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Today’s content

Environment, climate change, conservation
Jamie Morton (Herald): Major climate change report’s stark outlook: Window to prevent worst impacts closing fast
Marc Daalder (Newsroom): ‘Human civilisation has never existed in a climate this hot’
Eloise Gibson and Olivia Wannan (Stuff): Planetary healthcheck delivers ‘unprecedented’, ‘terrifying’ picture
Science Media Centre: IPCC: Recent changes in Earth’s climate “unprecedented” – Expert Reaction
Veronika Meduna (Spinoff): This landmark climate crisis report tells the story of our futures
Mark Howden & Morgan Wairiu (Herald): Global temperature rises set to exceed 1.5°C in about a decade – a looming line in the sand for the Pacific (paywalled)
Luke Malpass (Stuff): For Jacinda Ardern’s Labour, the future of climate change must be now
Nick Golledge (The Conversation): Rising seas and melting glaciers: these changes are now irreversible, but we have to act to slow them down
David Karoly (Herald): Climate change: Tonight’s IPCC report is a really big deal. So what is it? And why should we trust it?
James Renwick (Newsroom): Water and climate: More certainty, more urgency
Kate Nicol-Wiliams (1 News): Global temps expected to rise 1.5°C by 2041, ‘reality check’ report finds
1 News: Russel Norman: NZ needs to ‘pull back’ on dairy farming
Alice Angeloni (RNZ): Livestock responsible for nearly half of Gisborne Council’s emissions
Herald: Greta Thunberg turns attention to New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions
Rachel Sadler (Newshub): Greta Thunberg enrages Kiwis with tweet targeting New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions
Dan Brunskill (BusinessDesk): Just 40% of listed firms making climate disclosure: PwC
Andrea Fox (Herald): How 90pc of world’s carbon emissions could be eliminated by 2035: report (paywalled)
Farah Hancock (RNZ): Southland farmer accused of draining wetland
Jordan Bond (RNZ): Growing SUV popularity coincides with surge in vehicle emissions
RNZ: The Detail: Greenwashing as a marketing tactic

Covid-19 – Rio De La Plata, Tauranga port workers
Liu Chen (RNZ): Calls for stricter handling of foreign vessels after ‘shambolic approach’ to Rio De La Plata
Duncan Garner (Newshub): Tauranga port COVID issue a total farce, no way to manage the border
Derek Cheng (Herald): Delta on cargo ship in Tauranga – low-risk or nightmare scenario?
RNZ: Covid-19 on ship at Tauranga: Chain of transmission not clear – Chris Hipkins
Leah Tebbutt (Herald): Ministry of Health cleared Rio de la Plata to enter Port of Tauranga, says Maritime NZ (paywalled)
Thomas Manch (Stuff): More than 85 unvaccinated port workers boarded ship with 11 positive Covid-19 cases, Government urgently investigating
Scott Yeoman (Stuff): Tauranga wharfies angry and scared as crew on container ship test positive for Covid-19
Lucy Warhurst (Newshub): Just 10 pct of Tauranga port workers possibly exposed to virus fully vaccinated, Ardern blames ‘misinformation’
Anna Whyte (1 News): Nine of 98 Tauranga port workers tested for Covid are fully vaccinated
Derek Cheng (Herald): Still thousands of border workers unvaccinated and overdue for Covid test
Claire Trevett (Herald): Vaccine rollout update, Covid-infected ship – most Tauranga port workers unvaccinated

Covid-19 – Vaccination rollout
RNZ: Māori and Pacific health groups worried by low vaccination rates
Martyn Bradbury (Waatea News): Low Maori & Pacifica vaccination rates demands urgent attention
Moana Ellis (RNZ): Whanganui strategy in play to tackle poor Covid-19 vaccination rates among Māori
Māori TV: Keep borders closed until Māori vaccinations increase – Dr Rawiri Jansen
RNZ: Recommended time between vaccine doses could be extended
Anna Whyte (1 News): Fifty-plus age bracket eligible for Covid vaccine from Friday
Bridie Witton (Stuff): All over 50s to be offered vaccine from Friday

Covid-19 – Border restrictions, immigration, MIQ
Brook Sabin (Stuff): Jacinda Ardern: New South Wales travel bubble could be off-limit all year
Matthew Scott (Newsroom): ‘Heart-breaking and legally wrong’ say seafarers trapped overseas
Maia Hart (Stuff): Vineyard workers with big calls to make as RSE travel corridor equals options
Laura Walters (Spinoff): Team of 6 million: How NZ can harness the power of Kiwis living overseas

