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Vaccination protests
Marc Daalder (Newsroom): Parliament protest and the threat of unpredictable violence
Chris Wilson (Stuff): Wellington protest was no Capitol Hill moment – but the risk of extremist violence exists
Thomas Coughlan (Herald):  Don’t learn the wrong lesson from anti-vax protest (paywalled)
Shane Te Pou (Herald): What did the Beehive protesters actually stand for? (paywalled)
Ben Thomas (Stuff): Crazed theories growing as our shared reality founders
ODT Editorial: Another virus spreads insidiously
Dan Satherley (Newshub): Experts reveal why Tuesday’s protest at Parliament didn’t end in Capitol-style violence
Lillian Hanley (1 News): Māori symbols being used by non-Māori Covid dis-information spreaders
Dan Satherley (Newshub): Jewish community slams ‘ignorant’ anti-vaccination protesters using Nazi, Jewish imagery on Holocaust anniversary
Henry Cooke (Stuff): Judith Collins says Jacinda Ardern should not be ‘dismissive’ of protest
Don Franks (Redline): Some reflections on a protest
Dylan Reeve (Spinoff): ‘Sharp increase’ in online disinformation since delta outbreak began
George Block and Nathan Morton (Stuff): Police officers had to isolate after contact with Destiny Church member with Covid-19

Home isolation, MIQ, NZ border 
Michael Morrah (Newshub): Health Minister Andrew Little admits home isolation system wasn’t ready for current number of COVID cases
RNZ: GPs deal with more self-isolating patients as regional health service ‘overwhelmed’
John Weekes (Herald): Free up ‘absurd’ MIQ now or face more deaths at home, expert says
Melanie Earley (Stuff): Man in his 60s dies in Auckland while isolating at home with virus
1 News: Man isolating at home with Covid dies overnight
Jamie Morton (Herald): Still not time to scrap MIQ, modeller says
Nadine Porter (Stuff): ‘Broken system’ highlighted by MIQ arrival who didn’t reveal they’d had Covid
Grant Bradley (Herald): Auckland Airport boss says ditch MIQ for Kiwis before Christmas
Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Auckland Airport boss: NZ connections with world at risk
Katie Todd (RNZ): Staff at MIQ hotels report increased violence and aggression from guests
Ian Taylor (Herald): MIQ logbook – Self-isolating back in Auckland

Govt management of Delta outbreak, Auckland border
Kate MacNamara (Herald): The battle for elimination and the idea that appeared ‘racist and dangerous’ (paywalled)
1 News: ‘Covid is coming’ – Hipkins urges regions to get vaccinated
Henry Cooke (Stuff): Chris Hipkins says Government won’t contain virus in Auckland for long and it will spread through NZ in coming months
Merepeka Raukawa-Tait (Herald): Opening the flood gates on Māori
Māori TV: Scary Māori Christmas 5,000 Delta cases predicted – Dr Rawiri Taonui
Richard Harman (Politik): Digging in on the border
Dita De Boni (NBR): Our govt’s done better than others to keep us safe from Covid – get over it (paywalled)
Janet McAllister (Spinoff): At greatest risk from Covid, deprived communities need urgent support
RNZ: Checkpoint: Managing Auckland border a strain on police resources – police union boss
1 News: Hamilton man wanting to attend niece’s tangi devastated by border denial
Newshub: Have Your Say: Should the Government deny free medical treatment to unvaccinated COVID patients?
RNZ: Covid-19 wrap for 10 November: Ardern in Auckland, AstraZ
Jane Nixon (1 News): Bloomfield shares how Christian values ‘anchored’ him amid pandemic
Guardian: Jacinda Ardern interrupted by daughter Neve during livestream that coincided with bedtime

PM visits Auckland
Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): PM’s trip brought new meaning to the term ‘flying visit’
Nicole Bremner (1 News): Mixed response to Jacinda Ardern’s Auckland visit
Matthew Scott (Newsroom): Ardern comes home for the day
Heather du Plessis-Allan (Newstalk ZB): Could the PM have made it any more clear she didn’t want to be in Auckland today?
Lloyd Burr (Magic): So Jacinda Ardern has finally decided to visit Auckland – In my opinion though, it’s too little, too late
Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): Let’s hope Ardern gets a dose of reality from her Auckland trip
RNZ: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says there is a light at the end of the tunnel for Aucklanders
Nicole Bremner (1 News): PM begins Auckland visit with tour of engineering company

