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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.

Today’s content

Alert Level 1 move, recovery
Amber-Leigh Woolf (Stuff): Psychologists reveal New Zealand’s political shift during lockdown
Pattrick Smellie (BusinessDesk): Hooray for level 1. Now what? (paywalled)
Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): Ardern earns brief dance, but hard yards ahead
Claire Trevett (Herald): Prime Minister’s reward for Covid-19 zeroes (paywalled)
Thomas Coughlan (Stuff): Time to celebrate, then to rebuild
Bronson Perich (Māori TV): Māori economy can recover and will – Nanaia Mahuta
Heather du Plessis-Allan (Newstalk ZB): The two things PM should’ve said at alert level 1 announcement
Newstalk ZB: Economist: Alert level one move won’t be an instant fix for economy
Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Five reasons to feel positive, even facing into a recession
ODT Editorial: Now for the new Plan A
No Right Turn: We did it!
Steve Braunias (Herald): We’ve killed the alien, for now (paywalled)
Anna Whyte (1News): Level 1 move ‘puts to bed’ speculation of Government division – Winston Peters
RNZ: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern reveals move to level 1 from midnight
Anna Whyte (1News): ‘Thank you, New Zealand’ – Alert Level 1 to begin at midnight, Jacinda Ardern announces
Dan Satherley (Newshub): A timeline of how New Zealand flattened the curve and beat COVID-19
1News: Covid-19 timeline: A look back at how NZ responded to the crisis, eliminating all active cases
1News: NZ’s Covid-19 position ‘stronger than any other country’ because of cautious approach – Dr Bloomfield
1News: NZ will ‘almost certainly’ see future Covid-19 cases despite having stamped it out, PM warns
1News: Jacinda Ardern says she ‘did a little dance’ when she found out New Zealand was Covid-19 free
Zane Small (Newshub): David Seymour accuses Jacinda Ardern of ‘attempting to rewrite history’ over COVID-19 response
Charlotte Graham-McLay (Guardian): New Zealand drops Covid-19 restrictions after nation declared ‘virus-free’
RNZ: What you need to know about alert level 1
Danielle Clent (Stuff): NZ borders remain shut so what does alert level 1 mean for travel?
Jamie Morton (Herald): The 8 other countries that beat the virus
Herald: In awe of NZ: How world media reacted to New Zealand eliminating Covid-19

Level 1 move – public health
Jamie Morton (Herald): It’s time for world to define elimination, scientists say
Michael Baker and Nick Wilson (The Conversation): New Zealand hits zero active coronavirus cases. Here are 5 measures to keep it that way
Science Media Centre: No active COVID-19 cases in New Zealand – Expert Reaction
Brittney Deguara (Stuff): We’re at zero active cases – but here’s why that ‘doesn’t mean much’
Collette Devlin (Stuff): Dr Ashley Bloomfield confirms New Zealand has no Plan B if level 1 fails
1News: Epidemiologist stresses importance of face masks as NZ moves into Covid-19 Alert Level 1
Dan Satherley (Newshub): Expert wants masks on public transport compulsory
Rawiri Taonui (Waatea News): Covid  Māori weekly update – 8 June: Zero New and Active Cases – Level One
Josie Adams (Spinoff): In for the long haul: Covid-19 cases that won’t quit
Hamish Cardwell (RNZ): Move to ‘real world’ will cause anxiety for some – psychologist

Trans-Tasman bubble
Dan Satherley (Newshub): Australia perhaps not ready for trans-Tasman bubble – expert
1News:  Q+A: Judith Collins says NZ’s travel bubble should extend to Pacific island nations
Zane Small (Newshub): Todd Muller doubts trans-Tasman bubble would be in place by now if he was Prime Minister

Border exemptions
Gill Bonnett (RNZ): Relatives of high-value workers among those let into New Zealand
Tom Hunt (Stuff): Surprise sequel to Avatar hotel saga as guests claim stuff-up
Mark Quinlivan (Newshub): ‘No separation’ for Avatar film crew when they arrived at Wellington hotel, guests claim
Yvette McCullough (RNZ): NZ reaches alert level 1 but businesses want clarity over borders
Tracy Neal (RNZ): Foreign ships exclusion indecision ‘very frustrating’ – Aimex Service Group
Martyn Bradbury (Waatea News): The one thing that loses Jacinda the election in September

