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Opinion polls, Parliament, Government
Matthew Hooton: Poll slide a warning to PM Jacinda Ardern – and it could get even worse (paywalled)
Claire Trevett (Herald):  Is Labour’s poll slump the beginning of the end, or will summer burn it off? (paywalled)
Claire Trevett (Herald): Labour down in two polls, as support crumbles
Luke Malpass (Stuff): New poll shows Labour dipping below 40 per cent, National up slightly
Tess McClure (Guardian): Jacinda Ardern’s popularity plunges as New Zealand reckons with new era of endemic Covid
1 News: Labour, Ardern take hit in mid-Delta outbreak polls
Heather du Plessis-Allan (Newstalk ZB): Labour shouldn’t assume 2023 is in the bag
David Farrar (Kiwiblog): Labour down in two polls
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): 2 new polls highlight the problem for National & ACT
Greg Presland (The Standard): Covid and the latest polls
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Brent Edwards (NBR): Frustrations of dealing with a ‘transparent’ government (paywalled)
Marama Davidson and James Shaw (Spinoff): Why we chose accelerator over handbrake: The Green leaders on the 2020 election
Thomas Coughlan (Herald): Concern at Parliament over misleading Chinese translation (paywalled)
Phil Smith (RNZ): The House: Ayesha Verrall knocks them off
Dan Lake (Newshub): Inside the RNZAF Boeing 757 used by Jacinda Ardern
(Stuff): Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s ‘bedtime fail’ goes global after Neve interrupts live video

Vaccination protests
Chris Trotter (Daily Blog): Behold, The Losing-class
Nicky Hager (Spinoff): My message to friends who joined this week’s protest
Chris Trotter (Bowalley Road): The Escalation Game That Protesters Cannot Win
James Nokise (Stuff): The things we forget about …. pandemics 
Rosemary McLeod (Stuff): Mad as hell – but have the vaccine protesters got a better plan?
Cate Broughton (Stuff): Law Society to investigate complaint over anti-vax lawyer Sue Grey
Taroi Black (Māori TV): Tino rangatiratanga designer calls whakamā on anti-vax protestors
Mark Quinlivan (Newshub): ‘Not fighting for justice’: Brian Tamaki’s own iwi condemns anti-lockdown protests
RNZ: Iwi urge Brian Tamaki to ‘follow science’ in fight against Covid-19
Herald: Brian Tamaki’s iwi condemns his actions

Govt management of Delta outbreak, Auckland border
Peter Dunne (Newsroom): Mr Hipkins, tear down this wall
Stuff Editorial: The pandemic’s new phase
Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): The Prime Minster can’t avoid the frustrated public
Ian Powell (Second Opinion): A very scary graph: Comparing Delta variant in New Zealand and New South Wales
Thomas Coughlan (Herald): Government plans Covid files release for this month
Jane Nixon (1 News): Bloomfield compares pandemic journey to Lord of the Rings
RNZ: The day in review: Covid-19 developments on 11 November

Home isolation, MIQ, NZ border 
Michael Morrah (Newshub): New Zealand’s home isolation programme like ‘building a plane as we fly it’ – GP
Lynley Ward (Herald): Glen Eden father-of-seven dies at home, daughter says he tried to get help
Bernadette Basagre (Stuff): Self-isolating man who died was father of seven from war-torn country
Jordan Bond (RNZ): Covid-positive cases waiting days to hear from Health Ministry – Auckland GP
Russell Palmer (RNZ): MIQ under pressure due to outbreak, home isolation – Ministers
Katie Todd (RNZ): MIQ: Eight times more departures than usual expected on Sunday
RNZ: Checkpoint: Airline representatives urge certainty so NZ does not lose international routes
1 News: Auckland Airport CEO wants vaccinated Kiwis stranded offshore home
RNZ: Sir Ian Taylor says MIQ system is no longer logical
Grant Bradley (Herald): What Chris Hipkins thinks of call to ditch MIQ for Kiwis (paywalled)
Kate Hawkesby (Newstalk ZB): No more excuses, MIQ has to go
Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): Call for humane approach on ‘very high risk’ India travel block
Qiuyi Tan (Herald): Migrant family holiday turns into Covid nightmare

