NZ Politics Daily: 14 October 2021

NZ Politics Daily: 14 October 2021

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Govt Covid strategy, expert warnings, Auckland
Derek Cheng (Herald): Auckland hits point of no return; ‘Super Saturday followed by Hundy Sunday’(paywalled)
Kristin Hall (1 News): Covid advisory group members shocked not to be consulted on Auckland plan
Marc Daalder (Newsroom): Govt shrugs off expert pleas for Level 4, expects cases to spike
Matthew Hooton (Patreon): Podium of Truth now Podium of Bullshit (paywalled)
Bridie Witton (Stuff): Virus will ‘sweep’ through Auckland after level 3 loosening, modeller warns
1 News: NZ ‘may not have very long to act’ as Covid cases trend upward – modeller
Toby Manhire (Spinoff): 100-plus daily Covid cases on the cards for Auckland within two weeks
Science Media Centre: What do the latest Covid trends mean? – Expert Q&A (paywalled)
Zane Small (Newshub): Chris Hipkins denies border can be crossed without proof of negative COVID-19 test, contradicting official websites
Hannah Martin (Stuff): Govt not looking at ‘circuit breaker’ lockdown as Auckland outbreak grows
Jamie Ensor (Newshub): Pressure mounts on Government to consider alert level 4 ‘circuit-breaker’ lockdown in Auckland as cases rise
Jamie Ensor (Newshub): Government not considering alert level 4 ‘circuit-breaker lockdown’ despite calls from health experts
Jane Patterson (RNZ): Covid-19 spreading in Auckland and vaccination now ‘absolutely important’ – Hipkins
Zane Small (Newshub): Chris Hipkins confirms ‘home-isolation for positive cases’ in the works, ‘no question’ Delta outbreak will grow
Herald: Virus is ‘spreading in Auckland’ – Chris Hipkins
Irra Lee (1 News): ‘Elimination strategy’ remains; outbreak to grow, says Hipkins
Shannon Redstall (Newshub): Counties Manukau DHB modelling shows tens of thousands of COVID cases next year, hundreds of deaths
Mariner Fagaiava-Muller (RNZ): Leading wāhine Māori and Pasifika in health sector encourage elimination strategy
Luke Malpass (Stuff): Is it time to ditch the 1pm livestreamed updates?
Ben Thomas (Stuff): Covid has shown the limits of big government
Brigitte Morten (NBR): The politics of targets (paywalled)
RNZ: Collins wants more information released about Auckland alert level 3 move
Stuff: Alert level calls for Auckland, Northland and Waikato depend on spread

Vaccine certificate, mandatory vaccination, incentives
Katie Bradford (1 News): NZ’s biggest construction bosses want mandatory jabs for industry’s workers
Amelia Wade (Newshub): Education sector in chaos after COVID-19 vaccine mandate
ODT Editorial: Vaccination mandate pressure
Helen Nickisson (Stuff): Rural schools facing nervous times ahead of vaccine mandate
Adam Pearse (Herald): DHB staff vaccination level rises but clear gaps persist
Amber Allott (Stuff): Ninety per cent of all district health board staff have at least one jab
Arena Williams & Stuart Smith (Stuff): The Government can help businesses to incentivise staff to get vaccinated
Luke Malpass and Sam Sherwood (Stuff): Police warned people may be getting vaccinated on behalf of others 

Vaccine rollout, anti-vaxxers
Jody O’Callaghan (Stuff): Children aged 5 to 11 could be in line for Covid-19 vaccine, politicians say
1 News: Less than 100 Kiwis ‘genuinely’ exempt from getting Covid-19 jab
Steve Kilgallon (Stuff): Indian migrant says he only got his vaccine after showing a visa
John Weekes (Herald): Thames-Coromandel Mayor’s vaccine remarks ‘appalling stuff’, councillor says
Sharnae Hope (Stuff): Vaccination expert disgusted by Waikato mayor’s no-Pfizer stance
Sam Olley (RNZ): Thames-Coromandel mayor refuses to get Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine
Sahiban Hyde (Hawkes Bay Today/ Herald): Wairoa mayor wants Covid jab system pranksters punished – ‘hold them down and give them the vaccine’ (paywalled)
Thomas Coughlan (Herald): Why Judith Collins got vaccinated
Dylan Reeve (Spinoff): Who are the New Zealanders holding out on getting vaxxed?
Jess Berentson-Shaw (Newsroom): Vaccine message requires calm
Andrew Marshall (ODT): Vax support born of ordeal
Bernie Hewson (ODT): Vaccination choice about weighing risks
Te Aorewa Rolleston (RNZ): Te Tairāwhiti Arts Festival used to help boost Gisborne’s vaccination rates
Marc Daalder (Newsroom): Charting New Zealand’s vaccine rollout
RNZ: West Coast vaccination drive: ‘We sit down with them and have a cup of tea’

