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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

Public health strategy
Tova O’Brien (Newshub): Scientist advising Jacinda Ardern warns Kiwis lockdown likely to last longer than 4 weeks
TVNZ: Q+A: ‘Anticipate international travel restrictions for quite some time’, Covid-19 modelling expert warns
TVNZ: Q+A: Likelihood of lockdown lasting longer than four weeks ‘in our hands’ – Health Minister
Henry Cooke (Stuff): The signs the Government will need to see before lifting the lockdown
Thomas Manch and Collette Devlin (Stuff): Three days of fewer confirmed cases doesn’t mean New Zealand has slowed the virus
Arindam Basu (The Conversation): Why New Zealand’s coronavirus cases will keep rising for weeks, even in level 4 lockdown
Derek Cheng (Herald): Jacinda Ardern marks first week of April for signs the lockdown is ‘breaking the chain’
Jamie Ensor (Newshub): Lockdown benefits won’t be seen for ’10-12 days’, extension not ruled out – Jacinda Ardern
Paul Young (Stuff):By staying at home, we can save more lives than doctors will in their entire careers
RNZ: Critical people change behaviour – expert
Charles Anderson (Guardian): New Zealand coronavirus deaths during lockdown could be just 20, modelling suggests
Rachel Thomas (RNZ): Ashley Bloomfield is finally having a day off
Kate Newston (RNZ): The man modelling NZ’s Covid-19 spread from his kitchen table
Heather du Plessis-Allan (Herald): We must quarantine all arrivals (paywalled)
Andre Chumko (Stuff): Overseas returnees to self-isolate in campervans around New Zealand
Collette Devlin (Stuff): Red Cross called to help hungry Kiwis quarantined in Auckland hotels
Lisa Williams (Cook Islands News): Cook Islands quarantine in Auckland contravenes NZ travel laws
Rachel Sadler (Newshub): Jacinda Ardern urges Kiwis to have a plan when returning from overseas
Charlie Gates and Debbie Jamieson (Stuff): Tears and confusion as Kiwis face surprise hotel quarantine for weeks
Michael Neilson (Herald): Kiwis returning home being quarantined in hotels
One Health Aotearoa: Medics answer your virus questions

Compliance, and enforcing the lockdown
Thomas Manch and Collette Devlin (Stuff): Policing the pandemic: The ‘unprecedented’ powers deployed to keep Kiwis at home
Michael Wright (Stuff): Why we do what we’re told when our society is shut down
Dan Satherley (Newshub): When might the army be called in to enforce social distancing?
Newshub: Government’s COVID-19 emergency powers compared to 1951 ‘waterfront dispute’
Anna Leask (Herald): New way to dob in lockdown breachers
Lana Andelane (Newshub): New online form for public to report lockdown breaches to police
1News: New online form for public to report breaches of coronavirus lockdown experiences heavy traffic
Hamish McNeilly (Stuff): God Defend New Narkland – hundreds call cops to dob on lock-down cheats
Luke Malpass (Stuff): NZ’s lockdown and the politics of sacrifice
Paul Buchanan: A test of civil society
Neal Curtis (Newsroom): Society’s ‘invisible bonds’ come into the light

Workers, businesses
John Armstrong (Herald): Businesses trying to stay open during coronavirus lockdown are disgraceful
ODT Editorial: Valuing the essential but low paid
Rob Stock (Stuff): Union launches online tool for workers to dob in employers flouting employment law
Sam Stubbs (Stuff): Now is the time for employers to keep faith with workers
Toby Manhire (Spinoff): Petitions launched demanding ‘hazard pay’ for essential workers
Leigh-Marama McLachlan (RNZ): Courier drivers say they’re working in filthy conditions
Dileepa Fonseka (Newsroom): Migrants ‘super-exploited’ in lockdown
Debbie Jamieson (Stuff): Rules relaxed for thousands of migrant workers in lockdown limbo
Tom O’Connell (Stuff): Ryman Healthcare gives essential workers pay boost
Kristin Hall (1News): Changes could be ahead around what’s considered an essential business
Fran O’Sullivan (Herald): Hard decisions at the big end of town (paywalled)
Rob Stock (Stuff): Business owners under pressure to keep workers employed
Rob Fyfe (Stuff): Business must invent new ways of doing things fast
Dan Satherley (Newshub): No international tourism industry until vaccine ready – business leader
RNZ: Should commercial property tenants pay rent during Covid-19 lockdown?
Anne Gibson(Herald): Will commercial/retail/industrial tenants pay for premises they can’t use? (paywalled)
Jenny Ruth (BusinessDesk): Many firms refuse to pay rent through the crisis
Bernard Orsman (Herald): Is a new turf for Eden Park an essential service? (paywalled)
Tom Hunt (Stuff): Cigarettes are essential, MBIE confirms
1News: Outrage as cigarette factory near Wellington allowed to operate during lockdown
1News: Potential to create a different, stronger tourism industry in Covid-19 recovery
Bernard Orsman (Herald): No-show for some My Food Bag deliveries

