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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

John Armstrong (1News): Cometh the hour; cometh the Minister of Finance?
Audrey Young (Herald): Coronavirus and the next election (paywalled)
Heather du Plessis-Allan (Herald): Covid-19 infects the election (paywalled)
Fran O’Sullivan (Herald): Jacinda Ardern and Scott Morrison too slow to face big coronavirus question (paywalled)
Shamubeel Eaqub (RNZ): Coronavirus and the economy: Responding to Covid-19 with precision
Liam Dann (Herald): Coronavirus sucks but we need to confront the economic risk (paywalled)
TVNZ Q+A: Coronavirus will not cause NZ recession in current economic climate – Grant Robertson
1News: Government may dip into ‘rainy day’ fund if coronavirus worst-case scenario plays out, Finance Minister says
Jane Patterson (RNZ): Cabinet briefings on travel risks, border controls and economic impact
Pattrick Smellie (BusinessDesk): Employers and coronavirus – it’s serious for business
Rob Stock (Stuff): ‘Good’ bosses won’t stop paying workers forced into coronavirus self-isolation
RNZ: Nurses Organisation says employers obliged by law to protect staff
Andre Chumko (Stuff): University hiring freezes up in the air after Government ruled out exemptions for overseas students
Pattrick Smellie (BusinessDesk): Govt dashes hopes for Chinese student travel exemption
TVNZ: Q+A: Anxious wait for Chinese international students while NZ travel ban continues
Anna Whyte (1News): NZ’s coronavirus travel ban extended to Iran, no exemptions for students from China
John Gibb (ODT): Govt decision ‘not in line with WHO’
Moly Housemann (ODT): 65 from university placed in isolation
Simon Collins (Herald): Coronavirus fears throws ‘spanner in works’ for teacher recruitment
Taroi Black (Māori TV): Tairāwhiti forestry advocate helps whānau affected by Coronavirus outbreak
RNZ: New travel restrictions for Iran announced
Jenée Tibshraeny (Interest): Travel ban extended to Iran; Govt refuses to make exemptions for students
Rachel Sadler (Newshub): Jacinda Ardern not offended by Samoa restricting Air New Zealand flights from Auckland
RNZ: Covid-19: Samoa reduces flights from NZ
RNZ: Officials review airport procedures after arrival of infected person
Stuff: New Zealand patient not subject to health checks upon landing at Auckland Airport
Newshub: Border officials ‘turning a blind eye’ to potential carriers, traveller claims
Mike Houlahan (ODT): Health watch on overseas flights
RNZ: Passengers from Auckland flight still sought, workers worried about sick leave
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): David Clark vs John Campbell – worst interview ever
RNZ: Contact made with passengers in close contact with coronavirus patient
Rachel Sadler (Newshub): Passengers sitting near New Zealand’s first patient won’t be tested for disease
Dan Satherley (Newshub): Some passengers sitting near to NZ’s first patient yet to be reached
Josephine Franks (Stuff): Prime Minister says patient with coronavirus ‘improving’
Andre Chumko and Brittany Keogh (Stuff): At least 23 people who sat near NZ coronavirus patient will be closely monitored
RNZ: Passengers near Covid-19 patient on plane will have to self-isolate
1News: 18 passengers seated near coronavirus patient placed in ‘supervised self-isolation’
Bernard Orsman (Herald): First case in New Zealand after person arrives from Iran
Herald: First New Zealand case as World Health Organisation (WHO) raises global alert level
TVNZ Q+A: ‘Sensible’ approach needed to protect vulnerable from coronavirus, says academic
1News: Expert calls for coronavirus ‘safe havens’ as global outbreak worsens
Bevan Hurley (Stuff): Radical idea to move thousands of vulnerable NZers could prevent mass casualties, expert says
Zac Fleming (Newshub): Coronavirus could infect 40 percent of world’s population over one to two years – Kiwi expert
Georgia Forrester (Stuff): NZ’s first case has been confirmed – so what happens now?
RNZ: New Zealand moving into next phase with first positive Covid-19 coronavirus case, expert says
Jamie Ensor (Newshub): Director-General of Health’s verdict on face masks
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Panic buying in Auckland is stupid but understandable (Shhhh China is watching)
1News: Jacinda Ardern encourages Kiwis to go ‘about their daily lives’ in wake of first coronavirus case
Dan Satherley (Newshub): Jacinda Ardern slams ‘irresponsible’ headlines for causing ‘unnecessary anxiety’
Bernard Orsman (Herald): Jacinda Ardern urges calm as panicked shoppers empty supermarket shelves
Kim Baker Wilison (1News): ‘Don’t panic’ – Health officials call for claim over coronavirus case
Brittany Keogh and Kendall Hutt (Stuff): Coronavirus confirmed in Auckland: Mayor Phil Goff calls for calm in the city
Herald: Long queues at supermarkets after first NZ case confirmed, experts urge calm
Scott Palmer (Newshub):‘Totally inadequate’: Top health official defends response against National’s criticism
Eric Crampton (Newsroom): Coronavirus – the flu normal?
Herald: Frightened NZ customers cancelling, changing flights
Ben Uffindell: The Civilian’s guide to preparing for Coronavirus
John Weekes (Stuff): Brian Tamaki blames Satanic airborne demons, drinking of bat’s blood

