New Zealand Parliament Buildings, Wellington, New Zealand.
Article sponsored by NewzEngine.com

Editor’s Note: Here below is a list of the main issues currently under discussion in New Zealand and links to media coverage. You can sign up to NZ Politics Daily as well as New Zealand Political Roundup columns for free here.

Today’s content

Parliamentary Grounds occupation
Curia Market Research (The Platform): Parliamentary Protest Poll Results February 2022
Liam Hehir (Patreon): What I saw in Wellington
David Fisher (Herald): Why ignoring Parliament protesters is dangerous – and will only make it worse (paywalled)
John A.Z. Moore (Democracy Project): Liberal New Zealand versus the protesting “mob”
David Farrar: So who is at the protest and why?
Jack Tame (Herald): End Covid anti vaccine mandate protests at Parliament slowly, without violence
Luke Malpass (Stuff): The protest fiefdom that no-one wants to take responsibility for
Heather du Plessis-Allan (Herald): Public patience is wearing thin at Govt’s refusal to talk to protesters (paywalled)
Matthew Hooton (Patreon): Prime Minister must negotiate with occupiers (paywalled)
Damien Grant (Stuff): The podium of truth has shifted and may never return
Claire Trevett (Herald): Parliament’s anti-mandate protests – just who’s in control at Parliament now? (paywalled)]
Alastair James (Against the current): Disagree if you want, but disagree with what’s actually happening
Henry Cooke (Stuff): Police seemingly cede control to protesters who are now controlling access to Parliament grounds, adding vehicles
Jo Moir (Newsroom): The political manoeuvring behind Parliament’s locked doors
Jon Johansson (Stuff): When will the Parliament protest, and mandates, end?
Jehan Casinader (Stuff): Do the protesters in Wellington even know what ‘freedom’ means?
Tracy Watkins (Stuff): No easy way out of Parliament stand off
Andrea Vance (Stuff): The Trumpism spilling out onto Parliament’s lawn is the new virus
Steven Cowan: Fear and loathing
Don Franks (Redline): Ordinary decent working people are the anti-mandate protesters
Steven Cowan: The Left continues its smear campaign against the Wellington occupation
Morgan Godfery (Stuff): The real dangers lurking in the ‘freedom convoy’ protests
Andrew Geddis (Spinoff): We know how to end the protest. But what would we give up in return?
Steve Maharey (Stuff): Democracy must find a better way to function than this
Laura Walters (Stuff): Fostering inclusion means listening to protesters – human rights commissioner
Janet Wilson (Stuff): Policing ‘around the edges’ won’t end misery for those hampered by protest
Laura Walters and Anna Fifield (Stuff): Anti-mandate protests: Lessons for Wellington from Ottawa
Steven Cowan: Capital Government Relations: Defending the Labour Government
Hayden Munro (Stuff): Anti-vaccine mandate protesters’ cause being hijacked by right-wing fringe
Mandy Hager (Stuff): Protest hampered by a lack of clear leadership and purpose
Steven Joyce (Herald): Protest much bigger than the protesters (paywalled)
Tom Hunt and Laura Walters (Stuff): Distrust and freedom: Why the Parliament protesters came and stayed
Sasha Borissenko (Herald): The many laws Covid anti-mandate Parliament protesters are breaking (paywalled)
Richard Harman: No end in sight (paywalled)
Rachel Thomas, Tom Hunt, Matthew Tso and Nadine Porter (Stuff): Protest concert at Parliament causing ‘serious concerns’ for police
Michael Bassett: Circus in Wellington
Charlie Mitchell (Stuff): What the police fail to understand about ‘Camp Freedom’
Andrea Vance (Stuff): Using force the last resort, NZ Police Commissioner says
Andrea Vance (Stuff): NZ’s top cop: Who is Andrew Coster, the man struggling to deal with the Parliament protests?
Jarrod Gilbert (Herald): The Covid anti-mandate Parliament protest and disinformation (paywalled)
Kate Green and Tom Hunt (Stuff): Scuffles erupt as police lock off Lambton Quay from protesters
RNZ: Police and protesters face off near Parliament
Herald: Parliament protest – security surge as police vow to crack down on ‘abuse, intimidation, or violence’
1News: Arrests made as concrete barriers erected near Parliament
1News: Alternative to protest de-escalation strategy tear gas, batons – Coster
Miriam Burrell (Herald): State of emergency could bolster police power – Commissioner
Will Trafford (Māori TV): Force ‘only option’ to end Parliament Protests – Coster
Herald: Police chief Andrew Coster admits it ‘shouldn’t have got to this’
1News: Commissioner: Force to clear protest wouldn’t be acceptable to most
Ben Strang (Stuff): Who is the man leading Wellington police’s response to the protests?
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Groan: In defence of the NZ Police
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Q&A Review: What sending in the cops for woke revenge will actually do