Richard Harman (Politik): Angry phone call to Brussels
Hamish Rutherford (Herald): ‘A very negative signal’: Trade Minister David Parker accuses European Union of protectionism
Wang Zhijia (ODT): Global co-operation key to beating virus

Chris Trotter (Daily Blog): The Cost Of Compromise
Steven Cowan: James Shaw blaming Labour for the Green’s own failings
Zane Small (Newshub): Greens co-leader James Shaw reveals what it would take to work with National

National Party
Chris Trotter (Interest): The National Party has been reduced to angry incoherence
Jessica Tyson (Māori TV): Tapsell felt a moral obligation to step forward as National candidate

Warehouse job cuts
RNZ: Checkpoint: Warehouse boss denies poor communication over job cuts
1News: Warehouse Group CEO says store closures ‘part of normal business – Covid just accelerated it’
John Anthony (Stuff): ‘This is going to be a rough ride’: More store closures likely as 1080 jobs hang in the balance, Warehouse Group CEO says
John Anthony (Stuff): Up to 1080 jobs on the line across The Warehouse, Noel Leeming and Warehouse Stationery
RNZ: The Warehouse to cut nearly 1000 jobs
Aimee Shaw (Herald): Warehouse Group CEO on company’s move to agile, how online spending accelerated store closures (paywalled)

Employment, business
Mike Treen (Daily Blog): A Tsunami of layoffs will happen – the government must respond
Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): Govt can’t keep relying on welfare masquerading as subsidies
Esther Taunton (Stuff): ‘New wave’ of Holidays Act headaches hits SMEs
Ruth Hill (RNZ): Plea for workers to return to Wellington CBD to support businesses
1News: ‘Quite concerning’ – Employee monitoring software rests in a ‘grey area’, ethics consultant warns
Eleisha Foon (RNZ): Covid-19 work flexibility improves accessibility for people with disabilites
Bronson Perich (Māori TV): Willie Jackson eager to fund training plans for rangatahi
Amy Williams (RNZ): Did retailers overpromise during lockdown?
Katarina Williams (Stuff): Wellington business confidence in the doldrums, new survey findings show

Emily Rakete (Newsroom): Māori and Pacific dread armed police patrols
Baz Macdonald: For six months, cops in NZ had guns – campaigners say it can’t continue
David Farrar: Depends what the offence was

Black Lives Matter, racism, Bully Hayes Restaurant
Scott Hamilton: Akaroa’s slaver
Steven Walton and Jonathan Guildford (Stuff): Academic claims Akaroa restaurant name honours paedophilia and slavery
Michael Neilson (Herald): Akaroa restaurant under fire over namesake Bully Hayes – a Pacific slave trader, alleged rapist and paedophile
Steven Cowan: Akaroa restaraunt named after slave trader
Josephine Franks (Stuff): Black Lives Matter: How you can support the movement from New Zealand
Dan Satherley (Newshub): ‘The only Māori’ in Welcome Bay doesn’t feel so welcome
D’Angelo Martin (Māori TV): BLM protester wrongly identified as Mongrel Mob member
Anan Zaki (RNZ): Christchurch school investigating after Black Lives Matter posters torn down

John Gerritsen (RNZ): Some students fail to return to school post-lockdown
Taroi Black (Māori TV): Kura kaupapa Māori attendance numbers expected to rise in Alert Level 1
Georgina Campbell (Herald): Victoria University to commercially toughen up student accommodation sector
Victoria Young (BusinessDesk): The two other secret lawsuits against education firm Crimson
Māori TV: Is trades push limiting opportunities in other sectors? (video)
Herald: AUT to offer medicinal cannabis paper
Emma Perry (ODT): OUSA asks council to raise BYO limit in restaurants

RNZ’s The Service
Guyon Espiner and John Daniell (RNZ): Geoffrey Palmer reveals KGB tried to infiltrate Labour Party
John Daniell (RNZ): On growing up around spies
Guyon Espiner (RNZ): SIS Minister Andrew Little refuses to deny signing off on embassy break-ins
Anna Bracewell-Worrall (Newshub): Helen Clark, Andrew Little refuse to reveal if they’ve signed off on raids of foreign embassies as SIS Minister
RNZ: Ex-Russian spy would be ‘potential security problem’ for NZ
Thomas Manch (Stuff): Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern tries to quash report of former Russian spy living in New Zealand
No Right Turn: The SIS’s illegal burglary