Vaccine mandates, certificates, restrictions
Rowan Quinn (RNZ): Hospitals reach out to unvaccinated workers as deadline looms
Adam Pearse (Stuff): Which DHB has the most unvaccinated staff?
Cate Broughton (Stuff): Handful of health professionals threaten to quit over vaccine mandate
Rachel Thomas (Stuff): Hundreds of healthcare workers in Wellington region yet to disclose vaccine status
Megan Wilson (Herald): Midwife of 30 years leaving due to vaccine mandate (paywalled)
Megan Wilson (Herald): Vaccine mandate could have 180 health workers with Eastern Bay trust lose their jobs (paywalled)
Mike Houlahan and Andrew Marshall (ODT): Resignation ‘the correct call’
Jake McKee (RNZ): Southern DHB board member resigns after sending email to Countdown against vaccine mandate
Louisa Steyl (Stuff): Southern DHB member resigns over vaccine mandate conflict
Jessica Roden (1 News): Govt to consider extending vaccine mandate for firefighters
Phil Pennington (RNZ): Fire and Emergency requests temporary exception to vaccine mandate
Phil Pennington (RNZ): Firefighters union warns of roster chaos over mandate
Michael Neilson (Herald):  ‘No jab, no job’ – who’s covered by the vaccine mandates, and when are the deadlines?
Philip Chandler (Mountain Scene): Not getting jab puts people at risk, says colleague after GP quits
Kirsty Frame (RNZ): Fears disabled will go without essential care after mandate deadline
Gill Bonnett (RNZ): Covid-19 vaccine mandates: Clarity sought for lifeguard volunteers
Dubby Henry (Herald): Northland principal Pat Newman says teachers should resign now rather than disrupt kids further
ODT: School in spot after run stopped
Katy Jones (Stuff): Fears school vaccine mandate could ‘split’ small community
Daisy Hudson (ODT): University talking to staff over mandate
Thomas Bywater (Herald): Covid Vaccination Certificate: Holiday parks map rules for unvaccinated guests
Ben Strang (Stuff): Lack of vaccine pass clarity leading some to have four Pfizer shots
Keiller MacDuff (Stuff): Pensioner surprised to get visit from police for not wearing a mask

Vaccine rollout
Richard Harman (Politik): What’s wrong at the Ministry of Health
Māori TV: Henare backs ministry against Tamihere over health data
Michael Neilson (Herald): Ministers at odds with ministry Whānau Ora Māori vax stoush back in Court
Zane Small (Newshub): Health Minister Andrew Little at odds with Ministry of Health over $70,000 legal battle to release Māori health data
Māori TV: Whānau Ora back to court as Māori vaccination rates stall
Stephen Forbes (Local Democracy Reporting): Whānau Ora Commissioning Agency taking Ministry of Health back to court over Māori vaccination data
RNZ: Whānau Ora back in court over Māori vaccination data from Health Ministry
Debbie Ngarewa-Packer (Herald): Government says Māori responsible for hesitancy, not once admitted their plan was at fault
Cate Broughton (Stuff): South Island Māori receive fraction of funds for Covid-19 vaccine roll-out
Sam Olley (RNZ): Leaked data shows hundreds of pregnant Northlanders unvaxed
Sam Olley (RNZ): Covid-19 vaccination rates on pregnant people ‘would really help’
Henry Cooke (Stuff): Government says anyone will be able to get AstraZeneca vaccine
Jane Nixon (1 News): AstraZeneca vaccine to be available later this month
ODT Editorial: Vaccinating younger children
Carly Gooch (Stuff): Vaccine number crunching – ‘so close’ to reaching 90 per cent
Sapeer Mayron (Stuff): Pasifika vaccine events aim to hit 90% first dose target in Auckland
1 News: 90% of Kiwis over 12 now at least partially vaccinated
Janine Rankin (Stuff): Some Palmerston North suburbs reach 90 per cent vaccination goal
Māori TV: Silent majority of Māori getting vaccinated – Dr Rawiri Taonui
Justin Latif (Local Democracy Reporting): Lips syncs and facts: Pacific doctors fight misinformation on TikTok

Testing, cotact tracing
Jamie Morton (Herald): Why Govt is rethinking contact tracing
RNZ: Poor planning, conflicts of interest in saliva testing programme – Auditor-General
Dileepa Fonseka (Stuff): Saliva testing processes slammed by auditor-general
Derek Cheng (Herald): Auditor-General’s ‘serious concerns’ with Ministry of Health over saliva testing
Pattrick Smellie (BusinessDesk): Auditor General flays health ministry over saliva testing procurement (paywalled)

Education
Shannon Redstall (Newshub): Parents worry about safety of their children as Auckland primary schools prepare to re-open
Newshub: Anxious wait for parents ahead of schools reopening
Lawrence Gullery and Benn Bathgate (Stuff): Online teaching suggested for unvaccinated teachers as mandate deadline looms
Katy Jones (Stuff): Rise in home schooling registrations linked to Covid-19 and ‘social engineering’ 
RNZ: More than 2000 Otago University graduands miss ceremony due to Covid-19 restrictions
Daisy Hudson (ODT): Graduation ceremonies called off due to pandemic
Guy Williams (ODT): School bus safety rules lashing
Daisy Hudson (ODT): Community Colleges NZ calls halt to youth scheme
Rachael Kelly (Stuff): Sixty per cent of Gore High School buildings to be demolished in major redevelopment

