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Wellington anti-mandate protest
Steve Braunias (Herald):  From Parliament protests to a foreign war, how the world is scattered and broken (paywalled)
Martyn Bradbury (The Platform): Jacinda’s Cossacks: 1913 – 1951 – 2022
Sarb Johal (Guardian): Now the parliament protest is over, New Zealand must ask itself what lay behind it
Chris Trotter (Daily Blog): Beware the Backlash: The State Will Not Be Surprised A Second Time
Nik Dirga (RNZ): Yesterday was New Zealand’s January 6. What happens now?
Rachel Smalley (NBR): PM’s address strategy of deflection not opportunism (paywalled)
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): The Parliament Lawn Dumb Lives Matter Protest: Winners, Losers & Predictions
George Block (Stuff): Battle for Parliament: the inside story, from among the protesters
Michael Neilson (Herald): The moment occupation turned into a riot (paywalled)
Marty Sharpe (Stuff): ‘We did things differently in ’81’: Springbok tour protesters on Parliament riot
Anna Rawhiti-Connell (Spinoff): Aotearoa is different now
Sharon Brettkellyl (RNZ): The Detail: How the Parliament protest was brought to an end
Glenn McConnell (Stuff): Politicians call for ‘accountability’ in wake of riot, but from where and from who?
Stuff Editorial: Parliamentary protest: Now is the time for accountability
Herald Editorial: Parliament protest broken up having proved nothing (paywalled)
ODT Editorial: Freedom and responsibility
Michelle Duff (Stuff): Parliament protest: The siege might be over, but the propaganda war is just beginning
Rosemary McLeod (Stuff): Protesters wanted their freedom. They should ask Ukrainians what that means 
Martyn Bradbury (Waatea): A Dark Day for NZ Democracy
RNZ: Overall security arrangements for Parliament to be reviewed following anti-mandate protest – Deputy Prime Minister Grant Robertson
Russell Palmer (RNZ): Political parties condemn Parliament protesters, praise police actions
Herald: Watch Parliament protests, PM Jacinda Ardern speaks to media, MPs’ speeches in Parliament
Zane Small (Newshub): Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern points finger ‘squarely’ at protesters for uprising after Winston Peters blames her ‘refusal to engage’
Thomas Manch (Stuff): Former Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters says protest rioters were ‘fringe elements’
Jenna Lynch (Newshub): Jacinda Ardern surveys damage to Parliament grounds as police confirm pepper spray, foam bullets used during clash
1News: Protest at Parliament won’t be legacy of Covid-19 – Robertson
Glenn McConnell (Stuff): Special sitting of Parliament sees politicians reflect on division after riot
RNZ: In photos: Removing the debris of a protest that ended in chaos
1News: Photos: The morning after Parliament’s day of chaos
Sophie Trigger (Herald): Wellington protest: Aftershocks linger, Wellington life returns
Eva Corlett and Tess McClure (Guardian): ‘This is a moment’: New Zealand reckons with aftermath as smoke clears on violent protests
RNZ: Parliament protest aftermath: Police enter ‘significant investigation phase’
André Chumko, Matthew Tso and George Block (Stuff): Criminal investigation, hazard check under way after Parliament occupation
Herald: ‘Tensions high’ as protesters attempt to occupy marae, community responds
André Chumko (Stuff): Wainuiomata residents rally to protect marae after protester fears 
Stuff:  Arrested conservative politician might be stranded in Capital for now
1News: Leighton Baker charged with trespassing, obstruction at protest
Herald: New gathering forms on Miramar Peninsula as mass clean-up begins
Stefan Dimitrof (Māori TV): Māori wardens: ‘We received abuse from dawn till dusk’
RNZ: ‘We feel mamae’: Wellington iwi look to heal desecrated parliament
Sophie Cornish and Sam Sherwood (Stuff): Police officers with head, chest injuries, and bone fractures after clearing Parliament occupation 
Erin Gourley (Stuff): Force used to shut down Parliament rioters justified, police commissioner says
Herald: Police, MPs defend tactics as clean-up and crime scene activated
Caitlan Johnston (Herald): Videos confirm protesters started fire on Parliament lawn as police moved in
1News: Video shows protesters lighting Parliament fire
Herald: Covid 19 protest: Over $23,000 raised via Givealittle to clean up Wellington
Georgina Campbell (Herald): Wellington City Council assessing protest fallout, damage will amount to significant cost
Stuff:  Capital cleanup continues apace as Wellingtonians reclaim local streets
Tom Hunt and Matthew Tso (Stuff): Debris from Parliament occupation swept away as clean-up under way 
Sam Sherwood (Stuff): Protesters at Christchurch square claim it’s ‘safest park’ in the city – but residents say it’s ‘suffocating’
Helen Harvey (Stuff): New Plymouth’s mayor and hapū ask protesters to pack up and go home
James Haplin (Stuff): Anti-mandate protesters agree to leave Pukekawa/Auckland Domain
Te Aniwa Hurihanganui (1News): Anti-mandate campsite at Auckland Domain dismantled
Stuff:  Anti-Government protest group led by Destiny Church pastor billed $24k by council
Morgane Solignac and Andy Brew (Stuff): Protesters ‘pack up and move on’ as police patrol Picton square 
Jessica Roden (1News): Picton anti-mandate protesters pack up while arguing with police
Anna Leask (Herald):  Police on way to Picton to bolster local front line as protest continues in town square

