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Today’s content

Opinion polls, government, political parties
Claire Trevett (Herald): Poll should be death knell for Judith Collins but a Covid hangover is hitting for PM Jacinda Ardern (paywalled)
Mark Quinlivan (Newshub): Newshub-Reid Research Poll: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern not bothered by result as Labour plummets to 43 percent
Zane Small (Newshub): Newshub-Reid Research Poll: Judith Collins concedes ‘National needs ACT’ to win back power in 2023
1News: Ardern blames pandemic for Labour’s poll plunge
Gordon Campbell: On populism’s changing of the guard
Jessica Mutch MacKay (1 News): Opinion: Govt battling with immigration, MIQ and vaccine rollout
Heather du Plessis-Allan (Newstalk ZB): Why Simon Bridges might be a credible leader for National now
Newstalk ZB: ACT Leader: Change of government in two years very possible
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): TV3 Poll – Winners & Losers
Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): I have never seen a less aspirational government
Ethan Griffiths (Herald): Adrian Rurawhe supports changes to allow Māori voters to switch electoral rolls
Fran O’Sullivan (Herald): Party fundraisers no place to play charades (paywalled)
Brent Edwards (NBR): Should political party donations be capped for people and corporations? (paywalled)

Justin Giovannetti (Spinoff): Three big questions as Ardern prepares to unfurl the road map to a post-Covid NZ
Peter Gluckman (Newsroom): Covid-19’s ticking clock
David Schnauer (Herald):  Has the NZ economy really done well since Covid? (paywalled)
RNZ: Border plans set to be revealed next week
Tova O’Brien (Newshub): Newshub-Reid Research Poll shows Kiwis want more border exemptions as Government looks to loosen restrictions
Tess McClure (Guardian): Bots and scalpers: desperate Kiwis try everything to get into Fortress New Zealand
RNZ: Terminally-ill man seeking life-extending care overseas in MIQ limbo
Kate Newton and Keith Lynch (Stuff): The vaccine roll-out explained in 5 graphs
Mike Houlaan (ODT): Hospital stretched to its limit
RNZ: Concern mass vaccination event a no-go for vulnerable people
Hannah Martin (Stuff): Attention now on second dose mass vaccine event after 15,800 jabs given
Waatea News: Mass vax event failed to resonate for Maori
Herald Editorial: Vaccine rollout could still prove a political booster (paywalled)
Vera Alves (Herald): Wellington sets up Autism-specific vaccination clinic
Libby Wilson (Stuff):  Prime minister and walk-ins among 12,000 vaccinated at Waikato’s biggest centre

Labour market, industrial relations
Henry Cooke, Torika Tokalau and Jonathan Guildford (Stuff): Travel corridor to open with Tonga, Samoa and Vanuatu – allowing seasonal workers to skip MIQ
Michael Neilson (Herald): Seasonal workers from Sāmoa, Tonga, Vanuatu allowed into NZ from September
Anna Whyte (1 News): Quarantine-free travel for Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu RSE workers
Liu Chen (RNZ): Growers hope for a ‘few thousand’ seasonal workers under new RSE measures
Zane Small and James Fyfe (Newshub): Government to allow one-way quarantine-free travel for seasonal workers from Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu
Jared Morgan (ODT): Pacific workers welcomed back
Robin Martin (RNZ): Plea for set quota of MIQ rooms for oil rig workers
Oliver Lewis (BusinessDesk): Phil Goff warns worker-shortage risks infrastructure projects (paywalled)
Oliver Hartwich:(Stuff): Apologise, then make it right: Grant New Zealand’s migrants residency
Brett O’Riley (Stuff):Immigration issues widen the skills chasm
Michael Neilson (Herald): PM Jacinda Ardern says decisions coming on stalled residency applications
Steve Kilgallon (Stuff): Investigation as migrants complain about treatment by wealthy temple
David Hargreaves (Interest): Unemployment will shrink – and wages will grow
Ian Powell: Health Minister behaves badly towards nurses
RNZ: Nurses to strike again on 19 August
Jonathan Guildford and Bridie Witton (Stuff): New Zealand Nurses Organisation issues strike notice as safety negotiations break down 
Gianina Schwanecke and Shannon Johnstone (Hawkes Bay Today): Now hiring: Hawke’s Bay apple giant T&G creates 150 new permanent roles (paywalled)
Hawkes Bay Today: Our ‘ageism’ shame: Hastings man with folder of qualifications can’t find work (paywalled)

