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Items of interest and importance today

THREE WATERS
Thomas Coughlan (Herald): Three Waters reforms: Nanaia Mahuta and Grant Robertson announce next steps
Thomas Manch (Stuff): Government accepts Three Waters recommendations, councils to have shareholding, aspects of co-governance to remain
Cameron Russell (Stuff): Three Waters reaction: Mayor Phil Goff says Auckland is being penalised, LGNZ welcomes ratepayer certainty
Stephen Ward (Stuff): Updated Three Waters package still leaves big concerns for Waikato leaders
RNZ: Three waters: Councils to be shareholders as government accepts recommendations
Maxine Jacobs and Glenn McConnell (Stuff): Iwi optimistic Government acceptance of Three Waters recommendations put taonga on the right track
Samantha Worthington (1News): Iwi involvement aims to further safeguard water assets – Robertson
Zane Small (Newshub): Government’s Three Waters co-governance promise
Carly Gooch (Stuff): Modified Three Waters reforms an improvement , mayor says
Tim Hunter (NBR): Government tweaks Three Waters plan (paywalled)
Pattrick Smellie (BusinessDesk): Govt to press on with three waters reforms (paywalled)
1News: Govt ‘must’ pick up Three Waters recommendations – local Govt boss
Aaron Smale (Newsroom): Now that I’ve got your attention…
Morgan Godfery (Metro): Water work – The Government and Three Waters
Oliver Lewis (BusinessDesk): ‘Highly unusual’ use of ratepayer funds for 3 waters ads (paywalled)
Jonathan Milne (Newsroom): Govt under pressure to guarantee debt of big new water corporations

ROTORUA DISTRICT COUNCIL BILL DEFEATED
Shane Jones (Herald): Political stink in Rotorua a blatant example of the rotten cultural war on Kiwis (paywalled)
David Farrar: We won!
Glenn McConnell (Stuff): Rotorua District Council agrees to pause its representation bill
Felix Desmarais (Local Democracy Reporting): Rotorua Lakes Council to ‘pause’ controversial Māori wards bill
RNZ: Rotorua council representation bill: Labour backs council’s delay
Waatea News: Treaty clash behind Rotorua voting hiccup
Newstalk: Rotorua Mayor: A pause is sensible to complete policy work on controversial local electoral bill

PARTNERSHIP POLITICS (CONSTITUTIONAL REFORM, CO-GOVERNANCE)
Audrey Young (Herald): Report focuses on bigger role for Māori in conservation estate (paywalled)
Erin Gourley (Stuff): Agreement marks new collective approach to Wellington council partnership with Māori
Jo Moir (Newsroom): Kermadec Sanctuary on Cabinet’s hook but no deal yet
Craig Ashworth (Local Democracy Reporting): Second iwi would see kaimoana ban stretch to 100 kilometres

HIGH COURT RULING ON MANA WHENUA RIGHTS IN AUCKLAND
Māni Dunlop (RNZ): High Court declines to declare Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei as having sole mana whenua rights in Auckland
Alf Filipaina & Paul Majurey (Herald): Tūpuna Maunga Authority delivers on a co-governance model (paywalled)
Charlotte Muru-Lanning (Spinoff): The High Court’s ‘groundbreaking’ Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei judgment, explained
RNZ: Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei disappointed by High Court decision
Edward Gay (Stuff): Hundreds crowd outside court as Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei status recognised
Corazon Miller (1News): Iwi encouraged to resolve Auckland land claim issues on marae

PARLIAMENT AND GOVERNMENT
Matthew Hooton (Herald): Christopher Luxon is the best National’s got, but he’s no John Key (paywalled)
Steven Cowan: Joe Bennett and the high cost of living
Thomas Coughlan (Herald): National’s Nicola Willis wants Grant Robertson to revive Parliamentary Budget Office
Richard Harman: Parliament to get new powers (paywalled)
The Standard: What can be saved?
Bill Ralston (Listener/Herald): Political propaganda hard to swallow when Kiwis can’t afford veges (paywalled)
Laura Smith (Herald): National leader Christopher Luxon on Tauranga commission, Rotorua emergency housing and more (paywalled)
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Can Greens & Labour be taken seriously on tax & the new taxes the left needs right now

