NZ Politics Daily: 6 October 2021

NZ Politics Daily: 6 October 2021

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Today’s content

Electoral law review
RNZ: Electoral law review sparks demands for faster changes, referendums
Jane Patterson (RNZ): Electoral changes in the hands of the elected?
Audrey Young (Herald): If at first you don’t succeed, order another electoral law review (paywalled)
Heather du Plessis-Allan (Newstalk ZB): Why is Kris Faafoi reviewing the electoral laws in the middle of a pandemic?
Claire Trevett (Herald): MPs split on need to reform political donations rules, support for 4-year term
Jenna Lynch (Newshub): Voting age and taxpayer-funded campaigns shaping up to be contentious areas of electoral review
No RIght Turn: The electoral law review
Brent Edwards (NBR): Political parties already disagree over possible changes to electoral law(paywalled)
Thomas Manch (Stuff): Government launches major review of electoral law, to include voting age and party funding
Claire Trevett (Herald): Political donation laws: Justice Minister Kris Faafoi unveils electoral law reform
Zane Small (Newshub): Electoral review to consider donations, MMP, length of Parliament term and voting age
Anna Whyte (1 News): Review to look at voting age, overseas voting and parliamentary term
Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): Govt announces wide-ranging electoral review, targeted changes for 2023
RNZ: Electoral law review to follow transparency, Māori Roll changes

Govt ends elimination strategy
Morgan Godfery (Guardian): By ending Covid elimination, Jacinda Ardern once again fails to turn compassion into policy
Tess McClure (Guardian): ‘Perfect storm’: how Covid is compounding 
Matthew Hooton (Patreon): Will Ardern resign before Xmas? (paywalled)
Keith Lynch (Stuff): Why New Zealand’s Covid-19 elimination strategy is over
1 News: Immunologist warns of ‘dire consequences of missteps’ in easing restrictions
Siouxsie Wiles (Spinoff): Why the change in our approach leaves me grieving – and what comes next
Tess McClure (Guardian): Anger and grief: New Zealanders fearful as Covid elimination strategy ends
Steven Cowan (Against the current): The consequences of the pandemic do not affect us all equally
Danielle Clent (Stuff): Concern for vulnerable communities as Govt announces lockdown exit strategy
Rawiri Taonui (Waatea News): Māori on the precipice of largest pandemic risk in 103 years
Whatitiri Te Wake (Māori TV): Easing Auckland’s Covid-19 restrictions recipe for disaster for Māori and Pasifika 
Martyn Bradbury (Waatea News): Open borders = more vulnerable whānau at risk
Thomas Manch (Stuff): More questions than answers as Government leaves Covid-19 ‘elimination’ strategy behind
Gordon Campbell: On lifting the lockdowns, and the Covid pill
Henry Cooke (Stuff): Jacinda Ardern gives up on Covid-zero
Herald: Editorial: Level 3 step-change offers little relief (paywalled)
Tara Greer (Stuff): An obituary for elimination
RNZ: New Zealand gives in: How international media sees the Covid-19 strategy
Herald: World reacts to end of NZ’s elimination strategy
Anna Whyte (1 New): Govt still taking an aggressive approach to Covid outbreak – PM
ODT Editorial: Eliminating the elimination method
Rebecca Moore (1 News): NZ experts looking at ‘promising’ experimental Covid-19 drug
Zane Small (Newshub): ACT’s Brooke van Velden accuses Government of ‘dropping the ball’ on antiviral COVID-19 medication

Vaccine certificate, mandatory vaccination
Science Media Centre: Covid vaccine pass for large events – Expert Reaction
Michael Plank (The Conversation): The COVID-zero strategy may be past its use-by date, but New Zealand still has a vaccination advantage
Heather du Plessis-Allan (Newstalk ZB): I’ve got no sympathy for those who don’t want to be forced to be jabbed
Eric Crampton (Herald): Vaccine certificates only a start as we eye new normal (paywalled)
Tova O’Brien (Newshub): A ticket to freedom: The arguments for mandating COVID-19 vaccination certificates
RNZ: Vaccine certificates: Uncertainty over enforcement, extent of essential services
Charlie Gates and Nadine Porter (Stuff): Large events before vaccine certificates will be ‘extremely irresponsible’, says expert
RNZ: PM announces Covid-19 vaccine certificate
Liz McDonald and Ellen O’Dwyer (Stuff): ‘Either yes or no’: Hospitality operators urge certainty on Covid vaccination certificates
Siobhan Downes (Stuff): How to prove you are vaccinated for international travel under the new vaccine certificate system
Anna Whyte (1 News): Vaccine certificates to be in use this summer – Ardern
Henry Cooke (Stuff): Government will mandate new vaccine certificates for summer festival attendees 
RNZ: Checkpoint: Covid-19 vaccine certificate a positive step – Rhythm & Vines boss
Michael Neilson (Herald): Vaccine certificates welcomed by festival organisers
Newstalk ZB: Herald Wellington Business Editor: Businesses will welcome the vaccine certificates
Dan Satherley (Newshub): ‘No jab, no job’ mandate will increase unemployment – Judith Collins
Josephine Franks (Stuff): No guarantee teachers are jabbed, no way to find out if they are
RNZ: Checkpoint: Teachers encouraged to get vaccinated, but no mandate – NZEI
Ben Leahy (Herald): Mandatory vaccinations for teachers being looked at
Susan Hornsby-Geluk (Stuff): When is mandatory vaccination justifiable?
Cate Broughton (Stuff): ‘No jab, no visit’ policy for visitors to Ryman Health rest homes

