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Today’s content

Coronavirus
John Armstrong (1News): Bold measures in face of coronavirus could be Jacinda Ardern’s finest hour
Luke Malpass (Stuff): Why this will be the most important week of Jacinda Ardern’s prime ministership
Richard Harman (Politik): Tuesday: make or break for Ardern and Robertson
RNZ: Reserve Bank emergency official cash rate cut expected
Audrey Young (Herald): Coronavirus crisis demands different leadership from Ardern (paywalled)
Thomas Coughlan (Stuff): The economy is on a coronavirus roller coaster ride – can we recover?
Derek Cheng (Herald): Govt response in the billions as tens of thousands of jobs at stake
1News: Coronavirus business package ‘most significant’ Ardern will announce as PM
Shamubeel Eaqub (Stuff): Govt should be throwing billions at coronavirus problem
Liam Hehir (Pundit): No Half-Measures: The Risk To The Economy Is Too Serious
Fran O’Sullivan (Herald): Bold leadership lacking in coronavirus fight
Liam Dann (Herald): Coronavirus is like a box of chocolates – what Tom Hanks has to teach us (paywalled)
Paul McBeth (BusinessDesk): Tuesday’s covid-19 support package D-Day for govt (paywalled)
David Slack (Stuff): Our sudden fragility may force us to consider radical new steps
Damien Grant (Stuff): The second Great Depression hit in the middle of 2020
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Now the economic recession is upon us – who should Labour save?
Gordon Campbell: On the global panic, and the local plans to deal with Coronavirus
Heather du Plessis-Allan (Herald): Coronavirus is Finance Minister Grant Robertson’s biggest test (paywalled)
RNZ: National wants ‘rapid infusion’ of cash
Sae Strang (Newshub): Government’s economic response to COVID-19 needs to be ‘swift and significant’ – National
Luke Malpass (Stuff): A winter of fiscal stimulus is coming

Coronavirus – Travel ban
Siouxsie Wiles (Spinoff): The world is on fire: my message to New Zealanders on Covid-19
Siouxsie Wiles (The Conversation): NZ’s decision to close its borders will hurt tourism but it’s the right thing to do
Dan Satherley (Newshub): Health experts react to Govt’s ‘radical’ border move
RNZ: Pandemic will take months to contain – diseases expert
Stuff: Travel restrictions will be ‘welcomed’ by New Zealand health sector
Siouxsie Wiles (Spinoff): Yes, this will hurt our economy. Letting Covid-19 take grip would hurt us more
Keith Woodford (Interest): Govt’s decision to go hard and early gives NewZealand a chance to stay on top of the COVID-19 coronavirus
ODT Editorial: Borders eyed to tackle virus’ spread
David Farrar: Public pressure works
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Jacinda finally gets it and steps up to protect NZ from pandemic
Thomas Coughlan (Stuff): The economy is on a coronavirus roller coaster ride – can we recover?
Tracy Watkins (Stuff): Tectonic: How the Government’s coronavirus bombshell will send shock waves through the economy
Melanie Carroll (Stuff): Government moves to keep NZ safe will cost jobs
Steven Joyce (Stuff): The Government needs to stop surprising us over coronavirus
Grant Robertson (Stuff): Government’s priority is to stop the spread of the virus
RNZ: Coronavirus travel ban a major economic hit, finance minister says
Heather du Plessis-Allan (Herald): If coronavirus travel ban was a political decision, NZ is paying a high cost
Stuff: Tourism industry has ‘never faced anything like this before’
Guy Williams (ODT): Resort businesses await Govt help details
1News: Tourism industry bracing for major job losses as coronavirus pandemic worsens
Lincoln Tan (Herald): NZ travel restrictions hit tourism, airline and returning Kiwis hard
RNZ: Travellers’ self-isolation: Warning tens of thousands of tourism jobs in jeopardy
Kate Green, Tracy Watkins and Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Travel restrictions to have ‘tectonic’ impact on tourism – economist
Jamie Ensor and Emma Stanford (Newshub): NZ Cruise Association ‘stunned’ by Government’s ‘draconian’ travel restrictions
Jamie Ensor (Newshub): Government’s coronavirus travel restrictions will hurt aviation workers – union
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Newshub: Foreign backpackers arriving in NZ say they won’t self-isolate
RNZ: Health officials ramp up presence at airports as self-isolation begins
Simon Collins (Herald): Most overseas arrivals still not getting health checks
Heath Moore (Herald): Kiwi traveller stunned at lack of health checks at New Zealand airports
1News: Travellers’ plans in turmoil due to coronavirus self-isolation requirement
RNZ: Airlines overwhelmed with calls after new travel rules
1News: Jacinda Ardern says enforced isolation possible
Andre Chumko (Stuff): How will people in self-isolation be policed?
Dan Satherley (Newshub): Jacinda Ardern reveals how mass self-isolation will be enforced
Andre Chumko (Stuff):Kiwis told to avoid travelling abroad, as Customs says it will close all eGates
Dubby Henry (Herald): Disease expert explains how to self-isolate as blanket travel restrictions come into force
Toby Manhire (Spinoff): What does ‘self-isolation’ mean in practice?
Brittney Deguara, Thomas Manch and George Block (Stuff): Deadline for self-isolating travellers pushed to 1am Monday
Anna Loren (Stuff): NZ airports step up hygiene measures amid flight restrictions
Jamie Ensor and Tova O’Brien (Newshub): Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced everyone entering New Zealand must self-isolate
Herald: Everyone travelling to NZ from overseas to self-isolate
Bernard Hickey (Newsroom): We must go hard and we must go early’
Stuff: What we know about the Government’s ‘unprecedented’ steps to slow spread of virus
Scott Palmer (Newshub): Jacinda Ardern’s plan to protect Pacific Islands from COVID-19
RNZ: Everyone travelling to NZ from overseas to self-isolate

