NZ Politics Daily: 5 November 2021

NZ Politics Daily: 5 November 2021

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Today’s content

Auckland border
Guy Williams (Mountain Scene): Aucklanders in Queenstown before Christmas?
1 News: Govt has not yet asked for advice on how to manage Auckland’s border for Christmas – Bloomfield
Siobhan Downes (Stuff): ‘No good options’: How travel across Auckland’s hard border could work
Henry Cooke (Stuff): Government walks back ‘impractical’ idea of time slots for Aucklanders to leave city over Christmas
RNZ: Grant Robertson unenthused on set times for travel out of Auckland
Michael Neilson (Herald): Government backs down on Auckland time slots proposal
Lana Andelane (Newshub): Police Association says managing Auckland’s boundary over Christmas will be ‘a shambles’ for police, ‘a disaster’ waiting to happen
Lloyd Burr (Magic): When senior government ministers disagree in public, you know something’s up
Heather du Plessis-Allan (Newstalk ZB): Auckland border a shemozzle
Zane Small (Newshub): National would let COVID-19 cases travel New Zealand once 85 pct of population is vaccinated
Jenna Lynch (Newshub): National leader Judith Collins ridicules ‘raving mad’ idea of allocating times to leave Auckland over summer
Anna Whyte (1 News): Auckland summer travel allocation ‘the stupidest idea’ – Bishop

Govt management of Delta outbreak
RNZ: Three-quarters of 2022 could be spent at ‘red’, cases could hit 500 a day – Shaun Hendy
Toby Manhire (Spinoff): Why are there barely any new Auckland locations of interest?
1 News: Bloomfield: Our advice was to keep Auckland at L3 Step 1
Brent Edwards (NBR): Crunch time looms for government’s Covid-19 response (paywalled)
Zane Small (Newshub): David Seymour dubs Ashley Bloomfield most powerful unelected person since Governor Hobson of Queen Victoria era
Renee Liang (Herald): What freedom in Covid times looks like from where I stand
Stuff Editorial: Covid doesn’t take a holiday
Kate Hawkesby (Newstalk ZB): I wouldn’t be shocked if the PM quits next year
Grant Bradley (Herald): Auckland Airport chief executive Adrian Littlewood says inquiry needed to learn from mistakes (paywalled)
Melanie Carroll and Amanda Cropp (Stuff): Warning of ‘black market’ as hairdressers tempted to break rules
Josephine Franks (Stuff): Aucklanders struggling with mental health, loneliness in lockdown
Ireland Hendry-Tennent (Newshub): Clarke Gayford messages Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern regularly to check she’s okay amid COVID pandemic, anti-vaccine protests
Monika Barton (Newshub): Joe Rogan attacks Jacinda Ardern for shutting down COVID-19 press conference interrupted by heckler
RNZ: Covid-19 wrap: Updates and developments on 4 November

Anti-vaxxers, protests
Jessica Mutch McKay (1 News): PM sees shift after protest and hecklers
Morgan Godfery (Guardian): The 1918 influenza tore through Māori communities. Anti-vaxxers risk this again
Newstalk ZB: Sociologist: We can expect more protests
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): If Mihi Forbes can see it, why can’t Jacinda’s political minders?
Liz Gordon (Daily Blog): The Prime Minister and the people
Mike Mather (Stuff): Anti-vax councillor slated by colleagues after attending anti-lockdown protest during Level 4

