NZ Politics Daily: 26 October 2021

NZ Politics Daily: 26 October 2021

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Māori vaccination
Derek Cheng (Herald): PM Jacinda Ardern rejected science and health experts’ plea for Māori vax target
Lincoln Tan (Herald): Government’s ‘traffic light’ system a real life Squid Game which will result in Māori deaths, MP says
Mihingarangi Forbes and Rachel Sadler (Newshub): 90 pct vaccine target ‘the right solution’ despite concerns Māori may be left behind – Willie Jackson
Jamie Tahana (RNZ): Boosting vaccination rates for Māori without specific target ‘a very tense and difficult task
Seni Iasona (Newshub): Health expert criticises move to ease restrictions despite lack of vaccination targets for Māori and Pacific peoples
Rawiri Taonui (Stuff): How Māori will pay the price of abandoning level 4
Dan Satherley (Newshub): Peeni Henare explains why there’s no vaccine target for Māori, says Cabinet ‘had to draw a line in the sand
Craig Kapitan (Herald): Māori could lose freedoms if vax rate doesn’t rise, Peeni Henare says
Will Trafford (Māori TV): ‘If you want to have a Christmas, get vaccinated’ – Henare
1 News: Govt abandons Māori-specific vaccination target
Amelia Wade (Newshub): Government may have significantly underestimated Māori population eligible for vaccination
1 News: Govt announces $120m fund to push Māori vaccine rates
1 News: Peeni Henare urges younger Māori to stand up and get vaccinated
Taroi Black (Māori TV): Freedom? People are dying worldwide’
Vini Olsen-Reeder (E-Tangata): We started the vax race from behind
Torika Tokalau (Stuff): 90 per cent DHB target unfair to Pasifika and Māori, health expert says
Brittany Keogh and Ellen O’Dwye (Stuff): New Covid-19 plan ‘unethical’ and could cause ‘irreparable harm’ to Māori and Pacific people, say critics
1 News: Experts urged Govt to be ‘explicit’ in goal to ‘save Māori lives’ in new Covid framework

