NZ Politics Daily: 18 November 2021

NZ Politics Daily: 18 November 2021

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Auckland border decision, move to traffic light system
Marc Daalder (Newsroom): ‘People will die at home’: Covid’s unstoppable summer
RNZ: Covid-19 will ‘crop up’ all around New Zealand once Auckland’s border opens – experts
Hannah Martin (Stuff): Experts say vaccination push needed as virus ‘will travel for summer’
Grant Miller (ODT): Unease, hope about travel date
1 News: Stopping Covid spread over summer ‘personal responsibility’ – Baker
Toby Manhire (Spinoff): ‘Hard, scary and unknown’: Ambulance crews confront growing Covid threat
Heather du Plessis-Allan (Newstalk ZB): Aucklanders getting the Summer they deserve
Barry Soper (Herald):  Auckland’s mood will have lifted a little – from a low base
Denise Piper (Stuff): Northland iwi leader says new travel rules will create ‘summer from hell’
Nita Blake-Persen (RNZ): Checkpoint: Excitement but anxiety in Northland as Auckland border to reopen
Amy Williams (RNZ): Aucklanders expected to leave city in droves in pre-Christmas exodus
1 News: Auckland border announcement sees Kiwis flock to Air NZ website
Herald: New era brings hope but when will we get the green light?
1 News: Political parties react to Auckland border opening
Russell Palmer (RNZ): Covid-19 traffic lights, Auckland boundary plans: Parties at odds over speed
Henry Cooke (Stuff): Auckland border reopening too soon, say Green and Māori parties
Rachel Sadler (Newshub): National attacks Government’s ‘summer of chaos’ plan to reopen Auckland’s borders
John Weekes (Herald): National predicts ‘summer of chaos’ in traffic light, Auckland border system
Anna Whyte (1 News): New Zealand to move into the traffic light system before Christmas
John Weekes (Herald): Ten days before Christmas, Auckland borders to go for vaxxed, Covid-free travellers
Zane Small (Newshub): Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern hints at return to normality from January 17
1 News: Covid-19: Auckland border restrictions to end on Dec 15
Thomas Manch (Stuff): Government to open Auckland border on December 15, allowing travel for Christmas
Keith Lynch (Stuff): What Auckland opening means for the rest of the country
Alice Neville (Spinoff): Revealed: When – and how – Aucklanders can travel for summer
Sarah Pollok (Herald): Where you can travel at Red stage of Covid-19 Traffic Light Framework
Peter de Graaf and Mike Dinsdale (Northern Advocate/Herald): Northland’s border with Auckland set to lift on December 15
1 News: Auckland’s border reopening: What you need to know
Charlie Gates (Stuff): Adult travellers to South Island will need negative test or both vaccine doses
Adam Pearse (Herald): Auckland border explained – what you need to do to get out
Ben Leahy (Herald): The traffic light system explained

Govt management of Delta outbreak
Dan Satherley (Newshub): NZ’s 2020 lockdown prevented 32,000 COVID-19 deaths and nearly 2 million infections – study
Derek Cheng (Herald): More cases in more places; the collateral damage of Jacinda Ardern’s Auckland travel date (paywalled)
Luke Malpass (Stuff): Cautious and conservative PM true to form on traffic lights
Zane Small (Newshub): Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield admits ‘rapid work’ was needed to switch from COVID-19 elimination approach
Glenn McConnell (Stuff): Tough Covid-19 calls mark end of New Zealand’s optimistic innocence 
Frances Land (Stuff): We’ve gone from togetherness in 2020 to division in 2021 and I’m over it
RNZ: Covid-19 wrap for 17 November: Auckland on path to reopening, vaccine pass launched
Hannah Martin (Stuff): How New Zealand’s vaccine restrictions compare to those overseas
Herald Editorial:  Is surveillance testing the key to containment? (paywalled)
Mike Hosking (Herald):  Royal commission needed into our terrible Covid response (paywalled)

