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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

Housing and inequality
Thomas Coughlan (Stuff): Reserve Bank repeatedly warned Government money printing would lead to house price inflation
Jenée Tibshraeny (Interest): Revealed: The official advice Robertson ignored on how QE boosts house prices
Talia Marshall (Stuff): Not having secure housing has begun to undo my head
Bernard Hickey (Stuff): Property investors ‘working hard, taking risks’ – or are they?
David Hargreaves (Interest): The decisions the RBNZ didn’t expect to be making now
Miriam Bell (Stuff): Price extremes in New Zealand’s housing market revealed
Jason Walls (Herald): ‘Reverse Jesus’: Act leader David Seymour takes aim at Govt for declaring wrong crisis
1News: NZ’s housing crisis to get ‘worse and worse’, senior economist warns
John Minto (Daily Blog): How fast are we building state houses?
Cherie Howie (Herald): Waiheke Island housing woes for renters, buyers as demand for property soars (paywalled)
Hayden Donnell (Spinoff): Oh no: one landlord is set to own all of Christchurch by the year 2053
Martyn Bradbury (Stuff): Labour were warned printing billions would lead to speculation & skyrocketing rentals but screwed renters anyway 
Newstalk ZB: Queenstown housing trust offering homes for $200,000 – with a catch
Jane Bowron (Stuff): Pull a lever and see what happens

Waitangi: Women’s speaking rights controversy
Stuff: Editorial – Speaking rights and slow progress at Waitangi
Heather du Plessis-Allan (Newstalk ZB): Women should be allowed to speak on the marae
Tina Ngata (The Guardian): New Zealand’s Māori women have more to contend with than ordinary sexism
1News: ‘It was tikanga Māori’ – political reporter says Judith Collins made a ‘misstep’ over Waitangi speaking rights claim
Herald: Judith Collins on causing a stir at Waitangi: She came, she saw, she did not speak (paywalled)
Tova O’Brien (Newshub): Judith Collins ‘not interested’ in Marama Davidson’s criticism after accusation of meddling with marae protocol
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Marama Davidson vs Judith Collins: Intersectionist Identity Politics erupts at Waitangi
1News: Labour MP says ‘it isn’t as simple’ as just inviting Judith Collins to speak at Waitangi
Newstalk ZB: Māori academic on why Judith Collins’ Waitangi speaking ban is justified
1News: Judith Collins lacks ‘cultural expertise’ on wāhine’s role at marae after making sexism claims: Marama Davidson
1News: Explainer: Tikanga on female visitors to marae following Judith Collins’ sexism claim
Michael Neilson (Herald): Waitangi 2021: Marama Davidson says Judith Collins ‘undermines’ wahine Māori over marae speaking debate
Zane Small (Newshub): Waitangi speaking snub: Greens co-leader Marama Davidson lays into National’s Judith Collins over lack of ‘cultural expertise’

Waitangi: Perspectives on the Treaty and race relations
Paul Moon (Stuff): Britain did not want sovereignty over Māori
Te Aniwa Hurihanganui (RNZ): Waitangi Day: The hope my ancestors had for this country
Martin Van Beynen (Stuff): New Zealand on the cusp of tumultuous change
Herald: Editorial – We are still pulling together in one direction (paywalled)
Melanie Carroll (Stuff): NZ had the answer 30 years ago to solve Māori crisis but hasn’t acted: Report
Te Huia Bill Hamilton (Stuff): 2021: The year of rangatiratanga, Māori sovereignty
ODT: Editorial – Te Tiriti in 2021 and beyond
Fran O’Sullivan (Herald): Time to look beyond the grievances (paywalled)
John Roughan (Herald): Waitangi Day and the importance of teaching our country’s history in schools (paywalled)
Koro Vaka’uta (RNZ): Māori-Pasifika: Generation B emerging in Aotearoa
Tara Shaskey (Stuff): Future of treaty partnership comes down to the individual, ‘recovering racist’ says

Waitangi: The day
The Guardian: New Zealand celebrates Waitangi Day with dawn service, bacon butties
Jody O’Callaghan (Stuff): Waitangi Day now celebrated for a reason ‘rather than just a day off’ for many
Adam Pearse, Michael Neilson, Peter de Graaf and Claire Trevett (Herald): Up to 25,000 people crowd Waitangi, treated to spine-tingling mass haka
Adam Pearse (Northern Advocate): New-look Waitangi dawn ceremony celebrations a hit
Mina Kerr-Lazenby (Stuff): Waitangi Day: Hundreds turn out for dawn service at treaty grounds
Luisa Girao (ODT): Hope for bridge of partnership
Torika Tokalau (Stuff): Waitangi 2021: Covid-19, protocols and finding the balance at the treaty grounds

