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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.

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Today’s content

National Party
Henry Cooke (Stuff): Simon Bridges chooses scorched earth approach that will be the end of him or Winston Peters
Jane Patterson (RNZ): Why the Nats had to rule out NZ First partnership
Claire Trevett (Herald): Simon Bridges big gamble on National ruling out Winston Peters (paywalled)
Bernard Hickey (Newsroom): Bridges creates stark choice by ruling out Peters
Jason Walls (Herald): Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern: Bridges’ refusal to partner with NZ First is just ‘electioneering’
Jason Walls (Herald): ‘He’s got a lot to learn’ – NZ First Leader Winston Peters ‘unfazed’ by National’s snub
Rachel Sadler (Newshub): Winston Peters burns Simon Bridges after NZ First ruled out
Anna Whyte (TVNZ): ‘Worst strategic move’ – Winston Peters fires back after National rules out working with NZ First after election
Tova O’Brien (Newshub): Election 2020: Simon Bridges rules out working with Winston Peters
David Farrar: Yay – National rules out NZ First
Henry Cooke (Stuff): Simon Bridges rules out working with NZ First after election
Claire Trevett (Herald): National leader Simon Bridges rules out post-election deal with New Zealand First
Craig McCulloch (RNZ): Simon Bridges rules out working with New Zealand First to form a government
Miriam Harris and Mark Quinlivan (Newshub): Simon Bridges ruling out working with Winston Peters was inevitable, political commentator says
TVNZ: National MP praises Winston Peters as ‘very successful’ just hours before Simon Bridges calls him untrustworthy
Jason Walls (Herald): Simon Bridges says National’s new recruits will get campaign training this weekend
Zane Small (Newshub): Simon Bridges has ‘no intention of keeping’ $100,000 donation, seeks Electoral Commission’s advice

Mike Moore has died
Luke Malpass (Stuff): Mike Moore: Former PM better understood in Australia?
Tim Watkin (Pundit): Mike Moore – Working Class Hero 1949-2020
Peter Dunne (Newsroom): Remembering a mercurial man with a vision
Pattrick Smellie (BusinessDesk): Obituary: Mike Moore, NZ’s ‘most promising Prime Minister’ (paywalled)
John Roughan (Herald): Mike Moore obituary: New Zealand’s shortest-term prime minister (paywalled)
Geoffrey Palmer (Spinoff): A force of nature: Sir Geoffrey Palmer remembers Mike Moore
Yvonne Moore: Mike was stubborn, optimistic, kind – and probably NZ’s last blue collar PM
TNVZ: Former Prime Minister Mike Moore dies aged 71
Tracey Bridges (Newsroom): The common man with a fire in his belly
RNZ: Former New Zealand Prime Minister Mike Moore dies aged 71
Herald: Former New Zealand Prime Minister Mike Moore has died
Caroline Williams (Stuff): Former prime minister and WTO director-general Mike Moore dies aged 71
Mark Quinlivan (Newshub):Mike Moore, former New Zealand Prime Minister, dies aged 71
Chris Keall (Herald): Mike Moore remembered as a passionate defender of trade
RNZ: Tributes flow for former PM and WTO leader Mike Moore
Anna White (TVNZ): Former PM Mike Moore a ‘fierce intellectual with a huge heart’ – Jacinda Ardern
Jason Walls (Herald): Helen Clark, Michael Cullen and Jacinda Ardern mourn the passing of former PM Mike Moore
Newstalk ZB: ‘He looked outwards and upwards’: Grant Robertson remembers Mike Moore
Māori TV: Parliament mourns former NZ PM Mike Moore
TVNZ: ‘He was family’ – Clayton Cosgrove pays emotional tribute to Mike Moore
Tina Law (Press): Former MP Mike Moore made an ‘immense contribution’ to Christchurch
NBR: Mike Moore: a true leader with an enduring legacy (paywalled)
Kim Moodie (Herald): Photographer on iconic ‘fish and chip brigade’ snap with Mike Moore, others
Caroline Williams (Stuff): John Campbell reflects on meal with late former PM Mike Moore as a young journalist
Herald: ‘Lamb burgers for dinner tonight’: Kiwis pay tribute to former prime minister Mike Moore
Guyon Espiner (RNZ): The Trader – Mike Moore (Interview The 9th Floor – April 2017)

