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Three Waters, local government
Thomas Coughlan (Herald): Three Waters: Councils will never have control over water entities (paywalled)
Heather du Plessis-Allan (Newstalk ZB): Three Waters fiasco has potential to go badly for Labour
Peter Dunne: Word’s count, Minister
Claire Trevett (Herald): Auckland Mayor Phil Goff says ‘little benefit for Aucklanders’, Winston Peters calls it ‘a blatant power grab’
Thomas Manch (Stuff): Government wades further into almighty water stoush by forging on with Three Waters reforms 
Thomas Coughlan (Herald): Three waters reforms, complex, with conflicting incentives – advice (paywalled)
Lloyd Burr (Magic): Three Waters: No one likes a power-hungry government
Jonathan Milne (Newsroom): Watchdog to protect homes and businesses from big new water providers
Tina Law (Stuff): Water reforms a ‘must have’ for sector, but councils furious at loss of control
Stuff Editorial: Government dons gumboots for mandated Three Waters reforms
Luke Malpass (Stuff): Three waters: Government investigates regulator to protect consumers from new water entities
Jane Nixon (1 News): Widespread dismay from mayors across NZ to Govt’s Three Waters reform
RNZ: South Island councils disappointed by govt decision to push through Three Waters reform
RNZ: Three Waters: Mayors respond to government’s brute force approach
Amelia Wade (Newshub): How mayors across New Zealand reacted to Three Waters mandate
Gianina Schwanecke (Herald): Hawke’s Bay mayors say Government takeover ‘pretty scary’ (paywalled)
Aaron Leaman (Stuff): Waikato leaders vow to fight ‘draconian’ waters reform agenda 
Grant Miller (ODT): Mayors wanted choice
Felix Desmarais (Local Democracy Reporting): Rotorua mayor says Three Waters mandate ‘not a surprise’
Skara Bohny and Cherie Sivignon (Stuff): Three Waters legislation announcement ‘not a surprise’
Evan Harding (Stuff): ‘Government has stolen our water assets’: Invercargill city councillor
Adam Jacobson (Stuff): Three Water reforms mandate removes ‘democratic accountability’ – Auckland mayor
Stephen Forbes (Local Democracy Reporting): Auckland councillor says Government has broken its promise on Three Waters
Tim Newman (Stuff): Nelson councillors dismayed over Government’s ‘undemocratic’ Three Waters announcement
Kate Green (Stuff): Local governments in Wellington, Hawke’s Bay react to water reform decision
Jennifer Eder and Maia Hart (Stuff): Concerns Marlborough voice ‘not heard’ in Three Waters reform
Jane Matthews (Stuff): Mandated water reform existential threat to Stratford Council, says mayor
RNZ: Three waters reforms to be mandatory for councils – Nanaia Mahuta
Thomas Manch (Stuff): Government pushes ahead with Three Waters reform, will take water services from councils
Anna Whyte (1 News): Govt forges ahead with water reform despite strident opposition
Pattrick Smellie (BusinessDesk): Govt to steamroll three waters reforms (paywalled)
Brent Edwards (NBR): Government argues there’s a compelling case to proceed with water reforms
David Farrar (Kiwiblog): The great water theft is on
Don Brash (Bassett, Brash and Hide): A Govt that imposes Three Waters is a dictatorship
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Conan Young (RNZ): Canterbury councils spending big on communications
Jono Galuszka (Stuff): Horizons Regional Council confirms plans for two Māori wards, 14 councillors
Andrea Fox (Herald): Auckland port pledges to lift its financial and productivity game soon (paywalled)
Georgina Campbell (Herald): Business case to remove cars from Wellington’s Golden Mile approved, but not without a fight 