Waitangi: Labour Government
Claire Trevett (Herald): More than charm – why Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has won over Waitangi year after year (paywalled)
Jane Patterson (RNZ): Ardern at Waitangi: ‘I do not shy away from need’ to fix Māori issues
Anna Whyte (1News): Thousands attend Waitangi, as PM pledges to be ‘open, frank and honest’ in partnership with Māori
Charlie Dreaver and Te Aniwa Hurihanganui (RNZ): Waitangi 2021: Willie Jackson says Labour’s Māori caucus bringing change
Zane Small (Newshub): Jacinda Ardern reflects on meaning behind Waitangi breakfast and why ‘we shouldn’t take protests as failure’
Waatea News: Government challenged on Maori housing spend
Martyn Bradbury (Waatea News): Thankfully Labour isn’t just offering a holiday in two years to Māori this Waitangi Day

Waitangi: General
Herald: Less than half of Kiwis have visited Waitangi – the birthplace of the nation
Steve Braunias (Herald): The secret diary of Waitangi (paywalled)
Michael Neilson (Herald): Waitangi Day 2021: Aotearoa’s unity, diversity, ‘blessed place in the world’ celebrated
1News: Māori Prime Minister ‘only a matter of time’ says Jacinda Ardern
RNZ: Crown has breached Treaty of Waitangi numerous times – Reddy
Thomas Manch and Joel Maxwell (Stuff): PM Jacinda Ardern willing to return to Te Tii marae after muted Waitangi celebrations
Rawiri Taonui (Waatea News): The Mystery of the locations of interest group and white Waitangi Day
Mandy Te (Stuff): Defence Force under fire over planned 21-gun salute to honour the Queen on Waitangi Day
Georgina Campbell (Herald): 21-gun-salute in honour of the Queen on Waitangi Day labelled ‘distasteful’
No Right Turn: Who is in charge of our military?
Craig Cooper (Hawkes Bay Today): Waitangi Day – what are we actually celebrating?
Māori TV: PM: Government ready to kōrero with iwi about rangatiratanga over freshwater
Whatitiri Te Wake (Māori TV): Judith Collins has eye on Ngāpuhi individual to contest Māori seat
1News: ‘Warmest regards’ – Joe Biden sends letter to Jacinda Ardern wishing Kiwis well for Waitangi Day

Waitangi: Greens
Te Aorewa Rolleston (RNZ): Waitangi 2021: Māori Greens announce 6 priorities for Te Ao Maori and Te Tiriti o Waitangi
Michael Neilson (Herald): Waitangi 2021: Green Party unveils Māori priorities, including independent health authority and constitutional discussion
Joel Maxwell (Stuff): Greens announce Māori priorities, including backing a Māori health authority

Government and Parliament
Josie Pagani (Herald): Why politics is getting personal – it’s tribalism (paywalled)
Oliver Hartwich (The Spectator UK): The myth of Saint Jacinda
Elle Hunt (The Guardian): ‘Diversity dilemma’: world’s most inclusive parliament still faces battle for change
Monique Poirier (Kiwiblog): Announcements about announcements: how long can Labour get away with it?
Amelia Wade (Herald): ‘His behaviour is not up to the job’: National prepares vote of no confidence in Speaker Trevor Mallard over false rapist claims
Rachel Sadler and Emma Turton (Newshub): National Party preparing vote of no confidence in Trevor Mallard over his ‘rape’ comments
Jason Walls (Herald): New Zealand is again sitting at the top of the list of world’s most democratic countries

Covid
Peter Dunne: Spin, spin, spin – the Government’s Covid management
Luke Malpass (Stuff): The subtle Government change that should boost Covid confidence
Andrea Vance (Stuff): From vaccine nationalism to abandoning immigrants, we’ll be judged by our selfishness
Janine Starks (Stuff): No-one knows how much the NZ government paid for our vaccines and no-one seems to be asking
Morgan Godfery (Guardian): New Zealand’s Māori tribes deserve recognition for their part in vanquishing Covid-19
Peter Wilson (RNZ): The Week in Politics – Vaccine approved but questions about when it will arrive
Andrea Vance (Stuff): Ministers secretive over Late Show host Stephen Colbert discussions
Heather du Plessis-Allan (Herald): Covid wiggle room – Government’s jaw-dropping inconsistency (paywalled)
Jason Walls (Herald): Covid 19 coronavirus: Is it luck? Top health boss Caroline McElnay’s theory on lack of community cases (paywalled)
Carwyn Jones (Stuff): How the Treaty of Waitangi relates to Covid-19
Nicholas Jones (Herald): Dr Siouxsie Wiles calls on Air New Zealand to stop serving food and drink, criticises link to research
Melanie Carroll (Stuff): Covid-19: Dr Siouxsie Wiles criticises Air NZ for letting people remove masks
Helen Livingstone (The Guardian): New Zealand: another Covid case linked to Pullman Hotel
Herald: Pullman returnee tests Covid-19 positive in Hamilton; Waitangi Day event canned
Geraden Cann (Stuff): Government should consider delaying release of final Pullman guests, expert says
Scott Palmer (Newshub): National’s Chris Bishop says something has ‘clearly gone wrong’ at Pullman Hotel after latest community case
Steven Joyce (Herald): Covid quarantine system bordering on a farce (paywalled)