Govt Covid strategy; traffic light system; 90% target
Derek Cheng (Herald): Sir David Skegg warned about a Delta outbreak (paywalled)
1 News: Govt’s new strategy not robust enough to cope with Covid threat – Baker
Liam Dann (Herald):  We are a polarised country – the qualities we’ll need to get through (paywalled)
Claire Trevett (Herald):  Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has promised an oasis for the vaccinated but will it be a mirage?(paywalled)
Ian Sinclair (Listener/Herald): Sydney doctor’s warning to New Zealand (paywalled)
Russell Palmer (RNZ): Traffic light system ‘confusing’, ‘slow’, ‘rushed’, ‘risky’ – politicians
Sapeer Mayron (Stuff): Traffic light system needs Te Tiriti foundation to succeed, experts warn
Henry Cooke (Stuff): How the traffic light system will work, and what New Zealand needs to do to reach it
Katie Kenny (Stuff): The traffic light system: a path to progress, or a divided society?
Rukuwai Tipene-Allen (Māori TV): ‘Rushed and risky’ – Green Party warns against Govt’s covid plan
Fran O’Sullivan (Herald): United political front missing in Covid fight (paywalled)
Tess McClure (Guardian): New Zealand Covid: Māori party likens new ‘traffic light’ system to ‘Squid Game’
Stuff Editorial: The game of our lives
Herald Editorial: Difficult tightrope out of lockdown (paywalled)
Jane Patterson (RNZ): Leaving lockdown at the traffic lights: Is New Zealand ready?
Liam Dann (Herald):  Is the Government’s plan to open fast enough? (paywalled)
Kerre McIvor (Herald): I think the PM wanted to bring hope – I came away with anything but
Thomas Manch (Stuff): Government’s new Covid-19 plan roundly criticised in Parliament
Siobhan Downes (Stuff): How domestic travel will work under the traffic light system
Jilesh Desai (Stuff): Why I don’t watch the 1pm and 4pm Covid press conferences any more
Bruce Cotterill (Herald):  Let’s govern for the whole team of 5 million (paywalled)
ODT Editorial: Will traffic lights work for Sth Island?
(Stuff): Calls for tougher measures to limit inter-island transmission after Blenheim case
Luke Malpass (Stuff): The new traffic lights look good, but 90 per cent vaccination rate will be hard to hit
Anna Whyte (1 News): New traffic light Covid framework revealed
ion O’Neale, Emily Harvey, Steven Turnbull, James Gilmour and Kylie Stewart (Spinoff): We built a model that shows how small rule changes can fuel delta’s spread
Jin Russell (Spinoff): Our children cannot be vaccinated for Covid-19. Here’s how we can best protect them
RNZ: Covid-19 wrap: Criticisms on testing, poverty and cancer treatment
RNZ: Covid-19 wrap: Northland and Blenheim cases, and DHB vax data
RNZ: Covid-19 wrap: Traffic lights, spreading cases and third doses
RNZ: Covid-19 wrap: Traffic lights, spreading cases and third doses
Stuff: Third Covid-19 vaccine dose now available for severely immunocompromised people
Farah Hancock (RNZ): Covid-19 data visualisations: NZ in numbers
Harkanwal Singh: The Spinoff Covid tracker: the live graphs that tell the story of delta in Aotearoa
Stewart Forsyth (Herald): Who would be a female expert during a pandemic? (paywalled)
Jessica Roden (1 News): Pockets of vaccine hesitancy make it harder for some DHBs to hit 90% target
RNZ: How each DHB stacks up for the 90% vaccination target
Sapeer Mayron (Stuff): Auckland hits 90 per cent first doses, 75 per cent fully vaccinated
Jonathan Guildford and Liz McDonald (Stuff): ‘Bit of a push’ needed to reach 90 per cent vaccination rate
Felippe Rodrigues (Stuff): Why Covid-19 vaccination targets are complicated by how you count people
Nicole Bremner (1 News): Vaccination rate of 90% ‘a stretch’ but possible for Auckland – experts
1 News: Graphs reveal how Covid-19 vaccinations are tracking in NZ
Steven Walton (Stuff): Less than half fully-protected: Covid vaccine lag among under 35s
Brian Easton (Pundit): Vaccinating The Underclass
Jo Moir (Newsroom): Freedom date still on table if vaccination target fails
Marc Dallder (Newsroom): Data debate means 90 percent vaccinated isn’t enough
Chris Trotter (Interest): The vaccine hesitant and resistant have stigmatised themselves
Janet Wilson (Stuff): Fear is widening the divide between the vaccinated and the unvaccinated
Ruwani Perera (Newshub): Middlemore Hospital worker worried preventable deaths will rise if vaccination rates don’t increase
Mark Quinlivan (Newshub): Hone Harawira censures new traffic light framework, calls for alert ‘level 5’ in Auckland
Rukuwai Tipene-Allen Māori TV): Keep traffic lights on red -Hone Harawira
Craig Ashworth (Stuff): Māori Covid cash welcomed in Taranaki but more change wanted
Ben Strang (Stuff): ‘Clock is ticking’ on Porirua as reopening plan unveiled
1 News: Getting young vaccinated crucial to stop major ‘driver’ of Covid cases – expert
Adam Pearse (Herald): The 90% Project – How to enable vaccination in key populations
RNZ: South Island ‘struggling’ to get younger population vaccinated
Joanne Naish (Stuff): Buller has the lowest vaccination rates in South Island – how can it catch up?
Lois Williams (Local Democracy Reporting): West Coast mayors all vaccinated against Covid-19
Joanne Naish and Steven Walton (Stuff): All but one of the South Island’s mayors and chairs fully vaccinated
Janine Rankin (Stuff): The gap between vaccination rates and the target has been measured
Guy Williams (ODT): Doubt over Q’town data
Victor Billot (Newsroom): An Ode for .. Sandra Goudie
Kethaki Masilamani (Newshub): Northland health professionals facing ‘unhelpful’ vaccine misinformation battle
Matthew Hooton (Patreon): On Twitter (paywalled)
Piers Fuller (Stuff): Dave Dobbyn social media backlash highlights ‘vaccination polarisation’
Herald: Dave Dobbyn reveals vaccination views after Twitter controversy
Jimmy Ellingham (RNZ): Covid-19: Direct action needed to fight vaccine misinformation amongst Māori – kaumātua
1 News: Packhouse credits Māori trust ‘angels with needles’ for vax stats
Mike Mather (Stuff): The Covid vaccination station giving away $100 vouchers
Glenn McConnell (Stuff): ‘You are holding the country to ransom’: Promoter’s plea to unvaccinated as summer plans still hang in the balance
Jane Nixon (1 News): Grounded Air NZ pilots back on deck as non-Pfizer jabs recognised
1 News: Third vaccine dose available for severely immunocompromised
Lucy Warhurst (Newshub): Plea to allow COVID vaccines for immunocompromised children currently denied shot

