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Budget 2021
Tova O’Brien (Newshub): Budget 2021: Newshub-Reid Research poll shows Kiwis are on board with expected benefit increase
Jane Patterson (RNZ): Budget 2021 set to deliver more money to NZ’s poorest and those hardest hit by Covid-19
Rachel Sadler (Newshub): Budget 2021: Benefit increases, rent reforms needed to tackle child poverty in New Zealand – experts
Luke Malpass (Stuff): Grant Robertson prepares for a Budget of balance, not transformation
Henry Cooke (Stuff): Grant Robertson’s ‘balanced’ Budget likely to raise benefits, but not pile on much more debt
Justin Giovannetti (Spinoff): The key things to look out for in today’s budget
Duncan Greive (Spinoff): The five factors which make this a budget like no other
Ireland Hendry-Tennent (Newshub): Budget 2021: Doubt there will be any major announcements as Government manages $105 billion of debt
Jason Walls (Herald): Today’s the day! Finance Minister Grant Robertson prepares to unveil Budget
Simon Wilson (Herald): Budget 2021: Three ways to measure ambition (paywalled)
Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Infrastructure, income support, reversal of property investment changes
Jamie Gray (Herald): Budget 2021: What it will mean for NZ government borrowing
Melanie Carroll (Stuff): NZ businesses want more infrastructure spending in Budget, according to survey
Herald: Budget 2021: What I want to see – Paula Bennett, Sue Bradford, Neale Jones and Jon Stokes
David Searle (BusinessDesk): The Budget 2021 challenge
Stephanie Rodgers: Benefits, Budgets and b***s***
Jonathan Milne (Newsroom): NZ Govt challenged to match Australia’s spending on critical infrastructure
Irra Lee (1News): Budget 2021: What the Labour Government has promised so far
Claire Trevett (Herald): Cut & Thrust: National MP Shane Reti’s Budget dynamite flop, and who said the F word? (paywalled)
Richard Harman: Government too busy to let Robertson do much
Russell Palmer (RNZ): The Budget and why it matters: What you need to know
Dennis Wesselbaum (Newsroom): Outlook bleak with Finance Minister to deliver Stagflation Budget
Cameron Smith (Herald): Budget 2021: Businesses’ wish list as outlook gets gloomier
Craig McCulloch (RNZ): Budget 2021 has not much room for housing
Andy Fyers (BusinessDesk): Budget forecasts are no sure thing (paywalled)
Hamish Cardwell (RNZ): Climate activists hold low expectations for budget’s climate focus
Josie Adams (Spinoff): The ties tell all: How to predict the budget

Racism, He Puapua, and Māori self-determination
Graham Adams (Democracy Project): Judith Collins: The lady’s not for turning
Stuff: Editorial – When playing the race card doesn’t work
Jo Moir (Newsroom): Henare ready to fight Collins on Māori health
Anne Salmond (Newsroom): The answer is in Article 3
Shilo Kino (Newsroom): Wanted: A writers festival beyond the white and privileged

Immigration reset
Heather du Plessis-Allan (Newstalk ZB): New Zealand needs migrant workers more than we think
Melanie Carroll (Stuff): Making rich migrants give to charity won’t work, says recent NZ resident
Audrey Young (Herald): National MP Erica Stanford says focus on immigration is personal (paywalled)
Steven Cowan: Jacinda Ardern: Making New Zealand Great Again

Parliament
Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Number of non-homeowning MPs falls further
Josh Robertson (Re: News): NZ’s 120 MPs own 247 properties between them
Michael Bassett: The Newshub-Reid political poll

Local government
Sharon Brettkelly (RNZ): Wellington is getting short of good days
Aaron Leaman and Mike Mather (Stuff): Kia ora, council: Hamilton leaders vote 12-0 for Māori wards
Marcus Anselm (RNZ): Masterton councillors to vote on Māori wards for 2022
Rachel Moore (Stuff): Haka erupts as Horowhenua District Council votes unanimously for Māori wards
Lawrence Gullery (Stuff): Establishing Māori ward for Waipā ‘just common sense’ says mayor Jim Mylchrest
Waatea News: Mau Whenua stands firm against Shelly Bay deal
Pattrick Smellie (BusinessDesk): Goff ‘not convinced’ by water reforms proposal (paywalled)
Georgina Campbell (Herald): Wellington Water has exhausted all available front-line workers in the region

International relations
Leon Goldsmith (Newsroom): No room for naivety on the Middle East
Glenn McConnell (Stuff): Now is the time for NZ to be brave, and stand up to Israel and China
Thomas Manch (Stuff): Green Party’s motion to declare Palestine a state fails in Parliament

Covid
Andre Chumko (Stuff): The extent of marketing behind Aotearoa’s Covid-19 health campaign
Luke Malpass (Stuff): Budget 2021: Covid-19 vaccine programme revealed to cost $1.4 billion
Matt Burrows (Newshub): Chris Hipkins admits he may be forced to scale down Covid-19 vaccine rollout as DHBs exceed targets
Nona Pelletier (RNZ): Public increasingly expect leaders to be honest and empathetic, survey indicates
Derek Cheng (Herald): Govt rejected expert advice to vaccinate 160,000 Māori and Pasifika earlier

NZ history curriculum
John Gerritsen (RNZ): Draft history curriculum misses 600 years of Aotearoa New Zealand’s past
Jamie Ensor (Newshub): Chris Hipkins applauded in Parliament for saying he’s not ‘threatened by Māori history being taught in school’
1News: Education Minister says it’s ‘a damn good thing’ for students to learn influence of colonialism

Health
Ian Powell (Democracy Project): A very bureaucratic coup: Part Two
Chris Keall (Herald): DHB attack: Why Justice Minister Kris Faafoi won’t make it illegal to pay a cyber-ransom
Ben Leahy (Herald): New Zealand’s hospitals battle daily cyber attacks: Ministry of Health

Climate change
Will Harvie (Stuff): Hydrogen storage may be key to zero carbon NZ
Olivia Wannan (Stuff): Stop coal mine extensions now, says influential energy report

Economy and work
Richard Harman: New Zealand at centre of British trade row (paywalled)
RNZ: Bill to increase sick leave from five days to 10 days passes

Other
1News: Use of court sanction against beneficiaries explodes under Labour despite Ardern raging against it in 2013
Mike Hosking (Herald): Progressive politics in New Zealand is on borrowed time (paywalled)
Luke Kirkness (Herald): Gangs in NZ ‘crisis’: Bay of Plenty has most members in New Zealand, police figures reveal (paywalled)
Thomas Coughlan (Stuff): Government gets Christchurch rapid transit moving – slowly
Virginia Fallon (Stuff): Shame on those questioning who eats a free school lunch
Kristin Hall (1News): Former, current radio staff at MediaWorks fear ‘toxic culture’ won’t change despite review
Tony Alexander (One Roof): Rise and fall: Which way will house prices and mortgage rates go?
Monika Barton (Newshub): Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern reveals she ‘has an idea’ for her wedding dress
Herald: Jacinda Ardern marriage: PM reveals wedding dress details, guest list dilemmas

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