Cases
Lana Andelane (Newshub): Visitor from Auckland identified as the source of six new cases in Stratford, Taranaki, local Mayor Neil Volzke confirms
Denise Piper (Stuff): Northland has seven new cases, as region set to return to level 2
Herald: Ministry of Health releases pre-existing conditions of deaths linked to virus
Rachel Sadler (Newshub): The number of unvaccinated New Zealanders in hospital with COVID-19
Katie Harris (Herald): In the Loop: Women’s Mongrel Mob leader on the gang’s Covid response

Health
Rachel Thomas (Stuff): Wellington ICU leader’s modelling shows huge bed shortfall with 90 per cent vaccine rate
Hannah Martin (Stuff): More than 100,000 procedures and specialist appointments cancelled due to Delta
Sahiban Hyde (Hawkes Bay Today/Herald): Hawke’s Bay nurse on Paris frontlines has warning for region’s unvaccinated
Natalie Akoorie (RNZ): Waikato DHB warned a cyberattack ‘catastrophic for patient safety’

Kāinga Ora, Housing
Jenna Lynch (Newshub): Housing Minister Megan Woods dobs Kāinga Ora in to public service watchdog over cover-up
RNZ: National Party wants investigation into Kāinga Ora
Jem Traylen (BusinessDesk): Kāinga Ora tries to clean up self-made mess
Jem Traylen (BusinessDesk): ‘Shocking revelation’: Kāinga Ora’s selective memory on Labour links
William Hewett (Newshub): New Zealand’s housing shortfall will be met in around 12 months’ time, major bank predicts
David Hargreaves (Interest): ASB economists say Auckland’s housing shortfall will drop to ‘zero’ by late next year
Miriam Bell (Stuff): New planning rules could accommodate more than 350,000 new homes
Nona Pelletier (RNZ): Median house prices up $100k on September’s REINZ figures
Greg Ninness (Interest): Residential property sales volumes down 22% in October year-on-year, but prices were through the roof
Frances Chin (Stuff): Tasman district housing hits “record high” in October
Anne Gibson (Herald): Pandemic lockdowns hit house sales: volumes drop 21%, but prices still rise
Emily Ireland (Local Democracy Reporting): Martinborough housing intensification option shut down
Felix Desmarais (Local Democracy Reporting): Rotorua housing crisis: 3500 homes needed in a year – draft report
Christine Fletcher (Herald): What I was trying to say about intensive housing for Auckland (paywalled)
Miriam Bell (Stuff): House prices, sales rise in spring resurgence 
Riley Kennedy (ODT): Transitional housing purchase helping to meet urgent needs
Phil Pennington (RNZ): Developers bailing out of house buyer contracts via sunset clause

Three Waters, local government
Peter Davis (Newsroom): Councils’ failure to provide safe water shows need for amalgamations
Grant Bradley (Herald): Court ruling on Auckland Council’s ‘reverse engineered’ bed tax could cost millions (paywalled)
Todd Niall (Stuff): Petition to force vote on West Auckland liquor licensing monopoly fails
Eleisha Foon (RNZ): Pasifika let down by Christchurch council over new stadium build
Luisa Girao (ODT): ICC transition tipped to be ‘time of highest risk’
Doug Laing (Hawkes Bay Today/Herald): Napier City Council books library into stage one of civic rebuild (paywalled)
Vita Molyneux (Herald): Cuba St Bucket Fountain likely to remain missing a bucket for at least another month

BusinessDesk Public Service series
Pattrick Smellie (BusinessDesk): Editor’s note: how good is our public service?
Jem Traylen (BusinessDesk): Whaddya mean public service? A beginner’s guide to the machinery of government (paywalled)
Jem Traylen (BusinessDesk): Welcome to the 2nd best public service in the world
Brian Roche (BusinessDesk): On? Cardigans? No
BusinessDesk: About our public sector investigation

Justice
RNZ: Three strikes law – you’re out: Justice Minister to repeal
John Weekes (Herald): Three strikes law to be repealed, opposition parties furious
Bridie Witton (Stuff): Government repeals three-strikes law, which sees repeat offenders get max sentence
Zane Small (Newshub): With NZ First out of the picture, Labour finally moves on ‘three strikes’ law repeal
Amelia Wade (Newshub): First person sentenced under ‘three strikes’ speaks out after Government axes law
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Bridgette Toy-Cronin (Newsroom): Legal aid crisis a threat to justice
Cusha Norman (1 News): Legal aid system on brink of collapse – Law Society survey
Anneke Smith (RNZ): Dames say their concerns ignored by top Family Court judge

