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Health system braces for influx of cases, home isolation required
Zane Small (Newshub): Modelling shows 5300 COVID-19 cases per week in 2022 – here’s how infected will be cared for
Rowan Quinn (RNZ): Covid patients at Middlemore Hospital will soon be triaged in a tent
Eva Corlett (Guardian): New Zealand modelling shows Covid cases could peak at 5,300 a week in Auckland next year
RNZ: Watch: Health Minister Andrew Little on hospital preparedness for Covid-19
Benn Bathgate (Stuff): National’s Shane Reti jabs at Health Minister Andrew Little over reform plan costs, ICU numbers
Lloyd Burr (Magic): Andrew Little faces criticism from listeners saying DHB & hospitals will “crumble” under wide spread COVID
No Right Turn: Labour’s 2023 election manifesto
David Farrar (Kiwiblog): Contact tracing may crumble at 20% of promised capacity
RNZ: Checkpoint: GPs ‘not quite’ ready for care of high-risk Covid-19 cases
Eleisha Foon (RNZ): Pasifika GP’s face pandemic burnout
Derek Cheng (Herald): Covid 19 Delta isn’t going anywhere; Govt revamps how to handle cases as daily numbers climb
Richard Harman (Politik): No MIQ space for expected Covid surge (paywalled)
Anna Whyte (1 News): Future use of Covid home isolation ‘always part of the plan’ – Robertson
Nicole Bremner (1 News): ‘Here to stay’ – Govt’s new plan will see Covid cases managed at home
Jenée Tibshraeny (Interest): ACT questions why the Government is preparing to let people with Covid-19 self-isolate, while overseas arrivals unlikely to be infected have to queue up for MIQ

Govt Covid strategy, expert warnings, Auckland
Thomas Manch (Stuff): Government’s Covid-19 policies set to drastically change within weeks
Keith Lynch (Stuff): What the end of the pandemic looks like
RNZ: ‘Race against time’: Outbreak must be slowed to allow time for more vaccinations – epidemiologist
1 News: NZ ‘in a race against Delta’ to stop outbreak spiralling
Maxine Jacobs (Stuff): Māori leaders brace for impact as Government continues to ignore vaccine priority call
Jamie Tahana (RNZ): Māori health coalition urges return to Covid-19 elimination strategy
Kristin Hall (1 News): Māori, Pacific health experts call for Level 4 in Auckland, Northland
Michael Neilson (Herald): ‘Māori are paying the price’ as Government accused of ‘giving up’ on controlling outbreak
Peter Dunne (Newsroom): Government now needs to dangle hope
Steven Cowan (Against the Current): Aucklanders are to blame
Luke Malpass (Stuff): The elimination edifice is being dismantled — the Government might as well lean into it
Katie Todd (RNZ): Aucklanders call for clarity: ‘We can’t have grey rules and then expect people to follow them’
RNZ: Opposition parties urge people to stick to alert level rules
Bridie Witton (Stuff): Thousands of infections a week, even at 90 per cent vaccination rate
Rachel Sadler (Newshub): Grant Robertson urges Aucklanders to stick to rules after ‘large number’ of cases reported from indoor gatherings
Chris Trotter (Daily Blog): Invasion of the (Covid) Body Snatchers
Zane Small (Newshub): Public Health Director Caroline McElnay’s puzzling COVID-19 rules reminder cleared up by Ministry of Health
Hannah Martin (Stuff): 71 new cases in Delta community outbreak ‘sobering’ but not unexpected
Hannah Martin (Stuff): Two Auckland sub-clusters have 100+ cases, in north and south suburbs

Auckland border breaches
Michael Morrah (Newshub): Government orders border exemption review after two women flee Auckland for Blenheim
Jessica Roden (1 News): Auckland women appear in court after breaking Level 3 rules to travel to Blenheim
Anna Leask (Herald): Auckland sex workers caught at Blenheim motel without travel exemptions
Zoe Holland (Herald): Police arrest Aucklander who allegedly travelled to Wānaka during lockdown
Matt Brown (Herald): Auckland sex workers caught at Blenheim motel appear in court
Karina Cooper (Northern Advocate): Women who travelled to Northland ‘probably’ not going to say any more, MoH reveals
Emma Stanford and Mark Quinlivan (Newshub): Far North Mayor John Carter lashes out at Northland travellers refusing to cooperate

