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Judith Collins elected leader of the National Party
Richard Harman (Politik): Why National finally called on Collins
Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): Judith Collins should have been elected as National leader two years ago
Audrey Young (Herald): Judith Collins’ first priority (paywalled)
Josh Van Veen (Democracy Project): Don’t give me culture: The appeal of Judith Collins
Liam Hehir (RNZ): National under Leader Judith Collins: Storied comeback or ignominious slump
Ben Thomas (Spinoff): Judith Collins is not what you think she is
Luke Malpass (Stuff): Judith Collins’ strategy: to take the fight to Jacinda Ardern
Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): Can Judith Collins cause the Govt political pain?
Clint Smith (Spinoff): What Judith Collins can learn from the Jacinda Ardern miracle – from someone who was there
1News: Judith Collins undecided if Michael Woodhouse will keep health role in wake of Covid-19 patient info leak
1News: It was a close, two-person race last night as National picked its new leader, 1 NEWS understands
Jamie Ensor (Newshub): Judith Collins: Now ‘right time’ to become leader, claims National united behind her
Jo Moir and Charlie Dreaver (RNZ): Judith Collins on 2020 election: ‘We’re going to take it back’
Jamie Ensor and Isabella Durant (Newshub): Judith Collins’ election ‘extraordinary outcome’, promises ‘bad news for Winston Peters’ – political commentator
Anna Whyte (1News): New National leader Judith Collins says she won’t let Ardern get ‘away with any nonsense’
1News: ‘Time for a drink’ – Judith Collins signs off after leadership announcement
1News: Judith Collins reflects on ‘remarkable’ journey from early years as a Labour voter to becoming National leader
Henry Cooke (Stuff): Judith Collins, the new leader of National Party, promises to ‘crush’ the Government
RNZ: New National Party leader is Judith Collins
Newshub: Judith Collins emerges as leader: Full press conference after National vote
Amelia Wade and Jason Walls (Herald): Judith Collins is new National Party leader, Gerry Brownlee is deputy leader after Todd Muller quits
Brent Edwards (NBR): Judith Collins says National MPs’ common goal is to get rid of the coalition (paywalled)
Pattrick Smellie (BusinessDesk): Judith Collins to lead National Party
Justin Giovannetti (Spinoff): In the face of the void, National decides it is time at last for Judith Collins
Charlotte Graham-McLay (Guardian): Judith Collins named New Zealand National party’s new leader
Jason Walls (Herald): Finally on top: Judith Collins’ long climb to the National Party leadership
Marc Daalder (Newsroom): Judith Collins – from ‘Crusher’ to leader
Crystal Wu (Newshub): National’s new leader: Who is Judith Collins?
Stewart Sowman-Lund (Newshub): Here comes Judith: What does Collins’ book tells us about her leadership pitch?

