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Today’s content

Housing
Jenée Tibshraeny (Interest): Next week’s housing policy package to include ‘incentives’ to invest beyond property
Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): The pros and cons of debt-to-income restrictions for home loans
Jason Walls (Herald): The Green Party urges ‘bold action’ on housing ahead of Government’s first housing package
RNZ: Greens urge capital gains tax in plan to address housing crisis
Zane Small (Newshub): Greens on housing crisis: Investors must be taxed and forced to cough-up cash deposits
Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Property investors’ record run could soon end: Corelogic
Newstalk ZB: Green MP hopes to make it easier for people to buy small apartments
Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Landlords selling properties make median $300,000 per sale
Katarina Williams (Stuff): New housing development breath of fresh, warm air for Porirua whānau
Waatea News: Motels no place for mokopuna

Parliament and Government
Thomas Coughlan (Stuff): National needs permanent Māori board member, review finds
Chris Trotter (Daily Blog): Voting without fear, with open eyes
No Right Turn: We need a parliamentary commissioner for human rights
Henry Cooke (Stuff): Simon Bridges kicked out of House after spat with Speaker Trevor Mallard
Jason Walls (Herald): Simon Bridges kicked out of House again after row with Speaker Trevor Mallard over ‘sexism’
Phil Smith (RNZ): Everyone deserves a defence – even Patsy

Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): Issues, other than Covid, will start to haunt the government
Andrew Ecclestone: Ministry of Justice supports review of the Official Information Act

America’s Cup
Claire Trevett (Herald): the real benefit of the America’s Cup to the Government (paywalled)

Steven Cowan: The bloated corporate monster that is the America’s Cup
Jo Moir (Newsroom): Top government no-show at America’s Cup
Kendall Hutt (Stuff): America’s Cup: PM hails ‘brilliance’ of victorious Team NZ, govt commits more funding
RNZ: Cabinet signals $5m for Team New Zealand’s next America’s Cup defence
Herald: America’s Cup: Jacinda Ardern on Team New Zealand’s victory
John Anthony (Stuff): Team New Zealand will need taxpayer and corporate cash immediately after America’s Cup, expert says
Todd Niall (Stuff): America’s Cup: Talks set to start on whether next defence will be in NZ
Herald: Editorial: The America’s Cup is now anyone’s cup (editorial)
Grant Bradley (Herald): America’s Cup venue question: Business leaders call for Team New Zealand to stay put (paywalled)

Foreign affairs
Michael McGowan (The Guardian): Deportation of a minor: how a ‘corrosive’ policy sank cosy relations between Australia and New Zealand
John Bishop (Stuff): Are the Australians really our friends?
Golriz Ghahraman (The Guardian): Ally or no, New Zealand must stand up to callous Australia over 501 deportees
Charlie Dreaver (RNZ): Boy’s deportation by Australia a breach of rights, says Children’s Commissioner
Luke Malpass (Stuff): Why the cost of standing up to China’s human rights abuses will only get higher
Jamie Ensor (Newshub): Britain to ‘invest deeply’ in New Zealand, strengthen Five Eyes partnership – integrated review
Angela Woodward (Spinoff): Britain is making a terrible mistake in boosting its nuclear arsenal, and NZ needs to say so

Ihumātao
Zane Small (Newshub): Ihumātao deal under scrutiny as Housing Minister Megan Woods accused of using KiwiBuild as ‘slush fund’
Torika Tokalau (Stuff): Ihumātao campaigners promise to ‘stay forever’ as $29.9m sale of site completed
Jo Moir (Newsroom): New challenges to resolving Ihumātao land future
Waatea News: Ihumaatao housing likely outcome of housing fund spend
Waatea News: National attacks solution to Ihumaatao mess