David Farrier (Webworm): New Zealand goes Loopy
Herald: Former NZ television presenter Liz Gunn claims earthquake was Mother Nature’s response to Jacinda Ardern’s Covid-19 announcement
Audrey Malone (1 News):
MoH aware people might be getting vaccinated on behalf of others
1 News: Family of Kiwi rapper say his death was hijacked by anti-vaxxers
Jane Matthews (Stuff): Late Kiwi rapper’s family speak out after death ‘hijacked by anti-vaxxers’ 

Vaccine passports, mandatory vaccination
1 News: Q + A: Vaccine certificates run risk of dividing Kiwis, expert warns
Andrew Ecclestone (Stuff): Vaccination certificates raise questions of privacy and trust
Ben Strang (Stuff): Legal issues with vaccine certificates still to be worked out
Martin Van Beynen (Stuff): No vaccine certificate, no entry – new Covid-19 rules face tricky route through legal minefield
Jack Tame (Herald): Vaccine certificates should have been ready months ago
Caroline Williams (Stuff): What we know (and don’t know) about vaccine certificates
Anuja Nadkarni (Newsroom): New vaccine certification requirement may become indirect mandate for workers
Daniel Smith (Stuff): Businesses that do not implement vaccine certificates will ‘not operate as normal’
Mike Yardley (Stuff): Vaccine certificates vital to recovery plan
Herald Editorial: A new hardline message on vaccinations – but will it get through? (paywalled)
Jenny Nicholls (Stuff): It should be normal to ask about Covid vaccine status 
Stuff Editorial: The Summer of the Divide
1 News: Concerns raised around how to enforce exclusion of unvaccinated from tangihanga
Jane Clifton (Listener/Herald):  Government leaving every other workplace to fend for itself (paywalled)
Chloe Blommerde (Stuff): No jab, no entry: Hamilton businesses weigh up future with vaccine certificates
1 News: Deadline for healthcare workers to be vaccinated changed
Stephen Forbes (Local Democracy Reporting): Auckland midwives weigh up government’s mandatory vaccination order
Dubby Henry (Herald): Vital health workers can now ask for vaccine exemption
George Block (Stuff): Corrections accused of subterfuge over staff vaccine mandate
Māori TV: Health and disability, education and prison workers must be fully vaccinated – Hipkins
Gareth Jones (ODT): Taking responsibility for health is not at odds with worship
Stuff: Lawyer argues sacked workers’ rights not infringed by ‘no jab, no job’ rule
Rob Stock (Stuff): The financial cost of not being fully vaccinated

Alice Wilkins (Newshub): Expert calls for mandatory student vaccinations as senior high schoolers in level 3 return for in-person learning
Sarah Catherall (Stuff): The lost generation: How some students are left behind in widening Covid divide
Mina Kerr-Lazenby (Stuff): Auckland principals worried but prepared as high schools reopen
Phil Pennington (RNZ): Niwa working with Education Ministry to monitor CO2 in classrooms
1 News: Q + A: Teachers ‘overwhelmingly’ supporting vaccine mandates – NZEI
Sam Olley (RNZ): Principal hopes ‘like hell’ teachers will get Covid-19 vaccine
Dubby Henry (Herald): Auckland’s senior students sick of online learning but nervous about return to school
1 News: Auckland high school seniors prepare to return to class
Dubby Henry (Herald): High needs learning support: Education Ministry review ‘could benefit 50-80,000 kids’
Ben Strang (Stuff): Wellington students say school has failed to act on allegations of racism

