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Auckland, Govt management of Delta outbreak
Richard Harman (Politik): Hipkins “detached from reality” (paywalled)
RNZ: Checkpoint: Time slots possible for Auckland border vaccine certificate checks in holidays – Hipkins
David Farrar (Kiwiblog): Has the Government lost its effing mind?
Derek Cheng (Herald): Jacinda Ardern under pressure as she flags no summer travel for unvaccinated Aucklanders
Mike Hosking (Herald): Cancelling Christmas was never an option (paywalled)
1 News: Summer travel allocations mulled for for vaccinated Aucklanders
Siobhan Downes (Stuff): When can Aucklanders leave the city? Answers are hard to come by
Michael Morrah (Newshub): 605 Kiwis made to wait more than 24 hours to find out they’d tested positive for COVID-19
Lana Andelane (Newshub): Hipkins urges Auckland’s hospitality businesses to hang on for ‘traffic light’ system despite pleas for respite
Adam Jacobson (Stuff): Two in five Aucklanders negative about Govt response to Delta outbreak
Sapeer Mayron (Stuff): ‘Pretty much everywhere’ in Auckland is a suburb of interest, as areas drop off report
Dan Satherley (Newshub): ‘Peculiar’: Judith Collins questions why Auckland hasn’t got localised lockdowns after alert level border splits Northland in two
RNZ: National Party leader Judith Collins says trip to Auckland by Ardern long overdue
RNZ: Checkpoint: Auckland Botox services open as hairdressers stay closed
Jane Nixon (1 News): Botox rule change outrages others in beauty industry
RNZ: Covid-19 wrap for 3 November: Travel may be on cards for Aucklanders, warning on paid vaccine exemptions

Vaccine mandates and certificate
Chris Trotter (Daily Blog): For God’s sake, don’t send Jacinda to Dallas!
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Don’t let Jacinda come to Auckland
Zane Small (Newshub): Jacinda Ardern insists COVID-19 vaccine mandates ‘not taken lightly’ as second clinic visit cancelled due to protests
Irra Lee (1 News): Ardern addresses vaccine mandates amid protests
Georgia Forrester and Sinead Gill (Stuff): PM Jacinda Ardern’s trip to Whanganui, Hunterville promoting vaccine interrupted by protesters
Herald: Jacinda Ardern unfazed by protesters, vows to ‘continue on’
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Simon Connell (ODT): Lessons important for vaccine certs
RNZ: Aggressive demands for vaccine exemptions
RNZ: Health and educational leaders urgently seek clarity over vaccine exemptions
Dan Satherley (Newshub): Rogue doctors charging for vaccine exemptions are ‘trying to rip you off’ – Chris Hipkins
1 News: Police will deal with aggressive demands for jab exemption – Hipkins
Bridie Witton (Stuff): Government ‘slow’ to act on vaccine exemptions after doctors assaulted, abused
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Zoë George (Stuff): Community sport vaccination certificates ‘a balance’ between safety and participation
Elizabeth Binning (Herald): No jab, no frontline job for firefighters 
Megan Wilson (Herald): Vaccine mandate – Half of teachers at some Bay of Plenty schools may leave, principal says (paywalled)
RNZ: PM Jacinda Ardern: ‘We have not taken lightly the decision for some areas to require vaccination’
Deena Coster (Stuff): Pro-vax Taranaki council bosses’ wait-and-see approach on jab policy
Matt Burrows (Newshub): Police investigating after Bay of Plenty woman offered $200 to get COVID-19 vaccine on someone else’s behalf
Roderick Mulgan (Stuff): When it comes to Covid vaccination, we all have the right to be wrong