Steve Elers (Stuff): Our prime minister should replace her Waitangi Day rhetoric with something more useful
Jo Moir (RNZ): Waitangi Day 2020: The calm before the storm
Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): Ardern’s accounts to be assessed at Waitangi
Thomas Coughlan (Stuff): As Jacinda Ardern heads to Waitangi, Labour ponders reelection in 2020
Tina Ngata (Guardian): We must dismantle our colonial system and rebuild it with Māori at the heart
Shane Te Pou (Newsroom): This Waitangi Day, let’s celebrate our differences
Thomas Coughlan (Stuff): Protest could return to Waitangi, with Pania Newton mulling hikoi to Treaty grounds
Timothy Giles (Herald): A day to explore multicultural meanings (paywalled)
Stacey Morrison and Scotty Morrison (Herald): How to talk to your tamariki about Waitangi Day (paywalled)

Māori land development, Māori water ownership claims
Peter de Graaf (Northern Advocate): Law change to scrap rates arrears on Māori land
Thomas Coughlan (Stuff): NZ First decision overshadows big changes to Māori land ratings
Jason Walls (Herald): Government allocates $30m to help develop underutilised Māori land across NZ
Blair Voorend (Hawkes Bay Today): Hawke’s Bay Māori owned land gets big boost with $5.4m PGF funding
Josephine Franks (Stuff): Government allocates $30 million to develop Māori land
TVNZ: Iwi leaders discuss billion dollar water rights deal ahead of Waitangi

Infrastructure, transport
Sue Bradford (Pundit): No, No, No To ‘Roads, Roads, Roads’ – Where The Money Could Be Going
Toby Manhire (Spinoff): Greens switch tack, taking aim at road-heavy infrastructure plan
Julie Anne Genter (Spinoff): Why the ‘New Zealand Upgrade’ falls short
Martin van Beynen (Stuff): The $12 billion injection into construction will need people we don’t have
Steven Joyce (Stuff): Hallelujah! The radical transport policies of the Greens have been ditched, and roads are back
Andrea Vance (Stuff): Why the Government can’t take Canterbury for granted
Mike Houlahan (ODT): Does Labour’s package favour the North?
Newstalk ZB: Simon Bridges: South Island is the forgotten island by government
James Dann (Spinoff): Infrastructure week and the government’s odd allergy to trains for Christchurch
Joel MacManus (Stuff): New hybrid trains for Wellington snubbed in Government transport package
Bernard Orsman (Herald): Phil Goff joins calls for Aucklanders to have more of a say on light rail (paywalled)
Dileepa Fonseka (Newsroom): Will we find out Auckland’s light rail builder in 2020?
Todd Niall (Stuff): 2020 is the year Auckland must tackle climate change and light rail
Duncan Garner (Newshub): Government’s rail plan needs to move into the fast lane
Marc Daalder (Newsroom): Treasury vs Transport over feebate scheme
Simon Wilson (Herald): The whiff of panic in National and Labour’s transport plans (paywalled)
Thomas Coughlan (Stuff): Auditor-General weighs up whether to open an investigation into Government’s light rail
Dominic Harris (Stuff): Govt funding earmarked for Christchurch cycleways after six-month wait
RNZ: Call for multilingual road signs in Queenstown after fatal crashes
Todd Niall (Stuff): How Auckland Harbour Bridge Skypath got the money but lost its name
Damian George (Stuff): 30kmh speed limit will ‘make for a nicer place to live’
Carly Gooch (Stuff): Cost and range of electric vehicles slows pace of change
RNZ: The Detail: Bringing down our horrific road toll

Audrey Young (Herald): Jacinda Ardern and Simon Bridges have different approaches to politics, elections and kids (paywalled)
Audrey Young (Herald): Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says no wedding before the election
Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): Election 2020: the challenges facing the political parties
Richard Harman: Mallard and National sink independent election costing proposal
Peter Dunne (Newsroom): Heading into election year on a knife edge
Point of Order: How centre right parties win and lose elections these days
Alison Mau (Stuff): An election year to make George Orwell spin in his grave
Peter Wilson (RNZ): Election called and government is off the blocks
Brigitte Morten (Pundit): Four new year’s resolutions for Jacinda Ardern. And four for Simon Bridges
Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): Economy the key in election year
Toby Manhire (Spinoff): Let’s do this again: What’s on the whiteboard for Jacinda Ardern and Labour?
Heather du Plessis-Allan (Newstalk ZB): Labour taking tricks from Trump’s ‘fake news’ playbook
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Responding to Bernard Hickey – How National win 2020 election
Dan Satherley (Newshub): Paths to victory: How Simon Bridges could become PM, and what might keep Jacinda Ardern in power

