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Vaccine mandate
Derek Cheng (Herald): Why Jacinda Ardern has done a u-turn and wants two classes of Kiwis (paywalled)
Matthew Hooton (Herald): Jacinda Ardern changes tack towards compulsory vaccination (paywalled)
John Minto (Daily Blog): This is wrong
ODT Editorial: Time for some deep breaths
Tim Black (Spiked-Online): Saint Jacinda’s halo has slipped
Jody O’Callaghan (Stuff): Human Rights Commission reviewing implications of Covid-19 traffic light system, vaccination certificates 
Henry Burrell (BusinessDesk): Five things we need to know about vaccine certificates (paywalled)
Anuja Nadkarni (Newsroom): Vaccine mandate terminations raise potential worker’s rights issues
Bridie Witton and Brittany Keogh (Stuff): Sweeping vaccine mandate to cover 40 per cent of workforce
Thomas Coughlan (Herald): MIQ, schools, and vax mandates on list of sweeping Covid reforms
Amelia Wade (Newshub): 40 pct of New Zealand’s workforce faces mandatory vaccination as Government announces sweeping changes
Jordan Bond (RNZ): Business owners welcome workplace vaccination mandates
Esther Taunton and Melanie Carroll (Stuff): Vaccine mandate for hospitality and ‘close contact’ workers welcomed
Andrea Fox (Herald): Govt business vaccine mandate gets thumbs-up from Auckland Inc
Riley Kennedy (ODT): Businesses back new mandate: more workers must get vaccinated
Amber Allott and Jake Kenny (Stuff): Government’s vaccine mandate no surprise for business owners
Rahul Bhattarai (Herald): Covid 19 Delta outbreak: Businesses welcome vaccine certificates for retail and hospitality
1 News: Financial support won’t be affected by vaccination status – Ardern
1 News: Govt in talks about mandating Covid-19 jabs for more workers
Thomas Manch (Stuff): Government to extend vaccine mandates to businesses requiring vaccine certification
Anna Whyte (1 News): Workers must be vaccinated in businesses that will require vaccine certificates to enter
Jenée Tibshraeny (Interest): No jab, no job – Govt extends vaccine mandate to around 40% of the workforce
1 News and RNZ: Michael Baker calls for ban on unvaccinated domestic flyers
Thomas Bywater (Herald): Kiwi adventure tour operator’s vaccine mandate for domestic bookings
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Richard Harman (Politik): National’s nod to the anti-vaxers (paywalled)
Matthew Hooton (Patreon): Simon Bridges owes everything to Todd Muller (paywalled)
Russell Palmer (RNZ): Collins denounces ‘two-class system’, but won’t rule out vaccine certificates
Henry Cooke (Stuff): Judith Collins says she is against Government creating ‘two-class system’ but still supports vaccine certificates
Zane Small (Newshub): National’s Judith Collins wants COVID-19 vaccine certificates ditched after 90 pct target is reached

Delta outbreak, Govt management
Michael Morrah (Newshub): Auckland hospitals may start discharging COVID-positive patients as system reaches ‘tipping point’
RNZ: Nine to Noon: Sir David Skegg on traffic light system and reopening NZ
1 News: Level 3 ‘not enough’ to contain Delta, says Siouxsie Wiles
Lana Andelane and Caitlin Ellis (Newshub): Case numbers will continue ‘going up’ as outbreak enters ‘growth phase’, R-value indicates infections will double every 10-12 days – expert
Dion O’Neale, Emily Harvey, James Gilmour, Steven Turnbull (The Conversation): New Zealanders are super-connected. When restrictions lift in Auckland, it won’t take much to amplify Delta’s spread
Steven Cowan (Against the Current): The Labour government is leaving the most vulnerable exposed to the Delta virus
Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): Traffic light system has New Zealand going nowhere
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Dileepa Fonseka (Stuff): Time to devolve some power from the 1pm pulpit
Roger Partridge (Herald):  Is the Govt’s plan a road map or an impenetrable maze? (paywalled)
Herald Editorial: Opening up to a post-Covid life (paywalled)
Zane Small (Newshub): Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern addresses video of her ‘bumping’ sign language interpreter that’s gone global
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RNZ: Covid-19 today: New vaccine mandate, students return and worries of spread
Farah Hancock (RNZ): Covid-19 data visualisations: NZ in numbers