Vaccine rollout
Kate MacNamara (Herald): Pfizer waited over 6 weeks for first vaccine meeting with NZ officials last year(paywalled)
Gareth Vaughan (Interest): There would be no better use of public money right now than paying people to get vaccinated against Covid-19
John Tamihere (Herald):Why Māori are lagging behind in vaccinations
Sahiban Hyde (Hawkes Bay Today): Fear, distrust, and misinformation – why Hawke’s Bay’s Māori vaccination rollout is struggling (paywalled)
Jesse Mulligan (Spinoff): What I’ve learned from the anti-vaxxers in my DMs
Jamie Tahana (RNZ): Māori health services ramp up vaccination drive after govt announcement
Bridie Witton (Stuff): GPs need more resources to help increase Māori and Pasifika vaccinations
Newstalk ZB: Henare: We need to get people vaccinated sooner rather than later
Luke Malpass (Stuff): The year of the vacccine is fast drawing to a close
Megan Wilson (Herald): 6.1% of port workers not vaccinated in the Bay after deadline (paywalled)
RNZ: Thousands of youth get jab at Pasifika event
Belinda Feek (Herald): Positive Covid cases in one small Waikato town ‘turning’ the anti-vaxxers
Cate Broughton (Stuff): Free burgers lure hundreds of university students for jabs
Esther Ashby-Coventry (Stuff): SCDHB takes vaccine to the people in effort to vaccinate last 20 per cent
Herald: Fiji communities in Auckland rally to vaccinate their families
Madison Reidy (Newshub): Free kebabs, burgers and prizes: Vaccination reward schemes spreading across New Zealand

Alert level rules, compliance, enforcement
David Farrier (Stuff): Destiny Church isn’t the only problem; what about the white megachurches?
Teuila Fuatai (Herald): Attitudes towards pandemic vary (paywalled)
Jamie Ensor (Newshub): Jacinda Ardern addresses roadmap confusion, why each step isn’t tied to vaccination rates
Jason Walls (Newstalk ZB): Gang boss given essential worker exemption to come to Auckland
Bernadette Basagre (Stuff): Mongrel Mob boss given exemption to cross Auckland border
Bernard Orsman (Herald): Fullers wants clarity on ferrying visitors to Waiheke Island
Danielle Clent (Stuff): Surf Lifesaving urges Aucklanders not to flock to west coast beaches
Newshub: Kiwis react with memes to new Auckland lockdown ‘roadmap
Ella Stewart (RNZ): Rules still apply, Aucklanders reminded, as region’s roadmap kicks in
Dan Satherley and Emma Stanford (Newshub): How to have a Govt-approved ‘park piss-up’ without breaking the law
Joseph Pearson (Stuff): NZ Rugby launches third exemption request to get three Auckland teams back in NPC
Zoe Holland (Herald): Aucklanders wake up to new freedoms – so what can you do?
RNZ: What you can and can’t do during step 1 of new restrictions

Brian Tamaki faces charges over anti-lockdown protest
1 News: Brian Tamaki speaks out after protest charges – ‘I will defend my involvement’
Rachel Sadler (Newshub): Destiny Church leader Brian Tamaki reveals he’s facing two charges following anti-lockdown protest
Melanie Earley (Stuff): Destiny Church’s Brian Tamaki named as man charged in anti-lockdown protest
Herald: Brian Tamaki vows to defend police charges for Auckland anti-lockdown protest
Tom McRae (Newshub): Protest organiser summonsed to court over Auckland demonstration
RNZ: Auckland mass gathering event organiser summonsed to court
James Halpin (Stuff): Dozen complaints to IPCA over police not making lockdown protest arrests
Will Trafford (Māori TV): Pavement Penis: Aucklander’s lockdown revenge over Tamaki protest

