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Today’s content

National Party
Morgan Godfery (Guardian): Christopher Luxon is out of step with most New Zealanders – can he really challenge Ardern?
Claire Trevett (Herald): The camps of National: Chris Luxon’s tightrope walk to reshuffle a fractured National caucus (paywalled)
Jess Mutch McKay (1 News): Opinion: Hits and misses of Luxon’s first week
Luke Malpass (Stuff): Christopher Luxon’s year zero sets the scene for a competitive 2022
Jo Moir (Newsroom): Expect some curveballs when Luxon selects his new team
Caitlin Ellis and Janie Ensor (Newshub): Christopher Luxon to reveal shadow Cabinet in major ‘test’ of his leadership
Stuff Editorial: Luxon has to balance politics and religion
Karl du Fresne: Competent management won’t be enough to save New Zealand
Heather du Plessis-Allan (Herald): Tough start for Chris Luxon (paywalled)
Richard Pamatatau (RNZ): Opinion: National Party needs to reflect Aotearoa
Fran O’Sullivan (Herald): National’s new boss Christopher Luxon not playing around (paywalled)
Tracy Watkins (Stuff): Nats leadership: Is Luxon a game changer?
Claire Trevett (Herald): How nervous should PM Jacinda Ardern be about National’s leader Chris Luxon? (paywalled)
John Roughan (Herald): Is Luxon the leader to take National back to success? (paywalled)
Dan Satherley (Newshub): ‘Christian dad vibe’: Politicians and experts analyse Christopher Luxon’s first week as National Party leader
Jane Patterson (RNZ): A sit-down with National leader Christopher Luxon
Dan Satherley (Newshub): Christopher Luxon’s property empire shows ‘we’ve become a very unequal society’ – Labour MP David Parker
The Country (Herald): National Party leader Christopher Luxon says he’s not going to apologise for his success
1 News: Luxon ‘big fan’ of raising minimum wage if economy growing
1 News: Luxon: Te Tiriti about partnership, not co-governance
Michael Neilson (Herald): National leader Christopher Luxon ‘big fan’ of raising minimum wage, while economy growing
Michael Neilson (Herald): National Party leader Christopher Luxon on why he stopped going to church
Bridie Witton (Stuff): National Party leader Christopher Luxon’s climate credentials 
Zane Small (Newshub): National leader Christopher Luxon ‘excited, fired up’ to take on Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in Parliament
Georgina Campbell (Herald): Nicola Willis at home: Who is National’s new deputy leader away from the spotlight?
Bridie Witton (Stuff): Career success and ‘profound’ loss in rollercoaster week for new National deputy leader Nicola Willis
1 News: Collins absent as new National leader Luxon visits Auckland
Heta Gardiner (Māori TV): ‘Sad to see Shane demoted’ – Green Party leader stands up for National MP
Henry Cooke (Stuff): Christopher Luxon says National caucus is not ethnically diverse because of poor election result
Claire Trevett (Herald): National MP Simon Bridges on Chris Luxon, Judith Collins and finance role
Richard Harman (Politik): Bridges says Orr should go
Tracy Neal (Newsroom): Nick Smith engineering a new life
Stuff: Photo Essay: The rise and fall of Judith Collins and Christopher Luxon
Stuff: Points of Order: Christopher Luxon’s extremely short drive
Steve Braunias (Herald):  The secret diary of … The Luxon Gang (paywalled)
Andrew Gunn (Stuff): ‘Smile, wave and be pretty relaxed, Luxie’