Northland, Waikato, South Island border
Karina Cooper (Northern Advocate): Northland borders like a prison with open windows, former MP Hone Harawira says
Te Karere: Winston Peters hits out at ‘weak, soft’ Northland border
Karina Cooper (Northern Advocate): Security missed Whangārei Airport’s alleged border breach by minutes
NIta Blake-Persen (RNZ): MP and GP, Dr Shane Reti helps vaccinate locals in Northland
Denise Piper (Stuff): Northland ‘held to ransom’ as level 3 is extended over case’s ongoing silence
Barry Soper (Herald): Little information forthcoming on Northland Covid cases
Rachel Sadler (Newshub): Why Northland and Waikato aren’t moving out of alert level 3 yet
1 News: ‘Idiots of the highest order’ – National MP blasts Govt’s Waikato lockdown extension

1 News: ICU capacity under spotlight with Delta cases on the rise
Stewart Sowman-Lund  (Spinoff): What is Molnupiravir? And when will it be available in NZ?
Belinda Feek (Herald): NZ and its hospitals – overwhelmed or adequately staffed?
Herald Editorial: Hospitals are holding fast and credit is due
Thomas Coughlan (Herald): Government to unveil preparedness of health system for Delta
Emma Russell (Herald): Missing women – 133 don’t know they have potentially deadly breast cancer
Mark Quinlivan (Newshub): Substandard sunscreens could be on shelves for more summers as product safety Bill remains in transition period
Hamish McNeilly (Stuff): Ministry warns councillor’s unproven Covid-19 treatment could cause ‘serious harm’
Joseph Mooney (Stuff): South wrestles with ill-fitting Govt policies and bureaucratic brick walls
Marta Rychert, Chris Wilkins, Vinuli Withanarachchie (The Conversation): Why it’s time to treat medicinal cannabis as an alternative therapy, not a pharmaceutical

Alert level compliance, rules
Bernard Orsman and Zoe Holland (Herald) ‘Time to go hard’ on rule-breakers says epidemiologist Rod Jackson
Anna Leask (Herald): Police hunting Covid-positive South Auckland woman ‘refusing to engage’ with authorities
Paul Brooks (Whanganui Midweek): Mixed messages muffle mask mandate
Melanie Earley (Stuff): Police searching for Auckland woman who tested positive for virus
Catrin Owen (Stuff): Woman charged after allegedly fleeing lockdown to Levin in back of truck
Bernard Orsman (Northern Advocate): Auckland councillor Richard Hills has travelled to Northland for the birth of his baby

Cases, demographics, contact tracing
Michael Morrah (Newshub): Family of Māngere church cluster victim pay tribute to ‘very respectful’ and ‘loving’ man
Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): Labour isolated against push for contact tracing data protection
Mark Quinlivan (Newshub): Infected person isolating at home goes missing, police search underway
Adam Pearse (Herald): Covid-positive person isolating in Kāinga Ora housing complex

MIQ, immigration, border
Ben Strang (RNZ): Move towards home isolation model as significant growth in cases expected
Mitchell Alexander (Newshub): Government urged to expand residency criteria to MIQ security staff
Cecile Meier (Stuff): Health workers forced to leave as they don’t qualify for fast-tracked residency visa
Gill Bonnett (RNZ): ‘I don’t exist’: Government silence hurts migrant parents
Jessica Roden (1 News): Bay Dreams music festival cancelled over border restrictions
Lorna Thornber (Stuff): ‘A national disgrace’: Kiwi expats and travellers won’t forget how they’ve been treated 
David Farrar (Patreon): Exclusive poll results: When do NZers think the borders will open (paywalled)
Heather du Plessis-Allan (Newsroom): There is no reason Kiwis stuck overseas shouldn’t be able to come home for Christmas
Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): The MIQ system only leads to unnecessary heartbreak
Torika Tokalau (Stuff): ‘Travel at your own risk’ as Fiji plans to reopen for tourists from December 1

