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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

Foreign affairs and trade
Barbara Dreaver (1News): Ardern’s visit to Fiji, Australia a test of New Zealand’s climate change compass
Jo Moir (RNZ): PM’s Fiji, Aus visits highlight differing climate change approaches
Anna Bracewell-Worrall (Newshub): Jacinda Ardern has no plans to raise climate change with Australian PM Scott Morrison
Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): NZ Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in Fiji: Drinking kava and meeting Frank Bainimarama
Eleanor Ainge Roy (Guardian): Deportees and a climate crisis: what’s on the agenda as Ardern meets Morrison
Anna Whyte (1News): Simon Bridges ‘naive’ to retaliate against Australia’s deportation rules, Ardern says
Zane Small (Newshub): Jacinda Ardern knocks ‘naïve’ Simon Bridges for mulling reciprocal deportations for Australians
RNZ: PM not interested in tit-for-tat deportation policy with Australia
1News: Jacinda Ardern plans to tell Australia ‘corrosive’ deportations policy ‘impacting on our relationship’
Collette Devlin (Stuff): Simon Bridges says Australian PM Scott Morrison revealed no changes to deportation in foreseeable future
RNZ: National considers reciprocal deportations for Australians
Martyn Bradbury: Whoa – National might just have won the election
RNZ: Call for closer ties between Australia and small Pacific states
RNZ: Marape seeks more PNG numbers in NZ seasonal work scheme
Kurt Bayer (Herald): US accuses China of ‘debt-trap diplomacy’ in Pacific
1News: Winston Peters, David Parker head to India for business delegation

James Fyfe and Miriam Harris (Newshub): Coronavirus could infect billions – Kiwi public health expert
Craig McCulloch (RNZ): Universities make case for ability to handle students arriving from China amid Covid-19 outbreak
Richard Harman (Politik): Student travel ban: “a betrayal of trust”
Pattrick Smellie (BusinessDesk): Govt considering special travel exemption for Chinese students (paywalled)
Aaron Leaman (Waikato Times): Coronavirus travel ban blocks hundreds of Waikato-bound students
Anna Whyte (1News): New Zealand extends ban on people travelling from China as coronavirus outbreak worsens
RNZ: Covid-19: Travel restrictions for those coming from China extended
Mandy Te (Stuff): Ministry deciding if travel ban may be extended
Collette Devlin (Stuff): Jacinda Ardern reveals how New Zealand would cope with any outbreak here
Lara Andelane (Newshub): NZ Govt agencies launch ‘rapid research’ fund in response to COVID-19
1News: Ministry of Health preparing for pandemic as coronavirus cases outside China grow
Herald: Government commits $3 million to combat Covid-19 outbreak
Dan Satherley (Newshub): ‘Very high chance’ COVID-19 will reach NZ – Jacinda Ardern
Liam Dann (Herald): Economic risks deepen on new coronavirus hot spots (paywalled)
Brent Edwards (NBR): Government plans for the worst over coronavirus, hopes for the best (paywalled)
RNZ Checkpoint: Is NZ ready for a worst-case economic scenario?
Grant Bradley (Herald): Air NZ slashes outlook, cuts Asian routes as airlines face biggest financial threat in a decade (paywalled)
RNZ: Coronavirus could cut Air New Zealand earnings by $35m-75m
1News: Air New Zealand halts flights to Seoul amid coronavirus outbreak
Emma Hatton (RNZ): Counting the cost of Covid-19s local impact
Dan Brunskill (BusinessDesk): NZ shares tank following sudden spread of coronavirus
Debrin Foxcroft (Stuff): Log jam at Chinese wharves as forestry industry feels impact

Political donations
Chris Trotter (Daily Blog): Wake up call
Jane Patterson (RNZ): Four men facing charges over National Party donations case to appear in court
Zane Small (Newshub): Simon Bridges fires up over ‘conspiracy theory nonsense’ in debate over National Party donations
Bill Ralston (Listener): Political-donation scandals are spreading like a virus
John Minto (Daily Blog): The one constant in national and local body politics…

Jamie Ensor and Perry Wilton (Newshub): Benefit increase: Budgeting expert questions ‘how much difference it will make’
Audrey Young (Herald): PM Jacinda Ardern announces larger-than-usual increases for social welfare benefits
Thomas Manch (Stuff): Benefits to be boosted $10 as Government indexes welfare payments to wage growth
Anna Whyte (1News): Benefits set to rise three per cent, in line with average wage
Hannah Kronast (Newshub): Government’s 3 percent main benefit increase: How will it affect you?
Māori TV: Benefit rises will help 310,000 families – Carmel Sepuloni
Audrey Young (Herald): Benefit lift to aid 300,000 Kiwi families
Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): Now is not the time for benefit increases
Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Kiwibank standardising time of benefit payments

