NZ Politics Daily: 1 November 2021

NZ Politics Daily: 1 November 2021

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Today’s content

Environment, climate change, conservation
Henry Cooke (Stuff): Climate change target nowhere near as ambitious as it sounds
Marc Daalder (Newsroom): New Paris target might actually reduce emissions, a bit
Richard Harman (Politik): Shaw to buy his way out of the climate crisis (paywalled)
Bernard Hickey (The Kākā): Dawn Chorus: The performance art of climate change announcements(paywalled)
Henry Cooke and Mandy Te (Stuff): New Zealand increases climate pledge, aims to cut emissions by 50 per cent by 2030
Thomas Coughlan (Herald): Climate change conference: Emissions to be cut by 50 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030
1 News: Ardern, Shaw pledge further cut to greenhouse emissions
Guardian: New Zealand pledges to halve greenhouse gas emissions by 2030
Steven Cowan (Against the Current): Climate Change: Creative accountancy from Jacinda Ardern and James Shaw
Matthew Hooton |(Patreon): Ardern’s incompetent and ineffectual climate virtue signalling
Rod Oram (Newsroom): COP26 opens with prayer and hope
Hamish Cardwell (RNZ): COP26: The main issues and what role New Zealand plays
Nathan Cooper (The Conversation): COP26: time for New Zealand to show regional leadership on climate change
Bronwyn Hayward (Stuff): Looking ahead to Glasgow, let’s not curb our enthusiasm
Gwynne Dyer (Stuff): Looking for the pain threshold: Why COP26 won’t deliver
Bruce Munro (ODT): Last best chance
Herald editorial: Agent James Shaw on a mission at Glasgow COP 26 (paywalled)
Grace Savage (Herald):  Thousands of reasons for climate action urgency on our doorstep (paywalled)
Rod Carr (Stuff): Whatever comes from COP26, the time for waiting to save Earth has passed
Steven Cowan (Against the Current): COP26: Ecosocialism not extinction
George Laking (Spinoff): Be braver about climate change, New Zealand
Belyndar Maonia Rikimani (RNZ): COP26: Pacific calling for more ambitious climate action
Rod Oram (Newsroom): What about nature and biodiversity?
Simon Wilson (Herald): Glasgow Diary – November 1 (paywalled)
Simon Wilson (Herald):  Glasgow Diary – October 30 (paywalled)
John Roughan (Herald): On climate change: Covid numbers are up but so is the temperature (paywalled)
Eva Corlett (Guardian): Rebuild or relocate? Climate crisis leaves New Zealand coastal communities facing tough choice
Tess McClure (Guardian): Forced retreat: one New Zealand town’s fate highlights coming fight over climate adaptation
Jack Santa Barbara (Newsroom): Renewables a placebo for climate change
Eric Crampton (Stuff): Want to cut carbon emissions? Simple. Make it pay off for investors
Jamie Tahana (RNZ): Bay of Plenty iwi champion indigenous perspective on climate change
RNZ: Electricity sector has reached peak coal use, Genesis shareholders told
Geoff Hunt (Herald): No silver bullet for aviation’s emissions problem (paywalled)
Jamie Morton (Herald): Warming water: Is another intense marine heatwave coming?
Andrea Vance (Stuff): This Is How It Ends: The long fight of the river people
Rachael Kelly (Stuff): Farmer protest group keen to meet Jacinda Ardern for answers on new rules
Cherie Sivignon (Stuff): Greenpeace launches mail-in service for nitrate water testing
Reweti Kohere (Spinoff): Man dressed as cow arrested for chalk message to Fonterra

