NZ Politics Daily: 22 October 2021

NZ Politics Daily: 22 October 2021

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Geoffrey Miller (Democracy Project): Geopolitics behind NZ-UK free trade deal
Liam Dann: (Herald): UK trade deal – big winners and other winners (there are no losers) (paywalled)
Richard Harman (Politik): Why Boris gave away so much to get the trade deal with NZ (paywalled)
Charles Finny (Newsroom): Groundbreaking NZ-UK free trade deal is just the start
Jenna Lynch (Newshub): Dreaming of a post-COVID OE? New Zealand’s new deal with Britain could be the ticket
Stuff Editorial: The land of wine and honey
Zane Small (Newshub): UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson drops rugby jokes during free trade deal chat with Jacinda Ardern
Aubrey Allegretti and Tess McClure (Guardian): UK strikes trade deal with New Zealand – but it may add nothing to GDP
Thomas Coughlan (Herald): MPs welcome trade agreement, and talk Brexit
Thomas Manch (Stuff): New Zealand gains head-start in post-Brexit British market with ‘huge’ free trade deal
Luke Malpass (Stuff): NZ-UK free trade deal a win for New Zealand, ruling a line under a 50-year grievance
Thomas Manch (Stuff): NZ-UK free trade deal ‘game changing’ for the Māori economy 
1 News: NZ-UK free trade deal ‘groundbreaking’ for Māori – iwi exporter
Tina Morrison and Bonnie Flaws (Stuff): Exporters welcome ‘fantastic’ UK free trade deal
Jane Patterson and Russell Palmer (RNZ): UK free trade deal to eliminate tariffs for all New Zealand exports
Anna Whyte and Benedict Collins (1 News): New Zealand and UK agree on free trade deal
Tess McClure (Guardian): ‘National treasure’: New Zealand Māori haka protected in trade deal with UK
Thomas Coughlan (Herald): Rawiri Waititi welcomes haka trade protection, but warns against Brits using it
Māori TV: Taonga protection in free-trade agreement inked with UK
Esther Taunton (Stuff): Cheap gin and chocolate? What the UK-NZ free trade deal could mean for Kiwis
Brent Edwards (NBR): New Zealand-UK free trade deal will boost farm exports (paywalled)
Lee Kenny (Stuff): UK trade agreement ‘good news’ after ongoing logistics ‘nightmare’, wine seller says
Chris Tobin (Stuff): UK free trade deal ‘history in the making’, South Canterbury farmer says
Zane Small and Juliet Speedy (Newshub): Government’s NZ-UK free trade agreement hailed by Opposition, farmers and business community
RNZ: UK-New Zealand free trade agreement ‘substantial and comprehensive’
Jenée Tibshraeny (Interest): New Zealand strikes free trade agreement with the United Kingdom; Benefits for meat exporters to be phased in over 15 years
Jamie Gray (Herald): ‘Back to the future’ for NZ-UK trade ties? (paywalled)
Rebecca Howard (BusinessDesk): ‘A level playing field’: exporters laud $1 billion trade deal (paywalled)
David Farrar (Kiwiblog): A great FTA with the UK
No Right Turn: Labour’s sneaky copyright deal