Auckland, Northland, Waikato, South Island
Daisy Hudson (ODT): Call for flights vaccine rule to protect South Is: Baker
RNZ: Call for pre-departure Covid-19 tests for travel to South Island
RNZ: More could have been done to stop Covid-19 reaching South Island – Kaikōura MP
Kaysha Brownlie (Newshub): Mounting pressure for tighter restrictions to protect South Island from Delta
Māori TV: Auckland now a runaway Delta event – Dr Rawiri Taonui
1 News: Experts differ on likelihood of Aucklanders being able to leave for Christmas
Zoe Holland (Herald): Path to freedom – how many more vaccination jabs Auckland needs and likely timeframe
Derek Cheng (Herald): Jacinda Ardern hopes Auckland boundary can loosen by summer – but no guarantees
Luke Malpass (Stuff): Vaccinated Aucklanders should be able to travel across border for Christmas – Jacinda Ardern 
1 News: Aucklanders in ‘despair’ over announcements, Judith Collins says
Judith Collins (Herald):  Government announces new traffic light system, but at what cost? (paywalled)
Herald: Auckland mayor Phil Goff praises new plan to get Auckland out of lockdown
Adam Jacobson (Stuff): Covid-19 blamed for Auckland’s population declining for the first time
Northland Age: Calls for Northland to return to alert level 3
1 News: Reti: Northland wants to move up alert levels after Covid cases found
Mike Dinsdale (Northern Advocate): Northland’s alert level at risk with four positive Covid cases in the region
Emma Russell (Herald): Inside the Te Awamutu cluster – epicentre of the Waikato’s spread
RNZ: Mayor hopes Ōtorohanga Covid-19 cases will spur people to get vaccinated
Caitlin Ellis and Mark Quinlivan (Newshub): Ōtorohanga Mayor Max Baxter confident COVID-19 not running rampant in Waikato town after two cases detected
1 News: Waipa mayor wants return to normalcy after Te Awamutu Covid cases
1 News: Blenheim case not vaccinated, health ministry reveals
Kurt Bayer (Herald): New case in Blenheim the ‘kick up the backside’ the South Island needed
Belinda Feek (Herald): Ministry apologises after infected North Shore woman stuck at home with compromised family
Qiuyi Tan (Herald): Ōrewa man in isolation after coming to aid of distressed Covid-positive woman

Cases, demographics
Māori TV: Sobering stats: Three Delta records in four days
Hannah Martin (Stuff): Why are case numbers still going up despite lockdowns and vaccine rates?
Brian Cox (Stuff): Cluster epidemic of Covid is very different 

NZ border, MIQ, immigration
RNZ: Immigration NZ staff to be re-trained over one-off residence visa applications
Brent Melville (BusinessDesk): 400 trainee pilots allowed into NZ (paywalled)
Anuja Nadkarni (Newsroom): Immigration removes HIV from list of high cost conditions
ODT Editorial: MIQ inquiry welcome
1 News: Banner lambasting MIQ appears at All Blacks’ game in US
Adam Pearse (Herald): Former Olympic sailor Don Cowie says MIQ system threatens millions in economy
Janine Starks (Stuff): The Covid-19 MIQ business self-isolation trial is not a pilot, it’s a special exemption
Louisa Steyl (Stuff): Ian Taylor to trial ‘self-managed isolation’ 
Derek Cheng (Herald):  Hundreds of cases self-isolating. Why can’t vaxed travellers do the same?(paywalled)
Adam Jacobson (Stuff): Major hurdle for HIV-positive immigrants to be removed

Benedict Collins (1 News): Wellington City Council tenants spending up to 80% of income on rent
Kirsty Frame (RNZ): Wellington social housing: tenants called on to help task force
Carmen Hall (Herald): ‘Working class’ could be kicked out as tax loophole favours social housing(paywalled)
RNZ: Property valuations up on back of hot market
Cherie Howie (Herald): Home Truths: Have first-home buyers cracked the housing market three months on? (paywalled)
Andrew Eagles (OneRoof):  Far too many Kiwi homes are cold, damp and unhealthy
Dileepa Fonseka (Stuff): Breaking apart the infrastructure-housing blame game
Todd Niall (Stuff): Why three has become such a critical number in Auckland
Joel MacManus (Stuff): Group concerned new housing rules will destroy character neighbourhoods
Aaron Leaman (Stuff): New housing rules raise fears of ‘holus-bolus’ development in Hamilton
Herald Editorial: Putting nimbys to the sword no easy act (paywalled)
Virginia Fallon (Stuff): How the quarter-acre dream died
RNZ: Call to change Overseas Investment Act to incentivise build-to-rent homes
Nicola Willis (Stuff): Let’s join forces to say yes to more housing
Thomas Coughlan (Herald): National hopes housing lightning will strike twice with new rental policy
Diana Clement (OneRoof): ‘There are heaps of rich guys’: Who’s funding NZ’s new-build boom?
Tamsyn Parker (Herald): House-hunters and other borrowers may have to wait longer for a loan(paywalled)

