NZ Politics Daily: 15 November 2021

NZ Politics Daily: 15 November 2021

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Today’s content

Vaccine Mandates and Certificates
Philip Matthews (Stuff): Choice or coercion? The arguments over vaccine mandates
Ben Strang (Stuff): How New Zealand vaccine passes will work and how to get one
Matt Burrows (Newshub): Worker says COVID-19 vaccine confirmation letters ‘easy’ to fake as anti-vaxxers share forged documents to avoid jab mandates
Claire Trevett (Herald): Act leader David Seymour calls for testing as alternative for unvaxxed teachers, health workers 
Alex Penk (A Place to Stand): The risks of creating a two-tier society
RNZ: Covid-19 vaccine mandate deadline for teachers and school staff tomorrow
Newshub: Legal battle to put a stop to mandatory vaccination dismissed by High Court
Sarah Catherall (Stuff): Job or jab? Vaccine-hesitant workers face agonising choice as mandate deadline looms
Cira Olivier (Herald): Doctors, lawyers and teachers reach out for food support ahead of deadline(paywalled)
RNZ: Firefighter’s vaccination mandate deadline pushed back
1 News: Covid vaccine mandate extended for Fire and Emergency NZ staff
Seni Iasona (Newshub): Fire and Emergency workforce granted two-week extension to get first vaccine dose, union blames failure to plan
Joanne Naish (Stuff): Hospital not accepting new mums because of midwife shortage post vaccine mandate
Nikki Preston (Herald): Corrections puts 152 unvaccinated prison staff on ‘special leave’
Tess Brunton (RNZ): DOC exploring Covid-19 vaccine requirements for trampers
Bridie Witton (Stuff): Education, health and disability sector to be brought under vaccine mandate from Monday
Logan Tutty (Herald): Whanganui schools in ‘dire’ situation as vaccine mandate looms (paywalled)
Sahiban Hyde (Hawkes Bay Today/Herald): More than 5% of Hawke’s Bay DHB staff remain un-vaccinated (paywalled)
Chris Keall (Herald): The tech industry’s problem with the Vaccine Pass (paywalled)
Eric Crampton (Offsetting Behaviour): Canterbury, vaccination, and ICU capacity
John Lewis and Daisy Hudson (ODT): Vaccine mandates take effect

Vaccine misinformation and protests
Branko Marcetic (Democracy Project): Lessons from the anti-vaccine protests
Virginia Fallon and Kevin Norquay (Stuff): We’re marching, we’re yelling, but where the hell is New Zealand headed?
Kevin Norquay (Stuff): So much rage and division: Is New Zealand headed the way of Trump’s America? 
Simon Wilson  (Herald): Pandemic, protest, nurses and nutters (paywalled)
Jamie Morton (Herald): Study to track why Kiwis fall down conspiracy, misinformation rabbit hole
David Fisher (Herald): The man who heckled the prime minister – police concerns and mobile phones wrapped in tinfoil (paywalled)
James Surowiecki (Stuff): Why do so many people believe anti-vax lies? We’re bad at maths
Tom O’Connor (Stuff): Covid vaccine not a freedom threat, unvaccinated host population is
Amy Ridout (Stuff): By positioning herself as a ‘truth seeker’, lawyer Sue Grey is fuelling Covid-19 disinformation
Dan Satherley (Newshub): Sue Grey, a lawyer spreading COVID-19 misinformation, now under investigation by Law Society
Charlie Mitchell and Katie Kenny (Stuff): A paper on vaccination in pregnancy co-authored by Simon Thornley has been panned by experts around the world
ODT Editorial: When the face doesn’t fit
Polly Gillespie (Stuff): NZ a dictatorship? Pull the other one
Andrew Gunn (Stuff): Some words are too important to be diluted
Steven Cowan (Against the Current): The liberal elite: discrediting a legitimate demonstration
Matthew Rilkoff (Stuff): It’s a new world and the anti-vaccine movement is running out of time
1 News: Q + A: Auckland councillor threatened by anti-vax crowd refuses to back down
RNZ: Saturday Morning: David Farrier: examining conspiracy culture in New Zealand
RNZ: Auckland mayor Phil Goff calls anti-lockdown protesters’ behaviour ‘stupid’
Edward O’Driscoll (Newshub): Traffic brought to crawl in Auckland and Wellington as anti-lockdown protesters take rage to roads
George Block, Sophie Cornish, Jake Kenny and Ellen O’Dwyer (Stuff): Anti-lockdown protesters take to roads for latest action against restrictions
1 News: Disruption as anti-lockdown protesters hit Auckland roads
Herald: First-hand account on what it was like at Parliament Covid protest
Phil Smith (RNZ): The House: Mandate protest: a photo essay
Kerre McIvor (Herald): Freedom? Covid protests in Wellington incoherent (paywalled)
Victor Billot (Newsroom): An Ode for .. the Prime Sinister