Michael Ashcroft: Post-Covid questions are piling up for Jacinda Ardern
Kirsty Wynn (Herald): Lord Ashcroft’s New Zealand poll ‘Living the Kiwi Dream?’ Q&A
Kirsty Wynn (Herald): Lord Ashcroft’s New Zealand poll ‘Living the Kiwi Dream?’ reveals frustration growing
Luke Malpass (Stuff): Where has Jacinda Ardern, the great communicator gone?
Andrea Vance (Stuff): Labour without Jacinda Ardern is unthinkable – but that’s just what the party is doing
Fran O’Sullivan (Herald): Grant Robertson plays sheepdog to get things moving (paywalled)
Claire Trevett (Herald): Government muscling on Covid, Auckland, and Three Waters (paywalled)
Janet Wilson (Stuff): This week shows not all political flip-flops are created equal 
Steven Joyce  (Herald): The sound of Labour’s wheels coming off (paywalled)
Jon Johansson (Stuff): Asking good questions – and avoiding groupthink – can you lead you to the optimal choice
Peter Wilson (RNZ): Week in Politics: Brute force and breathtaking determination
1 News: Ardern shares photo to celebrate Robertson’s 50th birthday
Carolyne Meng-Yee (Herald): Jacinda Ardern’s wedding: Stoush over wild venison, fresh seafood, jilted venue owner claims
Herald: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern gives Wonder Woman a right telling off

Govt management, Delta outbreak, cases
1News: Hendy says Level 4 should be considered for Auckland
Mark Quinlivan (Newshub): Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern expects cases to rise further, reach peak of daily infections ‘soon’
1News: Easing Auckland restrictions could endanger health system – Hendy
Catrin Owen (Stuff): Increase in cases expected, Auckland should remain under current restrictions – experts
RNZ: Covid-19 cases: ‘Not at all surprising that case numbers are increasing’
William Hewett (Newshub): Public health specialist warns Kiwis COVID-19 cases will continue to rise after Saturday’s record tally
Māori TV: Better protections for Māori and Pasifika before ‘Freedom Day’ – Māori pandemic group
Lawrence Gullery (Stuff): Hamilton hopes for green light to move into Auckland’s Covid-19 traffic light system
Thomas Coughlan (Herald): Caution urged as Auckland eyes alert level move; virus spreads to Ngāruawāhia
Tom Dillane (Herald): Contact tracers to ‘prioritise’ new cases based on risk
Lawrence Gullery (Stuff): Hamilton hopes for green light to move into Auckland’s Covid-19 traffic light system
Tracy Watkins (Stuff): An early Christmas gift for Aucklanders
RNZ: National calls for royal commission into Delta response
Mike Munro (Herald): Longing for ‘normal’? It’s not that simple (paywalled)
Herald Editorial: High Delta case numbers but the Covid risk is not evenly shared (paywalled)
Heather Du Plessis-Allan (Herald):  Jacinda Ardern must visit Auckland (paywalled)
Herald Editorial: Small steps in the right direction (paywalled)
Paul Lewis (Herald): The case against Sir Russell Coutts’ ‘freedom’ cry (paywalled)
Steve Braunias (Herald):  The secret diary of The Delta Force (paywalled)
Melanie Earley (Stuff): ‘It was a nightmare’: Last time a pandemic swept Auckland, ‘death trains’ were needed to clear the bodies
RNZ: Rise in fake vaxx bookings, case numbers jump, travel mandates criticised
Harkanwal Singh (Spinoff): The Spinoff Covid tracker: the live graphs that tell the story of delta in Aotearoa

