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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

New Cabinet
Tim Watkin (RNZ): Ardern’s new Cabinet in safe hands but ‘nothing flashy’
Chris Trotter (Daily Blog): A Curate’s Egg Cabinet: Much of it is bad, parts of it are excellent
Henry Cooke and Thomas Coughlan (Stuff): Cabinet reshuffle: The winners and losers from Jacinda Ardern’s new lineup
Heather du Plessis-Allan (Herald): Jacinda Ardern finally shows she has a backbone with tough Cabinet calls
Audrey Young (Herald): Jacinda Ardern’s bold and not-so-bold moves (paywalled)
Richard Harman: A Cabinet that reflects New Zealand
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Labour’s New Cabinet – Winners & Losers
Richard Pamatatau (RNZ): Labour’s new Cabinet has someone for everyone
Richard Shaw (The Conversation): Her cabinet appointed, Jacinda Ardern now leads one of the most powerful governments NZ has seen
Jason Walls (Herald): Who are the newbies? Meet the five new faces Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s has made ministers
Derek Cheng (Herald): Jacinda Ardern’s new Cabinet: The winners and losers
Derek Cheng (Herald): Jacinda Ardern’s new Cabinet: Who’s up or down, in or out?
Tova O’Brien (Newshub): Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s Cabinet reshuffle full of surprise ministerial appointments
Jane Patterson (RNZ): Restocking the Cabinet: Ardern spring clean packs surprise or two
Justin Giovannetti (Spinoff): The Covid election is over. Here comes the Covid cabinet
Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): Ardern’s big calls in new Cabinet
David Farrar: Who’s up and down
Anna Whyte (1News): Promotions, demotions and big changes in Government’s line-up
Luke Malpass (Stuff): Jacinda Ardern’s new Cabinet set up for economic recovery
Derek Cheng (Herald): Jacinda Ardern’s team: New faces, new portfolios, focus on Covid-response as economic advantage
Jenna Lynch (Newshub): A closer look at New Zealand’s most diverse Cabinet ever
Bernard Hickey: First scratch: Winners and losers in the new cabinet
Thomas Manch (Stuff): Nanaia Mahuta will be foreign minister and the first woman to do the job
Rukuwai Tipene-Allen (Māori TV): The first moko-wearing, Māori-speaking and female face to represent Aotearoa
Joel Maxwell (Stuff): It’s Tight Five Two: Māori MPs make splash inside new Labour Cabinet
Jo Moir (RNZ): Labour’s Māori caucus celebrates big promotions in Cabinet
Shane Te Pou (Spinoff): A momentous day for Māori – at the cabinet table as never before
Jason Walls (Herald) Record number of Māori in Cabinet: ‘We should be proud of that’ – PM Jacinda Ardern
Rachel Sadler (Newshub): Reactions flood in following Jacinda Ardern’s Cabinet announcement
Anna Whyte (1News): New Zealand has first openly gay deputy PM, first woman as Foreign Affairs Minister
Henry Cooke (Stuff): Grant Robertson new deputy prime minister as Jacinda Ardern reshapes Cabinet for new Government
RNZ: Deputy Prime Minister Grant Robertson ‘humbled’ with new role
Mike Houlahan (ODT): ‘Boy from South Dunedin’ deputy PM
Henry Cooke (Stuff): Cabinet reshuffle: Andrew Little new Health Minister but Chris Hipkins will take on Covid-19 response
Lana Andelane (Newshub): Nanaia Mahuta says new role as Foreign Affairs Minister follows ‘legacy of firsts for women’
Derek Cheng (Herald): Govt’s new health team to focus on Covid response, mental health support, reducing inequity
Yvette McCullough (RNZ): New health ministers eager to ‘drive the machine to make change’
RNZ: New Labour MP Dr Ayesha Verrall straight into Cabinet
Derek Cheng (Herald): Jacinda Ardern’s new Cabinet revealed, Grant Robertson named as Deputy PM
Matt Burrows (Newshub): Jacinda Ardern reveals why David Clark is back in Cabinet and Phil Twyford has been demoted
Mike Houlahan (ODT): Clark forgiven and back in the Cabinet
Julie Iles (NBR) Labour’s Cabinet reshuffle full of surprises (paywalled)
Phil Taylor (Guardian): Jacinda Ardern unveils new cabinet to focus on Covid-19 containment and recovery
Riley Kennedy (RNZ): No major changes for agriculture with new Cabinet line-up
Rachael Kelly (Stuff): Feds: farmers ‘disappointed’ in lack of ministerial change
Leah Tebbutt (Herald): Tauranga’s Jan Tinetti and East Coast MP Kiri Allan promoted into Cabinet