Govt management of Delta outbreak, Auckland border
RNZ: Ardern says Covid-19 spread outside Auckland ‘not unexpected’
RNZ: A new case high, as ‘clock ticking’ for Christmas
Rowan Quinn (RNZ): Auckland’s Covid-19 outbreak could soon reach peak – Shaun Hendy modelling
Mark Quinlivan (Newshub): November 29 isn’t ‘Freedom Day’ – Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern
Claire Trevett (Herald): Government to set date for Auckland’s borders to open, vaccination boosters rollout and Waikato alert-level changes
Dan Satherley and Simon Shepherd (Newshub): ICU specialists disagree with Health Minister Andrew Little on ICU surge capacity potential
Dan Satherley and Simon Shepherd (Newshub): Health Minister Andrew Little confirms November 29 is not ‘Freedom Day’
John Weekes (Herald): PM’s possible traffic light jiggle ‘weird charade’, National says
Ireland Hendry-Tennent (Newshub): Overwhelmed healthcare system means some patients may not get treated
Ireland Hendry-Tennent (Newshub): Director of Public Health Caroline McElnay pushes back on concerns hospital understaffing is putting COVID-19 patients at risk
Amy Williams (RNZ): Health authorities warn rural Māori population is most at risk as Covid-19 spreads
Daimen Grant (Stuff): New Covid-19 bill is a case of government overreach
Marc Daalder (Newsroom): Rethinking breathing: How to end the pandemic
Fran O’Sullivan (Herald): More lessons to be learnt from Covid (paywalled)
Janet Wilson (Stuff): Government hovers like a helicopter parent as rebellious teens make a break for freedom
Heather du Plessis-Allan (Herald): Aucklanders’ mood has changed and polls confirm it (paywalled)
John Roughan (Herald): Let’s not push lockdowns too far (paywalled)
Zane Small (Newshub): Jacinda Ardern considers moving all of NZ into ‘traffic light’ framework with Auckland to help drive COVID-19 vaccination rates up
Jo Moir (Newsroom): Cabinet weighing early move into traffic light system
1 News: Auckland border could open if Govt ‘stopped sitting on their hands’ – Collins
Denise Piper (Stuff): Will Aucklanders be welcomed with open arms when they can travel?
RNZ: Surge of Aucklanders booking baches outside the region
Lana Andelane (Newshub): Woman breaches Auckland border, car gets stuck in endangered native bird’s nesting site
Jane Matthews (Stuff): Taranaki iwi calling for move to alert level 3
Steve Braunias (Herald): The secret diary of The Hermit Kingdom (paywalled)