Environment, climate change, conservation
Eva Corlett (Guardian): Facing pressure at home, New Zealand’s climate change minister steels himself for Cop26
Andrea Vance (Stuff): Climate policies that ignore the reality of human nature will ultimately fail
Simon Wilson (Herald):  Glasgow Diary October 26 (paywalled)
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): The planet is burning & James Shaw is fiddling
Simon Wilson (Herald): EVs won’t drive us to utopia (paywalled)
Bonnie Flaws (Stuff): Index ranks NZ agriculture best out of 32 countries in tackling climate change
Janet Stephenson, Merata Kawharu and Karly Burch (Newsroom): What our climate policy is overlooking
Rod Oram (Newsroom): What to watch for at COP26
Miranda Mirosa (Newsroom): Climate-smart food systems should be centre stage at COP26
Herald Editorial: World leaders have much to prove at climate conference (paywalled)
Olivia Wannan (Stuff): What’s on New Zealand’s wishlist for the global climate summit
Liam Dann (Herald): The future of conferences? NZ breaks new ground with Apec CEO summit
Andrea Vance (Stuff): This Is How It Ends: “We take staggering amounts from our waterways.”
Kennedy Warne (E-Tangata): The Supreme Court has spoken
Alice Angeloni (Local Democracy Reporting): ‘Dust days’ plague town on bank of NZ’s most sediment-laden river
Māori TV: Taranaki Mounga project to restore the ‘mauri’ back to the mountain
Piers Fuller, Matthew Tso and Brittany Keogh (Stuff): Climate protests kick off as council issues disruption warning for Wellington
Adam Burns (Local Democracy Reporting): Rūnanga accuse council of using scare tactics after report warns of economic drop

Local government, Three Waters
Gill Bonnett (RNZ): Critics say government Three Waters advertising campaign is ‘irresponsible, misleading’
Sinead Gill (Stuff): Manawatū councillors demand resignation of LGNZ leadership over Three Waters reforms
1 News: Some Aucklanders have more time to pay rates
Steve Kilgallon (Stuff): Welcome to Leo Land: the strange world of Leo Molloy
Steven Walton (Stuff): Billions of litres continue to be lost from leaky Christchurch water pipes
Luisa Girao (ODT): Council criticised on contracts
Luisa Girao (ODT): SDC records $1.1m surplus
Todd Niall (Stuff): Entrust Election: Covid-hit poll struggles towards record low turnout
Kurt Bayer (Stuff): Christchurch’s $533m covered stadium delayed to mid-2025
Tim Newman (Stuff): Explainer: How voting in Nelson’s council elections will work in 2022
Jane Matthews (Stuff): The success of one of the longest-standing youth councils in New Zealand
Andrew Marshall (ODT): Laws may face ORC discipline
Kate Green (Stuff): Big plans for a greener central Wellington as inner city grows more dense
Georgina Campbell (Herald): No additional lanes for cars in $6.4b Wellington transport plan
Dave Armstrong (Stuff): Andy in Wellyland 
Fruits and votes: Local government STV in New Zealand

Parliament, Parties, MMP
Alex Penk (A Place to Stand): When politics is all tip and no iceberg
Peter Wilson (RNZ): Week in Politics: Lockdown exit strategy is set out
Will Trafford (Māori TV): Te Pāti Māori demands Speaker apologises for vaccination debate comments
David Fisher (Herald): Meet New Zealand’s new elite unit tasked with keeping politicians safe (paywalled)
Steve Braunias (Herald): The secret diary of The Ardern Gang (paywalled)
Andrew Gunn (Stuff): It’s time for liftoff. Don’t get hung up on the details

