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Today’s content

Govt Covid response, modelling advice
Shamubeel Eaqub (Stuff): Our path from pandemic to endemic
Claire Trevett (Herald): Poll shows what the public thinks about the borders reopening
Luke Malpass (Stuff): A reopening plan is taking shape, but how will it work?
Damien Grant (Stuff): The Prime Minister continuing to use the term ‘elimination’ is disingenuous
Tim Watkin (Guardian): Once Covid world-beaters, the mood in New Zealand is changing – and Jacinda Ardern knows it
Tess McClure (Guardian): ‘People are tired’: Chris Hipkins, the New Zealand minister battling to eliminate Covid
Mike Munro (Herald): In Jacinda Ardern Kiwis trust as National left trailing (paywalled)
Bernard Orsman (Herald): Michael Plank warns New Zealand on a ‘knife edge’
Herald: On the Tiles: Epidemiologist Michael Baker on the Government’s plan to reopen borders
Siouxsie Wiles (Stuff): With Covid-19, endemic doesn’t mean mild
1 News: Hendy’s modelling just one of ‘range of advice’ Govt gets: Robertson
Lana Andelane and Isabella Le Gros (Newshub): New Delta modelling does not account for other wraparound protections, blanket vaccination coverage not the only way – Graham Le Gros
ODT Editorial: Scaremongering, or better to know?
The Standard: Fearmongering or telling it how it is?
Stuff Editorial: Doomsday or reality in the Covid-19 numbers?
Claire Trevett (Herald): The next Covid-19 monster the PM will have to wrangle is fear itself (paywalled)
Liam Dann (Herald): Godwits, herons and the art of strategic change (paywalled)
RNZ: Lockdown supported, but not indefinitely
Jane Clifton (Listener/Herald): As Covid-19 mutates, so does public policy – Govt concedes elimination is over (paywalled)
Lawrence Gullery (Stuff): Tolerance for another lockdown ‘dropping like a stone’, says Waikato mayor
Alice Wilkins (Newshub): Top epidemiologist calls for ‘harm reduction approach’ to marginalised groups in COVID-19 response
Tim Dower (Newshub): Govt needs to reveal its plan on how to live with Covid
RNZ: Covid-19 data visualisations: NZ in numbers
Bridie Witton (Stuff): Caroline McElnay – piloting the pandemic response
Fran O’Sullivan (Herald): Jacinda Ardern needs to clear path for business into Covid fight (paywalled)
Verena Friederike Hasel (Herald): Why NZ feels frozen in time in its fight against Covid-19 (paywalled)
Jenny Nicholls (Stuff):The power of words during the public health campaign of our lives 
Steve Braunias (Herald): The secret diary of Jacinda Ardern (paywalled)

John Key weighs in on Govt Covid response
Mark Quinlivan (Newshub): Sir John Key hits out at ‘self-congratulatory’ Jacinda Ardern as Michael Baker calls former PM’s criticism ‘simplistic’
John Key (Newshub): Time to stop existing in a smug hermit kingdom of locking down and locking out
1 News: Key backs move to ‘take away liberties’ to make people get Covid jab
1 News: Key’s ‘smug hermit kingdom’ Covid comment dismissed as an ‘insult’ by Hipkins
William Hewett (Newshub): Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins criticises Sir John Key for pandemic response column
Newstalk ZB: Sir John Key: Former Prime Minister stands by his ideas
Richard Harman (Politik): Key’s Covid comments challenge both Ardern and Collins (paywalled)
Jack Tame (1 News): Sir John Key is being provocative but his ideas make sense
RNZ: ‘Fear doesn’t work with unvaccinated’ – Sir John Key
Toby Manhire (Spinoff): Ranked: All of today’s op-ed columns by Sir John Key
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): The irony of Key’s fear and hermit kingdom claims
Greg Presland (The Standard): Key’s baaaack