Vaccine rollout
Jamie Morton (Herald): The maps that reveal vax rollout’s hidden picture
Dan Satherley and Simon Shepherd (Newsroom): Ministry of Health agrees to hand over some vaccination data to Māori health providers
Thomas Coughlan (Herald): Prioritise Māori children in under-12 vaccine rollout, say Greens
RNZ: The Detail: Vaccinating children against Covid-19
Matthew Scott (Newsroom): Waning immunity sets expiry date for vaccine passes
RNZ: Auckland DHB first to surpass 95 percent first doses for eligible population
1 News: Taranaki sees huge vaccination spike after Covid scare
Catherine Groenestein (Stuff): No longer last – Taranaki on track to reach 90 per cent fully vaccinated by Christmas
Bill Ralston (Listener/Herald):  What to do about anti-vaxxer friends (paywalled)
Khylee Quince (Stuff): Carrot and stick combine in vaccine offers you can’t refuse 
Lincoln Tan (Herald): Returning Kiwis struggle to get their overseas vaccinations recorded in NZ
Troels Sommerville (Stuff): Home-call service to vaccine-hesitant patients racks up $250,000 bill
Piers Fuller (Stuff): Wairarapa’s first dose rates boosted by cash incentive
Brittney Deguara (Stuff): Why the second Covid-19 vaccine packs a bigger punch

Home isolation
Michael Morrah (Newshub): Auckland man who died at home with COVID-19 told Healthline he ‘wanted to go to hospital’ after coughing up blood – daughter
Bridie Witton (Stuff): Government defends home isolation scheme after three deaths
Ron Paterson (Herald): MIQ transiting to SIQ, ‘a sensible and necessary response’ but needs to be fit for purpose
Dan Satherley (Newshub): Caroline McElnay reminds everyone ambulances are free if you have COVID, ‘don’t leave it to chance’
Stephen Forbes (Local Democracy Reporting): Public health officials seek to ease GPs’ concerns over monitoring Covid-19 patients
Louisa Steyl (Stuff): Southern plan is different, WellSouth says

Dileepa Fonseka (Stuff): Saliva testing saga continues with ‘frustrating’ and ‘short-sighted’ U-turn on MIQ returnees 
Ian Taylor (Herald):  MIQ logbook – No excuse for Govt’s decision to abandon saliva testing pilot
Eric Crampton (Stuff): Here’s why we are failing the Covid testing test 
Eric Crampton (Offsetting Behaviour): It isn’t good
Rosie Collins (Spinoff): Free rapid testing could be the nudge needed to stop the spread this summer

MIQ, NZ border 
1 News: Record number of returnees released from MIQ under new rules
Herald: Over 2500 returnees eligible to leave MIQ
Melanie Earley (Stuff): Over 2500 returnees eligible to leave MIQ, largest number ever in single day
Katie Todd (RNZ): MIQ: Eight times more departures than usual expected on Sunday
RNZ: National says MIQ for Covid-free returnees ‘perversion of priorities’
Jane Wrightson (Stuff): New Zealand’s pension system didn’t see Covid coming
Herald: Air Tahiti Nui cuts capacity for NZ as restart doubts grow (paywalled)
Herald Editorial: Travel revving up for take-off (paywalled)
Denise Piper (Stuff): Yachties slam ‘absurd’ MIQ rule to quarantine after week at sea

1 News: Woman in her 90s dies with Covid-19
Scott Yeoman (Stuff): Is Waikato crossing over into a Covid-19 twilight zone? 
Tom Hunt (Stuff): Pandemic knocking on Wellington’s door with cases in Tararua, locations in Wairarapa 
Ellen O’Dwyer (Stuff): Wellingtonians should take practical steps to prepare for Delta, health leaders say
Tom Hunt and Piers Fuller (Stuff): ‘Your turn next,’ Wellington warned as Wairapapa goes on Covid alert
Alexa Cook (Newshub): Testing sites flooded as COVID-19 spreads further across North Island
Luke Malpass (Stuff): Waikato hopes for reprieve while boosters await 
Lawrence Gullery and Adam Blackwell (Stuff): Vaccination pleas as Covid-19 breaks boundaries again, with four cases across Rotorua and Tararua District
George Block (Stuff): Police ‘going in blind’ as Ministry of Health withholds case details
RNZ: Twelve police isolating after contact with Rotorua Covid-19 cases
Zizi Sparks (Herald): Cases in Rotorua, contact tracing under way (paywalled)
Amy Williams (RNZ): Woman with Covid-19 gave birth to a baby who later died
RNZ: Checkpoint: Taranaki Covid-19 cluster revealed by a tip-off
Herald: Health officials urging Dargaville churchgoers to get tested immediately
Gavin Ogden (Herald): Is Tauranga ready for community spread of Covid-19?
Zizi Sparks (Herald):  Tauranga could have cases this week, health board says  (paywalled)
Farah Hancock (RNZ): Covid-19 data visualisations: NZ in numbers

