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Today’s content

National Party: “Separatism” and He Puapua
Matthew Hooton (Herald): Judith Collins’ speech raises important issues for Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern (paywalled)
Graham Adams (Democracy Project): Ardern in the gun over He Puapua
Luke Malpass (Stuff): Judith Collins issues race relations warning, says Labour planning ‘two systems by stealth’
Tracy Watkins (Stuff): Echoes of the past in Judith Collins’ speech
Lara Greaves and Ella Morgan (Spinoff): National won’t find its brighter future through divisive Ōrewa-style rhetoric
Richard Harman: Collins and National make a right turn (paywalled)
David Farrar: Collins attacks separatist agenda
Giles Dexter (Newshub): Kelvin Davis attacks Judith Collins’ ‘desperate’ Māori governance speech
RNZ: Judith Collins’ campaign against Māori systems won’t win votes – commentator
Newstalk ZB: Judith Collins defends speech suggesting Labour are planning a ‘separatist’ Māori Government
Curwen Ares Rolinson (Daily Blog): The Properties of tino rangatiratanga – On Judith Collins’ convention speech
RNZ: Government plans may lead to Māori systems for education, justice – Collins
Cathy Odgers: “One Country Two Systems” – Would it work in New Zealand as it does for China?

National Party: leadership and diversity
Claire Trevett (Herald): Does National need to change the way it elects its leader? (paywalled)
Damien Grant (Stuff): Here’s your problem, National: You need to take your leader seriously
Shane Te Pou (Herald): National currently have no vision for their party. Worse, they have no vision for New Zealand (paywalled)
Jack Tame (Newstalk ZB): My run for National party leadership
Dan Satherley (Newshub): Simon Bridges blames National’s lack of diversity on being ‘decimated’ at election
Crystal Wu and Giles Dexter (Newshub): National MPs admit ‘we’ve got some work to do’ on diversity
Victor Billot (Newsroom): An ode for Judith Collins

Housing crisis
Chris McDowall and Ben Leahy (Herald): Interactive: 40 years of sky-high house prices – how your region compares
Liam Dann (Herald): After last month’s big policy announcement, what’s left for the Government to do on housing affordability? (paywalled)
Michael Neilson (Herald): Housing crisis ‘tragedy for the future’ of children’s education, welfare (paywalled)
Jane Bowron (Stuff): House hogs needed reining in
Henry Cooke (Stuff): Green Party starts new push for ‘reasonable’ rent controls to fix ‘very sick market’
RNZ: Rent controls needed alongside increased housing supply – renters group
Kim Knight (Herald): What’s it like when you don’t own your home? The housing crisis and renters aged 8-82 (paywalled)
Cherie Howie (Herald): Home Truths: First home buyers profiled in 2016 tell their stories (paywalled)
Craig McCulloch (RNZ): Rent controls should remain an option – Swarbrick
RNZ: Rent controls needed alongside increased housing supply – renters group
Carmen Hall (Herald): Landlords face rhetoric of abuse as rents continue to soar
Nadine Porter (Stuff): Frightened tenants tell of worsening community housing horrors
Kerre McIvor (Herald): Government leaving taxpayers in the cold over emergency housing (paywalled)
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): People don’t expect housing market to turn in year ahead, ANZ survey finds
Amanda Clinton-Gohdes (Stuff): The crisis of rental, public, and emergency housing facing Taranaki
Jane Matthews (Stuff): ‘Best off’ status doesn’t solve Taranaki’s public housing crisis
Shannon Johnstone (Stuff): Hawke’s Bay rent increases are now the highest in NZ. Here’s the impact that’s having
Steve Stannard (Stuff): Character of old houses can’t be found in ‘souless’ suburban builds

