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AUKUS Pact, Afghanistan, China
Tess McClure (Guardian): Aukus submarines banned from New Zealand as pact exposes divide with western allies
Jamie Ensor (Newshub): AUKUS’s impact on New Zealand: Nuclear policy ‘unchanged’, Five Eyes ‘will endure’ in face of new defence pact
Audrey Young (Herald): Jacinda Ardern delighted to be snubbed by best friends (paywalled)
Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): Aukus deal’s awkwardness for New Zealand
Heather du Plessis-Allan (Newstalk ZB): We haven’t been sidelined by AUKUS defence pact
Chris Trotter (Daily Blog): Keep New Zealand Nuclear-Free – Stay Out of AUKUS!
Thomas Manch and Lucy Craymer (Stuff):Distance between NZ and allies grows, as Australia brings nuclear submarines to the Pacific
Lucy Craymer (Stuff): New Zealand’s exclusion reflects our ‘friend, not ally’ status with the US
Bruce Munro (ODT): Global Insight: Security pact threat to nuclear reduction
Bruce Munro (ODT): Security deal worrying, academic says
Russell Palmer (Newshub): New Zealand a winner in AUKUS agreement, but risks remain – experts
Audrey Young (Herald): Jacinda Ardern says no change to relationships
Jamie Ensor (Newshub): AUKUS: Jacinda Ardern welcomes United Kingdom, United States engagement in Pacific, says NZ nuclear stance ‘unchanged’
Jamie Ensor and Emma Cropper (Newshub): New Australia, United Kingdom, United States defence pact ‘sidelines New Zealand’, focus on nuclear capabilities
Thomas Manch (Stuff): Australia, United Kingdom, and United States announce major new AUKUS defence pact
RNZ: UK, US and Australia launch landmark security pact
Bernard Hickey (The Kākā): Dawn Chorus: Australia’s shock nuclear sub move
1 News/AP: China slams AUKUS pact as ‘extremely irresponsible’
Reuters (Newshub): AUKUS: China says pact ‘severely damages’ peace, France ‘angry and bitter’
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RNZ: Afghanistan: Pressure stays on NZ government to take action
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): 3 cheers for the Taliban?
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Reuters (Newshub): China sends New Zealand letter asking to join CPTPP, has telephone chat with Damien O’Connor
1 News: China applies to join CPTPP trade deal

National Party
Matthew Hooton (Herald):  National’s problems go much deeper than Judith Collins (paywalled)
Peter Dunne (Newsroom): The pettiness destroying Judith Collins’ leadership
Heather du Plessis-Allan (Newstalk ZB): Collins has got to go
Thomas Coughlan (Herald): National knows something needs to change – the question is what (paywalled)
Tova O’Brien (Newshub): A National Party leadership challenge for Judith Collins is stirring and may not be far away
Jo Moir (Newsroom): Collins the master of her own death spiral
David Farrar (Kiwiblog): Advice for National
Dan Satherley (Newshub): Willie Jackson says his social media obsession with Judith Collins is ‘nothing personal’

Vaccine rollout
RNZ: Health experts say talk of vaccination targets unhelpful
Mark Quinlivan (Newshub): Health chief Ashley Bloomfield reveals vaccine rollout target
Amelia Wade (Newshub): Latest vaccine hesitancy data shows 79 percent of Kiwis keen to get the jab
ODT Editorial: Vaccinating for dear life
Anuja Nadkarni (Newsroom): Vaccines in the workplace new territory for employment law
Dan Satherley (Newshub): Willie Jackson defends Kelvin Davis’ ‘ignorant’ comments about unvaccinated Māori
Taroi Black (Māori TV): Māori largest number of new cases – ministry ‘didn’t follow the science’
Bernadette Basagre and Lucy Xia (Stuff): Asian Kiwis lead the way in Covid-19 vaccine uptake, high rates ‘a triumph’
Adam Pearse (Herald): John Tamihere claims vaccination booking capacity going to waste
Rowan Quinn (RNZ): Waitematā DHB senior medical staff pitch in to help vaccinate
Eva Corlett (Guardian): ‘Do it for our kids’: Ardern urges people to get Covid vaccine as New Zealand reports 13 cases
1 News: PM’s message to vaccine hesitant: ‘Do it for our kids’
Tom Hunt and Ellen O’Dwyer (Stuff):‘Not acceptable’ teens were targeted in anti-vax campaign, deputy principal says 
RNZ: Buses a ‘self-determined’ vaccination initiative for socially excluded: Māori health advocates
1 News: Fleet of Covid-19 vaccine buses hit Auckland streets
Herald: Vaccination buses hit South Auckland streets
Ben Uffindell (The Civilian): Covid outreach disaster as online poll sees vaccination bus named ‘the murder wagon’