Online political advertising
Yvette McCullough (RNZ): National Party advertisements ruled acceptable despite criticism
Dan Satherley (Newshub): National Party’s ‘mischievous’ bar graph cleared by advertising watchdog
Chris Keall (Herald): Watchdog blows chance to snuff out misleading election ads on social media (paywalled)
Zane Small (Newshub): What Labour’s commitment to Facebook’s ad transparency rules means for voters
David Farrar: Jacinda’s dodgy graph

Henry Cooke (Stuff): New Zealand will vote on two referendums on election day, but won’t know result for 13 days
1News: Questions over whether New Zealand knows enough about cannabis ahead of referendum
Edward Willis (The Big Q): Are public referendums the right way to make law?

Heather du Plessis-Allan (Herald): Robertson is the ace in the pack (paywalled)
Boris Jancic (Herald): ‘Consultants’ bonanza’ or ‘complete beat-up’? How many reviews is the Government running (paywalled)
Brent Edwards (NBR): Wellbeing now a key consideration in big govt spends (paywalled)

Luke Malpass (Stuff): Where to for the Greens facing another Labour-NZ First Coalition
Christine Dann (Daily Blog): Greens have learned nothing from the Nelson 2017 election debacle

Act Party
John Armstrong (1News): ACT leader David Seymour’s tweaking of Trump’s war-cry a half-baked idea
1News: David Seymour under fire for adopting Trump’s ‘Make America Great Again’ slogan for Aotearoa
NZ Herald: Act supporters outraged after David Seymour calls NZ ‘Aotearoa’ in MAGA slogan
RNZ: Seymour unimpressed by Trump slogan ‘conniptions’
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): ACT using MAGA is politically schizophrenic but works for culture war

NZ First, provincial growth fund
Guyon Espiner (RNZ): NZ First-linked company in government loan bid says it met with Shane Jones
Jo Moir (RNZ): Shane Jones on funding conflict of interest, forestry meeting
Jason Walls (Herald): National: Auditor-General should investigate Shane Jones’ involvement in a NZ First-linked company’s PGF bid

Māori Party, contest for Māori voters
Thomas Manch (Stuff): Renewed and radical: Could the Māori Party make it back to Parliament in 2020?
Heta Gardiner (Māori TV): Former Greens candidate endorses Māori Party candidate in Te Tai Hauāuru
Heta Gardiner (Māori TV): John Tamihere to stand for Māori Party?
Waatea News: Tamaki Makaurau chance for Maori Party pick up
Martyn Bradbury (Waatea News): Marama Davidson’s Tamaki Makaurau attempt a chance for the Māori Party
Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): Time ripe for Māori Party resurgence
Jack McDonald (Spinoff): Why I’m endorsing a Māori Party candidate this election
Matthew Hooton (Herald): Clash of visions at heart of Labour’s Māori problem (paywalled)
Heather du Plessis-Allan (Newstalk ZB): Labour at risk of losing Māori voters

