NZ Politics Daily: 8 November 2021

NZ Politics Daily: 8 November 2021

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Today’s content

Labour Party conference
Bryce Edwards (Democracy Project): The Glory days of Jacinda Ardern’s Labour Government are over
Toby Manhire (Spinoff): The very unspectacular Jacinda Ardern
Claire Trevett (Herald): Labour conference tonic for Ardern, but Covid still gatecrashes the party(paywalled)
Luke Malpass (Stuff): The Labour party conference that was meant to be very different
Luke Malpass (Stuff): Labour Party changes rules to elect leader, hands first call back to caucus
ODT Editorial: Labour’s low-key conference
Tova O’Brien (Newshub): ACT concerned by taxpayer-funded research into Jacinda Ardern’s Facebook page
Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): Labour confronts Covid, leadership future at party conference
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Labour’s conference – Winners & Losers
Mark Quinlivan (Newshub): ‘No plans to change what I’m doing’: Jacinda Ardern on whether she’ll run at election 2023
Dan Satherley (Newshub): Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says she’s in it for a long time, not a ‘good time’ as opponent claimed
Dan Satherley (Newshub): Simon Bridges says Jacinda Ardern ‘around for a good time, not necessarily a really long time’, picks who’ll replace her
Matthew Hooton (Patreon): Using blah blah blah to avoid accountability (paywalled)
1 News: Auckland lockdown leaves PM wearing Allbirds for conference

Labour Party conference welfare announcement
1 News: Govt’s tax credit top-up ‘out of touch’ with reality — advocates
Morgan Godfery (Stuff): ‘Perhaps the largest middle-class support scheme in the world’
RNZ: Increases to Family Tax Credit and Best Start payments ‘not enough’, critics argue
Luke Malpass (Stuff): Government announces new boosts for family tax credit and newborn payments
Claire Trevett (Herald): PM Jacinda Ardern announces boost to Working for Families payments, Best Start payment ‘topped up’
Seni Iasona (Newshub): Child Action Poverty Group says tax credit increase needs to come now, not next year
RNZ: Boost to family benefits should be in time for Christmas – charity
RNZ: ‘The fair thing to do’: Government to increase payments to struggling families
Anna Whyte (1 News): Tax credit change sees $20 a week boost for 346,000 families
Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): Ardern announces $272m tax credit boost at Labour conference

Parliament, Government, Parties
Audrey Young (Herald): Rating Jacinda Ardern’s second-term Cabinet after first anniversary (paywalled)
Janet Wilson (Stuff): Doubts over Ardern’s ability in the rough and tumble of street politics
NBC: Full Ardern: Paid family leave ‘wasn’t a hard sell’ in New Zealand
Jo Moir (Newsroom): Robertson: Covid can’t put the brakes on everything
Luke Malpass (Stuff): The Green Party one year into its co-operation agreement: stable and enjoying the friction
Hayden Donnell (Spinoff): Chlöe Swarbrick actually believes better things are possible
Peter Wilson (RNZ): Week in Politics: More freedom, more Covid – experts worry about easing Auckland’s restrictions
Zane Small (Newshub): Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s Europe trade negotiations trip deferred to 2022
RNZ: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern postpones Europe trip
Thomas Manch (Stuff): Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern postpones trip to Europe until 2022
Mike Houlahan (ODT): Fine-toothed comb used to hold Govt to account
Bridie Witton (Stuff): ACT MP Karen Chhour, from state child to Member of Parliament
Stuff: Nicola Willis ‘introduces herself’ to a neighbouring electorate
Tova O’Brien (Newsroom): On 2020, and a special message for Jami-Lee Ross
Steve Braunias (Herald): The secret diary of The Hermit Kingdom (paywalled)
Peter de Graaf (Northern Advocate): Waitangi honeymoon for the Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern?
Phil Smith (RNZ): The House: The new guard connecting Parliament to youth
Herald: MPs returning from level 3 Auckland to Parliament after rule change