Parliament
David Farrar (Kiwiblog): Roy Morgan poll November 2021
Will Trafford (Māori TV): National, Te Pāti Māori and ACT could form Government – Poll
David Farrar (Kiwiblog): Shock Last Roy Morgan Poll for 2021 – Labour in danger
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Brian Easton (Pundit): Is The Māori Caucus So Dominant In Labour?
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): The Infamous Daily Blog Political Awards 2021
Paul Gorman (Listener/Herald): How transparent is this Government, really? (paywalled)
Paula Feathers (Stuff): We need a new ‘feminine’ approach to leadership
Peter Wilson (RNZ): The Week in Politics: Lighting up a new era
RNZ: Winston Peters denied leave to appeal judgment in superannuation overpayment case
Catrin Owen (Stuff): Winston Peters loses another legal battle over superannuation privacy breach
Alison Mau (Stuff): #Metoo is not what you think it is, Judith Collins
Bernard Orsman (Herald): Act leader David Seymour promises to make Crate Day a national holiday
Kevin Norquay (Stuff): Here’s a thought: if protesting doesn’t work, why not try voting?
Craig Kapitan (Herald): Woman accused of assaulting National MP Jacqui Dean in Oamaru
Sophie Cornish (Stuff): Woman charged with assault with a deadly weapon after altercation with National MP Jacqui Dean
Mike Houlahan (ODT): Southern Say: Act hopes party bus will solidify support
Mike Hosking (Newtalk ZB): Mark the Week: Christopher Luxon – ‘You’d be churlish to write him off’

Traffic light system
Zane Small (Newshub): Deputy PM Grant Robertson defends Auckland’s ‘red’ COVID-19 rules dubbed ‘harsh’ by National’s Christopher Luxon
1 News: Luxon says National doesn’t support traffic light system
Adam Pearse and Michael Neilson (Herald): National leader Christopher Luxon says Auckland should be in green setting
Glenn McConnell (Stuff): National leader Christopher Luxon: Why is Auckland in the red light system?
Hannah Martin (Stuff): Aucklanders finally free, but when will we move to orange?
1 News: Traffic light system will ‘last the distance’ – Ardern
Isaac Gunson (1 News): Rules for the Covid-19 traffic light system explained
Newshub: The Project: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern answers all your questions about the COVID-19 traffic light system
ODT Editorial: Three colours, two New Zealands
Herald Editorial: At least one long weekend of celebration and hope in Auckland (paywalled)
Bernard Orsman (Herald): Aucklanders celebrate day one of the new traffic light system; modeller calls it a “step into the unknown”
Jane Nixon (1 News): How churches can operate in the traffic light system
Ryan Boswell (1 News): Some NZ churches opting to stay online until 2022
Mildred Armah (1 News): KiwiRail cancels scenic train rides until January
Shannon Redstall (1 News): KiwiRail cancels hundreds of scenic train tickets because of traffic light system
1 News: Physios say traffic light system ‘very confusing’
Wilson Longhurst (1 News): Mayor hopeful Auckland will move to Orange before Christmas
Tom Kitchin (RNZ): Wairoa finally gets a traffic light – but it’s red on the Covid-19 framework
Dan Satherley (Newshub): Lockdown might be over, but Chris Hipkins is yet to ‘spread’ his legs
RNZ: Covid-19 wrap for 3 December: Auckland lockdown ends, traffic light system comes in

Regional concern over Auckland border opening
Denise Piper (Stuff): Expect to be stopped: Hone Harawira is on a mission to protect Tai Tokerau from unvaccinated Aucklanders
1 New: Baker fears ‘tragedies’ if Covid spreads further through NZ
1 News: Aucklanders should think about summer ‘staycation’ – Hendy
Robin Martin (RNZ): Siouxsie Wiles implores Aucklanders to ‘staycation’ to avoid potential spike in infections
Morgan Godfery (Stuff): Respect? Plenty. But I fear Aucklanders travelling the country
David Fisher (Herald): How one summer hotspot feels about Auckland’s upcoming holidays (paywalled)
1 News: Q + A: Holidaymakers urged to stay away from vulnerable regions
RNZ: Summer checkpoint plan welcomed by Te Tai Tokerau iwi
1 News: Robertson confident about iwi-police Northland checkpoints
Newtalk ZB: David Seymour: New Northland iwi law is a shady part of rushed lawmaking
Heather du Plessis-Allan (Newstalk ZB): Is anyone else surprised Northland iwi stopping cars is now legal?
Taroi Black (Māori TV): Checkpoints at Auckland-Northland border; run by police and Iwi
1 News: Concerns kids could be hard-hit by Covid as Auckland reopens