Election, political ads
Audrey Young (Herald): Just a matter of time before John Tamihere declares for the Māori Party
RNZ: Māori Party candidate puts faith in youth for upcoming election
Waatea News: Waititi jumps off colonists’ waka
1News: Working with National ‘inconceivable’, Greens co-leader James Shaw says
David Cormack (Herald): Prime Minister Bridges or Prime Minister Ardern? (paywalled)
Waatea News: Political radiation leak over attack ad lines

David Farrar: Another day, another humiliation for the Greens
Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): NZ First has saved us from mad EV feebate scheme
Amanda Cropp (Stuff): Northland trucking company keeps its transport licence after agency drops action

Shelly Bay
Tom Hunt (Dominion Post):Sir Peter Jackson threatens legal action if Shelly Bay land vote not put back to council
Tom Hunt (Dominion Post): Council between a Sir Peter-shaped rock and a Cassels-shaped hard place over Shelly Bay
Georgina Campbell (Herald): Chief executive’s ambiguous words trigger Shelly Bay fiasco
Māni Dunlop (RNZ): Shelly Bay development: Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh threaten legal action
Andrew Bevan (NBR): Sparring NBR Rich Listers put Wellington council in sticky situation (paywalled)

Wellington water
Tom Hunt and Joel MacManus (Dominion Post): Wellington Water apologises for ‘inappropriate’ email rant
Matthew Tso (Stuff): Wellington mayoral taskforce to tackle water woes
Dileepa Fonseka (Newsroom): How ‘run to failure’ failed in Wellington

Local government
Todd Niall (Stuff): Auckland Council election: Residents call for online and booth voting after poor turnout
Eric Frykberg (RNZ): Extra $25 million cost for dam construction not stopping Tasman council going ahead
Piers Fuller (Stuff): Crunch time looming for $20 million Masterton Civic Centre project
RNZ: Future of Masterton’s Henley Lake up for debate

Simon Collins (Herald): Massey University proposes axing science at Albany, Auckland – 400 students affected
John Gerritsen (RNZ): Massey University staff ‘hard hit’ by cut-back plan
1News: Government’s new dyslexia funding a ‘redressed status quo’ based on outdated research – advocate
Wilhelmina Shrimpton (Newshub): Massey High School principal says punishing parents of waggers is wrong approach
Cira Olivier and Zoe Hunter (Bay of Plenty Times): Anxiety, illness, and overseas holidays among reasons for Tauranga’s low school attendance rate (paywalled)
James Fyfe (Newshub): Parents of repeat waggers should be prosecuted – Auckland Grammar headmaster
Kaitlin Ruddock (1News): Call for schools to step up support services as number of former refugees coming to NZ increases

Child welfare
Vivienne Martini (Newsroom): Oranga Tamariki running for cover
Te Aniwa Hurihanganui (RNZ): Oranga Tamariki uplift complaints team investigating 17 cases
RNZ: Police intervene as family of boy injured in Flaxmere receive threats
Taiha Molyneux (Māori TV): Police urge community to stop online attacks
Leigh-Marama McLachlan (RNZ): Grieving whānau want answers, apology from Oranga Tamariki after boy’s death

Janet Hoek, Richard Edwards, Andrew Waa, Nick Wilson, George Thomson: Proposed Vaping Regulations for NZ: Strengths and Limitations
Tema Hemi (Māori TV): David Seymour: “Māori are the national champions of smoking”
Dan Satherley (Newshub): Jacinda Ardern defends not letting kids use vaping to quit smoking
Dan Satherley (Newshub): Vaping ad and flavour bans slammed as ‘short-sighted’, ‘knee-jerk’
Newstalk ZB: Jenny Salesa defends delay to release vaping legislation
Felix Walton (Spinoff): Cheat sheet: what’s the deal with the new vaping law?
Jonathan Devery (Herald): Vaping laws are a breath of fresh air (paywalled)
Kate Hawkesby (Newstalk ZB): Going berserk over vaping legislation a rare misstep for Act
Liz Gordon (Daily Blog): Vaping, addiction and innovation

Louisa Steyl (Stuff): Relationship issues remain SDHB’s department’s biggest challenge
Ripu Bhatia (Stuff): Mother and businesswoman Kim Girbin dies after health system failures
Hannah Martin (Stuff): ‘Unacceptable’: Elderly man in rest home found with maggots in wounds
Rachel Sadler (Newshub): Auckland rest home reprimanded for not providing adequate care to dying patient
RNZ: Heritage Lifecare breaches health code after maggots found on man in final days

