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Today’s content

Jason Walls (Herald): Remedies for the hot housing market: What does Grant Robertson have up his sleeve? (paywalled)
Elle Hunt (The Guardian): ‘Can you help me?’: The quiet desperation of New Zealand’s housing crisi
Jenée Tibshraeny (Interest): Treasury defends pace of Govt response to soaring house prices
Michael Reddell (BusinessDesk): Revealed: The real cause of high house prices
Richard Klipin (Herald): We need to change the property conversation (paywalled)
Brian Gaynor (BusinessDesk): Looking back: When Auckland residential property prices plunged 50%
Caroline Williams (Stuff): Million dollar dumps: Auckland’s derelict properties worth millions of dollars
Dan Satherley (Newshub): Housing crisis: ‘Small glimmer of hope’ in emergency housing spending figures – Salvation Army
Ethan Te Ora (Stuff): Is $745k reasonable for a one-bedroom house? Wellington property draws ire of housing advocates
Jeremy Sutton (Stuff): Why the property boom is bad for divorcing couples
Geraden Cann (Stuff): From sleeping rough and carrying a knife for protection to aiming for home ownership
Kurt Bayer (Herald): Welcome to the NZ town offering new homes at zero profit
RNZ: Renter says contacting Tenancy Services ‘feels impossible’ as calls up by third
Jennifer Eder (Stuff): The Squeeze: Council flats for seniors prompt rent review amid housing shortage

Housing and safety in Wellington: Marama Davidson vs Nicola Willis
Steven Cowan: The Trouble with Marama
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Marama’s intersectionist attack on Nicola Willis’ white girl fears vs the importance of public agency
Kerre McIvor (Herald): Government must tackle homelessness, violence, stop hiding behind Covid (paywalled)

Emily Writes (Spinoff): Women feeling unsafe in Wellington is nothing new
Nicola Willis and Zane Small (Newshub): The tweet that sparked racism row in Parliament between Marama Davidson and Nicola Willis
RNZ: National’s Nicola Willis and Green co-leader Marama Davidson clash over ‘racist’ accusation

Thomas Coughlan (Stuff): Police in Wellington appropriated public cars parks during Covid-19 alert level drop, because staff felt unsafe at night

Local government
Joel Maxwell (Stuff): Local government, too needy, too grassroots, not enough expertise

Simon Wilson (Herald): Skypath grounded: Auckland Harbour Bridge may never get a cycleway (paywalled)
Mike Mather (Stuff): ‘Elitism’, ‘double dipping’ accusations as councillors vote for access to childcare allowance
Chris Barclay and Matt Slaughter (Christchurch Star): Former Mayor Garry Moore slams Christchurch City Council restructure

Herald: Editorial: Bottomless brunch ban? Bah, humbug (paywalled)
John Minto (Daily Blog): Jim Boult – privatising the Queenstown commons for the ultra rich
Matt Lowrie (Spinoff): How Auckland’s flagship transport project lost its lustre
Ripu Bhatia (Stuff): City Rail Link: New Zealand’s largest infrastructure build ‘taking shape’
Oliver Lewis  (The Spinoff): Changing the future ‘before it’s too late’: the case for rail in Christchurch
RNZ: Proposal to charge commuters to park at Wellington bus and train stations could drive people away – Kāpiti Coast Mayor K Gurunathan
Herald: Hamilton City opposes Watercare application to take more water from Waikato River
Cherie Sivignon (Stuff): Tasman Mayor asks for central Government help with rising dam costs
Hamish McNeilly (Stuff): ‘Hefty’ rates rise proposed for Otago Regional Council
Karen Pasco (Otago Daily Times): Cr friction may undermine plan

Chris Trotter (Interest): Something big
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): What the latest political rumours really say about the Wellington Bureaucratic elites
Nikki Macdonald (Stuff): Urgent call to improve access to official information – Māori researchers
No Right Turn: Open Government: Ending the farce?