Vaccine mandate
Stephen Croucher, Doug Ashwell, Jo Cullinane (The Conversation): Are employers and workers at odds over NZ’s workplace vaccine mandates? Our research suggests they might be
John Anthony (Stuff): Construction sector calls for compulsory vaccination as Covid-19 cases rise on some sites
Jenna Lynch (Newshub): Government not ruling out mandating COVID-19 vaccinations in construction, other industries
Henry Cooke (Stuff): Government considering vaccine mandate for police
Caroline Williams (Stuff): Auckland and Waikato unis to mandate vaccination for staff, students and visitors
Sharnae Hope (Stuff): Waikato University to consult on mandatory vaccinations for all staff and students
RNZ: Handful of rescue chopper pilots and medics to be sidelined after declining vaccine
Maxine Jacobs (Stuff): Business owner fears vaccine certificate mandate will create a national divide 
Melanie Carroll (Stuff): Tears, hard talks with unvaccinated workers who want to stay
Chris Tobin (Stuff): Some tense conversations expected after ‘no jab-no job’ call
Charlotte Muru-Lanning (Spinoff): What happens if your boss refuses to get vaccinated?
No Right Turn: Vaccine mandates and human rights
Cecile Meier (Stuff): Pro-choice statements about Covid-19 vaccine mandate for midwives ‘selfish’ and ‘disappointing’ 
Ben Thomas (Stuff): Vaccine mandates were inevitable, but there’s no need for ministers’ moral tone
Gregor Paul (Herald): Rugby: No jab, no play – Auckland schools agree to vaccine mandate for prestigious First XV competition (paywalled)
Marena Mane (Māori TV): No jab, no job – what does that mean for Māori?
Moana Ellis (Local Democracy Reporting): Iwi leader warns unvaccinated workers ‘isolated and distraught’
Māori TV: Tāmaki barber unfazed by new vaccine mandates for staff
Tim Black (Spiked): Saint Jacinda’s halo has slipped
Daniel Dunkley (Stuff): Slow vaccine certificate progress threatens summer fun
Brianna Mcilraith (Stuff): Tenant told to vaccinate or leave
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Lana Andelane (Newshub): Michael Wood slams Judith Collins’ calls to phase out vaccine certificates at 90pct vaccination as ‘absolute nonsense’
1 News: Collins criticises November delivery of vaccine certificates
RNZ: National Party wants vaccine mandates dropped at 90 percent immunisation rate
Thomas Coughlan (Herald): Collins backs new vaccine mandates
Henry Cooke (Stuff): Judith Collins says she would be more comfortable with vaccine mandates if they had a sunset clause

Delta outbreak, Govt management
RNZ: Government not ruling out snap lockdown in Christchurch after two Covid-19 community cases
Marc Daalder (Newsroom): Documents reveal ‘real lack of preparedness for Delta’
Jamie Morton (Herald): How will the rest of this outbreak play out?
Matthew Hooton (Patreon): Has the Living Standards Framework been used for Covid? (paywalled)
Liam Hehir (Patreon): Wanted: A theory of the case for National (paywalled)
1 News: ‘Delta is on your doorstep’ – Hipkins warns virus will sneak out of Auckland
Scott Palmer (Newshub): Chris Hipkins warns coronavirus will continue spreading around New Zealand
Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): More evidence the PM can’t handle tough questions
RNZ: Covid-19 wrap: Isolating at home, going back to school
1 News: NZ ‘accepting’ lockdown ‘dictatorship’: Russell Coutts
Stuff: Russell Coutts slams Covid-19 restrictions, accuses Government of ‘dictatorship’
Herald: Russell Coutts accuses Government of ‘dictatorship’ in social media post

Vaccine rollout
RNZ: No supply information, delivery schedule for paediatric doses – Hipkins
1 News: Accessibility ‘important’ for rollout of Pfizer for under-12s
James Halpin (Stuff): MoH in talks with Pfizer over vaccine use in children aged 5-11
Maxine Jacobs (Stuff): Tamariki will become Covid casualties if vaccine is not prioritised for them, Māori Council warns
Māori TV: Māori Council wants young tamariki vaccinated
Adam Pearse (Herald): Māori vaccination events attracting the hesitant
Jean Bell (RNZ): Community focus key for Māori health provider vaccination efforts in rural BOP
Jamie Mackay (Herald): Rural Kiwis need to step up vaccination efforts (paywalled)
David Farrar (Kiwiblog): Vaccinated people should chill out
Jess Berentson-Shaw (Newsroom): Six smarter tips for talking with friends who aren’t vaccinated
Spinoff: My journey down the anti-vax rabbit hole – and back out again
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Irra Lee (1 News): Graphs reveal how Covid-19 vaccinations are tracking in NZ
Scott Palmer (Newshub): Interactive vaccination map shows how much progress New Zealand is making
Harkanwal Singh (Spinoff): The vaccination rate for every suburb in New Zealand on an interactive map
ODT: Queenstown passes Dunedin in vaccination race