Auckland restrictions ease
1 News: Middlemore preparing for surge in hospitalisations
RNZ: Hospitals brace for influx of Covid-19 patients
Brittney Deguara (Stuff): Get used to seeing masked-up crowds, more cases as we enter ‘risky’ phase
Mark Quinlivan (Newshub): Auckland businessman Leo Molloy claims police have given ‘support and encouragement’ as he plans December 1 opening regardless of COVID restrictions
Brittney Deguara (Stuff): Lorde postpones New Zealand tour until 2023 over Covid-19 ‘uncertainty’
Rahul Bhattarai (Herald): Customers flood Auckland shops on the first day of reopening
Rob Stock (Stuff): Retail return: No sign of nerves among shoppers, Retail NZ
1 News: Auckland stores welcome eager shoppers as Level 3, Step 2 arrives

Vaccine mandates, certificate, incentives
Rowan Quinn (RNZ): Thousands of DHB workers yet to receive first Covid-19 vaccine dose
Jake McKee (RNZ): Southern DHB board member among those sending emails to Countdown against vaccine mandate
Dylan Reeve (Spinoff): Vaccine resistance is creating a business opportunity for fraudsters
RNZ: Judith Collins supports vaccine mandates, but not forever
André Chumko (Stuff): Longer, slower queues for events with vaccine certificates
Paul Heyward (The Conversation): How do NZ’s vaccinated teachers have those hard conversations with their anti-vax colleagues?
John Anthony (Stuff): Ministry of Health ‘working through’ who will pay for Covid-19 tests for unvaccinated Air NZ passengers
Arena Williams and Stuart Smith (Stuff): The failure to deliver vaccine certificates earlier is a monumental oversight
Ben Strang (Stuff): Migrant health workers need one of four vaccines to satisfy mandate

Vaccine rollout
Russell Palmer (RNZ): Minister ‘disappointed’ Health ministry still withholding data from Whānau Ora
Michael Neilson (Herald): Minister at odds with Bloomfield over refusal to release Māori data
Bridie Witton (Stuff): Labour MP Willie Jackson ‘disappointed’ Ministry of Health won’t share Māori vaccination data with Whānau Ora
Tini Molyneux (Māori TV): Tamihere hasn’t given up on court action to get Māori data
Derek Fox (Herald):  The people getting seriously ill and dying, are unvaccinated
Moana Ellis (Local Democracy Reporting): ‘We can reach unvaccinated Māori in rural communities,’ iwi says
Tara Shaskey (Stuff): South Taranaki iwi will continue to offer students cash for jabs despite complaint from parent
Hannah Martin (Stuff): Two-dozen people overdue for second vaccine dose by nine months or more
Rachel Sadler (Newshub): Why some New Zealanders are allowed to get ‘not as effective’ AstraZeneca vaccine over Pfizer
1 News: AstraZeneca Covid jabs to be available for some Kiwis
Henry Cooke (Stuff): Government introduces second vaccine – AstraZeneca – for small group of people 
Hannah Martin (Stuff): Who can get the AstraZeneca vaccine and how is it different to Pfizer?
Scott Palmer (Newshub): Interactive vaccine map shows 50 pct of New Zealand’s suburbs within arm’s reach of target
1 News: Canterbury sees surge in 2nd dose Covid vaccinations
Janine Rankin (Stuff): Last yards the hardest for MidCentral vaccination teams
Elizabeth Binning (Herald): Latest report of adverse reactions to Covid jab released
Jess Berentson Shaw (Newsroom): Vaccination conversation heroes need real support

Education
John Gerritsen (RNZ): Auckland school decision prompts worry and delight for teachers, students and parents
Derek Cheng (Herald): Schools reopening will lead to more cases, but it isn’t all doom and gloom (paywalled)
RNZ: School’s (almost) back: ‘The ongoing restrictions have been incredibly hard on children’
Josephine Franks (Stuff): Not worth reopening before the holidays, some principals say
RNZ: All Auckland, Waikato schools to reopen 17 November
Dubby Henry and Zoe Holland (Herald): Schools prepare for return to classes next week
Josephine Franks (Stuff): All schools in locked down areas to reopen from November 17
Giles Dexter (Newshub): Schools excited to have students return, appreciate flexibility of part-time on-site learning
1 News: Students Years 1-10 can return to class in L3 from Nov 17
Alice Neville (Spinoff): All schools can return next Wednesday: here’s what you need to know
RNZ: National’s education plan urges reopening of all schools
Anna Whyte (1 News): National calls for immediate reopening of schools
Henry Cooke (Stuff): National wants schools reopened, truancy data published, and more assessment
Paul Heyward (The Conversation): How do NZ’s vaccinated teachers have those hard conversations with their anti-vax colleagues?