Vaccine rollout
Rod Jackson (Herald): Soon everyone in NZ will be immunised against Covid-19
Jo Moir (RNZ): Jackson: Māori vaccination won’t hit 90 percent this year
Stephen Forbes (Local Democracy Reporting): Whānau Ora court victory over Health Ministry: ‘We need to know where to target our efforts’
Mark Quinlivan (Newshub): Auckland’s Remuera among latest New Zealand suburbs to pass 90 pct
Jake McKee (RNZ): Covid-19 vaccination rates: How district health boards across Aotearoa compare
Mitch McCann (Newshub): Revealed: Why locals in the eastern Bay of Plenty are refusing to get vaccinated
Ireland Hendry-Tennent (Newshub): Members from NZ’s most notorious gangs band together to promote COVID-19 vaccine amid Delta outbreak
Eva Corlett (Guardian): New Zealand gang leaders unite to urge community to get Covid shots
RNZ: ‘Stay in the game! Get your shot!’ Pasifika sports stars’ message
Tumamao Harawira (Māori TV): Rangatahi Māori in Auckland learn to vaccinate
RNZ: Covid-19 ‘dotted’ campaign aims to push rangatahi vaccination
1 News: Kiwi with underlying health conditions feels ‘lucky’ to get Pfizer booster shot
Stuff: Government buys 4.7 million more Pfizer vaccines
Luisa Girao (ODT): Mayors happy with immunisation tour
James Halpin (Stuff): Two Northland councillors won’t say if they’re fully jabbed

MIQ, Home isolation, home quarantine, NZ border 
Lucy Xia and Bernadette Basagre (Stuff): Death of Covid case in home isolation ‘unexplained’
Rowan Quinn (RNZ): Covid-19 positive families waiting up to 36 hours to hear back on isolation
Māori TV: Māori businessman pushes for self-isolation technology for overseas returnees
Ben Strang (Stuff): Sport NZ warns some athletes may not return to elite competition after MIQ woes
Jude Dobson (Stuff): New Zealand’s place on the Western Front on the way

Northland, Waikato
RNZ: Northland mystery cases: ‘There isn’t a working theory at this point’ – Hipkins
Dan Satherley (Newshub): Anti-vaxxers might have brought COVID-19 to Te Tai Tokerau – Hone Harawira
Nita Blake-Persen (RNZ): Far North nervously waits to see if Covid has spread
Herald Editorial: Far North lured to catastrophe by mendacity (paywalled)
Rukuwai Tipene-Allen (Māori TV): Is Kaeo in level 2 or 3? Confusion over boundaries and iwi left out of conversation
Adam Jacobson (Stuff): Rural Northland vaccinations lag as unlinked cases remain a concern
David Fisher (Herald): Far North resort blockaded after concerns about hosting Covid positive cases
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Andrew McRae (RNZ): Hamilton Mayor calls for separation from region once vaccination target reached

Health
Herald: Unknown positive cases slipping through screening could create severe staffing crunch in hospitals, NZ Nurses Organisation warns
Elizabeth Binning (Herald): Alcohol Healthwatch audit: Booze is being sold at ‘pocket money’ prices
Jimmy Ellingham (RNZ): Coroner opens inquiry into death at Palmerston North Hospital
Dan Satherley (Newshub): Second inquiry underway after another Palmerston North Hospital death
Dylan Cleaver (Spinoff): Carl Hayman doesn’t want to forget
Mark Reason (Stuff): Legal action vital to stop men and families being torn apart by concussion

Environment, climate change, conservation
Hamish Cardwell (RNZ): Environment groups criticise govt’s decision to avoid methane cuts
Lisette Reymer (Newshub): New Zealand’s methane deal catches government officials off-guard, leaves farmers stunned
John Minto (Daily Blog): COP26 has misdiagnosed the climate crisis
Peter Dunne: James Shaw’s trip to Glasgow
Rod Oram (Newsroom): Amid all the noise, one thing matters at COP26
Thomas Coughlan (Herald): Climate could be NZ’s ‘gilets jaunes’ moment (paywalled)
Glenn McConnell (Stuff): A week of procrastination from Wellington to Glasgow
KDee Aimiti Ma’ia’i and Marco de Jong (Spinoff): If climate change is a new ‘nuclear-free moment’, will NZ abandon the Pacific as it did then?
No Right Turn: Climate Change: Freeloaders
Heather du Plessis-Allan (Newstalk ZB): What was the point of COP26 anyway??
Thomas Coughlan (Herald): Judith Collins says she’ll do her best to meet emissions target
Eloise Gibson (Stuff): Why Stuff is treating climate change as an emergency
Simon Wilson (Herald): Glasgow Diary – November 4 (paywalled)
Bronwen Golder (Stuff): Political reality means the Government won’t act to protect oceans
Leonie Hayden (Spinoff): Te taiao under threat: Indigenous voices speak up on climate change
Hannah Blumhardt (The Conversation): NZ’s government plans to switch to a circular economy to cut waste and emissions, but it’s going around in the wrong circles
David Williams (Newsroom): ECan exposed: regulator hides damning report
Rob Stock (Stuff): Reserve Bank warns owners of flood and fire-prone homes will pay more for insurance
Daniel Dunkley (Stuff): Insurers play pivotal role in the climate fight
RNZ: Genesis links $100m loan interest rate to emissions targets
RNZ: The New Zealander behind a global clean energy initiative
Laura Smith (ODT): Mail-in service launched for water testing
Tamsyn Parker (Herald): The Warehouse founder Sir Stephen Tindall on why he is investing in green businesses (paywalled)