Govt management of Delta outbreak
Andrea Vance (Stuff): Keeping people alive is the bare minimum a Government should do
Ian Powell (Second Opinion): Was Delta spread inevitable in New Zealand?
Russell Palmer (RNZ): A time traveller’s diary – Covid-19 restrictions in March 2022: What you need to know
Jane Patterson (RNZ): Will traffic lights see Covid hitting the gas?
David Farrar (KIwiblog): Why the Government will never hold a Royal Commission of Inquiry into the Covid response
Michael Neilson (Herald): PM addresses Auckland summer travel, level 3 move, Māori disparities
William Hewett (Newshub): Sir John Key lampoons Govt’s COVID-19 approach but rules out return to politics for 2023 election
Bill Ralston (Listener/Herald): Deep divisions over virus becoming entrenched (paywalled)
William Hewett (Newshub): Public health expert not surprised ‘at all’ about Saturday’s record COVID-19 case numbers
Ben Leahy (Herald): Record-high cases as Auckland restrictions set to ease
Tess McClure (Guardian): New Zealand hits Covid case record but Ardern says ‘better times coming’
1 News: 206 new Covid-19 community cases ‘not unexpected’ – PM
Ireland Hendry-Tennent (Newshub): Sylvia Park worker scared of bringing COVID-19 home to vulnerable family members when shops reopen
RNZ: Covid-19 wrap: Another death at home and more MIQ escape attempts
William Hewett (Newshub): Grant Robertson responds to Joe Rogan’s criticism of Jacinda Ardern for shutting down heckler
Steven Cowan (Against the current): The Prime Minister and the podcaster
Nicholas Jones (Herald): Auckland Hospital couldn’t use ICU beds because of short-staffing (paywalled)
Sam Olley (RNZ): DHBs, funeral homes buy refrigerated containers for Covid-19 bodies
Nicole Bremner (1 News): Kiwi expert wants Pfizer’s new Covid drug by winter
Bridie Witton (Stuff): Pharmac funds new fifth new medicine to treat virus
RNZ: Covid-19: Pharmac confident with growing stock of drugs to treat virus
Michael Neilson (Herald):Pharmac adds baricitinib to its arsenal to treat ‘very sick’ patients
Shannon Redstall (Newshub): Kiwi-designed immunity test will tell people their level of protection within minutes
Ruth Hill (RNZ): Starship Hospital under added stress of Covid-19 restrictions
Hannah Martin (Stuff): Covid-19 could cause ‘tsunami’ of long-term illness, expert warns, as cases rise

Cabinet meets to consider Auckland restrictions
Rowan Quinn (RNZ): Fears Covid-19 cases will surpass 1000 a day by Christmas if restrictions eased
Hannah Martin (Stuff): Experts say easing Auckland restrictions ‘not desirable’ ahead of Cabinet review
Michael Neilson (Herald): Auckland restrictions expected to be eased, but expect case numbers to rise also
Amy Williams (RNZ): Aucklanders tired of lockdown: ‘It’s dragged on a lot’
Ella Stewart (RNZ): Popular Auckland farmers’ markets wait for traffic light system before reopening

Auckland border, restrictions
1 News: Ardern to give date on Auckland border reopening this month
Claire Trevett (Herald): Will Ardern have to break Aucklanders’ summer promise or drop 90 per cent vaccination target? (paywalled)
1 News: Ardern confirms Aucklanders can travel this summer
Dan Satherley (Newshub): Jacinda Ardern tells Aucklanders she’s ‘not going to keep you trapped over Christmas’, but might if you’re not vaccinated
RNZ: Aucklanders can travel over summer: ‘That’s a commitment’ – PM
Sapeer Mayron (Stuff): Aucklanders won’t be ‘trapped over Christmas’, PM promises
Josephine Franks (Stuff): ‘We want to make sure Aucklanders can travel at Christmas’, Govt says
Michael Neilson (Herald): Jacinda Ardern promises Aucklanders can travel at Christmas
Dan Satherley (Newshub): David Parker plays down chance of Xmas travel slots, but says ‘we can’t just let it rip’
Daniel Smith (Stuff): Māhia residents voice concern as Rocket Lab workers given Auckland border exemption
Steven Walton (Stuff): Over 3000 exemptions granted in two months for travel out of lockdown to alert level 2 region
André Chumko (Stuff): What is the best way to get Aucklanders out over Christmas?
Chris Trotter (Bowalley Road): Freedom Day: “Auckland’s Coming – Ready Or Not.”
Geraden Cann (Stuff): We want out – the Aucklanders who are ready to quit the city for good over lockdowns
Herald Editorial: Book a time slot to leave Auckland? Yeah nah (paywalled)
John Roughan (Herald): Ardern’s ray of hope for those stuck in Covid-19 lockdown (paywalled)
Heather du Plessis-Allan (Herald): Why Auckland’s border must go (paywalled)
Kerre McIvor (Herald): Law-abiding citizens suffering from Auckland border rules (paywalled)
Kate Hawkesby (Newstalk ZB): Good luck to those planning a summer holiday outside of Auckland

