parliamentary term
Robin Martin (RNZ): Moungaroa protesters decry sale by Chorus
George Block (Stuff): Lack of sprinklers in 31 fire stations is ‘mind-blowing’, union says
Luke Appleby (1News): Wedding licences are pulling in about $3 million a year – so where does the $150 fee go?
Stephen Forbes (Stuff): Blogger Cameron Slater ordered to pay extra costs to Matthew Blomfield
Siobhan Downes (Stuff): TVNZ spent $169k on clothes for its presenters in 2019
RNZ: First Up: Prison-grown fresh veggies feeding families in need
Thomas Mead (1News): University grads march through Christchurch for first time since earthquake nine years ago
Kristy Johnston (Herald): Comment: The professor’s secret – how one man harassed a woman and kept his name hidden (paywalled)
Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Law Commission pondering succession laws
Stuff: Sarah Bristow announced as Newshub’s new director of news