MIQ, NZ border
Katie Todd (RNZ): MIQ system plagued by third-party bookings as stranded expats await overhaul
Siobhan Downes (Stuff): MIQ to change passport number requirement to prevent fake bookings
RNZ: Government delays announcement on Managed Isolation and Quarantine system
Stuff: MIQ system changes expected this week, says Prime Minister
Jane Nixon (1 News): Grandfather of ICU doctor in MIQ who pleaded for leave to see him, dies overnight
Lane Nichols (Herald): Auckland richlister Murray Bolton takes MIQ legal challenge to High Court
Bridie Witton (Stuff): More than 500 Aucklanders are isolating at home

Alert levels, cases, demographics
Rawiri Taonui (Waatea): A race against time and racism
Rawiri Taonui (Herald): Māori Covid cases will overtake Pasifika in coming days (paywalled)
Anna Leask (Herald): Confirmed cases in Christchurch were ‘not good’ at scanning in, contact tracing
Jake Kenny (Stuff): Two cases in Christchurch, one may have been infectious in city for a week
RNZ: Waikato’s alert level restrictions ease, but border remains
1 News: Parts of Waikato to move to eased Level 3 restrictions
Rukuwai Tipene-Allen (Māori TV): ‘Government has turned its back on Te Tai Tokerau’
Lucy Xia (Stuff): More than 30 City Rail Link workers stood down after two test positive 

Education
1 News: Govt treading carefully on primary school return – Hipkins
Amy Williams (RNZ): Principals to discuss next steps in reopening Auckland primary schools
Ben Leahy (Herald): Auckland schools remain closed with no fixed date for reopening
RNZ: Auckland primary school educators call for ‘gold standard’ health and safety measures
Anna Whyte (1 News): L3 primary students may return to school Nov 15
Nathan Morton (Stuff): Government pencils in November 15 for primary school return
Tumamao Harawira (Māori TV): Auckland Kura Māori stay closed
Don Franks (Redline): Why workers should support ACT’s Education and Training Amendment Bill
Lee Kenny (Stuff): Staff wage bill for tertiary education provider Te Pūkenga is $11m, boss tells MPs

Protests, Rules, compliance
1 News: Northland community leaders condemn ‘anti-vax’ hīkoi
Alice Wilkins (Newshub): Iwi leaders condemn group attempting to breach lockdown borders in ‘Hīkoi of Truth’
Herald: Police ‘frustrated’ and ‘disappointed’ with Hīkoi protesters
Mark Quinlivan (Newshub): ‘Go home and behave’: National leader Judith Collins unleashes on anti-lockdown convoy
Sam Olley (RNZ): Protesters ‘continue to put the wider community at risk’ – police
Avina Vidyadharan and Karina Cooper (Northern Advocate): Hīkoi of Truth march to Waitangi ‘hoo-ha’ at a ‘dangerous’ time for Northland
RNZ: ‘Anti-vax’ protest convoy stopped at Auckland border, blocking SH1
Herewini Waikato (Māori TV): ‘Sovereign Hīkoi of Truth’ movement stopped at south Auckland checkpoint
Dylan Reeve (Spinoff): The ‘Sovereign Hīkoi of Truth’ – explained
Chris Trotter (Daily Blog): Counter-Cultural Counter-Revolutionaries
Herald Editorial: Anti-social media is soiling the nest we are trying to build (paywalled)
Jimmy Ellingham (RNZ): Temporary name suppression for women accused of flouting Covid-19 restrictions
Anne Gibson (Herald): ‘Someone has to lead’: Leo Molloy names reopening date for Headquarters (paywalled)
Denise Piper (Stuff): Northland leaders worry Auckland’s border could keep the region an island indefinitely
Ben Leahy (Herald): Former TV host Liz Gunn explains comments she made about Jacinda Ardern

Health
Nicholas Jones (Herald): When the ‘storm’ hits: Will our hospital ICUs cope now Delta is free? (paywalled)
Mike Houlahan (ODT): Devil in detail of health system planning
Gordon Campbell (Werewolf): On our weird ways of funding care for the dying
Aaron Smale (Stuff): Why were cruel and experimental treatments on the children of Lake Alice overlooked by the medical profession?
Anthony O’Brien (Spinoff): The countdown is on to reinvent our outdated, unfit Mental Health Act