Home isolation
Madison Reidy (Newshub): Home isolating COVID-positive family ‘disgusted’ by Ministry of Health support, frightened after deaths
RNZ: Covid-19 patient home isolation failing Māori, Pasifika – councillor
RNZ: Efeso Collins expresses disappointment with officials after two deaths in self-isolation
Ireland Hendry-Tennent and Shannon Redstall (Newshub): Second person dies while isolating at home in Auckland with COVID-19
RNZ: Second person isolating at home dies

Vaccine rollout
Jack Tame (1 News): Māori disparity: The greatest failure of NZ’s Covid response?
Maxine Jacobs (Stuff): More Pākehā are unvaccinated but Māori are being stigmatised
1 News: MOH again refuses to release Māori vax data despite court ruling
Ben Leahy (Herald): Ministry of Health again withholding Māori vaccination data – health provider
Ripu Bhatia (Stuff): Govt won’t release Māori vaccination data despite High Court ruling 
1 News: Health Ministry doubles down on call not to give details of unvaccinated Māori
Will Trafford (Māori TV): Tamihere slams ‘dictator-general’ Bloomfield’s ‘life and death’ block on vaccination records
RNZ: Ministry of Health won’t give WOCA Māori vaccine data it wants
Jane Clifton (Listener/Herald): The Government’s ongoing battle to convince vaccine-hesitant (paywalled)
RNZ: Checkpoint: NZ doing ‘incredibly well’ with vaccination rates – top immunologist
Luisa Girao (ODT): 45% of Covid vaccinations first doses
Te Aorewa Rolleston (RNZ): Regional health co-ordinator accused of denying vaccine funding to Kura Kaupapa Māori
George Heagney (Stuff): A race against time: Inside the fight to vaccinate the East Coast
Justin Latif (Local Democracy Reporting): A matter of faith: The Māngere congregation with 100% vaccinations
1 News: Got Ya Dot vaccination campaign sees rangatahi take charge
Adam Pearse (Herald): Got ya Dot – All Blacks battleground Eden Park turns into dotting domain
1 News: Eden Park opens gates for rangatahi to get their ‘dot’
Hannah Martin (Stuff): All three Auckland DHBs have crossed 90 per cent first dose milestone
Dubby Henry (Herald): Auckland hits 90 per cent first doses of Pfizer vaccine
RNZ: Counties Manukau pushes all of Auckland over 90% first vaccinations
Herald: Counties Manukau DHB hits 90 per cent vaccination milestone
1 News: Auckland DHB getting close to 90% fully vaccinated
RNZ: First vaccine doses just shy of 90 percent nationwide
Bridie Witton (Stuff): Officials working on vaccine booster programme
Herald: Boosters for key groups a good move while vax targets reached (paywalled)

Vaccine mandates, certificate, incentives
Sophie Trigger (Herald): 91 Wellington nurses yet to disclose vaccination status as deadline looms
RNZ: Ministry of Health reveals more details on vaccine pass for domestic use and international travel
Matthew Tso (Stuff): Government releases details of vaccine pass system
Chris Keall (Herald): Spark subsidiary Mattr wins key Vaccine Pass contract (paywalled)
Adam Burns (Local Democracy Reporting): Rural emergency services determine impact of vaccine mandate
Evan Harding (Stuff): Southern school may lose two out of its five teachers due to vaccine mandate
Megan Wilson (Bay of Plenty Times): Bay of Plenty rural school principal, four staff risk jobs over jab mandate (paywalled)
Daniel Rutledge (Newshub): Government responds to new COVID-19 ad implying Kiwis need to be vaccinated to have sex this summer
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Stuff proposes staff will need to be double-jabbed to enter its workplaces 
Mike Tweed (Whanganui Chronicle/Herald): Whanganui businesses outside vaccine mandate ‘waiting, watching and listening’ (paywalled)