Jordan Bond (RNZ): Evacuating NZers from Wuhan: What you need to know
Belinda Feek (Herald): Coronavirus: NZ Government to block travellers from mainland China, as details of recovery mission revealed
James Fyfe and Miriam Harris (Newshub): Coronavirus: China travel ban ‘right thing to do’ – health expert
Rachel Sadler (Newshub): Coronavirus: How New Zealanders returning from Wuhan will be quarantined
RNZ: NZ to close doors on foreign travellers from China
Stuff: Coronavirus: New Zealand blocks travellers coming from China
TVNZ: New Zealand to restrict travellers from China as coronavirus spreads worldwide
TVNZ: Air New Zealand suspends flights to Shanghai amid coronavirus outbreak
RNZ: Coronavirus latest: Deaths top 300 as MFAT issues more travel advice
Tom O’Connor (Stuff): Coronavirus is a deadly disease, not an economist’s blip
Tracey Watkins, Collette Devlin (Stuff): No coronavirus in New Zealand as China ambassador to NZ praises Chinese response
RNZ: Coronavirus outbreak: Rotorua councillor racially abused
RNZ: NZ homestays rejecting Chinese students over virus fears
TVNZ: New Zealand offers help to Pacific nations as coronavirus outbreak worsens
Tess Brunton (RNZ): Coronavirus outbreak: Tourism Minister calls for calm amongst industry
Pattrick Smellie (BusinessDesk): Kiwi universities brace for disruption as Govt restricts China travel
Bernard Hickey (Newsroom): China bans hit $3.5b of tourism, education exports
Liam Dann (Herald): Coronavirus clouds economic outlook
Hamish Cardwell (RNZ): Coronavirus: NZ businesses exporting to China take a hit
Stuff: Coronavirus: How does New Zealand’s reaction compare around the world?
Herald Editorial: Coronavirus outbreak needs an informed and serious response (paywalled)
Vaimoana Tapaleao (Herald): New Zealand Chinese community rally to help motherland
Newstalk ZB: Anti-Chinese sentiment: Kiwis racially abused during coronavirus outbreak

Foreign affairs and trade
Boris Jancic (Herald): What Brexit will mean for New Zealand: High Commissioner Laura Clarke (paywalled)
Madison Reidy (RNZ): Brexit date business-as-usual for NZ companies – Trade commissioner
RNZ: Minister expects negotiations with UK on free trade deal to be advanced
Brent Edwards (NBR): Agriculture likely to be sticking point in UK free-trade talks (paywalled)
RNZ: Peters says New Zealand will look to build on relationship with UK
Josep Borrell & Michel Barnier (Herald): Post-Brexit European Union will continue to seek a free trade deal with NZ
1News: New Zealand pulls funding for Commonwealth Secretariat following questions over tending process
Cat McLennan (Spinoff): NZ has stuck up for the rights of the small before. Today, West Papua needs us
RNZ: NZ appoints new Tuvalu High Commissioner

Chinese influence in NZ politics
Anne-Marie Brady (The Guardian): New Zealand needs to show it’s serious about addressing Chinese interference
John McCrone (Stuff): NZ academic Anne-Marie Brady in global demand for insight into China’s influence
Zane Small (Newshub): US democracy watchdog Freedom House accuses MP Todd McClay of ‘echoing’ China to ‘justify mass detentions’ in Xinjiang
Cate Broughton (Stuff): $2m donation by China-linked group criticised

Dominic Harris (Stuff): Rethink over nitrates as Government orders review into link with cancer
Karoline Tuckey (RNZ): Underfunding, overcrowding, staffing shortages plague newborn units – report
Nicholas Jones (Herald): Children at risk while DHB can’t fill mental health positions (paywalled)
Abbey Palmer (ODT): Colonoscopy cancer-check wait anxious
RNZ: Starship’s $25 million funding boost urgently needed
TVNZ: Jacinda Ardern meets sick kids at Auckland’s Starship Hospital while announcing $25 million in funding
Māori TV: $25 mil Starship Hospital upgrade will benefit thousands
RNZ: Hutt Hospital maternity funding ‘a good start’
Jo Moir (RNZ): Hepatitis Foundation appoints William Rainger as new chair
Mike Houlahan (ODT): Birthing centre consultation soon
Imran Ali (Northern Advocate):Northlander launches petition over lack of GPs
Lawrence Gully (Stuff): Smokers support Waipā’s plan to declare public places smoke-free
Newstalk ZB: Fears of looming staffing crisis in primary health care sector
Jason Walls (Herald): ‘Sheer incompetence’: District Health Boards continue financial nosedive into deficit
Robin Gauld (Newsroom): Why DHBs should go on the chopping block
Peter Davis (Herald): Loss-making DHBs need a serious re-set
Carmen Parahi (Stuff): The ancient Maori healing system that is making waves
Nicholas Jones: Our sick hospitals: Cramped, leaky, outdated buildings and equipment on the brink of breakdown (paywalled)
Eleisha Foon (RNZ): Nurse says emergency room dangerously understaffed
Newsroom: Changing South: the brilliant Bagshaws
Louisa Steyl (Stuff): Charity Hospitals are growing to meet the demand for elective treatment
RNZ: Record number of nurses working in NZ – Minister
Brian Easton (Pundit): “The Health Of The People”