Supermarkets’ conduct
Rob Stock (Stuff): Call for pricing probe as prime minister promises briefing on supermarkets
Paul McBeth (Herald): Supermarket pricing, staffing, stock in spotlight
Oliver Lewis (Stuff): Foodstuffs announces pay increase for supermarket staff
Laura Wiltshire and Joel MacManus (Stuff): New World workers on unpaid leave over lockdown
Ellen O’Dwyer (Stuff): Pak ‘n Save worker feels ‘in the dark’ from Foodstuffs over Covid-19 risk
Heather du Plessis-Allan (Newstalk ZB): Supermarket workers deserve a pay rise
Susan Edmunds (Stuff): ‘Essential’ supermarket workers should be paid more during outbreak, union says
Tom Hunt (Stuff): Online shopping forces temporary supermarket closures
Kirsty Lawrence (Stuff): Supermarkets asking those who can shop in store to do so
Tina Law (Press): Supermarket puts tougher Covid-19 safety measures in place after criticism

Wage subsidy scheme
Karoline Tuckey (RNZ): Employers warned to treat workers fairly, pass on wage subsidy
Anna Whyte (1News): New rules for wage subsidy scheme see requirement for employees to be kept on
Tamsyn Parker (Herald): Pay wage subsidy and keep employing staff Govt tells businesses
Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): Govt strengthens Covid-19 wage subsidy rules
Zane Small (Newshub): Grant Robertson clarifies apparent loophole in COVID-19 wage subsidy scheme update
Michael Andrew (Spinoff): What you’re entitled to under the Covid-19 wage subsidy scheme

Universal basic income
Max Rashbrooke (Stuff): Why now is not the right time for a Universal Basic Income
1News: Universal basic income or superannuation could be option to help economy recover from coronavirus – Bernard Hickey
Perce Harpham: How Would A Basic Income Work?
Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): Government considers a universal income, let’s not lose our minds

Audrey Young (Herald): Ardern moves to next phase in crisis (paywalled)
Steve Elers (Stuff): Anti-virus measures are too late to stop needless sickness and economic pain
David Brain (Spinoff): How is the govt handling Covid-19? Social media opinion poll
1News: PM says NZ was prepared for Covid-19 despite Kiwi expert saying world wasn’t taking pandemic threat seriously
Mike Houlahan (ODT): Ministerial duties done digitally from Dunedin bubble
Vita Molyneux (Newshub): Former Prime Minister Sir John Key praises Jacinda Ardern’s ‘faultless’ COVID-19 communication
Newstalk ZB: Bridges talks supporting Govt while still holding it to account
Claire Trevett (Herald): Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s week in a pandemic (paywalled)
Peter Wilson (RNZ): Week in Politics: Counting the cost of Covid-19
Ben Thomas (Stuff): What Governments really mean when they say ‘we’ve got this’
Mike Houlahan (ODT): MPs must work together in the best interests of our nation
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): We have to be honest about a 6 week lockdown 
Steven Cowan: While people go hungry, the Green Party worries about boredom

