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New Zealand Parliament Buildings, Wellington, New Zealand.

Today’s content

Waitangi
Simon Wilson (Herald): The passions of Waitangi (paywalled)
Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): Patience, positivity on display for Ardern’s Waitangi visit
Jamie Ensor and Heather McCarron (Newshub): Waitangi Day 2020 least political in years, Māori feel listened to – commentator
Shilo Kino and Charlotte Graham-McLay (Guardian): ‘The feeling was better’: Māori leaders sense hope rather than conflict at Waitangi
Thomas Coughlan (Stuff): After a long reprieve, politics returns to Waitangi
Thomas Coughlan (Stuff): Tense commemorations in Waitangi set the stage for hotly contested election
Pattrick Smellie (BusinessDesk): Election year phony war in full swing at Waitangi (paywalled)
Liam Hehir (Pundit): Waitangi Day Is Not A Day Of National Unity, Which Is Fine.
Miriama Aoake (Guardian): Ardern is right, Waitangi Day is imperfect. But the flaws are intentional
Maxine Jacobs (Stuff): Tiriti o Waitangi: Education and conversation essential to New Zealand becoming one
TVNZ: Social worker calls for greater connection between Government agencies and Māori who aren’t iwi-based
Koro Vaka’uta (RNZ): Where do Pasifika fit in the Treaty of Waitangi?
Joel Maxwell and Virginia Fallon (Stuff): What does Waitangi Day mean to you? He aha te tikanga o te Rangi o Waitangi ki a koe?
Southland Times Editorial: Waitangi as it should be
Toby Morris (Spinoff): Te Tiriti o Waitangi: the comic book
1News: Thousands attend Waitangi celebrations as Kiwi’s marked 180 years since the signing
Northern Advocate: Waitangi Day 2020: Up to 40,000 come together for a day of whānau fun
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Jo Moir (RNZ): Winston Peters talks growing up in the north in rare sit-down interview
Zane Small (Newshub): Return to Te Tii Marae? Winston Peters’ anger at protesters who ‘crapped on our national day’
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Māni Dunlop (RNZ): Waitangi Day 2020: ‘Give us the courage to walk comfortably in each other’s shoes’ – PM
Thomas Coughan (Stuff): Jacinda Ardern calls on country to unite in kindness on Waitangi day
Newshub: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern calls for unity in Waitangi Day address
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Zane Small (Newshub): Bishop burns National leader Simon Bridges for no-show at dawn service
Charlie Dreaver (RNZ): Waitangi Tribunal should eventually go, Simon Bridges says
RNZ: Simon Bridges defends Waitangi speech after heavy criticism
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TVNZ: Hordes of people turn out for breakfast served by Prime Minister at Waitangi
Mark Quinlivan (Newshub): Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern serves up breakfast at annual celebrations
Māori TV: MPs get cooking for PM’s Waitangi Breakfast
Guardian: Jacinda Ardern serves up barbecue breakfast after Waitangi Day dawn service
Stuff: PM Jacinda Ardern’s daughter Neve packs away boxes at Waitangi
Herald: ‘First Baby’ Neve joins in on Waitangi Day celebration
Mikaela Collins, Simon Wilson (Herald): Jacinda Ardern welcomed on to the birth place of the Treaty of Waitangi
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Peter de Graaf (Northern Advocate): Long wait over for museum honouring Māori military service
Simon Wilson (Herald): Love in a place of war (paywalled)
Ryan Anderson (Stuff): New Waitangi museum honours Māori armed forces
Anna Whyte (TVNZ): Stirring haka performed for war veteran as museum honouring Māori armed forces opened
Newstalk ZB: New museum traces Māori sacrifice in times of war
Eden Fusitu’a (RNZ): Te Rau Aroha made me weep
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Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): Andrew Little’s journey on the bridge to te ao Māori
Māni Dunlop (RNZ): Andrew Little’s whaikōrero raises hopes for Treaty negotiations
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Mikaela Collins, Simon Wilson (Herald): ‘Look after our own’ – Brian Tamaki gets stuck into immigrants, China, Ardern
Zane Small (Newshub): Supporters cheer as Brian Tamaki blasts ‘parasite’ immigrants at Waitangi Day service
Anna Whyte (TVNZ): Brian Tamaki calls for change to ‘what’s happening to Māori’ in stinging Waitangi day address
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RNZ: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern assures iwi leaders over water and land issues
Newstalk ZB: Māori Council chair not pleased with Government’s record on Māori
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D’Angelo Martin (Māori TV): From Wellington to waka paddler
RNZ: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern paddles waka at Waitangi
Thomas Coughlan (Stuff): Jacinda Ardern takes to a waka ahead of Waitangi day
Anna Whyte (1News): Jacinda Ardern has first waka experience, says it was an ‘honour’
Yvonne Tahana (TVNZ): Push for wāhine paddlers as iconic waka celebrates 80th birthday
Regan Paranihi (Māori TV): 30 year wait over for wāhine paddlers

