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Today’s content

Plan for re-opening border
Peter Dunne (Newsroom): Needed: A post-lockdown reopening plan
Craig McCulloch (RNZ): Travellers to New Zealand ‘a serious threat’ to another Delta outbreak
Bernard Hickey (The Kākā): Dawn Chorus: Time to stop kidding ourselves with the re-opening dream
Richard Harman (Politik): Nothing is clear (paywalled)
RNZ: Delta outbreak could push NZ’s reopening back by months, expert says
Michael Neilson (Herald): Chris Hipkins says outbreak could push back phased reopening to world
Heather du Plessis-Allan (Newstalk ZB): The government will have to re-open the borders next year
Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): We have to push ahead with our re-opening plans
Newstalk ZB: Epidemiologist: Will still need light restrictions after opening the border
Russell Palmer (RNZ): No reason to delay ‘overall’ plan for reconnecting – Ardern
1 News: Delta shakes up plans to reopen New Zealand
Brook Sabin (Stuff): Vaccine passports this year: PM says no change to 2022 border opening

RNZ: Opposition questions international, domestic use of vaccine passport

Vaccine rollout, mandatory vaccination
Claire Trevett (Herald): Ardern’s vaccines deal saves face but is it politics over principle? (paywalled)
Henry Cooke (Stuff): Government buys 250,000 extra Pfizer vaccine doses from Spain, another deal in works
Eva Corlett (Guardian): New Zealand Covid update: Ardern secures 250,000 Pfizer doses from Spain as 13 new cases recorded
Michael Neilson (Herald): Pfizer vaccines from Spain mean no slowdown in rollout
Zane Small (Newshub): Jacinda Ardern admits good relationship with Spanish President Pedro Sánchez ‘possibly’ helped secure extra Covid-19 vaccines
1 News: More Pfizer Covid-19 vaccines to arrive Friday
Bridie Witton (Stuff): Discussions on Novavax vaccine booster are ‘ongoing’, Chris Hipkins says
Stuff Editorial: Seymour’s stunt could do real damage
Jamie Tahana (RNZ): Māori still behind on Covid-19 vaccination numbers: ‘We need to do something different’
Stuff: Getting the Covid-19 vaccine may cost me my family
Torika Tokalau (Stuff): Tongan rugby league-inspired pop-up event to vaccinate Pacific community
Bridie Witton (Stuff): Can a 12-year-old give consent for the Covid-19 vaccine?
Tom Kitchin (RNZ): Hastings pastor partners with DHB to get homeless and vulnerable vaccinated
Natalie Brown (news.com.au): Singapore highly vaccinated, but under siege from Delta
Benn Bathgate (Stuff): Town backs doc in fracas over Covid consent comments

Wage subsidy, business, economy
Max Rashbrooke (Stuff): Why the leniency for Covid wage subsidy fraud, but not for welfare fraud
Bonnie Flaws (Stuff): Farmers department store paying 80% of wages, despite claiming wage subsidy
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Infometrics would like more details about Government’s $41b funding request
Thomas Coughlan (Herald): Government will review economic support package after outbreak passes
Marta Steeman (Stuff): SME income plummets more than 70 per cent in lockdown with hospitality hardest hit, MYOB data shows
RNZ: Co-operative businesses are weathering the storm of Covid-19
Grant Bradley (Herald): Auckland tourism businesses face fresh blow (paywalled)
Ranjana Gupta (Herald): How ‘tax forgiveness’ could help SMEs weather financial woes
Andre Chumko (Stuff): Arts, events sectors call for urgent lifelines from Government
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Thousands of businesses waiting more than three days for wage subsidies
1 News: Hard-hit businesses call for Resurgence Support Payment to be made weekly
Chris Keall (Herald): Rocket lab reveals wider loss, fatter pipeline, cost of Covid delays (paywalled)
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Rocket Lab ‘in good position’ to catch-up later on revenues lost to Delta delay
Rahul Bhattarai (Herald): Hospitality group asks for more ‘targeted financial support’ for its survival
Sophie Cornish (Stuff): Wellington hospitality businesses face ‘dire’ situation, consider laying off staff while earning third of usual turnover under level 2
Georgina Campbell (Herald): Wellington’s Prefab café ceases operations, staff given notice of redundancy
Kate Green (Stuff): Prefab Eatery will only reopen ‘when safe to do so’, owner’s concerns raised in Parliament during Question Time
Daniel Smith (Stuff): The battle to run a bar in the age of Covid-19
Georgina Campbell (Herald): ‘Devastating decision’ made to cancel World of Wearable Arts
Brent Melville (BusinessDesk): Business in the time of delta (paywalled)
RNZ: Job listings fall as Covid-19 restrictions reintroduced
Amy Williams (RNZ): Manufacturers say more building products in short supply than MBIE list