Political donations, electoral finance
Andrew Geddis (Spinoff): Money talks: Why the donations crisis goes to the heart of trust in our politics
Andrea Vance (Stuff): Keep politicians in the dark over election donations
Dominic Harris (Stuff): Widespread investigations under way into allegations of electoral fraud
Press Editorial:It’s time to end the secrecy over political donations
Tom O’Connor (Stuff): Donation, gift rules there for good reason
Mike Hosking (Newshub): NZ elections under a cloud of suspicion
Dan Satherley (Newshub Nation): Attempts to ‘destroy New Zealand First and drive Winston Peters out of politics’ will fail, Shane Jones claims
Dan Satherley (Newshub Nation): Simon Bridges ‘won’t be the leader of the National Party’ if Jami-Lee Ross is right – Shane Jones
No Right Turn: Another SFO referral
David Farrar: How about we just follow the law?
Scott Yorke (Imperator Fish): First they came
Dominic Harris (Press): Police may now scrutinise Christchurch mayor’s 2016 campaign donations
Dominic Harris and Liz McDonald (Press): Christchurch mayor Lianne Dalziel under scrutiny as expenses complaint referred to Serious Fraud Office
Lee Kenny (Press): Christchurch mayor in the dark over Serious Fraud Office investigation
RNZ: Christchurch mayor refuses to comment on referral to Serious Fraud Office
RNZ: Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel’s election expenses referred to the Serious Fraud Office
Victoria Young (BusinessDesk): SFO tasked with Christchurch mayor election expenses case
Herald; Serious Fraud Office confirms it is assessing Christchurch mayor Lianne Dalziel’s election expenses
Dita De Boni (NBR): Big day for SFO as investigations of Goff, Dalziel election expenses announced (paywalled)
Herald: Auckland mayor Phil Goff investigated by Serious Fraud Office over election expenses
Catrin Owen (Stuff): Auckland Mayor Phil Goff referred to Serious Fraud Office over election expenses
RNZ: Police refer Auckland Mayor Phil Goff’s election expenses to Serious Fraud Office