Te Pāti Māori release Covid response policy
Richard Harman (Politik): Maori Party rips into “arrogant and out of touch” Government (paywalled)
Rukuwai Tipene-Allen (Māori TV): Government speeds ahead to traffic lights; Māori may be left behind
1 News: Te Pāti Māori want vaccine mandates abolished
RNZ: Te Pāti Māori launches Covid-19 Pandemic Response Policy
Claire Trevett (Herald): Te Pāti Māori calls for Govt vaccine mandates to be scrapped, Māori and businesses to decide mandates for themselves
Craig Ashworth (Local Democracy Reporting): Taranaki success backs Māori Party Covid calls, say leaders

Vaccine certificate, mandatory vaccination
Peter Dunne: Vaccine pass an inevitable, necessary evil
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Health Ministry stalls on Vaccine Pass anti-fraud measures
Lana Andelane (Newshub): Kiwis shouldn’t be sharing their vaccine certificates on social media – here’s why
Henry Cooke (Stuff): Judith Collins says she might not ask for Covid vaccine passes if she owned a bar
Chris Keall (Herald): My Covid Record vaccine pass – why users are being bombed with overloading and error messages
Chris Keall (Herald): Experts surprised as My Covid Record Vaccine Pass problems persist
Herald: And so it came to pass…
Liz Gordon (Daily Blog): No vaccine passport for me
Zane Small (Newshub): COVID-19 vaccination mandate decision for police ‘imminent’ – Poto Williams
Anne Gibson (Herald): Can landlords ask if tenants are vaccinated? (paywalled)
John Minto (Daily Blog): A welcome change of direction away from mandatory vaccinations

Vaccine Mandate – education, all children return to school
Ben Leahy (Herald): Up to 40 per cent of early learning centres could lose teacher over vax mandate: lobby
Ethan Griffiths (Herald): Whanganui schools, ECE centres let staff go as vaccine mandates kick in(paywalled)
Whatitiri Te Wake (Māori TV): Double-vaxxed educators in Whangārei jobless, due to mandates
Daisy Hudson (ODT): Mandates at uni colleges
Matthew Scott (Newsroom): Teachers question the rush back to school
John Gerritsen (RNZ): Exams optional for some Auckland schools as students eligible for unexpected event grade
Louise Ternouth (RNZ): Some nerves but relief as Auckland primary schools reopen
Sarah Robson (RNZ): Hungry families welcome schools’ return as Christmas looms
RNZ: Auckland primary pupils ‘quite excited’ for return to class

Vaccine Mandate – health workforce
1 News: Covid vaccination status sees 1300 DHB staff stood down
Adam Pearse (Herald): Over 1300 unvaccinated DHB staff stood down
RNZ: Waikato biggest loser as doctors, nurses and midwives stood down across country
Janine Rankin (Stuff): MidCentral Health loses 43 workers who missed vaccination deadline
ODT: SDHB staff stood down over jabs
Dan Satherley (Newshub): Senior doc pins hopes on AstraZeneca vaccine as hundreds of unvaccinated health staff stood down

Cases, demographics, Delta spreads
1 News: Man in his 60s with Covid-19 dies in Auckland
1 News: New Christchurch Covid case recently travelled to Auckland
Stuff: Three Christchurch children moved to MIQ after mother tests positive for Covid-19
Charlie Gates (Stuff): Time will tell whether new Covid case in Christchurch will spread, experts say
Logan Church (1 News): Waikato Hospital ICU nurse positive for Covid-19
David Farrar (Kiwiblog): Huge proportion of gang members infected
1 News: ‘A number’ of Covid-19 cases linked to Killer Beez gang
Sam Sherwood and Piers Fuller (Stuff): Confirmed cases linked to Masterton Killer Beez gang gathering
Vita Molyneux (Herald): Masterton cases linked to Killer Beez gathering, one case reportedly the daughter of senior member
Tamati Tiananga (Māori TV): Epere fears Māori hit hard after Covid-19 case detected at tangihanga
Māori TV: Māori cases six records in six days – Dr Rawiri Taonui
RNZ: Te Rangi Tupua collective secures $2.8m to prepare for Covid-19 cases
Tumamao Harawira (Māori TV): Iwi-led facilities to provide hospital Covid care