Simon Collins (Herald): Overcrowded schools: 508 schools over capacity (paywalled)
Bruce Munro (ODT): Lessons for today
RNZ: Excluded students need more support, say principals
Newstalk ZB: School uniforms too expensive? Ministry investigates prices
Dave Armstrong (Stuff): Let’s respect all beliefs in schools, including those of non-believers
Sophie Trigger (Stuff): Back to School: uniforms may not have changed, but devices have
Katy Jones (Stuff): ‘There’s families who just can’t’: More parents seek help for back-to-school costs
Aaron Dahmen (Herald): Million dollar Government boost to get school students into trades

State care of children
Michael Neilson (Herald): Armed police involved in uplift of Māori baby, Oranga Tamariki inquiry reveals
TVNZ: Oranga Tamariki criticised over ‘abuse of power and racial profiling’ in baby uplift
Tim Murphy (Newsroom): Māori: fund us to protect babies
Meriana Johnsen (RNZ): Oranga Tamariki backs Ngāti Porou care model
RNZ: Ngāti Porou aims to have no children taken into state care by 2025
Tema Hemi (Māori TV): Ngāti Porou iwi-led model for children’s care applauded

Brian Fallow (Herald): NZ in 2020 – A nation divided by housing (paywalled)
Jonathan Mitchell (RNZ): Politicians berated over blame game in dealing with housing crisis
Isaac Davison (Herald): Auckland Council wants to fill thousands of ‘ghost houses’, but may have to get around privacy concerns first
Kerre McIvor (Herald): Ghost house idea smacks of Karl Marx (paywalled)
David Norman (Interest): The murky waters of which generations have had it tougher when it comes to affording and being able to buy a house
David Hargreaves (Interest): New Reserve Bank figures confirm that the housing market had a raging finish to 2019 – and first home buyers were in there at record levels
Catherine Harris (Stuff): Stiffer housing regulations cited as a factor in low house sales
Brian Fallow (Herald): Building more houses – it’s one step forward... (paywalled)
Henry Cooke (Stuff): Experts: Record-high building consents will not be enough to turn around house prices
Anne Gibson (Herald): Ashley Church: NZ house-building hits highest mark since 1974
Catherine Harris (Stuff): Rising regions make NZ’s housing market less affordable
Anne Gibson (Herald): New survey ranks NZ’s most and least affordable cities
RNZ: High house prices ‘a threat to the middle class’
Eleanor Ainge Roy (The Guardian): All sectors of New Zealand housing market ‘severely’ unaffordable: survey
Julie Iles (NBR): NZ only country with severe housing unaffordability in every city (paywalled)
Duncan Garner (Stuff): Let’s give Phil Twyford a chance to show his vision of New Zealand’s future cities
Victoria Young (NBR): Funds needed to free up land for housing – Infrastructure NZ (paywalled)
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Why the Housing crisis Won’t be part of the 2020 election
Andrew Dickens (Newstalk ZB): Housing will continue to be our national conversation
Brent Edwards (NBR): Housing crisis shows little sign of easing (paywalled)
Paul Winstanley (Herald): Never mind affordable housing, it’s time to be realistic (paywalled)
Brian Rudman (Herald): Crazy property price spiral leaves young Kiwis far behind (paywalled)
ODT: Editorial – Housing unaffordability no measure of success
Brent Edwards (NBR): Housing challenge for National and Labour (paywalled)
Matthew Tso (Stuff): Papakāinga development to help Māori into home ownership
RNZ: Iwi to benefit from residential development deal
Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Homeowners in five suburbs made median $1m each in capital gains in 10 years, data shows
Herald Editorial: Need to keep house prices affordable (paywalled)
Ashley Church (Herald): The five most damaging Government housing policies (paywalled)
Kirsty Johnston (Herald): ‘I don’t know why there isn’t a revolt’: How mum and dad are crowding out the hopes of a generation (paywalled)
Kirsty Johnston (Herald): Part-time paradise: Mum and dad landlords own more than a third of property (paywalled)
Emma Perry (ODT): Dunedin City Council Housing policy examined
Ben Leahy (Herald): From Brazil to Glen Innes: Govt scheme helps new Kiwis buy home
Joel MacManus (Dominion Post): 2020 deadline arrives for housing Wellington homelessness – now it’s worse
Felix Desmarais (Stuff): Rotorua one of six ‘homeless hot spots’
Caroline Fleming (Herald): New one-stop shop set to open for Rotorua’s homeless people
Anne Gibson (Herald): ‘No homeless men’ ad for CBD apartment slammed as ‘totally insensitive’
Anna Gibson (Herald): Average Auckland rents tipped to hit record $600 a week this year: $18/week rise forecast
Robin Martin (RNZ): Slow sales expected in Taranaki KiwiBuild development
Logan Church (RNZ): Masterton house prices soar out of reach, no state homes available

