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Politics Daily and Political Roundup are collated and published by Dr Bryce Edwards.

Items of interest and importance today

COVID
Luke Malpass (Stuff): PM Ardern’s last Covid live update draws a curtain down on a miserable couple of years
Claire Trevett (Herald): PM bids a relieved farewell to Covid-19 rules (paywalled)
Mark Quinlivan (Newshub): Government seeking advice on ‘what form’ any Covid-19 inquiry should take, Jacinda Ardern says
Marc Daalder (Newsroom): The daily, grinding tragedy of Covid-19
David Farrar: Freedom!
No Right Turn: Labour abandons us to covid
Soumya Bhamidipati (RNZ): Covid-19 rules mostly scrapped – will masks be missed?
Amelia Wade (Newshub): Government pulls back Covid-19 restrictions, but some still afraid
Rachel Sadler (Newshub): Green Party questions if Government ‘has given up’ following end to Covid-19 traffic light system
1News: Businesses, politicians react to Covid traffic light scrapping
Esther Taunton (Stuff): Workers sacked under vaccine mandates won’t have right to get jobs back

MONARCHY
ODT: Editorial – ‘Long live our noble king’
Herald: Editorial: What the Queen’s death may mean for New Zealand (paywalled)
Duncan Garner (NBR): What now for NZ – little Britain or big boy alone? (paywalled)
Niva Chittock (RNZ): Most New Zealanders look forward to bonus day off to remember the Queen
Lauren Pattemore and Brooke Black (Stuff): Councils to decide whether to move South Canterbury Anniversary holiday due to clash with Queen Elizabeth II Memorial Day
Bridie Witton (Stuff): Public holiday adds more pressure to overburdened NZ health system
Herald: Queen Elizabeth death: NZ public holiday announced for September 26
RNZ: Cabinet announces one-off public holiday to mark death of Queen Elizabeth II

GOVERNMENT AND PARLIAMENT
Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): Republic debate off-limits as electoral consultation begins
Luke Malpass (Stuff): ‘I lost my job’: Shaw on being back leading the Greens and tackling farm emissions
Jem Traylen (BusinessDesk): New rules for Green candidates raise transparency concerns (paywalled)
Jem Traylen (BusinessDesk): Top official can’t say if politicians should stay out of government ads (paywalled)
Tim Murphy (Newsroom): The MP who wants you to know he lied, and lied, and lied

LOCAL GOVERNMENT, THREE WATERS, AND ELECTIONS
Russell Palmer (RNZ): Three waters 35-year contracts ‘de facto’ privatisation, academic warns
Bruce Munro (ODT): Three Waters – Draining debates
Dave Armstrong (Stuff): Tory Whanau dispels notion Wellington mayoralty is a two-horse race
Brendon McMahon (Local Democracy Reporting): Local government elections: Intense interest in two Buller seats
Glenn McLean (Stuff): Candidates slow to engage with interactive voter app

TE REO MĀORI
Charlotte Graham-McLay (Guardian): As Māori language use grows in New Zealand, the challenge is to match deeds to words
Audrey Young (Herald): Labour Māori caucus – how the MPs learned to speak te reo (paywalled)
Mana Wikaire-Lewis (Māori Television): Countdown self-checkouts to have te reo Māori option
Mihingārangi Satele & Kahumako Rāmeka (Herald): The road to language reclamation: He Toa Reo Māori, 50 years on
Julie Zhu (Spinoff): Meng Foon and the reo of tauiwi

ECONOMY, EMPLOYMENT AND INEQUALITY
Kirsty Johnston (Stuff): We thought slavery was consigned to the past but it is worse than ever
Sharon Brettkelly (RNZ): The dangers of working in New Zealand
Jenée Tibshraeny (Herald): Reserve Bank governor’s tone turns hawkish (paywalled)
Richard Harman: Gloomy economic forecast threatens Labour’s re-election chances (paywalled)
RNZ: NZ Super value drops by $3.3 billion

HOUSING
Benn Bathgate (Stuff): Rotorua homeless charity hits back at Sunday programme claims
Peter Wilson (RNZ): Govt under fire after motel expose goes to air

MEDIA
David Farrar: A complaint to the Dom Post
Daniel Dunkley (BusinessDesk): Plan to bring Māori and mainstream media closer together (paywalled)

OTHER
Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): China media influence efforts on the rise – report
Brian Easton (Pundit): Is Social Investment analysis a good idea?
Christopher Burns (Newsroom): Te Tiriti history can’t be ‘left to chance’
Newshub: International travel to New Zealand hits major milestone after border reopening

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