Tim Brown (RNZ): Solution to housing rights crisis should mirror massive post-war effort – economist
Michelle Cooke (RNZ): Data reveals hundreds living in transitional housing for months on end
Adam Hollingworth (Newshub): Jacinda Ardern dodges questions on whether housing crisis is a human rights crisis
Stuff Editorial: Putting our house to rights on the right to housing
1 News: PM defends Govt’s record after housing crisis inquiry launched
Tess McClure (Guardian): New Zealand commission launches inquiry into ‘massive human rights failure’ on housing
Newstalk ZB: Community Housing Aotearoa: Inquiry is for clarifying right to a decent home
Steven Cowan (Against the Current): Marama Davidson: Loyal to Labour while the housing crisis deepens
No Right Turn: The government is breaching the right to housing
Zane Small (Newshub): Jacinda Ardern not convinced by ‘ghost home’ concerns despite data showing 40,000 vacant in Auckland
Moana Ellis (Herald):Te Puni Kōkiri fielding four or five housing inquiries a day
Doug Laing (Herald): Napier’s biggest Kainga Ora development in years approved (paywalled)
Henry Cooke (Stuff): Housing crisis: Wellington misses first deadline of Government effort to increase housing density
Georgina Campbell (Herald): New building consents in Wellington lag behind Auckland, Canterbury (paywalled)
Aaron Leaman (Stuff): Housing affordability an ongoing challenge for Hamilton, Waipā and Waikato districts
Belinda Feek (Herald): Auckland house prices: Two-bedroom Point Chevalier home sells for double its CV
Paul Mitchell (Stuff): A year too long to wait for new family violence tenancy protections, says advocate

Dawn Raids apology
Richard Harman (Politik): Ardern’s surprising caution over overstayer amnesty (paywalled)
Michael Field (Evening Report): On saying sorry – who next? The Banabans?
Barry Soper (Herald): Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s policeman father carried out Dawn Raids as junior officer
Apulu Reece Autagavaia (Spinoff): Dawn raids ceremony explained: Why Jacinda Ardern sat under a woven mat
AAP (Guardian): Jacinda Ardern apologises for New Zealand ‘dawn raids’ on Pasifika people in 1970s
Vicki Anderson (Stuff): Government’s apology for dawn raids ‘just the beginning’, Pasifika youth say
Nick James (Herald): Impact of the Dawn Raids in the Wellington Region in wake of Government apology
Martyn Bradbury (Waatea News): The power of sorry
Michael Bassett: Rewriting History: Apologies for the Dawn Raids

Winston Peters’ superannuation privacy leak
RNZ: Winston Peters’ superannuation privacy leak appeal dismissed
Zane Small (Newshub): Winston Peters ordered to pay costs after attempt to overturn failed superannuation leak privacy court case
Thomas Manch (Stuff): Former deputy prime minister Winston Peters loses court battle over superannuation privacy breach 
Tim Murphy (Newsroom): Appeal court throws out Peters’ last claims over leak

Health and disability
Tess Brunton (RNZ): Dunedin Hospital ward understaffed by 20pc for two years, review finds
Louisa Steyl (Stuff): Independent review says SDHB needs to be more accountable
Georgina Campbell (Herald): Woman with terminal cancer waited 30 hours for hospital bed in Wellington, doctor claims
Susan Murray (RNZ): Plea for more government funds to push health careers to rural teenagers
Stuff: Surgeries delayed, long waits in emergency department as patient spike puts pressure on Christchurch Hospital
1 News: Long wait times at Christchurch Hospital amid patient surge, staff illness
Alexa Cook (Newshub): More people reliant on morphine as waitlists for joint replacement surgeries grow
Scott Yeoman (Stuff): Waikato DHB ends contract with independent complaints service after three decades
Mike Houlahan (ODT): Chairman pushing area for fluoride policy
Rachel Sadler and Vita Molyneux (Newshub): Mike King claims police officers offered ‘no training’ for mental health callouts
Louise Ternouth (RNZ): Disabled people in relationships paying for the price of love
Derek Cheng (Herald): Will the Govt step up? How drug-checking could help thousands of medicinal cannabis patients (paywalled)

