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Today’s content

Housing: Crisis and government announcements
Dave Armstrong (Stuff): Pride and Property, an Austentatious tale
Sasha Borissenko (Herald): What property does the PM and our MPs own? (paywalled)
Chris Trotter (Interest): Has Labour embraced ‘Muldoonism’?
Geof Nightingale (BusinessDesk): Housing: Of loopholes and unwelcome new rules
Steven Cowan: Market madness and non solutions to the housing crisis
Shane Te Pou (Herald): About time we levelled the housing playing field (paywalled)
Zane Small (Newshub): National’s Judith Collins on what she likes and dislikes about Government’s housing changes
Vandhna Bhan and Arvind Kumar (Stuff): National would remove bright-line test changes, says Judith Collins
Darcy Ungaro (Herald): Cutting tall poppies to cull big bubbles (paywalled)
Andrew Dickens (Newstalk ZB): Housing package fails to address the real issues
Michael Reddell: Grant Robertson on housing
Zane Small (Newshub): Megan Woods to correct the record after misleading Parliament over $3.8 billion Housing Acceleration Fund

Housing: Rents
Thomas Coughlan (Stuff): Jacinda Ardern’s office gets ready to fight rising rents talk with social media campaign
Miriam Bell (Stuff): Rent caps ‘almost inevitable’, property manager says
Elle Hunt (The Guardian): New Zealand housing crisis: Jacinda Ardern says rent-increase warnings are ‘speculative’
1News: Ardern sceptical rent prices will soar after package to address ‘broken’ housing market
Scott Palmer (Newshub): Labour’s housing package: ACT, Judith Collins tear down Jacinda Ardern over rent increase fears
David Hargreaves (Interest): Rents could be the key to the housing market
Jane Patterson (RNZ): Government must rule out rent caps – National
David Farrar: Govt worried over rent rises

Housing: House prices
Miriam Bell (Stuff): National house price up by more than $100,000 since early 2020
Rob Stock (Stuff): Kiwibank forecasts house price growth of 25 per cent, with rent hikes possible
David Hargreaves (Interest): House prices may fall 10% long-term say Westpac economists
One Roof: LVRs put brakes on housing market, as prices drop 4%

Housing: Carter Holt’s halt on wood supply
Melanie Carroll (Stuff): Carter Holt’s halt on wood supply a ‘sign of a system under stress’
Anuja Nadkarni (Stuff): Com Com to look into Carter Holt Harvey halting supply to major retailers
RNZ: Timber supply problem to hit smaller building companies hardest – industry

Tova O’Brien (Newshub): National MPs vote against Judith Collins, Shane Reti on fluoride policy in rare move for caucus
David Farrar: National leaking again
Zane Small (Newshub): Green MP Ricardo Menéndez March felt ‘uncomfortable’ listening to Jacinda Ardern’s ‘excuses’ for not raising benefits
Mark Quinlivan (Newshub): Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, retaining confidence in Trevor Mallard, denies Speaker being protected by the state

RNZ: South Island doctor, dentist burnout: ASMS survey finds two thirds affected
Vita Molyneux (Newshub): Hospitals across New Zealand stretched to breaking point as Government promises reform
Emile Donovan (RNZ): Turning the taps on with fluoride
ODT: Editorial – Correct to fluoridate but…

Thomas Manch (Stuff): Ministry of Health launches sweeping review of Covid-19 vaccine booking systems
Amelia Wade (Newshub): Coronavirus: Canterbury DHB vaccine data breach worse than Government’s letting on – whistleblower
Marty Sharpe (Stuff): DHB criticised Ministry of Health for rollout delays, warns of flourishing conspiracy theories
Natalia Sutherland (1News): Number of Long Covid sufferers in NZ only going to get ‘bigger and bigger’, experts warn
Peter Williams (Magic Talk): Calling out the woke
James Wenley (Spinoff): How can The Lion King bring in 126 workers when there’s NZ talent begging for work?

Local Government
Todd Niall (Stuff): Who is running Auckland and what are they up to?
Katie Harris (Herald): Let’s Get Wellington Moving programme director stepping down from role
Francisco Barraza (Newsroom): Losing trust in our water
Nicholas Boyack (Stuff): Porirua City Council wants water meters, big rates increases to fund pipes investment

Chris Trotter (Daily Blog): Hiding in plain sight
Benedict Collins (1News): Furious prison guards considered no confidence vote for Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis
Lorna Thornber (Stuff): Is Auckland really more diverse than London?
Tess Brunton (RNZ): South China Sea military risks rising, APSI security summit officials warn
Nikki Macdonald (Stuff): Ombudsman tells Health Ministry to apologise for ‘unreasonably’ refusing Stuff immunisation data requests
Michael Neilson (Herald): MediaWorks radio host resigns ahead of investigation at company
Mike Yardley (Stuff): Commuter rail will never work, especially in Canterbury
Hannah Martin (Stuff): Kids living in stress and deprivation have greater risk of injury – study
Melani Anae (Spinoff): Why an apology for the Dawn Raids is long overdue
Carolyne Meng-Yee (Herald): Hours after giving birth Oranga Tamariki came to take her baby (paywalled)
Gavin Ellis: Pacific Media Centre must break free to survive
Rachel Sadler (Newshub): Police’s high editorial control over Police Ten 7 ‘absolutely concerning’ – Rawiri Waititi



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