Environment, climate change, conservation
Heather du Plessis-Allan (Newstalk ZB): Politics has won over principle with Emission Reduction Plan
Marc Daalder (Newsroom): Govt climate document sees no role for agriculture
Olivia Wannan (Stuff):‘Hodgepodge’ climate proposals could hang over climate minister’s trip – activists
Stuff Editorial: Climate: Government wants more ideas, nation wants greater momentum
No Right Turn: Climate Change: Abandoning ambition
Richard Wagstaff (Spinoff): A just transition for workers requires more than what’s in this climate plan
RNZ: Government’s plan to outsource emissions ‘makes no sense’ – union
Richard Harman (Politik): Why James Shaw thinks the ETS fails (paywalled)
Nick Perry  (AP) James Shaw: Humans are ‘terribly bad’ at dealing with climate change
Anna Whyte (1 News): Feedback sought on climate policies, campaigners call it ‘meaningless waffle’
Zane Small (Newshub): Emissions Reduction Plan ideas dubbed ‘wacky’, ‘hot air’ and ‘hodgepodge’
Hamish Cardwell (RNZ): Government releases consultation document ahead of Emissions Reduction Plan
Zane Small and Alexa Cook (Newshub): New Zealand Emissions Reduction Plan discussion document released to public
Eloise Gibson and Olivia Wannan (Stuff): Govt puts ideas to slash emissions out for feedback – asks people, business to fill gaps
Brent Edwards ((NBR)): Government’s emissions reduction plan labelled ‘a disgrace’ by some (paywalled)
Ian Llewellyn (BusinessDesk): Carbon hill gets steeper to climb (paywalled)
Thomas Coughlan (Herald): Government releases draft emissions plan, including scheme to scrap dirty cars
BusinessDesk: Blah, blah, blah: climate change plan reactions pour in (paywalled)
John Berry (Stuff): Why big businesses need to step up when it comes to climate change action
Todd Niall (Stuff): Auckland Climate Festival: NZ urged to play broker role at global summit
Hamish MacLean (ODT): Carbon accounting approach questioned
Joanna Santa Barbara (Stuff): Are we doing a good job teaching the younger generation about climate change?
André Chumko (Stuff): Labour MP Kieran McAnulty ’emotional’ after selling trusty ute
Matthew Rosenberg (Local Democracy Reporting): Concerned about road erosion, Colac Bay residents seek legal advice

Business, economy, wage subsidy
Liam Dann (Herald): Holding on to hope: Business confidence stays solid despite lockdowns (paywalled)
Anne Gibson (Herald): Covid exacerbates problems for Māori and their businesses: new Westpac report
Daniel Dunkley (Stuff): Global tax crackdown a sign of progress, but NZ can clean up its act
Rob Stock (Stuff): Businesses wrong not to trust work-from-home staff: Report 
Chris Keall (Herald): Employers warned that ‘the great resignation’ is hitting NZ (paywalled)
Bethany Reitsma (Herald): How the Covid-19 pandemic led to a ‘Zoom boom’ in beauty treatments(paywalled)
RNZ: More businesses optimistic about outlook – survey
Jenny Ruth (BusinessDesk): Govt has about $12b to spend on delta relief: economist (paywalled)

25 years since NZ’s first MMP election, Electoral law review
Peter Dunne (Dunne Speaks): 25 years of MMP – and the government wants to make it harder for small parties
Jamie Tahana (RNZ): More Māori in Parliament: Sandra Lee reflects on introduction of MMP
Kate McMillan (Asia Media Centre): Asian political representation in MMP history
Liz Gordon (Daily Blog): MMP, the Alliance and me
Hamish Rutherford (Herald): New political poll: Act six points behind National, while David Seymour’s popularity climbs – Talbot Mills Research
Bob Jones (No Punches Pulled): Winston’s back