Vaccine mandates
Isaac Davison and Gregg Wycherly (Herald): At least 220 Ministry of Social Development staff refuse vaccination, set to lose jobs
Jonathan Milne (Newsroom): Vaccine mandates: Government to fight fire with science in High Court
Stuff:  Jab or job labelled ‘Hobson’s choice’ by medical professionals challenging mandate
Ethan Griffiths (Herald): Education and health sector staff launch fresh High Court challenge to vaccination mandates
John Minto (Daily Blog): Why did the government miss the advice from the World Health Organisation regarding vaccine mandates?

Russia invasion of Ukraine
Geoffrey Miller (Democracy Project): Putin’s invasion of Ukraine gives New Zealand a lot to think about
Peter Dunne (Newsroom): Ukraine invasion shows why NZ should push to abolish the UN veto
Nicholas Khoo (Herald): Russian invasion of Ukraine shatters conventional wisdom (paywalled)
Simran Kaur (Stuff): How economic sanctions are changing the way we do war
Tamsyn Parker (Herald): NZ Govt-backed investment funds to exclude some Russian investments
RNZ: NZ state-owned investors to sell Russian assets
Mike Dinsdale (Herald): Government can’t take action against Russian oligarch with Northland luxury lodge – yet (paywalled)
Emma Hatton (RNZ): NZ economy feeling flow-on effects of sanctions against Russia
Josie Pagani (Stuff): People power shames governments into action 

Omicron outbreak, Cases, health system
Matthew Hooton (Herald): After Omicron, new normal beckons (paywalled)
Rowan Quinn (RNZ): Emergency doctor says staff shortages ‘incredibly significant’ amid spiralling outbreak
Nicholas Jones (Herald): Omicron in dozens of rest homes, sector coalition warns staff shortages ‘potentially catastrophic’
Joanne Naish and Cate Broughton (Stuff): ‘A big nightmare’: Cancer patient’s surgery cancelled for second time, despite court stopping staff strike
Mike Houlahan (ODT): Nurses issue plea over abuse
Jordan Bond (RNZ): One in 10 New Zealanders could be active Covid-19 cases – modelling
Emma Clark-Dow (Stuff): Under 30s have highest rates of virus, lowest rates of boosters
Herald: Peak in Covid numbers nears – hospitalisation peak to follow shortly afterwards
RNZ: More than half of new cases in under-30s – Dr Ashley Bloomfield
Rotorua Daily Post: Person with Covid 19 dies in Bay of Plenty rest home
RNZ: West Coast DHB under fire from Reefton residents
Cherie Sivignon (Stuff):Most people likely unaware of ‘over-the-top’ draft water rules, says mayor 
Stuff:  Media Council upholds Dermatological Society complaint against Stuff