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): If we want to blame someone for the rough beast of Bethlehem on Parliament’s lawn – blame the Left!
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Why the protestors are wrong and why I support Jacinda 100% over Covid
Kristin Hall (1News): ‘We want to feel safe’, say Wellingtonians who’ve been attacked by protesters
Jane Bowron (Stuff): Protest at Parliament is our latest long-running soap opera
Polly Gillespie (Stuff): Let them eat cake: How I would solve the Parliament protest
Steve Braunias (Herald): Reading between the lines – Steve Braunias translates police’s protest press release (paywalled)
Trevor Bradley, Angus Lindsay, and Elizabeth Stanley (Newsroom): We need a legitimate police service
Erin Gourley (Stuff): Protest: What is the Wellington City Council doing?
Thomas Coughlan and Georgina Campbell (Herald): Despite protest, Wellington still moving
1News: Police: Wellington protesters abusing public ‘can expect’ charges
Adam Pearse (Herald): Eye in the sky: Wellington’s anti-mandate protest from above
Denise Piper (Stuff): ‘Tell the protesters to go home’: Movements against Wellington protests fire up
Te Aorewa Rolleston (Stuff): What do you think about the Wellington protest?
Herald: Wellington protest hinders access for disability community and elderly
John Weekes and Michael Neilson (Herald): Police warn of ‘significant’ rise in protesters, as heat goes on mayor, commissioner
James Nokise (Stuff): Locals are the ones to suffer when Molesworth St is closed’
John Roughan (Herald): Protestors show there’s a limit to compliance (paywalled)
Zane Small (Newshub): Dame Tariana Turia has ‘no confidence’ in ‘socialist’ Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern over ‘bullying’ of protesters
Kevin Norquay (Stuff): Cabinet plans to erect Parliamentary fence, as protest lingers
Mike O’Donnell (Stuff): What good is a leaderless protest?
RNZ: Waikato law professor says hate speech from protesters should not be tolerated
Cherie Howie (Herald): Law blunt but Speaker’s trespass notice to Parliament protesters likely ‘reasonable’ – law professor
Khylee Quince (Stuff): Sanitising public spaces turns ordinary social activities into petty crimes
Herald: National’s Christopher Luxon claims PM ‘missing in action’
1News: Parliament occupation Beehive’s issue to resolve – Bridges
Jamie Ensor (Newshub): Simon Bridges knocks Government’s response to protest, calls for clarity around mandate end criteria
Scott Palmer (Newshub): Chris Hipkins blasts ACT leader David Seymour over call to move on from vaccine mandates
Steve Braunias (Herald): The secret diary of the Hermit Kingdom (paywalled)
Glenn McConnell (Stuff): Protesters create ‘media liaison’, tell security to stop blocking reporters
RNZ: Mad, bad or mostly moderate? Media’s mixed message on protest
Peter Wilson (RNZ): The Week in Politics: The protesters and the politicians
RNZ: Who’s who of Wellington leaders tell protesters to end illegal activities ‘immediately’
Brent Edwards (NBR): Wellington protests, vaccine mandates, and MIQ late bills (paywalled)
Adam Pearse (Herald): From haircuts to cryptocurrency – life on Day 13 of the protest
Herald: Musician Jason Kerrison slammed by Hilary Barry after tweet
Herald: Aucklanders heading to Wellington, Rhythm & Rights concert planned
Stuff: Protesters bathroom setup at Wellington war memorial cenotaph a ‘slap in the face’ to veterans
Joel MacManus and Sophie Cornish (Stuff): Number of protesters’ vehicles in vicinity of Parliament nearly doubles in two days
Herald: Gilda Kirkpatrick, Jason Kerrison and Russell Coutts among famous Kiwis joining the anti-mandate occupation in Wellington
Herald: Victoria University campus to be closed for month and a half due to ‘protest activity’
RNZ: University students call for protesters’ relocation
Robin Martin (RNZ): Anti-mandate councillors attend protest to ‘be part of history’
RNZ: Ngāti Toa wants end to threatening behaviour at anti-mandates protest
Michael Neilson (Herald): Protest camp swells as organisers start to set own rules
Georgina Campbell (Herald): Wellington apartment residents feel like hostages in own homes
André Chumko (Stuff): Holocaust distortion and anti-Semitism rife within anti-mandate protests
Herald: Hundreds of anti-mandate protesters gather at University of Canterbury
Stuff: Protesters take fight against government and media to streets of Christchurch
RNZ: Parliament protesters relying on donated food
Muriel Newman (NZCPR): Parliament’s arrogance
Suzie Dawson (Daily Blog): Remembering the left
The Standard: They Are Us
Greg Presland (The Standard): Why haven’t the police acted?
Greg Presland (The Standard): Why the Wellington protestors are wrong
Darien Fenton (The Standard): We are better than this
David Farrar: Sense from Fisher
Nadine Porter (Stuff): Protest against anti-mandate occupiers called off because of disturbing threats to organiser as tension escalates at march