Kathy Spencer (Herald): Has Andrew Little been sold a pup on health reforms? (paywalled)
Will Harvie (Stuff): Most dentists think a publicly-funded dentistry system won’t work
Bridie Witton (Stuff): ‘We are worried’ — doctors fear patients will die waiting in ambulances this winter, unable to access overcrowded emergency departments
Stephen Forbes (Stuff): Poverty and high health needs ‘driving GP shortage’ in south Auckland
Steven Joyce (Herald): Health reforms – what’s in it for patients? (paywalled)
Brian Easton (Pundit): Centralising the public health system
Virginia Fallon (Stuff): Type 2 diabetes: ‘A tidal wave that will devastate the NZ health system’
Michelle Duff (Stuff): Maternity safety officers to be appointed to DHBs – Ayesha Verrall
Cate Broughton (Stuff): New Zealand criticised for ‘missed opportunities’ on cervical cancer screening
1News: ‘When they refused me, they sentenced me to death’ – Bowel cancer sufferer slams Southern DHB
Nicholas Jones (Herald): ‘Functionally obsolete’ IT system at Auckland Hospital to be scrapped
Kirsty Wynn (Herald): Mum of sick 2-year-old writes open letter begging for kids’ hospital beds (paywalled)

Health: Pharmacy
Guyon Espiner (RNZ): Pharmac likely to end blanket funding for kids’ cancer drugs
Michael Neilson (Herald): Pharmac drug-buying wish list needs extra $400m; calls for review to include funding
Ian Powell: Pharmac’s welcome transparency highlights need for real bold Government action
Robbie Nicol (Stuff): The comically large catch in the Government’s review into Pharmac

Economy and work
Luke Malpass (Stuff): A ‘balanced’ Budget is on the way, but not in the traditional sense
Michael Andrew (Spinoff): Hold on! Did the NBR just kill the Rich List?
Janine Starks (Stuff): Our ‘only hope’ in creating financial stability in New Zealand
Liam Dann (Herald): Is central bank independence under attack? (paywalled)
Tina Morrison (Stuff): Reserve Bank, Treasury working to improve Māori access to capital
John Roughan (Herald): NZ’s tourism industry needs the rest of the world (paywalled)
Jane Clifton (Listener/Herald): The Government’s silence on immigration is deafening (paywalled)
Bonnie Flaws (Stuff): Scheme that offered $1000 to relocate to pick fruit attracts just 339 people
Matt McCarten (Daily Blog): May Day – Utu For Workers Union – Fight for Justice
Tom Hunt (Stuff): Hollywood blockbuster director James Cameron pledges to repay Covid-19 wage subsidy

Oranga Tamariki
Stuff: Editorial – Oranga Tamariki’s failings exposed
Meriana Johnsen (RNZ): Oranga Tamariki: Waitangi Tribunal recommends Māori authority to reform system
Andrew Dickens (Newstalk ZB): Are Māori breaking the Treaty?
Sam Sachdeva (Newroom): Tribunal reaction: End ‘horrible addiction to assimilation’
Tim Murphy (Newsroom): Tribunal to politicians: Watch Newsroom’s video
Rosie Gordon (Newshub): Mum whose child was uplifted backs calls for Māori-led overhaul of Oranga Tamariki
Matt Burrows (Newshub): Allow Māori to fix Oranga Tamariki, Crown told, after Waitangi Tribunal inquiry finds multiple Treaty breaches
RNZ: ‘Status quo cannot continue’ – Children’s Minister responds to Waitangi Tribunal finding on Oranga Tamariki
Newstalk ZB: Waitangi Tribunal doesn’t recommend disbanding Oranga Tamariki
Tim Murphy (Newsroom): Removal of Māori children breached Treaty – Tribunal

China and New Zealand
Rodney Jones (Stuff): The China Challenge: Why China’s disingenuity matters to New Zealand
Fran O’Sullivan (Herald): National tries to find right stance on China (paywalled)
Jamie Ensor (Newshub): Gerry Brownlee ‘more concerned now’ about Xinjiang after orchestrated China ‘propaganda’ presentation
Thomas Manch (Stuff): Chinese Embassy rolls out ‘propaganda’ briefing on Xinjiang for New Zealand audience