State housing
Luke Malpass and Thomas Coughlan (Stuff): Kāinga Ora borrows up big, increases debt ceiling
Bernard Hickey (Newsroom): Kāinga Ora’s borrowing limit lifted by $4b
NZ Herald: Kāinga Ora ordered to pay tenants over ‘disturbing behaviour’ of state house neighbours
Eleanor Ainge Roy (The Guardian): New Zealand’s waiting list for state housing hits record high
Henry Cooke (Stuff): Public housing waitlist hits new record of 14,496
Dileepa Fonseka (Newsroom): Borrow, build, hold says Green co-leader
Bob Edlin (Point of order): How taxpayers are pumping millions into the motel business to provide emergency housing
Auckland Action Against Poverty: Government’s state housing targets out of touch with needs
Logan Church (RNZ): Masterton house prices soar out of reach, no state homes available
Georgina Campbell and Chris Knox (Herald): Lower Hutt’s social housing wait list jumps 42% in one month (paywalled)
Phoebe Carr (Spinoff): Good housing is considered a privilege in New Zealand. In Sweden it’s a human right

Housing – renting
Kristin Hall (TVNZ): Government admits it doesn’t know how many landlords complying with new insulation laws
Ben Leahy (Herald): Renters pocket $124,000 as landlords fail to insulate rentals
Hamish Rutherford (Herald): Rents rising at fastest pace since 2008, pushing inflation close to 2 per cent
Chris Knox and Georgina Campbell (Herald): Wellington’s tight rental market spikes Emergency Housing Grants
Maria Slade (Spinoff): Cheat sheet: Is Wellington really in the grip of a rental crisis?
Bernard Orsman (Herald): Young professionals squeezed out of rental market in Wellington
Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Rents up again as limited stock puts pressure on
Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Warning 2020 may be a tough year in rental market
Anuja Nadkarni (NZ Herald): Agency advertising apartment without ‘Housing NZ folks’ says listing is ‘descriptive’
Tina Law (Stuff): Study finds third of New Zealand homes too cold in winter
Brittney Deguara (Stuff): Rental properties should be getting warmer, more liveable, but are they really?
Cushla Norman (1News): Wellington’s new housing solution includes ‘rent stabilisation’, free wi-fi for teachers
Jonathan Mitchell (RNZ): Property managers hit renters with ‘new tenant fee’
Kirsty Johnston (Herald): Rogue landlords to face criminal court after tough new moves by investigators (paywalled)

Environment, climate change
Michael Neilson (Herald): Forest & Bird calls for action over destruction of New Zealand’s wetlands
RNZ: Ministers taken to court over decison on mine dumping
Denise Piper (Stuff): Drought-stricken Northland gets some relief with $12.7m for Kaipara water storage
Taroi Black (Māori TV): Chinese trade deal contradicts NZ govt recycling plans
Hamish MacLean (ODT): Regional solution sought to unwanted recycling
David Williams (Newsroom): Tree-cutters went out on a limb: DoC
Hamish MacLean (ODT): ‘Significant issues’ prompt port to measure air quality
Sally Rae (ODT): Minister considers Glenaray submissions
Catriona MacLennan (Newsroom): When will NZ be real about our scary future?
Luke Malpass (Stuff): Luckily in NZ, our political parties more or less agree on climate change solutions
David Cormack (Herald): Let’s make 2020 the year proper climate action started (paywalled)
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Climate Change Minister James Shaw expects carbon credit numbers to shock
Jarrod Gilbert (Herald): My guess is the deniers are in retreat (paywalled)
Adam Currie (Spinoff): New Zealand doesn’t deserve to be smug about climate
Steven Cowan: The Labour-led Government is taking us down the path to climate disaster
No Right Turn: Climate Change: The action that counts
Eloise Gibson (Newsroom): New houses emitting five times too much carbon – study
Damien Grant (Stuff): The Government should be trying to teach our children about climate change, rather than indoctrinate them
Karl du Fresne (Stuff): Climate change teaching as dogmatic as religious indoctrination
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Actually the school curriculum for climate change doesn’t go far enough!
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Middle class positive climate change journalism the new climate crisis danger
Stuff: Charge of the Climate Brigade won’t be futile
Skara Bohny (Stuff): Nick Smith’s ‘moderate’ message on climate change
Jamie Morton (Herald): ‘This trend is not our friend’ – 2019 NZ’s fourth hottest year (paywalled)
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): How NZ climate crisis activists need to vote in 2020 and riot in 2021

