NZ Politics Daily: 13 September 2021

NZ Politics Daily: 13 September 2021


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Government management of outbreak, expert advice
Luke Malpass (Stuff): The political class all agrees on Covid – and that’s a problem
Jamie Morton (Herald): What does our Delta future look like? (paywalled)
Derek Cheng, Jamie Morton & Liam Dann (Herald):  Where to from here? Herald Covid-19 experts on the future for NZ (paywalled)
Tess McClure (Guardian): Against all odds: how New Zealand is bending the Delta curve
Pattrick Smellie (BusinessDesk): How to make this the last level 4 lockdown (paywalled)
Jane Patterson (RNZ): Auckland may have to hunker down for a bit longer yet…
Marc Daalder (Newsroom): Missing puzzle pieces flag longer Level 4 for Auckland
Ian Taylor (Herald): Prime Minister, it’s time to bring on the bench in the fight against Delta (paywalled)
William Hewett and Emma Stanford (Newshub): Epidemiologist’s grim prediction for Auckland’s COVID-19 lockdown status as mystery cases surge
1 News: ‘Very low’ chance Auckland moves to Level 3 next week, says modeller
Rachel Thomas and Joel MacManus (Stuff):Decision day for level change outside of Auckland
Danielle Clent (Stuff): ‘Highly unlikely’ Auckland will move down alert levels after three more Middlemore mystery cases
Bridie Witton (Stuff): The four ‘mystery cases’ that could keep Auckland in lockdown 
Herald: Experts say mystery cases will affect cabinet’s alert levels decision
Derel Cheng (Herald): The ‘handful’ of cases likely to extend current alert level settings for everyone(paywalled)
Bridie Witton (Stuff): Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern ‘fixated’ on mystery Delta cases ahead of alert level announcement 
Dubby Henry (Herald): Level 3 move would be ‘very risky’ with mystery cases popping up at Middlemore
Shannon Redstall (Newshub): Cases bounce in wrong direction, expert warns ‘with this pattern hard for Auckland to move down alert levels’
Newstalk ZB: Shaun Hendy: ‘Unlikely’ for Auckland to drop levels tomorrow; potentially another cluster out there
Ben Leahy (Herald): What Auckland needs to exit level 4 lockdown – expert
1 News: Modeller fears mystery Covid cases are ‘tip of larger iceberg’
1 News: Hendy: Move to Level 3 may hinge on no mystery cases
1 News:Aucklanders should be told to stay in their postcode, says Sydney expert
1 News: ‘Don’t be like Australia’ — NSW Covid expert urges NZ to ’embrace science’
Richard Hills (Stuff): Auckland’s done the heavy lifting on Covid-19. Please have our backs in return
Henry Cooke (Stuff): The 1pm update review – Grant Robertson gives a weather update
Herald Editorial: D-day for Auckland’s lockdown (paywalled)
1 News: Foon ‘Not good enough’ Pasifika included late in outbreak response
Liam Dann (Herald): It’s hard work holding out against lockdown despair (paywalled)
1 News: Ardern: Today’s 20 new community Covid cases ‘not sign of failure’
Newstalk ZB: Winston Peters: Government’s saliva testing procurement process doesn’t smell right
RNZ: Covid-19 Delta outbreak day 25: how it unfolded
RNZ: Covid-19 Delta outbreak day 24: How it unfolded
Sam Brooks (Spinoff): Ashley Bloomfield fan art reaches new level with romance novella

Vaccine procurement 
Kate MacNamara: (Herald): How New Zealand came to be woefully short of supply in the ‘year of the vaccine’ (paywalled)
Herald: ‘Nothing holding us back now’: Half a million Pfizer Covid-19 vaccines arriving from Denmark
Bridie Witton (Stuff): 500,000 Pfizer vaccine doses to come from Denmark 
RNZ: New Denmark deal for 500k vaccine doses
Dan Satherley (Newshub): ‘Move aside, Justin Trudeau’: Kiwis lust for ‘DILF’ Spanish PM Pedro Sánchez, say ‘thirst’ is new vaccine side effect
John Weekes (Herald): Customs vaccine case will impact all NZ companies, employment advocate says