Foreign affairs
Bryce Edwards (Guardian): Taking on Scott Morrison over deportees is a win-win strategy for Jacinda Ardern
Luke Malpass (Stuff): PM Jacinda Ardern gets a win in ScoMo’s territory
Oscar Kightley (Stuff): Jacinda Ardern’s shirtfront on ScoMo a turning point in trans-Tasman relations
Ben Doherty (Guardian): Not much love actually: Jacinda Ardern was right to call out Australia’s ‘corrosive’ policies
Denham Sadler (Guardian): ‘These children are in limbo’: the New Zealanders locked out of Australia’s NDIS
Henry Cooke (Stuff): Extraordinary scene as Jacinda Ardern directly confronts Scott Morrison over deportations
Henry Cooke (Stuff): Jacinda Ardern demands Australia stop ‘deporting your people and your problems’
Anna Whyte (1News): Jacinda Ardern talks tough while standing next to Scott Morrison: ‘Do not deport your people and your problems’
Jo Moir (RNZ): ‘Do not deport your people and your problems’ – PM Jacinda Ardern on trans-Tasman relations
Amy Remeikis (Guardian): Jacinda Ardern lashes Scott Morrison for ‘testing’ friendship over deportations to New Zealand
Herald: NZ Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern lashes Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison – the reaction
Zane Small and Anna Bracewell-Worrall (Newshub): Jacinda Ardern’s message to Australian PM: ‘Do not deport your people and your problems’
Guardian: Jacinda Ardern blasts Scott Morrison over Australia’s deportation policy – video
Newstalk ZB: Pride and anger: World reacts to PM’s deportation speech
Martyn Bradbury: Jacinda robs Simon Bridges of his Australian thunder
Dan Satherley (Newshub): Judith Collins mocks Jacinda Ardern’s promise to bring up deportation policy with Scott Morrison
Jo Moir (RNZ): Deportation policy on agenda as PM Jacinda Ardern to meet Australia’s Scott Morrison
Henry Cooke (Stuff):Jacinda Ardern says she has ‘gnarly issues’ to discuss with Scott Morrison in meeting that will focus on deportations
Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): Ardern’s meeting with Morrison will be a waste of time
Henry Cooke (Stuff): NZ’s relationship with Fiji has stabilised. Will that hold through the next election?
1News: US-Taliban peace agreement ‘major step forward’ – Winston Peters
Simon Draper (Stuff): Indian delegation unlikely to result in a fair trade agreement but all is not lost

Luke Malpass (Stuff): The battle for Wellington Central: it’s all about the party vote
Mike Houlahan (ODT): Labour picks Dunedin South seat candidate
ODT: Labour candidate for Dunedin South contest revealed
Amy Ridout (Nelson Mail): Entrepreneur candidate for Opportunities in Nelson
Skara Bohny (Nelson Mail): ACT Party targets gun-owners on election campaign trail
RNZ: IronMāori’s Heather Te Au Skipworth to contest Ikaroa-Rāwhiti seat
Heta Gardiner (Māori TV): Iron Māori co-founder to stand for Māori Party in Ikaroa-Rāwhiti
Stuff: Dale Stephens to contest Christchurch Central for National at general election
Jim Tucker (Taranaki Daily News): The rise and rise of Jonathan Young
Phil Smith (RNZ): The House: The Boundaries Commission: Reshuffling the electoral deck

National Party Bluegreens forum
Kaitlin Ruddock (1News): Beware of ‘green washing’ during elections, expert warns
Richard Harman (Politik): Bridges may find it’s not easy being green
Richard Griffin (Stuff): Blue Green brigade so beige they’re in danger of paling into insignificance
Skara Bohny (Stuff): National leader announces $5 million fund for community conservation
Tracy Neal (RNZ): Bluegreens forum to focus on growing fishing, aquaculture, while protecting the ocean
Dan Satherley (Newshub): Water protesters target National’s ‘bluegreens’ conference

Farah Hancock (Newsroom): Fourteen new mines on conservation land
Farah Hancock (Newsroom): ‘Unacceptable’ industrial plastic waste in waterway
Tracy Neal (RNZ): James Shaw joins local leaders to launch climate forum in Nelson
Skara Bohny (Nelson Mail): Nelson climate forum ‘ground-breaking’ says Greens leader
Katy Jones (Stuff): Nelson’s climate champion wants communities to be part of ‘visionary’ process
RNZ: Time to act to save the Hauraki Gulf, tangata whenua and environmentalists say
Mahina Hurkmans (Māori TV): Ngāti Manuhiri excited by efforts to restore health of moana
Nina Hindmarsh (Stuff): Te Waikoropupū Springs campaigners concerned at water report delay
Luke Harrington and David Frame (Newsroom): Northland drought a harbinger of dry future
Helen Castles (1News): Northland towns struggle to meet council targets in reducing water usage
Jo McKenzie-McLean (Stuff): Protecting Queenstown’s pristine waters from pollution
Laura Smith (ODT): Cochrane refuses to quit council
RNZ: Fish and Game councillor apologises over comments, but won’t resign
RNZ: More funds needed to remove wilding pines – Forest & Bird
RNZ: Truckloads of rubbish cleared from old Gore landfill exposed by recent floods
Tina Law (Press): Fox River landfill disaster ‘forgotten’ as more rubbish surfaces
Michael Fallow (Southland Times): The genesis of the Guardians