Mātauranga Māori science curriculum debate
Graham Adams: Attacks on Professors miss target
Rachel Sadler and Mihingarangi Forbes (The Hui): Auckland University professor stands by letter dismissing mātauranga Māori as science
Kyle Gibson: (Stuff): Science can’t be Pākehā or Māori, it’s just science 

Local government
Todd Niall (Stuff): For sale: 320 Auckland Council workers’ jobs … but why?
Steven Walton (Stuff): ‘Political football’: Mayor chides councillors as Chch stadium debate kicks off
Devon Bolger (Herald): Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel standing by reduced seating decision for multi-use arena
Thomas Coughlan (Herald): Phil Goff writes to Government, urging fixes after Kiwirail delays and safety incident
Sam Hurley (Herald): Auckland businessman and mayoral candidate Leo Molloy seeks to overturn conviction for Jesse Kempson suppression breach
Damian George (Stuff): One option for getting Wellington moving: A ‘long tunnel’ between Kilbirnie and The Terrace

Environment and conservation
Bruce Munro (ODT): Choking off the funding
Amber Allott (Stuff): Bottom trawling damage revealed: 128 new species end up as by-catch
Harry Lock (RNZ): Kāpiti Coast residents fear repercussions of ramped up snapper fishing

Climate Change
RNZ: Forest & Bird takes Southland council to court over Nightcaps coal mine exploration
Fran O’Sullivan (Herald): Climate change: Business needs to get ahead of the game
Olivia Wannan (Stuff): Air NZ wanted Climate Commission to go faster, dairy and meat groups said slow down
Alastair Thompson (Herald): Sustainable Business: A watery wake-up call — climate change is here (paywalled)
Adam Burns (RNZ): National MP Stuart Smith faces climate-change deniers’ wrath in Ashburton
Guy Trafford (Interest): How New Zealand carbon pricing system works

Gavin Ellis: RNZ thrown by horns of dilemma
Guyon Espiner (RNZ): RNZ challenges media ban in police shooting of Shargin Stephens
Hal Crawford (Spinoff): How much would you pay to read this?
Kristin Hall (1 News): Mediaworks delay release of ‘toxic culture’ review
Katie Harris (Herald): MediaWorks investigation: Staff meeting on outcome of Maria Dew inquiry delayed

Debbie Jamieson (Stuff): More pain predicted as Queenstown’s tourism industry eyes change in direction
ODT Editorial: Challenges for Milford Sound

Simon Wilson (Herald): Failed by Labour, National and the public sector mandarins (paywalled)
RNZ: Live cattle export ships continue to depart since ban announced
Marc Daalder (Newsroom): Commission calls out Pak’nSave’s six-month ‘specials’
RNZ: Police pay $2.4m for guns handed over in latest buyback
Anuja Nadkarni (Newsroom): Faafoi reviews rights of youth stuck in residency visa queue
Brent Edwards (NBR): Documents detail govt’s $50m screen industry underwrite (paywalled)
Martin Fisher (Herald): The Conversation: Has the High Court shown the way for successful Māori claims to marine title?
Phil Pennington (RNZ): Police IT disaster recovery a ‘very high risk area’, audit reveals
Nite Blake-Persen (RNZ): Huge Far North water verdict looms as avocados boom
RNZ: The Detail: Why the government’s muscling in on the water business
Corazon Miller (1News): Bail support programme helping rehabilitate criminals expands NZ-wide
1 News: New Govt body formed ahead of euthanasia legalisation
Thomas Manch (Stuff): Assisted dying services to be ‘limited’ when legalised, legal action expected
Liam Rātana (Spinoff): The Mana Wāhine inquiry isn’t over yet
Heather Du Plessis-Allan (NewstalkZB): New Zealand or Aotearoa? National MP on why we should have a referendum to decide
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Dear Wokies, it’s over- the Edgeler has spoken! No hate speech purge for you!
Elliot Weir (Critic): How an Otago Study Is Enabling Transphobia in Media and Sports
Pattrick Smellie (BusinessDesk): Does Chorus really face a ‘regulatory mugging’?



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