Economy, unemployment
Pattrick Smellie (Herald): Now comes the hard part (paywalled)
Luke Malpass and Henry Cooke (Stuff): Government starts economic planning for post-lockdown New Zealand
Gavin Evans (BusinessDesk): Virus plan must protect economy and lives (paywalled)
Sarah Hogan and Todd Krieble (Stuff): Good public health is good economics
Liam Dann (Herald): Staying sane in a world of grim economic news (paywalled)
Kate MacNamara (Stuff): Coronavirus lockdown will leave almost no part of the economy untouched
Andrea Vance and Iain McGregor (Stuff): Can the economy recover?
Mike Treen (Daily Blog): A capitalist crisis needs a socialist solution
Brad Olsen (Stuff): The economy is on life support but it’s not dead
Brian Gaynor (BusinessDesk): History offers economic signposts for the years ahead (paywalled)
Steven Joyce (Stuff): How will New Zealand exit the lockdown?
Damien Grant (Stuff): It doesn’t matter how we got here, the question is how do we dig ourselves out
Richard Meadows (Stuff): The taboo trade-off between money and health
Martin van Beynen (Stuff): Where is all the money coming from?
Cameron Bagrie (Stuff): After the pandemic, nothing will be the same
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Westpac forecasts unemployment will climb by 200,000
Keith Woodford (Interest): Despite attempts to diversify away from China, exports to China will be increasingly important in coming months

Protective gear
TVNZ: Q+A: Health Minister says PPE rules ‘guided by clinical decision makers’
Newshub Nation: Doctors fear lack basic protective gear is putting them at risk
Collette Devlin (Stuff): PM says there is ‘no reason’ workers should have run out of protective equipment
Jason Walls (Herald): Jacinda Ardern reassures health workers worried about protective gear
Claire Trevett (Herald): Masks on the way as PM tries to quell health worker concerns
Phil Pennington (RNZ): Nurses need better provisions during Covid-19 coronavirus crisis, union says
Nikki Mandow (Newsroom): The fears of community health and care workers
Katie Scotcher (RNZ): NZ volunteers pitch in to make thousands of face shields
Natalie Akoorie (Herald): Senior doctor union calls for an end to theft of protective gear
Emma Russell (Herald): Ministry of Health offers new advice for wearing protective equipment
1News: Medical staff threaten to walk off job if NZ’s medical supplies aren’t dispensed to those in need
Donna-Lee Biddle (Stuff): Midwives beg for equipment, masks and gloves from DHBs

Health system
Gordon Campbell: On what leadership ( and the lack of it) looks like
Charlie Mitchell and Maddison Northcott (Stuff): Are we ready? Hospital staff brace for the next wave in the fight against Coronavirus
Shannon Redstall (Newshub): Frustration remains despite triage centres springing up across Auckland
Nicholas Jones and Dubby Henry (Herald): Hospitals order tents to triage patients
Nick Truebridge (Stuff): Health bosses preparing for Italy, New York scenarios
1News: ‘It’s like a war’ – New Zealand medical workers gearing up for influx of coronavirus patients
Kendall Hutt (Stuff): Company that built Chinese hospital in 10 days offers NZ assistance
Dubby Henry (Herald): ‘Desperate’ GPs fear they can’t stay open due to spiralling costs
Rachel Thomas (RNZ): Operating on patients with Covid-19 another curve ball – anaesthetist
Zane Small (Newshub): More than 2500 non-practising Kiwi health professionals register to help fight COVID-19 pandemic
1News: PM thankful as more than 2000 health workers offer to come out of retirement to battle coronavirus
Gary Payinda (Herald on Sunday): ‘When you go into the isolation room, everything gets quieter and lonelier’
Benn Bathgate (Stuff): Swapping paternity leave for the Covid-19 pharmacy frontline
RNZ: Lack of caregivers for elderly and disabled causes turmoil
RNZ: Blood donors urged to help maintain supply
Andre Chumko (Stuff): For those with cancer, lockdown brings about questions of life and death
Kelly Dennett an Laura Wiltshire (Stuff): Woman in isolation and in pain asks for surgery, as DHBs reconsider elective patients
Laura Wiltshire (Stuff): ‘This is temporary’: mental health line’s coronavirus advice to New Zealanders