Todd Muller’s resignation, National Party leadership contest
John Armstrong (1News): Two options for next National leader – high risk Judith Collins or Nikki Kaye, who won’t win the election
Tim Watkin (Pundit): What National MPs Need To Weigh: Weeks V Years… Collins’ High Base V Low Ceiling
Audrey Young (Herald): There are only two serious contenders for National’s sudden vacancy (paywalled)
Heather du Plessis-Allan (Newstalk ZB): Why Judith Collins should take over as National leader
Newstalk ZB: Judith Collins emerges as favourite to become National leader
Pattrick Smellie (BusinessDesk): What do the Nats do now?
Sandeep Singh (Herald): National needs to change tactics, not just the leader
Brigitte Morten (RNZ): Don’t count anyone out of National leadership race
Henry Cooke (Stuff): The contenders to replace him as National Party leader
Claire Trevett (Herald): Todd Muller gone, does National reinstate Simon Bridges or try a new leader?
Jane Patterson (RNZ): National a party in disarray, in search of a leader
Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): National precariously placed as Muller goes
Tova O’Brien (Newshub): The serious contenders for National Party leadership after Todd Muller’s resignation
Peter Wilson (RNZ): National Party leadership: Who gets the hospital pass?
David Farrar: The case for Judith
Alex Braae (Spinoff): With Todd Muller out, who will take over as National leader?
Henry Cooke (Stuff): Todd Muller resignation: Judith Collins, Nikki Kaye, Simon Bridges, Paula Bennett won’t rule out runs at National leader
RNZ: National Party leadership: Collins, Kaye, Bridges still in the running
Jason Walls and Amelia Wade (Herald): Todd Muller quits as National leader: MPs arrive ahead of tonight’s crisis meeting
1News: ‘He’s a good man’ – National MPs pay tribute to Todd Muller before emergency meeting
Luke Malpass (Stuff): How the National Party emergency leadership meeting could unfold
1News: National MPs may vent frustrations over Muller in caucus meeting, says 1 NEWS political editor
Audrey Young (Herald): Todd Muller’s resignation catastrophic for National, but essential for him (paywalled)
Richard Shaw (The Conversation): Ahead of the New Zealand election, Todd Muller’s resignation is a National nightmare – and a sign of a toxic political culture
Richard Harman: Why Muller failed
Luke Malpass (Stuff): Todd Muller may have left for the right reasons. But he leaves National in tatters
Simon Wilson (Herald): The things I learned from lunch with Todd Muller (paywalled)
Gordon Campbell: On the Todd Muller resignation
ODT Editorial: National’s battle to stay credible
Liam Hehir (RNZ): Todd Muller’s resignation ‘bolt from the blue’ with election hoardings ready to go
Danyl Mclauchlan (Spinoff): With National in disarray, who will hold Labour to account?
Matthew Rilkoff (Stuff): Todd Muller and the intense pressure on our political leaders
Jared Savage. Andrea Fox and Claire Trevett (Herald): Rise and fall of Todd Muller: The man who could have been PM (paywalled)
Thomas Coughlan and Henry Cooke (Stuff): Todd Muller had long been seen as a prospective saviour for National
Newstalk ZB: Political commentator on why Todd Muller resigned as National leader
Ian Powell : Was the Woodhouse patient confidentiality breach complicity the tipping point for Muller’s resignation?
1News: 1 NEWS political editor weighs in on what’s next for National after Todd Muller’s ‘really surprising move’
Crystal Wu (Newshub): Political commentator weighs in on Todd Muller’s biggest mistake as National leader
Tova O’Brien (Newshub): Todd Muller’s shock resignation takes National Party into uncharted territory
Newstalk ZB: ‘Absolutely astounding’ – Barry Soper reacts to Todd Muller’s resignation
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Todd Muller’s shock resignation: Winners & Losers
George Block (Stuff): Nikki Kaye says her thoughts are with ex-National leader
1News: Nikki Kaye to serve as acting leader of National as MPs rush to Wellington following Muller bombshell
1News: Simon Bridges shares kind words for Todd Muller, won’t say if he wants ‘toughest job in politics’ again
Daniel Rutledge (Newshub): Tom Sainsbury’s ‘Simon Bridges’ bids excited farewell to Todd Muller as National leader
Alan Kenyon (1News): ‘I might’ve said a rude word’ – Judith Collins reveals her reaction to shock news of Muller resignation
Mike Houlahan (ODT): MP plans to stay the course
Anna Bracewell-Worrall (Newshub): Bay of Plenty locals react to Todd Muller’s resignation as National Party leader
Lawrence Gully (Stuff): Departing National party leader Todd Muller ‘too good for politics’ say his hometown supporters
Cira Olivier and Leah Tebbutt (Herald): Tauranga community in shock as National Party’s Todd Muller quits as Leader of the Opposition (paywalled)
1News: National MP pulls down election billboards after Todd Muller’s unexpected resignation
RNZ: PM Jacinda Ardern on Todd Muller resignation: ‘Politics is a difficult place’
Stuff: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern sends ‘best wishes’ to resigning National leader Todd Muller
Newstalk ZB: Winston Peters: NZ First could work with new National leader
Pattrick Smellie (BusinessDesk): NZ First moves fast to seek political capital from Muller resignation (paywalled)
RNZ: Jim Bolger on the resignation of Todd Muller
Newstalk ZB: Former Finance Minister reacts to Todd Muller’s shock resignation
Karoline Tuckey (RNZ): Todd Muller – a quick look at his background
RNZ: What did Todd Muller achieve in his 53 days as National leader?
Anna Whyte (1News): Todd Muller’s 53 days: Controversy, resignations and minor surgery
Collette Devlin (Stuff): Todd Muller’s National Party leadership lasted only 53 days – here’s how they unfolded
Toby Manhire (Spinoff): 53 days: The very short and very stormy leadership of Todd Muller
Collette Devlin (Stuff): It was all downhill for Todd Muller after a National Party leak
Herald: The National Party leak: A timeline of the scandal that toppled Muller
RNZ: Todd Muller resigns as National Party leader
Brittney Deguara (Stuff): From Dame Jenny Shipley to Todd Muller: A timeline of the National Party’s leaders
David Farrar: Tenure of National Party Leaders
RNZ: New Zealand politics’ shortest leaderships