Govt Covid strategy, expert warnings
Chris Trotter (Daily Blog): Jacinda’s Choice: “Freedom Day”, Or Failure
Ian Powell (Second Opinion): Jacinda’s Gladys moment
Luke Malpass (Stuff): The biggest day for the Government since the first day of the first lockdown
Derek Cheng (Herald): Daily cases hit record high as Jacinda Ardern unveils a near-future without lockdowns
Peter Dunne (Newsroom):It’s unlikely the Govt has lost the plot
Gordon Campbell: On juggling Covid, and France’s Trump-like populist
James Whitehead (The Conversation): New Zealand’s mass vaccination event lifts uptake but highlights dangerous inequities as the country prepares to open up
David Seymour (Herald): What Auckland most needs today (paywalled)
Herald: Nurses warn New Zealand is ‘dangerously under-prepared for tsunami of cases’
Rowan Quinn (RNZ): Auckland hospitals getting Covid-19 ready at slow pace
Kate Gregan (RNZ): Concerns about health system’s ability to deal with Covid-19 grow
Nadine Porter and Steven Walton (Stuff): No-one will be left behind in race to reach 90 per cent vaccination rate – minister
RNZ: ‘We are finding most of the cases out there’ – Bloomfield
RNZ: Covid-19 wrap: 180 cases a day expected, hospitality sector wants vaccine mandates
Kendall Hutt (1 News): NZ ‘likely’ to reach 170-180 cases per day in 2-3 weeks’ time
Simon Ewing-Jarvie (Unclas): Defence Minister Says COVID19 Not An Emergency

John Gerritsen (RNZ): ‘It is crazy’: Auckland principals prepare to reopen secondary schools
Barbara Dreaver (1 News):Pasifika fear Covid-19 resurgence as schools reopen
Maxine Jacobs (Stuff): Return to school decision plays ‘roulette’ with students’ health, Māori education leaders say
Dubby Henry (Herald): Takapuna Grammar senior students won’t return next week
Māori TV: ‘It seems a bit hurried’ – Māori principal on students’ return to classroom
RNZ: Schools reopening too late for many: principals
1 News: Natural ventilation helpful in reducing Covid risk for schools – NIWA
Perry Rush (Herald): Our approach to teaching mathematics doesn’t add up (paywalled)

Vaccine passports, mandatory vaccination
Melanie Carroll (Stuff): Vaccinated staff required? Worksafe issues advice
John Anthony (Stuff): Businesses want Government advice on whether they can ban customers unvaccinated against Covid-19
RNZ: Checkpoint: Victoria University looks to expand vaccination mandate
Ireland Hendry-Tennent (Newshub): The Warehouse considering mandatory COVID-19 vaccines for all employees
Rahul Bhattarai (Herald): The Warehouse considers mandatory vaccinations for all staff by New Year’s Day
Caley Callahan (Newshub): Airport security staff challenge Government’s ‘no jab, no job’ policy in court
Stuff: Ability of vaccine to reduce virus spread could decide challenge to ‘no jab, no job’ order
Adam Burns (Local Democracy Reporting): Unvaccinated Canterbury doctor quits – ‘My conscience means more than my career’
Keiller MacDuff (Stuff): Timaru woman trespassed by supermarkets for refusing to wear mask has High Court case thrown out

Vaccine rollout
Chris Trotter (Bowalley Road): The Power Of “No”
RNZ: Young Māori least protected group with low vaccination rates
Stuff: Ministry of Health negotiations fail with John Tamihere over Māori vaccination data, High Court action
Māori TV: Tamihere attacks Ministry of Health tactics as court hearing on data delayed
Bridie Witton (Stuff): Associate Health Minister Peeni Henare ‘disappointed’ with DHBs for lagging Māori vaccination rates
Sapeer Mayron (Stuff): Poorly vaccinated south Auckland suburbs pass 50 per cent double-dosed
Adam Pearse (Herald): Vaccination boom revealed in Ministry of Health estimates for September
1 News: Isolated Kiwis get Covid jab thanks to DHB road trip
Jean Bell (RNZ): Reaching at-risk communities for vaccination: Listen to front line workers, authorities told
Hannah Kronast (Newshub): Hannah Tamaki admits getting rent from COVID-19 testing centre on church grounds
Ben Leahy (Herald): Destiny Church earns money from Covid vaccination and test site
Rowan Quinn (RNZ): Anti-vaxxers making fake vaccination bookings
Jamie Ensor (Newshub): Kāpiti College students confront anti-vaxxers that swarmed school’s three entrances
Nikki Preston (Herald): Thames Coromandel regional councillor questions whether ‘recent headlines’ caused drop in vaccination ranks