Parliament, parties
Bryce Edwards (Democracy Project): The Government-Lobbying revolving door just keeps on turning
Claire Trevett (Herald): When and how Simon Bridges could take down Judith Collins – and who has been offered deputy?? (paywalled)
Luke Malpass (Stuff): Before or after Christmas? The question National MPs are starting to ask about Judith Collins’ leadership
Jon Johansson (Stuff): For whom the bell tolls (sorry, it’s you Judith)
1 News: Collins takes jab at ACT while defending low polling
Simon Shepherd (Newshub): Backstory: Shane Reti reflects on his journey from Hamilton to Harvard and to the Beehive
Andrea Vance (Stuff): National’s Erica Stanford – a shining star in a dull sky?
Dan Satherley (Newshub): Labour MP David Parker says party falling in polls because ‘everyone’s over COVID’
Peter Wilson (RNZ): Week in Politics: Will 1 December be Auckland’s ‘Freedom Day’?
Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): Polls show Labour has plenty to worry about
Kate Hawkesby (Newstalk ZB): Polls show Labour’s arrogance has caught up with them
Colin James (Spinoff): Ardern’s 2020 election victory and the echoes of history
Lara Greaves and Elle Morgan (Spinoff): How the Māori Party defied expectations at the 2020 election
David Seymour (Spinoff): The real story of our surge from one MP to 10 at the 2020 election
Phil Smith (RNZ): The House: Chewing on bills: committees enjoy gristle
Phil Smith (RNZ): Māori Affairs Committee marks its 150th anniversary
Emily Brookes (Stuff): Jacinda Ardern’s ‘bedtime fail’ headlines show how little ground working mothers have made

Inequality, poverty
1 News: Q + A: Income inequality increasing, unbalancing Aotearoa – author
Susan St John (Daily Blog): Let them eat cake
Samantha Gee (RNZ): As food prices rise, Auckland City Mission sees higher demand for services
Josephine Franks (Stuff): Beneficiaries just ‘trying to survive’ during Auckland lockdown
Karina Cooper (Northern Advocate/Herald): Northland pensioner poverty: Nearly 20,000 hardship grants paid to struggling seniors (paywalled)

Three Waters, local government
Brian Easton (Pundit): Watering Down Local Authority
Andrea Vance (Stuff): Three Waters opposition sees some of the worst political impulses to leak out
Stuff: ‘We’ve all absolutely had enough’: Hurunui locals gather to oppose water reform
Sinead Gill (Stuff): Manawatū mayor rejects campaign against Three Waters is anti-Labour
Tom Dillane (Herald): Amazon’s Lord of the Rings exit costs Auckland Council $80m, ‘MIQ hassles’ may have contributed (paywalled)
Aaron Leaman (Stuff): New housing rules ‘fundamentally flawed’, ‘bitter disappointment’ at waters agenda – Hamilton council
David Farrar (Kiwiblog): A gaggle of Labour Mayors
Bernard Orsman (Herald): Worth getting out of bed for: Lawyers pocket more than $1m to defend Phil Goff’s bed tax (paywalled)
Laura Walters (Stuff): Reimagining Wellington: Skye Duncan on overcoming the change paralysis when shaping cities
Todd Niall (Stuff): Reimagining Wellington: The uncomfortable lessons from Auckland
Steven Walton (Stuff): Stadium budget issues identified two months before councillors were told
Cherie Sivignon (Stuff): Outlook remains negative for Tasman District Council credit rating
RNZ: Invercargill City Council to consider phasing out external appointees
Matthew Rosenberg (Local Democracy Reporting): Invercargill mayor Sir Tim Shadbolt still storing personal items in council-owned buildings
RNZ: Masterton council buys land for water storage
Liz McDonald (Stuff): Christchurch City Council boss Dawn Baxendale in line for pay rise
Tina Law (Stuff): Council answers residents’ pleas to ban freedom campers from seaside suburb
Hamish MacLean (ODT): Submissions close today on DCC’s landfill proposal at Smooth Hill site