Dame Cindy Kiro sworn in as Governor-General
1 News: New Governor-General on humble roots, fighting for the vulnerable
Phil Smith (RNZ): The House: ‘The Realm’ and the Queen’s new stand-in
Phil Smith (RNZ): The House: Swearing-in a Governor General: a photo essay

Jane Kelsey (Herald): Such a good Free Trade Agreement with the UK, we aren’t allowed to read it(paywalled)
Stephen Jacobi (RNZ): Hello to global Britain – our new best free trade friend
ODT Editorial: Circumstances conspire to benefit NZ
RNZ: UK-New Zealand free trade agreement ‘substantial and comprehensive’
RNZ: Exporters celebrate UK-NZ trade deal
Greg Smith (Stuff): Free-trade deal with UK offers some respite for Kiwi market
Maja Burry (RNZ): Dropping tarrifs won’t necessarily make British gin cheaper here
Thomas Manch (Stuff): New Zealand pushed back on British contractors entering the country
The Observer: New trade deals ‘are unfair on farmers and won’t help emissions’
Seni Iasona and Lisette Reymer (Newshub): NZ-UK free trade agreement: UK farmers fear they could lose business following FTA
Kurt Bayer (Herald): Calls to ban All Blacks’ haka after NZ-UK trade deal protects ritual
Greg Smith (Stuff): Free-trade deal with UK offers some respite for Kiwi market

Economy, business, Wage subsidy
Shamubeel Eaqub and Rosie Collins (Stuff): What does the rise of inflation actually mean and should we be concerned?
Damien Grant (Stuff): Rocketing inflation could derail our whole economy – so where’s the plan?
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Watchdog probes the dark art of the supermarket ‘special’
RNZ: Businesses uncertain about traffic light Covid-19 framework: ‘Everyone’s waiting with bated breath’
John Anthony (Stuff): Give us a date: Businesses want Government to draw a line in the sand on Covid-19 framework transition date
1 News: Business owners fume over lack of clarity in next steps of Covid plan
Grant Bradley (Herald):  Airlines, hotels worried they’ll be left in the dust (paywalled)
Grant Bradley (Herald): Airlines pour capacity into system in other countries (paywalled)
Jean Bell (RNZ): Govt’s new business support: ‘It’s not the full antidote’ – hospitality industry
1 News: Auckland businesses get extra help as lockdown continues
Todd Niall (Stuff): Goff tips more Government support for Auckland
Melanie Carroll (Stuff): Auckland business owners in ‘urgent’ need of $60m Covid-19 support landing soon
Madison Reidy (Newshub): Hospitality businesses want liquor laws changed to allow alcohol served on street
Herald: How businesses can adapt to new Covid reality
Andrea Scown (Stuff): Clicks vs bricks: How retail is changing due to Covid-19
Logan Savory (Stuff): Concern for under-pressure sporting administrators
Shourabh Vittalmurthy (Stuff): South Canterbury events losing out to Covid-19 restrictions
Bonnie Flaws (Stuff): Posh picnics on offer as hospo businesses innovate to bring in cash
Kirsty Lawrence (Stuff): Lockdowns take a toll on the beauty industry, which can’t operate until alert level 2

Inequality, lockdown hardship, charities
RNZ: Struggling families facing ‘threefold poverty’, social workers tell govt
Troels Sommerville (Stuff): ‘It’s a perfect storm’: Foodbanks rely on corporate welfare as Pasifika struggle with Covid-19 costs
Giles Dexter (Newshub): Experts say COVID-19 is ‘deepening inequity’ in New Zealand society
Morgan Godfery (Stuff): Is it time for an ‘Auckland Basic Income’?
Josephine Franks (Stuff): Hardship support a ‘pittance’ that won’t help families in poverty, charities say
Zane Small (Newshub): Financial hardship assistance expanded to help more low income workers through lockdown
1 News: Low income workers get boost to pay for food and emergencies in lockdown
Torika Tokalau and James Halpin (Stuff): At-home isolation ‘close to impossible’ for poorer communities
Rukuwai Tipene-Allen (Māori TV): Govt is still ignoring whānau with the greatest needs
1 News: Salvation Army shops take severe hit from lockdown