Anti-vaxxers, protests
Alexander Gillespie (The Conversation): Protesting during a pandemic: New Zealand’s balancing act between a long tradition of protests and COVID rules
David Farrier (Webworm): Could the Capitol Riots happen in New Zealand?
Dan Satherley (Newshub): Coronavirus: Jacinda Ardern says anti-vaxxers ‘quite vocal’, but wants Kiwis to ‘talk openly about whatever concerns they might have’
Peter de Graaf (Northern Advocate/Herald): Family ‘brassed off’ by misuse of Dame Whina Cooper’s legacy in hīkoi
Richard Swainson (Stuff): In the war with Covid, rebels who risk spread don’t command respect
Renee Liang (Herald): What freedom in Covid times looks like from where I stand
Logan Church (1 News): 1News cameraman attacked by West Coast anti-vaccine protesters
Megan Wood (Herald): Vax vs anti-vax issue tearing Kiwi families apart
Jenny Nicholls (Stuff): To jab or not to jab? Shakespeare would have known the answer
Courtney White (ODT): Students unimpressed by protest, messages

MIQ, home quarantine, NZ border 
Amelia Wade (Newshub): Some New Zealanders coming home to visit dying loved ones will only spend three days in isolation
RNZ: Third MIQ escapee in two days is family member of confirmed cases
RNZ: Cook Islands announces two-way quarantine-free travel with NZ
Simon Draper (Stuff): Why Asia must be invited when New Zealand reopens
Herald: MIQ ‘broken’ and major summer music festival in doubt
Janine Starks (Stuff): There’s a case for launching a judicial review of the MIQ system
Jane Phare (Herald): ‘I feel hopeless’: Young Kiwi golfer trapped in the US calls MIQ ‘a cruel game’.(paywalled)
Denise Piper (Stuff): Boaties ‘risking their lives’ at sea due to ‘unfair’ MIQ rules
Ian Taylor (Herald): MIQ logbook: NZ desperately needs to improve its Covid testing processes
Dan Satherley (Newshub): Why Kiwi businessman Sir Ian Taylor ‘feels safer’ from COVID-19 in Los Angeles than in New Zealand
Rosie Carnahan-Darby (Spinoff): ‘Back to normal’? Yeah, right: A Covid reality check from a New Zealander in LA

Cases, demographics, testing
Scott Palmer (Newshub): Avondale College confirms infectious student attended school this week
1 News: Those at Porirua gang tangi told to get tested for Covid
Craig Kapitan (Herald): Blame virus for care home resident’s death, family says
Lincoln Tan (Herald): Unitec student loses both parents to virus in two weeks
Sharnae Hope (Stuff): Ōtorohanga mayor says he’s off DHB’s call list after releasing case details early
Sarah Robson (RNZ): Covid-19: More testing needed in Tairāwhiti, Taranaki and Hawke’s Bay
Nicholas Jones (Herald): Napier, Gisborne mayors urge testing, vaccination after positive wastewater samples
Alex Cook (Newshub): Maori Party co-leader Debbie Ngarewa-Packer laments COVID-19 preparation in Taranaki as testing site runs out of swabs
RNZ: No sign of virus after testing in Taranaki
RNZ: Testing urged after Covid-19 found in Napier, Gisborne and Stratford wastewater samples
Alex Cook (Newshub): Iwi urges Taranaki residents to get vaccinated after positive wastewater test
Herald: Mongrel Mob tangi attendees in Porirua ‘encouraged’ to get Covid test

Sinéad Donnelly, Rod MacLeod, Richard Egan, Simon Walker (Stuff): More scrutiny needed as assisted dying becomes law
Mike Houlahan (ODT): Long road from defeated first steps
Tom Hunt (Stuff): Kāpiti man prepares for his own death as euthanasia law begins 
Zane Small (Newshub): Euthanasia: A brief reminder about what’s actually coming into force from November 7
Jessica Young (Newsroom): Now, to make assisted dying equitable
RNZ: Assisted dying now an option for some with a terminal illness
RNZ: End of Life Choice Act takes effect in New Zealand
Stuff Editorial: Assisted dying: The means to an ending
Hannah Martin (Stuff): Assisted dying now legal in New Zealand, End of Life Choice Act a ‘huge relief’ for some
1 News: Assisted dying legal in New Zealand from today