Mandatory vaccination and passports
Chris Trotter (Interest): Covid dissidents should be required to explain why they refuse to be vaccinated
RNZ: Opposition questions international, domestic use of vaccine passport
Alex Cook (Newshub): Debate looms as COVID-19 vaccine passports set to become ‘the new norm’ in New Zealand
RNZ: Military personnel take legal action against vaccine directive
Jimmy Ellingham (Stuff): Personnel take court action over Defence Force anti-vaccine stance
Herald Editorial: Vaccination is a balancing act of carrot and stick (paywalled)
Alexa Cook (Newshub): Government could ‘take a leaf’ from US and mandate vaccine for businesses – Business NZ
John Weekes (Herald): Customs vaccine case will impact all NZ companies, employment advocate says
RNZ: Requiring staff to be vaccinated now a top concern amid proposed changes to Holidays Act

Vaccine rollout
Heather Du Plessis-Allan (Herald): David Seymour’s real mistake in race row (paywalled)
Herald Editorial: David Seymour and the Māori access code (paywalled)
Dan Satherley (Newshub): Kelvin Davis says Govt not to blame for low Māori vaccination rate, blames ignorance instead
1 News: Epidemiologist bets on another Delta outbreak this year without more vaccines
Claire Trevett (Herald): What will a future ‘lockdown’ look like for the vaccinated? (paywalled)
Brent Melville (BusinessDesk): Businesses roll out worker mass vaccinations (paywalled)
Cate Broughton (Stuff): Mark of the beast or manna from heaven? Christianity’s vaccine issue 
Siouxsie Wiles (Stuff): Vaccines should work against new Covid variant Mu
Amanda Cropp (Stuff): Workplace Covid-19 vaccination roll-out cops flak for being too slow and favouring larger workplaces
Lucy Xia (Stuff): More than 1.5 million doses of Pfizer given in Auckland metro
RNZ: More than 26,000 Aucklanders vaccinated yesterday
Herald: Two days, 80,000 jabs – Aucklanders turn out for vaccinations
Emma Russell (Herald): Half a million eligible Aucklanders unvaccinated
Katie Todd (RNZ): ‘Enormous opportunities’ for Aucklanders to get vaccinated this weekend
Cate Broughton (Stuff): Canterbury behind other main centres on vaccine roll-out
RNZ: Iwi urge Māori over 12 years to get Covid-19 vaccine to ‘save lives’
Taroi Black (Māori TV): Pūkaki Marae vaccine pop-up clinic on the cards
Graeme Jarvis (Herald): Your ‘free’ jab will save lives and save the world trillions of dollars (paywalled)
Lisette Reymer (Newshub): Rise of New Zealanders getting ‘quad-vaxxed’ to travel causing concern among vaccinologists
Logan Church (1 News): Third Pfizer jab offered to hundreds caught in vaccine botch up
Dubby Henry and Craig Kapitan (Herald): Teenager’s death not related to Pfizer jab, Prime Minister says
William Hewett (Newshub): Jacinda Ardern says Auckland teenager’s death not related to Pfizer vaccine
Emma Russell (Herald): Pregnant women delay getting vaccine – worrying misinformation
Hannah Paine ( Pfizer vaccine to seek approval for use on children
Lee Suckling (Herald): Why more queer people have had vaccine
Polly Gillespie (Stuff): History’s vaccination lessons are good enough for me
Jake McKee (RNZ): Families ending up in arguments as some refuse Covid-19 vaccine

Inequality, charities
1 News: ‘We’re paying the cost’ – Expert says inequality adding to NZ’s Covid issues
Lucy Xia (Stuff): $10m to help Aucklanders access food and essential items during lockdown
Herald: Govt pumps $10m more into food parcels, essential items distribution
Kirsty Wynn (Herald): Builder gives $100,000 to fund food parcels
Josephine Franks (Stuff): Teens homeless for first time in level 4 as bubbles break down
Richard Harman (Politik): South Auckland poverty drives Covid outbreak
1 News: More families seek support as demand for food parcels soars
Jessica Tyson (Māori TV): ‘Regrettable’ demand for Auckland City Mission food parcels
Bryce Marsden (Stuff): Charities, and families, need our help more than ever
Jessica Tyson (Māori TV): Whānau-driven non-profit feeds hundreds in the Far North
Mike O’Donnell (Stuff): Why this lockdown feels different
Susan St John (Daily Blog): Is an appeal to self-interest the only solution?