Home isolation
Troels Sommerville (Stuff): Doctors worried about patients isolating at home after man dies
Michael Morrah (Newshub): Community leaders criticise home isolation checks after man dies alone in apartment block
Sophie Trigger (Herald): Auckland family in home isolation with Covid case say they’ve waited a week to speak with a clinician
1 News: Most self-isolating cases checked ‘daily’ via email – Bloomfield
Rowan Quinn (RNZ): Covid-19 positive families waiting up to 36 hours to hear back on isolation
1 News: Apartment residents not told of isolating Covid case’s death
Lana Andelane (Newshub): Concerns in the community over management of home isolation, police say they have ‘limited powers’ to enforce compliance
Eva Corlett (Guardian): New Zealand: Covid-positive person dies alone at home during isolation
Lucy Xia and Bernadette Basagre (Stuff): Auckland man’s death in home isolation not linked to vaccination, ministry confirms
1 News: Man’s death while in Covid isolation unrelated to vaccine
1 News: Man, 40, revealed as person with Covid who died isolating at home
Belinda Feek (Herald): Home-isolation death – apartment residents concerned about exposure

Vaccine mandates, certificate, incentives
Sinead Gill (Stuff): Demand at vaccine ‘exemption’ event horrifying, says host
1 News: GPs being pressured to provide vaccine exemptions – RNZCGP
Moana Ellis (Whanganui Chronicle): Prime Minister responds to Whanganui iwi concerns about vaccine mandate
Georgia O’Connor-Harding (Herald): Gloriavale Christian community faces education conundrum over anti-vaccine stance
Andrea Fox (Herald): Primary sector exporters wait to hear Government thinking on workforce vaccination mandate to preserve market access (paywalled)
Ben Strang (Stuff): Government undecided if children will need a vaccine certificate
Dubby Henry (Herald): Church staff, volunteers – exactly who is covered by the education vaccine mandate?
Amy Williams (RNZ): Churches ponder on Covid-19 vaccine certificates and balancing safety with values
Kate Nicol-Williams (1 News): Ethical challenges for religious leaders as they prepare to open doors
1 News: Visitors to prisons need to be vaccinated by December 9
Louisa Steyl (Stuff): Bluff medical centre drops extra charge for unvaccinated patients
John Anthony (Stuff): GO Rentals offering discount for customers vaccinated against Covid-19

Vaccine rollout
Henry Cooke (Stuff): The 90 per cent vaccinated target is probably impossible. So what next?
Kate Newton and Hannah Martin (Stuff): How 90,000 overdue for their second vaccine dose could delay reaching 90 per cent target
Michael Neilson (Herald): When do Kiwis think we will hit 90% vaccination target and regain freedoms?(paywalled)
Steven Walton and Nadine Porter (Stuff): Smaller DHBs could hold South Island back from move to traffic light system
Stephen Forbes (Local Democracy Reporting): Ministry of Health seeks extra time to release data to Whānau Ora Commissioning Agency
Keith Lynch (Stuff): How raw vaccine and case data can be (very) misleading
Liam Rātana (Spinoff): How the vaccination rollout failed to deliver for Māori
Craig Ashworth (Local Democracy Reporting): Funding brings military-grade Whanganui Covid response
Ethan Griffiths (Herald): PM Jacinda Ardern confident Whanganui can get to 90% vaccination rate(paywalled)
Leo Molloy (Stuff): Why vaccination is right and the anti-vaxxers are wrong: a layperson’s guide
Maxine Jacobs (Stuff): ‘I’m not anti-vax, I just don’t like getting told what to do’
Rachel Thomas (Stuff): Novavax applies to Medsafe for vaccine use in New Zealand
Herald: Novavax not approved for use ‘anywhere in the world at the moment’
Adam Jacobson (Stuff): Government praised for third jab roll-out to immunocompromised
Josephine Franks (Stuff): Not jabs or vax, but ‘dots’ in campaign aimed at rangatahi Māori

MIQ, home quarantine, NZ border 
Peter Dunne (Newsroom): Some kindness, please, in the cruel MIQ system
Henry Cooke (Stuff): National pushes to end MIQ immediately, scrapping own vaccine targets
Michael Neilson (Herald): National says end MIQ now, argues risk from fully-vaccinated travellers low
RNZ: National petitions to end MIQ for vaccinated travellers
Grant Bradley (Herald): Qantas takes off to London, adds more flights (paywalled)
Melanie Earley (Stuff):MIQ escapee with virus claims he was able to ‘walk out’ of hotel 
Ed Jackson (Stuff): Supercars star David Reynolds in race to make Bathurst 1000 as vaccination exemption rejected
Lane Nichols (Herald): Richlister Murray Bolton wins landmark test case against MIQ system 