ECONOMY AND EMPLOYMENT
Susan Edmunds and Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Here are six ways our current tax system may not be fair
Brianna Mcilraith (Stuff): Retailers warn shoppers to brace for more price rises
Liam Dann (Herald): Business confidence remains low, points to more inflation (paywalled)
John McDermott (NBR): Inflation is costly, low and fixed incomes will hurt the most (paywalled)
Jane Phare (Herald): Worker shortage: How Kiwi employers are tackling The Exodus (paywalled)
Brian Fallow (Herald): Playing the inflation blame game (paywalled)
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Tough talk on supermarket competition, but don’t get hopes up
Tim Hunter (NBR): Taxpayer handouts are no substitute for less red tape (paywalled)
Sinead Gill (Stuff): ‘Lifeline’ Government scheme to tackle skills shortage ‘needs extending’
Tom Peters (World socialist website): Introduction to new book Pike River: The Crime and Cover-up

COVID AND MIQ
Marc Daalder (Newsroom): The Government has given up on Covid
Herald: Case numbers not expected to drop below 5000 for some time
Kate MacNamara (Herald): Government’s United Against Covid-19 Facebook page – the banned words (paywalled)
Josie Pagani (Stuff): We must learn from the mistakes made on MIQ
Damien Venuto (Herald): Constitutional law expert on why the MIQ case is actually a win for the Government
Andrew Geddis (Spinoff): What does the High Court decision on MIQ actually mean?
Chris Keall (Herald): MIQ gatecrashing family: Emails reveal officials’ fears about ‘loophole’ (paywalled)
Kate MacNamara (Herald): Two court cases have not shown us the full extent of MIQ’s failures (paywalled)
Herald: Editorial – Managed isolation and quarantine lottery was stacked against too many (paywalled)
Katie Scotcher (RNZ): Health authorities preparing plan for Covid-19 resurgence

HOUSING
Tess McClure (Guardian): ‘It’s like a Ponzi scheme’: New Zealand first homebuyers lean on bank of mum and dad
Miriam Bell (Stuff): How many houses are enough to address the shortage?
Rachel Smalley (Today FM): I took a break from media and worked for the Ministry of Housing – here’s what I learned
Greg Ninness (Interest): The flow-on effects of Reserve Bank policies have effectively thrown first home buyers under the bus
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Business confidence ‘languishing’ as cold wind blows through housing industry
Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Debt-to-income ratios ‘unlikely to stop buyers in short term’
Miriam Bell (Stuff): Cooling housing market ‘will leave no region untouched’
Jane Matthews (Stuff): Government announces $58m partnership with iwi to create affordable homes for Māori
Katie Todd (RNZ): Govt’s $1.4b housing funding: ‘This is what Tamaki Makaurau desperately needs’
Brianna Mcilraith (Stuff): ‘Bank of mum and dad’ pumps billions into property market
Geraden Cann (Stuff): A year of capital gains wiped out in Wellington as house values drop

HEALTH
Michael Neilson (Herald): Auditor-General to investigate mental health services for youth after National request
Bridie Witton (Stuff): ‘We are struggling’: Top psychiatrist’s warning amid increasing mental health demand
Thomas Coughlan (Herald): Government looking at gambling reforms that could cut the number of pokies (paywalled)
Rachel Smalley (NBR): Cancer Control Agency report labelled ‘whitewash’ (paywalled)
John MacDonald (Herald): If we are serious about cancer, we need to fund more drugs
Rosie Gordon (RNZ): ‘People are having to beg for money’: Cancer patients struggle to self-fund treatments
Jaime Lyth (Herald): Northland’s dental care failing children despite free visits up to age 18 (paywalled)
Matthew Scott (Newsroom): Lockdown strain lingers for ‘deflated’ healthcare workers

DEBATE AND MEDIA
Philip Matthews (Stuff): Permission to speak freely: Is free speech under threat?
Chamanthie Sinhalage-Fonseka (Stuff): Why it will take more than Elon Musk to push me off Twitter
John Hartevelt (Stuff): The Whole Truth – Te Māramatanga: Our response to rampant medical misinformation
Venetia Sherson (Stuff): No time to be coy: dropping the c-bomb to fight back against online abuse
Sarah Nealon (Stuff): The curious nature of Newshub’s Michael Morrah
Daniel Dunkley (BusinessDesk): Discovery NZ emboldened by WarnerMedia Merger (paywalled)

