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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

Greens
Chris Trotter (Daily Blog): Labour Will Not Win With A Yeah-Nah Strategy
Thomas Coughlan (Stuff): Taxing weath: a necessary step, or unachievable pipe dream?
Dave Armstrong (Stuff): Greens’ wealth tax will appeal to Labour’s Left-wingers
Richard Harman (Politik): Ardern shuns Greens’ wealth tax; Nats mount scare campaign
Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): Is the Greens’ poverty plan a flight of fantasy? Think again
Collette Devlin (Stuff): Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern distances Labour from Green Party tax reforms 
1News: ‘Significant behaviour change’ needs to be factored into Green’s proposed wealth tax, says PM
Zane Small (Newshub):Jacinda Ardern questions ‘fairly heroic assumptions’ in Green Party’s wealth tax policy
Jenée Tibshraeny (Interest): Green Party’s wealth tax sees Jacinda Ardern distance herself from the policy and National lump Labour in with the Greens
Derek Cheng (Herald): Winston Peters says the Greens’ new wealth tax is ‘nuts’
Newstalk ZB: Tax experts weigh in on the Green’s wealth tax plans
Dan Satherley and Delphine Herbert (Newshub):Advocate hails Green plan to end poverty, says current situation a ‘disgrace’
Heather du Plessis-Allan (Newstalk ZB): Why the Green Party’s wealth tax is bad for Jacinda Ardern
Matt Burrows (Newshub): Wealth tax policy shows ‘jealousy of the rich’, but Greens are right to boost ‘unlivable’ benefits – Duncan Garner
No Right Turn: The Greens’ opening bid is transformational change
1News: Greens not ruling out poverty action plan as deal breaking policy to forming a government
RNZ: Paul Goldsmith admits to blunder in criticism of Green Party’s pledge
Matt Burrows and Zane Small (Newshub): Todd Muller rules out wealth tax under National, says Labour-Greens will drag New Zealand into debt
Julie Iles (NBR): The Greens announce key pillars of election pitch (paywalled)
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Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Did Golriz Meghan Markle Matafeo?
Herald: Green Party responds to comedian Rose Matafeo’s claim she was axed from speaking gig
Newshub: ‘Gutting!’: Rose Matafeo claims Golriz Ghahraman got her stood down from Green Party MC gig
1News: Comedian Rose Matafeo ‘disappointed’ after Golriz Ghaharaman reportedly asks her to withdraw from Green Party campaign launch
Herald: Rose Matafeo claims she was unfairly axed from Green Party speaking gig
Joel MacManus (Stuff): Comedian Rose Matafeo asked to step down from hosting Greens campaign launch

Paula Bennett
Tova O’Brien (Newshub): Out with a bang! Paula Bennett resigns with an almighty dig at National’s new leadership
Claire Trevett (Herald): Why Paula Bennett resigned and what National is losing (paywalled)
1News: Analysis: Paula Bennett ‘a really big loss’ to the National Party says Jessica Mutch McKay
Thomas Manch (Stuff): Paula Bennett: The political life and times of National’s Westie MP
1News: Tom Sainsbury boogies with Paula Bennett as she announces departure from politics
Henry Cooke Stuff): National’s diversity problem gets worse with exit of Paula Bennett
Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): Bennett’s last bow puts Muller in the shade
Yvette McCullough (RNZ): National MP Paula Bennett leaving politics, eyes up the business world
Anna Whyte (1News): National’s Paula Bennett to leave Parliament at election – ‘A hell of a ride’
Alex Braae (Spinoff): End of an era for National as Paula Bennett steps away
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): The toxic legacy of Paula Bennett
Jihee Junn (Spinoff): See ya, sweeties: The greatest hits of Paula Bennett MP
Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): Paula Bennett to leave Parliament at election
Toby Manhire (Spinoff): Paula Bennett quits politics after ‘a hell of a ride’
Zane Small (Newshub): Former National Party deputy leader Paula Bennett to retire from politics at 2020 election
Jackson Thomas and Henry Cooke (Stuff): Paula Bennett stepping down from politics at election after National leadership changes
Pattrick Smellie (BusinessDesk): Paula Bennett calls it quits (paywalled)
1News: Paula Bennett retires: ‘The 17-year-old solo mum who dropped out of school ended up becoming deputy Prime Minister’
Hamish Rutherford (Herald) National leader Todd Muller speaks after former deputy leader announces retirement
Zane Small (Newshub): Nikki Kaye reflects on rolling Paula Bennett as National Party deputy leader
Herald: Sir John Key, PM Jacinda Ardern on Paula Bennett’s resignation
1News: PM praises Paula Bennett’s sense of humour as National MP ends her political career