Auckland, Waikato, South Island alert levels, borders
RNZ: Checkpoint: Woman desperate to help dying nephew denied Auckland entry
1 News: Expert’s tips for safe picnicking in Auckland’s lockdown
Bernadette Basagre (Stuff): Auckland’s popular Santa parade cancelled, man in red ‘stuck in MIQ’ 
Herald: Ho ho uh-oh – Famed Auckland Christmas parade axed as Santa stuck in MIQ
RNZ: Alert level 3 restrictions for parts of Waikato to remain in place
Aaron Leaman (Stuff): Parts of Waikato to remain in alert level 3 until at least October 27
Riley Kennedy (ODT): Frustration grows about Covid alert level not dropping for South Island

Cases, demographics
Ben Leahy and Emma Russell (Herald): West Auckland man isolating in backyard tent gets hotel room
1 News: Waikato Covid case travelled to Hawke’s Bay while infectious
Lana Andelane (Newshub): New Waikato case travelled to Hawke’s Bay last week before testing positive
Eva Corlett (Guardian): New Zealand Covid daily cases pass 100 for first time since pandemic began

Alert level compliance, rules
Anna Leask (Herald):  ‘I did nothing wrong’ – Auckland woman at centre of Northland border breach allegations speaks out
RNZ: Police Commissioner defends enforcement action at protests
Anne Gibson (Herald): The retirement village that’s defying guidelines and opening to visitors (paywalled)
1 News: Decision to deny tangi exemptions for some of Sean Wainui’s whānau defended
Ben Leahy (Herald): Rugby star Sean Wainui’s car-crash death: Whānau and friends seek Auckland travel exemptions
1 News: 2 more charged over mass gatherings in Auckland Domain
Herald: Two more arrested over Auckland anti-lockdown protest
Herald: Destiny Church’s Brian Tamaki ‘treated like a prisoner’ and stripped down to his undies before court appearance
Fiona Ellis (Herald): Pak’n Save supermarket shopper without mask denied entry, demands apology

NZ border, MIQ, immigration
Robin Martin (RNZ): Community-based MIQ being set up in New Plymouth
Gill Bonnett (RNZ): Vax for visas: ‘Overstayers would come out of the woodwork’
RNZ: Health worker MIQ spots a start, but more needs to be done – expert
Rachel Sadler (Newshub): Novotel Ellerslie absconder escaped MIQ facility because of incorrectly plugged audio cable
1 News: Covid-positive woman accused of escaping MIQ enters no plea in court
Anuja Nadkarni (Newsroom): South Island-Aust bubble open but Air NZ says operation ‘not viable’
Jane Phare (Herald): ‘We need to travel:’ Desperate businesses send staff overseas without MIQ spot(paywalled)
Jane Matthews (Stuff): Law sees Kiwi ship crew denied MIQ exemption, forced to isolate at sea 
Tom Hunt (Stuff): Latest virtual lobby winds up in about 90 minutes
Ben Leahy (Herald): Thousands of Kiwis miss out on latest MIQ spots
Lane Nichols (Herald): 501 deportees to be quarantined at Auckland’s Ramada Suites hotel when charter flights resume next month

Peter Dunne: Labour has removed a currently ongoing contentious issue from immediate debate and once more snookered National
Bernard Hickey (Spinoff): The National-Labour coalition on housing should expect a big election backlash
Brent Edwards (NBR): Will political consensus lead to more affordable housing? (paywalled)
Matthew Hooton (Herald): Housing deal with National shows Labour’s failure (paywalled)
Leanne Warr (Hawkes Bay Today/Herald): What if the ‘bank of mum and dad’ isn’t open? (paywalled)
Jenée Tibshraeny (Interest): Government’s sweeping decision to allow for more housing densification prompts renewed calls from councils for more infrastructure funding
Katie Townshend (Stuff): Nelson to put hand up for inclusion in new housing intensification rules
Ashley Church (OneRoof):  Why I no longer trust the Reserve Bank
Herewini Waikato (Māori TV): Kāinga Ora falls short on Ngāi Te Rangi iwi housing
Jake McKee (RNZ): ‘Out of control’ Wellington rents pushing students to ditch studies for work
Henry Cooke (Stuff): Judith Collins says high house prices lead to ‘politics of envy’ and support for left-wing policies

