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Today’s content

Vaccinations and leaked figures
Jason Walls (Herald): ‘Leaked’ document shows NZ vaccine rollout is ‘miles’ behind schedule, says National Party
Thomas Coughlan (Stuff): Government has vaccinated a third of its original target – leaked report
Rachel Sadler (Newshub): How New Zealand’s vaccine programme will ramp up, why targets aren’t being hit
Kate Newton (Stuff): What does data tell us about NZ’s Covid-19 vaccine roll-out?
Zane Small (Newshub): Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern defends lag in New Zealand Covid-19 vaccine rate
Georgia Forrester (Stuff): As we near 100,000 Covid-19 vaccinations in NZ, here’s how our rollout is going so far
RNZ: Chris Bishop discusses Covid-19 vaccine rollout delays
Adam Pearse (Herald): Our Covid jab rollout lags behind other nations. Experts see this as a good thing
RNZ: Auckland DHB chair explains getting Covid-19 vaccine early
Stuff: Editorial – Sometimes leadership is saying ‘you go first’

Mental health crisis
Henry Cooke (Stuff): Wait times for youth mental health services balloon out under Labour, despite huge investment
Henry Cooke (Stuff): Greens push for mental health statistics to be required by law, as prime minister appears to distance herself from slimmed-down report
Luke Malpass (Stuff): Judith Collins calls for inquiry into mental health data ‘cover up’
1News: Judith Collins slams edited mental health statistics as ‘deceitful’ and ‘extremely cruel’
Dan Satherley (Newshub): National to lay complaint over handling of mental health report
Kristin Hall (1News): ‘No one to turn to’ – Former student who lived at university hall in Wellington describes lack of mental health support
Anusha Bradley (RNZ): No baby, no help: Depressed, grieving mum told she’s not eligible for help

Housing crisis
Julien Leys (Stuff): We can’t see the wood for the trees: Understanding New Zealand’s wood supply crisis
Mike Hosking (Herald): On rental property law changes: Government’s new rules don’t make a jot of difference (paywalled)
Catherine Harris (Stuff): Property investors pulling back after tax changes: survey
Dan Satherley (Newshub): Housing crisis: Fewer people showing up to auctions, open homes after bright-line and tax changes
Jenny Ruth (BusinessDesk): More than 74% of landlords expect to raise rents (paywalled)
Financial Times (Herald): Central banks should not target house prices (paywalled)
Alison Pavlovich (The Big Q): Is the bright-line test extension really just a capital gains tax by another name?
Andrew Bevin (NBR): Levers still to be pulled in housing crisis fight (paywalled)
Rupert Gough (One Roof): Which is worse – a rental income tax or an interest rate hike?
Caroline Williams (Stuff): Million dollar dumps: Publicly-owned properties fall to rack and ruin
Miriam Bell (Stuff): New property rules drive landlord support group on Facebook to record numbers

Parliament and political parties
Claire Trevett (Herald): Is a Simon Bridges / Christopher Luxon leadership ticket on the cards? (paywalled)
Alex Braae (Spinoff): Sign me up: Why political parties are pushing petitions
Ruth Hill (RNZ): Ex-ACT staffer Grant McLachlan says party created fake grassroots groups
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): As Labour stumble, now is the time for the Greens to shine

Chris Trotter (Daily Blog): Mike Hosking “De-Platforms” the PM
Barry Soper (Herald): Mike Hosking, you can’t have it both ways in Jacinda Ardern clash
Herald: Mike Hosking and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern: Newstalk ZB host says ‘I don’t want her back’ on show
ODT: Editorial – TVNZ and RNZ merger doubts

Environment and climate change
Matt Burgess (Herald): To support lower emissions, oppose the Climate Commission’s plan (paywalled)
Francesca Lipscombe (Herald): Carbon reducing solutions need to stack up (paywalled)
Tom Powell (Stuff): Kids will pay – literally – for our delay cutting carbon emissions
RNZ: Ardern invited to US-led summit on the climate crisis

Michelle Duff (Stuff): Women’s health ‘held together by fax machine’ as Ardern Govt fails to fund modern HPV testing
Kerry Lamb (Herald): Screening hubs would put our health focus where it should be – on prevention
Herald: Editorial: Minister Kiri Allan’s cancer shows we must listen to our bodies (paywalled)

Covid and border
Luke Malpass and Joel Maxwell (Stuff): Why Peeni Henare should be one Labour’s public Covid ministers
Justin Giovannetti (Stuff): The air routes bringing in the most Covid to NZ aren’t flagged as ‘high risk’. Why not?
Thomas Manch (Stuff): Cabinet shoulder-taps experts to determine New Zealand’s ‘post-vaccination future’
Jamie Morton (Herald): Three key questions about the Aussie bubble and risk (paywalled)

Local Government
Joel MacManus (Stuff): Wellington City Council to explore plan for car-free CBD by 2025
Thomas Coughlan (Stuff): Light rail to Island Bay before the Airport mulled as officials consider Wellington transport package
RNZ: Hamilton council to revisit Māori wards decision
Hamish McNeilly (Stuff): Outspoken councillor costs own council $94,000 – in part down to a $12 parking ticket

International relations
Stuff: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaks out against Australia’s deportation policy on The Project Australia
Murat Ungor (Newsroom): China’s unhappy birthday: Spectacular poverty shift masks abuses

Animal welfare
Laine Moger (Stuff): Auckland Council has been exporting live cows from regional parks on ‘trial basis’
Nicola Shepheard (NBR) Crate ban would be ‘own goal’ for pigs and farmers (paywalled)

Jenée Tibshraeny (Interest): Revenue Minister ‘broadly supportive’ of global minimum corporate tax rate
Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): Govt criticised over delays to Oranga Tamariki reform
Chris Keall (Herald): Filtering bill gives the Govt a ‘blank cheque’ to censor the internet, opponents say (paywalled)
Dylan Asafo (Newsroom): Dawn raids’ long racist shadow persists
Marc Daalder (Newsroom): NZ left behind as Australia designates far-right terror group
Joel Maxwell (Stuff): ‘Just being Māori’ means you’re more likely to be crime victim – Ministry of Justice study
Virginia Fallon (Stuff): An end to our archaic liquor laws? I’ll drink to that
Aniebietabasi Ackley (Newsroom): Classroom environments have more impacts than you think



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