NZ Politics Daily: 17 November 2021

NZ Politics Daily: 17 November 2021

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Today’s content

Vaccine Mandates, vaccine certificate goes live
Anna Whyte (1 News): Poll shows 74% of Kiwis support workforce vaccine mandates
Gordon Campbell (Werewolf): On the politics of vaccine toughlove
Bridie Witton (Stuff): Freedoms shrinking for unvaccinated
Michael Neilson (Herald): Why health officials support vaccinated over unvaccinated people travelling
Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): Is the vaccine worth risking your career for?
John Weekes (Herald): Big call bosses must make before demanding jabs
Riley Kennedy (ODT): Worker support in vaccine process critical—experts
Susan Hornsby-Geluk (Stuff): How employers can handle workers’ requests for vaccination exemptions
Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Workers who leave jobs over vaccine mandate ‘won’t face benefit standdown’
Georgia O’Connor-Harding (Herald): Expected rush of unemployment benefit applications from unvaccinated workers
Josephine Franks (Stuff): Homeless whānau asked for vaccine proof by emergency housing agencies
Lana Andelane (Newshub): Vaccine certificate system ‘already struggling to cope’, site crashing as Kiwis try to secure their ticket to freedom – Chris Hipkins
1 News: Vaccine pass will ‘maximise opportunity to travel’ – Hipkins
Henry Burrell (BusinessDesk): How to vaccine pass (paywalled)
RNZ: Official Covid-19 vaccine certificate to go live
Stuff: ‘Good news’ as vaccine pass launches, says Chris Hipkins
Anna Whyte (1 News): Requests for Covid-19 vaccine passes open today
Henry Cooke (Stuff): Vaccine passes launched, will be needed for ‘extra freedoms’ over summer
1 News: What you need to know about My Vaccine Pass
Zane Small (Newshub): COVID-19 vaccine certificates are ready – here are five things you need to know
Justin Giovannetti (Spinoff): Your vaccine pass is ready
Dan Lake (Newshub): New Zealand COVID-19 vaccination certificates will be accepted in European Union
Adam Pearse (Herald): Government slams private vaccination ID card developers

Vaccine Mandate – education, all children return to school
Perry Rush (1 News): Opinion: Vaccination key to enabling education to function
John Gerritsen (RNZ): Schools cover for unvaccinated teachers
Ellen O’Dwyer and Jody O’Callaghan (Stuff): Principals say most teachers have complied with mandate, early childhood council concerned
Jamie Ensor (Newshub): Scientists, journalists, ambassador offer to video call classrooms to help teachers with workload
Ella Stewart (RNZ): Experts offer Zoom classes to help teachers needing extra support
Giles Dexter (Newshub): Coronavirus: Schools seeing impact of missing staff who are unvaccinated
Matai O’Connor (RNZ): 94% kura staff have had at least one dose of Covid-19 vaccine
John Weekes (Herald): Unvaxxed teachers put 11 schools on edge as mandate approaches
Gianina Schwanecke (Herald): Barred Hastings teacher feels ‘depleted’, student leader says mandate reasonable (paywalled)
Emma Houpt and Megan Wilson (Rotorua Daily Post/Herald): Rotorua teacher among ‘small number’ quitting as jab mandate takes effect (paywalled)
Ireland Hendry-Tennent and Heather McCarron (Newshub): Unvaccinated Canterbury teacher ‘soul-destroyed’ after being stood down, calls jab mandate a ‘human rights issue’
Katy Jones (Stuff): Vaccine mandate ‘knee jerk’, spurring ‘hatred’ – school staff say
Wyatt Ryder (ODT): Facing mandate’s ‘grim’ effects
Stuff: 200 teachers, ‘vaccinated or not’, keen to work for online school
Jacques Steenkamp (BusinessDesk): Trusting the govt our unvaccinated children are safe (paywalled)
RNZ: US expert: start testing NZ classrooms for Covid-19
Dubby Henry (Herald): Staggered starts, alternate days as Auckland primary schools reopen
Herald: Back to school for thousands of kids today
Herald: East Auckland student infectious at school for five days