Government management of outbreak, expert advice
RNZ: Debate: When should New Zealand open up its borders?
Nick Wilson, Julie Bennett, Leah Grout, Jin Russell, Jennifer Summers, Michael Baker (Public Health Expert): Intensifying Covid-19 Control Measures: 5 Measures for Faster Elimination and 5 Measures to Prevent Future outbreaks
Herald: Associate Minister of Health Dr Ayesha Verrall says outbreak close to being ‘under control’
Bridie Witton (Stuff): New Auckland cases will stop rest of country moving to alert level 1
Nadine Porter and Jake Kenny (Stuff):Level 1 still a way off for the rest of New Zealand, experts say
Des Gorman (Herald): Ease up on the Covid fear-mongering – it is not helpful (paywalled)
Peter Gluckman (Newsroom): Beyond science, there are hard decisions ahead
Brent Melville (BusinessDesk): Time to call in a delta ‘Red Team’ – Gluckman
Ben Kepes (Herald): Let’s accept there’s no best way out of Covid (paywalled)
Dr Oliver Hartwich (Herald):  Don’t let ‘sunk costs’ hold NZ back from freedom (paywalled)
Steve Braunias (Herald): What Aucklanders stuck in lockdown hell need from the rest of NZ (paywalled)
Damien Venuto (Herald): The power of the 1pm briefing – the Government’s ‘America’s Cup’ level grip on attention (paywalled)
Anna Whyte (1 News): Rest of NZ likely to stay at L2 while Auckland at high levels
Rebecca Howard (BusinessDesk): Govt pumps another $7b into covid relief fund (paywalled)
Tess Brunton (RNZ): ‘Decimated’: Franz Josef tourism businesses suffer as borders stay closed

Border, MIQ, immigration
Jenna Lynch (Newshub): Bloomfield, Government website at odds over whether COVID-19 cases have to quarantine for 10 or 14 days
1 News: Border workers should wear N95 masks, experts say
Jordan Bond (RNZ): Sports teams, business people and entertainers using MIQ spots
RNZ: Checkpoint:‘Devastated’ woman who could not return from Australia faces pension cut
Kim Moodie (RNZ): Reopened MIQ bookings welcomed but ‘still the same number of needles in the haystack’
Brittney Deguara (Stuff): How the new MIQ booking system works
Edward O’Driscoll (Newshub): Restaurateur pleads for MIQ hotels to be taken out of Auckland CBD by 2022
Rachel Moore (Stuff): Two-week stay in dirty, bug-infested MIQ room ‘unbelievable’
Kristin Hall (1 News): ‘Bordering on eugenics’ – Greens want to see immigration policy scrapped
RNZ: Wellington hotel to no longer be used as MIQ facility
Troels Sommerville (Stuff): Families coming out of MIQ provided with transitional housing

Contact tracing, testing
RNZ: Truck driver’s infection picked up in Covid-19 surveillance testing – Henare
1 News: Covid-19 saliva test drop-off sites set up near Auckland
1 News: Rapid antigen tests have arrived, to be used in 2 pilots

Wānaka Couple, Alert level rules, compliance, enforcement
Herald: Judge sends legal warning after reporters ask questions about Wānaka lockdown breach
Craig Kapitan (Herald): Person who reported Wānaka holidaymakers speaks out
Rosemary McLeod (Stuff): Name suppression for lockdown escapees added to sense of privilege 
James Nokise (Stuff): For one lockdown escaper the worst was yet to come
Herald: Three Auckland essential workers arrested after a trip to the snow
Sean Hogan (1 News): Three taken into custody on Tūroa ski field over Covid breach
Grant Chapman (Newshub): Outrage at Silver Ferns travel exemption under COVID-19 Alert Level 4
Anna Leask (Herald): No breach – police clear entrepreneur’s lockdown Auckland-Wānaka charter flight
George Block (Stuff): Cops clear cryptocurrency entrepreneur’s Auckland to Wānaka lockdown charter flight
Hamish Cardwell (RNZ): Air NZ offered free flight change from Auckland to Hamilton departure
Helen Harvey (Stuff): Polytech student who spent lockdown in Auckland attends class in Taranaki
1 News: Auckland man fined after twice trying to drive to Raglan 
Herald: Police charge man after border breach for McDonald’s trip
Danielle Clent and Nathan Morton (Stuff): Man charged after posting video about leaving Auckland to get McDonald’s
Matthew Scott (Newsroom): Hundreds of the dead wait to be farewelled
Brittany Keogh and Jake Kenny (Stuff): Who’s wearing it better? Wellington and Christchurch in mask faceoff

