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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

Twitter suspension of NZ accounts
Rachel Sadler (Newshub): Twitter’s suspension of New Zealand-based right-wing accounts ‘an overreaction’ – Simon Bridges
Alex Braae (Spinoff): NZ right-wingers caught up in global purge of Twitter accounts
No Right Turn: The Twitter Purge
Marc Daalder (Newsroom): NZ far-right Twitter accounts suspended
Jason Walls (Herald): Twitter crackdown reaches NZ: Hundreds of NZ right-wing users kicked off Twitter

US politics and NZ; International relations
Craig McCulloch (RNZ): National backtracks on support for Trump’s NZ staffer Chris Liddell
Jason Walls (Herald): National reverses its position on supporting Chris Liddell for OECD’s Secretary-General
Stuff: National backtracks on support for Trump’s NZ staffer Chris Liddell
Rukuwai Tipene-Allen (Māori TV): Māori Council chair calls New Zealand Trump supporters ‘idiots’ and ‘coneheads’
Newstalk ZB: Chris Liddell a ‘Trump enabler’, will ‘struggle to settle back in NZ’
Martyn Bradbury  (The Daily Blog): Hooton hears a what? The case against Liddell minus all the self-interested pearl clutching
Michael Barnett (Herald): Good morning America – and welcome back (paywalled)
Alexander Gillespie (The Conversation): What’s at stake for NZ in Australia’s case against China at the World Trade Organisation?

Housing
Dan Satherley (Newshub): Housing: Government could be forced into ‘knee-jerk’ moves to rein in house prices
Ben Leahy (Herald): Vacant land sales soar as developers rush to cash in on housing demand (paywalled)
Anna Whyte (1News): Greens ‘frustrated’ as housing crisis sees skyrocketing prices, promise to continue pushing cannabis reform
Laura Wiltshire (Stuff): Land-based rates changes proposed to ease Wellington housing crisis
Mark Todd (Newsroom): In thrall to the sprawl: How Aroha can cure Auckland’s addiction
Jennifer Eder (Stuff): The Squeeze: Young professional first-home buyers consider fleeing Blenheim market
Anne Gibson (Herald): Rental law overhaul: the ‘minor’ changes tenants will now be able to make to homes (paywalled)
Felix Desmarais (Stuff): ‘People are just not doing their jobs’: Rotorua homeless advocate takes aim at cops
Michael Neilson (NZ Herald): Housing crisis: Young Napier family’s Kāinga Ora home leaking for years, while children get sick
Katarina Williams and Laura Wiltshire (Stuff): Porirua housing development gets green light from independent panel

Covid
Emma Cropper (Newshub): Experts worried one of New Zealand’s COVID-19 vaccines will fail to protect the country
Bridie Witton (Stuff): Quicker vaccine rollout urged as fears new Covid strains will breach border
Hannah Martin (Stuff): Covid-19: NZ vaccine timeline remains the same in light of new variant strains
Siouxsie Wiles (The Spinoff): What the new, more infectious strains of Covid-19 mean for us
Elle Hunt (The Guardian): New Zealand stands by ‘travel bubble’ plan despite Covid outbreaks in Australia
Karoline Tuckey (RNZ): Confronted in supermarkets, flatmates move out: MIQ staff face ‘huge’ stigma
ODT: Editorial – Staying on top of Covid vital
Luke Kirkness (Herald): Covid 19 coronavirus: Tiny number using tracer app in public
Stuart Smith; Arena Williams (Stuff): We may be on track to beat Covid but the health, social and economic impacts will be with us for some time
Rebecca Howard (BusinessDesk): Medsafe sticking to vaccine rollout schedule

Parliament and Government
Amelia Wade (NZ Herald): Meet the Minister: Jan Tinetti reveals life working in a panda suit (paywalled)
John Weekes (Herald): US Capitol riots a ‘serious’ warning to NZ Parliament
RNZ: Parliament axe attack accused bailed to secure mental health unit

Economy and work
RNZ: Global survey shows Kiwis gloomy about economic recovery and inequality
Eleanor De Jong (The Guardian): New Zealand jobs market bounces back close to pre-pandemic levels
1News: Motueka fruit growers asking for Govt help after entire crops wiped out in hailstorm
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): ANZ forecasts OCR will bottom-out at 0.1% this year
NZ Herald: ‘Monetary policy is working’; ANZ drops forecast for negative OCR
Jenée Tibshraeny (Interest): ANZ economists no longer see OCR going negative
Georgina Campbell (NZ Herald): New Wellington Chamber of Commerce boss announced
Herald: Editorial: Older and richer? Now’s the time to shine – and have a remarkable holiday

Local government
Alice Abgeloni (Herald): Hobson’s Pledge flyers opposing Māori wards in Gisborne ‘undermining democracy’
Todd Niall (Stuff): Auckland Council building up for sale as thousands of staff work from home

Prisons
Jo Lines-MacKenzie (Stuff): Waikeria Prison to operate at reduced capacity for nearly two years after riot destruction
Christine McCarthy (Newsroom): Waikeria protests put a spotlight on prison conditions

Other
Lana Andelane (Newshub): Conspiracy theories claiming US voting software rigged NZ election debunked – AFP fact-check
RNZ: Church leader defends decision to exclude politicians from hui
Brittney Deguara (Stuff): The first female politician who ‘hit the ground running’ and broke the glass ceiling, but has no banknote
Chris Keall (Herald): Data breach: The questions the Reserve Bank must answer (paywalled)
Michael Bassett (Kiwiblog): Compulsory history in our schools
Jin Russell (Spinoff): When it comes to health, we’re not all in this together
Rebecca Moore (1News): ‘It is a concern’ – NIWA forecaster says extreme weather, warm temperatures in 2020 consistent with climate change
RNZ: New Zealand ‘pushing the odds toward warmer’ – climate scientist
Virginia Fallon (Stuff): Someone is trying to kill my dog and the Government doesn’t care
Mina Kerr-Lazenby (Stuff): Calls for closure of Whanganui Greyhound Track after five dogs killed
Sarah Nealon (Stuff): The AM Show’s Mark Richardson makes Duncan Garner honour vegan vow

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