Border, MIQ, immigration
Barbara Dreaver (1 News): Bloomfield’s dismissal of Pacific man’s suffering ‘jaw dropping’
Anna Bracewell-Worrall (Newshub): New Zealand’s MIQ twice as likely to leak COVID as Australia’s – research
Felix Desmarais (Local Democracy Reporting): MIQ in Rotorua: Local MP Todd McClay demands clarity, consultation in letter to Hipkins
Māori TV: Decision ‘imminent’ on Rotorua MIQ, claims local MP Todd McClay
Steven Walton and Liz McDonald (Stuff): Trans-Tasman bubble: It may reopen next year and it might not be the same as before
Christine Rovoi (RNZ): NZ takes ‘cautious approach’ to Fiji’s plan to reopen border amid Covid-19 crisis
Fran O’Sullivan (Herald): Speed entry for wealthy and wise (paywalled)
Nikki Mandow (Newsroom): Delta stalls urgently-needed self-isolation trial
Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): We’re becoming more and more isolated from the world
RNZ: Plea for more countries to be added to visa scheme for RSE workers
Māori TV: RSE workers allowed one-way quarantine free travel in October
Dita De Boni (NBR): Labour shortages, bumper crops threaten problem for hort sector this summer(paywalled)
Greg Ninness (Interest): Population growth from migration rises in July with more than 3000 long term arrivals a month coming to New Zealand
Newstalk ZB: Kris Faafoi: Hints at good news for the Primary sector; can’t say why his ministry granted three criminals New Zealand residency

Siouxsie Wiles rule-breaking allegations
Toby Manhire (Spinoff): New Zealand urgently needs a serious opposition leader
Thomas Coughlan (Herald): Judith Collins’ leadership flagging before Dr Siouxsie Wiles scandal(paywalled)
Thomas Coughlan (Herald): Controversial blogger Cameron Slater still in regular contact with Collins – ‘Judith’s a good friend’
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Williams + Slater + Judith = the old Dirty Politics Team back together again
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Smearing Dr Siouxsie Wiles: Dirty Politics Judith Collins edition
Greg Presland (The Standard): Dirty Politics does not work any more
Francesca Rudkin (Newstalk ZB): Judith Collins’ attack on Siouxsie Wiles unnecessary
Herald: National leader Judith Collins calls Dr Siouxsie Wiles ‘a big, fat hypocrite’
Josephine Franks (Stuff): Donations fly in for Dr Siouxsie Wiles’ research after Judith Collins calls her a ‘hypocrite’
Josephine Franks (Stuff): Dr Siouxsie Wiles warns of ‘disinformation’ after claims she was caught breaking lockdown rules
Mark Longley and Zane Small (Newshub): Siouxsie Wiles hits back at Judith Collins over ‘big fat hypocrite’ jibe
Newstalk ZB: Siouxsie Wiles hits back at accusations she broke lockdown rules
William Hewett (Newshub): Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern defends Dr Siouxsie Wiles over maskless beach visit after Judith Collins labels her ‘hypocrite’
Zane Small (Newshub): Ashley Bloomfield defends Siouxsie Wiles’ maskless beach visit as Judith Collins labels her ‘hypocrite’
Victor Billot (Newsroom): An ode for .. Siouxsie Wiles

