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Govt management of Delta outbreak, move to traffic light system
Michael Neilson (Herald): Major concerns over vaccinations Bill being passed under urgency – ‘Constitutional disgrace’
Thomas Manch (Stuff): Critics condemn urgent passing of ‘traffic light’ law without usual scrutiny
Craig McCulloch (RNZ): Opposition condemns ‘mad scramble’ in traffic light system legislation
Claire Trevett (Herald): Government rams through ‘no jab, no job’ law at its peril (paywalled)
Matthew Hooton (Patreon): Ruling by decree (paywalled)
No Right Turn: The “most open and transparent government ever” again
Ian Llewellyn (BusinessDesk): Bill gives new powers to bar the unvaccinated (paywalled)
Marc Daalder (Newsroom): Contact tracing struggles to keep up
Lloyd Burr (Magic): It’s been a long time coming, but it looks like the government’s covid plan is starting to flower
Stuff Editorial: Covid traffic lights: consequences not yet illuminated
1 News: Traffic light system ‘unsustainable’, means fewer freedoms – Collins
Thomas Coughlan (Herald): PM’s ‘fear’ leading to Dr Seuss rules and Covid rabbit holes – Collins
Richard Prebble (Herald): Lockdown is New Zealand’s biggest public policy failure (paywalled)
Julie Spray (Spinoff): Are we being inclusive enough of children in our pandemic response?
Russell Bell  (Herald):  The trouble with the traffic lights system (paywalled)
RNZ: Te Urewera to remain closed as Tūhoe prioritises safety of its people
Dan Satherley (Newshub): Will Aucklanders seed a Christmas explosion of Delta across the country? Experts make predictions
Tess McClure (Guardian): As New Zealand lifts Covid lockdowns, some small towns ask tourists to stay away
Talia Parker (Bay of Plenty Times/Herald): Aucklanders eyeing summer holidays in the Bay of Plenty (paywalled)
RNZ: Race to vaccinate South Auckland ahead of traffic light system, businesses hoped for earlier opening
Ethan Griffiths and Logan Tutty (Whanganui Chronicle/Herald): Whanganui businesses need to be ready for traffic light framework (paywalled)
Herewini Waikato (Māori TV): Mataatua two-day planning hui to protect whānau, tikanga
Edward O’Driscoll (Newshub): Rest homes still waiting for guidance on how traffic light system will affect them
RNZ: Covid summary: Govt announces new tool for businesses, case numbers continue to rise

Vaccine pass
Henry Cooke (Stuff): Jacinda Ardern says vaccine passes don’t need to be scanned, Ministry of Health says they do
Irra Lee (1 News): Not using vaccine pass verification app risks fraud — expert
Vaimoana Tapaleao (Herald): New vaccine verification app now available – but businesses told to expect glitches
Ben Leahy (Herald): Vaccine pass teething problems hampering early roll out
RNZ: Businesses failing to enforce pass requirements to face big fines – Michael Wood
Michael Neilson (Herald): Fines up to $15K for businesses over vaccine passes
RNZ: Covid Pass verifier app now available for businesses
RNZ: Vaccine passes raise more questions than answers for businesses
Chris Tobin (Stuff): Passes will be ‘soul-destroying’ for unvaccinated, barber says
Paul Mitchell (Stuff): Covid-19 traffic light system expected to reawaken Palmerston North’s nightlife
Riley Kennedy (ODT): Concern over managing vaccination passes
Anna Whyte (1 News): Parents can carry children’s vaccine pass on phone – Ardern
Wyatt Ryder (ODT): Face-to-face My Vaccine Pass option soon
Zane Small (Newshub): Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern promises ‘extra support around compliance’ for hairdressers ahead of COVID-19 vaccine pass trial
Louise Termouth (RNZ): Auckland hairdressers doing ‘all they can’ to prepare for vaccine passes