Cases, Demographics
1 News: Māori now largest group in NZ affected by Delta outbreak
Sam Olley (RNZ): Minister Peeni Henare checks on clinics and providers in Northland
Whatitiri Te Wake (Māori TV): Pressure mounts on Kaitāia township as locals battle Delta
Cate Broughton, Jonathan Guildford and Steven Walton (Stuff): South Island likely to be virus-free, epidemiologists say

Parliament, Government, Parties
Matthew Hooton (Herald): Now is Christopher Luxon’s time to step up (paywalled)
Claire Trevett (Herald): Labour Party leadership rules on agenda at first post-election conference
Steven Cowan (Against the Current): Labour liberals are failing all of us
Herald:  ‘Sorry sunshine’: Winston Peters hits back at David Seymour on Twitter over Jacinda Ardern
Zane Small (Newshub): Women’s Liberation Aotearoa denies involvement in graffiti attack on Labour MP Ingrid Leary’s office
Michael Fallow (Stuff): Govt has Invercargill and Auckland in sync for once – Seymour

Ireland Hendry-Tennent (Newshub): Auckland councillor Christine Fletcher under fire for comparing Labour and National’s new housing policy to ‘gang rape’
Herald:  Auckland councillor in hot water after comparing housing policy to ‘gang rape’
Liu Chen (RNZ): Auckland councillors divided over proposed housing density law
Bernard Orsman (Herald): Labour and National’s housing plans for Auckland likened to ‘Soviet-style blocks’
Andrew Marshall (ODT): Intensification of leafy suburbs opposed
Miriam Bell (Stuff): New Covid tenancy law lacks detail for landlords
David Hargreaves (Interest): House buying is not an investment choice for Kiwis – it’s a fundamental driver of life
Liam Dann (Herald): Housing market ‘boom run is over’, says John Key
Melanie Carroll (Stuff): Reserve Bank’s Orr holds ‘biggest wand’ ever amid housing boom, says John Key
Madison Reidy (Newshub): Sir John Key says house prices have ‘run their race’, predicts market will slow
David Chaston (Interest): House prices are about to be beaten with four sticks
ODT Editorial: Will house prices fall?
Nicholas Plinton (RNZ): Pt England and Onehunga build-to-rent developments on the way

Foreign Affairs
Stuff:  Crown defends refusing humanitarian visas to Afghans with New Zealand links fearful of Taliban 
Derek Cheng (Herald): Jacinda Ardern and Nanaia Mahuta stepped in to open NZ doors to Afghans as Taliban took Kabul
David Fisher (Herald: Revealed: Our spies and their secret operations – disrupting terror threats and rooting out foreign agents
Richard Harman (Politik): What our spies really do (paywalled)
Thomas Manch (Stuff): Intelligence Agencies Minister Andrew Little foreshadows announcement that will ‘test’ spy agency critics 
Zane Small (Newshub): New Zealand to deploy aircraft to help monitor North Korea’s ballistic missile capabilities
1 News: Air force plane to help enforce sanctions on North Korea
Liam Dann (Herald): Getting Covid hasn’t stopped NZ’s top official Vangelis Vitalis (paywalled)
RNZ: New Zealand to focus on resilience in updated Pacific relationship
Lana Andelane (Newshub): How do key trading partners perceive NZ? China ‘looks up to’ us, while others see us as ‘unprepared’ – research
1 News: NZ ‘isolated, unfamiliar’ in some trade markets – study
Simon Ewing-Jarvie (Unclas): New Zealand’s Struggle for Strategic Identity
Allan Gyngell (Diplosphere): AUKUS: What’s All the Fuss About?
Michael Powles (Diplosphere): AUKUS: What’s All the Fuss About?