Alert level rules, compliance, enforcement
Cecile Meier (Stuff): Hospitality staff anxious about having to be ‘policemen’ and ‘bouncers’ under strict level 2 rules
1 News: ‘I’m going to spit on you’ – Retail workers being abused over masks
Josephine Franks (Stuff): Opening Auckland childcare centres at level 3 could risk outbreak — expert
Dianna Vezich (Newshub): Government reveals vast majority of people applying for special travel exemptions are denied
RNZ: More than 550 vehicles turned away at Auckland borders in past three days
Stuff: Auckland couple crossed border and flew to Wanaka for holiday, 20 new community Delta cases in Auckland
Mina Kerr-Lazenby (Stuff): Auckland couple face prosecution after flying to holiday home in Wanaka, police say
RNZ: Auckland couple to be prosecuted after flying to Wanaka
Mike Houlahan (ODT): Wanaka jaunt condemned
1 News: ‘Could end up like Auckland’ — Mayor ‘disappointed’ lockdown pair flew to Wānaka
Hamish McNeilly (Stuff):Shocked and suffocated – woman who cannot wear a mask told she was not welcome at Dunedin supermarket
RNZ: 61 people charged for breaching Auckland lockdown so far
RNZ: Recently expired WOF, rego and licences can be used until end of November
Māori TV: Government parks the expiry of Tamaki licences, WoFs and regos
Will Trafford (Māori TV): Heartwarming haka for locked down whānau who’ll miss their father’s tangihanga
Michelle Cooke (RNZ): Bubbles within bubbles: How communal living facilities handle lockdown
Jenny Nicholls (Stuff): This virus has turned the Hauraki Gulf into a moat
Paul Mitchell (Stuff): Cafe owner stands against Covid-19 restrictions and public criticism
Herald: Dangerous Delta liaisons an employment, legal risk
Herald: Stephen Colbert reacts to Auckland Hospital sex
1 News: Colbert teases Ardern, NZ about sex in hospital claims
(Stuff): Auckland City Hospital sexcapade gains global attention on Colbert’s Late Show
Bernadette Basagre (Stuff): Police thwart stampede through Auckland border checkpoint … by cows
Mike Mather (Stuff): A Herculean effort: Planeload of police arrives in Hamilton to bolster Covid boundary checkpoints
Carly Gooch (Stuff): Dream wedding ‘down the drain’ with Covid-19 restraints 

Contact tracing, testing
Andrea Vance (Stuff): In trying to get out of a Covid-19 emergency, are we now triggering a privacy crisis?
Caroline Williams and Josephine Franks (Stuff): The huge drop in testing numbers that could keep Auckland in lockdown
Katie Kenny (Stuff): What are ‘unlinked sub-clusters’, and should we be concerned about them?
Dileepa Fonseka (Stuff): Chief executive of Government’s chosen saliva testing provider lashes out at criticism
Irra Lee (1 News): Privacy concerns remain over mandatory Covid record-keeping
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Wellington, we have a problem – The real mass surveillance danger in mandatory tracing data
1 News: Many Auckland Covid testing sites are largely empty despite plea
1 News: Auckland Covid surveillance program tests 12,000 essential workers
Paul Mitchell (Stuff): QR codes beside ‘no cellphone’ signs at petrol pumps baffle motorists

Cases, demographics
Rowan Quinn (RNZ): Seven Auckland suburbs focus of mystery cases
Justin Latif (Local Democracy Reporting): ‘I would never wish this on anyone’: Life inside Jet Park with six kids and the Delta variant
Rukuwai Tipene-Allen (Māori TV): Whānau of 10 fighting Delta together, with the youngest just three months old
RNZ: MIQ worker at Auckland Holiday Inn tests positive for Covid-19
RNZ: Middlemore Hospital: 36 patients and some visitors potential Covid exposures
Melanie Earley (Stuff): Seven police officers stood down after contact with Middlemore case