Mandatory vaccination
John Anthony (Stuff): Covid-19 vaccination mandates could apply to up to 70 per cent of the workforce, lawyer says
Shannon Johnstone (Herald): Vaccine mandates vary between tertiary educator providers
John Anthony (Stuff): Unvaccinated workers in businesses using vaccine passes must be fully vaccinated by January 17
Amy Williams (RNZ): Not everyone singing from same hymn sheet over vaccinations mandate
Bernard Orsman (Herald): More than 1400 DHB doctors, nurses and other staff have not had first Covid jab
Hanna McCallum (Stuff): Over 1000 health workers stood down over vaccine mandate 
RNZ: Over 100 nurses sacked after refusing vaccine
Scott Palmer (Newshub): 1.8 pct of all DHB workers off the job after refusing COVID-19 vaccine
Moana Ellis (Local Democracy Reporting): Jab ‘angst’ for Whanganui region health workers
Brianna Mcilraith (Stuff): Countdown requires all 21,000 staff to be vaccinated by January 10
Brittney Deguara (Stuff): How workplaces will operate under the new traffic light system 
Ellen O’Dwyer (Stuff): No exemptions handed to schools for education vaccine mandates

Vaccine rollout
Samantha Worthington (1 News): Willie Jackson defends Māori vaccination rollout in heated exchange
Kate MacNamara (Herald): Did scandal-mired former Health Minister David Clark ignore Pfizer’s vaccine meeting request? (paywalled)
Yvonne Tahana (1 News): Whānau Ora receives Govt data on Māori vaccine rollout
Jo Moir (Newsroom): Remote communities will be ‘left behind’ by PM, says Reti
Te Aorewa Rolleston (RNZ): Iwi says resources stretched as it races to meet vaccination target
Moana Ellis (Local Democracy Reporting): Iwi collective mobilises Covid-19 teams to reach vulnerable communities
1 News: South Canterbury to hit 90% first dose rate imminently
RNZ: Trust in communities gives Bay of Plenty vaccination rates shot in the arm

Home isolation
Herald Editorial: Self-isolation mustn’t be trial and error (paywalled)
Darren Bevan (Stuff): ‘Heartbroken’ Duncan Garner says Covid-19 home isolation system a ‘failure’
Herald: Duncan Garner on home isolation: ‘It’s a bumbling mess’
Rowan Quinn (RNZ): Pacific health providers take part in trial to lead care for self-isolating families

MIQ, NZ Border
Hamish Rutherford (Herald): SailGP comments show how far ministers will go to avoid being blamed for hard decisions (paywalled)
Irra Lee (1 News): National wants trans-Tasman bubble for vaccinated, Covid-negative
Zane Small (Newshub): National leader Judith Collins demands reopening of trans-Tasman bubble ‘now’
1 News: National wants trans-Tasman bubble for vaccinated, Covid-negative
Thomas Manch (Stuff): National’s Judith Collins says trans-Tasman bubble must reopen for Christmas 
Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): Our international border closure risks NZ being left behind
RNZ: Checkpoint: No trans-Tasman bubble behind Air NZ flight cancellations – Foran
Grant Bradley (Herald): Cancelled flights: Frustration grows at lack of clarity on international border (paywalled)
Herald: Flight Centre boss responds to cancelled Air NZ flights
Brooke van Velden (Herald): Time to axe NZ MIQ border rules keeping New Zealanders trapped overseas
Tom Hunt and Laura Walters (Stuff): Viking Bay fishing vessel stumps up $62,000 for crew’s Wellington MIQ stay
Katie Todd (RNZ): Police report large increase in MIQ violence and disorder

Cases, demographics, Delta spreads
1 News: Person in their 50s with Covid-19 dies in Auckland hospital
Rawiri Taonui (Māori TV): Māori now make up the highest number of cases since Covid-19 arrived in Aotearoa

