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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

Democracy, lockdown legality
Matthew Hooton (Herald): Government abusing lockdown powers (paywalled)
Chris Trotter: The Safety Of The People Shall Be The Highest Law
Peter Dunne: Cracks in the machinery of democracy
Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): Leaked Crown Law advice shows alert level 4 rules had no legal force
Cameron Slater: Leaked: Crown Law Advice to police
Andrew Geddis (Spinoff): Yes, the courts should scrutinise the lockdown. But Bridges’ committee should back off
Stuff Editorial: Question of lockdown law not just academic
Thomas Coughlan (Stuff): Lockdown only lawful if health risks justified – Government lawyer
RNZ: New law on way to enforce rules for level 2
Newstalk ZB: Did the Government act unlawfully by locking NZ down?
1News: The legality of New Zealand’s Level 4 lockdown under scrutiny by expert
Thomas Manch (Stuff): Government denies unlawful enforcement of lockdown 
David Farrar: A formidable legal challenge
Tom Peters (World Socialists): New Zealand government exploits pandemic to boost police and military powers

Budget, Economy
Hamish Rutherford (Herald): Grant Robertson mulls redesigning the house, in the middle of a storm (paywalled)
Pattrick Smellie (BusinessDesk): Budget 2020: Chance to ‘build back better’ as virus ‘resets the clock’
Brent Edwards (NBR): Covid-19 response focus of next week’s Budget (paywalled)
Matt Burrows (Newshub): Salvation Army pleads with Government to put Budget money aside in five key areas
Herald: Kiwi families feeling Covid-19 crunch – Salvation Army report
Jenée Tibshraeny (Interest): Budget: strengthening public sector, increasingly targeted support for households and businesses and a new-look New Zealand
Anna Whyte (1News): Budget 2020: Deficits expected ‘for an extended period’, debts to go ‘well beyond’ targets
RNZ: Grant Robertson: Budget 2020 will be ‘far from business as usual’
Zane Small (Newshub): Government’s original priorities ‘put on ice’ to prioritise ‘1-in-100 year shock’
Bob Jones: Now is the winter of our discontent
Michael Reddell: Reserve Bank on the economic impact
Anna Whyte 1News): PM scolds Simon Bridges for ‘bizarre’ questions about tax increases over Covid-19 response
Zane Small (Newshub): Jacinda Ardern avoids ruling out tax increases to fund COVID-19 debt in question time clash with Simon Bridges
Keith Woodford (Interest): North-East Asian markets as China alternatives
Esther Taunton (Stuff): Imports slump in final week of level 4 lockdown
1News: A look at the NZ export industries hit hardest, and some that are flourishing

Rebuilding NZ
Liam Hehir (Democracy Project): Three reasons neoliberalism isn’t going anywhere in NZ
New Zealand Alternative authors (Spinoff): NZ is winning global kudos for our Covid-19 response. How do we use it?
Takashi Shogimen (Newsroom): Arise from your slumber: coronavirus and the modern State
Brittany Keogh (Stuff): School strikers demand climate action in wake of pandemic

Level 2
Audrey Young (Herald): Good and bad in Jacinda Ardern’s pivotal decision (paywalled)
Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): Ardern’s Level 2: A life more, but not quite, normal
Luke Malpass (Stuff): Level 2 shows Covid-19 alert system’s weakness
Charlie Dreaver (RNZ): Alert level 2 could be phased in, Prime Minister says
Claire Trevett (Herald): PM warns level 2 freedom might not all come at once
Collette Devlin (Stuff): Could we be told to wear face masks in New Zealand?
RNZ: ‘Mass masking’ should be part of level 2, epidemiologist says
Collette Devlin (Stuff): Dr Ashley Bloomfield reveals decisions on face masks, vaccines and changes to travel and gatherings for Level 2
Eleanor Ainge Roy (Guardian): New Zealand ‘halfway down Everest’ as Ardern plans big easing of Covid lockdown
Glen Scanlon (RNZ): Covid-19 alert level 2 details: What you need to know
Henry Cooke (Stuff): Jacinda Ardern unveils level 2, a safer version of normal
Heather du Plessis-Allan (Newstalk ZB): Level 2 announcement is more spin from the Government