1 News: Oversight of Auckland Hospital visitors in disarray, nurse says
RNZ: Nurses forced to deal with unmasked visitors alone
RNZ: Auckland Hospital tightens visiting rules but doctors union wants it to go further
1 News: Nurses’ union takes legal action against Auckland DHB over hospital visitor policy
Herald: South Aucklanders reassured that Middlemore Hospital ED is safe to visit
Sophie Trigger (Herald): Middlemore Hospital not unique in lacking isolation space for patients awaiting Covid test results
Steve Stannard (Stuff): Accusations of a racist health system alarmist and unhelpful
Stuff Editorial: Flailing Southern DHB needs intensive support
Louisa Steyl (Stuff): Health minister calls for ministry to step in at Southern DHB
Louisa Steyl (Stuff): SDHB takes steps to avoid a ‘collapse’ of southern maternity units
Ian Powell (Second Opinion): Media muddle muffles Canterbury DHB’s deficit importance
Scott Yeoman (Stuff): Waikato DHB to tell 4200 people their personal information was disclosed on the dark web, following May cyber attack
Herald: Waikato DHB cyber attack: 4200 people’s personal details disclosed on dark web
1 News: Waikato DHB: 4200 patients had data shared on dark web in cyber attack
Herewini Waikato (Māori TV): Out with the Tohunga Suppression Act – Māori rongoā used by ACC
RNZ: Nurses elect president who resigned in protest
Bernadette Basagre (Stuff): Employment Relations Authority orders urgent mediation between nurses’ union and Auckland District Health Board
Dahlia Malaeulu (E-Tangata): Saving our boys from their shadows
Olivia Shivas (Stuff): Golriz Ghahraman: I was told by a doctor to be ‘rational’ when trying to get a diagnosis for multiple sclerosis

Wage subsidy, business, economy
David Williams (Newsroom): ‘Timely’ wage subsidy review due in 2022
Tamsyn Parker (Herald): Jetconnect workers fall through ‘bureaucratic gap’ and miss out on wage subsidy(paywalled)
Peter Dunne: Like Little Britain’s computer, MBIE says “no”
Todd Niall (Stuff): Big changes sought to reduce Auckland’s future lockdown risk
Liam Dann (Herald): Recovery position – Grant Robertson on beating Delta and the path to reopening(paywalled)
Zane Small (Newshub): Finance Minister Grant Robertson granted authority to spend up to $41 billion as contingency
Jenée Tibshraeny (Interest): Government empowered to spend billions more than what was budgeted for
1 News: More financial support for businesses struggling in higher Covid alert levels
Susan Edmunds (Stuff): More resurgence support payments coming for battling businesses
RNZ: Second round of resurgence support payments announced
Marena Mane (Māori TV): $5m whānau recovery fund available for Māori and iwi groups
Rahul Bhattarai (Herald): More support payments for struggling businesses, but not enough says restaurant owner
Sarah Robson (RNZ): Auckland businesses call for creative thinking if level 4 continues
Herald: Auckland businesses need urgent comprehensive support package, says business association
Jane Phare (Herald): The ‘other virus’: Businesses urge change to Covid-19 strategy (paywalled)
Bill Ralston (Herald): Cleaning up the economic mess will be an even harder fight than Covid (paywalled)
Bruce Munro (ODT): Buying into it: Consumer Lifestyles Survey
Herald: Research reveals how New Zealanders’ spending habits changed in lockdown
RNZ: Consumer spending dropped as country went into lockdown
Dileepa Fonseka (Stuff): As we beat back the virus, what next for the event industry and the task of ‘picking winners’?
John Anthony (Stuff): Covid-19 Delta outbreak deals $6m blow to events sector, alert level 2 ‘not workable’
Reweti Kohere (Spinoff): ‘It’s all about surviving’: Inside the hospo industry’s Covid situation room
Vicki Anderson (Stuff): The summer of no fun: Is the country’s summer festival season over before it starts? 
RNZ: As auto-makers cut production, consumers could feel the pinch in NZ as supply is hampered
RNZ: Construction industry feeling the pinch of shortages, staffing
Kim Moodie (RNZ): Hospitality businesses say level 2 quieter this time, hope for bustling weekend
Nathan Morton (Stuff): Auckland business owners ‘hit harder’ than previous lockdowns
Chris Tobin (Stuff): Pork industry urges Kiwis to buy local to help avoid oversupply
Gareth Vaughan (Interest): SMEs will be able to take banks to dispute resolution schemes under govt’s proposed merchant service fee regulation
Amy Ridout (Stuff): The small granola business tackling the supermarket duopoly and plastic pollution