Child welfare
Isaac Davison (Herald): Baby uplifts: Oranga Tamariki says Children’s Commissioner ignoring the interests of babies
Tim Murphy (Newsroom): One for the PM’s reading list
Leigh-Marama McLachlan (RNZ): Dame Tariana Turia calls for Oranga Tamariki head and minister to quit after damning report
Regan Paranihi (Māori TV): Māori mothers share horrors of child welfare system in new report

Local government
Logan Savory (Southland Times): Sir Tim Shadbolt: Council ‘refuses’ requests for computer training
RNZ: Dunedin scraps controversial 10km/h central city speed limits
Hamish MacLean (ODT): ‘Are you mad?’: Councillor slams choice to keep CBD dots
Hamish McNeilly (Stuff): Spots on Dunedin’s roads to stay – for now
Anusha Bradley (RNZ): Napier water at ‘high risk’ of contamination – review
RNZ: Contaminated Hastings lake may be turned into wetland

Emma Russell (Herald): Hawkes Bay District Health Board in breach after alarming cancer scan missed (paywalled)
RNZ: Hawke’s Bay DHB ‘multiple systems failures’ led to man’s death – commissioner
Rachel Sadler (Newshub): Hawke’s Bay DHB found in breach of health code following cancer patient’s death from IT system failure
RNZ: Nelson pharmacy and director fined $394,000 for price-fixing prescriptions
Jessica Tyson (Māori TV): Health sector has more to do to address inequities for Māori – Dame Naida Glavish
1News: Starship Foundation calling on Kiwis’ genorisity to help keep air ambulance for kids running

Air NZ
John Anthony (Stuff): NZX ‘making enquiries’ about Air New Zealand statement to stock exchange
RNZ: Air NZ expects return to profit in 2022
Grant Bradley (Herald): Air New Zealand refunds – Consumer NZ and airline going head to head (paywalled)
Garth Bray (1News): Air New Zealand fronts up over $100 million refund problem

Georgina Campbell (Herald): Transmission Gully: Breaches and unconsented activities revealed (paywalled)
Stephen Forbes (Stuff): Auckland Transport claims NZTA funding gap for Auckland Transport Alignment Project

Morten Gjerde (Newsroom): Solving housing crisis will take leadership
1News: New Zealand house prices could ‘potentially’ drop worse than 9% – Reserve Bank
1News: ‘We have to keep going’ – Te Puea Marae helps 480 people into homes in last four years
Meriana Johnsen (RNZ): Hapū, residents weigh legal action over Opua development

Dave Armstrong (Stuff): Gully delay shows the folly of public-private pile-ups
Eric Frykberg (RNZ): Fight for better protection of pigs goes to the High Court
Mike Yardley (Stuff): Working Kiwis left out in the cold by power price changes
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): The need for a Left Wing Hui before the election 
Melanie Reid (Newsroom): Death on remand highlights prison concerns
Phil Pennington (RNZ): Weak rules stymie probe into safety of quake bracing in schools, supermarkets
David Grinlinton (Herlad): Time for urgency on Auckland’s water supply (paywalled)
Gavin Ellis: Perils of (literally) shooting the messenger
1News: Abuse survivors urge others to come forward as Royal Commission of Inquiry investigates faith-based care
Meriana Johnsen (RNZ): Charges laid over vineyard on Wairau Bar archaeological site
Tessa Guest (Stuff): Work under way to demolish divisive Athfield housing complex
Jared Savage (Herald): The million dollar man: Head Hunter Stacy Paora is the perfect example of a subtle change in traditional gang structures (paywalled)
Samantha Olley (Herald): Whakaari / White Island eruption six months on: How emergency services coped on grim day (paywalled)
Torika Tokalau (Stuff): Racing reform bill: Plan for struggling clubs to have more say on future and assets
Chloe Ranford (RNZ): Rural Marlborough residents fight for better internet connectivity



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