Border, MIQ, immigration
Luke Malpass (Stuff): How MIQ has become a political weapon 
Tracy Watkins (Stuff): MIQ is broken – why do so few Kiwis care?
Adam Pearse (Herald): Some Kiwis battling MIQ system to come home are giving up 
Sir Ian Taylor (Herald):  MIQ as big a threat to business as Covid-19 – here’s the unique way to solve the problem, Prime Minister (paywalled)
John Roughan (Herald): Use people trained in travel reservation to co-ordinate MIQ
Ashleigh Stewart (Stuff): Our tribal nature explained: The team of 5 million v the Kiwis who just want to come home
Jason Walls and Tom Dillane (Herald): Revealed: Amazon’s private Lord of the Rings MIQ pitch shot down by Government last year
Shannon Redstall (Newshub): Government considering compulsory vaccinations for tourists arriving in New Zealand
Steven Walton (Stuff): SailGP proposed saving NZ round with privately-run MIQ or self-isolation
Nikki Macdonald (Stuff): MIQueue: Is it legal to stop New Zealanders coming home?
Adam Burns (Local Democracy Reporting): Uncertain times for stranded nurse: ‘I don’t know if I still have a job’
Tom Hunt (Stuff): Nine-year-old Kiwi 10,000km away from dad, with no end in sight 
Cas Carter (Stuff): The appeal of travel to exotic locations has dimmed

Vaccine passports, mandates and incentives
Ben Strang (RNZ): Vaccine passports unlikely to be compulsory in NZ setting – legal expert
Mark Longley (Newshub): Jacinda Ardern says vaccination passports could be part of a toolbox of restrictions should country hit 90 per cent vaccination rate
1 News: Vaccine certificates, vaccinated-only events could soon be in the pipeline
Claire Trevett (Herald): PM Jacinda Ardern on a ‘no jab, no entry’ scheme and children’s vaccinations
John Minto (Daily Blog): Show some bloody respect to people who refuse vaccinations
Sam Hurley (Herald): No jab, no job? Experts question legality of potential workplace policy (paywalled)
Carolyne Meng-Yee (Herald): Controversial businessman Leo Molloy wants to segregate vaccinated and non-vaccinated staff
Daniel Smith (Stuff): Air NZ announces mandatory vaccination for more than 50 per cent of staff
1 News: Air NZ wants to vaccinate more workers than Govt requires
Emma Houpt (Herald): Claymark, Westpac offer staff vaccination incentives (paywalled)
Sophie Trigger (Herald): ‘We just have no choice’: Auckland mum anxious about kids returning to school without teacher vaccination assurance
Herald: Auckland restaurant offers buy one pizza get one free if you’re fully vaccinated
Cherie Howie (Herald): Vaccinated or not? Kiwis new social chat, and conflict in the Covid era (paywalled)

Vaccine rollout
Janet Wilson (Stuff): To get over 90 per cent vaccinated will need a targeted campaign
Heather Du Plessis-Allan (Herald): We’re being held hostage by the unvaccinated (paywalled)
Eva Corlett (Guardian): Jacinda Ardern looks to life beyond lockdowns with 90% vaccination target
1 News: Hipkins wary of singling out unvaccinated
Harkanwal Singh (Spinoff): Beyond 90% – the graphs that tell the story of our vaccination challenges
Simon Shepherd (Newshub): Stuart Nash on support for small businesses, if international travellers will need to be vaccinated
Bruce Cotterill (Herald): Pushing for 90% vaccination rate and our ‘freedom’ (paywalled)
Andy Fyers (BusinessDesk): The glaring gaps in our vaccine rollout
Herald Editorial: Vaccine push a journey of hope and high stakes (paywalled)
Felix Desmarais (Local Democracy Reporting): ‘Back of the queue’: Māori and Pasifika should have been prioritised for vaccines – experts
Josephine Franks (Stuff): Wāhine Māori tackling Covid-19: ‘When you see who’s doing the mahi, we’re all brown’
1 News: Covid-19 boosters will be needed — epidemiologist
Toby Manhire (Spinoff): Facebook livestreams of PM’s 1pm update swarmed by anti-vax misinformation
Dianna Vezich (Newshub): Wellness influencer misinformation partly to blame for vaccine-hesitancy in New Zealand – experts
Mirjam Guesgen (Spinoff): Who *can’t* get the Covid-19 vaccine?
Becky Carruthers (Spinoff): I wasn’t fully vaccinated, then I got measles and it changed my life
RNZ: How do Covid vaccines change your risk of infection? And are you less likely to pass it on?
1 News: Pasifika-led vaccination buses launched in South Auckland
1 News: Pasifika communities in Auckland step up efforts with pop-up vaccination stations
1 News: Covid-19 vaccine bus rolls out in Dunedin

Testing
Rowan Quinn (RNZ): Door-to-door testing proposed to stamp out Auckland’s Covid outbreak
Dileepa Fonseka (Stuff): U-turn on saliva testing as fears grow around nasal swab hesitancy
Thomas Bywater (Herald): How much does a pre-departure Covid test cost in New Zealand?