Hayden Donnell (Spinoff): Auckland Council sides with the nimbys
Liam Dann (Herald): Sir John Key says the housing boom is over. Is it really? (paywalled)
Carmen Hall (Herald): Got a 10% home loan deposit? Banks are prioritising their own customers(paywalled)
David Farrar (Kiwiblog): State house waiting times have exploded under Labour
Rob Stock (Stuff): Banning young people from buying homes would be a spit in the eye after slapping them in the face
Dileepa Fonseka (Stuff): There is nothing wrong with building too many houses
John Minto (Daily Blog): State House Building Coalition letter to Housing Minister Megan Woods
Katy Jones (Stuff): Affordable and social housing plan could backfire over flood risk, lobby group says
Aaron Leaman (Stuff): Waikato River’s health may trump housing intensification edict
Michael Reddell (Croaking Cassandra): House and land prices
Joanna Davis (Stuff): A brand new ‘green’ home for $300,000? It’s possible – but it won’t be palatial
John Anthony (Stuff): Tax warning for bank of mum and dad when helping children onto the property ladder
Gary Hamilton-Irvine (Herald): Hastings council aiming to rezone land quicker to address housing crisis(paywalled)
Māori TV: Māori architecture professor collaborates with hapū in Te Rāwhiti to build papakāinga

Environment, climate change, conservation
Olivia Wannan (Stuff): COP26: Is NZ on the wrong side of history in the fight over carbon credit cash?
Thomas Coughlan (Herald): Jacinda Ardern on low emissions, life in 2030, and what happened to the next oil and gas ban
Marc Daalder (Newsroom): Shaw wanted cows in 2050 net zero pledge
Thomas Coughlan (Herald): James Shaw pushed for 54 per cent Glasgow emissions goal, net zero agricultural emissions by 2050
Brent Edwards (NBR): Shaw realistic on what COP26 can achieve (paywalled)
David Williams (Newsroom): ‘Polluting 7’ climate case thrown out
Jack Santa Barbara (Newsroom): To reduce consumption, we’ll need humility
Pilita Clark (Herald): Queues, Covid and confused messaging plague COP26 (paywalled)
Herald Editorial: Pledges galore but will it translate into climate action? (paywalled)
Simon Wilson (Herald):  Glasgow Diary – November 6 (paywalled)
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): COPOUT26: James Shaw took our cow to market & returns with some magic beans
Chris Trotter (Bowalley Road): COP26: Good Luck – To All Of Us
Rod Oram (Newsroom): COP26’s difficult second week
Rod Oram (Newsroom): Do the older politicians get it?
Rod Oram (Newsroom): Rod Oram: A Kiwi at a hui of humanity
RNZ: COP26: Pacific, EU launch landmark alliance
RNZ: COP26: Kiwi climate activists making indigenous voices heard at summit
RNZ: COP26 delegate: Treaty of Waitangi offers indigenous rights precedent
Hamish Cardwell (RNZ): New Zealand pledges to phase out coal for electricity in next 10-20 years
Samantha Gee (RNZ): Call to ban industrial coal use in Nelson
No Right Turn: Climate Change: We need to actually act on coal
Anna Whyte (1 News): New Zealand’s 29-year waste plan ‘worrying’
Tom Hunt (Stuff): Methane burned off at Wellington tip rather than powering 1000 homes
Paul Ward (Stuff): Reimagining Wellington: Imagine kiwi roaming in our hills (and yards)
Samantha Gee (NZ): Abundant kina damaging reefs as fish numbers dwindle
Māori TV: Myrtle rust devastating East Coast ngahere: ‘We’re basically watching a species vanish’

Polly Gillespie (Stuff): How did we allow ourselves to become a slave labour nation?
Benn Bathgate (Stuff): A plywood box in a liquor store backroom, home for one of New Zealand’s estimated 3000 modern day slaves
ODT Editorial: Making pots of dough
Riley Kennedy (ODT): Bakery environment left employee ‘broken’
RNZ: Living Wage advocates call on employers to ‘step up and do it’
Stuff: Pasifika are volunteering over 14,000 hours a week – and other reasons you should be concerned about fair pay
Lucy Xia (Stuff): Migrants helping govt investigation upset they’re ineligible for fast-tracked residency
Alison Mau and Michelle Duff (Stuff): Volunteer firefighters boss worked behind the scenes to dismiss woman who made sexual assault complaint against him
Cas Carter (Stuff): The future of work may not involve heading back to the office 