Crime and Justice
Kushlan Sugathapala (Herald): We know how to reduce violent crime so why don’t we? (paywalled)
Mark Quinlivan (Newshub): Time for age of criminal responsibility to be raised, more ‘by Māori, for Māori’ initiatives, Children’s Commissioner Andrew Becroft says
Katie Doyle (RNZ): Children’s Commissioner on youth justice reforms: ‘It could work better’
Katie Harris (Herald): Outgoing Children’s Commissioner calls for end of spit hood use, restraint chairs and police remand
Moana Ellis (Local Democracy Reporting): New $50m courthouse and police hub for Whanganui

Water reforms, Local government
Jane Matthews (Stuff): Māori to have just two votes in Stratford council election
Georgina Campbell (Herald): Another Wellington City Council senior staffer resigns
Kelly Makiha (Herald): Call for public apology from Rotorua Lakes Council over dump discharge(paywalled)
Luisa Girao (ODT): Two councils reject helicopter funding plea
Logan Savory (Stuff): Declining helicopter trust funding doesn’t value people
Paul McBeth (BusinessDesk): Jim Boult doesn’t care if you hate his guts (paywalled)
Tim Matthews (Whanganui Chronicle): Whanganui Feds say rural water schemes have fallen through the cracks

Bernard Hickey (The Kākā): Dawn Chorus: Govt biggest winner from housing boom (paywalled)
Georgina Campbell (Herald): Wellington City Council releases plan to address shortfall of 12,000 homes
Esther Taunton (Stuff): Number of new real estate agents jumps 54 per cent

Education and training
Chris Beard (Newsroom): International education’s hidden taonga
Nick Brook (ODT): Training scheme in funding straits

RNZ: Infrastructure Commission puts forward new approach in 30-year draft plan
Jonathan Milne (Newsroom): A supply chain strategy for a remote island nation of 7.4m
Daniel Riordan (NBR): Infrastructure fix would cost $31b a year, says report

Graham Adams (Democracy Project): The debate over the $55 million media fund erupts again
Damien Venuto (Herald): Media rumour mill: Duncan Garner to return to MediaWorks, Air NZ exec linked to top TVNZ job (paywalled)

Rob Stock (Stuff): Petrol prices: ‘Fuel has never been so expensive’ and prices could rise higher
Gianina Schwanecke (Herald): Hawke’s Bay nears record petrol prices: Fuel costs ‘hurting’ but continued increases tipped (paywalled)
NIkki Mandown (Newsroom): From Z to Ampol – moving in the wrong direction
Amber Allott (Stuff): Canterbury bus driver strike called off as living wage agreement reached

Thomas Manch (Stuff): New Zealand white supremacist group on Facebook’s ‘dangerous organisations’ list 
Katie Harris (Herald): NZ right-wing nationalist group on internal Facebook blacklist of terror and hate groups
Jessica Mutch McKay (1 News): Nats launch petition to help Afghans who supported Kiwi troops
George Heagney (Stuff): Iwi’s rangatiratanga undermined by actions of the Crown
Georgina Campbell (Herald): Shelly Bay developer says land occupation will come to end soon: opponent not so sure
Hannah Kronast (Newshub): Central Wellington area officially named Paekākā, recognising Taranaki Whānui and Māori heritage
Kevin Norquay (Stuff): Moana Pasifika, Drua and now Matatū … Aotearoa here we come?
Shane Te Pou (Herald): Battling wokeness will maintain divide (paywalled)
Bess Manson (Stuff): King Charles III as NZ head of state? What an odd thing, says ex-diplomat
Dan Satherley (Newshub): Scientists in NZ and overseas reveal the abuse they get for talking about COVID-19, including ‘death threats and endless hatred’
Jamie Morton (Herald): Sir Peter Gluckman’s influential new role in global science
Danyl McLauchlan (Listener/Herald): Logic: Why it matters and how to be better at it (paywalled)
New Zealand’s invisible people
Rajorshi Chakrabort (Newsroom): New Zealand’s invisible people: A review of a history of racism against Kiwi-Indians
Point of Order: NZ forces take part in Five Power exercise in S.E.Asia – Henare may head for Malaysia soon, too