Vaccine rollout
Matt Nippert (Herald): The jab: The full, inside story of New Zealand’s vaccine rollout (paywalled)
RNZ: Vaccinated Aucklanders should have more freedoms – Des Gorman
Jane Nixon (1 News): Baker says NZ ‘can’t afford to wait’ for Pfizer alternatives
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Double Vaxxed impatience vs unvaccinated paranoia – Jacinda’s balancing act
Amy Ridout and Melanie Earley (Stuff): When will New Zealand approve Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for children 5 to 11?
Nikki Macdonald (Stuff): Should we vaccinate the kids?
Lana Andelane and Dan Satherley (Newshub): David Seymour says Govt should skip Medsafe process and approve vaccine for kids
Michael Morrah (Newshub): Auckland GP wants unused COVID-19 vaccines used as boosters for frontline health staff
Joe Pinkstone (Stuff): Pfizer booster jab reduces risk of Covid-19 hospitalisation by 93%
Marc Wilson (Listener/Herald): Do scare tactics push people to do the right thing? (paywalled)
Maxine Jacobs (Stuff): Low vaccine rates a symptom of health system failures and incomplete data
Deborah Dunsford (Newsroom): Taking health services to Māori: learning from the past
RNZ: The Detail: A tale of two Māori vaccination rollouts
Florence Kerr (Stuff):  How mistrust shadows the roll-out in a time of crisis
Imogen Wells (1 News): Taranaki DHB boss hits back at Māori vaccination rate criticism
Khylee Quince (Stuff): Calls for Māori Covid-19 vaccination targets prompt a question: Who, or what are Māori?
Nick Truebridge (RNZ): Checkpoint: Vaccine rollout needed more iwi, community involvement – Ōtara locals
Laura James (1 News): Push continues to see more Māori vaccinated in Auckland
Herald: New Zealand hits two ‘vaccination milestones’ as daily numbers rise
Māori TV: National calls out government’s ‘poor’ Māori vaccination strategy
Catrin Owen (Stuff): Auckland councillor worried after three ‘intimidating men’ threaten to vandalise car
1 News: Shock and sadness as Auckland medical clinic vandalised
Qiuyi Tan (Herald): Auckland vaccination centre hit by vandals
Anuja Nadkarni (Newsroom): Overstayers deterred from jab after ID requests at vaccination centres
Lincoln Tan (Herald): Infected anti-vaxxer regrets not getting vaccinated
1 News: Vaccination event targeting tradies hailed a success
Herald:  Auckland GP says vaccine booster shots for frontline workers ‘urgently’ needed
1 News: Rotorua gang members roll up sleeves for Covid vaccine
RNZ: Disability advocates push for increased efforts to up vaccination rates
1 News: Collins joins previously sceptical woman getting first jab
Christopher Baker and Andrew Robinson (Stuff): Your unvaccinated friend is roughly 20 times more likely to give you Covid
Cecile Meier (Stuff): Pregnant women delaying getting vaccinated playing ‘Russian roulette’ 
Tina Law (Stuff): Why a woman in one of NZ’s worst-vaccinated areas finally got the jab
Matthew Theunissen (RNZ): The ‘lab in a box’ which determines immunity response
Harkanwal Singh (Spinoff): The vaccination rate for every suburb in New Zealand on an interactive map
RNZ: NZ reaches 75 percent double-vaxxed, 80 percent in Auckland
William Hewett (Newshub): New Zealand reaches 75 pct fully vaccinated
Helen Harvey and Tara Shaskey (Stuff): Taranaki on track for 90 per cent first dose in days
Jane Bowron (Stuff): We have to hold the line, keep the faith and get vaccinated
Mike Kilpatrick (Newsroom): Helen Clark and Jenny Shipley unite to stop rich nations hoarding COVID vaccines

Vaccine mandates and certificate 
Simon Connell (Pundit): The Hole In The Vaccine Mandate
Adam Pearse (Herald): DHB Covid guidance scrapped following vaccination mandate
RNZ: Mandatory vaccines needed in community housing – agency
Bonnie Flaws (Stuff): Mandates and certificates pushing unvaccinated into a corner, as employment opportunities shrink
Damien Grant (Stuff): Human cost to those who do not comply with the Covid-19 vaccine mandate is catastrophic
RNZ: SkyCity isn’t taking a gamble, will only open to vaccinated people
Anne Gibson (Herald): No jab, no entry: SkyCity introduces blanket ban on non-vaccinated (paywalled)
1 News: SkyCity to require vaccine certificates for all visitors
Ben Strang and Rachel Thomas (Stuff): Air New Zealand signals vaccine certificates could be coming for domestic travel
Gerhard Uys (Stuff): Farmers want clarity over vaccine mandates
Brianna Mcilraith (Stuff): Vaccine ‘apartheid’ post could damage business reputation, expert says
Maddisyn Jeffares (Hawkes Bay Today/Herald): Hawke’s Bay tattoo artist says vaccine mandate could push industry underground
Rob Stock (Stuff): Rental property management staff and contractors must be fully vaccinated to work, Crockers says
Anne Gibson (Herald): Top Remuera real estate agent won’t get vaccinated, wear mask: banned from office (paywalled)
Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): Asia-Pacific business leaders oppose vaccine travel mandate
John Farrow (ODT): Rights and obligations around employee vaccination

Home isolation
1 News: Q + A: Covid-infected mum on battle to get symptomatic kids tested
1 News: Explainer: Rules around isolating at home with Covid