Vaccine misinformation, protests, rule breaches
Claire Trevett (Herald): PM’s advice to hairdressers targeted by anti-vaxxers – call the police
Jennifer Eder (Stuff): Pharmacy staff shaken after abuse from ‘anti-vaxers’
Jordan Bond (RNZ): Destiny Church’s Brian Tamaki appears in court, remanded on bail
Jordyn Rudd (1 News): Brian Tamaki bailed on condition he stays away from Auckland Domain protests
Herald: Destiny’s Brian, Hannah Tamaki charged over latest Auckland lockdown protest
Craig Kapitan (Herald): Brian Tamaki faces judge again over latest lockdown protest
Jamie Ensor and Alice Wilkins (Newshub): Brian, Hannah Tamaki arrested: Destiny Church leader granted bail again
Matthew Scott (Newsroom): ‘Basically innocent’: Tamaki’s sermon on the police station steps
RNZ: Destiny Church’s Brian and Hannah Tamaki address crowd outside police station
Wilson Longhurst (1 News): Crowd gathers outside Mt Eden Prison in support of Tamakis
1 News: Brian and Hannah Tamaki arrested after anti-mandate protest
Troels Sommerville (Stuff): Door still open to school deputy who spoke at anti-vaccine mandate rally

Newshub-Reid Research poll, Parliament, parties
Tova O’Brien (Newshub): Newshub-Reid Research poll suggests Christopher Luxon has long road to convince public he’s National Party leadership material
Thomas Coughlan (Herald): John Key and Christopher Luxon trade advice on helicopters
Morgan Godfery (Guardian): In a crisis, you want Jacinda Ardern. That’s why her poll numbers will remain robust
Zane Small (Newshub): ACT MP Mark Cameron regrets ‘flippant remarks’ about Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern

Environment, climate change, conservation
Henry Cooke (Stuff): Official plan to price and cut agricultural emissions would lead to less than 1 per cent reduction
RNZ: He Waka Eke Noa releases discussion document on farm emissions levies
No Right Turn: Climate Change: Taking us for a ride
RNZ: Proposals to price agricultural emissions a failure, say environmental groups
Richard Harman (Politik): Forget Groundswell; now farmers are in a real fight (paywalled)
Hamish Cardwell (RNZ): Submissions over government emissions document closing
Hamish Cardwell (RNZ): COP26: Lack of action on coal emissions ‘disappointing’ – Climate Ambassador
Nathan Cooper (The Conversation): New Zealand’s climate change regulation is messy and complex – here’s how to improve it
Thomas Manch (Stuff): Conservation minister backs Tūhoe over Lake Waikaremoana closure, at odds over reopening date
Robin Martin (RNZ): Mt Messenger bypass deal ‘risks setting precedent’ for more native trees to be destroyed
Deena Coster (Stuff): Region’s top swim spots under weekly water quality spotlight this summer

Primary industries, Groundswell protests
Gordon Campbell: On farmers playing the victim, plus Chile’s right turn
John Weekes (Herald): Stuart Nash won’t apologise to Groundswell protesters, says disgusting elements ‘hijacked’ website
ODT Editorial: Groundswell here to stay
Newshub: Green MP Teanau Tuiono: Agriculture is at a turning point, and we need to seize the opportunities
Chris Keall (Herald): NZ-founded vegan cheese startup New Culture raises US$25m from Kraft Heinz, others

Kāinga Ora
Jason Walls: Toothless Kāinga Ora must be given the power to evict violent tenants
Anneke Smith (RNZ): Kāinga Ora policy costs thousands in compensation to tenants abused by neighbours
Russell Palmer (RNZ): Kāinga Ora reconsidering evictions policy, minister says
1 News: Developer blames Government for stagnating housing stock
Adam Jacobson (Stuff): ‘Bafflingly contradictory’: Kāinga Ora turns down 5000-home Auckland development
Bernard Orsman (Herald): Developer upset after Kāinga Ora knocks back plans for solar-powered town with few cars in South Auckland
Lane Nichols (Herald): Government’s ‘no evictions’ policy giving gang members free licence to cause intimidation and fear: Judith Collins