Govt management of Delta outbreak
Michael Baker, Nick Wilson and Amanda Kvalsvig (Newsoom): The Covid-19 endgame in NZ: Altering our pandemic destiny
Adam Pearse (Herald): How we got home isolation so wrong and how it can be fixed (paywalled)
Ian Taylor (Herald):  All the tech missteps in the Government’s Covid response
Lucy Craymer (Stuff): China retains its Covid-19 elimination strategy even as the world reopens
Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): Rights protections ‘baked in’ to hasty Covid legislation – Attorney-General
Phil Smith (RNZ): The House: The MPs scrutinising the Covid-19 rules
Steve Maharey (Stuff): The future is here; we need to grasp it
Glenda Lewis (Stuff): Doco charts chief science adviser’s dark Covid times
Dileepa Fonseka (Stuff): Will 2022 be the year we reconnect the ‘hermit kingdom’?

Economy, business, government subsidies
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Economy should bounce out of recession in 2022, but it may be a sickly recovery
Liam Dann (Herald):  How to beat the Omicron dread as we wait for answers (paywalled)
Susan Edmunds (Stuff): New Zealand’s ‘two-tiered’ economy
Gareth Kiernan (Stuff): Post-lockdown spending surge not guaranteed
Jamie Gray (Herald): New Zealand dollar at one-year low as Omicron, US Fed weigh heavily (paywalled)
RNZ: Tourism industry ‘not flavour of the month’ with banks
John Anthony (Stuff): Tourism reset plan to prioritise value over volume could hurt exporters, experts warn
Philip Chandler (Mountain Scene): Dark times predicted for tourist towns ‘dumped’ by Government
David Long (Stuff): Staying in red could be ‘fatal’ for Western Springs Speedway fears promoter
RNZ: Skills shortages top challenge facing company bosses – survey
Rob Stock (Stuff): Gloom in hospo: ‘We’re staring down the barrel of a dead summer’
Amy Williams (RNZ): Smooth sailing, happy customers reported over first weekend of traffic light system
Simon Draper (Stuff): How the pandemic has changed shopping
Talia Parker and Megan Wilson (Bay of Plenty Times/Herald): Tauranga businesses concerned about revenue as traffic light system starts (paywalled)
Taroi Black (Māori TV): Māori-owned power retailer secures cheap rates for more whānau
Will Trafford (Māori TV): Vodafone’s Tiriti-led strategy gets Kaiwhakahaere
Dileepa Fonseka (Stuff): When will supply chain woes end?
Scott Yeoman (Stuff): The industry that has boomed since Covid arrived in New Zealand
Todd Niall (Stuff): Māori economy: Report seeks Govt support to boost Auckland Māori businesses 

Vaccine pass
Dylan Reeve (Spinoff): Inside the emerging black market for vaccine passes 
Benn Bathgate (Stuff): Hospo boss sounds alarm over fake vaccine passes
William Hewett (Newshub): Bay of Plenty bar owner worried anti-vaxxers using fake vaccine passes to enter hospitality businesses
1 News: Hipkins defends vaccine pass as up to 100K left waiting
RNZ: ‘Unacceptable’ to react aggressively to vaccine pass requests – Retail NZ
Arja Hone (Stuff): Hospitality workers are being thrown to the wolves under the traffic light system
Herald: Canterbury bakery cops abuse from unvaccinated customers
1 News: Some businesses sticking to takeaways to avoid vaccine passes
Sophie Cornish (Stuff): Hospitality sector adjusting to vaccine passports as scammers try their luck
RNZ: Some Bay of Plenty businesses still serving unvaccinated people
Jennifer Eder (Stuff): Traffic wardens: There’s more than one way to check a vaccine pass 
Qiuyi Tan (Herald): Kawerau mayor backs council decision not to require vaccine pass
Nicholas Boyack (Stuff): Upper Hutt opens council facilities to unvaxxed to ‘normalise life’
Vita Molyneux (Herald): Upper Hutt emergency meeting over vaccination pass requirement at facilities
Stuff: Council updates library guidelines, requires vaccine pass
Robin Martin (RNZ): ‘This is the new normal’: Whanganui gets used to life in red zone
Sam Olley (RNZ): Pharmacists stretched thin distributing vaccine passes
Michael Neilson (Herald): Up to 100,000 waiting on vaccine passes – Chris Hipkins
Andrew Chen (Herald): Vaccine pass verification essential to prevent fraud, virus spread
Lincoln Tan (Herald): Pregnant mum told she can’t see her private obstetrician because she is unvaccinated