Vaccine Mandate – health
Moana Ellis (Local Democracy Reporting): Up to 33 unvaccinated Whanganui DHB workers could lose jobs
Sophie Trigger (Herald): Nearly 120 Wellington nurses and midwives with unknown jab status
Louisa Steyl (Stuff): Some Southern home care hours to be cut in wake of vaccine order
RNZ: Southern DHB prepares for fewer home visits as vaccine mandate impacts staffing

Govt management of Delta outbreak, Auckland border, regional borders
Jamie Morton (Herald): The three things NZ urgently needs before virus spreads (paywalled)
Jenna Lynch (Newshub): Government may allow negative test as alternative to vaccine for summer travel
Katie Scotcher (RNZ): Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to reveal timing of Auckland border restrictions easing
Adam Jacobson (Stuff): Cabinet due to reveal detail of Auckland border reopening
1 News: Separate dates for Auckland’s border lift, traffic light move – PM
Thomas Coughlan (Herald): National MPs disagree on Auckland boundary, Judith Collins and Chris Bishop not sure about spot checks
1 News: Auckland border needs to open so Kiwis can ‘get on with life’ – Collins
Andrew Barnes (Herald):  The toughest question – How many deaths is our freedom worth? (paywalled)
Katie Scotcher (RNZ): Cabinet advised to move to traffic light system sooner than planned
Matthew Hooton (Patreon): Anti-Vaxxers, America’s Cup, Freedom Day & MIQ (paywalled)
1 News: Govt speaks with Northland leaders as Auckland reopening date looms
Denise Piper (Stuff): National MP slams Northland communication, as 47th case confirmed
Lana Andelane (Newshub): Auckland Mayor Phil Goff hopeful Aucklanders will be able to travel by early December, suggests spot-checks at border
Herald Editorial: Easing Auckland open from Covid 19 Delta outbreak restrictions (paywalled)
Herald: Experts say Waikato alert level 2 move too early
Karen Rutherford (Newshub): Waikato businesses prepare to welcome back patrons as region awaits imminent level 2 move
Zane Small (Newshub): Opposition erupts after Jacinda Ardern defends allowing crowded shopping in Auckland but not outdoor dining
RNZ: Covid-19 wrap: NZ sees record community cases number; MPs to receive more security

Cases, Delta spreads
Derek Cheng (Herald): Tracking the Covid 19 Delta outbreak – How it arrived, simmered through lockdown, then spread beyond reach (paywalled)
Rukuwai Tipene-Allen (Māori TV): Rawiri Taonui’s nightmare – a ‘white’ Christmas with 6000 Māori Covid cases
Demelza Leslie (Newshub): Māori bearing brunt of outbreak with warning 7000 could be infected by Christmas
Herald: Up to 6000 Māori could be struck with Covid by Xmas – experts say
Whatitiri Te Wake (Māori TV): Three generations of Northland whānau – including newborn – contract Covid
Hannah Martin (Stuff): Have a plan in case the virus finds you, Aucklanders urged
1 News: Person with Covid-19 dies in Auckland

Vaccine rollout
Justin Latif (Local Democracy Reporting): Cabinet never considered prioritising South Auckland vaccines, documents reveal
Jeff Talon (Herald): A vaccination ‘worm’ reveals just how well we are doing (paywalled)
1 News: Annual booster of Covid vaccine ‘likely’ not needed – expert
RNZ: Third dose of Pfizer vaccine ‘really lifts the level of immunity’, immunologist says
Justin Giovannetti (Spinoff): Booster shots are coming. When should you get yours?
Bridie Witton (Stuff): Children aged 5 to 11 could be eligible for Pfizer vaccine early next year
Caitlin Allen (Spinoff): ‘It still haunts me’: A vaccination plea from an ICU nurse in London
RNZ: Health Ministry briefing on Covid-19 vaccination rates
Louisa Steyl (Stuff): Southland, Otago slowing vaccination rates expected, says DHB
Jamie Tahana (RNZ): Ōpōtiki races to vaccinate community before summer visits
Adam Pearse (Herald): Family hesitancy affects vaccination for disabled people
Jake McKee (RNZ): Families weigh up decisions on whether to mingle with un-vaxed people