Mall terror attack
Andrew Geddis and Robert G Patman (Stuff): The potential dangers of pre-emptive anti-terrorist legislation 
Damien Grant (Stuff): Upholding the rights of the worst amongst us protects the rights of us all
David Fisher (Herald): Special investigation: Inside mall terrorist’s 10 years to meltdown – and how he could have been stopped (paywalled)
Dan Satherley and Anna Bracewell-Worrall (Newshub): Revealed: How many people with ‘extremist views’ in the community are being watched closely
Lana Hart (Stuff): Attack aftermath brings questions about how it was all handled
Gill Bonnett (RNZ): Terrorist tried to revoke NZ residence but his request was ‘not progressed’
Jehan Casinader (Stuff): The makings of a terrorist – and the people who tried to help him
1 News: Could the New Lynn terrorist attack have been prevented?
Cameron Sumpter (Stuff): How should we disengage people from violent extremism? 
Rahul Bhattarai (Herald): I feel ‘apologetic’ for the crime we didn’t commit, says a Kiwi Sri Lankan after terror attack
1 News: Collins calls for public inquiry into Countdown terrorist attack
Newstalk ZB: National calls for public inquiry into supermarket terror attack
Arthur Taylor (Daily Blog): “Countdown Stabber Was Not a “Terrorist”

Dan Satherley and Perry Wilton (Newshub): ‘Stain on our character’: War journo says NZ has to accept some of the blame for the failure in Afghanistan
Dan Satherley (Newshub): Helen Clark defends sending Kiwi troops to Afghanistan, blames failure on US invasion of Iraq
1 News: Mahuta: ‘We will do the best we can, as soon as we can’ for Kiwis in Afghanistan
Jamie Ensor (Newshub): Acting US Ambassador to New Zealand Kevin Covert says Afghanistan situation ‘not how we wanted this to end’
Juliet Speedy (Newshub): New Zealand aid worker staying in Afghanistan to help feed desperate population

Geoffrey Miller (RNZ): How 9/11 changed New Zealand’s foreign policy
John Minto (Daily Blog): 9/11 anniversary – why is it so hard to ask the simplest and most important question?
1 News: Ardern pays tribute to lives lost 20 years on from 9/11
Stuff Editorial: The world changed forever in 17 minutes
ODT Editorial: The grief goes on
Helen Clark (Stuff): 9/11 changed how we viewed the threat of terrorism 
Newstalk ZB: Helen Clark: America didn’t see 9/11 attacks coming
Mitch McCann (Newshub): 9/11 anniversary: New Zealand’s leaders reflect on the day which shook the world
John Lewis (ODT): 20 years on: Some 9/11 footage too gruesome for film
RNZ: Former RNZ reporter remembers witnessing 9/11
RNZ: Memorial held in Christchurch for 9/11 terror attacks
Cherie Sivignon (Stuff): ‘Run for your lives’: NZ-based diplomat recalls fleeing US Capitol on 9/11
John Roughan (Herald): 20 years ago nearly all the 20th century’s problems seemed to be resolved(paywalled)
Jack Tame (Newstalk ZB): 20 years on – did the terrorists win?
Brianna Mcilraith (Stuff): ‘I remember 9/11 like it were yesterday’: New Plymouth woman recalls horror day in New York 20 years on
Georgia Forrester (Stuff): The day before 9/11: A look back at what New Zealand life looked like before the twin towers fell

