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Govt management of Delta outbreak
Michael Morrah (Newshub): Ministry of Health apologises to Newshub for 17-month delay over OIA request, failure to comply with law
Derek Cheng (Herald): ‘It might spike in multiple places’ – Andrew Little on the challenges of nationwide Covid
Jane Patterson and Rowan Quinn (RNZ): Warning bells from health experts, National Party over health system’s ability to cope with more Covid-19 cases
Te Aniwa Hurihanganui (1 News): Māori leaders want urgent inquiry into Govt’s pandemic response
RNZ: ‘There is now a clear pathway for Auckland’ – Grant Robertson
Paul Hunt (Stuff): Balancing our rights and responsibilities
Eric Crampton (Offsetting Behaviour): MoH and Testing
RNZ: Covid-19 wrap for 18 November: Changes to wage subsidy, fears over Auckland border reopening

Auckland border decision, move to traffic light system
Lana Andelane (Newshub): Hone Harawira calls for ‘hard border’ to protect Northland as region battles to boost vaccination rates, slams spot-checks as ‘pointless’
Nikki Preston (Herald): Doctor issues sobering vaccination warning to Northlanders
Maxine Jacobs (Stuff): Māori running out of time, health workers’ fear the worst as open borders loom
RNZ: Checkpoint: ‘Send body bags’ – Northland iwi collective warns over reopening
No Right Turn: How does Labour expect to get away with this?
1 News: ‘Simply not viable’ to keep Auckland boundary up – Wood
Henry Cooke (Stuff): Shane Jones says Northland is never getting to 90 per cent, border needs to open
RNZ: Motorists leaving Auckland should expect spot checks ‘anytime, anywhere’ – police commissioner
Zane Small (Newshub): Greens co-leader Marama Davidson fears COVID-19 vaccine pass spot checks will target Māori
Tom Kitchin (RNZ): Race to vaccinate Te Tairāwhiti as Covid-19 spreads
Heather du Plessis-Allan (Newstalk ZB): I don’t think you need to worry terribly about the traffic light system this summer
Kerre McIvor (Newstalk ZB): The Government is pandering to the minority
Katie Bradford (1 News): Auckland hairdressers, beauty therapists may open next week
Bernadette Basagre (Stuff): Waiheke local board keen to reopen island to visitors under traffic light system
Jared McCulloch (1 News): Queenstown ready and waiting for influx of Auckland visitors

Vaccine rollout
Stephen Forbes (Local Democracy Reporting): Little concerned over delays in release of Māori vaccination data
Michael Neilson (Herald): Race on to boost Māori vaccination rates ahead of Auckland reopening
Claire Trevett (Herald): AstraZeneca second vax option arrives in NZ as Chris Hipkins says spread of Delta will only speed up when Auckland reopens
1 News: AstraZeneca Covid vaccine shipment arrives in NZ
1 News: Wairarapa reaches 90% first dose milestone
Joanne Naish and Steven Walton (Stuff): Gloriavale’s area shows biggest jump in vaccination rates in the country
Nadine Porter and Steven Walton (Stuff):  Pockets of rural North Canterbury still lagging in vaccination rates
Helen Harvey (Stuff): Taranaki Māori targetting 95 per cent vaccination rate in wake of Auckland border decision
Delilah Whaitiri (Herald): Māori vaccination rate in Lakes DHB jumps after Covid case announced
Adam Pearse (Herald): Gang to vaccinate whānau as Covid hits
Leonie Hayden (Spinoff): How to ask those tricky Covid questions this summer

Vaccine passport, mandatory vaccination
1 News: Andrew Coster supports vaccine mandate for police
Lloyd Burr (Magic): The double standards of unvaccinated police checking vaccine passports
George Block (Stuff): Vaccinated prisoners to have no choice if bunked with unvaxxed inmates
James Halpin (Stuff): Fake vaccine card a ‘cynical scam’, Ministry of Health says
Chris Keall (Herald): Govt blames cyber defences gone haywire for Vaccine Pass problems
Ben Strang (Stuff): Overseas vaccination now accepted for NZ Covid record, take two weeks to process
Matthew Scott (Newsroom): Immigrants face vaccine pass roadblocks
Kate Hawkesby (Newstalk ZB): How much freedom does the vaccine pass really give us?
John Weekes (Herald): 31 unvaccinated Oranga Tamariki staff on paid special leave
Logan Savory and Laura Hooper (Stuff): Vaccination certificate policing has potential to be ‘absolute disaster’
Nathan Morton (Stuff): Wedding venues ‘in tough position’ as couples cancel over vaccine rules