Vaccine rollout
Siouxsie Wiles (Spinoff): What you should know about ‘adverse events’
Stephen Forbes (Local Democracy Reporting): Whānau Ora Commissioning Agency denies claims made by Minister of Health over vaccination data
Henry Cooke and Kate Newton (Stuff): Vaccine roll-out in 13 charts as Government gives up on 90 per cent target
1 News: 4000 doses away from Pasifika hitting 90% first doses nationwide
James Halpin (Stuff): Island that barred visitors at level 3 has Auckland’s lowest vaccine rate
Nikki Preston (Herald): Mum unhappy that Health Ministry contacted autistic 12-year-old about getting vaccinated
Virginia Fallon (Stuff): The vaccine side-effect that’s destroying families

Home isolation, MIQ, Border
Thomas Coughlan (Herald):  Time for an MIQ rethink (paywalled)
Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): Aucklanders allowed out, time for Kiwis stuck overseas to come in
Anne Gibson (Herald): Apartment chiefs worry about home isolation in units, seek Govt help (paywalled)
Ian Taylor (Herald): Rules need to make sense to be effective
Scott Yeoman (Stuff): ‘Gut wrenching’ wait for woman in managed isolation as sister dying from leukaemia
Benn Bathgate (Stuff): Cops in isolation a ‘strain’ on resources
Torika Tokalau (Stuff): Cook Islands holiday bookings slow ahead of January 14 travel bubble
Thomas Bywater (Herald): South Island travel agent charters quarantine-free flight to Brisbane
Nikki Preston (Herald): Woman hounded over $4000 MIQ bill for non-existent stay
Sahiban Hyde (Hawkes Bay Today/Herald): Hawke’s Bay DHB specialist stuck in India asks Government to return his taxes (paywalled)
Troels Sommerville (Stuff): Cancer surgeon can’t get spot in MIQ, patients left ‘in limbo’

Vaccine misinformation, protests, rule breaches
Chris Trotter (DAily Blog): Hell To Pay – The alarming similarities between the Anti-Vaccination Movement and the creators of the Jim Crow South
Hayden Thorne (Newsroom): The problem with the ‘individual rights’ argument
Charlie Mitchell and Katie Kenny (Stuff): Covid-19 vaccination paper criticised as ‘disinformation’ is being withdrawn, co-author Simon Thornley says
Toby Manhire (Spinoff): Simon Thornley retracts paper with false claims on vaccine and pregnancy
Benedict Collins (1 News): Simon Thornley retracts bogus vaccination miscarriage
Stuff: Judge asked to stop investigation into Covid misinformation videos
Katie Harris (Herald): Doctor under investigation after controversial online Covid videos fights to halt investigation

1 News Colmar Brunton poll, parliament, parties
Claire Trevett (Herald): National Party leadership: Is there a pothole in Simon Bridges’ road back to the leadership? (paywalled)
Thomas Coughlan (Herald): Judith Collins admits ‘horrible job’ of opposition comes with polling hit
Shanti Mathias (Spinoff): Does #nzpol actually impact politics?
David Farrar (Kiwiblog): Does Carmel Sepuloni really rate 9/10?

Public service
Brigitte Morten (NBR): Bloomfield will bear brunt of blame for ministerial failings
Jem Traylen (BusinessDesk): Most still have faith in the public service – for now

Three Waters, local government
Thomas Coughlan (Herald): Independence of three waters review questioned after working group chair’s firm contracted staffer to reforms
RNZ: Shelly Bay protesters defy Council threat to evict
Kate Nicol Williams (1 News): Council asks protesting Wellington iwi to leave Shelly Bay
Georgina Campbell (Herald): Shelly Bay protesters ignore second deadline to vacate occupied land
Georgina Campbell (Herald): Forcibly removing Shelly Bay protesters could get ugly, Wellington mayor warns
Matthew Rosenberg (Local Democracy Reporting): Shadbolt claims he was denied new phone over tech illiteracy
Sam Olley (RNZ): Price rise puts Whangārei’s Ōruku Landing project at risk
Hawkes Bay Today: Hawke’s Bay Regional Council applies for consent for underground water storage trial(paywalled)
Keiller MacDuff (Stuff): Pokies gradually on the way out in Mackenzie District

Guyon Espiner (RNZ): Fears new duty lawyer fee plan has ‘appearance of incentivising guilty pleas’
Audrey Young (Herald): Crime, punishment and judicial contortions in three strikes repeal (paywalled)
ODT Editorial: Striking out three strikes
Newshub: ACT Party newsletter slammed for saying one violent or sexual offence ‘might be a regrettable mistake’
RNZ: The Detail: Our broken legal aid system

