NZ Politics Daily: 10 November 2021

NZ Politics Daily: 10 November 2021

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Today’s content

Anti-vaxxers, protests
Toby Manhire (Spinoff): The protest that revealed a new, ugly, dangerous side to our country
Richard Harman (Politik): After the protest came the big defeat (paywalled)
John Minto (Daily Blog): Genuine, valid concerns at government policies masked by stereotypical reporting
Luke Malpass (Stuff): Parliamentary protest of those who feel unheard will just be ignored
Stuff Editorial: A protest where voices united, but agendas diverged
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Who is to blame for the AntiVaxx madness we saw in Wellington?
Jamie Morton (Herald): Lockdown brings ‘unprecedented’ disinformation surge
Cate Broughton (Stuff): Disinformation in Aotearoa has escalated since Delta outbreak 
Andrew Shepherd Stuff:  Freedom of choice does not exist in isolation – we are responsible for others too 
Tess McClure (The Guardian): New Zealand anti-vaccine mandate protests: police and photographer attacked
Henry Cooke (Stuff): Jacinda Ardern says protest outside Parliament not representative of ‘vast bulk’ of Kiwis
Claire Trevett (Herald): PM Jacinda Ardern on anti-vaccination protests and message for the vaccinated
Russell Palmer (RNZ): Protests represent a small minority, politicians say
Thomas Coughlan (Herald): ‘I have never seen Parliament locked up like this’ – Judith Collins as protesters descend on Parliament
Jake McKee (RNZ): Protesters deliver anti-lockdown, vaccine messages to government
Rukuwai Tipene-Allen (Māori TV): Political agenda revealed in Tamaki/Trump-ish protest at Parliament
Jack Crossland (Newstalk ZB): Anti-vaccination protest in Wellington died an uneventful death
Herald: Lockdown protesters arrive at Parliament challenging Covid restrictions
Sophie Cornish (Stuff): No arrests at Parliament during protest, police to consider follow-up enforcement action
Herald: Thousands descend on Parliament in protest of Covid restrictions
Josie Adams (Spinoff): A nice day for a protest: Out among the anti-government marchers in Wellington
Bridie Witton, Sophie Cornish, Thomas Manch and Henry Cooke (Stuff): Protesters threaten ‘gridlock’ in all main cities if mandates not dropped
Matt Burrows (Newshub): COVID-19 ‘freedom’ protesters confronted after trying to overthrow Northland iwi checkpoints, flying United Tribes flag upside-down
Māori TV: ‘If you need to protest, go to Wellington’
Northern Advocate: Police officer bitten as Northland protesters block Te Hana checkpoint
Bernadette Basagre (Stuff): Protester bites police officer at Auckland border
Herald: Heavy police presence at Auckland borders as protesters arrive
Luke Kirkness (Bay of Plenty Times): ‘Anti-mandate’ protesters gather in Tauranga
Blanton Smith and Thomas Manch (Stuff): Vaccine mandate protesters in New Plymouth
ODT: Anti-mandate protests reverberate
Evan Harding (Stuff): ‘Freedom of choice’ protestors march in Invercargill 

Vaccine mandates, certificate, incentives
Jane Patterson (RNZ): Jacinda Ardern on vaccine mandates: ‘Hard to know’ how long they will be used
Dubby Henry (Herald): How many teachers will quit over vaccine mandate? We still don’t know
John Gerritsen (RNZ): Principals work to fill gaps as vaccine-resistant teachers mean staff numbers likely to drop
Karen Rutherford (Newshub): Rural school principals fear they’ll have to shut if their teachers haven’t had first vaccine
Andrew McRae (RNZ): Unvaccinated teachers ‘putting the whole village at risk’ – mayor
Gill Bonnett (RNZ):Concerns fire brigades could fold as staff receive vaccine mandate
Mandy Te (Stuff): Porirua City Council considers mandatory vaccination for all staff 
Lois Williams (Local Democracy Reporting): Buller council distances itself from employee’s anti-vaccination comments
1 News: A look at vaccine passes set to be released this month
Henry Burrell (BusinessDesk): Building a NZ vaccine pass that Mattrs (paywalled)
Maggie Hewitt (Herald): New Zealand needs to remember what we have lost (paywalled)
Matthew Scott (Newsroom): Mandate rules mother can’t care for disabled daughter
Samantha Gee (RNZ): Air NZ should implement no jab, no fly for domestic passengers, health expert says
John Anthony (Stuff): Air NZ’s domestic vaccination policy hits the mark, experts say
Grant Bradley
(Herald): Greg Foran – Why Air NZ’s vax regime is getting so tough (paywalled)
Dan Lake (Newshub): Explained: How Air New Zealand’s new domestic pre-flight COVID-19 checks will work
John Anthony (Stuff): Questions remain over Air NZ’s domestic vaccination policy
John Lewis (ODT): Otago institutions support new flight rules
Heather du Plessis-Allan (Newstalk ZB): Government should take a leaf from Air NZ’s book
Thomas Bywater (Herald): Domestic airlines likely to follow Air New Zealand’s vaccine requirements