Mandatory vaccination
Susan Botting (Local Democracy Reporting): Unvaccinated Northland ratepayers warned not to expect rates reduction
Grant Miller (ODT): DCC options for unvaxxed
Brianna Mcilraith (Stuff): Some businesses look to the black market to continue trading and avoid vaccine mandate
John Anthony (Stuff): Restaurant manager says businesses having to pay unvaccinated staff four weeks’ notice is ‘disgraceful’
Robin Martin (RNZ): Vaccine pass not required at some New Plymouth council facilities
1 News: Hundreds of Northland jobs at risk due to vaccine mandate
Brianna Mcilraith (Stuff): Some businesses look to the black market to continue trading and avoid vaccine mandate
Chris Tobin (Stuff): Fleur’s Place closes due to confusion over vaccine mandate
Daisy Hudson (ODT): Polytechnics determine vaccination requirements

Cases, demographics, testing
Dubby Henry (Herald): The growing number of schools, daycares hit by Covid cases
Hannah Martin (Stuff): How does Covid-19 affect children, and how can we keep them safe?
Georgia Forrester and Nikki Macdonald (Stuff): Why our Covid-19 hospitalisation and death statistics aren’t clear-cut
Sue Crengle (Newsroom): Eliminating Māori inequities in Covid-19 outcomes
Māori TV: Unreliable Ministry of Health vaccination data ‘sanitises government strategies for Māori’
Craig Ashworth (RNZ): Iwi urges testing and vaccination after Covid cases in Taranaki
Samantha Gee (RNZ): Nelson outbreak sees spike in vaccinations
RNZ: Whanganui DHB confirms first case of Covid-19 in Delta outbreak
RNZ: Two new Covid-19 cases in Wairoa District
Herald: Cook Islands records weak positive Covid case in 10-year-old boy
Janine Starks (Stuff): Covid-19 rapid antigen tests need to be two things: cheap and convenient
Vanessa Phillips (Stuff): Anxiety and tension rise as Covid-19 spreads
RNZ: Gisborne mayor appeals for vigilance after positive wastewater result

Vaccine rollout
Luisa Girao (ODT): No plan to separate inmates; 65% vaxed
1 News: Kiwis united over vaccination as uptake rises – Robertson
Matt Burrows (Newshub): 90 pct of Kiwis getting first COVID-19 vaccine proves New Zealand isn’t a ‘divided nation’ – Grant Robertson
Talia Parker (Herald): Lack of trust, ‘pressure-cooker’ mandates: Why some areas are still struggling to get jabbed
RNZ: Vaccine pass complications add to inequity concerns in Wellington
Derek Cheng (Herald): Why Māori are more at risk and what the Government did about it (paywalled)
Te Aorewa Rolleston (RNZ): Campaign launched to boost vaccination rates amongst disabled Māori
Marena Mane (Māori TV): Whakarongorau – new Healthline service for Māori
1 news: Waitematā, Canterbury DHBs hit 90% vaccination milestone
Laura Walters (Stuff): Wellington’s Pacific community hits 90pc partially vaccinated
Michael Neilson (Herald): All New Zealand’s MPs are now fully vaccinated
Adam Pearse and Vera Alves (Herald): New Zealand’s ‘most isolated man’ gets vaccinated