Public health measures, Testing, Masks, Vaccine, Isolation
Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): Bloomfield on testing problems: ‘Things took off quickly’
Jane Nixon (1News): Confusion over collection as free RATs now available
Jake Kenny (Stuff): ‘Gobsmacking’ queues at Christchurch’s RAT collection site
Janine Starks (Stuff): Free RATs make economic sense
Marjorie Cook (ODT): Rats $23.99 now, drops in price likely
Torika Tokalau (Stuff): Pacific food banks struggle to meet demand as more families isolate
Stephen Forbes (Local Democracy Reporting): Call for booster vaccine doses to be prioritised in south Auckland
David Clarkson (Herald): Lawyers seeking more Covid safety measures at Court
RNZ: First New Zealanders to arrive without isolation requirements in two years to land in Auckland
Tess McClure (Guardian): ‘Lots of happy tears’: joy as New Zealand opens border after two years of isolation
Matthew Scott (Newsroom): Grandparents still waiting as borders open
Josh Martin (Stuff): An international holiday with no Covid testing? It’s not that far away, New Zealand
Nathan Morton (Stuff): Emotional airport scenes as first isolation-free flight from Australia lands

Kāinga Ora, public service
Anneke Smith (RNZ): State landlord’s board chair ‘greatly let down’ over breach of political neutrality
Zane Small (Newshub): Public Services Commissioner Peter Hughes reprimands Kāinga Ora over cover-up revealed by Newshub
Thomas Manch (Stuff): Kāinga Ora failed to act politically neutral by publishing article about Labour candidate Arena Williams, public service commissioner say
RNZ: Kāinga Ora breached political neutrality standards – Commissioner
Jem Traylen (BusinessDesk): Kāinga Ora falls short on political neutrality says report
David Farrar: Kāinga Ora found not to have acted politically neutral
Oliver Lewis (BusinessDesk): Politicians call for better public service bullying data

Media, social media
Chris Keall (Herald):  Dear Jacinda – Here’s how you stop misinformation (paywalled)
Ireland Hendry-Tennent (Newshub): Police Minister Poto Williams points finger at social media after Parliament protest, says many involved feel ‘marginalised’
Stuff:  New ‘no information’ awards a light-hearted take on a serious subject
Herald: The NOIAs: New media awards highlight the battle for information
No Right Turn: The NOIAs
Richard Harman (Politik): Has our media been bought off?
Sean Phelan (The Conversation): Why legitimate criticism of the ‘mainstream’ media is in danger of being hijacked by anti-vax and ‘freedom’ movements
Herald: Live Q&A: Media, ‘bias’ and the $55m Govt fund – NZ Herald editors Shayne Currie, Murray Kirkness and Miriyana Alexander answer your questions (paywalled)

Economy, Business
Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Here’s what you need to be in New Zealand’s 10 per cent wealthiest
Toby Allen (Interest): Household net worth up but wealth distribution unchanged
Melanie Carroll (Stuff): Ten things we’re told are wrong with New Zealand supermarkets
Brian Fallow (Herald):  Inflation monster tougher to tame (paywalled)
RNZ: People increasingly concerned about economy, but job security, financial confidence rise
RNZ: Productivity should be concern for environmentalists and economists – NZIER
Paul McBeth (BusinessDesk): Sorry PM, returning expats aren’t a huge tourism milestone (paywalled)
Tess Brunton (RNZ): Cruise ship industry wants more certainty, sooner, about maritime border reopening
Aaron Leaman (Stuff): Lifeline for CBD as red traffic light keeps punters at home
Rachael Kelly (Stuff): Omicron affects meat processors
Grant Bradley (Herald): The impact of losing airlines from NZ: What the OIA documents show (paywalled)
Grant Bradley (Herald): Airline recovery: Why Asia-Pacific may be slow to take off, impact of Russia’s war (paywalled)
Nicholas Pointon (RNZ): Failure of Otago building company signals tough times for construction sector
Riley Kennedy (ODT): Goods delivery under threat
RNZ: Local chapter of a global climate governance initiative launched
Nikki Mandow (Newsroom): Kiwifruit bonanza for councils is ‘rates grab’ to growers

RNZ: Strike involving 10,000 health workers called off
Herald: Health strike postponed after Employment Court grants injunction
Jo Lines-MacKenzie (Stuff): Health strike stopped before more than 700 Waikato DHB staff walk off the job
Jane Phare (Herald): The worker shortage that will be everyone’s problem (paywalled)
RNZ: Hybrid workers the happiest and most innovative employees – study
John Farrow (ODT): Light at end of tunnel for Covid-affected workplaces
Jeremy Wilkinson (Herald): Waitress fired for getting pregnant awarded $25k

