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Today’s content

Parliamentary debates on race
Jane Patterson (RNZ): Policies can be called racist but not MPs, Speaker rules
Tess McClure (The Guardian): Māori party co-leader ejected from parliament after performing haka in racism row
Richard Harman: Behind Parliament’s “racist” row (paywalled)
Meriana Johnsen (RNZ): Māori Party co-leader Rawiri Waititi ejected from Parliament
Anna Whyte (1News): Māori Party co-leader Rawiri Waititi performs haka in Parliament, ordered to leave
Zane Small (Newshub): Māori Party co-leader Rawiri Waititi booted from Parliament after protesting against ‘racist’ views
Jenna Lynch (Newshub): Parliament’s day of protests: From moving hikoi calling for life-saving drugs to Māori Party decrying racism

He Puapua document and Māori self-determination
Audrey Young (Herald): Kelvin Davis gives the speech that Jacinda Ardern should have given (paywalled)
Audrey Young (Herald): Why the latest foreshore and seabed decision is important (paywalled)
Zane Small (Newshub): National leader Judith Collins not backing down from co-governance debate in face of Māori Party protests
Jane Kelsy (Herald): Cynics clutching at straw men over indigenous rights report (paywalled)
Meriana Johnsen (RNZ): Iwi to be consulted on proposed Department of Conservation policy changes
Terry Dunleavy (BFD): He Pua Pua? Or Should That Be “Hey! Poor Poor”?
Rodney Hide: Reserve Bank Theocracy

Public sector pay freeze and employment
Ben Thomas (Stuff): If the Jacinda Show wants another season, it can’t afford any more stumbles
Jo Moir (Newsroom): Government’s fight for ‘absolutely no gain’
Stephen Forbes (Stuff): Public sector wage freeze: Doctors and nurses ‘abandoned by the government’
Lana Andelane (Newshub): Unions delighted public sector pay freeze off the table after crisis talks with Government
1News: Govt’s softer stance on public sector pay freeze ‘a pretty stunning reversal’ — Collins
Heather du Plessis-Allan (Newstalk ZB): Govt can’t spin their way out of pay freeze backlash
Stephen Forbes (Stuff): Union says public sector wage freeze could impact surgery waiting lists
Lois Williams (Stuff): Public sector pay freeze worries West Coast health board
Newtalk ZB: Unions: Pay freeze will affect hundreds of thousands of workers
Newstalk ZB: Minister defends public sector pay freeze, says private sector is struggling too

Economy and work
Bryce Edwards (Democracy Project): Political Roundup – Have billions been incorrectly paid out in the wage subsidy scheme?
Pattrick Smellie (BusinessDesk): Time for a fresh debate on public debt: Robertson (paywalled)
Esther Taunton (Stuff): Buzz around four-day work week building to a roar
Tamsyn Parker (Herald): Is this the end of ‘No Paywave’ signs? Govt to clamp down on merchant fees
Daniel Dunkley (Stuff): Modern slavery: Government slow to act on needed legislation

Local government
Thomas Coughlan (Stuff): Nanaia Mahuta keen on local government election centralisation – just not yet
Georgina Campbell (Herald): Hutt City Council restructure: 56 roles disestablished, 11 redundancies
Damian George (Stuff): Councillors to take first steps towards fixing dysfunction as review recommendations debated
Stuart Smith; Arena Williams (Stuff): Local government lacks the innovation driven by necessity to keep costs down

Climate change and transport
Marc Daalder (Newsroom): Official warning: Boris Johnson doesn’t get NZ climate targets
Olivia Wannan (Stuff): Time’s up for the gas guzzler as country opts for green transport
Thomas Coughlan (Stuff): Department of Conservation caught charging plug-in hybrid EV with diesel power
1News: Hundreds of EVs to be added to Govt’s fleet, but minister admits there’s still a long way to go
Geraden Cann (Stuff): Government spent $34.8m on Auckland light rail project before ‘fresh start’
Brent Melville (BusinessDesk): Wood denies using fuel tax to fund light rail (paywalled)

International relations
Mark Quinlivan (Newshub): Israel-Gaza: Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta says violence ‘needs to de-escalate’
John Minto (Daily Blog): Sorry Nanaia – your tweet doesn’t cut the mustard
Ford Hart (Stuff): NZ’s values make differences with Beijing inevitable
Parmjeet Parmar (Herald): Covid 19 coronavirus outbreak in India needs our help (paywalled)
RNZ: NZ govt urged to speak out on West Papua

Health
Denise Piper (Stuff): Parents delay rushing kids to hospital due to lack of care for siblings — study
Ian Powell: New branch of specialist medicine poses challenge and opportunity for NZ’s health system
RNZ: 100,000-strong petition calls for overhaul of Pharmac
George Heagney (Stuff): Pharmac funding ‘affects all New Zealanders’
Lois Williams (Stuff): West Coast DHB mulls free Māori health checks

Education
Sharnae Hope (Stuff): Waikato University aims to become New Zealand’s first ‘anti-racist institute’
Helen May and Anne E Meade (Newsroom): Pay parity for early learning workers is just the start
RNZ: Government bankrolls pay rises for early childhood teachers
Laura Wiltshire and Henry Cooke (Stuff): Pay parity: Government to fund early childhood centres to pay qualified teachers what they would earn in kindergartens
Brianna Mcilraith (Stuff): Shovels ready at Green School New Zealand as $11.7 million expansion project begins

Justice
Georgina Campbell (Herald): Packed room for public meeting on crime and harassment in Wellington
Georgina Campbell (Herald): Public meeting to be held on crime and harassment in Wellington
Russell Palmer (RNZ): Gun laws and gangs in New Zealand: What you need to know

Parliament’s Speaker Trevor Mallard
Jason Walls (Herald): ‘Outrageous;’ ’embarrassment’: Judith Collins and Jacinda Ardern trade letters over Trevor Mallard saga
RNZ: Judith Collins sends letter to PM asking her to sack Speaker

Housing crisis
Tony Alexander (One Roof): My message to Kiwis who have given up on buying a house
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Reserve Bank says research not clear low interest rates increase inequality

Other
Thomas Coughlan (Stuff): Over 3500 general election votes cast from prison in 2020
Nadine Porter (Stuff): First national hui on counterterrorism to be held in Christchurch in June
Susan St John (Daily Blog): Running a gender lens over our sacred social policies
Spinoff: They said the changes would help the most vulnerable. Here’s what happened to me
Charlotte Jones (Stuff): Tūhoe hapū continue to ask for tribal leadership resignation
Gordon Campbell: On the compelling case for meatless meat
Alan Eggers (Stuff): A lack of scientific credibility to opposition to seabed mining in New Zealand
Kerry Harvey (Stuff): Ryan Bridge talks tears, joy and being outed on national television
Amelia Wade (Newshub): Government coming under pressure to fix yet another immigration anomaly
Matthew Rosenberg (ODT): Southland mayors join forces to defend journalism
Julia de Bres (Spinoff): How more inclusive language could improve Aotearoa for everyone
John Palenthorpe (Newsroom): Take that rope from around your neck

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