Mandatory vaccination, incentives
Rachel Thomas (Stuff): No guidance for employers of health workers as vaccine mandate deadline looms
Jamie Gray (Herald): NZ businesses want mandatory vaccination in all industries – survey (paywalled)
Derek Cheng (Herald): Majority support for ‘no jab, no job’ across several sectors – new poll
Stephen Forbes (Local Democracy Reporting):  Calls for Auckland DHBs to get tough on employees who refuse vaccination
Vicki Anderson (Stuff): Summer music festivals ‘in limbo’ over Covid-19 vaccine certificates
Stephanie Ockhuysen (Stuff): Vaccine certificates a challenge for free events like Festival of Lights, New Plymouth mayor says
RNZ: Kura Kaupapa and Kohanga Reo leaders confident they’ll get staff vaccinated
Tamati Tiananga (Māori TV): No vaccination, no moko, Māori tā moko artist says
Joanne Naish (Stuff): Skydives, rugby tickets and free phones – but experts say vaccine incentives won’t work for all

Vaccine rollout, anti-vaxxers
Chris Trotter (Bowalley Road): CTU missing from the anti-Covid action
Matthew Scott (Newsroom): Prof Rod Jackson: ‘Don’t be a dick, get the prick’
1 News: Is your region at the top or bottom of the Covid-19 vaccination ladder?
Rowan Quinn (RNZ): Northland underdogs put in hearty effort and boost numbers
Jessica Tyson (Māori TV): Reti reveals barriers stopping Northland Māori from getting vaccinated
Michael Neilson (Herald): How an iwi-led Covid-19 vaccination programme has achieved some of the country’s highest rates
1 News: Cautious reopening possible before vaccine rates reach 90%: epidemiologist
1 News: Baker: Vaccines used before germ theory was even found
Dr Paul Salmon, Dr Neil Mortimer, Dr Curtis Walker, Prof Rod Jackson, Dr Marianne Empson, Dr Adrian Seine & Dr Alistair Brown (Herald): Seven experts’ opinion: Almost every eligible New Zealander can safely receive Pfizer vaccine
Sam Olley (RNZ): DHB concerns about anti-vax pathologist
RNZ: Tāmaki Makaurau pulling out all stops for Super Saturday vaccination drive
Māori TV: Fleet of ‘Vax Vans’ hits road ahead of National ‘Vaccination Day’
Janine Rankin (Stuff): Vaxathon drive promises giveaways for people who get vaccinated
Hamish McNeilly (Stuff): Ice creams, meat and free waxings – how the south does Super Saturday
Dan Satherley (Newshub): People getting jabbed under others’ names in vaccine ‘scam’ – report
RNZ: Nanogirl: Communication key to battling Covid-19 vaccine hesitancy
Dubby Henry (Herald): Raglan Area School allows antivax meetings – says it’s trying to avoid division
Heather du Plessis-Allan (Newstalk ZB): What do people want from Sandra Goudie?
James Fleury and Mark Quinlivan (Newshub): Thames-Coromandel Mayor Sandra Goudie ignores Government’s call to get vaccinated
Sharnae Hope (Stuff): Mixed views on Coromandel mayor’s decision to say no to Pfizer
Miriam Burrell (Herald): Thames-Coromandel mayor Sandra Goudie’s anti-Pfizer views ‘won’t help us get vaccinated’, Grant Robertson says
Herald: Thames-Coromandel mayor Sandra Goudie on why she refuses the Pfizer vaccine
Herald: Marlon Williams’ epic response to anti-vaxxer
Stuff: Hit 90 per cent vaccinations rates or say goodbye to summer, says deputy mayor
Kane Takawe (Stuff): Getting vaccinated brings freedom that much closer
Samantha Gee (RNZ): Social media used to reach Māori in vaccination drive
Stuff: New Zealand’s sports stars push for people to get vaccinated
Michael Neilson (Herald): New Zealand MPs now 90 per cent fully vaccinated (paywalled)
Madeleine Chapman (Spinoff): Exclusive: Stuart Nash attempts to explain his shirtless vax pic