Vaccine rollout
John Tamihere (Stuff): Vaccine rollout delivers first-class treatment for mainstream, second-class treatment for Māori
Jamie Tahana (RNZ): Refusal to give Māori vaccination details Treaty breach, High Court told
Stuff: Ministry’s ‘wait and see’ view of Māori vaccination, court told
Brent Edwards (NBR): Shane Jones fears Māori will be blamed (paywalled)
Jessica Tyson (Māori TV): Ngarewa-Packer: “I’m not about to allow anyone to die”
Eric Crampton (Offsetting Behaviour): Vax for kids
Jin Russell (Spinoff): Our children cannot be vaccinated for Covid-19. Here’s how we can best protect them
Aaron Leaman (Stuff): Waikato mayors pan DHB vaccination plans
Melanie Earley (Stuff): All but one Auckland councillor says they’re fully vaccinated
Luisa Girao (ODT): Marcus Lush urges council action on vaccinations
Jordan Green and Jess Berentson Shaw (RNZ): Supporting Māori-led Covid-19 vaccination conversations
Rachel Sadler (Newshub): Labour Day New Zealand’s lowest day for vaccinations in months
Bill Ralston (Listener/Herald): Vaccinations get harder as we encounter the stubborn (paywalled)
Grant Miller (ODT): DHB member voiced ‘grave concerns’ about jab mandate
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1 News: Auckland’s vaccination sprint: 11,000 people to achieve 90% first dose

Anti-vaxxers
Lana Andelane (Newshub): ‘Hīkoi of Truth’ march from Rotorua to Waitangi condemned by iwi, Dame Naida Glavish, Hone Harawira for ‘unhelpful’ timing, anti-vaccination stance
Mark Quinlivan (Newshub): ‘Go home and behave’: National leader Judith Collins unleashes on anti-lockdown hīkoi
Peter de Graaf (Northern Advocate): Border-breaching hīkoi ‘a scam’ – Harawira
Luke Kirkness (Herald): Police block protesters as hīkoi arrives at Auckland border
1 News: Police ready to halt overnight cross-border hīkoi
Sharnae Hope (Stuff): No-Pfizer mayor stands alone against councillors’ pro-jab move
Ben Leahy (Herald): Former TV host Liz Gunn explains comments she made about Jacinda Ardern
Steve Braunias (Herald):  Loyal to Dave Dobbyn after anti-vaccine Twitter witch hunt (paywalled)
Rachel Thomas (Stuff): Should we retire the term ‘anti-vaxxer’?

MIQ, NZ border
Luke Malpass (Stuff): Why the Government should ditch MIQ for fully vaccinated in Auckland
RNZ: PM denies aligning MIQ changes with rumoured EU trip
Anneke Smith (RNZ): MIQ shake-up offers hope for stranded expats
Russell Palmer (RNZ): More MIQ capacity for travellers and community cases ‘within weeks’ – Hipkins
Henry Cooke (Stuff): Chris Hipkins says shorter MIQ stays could be in place within weeks
Duncan Garner (NBR): Time to shut up the MIQ shop (paywalled)
Amber Allott (Stuff): ‘He deserves better’: Woman denied MIQ exemption to visit dying dad
Jane Nixon (1 News): Kiwi ICU doctor in MIQ twice denied exemption to visit dying grandfather
RNZ: Checkpoint: Grounded Kiwis pitches self isolation system for returnees
Lane Nichols (Herald): Richlister Murray Bolton goes to court over legality of MIQ system
Robin Martin (RNZ): Kiwi sailors stuck overseas find way to enter New Zealand bypassing MIQ
Jane Phare (Herald): Kiwi diplomat pleads for MIQ space to attend world democracy forum (paywalled)
Melanie Earley (Stuff): Family waiting since July to repatriate father’s body to Niue

Auckland, Northland, Waikato, South Island
Claire Trevett (Herald):  The Prime Minister’s Auckland no-show. Why Ardern should go to Auckland, and why she has not. (paywalled)
Russell Palmer (RNZ): Ardern rejects need to visit Auckland: ‘I have a duty to run the country’
Barry Soper (Herald): Trevor Mallard to blame for PM avoiding Auckland
Ethan Griffiths (Herald): Whanganui DHB hired chilled shipping containers to store bodies (paywalled)
Josephine Franks (Stuff): Auckland’s level 3 steps stay until traffic lights come in
Jason Walls (Newstalk ZB): It’s high time for answers on the pair who plunged Northland into lockdown
Denise Piper (Stuff): Northland leaders worry Auckland’s border could keep the region an island indefinitely
RNZ: Iwi call for alert level 3 in Te Tai Tokerau
Nikki Preston (Herald): ‘Underbelly of Te Awamutu’ blamed for being stuck in ‘level 3 hell’ – local councillor
Chloe Blommerde (Stuff): Level 2 still possible for Waikato before 90 per cent vaccination, leaders say
Emma Hatton (RNZ): Waikato clinics see rise in vaccine bookings as cases surge