Vaccine Mandate – education
John Gerritsen (RNZ): Allowing unvaccinated parents into school events, classes ‘ridiculous’
Sharnae Hope (Stuff): Waikato University staff and students must be vaccinated from 2022
Ellen O’Dwyer (Stuff): Support for vaccine mandates on Victoria University campus, survey shows
Gianina Schwanecke (Herald): Teacher aide for boy with learning difficulties among seven barred from school (paywalled)

Vaccine Mandate – health workforce
Kim Moodie (RNZ): Vaccine mandate: ‘Incredible pressure’ on remaining hospital staff
Sahiban Hyde (Hawkes Bay Today/Herald): 17 Hawke’s Bay nurses stood down over vaccine, patient care ‘won’t be compromised’ (paywalled)
Imran Ali (Northern Advocate/Herald): Vaccine mandate means more than 100 Northland District Health Board staff stood down (paywalled)
Carly Gooch (Stuff): ‘No immediate effect’ on service as 110 stood down at DHB
Matthew Littlewood (Stuff): Seven SCDHB staff stood down over vaccine mandate

Home isolation, MIQ, Border
Anne Gibson (Herald): Labour, Green MPs question apartments as managed isolation (paywalled)
Kate MacNamara (Herald): The tragicomedy of MIQ has earned a barrage of rotten fruit (paywalled)
Matthew Hooton (Herald): Shameful MIQ lottery must end today (paywalled)
Ian Taylor (Herald): MIQ logbook – overwhelmed ministry needs help
Katie Todd (RNZ): MIQ shuts down woman’s bid to see dying sister given ‘days, at most weeks’ to live
Olivia Caldwell (Stuff): Aucklander or Australian, it is the same virus – time to open up the border, says Queenstown mayor
Ellen O’Dwyer (Stuff): Managed isolation rooms snapped up for summer
Mat Kermeen (Stuff): New Zealand Cricket withdraw team due to MIQ concerns

Vaccine misinformation, protests, rule breaches
Alexander Gillespie (The Conversation): COVID disinformation and extremism are on the rise in New Zealand. What are the risks of it turning violent?
Amelia Wade (Newshub): Protesters in Gisborne force Jacinda Ardern to cancel another vaccine clinic visit, research shows incentives could be key
Anna Whyte (1 News): Jacinda Ardern met by small group of protesters in Gisborne
Katie Harris (Herald): Auckland property manager accused of breaching Covid restrictions at property viewing

Cases, demographics, Delta spreads
1 News: Two more Covid-19 deaths in Auckland
1 News: Covid case at Palmerston North cricket training
Herald: Two Covid cases in Tauranga; one in Manawatū – ‘We know there will be concern’, says PM
George Heagney and Sinead Gill (Stuff): Cases in MidCentral region double to four
Herald: Second Covid-19 case announced in Christchurch
Steven Walton, Jonathan Guildford and Hanna McCallum (Stuff): Surge in testing after announcement of new positive case in Christchurch
Northern Advocate/Herald: 167 cases, two further deaths as virus spreads to Tauranga, Palmerston North
1 News: Covid-19 cases confirmed in Tauranga
Helen Clark (Herald): Women and girls bear the brunt of the Covid 19 coronavirus pandemic (paywalled)

Zane Small (Newshub): Housing the top issue facing Kiwis despite pandemic and Labour most trusted to solve it
Bonnie Flaws (Stuff): Auckland’s median rent hits $600 for the first time
Miriam Bell (Stuff): Profits on selling a house ‘as good as it gets’
RNZ: House sale gains hit record high – with some areas hitting median profits of $555,000
RNZ: More people giving up on owning property, says online investment platform Sharesies
Dan Brunskill (BusinessDesk): Thousands of Kiwis give up on home ownership (paywalled)
Rob Stock (Stuff): The house price expert still stuck renting
Susan Edmunds (Stuff):‘Horse has bolted’ on interest rate bargains
Phil Pennington (RNZ): What is the price of sunlight? Householders face losing billions under intensification rules
Phil Pennington (RNZ): Housing intensification bill could result in demolition waste from thousands of houses
Justin Latif (Local Democracy Reporting): Local politicians give government’s new zoning rules mixed reviews
Anneke Smith (RNZ): Neighbours complain of ‘horrendous’ behaviour from Kāinga Ora tenants, govt says evictions ‘very rare’
Lane Nichols (Herald): Kāinga Ora boss Andrew McKenzie doubles down on no evictions policy
Anne Gibson (Herald): Stalled Remuera developer on 13-apartment scheme: ‘We are two months off finishing’ (paywalled)