Testing, contact tracing
Tova O’Brien (Newshub): Ministry of Health slips below ‘gold standard’ for COVID test result turnaround
Hamish Rutherford (Herald): Testing companies say Ministry of Health should contract, not commandeer (paywalled)
Dileepa Fonseka (Stuff): Ministry of Health gave saliva testing provider ‘the metaphorical finger’ during outbreak
Eric Crampton (Offsetting Behaviour): No accountability in Covid-land
1 News: 25 businesses to import, use rapid antigen tests
Damien Venuto (Herald): New Zealand businesses to import 300,000 rapid Covid tests
Zane Small (Newshub): Ashley Bloomfield grants coalition of businesses exemption to import 300,000 rapid antigen COVID-19 tests
RNZ: Businesses given green light for rapid antigen tests
RNZ: IT expert says My Covid Record app at risk of security breaches
Eric Crampton (Offsetting Behaviour): Contact details
Hannah Kronast (Newshub): Auckland vaccination centre, businesses found to still have open sign in sheets despite privacy advice

Alert level compliance, rules
Hamish Cardwell (RNZ): Increase in people exploiting mask exemptions while vulnerable people denied entry to shops
Dan Satherley (Newshub): Health worker in isolation after COVID patient ‘lied’ about exposure history
1 News: Police still trying to find Covid-positive Auckland woman
Stuff Editorial: Covid’s dangerous rule-breakers must face consequences
Herald Editorial: A tale of two approaches in times of Covid (paywalled)

MIQ, immigration, border
Susan Edmunds (Stuff): 750 people apply for 150 self-isolation spaces
1 News: Seymour calls for end to ‘Hunger Games’ of MIQ booking
Ben Leahy (Herald): Returning Kiwi can barely move in ‘prison cell’-sized managed isolation room
Bridie Witton (Stuff): Healthcare worker shortage a ‘hot mess’ — National
Herald: Mood of the Boardroom: Border restrictions are ‘a mixed blessing’ (paywalled)

Environment, climate change, conservation
Hamish Cardwell (RNZ): Climate plan ‘a slap in the face for current and future generations’
Brent Edwards (NBR): Is PM’s ‘nuclear-free moment’ as urgent as responding to Covid-19? (paywalled)
Chris Trotter (Daily Blog): Don’t Blame James
Gerhard Uys (Stuff): Climate change: Are Australia’s wildfires New Zealand’s future? 
Brian Fallow (Herald): Big changes in the way we get around (paywalled)
Dave Frame and Adrian Macey (Newsroom): Kicking the can on methane
RNZ: NZ ranked 9th in net zero emission readiness index
1 News: Greater scale, speed needed to respond to climate emergency – Shaw
Tess McClure and Eva Corlett (Guardian): Climate study linking early Māori fires to Antarctic changes sparks controversy
Stuart Smith (Stuff): Farmers can be New Zealand’s front line climate heroes
David Williams (Newsroom): Shrub-killing farmer’s $12m gain on sale to Crown
RNZ: The Detail: Our throwaway society can’t last forever
Rachael Kelly (Stuff): Regional council concerns farmers will carry more stock to pay for fencing rules
Chloe Ranford (Stuff): Study flings mud at farmers and foresters

Business, economy, wage subsidy
Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Jump in number of Auckland businesses shutting doors in lockdown, data shows
Grant Bradley (Herald): Youth adventure accommodation businesses beyond breaking point (paywalled)
David Hargreaves (Interest): NZ’s inflation is set to hit another 10-year high, but the key question will be whether this is a short run thing or the start of a lasting wage and price spiral
Māori TV: Bank leader determined to help rangatahi build businesses

MMP at 25, Electoral law review, Parliament, Government
Josh Van Veen, Jack Vowles, Jennifer Curtin, Lara Greaves, Sam Crawley (The Conversation): Anniversary of a landslide: new research reveals what really swung New Zealand’s 2020 ‘COVID election’
Henry Cooke (Stuff): The chaotic transition into a new political world almost killed off Labour
Matthew Hooton (Herald):  Why MMP is our worst mistake (paywalled)
Stuff Editorial: Not perfect government but better than the others
Graeme Edgeler (Stuff): Why the case for a four-year parliamentary term is unconvincing
Gordon Campbell: On the epic fails of Kris Faafoi
Abbey Wakefield (1 News): Wellington dad buys MP’s famous red ute
Taxpayers’ Union: Taxpayer Talk: Exclusive polling and analysis with David Farrar (podcast)