MIQ, NZ border
Jared Savage (Herald): MIQ staff’s safety fears as police flag half of community cases ‘high risk’(paywalled)
RNZ: Two escape Jet Park quarantine; person isolating at home missing
1 News: Pair with Covid on run for a day after escaping Auckland MIQ
1 News: Picture shows MIQ staff chasing after alleged Covid-positive escapee
Herald: Person required to self-isolate left West Auckland property on Saturday still on the run
1 News: Covid positive man arrested after escaping Auckland MIQ facility
Melanie Earley (Stuff): A man who tested positive for the virus allegedly escaped from an Auckland MIQ facility
RNZ: Man with Covid-19 arrested for absconding from MIQ hotel in Ellerslie
1 News: Overseas Kiwis angered by MIQ shake-up
Siobhan Downes (Stuff): MIQ makes ‘significant’ change to passport entry requirements
Katie Todd (RNZ): Returnee calls for answers after ‘brutal’ MIQ treatment
Newstalk ZB: Chris Bishop: MIQ facility that had only one guest in it is ridiculous
Kerre McIvor (Herald): The MIQ mess – why we need to dismantle system to end cruelty on families(paywalled)
RNZ: Checkpoint: NZ couple separated from baby son, denied MIQ exemption
Amber Allott (Stuff): Calls for overhaul of ‘inhuman’ MIQ exemption system, after woman misses dad’s death
Ian Taylor (Herald): The risk to our international business and recovery is growing daily (paywalled)
Ben Strang (Stuff): Wellington MIQ hotel had just one occupant for a week
Tom Kitchin (RNZ): Iraqi hairdresser desperate to get family to New Zealand
Dileepa Fonseka (Stuff): MIQ bureaucrats didn’t protect us, and left the country unprepared for Delta
Evan Harding (Stuff): Business owner: ‘They won’t let me home to run our company’
Guardian: ‘Road to recovery’: quarantine-free travel from New Zealand to Australia set to resume
RNZ: New Zealanders able to travel to NSW, VIC, quarantine-free

1 News: Two Auckland high schools closed after Covid cases detected
1 News: Covid-positive staff member closes Auckland college
RNZ: Auckland school to close after staffer tests positive
Kate Nicol-Williams (1 News): Low number of Auckland and Waikato students return to school
Dubby Henry (Herald): Auckland primary school return – staggered days may not
Chloe Blommerde (Stuff): Waikato’s Covid border cut off half a school’s staff until the principal got an exemption work, principals say
RNZ: $15m in extra funding to help students get through ‘tumultuous time’
Avina Vidyadharan (Herald): Whangārei student misses out on school because of Covid-19 lockdown alert level changes (paywalled)
Jimmy Ellingham and Phil Pennington (RNZ): Taihape school rejects Education Ministry’s apology over farm debacle

Protests, Rules, compliance
1 News: Anti-lockdown protests ‘not an expression of freedom’ – Little
Hamish McNeilly (Stuff): ‘Disappointing’: Emails reveal scramble to contain lax Covid border checks
Hannah Martin (Stuff): What we do and don’t know about how and when Aucklanders can cross the border
RNZ: ‘White lady in a mint Chrysler’ had correct paper work to cross alert border – police
MIke Kilpatrick (Newshub): Hīkoi of Truth protester boasts being white in a ‘mint Chrysler’ helped her cross Auckland COVID-19 checkpoint, but police say there’s more to it
Herald: Woman claims she was able to cross Auckland border
Heather du Plessis-Allan (Newstalk ZB): Hikoi protestor is another example of compliance being undermined
RNZ: No arrests after thousands breach lockdown restrictions
Herald:  Protesters slowing traffic on Auckland’s Dominion Rd
Herald: Police to prosecute after Auckland Domain lockdown protest – Hannah Tamaki decries lost freedoms
1 News: Police to prosecute ‘number of individuals’ at Auckland protest
Stuff: Police will prosecute individuals for protest at Auckland Domain
1 News: Huge anti-lockdown crowd marches through Auckland streets
Cherie Sivignon (Stuff): Police may prosecute over weekend rally at Nelson
Fraser Macdonald (Spinoff): Why Destiny Church and other NZ Pentecostals oppose lockdowns and vaccination
Qiuyi Tan (Herald): Police looking into ‘activity’ at Far North self-isolation address
Hawkes Bay Today: Breach charges after junior Navy sailor allegedly travelled from Auckland to Hawke’s Bay for funeral
Sapeer Mayron (Stuff): Resident unimpressed by response after reporting gatherings on his street