Coronavirus – Other public health measures
Tom Kitchin (Stuff): People calling Healthline for advice waiting up to three hours
1News: Q+A: Coronavirus testing in New Zealand needs to increase – expert
Philip Hill (Newshub): Opinion: New Zealand’s coronavirus public health response must be aggressive
Farah Hancock (Newshub): How our Covid-19 testing compares to South Korea
Siouxsie Wiles (Spinoff): After ‘Flatten the Curve’, we must now ‘Stop the Spread’. Here’s what that means
Richard Meadows: Inevitable Coronavirus post
Sam Morgan (Newsroom): Let’s emulate South Korea, not Italy
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Thomas Manch (Stuff): New Zealand likely to follow Taiwan in advising cancellation of crowded gatherings
Tom Hunt (Dominion Post): Crackdown looms as Wellington gets first case
Barbara Dreaver (1News): Opinion: Last-minute cancellation of Pasifika is a disgrace
Christine Rovoi (RNZ): Festival cancellation decision ‘should have been taken a long time ago’
Sela Jane Hopgood (RNZ): Canned Pasifika Festival: Financial blow for stallholders
Hannah Martin (Stuff): Auckland Pasifika Festival cancelled over Covid-19 fears
RNZ: Christchurch’s Mayor on the mosque memorial cancellation
Maiki Sherman (1News): Inside the New Zealand labs conducting tests for Covid-19

Coronavirus – Parliament, politicians
Phil Smith (RNZ): The House: How to run a country in a pandemic
Graeme Edgeler: Pandemic Preparedness and the New Zealand general election
Derek Cheng (Herald): NZ politicians Chlöe Swarbrick, Tracey Martin in self-isolation after overseas travel
Thomas Manch (Stuff): Green MP Chlöe Swarbrick to self-isolate upon return from Australia
Andre Chumko (Stuff): Tracey Martin will not be tested, despite meeting with infected politician
Henry Cooke (Stuff): Tracey Martin met with infected Australian Minister Peter Dutton six days ago
Thomas Manch (Stuff): National MP Chris Bishop self-isolates after Australia trip

Coronavirus – Other
Melanie Carroll (Stuff): What does the coronavirus mean for my job?
Simon Collins (Herald): Schools seek talks on possible closures
Hamish Rutherford (Herald): Universities warned travel ban was doing ‘incalculable damage’ to China relationship (paywalled)
RNZ: University of Otago cancels overseas postings for medical students
Tony Alexander (Stuff): Housing market will suffer due to coronavirus, how fast it recovers is another question
Stuff: New Zealand sport suffers major changes due to travel restrictions
Brian Gaynor (BusinessDesk): Oil prices dive – what’s the problem? (paywalled)
Cherie Howie (Herald): New Zealand a safe haven for super wealthy arriving in private jets
John Weekes (Stuff): Deportation to China delayed in ‘rapidly evolving situation’
Amanda Cropp (Stuff): Tourism boss says it’s unfair to let Italians in but not Chinese
Jamie Ensor (Newshub): Donald Trump’s European travel ban has secured his re-election, Judith Collins says

