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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

National Party
Tim Murphy (Newsroom): National MPs need to avoid their own spin
Claire Trevett (Herald): The case for Judith Collins to make Deputy Shane Reti and put Simon Bridges in finance (paywalled)
John Bishop (Stuff): National needs new values to rebuild
Henry Cooke (Stuff): Gerry Brownlee’s deputy leadership in trouble ahead of confidence vote
Zane Small (Newshub): National MPs to decide on keeping Judith Collins and Gerry Brownlee in leadership after special votes confirmed
RNZ: Questions hang over National MPs still teetering in the balance
Jenna Lynch (Newshub): Judith Collins’ message to caucus ahead of one-on-one meetings: ‘I hope everybody’s grateful to be here’
Rachel Sadler (Newshub): Todd Muller admits he’s part of ‘kaleidoscope of issues’ that led National to devastating election result
Zane Small (Newshub): Judith Collins hails ‘resilient’ National MP Maureen Pugh ‘on the cusp’ of losing her job after special votes
Kereama Wright (Māori TV): Ngāti Maniapoto’s Simon Bridges rules out National leadership run

Election and referendum results
Herald: Editorial: Young voters need to take notice (paywalled)
Amelia Wade (Herald): Special vote counting, MP Maureen Pugh likely to leave Parliament for third time
Eleanor Ainge Roy (Guardian): New Zealand counts down to verdicts on cannabis and euthanasia votes
Joel Maxwell (Stuff): Good God! Destiny Church’s Hannah Tamaki fulfills ‘goal’ to unseat Labour MP
RNZ: Māori roll enrolments double since 2017
ODT: Editorial – Conspiracies and cohesive society

Henrietta Bollinger (Spinoff): All these new queer MPs are fantastic news. But where are their disabled peers?
Samuel Judah Seomeng and Caroline Bennett (The Conversation): New MP Ibrahim Omer’s election highlights the challenges refugees from Africa face in New Zealand
Henry Cooke (Stuff): New Green MP attracts outpouring of abuse and removal petition in first week after ridiculing oath of allegiance to Queen
Laura Walters (Newsroom): Chihuahua sparks constitutional conversation

Greens and coalition negotiations
Bryce Edwards (Democracy Project): Political Roundup – The Green Party’s fraught decision
Chris Trotter (Daily Blog): A Leap Of Faith – In Labour’s direction of travel
Mark Quinlivan and Zane Small (Newshub): Green Party co-leader James Shaw refuses to confirm whether Labour has given him Climate Change portfolio
Jason Walls (Herald): ‘We are getting towards the end’ – Greens co-leader on talks with Labour

Political finance
Thomas Coughlan (Stuff): Labour must declare Hutt South donations from now on says Electoral Commission
No Right Turn: The Labour Party is still rorting us
Edward Gay (Stuff): NZ First Foundation accused denies charges, elects trial by jury
Sam Hurley (Herald): NZ First Foundation case: Accused pleads not guilty and seeks to postpone suppression argument
RNZ: Man pleads not guilty in NZ First Foundation case

Māori Party
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Let’s thank Mike Hosking for helping the Māori Party re-enter Parliament 
RNZ: Māori Party’s Rawiri Waititi to replace John Tamihere as co-leader

NZ First
Tova O’Brien (Newsroom): Winston Peters returns to Parliament after election defeat but future of New Zealand First is unclear
Thomas Manch (Stuff): ‘Job done’: Outgoing Defence Minister Ron Mark warns Labour must continue military spending

Daniel Dunkley (Stuff): Reserve Bank needs to realise it’s done too much for housing market
RNZ: Housing boom could get worse, economist warns
Priscilla Dickinson (Newshub): ‘Housing market on steroids:’ Mortgage lending hits record high of $7.3 billion in September
Jess Berentson-Shaw (Newsroom): Just Fix the F***ing Housing Problem. Please!
Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): Too much commentary on housing ignores reality
Ashley Church (One roof): Why now is the right time to buy your first home
Ayla Miller (Spinoff): I used to think all landlords were rich – until I became one by accident

Local government
D’Angelo Martin (Māori TV): Kaipara District Council backs new Māori ward
Georgina Campbell (Herald): Wellington’s central library: From paralysis to $179m fix
Grant Miller (ODT) ‘What you’d expect from a 4-year-old’: Dunedin councillors blast colleague over ongoing behavioural issues
Grant Miller (ODT): To resign rather than apologise
Matthew Tso (Stuff): Hutt councillor stung by his own Code of Conduct reimbursement motion

Oranga Tamariki
Meriana Johnsen (RNZ): Power transfer from Oranga Tamariki must be radical, Waitangi Tribunal told
Te Kuru o te Marama Dewes (Māori TV): ‘What is the Crown going to do about Oranga Tamariki?’ – lawyer asks tribunal
Te Kuru o te Marama Dewes (Māori TV): ‘State-sanctioned child trafficking. There is no other word for it.’ – Jean Te Huia

Tim Brown (RNZ): Fishing companies don’t want to hire local, mariners say
Newstalk ZB: ANZ: Government should not go ahead with minimum wage rise in April
Jenny Ruth (BusinessDesk): Of politics, contradictions and NZ Super Fund’s presentation (paywalled)

Katie Todd (RNZ): Northland police carry firearms as search for two gunmen continues
Rukuwai Tipene-Allen (Māori TV): Police shooting proof gun laws not working – new ACT MP

Environment and conservation
Stuff: Editorial – Little fish, big issue on next conservation minister’s plate
David Williams (Newsroom): DoC reviews ‘nonsense’ media permits
Jason Walls (Herald): Government bolsters its green ministerial vehicle fleet with fully battery-electric Audis

Human Rights Commission
1News: Human Rights Commission calls for new Government to ‘honour human rights and Te Tiriti’
Eleisha Foon (Stuff): Plea for reform: ‘Human rights create fair societies’

Henry Cooke (Stuff): DHB cuts to go ahead in bid to end ‘postcode lottery’, says Chris Hipkins
Ian Powell: Ashley’s half-right
Emma Espiner (Spinoff): Reaching wahine where they are: The push to improve Māori breast cancer care

Catherine Churchman (Newsroom): Inquiry into local china expert divides colleagues
John Gerritsen (RNZ): ‘Schools might start to bulge at the seams’ – Many Auckland schools under pressure
Jonathan Milne (Newsroom): Problems zoning schools ‘at heart’ of transient neighbourhoods

Laura Walters (Newsroom): Why NZ should care about the US election
Natasha Lampard (Spinoff): Complicity with Trump’s inhumanity should be disqualifying, even if you’re from Matamata
Heather du Plessis-Allan (Newstalk ZB): Chris Liddell shouldn’t be dismissed because of his boss
Oliver Hartwich (Herald): We don’t know how unlucky we are in NZ (paywalled)
NZ Herald: Kim Dotcom’s defiant message to NZ Government, Kiwis over Joe Biden corruption allegations
NZ Herald: ‘Scotty, give them a fair go’: Sonny Bill Williams’ plea to Aussie over NZ refugee deal
Brittany Keogh (Stuff): Auckland Prison staff assaulted 109 times, just two prisoners charged
Brian Easton (Pundit): Where Does The Media Stand On The Political Spectrum?
Jody O’Callaghan (Stuff): Charities Services investigating Linwood Mosque finances
Ashley Stanley (Newsroom): Women aren’t little men: developing female athletes



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