Local government
ODT: Editorial – A revolution in local government?
Karl du Fresne: Joyous hugs and kisses as democracy takes another hit
Eric Crampton (Stuff): Is local government fit for purpose?
Damian George (Stuff): City councillor Tamatha Paul ruffling feathers as bold moves cause controversy
Georgina Campbell (Herald): Complaint against Wellington city councillor Simon Woolf revealed after Ombudsman investigation
Gwynn Compton (Stuff): Local government review offers chance to transform Wellington’s fortunes
Sinead Gill (Stuff): Māori wards introduced in Rangitīkei ahead of next year’s election
Sinead Gill (Stuff): District mayors feel left in the dark over water reform

Covid: Vaccinations programme and border
Lee Kenny and Kelly Dennett (Stuff): Top epidemiologist calls on government to intervene as Kiwis prepare to travel to Tokyo for Olympics
RNZ: NZ’s MIQ system three times more likely to be breached than Australia’s – report
Lucy Warhurst (Newshub): Major vaccine milestone: New Zealand hits 250,000 Covid-19 jabs
Herald: Customs sacks nine border workers for refusing Covid-19 vaccine
Tom Dillane (Herald): Covid 19 coronavirus: MIQ hotels only two-thirds full after transtasman bubble, taxpayers pay $300m for quarantine in past year
Herald: Editorial: Bubble, border breaches complicate strategy (paywalled)

Act Party
Derek Cheng (Herald): Act leader David Seymour’s embarrassment: ‘Can’t afford to buy’ guy has an interest in three properties
Dan Satherley (Newshub): ACT leader David Seymour admits he’s a beneficiary of property-holding trusts after years of saying he couldn’t afford to buy
Uma Ahmed (Stuff): ACT leader David Seymour visits Invercargill as part of free speech speaking tour
Steve Braunias (Herald): The secret diary of David Seymour (paywalled)

Parliament and political parties
Herald: Press Gallery 150th anniversary: New Zealand prime ministers pose for rare photo
Daniela Maoate-Cox (RNZ): Prepping for Budget 2021 at Parliament
Claire Trevett (Herald): Beehive Diaries: A leadership change and a bouquet for National (paywalled)
Brent Edwards (NBR): Fact or Fiction: contested housing advice, electoral law, the pandemic (paywalled)
Andre Chumko (Stuff): Art commemorating Christchurch mosque victims hung in Parliament

Media, communications and information
Steven Cowan: The Mainstream media: ‘Managing’ democracy on behalf of the one percent
RNZ: The news stories making readers dumber
Henry Cooke (Stuff): Points of Order: The Press Gallery turns 151, celebrates its 150th

Andrea Fox (Herald): Dive in regular school attendance rate bodes ill for the future economy (paywalled)
Derek Cheng (Herald): Truancy ‘crisis’: 30,000 chronically absent students out of reach for under-funded services
1News: Teachers feel ‘very unconfident’ teaching maths – Associate Education Minister
Robert Bartholomew (Stuff): Our history of Māori segregation needs to be part of the curriculum
David Farrar: Is there a stage beyond Apoplectic?

Chris Trotter: After four years in office
Jehan Casinader (Stuff): Being ‘stale, pale and male’ doesn’t mean you’re obsolete
Dave Goosselink (Newshub): New Zealand faces blackouts, higher power prices if heavy rain doesn’t arrive in next few months
Matt Nippert (Herald): ‘Stuck in the dark ages’: Men hold 59% of the highest-paid jobs in government (paywalled)
Catrin Owen (Stuff): Review of decision to bar controversial speakers from Auckland Council venue dismissed
Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): NZ apology to Indian govt after public oxygen plea
Jon Johansson (Stuff): I’m a republican, but my thoughts are with the Queen
1News: Marlborough’s new aquaculture rules have ‘scent’ of Treaty breach – iwi
1News: Facebook removes page for controversial anti-vax party Advance NZ — again
Newstalk ZB: Facebook takes down Advance New Zealand page for second time over misinformation breach
Alison Mau (Stuff): When will the abuse end for NZ’s servicewomen?
Scarlett Cvitanovich (Herald): Euthanasia: Are we ready for legalised assisted dying in New Zealand? (paywalled)
Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): Time for climate realism
Rebecca Moore (1News): Kiwis forking out tens of thousands on fertility treatments to start family – ‘There’s not good funding’
Hamish Cardwell (RNZ): Incidents of security guards photographing public ‘probably increasing’



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