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Today’s content

Thomas Coughlan (Stuff): D-day for the Government’s plan to fix housing, with few easy options
Rachel Sadler (Newshub): ‘Radical’ change needed to tackle New Zealand’s severe housing deprivation – political commentator
David Hargreaves (Interest): Govt housing changes ‘won’t address the central problem in the housing crisis’
Jason Walls (Herald): Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s housing package to ’tilt the balance’ to first-home buyers
Eva Corlett (RNZ): Government to unveil plan to help first-home buyers into housing market
Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): Greens try to out-tack Govt on housing
Ashley Church (One Roof): Should we take another look at capital gains tax?
Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): Bright line changes, new build incentives in Govt housing package
Jade Kake (Stuff): Collective housing options deserve a closer look
Meriana Johnsen (RNZ): ‘No human face, patience and empathy’ for Māori homelessness, Tribunal hears
Rob Stock (Stuff): Simplicity becomes latest KiwiSaver to invest in social housing
Herald: KiwiSaver provider Simplicity commits $20 million to community housing fund
Miriam Bell (Stuff): House values rocket more than $100,000 in most city suburbs nationwide
Rachel Sadler (Newshub): New map shows New Zealand suburbs with fastest rising house prices
Rachel Sadler (Newshub): Revealed: The New Zealand regions pulling in the highest capital gains for residential investors
Charlotte Fielding (Stuff): Why I’m moving into a bus with an 11-year-old, a dog and a cat
Jenna Lynch (Newshub): Housing crisis: Emergency motel stays averaging three months, some tenants stuck there for over a year
Mark Quinlivan (Newshub): Housing crisis: ‘Temporary solution’ of emergency motels better than a car – Jacinda Ardern

Wellington housing and safety row
Dave Armstrong (Stuff): We need to talk about why we don’t feel safe in the CBD
Mark Quinlivan (Newshub): National leader Judith Collins calls on Marama Davidson to apologise to Nicola Willis over racism row
Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): What’s happening in our social housing is the real issue

Racism and police
Heather du Plessis-Allan (Newstalk ZB): This argument is bigger than Police Ten 7
Herald: Police Association calls for Race Relations Commissioner to retract ‘racist’ comment
Hamish Cardwell (RNZ): Police Ten 7: Company rejects calls to end show over cries of racism
Herald: TV icon Graham Bell says Ten 7 reveals ‘cold, hard uncomfortable truth’
Newstalk ZB: ‘Police are racist’: Meng Foon speaks out as debate rages over Police Ten 7
Moana Ellis (Herald): Survey reveals Māori grief and anger at daily experiences of racism

Justin Giovannetti (Spinoff): Review, apologise, overhaul: Kelvin Davis dramatically changes tune on women’s prison abuses
Anna Whyte (1News): ‘It shouldn’t get to this crisis point’ — Amnesty NZ says broader transparency needed after blistering prison report
RNZ: Corrections denies culture problem, but will pay compensation for ‘degrading’ treatment
RNZ: Corrections Minister orders urgent overhaul, review of women’s prisons
Jane Patterson (RNZ): Corrections in the gun after accusations of mistreatment at Auckland Women’s Prison

SIS review of failure on Christchurch terrorist attack
Thomas Manch and Marine Lourens (RNZ): Security Intelligence Service releases internal review into decision-making prior to Christchurch mosques attack
RNZ: Spy agency releases full internal report into Christchurch terror attack

Covid: Border
Luke Malpass (Stuff): Why Jacinda Ardern will not be rushed on the trans-Tasman bubble
Barry Soper (Herald): Transtasman travel bubble – why do Kiwis still have to wait?
Claire Trevett (Herald): Australia, here we come! Or do we? The shifting sands of the trans-Tasman bubble (paywalled)
Richard Harman: The tricky politics of the bubble (paywalled)
Amelia Wade (Newshub): Tourism operators fume after Jacinda Ardern fails to announce trans-Tasman bubble date

Nicholas Agar (Newsroom): A year on: Don’t let Covid bring out the petty in us
Derek Cheng (Herald): Covid 19 coronavirus: What the data says about how NZ has changed a year on from lockdown (paywalled)
Marc Daalder (Newsroom): One year on: Ayesha Verrall on how we’ve changed
Lucy Warhurst (Newshub): Pfizer vaccine: Concerns there won’t be enough staff trained for the wider vaccine rollout
Pattrick Smellie (BusinessDesk): Suddenly, life after covid is visible (paywalled)

Economy, inequality, and work
Catherine Masters (Listener): Divided we fall: The scary trends in NZ’s two-speed economy (paywalled)
Nikki Mandow (Newsroom): Time to find out what NZ really wants, and needs
Liam Dann (Herald): Business leaders seek detail on NZ government’s Covid recovery plan (paywalled)
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Consumer confidence near average levels – unless you are young
Jenny Ruth (BusinessDesk): Can this government bring itself to raise ACC levies? (paywalled)
Grant Bradley (Herald): Airfreight lifeline: Government spending another $170 million on Maintaining International Air Connectivity scheme (paywalled)
Jenée Tibshraeny (Interest): Treasury will think about debt the same way post-Covid as it did pre-Covid
Roger J Kerr (Interest): GDP result underlines NZ Government policy failure

Local government
Georgina Campbell (Herald): Wellington City councillor Rebecca Matthews opens up about panic attacks and stress
Steven Walton (Stuff): Experts and councillors question lack of costs in major climate change strategy
Grant Miller (Herald): Lead crisis response tops $800k for Dunedin City Council

International relations:
Thomas Manch (Stuff): Australia deported detained 15-year-old to New Zealand at his request
Jessie Chiang (Newsroom): The global hiccups facing NZ’s tech sector
Paula Penfold and Louisa Cleave (Stuff): Call for New Zealand to take Uyghur refugees

Ian Powell: Very good fluoridation political call, Dr Verrall
Mike Yardley (Stuff): Fluoride decision a justifiable power grab

Marc Daalder (Newsroom): Emissions Trading Scheme: NZ’s carbon market explained
John Robertson (Herald): How about a third option for water reform? (paywalled)

Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Facebook not confirming whether it will follow Google by friending NZ media
Gavin Ellis: Time to review media culture

Danyl Mclauchlan (Spinoff): Becoming a republic is not the solution to New Zealand’s problems
Chris Trotter (Daily Blog): In harm’s way
Kendall Hutt (Stuff): Primary pupils losing out due to under-funding, under-staffing, teachers say
Jo Moir (Newsroom): Winston Peters rallies the troops
Martyn Bradbury (Waatea News): Green Party victories this week betrayed by relationship with Labour but eclipses Maori Party



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