Public health strategy, health system
Ian Powell (Democracy Project):  Let’s not over glorify the Government’s performance fighting Covid-19
Herald: NZ and China’s response praised as Western governments rank poorly
Melanie Reid and Bonnie Sumner (Newsroom): Hospital sent nurses all over after Covid work
Mariné Lourens (Stuff): Planning underway for healthcare services under level 2
Kaysha Brownlie (Newshub): The five factors which will influence how Kiwis can see their loved ones in rest homes
RNZ: Vaccine and ventilator projects receive government funding
Maxine Jacobs (Stuff): St John accelerates plea for new ambulance fleet amid shortage
Meriana Johnsen (RNZ): Fears of measles resurgence as vaccinations drop away in lockdown
1News:‘Break the chain’ – NZ AIDS Foundation launches campaign to end HIV through Covid-19 crisis
Stephen Forbes (Stuff): Counties Manukau DHB seeks $11.2m from ACC for Whakaari/White Island treatment

Michael Morrah (Newshub): North Shore Hospital nurses allegedly told to ‘remove masks’ by management so patients aren’t scared
Derek Cheng (Herald): PPE teething issues now resolved, says Health Minister David Clark
Thomas Manch (Stuff): ‘Teething issues’ hampered distribution of protective gear
RNZ: PPE distribution to community support workers ‘appropriate’
Marc Daalder (Newsroom): PPE processes solid after early ‘teething’ issues
Julie Iles (NBR): Audit of DHB mask distribution finds ‘teething’ issues (paywalled)

Foreign affairs
Richard Harman (Politik): Peters risks China’s ire with pro-US, pro-Taiwan policy
Jason Wallls (Herald): Foreign Minister Winston Peters tells China’s NZ Ambassador to ‘listen to your master’ after criticism
Jane Patterson (RNZ): Winston Peters tells China’s ambassador to ‘listen to her master’
Ben McKay (Stuff): In aftermath of Covid-19 outbreak, New Zealand jumps on board Taiwan WHO push
Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): NZ formally backs WHO role for Taiwan

Wage subsidy
Tamsyn Parker (Herald): Why names of some wage subsidy recipients could be kept secret (paywalled)
Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): The wage subsidy has worked

Brian Fallow (Herald): Unemployment to rise as virus kills jobs (paywalled)
Infometrics: Upending the labour market
Waatea News: Maori jobless numbers set to spike
Tess Brunton (RNZ): Redundant hotel worker: ‘We’ve never felt so helpless’

Employment, industrial relations
Catrin Owen (Stuff): Employment Court rules contract courier driver was an employee
Jenna Lynch (Newshub): Cotton On employees claim management isn’t prepared for reopening under alert level 2
Stephanie Rangi (Stuff): Three S’s could slow down fast food under Covid-19 alert level 2
Martyn Bradbury (Waatea News): Labour kick Unions – what would Helen Kelly do?
RNZ: Survey finds most people enjoy working from home

Migrant workers, migrants stuck in NZ
Liu Chen (RNZ): Unemployed migrant workers struggle amid Covid-19 crisis
Jackson Thomas (Stuff): More than 170 Russian citizens ‘abandoned’ in New Zealand

Derek Cheng (Herald): Govt considers reopening country for $5b international student industry
Jane Patterson (RNZ):International students may be allowed into NZ before border opens
Simon Collins (Herald): Schools may get lifeline to keep foreign students
Simon Collins (Herald): Most universities won’t reopen until July
Lee Kenny (Stuff): Universities to reopen under level 2 but most lectures will remain online
Simon Collins (Herald): Principals welcome schools reopening at level 2
Anna Whyte (1News): Early learning, schools and tertiary to reopen under Covid-19 Level 2
Mandy Te (Stuff): Educators welcome reopening of schools and ECE centres 
Mandy Te (Stuff): Schools and early learning centres allowed to open at level 2

Infometrics: Supporting construction while rectifying state housing
Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Time to channel Great Depression, get building state houses: Infometrics
Thomas Manch (Stuff): Welfare advisory group calls for post-war style house building programme
Katie Todd (RNZ): Rental shortage in Westport despite vacant properties, locals say

Māori reponse to Covid-19, Māori update
Te Aniwa Hurihanganui (RNZ): Planned Great Barrier Island checkpoint already causing contention
Tema Hemi (Māori TV): Māori have proved their ability in COVID-19 crisis – Dame Tariana
Aroha Harris (Spinoff): Māori mobilisation in a crisis: A proud history
Kereama Wright (Māori TV): Murupara Mongrel Mob member responds to Hobsons Pledge petition
Rawiri Taonu (Waatea): Covid -19 Māori Update 7 May 2020 | Is moving to Level 2 too risky?
Rawiri Taonu (Waatea): Continuing gaps in latest testing data and risk of anti-Asian racism 06 May 2020

Tracing app
Peter Griffin (BusinessDesk): What’s so bad about Palantir? (paywalled)
Bronson Perich (Māori TV): Can the government be trusted with our data?
Leigh-Marama McLachlan (RNZ): Contact tracing app may discriminate against Māori