Ihumātao
Herald: Ihumātao: Protesters claim a deal has been struck with the Government
Lisette Reymer (Newshub): Ihumātao protesters ‘bewildered’ by lack of resolution as movement moves to Waitangi
Māori TV: PM: ‘I will visit Ihumātao’
TVNZ: PM has ‘no doubt’ path will cross with Ihumātao protest leader Pania Newton

Election
Richard Harman (Politik): NZ First outflanks National in Northland (paywalled)
Claire Trevett: The great National Party no-show for Shane Jones’ party and what it means (paywalled)
Brent Edwards (NBR): National must win big in election to have a chance of governing (paywalled)
Peter Dunne (Newsroom): High stakes moves as the election looms
TVNZ: Simon Bridges reiterates pledge to snub Winston Peters – ‘I can’t trust NZ First’
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Jo Moir and Jane Patterson (RNZ): Māori Party President wary of National partnership: ‘It kicked us out’
Newstalk ZB: Mark Mitchell: Māori Party potential partner for National
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Chris Trotter (Daily Blog): Jacinda’s Political Faith Broader Than Any Church
Matthew Hooton (Herald): Jacinda Ardern should eye tax cuts to scupper National (paywalled)

Act
Audrey Young (Herald): Act’s David Seymour starts setting conditions for coalition
Stephen Forbes (Stuff): ACT leader David Seymour slams police and government in ‘Make Aotearoa Great Again’ policy launch
TVNZ: David Seymour speaks out against firearm laws, persecution of landlords in lead-up to general election
RNZ: ACT leader David Seymour criticises gun laws in state of nation address

Mike Moore
Bryce Edwards (Herald): Political Roundup: The extraordinary yet tragic political life of Mike Moore (paywalled)
ODT Editorial: A short tenure, but enduring impact
Herald: Funeral expected at his old Dilworth School
TVNZ: Former PM Mike Moore to be remembered in public funeral service in Auckland
RNZ: Public funeral service for former PM Mike Moore announced
Thomas Coughlan (Stuff): Former Prime Minister Mike Moore to be given public funeral

Jami-Lee Ross
Newsroom: ‘Mind boggles’ at failure of Parliamentary Service
Jason Walls (Herald): Independent MP Jami-Lee Ross says new misconduct claims a part of politically motivated attack
Henry Cooke (Stuff): Jami-Lee Ross alleges politically-motivated ‘trial by media’ following report
Benedict Collins (TVNZ): Botany MP Jami-Lee Ross in the dark over staff complaints
Melanie Reid and Mark Jennings (Newsroom): Jami-Lee Ross says he hasn’t acted ‘inappropriately’
Craig McCulloch (RNZ): New accusations levelled at Jami-Lee Ross

Coronavirus
George Block (Stuff): Coronavirus evacuees could have stay extended if any test positive
Liu Chen (RNZ): People still in Wuhan urge further government intervention
Zane Small (Newshub): Winston Peters condemns ‘racism and adverse reaction’ amid coronavirus outbreak
Lincoln Tan (Herald): Patient heard demanding ‘no Asian doctor’ at Auckland Hospital
Danielle Clent (Stuff): Coronavirus ‘racism’: Auckland woman held breath while in lift with Asian family at hospital
David Tokiharu Mayeda (Newsroom): Anti-Chinese racism its own dangerous contagion
Pattrick Smellie (BusinessDesk): Polytechs, PTEs most exposed if coronavirus travel ban persists: Hipkins (paywalled)
RNZ: Wuhan coronavirus: PNG thanks NZ for evacuating students
RNZ: Wuhan coronavirus: 30 Pacific evacuees quarantined in NZ
Kim Moodie (Herald): Kiwi on board cruise ship tests positive for coronavirus
RNZ:A New Zealander has tested positive for coronavirus on a cruise ship in Yokohama, Japan MFAT has confirmed
Brian Fallow (Herald): Counting the cost of coronavirus (paywalled)
Eric Frykberg (RNZ): Crayfish to be returned to ocean after China cancels orders
Jacob McSweeny (ODT): Govt to help with returning crayfish to ocean
Maia Hart (Stuff): Annual catch entitlement needs to be carried forward, says business owner
Philip Chandler (Mountain Scene): Tour operator slams China travel ban
Richard Simpson (Spinoff): Novel Coronavirus: confessions of a recovering NZ pandemic planner