Protests, misinformation
RNZ: ‘Shameless and very misguided’ – Newmarket protesters cost local stores
Herald: ‘Utter dickheads’: Newmarket retail boss slams anti-mandate protest
Herald: Protesters on the move towards Newmarket mall. No show from Brian Tamaki
Kurt Bayer, Devon Bolger (Herald): Hundreds gather to protest vaccine mandates, lockdowns in Christchurch
Troels Sommerville (Stuff): Vaccine mandate protesters force kids’ cricket match to be abandoned 
Herald: Supporters dine outside west Auckland Lone Star restaurant
RNZ: Seeds of vaccine mistrust sown by neglect of Northland
Janet Wilson (Stuff): Rebellions of the ordinary troubled by new system’s demands 
Rukuwai Tipene-Allen (Māori TV): Misinformation a challenge in Te Tai Tokerau
Alex Spence and Julia Gabel (Herald): Anti-vaccine accounts are surging on Facebook, new analysis reveals (paywalled)
Rachel Klaver (Stuff):I once tweeted misinformation about KFC and it went viral. Here’s what I learnt from that mistake
Ellen O’Dwyer (Stuff): School science can help combat conspiracies, educators say

Health
RNZ: ICU funding may be too much, too late – health professionals
Cate Broughton (Stuff): ICU specialists welcome additional beds but say more needed 
Rowan Quinn (RNZ): Covid-19: Nurses’ online ICU training varies widely between DHBs
Mike Houlahan (ODT): ICU beds going unused
RNZ: Wairarapa DHB investigating staff function payment
RNZ: Southern District Health Board aged-care facilities sometimes operated without nurses in October
Mike Houlahan (ODT): SDHB complication rise triggers review
Mike Houlahan (ODT): Report urges SDHB to hire more staff with disabilities
Jame Perry (Māori TV): Brown Buttabean Motivation gets $500k funding for health initiatives
Hannah Martin (Stuff): No evidence suicides increased during Delta lockdown, coroner says
Dubby Henry (Herald): Monster fast food combo provides an entire day’s energy, New Zealand study finds
Stuff: ‘You’re Awesome’: Words of kindness valued by hospital workers during pandemic
Anusha Bradley (RNZ): The health system’s attention deficit when it comes to ADHD

Pharmac
Jonathan Milne (Newsroom): Embattled Pharmac agrees to push for more openness in its secretive drug deals
Kerre McIvor: (Newstalk ZB): Pharmac playing Casper the ghost
ODT Editorial: Shining a light on Pharmac
Brent Edwards (NBR): Interim report raises concerns about how Pharmac operates (paywalled)

Housing
Geraden Cann (Stuff): Mega landlord says ‘wind change’ in market could see prices fall 20 per cent
Ben Leahy (Herald): OneRoof report: Property investors blamed for NZ’s soaring house price rises
RNZ: ‘Stratospheric’ housing market confidence unshaken by measures to cool prices – ASB
Liz McDonald (Stuff): Council plan to protect areas from Government’s new denser housing scheme
Dileepa Fonseka (Stuff): ‘Team Granny Flat’ versus the YIMBYs
Matt Burrows (Newshub): Scared Auckland residents beg Kāinga Ora to evict neighbour over claims of violence, drug use, theft and noisy parties
Ethan Te Ora (Stuff): Reimagining Wellington: What can we learn from Berlin’s nationalisation of housing?
Joanna Davis (Stuff): Kiwi homes are shrinking year-on-year: Why?
Miriam Bell (Stuff): ‘Nothing has shaken the public’s confidence that house prices are going to keep rising’
Ben Leahy (Herald): Waiheke homes make six times more money in one year than typical household
Devon Bolger (Herald): Canterbury New Zealand’s hottest housing market, up 32.7%
Amanda Cropp (Stuff): Southern migration – cheaper housing is helping Christchurch snap up some of the 13,500 people who quit Auckland in the past year
Liz McDonald (Stuff): Crown weighs up offers for central Christchurch housing sites
John Bolton (Stuff): Government takes to responsible lending laws with sledgehammer