Contact tracing, testing
Michael Morrah (Newshub): Health officials apologise after pregnant Auckland mum waits four days to find out she has virus
Amelia Wade (Newshub): Close contacts of COVID cases continue to climb but only half have been tested
Tamati Tiananga (Māori TV): Meatworker becomes community Covid-19 swabber

Home isolation, MIQ, Border
Maxine Jacobs (Stuff): Whānau isolating in overcrowded homes need more than a phone call, clinic says
Lincoln Tan (Herald): Auckland woman feels deprived of ‘basic human right’ to be with husband

Vaccine misinformation, protests, rule breaches
David Fisher (Herald):  There’s a high chance of a domestic terror attack before 2022 ends (paywalled)
Chris Keall (Herald): GCSB’s cyber unit tracks big rise in cyber attacks, Covid misinformation – its plan to fight back (paywalled)
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): GCSB’s cyber arm warns foreign ‘investment’ in disinformation likely to grow
Helen Harvey (Stuff): Anti-mandate protestors surround Labour Party offices in New Plymouth
Belinda Feek (Herald): Hamilton man facing multiple charges after Claudelands protest
Diane McCarthy (Rotorua Daily Post): Murupara unites in support of unvaccinated doctor
Scott Yeoman (Stuff): Tagging of testing marquee a ‘kick in the guts’

1 News Colmar Brunton poll, parliament, parties
Jason Walls (Newstalk ZB): Collins and Ardern will both be worried about their slipping personal popularity
1 News: ‘Judith has my total support’ – National MPs rally after poll
Zane Small (Newshub): National leader Judith Collins blames low popularity on how hard it is to ‘tell people they got sold a pup at the election’
Henry Cooke (Stuff): Judith Collins blames ratings drop on Labour voters not liking being told they were wrong 
Heather du Plessis-Allan (Newstalk ZB): The popular or polarising Prime Minister?
Lloyd Burr (Magic): Death threats to MPs need to stop. Now.
Russell Palmer (RNZ): MPs to get more security provision after death threats over vaccinations
Henry Cooke (Stuff): ‘Things are starting to escalate’: Labour whip Kieran McAnulty wants review of security arrangements following antivax threats
Herald: Labour’s Kieran McAnulty raises concerns about MPs’ safety as anti-vaxx anger rises
Jo Moir (Newsroom): Increased security at MPs’ Wellington residences
Russell Palmer (RNZ): MPs’ security in the spotlight after anti-vaccination attacks
Zane Small (Newshub): Labour MPs on high alert amid death threats, ‘ongoing attacks by anti-vaxxers’
Richard Harman (Politik): What Helen, Jim and Winston learned from 1996 (paywalled)
Neale Jones (Herald): A clearer picture of inside a lobbyist’s world
Luke Kirkness (Herald): Rotorua MP Todd McClay ordered to leave Parliament after quizzing Health Minister
Nita Blake-Persen (RNZ): Checkpoint: National distances itself from ex-MP after video with discredited academic
Herald: Kiri Allan, Jan Tinetti, Ayesha Verrall: first-time ministers on year one in Cabinet (paywalled)
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Ardern-Swarbrick 2023 + Chloe’s secret super power
Aaron Leaman (Stuff): Former National Cabinet minister and ‘statesman’ John Luxton dies
Andrea Fox (Herald): Dairy industry champion and former National Cabinet minister John Luxton dies
1 News: Former National MP John Luxton dies aged 75