John Gerritsen (RNZ): Apprehension in early childhood sector over possible influx of children
Dubby Henry (Herald): Early childcare reopening – no limit to bubble numbers as long as they fit safely
Corazon Miller (1 News): 10 child per bubble limit sees some Auckland early childhood centres hit capacity
Nikki Mandow (Newsroom): PM dangles empty childcare promise for working parents
Hannah Martin (Stuff): Paediatricians say Covid risk to pre-school kids is ‘low’ as daycares reopen
Troels Sommerville (Stuff): Parents likely to be turned away from ECEs as restrictions ease
Hemopereki Simon (Herald): Treaty-based universities flogging a dead horse (paywalled)

Business, economy, employment, wage subsidy
RNZ: The Detail: Government subsidies more targeted in 2021
RNZ: Small businesses coping with minimum wage increase, study finds
Rahul Bhattarai (Herald): Under water: Rise in businesses struggling to make debt payments (paywalled)
Adam Pearse (Herald): Third of retailers unsure they’ll survive the next year – report
1 News: Roadmap offers no instant relief for ‘struggling’ businesses – economist
Jean Bell (RNZ): Business leaders want clarity on timing of level 3 easing
Miriam Burrell (Herald): Auckland’s Midnight Gardener restaurant to offer outdoor space for private picnics
Jane Phare (Herald): ‘It’s dire:’ Events sector says some will not survive if lockdowns continue (paywalled)
Non Pelletier (RNZ): Company credit defaults rise as lockdown hits Auckland businesses hard
RNZ: Lack of skilled staff holding back businesses
Jack Crossland and Sophie Trigger (Herald): The Wellington event that’s been hit four times
Dan Satherley (Newshub): No Xmas bounce or V-shaped recovery for the economy this time around – economist
Liam Dann (Herald): Building sector leading slump in business confidence – NZIER (paywalled)
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): 2degrees founder Tex Edwards says why we need another supermarket chain
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Official cash rate expected to rise by 25 basis points on Wednesday 

Waikato outbreak
Sharnae Hope (Stuff): Hamilton testing demand was double what Waikato DHB expected
Stuff: Three new community cases of Covid-19 in Waikato

Border, MIQ
Sarah Robson (RNZ): Covid-19 vaccination deadline missed by 138 border workers
Grant Bradley (Herald): IATA exposes haphazard border management (paywalled)
Robin Martin (RNZ): OIA reveals Taranaki DHB feared for Covid-19 infected mariners’ lives
Katie Townshend (Stuff): How do 31,000 people fit into 4000 rooms?
Sophie Cornish and Ellen O’Dwyer (Stuff): Kiwis unable to reunite with family overseas ‘frustrated’ as MIQ rooms snapped up
Samantha Gee (RNZ): 25,000 overseas New Zealanders vye for 3700 MIQ rooms in latest release
Katie Townshend (Stuff): How do 31,000 people fit into 4000 rooms?
Herald: Thousands of Kiwis set to battle for latest MIQ spots
Nikki Macdonald (Stuff): Pregnant Auckland woman lodges MIQ legal challenge to get stranded husband home
Helen Harvey (Stuff): New Plymouth man coming from almost covid-free Perth says it is ‘ludicrious’ he will take up MIQ space
Brittany Keogh (Stuff): Man says he was denied proper medical treatment in MIQ after fainting

Local government
Bernard Orsman (Herald): National MP Mark Mitchell not standing for Auckland Mayoralty
Benn Bathgate (Stuff):‘First of its kind’ council policy gives mana whenua first right of refusal on land sales
Tim Newman (Stuff): No clear steer from Nelson public on representation review
Aaron Leaman (Stuff): Hamilton ratepayers to provide rent relief to council tenants
Felix Desmarais (Local Democracy Reporting): Some Rotorua major projects delayed by Auckland lockdown – council
Grant Miller (ODT): Most of council vaccinated
Grant Craig (ODT): Letting rail line’s many benefits be lost would be short-sighted

Water reforms
Mike Yardley (Newstalk ZB): Three Waters has devolved into a debacle
Sinead Gill (Stuff): Status quo or give regions the reins to Three Waters, urges Manawatū council

Environment, climate change, conservation
Eloise Gibson (Stuff): Govt bypassed its climate assessment rules to give $390m to airlines
Matthew Ronseberg (Local Democracy Reporting): Ohai coal battle: Meet the young person fighting the industry her small town was built on
Lois Williams (Local Democracy Reporting): Company behind proposed West Coast sand mine asked for more detail
Leah Tebbutt (RNZ): Astrolabe: 10 years on from the Rena disaster
Brianne West (Stuff):Business has to take responsibility to regenerate our planet

Moana Case
Marty Sharpe (Stuff): Embattled judge says he has received support from 60 colleagues
Anusha Bradley (RNZ): Top lawyer complains over Judge Callinicos saga
Karl du Fresne: More on the gang-up against Judge Peter Callinicos
David Farrar (Kiwblog): The Moana case
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): I hate to admit David Farrar is right, but he’s right