Local government, Three Waters
Adam Jacobson and Todd Niall (Stuff): Councillor Efeso Collins puts name forward in Auckland’s mayoral race 
Damien Grant (Stuff): Auckland needs a new mayor – and you may know just the person
Todd Niall (Stuff): Auckland Council Budget: Airport shares sale considered alongside spending cuts
Herald Editorial: Helicopter pads should be limited in built-up areas (paywalled)
Nikki Mandow (Newsroom): Beach land grab: The unintended consequences of sand
Janine Rankin and Sinead Gill (Stuff): Concern rule change will restrict voice of elected officials
Kate Green (Stuff): Tensions abate at Wellington’s Shelly Bay, occupation group in talks with council
Tom Hunt (Stuff): Wellington pays out more than $3.6m for canned World of WearableArt event 
Kurt Bayer (Herald): Christchurch covered stadium: New design plans released
Tim Newman (Stuff): City for all ages strategy gets green light for council approval

Environment, conservation, Climate Change
Phil Pennington (RNZ): ‘Good prospect’ Tiwai smelter will delay closure if aluminium prices stay high – govt officials
Simon Wilson (Herald): Ground control to Uncle Bob: What to say to climate ‘do-nothingism’ (paywalled)
Julia Czerwonatis (Northern Advocate): When convenience kills the planet – uncomfortable conversations about climate change (paywalled)
Bevan Graham (Herald):  To help save the climate, use private capital and carbon prices (paywalled)
RNZ: Extinction Rebellion protesters arrested at coal protest in Dunedin
Charlie Gates (Stuff): Climate protesters stop coal train in Dunedin and cause railway disruption
Wyatt Ryder (ODT): Passengers caught up in protest
Herald Editorial: Auckland Council’s climate action levy a new direction (paywalled)
Phil Goff (Herald):  We can’t afford to short-change our kids and grandkids on climate change (paywalled)
RNZ: Warning after potentially toxic algae found at Wainono Lagoon
Luke Blincoe (Stuff): Project Onslow is the key to unlocking our renewable future

Primary and extractive industries, Groundswell Protests
Lois Williams (Local Democracy Reporting): Decision by Christmas on ilmenite mine
Maja Burry (RNZ): Commercial beekeeper numbers drop amid low prices
Rod Oram (Newsroom): Fonterra’s complacent back-patting post-COP26
Gyles Beckford (RNZ): Fonterra lifts payout forecast to record high
Esther Taunton (Stuff): ‘Cow census’ shows farmers getting more milk from fewer cows
Malcolm Ellis (Stuff): Boosting the quality of our dairy herd is vital for sector’s future
RNZ: Wool price making a comeback as overseas demand for products rises
Tina Morrison (Stuff): NZ agriculture is starting to see value in celebrating its provenance 

Employment
Tina Morrison (Stuff): Labour MP Camilla Belich says ending pay secrecy would empower employees
Huw Morgan (Spinoff): The women who occupied a Levin factory for 96 days
Chris Tobin (Stuff): Possible strike at Timaru’s port now out to six days

Police, crime, Justice 
Deena Coster (Stuff): Assistant Children’s Commissioner opposes move to place teens in adult prisons
Liu Che (RNZ): Hillsborough businesses wait nearly an hour for police after call for help
Sam Sherwood (Stuff): Crimes going uninvestigated as police staff MIQ and Auckland border
Sam Hurley (Herald): NZ’s first dedicated pro bono law firm partner and our broken legal aid system (paywalled)
Laura Walters (Stuff): Govt intelligence identified specific terror attacks planned against Black Caps
Timothy F Welch (Newsroom): Auckland’s crime spree may just be a moral panic

Education
Kate Nicol-Williams (1 News): Ventilation in schools being investigated as Covid spreads
John Gerritsen (RNZ): Thousands of students skip NCEA exams after months of lockdown
RNZ: Auckland school rolls drop for first time in 25 years
John Lewis (ODT): Anti-animal experiment campaign
Ashley Macmillan and Jessica Calverley (ODT): PhD stipend must keep up with living costs
John Lewis (ODT): ‘A strong role model’: Pitama new dean of Chch med school
RNZ: University of Otago appoints first wahine Māori as medical school Dean
Hanna McCallum (Stuff): Schools warned as ‘gender critical’ group seeks information on trans students