Josephine Franks (Stuff): Life on the public housing waitlist: ‘A never-ending hell’
Reweti Kohere (Spinoff): Under-stress renters have few levers to pull, except for landlords’ goodwill
Diana Clement (OneRoof): How many more hammer blows can first home buyers take?
Sasha Borissenko (Herald): A step in the right direction for New Zealand’s housing crisis? (paywalled)
Catherine Masters (OneRoof): New Zealand’s average house price hits $1m
BusinessDesk: House prices still outpacing household earnings (paywalled)
RNZ: Kiwis sceptical house prices will slow down, ASB survey finds
Bonnie Flaws (Stuff): Kiwis bullish about house price growth, despite headwinds, survey shows
Dileepa Fonseka (Stuff): How level 4 lockdown could set our massive home building drive back
Aaron Leaman (Stuff): Developers rethink upfront sales as rising building costs, supply delays complicate house builds
Miriam Bell (Stuff): Pitfalls in new bill to remove bright-line trap for home builders
Jenée Tibshraeny (Interest): Question marks remain over major tax change due to affect most residential property investors from Oct 1
Gary Hamilton-Irvine (Herald): How to save for a home in Hawke’s Bay, when prices are going up by $23 every hour (paywalled)
Steven Walton (Stuff): Christchurch council vying for Government infrastructure money to spur on city housing

Local government
Nicholas Boyack (Stuff): Hutt City CEO threatened legal action against former deputy mayor
Matthew Rosenberg (Local Democracy Reporting): Invercargill’s united front, media scepticism, and aversion to negativity
Logan Savory (Stuff): Review suggests Invercargill City Council scrap controversial media protocol clause
Logan Savory (Stuff): ‘Vastly different council’ works around Sir Tim Shadbolt ‘sideshow’
1 News: Mahuta says opposition to Three Waters reform is ‘curious’
1 News; Councils fighting back against Govt plans for water reform
Tim Newman (Stuff): Changes needed to government water reform model, says expert
Rod Marler (Herald): Council collaboration key to infrastructure success (paywalled)
Fleur Fitzsimons (Spinoff): Wellington City Council is not a ‘brand’
Georgina Campbell (Herald): Wellington City Council forecasts shortfall of $7 million
Damian George (Stuff): Wellington council expects $11.5m loss due to Covid-19 and reduced transport funding
Tina Law (Stuff): City council sticks with ‘sinking lid’ policy on pokie machines
Sheryl Mai (Northern Advocate): Whangārei 2021 Representation Review needs additional public input

Environment, Climate Change
Jack Santa Barbara (Newsroom): The fossil fuel discussion we’re not having
Peter Kalmus (Herald): The dangerous flaws in our ‘net zero by 2050’ goal
Kerre McIvor (Herald): James Shaw proves MPs a law unto themselves (paywalled)
Kate Hawkesby (Newstalk ZB): James Shaw is a complete hypocrite
RNZ: Taxypayers bearing brunt of outdated emissions scheme for pollution producers
RNZ: Dome Valley landfill: Auckland Council declines Waste Management plan change
Phil Pennington (RNZ): Who is responsible for monitoring air quality: Council or Fire and Emergency?
Chloe Ranford (Local Democracy Reporting): Record high air pollution days in Blenheim
RNZ: Cook Islands PM readies for COP 26 in Glasgow

Cyber attacks
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Kiwibank internet banking problems resume on Sunday afternoon
RNZ: ANZ Bank website offline for third day

Primary industries
Rachael Kelly (Stuff): Groundswell NZ hint at upcoming ‘Mother of All Protests’ in November
Joanna Wane (Herald): ‘I’ve got nothing to be ashamed of’: Dairy farmers under siege (paywalled)
Baz Macdonald (Renews): NZ has so many cows. Why do we import millions of tonnes of dairy?
Marena Mane (Māori TV): Ngāti Hei wins rāhui approval from the Ministry of Fisheries
Jessica Tyson (Māori TV): Scallop fishery to close for two years following request from Ngāti Hei Trust