MIQ, immigration
1 News: Pacific agency partners with Govt to address MIQ failures
1 News: Ardern defends MIQ system despite some Pasifika cases battling to get medical care
Zoe Holland (Herald): Pasifika community leader struggled to receive hospital care despite severe symptoms
RNZ: Checkpoint: NZ woman given MIQ spot after launching legal action
Tony Smith (Stuff): Why home quarantine or a sports MIQ facility could help athletes stuck in limbo
Georgia-May Gilbertson (Stuff): Tough path ahead for chef after family denied entry into New Zealand
Joseph Pearson (Stuff): Sports stars stranded overseas call for MIQ overhaul, allege preferential treatment for teams

Government management of outbreak, expert advice
Matthew Hooton (Herald): Rejecting the politics of fear and hate – lessons learned from 9/11 and Covid (paywalled)
Jo Moir (Newsroom): Chris Bishop’s role in a national crisis
Nadine Porter and Steven Walton (Stuff): Rest of NZ unlikely to move to Level 1 while Auckland remains in lockdown
Thomas Coughlan (Herald): Winston Peters refers saliva testing contract to Auditor-General
1 News: Bishop: NZ Covid-19 response doing well but can do better
Liam Dann (Herald): Andrew Bayly – ‘Delta virus has changed the game altogether’ (paywalled)
Henry Cooke (Stuff):The 1pm update review – Spain rides to the Government’s rescue
Jenée Tibshraeny (Interest): Government given power to spend up to $41 billion more than was budgeted for this year
RNZ: Covid-19 Delta outbreak day 23: How it unfolded
1 News: NZ to provide additional $12m for Fiji’s Covid-19 response

Alert level rules, compliance, enforcement
David Farrar (Kiwiblog): Do as I say, not as I do
Herald: Nearly 18,000 Kiwis dobbed in others, say police
David Fisher and Amy Wiggins (Herald): Tempers frayed inside Waikato’s Spring Hill Prison as level 3 restrictions remain
Nita Blake-Persen (RNZ): Iwi leader urges Covid-19 QR code scanning at Northland border checkpoint
Karen Coltman (Stuff): Police make Auckland butcher shut shop
Adam Pearse (Herald): ‘Discriminating’ – Woman with mask exemption refused supermarket entry three times
Herald: New rules for sex workers under level 2
1 News: Whānau extend tangihanga over regions in lockdown
Melanie Earley (Stuff): Auckland carer crossed Auckland-Waikato border for ‘adventure’ and KFC
Bodo Lang (Newsroom): How to reduce lockdown resistance

Contact tracing, testing
Hannah Martin (Stuff): ‘No conclusive evidence’ of how Delta got into the community
Brittney Deguara (Stuff): Nasopharyngeal swabs, PCR tests still the ‘gold standard’
Waatea: Ministry cartel blamed for slow drip saliva testing

Cases, demographics
Derek Cheng (Herald): How many cases needing hospital care were vaccinated?
1 News: Over 120 cases in Delta outbreak are children under the age of 9
Melanie Earley (Stuff): 36 patients potentially exposed to virus after case visited Middlemore ED
1 News: Another Middlemore Hospital patient tests positive for Covid
George Block (Stuff): Two more NZ Navy personnel catch coronavirus in Canada
Sapeer Mayron (Stuff): Tongan Robin Hood worries for overstayers amid Delta outbreak