Three Waters, local government
Steven Walton (Stuff): Councils ask court if they can get ‘full and fair’ compensation in water reforms
Susan Botting (Local Democracy Reporting): District council trio file Three Waters challenge in Wellington High Court
Felix Desmarais (Local Democracy Reporting): “Insulting”: Te Arawa rep leaves meeting over governance model proposal
Logan Savory (Stuff): Mayor Sir Tim Shadbolt raises concerns over ‘undemocratic’ council committees
Laura Smith (ODT): Sir Tim lone voice against proposals
Maia Hart (Stuff): Council moves to keep three councillors for Marlborough Sounds
Yashas Srinivasa (Stuff): Waimate District Council adds informal, open to public, workshops to meetings structure
Rachael Kelly (Stuff): Environment Southland missing out on millions in cruise ship fees as maritime borders remain closed
Robin Martin (RNZ): Kaitake Trail stalled as hapū does not support council’s concept
Georgina Campbell (Herald): Wellington City councillors’ unwanted pay rise reaches Regulations Review Committee
Joel MacManus (Stuff): Wellington is moving: Why you should still be optimistic about the capital
Gary Hamilton-Irvine (Hawkes Bay Today/Herald): Ocean Beach- New barrier to block vehicle access angers surfers (paywalled)

Environment, climate change, conservation
Marc Daalder (Newsroom): Grappling with dread on the frontlines of the climate fight
ODT Editorial: Agreeing to disagree at COP26
RNZ: Pacific civil society disappointed after “most exclusionary” COP
Charlie Gates (Stuff): Hospital in Christchurch one of the first to get carbon zero certification
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Tesla says big carmakers are using disproved arguments to fight NZ carbon targets
Courtney White (ODT): Covid protection turns to liability for wildlife

Economy, business, wage subsidy
Dileepa Fonseka (Stuff): Inflationistas get their day in the sun, but what should the Reserve Bank do about it?
Robert MacCulloch (NBR): Labour’s economic strategy unravels (paywalled)
Gyles Beckford (RNZ): Increase in cargo helps drive record profit at Napier Port
Jonathan Milne (Newsroom): Provinces worst hit by rising prices and shortages
RNZ: Timber shortage hits fencing contractors with weeks-long delays
James Wenley (Newsroom): When will arts in Aotearoa get the green light?
Tess Brunton (RNZ): Visitors spending more in Buller, Westport and Reefton, but Westland numbers down

Employment, Immigration
Jane Nixon (1 News): CTU calls on Government to lift minimum wage to living wage level
Esther Taunton (Stuff): Call for $22.75 minimum wage to reward essential workers
1 News: Some Warehouse distribution centre workers striking today
Adam Jacobson (Stuff): More than 280 workers strike at The Warehouse Group distribution centre
Vanessa Phillip (Stuff): Worker shortage could put squeeze on apple season

BusinessDesk Public Sector series
Oliver Lewis (BusimessDesk): Yes, minister: Chris Finlayson on robust advice
Nikitin Sallee (BusinessDesk): Why the annual report doesn’t substitute for trust
Michael Andrew (BusinessDesk): New pay assessment tool recognises cultural values
Nikitin Sallee (BusinessDesk): Editor’s note: we know it’s hard in there

Bernard Hickey (Spinoff): The ambitious plan to build 10,000 high quality, affordable rentals
Chlöe Swarbrick (Herald): ‘Two birds, one stone. Economic efficiency, even.’
Miriam Bell (Stuff): Government silent on healthy homes deadline extension 
Kerre McIvor (Newstalk ZB): Can we not have a Three Strikes rule for Kāinga Ora?
Alistar Kata (Fair Go): Couples devastated as sunset clause invoked on new homes
Herald: Will house prices keep rising? All your housing market questions answered (paywalled)
Bernard Orsman (Herald): National sticking to its guns on greater intensification in leafy suburbs
Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Kiwibank withdraws low-deposit home loan preapprovals
Mike Mather (Stuff): Billion-dollar Te Awa Lakes development north of Hamilton gets green light from city council