Paul McBeth (BusinessDesk): Greens chalk up win as default KiwiSavers face fossil fuel ban (paywalled)
Jane Patterson (RNZ): Govt ban on fossil fuels for default KiwiSavers is ‘virtue signalling’
Dan Satherley (Newshub): National, ACT and oil industry slam KiwiSaver’s move away from fossil fuels
TVNZ Q+A: KiwiSaver default fund changed, moves away from fossil fuels, illegal weapons
Jason Walls (Herald): KiwiSaver shake-up: What the Government’s new rules mean for your nest-egg
Bernard Orsman (Herald): Fossil fuels blacklisted by Government for default KiwiSaver funds
RNZ: New KiwiSaver rules to ban investing in fossil fuels and illegal weapons
Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Govt tweaks KiwiSaver settings to put more money in investor accounts
Dan Satherley and Perry Wilton (Newshub): Default KiwiSaver providers banned from investing in fossil fuels and land mines
Jihee Junn (Spinoff): Cheat sheet: Default KiwiSaver funds ‘go green’
Herald: Economist: How KiwiSaver fossil fuel ban will backfire (paywalled)
Nikki Mandow (Newsroom): Three questions about the KiwiSaver fossil fuels ban

Anna Whyte (1News): ‘Not their finest hour’ – Inquiry slams Treasury’s senior leadership over 2019 Budget breach
Jason Walls (Herald): State Services Commission savages Treasury over Budget 2019 failure
Yvette McCullough (RNZ): Treasury fell short on protecting documents, report finds (paywalled)
Thomas Coughlan (Stuff): Shoddy Treasury website led to Budget hack in 2019, report shows
Zane Small (Newshub): Review finds Treasury website redesign in 2014 led to Budget 2019 botch-up
Paul McBeth (BusinessDesk): Flawed procurement, shoddy oversight led to budget leak – report
Brent Edwards (NBR): SSC confident Treasury leak problems are being fixed

Shelly Bay
Tom Hunt (Dominion Post): Wellington’s Shelly Bay: Council says High Court would have no interest in Sir Peter Jackson’s legal threat
Georgina Campbell (Herald): Wellington City Council responds to Sir Peter Jackson’s Shelly Bay legal threat
RNZ: Wellington council rejects film-makers’ Shelly Bay demand
Andrea Bevin (NBR): Cassels claims Jackson abusing ‘celebrity power’ over Shelly Bay (paywalled)

Local government
Todd Niall (Stuff): Why don’t people vote in elections for Auckland Council?
Damian George (Stuff): Wellington City councillor Tamatha Paul says private council briefings should be scrapped
Susan Botting: Northland drought: Water shortage costs Far North District Council $6m and counting
Christina Persico (Taranaki Daily News):Poor advice and budget-minded decisions cop blame for New Plymouth infrastructure issues
1News: Tauranga Council scraps controversial ban on begging, rough sleeping
Sam Kelway (1News): Tauranga city facing significant financial challenges
Phil Pennington (RNZ): Faults found in council payroll system prompt lengthy review
Susan Botting (RNZ): Whangarei’s controversial civic centre upsize goes ahead
Andrew McRae (RNZ): Tauranga growth may require rates rises, mayor warns
Hamish MacLean (ODT): Holdco putting City Forests up for sale

Dan Satherley (Newshub): Shane Jones says Indian students have ‘ruined’ NZ academic institutions
Sae Strang (Newshub): Shane Jones’ ‘racist rant’ about Indian students ‘totally unacceptable’ – migrant group
Toby Manhire (Spinoff): The vicious hidden message in Shane Jones’ blast at students from New Delhi
John Gerritsen (RNZ): Surge in Indian student visa refusals in 2019
Mandy Te (Stuff): Victoria University hopeful former flats could become an engineering facility
Vaughan Elder (ODT): Uni dealing with more misconduct cases
RNZ: Lack of help for dyslexic students has high social cost, say experts
RNZ: Classroom kete for children with dyslexia not enough, advocates say
Yolanda Huo (Herald): Is Latin dead? Mind your tongue (paywalled)