Managed isolation, public health measures
Bob Jones: Journalists: Be Kind
Mike Yardley (Press): On the election trail with a pandemic powder keg 
Anne Salmond (Newsroom): Covid-19 and clickbait
Andrew Gunn (Stuff): A Faustian pact around pandemic protocols
Dan Satherley (Newshub): Jacinda Ardern breaks silence on viral Ashley Bloomfield, David Clark clip
Newstalk ZB: PM says she knows the full story on Clark, Bloomfield
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Comrade Trotter should be angry – we don’t appreciate true enormity of the pandemic so let’s grow up over Tova’s ‘Clark-Blomfield’ Soap Opera
Sam Clench (NewsAu): Jacinda Ardern confronted over coronavirus blunder and health minister’s blame-shifting
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Stuff Editorial: We’re looking better at the borders — but PM shouldn’t deny how much we’ve been riding our luck so far
RNZ: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern looks to reassure public in wake of managed isolation review
1News: ‘Insulting’ – Jacinda Ardern defends NZ’s border response to Covid-19 as more than just ‘good luck’
Zane Small (Newshub): Jacinda Ardern defends border bungle: ‘It’s important these issues are put into perspective’
Dan Satherley (Newshub): Ardern defends returning Kiwis, Govt unsure whether it can legally charge them for isolation stay
1News: Ministry of Health trying to track down 367 people who were in managed isolation between June 9 and 16
Katie Scotcher (RNZ): Bloomfield to meet Air NZ chief exec over hotel rules for staff
Farah Hancock (Newsroom): Questions raised over international aircrew rules
Stuff: National MP Michael Woodhouse won’t say ‘homeless man’ tale was true
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Amelia Wade (Herald): Heading for an overseas holiday? Don’t bank on a free isolation stay, warns Jacinda Ardern
Anna Whyte (1News): Holidaymakers expecting taxpayers to pay for managed isolation is unfair, says PM
Brittney Deguara (Stuff): Kiwis choosing to go overseas could get Covid-19 isolation bill
Herald: Jacinda Ardern’s warning to anyone heading overseas: ‘You may be charged for quarantine’
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Amelia Wade (Herald): Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Govt’s extra millions on PPE
Zane Small (Newshub): Government invests $150m in COVID-19 protective gear, returnees required to wear face masks
1News: Extra $150 million for PPE means everyone coming in on Air NZ flights will have a mask
Henry Cooke (Stuff): Government commits $150m for personal protective gear at border and on flights
RNZ: PM Jacinda Ardern reveals $150m PPE purchase for border, isolation workers
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Georgina Campbell (Herald): Voluntary Covid-19 isolation: 39 people join family in facilities
Carmen Sarjeant (Stuff): Returning Kiwis should be welcomed home
Phil Pennington (RNZ): New Zealand government sat on Palantir Covid-19 data tracking offer
Daily Telegraph: Architect of New Zealand lockdown says UK can ‘eliminate’ coronavirus too

