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Items of interest and importance today

FAIR PAY AGREEMENTS AND EMPLOYMENT
Amelia Wade (Newshub): Fair Pay Agreements Bill: Biggest shakeup to workplaces in generation coming from Government
Glenn McConnell (Stuff): Fair Pay Agreements are a step closer to becoming law
Thomas Coughlan (Herald): ‘Misinformation’ and kickback allegations, as Labour and National scrap on new employment rules
David Burton (Stuff): Are the proposed Fair Pay Agreements a good idea?
Anneke Smith (Stuff): Fair Pay Agreements Bill flies through first reading
Johnny Blades (RNZ): Parliament debates to touch business nerves
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): NZ Unions can win Fair Pay Agreements but can’t win middle class white collar unemployment holiday tax
No Right Turn: What is wrong with Labour?
Irra Lee (1News): Wood ‘comfortable’ with min wage despite wanting larger increase

UKRAINE
RNZ: Christopher Luxon wants NZ more in step with allies: ‘Our sanctions at the moment are relatively weak’
Herald: National leader calls Vladimir Putin a ‘war criminal’, wants NZ to help Ukraine anyway it can
RNZ: National Party leader Christopher Luxon labels Putin a war criminal, again urges ambassador’s removal
Mark Quinlivan (Newshub): NZ sanctioning Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, other rich Russians ‘a great start, but not enough’ – Ukrainian-Kiwi lawyer
Thomas Coughlan (Herald): Russian Embassy claims war crimes a ‘hoax’
Tom Pullar-Strecker and Thomas Manch (Stuff): Government urged to step up Russia sanctions effort, send lethal military equipment to Ukraine
Zane Small (Newshub): Ukraine war: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern ‘absolutely accepts’ global security situation has ‘changed considerably’
John Weekes (Herald): Russia-Ukraine war: NZ Defence Minister asked to give Ukraine lethal aid – Cabinet said no
Russell Palmer (RNZ): National urges supplying javelin missile weapons to Ukraine

INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS, TRADE AND DEFENCE
Richard Harman: Undiplomatic relations; the Minister and the Ministry (paywalled)
David Fisher (Herald): This is why our NZSAS were willing to testify against Australia’s special forces (paywalled)
Thomas Manch (Herald): NZ defence secretary raises Solomon Islands concerns with Chinese general
Sally Murphy (RNZ): Govt urged to adapt its approach to secure trade deal with India
Thomas Coughlan (Herald): David Seymour challenges Jacinda Ardern to lift defence spending
Richard Prebble (Herald): The big surprises Jacinda Ardern will see on her travels (paywalled)

CLIMATE CHANGE
1News: Window of opportunity to turn climate change around – Shaw
1News: ETS should do ‘heavy lifting’ to tackle climate change – Luxon
Eloise Gibson (Stuff): Warning to NZ from major climate report: ‘The door is closing now’
RNZ: Climate change: IPCC scientist warns world ‘pretty much out of time’ to limit warming
Kirsty Frame (RNZ): IPCC report: Climate campaigner urges voters to push government and companies to act
Dita De Boni (NBR): NZ’s role in a ‘litany of broken climate promises’ – IPCC (paywalled)
Steven Cowan: Climate change: Politicians like James Shaw are part of the problem
Robin Martin (RNZ): Company allowed to search for oil and gas off Taranaki coast despite ban
No Right Turn: Labour lied about banning offshore gas exploration

COVID
Michael Baker and Nick Wilson (Guardian): New Zealand’s Covid strategy was one of the world’s most successful – what can we learn from it?
Rachel Smalley (Today FM): The Government’s travel vaccine confusion
John Gerritsen (RNZ): Limiting Covid-19 spread: Principals worried about winter classroom ventilation
Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): Govt has learned no Covid lessons
Nikki Preston (Herald): What we know about the newest XE variant
RNZ: Wider surveillance testing to watch for XE variant of Covid-19, winter illnesses – Bloomfield
1News: ‘Business as usual’ for some Kiwis as vaccine passes scrapped