Anusha Bradley (RNZ): ACC privacy breach claims in Korean embassy assault case
Samuel Pollen (Stuff): Doctor who left England is now back in thick of Covid-19 in Auckland 
Katie Townshend (Stuff): Fears for non-Covid patients as Nelson-Marlborough preps for virus arrival
Sophie Trigger (Herald): Wairarapa Hospital has Covid capacity, but no ICU, as second Masterton case recorded
Stephen Forbes (Local Democracy Reporting): $300m funding shortfall affecting diabetes treatment – Counties Manukau DHB
Christine Perrins (Herald): Give Kiwis with cystic fibrosis a future to look forward to
MIke Houlahan (ODT): Ministry rejects upper noise limit

Kristin Hall (1 News): Minister can’t recall when KiwiRail workplace concerns raised
Gill Bonnett (RNZ): Filipino workers stuck in Cook Islands shocked by Air New Zealand cancellations
RNZ: CAA tells inquest it is ‘significantly more effective than it was’

Foreign affairs and trade
Thomas Manch (Stuff): Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta warns of ‘rising nationalism’ during trip to Indonesia
1 News: NZ on show at Dubai World Expo; $300M return expected

Animal welfare
Farah Hancock (RNZ): Pressure on KFC as Domino’s ditches ‘Frankenchickens’
Louise Ternouth (RNZ): Checkpoint: Puppies kept in cages in pet stores throughout lockdown
Mark Quinlivan (Newshub): SPCA investigating after two ‘traumatised’ puppies allegedly left in pens at Auckland pet stores over lockdown

Primary industries
Newstalk ZB: Groundswell Wairarapa cancel protest for fear of anti-vax hijack
Brianna Mcilraith (Stuff): After racist rant, Tatua director ‘deserved to lose his job’, says Māori leader
Ireland Hendry-Tennent (Newshub): Tatua director Ross Townshend resigns over disrespectful social media post about Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta
RNZ: Tatua accepts Ross Townshend’s resignation over social media comments
George Driver (Spinoff): Will New Zealand workers save Central Otago’s summer harvest?

Rob Stock (Stuff): Mind the gap: Couples need $809,000 nest egg to retire with ‘choices’ at age 65
Priscilla Dickinson (Newshub): Retirement report reveals widening gap between living costs and NZ Super
Katie Todd (RNZ): Extra savings remain critical for retirees, new guidelines stress

Rachel MacGregor awarded damages for Colin Craig defamaton
Sarah Robson (RNZ): Rachel MacGregor awarded $400,000 after being defamed by ex-Conservative Party leader Colin Craig
Alison Mau (Stuff): Colin Craig ordered to pay $400,000 to press secretary he harassed

Benedict Collins (1 News): Debate rages over controversial beneficiary sanction
Mandy Te (Stuff): Initiative creates platform to highlight barriers some whānau experience in social sector
Thomas Coughlan (Herald): A scathing report has recommend IRD have mandated ‘plain English’ lessons and more pictures -report (paywalled)
Sally Britnell (The Conversation): Good design lies at the heart of normalising disability – NZ’s new Ministry for Disabled People must make it a priority
Hamish Rutherford (Herald): RNZYS members petition for special meeting to demand America’s Cup stays in Auckland (paywalled)
Edward Gay (Stuff): Survivors call for new Government entity to hear allegations of institutional child abuse
RNZ: Covid-19 the focus of National Iwi Chairs Forum final hui for 2021
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): NZDF whitewash their war crime whitewash
Stuff Editorial: Unpacking homegrown appropriation of Māori culture
Newshub: Wellington Body Shop store addresses ‘NZ, not Aotearoa’ billboard, says ‘we are not responsible for it’
Herald: Lockdown baby boom: Number of births in 2021 highest since 2015
1 News: Increased number of births in 2021 confirm lockdown baby boom
RNZ: Cyber threats continue to increase in New Zealand, new report finds
Daisy Hudson (ODT): Uni report will identify climate-related financial risks
Sally Rae (ODT): Advocating for a more equitable, diverse, inclusive world
RNZ: RNZ adds to media awards with three wins at international competition