Farah Hancock (RNZ): Minimum wage earners, pensioners no longer qualify for legal aid
Edward Gay (Stuff): Chief Justice asks judges for information including ethnicity, gender and sexuality

Ian Powell (Second Opinion): Funding of high-needs primary healthcare needs an overhaul
Dianna Vezich (Newshub): Estimated 133 women may unknowingly have breast cancer after level 4 delayed routine mammograms – Breast Cancer Foundation
Mare Haimona-Riki (Māori TV): Largest child development study offers questions in Te Reo

Inequality, lockdown hardship, charities
Sarah Robson (RNZ): Need for food parcels doubled in level 4 – Auckland City Mission
1 News: Rising inflation, pandemic making household budgets tighter
Ella Stewart (RNZ): Auckland aged-care residents struggling with isolation in lockdown
Kerre McIvor (Newstalk ZB): Let’s show a bit of humanity for those in aged care
Matthew Scott (Newsroom): Charity for the terminally ill on its death bed

Local government
Gary Hamilton-Irvine (Herald): Hastings District Council: Milestone reached for introduction of Māori seats (paywalled)
Alice Angeloni (Local Democracy Reporting) Kiwifruit growers take Gisborne District Council to High Court over land valuation method

RNZ: Whai Kāinga Govt programme to help iwi build 1000 new homes
Carmen Hall (Herald): ‘Horrific’: Iwi’s fury after houses destined for desperate families demolished (paywalled)
RNZ: Housing market bounces back from lockdown – figures
Miriam Bell (Stuff): House prices fell 6.5 per cent, sales 9.7 per cent last month
Greg Ninness (Interest): Rapidly rising housing rents behind the growing interest in build-to-rent schemes
Skara Bohny (Stuff): Record high prices matched to low sales in Nelson Tasman housing market
Mandy Te (Stuff): Work on Wellington City Mission’s new $40m community hub begins
RNZ: Construction on Wellington City Mission’s new facility begins

Education and training
RNZ: Auckland lockdown: More than half of students drop off radar at some schools
Amy Wiggins (Herald): St Peter’s Cambridge senior leaders initially denied staff bullying allegations, WorkSafe report reveals (paywalled)
Katie Harris (Herald): NZ broadcasting school confirms multiple bullying and harassment allegations against staff (paywalled)

Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): Media Council ‘limited’ in handling foreign language media
Sri Krishnamurthi (Asia Pacific Report): How NZ’s Public Interest Journalism Fund can help ‘normalise’ diversity
David Farrar (Kiwiblog): Media Council upholds Newshub complaint
Kirsty Lawrence (Stuff): MediaWorks correct to uphold complaint about anti-Semitic comment, BSA says
Stephen Parker (Newsroom): Reporters disciplined under BBC clampdown on virtue signalling

Toby Morris (Spinoff): The Side Eye’s Two New Zealands: The Pacific Pay Gap
Gareth Vaughan (Interest): Transparency International homes in on New Zealand foreign trusts
Bronson Perich (Te Karere): 50th anniversary of reo Māori petition to be celebrated
Marena Mane (Māori TV): 1972 Māori language petition takes top place for 50th anniversary
Melanie Reid and Bonnie Sumner (Newsroom): OT places children with assaulting caregiver
Abuse in state care: One woman’s early life – ‘beaten up, neglected, rejected’
Andrew McRae (RNZ): One woman’s early life in state care: ‘Beaten up, neglected, rejected’
Anusha Bradley (RNZ): ACC staffer shocked man she complained about still working with survivors
Sam Hurley (Herald): The rise and fall of Ron Brierley: From famed corporate raider to infamous criminal (paywalled)
Emma Hatton (RNZ): Tech start-ups hit by ‘illogical’ change of R&D funding
James Nokise (Stuff): The season when the political feathers fly is back
Tina Morrison (Stuff): Govt awards $11.5m contract to investigate feasibility of Lake Onslow power scheme
Herewini Waikato (Māori TV): First road traffic signs in Te Reo Māori – Taihoa, Haere
Samantha Gee (RNZ): Westport flood: 450 homes still unlivable or damage



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