Alert level rules, compliance, enforcement
Fiona Connor and Janika ter Ellen (Newshub): Kiwis trying to move house across alert levels left ‘with nowhere to go’ as Health Ministry says boundary exemptions to leave Auckland for relocation won’t be approved
1 News: Govt to review border rules for Aucklanders stuck in limbo
Cherie Howie (Herald): Rule-breaking Aucklanders urged to follow level 3 restrictions
1 News: Police catch person hiding in car trying to cross Auckland Covid checkpoint
RNZ: Farmer attempts to evade Covid-19 checkpoint through water race
1 News: Man ‘found with rifle’ among those arrested at Auckland checkpoints
Ben Leahy (Herald):Paralympian Jesse Reynolds among hundreds stranded under tough new level 3 rules

Cases, demographics
Katie Harris (Herald): Person tests positive at Waitakere Hospital ED, other patients monitored
Rawiri Taonui (Māori TV): New Māori cases decline while vaccination increases – Dr Rawiri Taonui
RNZ: Doctors rally to help Pasfika families in isolation

Business, economy, wage subsidy
Bryce Edwards (Democracy Project): Political Roundup – Is the Wage Subsidy still transferring massive wealth to the rich?
Nita Blake-Persen (RNZ): Checkpoint: Wage subsidy bill for Delta lockdown now $2.5 billion
1 News: Over 60,000 wage subsidy applications yet to be processed
Guy Williams (ODT): Skyline may take legal action against shareholder after wage subsidy incorrect comments
Gavin Oliver (Herald): Tourism sector joins calls for road map beyond Covid (paywalled)
Daniel Smith (Stuff): Lockdown forces more small businesses than ever to consider calling it quits — here is what you should consider
Ian McCrae (BusinessDesk): The hermit trading nation (paywalled)
1 News: Auckland CBD firms lost $110m in spending during Level 4: business association
Esther Taunton (Stuff):Lockdown costs central Auckland businesses $110 million in sales
RNZ: Auckland liquor licence hold-ups likely as bars, restaurants make adjustments for level 2
Grant Bradley (Herald): Haka Tours part of $75m Australasian capital raise to reboot company (paywalled)
Jane Phare  (Herald): Exhausted execs: Covid-19 increases risk of leader burnout, surveys show (paywalled)
Morgane Solignac (Stuff): ‘Covid-19 fatigue’ jeopardises historic Marlborough Women’s Triathlon
Rob Stock (Stuff): AA Insurance also burned by Covid-era increase in house fires
Brian Easton (Pundit): Libertarians, Neoliberals, Ordoliberals And Economists
Bernard Hickey (Spinoff): Fashion’s greenwashing problem and how to see through it
Tamsyn Parker (Herald): Just 32pc of NZX50 companies hit high standard with code of ethics (paywalled)
Chris Schulz (Spinoff): Dodgy tickets, huge mark-ups – what is Viagogo really up to?
Morgane Solignac (Stuff): Labour shortage leaves wine industry facing uncomfortable truth
Carmen Hall (Herald):  ‘Boom to bust’: Timber merchants wary as demand hits levels never seen before (paywalled)
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): 2degrees founder Tex Edwards behind audacious bid to break supermarket duopoly
Luke Malpass (Stuff): Commerce Commission final report into supermarket competition pushed back months by Government
Rahul Bhattarai (Herald): It was like losing my turangawaewae, says Authenticity Aotearoa not-for-profit founder Nurain Janah (paywalled)
Anne Gibson (Herald): Auckland’s lost cinemas – retired projectionist lists 29 screens gone (paywalled)
Kethaki Masilamani (Newshub): Entrepreneurs planning third supermarket chain to challenge Foodstuffs and Woolworths