Phil Pennington (RNZ): Fears housing bill will bring proliferation of poor dwellings and ‘unintended consequences’
Carmen Hall (Herald): ‘Abusive behaviour’: Rejected rental tenants lash-out (paywalled)
Ben Leahy (Herald): Canterbury renter wins at Tenancy Tribunal: Landlord jacks up the rent
Tamsyn Parker (Herald): Lending clampdown – The options left for first-home buyers (paywalled)
RNZ: ANZ suspends low-deposit home loans to comply with RBNZ rules
Rob Stock (Stuff): ANZ follows BNZ and Kiwibank to ‘pause’ low deposit home loans
Diane McCarthy (Local Democracy Reporting): Derelict landbanked properties ‘a travesty’ in midst of housing crisis, Kawerau mayor says
Miriam Bell (Stuff): Tenants face application fees to be ‘pre-verified’ for rental properties
Sophie Trigger (Herald): Wellington house values could jump 50 per cent after ‘dizzying’ three years in the housing market
Greg Ninness (Interest): Auckland lower quartile house prices up $85k in October putting home ownership beyond the reach of people on average wages
David Hargreaves (Interest): The Mother of All Mortgage Hangovers may be coming
Steven Walton (Stuff): Proposed plan expands Rangiora and Kaiapoi, allows more medium density housing
Katie Todd (RNZ): Off-plan property buyers should insist sunset clause removed from contracts – advisor

Three Waters, local government
Todd Niall (Stuff): Three Waters: Auckland Council forecasts bills could be lower under reforms
Tim Newman (Stuff): Three Waters working group chance to ‘look afresh’
Grant Miller (ODT): Accusations flow in Three Waters response
Stephen Forbes (Local Democracy Reporting): Auckland Transport braces for $64m hit amid ‘huge losses’ in patronage
Logan Savory (Stuff): Invercargill City Council ‘jumped the gun’ introducing media protocols
Logan Savory (Stuff): Invercargill councillors to give Sir Tim Shadbolt ‘wellbeing’ support for remainder of term
RNZ: Invercargill City Council votes to phase out independent oversight
Tom Hunt (Stuff): Simon Woolf stepping down from council with plea: Wellington politics ‘needs to change’
Grant Miller (ODT): Gorge line stays: Councillors keep faith with Dunedin Railways
Georgina Campbell (Herald): Why Wellington’s mayoral race has started early (paywalled)
Georgina Campbell (Herald): Let’s Get Wellington Moving has spent more on its new website than on construction

Economy, business, wage subsidy
RNZ: Lockdown sees significant retail sales volumes drop
Liam Dann (Herald): Lockdown retail slump was not as bad as feared
1 News: Iwi-owned petrol station near Gisborne offering NZ’s cheapest 91
Holly Henry (Newshub): Hanmer Springs businesses desperately searching for staff ahead of busy summer season
Tess Brunton (RNZ): Queenstown businesses grappling with staff shortages ahead of summer
Anne Gibson (Herald): Fletcher Building’s 94% wallboard share cited in Commerce Commission probe analysis (paywalled)
Dileepa Fonseka (Stuff): What can central banks actually do about inflation? 
Greg Smith (Stuff): Reserve Bank will lift rates – the only question is how much
Stuff:  ‘100 per cent vaxxed’ campaign aims to offer business, and Rotorua, a shot in the arm 
Lawrence Gullery (Stuff): Outdoor dining, markets could help town centres recover
Murat Ungor (Newsroom): Beyond Covid, economy needs tech, science
Geroge Driver (Spinoff): What’s causing the shipping crisis – and when will it end?
Anuja Nadkarni (Newsroom): Artists fear copyright laws lagging in increasingly digital world
André Chumko (Stuff): Artists renew calls for changes to Aotearoa’s arts funding models
Matthew Bennett (Stuff): Shipping, not supermarkets, is to blame for price rises