Christchurch mosque shootings
Emanuel Stoakes (Washington Post): A year after New Zealand mosque shootings, secrecy shrouds search for answers
Derek Cheng (Herald): ‘We need justice,’ says Islamic Women’s Council
Jamie Ensor (Newshub): Hate-motivated crime data collection being strengthened as Muslim leaders demand action
1News: Q+A: ‘Acts of kindness’ how victims of March 15 should be honoured – PM
Philip Matthews (Stuff): Jacinda Ardern on the profound impact of March 15
Oliver Lewis (Stuff): Jacinda Ardern says NZ has ‘fundamentally changed’ since terror attack
Claire Trevett (Herald): Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s ‘burden of responsibility’ a year on from the ‘darkest day’
AP (Guardian): Ardern: New Zealand has ‘fundamentally changed’ since Christchurch shootings
RNZ: PM on mosque attacks anniversary: ‘A year on gives us a chance as a nation to reflect’
Steve Walton (Stuff): How March 15 fundamentally altered New Zealand society
Conan Young (RNZ): Insight: Lives put on hold by the mosque attacks
Patrick Gower (Newshub): Imam of Al Noor Mosque directly addresses New Zealand’s white supremacists
1News: Linwood mosque Imam’s message of unity on anniversary of terrorist attack – ‘The blood that runs in me, runs in you’
David Williams (Newsroom): Where Christchurch’s response should go next
Chris Keall (Herald): Gunman’s clip still on Facebook, one year on
Marc Daalder (Newsroom): Mosque attack video still online
Mark Quinlivan (Newshub): Online extremism still on the rise – expert
Golriz Ghahraman (Newshub): One year on – how love grew here, and facing the lessons of the Christchurch terrorist attacks
Ziena Jali (Asia Media Centre): True diversity is more than ‘They are Us’
Anjum Rahman (Spinoff): Mirrors and monsters
Anjum Rahman (Stuff): We thought, finally, the hate would stop
Dale Husband (E-Tangata): Anjum Rahman : We can do better
Isra’a Emhail (RNZ): Remembering the martyrs – ‘Our memorial is daily’
Spinoff: One year on: messages from the Christchurch mosques
Hamimah Tuyan (Spinoff): How you can honour my husband, one year on
Saziah Bashir (RNZ): ‘We were all impacted by the ripples’
Pakeeza Rasheed (RNZ): The legacy of 15 March – one year on
Isra’a Emhail (RNZ): Linwood Mosque rebuild plans accelerated
Azad Khan (Newshub): Why March 15 should be designated an official anti-Islamophobia day
1News: New Zealanders must ‘stand up’ and ‘be vigilant’ to hate, says Race Relations Commissioner
Mark Quinlivan and Ben O’Connor (Newshub): How the media covered NZ’s darkest day

Election, parliament, week in politics
Peter Wilson (RNZ): Week in politics: Managing Covid-19 crisis a tricky business
Claire Trevett (Herald): Beehive Diaries: Does Winston Peters have a pick for the US election, and paws crossed for Holly the dog (paywalled)
Andrea Vance (Stuff): Why a new rural political party is likely to fail
Audrey Young (Herald): Labour delays Manurewa candidate selection to look at membership issues
Stuff: Anna Lorck to stand for Labour in Tukituki electorate again
Dan Satherley (Newshub): Newshub Nation: Race Relations Commissioner Meng Foon puts politicians on notice over ‘racist’ comments
Dan Satherley (Newshub): ASA throws out more complaints about National Party social media adverts
Waatea News: Peeni Henare: Whanau ora not on voters’ minds

Foreign affairs
Bernard Lagan (Listener): The significance of Jacinda Ardern and Scott Morrison’s deportation showdown
Steve Elers (Stuff): Jacinda Ardern’s public spat with Scott Morrison was embarrassing
Daily Blog: New Zealanders Detained In Australia Call For NZ Government Action – New Zealand Human Rights Commission
RNZ: NZ govt announces new boat for Tokelauan school children

Local government
Tim Shadbolt (Stuff): Why I’m suing my council
Mike Mather (Stuff): Public relations cost hike irks Hamilton councillors
Heather du Plessis-Allan (Newstalk ZB): Wellington’s mayor is lacking leadership skills
Chloe Ranford (Stuff): Action plan, but no emergency climate declaration in Marlborough
Felix Desmarais (Stuff): Rotorua child equity programme bears fruit
Brad Flahive (Stuff): Anzac St car park: Aborted court review costs Auckland ratepayers $64k