Environment, climate change, conservation
RNZ: UN call for higher emissions targets doesn’t apply to New Zealand – James Shaw
Dan Satherley (Newshub): James Shaw slams countries at COP26 ‘dragging the chain’ on emissions, but won’t name names
Hamish Cardwell (RNZ): China-US climate agreement a game changer, NZ experts say
Herald: NZ to issue ‘green bonds’ to help decarbonise
RNZ: Government plans to introduce green bonds from 2022
Sally Brooker (Newsroom): NZ in the box seat on hydrogen
Cameron Burrows (Herald): Keys to sustainable and affordable electricity (paywalled)
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): NZ should be a ‘fast follower’ reducing car emissions, says Ford boss
Rod Oram (Newsroom): COP26 reaches its peak, final day
No Right Turn: Climate Change: Support for native forests
Tom Powell Budyong Hill (Stuff): Kicking coal habit is great but burning questions over biomass

Economy, business
Lincoln Tan (Herald): Restaurateurs slam rules barring outdoor dining as ‘stupid, absurd and ridiculous’
Herald Editorial: Government’s fixation on big summer gigs leaves others out in the cold (paywalled)
Adam Pearse (Herald): Portaloos on the footpath – Auckland hospitality headaches due to alert-level rules
Tamsyn Parker (Herald): Why insurers aren’t giving rebates for car cover this time despite longer Auckland lockdown (paywalled)
Brent Edwards (NBR): National MP: MBIE tone deaf to Auckland hospitality struggles (paywalled)

Employment, Immigration
Melanie Carroll (Stuff): Minimum wage ruling from Court of Appeal could ‘open the floodgates’: lawyer
Morgane Solignac (Stuff): Getting flexible with work options could help tackle labour shortage
Brian Fallow (Herald):  Immigration — too much, too fast? (paywalled)

APEC, foreign affairs
Thomas Manch (Stuff): France reportedly holds up NZ-EU free trade negotiations due to upcoming elections
Thomas Manch (Stuff): President Xi Jinping warns Asia-Pacific must not ‘relapse’ into Cold War conflict, at APEC summit
Bruce Munro (ODT): Global Insight: A shrewd piece of diplomacy
1 News: PM calls for equitable, inclusive, sustainable global Covid recovery
RNZ: ‘Asia-Pacific region should not relapse into Cold War era’ – Xi Jinping at APEC
Liam Dann (Herald): World leaders address Covid recovery challenge (paywalled)
Dileepa Fonseka (Stuff): Hosting one of the world’s largest business summits in an empty room
Liam Dann (Herald): Chur bro: Stephen Colbert attempts to speak ‘Kiwi’ at Apec CEO Summit
Jennifer Eder (Stuff): End of domes at Waihopai Valley spy base ‘nothing to celebrate’
RNZ: Waihopai surveillance domes to be dismantled
1 News: ‘Obsolete’ GCSB spy domes at Waihopai to be removed
Catherine Woulfe (Spinoff): Twenty ways the GCSB could repurpose its creepy spyglobes

Transport
Kate Green (Stuff): Campaign for free fares aims to get more young people, tertiary students using public transport
Zane Small (Newshub): Man behind Facebook comment Green MP Julie Anne Genter considered threatening says it was ‘a joke’
Georgina Campbell (Herald): Solution agreed for Wellington’s controversial Island Bay cycleway
Joel MacManus (Stuff): Compromise option chosen for Island Bay cycleway revamp 
Irra Lee (1 News): Sudden busway plan change threatens 40 Auckland homes
James Pocock (Hawkes Bay Today/Herald): Wairoa mayor counts 72 ‘gnarly’ potholes on drive home from Napier (paywalled)

Primary industries
Rachael Kelly (Stuff): Meta apologises for blocking links to Groundswell’s website
Sally Rae (ODT): Mother of All Protests gets city backers
The Country (Herald): Independent review finds NZ on track to eradicate Mycoplasma bovis
Sally Rae (ODT): ‘M. bovis’ lessons will fortify system: report
RNZ: Asparagus farmers face ‘terrible, devastating’ times with low local demand, no exports

Other
Bryce Edwards (Democracy Project): Brace yourself for ugly and intolerant politics
Bryce Edwards (Democracy Project): NZ not so politically and socially polarised
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): NZs sudden radicalisation + who poses a bigger threat to Democracy?
Lawrence Gullery (Stuff): An apology and $177 million in financial redress as Ngāti Maniapoto settles with the Crown
Tumamao Harawira (Māori TV): Independent research reveals racism in government agencies responsible for Māori in care
Holly Hedley (Spinoff): The End of Life Choice Act is now in effect. Here’s what you need to know
Jono Galuszka (Stuff): Defence force admits failing to keep soliders safe during Molotov incident
Herald: Radio wars: Mark Richardson to join MediaWorks as host for new talk brand
Darren Bevan (Stuff): Mark Richardson, Polly Gillespie join MediaWorks’ unnamed talk radio station

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