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Today’s content

Travel bubble announced with Australia
Luke Malpass (Stuff): Trans-Tasman bubble brings palpable relief to Parliament
Audrey Young (Herald): Jacinda Ardern manages expectations over transtasman bubble (paywalled)
Herald: Editorial: Bubble a significant and welcome step
Jo Moir (Newshub): The public handbrake on an Aussie bubble
Hannah Martin (Stuff): Public health experts welcome ‘cautious’ trans-Tasman travel bubble
Tess McClure (The Guardian): Trans-Tasman travel bubble between New Zealand and Australia to start on 19 April
John Anthony and Debbie Jamieson (Stuff): Trans-Tasman bubble: Timing of opening could hurt some regions, economist says
Michael Plank and Shaun Hendy (The Conversation): A quarantine-free trans-Tasman bubble opens on April 19, but ‘flyer beware’ remains the reality of pandemic travel
No Right Turn: Afraid of a trans-Tasman bubble
Gordon Campbell: On how the tourism industry pressured the government to create the travel bubble

Kiri Allan diagnosed with cancer
Stuff: Editorial – A Minister’s personal, powerful message
Emma Russell (Newshub): Labour MP Kiri Allan praised by Cancer Society – specialists say NZ urgently needs to change screening method
Herald: Support flows for Labour MP Kiri Allan after cervical cancer diagnosis
Tess McClure (The Guardian): New Zealand minister Kiri Allan to take medical leave after cervical cancer diagnosis
Joel Maxwell (Stuff): ‘Nui te aroha ki a koe’ – Labour Māori caucus rallies behind Kiritapu Allan
Herald: Kiritapu Allan receives widespread support after revealing cancer battle
Māori TV: Kiri Allan encourages wāhine to get smear test after cancer diagnosis

Mental health crisis
Oliver Lewis (The Guardian): The gap between NZ Labour’s soaring rhetoric on mental health and the reality is galling
Henry Cooke (Stuff): Judith Collins says heads should roll over ‘sanitised’ Government mental health report
No Right Turn: Hostile to transparency
Cherie Howie (Herald): The parallel pandemic: Covid-19 and the mental health impacts on New Zealand young people (paywalled)
Ireland Hendry-Tennent (Newshub): Nicky Stevens’ mother accused Labour MPs Andrew Little, David Clark of fobbing her off
RNZ: Waikato mental health campaigner’s long wait to meet minister over concerns
Anan Zaki (RNZ): Christchurch terror attack witness urges more mental health support

Housing crisis
Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Housing ‘whack-a-mole’: ASB reveals new prediction for house prices
Dan Satherley (Newshub): Housing crisis: Fall in prices ‘possible’ thanks to landlord tax crackdown – ASB
Tony Alexander (One Roof): The era of big house price rises is over
Brent Melville (BusinessDesk): NZ’s rampant house prices ‘validate’ govt moves (paywalled)
Ashley Church (One Roof): Around 40% of Kiwis rent so why are landlords being punished?
David Hargreaves (Interest): ASB economists warn on rent controls
Matt Burrows (Newshub): Struggling business owner urges Government to introduce rent hike caps after ‘ludicrous’ 25 percent increase

Economy and work
Thomas Coughlan (Stuff): Do public service bosses earn too much?
RNZ: Fishing sector recruitment campaign would be half paid for by taxpayers – documents
Liam Dann (Herald): US push for global tax rules could catch New Zealand’s film industry (paywalled)
Dan Satherley (Newshub): GDP figures ‘undoubtedly going to be negative’, but recession already over – economist
Nikki Mandow (Newsroom): One giant leap for New Zealand-kind
Susan Hornsby-Geluk (Stuff): A new agency to deal with workplace bullying

Richard Harman: Government to take knife to DHBs (paywalled)
Brooke van Velden (Herald): Our decrepit health care remains mired in paperwork (paywalled)
Rowan Quinn (RNZ): Funding for self-screening cervical cancer test delayed again

Richard Prebble (Herald): Why Judith Collins is politically a dead leader walking (paywalled)
Claire Trevett (Herald): Let them drink pints: Labour MP Kieran McAnulty’s push to scrap Easter, Christmas, Anzac alcohol restrictions
Thomas Manch (Stuff): Labour MP Kieran McAnulty to put forward bill abolishing restrictions on selling alcohol over Easter
Richard Harman: Whatever happened to Darren Hughes (paywalled)

Selwyn Manning (Evening Report): Bureaucratic silence surrounds Immigration New Zealand deportation move – Is this a case of human trafficking + black labour?
Thomas Manch (Stuff): MIQ vacancies ‘a measure of how unwanted we are’: Migrants separated from family for more than a year protest at parliament
Jason Walls (Herald): Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern called on to ‘be kind’ by migrant workers separated from families

Local Government
Christina Persico (Stuff): Taranaki Regional Council votes to establish Māori constituency
Georgina Campbell (Herald): Audit New Zealand warns Wellington City Council is risking more burst pipes
Bernadette Basagre (Stuff): Auckland central city library closure leaves homeless with no winter shelter

Public transport
Bernard Orsman (Herald): Auckland’s $4.4b City Rail Link could be delayed by light rail (paywalled)
Kirsty Lawrence and Ellen O’Dwyer (Stuff): The race to Auckland – can a car beat the new Te Huia train?

Chris McDowall (Herald): Why is the Govt not sharing vaccination data with the public? (paywalled)
Ruth Hill (RNZ): Astroturfing more difficult to track down with social media – academic
Jamie Ensor (Newshub): New Zealand experts not yet finished analysing World Health Organization Covid-19 origins report a week on
Phil Pennington (RNZ): Toxic waste buried at Tiwai Point aluminium smelter, former staff say
Catherine Iorns (The Conversation): Managing retreat: why New Zealand is drafting a new law to enable communities to move away from climate risks



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