Inequality, charities, ill-effects of lockdown
RNZ: We are all connected, Ardern tells UN General Assembly
1 News: Lockdown leaves over 25% of all Pasifika in NZ needing financial support
Dan Satherley (Newshub): Work and Income’s ‘low-trust’ model for out-of-work Kiwis criticised after father struggles to get help feeding kids
RNZ: Police and iwi initiative in Northland aims to help and educate
1 News: Charity helps lift spirits of Auckland youth in lockdown
RNZ: Calls to Lifeline nearly double over pandemic
David Farrar (Kiwiblog): A hidden cost of lockdowns?
Sam Olley (RNZ): Each day of lockdown making loneliness a greater challenge for seniors – Age Concern

Climate change, conservation, environment
Herald: Greta Thunberg slams Jacinda Ardern for ‘not doing anything’ about climate change
1 News: ‘Not doing anything’ – Greta Thunberg criticises Ardern’s lack of climate action
Stuff: Greta Thunberg takes another swipe at Jacinda Ardern’s response to climate change
Mark Quinlivan (Newshub): Greta Thunberg denounces Jacinda Ardern, New Zealand for ‘not doing anything’ on climate crisis
Steven Cowan (Against the Current): Greta Thunberg: Jacinda Ardern is no leader on climate change
Herald: Kiwi kids could see up to five times more heatwaves – climate report
Derek Handley (Herald): Heavy industry must be decarbonised to reach emission goals (paywalled)
Kate Green (Stuff): Wellington council sets more ambitious target for emissions reductions
1 News: Commissioner defends advice around synthetic nitrogen fertiliser use
No Right Turn: Climate Change: Anatomy of a mistake
RNZ: Call for G20 to follow Pacific’s net-zero carbon emissions by 2050
RNZ: Samoa’s PM highlights climate threat to oceans at UN
RNZ: The Detail: The schemes and dreams over reducing cow methane
Dr Jacqueline Rowarth (Stuff): How high does the carbon price have to reach before it changes behaviour?
Jamie Gray (Herald): Millions at stake: What does the future hold for carbon? (paywalled)
Anne Salmond (Newsroom): The case for nature-based forests
Kirsty Frame (RNZ): Wellington council faces sharp rise in its carbon reduction target
RNZ: Grim picture for NZ waterways on World Rivers Day
1 News: Two-thirds of NZ rivers in poor health — research
Kaysha Brownlie (Newshub): Two-thirds of New Zealand’s rivers ecologically impaired – LAWA report
RNZ: Snapper catch increase poses risk to Māui dolphins – marine biologist
Cherie Sivignon (Stuff): How should Tasman District adapt to coastal hazards and sea level rise?
Bruce Munro (ODT): For peat’s sake
Lawrence Gullery (Stuff): Switch to artificial turf unearths toxic soil and loads of bureaucracy
Hamish MacLean (ODT): $200,000 from Govt for tar well clean-up work
Denise Piper (Stuff): Lack of protection sees ‘sacred’ pōhutukawa tree half cut down in Northland
Laura Mills (ODT): Bid to close paua fishery; submissions call

AUKUS, foreign affairs, trade
Thomas Nash (Stuff): Aukus logic is morally wrong, and New Zealand must resist it
Taylor Rice (Stuff):Human rights and China: What’s the ‘trade off’ for our government?
Simon Draper (Stuff): Aukus will change our relationship with Australia — that much is certain
Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): NZ kiwifruit reportedly tests positive for Covid in China
RNZ: China calls new US Indo-Pacific alliance ‘doomed to fail’
RNZ: GCSB aware of reports of Chinese cellphones censoring sensitive topics
Will Trafford (Māori TV): NZ Spy Agency acknowledges Chinese Smartphone censorship allegations
1 News: Talks galore, actual action hard to detect as UN meets in US
Anna Whyte (1 News): Law overhaul recommended in New Zealand’s military export regime
Matthew Doidge and Serena Kelly (The Conversation): German election: the race to replace Angela Merkel and why it matters to New Zealand
Grant Bradley (Herald): Expo 2020 Dubai: Centrepiece of New Zealand’s $60m push unveiled (paywalled)