Danyl Mclauchlan (Spinoff): Home life during the cosy catastrophe
Tom O’Connor (Stuff): First the test, then the change NZ needs
Steve Braunias (Herald): On on things that have gone missing (paywalled)
Simon Wilson (Herald): Pandemic diary: Still life with sunsets (paywalled)
Andrew Dickens (Newstalk ZB): Adjusting to the new normal of our Covid-19 world
Cherie Howie (Stuff): How will New Zealand’s lockdown change Kiwis?
Christine Rose (Daily Blog): The mandate for revolutionary restructuring has never been stronger
David Slack (Stuff): New Zealanders are uniting against a common enemy, it could be the start of something bigger
Andrew Gunn (Stuff): This is the moment our grandkids will ask us about
RNZ: Checkpoint: ‘Keeping On’ – an ode to Aotearoa in lockdown, by lyrical legend Sam Hunt
Ashleigh Young (Spinoff): The Lockdown Letters #1: ‘It’s gonna be a long night tonight’
Morgan Godfery (Spinoff): The Lockdown Letters #2: I’m never sleeping
Renée (Spinoff): The Lockdown Letters #3: Help yourself to my rhubarb
Emma Espiner (Newsroom): Sunday at Countdown

NZers in Australia
Collette Devlin (Stuff): Prime minister says situation for Kiwis in Australia ‘very urgent’
RNZ: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says no change in Australia’s stance to New Zealanders
Alan Kenyon (1News): Kiwis living across the ditch slam Australian Goverment’s coronavirus pandemic response
Jill Herron (Newsroom): Locked down and locked out in Australia

Justice, corrections
Mihingarangi Forbes (Newshub): No plans to release low-risk prisoners during COVID-19 crisis
Sam Hurley (Herald): 60,000 court events expected to be postponed in NZ’s justice system
Anneke Smith (RNZ): Courts operating at 17% capacity during lockdown
Guyon Espiner (RNZ): Prisoner refuses Covid-19 test

John Anthony (Stuff): Air New Zealand cuts domestic flights as travel ban deadline looms
Grant Bradley (Herald): Air NZ’s Greg Foran: ‘We’re almost in hibernation’
1News: Passenger on Air New Zealand flight astounded that some cabin crew weren’t wearing protective equipment
Rob Stock (Stuff): Virgin Australia won’t resume flights to New Zealand after coronavirus
Tracey Roxburgh (ODT): International flights end, for now
Hamish Rutherford (Herald): Government talking to airports – Grant Robertson (paywalled)
Karoline Tuckey (RNZ): New fog guns help with cleaning on Wellington train, bus service
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Trucking body seeks ‘urgent clarification’ on freight rules after minister’s comments
Belinda Feek (Herald): Light relief? Truckies say they can use public toilets; service stations say ‘no’
RNZ: Covid-19 lockdown means no coffee, toilets for truck drivers transporting supplies

Dominic Harris (Stuff): Stranded tourists camp outside airports and lobby MPs as Britain unveils possible rescue mission
Richard Harman (Politik): UK Foreign Secretary in plea to Peters to let Brits go home
Mark Townsend (Guardian): Stranded Britons quoted £40,000 each to fly home from New Zealand
Annabelle Tukia (Newshub): Over 10k foreign nationals still trapped in New Zealand, desperate to leave
1News: Pressure building to bring Kiwis stuck in Peru home
Maddison Northcott (Stuff): Stranded Kiwis and Australians have a chance to get home with special flight
Mark Townsend (Guardian): Stranded Britons quoted £40,000 each to fly home from New Zealand

Local government
Todd Niall (Stuff): Auckland Council’s $1 billion rainy day plan
Daisy Hudson (ODT): Decisions loom on possible DCC rates freeze, deferrals
Conan Young (RNZ): Canterbury settlement faces 700 percent fee hike, despite virus
Felix Desmarais (Stuff): Rotorua rates freeze would be a ‘knee jerk response’
Robin Martin (RNZ): New Plymouth rounds up freedom campers to comply with lockdown
Tara Shaskey (Stuff): New Plymouth District Council closes public car parks and halts libraries’ wifi

Rob Stock (Stuff): Suddenly it isn’t equity that matters, but the home itself
Tess Nichol (Metro): Why shouldn’t landlords take a financial hit? Everyone else is
Dan Satherley (Newshub): We ‘tried our best’ to help renters, Ardern says, but still no payment holiday offered
Tamsyn Parker (Stuff): Six-month home loan holiday: banks now ready but borrowers urged to be cautious
Tony Alexander (Stuff): Housing market will find its new normal