Health
Katie Todd (RNZ): Hospital visitors clustered together during level 4 say cancer patients
RNZ: Nurses’ organisation horrified at hundreds of daily visitors to patients at Auckland DHB
Hannah Martin (Stuff): Auckland DHB visitor policy leaves staff ‘unsafe’, national guidance to be updated
Ireland Hendry-Tennent and Lydia Lewis (Newshub): Nurses call for policy change as Auckland DHB sees hundreds of visitors a day, allegation of sex with patient
Eva Corlett (Guardian): ‘High-risk activity’: Ardern advises hospital visitors against sex with patients during Covid
Herald: Sex during hospital visits ‘a high risk activity, potentially’ – Dr Ashley Bloomfield
1 News: Auckland Hospital visitor has sex with patient, prompting formal complaint
Louisa Steyl (Stuff): All Southern DHB buildings need work for Delta
Mike Houlahan (ODT): Outsourcing more surgery ‘inevitable’
Kiri Gillespie (Herald): Days of methyl bromide at Port of Tauranga ‘numbered’ but concerns remain (paywalled)
Rachel Thomas (Stuff): Wellington children’s hospital, Te Wao Nui, set to open by mid-2022

Education
1 News: Senior secondary school students eligible for support under Level 2
Dubby Henry (Herald): Students outside Auckland fear missing out on NCEA learning recognition credits
Dubby Henry (Herald): NZQA extends bonus credit scheme to all students
Mei Heron (1 News): Kids stuck in Level 4 watch as peers head back to class
1 News: Paediatrician reassures parents school is safe for kids at Delta Level 2
Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): Children’s Commissioner concerned about restraint under-reporting
Zane Small (Newshub): National MP Paul Goldsmith doubles down on Māori knowledge in education views
Alwyn Poole (Herald): Twenty minutes from aspiration to desperation in our education system (paywalled)
George Heagney (Stuff): Massey University will continue online learning for rest of semester
Troels Sommerville and Denise Piper (Stuff): Schools split as teachers, students separated by Auckland boundaries

Mall terror attack
Chris Trotter (Bowalley Road): Making The Terrorism Suppression Act fit-for-purpose
Edward Gay (Stuff): Auckland terrorist’s bail not opposed by police
RNZ: LynnMall terrorist told prison guards he would hunt them down, documents reveal
Thomas Manch (Stuff): MPs accelerate new terrorism laws, despite protest from Greens and ACT
RNZ: National demands LynnMall attack inquiry, appoints Counter-Terror spokesperson
Laura Walters (Stuff): Is NZ equipped to rehabilitate those who pose a risk of violent extremism?
1 News: Collins calls for public inquiry into Countdown terrorist attack
John Bishop (Stuff): Too much at stake for an independent inquiry into Auckland terror attack
Nelly Martin Anatias (Stuff): We love our fellow Kiwis and Aotearoa, and want to live in peace in our new home
Jay Marlowe and Bernard Sama (Guardian): New Zealand must foster belonging for all refugees in wake of terror attack
Zoe Madden-Smith (Renews): When do we call an attacker a terrorist
RNZ: Countdown staff face rise in abuse after LynnMall terror attack

Housing
Miriam Bell (Stuff): House prices rise by twice the average salary in a year
Jamie Ensor (Newshub): Asking prices skyrocket by twice average salary over last year
Mike Mather (Stuff): ‘Show us the money’: Nervous wait for news of Government’s housing crisis cash
Geraden Cann (Stuff): Covid-19 lockdowns, on top of steep house prices, driving Auckland buyers out
Anne Gibson (Herald): Auckland Council examining 360% to 660% Drury development fee rise to cover growth costs (paywalled)
Kiri Gillespie (Herald): Tauranga housing shortfall warning, city leaders plead to Govt for help (paywalled)
1 News: House prices in Manawatu/Whanganui rise by colossal 29.5%: Trade Me

Local government
ODT Editorial: Three Waters plan leaking?
Herald: Q&A: Simon Wilson on Queen St’s future
Matthew Rosenberg (Local Democracy Reporting): Six-figure bill expected for review of council
RNZ: Rule forbidding criticism of council policy ‘restriction on democracy’
Herald Editorial: Mayor Phil Goff late to walk the talk when it comes to maverick Ports of Auckland (paywalled)
Brian Fallow (Herald): Water reform logic flows one way (paywalled)
Lois Williams (Stuff): Kaikōura wants more time over ‘once in lifetime’ water decision
Grant Miller (ODT): Edgar family wants ‘dialogue’ about keeping sports hall in city
Rachel Moore (Stuff): Horowhenua councillors say more can be done to reduce illegal dumping
Sinead Gil (Stuff): Operators of former Mt Lees B & B say council failed to renew lease despite making a profit