OIA
David Fisher (Herald): Ombudsman: There’s an election year flouting of OIA rules going on and he’s not happy
Eric Crampton: IRD and the OIA

Primary industries
Ben Doherty (Guardian): West Saharan group takes New Zealand superannuation fund to court over ‘blood phosphate’
Bonnie Flaws (Stuff): Supermarket demands for perfection require pesticides – growers say
Maja Burry (RNZ): Shortcomings in New Zealand’s plant-based protein strategy, report says

Housing
Donna-Lee Biddle (Stuff): Overcrowding means south Aucklanders, especially Māori, more likely to be fire victims
Herald: Hutt City Council research reveals scale of Lower Hutt housing crisis
Cate Broughton (Press): Heat pumps bring warmth to freezing Christchurch council units

Defence
Marc Daalder (Newsroom): NZDF hasn’t reviewed extremist procedures
Jason Walls (Herald): PM Jacinda Ardern: No new concerns for Kiwi troops in Iraq as US launches retaliatory attack

Health
Ellen Curnow (Westport News): Lung cancer diagnosis after 10-month illness
Aaron van Delden (RNZ): Gisborne youth: Bring back free GP checks at schools

Education
Jamie Morton (Herald): Prominent scientist fights to save ‘crucial’ courses from Massey cuts
Kate Nicol-Williams (1News): Massey University plan to cut almost 20 science courses proving unpopular
Rachel Moore (Manawatū Standard): Palmerston North UCOL staff take action in bid for financial support
Damian Rowe (Stuff): Ministry of Education concerned about Southland schools’ use of stand downs
Christine Rovoi (RNZ): Young Pacific women urged to give building and construction a go

Environment
Todd Niall (Stuff): Auckland has no time to lose on climate change goal
Denise Piper (Stuff):Northland drought: Concerns over toxic algal bloom delay new water for Kaikohe
Rod Oram (Newsroom): A lot of work yet to be done
Breanna Barraclough (1News): Hundreds of native trees ‘ripped out of the ground’ for illegal bike tracks at site for rare Wellington snails

Transport
Marc Daalder (Newsroom): Government revives implausible EV target
Ellen O’Dwyer (Stuff): Government investigates rapid rail between Hamilton-Auckland
Newstalk ZB: All aboard? New Hamilton-Auckland train journey 2 hours 20 mins
Robin Martin (RNZ): Cultural dimension woven into new Taranaki airport terminal

Other
Collette Devlin (Stuff): Justice Minister forges ahead with hate speech laws for New Zealand 
Rob Stock (Stuff): Kiwibank the last holdout on poor-value credit card repayment insurance
Alison Mau (Stuff): WorkSafe privately admits threshold for investigating bullying, harassment is too high
RNZ: Holidays Act arrears payments top more than $100m
Eleanor Ainge Roy (Guardian): New Zealand’s ‘intention’ to improve older people’s lives if falling short, says UN expert
Tony Wall (Stuff): Bullying in prisons is so bad some staff have become suicidal
David Farrar: The Wevers report
Susan St John and Claire Dale (Newsroom): The Kiwis falling through the KiwiSaver cracks
Eugene Bingham (Stuff): ACT’s David Seymour, the abortion lobbyists, and the Facebook scrap
Charlotte Jones (RNZ): Whakatāne receives $36.8m Provincial Growth Fund boost
Mark Price (ODT): Paper trails stymie cycle trail progress
Anneke Smith (RNZ): Extra coroners brought in to relieve backlog
Tess Brunton (RNZ): Visitor Levy investment plan ‘only weeks away’ – government
Hal Crawford (Spinoff): Harsh, loud and full of conflict: the chaotic reality of the Australian media landscape
Zane Small (Newshub): NZ First MP seeks harsher penalties for young reoffenders despite youth crime drop
Herald: Clarke Gayford: realities of being partner to Jacinda Ardern
Sharnae Hope (Waikato Times): A little mining town led Waikato in the march for women’s right to vote
The Hui: Pāharakeke: Hope behind the horror headlines
Sasha Borissenko (Herald): Women and the law – How much progress are we making?
Vinnie Wylie (RNZ): Pacific Island players won’t be captured by All Blacks XV
Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): Rob Fenwick – a man of humility who treasured everything around him
Richard Griffin (Stuff): Mourning the passing of Sir Rob Fenwick, an extraordinary man without peer

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