Three Waters, local government
Chris Trotter (Bowalley Road): Buying Back The Whenua
Craig Ashworth (Local Democracy Reporting): Three Waters compulsion is a breach of trust, says South Taranaki council
Cushla Norman (1 News): Tensions escalate over Wellington’s Shelly Bay development
RNZ: Police arrive at Shelly Bay site as occupiers defy eviction notice
Newstalk ZB: Wellington councillor: We want to avoid scenes similar to Bastion Point at Shelly Bay
Georgina Campbell (Herald): Former Green Party chief of staff kicks off Wellington mayoral race
Katie Scotcher (RNZ): Ex-Green chief of staff Tory Whanau to run for Wellington’s mayoralty
Joel MacManus (Stuff): Former Green Party chief of staff Tory Whanau running for Wellington mayor 
Stuff:  Wellington City Council asks organisations to support rainbow communities
Deborah Morris (Stuff): Insurance company Vero considering claim against WCC over demolished waterfront building
Hamish MacLean (ODT): Laws report complete but under wraps
Herald: Christchurch News Years Eve Party Cancelled
Cherie Sivignon (Stuff): Debt levels rise as TDC hammers capital works programme
Grant Miller (ODT): DCC set to hoist borrowing past $1billion mark
ODT: Environment Southland deficit lower than expected

Parliament, parties
Brent Edwards (NBR): MMP: not as bad as critics feared, nor as good as advocates hoped (paywalled)
Zane Small (Newshub): Tensions high in Parliament: National MP Louise Upston accuses Labour of ‘interfering’ in outcome of vote
John Bishop (Stuff): Is Ardern abdicating the leadership? 
Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): W R Peters extends NZ First loans into election year
Lloyd Burr (Magic): Bring Back Winston
Herald: Sex with strangers? Jacinda Ardern responds to X-rated traffic light system query

Justice, Police
ODT Editorial: Legal Aid’s shortcomings no secret
Kirsty Johnston (Stuff): No warning of rapist’s release for victim because she didn’t fill out a form
Sophie Cornish (Stuff): Police unlawfully intercepted street racer chat on password-protected app, IPCA says 
Katie Scotcher (RNZ): Police too busy to attend half of mental health callouts

Economy, business, wage subsidy
Kethaki Masilamani (Newshub): Businesses calling on Government to set date country will move into traffic light system
Adam Jacobson (Stuff): Auckland hospitality ‘very close’ to reopening, deputy PM says
Lincoln Tan (Herald): Grant Robertson visits Auckland, meets with hospitality businesses
RNZ: Inflation expected to average at 3.7 percent over next year
Benje Patterson (Interest): Don’t downplay the inflation boogeyman
David Hargreaves (Interest): Influential survey shows expectations of future inflation soaring to 10-year high
Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): We need to keep an eye on the handling of the economy
Herald Editorial: Brace yourself, interest rate rises just getting started (paywalled)
Rahul Bhattarai (Herald): Consumer credit card spending up but still below pre-Delta level, Kiwibank reports
Brianna Mcilraith (Stuff): In-store retail spending up in Auckland, but shops ‘aren’t out of the woods yet’
Chris Tobin (Stuff): Positive signs in latest Timaru economic survey
Grant Bradley (Herald): Why Boeing thinks aviation’s recovery is different this time (paywalled)
Kirsty Wynn (Herald): Woman urges Air NZ to refund flights when children too young to vaccinate
Hamish Rutherford (Herald): Frustrated at lack of official guidance on lease changes, Property Council ‘fills the void’

Employment, migrant workers
Chris Keall (Herald): Unions accuse Uber NZ of avoiding $13m in tax
RNZ: The Detail: The life of a foreign seasonal worker
Bernadette Basagre (Stuff): ‘Mentally exhausting’ for people on the spectrum to work in lockdown
Kaisa Wilson (Stuff): The gender pay gap means another year of women working for free 