Environment, climate change, conservation
Jamie Morton (Herald): Ten NZ scientists share their hopes and fears (paywalled)
No Right Turn: Climate Change: Killing our biggest polluters
Jamie Morton (Herald): COP26 climate change conference 2021 ends, so where did it get us?
Rod Oram (Newsroom): COP26’s inadequate package could still lead to progress
John Anthony (Stuff): NZ ‘playing catch up’ on climate change action, Jacinda Ardern tells Apec summit
Rod Oram, Jonathan Milne and Lousie Nash (Newsroom): Pro Talks: NZ awarded humiliating ‘fossil’ status at COP26
Nathan Cooper and Kemi Hughes (The Conversation): NZ depends on robust new rules for global carbon trading to meets its climate pledge
ODT Editorial: The ‘blah, blah, blah’ blame game
Hamish Cardwell (RNZ): ‘It gets incredibly strange’ – behind the scenes of COP26 climate summit
Olivia Wannan (Stuff): Should developed countries pick up the bill for climate disasters?
Hamish Cardwell (RNZ): COP26: International carbon market talks stalling
Rod Oram (Newsroom): COP26: The world waits, with faint hope
Nathan Cooper and Kemi Hughes (The Conversation): COP26: New Zealand depends on robust new rules for global carbon trading to meets its climate pledge
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): COPOUT26 – we have failed our children, our planet and ourselves
Steven Cowan (Against the Current): COP26 was a failure – and so is James Shaw
Madeleine Chapman (Spinoff): Did Cop26 do enough?
Leith Huffadine (RNZ): Reducing your business’ carbon footprint: What you need to know
Brianna Mcilraith (Stuff): The most carbon-conscious companies and what they are doing to reduce emissions
RNZ: COP26 hosts want to keep climate promises with the Pacific
Kate Green (Stuff): Let’s Get Wellington Moving amends carbon ratings, option four will have least impact on climate
RNZ: Call to ban bottom trawling faces opposition from Deepwater Group
Te Aorewa Rolleston (RNZ): Environmentalists blame Kennedy Point marina development for death of kororā – little blue penguin
Lois Williams (Local Democracy Reporting): First wetland prosecution by West Coast Regional Council
RNZ: Tesla boss praises New Zealand’s EV efforts
Johan Verbeek (Newsroom): Why not all plastics are bad
Nicki Judkins (Spinoff): The challenge: A lockdown clearout that doesn’t feed the landfill beast
Lucy Warhurst (Newshub): Deconstruction company TROW Group saving tonnes of landfill waste by recycling demolished material