National Party
Andrea Vance (Stuff): If the nails are in Judith Collins’ coffin, what happens next?
Dan Satherley (Newshub): Judith Collins blames COVID for poor polls, denies MPs are plotting to replace her with Simon Bridges
Herald: Judith Collins doubles down on her future as National Party leader
Mike O’Donnell (Stuff): The world is changing for the better — and leaders need to keep up
1 News: Simon Bridges gets second chance at book launch
Dan Satherley (Newshub): ‘Used-up has-been’: Simon Bridges on the future of the National Party and his hair
Herald: Simon Bridges: No intention to be National’s leader again

Parliament, political parties
Peter Wilson (RNZ): Week in Politics: Auckland moves down, doubt cast on elimination strategy
Phil Smith (RNZ): ‘Don’t be a tero, get the wero’
Elle Hunt (Guardian): Unless New Zealand wants to be a ‘fortress’ it must engage more with Kiwis abroad
David Farrar (Kiwiblog): Should the law be changed to allow overseas Kiwis to vote?
1 News: Plain Language Bill not just about ‘dumbing things down’, coach says
BusinessDesk: My Net Worth: Kiri Allan, cabinet minister and East Coast MP (paywalled)
Stuff: Points of order: Certainly uncertainty about vaccinations rule at Parliament

Housing
Rob Stock (Stuff): Why we should worry about the ageing of the mortgage holder 
Kristin Hall (1 News): Pensioner in emergency housing says more support is needed
Tom Kitchin (RNZ): Plea for help from social housing agency in rural Hawke’s Bay
Jenny Ruth (BusinessDesk): Politics and sob stories for first-home buyers (paywalled)
Priscilla Dickinson (Newshub): Over half of young Kiwis expect family money to help them buy a first home – KiwiSaver adviser
Catherine Masters (OneRoof): Winners and losers from a year of out-of-control house prices
Ethan Te Ora (Stuff): Wellington’s housing crisis looks to claim another victim: the video gaming industry
Greg Ninness (Interest): Some 37% of first home buyers bought with a low equity loan in August
Greg Ninness (Interest): The latest lockdown has not been kind to first home buyers
Catherine Masters (OneRoof): Spectre of Delta: Would another level 4 lockdown bring down house prices?
DIana Clement (One Roof): After a long, slow start, the prefab revolution is starting to deliver
Geraden Cann (Stuff): Kāinga Ora to build thousands of prefabricated homes for transitional housing
Catherine Masters (OneRoof): The agent who predicted NZ’s house price boom
Reweti Kohere (Spinoff): How build-to-rent can help ease New Zealand’s housing woes
Eloise Gibson (Stuff): Misplaced optimism: Why do we keep buying beach houses at risk of coastal erosion?

Afghanistan
RNZ: Afghani trying to get to New Zealand killed by Taliban
Dan Satherley (Newshub): ‘Could have been prevented’: Collins says NZ too slow to extract Afghan allies after man beaten to death by Taliban
Stuff: Taliban believed to have killed Afghan man waiting for result of NZ visa bid
Louisa Cleave and Paula Penfold (Stuff): NZ offers lifeline for Afghan women judges facing possible Taliban execution, but hundreds remain