Justice
Te Aniwa Hurihanganui (RNZ): Revealed: Who is being discharged without conviction
Te Aniwa Hurihanganui (RNZ): Pākehā granted name suppression three times as often as Māori
Stuff Editorial: Investigation into name suppression disparities suggests justice not colour-blind
Nikki Mandow (Newsroom): Access to justice or protecting the big end of town?

Wage subsidy, business, economy
Amanda Cropp (Stuff): Possibility of raising gathering limit to 100 a ‘ray of sunshine’ for hospo and event sectors, but big venues will still find it tough 
Rahul Bhattarai (Herald): Allowing 100 people in restaurants and bars a ‘game changer’ – Hospitality New Zealand
Adam Jacobson (Stuff): Auckland eyes up Paris-style street dining, as experts predict ‘long-term’ level 2
Karen Coltman (Herald): Union: Supermarkets should keep paying level 4 bonus
Zane Small (Newshub): The COVID-19 wage subsidy application caveat that’s got one business advisor outraged
Tamsyn Parker (Herald): Shorter wage subsidy deadline causing ‘unnecessary financial and mental stress’, business adviser claims (paywalled)
Josephine Franks (Stuff): Auckland sex worker unable to pay rent after wage subsidy declined 
Grant Bradley (Herald): Auckland tourism businesses close down (paywalled)
Adam Jacobson (Stuff): Auckland man in wage subsidy limbo after Northland workplace moves to level 2 
Herald Editorial: Economic stats don’t tell the full story (paywalled)
Brian Fallow (Herald):  Hi ho, hi ho, it’s back in gear we’ll go (paywalled)
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Huge 2.8% GDP jump suggests solid recovery from lockdown, Finance Minister says
Liam Dann (Herald): GDP figures a bitter-sweet reminder of alternate economic reality (paywalled)
Anna Whyte (1 News): GDP rises 2.8% in June quarter prior to Delta outbreak
Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Banks hike interest rates despite lockdown in Auckland
Ella Stewart (RNZ): Auckland businesses question how ‘essential’ is defined
Jack Crossland & Katrina Bennett (Herald): Government ministers say public servants should return, but thousands in Wellington aren’t allowed to 
Liz McDonald (Stuff): Covid-19 sinks SailGP’s multimillion-dollar NZ yachting event
Georgia Forrester (Stuff): Buying up large in lockdown? The psychology behind our online shopping habits
Kate MacNamara (Herald): Cautious optimism that rate freezes and a new competitor will ease container shipping woes (paywalled)
Anne Gibson (Herald): Construction sector defies Covid: Long-term high-rise crane numbers up 6% in latest quarter (paywalled)

Cases, demographics
Danielle Clent (Stuff): Truck driver who left Auckland border for work tests positive
Hannah Martin (Stuff): Snells Beach wastewater results due later this week after ‘unexpected’ detection
Vaimoana Tapaleao (Herald): New location of interest shows person with virus was shopping three days ago
Herald: New ED patient infection exposure case at Middlemore Hospital
Hannah Martin (Stuff): Case tests positive at Auckland’s Middlemore Hospital, three patients close contacts
Michael Morrah (Newshub): Infected family linked to Māngere church ‘in tears’, blindsided after positive tests
Barbara Dreaver (1 News): Pasifika providers come to aid of South Auckland families recovering from Covid

Environment, Climate change
No Right Turn: Climate Change: An excuse, not a justification
RNZ: ‘I’m gutted, I didn’t want to do it’ – Shaw on climate plan delay
Zane Small (Newshub): ACT ridicules Government for extending emissions reduction plan after declaring climate emergency
Greg Dixon (Listener/Herald): Down to earth: Why we need to act to save this precious resource (paywalled)
Susan Botting (Local Democracy Reporting): Northland climate change adaptation efforts gain importance: new sea-level rise predictions

Mall terror attack
RNZ: Scepticism as government watchdogs launch review into LynnMall terror attack
Herald: Co-ordinated review of events leading to attack at New Lynn Countdown launched
Catrin Owen (Stuff): Review launched into actions of police, Corrections and SIS
Anna Whyte (1 News): Multiple authorities to investigate events before LynnMall terrorist attack
Katie Todd (RNZ): LynnMall stabbings: Review into risk terrorist posed launched