Tiwai Point
Bernard Hickey (Newsroom): A smelter-sized headache for Labour
Marc Daalder (Newsroom): NZ firm promises solution to Tiwai Point
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Rio Tinto says ‘nonsense’ in electricity code a barrier to saving Tiwai Point smelter
Gavin Evans (BusinessDesk): Shutting Tiwai not the answer for Auckland power supply – Rio Tinto (paywalled)

Media, broadcasting
Colin Peacock (RNZ): Mediawatch: New public media plan still a work in progress behind closed doors
Charlie Dreaver (RNZ): Government tight lipped on future of RNZ, TVNZ
Jane Patterson (RNZ): New details revealed as Cabinet agrees on RNZ, TVNZ public broadcasting decision
Regan Paranihi (Māori TV) RNZ/TVNZ merger raises questions about Māori broadcasting future
Herald: National threatens to drop RNZ-TVNZ merger if elected
Newstalk ZB: PM: Potential RNZ-TVNZ merger would not harm commercial broadcasters
Dita De Boni (NBR): Why Marian Hobbs thinks a TVNZ-RNZ merger won’t work (paywalled)
Dita De Boni (NBR): TVNZ charter set to reappear in merger with RNZ (paywalled)
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Taxpayers’ Union says public media overhaul shouldn’t be planned in private
David Farrar: Media merger looks terrible
Andrew Gunn (Stuff): Mooted media mash-up looks set to bring a new buzz
Tim Murphy (Newsroom): Future uncertain for all five big news outlets
Mark Jennings (Newsroom): NZ media – lost in transition
Gavin Ellis: A rodent’s rear
Gavin Ellis: Grub Street’s signposts
Duncan Greive (Spinoff): Newshub’s Hal Crawford on Mark Weldon, Paul Henry and the TV rating circus
Sarah Nealon: Seven Sharp’s Hilary Barry: ‘People at seven o’clock don’t want to listen to politics’
Thomas Coughlan (Stuff): Parliament saved publishing 150 years ago, it’s time to do that again with Facebook
Nick Kelly (The Standard): The Fourth Estate struggling in the social media world
Glenn McConnell (Stuff): RNZ moves ahead with plans to create new music station for a younger audience
Hayden Donnell (RNZ): Taking the high ground on the lowest comments
Anne Gibson (Herald): 10 key questions: what MediaWorks’ $26m HQ sale means, who bought, why, what next? (paywalled)
John Boynton (RNZ): The innovation of indigenous journalism
Dale Husband (E-Tangata): Peter-Lucas Jones: Storing our reo treasures
Kim Moodie (Herald): Christchurch mosque attacks: NZ media focused on the victims, Australian media focused on alleged gunman
Gavin Ellis: Christchurch mosque attacks:The media’s proximity filter

Local government elections – political finance
Dominic Harris and Oliver Lewis (Stuff): Complaint about Christchurch mayor’s election expenses taken to police
Tina Law (Stuff): Some Christchurch city councillors spend big on campaigns, others are more frugal
Todd Niall (Stuff): Historical election complaint against Phil Goff lapses due to time limit
Georgina Campbell (Herald): The awkward Sir Peter Jackson question
Charlotte Jones (RNZ): Whakatāne politicians’ election donations and spending revealed
Jimmy Ellingham (Manawatū Standard): Mayoral hopeful still hasn’t filed election expenses and donations return