RNZ: Not a single Māori Crown prosecutor in Christchurch, Gisborne, Whanganui
Naomi Arnold (RNZ): Crime victims’ details given to offenders via Ministry of Justice form
Cushla Norman (1 News): Peter Ellis appeal: Ability of children to recall traumatic events highlighted in court
Ximena Smith (Stuff): Justice minister refuses compensation to mum despite quashed conviction for killing her newborn
Māori TV: Te Ao with Moana: Justice Minister refuses compensation to mum despite quashed conviction for killing her newborn

Pandora Papers
Herald: New Zealand trusts held $300m for religious order linked to child sex abuse scandal (paywalled)
George Driver (Spinoff): Is NZ a tax haven for the rich and dodgy? The Pandora Papers reignite the debate
Paul McBeth (BusinessDesk): Aggressive foreign trusts pushed out in 2017 reforms (paywalled)

Employment, migrant workers
Damien Venuto (Herald): The big reason 39% of Kiwis are looking to change jobs
Jared Morgan (ODT): RSE workers arrive in Central

Charlotte Cook (RNZ): ICU-treated woman fears for health system if Covid-19 spreads
Brittany Keogh (Stuff): Long stays at stretched Wellington Hospital leading to ‘unsafe’ overcrowding
Emma Russell (Herald): Immigrant doctors denied work at ‘understaffed’ hospitals
Mike Houlahan (ODT): Hospital must plan for cases, SDHB told
Ian Powell (BusinessDesk): Health system’s ships passing in the night (paywalled)
Simon Connell (Newsroom): No good reason to limit ACC birth injury cover
Chelsea Daniels (Herald): Growing concern over genetic discrimination in New Zealand (paywalled)
Derek Cheng (Herald): 3 years from law change to market: Industry’s first NZ-made cannabis medicines available from Thursday
Chlöe Swarbrick (Herald): Don’t hate the player, hate the game
Glenn McConnell (Stuff): Medication alone not enough to treat mental health issues in Kiwi kids, Unicef warns
Janine Rankin (Stuff): New Zealand’s sad statistics show the challenge for suicide prevention
Louisa Steyl (Stuff): Southern DHB acknowledges te Tiriti o Waitangi breach
Mike Houlahan (ODT): Te Kaika to build community wellness hub

Housing, property investment, tenancy rules
Miriam Bell (Stuff): Where it is still cheaper to buy than rent 
Miriam Bell (Stuff): Auckland house prices fall during lockdown 
Anne Gibson (Herald): Auckland house sales ‘severely curbed’ by lockdown: new Barfoot & Thompson data
Ashley Church (OneRoof):  How to solve the housing crisis without screwing house prices
Rob Stock (Stuff): Government launches shared home ownership scheme for families that can’t save a deposit
Zane Small (Newshub):Government announces second funding round for progressive home ownership, next phase of scheme revealed
Jade Kake (Stuff): New Māori housing strategy is a game changer
Hamish Rutherford (Herald): Commercial rent relief changes based on anecdotal discussions with lawyers(paywalled)

David Farrar (Kiwiblog): 110 additional taxpayer funded journalists
RNZ: Facebook ‘harms children and weakens democracy’: Ex-employee
Melissa Lee (Spinoff): When Facebook goes down
Josie Adams (Spinoff): The day that Facebook and Instagram disappeared

Primary industries
RNZ: Aquaculture agreement sees area off Rakiura/Stewart Island transferred to Ngāi Tahu
Laura Smith (ODT): Southland Acquaculture Agreement signed in Bluff
Jessica Tyson (Māori TV): Ngāi Tahu to run marine farms after Treaty settlement
Stuff: Ngāi Tahu now has scope for aquaculture farming in Murihiku
RNZ: Man charged for trading $1.2m of unreported seafood named
Maja Burry (RNZ): Regenerative agriculture: NZ farmers well placed to benefit – report

George Driver (Listener/Herald): Pump and be dammed: Could Lake Onslow solve our electricity woes?(paywalled)
Rebecca Ryan (ODT): Almost all in favour of electricity trust
Georgina Campbell (Herald): New EQC cap a ‘measure of comfort’ for Wellingtonians facing big insurance bills
Joel MacManus (Stuff): Transmission Gully: Emergency services test run finds several kilometres of black spots
RNZ: China slashes its aid to the Pacific
Graeme Austin (Newsroom): The minority group we’re not including
Sukayna Al-Aaraji (Stuff): The inevitability of abuse as a woman
Chris Keall (Herald): Rising cryptocurrency theft: Good news from IRD, bad news from insurers(paywalled)