Covid-19
Phil Pennington (RNZ): Covid-19 recovery driving contracting surge in public sector
Ian Powell (Second Opinion): The meaning of elimination of Covid-19
1 News: Eradicating Covid-19 globally is ‘feasible’, NZ analysis says
Zane Small (Newshub): Judith Collins dubs Dr Ashley Bloomfield a ‘one-trick pony’ who’s ‘good at standing up and talking about COVID’
Herald: Judith Collins aims ‘one trick pony’ jab at health boss Ashley Bloomfield
Adam Pearse (Herald): Ian Reid rebuffs Des Gorman over virus strategy
Hamish McNeilly (Stuff): Hotel mothballed due to Covid-19 soon to be back in business
Nikki MacDonald: (Stuff): The latest science behind the Covid-19 “cures”
Bernadette Basagre (Stuff):Philippines like a ‘war zone’, heartbroken relatives in NZ say

Energy
Henry Cooke (Stuff): ‘So third world’: Government faces pressure after rolling power blackouts on frigid night
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Fresh warning from Transpower – electricity crisis not over
1 News: NZ-wide power ’emergency’ leads to outages in Waikato
Hannah Kronast (Newshub): Rolling power outages across North Island as electricity demand reaches ‘all-time high’
Cushla Norman (1 News): Electricity prices getting less competitive
Tom Pullar-Strecker and Denise Piper (Stuff): National would look to keep refinery in a state where it could be turned back on
Jessica Tyson (Māori TV): Marsden Point closure devastating for thousands of Northland families

Parliament, Māori roll, voting age
Mitchel Alexander (Newshub): Four-year term: Government dampening expectations election cycle referendum will happen
Chris Trotter (Interest): At either end of the Pacific Ocean, the Centre-Left is displaying a singular incomprehension of cause and effect
Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): Is the Government starting to panic?
Steven Cowan (Against the current): Marama Davidson: What’s class got to do with it?
Margaret Wilson (Stuff): Trying the Prime Minister’s patience

National Party
Chris Trotter (Daily Blog): Frail and confused: National succumbs to political alzheimer’s
Simon Wilson: (Herald): Judith Collins wants to be a tech warrior but for what? (paywalled)
Newstalk ZB: Judith Collins: No substance to media reports of National leadership in doubt
Newstalk ZB: Commentator: National membership not happy with Peter Goodfellow
Luke Malpass (Stuff): Peter Goodfellow kept his job – now it’s up to National MPs to do theirs
Kate Hawkesby (Newstalk ZB): National Party needs to stay on track
Henry Cooke (Stuff): National Party members vote to rein in board and seat-hopping MPs
RNZ: Todd Muller ditches National’s caucus meetings
Tumamao Harawira (Māori TV): Māori vote may be crucial to National’s redemption

Health, midwives strike
Mark Quinlivan (Newshub): Jacinda Ardern pushes back on $1.9 billion mental health spend claims
Kate MacNamara (Herald):  ‘Implementation Unit’ to tackle faltering mental health rollout and ‘Jobs for Nature’ (paywalled)
Jane Nixon (1 News): More mental health funding gives Gumboot Friday hope
Chloe Blommerde (Stuff): Mother denied counselling for postnatal depression wants better support for mental health
Māori TV: Report into Underfunding of Māori Healthcare Released to Government
Bridie Witton (Stuff): Underfunding Māori healthcare costs Māori and the economy $5 billion a year
Cate Broughton (Stuff): Burnt out hospital doctors say no to zero pay offer, strikes on the table
Anusha Bradley (RNZ): Overwhelmed ACC staff ‘dropping like flies’ after changes
RNZ: Physiotherapy patients waiting ‘weeks, if not months’ for ACC cover
Rachel Thomas (Stuff): Wellington hospital failures led to cancer patient’s liver transplant – Commissioner
Adam Jacobson (Stuff): Middlemore Hospital staff sleeping in cars due to lack of parking ‘so common’
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Kate Gregan and Sam Olley (RNZ): ‘We’re all burning out’: Auckland, Northland midwives start rolling strikes
Imogen Wells (1 News): ‘Unsustainable’ Lower Hutt midwife service closes doors
Hawkes Bay Today: Midwives strike: Hawke’s Bay Hospital postpones elective caesarean surgeries ahead of strike (paywalled)
Blair Jackson (Stuff): Midwifery union urges Southland midwives to return to the profession
Jean Bell (RNZ): Midwives strike: Eight-hour rolling strikes begin today
John Lewis (ODT): Midwives march over conditions

Conversion therapy
Zane Small (Newshub): Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern doesn’t rule out parents facing charges under conversion therapy ban
Zane Small (Newshub): National leader Judith Collins declares Government ‘anti-parents’ over law banning conversion therapy
1 News: PM thought National would’ve supported conversion therapy ban’s first hurdle
Joshua James (Newsroom): Conversion therapy: what’s in a vote?