Economy, business, employment
RNZ: Covid-19 briefing: More than $5 billion in economic support paid out during Delta outbreak
Luke Malpass (Stuff): Hey Deputy Prime Minister, where’s the Minister of Finance gone?
Bernard Hickey (The Kākā): Where John Key is wrong on the housing boom, mortgage debt and public debt
Leo Molloy (Herald): The date Auckland must reopen – otherwise save the ICU beds for hospo
Katie Todd (RNZ): Auckland lockdown over summer could be last straw for some tourism operators
Bernard Orsman (Herald): Tourism boss tells Jacinda Ardern the country is caught in the headlights
Esther Taunton (Stuff): Rhythm and Vines in jeopardy as Gisborne region crawls towards vaccine target
Ben Leahy (Herald): Gisborne’s Rhythm & Vines music festival in doubt?
Brianna Mcilraith (Stuff):  Business owners predict consumers will be cautious when retailers open on Wednesday
Tamsyn Parker (Herald): Warehouse founder Stephen Tindall and Briscoes boss Rod Duke expect boom times ahead (paywalled)
Diana Clement (Herald): Barometers of a pandemic – booze, betting, beauty and bars (paywalled)
Nita Blake-Persen (RNZ): Bay of Islands businesses nervous with lockdowns to north and south
Dianna Vezich (Newshub): Tourism boss says New Zealand could be left behind if we don’t open our borders soon
Damien Grant (Stuff): Losing faith in our central bank
Fran O’Sullivan (Herald): Beware the bird that delivers gloomy news (paywalled)
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Will they or won’t they? Commerce Commission faces stark choice on supermarket break-up 
Rob Stock (Stuff): Government ponders regulating ‘buy now, pay later’ lenders
Sebastian Gehricke (ODT): Investing in the future
Jonathan Milne (Newsroom): Push to merge small credit unions to help protect $3b assets
Amber Allott (Stuff): Canterbury’s balls, prize-givings, and graduations head online

Three Waters, local government
Brian Easton (Pundit): Corporatising The Water Infrastructure
Lokesh Padhye (Newsroom): Growing population in changing climate makes Three Waters critical
Brendon Harré (Interest): Three Waters reforms through a Christchurch lens
Aaron Leaman (Stuff): Hamilton deputy mayor’s petition urges Government to halt three waters reform
Thomas Coughlan (Herald): Doubt over claims Watercare-model properly investigated (paywalled)
Wayne Brown (Herald): Covid vaccine experience challenges Three Waters proposal (paywalled)
Craig Little (Hawkes Bay Today/Herald): ‘Astounded’ at Three Waters ‘mistruths, misinformation’
Laura Mills (Local Democracy Reporting): Special zone for Gloriavale on the cards
Susan Freeman-Greene (Stuff): Strolling trolls and the attack on local democracy
Sinead Gill (Stuff): Council flips on elected member count, opting for ‘quality of quantity’
Susan Botting (Local Democracy Reporting): Whangarei: Oruku Landing development lobbying heats up
Stephen Forbes (Local Democracy Reporting): Auckland infrastructure projects under pressure due to skills shortages, Covid-19
BusinessDesk: My Net Worth: Phil Goff, Mayor of Auckland (paywalled)
RNZ: Invercargill City Council boss proposes $25,000 event to encourage participation
Liz McDonald (Stuff): More jobs cut in management shake-up at Christchurch council

Foreign Affairs
Geoffrey Miller (Democracy Project): New Zealand’s APEC moment is virtually here
Rob Scollay (Herald): Could Apec 2021 lead to trade reunion between the US and China? (paywalled)
Brent Edwards (NBR): Bollard on Apec: it’s had ‘a couple of pretty horrible years’
Thomas Manch (Stuff): New Zealand’s hosting of APEC has ‘shifted the dial’, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says
Jennifer Little (Stuff): Behind the screens at Apec – a year of digital diplomacy
Tim McCready (Herald): Think Apec on Zoom is wild? Try Russia in 2012 (paywalled)
Ziena Jalil (Stuff): We need young voices permanently at the top table
Peter Parussini (Herald): Apec Voices of the Future: Peter Parussini – Why young should have a say(paywalled)
Tim McCready (Herald): The Kiwi women moving the world forward at Apec 2021 (paywalled)
Anna Whyte (1 News): ‘Considerable discussion’ with China on Hong Kong, Uyghurs
Reuters: New Zealand has ‘mature’ ties with China, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says in US TV interview