Jon Johansson (Stuff): Without strong leadership the path back to political power is a rocky one
Vita Molyneux (Newshub): Judith Collins reveals ‘confronting’ election review wasn’t compulsory reading for caucus
Stuff: ‘It’s up to them’: National MPs not required to read election review, leader Judith Collins says
Dan Satherley (Newshub): Simon Bridges says Judith Collins is ‘800 percent’ more popular than he is
Jehan Casinader (Stuff): Todd Muller on his leadership coup, his ‘breakdown’ and the road back to health
Damien Grant (Stuff): What a polar expedition tells us about National’s finance spokesman

Thomas Coughlan (Stuff): Ginny Andersen admits knowledge of electorate office deal in 2017
Claire Trevett (Herald): Beehive Diaries: PM’s quiet visit to Team NZ, Simon Bridges on leadership hopes (paywalled)
Mike Houlahan (ODT): National waiting to see which way wind blows
Phil Smith (RNZ): A miscellany of Parliament
1News: Meet Parliament’s rising star, a dog named Frankie

Foreign affairs and trade
Andrew Gunn (Stuff): ‘We’re all in this together, cobbers!’
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): China ‘speeding up’ drive to switch key imports away from unfriendly democracies
Claire Breen (Herald): The rights of child deportees (paywalled)
Mark Quinlivan  & Rachel Sadler (Newshub): ACT leader David Seymour hits out at Australia over deporting of New Zealand teenager
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): The geopolitics of why NZ isn’t attacking Australia over 501s
Louisa Cleave and Paula Penfold (Stuff): Chinese consulate voices ‘displeasure’ at Stuff Circuit Uyghur investigation Deleted
Sharon Brettkelly  (Newsroom): The Detail: Unpicking the price of milk
Khylee Quince (Stuff): The stories we tell ourselves about who we are are bound up in citizenship and where we live

Covid: Vaccine
1News: 1News Colmar Brunton poll reveals Kiwis’ attitude towards Covid-19 vaccine
Herald: Support for Covid vaccination grows – poll
1News: Covid-19 vaccine explainer: The what, when and how of the 2021 rollout
1News: Māori as young as 45 should receive priority access to Covid-19 vaccine, Māori medical leaders say
Irra Lee (1News): China signals it’s ‘exploring the possibility’ of introducing its Covid-19 vaccines to NZ

Covid: Border restrictions, MIQ, trans-Tasman bubble
Heather du Plessis-Allan (Herald): Kiwis won’t stand for another year in a NZ-only bubble (paywalled)
Katie Todd (RNZ): MIQ receiving about 100 complaints each week over booking system
Martin Van Beynen (Stuff): Keeping the Pride Lands going without outsiders
1News: ‘Talofa, bula and mālō e lelei’ — Judith Collins wants quarantine-free travel from Pacific
Vita Molyneux (Newshub): Judith Collins pushes for Pacific Islands travel bubble
Bonnie Flaws (Stuff): National calls for quarantine-free entry from Pacific to fill labour shortfall
Zane Small (Newshub): Trans-Tasman ‘contingency plan’: The reason Australia travel bubble won’t mean more space in managed isolation
RNZ: Rush on Aussie travel expected if trans-Tasman bubble opens
Heather du Plessis-Allan (Newstalk ZB): Sudden movement on travel bubble shows pressure works
Herald Editorial: Transtasman travel bubble could give a much needed boost
Newstalk ZB: Simon Bridges defends his decision to stick up for The Wiggles

Tom O’Connor (Stuff): Let’s move the workers from lattes to orchard ladders

Economy, government spending, business
1News: Covid-19 wage subsidy: More than $140m paid out over latest lockdown
Liam Dann (Herald): Grant Robertson’s $10 billion dilemma (paywalled)
RNZ: Grant Robertson won’t be drawn on if NZ heading for double-dip recession after GDP figures plunge
RNZ: Finance Minister Grant Robertson on economy: ‘I think we will see further volatility’
Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): GDP figures show how much trouble we’re in
Steven Joyce (Herald): GDP figures show the true cost of Fortress NZ (paywalled)
Kate MacNamara (Herald): Major strawberry grower Perrys Berrys calls it quits amid labour shortage
RNZ: Seymour blames government for fruit grower’s closure

1News: What’s New Zealand’s ideal population?
1News: Skilled migrants shortfall likely to worsen even after borders reopen – Faafoi

Tina Morrison (Stuff): Damien O’Connor says Covid-19 has taught tourism industry ‘not to be so cocky’
Derek Cheng (Herald): ‘It is unsustainable, it lacks resilience’: Tourism Minister says old tourism model must go
Amanda Cropp and Rachael Kelly (Stuff): ‘New-look’ tourism sector needed post Covid-19, Tourism Minister says
Newstalk ZB:‘It is unsustainable, it lacks resilience’: Tourism Minister says old tourism model must go
Eric Crampton (Stuff): Here’s why we need to start charging for access to tourist hotspots