Cherie Sivignon (Nelson Mail): Call for market garden moratorium on eastern Waimea Plains
Phil Pennington (RNZ): New Christchurch hospital building beset by delays and two years behind schedule
Mike Houlahan (ODT): Air system difficulties hinder ICU
Mike Houlahan (ODT): ED waiting times to be addressed
Janine Rankin (Manawatū Standard): The key to tackling shocking Māori cancer mortality rates
RNZ: Government rejects pay parity for Māori nurses – NZNO
Te Aniwa Hurihanganui (RNZ): New nursing degree to address need for more Māori health workers
RNZ: Shortage of antidepressants leads to rationing
Brenda Harwood (The Star): Constant headphone use cause of child hearing loss
Lee Kenny (Stuff): Pūkenga Aotearoa one of five names shortlisted for new polytechnic merger
Caley Callahan (Newshub): Mother of two kids with rare disorders wants Government help
Dave Macpherson: Waikato families with shocking experience of state mental health services call for urgent investigation

Isaac Davison (Herald): Housing crisis: Wait-list for public housing nears 15,000 households, despite hundreds of new state houses
Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Pressure points: Here’s where New Zealand is lacking houses
Susan Edmunds and Debrin Foxcroft (Stuff): Serious housing stock shortage limits buyer options:
1News: Fewer houses for sale across NZ compared to this time last year
Laura James (1News): Plight of Auckland man with cerebral palsy highlights crisis point for disabled community over access to housing
Shannon Johnstone (Hawkes Bay Today): ‘We will not be able to cope’: Neighbours react to plans for more mental health housing on Napier’s fringe (paywalled)
Shannon Johnstone (Hawkes Bay Today): ‘Concrete is a one-way crop’: Opposition sprouts against development on fertile Heretaunga Plains (paywalled)
Katie Todd (RNZ): Canterbury man proves in court his tiny house is a vehicle, not building

Transport, fuel industry
Simon Wilson (Herald): Auckland light rail: Is it Shane Jones vs Phil Twyford now? (paywalled)
Phil Pennington (RNZ): NZTA refuses to release information about damaged highways
Thomas Coughlan (Stuff): Nearly half of New Zealand’s cars are deadly old dungers, likely to lead to death in a crash
Laura Grigg (Newshub): The deadly truth about the cars on New Zealand’s roads
Dan Satherley (Newshub): Labour MP defends upping petrol taxes while promising to bring prices down
Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): Who’s really fleecing you at the petrol pump?

RNZ: Regions to get share of $190m infrastructure funding
Brent Edwards (NBR): Opotiki harbour big winner in latest infrastructure investment (paywalled)
RNZ: Porirua’s wastewater woes get $250,000 boost
Hamish Cardwell (RNZ): Wellington water woes: Investigations under way into causes of problems

1News: Report on police mistreatment of Māori
Ryan Bridge (Newshub): Are police racist or is the data wrong?
RNZ: Police breach of Employment Relations and Holidays Act leads to hiring ban, fine
Felix Desmarais: Councillor claims police are failing to keep Rotorua CBD safe

Primary industries
Rachael Kelly (Southland Times): Southland farmers face winter grazing charges
RNZ: Waikato, South Auckland drought declaration unlocks government funding
RNZ: Dairy farmers dealing with drought: Animals and people doing it tough
Sam Kelway (1News): New regulations give ‘credibility’ to organic food growers
RNZ: ‘Organic’ labelling laws: Government aims for clear legal definition

Tiwai Point
Hamish Rutherford (Herald): Rio Tinto’s slide towards special treatment proves timing is everything (paywalled)
Hamish McNeilly (Stuff): Clutha Southland MP admits ‘mistake’ over fake door-knock post

Anne Gibson (Herald): The $9.2b iwi empire: Māori economy rising but returns low due to global, property slowdown (paywalled)
RNZ: Iwi investment not maximising returns for members – report