Local government
Dileepa Fonseka (Newsroom): Making local govt elections less local
Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): Why city councils are so unpopular
Susan Botting (RNZ): Northland mayors band together to call for more infrastructure spending
David Fisher (Herald): Big Read: The inside story of a Facebook scrap with council – and claims of covert surveillance (paywalled)
Murphy (RNZ): Auckland Council in talks with Rainbow Tick over Feminism 2020 event
Aaron van Delden (RNZ): Gisborne’s quake-prone buildings off register due to council staffing
Aaron van Delden (RNZ): Gisborne freedom camping under review after complaints
Felix Desmarais (Stuff): Rotorua councillor Reynold Macpherson labelled ‘racist’; mayor Chadwick ‘bully boy tactics’ alleged
Sam Kilmister (Manawatū Standard):‘You gave us no choice’: Māori landowners trespass officials over stopbank construction
Georgina Campbell (Herald): Damning report: Hutt City’s woeful water pipes
Georgina Campbell (Herald): Investigation into former Wellington mayor’s email mix-up drags on
Georgina Campbell (Herald): Investigation into Wellington City Councillor canned
Georgina Campbell (Herald): Council faces up to the rules on Wellington’s Rainbow Crossing
Steven Cowan: Privatising the profit, socializing the losses

Justice, corrections
Dan Satherley (Newshub): New Zealand’s prison policies under fire in new Amnesty report
Tony Wall (Stuff): The remand prison population has reached “unprecedented” levels
Michael Morrah (Newshub): Man gets apology, compensation six years after losing part of skull in prison attack
Paula Penfold (Stuff): Corrections apologises over chilling prison attack on remand prisoner
Teresa Cowie (RNZ): Insight: Why prisons should help inmates to be good dads
Rob Stock (Stuff): ‘No silver bullet’ for fairer access to civil justice, says chief justice
Rob Stock (Stuff): Many Kiwis just can’t afford to fight rip-offs and sue companies, Justice Minister says

Armed Police
Tom Kitchin (Stuff): New armed police unit conducting more routine traffic stops than any other type of job
Newstalk ZB: Police Association: If nothing done on guns, Police will be permanently armed

Primary industries, animal welfare
MIchael Neilson (Herald): Thousands petition for greater seabird protection from commercial fishing
Michael Neilson (NZ Herald): New Zealand commercial long-line fishers nine times more likely to report bycatch with observers on board – Fisheries NZ report
No Right Turn: Still a criminal industry
Rosie Bosworth (NBR): NZ’s agricultural dilemma (paywalled)
Brent Edwards (NBR):Plant-based protein a real threat to farmers (paywalled)
1News: Struggling Northland sawmillers call for Government help, fearing ‘complete closure’
RNZ: Kiwigrowers to help pay for $18m Queensland fruit fly response
Maja Burry (RNZ): Total ban on livestock exports could threaten NZ’s trade – Fed Farmers

NZ Super
ODT Editorial: Retirement income too political
Jenée Tibshraeny (Interest): National to support NZ First MP’s member’s bill that seeks to increase the NZ Super residency requirement from 10 to 20 years

Olie Neas (Spinoff): A US spy satellite just launched from NZ. Here’s what you need to know
Andrew Bevin (NBR): Chinese billionaire gets OIO approval to buy stake in Hamilton stud farm (paywalled)
Isaac Davison (Herald): Trade Me flatmates ad which expresses preference for Indian or Chinese doesn’t break law or breach standards, website says
Simon Wilson (Herald): Blood red bloom, pōhutukawa: Do we need a new national anthem? (paywalled)
RNZ: Consumers relatively upbeat in latest confidence index
Mike Stevens (E-Tangata): He maimai aroha: A tribute to Tahu Pōtiki
Lane Nichols (Herald): In the gun: Auckland police seize more than 600 firearms in under a year
Josephine Franks (Stuff): Five under-10s with guns among thousands of children caught carrying weapons
Phil Pennington (RNZ): Combustable cladding legal case calls unsure building owners to join
Nikki Mandow (Newsroom): Hard core, fringe benefits: Huawei’s battle for 5G
Marc Daalder (Newsroom): Proposals spark clash over filtering the internet