Cases, demographics
1 News: Average age for Covid-19 hospitalisations drops to 38 in last fortnight
Scott Palmer (Newshub): Average age of hospitalisations in NZ plummeting
Māori TV: 500 new Māori Covid cases projected this week – Dr Rawiri Taonui
1 News: Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei encourages testing after infected visitor to home
Matai O’Connor (RNZ): Ōrākei kaumātua on alert after postive case visits whānau
RNZ: South Island works to stop spread after Blenheim Covid case

Education
RNZ: Grant Robertson says government ‘confident’ with partial return to school in alert level 3
John Gerritsen (RNZ): Auckland primary principals relieved to remain shut
Lana Andelane (Newshub): Concerns vaccination rates among students, staff not high enough to warrant schools reopening
Dubby Henry (Herald): Teacher testing delays keep Hamilton’s Hillcrest High School closed
1 News: Teachers on ‘spectrum of anxiety’ about return to school in Auckland
Katie Todd (RNZ): Excitement and nerves for students returning to school
Marika Khabazi and Louise Ternouth (RNZ): Some Auckland senior students return, while younger years wait for news
Helen Harvey (Stuff): Educational psychologists want better pay, improved conditions, increased workforce
Wyatt Ryder (ODT): Uniform policy shift gives pupils more choice

Rules, compliance
1 News: Over a dozen infringement notices issued to North Shore partygoers
Maia Hart (Stuff): Sex workers accused of lockdown breach get pro bono offer, court hears
Lucy Xia (Stuff): Aunt of 8-year-old boy who died of cancer makes desperate plea for funeral exemption

Immigration
RNZ: Afghan woman waiting for refugee visa not in priority group – Immigration Minister
Phil Pennington (RNZ): Afghan woman waiting for refugee visa told Immigration not processing offshore applications
Gill Bonnett (RNZ): Doctor excluded from one-off residence visa says govt change ‘makes no sense’

Parliament, Parties, MMP
Richard Prebble (Herald):  Political parties don’t last forever – can Simon Bridges save National? (paywalled)
David Farrar (Kiwiblog): A challenge for readers
RNZ: The Detail: Today’s politicians – the slings, the arrows, the death threats

Environment, climate change, conservation
David Williams (Newsroom): ‘World-leading’ Covid response exposes climate failure
Olivia Wannan (Stuff): World, NZ not doing enough to limit global warming to ‘safe’ levels
George Driver (Spinoff): The no-bullshit guide to NZ’s emissions record as James Shaw heads to Glasgow
Jamie Morton (Herald): NZ is being transformed, but have we noticed? (paywalled)
Simon Wilson (Herald): Climate change conference 2021: Glasgow Diary – October 27 (paywalled)
No Right Turn: Climate Change: Make the dairy industry pay their way
RNZ: Reserve Bank outlines climate risk strategy
Tess McClure (Guardian): Bat ‘winning by quite a lot’ in New Zealand’s Bird of the Year contest

Local government, Three Waters
Thomas Coughlan (Herald): Three waters reforms, complex, with conflicting incentives – advice (paywalled)
Jonathan Milne (Newsroom): All or nothing: Govt to brook no exceptions to Three Waters reforms
Jordan Williams (Taxpayers’ Union): It’s no wonder local councils are rebelling against LGNZ
Evan Harding (Stuff): Invercargill councillors vote to pay mana whenua representatives $34,000
Felix Desmarais (Local Democracy reporting): ‘Amateurish’ council communications on public safety issues blasted
Grant Miller (ODT): DCC desire to run buses roadblocked
RNZ: Estimated 3000 buildings need checking as identifying earthquake-prone buildings in Dunedin begins
Adam Blackwell (Stuff): Legal action launched against Horowhenua council over subdivision
1 News: Wellington Paranormal officer joins search for bucket missing from iconic sculpture

Health
Anusha Bradley (RNZ): ACC staff posted clients’ details to Snapchat group
Kim Moodie (RNZ): Govt mental wellbeing plan will have little effect unless developed further – experts
Natalie Akoorie (Stuff): Waikato DHB failed OIA requirements over cyber security breach – Ombudsman
Chris Keall (Herald): NZ firm snubbed by Waikato DHB is celebrated in US for foiling ransomware attackers (paywalled)
Emma Russell (Herald): Fighting for patients killed after failed healthcare – law change proposed
Jane Matthews (Stuff): Taranaki in-home carers feeling stuck as concerns ‘swept under the carpet’