Patrick Gower (Newshub): Melbourne ICU shows what coronavirus will do to New Zealand hospitals
Leah Tebbutt (RNZ): DHBs ramp up ICU, Covid-19 wards, oxygen supply capacity
Dawn Picken (Herald): An insider’s guide to the ICU for the vaccine hesitant (paywalled)
RNZ: Cancer treatments delayed due to Covid-19 – Reti
RNZ: GPs ready to step up to treat Covid-19 patients at home
Emma Russell (Herald): ‘Entering Red Zone’: Inside a Covid ward and ICU
E-Tangata: Towards a truly equitable health system
Maxine Jacobs (Stuff): Kaupapa Māori research project reveals structural racism in prostate cancer care
Natalie Akoorie (Local Democracy Reporting): Waikato DHB failed OIA requirements over cyber security breach – Ombudsman
1 News: Public consultation opens for Mental Health Act reform
Cecile Meier and Jody O’Callaghan (Stuff): Controversial compulsory treatment orders benefit psychotic patients, NZ study finds
Laura Walters (Stuff): Aaron Smale: Giving Lake Alice survivors ‘dignity of being heard’
Stuff: The Lake
Alison Mau (Stuff): When art imitates life and death, can we get closer to peace on the issue of assisted dying?

Child welfare, Oranga Tamariki
Cecile Meier (Stuff): New Zealand belongs on ‘international roll of shame’ on children’s wellbeing 
RNZ: Iwi to get Oranga Tamariki funds in bid to cut state care numbers
Kim Moodie (RNZ): Ngāi Tahu whānau programme given $26m in move to ‘shift the system’
1 News: Govt give iwi-led programme $25.9m to reduce tamariki in state care
Amber Allott (Stuff): Govt funds ‘trailblazer’ Ngāi Tahu programme to keep Māori kids out of state care
Michelle Duff (Stuff): Tampons, or nappies? The broken child support system that hurts the poorest kids

Foreign affairs
Gordon Campbell: On why New Zealand needs to change its Defence habits
Jon Stephenson (Stuff): Former Afghan commander asks Government to do more for abandoned comrades
Stuff: NZ ambassador to Turkey ‘unwelcome’ after calls to free jailed businessman
Reuter: Turkey sacks New Zealand foreign ambassador, nine other Western diplomats for demanding Osman Kavala’s release
Associated Press: Turkish President orders removal of 10 ambassadors, including NZ representative
RNZ: APEC finance meeting reflects region’s delicate lean forward
RNZ: China to create fund to help Pacific fight against Covid

Primary industries
Thomas Mead (1 News): Female fishing observer ‘repeatedly sexually harassed’ in nightmare Talley’s voyage
Thomas Mead (1 News): Bullying, harassment rife in commercial fishing industry
Hugh Campbell (Newsroom): Farming the future: Trading on animal welfare and emissions, not tariff

RNZ: Mediawatch: A pundit backlash against actual experts
RNZ: Mediawatch: Reflecting on a revolution-MMP in the rear-view mirror
Gavin Ellis (Knightly Views): Did I just buy my last radio?

Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Labour Day & modern unions are a hollow joke we must resuscitate for a post growth NZ capitalism
Cas Carter (Stuff): There’s nothing to celebrate on Labour Day
BusinessDesk: More time to be given to lodge sexual harassment grievances
Liam Hehir (Patreon): Unions, Labour Day and Reform Conservatism (paywalled)
Don Franks (Redline): Labour Day musings

Glenn McConnell (Stuff): Government gives $800,000 to recreational drug testing services
1 News: Govt providing $800k injection into drug-checking services at festivals
Seni Iasona (Newshub): Government invests $800k in festival drug testing services
RNZ: New govt funding for drug checkers at events after soaring demand
Zane Small (Newshub): GHB: The drug police in New Zealand have seized 1000 pct more of since 2016

Gill Bonnett (RNZ): New Zealanders frustrated at how govt agencies are held to account, study finds
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Electricity review: dam buster or damp squib?
Ben Kennedy (The Conversation): Long read: reflections of a volcanologist as a science organisation faces charges in the wake of the 2019 Whakaari eruption
Peter Matheson (ODT): Covid focus fine but other threats lurking
Nona Pelletier (RNZ): Bank customers complain about new anti-money laundering laws
Jono Galuszka (Stuff): NZ Defence Force faces prosecution over Molotov cocktail incident
RNZ: Samoa govt considers delaying some repatriation flights
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