Economy, business, employment
Liam Dann (Herald): Record low unemployment points to higher interest rates, inflation (paywalled)
Riley Kennedy (ODT): Employers ‘struggling’ with hiring
Liam Dann (Herald): Labour crunch: NZ unemployment hits lowest level on record
Luke Malpass (Stuff): Low unemployment is great, but creates other problems for Grant Robertson
RNZ: Unemployment drops to 3.4%, economy adds 54,000 jobs while wage inflation highest in a decade
Thomas Coughlan (Herald): As many as 45,000 missing from unemployment stats, Māori undercounted

Housing
Susan Edmunds (Stuff): House price crash warning: ‘It’s impossible to save people from their mistakes forever’
Bernard Hickey (The Kākā): Why the RBNZ was more than a ‘bit player’ in the 34% rise in house prices in 18 months
Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): Adrian Orr has responsibility for overcooking the housing market
RNZ: Reserve Bank finalising more measures to cool housing market
Justin Giovannetti (Spinoff): An unprecedented boom in housing consent
Joel MacManus (Stuff): Greens want rental subsidy for all council housing tenants
Anne Gibson (Herald): ‘I may be forced to sell 85 Auckland rentals’ – Ockham boss Mark Todd on tax change (paywalled)
Anne Gibson (Herald): Plans for 10,000 new Auckland, Tauranga, Wellington build to rentals worth $5b
Miriam Bell (Stuff): KiwiSaver members’ money backing new rental properties

Parliament, Government
Brigitte Morten (NBR): A panicked government (paywalled)
Courtney White (ODT): Taieri MP’s office target of graffiti attack
Herald: Clarke Gayford reveals what’s on the menu for his wedding to Jacinda Ardern

Three Waters, local government
Gordon Campbell: On why Three Waters is a good idea worth supporting
Grant Smith (Manawatu Guardian): $550 million reasons for Three Waters reform
Ingrid Leary (Stuff): Govt had to push past Three Waters misinformation
Kevin Norquay (Stuff): Three Waters: An Idiot’s Guide to the massive water fight
Adam Burns (Local Democracy Reporting): Furious Ashburton councillors urge Three Waters pushback
Jared Morgan (ODT): Open letter on water to be sent to Govt
Robbie Nicol (Stuff): What is ‘Three Waters’ and why is everyone so angry?
Gianina Schwanecke (Herald): Official Three Waters visit would have been ‘beneficial’, Wairoa mayor says (paywalled)
Andrew Marshall (ODT): Laws may face ORC discipline
Joel MacManus (Stuff): Wellington City councillors ask authority for permission to pay themselves less
Joss Miller (ODT): Dunedin could really do with some waves of a wand
Andrea Fox (Herald): New Waikato economic growth agency boosts firepower, determined not to fail like predecessors (paywalled)

Transport 
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Let’s Get Wellington Moving is a joke that sums up NZ perfectly + Auckland’s only traffic congestion solution
RNZ: Central Wellington parking levy of up to $2500 per annum considered
Nicholas Pointon (RNZ): Plan to build four green hydrogen fuelling stations in North Island begins
Georgina Campbell (Herald): Wellington City Council accused of not learning from past mistakes over Island Bay cycleway
Georgina Campbell (Herald): Two options to fix Wellington’s controversial Island Bay cycleway revealed
Phil Pennington (RNZ): CAA’s pilot medical surveillance system ‘inconsistent’ – Occupational health expert
Jean Bell (RNZ): Auckland Transport strategy may remove hundreds of car parks

Migrant workers
RNZ: Police restrain assets of group illegally-housing migrant workers
Lucy Xia (Stuff): Migrants ‘will leave NZ’ if residency pathway for parents remains closed 