Covid
Ian Powell (Stuff): Health minister’s political sleight of hand obscures Omicron readiness
David Farrar: Poll results on why people got vaccinated
Herald New Zealanders divided when it comes to feelings towards Omicron response
Toby Manhire (Spinoff): One in four say NZ Covid restrictions too harsh, one in four say too weak – poll
Keith Lynch (Stuff): Why New Zealand could see a second Omicron wave
RNZ: Dr Bryan Betty suggests change of mindset with Omicron
Newstalk ZB: Medical advisor: Vaccine mandates now don’t apply as much
Chris Hyde (Stuff): How Delta is quietly spreading amid the Omicron outbreak, and why this makes the booster ‘essential’
Pattrick Smellie (BusinessDesk): The end is nigh, but not now, for mandates (paywalled)
Troels Sommerville, Karanama Ruru and Sophie Harris (Stuff): Aucklanders divided on whether to fear or embrace Omicron as cases surge
Herald: Editorial – MIQ’s future as New Zealand, Australia reopen (paywalled)
Kate Green and Tom Hunt (Stuff): People visiting emergency departments with unrelated health complaints testing positive for Covid-19
Justin Hu (1News): Researchers: Symptomatic Covid testing could be more accessible
Ben Leahy (Herald): Aucklanders told they may wait 5 days for their test results
David Farrar: The bureaucratic nightmare to get a RAT test
Dubby Henry (Herald): Schools moving to rostered learning as Covid sends teachers home
James Halpin (Stuff): School attendance sharply divided by decile as term begins
Francesca Rudkin (Newstalk ZB): Teachers have done what was asked, it’s time for government to return the favour
Alison Mau (Stuff): Long Covid: Are we ready for the next virus curveball?
Hamish McNeilly (Stuff): Student party flat slapped with fine after Covid rule snub
Carly Gooch (Stuff): Adverse reaction prompts wait for alternative Covid vaccine
Siobhan Downes (Stuff): More than half of people on Jetstar flight to Wellington not wearing masks – passenger