Environment, climate change, conservation
Marc Daalder (Newsroom): Shaw pushed for more ambitious Paris target
Klaus Bosselmann (Herald): COP26 has all the hallmarks of a Greek tragedy (paywalled)
Robert McLachlan (The Conversation): COP26: New Zealand’s new climate pledge is a step up, but not a ‘fair share’
Anne Salmond (Newsroom): Take care of the living world
Simon Wilson (Herald):  Glasgow Diary – November 5 (paywalled)
Rod Oram (Newsroom): Suddenly, the gloom at COP26 lifts
Katie Harris (Herald): Māori climate activist India Logan-Riley on what it’s like inside COP26
Bernard Hickey (Spinoff): The $100b climate elephant in the room
Bonnie Flaw (Stuff): Green Party calls on Government to ban palm oil by-products
John Bishop (Stuff): On climate change, this is a Government of wimps
Skara Bohny (Stuff): Petition calls for end to coal power in Nelson
Chris Tobin (Stuff): Timaru building ranked New Zealand’s most dangerous contaminated site

Economy, business, employment
Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): John Key on the next GFC: ‘Ingredients for a very dark time’
Brian Fallow (Herald): Will increased wealth rub off on spending? (paywalled)
RNZ: The Detail: Inflation – what it means; should we worry?
Brianna Mcilraith (Stuff): Lockdown hampers retail spending in Auckland and Northland
Chris Keall (Herald): NZ tech industry enjoys record growth as pandemic plays its strengths, TIN Report finds (paywalled)
Sam Hurley (Herald): Auckland finance firm, son and mum operators appeal fines for hiding Chinese-Canadian businessman’s millions
Anne Gibson (Herald): Precinct Properties gave tenants $10m financial support in two years (paywalled)
Rob Stock (Stuff): Dob yourself in, misbehaving banks and insurers told
1 News: Consumer NZ’s top tips for navigating ‘bargains’
Jonathan Milne (Newsroom): New commercial property market risk as businesses quit big city centres
Grant Bradley (Herald): Taking off: Airport chief’s ‘heartbreaking’ decisions in the face of Covid 19(paywalled)
Michael Reddell (Croaking Cassandra): Half a million a head

John Gerritsen (RNZ): Less than half Auckland senior high school students returned after lockdown
Max Rashbrooke (Stuff): Some schools rejecting competition – the rest should too
Katie Harris (Herald): Investigation into allegations at top broadcasting school to encompass concerns from last three years
RNZ: Primary school students missing out on online learning
Daisy Hudson (ODT): Polytechnic postpones graduation, university unsure
Matthew Scott (Newsroom): ECE teachers raise voice for fairness
Guy Williams (Mountain Scene): Action demanded over children standing in bus aisles
David Farrar (Kiwiblog): White and Asian researchers to get less funding

Three Waters, local government
RNZ: Furious Ashburton councillors urge Three Waters pushback
Luisa Girao (ODT): Fears for autonomy voiced
Catherine Groenestein (Stuff): Councillor faces censure for allegedly calling fellow councillor and a member of the public racists
Janine Rankin (Stuff): Double duties create priority choices for elected members
Lois Williams (Local Democracy Reporting): Rate increases forcing some Coast seniors to consider selling up – Greypower
Felix Desmarais (Local Democracy Reporting): More CCTV cameras to be installed in Rotorua
RNZ: Masterton youth hub on the way
Stuff:  South Taranaki Council long term fund performs strongly
Matthew Ronsenberg (Local Democracy Reporting): Pole sculpture consent request after 14 years