Supermarket inquiry
Eric Crampton (Offsetting Behaviour): A hive of rent-seeking and villainy
Grant Miller (ODT): Grocery changes wanted
Jonathan Milne (Newsroom): Discreet family firm backs big supermarket brands

Media
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Ministers delay decision on TVNZ, RNZ merger until next year
RNZ: Meta launches programme to support New Zealand news organisations
Melanie Carroll (Stuff): Facebook ‘support’ for NZ media won’t include paying for content
Daniel Dunkley (BusinessDesk): Facebook to invest in selected NZ newsrooms (paywalled)

Primary industries
RNZ: Farmers urged to create Covid-19 checklist
Christine Rose (Stuff): Saving biodiversity starts here at home with changing agriculture

Foreign Affairs
Michael Neilson (Herald): Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta on Pacific ‘reset’ to ‘resilience’ and China’s growing influence
Lucy Craymer (Stuff): Why China wants to take control of Taiwan, and why New Zealand should care
Thomas Manch and Lucy Craymer (Stuff): New Zealand’s diplomats to focus on ‘resilience’ in Pacific, as climate change and Chinese debt threat grows
Stuff:  Afghans face Taliban retribution, perhaps death, for Kiwi links, lawyer says 
Fran O’Sullivan (Herald): Angela Merkel’s acute warning ahead of Apec meeting with Jacinda Ardern (paywalled)
Dylan Reeve (Spinoff): The latest bonkers Covid-adjacent conspiracy theory? The Italian military is here
Fran O’Sullivan (Herald): Kiwi leadership critical to Apec’s success (paywalled)
Jacinda Ardern (Herald): Apec Summit an opportunity from crisis (paywalled)
Liam Dann (Herald): A virtual breakthrough for Apec 2021 (paywalled)
Alan Bollard (Herald): Breaking down more walls (paywalled)
Rebecca Sta Maria (Herald): Pandemic’s lessons will inform policy  (paywalled)
Andrea Smith (Herald): A masterclass in digital diplomacy (paywalled)
Charles Finny (Herald): Apec — and a WTO in crisis (paywalled)
Fran O’Sullivan (Herald): Apec 2021 a huge undertaking for NZ (paywalled)
RNZ: Major Asia-Pacific trade deal ratified
Asia Media Centre: What is the RCEP and what does it mean for NZ?
Pattrick Smellie (BusinessDesk): Reopening: old mate Aussie sees us with fresh eyes (paywalled)
Simon Power (Herald): Apec 2021: Inclusion in the economy

Immigration
Phil Pennington (RNZ): NZ-affiliated Afghans unfairly denied visas, court told
Gill Bonnett (RNZ): Former minister denounces ‘set-up’ to block Chinese couple’s immigration appeal

Police
RNZ: Police Tactical Response Model to be trialled in four areas
William Hewett (Newshub): National MP Simeon Brown hits out at Police, Government for ‘handing over roads to gangs’ after funeral procession in Porirua

Other
Juha Saarinen (Herald): The value of privacy (paywalled)
Henry Cooke (Stuff): Workplace fatalities remain high despite 2015 law change
RNZ: The Detail: Ministry for disabled has a big job to do
Paula Tesoriero (Herald): Transformative change needed for disabled (paywalled)
David Farrar: We need more meaningful OIA data
Kelly Dennett (Stuff): Police didn’t tell Ministry of Social Development its job applicant was being investigated for rape
Tom Kitchin (RNZ): Wairoa community aims to clean up town’s image
RNZ: Rakiura Stewart Island bolstered by domestic tourism over pandemic
Michelle Duff (Stuff): Treatment in women’s prisons ‘degrading’, urgent action needed – report
Saunoamaali’i Karanina Sumeo (Stuff): Prisons are failing our wāhine and it’s a human rights issue
Reuters: How Māori culture is changing New Zealand’s central bank
1 News: 4,500 veterans now eligible for medals after long battle for recognition
Zane Small (Newshub): Jacinda Ardern considers ‘bespoke solution’ for surrogate baby Paige to have deceased mum on birth certificate
Courtney White (AlliedPress): South Dunedin MP’s office target of graffiti attack
Daisy Hudson (ODT): Barely coping with food need
Jo Cribb (Newsroom): Charities’ race for the piggy bank slows

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