Cases, testing
Jamie Morton (Herald): Further Stratford positive wastewater results ‘very concerning’
1 News: Wastewater results in Stratford test positive for Covid-19
RNZ: Person with Covid visited Taranaki at start of November, DHB believes
Sahiban Hyde (Hawkes Bay Today/Herald): Heavy rain potentially skews wastewater results in Napier
Abbey Wakefield (1 News): Tairāwhiti in limbo after positive wastewater tests last week

Housing
Tova O’Brien (Newshub): Kāinga Ora hid the fact it was using Labour candidate Arena Williams in taxpayer-funded advertising
David Farrar (Kiwiblog): The great Kainga Ora cover up
Virginia Fallon (Stuff): A $38k line in the sand for landlords harming NZ children
Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Privacy Commissioner takes aim at intrusive landlords
William Hewett (Newshub): Privacy Commissioner cracks down on compliance with new program protecting tenants’ personal information
Anne Gibson (Herald): Privacy Commissioner cracks down on rental sector: What landlords can and can’t ask
Thomas Coughlan (Herald): Judith Collins to Phil Goff: Homelessness uglier than new housing
David Hargreaves (Interest): When time WAS on the side of the young house buyer – not that we knew it then

Parliament, Government, Parties
Judith Collins (Spinoff): ‘We did not look like a credible alternative’: Judith Collins on the 2020 campaign
Peter Dunne: Bridges’ Return?
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Time for Māori Labour Caucus to fight for poverty, housing & climate change
No Right Turn: More Labour secrecy

Three Waters, local government
Thomas Coughlan (Herald): Nanaia Mahuta promises to implement working group changes (paywalled)
Thomas Manch (Stuff): Government’s Three Waters working group to include mayors Goff, Barry, Reese and Dalziel 
Russell Palmer (RNZ): Three Waters working group named, terms of reference released
Herald Editorial: Three Waters in turbulent straits amidst troubling undercurrents (paywalled)
John Williamson (Northern Advocate/Herald): Three Waters reform – a more democratic solution is needed
Craig Ashworth (Stuff): More say for Māori voters as New Plymouth goes large
Matthew Rosenberg (Local Democracy Reporting): Invercargill Mayor Tim Shadbolt battles council over annual Christmas card mailout
Adam Burns (Local Democracy Reporting): ‘We’re not telling farmers how to farm’: Mixed response to Ashburton rural projects
Todd Niall (Stuff): Auckland hotel tax: Court of Appeal finds $14m council rate ‘invalid’
Susan Botting (Local Democracy Reporting): Whangārei ratepayers leave meeting feeling unheard, upset
Lois Williams (Local Democracy Reporting): Steep rise in regional governance costs queried

Health
Stuff Editorial: Fluoridated water is a safe health benefit. Simple as that.
Anna Whyte (1 News): Law change sees fluoride water decisions in Bloomfield’s hands
1 News: Pharmac building ‘portfolio’ of Covid-19 treatments – CEO
RNZ: Pharmacist prescribers given authority to prescribe 200 more medicines
Emma Houpt (Herald): More than $100k worth of free dental care given out in Tauranga (paywalled)
Kristin Hall (1 News): Significant rise in amputations for Kiwis with diabetes

Justice
Farah Hancock (RNZ): Legal aid: Thousands turned away by lawyers in ‘collapsing’ system
Tiana Epati (Herald): Justice for all impossible when legal aid is broken (paywalled)
Michael Andrew (BuisnessDesk): Law Society says legal aid system is ‘collapsing’ (paywalled)
Herald: Aotearoa’s legal system ‘collapsing’: Survey shows thousands needing legal aid suffering