Covid-19 response, border, quarantine
RNZ: Government to issue new testing guidance to GPs – Hipkins
Arvind Kumar (Stuff): Immigration Minister’s message to work visa holders offshore: stay where you are for the time being
Amanda Cropp (Stuff): ‘Mental health crisis’ of cargo ship workers stuck at sea
1News: ‘I’m very stressed’ – Covid-19 result delays disrupt plans of 12 people leaving managed isolation
Herald: Testing blunder sees 12 guests stay longer in managed isolation
Grant Miller (ODT): Work begins for isolation in Dunedin
Charlotte Graham-McLay (Guardian): ‘Got to obey the law’: deported bikies promise to behave in New Zealand quarantine

Travel bubbles
Brook Sabin (Stuff): Bubble trouble: How the idea of flights to Raro next week crashed landed in four short hours
Anna Whyte (1News): Travel bubble between NZ and Cook Islands ‘very premature’, Ardern spokesperson says
Brook Sabin (Stuff): Flights to Rarotonga: PM Jacinda Ardern shuts down talk of Pacific bubble next week
Mackenzie Smith (RNZ): Pacific bubble: Flights between Cook Islands and NZ to be confirmed next week
Michael Morrah (Newshub): Health Minister Chris Hipkins says realm pacific nations “obviously a priority” for travel bubble
Eleanor Ainge Roy (Guardian): New Zealand and Cook Islands work on ‘travel bridge’ to beat tourism slump
Matt Burrows (Newshub): New Zealand wants travel bubble with Queensland, Tasmania, but Australia ‘jealousy’ has thwarted it – Winston Peters

Political finance
Charlie Dreaver (RNZ): Electoral donation laws under scrutiny again after latest Serious Fraud Office investigation
Newstalk ZB: Former PM Jim Bolger on SFO investigation into Labour Party donations
Newstalk ZB: Serious Fraud Office launches investigation into Labour Party donations

Tax, economy
Zac Fleming (Newshub): Former Prime Minister Jim Bolger backs letter calling for tax on rich
Anuja Nadkarni (Stuff): Sir Stephen Tindall among 83 millionaires wanting to raise taxes for the wealthy
Matt Burrows (Newshub): Kiwi richlisters Sir Stephen Tindall, Peter Torr Smith call for taxes on wealthy to be raised
Susan Edmunds (Stuff): National’s woes ‘have made debate on economy harder’
Donal Curtin: The OECD’s take

Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Claims for second tranche of wage subsidies tailing off with only $1.6b requested
RNZ: Small businesses get further funding to stay afloat
Tom Kitchin (RNZ): Business advice demand ‘phenomenal’ after government funding
Herald: Union warns Marsden Point refinery restructure could cost hundreds of jobs (paywalled)
Anuja Nadkarni (Stuff): Where has black and yellow bike share firm Onzo gone?