Health system
Matt Nippert (Herald): 5400 cases a week – Auckland hospitals plan for the worst-case
Thomas Coughlan (Herald): Infected unvaccinated will pressure health system, cancel surgeries – Andrew Little
Stephen Forbes (Local Democracy Reporting): Middlemore’s new negative pressure rooms unlikely to be in action until 2022
Mike Houlahan (ODT): SDHB plans for Covid worst-case scenario
Louisa Steyl (Stuff): Up to 900 weekly cases in Southern worst-case scenario
Louisa Steyl (Stuff): Southern DHB 681 surgeries behind
RNZ: Southern DHB debating ways to minimise worst impact of Delta
Henry Cooke (Stuff): Pharmac to fund Covid-19 treatment Ronapreve
1 News: NZ approves new drug to treat severe Covid-19 symptoms
William Hewett (Newshub): Pharmac strikes deal to buy Ronapreve drug to help protect Kiwis fight COVID-19
RNZ: Pharmac signs deal for new drug to fight Covid-19
Corazon Miller (1 News): Nurse shortage feared as Covid cases rise
Selah Hart (Stuff): Covid-19 and cigarettes: Two parallel public health challenges
Brittany Keogh (Stuff): Addictions services see spike in relapses, fear people will die in lockdown
Mike Houlahan (ODT): SDHB’s Sept deficit doubles
Mike Houlahan (ODT): Aged-care nurses in short supply
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RNZ: Govt funding to speed up medicinal cannabis industry
Tom Hunt (Stuff): Vaping surging in NZ teens with one-in-five using e-cigarettes daily 
Tara Shaskey (Stuff): Traditional Chinese medicine to be regulated under new law
Miriam Burrell (Herald): First responders, Defence Force see homestead retreat as next step in addressing mental health
Sophie Harris (Stuff): Fears elderly, vulnerable will lose healthcare access when shuttle service closes

Ian Powell (Second Opinion): Euthanasia and palliative care funding: “horribly distorted”
Ben Gray (Public Health Expert): Is Funding Euthanasia a Health Priority for Aotearoa New Zealand: Part 2?
Siobhan Wilson (1 News): Q + A: Auckland hospice prepares for assisted dying

RNZ: ACC suspends two people for allegedly sharing clients’ data
ODT Editorial: In-depth ACC review needed

Disability ministry
Anneke Smith and Russell Palmer (RNZ): Disability sector cautiously hopeful over new ministry: Time to ‘really start to test big ideas’
Philip Matthews (Stuff): The activist telling the ‘real’ story of disability
Russell Palmer (RNZ): Government announces new Ministry for Disabled People and accessibility law
Laura James (1 News): Govt ministry established for Kiwis with disabilities
Derek Cheng (Herald): ‘A new era’ – Major overhaul of disability support will see new Ministry for Disabled People

Christchurch cases
Kim Moodie (RNZ): Christchurch faces uncertain weekend as Covid-19 cases continue
The Press: Cantabrians on high alert as vaccination rate passes 90 per cent
Ben Leahy (Herald): Christchurch rushes to vaccinate
1 News: New Christchurch Covid case had been released from MIQ
Steven Walton (Stuff): Fifth case in Christchurch ‘likely’ historical, source of Tongan case remains unknown

Tonga case
Jonathan Guildford, Steven Walton and Tina Law (Stuff): Questions linger about Christchurch Covid case that flew to Tonga
RNZ: Covid-19 stirs hurt from 1918 pandemic in Tonga
RNZ: Frontline workers who met NZ flight now in MIQ – Health CEO
1 News: Two contacts of Tonga Covid case travelled to Wellington
Georgina Campbell (Herald): Contacts of Tonga case isolating in Wellington
RNZ: Tongan MIQ positive case reportedly flew in from Christchurch
Guardian: Tonga reports first Covid case since start of pandemic
Brittney Deguara (Stuff): How Tonga’s ‘incredibly wise’ response helped it avoid the pandemic for so long