Economy and work
Jason Walls (Herald): A newly released report shows which regions and jobs will likely be hit hardest by Covid-19 (paywalled)
Newshub: Annual inflation 3 times higher for beneficiaries than other households
Melanie Carroll (Stuff): Rising rents hit beneficiaries, low interest rates boost top earners: Stats NZ
Catherine Harris (Stuff): Price hikes in wings as businesses fend off cost pressures
Liam Dann (Herald): Why economists got unemployment so wrong (paywalled)
Jenny Ruth (BusinessDesk): The fear factor and counting covid risk (paywalled)

Climate change
Damien Grant (Stuff): The unspeakable option omitted from the Climate Change Commission’s ambitions
Rod Oram (Newsroom): Climate Change Commission needs urgent help
Olivia Wannan (Stuff): Compact cities, low-methane sheep and EVs: Life in our zero-carbon future
Jack Tame (Newstalk ZB): Forget your EV bias
No Right Turn: Climate Change: Legal actions

Māori wards in local government
Claire Trevett (Herald): Labour to rush Māori wards change into law, National’s Judith Collins says ‘undemocratic’
Sasha Borissenko (Herald): Racism and racist laws slowing path to Maori wards (paywalled)
Dominic O’Sullivan (The Conversation): Guaranteed Māori representation in local government is about self-determination — and it’s good for democracy

Local government
Ben Thomas (Stuff): Why Govt must stop burying its problems with flailing local councils
Kerry Prendergast (Stuff): Councillors let water gush past them
Jon Johansson (Stuff): A summer of bursting and breaking points, at home and abroad
Eva Corlett (RNZ): Wellington water woes becoming daily disasters, council under pressure

New Zealand history and the school curriculum
RNZ: Teachers will get support they need to teach new history curriculum, PM says
Peter de Graaf (Northern Advocate): Waka will be part of NZ history curriculum, PM pledges at Waitangi
ODT: Editorial – History and the H bomb
Lydia Whiting (Spinoff): What’s really behind Paul Goldsmith’s criticism of the new histories curriculum?

China and international relations
Audrey Young (Herald): How NZ is challenged by Australia’s disappointment (paywalled)
Su-Lin Tan (South China Morning Post): Could New Zealand serve as an ‘honest broker’ to repair ties between China and the West?
Tom Peters (World Socialist Website): Australian PM calls on New Zealand to “align more” against China

Banning Conversion Therapy
Rachel Sadler (Newshub): Simon Bridges criticised for ‘shameful’ conversion therapy comments
Jenna Lynch (Newshub): Greens accuse Labour of dragging chain on banning conversion therapy
Jason Walls and Michael Neilson (Herald): ‘We have an obligation’: Ardern wants conversion therapy ban bill before MPs this year
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Doesn’t cancelling Simon Bridges over Gay Conversion Therapy comments prove him right?
Greg Presland (The Standard): Simon Bridges, Conversion Therapy and free speech

Media and debate
Mark Jennings (Newsroom): The John Banks effect
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Vodafone to black-list media outlets that promote hateful content or ‘fake news’
Keith Lynch (Stuff): Radio host Sean Plunket’s future at Magic Talk uncertain
Herald: Sean Plunket responds to reports his future at Magic Talk is uncertain

Other
Ben Leahy (Herald): Covid-19 coronavirus: The state sector bosses who ignored Jacinda Ardern’s pay cut plea (paywalled)
Jo Moir (Newsroom): New Zealand First prepares for comeback fight
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Waitangi 2021 – We’ve all been failed by the Treaty 
Khylee Quince (Stuff): We conflate fairness with treating everyone the same
Polly Gillespie (Stuff): Why are our courts so stuffy and old-fashioned?
Herald: Editorial: NZ’s gay rights – we’ve come a long way (paywalled)
Steve Braunias (Newsroom): Danyl McLauchlan and the meaning of life

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