Economy, business
Gareth Vaughan (Interest): Should a one-off Covid tax be applied to New Zealand’s banks?
Liam Dann (Herald): We’re living in a land of confusion – get used to it (paywalled)
Ashley Gardyne (Herald): Growth or stagnation — which road will it be?
Tamsyn Parker (Herald): Westpac NZ’s CEO Catherine McGrath says long-term impact still to come
Steven Joyce (Herald): Time for government to pump the brakes before inflation becomes entrenched(paywalled)
Tamsyn Parker (Herald): No jab, no life insurance? Insurer moves to take inoculation status into account for new customers (paywalled)
André Chumko (Stuff): Events insurance scheme too little, too late for those outside guidelines
Dileepa Fonseka (Stuff): Our cities will need bold ideas and investment to keep them productive during a pandemic
Sarah Trotman (Stuff): Covid-19 carnage continues even with tills ringing
RNZ: Manufacturing sector continuing to expand, new data shows
Rahul Bhattarai (Herald): Hospitality NZ says prolonged reopening transition needs to end
Mina Kerr-Lazenby (Stuff): ‘Holding on’: Auckland hospo venues welcome eased restrictions, amid concerns for long-term survival
Carmen Hall (Herald): Gone: 26,774 businesses wiped off NZ Companies Office Register in eight months(paywalled)
Aaron Leaman (Stuff): Outdoor dining seen as crucial in age of Covid-19 distancing
Aaron Leaman and Lawrence Gullery (Stuff): Monday’s alert level announcement shapes make-or-break day for many Waikato businesses
Matt Nippert (Herald): Weta windfall: The man who made Peter Jackson a billionaire (again) (paywalled)
Damien Grant (NBR): Holding the rich and powerful to account
ODT: Bill aimed at direction, purpose
Stuff: Work from home is so 2020; Work from any home is the future

Kāinga Ora, Housing
RNZ: Commissioner to investigate Kāinga Ora over political neutrality
Henry Cooke (Stuff): Public Service watchdog to investigate Kāinga Ora over sponsored media story featuring Labour candidate
Lane Nichols (Herald): Death threats and abuse: Whangārei pensioners terrorised by gang member, Kāinga Ora neighbours
Lane Nichols (Herald): Man fed up with antisocial Kāinga Ora neighbours, sells house and moves to South Island
Esther Taunton (Stuff): Hall of shame: The landlords ordered to pay more than $30,000
Ben Leahy (Herald): Property traders flipping Auckland homes for $100k more just days after bought(paywalled)
Greg Ninness (Interest): Annual house price inflation hit 40% in a couple of places over the last year and nowhere had price inflation below 20%
Miriam Bell (Stuff): How new rules mean mortgage borrowing will get harder 
Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Relocating Aucklanders ‘pushing up rents around NZ’
Zoe Hunter (Herald): Tauranga’s median house price reaches ‘staggering’ new record (paywalled)
Rob Stock (Stuff): Buyers want climate-friendly, climate-change resilient homes

Sam Olley (RNZ): Hospital woes ‘should have been fixed years ago’- MP
Sam Olley (RNZ): Sewage leaking into Whangārei Hospital medical wing’s walls
Keith Lynch (Stuff): Are we speeding towards a ‘twindemic’?
Ian Powell (Second Opinion): Health polyclinics for New Zealand?
Cecile Meier (Stuff): Staff shortages plague mental health services
Alison Mau (Stuff): Insurance reform more urgent, not less, in the light of lockdown mental health distress
Giles Dexer (Newshub): Breast cancer treatment costs rising, Pacific women less likely to get treatments
Tom Hunt (Stuff): Palliative paucity: Millennials predicted to be bad deaths of the future 
Guyon Espiner (RNZ): Drinking Games: On alcohol and identity
Chris Schulz (Spinoff): Guyon Espiner gave up booze — but he can’t quit thinking about it
Guyon Espiner (Stuff):  The hard bit about giving up drinking wasn’t what I expected

Foreign affairs, APEC, 
Geoffrey Miller (Democracy Project): Decoding Nanaia Mahuta’s first foreign trip
Thomas Manch (Stuff): The death of the domes: GCSB spy chief on the changing nature of electronic spying
Stuff Editorial: Waihopai domes’ dismantling the end of a spying era
Sam Sachdeva (Newshub): NZ wraps up APEC host year with ‘stake in the ground’
Richard Harman (Politik): Back to basics at APEC (paywalled)
Thomas Manch (Stuff): Apec concludes with agreement on Covid-19 vaccines and fossil fuel subsidies
Anna Whyte (1 News): Focus on Covid, fossil fuels and US-China in APEC conclusion
RNZ: APEC issues ‘plan of action’ as Ardern concludes summit
Fran O’Sullivan (Herald): Asia-Pacific leaders capture the mood and make real progress (paywalled)
Emma Hatton (RNZ): APEC: World leaders to meet virtually tonight
Michael Daly (Stuff): No ‘silly shirts’ for Apec 2021, instead it was capes and scarfs
Dan Satherley and Ella Prendergast (Newshub): APEC leaders reject vaccine nationalism, don New Zealand-made merino wool
APEC leaders reject vaccine nationalism, don New Zealand-made merino woolRNZ: NZ sends medical team to PNG as Covid-19 overwhelms its health system
Charlotte Bellis (Listener/Herald):  Eyewitness to the Taliban (paywalled)