Matt Nippert (Herald): The $44,000 gender pay gap TVNZ tried to keep secret (paywalled)
Mark Jennings (Newsroom): TVNZ shines amid the doom and gloom
RNZ: TVNZ profit jumps to $15.8m as advert revenue boosted by Rugby World Cup coverage
Colin Peacock (RNZ): Whistleblowing law keeps media out of the loop
Colin Peacock (RNZ): Panic-buying hits headlines after first coronavirus case
Colin Peacock (RNZ): BusinessDesk follows the money – and wants yours
Gavin Ellis (ODT): It’s not cricket without words
Vita Molyneux (Newshub): Dunedin student magazine editor explains why she won’t cover party politics

Child welfare
Andrew Becroft (Herald): If abused children can’t speak, we need to (paywalled)
Sahiban Hyde (Hawkes Bay Today): Ten detectives, one month, no arrests: Flaxmere boy’s grandfather’s awful wait for ‘justice’ (paywalled)
Georgia-May Gilbertson (Stuff): Flaxmere councillor says it’s time to break the ‘no snitching culture’ 
Tim Newman (Stuff): Nelson author opens book on ‘national shame’ of institutional child abuse and racism

1News: Lack of gang understanding means policy is ‘always going to get it wrong’
1News: Mongrel Mob media liaison goes head-to-head with Simon Bridges as crowd jeers at heated Tauranga meeting
Jamie Ensor (Newshub): Mongrel Mob hits back at Simon Bridges after clashing at public meeting on gangs

Christchurch mosque attacks
Kurt Bayer (Herald): Christchurch imam Gamal Fouda calls for an annual memorial event for March 15 victims
Anna Leask (Herald): Christchurch massacre survivor Farid Ahmed pens book, donates all royalties to St John

Chris Lynch (Newstalk ZB): More needs to be done to stop migrant exploitation
Gill Bonnett (RNZ): Visa errors point to Immigration NZ staff intake lack of training – lobby group
Greg Ninness (Interest): Work and student visa approvals at 10-year high, residence visa approvals at 10-year low

Leigh-Marama McLachlan (RNZ): ‘Every day I was beaten’ – Māori women three times more likely to be killed by partner
Jason Walls (Herald): Public service CEOs’ salaries: Finance Minister Grant Robertson challenges Government companies over pay reporting (paywalled)
Jessica Mutch McKay (1News): Southland businesses accuse Government of playing favourites with Provincial Growth Fund
Tim Dare (Newsroom): The implications of SkyCity’s cancelled speaker
Chris Trotter: Is Racism Irrational?
Peter Wilson (RNZ): Week in politics: Govt’s preparations for a coronavirus crisis
Josephine Franks (Stuff): Principal describes ‘heartbreaking’ scenes of poverty
RNZ: Hit & Run: Former chief of defence wrote to NATO after book release
Andrea Vance (Stuff): Second Afghan interpreter left ‘to die’ in Afghanistan
Samesh Mohanlall (Stuff): Writing’s on the wall for job seekers over 50
Jessica Tyson (Māori TV): New $79.4 million Ōpōtiki Harbour could create 2,000 jobs
Sharnae Hope (Stuff): White Island/Whakaari: Health and Safety laws waived for eruption rescue to take place
Scott Palmer (Newshub): Jacinda Ardern’s special message on Children’s Day after receiving letter
Rob Rattenbury (Herald): White privilege, it still exists, and I’ve experienced it (paywalled)
RNZ The Detail: How vulnerable is NZ to extreme right populism?
RNZ: Avon Loop river-side pathway opens as first red zone redevelopment
ODT Editorial: Goodbye to cheque payments
Harry Lock (RNZ): Kiwibank checks out: Last day for customers to use cheques
RNZ: NZ consumer confidence remains high
Rob Stock (Stuff): KiwiRail’s six-month $33.7 million loss is a big improvement
RNZ: KiwiRail reports another half-year loss
Steve Braunias (Herald): The Secret Diary of the Hannah Tamaki Debacle (paywalled)
Michael Donaldson (Stuff): Meditation in NZ prisons offering keys to freedom
Felix Walton (Spinoff): How the shift to digital public services is leaving people behind
Idealog: New Digital Council named to chart New Zealand’s course into the digital landscape
Damian Rowe (Stuff): Southland’s Māori population increases by 3000
Anneke Smith (RNZ): Masala restaurant boss Rupinder Singh Chahil jailed for $700k tax evasion