ACC
1 News: ACC ‘has work to do’ to regain trust after privacy breach – Govt
RNZ: Change coming after political outcry over ACC privacy revelations
RNZ: ACC chairperson urged to change organisational culture following privacy breaches

Environment, climate change, conservation
Lois Williams (Local Democracy Reporting): Most farmers not clearing native bush ahead of new SNAs rules- West Coast Councillor
David Gadd (Stuff): Let’s embrace our role as kaitiaki – the places taonga live need our protection
Marc Daalder (Newsroom): Long read: How past climates hold secrets for our future
Anneke Smith (RNZ): Climate change protesters glue hands to Parliament steps
Bill Hickman (Stuff): Extinction Rebellion protesters glued to Parliament steps arrested, man charged with wilful damage
Herald: Three arrested in Wellington after activists reportedly glued to Parliament steps
Sara Walton (Newsroom): COP26: What business needs to know
Simon Wilson: (Herald): Glasgow Diary – October 28 (paywalled)

Economy, business, Wage subsidy
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Business confidence in economy slips, but employment intentions remain strong 
RNZ: Businesses expect economy to get worse – ANZ survey
Kendall Hutt (1 News): NZ exporters confident of survival despite pandemic
Rahul Bhattarai (Herald): Sledgehammer approach: Landlords and tenants divided over rent relief bill (paywalled)
Esther Taunton (Stuff): Supermarkets say lack of competition not to blame for NZ’s higher grocery prices
Cira Olivier (Herald): 15 staff lose jobs as iconic Lakeland Queen goes into ‘indefinite hibernation’ (paywalled)
John Berry (Stuff): Axis of chaos: Supply chains, energy and inflation

Employment
Nikki Mandow (Newsroom): ‘Rich get richer’ holiday pay decision overturned
Anuja Nadkarni (Newsroom): Virtual brain drain: Kiwis eye offshore firms for better benefits

Electricity market
Hamish Rutherford (Herald): Electricity regulator can’t be sure of problems, so blames the smelter (paywalled)
No Right Turn: The cost of Tiwai Point
Luke Nutting (Herald): Time to take power back from the big electricity landlords (paywalled)
Nicholas Pointon (RNZ): Tiwai Point smelter subsidy may leave households paying up to $200 more in power – EA
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Energy Minister Megan Woods to consider fresh electricity market reforms

Housing
RNZ: House prices expected to ease – report
Tony Alexander (OneRoof): Countdown to December 1 and the big squeeze on borrowers
Brent Melville (BusinessDesk): Tax ‘tweaks’ could open the build-to-rent gates
Miriam Bell (Stuff): Rents drop for the first time in eight months
Miriam Bell (Stuff): House price increases tipped to slow to 5 per cent per year 

Foreign affairs
Eleisha Foon (RNZ): Shining a light on NZ’s aid sector and its relationship with the Pacific
Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): Indian diplomats weigh in on academic spat

Primary industries
Maja Burry (RNZ): Canterbury ANZCO feedlot faces inspection
Debbie Jamieson (Stuff): Limit on new water rights in Otago to constrain farmers and growers
Hamish MacLean (ODT): Water permit decision disappoints
Penny Simmonds (Stuff): Our farmers should be celebrated, not vilified
Craig Hickman (Stuff): British public fed a lot of guff on NZ farm practice
Andrea Fox (Herald): Dairy farmer spend-up unlikely despite bumper Fonterra forecast (paywalled)

Transport
Phil Pennington (RNZ): Road safety strategy not moving fast enough to slow road toll
ODT Editorial: High holiday toll, again

Other
Shane Te Pou (Herald): What will happen to moderate remnants of National? (paywalled)
Gill Bonnett (RNZ): Former refugees push for action on better settlement for future arrivals
No Right Turn: “Close to useless”
Nicholas Ross Smith (Asia Media Centre): Preparing for a Cold War: Could a non-aligned New Zealand work?
RNZ: The Detail: Tearfund’s naming and shaming misses the mark
ODT: Trust hopes memorial will inspire peace
Daisy Hudson (ODT): Report into former Dunedin bishop’s conduct completed
Lorna Thornber (Stuff): Lonely Planet names Auckland the best city in the world to travel to in 2022
Georgina Campbell (Herald): Ministers warned confusing engineering guidelines ‘indefensible’ in big earthquake

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