Health
Jehan Casinader (Stuff):  The causes of suicide are staring us in the face
Amelia Wade (Newshub): Mental health advocate’s frustration as damning stocktake reveals progress of Government’s $1.9 billion investment
Mare Haimona-Riki (Māori TV): “It needs to be tightened up” – Expert weighs in on new mental health plan
Henry Cooke (Stuff): Government attempts to shore up its defences on mental health, but many holes remain
Zane Small and Amelia Wade (Newshub): Andrew Little admits Ministry of Health ‘struggled’ to deliver on mental health as review finds lack of accountability
RNZ: Most 2019 Budget mental health intiatives on track – review
Francesca Rudkin (Newstalk ZB): This is the most focused we’ve see the government on mental health
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Tumamao Harawira (Māori TV): Māori health providers excited by Māori Health Authority launch
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): ‘Fresh blood’ needed to ensure Health New Zealand lives up to potential
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Hannah Martin (Stuff): ICU staff plead for Kiwis to be vaccinated amid bed, nurse shortage
Thomas Mead (1 News): ‘Probable carcinogen’ glyphosate being sprayed on most major NZ highways
Kirsty Frame (RNZ): Experts urge health authorities to fill gaps in meningococcal vaccination programme
Mei Heron (1 News): Health experts push for easier access to meningococcal vaccines
Emma Russell (Herald): Accessing abortions: Associate Minister of Health Ayesha Verrall announces move to identify gaps in the system
University of Otago: Accuracy of DHB figures questioned by University of Otago study
1 News: Calls for streamlined process to get health workers into NZ
1 News: Expert: ‘Culture of craving’ from ‘Covid-wash’ marketing adds to NZ obesity epidemic
Alice Wilkins (Newshub): South Auckland palliative care provider facing funding crisis after hospice shops closed until alert level 2
1 News: Limited medicinal cannabis options could push Kiwis to black market, says patient
Dale Husband (E-Tangata): Dianne Sika-Paotonu: The duty to act
Sam Olley (RNZ): Call for morning after pill to be free at pharmacies nationwide
Laura Hooper (Stuff): Janice Lee: Shaking up the disability sector
Evan Harding (Stuff): ‘Urgent action’ needed to address challenges facing people with dementia

Disability
1 News: Plea for understanding as those who can’t wear masks battle hostility
Isacc Gunson (1 News): Plea to help assistance dogs after Covid-19 stifles annual appeal

Water reforms
Jim Tucker (Stuff): Why the waterworks debate matters to what happens in your back yard
Evan Harding (Stuff): Water fight with Government heating up
Chris Tobin (Stuff): Timaru council stacks up opposition to Govt’s Three Waters proposal
Zane Small (Newshub): Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta defends Three Waters reforms amid backlash
Skara Bohny (Stuff): Nelson must be prepared for change in water ‘one way or another’, says mayor
Cherie Sivignon (Stuff): More work needed on three waters reform, says Tasman District Council
Grant Miller (ODT): Council water reform discontent

Local government
RNZ: New Zealand council’s Zoom meeting goes viral as people pretend they’re in it
Susan Botting (Local Democracy Reporting): Whangārei: New 30-year growth strategy for one of New Zealand’s fastest-growing districts
Adam Burns (Local Democracy Reporting): O’Connor dismisses flood funding criticism
Lois Williams (Local Democracy Reporting): Power boss defends $100,000 donation to Westport floodwalls
Matthew Rosenberg (Local Democracy Reporting): Council waiting game pushes developer to breaking point
Logan Savory (Stuff): Invercargill city councillor calls for council chief executive’s resignation
Luisa Girao (ODT): Invercargill Council’s performance praised
Lawrence Gullery (Stuff): Public perception of Waipā District Council’s reputation takes a dive in latest survey
Joel MacManus and Andre Chumko (Stuff): Fale malae receives go-ahead for Frank Kitts Park
Liz McDonald (Stuff): Plan for Christchurch’s Avon River would boost sporting access and create new island
Grant Miller (ODT): Plan to revitalise Dunedin city centre

Education
Simon Wilson (Herald): Let’s tithe private schools and double the funds for poor schools (paywalled)
Matt Heath (Herald):  Teachers are humans too – as seen in The Accidental Teacher (paywalled)
Mare Haimona-Riki (Māori TV): Online resource aims to help whānau with online literacy
Dilani Gedera, Ashwini Datt, Cheryl Brown, Dianne Forbes, Maggie Hartnett (ODT): Online study poses new challenges
Jody O’Callaghan (Stuff): University of Canterbury now New Zealand’s first ‘treaty university’

Transport
RNZ: Vehicle demand rockets ahead of govt’s feebate scheme pollution fee
Andrea Fox (Herald): The urgent case for a dedicated NZ coastal shipping revival (paywalled)
RNZ: Road to Zero campaign hits a few speed bumps with slower than planned roll-out
Kristin Hall (1 News): Opening date of Wellington’s long-awaited Transmission Gully highway still not known
Joel MacManus (Stuff): Transmission Gully: Unfinished billion-dollar highway’s bumpy road