Spy agencies
Bruce Munro (ODT): Spying on whom?
Bruce Munro (ODT): Nukes, spies and a loan
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): What the GCSB are really saying

Foreign Affairs
Tom McRae (Newshub): Former NZDF interpreter warns Afghan nationals granted New Zealand visas currently unable to leave ‘will be killed’ if found while hiding from Taliban
Thomas Manch (Stuff): Beijing ‘worried’ that New Zealand is increasingly speaking out on South China Sea, Chinese diplomat says
Zane Small (Newshub): America has ‘candid conversations’ with New Zealand about foreign policy, China – new US Ambassador Tom Udall
Simon Ewing-Jarvie (Unlcas): Duty Call or Booty Call?
RNZ: Eleven NZ police bound for tense Solomons capital
RNZ: Honiara unrest: NZ police and army group departs to aid in peace efforts
1 News: Photos: NZDF, police depart for Solomon Islands
John Minto (Daily Blog): A deep and satisfying love affair
RNZ: Checkpoint: Saga behind decision to fly Covid-positive WHO worker to NZ revealed
RNZ: Former Niue leader medevaced to NZ says Dr Tukuitonga

Transport
Thomas Mead (1 News): Exclusive: Waka Kotahi kept chemical ‘overuse’ quiet
Steven Walton (Stuff): Councillors want Govt cash to speed up $108m upgrade to Christchurch bus network
Andrea Fox (Herald): NZ freight forwarders dismayed by new Maersk shipping restriction (paywalled)
Emma Hatton (RNZ): NZ shipping faces uneven playing field in NZ waters -report
Dileepa Fonseka (Stuff): When will supply chain woes end?
RNZ: Record new vehicle sales for November, with ute and SUV demand strong
Brent Edwards (NBR): Can new chair get KiwiRail back on track? (paywalled)
RNZ: David McLean appointed as KiwiRail chair
Tina Morrison (Stuff): Former Westpac NZ chief appointed KiwiRail board chairman

Media
Hayden Donnell (RNZ): An anti-intensification housing media blitz
Barrie Saunders: Luxon and the media
Newshub: Tova O’Brien’s greatest hits, farewelled as Newshub Nation co-host
Colin Peacock (RNZ): Mediawatch: RNZ’s Tahi -‘the one’ for rangatahi?

Other
Oliver Lewis (BusinessDesk): Yes, minister: Eugenie Sage on getting things done
David Fisher (Herald): Fastest land occupation in New Zealand – after five weeks, the Crown buys privately-owned waterfront property claimed by Northland iwi
Vicki Anderson (Stuff): Long wait times ‘stressful’ for those needing urgent Work and Income support
Kevin Norquay (Stuff): Delta smashes the already struggling, pushing charities to the limits
1 News: Māori, Pasifika child poverty rates higher than Pākehā
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): IR switches off old tax system, as verdict given on $1.5 billion overhaul
Andrew Geddis (Spinoff): Barbados has ditched the queen for… Rihanna. Who would NZ choose?
Te Aniwa Hurihanganui (1 News): Educators say publishers’ books anti-Māori, hateful and untrue
Arama Rata (E-Tangata): Rangatiratanga and immigration
Chris Schulz (Spinoff): Dunedin doctor catches Covid on camera (not like that)
Frankie Bennett (Spinoff): Now assisted dying is legal, hospices must not block access
Mandy Henk (Newsroom): Libraries on the line
RNZ: ‘Full steam ahead’ for Cook Islands- NZ bubble reopening
Corazon Miller (1 News): Family’s heartbreak after NZ Omicron border restrictions
Riley Kennedy (ODT): Second transtasman charter flight offered
Josie McNaught (Herald): Artists deserve to be part of the art boom too (paywalled)

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