Economy, business, Wage subsidy
RNZ: Business groups urge PM to relax lockdown restrictions
1 News: Collins visits ‘frustrated’ Auckland business owners
RNZ: Consumer confidence falls as Covid-19 restrictions continue
Louise Ternouth (RNZ): NZ Post overwhelmed by Auckland’s ongoing lockdown
Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Inland Revenue fixes resurgence support payment application problem
Grant Bradley (Herald): The Air New Zealand routes that will refuel growth (paywalled)
Mike O’Donnell (Stuff): Time to get in the global amazing race for the tourism dollar
Anne Gibson (Herald): Luck not on SkyCity Entertainment Group’s side: Coronavirus pandemic deals company hard hand (paywalled)
Anne Gibson (Herald): SkyCity Entertainment Group talking to funders, can’t give 2022 financial outlook(paywalled)
Katy Jones (Stuff): Adventure tourism ‘not dying’ say operators as worker shortage hits 
RNZ: Government finances take billion-dollar hit in latest Covid-19 outbreak
Liam Dann (Herald): Hyper-inflation hype – what’s bugging the billionaires? (paywalled)
David McLeish (Herald): The great interest rate debate (paywalled)
Pattrick Smellie (BusinessDesk): D-Day for supermarket owners in competition probe (paywalled)
Brittney Deguara (Stuff): What happens when a new supermarket company comes to town?
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): No fishy business: Sealord says it didn’t suggest freezer grab to Foodstuffs

Jenée Tibshraeny (Interest): A response to Adrian Orr calling on banks to help the vulnerable
Jenée Tibshraeny (Interest): Orr calls on banks to use their balance sheets to back NZ’s economic recovery
Heather du Plessis-Allan (Newstalk ZB): Do we really need an inquiry into ANZ?

Employment, migrant labour
RNZ: Workplace exploitation of migrants to be investigated in new $50m government inquiry
Reweti Kohere (Spinoff): From brain drain to brain gain – and back again?

Nita Blake-Persen (RNZ): More children living in motels as housing crisis unrelenting
Miriam Bell (Stuff): House prices have already exceeded Treasury’s 2025 forecast 
Anan Zaki (RNZ): Property prices expected to maintain despite LVR restrictions
Karen Coltman (Stuff): National average house asking price just under $1m
RNZ: ‘Multiple leaks, black mould’: Landlord to pay tenant after child falls sick in rental property
Gianina Schwanecke (Herald): No Fixed Abode: Exposing the hidden effects of Hawke’s Bay’s housing crisis (paywalled)
Greg Ninness (Interest): 2021 looks like the year that housing supply caught up with demand – in most places
Miriam Bell (Stuff): Yes, the runaway housing market has finally peaked
Greg Ninness (Interest): Residential sales to foreign buyers appear to have bottomed out
Ethan Te Ora and Kate Green (Stuff): Reimagining Wellington: Should we have a moratorium on greenfield developments?

Three Waters, local government
Jack Tame (Newstalk ZB): It’s our own fault the Govt needs Three Waters
Mandy Te (Stuff): Three Waters reform: Māori leaders in Wellington region welcome changes, focus is on wellbeing of people
Judith Collins (Herald):  Three Waters reforms mean you will pay more for less control (paywalled)
Stuff Editorial: Wrong, Minister – communities weren’t consulted over Three Waters
Gianina Schwanecke (Herald): Some Havelock North gastro outbreak victims see Three Waters as another disaster (paywalled)
Victor Billot (Newsroom): An ode for .. Lord Winston
Thomas Manch (Stuff): Government ‘deletes’ proposed election-delaying power in Covid-19 bill 
Alice Angeloni (Local Government Reporting): Gisborne council meeting adjourned five minutes in after resident’s anti-vax tirade
Whanganui Chronicle: Horizons councillors choose shape of future council
Jono Galuszka (Stuff): Horizons Regional Council unable to agree on payments for non-elected members
Anna Fifield (Stuff):  Wellington is great. Wellington can be even better.
Mandy Te, Ross Giblin and Ellen O’Dwyer (Stuff): Reimagining Wellington: More housing, better transport and spirit needed to make Wellington a liveable city, people say
Tamatha Paul and Thomas Nash (Spinoff): Please don’t leave Wellington’s future to the same old power brokers
David Farrar (Kiwiblog): Crs vote themselves to pocket colleague’s salary