Broadcasting, RNZ cuts
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Broadcasting Minister Kris Faafoi expected to set out thoughts on RNZ, TVNZ merger
Toby Manhire (Spinoff): RNZ is overhauling its music network, and a lot of people are mad as hell
Tommy Livingston and Glenn McConnell (Stuff): RNZ proposal to dial down Concert a ‘slap in the face’
Tommy Livingston and Glenn McConnell (Stuff): Dame Kiri te Kanawa calls RNZ proposal to dial down Concert an ‘inestimable blow to the arts
Emily Brookes (Stuff): A ‘complete travesty’ or ‘long overdue’? Former RNZ presenters divided on proposed cuts
Alex Behan (Stuff): Proposed cuts to RNZ Concert are sad but necessary in the current climate
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): PRNZ says new ‘youth oriented’ music brand will lift whole radio industry
Hayden Donnell (RNZ): Mediawatch: RNZ set to cut back Concert and launch new youth service
Steven Cowan: Kiwi FM Mk 2
Martyn Bradbury: The question isn’t why should RNZ have a youth station, the question is why has it taken this long?

Environment
Rob Stock (Stuff): Business split over plan to make carbon footprints public
David Boyle (Stuff): Why carbon emission reporting is important for your retirement wallet
Marc Daalder (Newsroom): ETS or carbon tax? Maybe it doesn’t matter
Geoff Simmons (Spinoff): Scrapping capitalism to save the environment? Here’s why that won’t work
David Williams and Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): Parker urges greater Mackenzie protection
Mike Watson (Taranaki Daily News): Rising public concern about environment results in more regional council investigations
Zane Small (Newshub): Scientist shoots back after Shane Jones labels him ‘Dr Killjoy’ in row over Wairarapa dam

Southland floods
James Renwick (Stuff): Floods a glimpse of the future as climate warming steps up
Abbey Palmer and Richard Davidson (ODT): Counting the flooding costs
Evan Harding (Southland Times): Prime Minister says long-term solution needed for Mataura residents and stored ouvea premix
Abbey Palmer (ODT): ‘Bullet missed’ as little water enters mill

Water shortages
Denise Piper (Stuff): Northland drought: ‘Very real prospect’ some Far North towns could run dry
RNZ: Appeal to conserve water in Northland town
Brad Flahive (Stuff): Auckland water shortage: Residents desperate to get supplies as tanks dry up
Kim Baker Wilson (TVNZ): Aucklanders on tank water urged to conserve water as refills are weeks away
TVNZ: Rain tanks dry up as Aucklanders left waiting weeks for refills
Chloe Ranford (Stuff): Restrictions ‘inevitable’ for river irrigators in Marlborough

Infrastructure
Susan Botting (RNZ): Infrastructure NZ says RMA needs to be replaced
Susan Botting (RNZ): Call for Northland Māori to co-drive major infrastructure spend

Employment
Matthew Neilson (Herald): No Waitangi Day off if ‘not from NZ’ Transmission Gully roading manager tells staff
RNZ: Slowdown in jobs created, but unemployment slightly falls
Brent Edwards (NBR): Unemployment rate down but low-income households face higher costs (paywalled)
David Hargreaves (Interest): Unemployment falls and wages rise most since 2009

Health
Samantha Gee (Stuff): Paying tax on unfunded cancer medication outrageous, says Nelson patient
Christine Rovoi (RNZ): NZ health group tackles social issues among Pasifika eldersNZ health group tackles social issues among Pasifika elders

Local government
Dominic Harris (Press): New Christchurch drinking water plan not yet good enough for strict national standards
Lee Kenny (Stuff): Christchurch rates look set to increase by 4.65 per cent, lower than forecast
Lawrence Gully (Stuff): Waitomo mayor Bruce Robertson aims to reduce his council’s $40m debt
Hamish McNeilly (Stuff): Te reo on the backburner for Dunedin mayor due to teaching shortage

Housing
Herald Editorial: Rental property insulation rules – momentum important in realising aim (paywalled)
Rodey Hide (NBR): ‘Ghost house’ better than a trashed house (paywalled)

Education
Rob Stock (Stuff): Arrests over student debt a wake-up call for all families
Newstalk ZB: PPTA criticised for weighing in on Australia’s stance on climate change

Other
Peter Dunne: Chances of transparent election campaign funding are close to zero because the politicians who call for it really don’t want it, and neither do ‘smug career officials’
Benedict Collins (TVNZ): Agencies concede ‘sobering lessons’ from Saudi sheep scandal that damaged NZ’s reputation
Dileepa Fonseka (Newsroom): Unhappy Indian voters eye shift to National
TVNZ: Immigration adviser disciplined after couple told to remarry in NZ to gain visa
Ian Hyslop: Will we listen this time?
Brian Easton (Pundit): Manifesto For The Text
RNZ: Samoa’s govt issues warning to departing seasonal workers
Stuff: West Coast tech firms and iwi get Provincial Growth Fund cash boost
Brent Edwards (NBR): Coalition will not rush Auckland light rail project
Newshub: Newshub Nation co-host Emma Jolliff dies after illness

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