Jono Galuszka (Stuff): Regional leaders team up to pressure Government for public transport funding
Bernard Orsman (Herald): ‘Bloody arrogant’: Auckland Mayor Phil Goff’s response to radical parking plans
Ireland Hendry-Tennent (Newshub): Automobile Association concerned by Auckland Council’s radical plan to remove parking on road
Timothy F. Welch (Newsroom): Parking kills businesses, not bikes or buses
Joel MacManus (Stuff): Reimagining Wellington: US expert Gabe Klein on how to make our cities better, faster
Georgina Campbell (Herald): Low traffic circulation plan considered for Wellington in fossil-fuel-free move
Joel MacManus and Matthew Tso (Stuff): Wellington could pedestrianise Dixon, Ghuznee streets, council report suggests
RNZ: Wellington’s Island Bay cycleway still under contention
Mitchell Alexander (Newshub): Narrow Wellington street causing nightmares for residents as new laws make parking almost impossible
Debbie Jamieson (Stuff): Children standing in aisles of overcrowded rural school buses ‘needlessly at risk’, mayor says
John Lewis (ODT): Welcoming rainbow at airport
Hamish McNeilly (Stuff): Dunedin Airport installs rainbow crossing in support of LGBTQI+ community

Thomas Mead (1 News): Hundreds write to agency over controversial weed-killer
1 News: Kiwi company trials tech to test people’s Covid immunity
Patrick McKendry (Herald): The shocking brain-injury detail World Rugby don’t seem to grasp (paywalled)
Gregor Paul (Herald): The hidden problem in rugby’s historic concussion narrative (paywalled)
Natalie Akoorie (Local Democracy Reporting): Waikato DHB cyber attack: Out of date software used by some staff
Mike Houlahan (ODT): Consent bid going ahead
Sophie Harris (Stuff): Ongoing Covid lockdowns cause spike in demand for online mental health tools
Keiller MacDuff (Stuff): Permanent chlorination could be on the cards for Geraldine water supply
Danielle van Dalen (Stuff): Why everyone should be able to end their life well

Stuff Editorial: To uphold democracy we must emerge from social media
Damien Venuto (Herald): Write off Mark Zuckerberg’s metaverse at your peril (paywalled)
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Facebook scam & Stuff’s hysteria highlights Public Interest Journalism Fund failure
David Skipwith (Stuff): Duncan Garner’s new talk radio gig
Herald:  Duncan Garner, Rachel Smalley to return to radio airwaves at MediaWorks
BusinessDesk: Mediaworks adds Garner, Smalley to talk radio lineup

Primary industries
RNZ: Act now to meet climate’s growing unpredictability, farmers warned
Sally Murphy (RNZ): Some farmers out of step with more stringent winter grazing rules, report says
Williams Hewett (Newshub): Whistleblowers in new dairy farming exposé ‘Milked’ receive death threats

Justice, corrections
Guyon Espiner (RNZ): Oxford criminologist ‘outraged’ by NZ women’s prisons
Christine McCarthy (Newsroom): The inadequacy of prisons for women

Police, law and order
Daisy Hudson (ODT): No charges over police use of MDMA
Karl du Fresne (Stuff): The rule of law takes another hit
Mark Quinlivan (Newshub): Four arrested after Mongrel Mob tangi in Porirua

Benedict Collins (1 News): Govt doesn’t know how many kids caught up in benefit sanctions
Daniel Smith (Stuff): Aramex offers $600 a week subsidy to courier drivers revealed to be earning less than minimum wage
Greg Ninness (Interest): Are mortgage top ups the Reserve Bank’s dirty little secret?
Susanna Trnka and Luca Muir (The Conversation): A new ministry sets out to improve services and accessibility for New Zealanders living with disabilities
Lisa Davies (1 News): Investigation into abuse of children in Catholic church care widened
Herald Editorial: Revenue Minister David Parker takes on 1 per cent (paywalled)
Taroi Black (Māori TV): Parihaka arrests day, not fireworks fun
Will Trafford (Māori TV): Māori-owned supermarket plans unveiled