Health and disability
Nicholas Jones (Herald): Exclusive: The hospital services identified as ‘vulnerable’, and how they’ll change (paywalled)
Bridie Witton (Stuff): The two-year wait for a terminal ovarian cancer diagnosis, and the disease that kills more women than our roads
Cate Broughton (Stuff): Cost barriers for smear tests and birth control ‘disgusting for women’s health’
Laura James (1News): Members of blind community facing wait times of up to three years for guide dogs
RNZ: Disability advocate Minnie Baragwanath: ‘NZ’s hang-ups on abilities and disabilities are holding everyone back’
Tom Hunt  (Stuff): The critical health worker flown into New Zealand, who hasn’t been able to treat patients for months
Bridie Witton (Stuff): Hundreds of surgeries postponed due to staffing issues at Wellington Regional Hospital

Hannah Martin (Stuff): What is water fluoridation and how does it work?
Stuff: Editorial – New fluoridation measures have bite
RNZ: Fluoridation: Dental Association backs plan for decision-making by top health official
Susan Botting (Herald): Whangārei Mayor slams Government moves to ‘mass medicate’ council drinking water with fluoride

America’s Cup
Claire Trevett (Herald): Will the Government fight to keep America’s Cup in NZ at any price? (paywalled)
RNZ: The America’s Cup may not remain in New Zealand

Joel Maxwell (Stuff): America’s Cup: It’s budget time for government, Auckland City, but where is the cash for the Cup?
Aimee Shaw (Herald): America’s Cup 2021: Did Auckland make any money from the sailing regatta? (paywalled)

Damien Venuto (Herald): Should Kris Faafoi take a harder line on taxing Google and Facebook? (paywalled)
RNZ: Battle against online harm beefs up censor’s power
Ellen O’Dwyer and Siobhan Downes (Stuff): Newshub breaks convention with two female anchors for 6pm bulletin
Stuff: MediaWorks begins independent workplace review after harassment allegations

Sasha Borissenko (Herald): How suicide reporting guidelines could be improved
Duncan Greive (Spinoff): The Fold: Hal Crawford on reviewing the NZ Media Fund, and what he learnt doing it

Environment and climate change
Alwyn Poole (Stuff): We must act now to save our marine ecosystems from complete collapse
Peter Griffin (Stuff): More proof that cattle fed seaweed emit less methane
Rod Oram (Newsroom): Testing business commitment to climate action
Basil Sharp (Interest): It is time to consider options for addressing traffic congestion and air pollution
Jehan Casinader (BusinessDesk): Hey, city slickers: Cars are becoming an endangered species (paywalled)

Terrorism; Christchurch mosque attacks
Katie Scotcher (RNZ): New Zealand’s terror list needs to be expanded – experts
Kurt Bayer (Herald): Christchurch mosque threats: New allegations over terrorist’s manifesto
Hina Cheema (Stuff): Simmering concerns among Muslims over possible moves towards social cohesion

Justice, police, law and order
Libby Wilson (Stuff): Justice delayed: wait for court trials stretches out in Hamilton
John Minto (Daily Blog): Police, Tasers, Public Protest and the Public Interest
Kirsty Johnston (Stuff): He had a QC, she couldn’t afford a lawyer. Is that justice?
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Golriz is right about failed child sex register
Zane Small (Newshub): National MP Simeon Brown’s ‘scaredy-cats’ tweet over no-show ‘backfired on him’ – Mongrel Mob

Rob Stock (Stuff): $1.60 return after $82.40 in fees: KiwiSaver cash funds’ existential crisis
Rob Stock (Stuff): Migrants protest at $450m of deductions from their NZ super payments
John Lewis (ODT): Teacher union opposes academic streaming
Dominic Godfrey (RNZ): Call for NZ govt to issue Dawn Raid apology
Kirsty Lawrence (Stuff): Uplift of newborn babies falls to lowest point in five years
Emma Russell (Herald): ‘It’s demeaning to women’: Gareth Morgan’s tribute to brothel owner sparks upset
Yvonne Tahana (1News): Iwi still struggle for legal recognition, a decade after foreshore and seabed legislation replaced
RNZ: Treaty of Waitangi: Ngāti Paoa sign $23.5 million deed of settlement
Andre Chumko (Stuff): Art for art’s sake, money for God’s sake – how can Aotearoa fix its broken artist pay model?
Paul Buchanan: The unmentioned C word
Fiona Hutton (Newsroom): Drug reform’s glimmer of hope
Tao Lin (The Spinoff): Anti-Asian hate and violence is not confined to America. It is right here, in NZ, too



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