Environment, climate change, conservation
Henry Cooke (Sydney Morning Herald): Jacinda Ardern’s climate summit problem is the opposite of Scott Morrison’s
Taxpayers’ Union: New poll reveals opposition to Shaw’s Glasgow trip
Brian Fallow (Herald): Will we COP it in Glasgow? (paywalled)
The Country (Herald): James Shaw defends COP26 climate change trip to Glasgow (paywalled)
Tess McClure (Guardian): New Zealand becomes first country to force finance companies to act on climate risks
Gareth Vaughan (Interest): Consultation for corporates on climate-related accounting disclosure standards kicks off
Cushla Norman (1 News): Push for more green jobs ahead of climate summit
Brittney Deguara (Stuff): Climate change impact on Māori wellbeing and culture ‘sobering’ yet ‘insightful’
Andrea Vance (Stuff): This Is How It Ends: All creatures great, small and vanishing
Richard Gibson (Stuff): This Is How It Ends: Small, secretive, and increasingly rare — why reptiles need our help
Colin Davis (Stuff): New Zealand is failing the test when it comes to climate change education
Lois Williams (Local Democracy Reporting): Barrytown company submits more info on ilmenite mine proposal

Local government, Three Waters
Taxpayers’ Union: Poll reveals what New Zealanders think of Three Waters
Gerrard Eckhoff (ODT): Three Waters reforms a precursor to co-governance of NZ
John Bishop (Stuff): Audacity of water assets grab boggles the mind
Tom Kitchin (RNZ): Māori ward in Napier described as ‘bittersweet’ victory
1 News: Auckland’s water restrictions to be lifted after two years
Liu Chen (RNZ): Auckland’s water restrictions to be lifted on Saturday
Mandy Te (Stuff): Wellington Water launches independent review into wastewater treatment operations
Joel MacManus (Stuff): Wellington City Council votes to keep ownership of international airport 
Matthew Tso (Stuff): Mike Tana still absent for Porirua City Council’s mayoral portrait lineup
Abbey Wakefield (1 News): Yellow bucket stolen from Wellington’s Cuba St fountain
ODT Editorial: City Council team tickets
Luisa Girao (ODT): Talks held on recycling deal extension
Chris Barclay (Star News): ‘Waste of staff time’: Christchurch councillor unrepentant after being slammed again over poor attendance
Courtney White (ODT): Apology to family for taking crash site items

Parliament, Parties, MMP
Anna Whyte (1 News): Te Pāti Māori accuses Speaker, Govt of vilifying ‘our Party and our people’
Thomas Coughlan (Herald): Rawiri Waititi slams ‘grossly inappropriate’ Trevor Mallard in Parliament stoush
Max Rashbrooke (Stuff): Good week in opposition upset by ‘trivial error’ in economic plan 
Rukuwai Tipene-Allen (Māori TV): Māori seats may be Winston’s way back to Parliament
Bridie Witton (Stuff): Member’s bills to hinder child sex tourism, extend time for sexual harassment claims selected for debate
Brian Easton: Fridays with Jim