Border
Anna Whyte (1News): Jacinda Ardern says suggestions of opening NZ’s borders ‘at this point frankly is dangerous’
Pattrick Smellie (BusinessDesk): Muller’s border-opening talk ‘dangerous’, says Ardern
Brittney Degura (Stuff): Time for Australia to make calls on trans-Tasman ‘bubble’, PM says
ODT: NZ should open borders to countries with Covid – Muller
Henry Cooke (Stuff): Todd Muller says keeping NZ border shut is ‘untenable’. Jacinda Ardern says opening up any time soon is dangerous
Anna Whyte (1News): NZ’s borders staying closed for next 12-18 months ‘untenable’ – Todd Muller
Hamish Rutherford (Herald): National leader Todd Muller says leaving border closed until world eliminates Covid-19 or vaccine is ‘untenable’
Jo Moir (RNZ): Border reopening must be priority – Business NZ

Judith Collins
Dan Satherley (Newshub): Judith Collins says Sir John Key ‘may have been’ scared she’d try and roll him
Newstalk ZB: Judith Collins on her new book: ‘It’s important to set the record straight’
RNZ: Checkpoint: Todd and Nikki ‘one of the best’ – Judith Collins on National leadership and new book
Dita De Boni (NBR): Judith Collins’ memoir a tour de force romp through political world (paywalled)
Toby Manhire (Spinoff): Punch and Judith: A review of Judith Collins’ memoir Pull No Punches
Steve Braunias (Newsroom): Judith, joylessly

Euthanasia and cannnabis referenda
Graham Adams (RNZ): A euthanasia referendum in a pandemic
Benedict Collins (1News): Majority of Kiwis still against legalising cannabis, according to latest 1 NEWS Colmar Brunton poll
Marta Rychert and Chris Wilkins (The Conversation): Reforming cannabis laws is a complex challenge, but New Zealand’s history of drug reform holds important lessons
Russell Brown: Towards the referendum: this might actually be a trend

Auckland water shortage
Bernard Orsman (Herald): Auckland asked to pay for water from Waikato River
Ellen O’Dwyer-Cunliffe (Stuff): Waikato River Authority wants inquiry into Auckland’s water infrastructure
Matt Burrows (Newshub): Waikato River Authority calls for Government inquiry into Auckland Council’s water mismanagement
Matt Quinlivan (Newshub): Watercare CEO ‘needs to help Aucklanders’, won’t resign over Waikato River debacle
RNZ: Glass half full: Auckland water woes ease but ‘couple more rainstorms’ needed

Housing
RNZ: The Detail: Clearing the streets of rough sleepers
RNZ: Research team given $5m to study NZ’s old, cold, mouldy homes
Susan Edmunds (Stuff): What’s really going to happen with New Zealand’s house prices?
Marta Steeman (Stuff): Building apartments for rent is becoming increasingly attractive for Kiwi Property

Environment and conservation
Michael Morrah (Newshub): Commercial fishers report killing or injuring over 2200 protected species in two years – data
Jamie Morton (Herald): South Pole warming at three times global rate – NZ study
Kate Nicol-Williams (1News): Community conservation work not getting done due to Covid-19 related funding cuts

Local government
Dominic Harris (Press): Accusations of ‘greed’ as Christchurch councillors vote to donate directors’ fees
Matt Shand (Waikato Times): Tauranga building inspectors told to ‘be lenient’ over Bella Vista Homes inspections
Susan Botting (RNZ): Stronger Māori participation for Whangāei District Council
Emma Perry (ODT): DCC starts financial year raising a variety of fees and charges

Economy
Nona Pelletier (RNZ): NZ economy predicted to emerge from Covid-19 better than most
Keith Woodford (Interest): Neither Europe nor the USA are going to do us any trading favours. For both of them, it is all about self-interest

Business
Esther Taunton (Stuff): Fullers boss sends 3am message to staff
Te Aniwa Hurihanganui (RNZ): Māori businesses suffer as exports to China reduce

Foreign affairs
Chris Trotter (Interest): Radio New Zealand and the New Cold War
Michael Reddell: Pursuing Jian Yang, and the travesty that is NZ politics
Laura Walters (Newsroom): Protecting against China’s post-Covid buying spree
Jonas Fleming (The Big Q): Are New Zealand and China fair-weather friends?