Environment, Climate Change
Russell Palmer (RNZ): Shaw rejects claims of hypocrisy over climate trip to Scotland
No Right Turn: Climate Change: The CCR is a failed, counterproductive policy
RNZ: Coal generation in NZ already outstripping previous years
Moana Ellis (Local Democracy Reporting): Iwi partner with Horizons Regional Council to tackle climate change head on
Cheryl Adamson (Herald): Businesses must not lose focus on sustainability (paywalled)

Afghanistan
Thomas Manch (Stuff): Route out of Afghanistan remains uncertain as allied countries meet without NZ
Stuff: Afghans trying to come to NZ have made it to Pakistan
Matthew Tso (Stuff): Kiwi brings family home from Afghanistan amid terrifying evacuation

Cyber attacks
Herald: Cyber attack aftermath: ANZ Bank website offline again
RNZ: ANZ Bank website offline again after being hit by cyberattack
Susan Edmunds and Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): NZ Post plans outage and ANZ faces ongoing disruption amid cyber attacks
1 News: Tech expert explains recent cyber attack on NZ banks, businesses

Conversion therapy
Zane Small (Newshub): National MP Simon Bridges calls for more time to consider over 100,000 submissions on conversion therapy law
Jordan Redding (ODT): Even as ‘care’, trying to change who people are is deeply harmful

Colin Craig court case
Sam Hurley (Herald): Colin Craig v Rachel MacGregor: Supreme Court says no to final appeal in long-running defamation case
Alison Mau (Stuff): End of the road for Colin Craig’s case against former press secretary
RNZ: Former Conservative Party leader Colin Craig loses long-running legal battle
David Farrier (Webworm): Platforming a Monster

Primary industries
Maja Burry (RNZ): Pork industry on the verge of oversupply this lockdown
Emma Hatton (RNZ): Council’s waste plan puts Manawatū food production at risk
RNZ: Harvester robots a game-changer for asparagus industry
Maja Burry (RNZ): MPI expecting small number of M bovis infections this Spring

Transport
Shea Jefferson (Hawkes Bay Today): Time to change the commuting mindset as traffic jams return to Hawke’s Bay – councillor (paywalled)
Stuff: Air New Zealand announces temporary Wellington-Kerikeri service
Ethan Griffiths (Herald): What Whanganui gets out $1.3 billion investment in region’s transport (paywalled)
Thomas Coughlan (Herald): Sir Brian Roche to leave City Rail Link board

Other
Karl Löfgren and Michael Macaulay (Newsroom): The true nature of NZ’s public service
Chris Trotter (Daily Blog): Strange and disturbing times 2.0
Roderick Mulgan (Stuff): Do Ardern and Faafoi understand how courts work?
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Faafoi & Ardern Hate Speech burn so bad it sizzles
Robie Nicol (Stuff): How the Hobbit Law weakened workers’ rights to appease giant Hollywood corporations
Marty Sharpe (Stuff): Judge dismisses Oranga Tamariki’s bid to remove Māori girl from Pākehā couple
Tim Murphy and Mark Jennings (Newsroom): Public demand sky-high for Covid news
Robin Martin (RNZ): Energy bosses say proposed bill poses risk to electricity supply
Bernard Hickey (Spinoff): What comes after ‘Greed is Good’?
Leonie Hayden (Spinoff): ‘I’m beginning a journey’: The inside story of Lorde’s surprise mini-album in te reo Māori
Lorna Thornber (Stuff): New Zealand notably absent from ‘world’s best cities’ list
Debra Wilson, Annick Masselot and Martha Ceballos (The Conversation): Who are my parents? Why New Zealand’s ‘creaky’ surrogacy laws are overdue for major reform
Hawke’s Bay Today editorial: Mongrel Mob rehab funding two months on – how Wellington made a $2.75m mistake (paywalled)
Duncan Bridgeman (Herald): China’s shake-up heightens regulatory risk for Kiwi businesses (paywalled)

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