CLIMATE
Thomas Manch (Stuff): Govt proposal to take exotic forests out of Emissions Trading Scheme could cost $64 billion – report
Katy Jones (Stuff): Rich Kiwis should help fund transition to zero carbon, author says
Hamish Cardwell (RNZ): Dealing with climate change: Tough choices come next

INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND DEFENCE
Jon Stephenson (Stuff): Former NZ SAS trooper drank from the prosthetic leg of dead Afghan man
Anna High and Andrew Geddis (Guardian): Trusting China to give a fair trial sets a worrying precedent for extradition in New Zealand
Otago Daily Times: Dunedin New World supermarkets stock Russian beer despite calls from Ukrainian community to boycott imports
Chris Trotter: Armies of the dead

POLICE AND LAW AND ORDER
1News: NZ dealing with ‘generation of hopelessness’ – youth worker
Sharon Brettkelly (RNZ): The cameras watching over us
Herald: Police shut down follower criticising use of te reo Māori in Facebook post
Bex Silver (Newsroom): Between crime and punishment

LOCAL GOVERNMENT
Jessica Roden (1News): Diversity push ahead of local council elections
No Right Turn: Unlawful secrecy in Rotorua
Logan Savory (Stuff): Watch the video. You be the judge
Bernard Orsman (Herald): Auckland Council boss suggests higher rates to take the city forward

ENVIRONMENT AND CONSERVATION
Rebecca Howard (BusinessDesk): We need to talk about GMO (paywalled)
Jessica Roden (1News): An exclusive look at NZ’s largest dam to be built in decades
Gerhard Uys (Stuff): Are dam consents stopping farmers from growing more food?

THE FOUR BIG ACCOUNTING FIRMS
Hamish McNicol (NBR): Bookkeepers 2022: ‘It’s the Top Five, not Big Four’ BDO chair says (paywalled)
Hamish McNicol and Andrew Bevin (NBR): Bookkeepers 2022: the battle for talent (paywalled)
Hamish McNicol and Andrew Bevin (NBR): Bookkeepers 2022: what’s next? (paywalled)
Hamish McNicol (NBR): Bookkeepers 2022: audit expectations a ‘real challenge’, KPMG boss says (paywalled)
Andrew Bevin (NBR): Bookkeepers 2022: The next tier – how NZ’s smaller accounting firms fared (paywalled)

TE AU MĀORI
Jack McDonald (Metro): Land back: What if we reopened Treaty settlements?
Rawinia Higgins (Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori): About all that ‘Māori nonsense’ on the radio
Mahi Tahi Media: Steal their land” – painful truth of NZ’s history at Rangiriri
Otago Daily Times: Ngai Tahu pushes forward with application to add ‘h’ to Wakatipu
Wena Harawira (Māori TV): Māori statue list undergoing iwi consultation; announcement pending
RNZ: Iwi aims to get ‘back on track’ after years of division over Shelly Bay land
Laura Walters (Stuff): The beginning of the end of Wellington’s Shelly Bay saga
Ella Somers (BusinessDesk): Business needs to realise not all iwi are the same (paywalled)

AGRICULTURE AND ANIMAL WELFARE
RNZ: Pig farrowing crates: Govt seeks feedback on banning or limiting use
RNZ: Amended intensive winter grazing rules ‘win for common sense’ – Federated Farmers
Gerhard Uys (Stuff): Changes to intensive winter grazing regulations, including start date
Sally Murphy (RNZ): National opposing live animal export ban at select committee

IMMIGRATION
Dita De Boni (NBR): Demographic danger zone beckons for NZ (paywalled)
Arena Williams; Stuart Smith (Stuff): Not enough people are born here to fill all our jobs which is why we need migrants
Tess McClure (Guardian): New Zealand denies entry to autistic daughter of immigrant couple

TRANSPORT
Hayden Donnell (Metro): The Trouble with Auckland Transport
Alice Webb-Liddall (Spinoff): Shaping Auckland: how light rail will change the city

ENERGY
RNZ: Transpower responsible for unnecessary August power cuts – Electricty Authority
David Farrar: Time for Woods to apologise?

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