Susan St John (Newsroom): A catch-22 for our most vulnerable
Josephine Franks (Stuff): Fears beneficiaries will go hungry waiting for Work and Income
Chloe Ann-King (Herald): Raising welfare during Covid 19 coronavirus will save lives (paywalled)
Patrick Thomsen (E-Tangata): We’re all in this together? Yeah, nah.
Rachel Sadler (Newshub): Jacinda Ardern ‘worried’ about homeless community during lockdown
Lucy Warhurst (Newshub): Auckland Council teams up with City Mission to feed homeless during COVID-19 crisis
Georgia-May Gilbertson & Laura Wiltshire (Stuff): How do the homeless handle the Covid-19 lockdown?
RNZ: Campground a housing option for homeless during Covid-19 lockdown
Caroline Williams (Stuff): Lockdown brings ‘peace and tranquility’ for homeless Auckland man
Carly Gooch (Stuff): Nelson’s Franklyn Village is still open but protocols are in place
RNZ: Night shelter gifted 22 fridges for Covid-19 lockdown
Anne Gibson (Herald): How the rich and famous are living the lockdown

Sam Kilmiser (Stuff): Journalism lecturer says community papers should be essential
David Farrar: Govt closes down all non daily newspapers
Duncan Greive (Spinoff): Government rules that magazines and community papers aren’t an essential service
Colin Peacock (RNZ): Covering a country under lockdown
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Media firms face even leaner times despite record audiences
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Media you should follow during this pandemic 
Duncan Greive (Spinoff): The Fold podcast: Covid-19 is smashing NZ’s media just when we need it most

Internet, technology
Chris Keall (Herald): Telco congestion easing, but two broader problems persist (paywalled)
Chris Keall (Herald): Broadband traffic keeps rising – getting closer to ceiling
1New: Internet usage surged 34 per cent during second day of nationwide lockdown
Maxine Jacobs (Stuff): Together apart: How virtual connections will get us through the Covid-19 lockdown

Jason Walls (Herald): Government scraps import tax on soaps and Covid-19 testing kits
Scott Palmer (Newshub): New Zealand drops tariffs on medical imports to battle COVID-19
1News: NZ to temporarily remove tariffs on all medical, hygiene imports amid coronavirus pandemic

Funerals, tangihanga
Jane Matthews and Joel Maxwell (Stuff): No seeing the body or funerals during lockdown
Yvonne Tahana (1News): Strict new coronavirus rules challenging ways people carry out funerals, tangihanga
Nicholas Jones (Herald): Breakthrough after grieving daughter’s desperate plea

John Gerritsen (RNZ): Universities prepare for dramatic drop in enrolments
Lee Kenny (Stuff): Student kicked out of halls for lockdown says relocating added to stress

Robin Martin (RNZ): Taranaki Civil Defence calls time on Good Samaritan groups
1News: Well-intentioned neighbours risk spreading coronavirus, Neighbourhood Support says
Dominic Harris (Stuff): How the garden fence friendships of yesteryear are flourishing during the coronavirus crisis
Steve Braunias (Herald): The secret diary of … Levels 2, 3 and 4 (paywalled)
Andrea Vance and Blair Ensor (Stuff): How coronavirus will change illegal drug use
Ripu Bhatia (Stuff): Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern calls out bullying of coronavirus patients
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Week 1 NZ Pandemic Lockdown – TDB Winners & Losers 
Leigh-Marama McLachlan (RNZ): Māori Party delay launch to fight Covid-19
Stuff: Coronavirus NZ podcast: What a cluster – lessons from 1918
Ayelet Zoran-Rosen (Spinoff): History, hope, and Covid-19
Simon Ewing: Black Swans and a Second Front
Karoline Tuckey (RNZ): New Zealand lockdown: Lotto draws continue during alert level 4
Stuff: Concerns over compliance of those behind signs saying ‘residents only’ in Maketu
Bevan Hurley (Stuff): Kiwis are riding out the pandemic in underground bunkers, US companies claim