Vaccine rollout
1 News: Regions pick up the pace on vaccine uptake
Maxine Jacobs (Stuff): 48,000 more vaccinations needed across Auckland to get Māori to 90 per cent
Whatitiri Te Wake (Māori TV): New Covid cases in Kaikohe as Te Whānau o Waipareira gets to work in Northland
Ella Stewart (RNZ): Late vaccination sees elderly woman catch Covid-19 in resthome
Taroi Black (Māori TV): Tūhoe healer chooses to fully vaccinate

Auckland border, Govt management of Delta outbreak, PM to visit Auckland
Gordon Campbell: On the politics of hoping for the best
ODT Editorial: Difficult days ahead
1 News: Rural NZ ‘deeply worried’ about Aucklanders holidaying in regions
1 News: Auckland border should remain closed if Covid cases climb – Baker
RNZ: Experts at odds over move to traffic light system
Derek Cheng (Herald): What does Freedom Day in three weeks mean for Aucklanders, and should we be there already? (paywalled)
Mark Quinlivan (Newshub): Andrew Little ‘can’t give precise number’ what unsustainable COVID-19 hospitalisations would be once Auckland reopens
Kate Gregan (RNZ): Covid-19: Mayors frustrated by ‘control of information’
RNZ: Aucklanders keen for move to traffic light system: ‘We are ready for it’
Jane Tolerton (Stuff):  Long before Jacinda Ardern, Ettie Rout knew the wisdom of ‘go hard, go early’
Russell Palmer (RNZ): Ardern’s Auckland visit: ‘I’ll be able to talk to the workforce’
Jamie Ensor (Newshub): Judith Collins doesn’t want to see Jacinda Ardern ‘threatened’ during Auckland visit
Michael Neilson (Herald): PM Jacinda Ardern to visit Auckland as restrictions ease following major protest
Herald: Auckland awakens from 84 days of lockdown (paywalled)
Amy Williams (RNZ): Retail reopens in Auckland: Security guards on the doors as shoppers return
Adam Pearse (Herald): Auckland embraces level 3.2; protests risk transmission
Brianna Mcilraith (Stuff): ‘It won’t be like any other Wednesday we’ve ever experienced’ – Briscoes boss says as Auckland retailers reopen
Laura James (1 News): Auckland attractions to re-open, but not all at once
Herald: Aucklanders set to hit the shops after two months of being closed
Jamie Ensor (Newshub): Alert level 3, step 2 rules for Auckland
Zane Small (Newshub): Prime Minister Jacinda defends allowing cosmetic botox visits in Auckland but not haircuts
RNZ: Covid wrap: Protests against Covid-19 measures, firefighters given vaccine mandate, 125 new cases

MIQ, home isolation and quarantine, NZ border 
MIchael Morrah (Newshub): Vulnerable people with COVID left isolating in cars, garages, garden sheds
Katie Todd (RNZ): Covid-19 positive Aucklander isolating in caravan feels ‘scared’, abandoned by authorities
Māori TV: Whānau isolating from home too far away from help – Dr Rawiri Taonui
Dan Satherley (Newshub): Judith Collins accuses Jacinda Ardern of saying people are choosing to self-isolate in cars, rather than go into MIQ
1 News: Response to National’s petition to end MIQ ‘extraordinary’ – Collins
Matthew Hooton (Patreon): Instruction Manual For Kiwis Abroad To Get Home This Month Without MIQ(paywalled)
Tumamao Harawira (Māori TV): ‘Discriminated against’ whānau Māori wants MIQ hotels to appoint Māori advisers
Troels Sommerville (Stuff): First quarantine-free Pacific Islands flight since Delta outbreak touches down
Teuila Fuatai (Herald): Overseas travel a distant daydream in the age of Covid (paywalled)