Tiwai Point
Murray Horton (Stuff): Rio Tinto, clean up your own smelter mess (and go away)
Daisy Hudson (ODT): More MPs add voices on dross
Rachael Kelly (Stuff): Petition launched to rid Mataura of ouvea premix
RNZ: Tiwai Point aluminium smelter suffers $46m loss
Gavin Evans (BusinessDesk): Rio Tinto reports $46.2m loss at Tiwai Point
Brent Melville (ODT): Indication of Tiwai Point value surety
ODT: Lower aluminium prices blamed for $46m loss

Jane Matthews (Stuff): ‘Thousands’ of eels dead following chemical spill at South Taranaki meat works
Luke Appleby (1News): ‘Thousands’ of dead eels found in Taranaki stream after meat plant ammonia leak
RNZ: Ammonia leak kills thousands of fish
Jessica Tyson (Māori TV): Taranaki iwi ‘devastated’ after thousands of eels killed by ammonia spill
Emma Perry (ODT): Whitebaiter’s comments ‘appalling’
Logan Savory (Southland Times): Chick scientists’ are doing their job, says Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage after ‘sexist’ whitebaiter comments
Vita Molyneux (Newshub): Southland Fish and Game councillor could be forced to resign over ‘appalling’ comments about female scientists
RNZ: Northland drought: Iwi to divert farm water to support town supply
RNZ: The Detail: The city that soaks up water – can Auckland cope?
Lisette Reymer (Newshub): Disturbing reason kiwi was filmed paddling in Auckland stream in daylight
Mia Sutherland and Shaneel Lal (Stuff): What Pākehā call climate activism is survival for indigenous people

Eric Crampton (Stuff): UN right about ‘human rights’ housing crisis, but wrong about the solution
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Our homelessness IS human rights crisis
Ripu Bhatia (Stuff): Auckland rental with no kitchen advertised for ‘working families’ for $450 a week
Hamish MacLean (ODT): City housing shortage issues hotly debated

Christchurch mosque attacks
Mariné Lourens (Stuff): Victims, families present at Christchurch mosque shootings hearing
RNZ: Christchurch terror attacks: Brenton Tarrant’s case back in court today
Kurt Bayer (Herald): Christchurch mosque shooting: Survivors attend pre-trial court hearingUS accuses China of ‘debt-trap diplomacy
Lisa Davies (1News): Pre-trial hearing held for alleged Christchurch mosque gunman

Mandy Te (Stuff): RNZ Concert supporters take over parliament to protest for station’s future
Laura Grigg (Newshub): There’s a hidden message in RNZ Concert’s show line-up
Tim Murphy (Newsroom): NZME’s big reveal

Stuff: Hunger striker – ‘I don’t think they wanted a dead Māori in their jail’
David Farrar: Good decisions from Little

Animal welfare
1News: SPCA releases ‘list of shame’ highlighting shocking cases of animal abuse, abandonment and neglect
Joel MacManus (Stuff): SPCA List of Shame reveals ‘intense neglect and extreme violence’ against animals in NZ

Brent Edwards (NBR): How fiscal stimulus can help the economy: Treasury advice (paywalled)
Marilyn Garson and Fred Albert (Stuff): Racists don’t care about new definitions of hate
Harry Lock (RNZ): Group splinters from Wellington pride parade
RNZ: The Detail: Setting aside the Moriori myth
ODT Editorial: Keeping safe in the workplace
Laura Wiltshire (Stuff): National War Memorial found to be earthquake prone, silencing Carillion bells
RNZ: National War Memorial closed after being found earthquake prone
Amy Williams (RNZ): ‘Dancing with the Stars’ could wrong-foot aspiring politician Hannah Tamaki
Rachael Elder (RNZ): Sexual assault survivor on why women don’t always speak up
MIchael Morrah (Newshub): Customs sees 600 percent increase in MDMA seizures at New Zealand’s border
Mike Yardley (Press): It’s not for ratepayers to bankroll or bail out commercial tourist ventures
Dave Armstrong (Dominion Post): Sky-high prices spoiling tourist meccas
Glen Herud (Stuff): Farming better off to mimic diverse natural systems
1News: Victims unhappy as man behind New Zealand’s biggest Ponzi scheme released from prison
Bob Jones: Professor Singer
Chris Keall (Herald): 5G auction: Date set, dreams of a Crown windfall dashed
Scott Hamilton (Spinoff): Ancient giants and old delusions: a history of mysticism and racism in Aotearoa
Marc Daalder (Newsroom): Apple TV content at risk if streaming bill goes forward
Terry Baucher (Interest): Another week in tax: The more-tax, less-tax camps tussle