Pike River
Samantha Gee (RNZ): West Coast reacts to Pike River bodies find: ‘It’s very hard for our community at the moment to take it in’
1 News: Pike River families feel ‘vindicated’ after remains found
Joanne Naish (Stuff): Human remains, destruction seen on ‘crystal clear’ images from Pike River boreholes
Philip Matthews (Stuff): New shocks after 11 years 

Environment, climate change, conservation
Brian Fallow (Herald): Words can’t hide climate failure (paywalled)
Geoffrey Palmer (Stuff): Climate change will charge on without a new approach
Richard Harman (Politik): Another climate change target in doubt (paywalled)
Michael Neilson (Herald): Motor industry and Tesla fight it out over clean car standards, ute tax to combat climate change
David Williams (Newsroom): Fix for 120-year anomaly heads to court
Jamie Morton (Herald): NZ scientists exploring gene-editing tech for possum eradication
Mitchell Alexander (Newshub): Kiwi researchers investigating if gene editing could eradicate possums from New Zealand

Primary industries
William Hewett (Newshub): ACT demands apology from Stuart Nash for suggesting Groundswell full of racists, anti-vaxxers
Rachael Kelly (Stuff): Nash says Groundswell stands for ‘racist, anti-vax’ sentiment
Maddisyn Jeffares (Hawkes Bay Today/Herald): Hawke’s Bay’s largest cattle export shipment: 14,000 animals off to China
RNZ: New hemp processing plant in Levin to cut costs for NZ producers

Stuff:  Health advocates send minister outsized open letter to encourage action on smokefree plan
Magic: ‘Not doing his job’: Ashley Bloomfield blamed for NZ’s escalating mental health crisis
Hannah Martin (Stuff): Dip in cancer diagnoses during lockdown appears to have ‘resolved’
Gerhard Uys (Stuff): Rural hospitals brace for potential influx of Covid-19 patients
Liz Fitzmaurice (Stuff): Covid-19 fears cut cancer patient’s 30 year GP career short 
Mike Houlahan (ODT): Workaround plans for delayed ICU
Rachel Thomas (Stuff): Wellington nurse claims parking contractors are intimidating staff

Hal Crawford (Spinoff): RIP centrism: Why Stuff is gradually moving left while the Herald inches right
Katie Harris, Rosie Gordon (Herald): In the Loop: Top journalists and TV star on changing attitudes towards the media in New Zealand
Tim Murphy (Newsroom): MediaRoom: NZME in money, BusinessDesk speed-dating
Steven Cowan (Against the current): RNZ: Tuning out of identity politics
Damien Venuto (Herald):  The two things TVNZ and Discovery have in common (paywalled)

Lee Kenny (Stuff): ‘It’s a disgrace’: PhD students struggling on less than minimum wage
Dubby Henry (Herald): Te Aroha College apologises to staff over rumours, Worksafe issues improvement notice

Lana Andelane (Newshub): Helen Clark Foundation joins calls to make public transport free for low-income groups, under-25s to increase equity and reduce emissions
Matthew Tso (Stuff): Cross Valley Link could be a decade away – buses, walking, cycling get priority

Foreign affairs and trade
Robert G Patman (Newsroom): Covid-19 and a new world order
Will Trafford (Māori TV): Whanganui awa exhibition takes centre stage at Dubai Expo

Max Rashbrooke (Stuff): A classless society? Don’t make me laugh
Alison Brook (Interest): COVID has made income inequality worse, and maybe wealth concentration is as high now as in 1905
Thomas Manch (Stuff): GCSB decides it no longer needs warrants to access Five Eyes intelligence
Matt Burgess (Herald):  New Zealand’s public service is in decline (paywalled)
1 News: Afghan guards threatened by Taliban plead NZ Govt for visas
Daniel Dunkley (Stuff): #taxmegachurches? It’s not that simple
Daisy Hudson (ODT): Weighing up fire response
RNZ: Electrical fault on power pole caused devastating Lake Ōhau fire, report finds
Peter Griffin (BusinessDesk): Our overreliance on Big Tech is a national security threat (paywalled)
Denise Piper (Stuff): Opening of Hundertwasser Art Centre in Whangārei delayed by two months
RNZ: Tui Oil Field decommissioning contract awarded



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