New Labour Government
Christine Rose (Daily Blog): Conservative capitalism, befitting our country’s constituency
Jane Clifton (Listener) The hard yards: New government faces challenges of a changing world (paywalled)
No Right Turn: Another funny thing to die in a ditch over
Mike Yardley (Stuff): Greens have been largely left on the grass
Newstalk ZB: Peter Dunne: Labour wants the Greens ‘corralled into a corner’

Housing
Bryan Bruce (Daily Blog): Shameful
John Hawkes (Herald): Time for Jacinda Ardern to grasp the nettle on housing (paywalled)
Eva Corlett (RNZ): House hunting in a hot market ‘just too hideous’
David Hargreaves (Interest): The return of FOMO to the housing market
Catherine Masters (One Roof): ‘It’s a bit crazy out there’: How long will house price boom last?
One Roof: Property Report debate: Will house prices keep rising?

Health
Phil Pennington (RNZ): ‘Serious risks’ at Auckland public health unit highlighted prior to Covid-19
Ian Powell: Greens need to provide an independent voice over New Zealand’s health system
Ian Powell: Health Minister talking bonkers on postcode lottery and Simpson review
Carly Gooch (Herald): Woman ‘given her life back’ after cataract operation wants to help others

Environment
Joel Maxwell (Stuff): Ngāi Tahu takes Crown to court for ‘rangatiratanga’ of its waterways
Finlay Macdonald (Ingenio): Climate change challenge: all eyes on the blue marble
Mike Joy (Newsroom): My message to Jacinda

Economy and work
Jenée Tibshraeny (Interest): Robertson brings forward scheduled meeting with Orr
David Hargreaves (Interest): Unemployment likely to rise above 5%
Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Westpac profit drops 38 per cent as Covid-19 impact hits

Local government
Charlie Gates (Stuff): Quake minister gone as Christchurch council handed full power – and the bills
Georgina Campbell (Herald): Wellington council gets $38m insurance payout for quake-damaged offices
Samantha Motion (Herald): Tauranga mayor Tenby Powell has prostate cancer, will take medical leave away from council
Bernard Orsman (Herald): Outgoing Watercare chief executive Raveen Jaduram’s salary topped $800,000

Insurance industry
Jenée Tibshraeny (Interest): EQC enables private insurers to manage claims on its behalf
Susan Edmunds and Emma Dangerfield (Stuff): Insurers to take over EQC claims handling

Other
Deena Coster and Helen Harvey (Stuff): Taranaki principals happy Green School funding will be 100 per cent loan
Guyon Espiner (RNZ): The poets, the spies, the vodka and the magpies
Stuff: Jacinda Ardern puppet celebrates election win by smoking weed on UK satire Spitting Image
Brad Flahive and James Baker (Stuff): Growing number of cars on Auckland’s roads ‘not safe or sustainable’
Gavin Ellis: Time to deliver, Minister
Andrew McRae (RNZ): Solicitor-General faces Abuse in Care Inquiry over Crown role
Luke Fitzmaurice (Spinoff): Power and devolution: the final chapter of the Oranga Tamariki inquiry
Edward Gay (Stuff): Royal Commission: Solicitor General denies lengthy legal action used to wear down survivors
Jane Clifton (Listener): Does Jacinda Ardern’s power come from her likeability? (paywalled)
David Williams (Newsroom): Ministerial musical chairs worry Muslim community
Keith Rankin: Cromwell and all that
D’Angelo Martin (Māori TV): ‘We desperately need to decriminalise cannabis’ – John Tamihere
Tanisha Jowsey (Newsroom): Priorities for End of Life Choice
Marc Daalder (Newsroom): Action Zealandia linked to violent overseas extremists

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