Transport, Auckland light rail
RNZ: Auckland light rail from CBD to airport: Locals weigh cost and benefits
Stephen Forbes (Local Democracy Reporting):  National says $14.6 billion Auckland light rail project proposal doesn’t stack-up
RNZ: Auckland light rail: Transport Minister discusses task ahead for rapid transport
Adam Jacobson (Stuff): Auckland light rail: Preferred tunnelling option met with scepticism
Ben Strang (Stuff): Let’s Get Wellington Moving could see 21,000 new homes built along mass transit route
Georgina Campbell (Herald): Will Let’s Get Wellington Moving plan turn to trains and tunnels?
Tom Kitchin (RNZ): Wairoa takes new approach to unlicensed drivers
Jo Lines-MacKenzie (Stuff): Speed change considered for Waikato Expressway
Jimmy Ellingham (RNZ): Palmerston North set to ride the e-scooter wave

Colin Peacock (RNZ): Te Rito – a new bid to boost diversity in our newsrooms
Dan Sabbagh (Guardian): Facebook trained its AI to block violent live streams after Christchurch attacks
Matt Bartlett (Newsroom): Metaverse is the future, but not Facebook’s

Foreign affairs
Gordon Campbel: On how AUKUS undermines our no-nukes cred, plus a music playlist
Pete McKenzie (Guardian): ‘Is it to satisfy you or to satisfy us?’ Why New Zealand’s Pacific colony doesn’t want independence
Kurt Bayer (Herald): Escape from Kabul: Nowroz Ali’s remarkable story (paywalled)
Paul Karp (Guardian): Peter Dutton did not explain how deporting NZ man was in his children’s best interest, court told
Luke Hazelton and Robert G. Patman (Stuff): Why Aukus has not diminished NZ’s non-nuclear security strategy 

Gill Bonnett (RNZ): Couple denied NZ residence due to Chinese intelligence links
1 News: Migrants no longer automatically excluded due to HIV status

Justice, corrections
Karl du Fresne: Tony Ellis ups the ante in the Callinicos affair
Chris Penk (Kiwiblog): Attorney-General Must Address Judicial Conflict
RNZ: Man with schizophrenia jailed under three-strikes rule gets sentence shortened
Jarrod Gilbert (Herald): Why male inmates could benefit from reform in women’s prisons (paywalled)

Catherine Tizard has died
Dan Lake (Newshub): Former Governor-General Dame Catherine Tizard dies after long illness
Herald: ‘True trailblazer for women’: Auckland’s first female mayor and NZ’s first female Governor-General Dame Catherine Tizard dies at 90
RNZ: Dame Catherine Tizard dies, aged 90
Stuff:  Dame Catherine Tizard dies, aged 90, after long illness

1 News: Becroft reflects on five years as Children’s Commissioner
Aaron Smale (Stuff): Why protecting the state trumped justice for the children of Lake Alice
Peter Griffin (Stuff): Our science system needs a big shake-up
Shaneel Lal (RNZ): The worrying gaps in the conversion therapy ban bill -activist
Richard Walker (Stuff): Privacy online: The endless creep of surveillance
RNZ: Aotearoa commemorates Te Pūtake o Te Riri
John Harbord (Stuff): Wholesale electricity market review misses the mark
Matai O’Connor (RNZ): Te Matatini Kapa Haka competition postponed
Diana Clement (Listener/Herald): In New Zealand, racism and sexism are not OK – but ageism is flourishing (paywalled)
Keryn Pivac (Stuff): Government to consider buying back Taipa Point Reserve in the Far North
Alice Angeloni (Local Government Reporting): New $1m emergency centre for Gisborne, and it’s out of the tsunami zone
Jean Bell (RNZ): West Auckland residents deal with flood damage two months on, millions in insurance claims
Hamish McNeilly (Stuff): ‘Stigma can stick’: End to decade-long battle as NZ’s first memorial to conscientious objectors is unveiled