Parliament, Government, Parties
Thomas Coughlan (Herald): National Party leadership: Simon Bridges fails to give definite answer on whether Judith Collins will make it into New Year
Jamie Ensor (Newshub): Judith Collins brushes off speculation her leadership under threat from Simon Bridges
Herald: Coups, cocks, and Covid: Auckland MPs descent on Wellington (paywalled)
Jacinda Ardern: The day I decided to delay the 2020 election
RNZ: Watch: Party People – Season 2 | Episode 1
Logan Savory (Stuff): Marcus Lush: Time to lower the voting age to 16

Rachel Thomas (Stuff): Andrew Little says new health entities will be ‘set up to succeed’ 
Janine Rankin (Stuff): Palmerston North Hospital staff frustrations boil over at board meeting
Kim Moodie (RNZ): Plea for more dementia support and resources to meet growing demand
Cate Broughton (Stuff): Fluoridation of drinking water bill passes third reading
Anneke Smith (RNZ): Health (Fluoridation of Drinking Water) Amendment Bill passes final reading in Parliament
Bronwen McNoe (Newsroom): A call to action on skin cancer
John Donne Potter and Naomi Brewer (The Conversation): Cervical cancer screening in New Zealand: self-testing at home will improve equity of outcomes for non-European women
Mike Houlahan (ODT): WellSouth head pleading pay parity for primary care nurses

RNZ: Average residential home now worth more than $1m
Miriam Bell (Stuff): New Zealand’s average house price cracks $1m: Corelogic
Priscilla Dickinson (Newshub): Housing market: Price of average Kiwi home cracks $1 million for the first time – report
Zane Small (Newshub: Housing Minister Megan Woods expects 1260 new homes from latest infrastructure boost to help Auckland’s 25,000 shortage
David Hargreaves (Interest): Westpac economists see substantial slowing in house price growth in coming months followed by declines in prices next year
Bernard Orsman (Herald): Auckland Council releases images of Labour and National’s intensification plans (paywalled)
Adam Jacobson (Stuff): Govt to spend $282m building 1260 more affordable homes in five Auckland suburbs
Paul Mitchell (Stuff): First-home buyers scrambling as Palmerston North house prices continue to skyrocket
Tim Newman (Stuff): Housing supply continues to struggle to meet demand in Nelson-Tasman

Environment, climate change, conservation
Hamish Cardwell (RNZ): James Shaw optimistic COP26 negotiations will get results
Rod Oram and Marc Daalder (Newsroom): FAQ: What does the COP26 climate summit mean for NZ?
Rod Oram (Newsroom): A darker prediction from COP26
Jonathan Milne (Newsroom): NZ’s fossil fuels investments: When COP26 promises are made to be broken
Jamie Morton (Herald): Climate change: Will this vast Antarctic ice sheet reach tipping point?
Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): It appears COP26 is another climate change bust
Ralph Chapman (Newsroom): New Zealand’s slow-moving transport problem
Hamish Cardwell (RNZ): COP26: Article Six talks might finally get over the line
Russell Palmer (RNZ): Former US President Barack Obama addresses High Ambition Coalition countries at COP26
Scott Burnett, Apisalome Movono, Regina Scheyvens: (The Conversation): How Māori knowledge could help New Zealanders turn their concern for the environment into action
Anne Gibson (Herald): Injunctions granted against 32 Waiheke marina protesters

Economy, business
Lloyd Burr (Magic): It’s a smart move by the government to essentially be an insurer for large concerts and events over summer
Marjorie Cook (ODT): Events policy boosts confidence
Monika Barton and Jenna Lynch (Newshub): Government to cover 90 pct of ‘unrecoverable costs’ for fully vaxxed summer festivals amid COVID-19 pandemic
Luke Malpass and Charlie Gates (Stuff): Summer festivals more certain after Government underwrite
John Weekes (Herald): Summer festival bailout scheme for big events
RNZ: Government announces insurance scheme for large summer events
1 News: Govt moves to mitigate loss for summer festivals
David Hargreaves (Interest): ‘Days of reckoning’ for New Zealand fast approaching say BNZ economists
Dan Satherley (Newshub): Economist says retail set for a ‘pretty good rebound’, with one major caveat – we haven’t eliminated Delta
Rahul Bhattarai (Herald): Insolvency numbers ‘significantly lower’ than the GFC but worst is yet to come, expert says (paywalled)
Rob Stock (Stuff): Auckland shop owners relieved to open on Wednesday, but hospitality businesses despair
Vaimoana Tapaleao and Nikki Preston (Herald): People already lining up outside Auckland shopping mall
Bryce Wilkinson and Leonard Hong (Herald): Why we’re walking the path to the next global financial crisis(paywalled)
Rahul Bhattarai (Herald): SMEs concerned about supply chain disruptions leading into Christmas rush
Juliette Sivertsen (Stuff): The great dichotomy in wellness tourism

