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Politics Daily is produced by Dr Bryce Edwards of the Democracy Project.

Items of interest and importance today

LOCAL GOVERNMENT ELECTIONS
Josh Van Veen (Democracy Project): Efeso vs. Wayne: A different kind of mayor?
Mike Yardley (Stuff): Who will lead Christchurch into the future?
Phillip Mills (Herald): A healthy city runs on hope, not hostility (paywalled)
1News: New Zealand’s youngest local councillors inspiring change
David Williams (Newsroom): Battle of narratives to win Dunedin’s top job
Todd Niall (Stuff): Auckland election: The best and worst week for local democracy
Heidi Bendikson (Spinoff): How many local election candidates are still on the climate change denial bandwagon?
Hayden Donnell (Spinoff): How to avoid threatening to stick photos of journalists to urinals in mayoral interviews

LOCAL ELECTION VOTER TURNOUT
Jacqui Van Der Kaay (Democracy Project): Local government elections matter
Alisha Evans (Local Democracy Reporting): Council CEO calls for online voting amid low turnout numbers
1News: Ardern: ‘Now’s the time’ to talk about local election turnout
1News: Key figure in local elections open to system changes
Brendon McMahon (Local Democracy reporting): West Coast leaders echo PM’s low turnout concerns
Erin Gourley (Stuff): Voter turnout in Wellington overtakes previous election – just
Carly Gooch (Stuff): A quarter of Christchurch votes are in so far – but time is ticking
Yashas Srinivasa and Brooke Black (Stuff): Waimate has one of highest voter turnouts in New Zealand
Matthew Martin (Stuff): Hamilton city voter turnout remains low
Shilpy Arora (Stuff): ‘Their vote matters’: Manawatū and Rangitīkei record slight improvement in voter turnout
Katie Townshend (Stuff): Local councils seek motivated, community minded individuals
Elijah Hill (Stuff): Drive-through burgers with a side of ballot box: New Plymouth district gets creative to get people voting
Matthew Martin (Stuff): ‘Multi-million dollar decisions’ but few voters: Low turnout in the Waikato ‘deeply worrying’

GOVERNMENT AND PARLIAMENT
Thomas Coughlan (Herald): James Shaw doubles down on going into government – argues for Cabinet positions
David Fisher (Herald): OIA report card on government agencies and their compliance with the law (paywalled)
Ireland Hendry-Tennent (Newshub): Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern refuses to call Kelvin Davis’ comments to ACT’s Karen Chhour racist, says they were ‘too personal’
Adam Gifford (Waatea News): Tamihere councils cost of speaking up

ECONOMY, EMPLOYMENT AND INEQUALITY
Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Here’s why you’re probably in the top 10% wealthiest in the world
Murat Ungor (Newsroom): The UK’s economic turmoil doesn’t have to be ours
Ireland Hendry-Tennent (Newshub): Kiwis warned 2023 will be tough and uncomfortable as country pays economic price of controlling inflation
Thomas Coughlan (Herald): Tax on a tax – officials recommend letting Government keep GST on unemployment insurance
Gordon Campbell: On why New Zealand isn’t heavily taxed
Craig Renney and Diana Russell (BusinessDesk): Back to normal? No, let’s get back to a better future (paywalled)

HOUSING
Geraden Cann (Stuff): Government scraps national scheme aimed at filling ‘ghost homes’
Geraden Cann (Stuff): The Queen’s ‘ghost house’ on Waiheke that has sat empty since 2014
Megan Woods (Herald): ‘We are on track to fix the housing crisis’
Catherine Hubbard (Stuff): Homeless ‘experts’ – the homeless – to help funnel funds into what works

HEALTH
Hannah Martin (Stuff): Some GPs booked out until November even as winter Covid and flu crisis eases
Nicholas Jones (Herald): Aged care crisis: Elderly languishing in hospitals as 1200 nurses sought, 940 beds closed
William Hewett (Newshub): Thousands of nurses to refuse overtime, tired of ‘bearing the brunt’ of lack of staff, says New Zealand Nurses Organisation
RNZ: Wait to see GP taking up to six weeks, College of GPs says
ODT: Editorial – More sense please over nurses
Alex Spence (Herald): Thousands of distressed teens are rushed to ED because mental health services are overloaded (paywalled)

EDUCATION
RNZ: Auckland principals warn spike in students leaving early is continuing
John Gerritsen (RNZ): How NZ education compares to other OECD countries
Alwyn Poole (Kiwiblog): A Big week for all NZ families with school-age children
Olivia Shivas (Stuff): ‘Fundamentally flawed’: School assessment means disabled people can’t be included in the community as adults

MEDIA
Peter Thompson (Newsroom): A fistful of (public) dollars
Peter Bale (BusinessDesk): Media merger: the camera never lies, but it can be influenced (paywalled)
André Chumko (Stuff): RNZ-TVNZ merger could have ‘disastrous’ impact on local screen productions
Greg Treadwell (Newsroom): Fury under fire: anti-vax complaints loom over documentary

CLIMATE
Bruce Munro (ODT): All aboard for disruption (paywalled)
Pattrick Smellie (BusinessDesk): Criticism is vital if NZ’s climate-change policy is to survive (paywalled)

OTHER
Danyl McLauchlan (Listener/Herald): How to do the most good: The simple idea that’s ignited a global trend (paywalled)
Robert Fisher (Herald): A republic? New Zealand already has one (paywalled)
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Playcentre Aotearoa urgently need to step up or risk igniting co-governance backlash

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