Dame Cindy Kiro sworn in as Governor-General
Rukuwai Tipene-Allen (Māori TV): Daughter of the north takes job first held by Tiriti signer William Hobson
Tumamao Harawira (Māori TV): Former colleagues praise new Governor-General
Claire Trevett (Herald): New Governor-General Dame Cindy Kiro sworn-in
1 News: First wahine Māori Dame Cindy Kiro sworn in as Governor-General
Bridie Witton (Stuff): Dame Cindy Kiro sworn in as Governor-General 
Claire Trevett (Herald): Governor General Dame Cindy Kiro’s message on Covid 19, Treaty relationship in swearing in
RNZ: Dame Cindy Kiro sworn in as Governor-General
Jamie Ensor (Newshub): Dame Cindy Kiro sworn in as New Zealand’s first wahine Māori Governor-General
Eva Corlett (Guardian): Dame Cindy Kiro becomes New Zealand’s first female Māori governor-general

Economy, business, Wage subsidy
Liam Dann (Herald): ‘Ugly’ new survey captures Auckland business despair (paywalled)
Rahul Bhattarai (Herald): Hospitality and retail on edge – financially and mentally (paywalled)
Damien Venuto (Herald): What business leaders want from the Govt’s big announcement (paywalled)
Grant Bradley (Herald): What hotels want from the Government (paywalled)
RNZ: Urgent help, grants sought as lockdowns impact struggling SME community
Grant Bradley (Herald): Auckland Airport boss says ‘revenge travel’ will fuel recovery (paywalled)
Grant Bradley (Herald): Auckland Airport confident of air travel recovery after 2023 (paywalled)
Herald Editorial: Why inflation inspires fear and loathing in New Zealand (paywalled)
Liam Dann (Herald): 6000 workers needed – Survey reveals severity of Auckland labour shortages(paywalled)

Health system
1 News: Report finds Kiwis end up in EDs as dental prices too high
Sam Olley (RNZ): Health practitioners head back to work in alert level 3 areas
RNZ: ACC posts $10b paper surplus – but says levy rises still needed
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): ACC says $10b surplus doesn’t change case for levy rise

Primary industries
Hamish MacLean (ODT): Some concerns about fishing camera policy
Jonathan Milne (Newsroom): Multi-million dollar mānuka honey industry faces mandatory tests
Keith Woodford (Interest): Carbon and forestry, increasingly linked to overseas investors, continue to outmuscle sheep and beef but nothing about carbon is simple
Rebecca Howard (BusinessDesk): The lucrative threat to rural communities (paywalled)

Te Aorewa Rolleston (RNZ): MindTheGap: Campaign promotes wage gap, especially for Māori and Pasifika
Rachel Smalley (NBR): Right and fair thing to do: Mind the Gap (paywalled)

Christchurch terror attacks
Jamie Ensor (Newshub): Christchurch terror attacks: Top coroner opens inquiry into shootings
RNZ: Coronial inquiry into 2019 Christchurch mosque shootings formally opened
Kurt Bayer (Herald): Christchurch terror attack: Coronial inquiry launched into March 15, 2019 shootings
Sam Sherwood (Stuff): Chief Coroner opens inquiry into Christchurch terror attack

Stuff Editorial: Our consumer data rights need protection
Suraya Sidhu Singh (Stuff): On the bus: The case for greater subsidies for public transport
Mike Houlahan (ODT): Euthanasia care, work called for
Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): Kevin Rudd on China: ‘A thousand-pound gorilla in the front living room’
Brent Edwards (NBR): On the NBR List? Watch out for the IRD (paywalled)
Matthew Hooton (Patreon): A stain on New Zealand’s national honour (paywalled)
Te Aorewa Rolleston (RNZ): Lockdowns led to ‘exponential demand for support’ from Māori in South Island
Peter de Graaf (Northern Advocate): Christmas in peril: Northland charity sends out SOS
Rob Fisher (Stuff): Increase Māori representation in tech industry or risk growing inequity
Taroi Black (Māori TV): Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei wants to settle Erebus memorial dispute
Esther Ashby-Coventry (Stuff): Another Waitaha Waitangi Tribunal claim overlooked by Crown
Laura Smith (ODT): Support for proposed ban on trade in extinct animal remains
RNZ: Westport flood victims left in limbo
RNZ: The Detail: Fighting over timber – the shortages hitting construction