Health
Newstalk ZB: Should Roundup should be banned in New Zealand?
Susan Edmuds (Stuff): GPs’ financial strain a function of funding system, researcher says
Leigh-Marama McLachlan (RNZ): Researcher says maternal healthcare system failing Māori
Jackson Thomas (Stuff): Auckland healthcare legend who died in freak fall remembered as ‘quiet achiever’

Police
Michael Neilson (Herald): Police apologise after incorrect information given to Mike Bush over Māori discretion rates (paywalled)
Tara Shaskey (Stuff): Renewed calls for body cameras for police
Martyn Bradbury (Waatea News): Is it time to dump Police 10-7?
aura Walters (Newsroom): NZ’s force grows while the world calls to defund police

Justice, corrections
Katie Harris and Chris Knox (Herald): The number of Māori women imprisoned without conviction has nearly doubled after law change
Ripu Bhatia (Stuff): Home detention checks suspended due to gun fears in Auckland, Northland

Royal Commission into the Attack on the Christchurch Mosques
Gordon Campbell: On the opaque workings of the Royal Commission into the mosque shootings
Conan Young (RNZ): Mosque shooter interview should not be public, attack witness says
Juliet Speedy (Newshub): Muslim community divided over release of interview with shooter Brenton Tarrant

Employment
1News: More people in work post-lockdown but younger Kiwis, women still struggling
Tagata Pasifka: Employees of South Auckland manufacturer still protesting a month on after layoffs
Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Job numbers up … or are they?

Primary industries
Marty Sharpe (Stuff): Family outraged by $150k fine for forestry company after death of young father
Eric Frykberg (RNZ): Forestry Amendment Bill would hurt GDP, damage industry – NZIER

Education
Heta Gardiner (Newshub): Why I don’t want compulsory te reo Māori in schools
Tony Wall (Stuff): Police investigating missing money meant to support English teachers
Anna Rawhiti-Connell (Newsroom): Why can’t universities move with the times?
1News: School leavers forced to reconsider future career paths as industries struggle amid Covid-19
Simon Collins (Herald): Choosing childcare: From daycare to kindergarten – what are the options?

Transport
Joel Maxwell (Stuff): Transmission Gully: After five years and multiple delays, unknowns just keep stacking up
ODT Editorial: A bus boom?
Matt Burrows and Delphine Herbert (Newshub): Last day at 50km/h: Auckland CBD speed limits to drop on June 30, but charity wants ‘much wider’ rollout
RNZ: Auckland’s new speed limits in force tomorrow
Hamish MacLean (ODT): Ending Dunedin Railways job a jolt after 30 years

Media
Gavin Ellis: This could be 1 News at 6
Siobhan Downes (Stuff): Jenny-May Clarkson: ‘I don’t remember seeing anyone like me on television’

Other
1News: ‘We have no voice’ – Disability advocate says the sector needs its own ministry
Jane Matthews (Stuff): South Taranaki’s Parihaka community gets $14m from Provincial Growth Fund
Teuila Fuatai (Herald): Why I found it so hard to write about racism in New Zealand for the Herald
Māori TV: Māori language stalwart Toni Waho laid to rest yesterday
Regan Paranihi (Māori TV): Parihaka Pā receives $14m investment to display peace movement history
Newshub: Pacific Island overstayer urges Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to grant residency to others living illegally in New Zealand
1News: Stats NZ commits to asking sexuality and gender identity questions in 2023 census
Sharnae Hope (Stuff): $326K spent on rejected Provincial Growth Fund Waikato gasline pitch
Lane Nichols (Herald): Children’s Commissioner lobbies for mandatory police vetting after paedophile landed job on children’s TV show What Now
RNZ: Airbnb properties see bookings return after lockdown
Cate Broughton (Stuff): No date for offensive Māori ‘cave men’ museum exhibit to go
Tiana Epati (Stuff): Law Society proposes changes to define unacceptable conduct
Glenn McConnell (Stuff): Will the rangatahi save us? Generation Z: Unapologetic. Uncompromising
RNZ: Team New Zealand ‘leaks’ investigated by MBIE
Todd Niall (Stuff): America’s Cup: Team NZ axes contractor after secrets allegedly leaked

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