Foreign affairs and trade
Jane Kelsey (Herald): World Trade Organisation on a TRIP to a potential fall (paywalled)
Stephen Hoadley (Newsroom): Will China be number one?
RNZ: NZ must help Pacific fight vaccine misinformation – researcher
Grant Bradley (Herald): Billion-dollar payoff: New Zealand’s place in Southern Link between Asia and South America (paywalled)

Qiuyi Tan (Herald): Doctors have duty of care to unvaccinated, says MOH
Chris Hyde (Herald): ‘System’ is creaking, and Hawke’s Bay might pay (paywalled)
Liu Chen (RNZ): Disposable masks washed 10 times still more protective than triple-layer fabric masks – study
Kushlan Sugathapala (Herald): Our other epidemic we don’t seem to talk about (paywalled)
Mark Quinlivan and Lucy Warhurst (Newshub): Government losing millions of dollars by leaving hundreds of kidney patients on dialysis – research
Derek Cheng (Herald): Drug-checking beyond festivals: Andrew Little wants support for the homeless; potential for medicinal cannabis
James Pocock (Hawkes Bay Today): The lure of devices: One in three Hawke’s Bay high school students don’t eat breakfast (paywalled)
Hawkes Bay Today: Hawke’s Bay DHB apologises for locations of interest date confusion
Teuila Fuatai (Herald): IHC bath ban the wrong response to tragic deaths (paywalled)
Wyatt Ryder (ODT): ACC privacy breach of sensitive records

Herald: Martin Devlin resigns from Newstalk ZB and station owner NZME
Madeleine Chapman (Spinoff): When can Barry Soper dine al fresco again?
Brianna Mcilraith (Stuff): Lush creates ‘anti-social’ policy and removes itself from social media platforms

Dubby Henry (Herald): Digital divide sees thousands of kids still without laptops, internet
RNZ: Cambridge’s St Peter’s School reveals details of child sexual abuse, apologises to former students
RNZ: St Peter’s sexual abuse apology likely to trigger further claims

Employment, Immigration, migrant workers
Adam Jacobson (Stuff): Hundreds of Countdown workers to strike in Auckland as pay negotiations stall
John Shewry (Stuff): The 40-hour work week is extinct, and the dinosaurs are about to be wiped out
Conan Young (RNZ): High Court ruling paves way to New Zealand for at-risk Afghans
RNZ: Plea for way home for hundreds of Tongan seasonal workers

Justice, corrections
Andrew Geddis (Pundit): Parliament, The Courts And The End Of Three Strikes (For Now)
Mitchell Alexander (Newshub): Assaults on Corrections officers continue to rise
(Stuff): Woman appeals against cancellation of passport on terror-related grounds

Graham Adams (Kiwiblog): Guest article: Māori professor under investigation for views on mātauranga Māori
RNZ: Former prime minister Helen Clark chides international community’s pandemic response
Hanna McCallum (Stuff): Hearing for mosque terror attack inquiry rescheduled to next year
Joel MacManus (Stuff): Transmission Gully: Dozens of resource consents still incomplete
Steven Walton, Liz McDonald and Hanna McCallum (Stuff): Safety still a worry despite $90m Brougham St highway upgrade
Matai O’Connor (RNZ): Moriori praised for dedication, patience as settlement with Crown becomes law
Gareth Jones (ODT): If expertise is discounted, we are on a perilous path
Rukuwai Tipene-Allen (Māori TV): National MP demands government does more to stop gang violence
Mark Quinlivan (Newshub): Amount of meth seized at NZ border jumps 74 percent this year
David Chaplin (BusinessDesk): Job done: KiwiSaver at work (paywalled)
RNZ: Season 2 | Episode 3: 23rd November 2021 – Party People



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