Parliament, MPs, Parties
Sinead Gill (Stuff): National MP’s office vandalised with graffiti
Rebecca Ryan (ODT): MP’s office vandalised, charge laid
Catrin Owen (Stuff): Political figure named in trial of prominent businessman loses name suppression, but still can’t be named

Environment, Climate Change
Jamie Morton (Herald): Glaring gaps in NZ’s chemical use oversight – watchdog
RNZ: Environmental Protection Authority to demand ‘100 times’ more data on use of chemicals
RNZ: Lack of mechanisms to govern chemical use in NZ – Commissioner
Kevin Trenberth (Newsroom): Our rapidly closing climate window
Jamie Gray (Herald): Farmers welcome proposed changes to NZ carbon farming regime
Eloise Gibson (Stuff): Government proposes banning pine carbon farms from the ETS 
Olivia Wannan (Stuff): Climate Change Commission rejects criticism in court: We knew our 1.5C maths was ‘blunt’
Phil Goff (Newsroom): Time to pay more to fix climate
Maxine Jacobs (Stuff): ‘It’s our collective responsibility’ — Pacific researchers urge world leaders to help the islands fight climate changeOlivia Shivas (Stuff): Scant mention of disabled community, despite higher risk of climate change impact
Benn Bathgate (Stuff): Delay on great white shark study ‘simply not acceptable’
Keiller MacDuff (Stuff): Fears wilding pine issue has been underestimated, expert says
RNZ: Buyers snap up utes ahead of higher fees for polluting vehicles
Damien O’Carroll (Stuff): Utes dominate February sales before feebates kick in

Local government
Adam Jacobson (Stuff): Auckland mayoralty: Viv Beck to run in race for city’s top job
Adam Jacobson (Stuff): Ōwairaka/Mt Albert tree removal: Court of Appeal rules in favour of protesters 
Janine Rankin (Stuff): Double-digit rates rise tipped for average Palmerston North homeowners
Glenn McLean (Stuff): CEO’s $30k leadership course takes up lion’s share of New Plymouth District Council top tier training budget
RNZ: Hamilton City Council reduces services as Omicron bites
Benn Bathgate (Stuff): Rotorua gets geyser-inspired city symbol after two years and $55,000
Emily Ireland (Local Democracy Reporting): Civic centre: Masterton council ditches land purchase efforts

Lee Kenny (Stuff): School attendance falls by more than 100,000 in two weeks as Omicron takes hold
Benn Bathgate (Stuff): Teaching in the Covid Omicron wave ‘highly stressful and unsustainable’
Irra Lee (1News): Disruption, disadvantage, and determination – studying through Covid
Hina Cheema (Stuff): Respond to Otago racial attack in a way that gets us closer to a more inclusive Aotearoa
RNZ: Mental health should be priority as cases surge among students – psychologist

Zane Small (Newshub):Government not collecting data on Healthy Homes Standards compliance
Anne Gibson (Herald): Fletcher Building, Carter Holt Harvey challenge Commerce Commission probe (paywalled)
Miriam Bell (Stuff): Auckland house sales and prices fall as heat comes out of market
Geraden Cann (Stuff): Mega landlord drops property price $100k and may sell at a loss as prices fall

Aaron Smale (Stuff): PM won’t commit to recommendation to legally protect children from abuse in care
Anneke Smith (RNZ): Victim Support yet to draw on $3m fund intended for crime victims
Anna Whyte (1News): 2 years in prison or $50K fine for ‘revenge porn’ offenders
Stuff:  IPCA report says Wellington police unjustified in arresting man for obstruction last year, failed to provide medical assistance
RNZ: Checkpoint: Final shipment of crude oil on its way to Marsden Pt refinery
RNZ: Whangārei facing $25m water income loss as Marsden Point oil refining ends
RNZ: Changes needed so the cash system can serve the needs of NZers – Reserve Bank
RNZ: Supreme Court upholds human trafficking, slavery convictions



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