Ed Lee (Stuff): These lives can’t wait; New Zealand needs to fund this drug now
Peter Shepherd & Dave Grattan (Herald):  Bio-medical research is the key out of the next health crisis(paywalled)
Mike Houlahan (ODT): Key staff shortages a problem for SDHB
Jimmy Ellingham (RNZ): New mental health ward underway for Palmerston North
Charlie Gates (Stuff): Rundown mental health facility ‘felt like a prison’ for depressed teenager
Michael Neilson (Herald): Funding boost for lockdown Auckland mental health services – ‘A looming crisis’
Mike Houlahan (ODT): Ashburn Clinic costs exceed funds

John Gerritsen (RNZ): Auckland senior secondary students ‘missed school’ but not rushing back
Eric Crampton (Offsetting Behaviour): Affirmative action in NZ academia
Sophie Harris (Stuff): Pay equity scheme may make it harder to keep teachers in small towns 
Emma Houpt  (Herald): Tauranga principals call for school counselling support for mental health issues(paywalled)

Joel MacManus (Stuff): Waka Kotahi wants Transmission Gully open by Christmas – but it could be next year too
Georgina Campbell (Herald): Waka Kotahi in need of a Christmas miracle for Transmission Gully opening
David Farrar (Kiwiblog): What you could get instead of Michael’s trams?
Brittany Keogh (Stuff): Reimagining Wellington: How San Francisco transformed car parks into public spaces for pedestrians
Charlie Gates (Stuff): New $3m footbridge to finally open this week – but it is already rusty

Colin Peacock (RNZ): Mediawatch: Meta’s moves to boost our media underwhelms observers
RNZ: The Detail: Facebook’s metaverse – is it real, or a smokescreen?
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Mediawatch: Q+A review – Jacinda vs Jack smackdown
Daniel Dunkley (BiusinessDesk): Discovery’s news dilemma amid mass departures (paywalled)
Victor Billot (Newsroom): An Ode for .. Tova
Herald: A change in the way the New Zealand Herald monitors comments on Covid-19 stories on social media

Justice, corrections
Aaron Smale (Stuff): Lake Alice: After two failed police investigations, will a third be any better?
Glenda Hughes (Stuff): To tackle crime, we need to start listening to those who understand it
Derek Cheng (Herald): Police say prior offending, not race, main factor in decision to charge (paywalled)
Sasha Borissenko (Herald): Newly appointed president of NZ Law Society apologises for ‘offensive’ Instagram post  (paywalled)
Oliver Sutherland (E-Tangata): Justice and Race

Mark Quinlivan (Newshub): Calls for law change as report reveals unsustainability of pre-pandemic immigration rates
Luke Malpass (Stuff): Productivity Commission calls for higher immigration rates to wait for more infrastructure 
David Hargreaves (Interest): Pre-Covid rates of immigration into New Zealand are ‘unsustainable’, says the Productivity Commission
RNZ: Confusion over granting of visas for those at risk from Taliban – lawyers
Sinead Gill (Stuff): Not too fat for NZ: Migrants seeking residency eligible for health waiver
Anuja Nadkarni (Newsroom): ‘Priority’ migrants promised two-week wait face four-month delays

Danyl Mclauchlan (Spinoff): In a captured state
Hamish Rutherford (Herald): ‘Extraordinarily broad, intrusive power’ – Law Society warns tax changes headed for court (paywalled)
RNZ: Tiwai Pt aluminium smelter: preliminary closure study expected this year
Jonathan Mosen (Stuff): It’s up to all of us to create a less disabling society
David Fisher (Herald):  Inquiry: NZDF lost 1700 magazines for its automatic assault rifles, has no idea where they went (paywalled)
Dale Husband (E-Tangata): Andrew Becroft: This is our chance, and we must grab it
Dale Husband (E-Tangata): Dame Cindy Kiro: A pōhara kōtiro from the wop-wops
Te Aorewa Rolleston (RNZ): Parihaka descendants commemorate resilience of tūpuna during invasion
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