Environment, climate change, conservation
1 News: Thunberg ‘not wrong’ labelling COP26 ‘greenwashing’ – Shaw
Zane Small (Newshub): James Shaw urges world leaders at COP26 to act ‘right now’ on climate but back in NZ students sue over oil and gas permits
Pete McKenzie (Guardian): New Zealand students sue energy minister over oil and gas permits decision
Olivia Wannan (Stuff): Students sue Megan Woods over oil and gas exploration
Steven Cowan (Against the Current): James Shaw: Blah, Blah, Blah
Olivia Wannan (Stuff): Will poor and Indigenous communities pay the price for NZ’s climate inaction?
Jamie Morton (Herald): Why insurer’s new risk-pricing is a big deal (paywalled)
Rod Oram (Newsroom): Treacherous final two days for COP26
Hamish Cardwell (NRZ): COP26: Who will pay for climate change devastation?
Mike Cranstone (Whanganui Chronicle): Will agriculture be the sacrificial lamb to achieve carbon zero?
Todd Niall (Stuff): Climate change: Cargo bikes and etrucks to cut central Auckland pollution
Andreas Neef (Newsroom): No climate justice without migration justice
Matthew Littlewood (Stuff): Environment Canterbury compliance report shows 30 per cent of monitored water consents ‘not compliant’
Hamish McNeilly (Stuff): Fishing boat seized after crew caught set netting in prohibited area
Kate Green (Stuff): Let’s Get Wellington Moving climate rating reviewed
RNZ: Coal burning pushes rise in NZ emissions
Newshub: Fundraising push to buy privately-owned Coromandel beach for public
John Berry (Stuff): When companies don’t match their green claims: How to spot greenwashing

Economy, business
Daniel Dunkley (Stuff): It’s time to fix our broken supermarket sector
RNZ: DOC to stop waiving concession fees for tourism operators
Georgina Campbell (Herald): Car parks could be turned into dining spaces in Wellington
Anja Nadkarni (Newsroom): Small businesses stressed about summer trading period
RNZ: Investor confidence hits five-year high – ASB survey

Employment
RNZ: Living wage guaranteed to public service contractors
Michael Neilson (Herald): Government guarantees living wage for public service contractors
Melanie Carroll (Stuff): Government extends living wage to include public service contractors
RNZ: Explainer: Why a judge rejected NZDF claims about exemptions from health and safety laws
RNZ: Central Otago orchards concerned they won’t have enough staff this season
Karen Coltman (Stuff): Businesses offer lockdown-stressed staff more time off

Immigration
George Heagney (Stuff): Immigrants uncertain about their future due to residency eligibility
Audrey Young (Herald): New eligibility rules for superannuation passed – with delayed start date
Rob Stock (Stuff): Law will make migrants and returning Kiwis wait longer for NZ Super

Foreign Affairs
Thomas Manch (Stuff): APEC countries fall short of committing to a ‘halt’ on fossil fuel subsidies
1 News: APEC youth want digital future that’s greener, more inclusive
Herald: Apec Voices of the Future: Jacinda Ardern receives declaration
Te Aorewa Rolleston (RNZ): Rangatahi Māori to share whakaaro on world issues at APEC
Thomas Manch (Stuff): Waihopai spy domes to be dismantled due to irrelevance
David Fisher (Herald): Waihopai Valley spy domes ‘iconic’ yet ‘obsolete’ – will come down as GCSB moves to new technology

Transport, road safety
RNZ: Hamilton train to run to central Auckland when service resumes
Newshub: Te Huia train service will travel into central Auckland on weekdays
Grady Connell (Newshub): Auckland City Rail Link a step closer as dig gets back underway
Adam Burns (Local Democracy Reporting): Alcohol’s big role in Mid Canterbury crashes

Other
Sapeer Mayron (Stuff): State racism caused historical Māori overrepresentation in state care, report finds
Jimmy Ellingham (RNZ): Lake Alice patients frustrated by police investigation delay
Leah Tebbutt (RNZ): Petition seeks to raise carer support subsidy to acknowledge lockdown challenges
Chris Keall (Herald): NZ Privacy Commissioner John Edwards lands top UK role after Boris Johnson sign-off (paywalled)
Monika Barton (Newshub): Melissa Chan-Green joining Ryan Bridge on new morning show AM in 2022
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Discovery announces two new TV channels and ‘record’ volume of NZ shows
Damien Venuto (Herald): Discovery vs TVNZ: Who will jump first in the paid streaming wars in 2022? (paywalled)
Katie Harris (Herald):  Data reveals six cops convicted of sexual offences in last five years plus dozens guilty of other offences
Whatitiri Te Wake (Māori TV): Marae closures see significant tikanga change for tangihanga in Panguru
Peter Griffin (BusinessDesk): We are too timid on developing AI – I blame the government (paywalled)
Herald: Donald Trump’s former right-hand man Kiwi Chris Liddell subpoenaed in US Capitol storming probe
Scott Palmer (Newshub): Wellington’s iconic Mittens the cat will move to Auckland, owner confirms

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