Kris Gledhill (The Conversation): New Zealand’s legal aid crisis is eroding the right to justice – that’s unacceptable in a fair society
Dan Satherley (Newshub): Rising gun crime proof three-strikes doesn’t work – Labour MP David Parker
Anneke Smith (RNZ): Family Court frustrations stoke calls for deeper change
Amelia Wade (Newsroom): Thousands of community work sentences cancelled due to Delta outbreak

Colin Peacock (RNZ): Mediawatch: The risks of reporting displays of discontent – and amplifying aggro
Hayden Donnell (RNZ): Mediawatch: All journalists are climate reporters now
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): If Radio NZ banned Hooton for conflicts of interest why not Woke Wellington General Neale Jones?
1 News: Q + A: Privacy Commissioner calls for more transparency on social media
Mike O’Donnell (Stuff): What will Meta’s and Google’s journalism initiatives actually look like?

Employment, Immigration
Mike Treen (Daily Blog): Unite Union’s role in winning back $2-$3 billion in stolen leave and holiday pay
Gill Bonnett (RNZ): Government to address ‘quirk’ in new one-off residence visa
Corazon Miller (1 News): Migrants fear visas will be declined if they ask for help

Justin Latif (Local Democracy Reporting): Life after lockdown: What it’s like for a South Auckland student returning to school
Paul Goldsmith (Herald): How school students can catch up with lost class time (paywalled)

Gender, sexuality
Jan Rivers and Jill Abigail (Stuff): Gender self-ID raises complex questions. It’s not transphobic to ask them
Alice Wilkin (Newshub): Stats NZ survey finds 4.2 percent of population is LGBT+ with 0.8 percent transgender
John Fenaughty (Newsroom): New survey confirms Rainbow Kiwis’ challenges

Mike Davidson, Vicky Southworth, Lan Pham & Sara Templeton (Stuff): Better public transport needed now 
Joel MacManus (Stuff): Wellington finally gets Snapper on trains – but only on one line

Thomas Coughlan (Herald): Government mulled $15b mergers and privatisation, ministers threw in towel(paywalled)
Sasha Borissenko (Herald): The legal aid crisis (paywalled)
Richard Shaw (Guardian): My family history omits all mention of violence against Māori – I want to break the silence
Eva Corlett (Guardian): ‘It is about being in control’: how New Zealand’s assisted dying law is bringing comfort to one family
Liu Chen (RNZ): Some Asian New Zealanders facing racism due to Covid-19 – survey
Oliver Lewis (BusinessDesk): Revealed: details of KiwiRail’s workplace culture review (paywalled)
Lois Williams (Local Democracy Reporting): Marlborough Sounds residents remain cut off four months after flood
Phil Pennington (RNZ): Carillon bell tower restoration: Record-keeping on project ‘splintered’
Robyn Hunt (Spinoff): The Sunday Essay: Radicalised by the Telethon
Dale Husband (E-Tangata):  Bryan Williams: Sidesteps, tries, and pioneering
Ngāwaiata Henderson (E-Tangata): Mozzies: We don’t cease to be Māori once we’ve left
RNZ: Review finds Mycoplasma $350m bovis eradication efforts on track
David Farrar (Kiwiblog): What NZers think of global figures
Steve Braunias (Newsroom): An end to the National Library affair