Business, Economy, immigration
Sam Stubbs (Stuff): Think supermarkets are pricey? Check out the banks
Michael Reddell: Perspectives on New Zealand immigration policy
Daniel Smith (Stuff): Returning Kiwis set to create a ‘reverse brain drain’
Liam Dann (Herald): RBNZ should consider double interest rate hike – ASB economist (paywalled)
Hamish Rutherford (Herald): Government-backed angel investor appoints acting chief executive after interim boss moves on (paywalled)
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Market betting ‘double-hike’ in OCR to 0.75% next week more likely than no rise

Transport
Georgina Campbell (Herald): Transmission Gully opening ‘touch and go’, new report raises red flag
Herald: Proposal to toll new Pūhoi to Warkworth motorway declined by Transport Minister
Todd Niall (Stuff): The real question about Auckland’s next harbour crossing
RNZ: Rail Safety Week begins with plea to rural New Zealanders
RNZ: Auckland Airport terminal upgrades going ahead
John Anthony (Stuff): Auckland Airport lays out plan to merge domestic jet operations with international terminal
Grant Bradley (Herald): Auckland Airport’s Adrian Littlewood – what it will take to press go on new domestic terminal (paywalled)
Riley Kennedy (ODT): Airport wants services back
Janine Rankin (Stuff): KiwiRail’s freight centre is about more than just railway tracks

International relations
Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): Parliament’s odd couple on China: ‘We have our deeply-held positions’
RNZ: Maritime boundaries and Covid in the Pacific Forum spotlight
Christine Rovoi (RNZ): NZ backs plan for Pacific centre for disease research

Primary industries
Re News: Our dairy inustry kills 2 million calves a year, but they don’t have to
Hawkes Bay Today: Wool merger plan gets an airing in Hawke’s Bay

Labour market, industrial relations, migrant workers
Madison Reidy (Newshub): Construction industry warns Government its agenda at risk unless worker shortage solved
Sally Rae (ODT): Work force woes not going away for farmers, survey finds
Laura Hooper (Stuff): Australia offering $2000 incentive for regional workers
Dennis Wesselbaum (Herald): How NZ will be more productive in the future (paywalled)

Local government
Georgina Campbell (Herald): Third of Wellington’s most critical drinking water pipes in poor condition
Damian George (Stuff): Wellington mayor surprised city’s most critical water pipes deemed to be in ‘moderate’ or ‘good’ condition
Dave Armstrong (Stuff): My hopes for a flood solution drain away
Mike Yardley (Stuff): Last chance saloon for an ambitious arena
Anne Gibson (Herald): ‘Large parcel’ of Gulf Harbour Country Club land already zoned for development: Councillor (paywalled)

Education and training, Mātauranga Māori science curriculum debate
Katy Jones (Stuff): Trainee teachers get 90 minutes to learn how to teach children to read, graduate says
Lee Kenny (Stuff): Don’t ‘water down’ arts subjects during NCEA reform, say teachers and artists
Wyatt Ryder (ODT): Plan to create merged ‘commerce’ subject criticised
Nicholas Agar (Newsroom): A warning for traditional universities
Rachel Sadler and Mihingarangi Forbes (Newshub): The Hui: National MP Penny Simmonds defends academics’ right to debate after they published letter challenging mātauranga Māori

Other
Michael Fletcher (The Conversation): Why is New Zealand’s Labour government trying to push through a two-tier benefit system?
Cira Olivier (Herald): Child poverty ‘dire’, calls for practical community support as housing unobtainable (paywalled)
Daniel Smith (Stuff): Work and Income privacy breach due to email mistake
Ben Strang (RNZ): Gun amnesty: Buyback cost more to run than paid out to owners
Mariner Fagaiava-Muller (RNZ): Breathing and navigating through a new dawn
Geraden Cann (Stuff): Call to regulate or ban property auctions that ‘crucify’ first home buyers
Lane Nichols (Herald): Foreign billionaire forced to sell West Auckland vineyard by OIO (paywalled)
Belinda Feek (Herald): Serving time: The new ‘Corrections-made currency’ causing chaos in NZ’s prisons
Sara Salman (Spinoff): The They Are Us film should not just be paused. It should be binned forever
Melanie Carroll (Stuff): What percentage Māori are you? businessman Troy Bowker asks Sir Ian Taylor
Sarah Templeton (Newshub): ‘Yuck – hands off our culture’: Disgust over Māori designs used by US shopping site
Will Trafford (Herald): Fury over overseas online retailer putting Māori whakairo on bedspread
1 News: Book on Wellington’s famous feline Mittens to hit shelves

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