Rebecca Macfie (Newroom): Court: Wharfies’ on-call contracts unlawful
Nathaniel Herz-Edinger (Stuff): Speak up for a living wage for ‘those who make our lives possible’
Peter Cullen (Stuff): Fair pay agreements run the risk of opposition

Rob Stock (Stuff): BNZ makes $1.32 billion profit
Tamsyn Parker (Herald): Why recently departed BNZ CEO Angela Mentis received million dollar pay packet bump in her final year (paywalled)
Tamsyn Parker (Herald): BNZ profit up 74 per cent to record $1.32 billion
RNZ: BNZ annual net profit rises by 74% to $1.3bn
Greg Ninness (Interest): RBNZ working to improve inconsistencies in the data it collects from banks on mortgage top ups

Three Waters, local government
Brent Edwards (NBR): Political controversy dogs Three Waters reform (paywalled)
Tina Law (Stuff): Angry mayors ‘seek audience’ with prime minister over water reforms 
Gianina Schwanecke (Herald): Overhaul of city’s stormwater system would cost $341 million, council report finds (paywalled)
Matthew Rosenberg (Local Democracy Reporting): Southern mayors’ salaries and spending since last local elections
Deena Coster (Stuff): Surprise move sees no further action taken at New Plymouth councillor’s alleged conduct breach
Felix Desmarais (Local Democracy Reporting): Rotorua’s seven deputy chief executives: Seven months in, no job descriptions
Lois Williams (Local Democracy Reporting): Gisborne Port’s neighbours endure ‘banging, crashing and thumping’
Local Democracy Reporting: Whanganui becomes NZ’s only UNESCO City of Design
Yashas Srinivasa (Stuff): Living wage confirmed for Timaru’s bus drivers
Toni Williams (ODT): Freshwater rules a stressor: report
Mick Jensen (ODT): Water report serious

Foreign Affairs
Lucy Craymer (Stuff): Internal Defence Force briefing warning of ‘much worse’ strategic environment removed from public website
RNZ: Foreign Minister Mahuta to visit six countries in first official overseas trip
Thomas Manch (Stuff): Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta to visit Australia, UAE, Canada and the US in first trip abroad
Thomas Coughlan (Herald): Nanaia Mahuta to make first trip as foreign minister

Nathan Morton (Stuff): Auckland kindergartens face ‘logistical nightmare’ ahead of alert level shift
Katy Jones (Stuff): Parents desperate as ECE centre closes over vaccine mandate
Tara Shaskey (Stuff): Taranaki principals get creative to farewell seniors

Simon Court (Magic): Opinion: Light rail a heavy burden
Georgina Campbell (Herald): Legislation needed to save Wellington transport plan from never-never-land(paywalled)

Guyon Espiner (RNZ): Police try to assume people’s online identities
Steven Cowan (Against the Current): The virus of cancel culture
George Driver (Spinoff): Will more money for struggling families put a real dent in child poverty?
Phil Pennington (RNZ): Supply strain stresses hit building standards change
Michael Reddell (Croaking Cassandra): The Beehive will have been happy, I suppose
RNZ: Misgivings despite Aotearoa being ranked second in world for drug policies
Tom Kitchin (RNZ): Some still without homes on first Napier flood anniversary
Steve Braunias (Newsroom): Sticking it to the National Library
Gareth Vaughan (Interest): Government mulls dragging BNPL sector under credit contracts law
Gerhard Uys (Stuff): Higher vegetable price don’t mean more money for farmers
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Hunt for new privacy commissioner as John Edwards steps into bigger UK role
Richard Prebble (Herald):  Justice delayed is justice denied (paywalled)
Thomas Coughlan (Herald): State-owned Kiwistar Optics courted for sale by defence company(paywalled)
Juha Saarinen (Herald): Turning the tables on hackers (paywalled)