Economy, business, Wage subsidy
David Williams (Newsroom): Review raises doubts over wage subsidy checks
Melanie Carroll (Stuff): E tū and First Union repay $1.6m wage subsidies, Unite says it can’t
Emma Vitz (Spinoff): Which jobs have the highest risk factors for Covid transmission?
Charlotte Muru-Lanning (Spinoff): Could government-funded vouchers help ease the hospitality industry’s woes?
Ernie Newman (Herald): Supermarket duopoly-breaking goes up a notch (paywalled)
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Supermarkets agree to submit to supplier code but defend home brands 
Chris Keall (Herald): Investor Simon Moutter’s message to the Govt as Designer Wardrobe closes stores (paywalled)

Employment
Bruce Munro (ODT): Fair’s fair
Daniel Smith (Stuff): Employers dodge $500 million bullet as Court of Appeal rules bonuses not to be included in holiday pay
RNZ: Businesses relieved as Court of Appeal overturns ruling on short-term incentive payments
Michael Andrew (BusinessDesk): How can employers close the ethnic pay gap? (paywalled)
Daniel King, Brent Burmester & Christina Stringer (Herald): Social practice audits will not prevent worker exploitation (paywalled

Housing
Liz McDonald (Stuff): Heated housing market may contribute to development incentive scheme being scrapped
Bernard Orsman (Herald): National and Labour’s radical new housing policy will create resentment in communities warns Act leader David Seymour
Georgina Campbell (Herald): A Capital Letter: Sorry councils, the time for consultation is over- we need more houses (paywalled)
Brent Melville (BusinessDesk): Why anti-NIMBY move could see more ‘sausage flats’ (paywalled)

Trade
Jane Kelsey (The Conversation): Old wine in new bottles – why the NZ-UK free trade agreement fails to confront the challenges of a post-COVID world
Tim Groser (BusinessDesk): UK trade deal reverses an ugly history (paywalled)
Moana Ellis (RNZ): Iwi leaders to drive World Expo’s first ever Festival of Indigenous and Tribal Ideas

Foreign affairs
Stuff: Helen Clark takes aim at Aukus, urges rich nations to act over ‘disgraceful’ vaccine inequity
AP: Turkey lifts threat to expel Western ambassadors, including NZ’s
Anthony Galloway (Stuff): New Zealand could join Aukus security pact to boost cyber technologies

Primary industries
Rachael Kelly (Stuff): Groundswell’s Mother Of All Protests will go ahead despite Covid-19 restrictions
Tina Morrison and Bonnie Flaws (Stuff): Fonterra dairy farmers on track for record milk price; with $13b economic boost
RNZ: Fonterra farmers to get one of biggest milk price payouts yet
Nona Pelletier (RNZ): Log exports to peak before dropping more than a third within decade – Forsyth Barr
Riley Kennedy (ODT): Export log shortage expected

Child welfare, Oranga Tamariki
Cate Broughton (Stuff): Te Oranga to stay open after investigation into whistleblower video – no evidence tamariki unsafe
Rukuwai Tipene-Allen (Māori TV): Oranga Tamariki backpedals on closure of Christchurch youth home
Melanie Reid and Bonnie Sumner (Newsroom): Reprieve for OT centre where abuse occurred

Other
Aaron Smale (Guardian): ‘They created monsters’: How New Zealand’s brutal welfare system produced criminals
Chlöe Swarbrick (Herald):  NZ paying Covid price for structurally unfair political system
Daniel Dunkley (BusinessDesk): Sean Plunket on The Platform: ‘I’m not building a Fox News’ (paywalled)
Meng Foon (Stuff):  Why we need affirmative action for minority groups
Michelle Duff (Stuff): Firefighters want answers on ‘botched’ sexual misconduct investigation
Māori TV: Activists to occupy Te Papa; demand Te Tiriti replacement
Justin Giovannetti (Spinoff): The case against Facebook
RNZ: Labour weekend road toll equal worst in a decade
Aroha Mane (Māori TV): Tauranga Moana mourn the loss of community leaders
Jo Lines-MacKenzie (Stuff): Cost of Waikeria Prison riot revealed to be in the millions, says MP
Claire Breen and Katrina Roen (The Conversation): Intersex children routinely undergoing unnecessary surgery – that needs to change
Te Aorewa Rolleston (RNZ): Wellington iwi trust criticised for slow progress on member registrations

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