Housing
Eva Corlett and Tess McClure (Guardian):‘Generation frozen out’: New Zealand house prices soar despite government reform
Geraden Cann (Stuff): Average asking price in Auckland’s ‘most affordable’ district nears $1 million
Dan Satherley (Newshub): Rents up 8 percent in past year, rising even faster for small homes
Steve Kilgallon (Stuff): ‘Racist, ageist and discriminatory’: Does mixed housing work?
Anne Gibson (Herald): Auckland Council committee backs 660% Drury fee rise proposal, Kiwi Property disappointed (paywalled)
Tom Kitchin (RNZ): Rural towns in Central Hawke’s Bay eyed for housing development
Herald Editorial: The last thing Hawke’s Bay needs is rich Aucklanders (paywalled)

Te Reo Māori
Bronson Eruera Perich (1 News): Excluding non-Māori from te reo will kill it, ex-reo commissioner says in support of Lorde
RNZ: The Detail: Muscling in on te reo Māori – the heft of a superstar
Zeb Nicklin (Stuff): Making up for generations of language loss

Health
Stephen Forbes (Local Democracy Reporting): Experts predict growing pressure on south Auckland mental health services
Oliver Lewis (BusinessDesk): Property magnate offers to fund new mental health unit (paywalled)
RNZ: ‘Lean on a gate, talk to a mate’ campaign aims to break down boundaries
Karen Pasco (ODT): Maternity patients transferred
RNZ: Māori men urged to get tested for prostate cancer
Rachel Thomas (Stuff): Māori more likely to die after surgery than non-Māori – study 
Derek Cheng (Herald): ‘Thousands will suffer’: Major medicinal cannabis fix won’t help patients losing products next month (paywalled)

Transport
Todd Lauchlan (Stuff): Present day thinking on transport is a road to nowhere
Joel MacManus (Stuff): Transmission Gully mobile phone ‘black spots’ could pose risk for emergency services 
RNZ: Air NZ investigates viability of hydrogen-powered aircraft
Dan Lake (Newshub): Air New Zealand and Airbus team up to bring futuristic hydrogen-powered flying to Aotearoa
Grant Bradley (Herald): Air New Zealand and Airbus sign deal over hydrogen-powered planes (paywalled)
Georgina Campbell (Herald): Council officials still working towards Transmission Gully opening in 10 days

Other
Bernard Hickey (Spinoff): Is a kinder, gentler sort of capitalism really possible?
Anna Casey-Cox (Herald): Welfare doled out with doses of cruelty and inhumanity (paywalled)
Thomas Manch (Stuff): Repatriating Islamic State terror suspect Suhayra Aden cost $60,000
Marty Sharpe (Stuff): Judge questions value of Mob-led rehab programme at sentencing of gang member
RNZ: Consumer NZ pushes for probe into retirement villages’ care claims
Matthew Rosenberg (Local Democracy Reporting): Mine closing while nearby resource investigated
Zane Small (Newshub): Fact-check of Sky News Australia segment warning of ‘apartheid’ in New Zealand
Sam Olley (RNZ): Whakaari eruption: Review of WorkSafe months overdue
Joanne Naish (Stuff): Pike River mine to be finally sealed after families drop legal action
Laura Smith (ODT): Agencies work together to address food hardship
Aaron Smale (Newsroom): Willie Jackson under fire from Maori Council
Herald: AM Show host Ryan Bridge, Government minister Willie Jackson mock each other in live interview
1 News: Hastings fed up with anti-social driving; police impound 133 cars in six months
Paul Lewis (Herald): 37th America’s Cup: Team NZ, Kiwi rich-lister Mark Dunphy in talks over late bid to host regatta in Auckland (paywalled)
Katherine Ravenswood, Amber Nicholson, Fiona Hurd (The Conversation): Overlooked and undervalued, New Zealand’s community caregivers have become the ‘invisible’ essential workers
Alexa Cook (Newshub): Charity Shine urges those in danger to pop COVID-19 bubble amid escalation in domestic violence during lockdown
Maria Slade (NBR): Too many reports, too little action on delivery driver ‘race to bottom’ (paywalled)
Simon Ewing Jarvie (Unclas): Modelling the Kiwi Veteranscape
Sally Rae (ODT): Sale of Catlins station for forestry approved
Russell Palmer (RNZ): Conversion therapy ban bill: Submitters call for stronger law
1 News: Cyber attacks costs Kiwi organisations $3.9m in 3 months

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