Tiwai Point closure
Rachael Kelly and Logan Savory (Stuff): Can Southland’s leaders save smelter jobs?
Southland Times Editorial: Tiwai crisis needs short term as well as long term solutions

Christchurch mosque attacks
Anan Zaki (RNZ): Police carried out unlawful searches after Christchurch mosque attacks
RNZ: Three police searches after Christchurch mosque attacks deemed unlawful
1News: Three searches undertaken in wake of Christchurch terrorist attack were unlawful – police watchdog
Lana Andelane (Newshub): Three police searches of ‘extremist’ individuals’ homes and workplaces deemed unlawful – IPCA
Herald: Police searches unlawful – IPCA rules
No Right Turn: If you give the police a warrantless search power, they will abuse it
Stuff: Invoices reveal taxpayers cost for Christchurch mosque shooter’s legal fees

Scott Palmer and Kethaki Masilamani (Newshub): Police introduce new fleet of unmarked vehicles
Jonathan Mitchell (RNZ): Steven Wallace case: ‘It would have been difficult to cordon and contain him’
Stuff: Cop stands by decision to take pistol to window smashing, court told

Local government
Joel MacManus (Dominion Post): Wellington City Council declined pipe funding despite ‘extreme risk’
RNZ: Lost Wellington Water report identified damage in 2004 ahead of 2019 collapse
Todd Niall (Stuff): Auckland Council Budget: More fines, fewer buses and staff
Matthew Theunissen (RNZ): Govt outlines $200m in support for Auckland Council projects ahead of budget deadline
Denise Piper (Stuff): Northland’s new business park at Ngāwhā given $19.5m — if it proves viable
Luisa Girao (ODT): Govt funding announcement for Southland anticipated

Environment and conservation
Jono Galuszka (Stuff): Lake Horowhenua pollution exemption will not help restoration efforts, iwi says
Sebastian Leuzinger (Stuff): Climate Explained: What if we took all farm animals off the land and planted crops and trees instead?
Ryan Anderson (Stuff): Environmental change after lockdown should be ‘hard and early’
RNZ: The Detail: The fierce battle over Himalayan Tahr
Katie Todd (RNZ): Tahr Foundation apologises for ‘They Are Us’ slogan in lobby video
Kaitlin Ruddock (1News): Rafting guides on one of NZ’s longest rivers pull half a tonne of plastic out of Buller Gorge

Matthew Tso (Stuff): Kāinga Ora backs down on transitional housing development in Lower Hutt
Charlotte Cook (RNZ): Woman told rats gnawing through pipes in state house ‘not a health risk’
Priscilla Dickinson (Newshub): Annual house price growth nears 10 percent, sales hit four-year high, defying predictions of a slump

Hannah Martin (Stuff): Proposed changes to Pharmac model could ease brand switch issues
Sophie Trigger (Stuff): Health board amalgamation could ‘drown out’ local iwi voice, health reps say
Abbey Palmer (ODT): ‘Beautiful people’ give hospital $100K

Primary industries
Nona Pelletier (RNZ): Apple industry wants holiday visas extended through harvest
1News: ‘Enormous level of greed’ – Chatham Islands man sentenced for unreported shellfish worth over $800k
RNZ: Unreported $800,000 catch sees prominent Chathams fisherman sentenced

Karoline Tuckey (RNZ): Early childhood centres face closures as enrolments dwindle after lockdown
Grant Miller (ODT): University hardship fund well utilised

Mary Breheny (Stuff): Demonising others doesn’t lead to a more equal society
Bernard Hickey (Newsroom): Is the PM a transformer? Or just a manager?
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Latest Roy Morgan Poll: Labour 54.5% National 27%
Jake McKee (Newstalk ZB): Concerns raised over how prisoners will be able to vote in election
Newstalk ZB: David Seymour calls talkback to defend not owning a house
David Fisher (Herald): Exclusive: MP Sarah Dowie on leaving politics and Jami-Lee Ross (paywalled)
Matt Burrows (Newshub): UN watchdog takes aim at Helen Clark over her World Health Organization role, says she’s too close to China
RNZ: Meng Foon says stereotyping races hurtful
Joel MacManus (Dominion Post): Wellington Bus operators fined 30,000 times for late and cancelled services
RNZ: Job ads up in June but down on last year
Emily Bell (Spinoff): Publishers around the world will watch Stuff’s Facebook ‘experiment’ closely
Tourists not to blame for horror road toll, data shows
Herald: Qantas cancels all international flights until March 2021
1News: Arrivals into NZ in May lowest for any month in over 60 years, data shows



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