ECONOMY AND BUSINESS
Thomas Coughlan (Herald): Grant Robertson urges caution after Government books bounce back from Covid
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Government accounts continue to track better than expected
RNZ: Government finances resilient but Omicron impact yet to be felt
Brent Edwards (NBR): Treasury advised against business Omicron support payouts, papers show (paywalled)

HOUSING
Ashley Church (One Roof): No, government geniuses haven’t put the brakes on house prices
David Farrar: How is Kiwibuild going?
Bernard Hickey: Housing bottoming out (paywalled)
Kelly Makiha (Herald): Concerns as new Rotorua Kainga Ora homes eligible for out-of-town homeless (paywalled)

CONSTITUTIONAL REFORM, CO-GOVERNANCE AND THREE WATERS
Graham Adams (The Platform): Co-governance debate descends into a slugfest
Neil Reid (Herald): Frustrated mayor tells Jacinda Ardern ‘you have lost the people’
Rukuwai Tipene-Allen (Māori TV): Rawiri Waititi thinks Nats leader suffers from white saviourism

MEDIA AND COMMUNICATIONS
Kristin Hall (1News): How distrust and deceit turned Parliament into a battleground
Jamie Ensor (Newshub): Fake quote said to be from Jacinda Ardern goes viral
Daniel Dunkley (BusinessDesk): Newsroom and MediaWorks form partnership
Dita De Boni (NBR): Treasury wanted stronger commercial disciplines for merged RNZ/TVNZ
Jenni Mortimer (Herald): Ratings wars: What John Campbell’s departure means for Breakfast
Stuff: John Campbell confirms he is leaving Breakfast

TRANSPORT
Todd Niall (Stuff): Auckland public transport at risk in funding ‘perfect storm’
Michael Neilson (Herald): Parliament debates road user charge subsidy, Greens slate policy over climate change impacts
Kirsty Wild and Alistair Woodward (Newsroom): Auckland public transport: Do it once and do it right
Georgina Campbell (Herald): Transmission Gully opens: Builder on the hook for $26 million worth of fines

HEALTH
Rowan Quinn (RNZ): Auckland District Health Board workers at critical risk from fatigue – report
Zane Small (Newshub): Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern fiercely defends vexed results of billion-dollar mental health spend
Laura Hooper (Stuff): Southern DHB chief executive Chris Fleming resigns

RETIREMENT
Duncan Garner (Today FM): The issue with retirement in New Zealand
Tamsyn Parker (Herald): Retirement gap: Why women have 20 per cent less in KiwiSaver than men on average, and what can be done about it (paywalled)
Luke Kirkness (Herald): New Zealand Superannuation: Māori Party co-leader suggests lowering eligibility age (paywalled)
Stefan Dimitrof (Māori TV): Aged care commissioner will have to hit the ground running

PARLIAMENT
Bridie Witton (Stuff): Parliament occupation: Trevor Mallard will face scrutiny over protest reaction
Jenna Lynch (Newshub): Parliament protest damage could top $1 million, lawn infested with rats and faeces
Dan Sheridan (Stuff): It won’t be me’: Tapsell rules herself out of Tauranga race
Phil Smith (RNZ): Decoding the names of bills

MOANA JACKSON
Aaron Smale (Newsroom): Moana Jackson – speaking truth to power
Maiki Sherman (1News): Moana Jackson’s dying wish for women to speak on marae
Te Aniwa Hurihanganui (1News): Dr Moana Jackson’s fight for constitutional change will continue

POLITICAL HARASSMENT AND TOXICITY
Damien Venuto (Herald): The dangerous online world of the man charged with threatening to kill the PM
Verity Johnson (Stuff): The outing of an Internet troll showed women can win
Tina Law (Stuff): Councillor wants to meet online bully via restorative justice process
Toby Manhire (Spinoff): Inaction on NZ ‘Nuremberg’ site sparks calls for overhaul of system ‘not fit for purpose’
Charlie Mitchell (Stuff): The self-proclaimed ‘sheriffs’ who want to arrest the authorities

PRISONS
Matthew Scott (Newsroom): Projected growth of remand prison population ‘alarming’
Tova O’Brien (Today FM): Maori prison population percentage highest since 2009
George Block (Stuff): Salacious and ‘derogatory’ Auckland prison blog taken down

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