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Today’s content

Housing crisis
Thomas Coughlan (Stuff): Emergency housing costs weigh on Government books, costing hundreds of millions a year
Jane Patterson (RNZ): Government ‘ducking for cover’ over emergency housing – National
Rotorua Daily Post: Millions spent weekly in Rotorua on supplements to help pay rent (paywalled)
Sophie Cornish (Stuff): Immigration NZ looking into complaints migrant sex workers operated in former Wellington emergency housing motel
David Farrar: Associate Housing Minister condemns Govt housing as inhumane
1News: Govt says more permanent homes are coming, as it spends millions housing people in motels
Georgina Campbell (Herald): Wellington council social housing arm will be insolvent by 2023 (paywalled)
Brooke van Velden (Herald): Solve housing crisis by uniting New Zealanders with good ideas (paywalled)
Anne Gibson (Herald): Landlords retreat from market – but so do first home buyers: mortgage adviser survey out (paywalled)
Jenna Lynch (Newshub): House prices in New Zealand too high for buyers to get Government’s First Home Grant – data
Simon Angelo (Wealth report): New Zealand property market: An eerie warning from the IMF
Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Investors have no ‘moral obligation’, Property Investors Federation says
Hannah Kronast (Newshub): Are Kiwi renters required to make beds under responsibility to keep property ‘reasonably clean and tidy’?

NZ-China-Australia relations
Malcolm McKinnon (Stuff): Advancing human rights in China has nothing to do with geopolitics
Gerald Hensley (Stuff): Five Eyes and China: No middle ground for NZ
Richard Prebble (Herald): Five Eyes fuss ignores the lessons of history (paywalled)
Thomas Manch (Stuff): ACT party will file motion asking Parliament to debate Xinjiang ‘genocide’
Zane Small (Newshub): China imposes strict anti-espionage measures on staff visiting New Zealand, Five Eyes nations
Jamie Ensor (Newshub): Five Eyes nations haven’t asked New Zealand to take stronger line against China – Grant Robertson
Andrea Fox (Herald): Nerves on edge in meat export industry as new China audits spread from seafood to apples (paywalled)
Michael Reddell: Listening to Mahuta

Health reforms
Emma Russell (Herald): Health shakeup: Should New Zealanders pay to see a GP? (paywalled)
Wayne Brown (Herald): Three cheers for Andrew Little’s health reforms
Peter Cullen (Stuff): The human cost of centralising our health system

Economy and work
Chris Keall (Herald): Study reveals level of NZ worker burnout – the symptoms and the cure (paywalled)
Ashley Church (One Roof): The great leap back to Muldoonism
Bryce Wilkinson (Herald): The futile call for an effective Govt innovation policy (paywalled)
Ganesh Nana (Herald): Small and far away should not be an excuse for lagging behind world (paywalled)
Dan Satherley (Newshub): Reserve Bank proposals ‘effectively clarify what we already do’ – Grant Robertson
Jihee Junn (Spinoff): A beginner’s guide to inflation

Local government
Kapiti News: Local government review: ‘We need to make the most of this opportunity’ – Gwynn Compton
Chloe Ranford (Stuff): Local government review: Be more like us, says Marlborough
Stephen Forbes (Stuff): Luxon backs call for supercity probe as part of local government inquiry
David Farrar: How to tell a denial from a non denial
Luisa Girao (ODT): Sir Tim Shadbolt falls out with council over ‘lack of IT training’

Former Dunedin mayor Dave Cull dies
ODT: Editorial – Dunedin’s mayoral city builder
ODT: Former Dunedin mayor Dave Cull dies
Liz McDonald (Stuff): Former Dunedin mayor Dave Cull dies

Covid: Vaccinations programme and border
Tess McClure (The Guardian): New Zealand loses top spot for best place to be during Covid to Singapore
Herald: Bloomberg Resilience Ranking – Singapore overtakes New Zealand for top position
RNZ: Man who flew from Perth ‘knew he should not be travelling to NZ’ – Immigration boss
Dan Lake (Newshub): Singapore, Hong Kong ‘in talks’ with New Zealand over travel bubble

John Gerritsen (RNZ): Boy with autism asks Children’s Commissioner: ‘Can you please come to my school and help me?’
Amy Williams (RNZ): Schools’ exclusion of children with high needs ‘common’ – advocates
Louise Gould (Herald): Matua and whaea victory: All teachers can choose te reo classroom titles, Ministry of Education declares (paywalled)
John Minto (Daily Blog): Educating the elite and squeezing out the rest

Government film subsidies to Amazon
Emile Donovan (RNZ): Are Amazon’s tax funded benefits worth it?
Gordon Campbell: On the demonisation of film and TV subsidies
Anna Campbell (ODT): Time for questioning useful Goliath

Prison and justice system
Melanie Reid and Bonnie Sumner (Newsroom): Judges avoid censure in complaints system
Tony Wall (Stuff): A judge has ruled that police ‘formal warnings’ are illegal and akin to a conviction without trial
Jessie Chiang (RNZ): Waikeria Prison’s role as a flashpoint for public debate about jails
RNZ: Lack of food, overcrowding among issues at prison

Mental health crisis
Rachel Thomas (RNZ): Fears anorexic patients aren’t getting the help they need
Janine Rankin (Stuff): Mental health service changes in Manawatū criticised as risky and badly timed
Francois Barton (Herald): Toxic workplaces need to change for employees’ mental health (paywalled)

National Party
Tova O’Brien (Newshub): National Party election review revealed: ‘Unrelenting focus’, Māori representation, calling out bad behaviour and the ‘Merv’ rules
Richard Harman: Nats propose limiting caucus power to select leader

Daniel Dunkley (BusinessDesk): Newsroom’s big money backers revealed (paywalled)
Damien Venuto (Herald): Jobs to go at TV3-owner Discovery NZ as restructure cuts through transtasman business (paywalled)

Stuff: Editorial – Who watches the watchers?
Thomas Coughlan (Stuff): Fuel taxes need to go – but we’ve got to find better ways to pay
Charlotte Jones (RNZ): Tūhoe protest against their own
Dave Armstrong (Stuff): The NZBustastrophe battle might be over, but the war isn’t
Tom Hunt (Stuff): Wellington bus company owner refused council funds to top up wages: mayor, unions
Matt Slaughter (ODT): Christchurch’s most deprived areas revealed in new socio-economic data
Eddie Clark (The Conversation): NZ’s hate speech proposals need more detail and wider debate before they become law
Alex Braae (Spinoff): A night of free speech with David Seymour
Laine Moger (Stuff): Māori and Pacific expertise excluded from science policy, report finds
Zane Small (Newshub): Transport Minister Michael Wood dismisses ‘frenetic commentary’ of Te Huia Auckland-Hamilton train
Gill Bonnett (RNZ): Migrants join forces as deadlock galvanises action
Hilary Stace (Public Address): The case for a Royal Commission into Accident Compensation, Disability and Income Support
Phil Pennington (RNZ): NZSIS counterterror focus on white supremacists found new targets quickly
Vita Molyneux and Delphine Herbert (Newshub): Controversy over abortion clinic safe zones heats up as Bill heads towards second reading
Herald: Wellington, Porirua report the best quality of life in new biennial survey



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