Liam Hehir (Democracy Project): The authenticity of Simon Bridges
Janet Wilson (Stuff): Confident versus off-message: a stark contrast in leadership styles 
Joel Maxwell (Stuff): Seymour’s switch from politician to entertainer
Stuff: Points of order: Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins ruins a meme
Peter Wilson (RNZ): The Week in Politics: Counter-terrorism bill on the fast track and Spain saves a vaccine rollout slowdown
Mike Houlahan (ODT): Southern say: Diverse concerns heard by MPs in lockdown
Steve Braunias (Herald): The Secret Diary of David Seymour (paywalled)
Don Brash (Bassett, Brash and Hide): Defending democracy is tough these days
Sarah Lang (Woman’s Day): Green MP Julie Anne Genter reveals why her second pregnancy is different: ‘Never been so emotional’

Phil Pennington (RNZ): Education Ministry apologises for transfer of Taihape school teaching farm
Phil Pennington (RNZ): Taihape teaching farm transfer: Ombudsman says Education Ministry ‘unreasonable’
Jimmy Ellingham (Stuff): Ombudsman rules officials wrong to take school land
Katy Jones (Stuff): Think-tank examines how to put new history curriculum into practice
Te Rau Winterburn (Herald): Restoring and normalising te reo Māori (paywalled)
Sela Jane Hopgood (RNZ): Auckland primary schools embrace online celebration for Tongan language week
Georgina Campbell (Herald): Vice-Chancellor behind Victoria University’s controversial name change retires

RNZ: Transpower shortcomings contributed to winter blackout – report
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Electricity Authority blasts Transpower for role in August power cuts
ODT Editorial: Coal getting us out of a hole
Blair Jackson (Stuff): Exploratory coal drilling in Southland forestry block finished

Colin Peacock (RNZ): Mediawatch: Reporting Afghanistan after abandonment
Hal Crawford (Spinoff): Australian media can now be sued for comments left on their Facebook posts. Could it happen here?
Bruce Cotterill (Herald): Local media need to find their teeth again (paywalled)
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Why the bets are off on who may replace Kevin Kenrick at TVNZ
Damien Venuto (Herald): The 12 contenders who could be the next TVNZ boss (paywalled)
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Ryan Bridge makes AM Show politically relevant again
Glenn McConnell (Stuff): Sudden departures from Magic Talk spark fears it’s ‘gone woke’. Can the talkback station be saved?
Michael Bassett (Bassett, Brash and Hide): Media greedies
Mandy Hager (Newsroom): Cheapskates RNZ cough up

Brian Easton (Pundit): Liberal-Conservatives And Social Democrats: The Future Of Māori
Anne Salmond (Newsroom): Te Tiriti and democracy
Chris Trotter (Daily Blog): Strange and disturbing times 2.0
Steve Kilgallon (Stuff): ‘There’s a clear conflict of interest’: Internal Affairs ‘concerned’ over potential gambling breaches by Auckland pub baron
Rob Stock (Stuff): Campaign mounts to create super-complaints agency
Sebastian JS Potgieter (Newsroom): What we tell ourselves about the Springbok tour
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Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Mediawatch: Faafoi & Ardern Hate Speech burn so bad it sizzles
Rawinia Higgins (Spinoff): Kia kaha: The intergenerational struggle to preserve te reo Māori
1 News: ‘Disheartening’ lack of trilingual interpreters for Māori deaf
Rod Oram (Newsroom): The hot debate over responsible investing
Adam Burns (Local Democracy Reporting): ‘It will take time and money’ – Canterbury floods fallout
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Oranga Tamariki Critical Race Theory demolished by Judge – Labour must be so grateful to Delta
Marty Sharpe (Stuff): Oranga Tamariki decision to be appealed by birth mother
Andre Chumko (Stuff): Major gaps with arts programmes in prisons, despite value – report
David Andrews (Incline): ANZAC Class 2.0? Opportunities for Cooperation Between Australia and New Zealand
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Critics and supporters of crypto-currencies clash in advice to MPs
Simon Draper (Stuff): Covid-19 may consume our daily lives, but we shouldn’t forget about events abroad
Sinead Gill (Stuff): Hate, shame and redemption: The road back from conversion therapy
Hamish Bidwell (RNZ): The latest load of old rubbish out of Gymnastics New Zealand
Mare Haimona-Riki (Māori TV): Sport NZ launches $3.6m funding for disabled rangatahi