Media, information, and misinformation
Graham Adams (The Platform): Mainstream media chiefs and the five stages of grief
Colin Peacock (RNZ): Public service screened by ‘communications complex’
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): InternetNZ survey shows Kiwis growing more worried about online ‘misinformation’

Economy and employment
Rob Stock (Stuff): Labour review to consider removing $521 Govt KiwiSaver subsidy from employees
Janine Starks (Stuff): Is it reasonable to ask for a 10 per cent pay rise? Yes, here’s why
Eric Crampton (Stuff): Public debate on economic questions ‘a mess’
Robert MacCulloch (Herald): Don’t buy the baloney about unemployment insurance (paywalled)
Hamish Rutherford (Herald): Kiwibank review: how do you decide what to pay for a bank that you cannot sell? (paywalled)
Tamsyn Parker (Herald): 20 years on: What’s the future of Kiwibank? (paywalled)
Esther Taunton (Stuff): Commerce Commission joins international crackdown on Covid-related cartel conduct
Jenée Tibshraeny (Interest): Inflation well and truly a political football
Felix Walton (Spinoff): The rising price of groceries and the human cost of food insecurity
Rahul Sen and Sadhana Srivastava (The Conversation): The pandemic exposes NZ’s supply chain vulnerability – be ready for more inflation in the year ahead
Liam Dann (Herald): MPS Preview: Will the RBNZ deliver a single or double shot? (paywalled)

Housing
Dileepa Fonseka (Stuff): Land grab economy continues as councils continue to tax apartment-owners more than landbankers
Eva Corlett (Guardian): New Zealand’s homeless have been moved off the streets, but the crisis endures
Benedict Collins (1News): Record $365 million spent on emergency housing
Miriam Bell (Stuff): Bigger house price falls expected, but not a crash, commentators say
Liam Dann (Herald): RIP housing market boom – you won’t be missed (paywalled)
Piers Fuller (Stuff): Families carving up land to house grown-up children and grandparents
Jenny Ruth (BusinessDesk): Don’t blame the banks for the house price bubble (paywalled)
Anne Gibson (Herald): The great funding crunch: Developers create third-tier deposit-taking funds (paywalled)
Hawkes Bay Today: Desperate house search: Hawke’s Bay family of eight considers life in a tent (paywalled)

Transport
Andrea Fox (Herald): Report on $100m new Te Huia rail passenger service casts doubts on viability (paywalled)
Todd Niall (Stuff): Auckland Harbour Bridge walking and cycling events could cost taxpayers $705,000
Phil Pennington (RNZ): Waka Kotahi plans Harbour Bridge bike day, but no trial
Jason Walls (Herald): National urges Government to stop spending money on harbour bridge cycleway
Ben Strang (Stuff): What is a public-private partnership, and when will we see Transmission Gully open?
Georgina Campbell (Herald): ‘Significant progress’ made on fixing Transmission Gully pavement defects
Tina Law (Stuff): Millions spent on Christchurch cycleway before shovels go in
Adam Jacobson (Stuff): Auckland City Rail Link: Only $500k of $12 million hardship fund paid to businesses

Foreign affairs and trade
Thomas Manch (Stuff): Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta heading to Europe as leaders aim to avert Russia-Ukraine war
RNZ: Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta set for 11-day Europe mission
Lucy Craymer (Stuff): China rejects accusations it is setting ‘debt traps’ all around the Pacific

Other
Peter Griffin (Stuff): Pressure to be happy creates some misery
Aaron Smale (Stuff): Questions left hanging as Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni hangs up
Tony Wall (Stuff): How huts and bridges in Te Urewera fell into a state of disrepair
Robyn Hunt (Spinoff): Why is a non-disabled person leading the establishment of a disability ministry?
Donna Miles (Stuff): We’re a high-trust society, but we need to be careful who we trust

NO COMMENTS

LEAVE A REPLY

32 − 24 =

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.