1981 Springbok tour 40 years on
RNZ: 1981 Springbok tour 40 years on
Jamie Wall (RNZ): All Blacks v Springboks: The pain that won’t go away

Police
Qiuyi Tan (Herald): Police aware of concerns about far-right Indian nationalist groups in NZ
1 News: Seven police stations across NZ left vacant
Sophie Cornish and Sam Sherwood (Stuff): High-ranking cop quits amid inquiry into bullying, inappropriate relationships
Katie Harris (Herald): Nearly 150 criminal charges have been laid against cops since 2016, including one for murder
Kerre McIvor:  (Herald): Police and guns – will planned changes make any difference? (paywalled)

Media
Colin Peacock (RNZ): Mediawatch: Commercial radio urges MPs to rein in RNZ
Will Trafford (Māori TV): Boost for Māori journalism after $18m funding announced
Stuff: Second Public Interest Journalism funding round provides $18 million for 110 journalist roles
Hal Crawford (Spinoff): Facebook’s slow-motion reckoning is about much more than one company
Victor Billot (Newsroom): An ode for .. Mark Richardson
Charlie Gates (Stuff): Trio of filmmakers brought home by Covid make film for national scheme

Te reo Māori
Vini Olsen-Reeder (E-Tangata): Privilege and language trauma
Shelley Burne-Field (E-Tangata): The shame is gone
Melanie Earley (Stuff): Threats and abuse hurled at Kiwi business after rebranding with te reo Māori name
Thomas Manch (Stuff): What’s in a name? Aotearoa-New Zealand debate continues to simmer 

Oranga Tamariki
1 News: Karen Chhour: All children that go into care should be treated equally
Karen Chhour (Magic): Oranga Tamariki needs to stop being so divisive

Arts
Zane Small (Newshub): Jacinda Ardern, Grant Robertson defend COVID-19 spend as Judith Collins rips into ‘dodgy Creative NZ funding decisions’
Ella Stewart (RNZ): Arts sector warns there will be nothing left unless government steps in with support funding
Mandy Hager (Spinoff): Our writers are being hung out to dry

Other
Naomi Arnold (RNZ): Crime victims’ details given to offenders via Ministry of Justice form
Carmen Hall (Herald): Should inheritances be taxed to offset the Baby Boomer bulge? Experts weigh in (paywalled)
RNZ: Govt wants to plug gaps in safety rules for adventure tourism
Sarah Robson (RNZ): Government proposes tougher safety rules for adventure activity operators
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): 5 Radical Centre ideas the NZ Left desperately needs right now (plus 5 worst woke laws)
Madeleine Chapman (Spinoff): Buy now, pay forever?
Katie Harris (Herald):  I’m sick of women being killed and nothing changing
Magic: Bill makes it easier to change sex on birth certificate without medical evidence
Catherine Delahunty (E-Tangata): Becoming Tangata Tiriti
Josephine Franks and Adam Jacobson (Stuff): 1981 Springbok tour 40 years on: Activists on how protests shaped their lives and Aotearoa 
Jessica Tyson (RNZ): Feature: What New Zealand women’s rugby deserves
Will Trafford (Māori TV): Protestors to occupy Ōtāhuhu maunga
1 News: NZ Navy-led operation seizes over $7.4m in drugs from boat outside Arabian Gulf
Sasha Borissenko (Herald): A rough time for legal industry’s public image (paywalled)
Theresa Gattung (Herald): Banks lead the way with women-to-leadership ratio (paywalled)
Maxine Jacobs (Stuff): The Māori Women’s Welfare League turns 70 years old and isn’t ready to retire
Rob Stock (Stuff): Victim of identity thief ‘Mr Mucky’ calls for lenders like Humm to tighten defences
Herald Editorial: Let’s do the time warp again in Te Anau town (paywalled)
Ziena Jalil (Stuff): Do you know who to trust?
ODT Editorial: Memorial path not peaceful
ODT: Modern buildings important part of architectural timeline
Anneke Smith (RNZ): Pre-trial hearing for soldier facing espionage charges starts today
RNZ: Labour market confidence up in last three months
Jonathan Milne (Newsroom): New Amazon data centres risk unbalancing NZ’s fragile electricity network

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