Covid and border
Jonathan Milne (Newsroom): Argument for investing in saving lives from flu, too
Shaun Hendy (Newsroom): Covid-19: ‘I cried quietly to myself – we had beaten it’
Ben Strang (RNZ): Defence Force MIQ workers confused by double standard
Jamie Ensor (Newshub): New graph shows vaccine rollout timeline, how many jabs expected per week
Thomas Manch (Stuff): Prisoners among the 1.7 million people to get Covid-19 vaccine from May
Abbey Wakefield (1News): Covid-19 vaccinations could reach 50k a day during peak of rollout — Bloomfield
Rowan Quinn (RNZ): Rural health workers declining Covid-19 vaccine due to ‘hours of travel’
Luke Malpass (Stuff): Trans-Tasman bubble expected to start by the middle of April
Derek Cheng (Herald): Transtasman travel bubble still at least three weeks away
Chris Roberts and Brent Thomas (Herald): Tourism bodies plead for transtasman bubble progress (paywalled)
Tamsyn Parker (Herald): Business leaders call for more transparency on Covid advice

Local government
Tom Hunt (Stuff): $500m Shelly Bay development clears significant hurdle in High Court
Georgina Campbell (Herald): Wellington mayor Andy Foster’s chief of staff quits
Damian George (Stuff): Wellington Mayor Andy Foster loses second chief of staff
Damian George (Stuff): Concern over ‘climate change sceptic’ addressing Wellington City Council

Susan Botting (Herald): Māori wards challenged: Move to overturn Whangārei District Council vote
Lawrence Gullery (Stuff): Waipā District Council opens up deabte on whether to establish Māori ward

Christchurch mosque attacks, hate speech
RNZ: Human Rights Commission backs compensation package for Christchurch terror attack victims
Tom Peters (World socialist website): New Zealand: Two years since the Christchurch far-right terrorist attack
John Gibb (ODT): Optimism over countering hate speech

Stuff: Editorial – Terror attack victims deserve more financial help

Worker exploitation and ‘ethical’ capitalism
Louisa Cleave and Paula Penfold (Stuff): Government investments approved despite links to human rights abuses
Dileepa Fonseka (Stuff): Shipping company slavery accusations ‘concerning’, Mahuta says
Tamsyn Parker (Herald): KiwiSaver provider owned by New Zealand Stock Exchange outed as biggest nuclear investor (paywalled)

Media
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Minister says planned launch of Google News Showcase in NZ is ‘encouraging’
Hayden Donnell (RNZ): Tech giant co-opts media for fight against vaccine misinformation
Daniel Dunkley (BusinessDesk): Google news plan doesn’t get government off hook with media

Corrections, Justice
Stuff: Corrections signals pepper spray review on eve of prisoner’s court case
Anna Whyte (1News): Government moves to fix botch-up that saw hundreds removed from Child Sex Offender Register
Adam Pearse (Herald): Child Protection Act changes in response to hundreds removed from child sex register

Environment
Yaara Bou Melhem (ABC): New Zealand’s troubled waters
Michael Lueck (The Conversation): A green tax on long-haul flights favours rich tourists. NZ needs a fairer strategy
No Right Turn: Labour should have fixed this long ago

Climate change and energy
Marc Daalder (Newsroom): Calculating NZ’s renewable electricity gap
Imran Ali (Herald): Consents sought for massive power station in Northland (paywalled)
Cameron Burrows (Herald): Chasing the biggest carbon emissions reductions for the lowest cost (paywalled)

Primary industries
Catherine Iorns, Mike Britton, and Allan Brent (Newsroom): Pastoral lease reform: back to the future?
Bonnie Flaws (Stuff): Intensive winter grazing rules deferred until May next year

Other
Luke Kirkness (Herald): Inland Revenue trying to claw back $90 million from our 390 ultra-rich (paywalled)

Murat Ungor (Newsroom): Economic stimulus: Too soon to declare ‘V’ means victory
Emile Donovan (RNZ): Imagining a monarchy-free Aotearoa
RNZ: Three Waters reforms: Government launches workshops to explain to iwi, councils
Dougal Sutherland (Newsroom): No time to waste on mental suffering
Māori TV: Acting Oranga Tamariki chief Sir Wira Gardiner urges aroha in decision-making
Dita De Boni (NBR): Women’s anger met with wall of misogyny around the world (paywalled)

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