Immigration, tourism and the trans-Tasman bubble
Gordon Campbell: On the hype around the transTasman bubble, and Microsoft
Brent Edwards (NBR): A trans-Tasman bubble alone is not enough to save the tourism industry (paywalled)
Simon Wilson (Herald): Which tourists and migrants do we need now? (paywalled)
RNZ: Epidemic Response Committee discusses immigration
Amanda Cropp (Stuff): Travel allowed under alert level 2 will save thousands of jobs
Grant Bradley (Herald): What new level 2 rules mean for crippled tourism industry (paywalled)

Gun buyback scheme
Collette Devlin (Stuff): How effective was the $120m firearms buyback scheme? We don’t yet know
Annabelle Tukia (Newshub): Two questions remain unanswered following gun buyback scheme – report
Anna Whyte (1News): Gun buyback report finds effective managing by police, but cost blowout for admin work
Melissa Nightingale (Herald): Auditor-General’s gun buyback report: Compensation forecast at $120 million

RNZ: 300 Air New Zealand pilots lose their jobs
1News: Around 300 pilots made redundant, 900 others taking big pay cuts at Air NZ
Lorna Thornber (Herald): Air NZ passengers left ‘upset and scared’ after physical distancing rules not followed on flight
Grant Bradley (Herald): Airfare warning over physical distancing on planes (paywalled)
RNZ: ‘It’s fantastic’: MP thrilled flights to Queenstown resuming
RNZ: Employees may need convincing to use public transport – Business NZ
Brent Edwards (NBR): KiwiRail rejects re-opening Wairoa to Gisborne rail line (paywalled)

Auckland Council imposes mandatory water restrictions
Anneke Smith (RNZ): Auckland water restrictions: City braces for another dry spell
Michael Neilson (Herald): Auckland water shortage: Council approves mandatory restrictions, outdoor use banned and fines up to $20,000
Matt Burrows (Newshub): Hoses, water blasters to be banned in Auckland as council votes to restrict water usage
1News: Auckland Council unanimously votes for mandatory water restrictions amid historic drought

Ashley Bloomfield
Pearl Little (Newshub): Explained: How Ashley Bloomfield became the face of the COVID-19 response
Herald: A rare peek inside Dr Ashley Bloomfield’s work and family bubble

Laura Wiltshire (Stuff): Young ACT members booted out, vice-president resigns over sexual harassment claims
Katie Scotcher (RNZ): Young ACT to investigate sexual harassment of vice president
Lincoln Tan (Herald): Young Act vice-president resigns, claiming sexual harassment
Anna Whyte (1News): ACT considers investigation into sexual harassment allegation in youth wing
Zane Small (Newshub): Young ACT vice-president Ali Gammeter steps down claiming sexual harassment, ‘slut-shaming’

Justice and corrections
George Block (Stuff): Prison ‘timebomb’ fears as frustration and boredom build
Stuff: Solutions needed to address jury trial backlog caused by Covid-19

Pacific, NZ Pacific communities
Barbara Dreaver (1News): Auckland kava parties, some with church officials, continue to flout Covid-19 lockdown rules
Jamie Tahana (RNZ): A surge in poverty as tourism jobs in Samoa disappear
RNZ: Samoa AG office lawyers warns not appear in law society protest submission
RNZ: French military repatriates Tahiti residents from Auckland

1News: Contact sports and social distancing: Both are possible under Alert Level 2, Govt says
Stuff: Return to community sport welcomed under Covid-19 Level 2
RNZ: Professional sport allowed under Alert Level Two
RNZ: Bosses lay out inequalities in women’s sports at Epidemic Response Committee
Liam Napier (Herald): Leaders outline grave fears for women’s sport (paywalled)

Phil Pennington (RNZ): MBIE branch turnover high, but industry happy with performance
Meriana Johnsen (RNZ): Bypassing RMA could result in protest, years of court action
No Right Turn: Why we need more transparency over party donations
Katerina Ang (Nikkei Asian Review): New Zealand’s winning virus tactics spell election risks for Ardern
Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Government considering change to benefit access rules
1News: Paula Bennett, Shane Jones debate an early move to Level 2, National’s tax relief policy and the lockdown’s legality
Fiona Hutton (Newsroom): We can’t ignore cannabis referendum
Karl du Fresne: Memo to Tova O’Brien: spare us the moralising
Andre Chumko (Stuff): What will Alert Level 2 look like for Wellington?
ODT: DCC adopting a ‘buy local’ policy
Amelia Wade (Herald): How the Prime Minister wrongly announced 18 exemptions granted in lockdown