Economy, business, wage subsidy
RNZ: Minister unveils tourism and hospitality industries’ transformation planning group
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Treasury – Capital gains tax would be helpful
Anan Zaki (RNZ): Report claims Uber avoided millions in company tax
Liz McDonald (Stuff): Covid vaccine passes ready to go as businesses await details of scheme
Esther Taunton (Stuff): Govt still not certain how use of vaccine passes will be enforced
Rahul Bhattarai (Herald): Businesses want ‘assurance’ on a firm opening date
Rahul Bhattarai (Herald): Restaurants ‘inundated’ with bookings despite uncertain return date
Benn Bathgate and Luke Kirkeby (Stuff): Open arm welcomes or too little too late – the reaction south of the Auckland border
John Anthony (Stuff): Organisers of New Year’s Eve festivals in lowest vaccinated regions confident events will go ahead
Herald: Gisborne vaccination rates to determine if Rhythm and Vines festival goes ahead
Jo Lines-MacKenzie (Stuff): Haircut queues, gym visits and beauty bookings as Waikato businesses reopen in level 2
Brianna Mcilraith (Stuff): New Zealand ranked eighth in 2021 global prosperity ranking 
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): More fuel for inflation as producer prices jump 6.2%
John Berry (Stuff): Social entrepreneurs: a new force for good

Employment, migrant workers
Daniel Smith (Stuff): Brews Liquor ordered to pay $34,000 for migrant worker exploitation
Olivia Caldwell (Stuff): ‘It’s good to be back’: Migrant workers relieved to be back in NZ for fruit-growing season
RNZ: Managers more likely to think pay is fair – study
Paul Mitchell (Stuff): Palmerston North cafe staff defend sign slated as sexist by hospitality union
Chris Marriner (Herald): Black Pearl Cafe owner responds after ‘cute waitress’ controversy
Ankur Sabharwal (Stuff): The top 10 risks to your 2021 Resident Visa application

Phil Pennington (RNZ): New housing density plan prompts criticism from various industries
Thomas Coughlan (Herald): Increasing house prices decrease wealth inequality – Treasury (paywalled)
Jenée Tibshraeny (Interest): Treasury analysis concludes house price growth lowers inequality, but…
Bernard Orsman (Herald): Infrastructure, not more intensification is the answer to the housing crisis, says Auckland Council
Anne Gibson (Herald): Remuera neighbours halt nearly-finished apartments (paywalled)
Jade Kake (Stuff): Medium-density residential standards provide tangible step towards decolonising housing
Lane Nichols (Herald): Kāinga Ora policy protecting violent, abusive state house tenants may be unlawful: lawyer
Tamsyn Parker (Herald): Home loan mortgage interest rates rise at fastest pace in 15 years and there’s more to come (paywalled)
Gareth Vaughan (Interest): Kiwibank pulling plug on pre-approvals for low deposit home loans as banks strive to meet new RBNZ LVR restrictions
David Hargreaves (Interest): ANZ economists see ‘a relatively middle of the road outlook’ for a period of weaker-than-average house price growth over 2022, but a gradual return to average over 2023
André Chumko (Stuff): Housing and health researchers win the 2021 Rutherford Medal
Herald: Influential healthy homes research recognised with top honour
Anne Gibson (Herald): Failed Australian builder: Covid hit Kāinga Ora projects on two sites (paywalled)

Pike River
Rebecca Macfie (Newsroom): Pike River miners’ remains unlikely to be last found
Kim Moodie (RNZ): Families, minister respond to discovery of human remains in Pike River mine
Kurt Bayer (Herald): Bodies found nearly 11 years after disaster, leaving open door for prosecutions, families hope
Conan Young (RNZ): Discovery of bodies inside Pike River mine described as cold comfort by some families
Joanne Naish and Sam Sherwood (Stuff): Families not surprised by discovery of remains in Pike River Mine as police inquiry continues
RNZ: Checkpoint: Bernie Monk on Pike River operation: ‘They just try to wear us out’
Tess McClure and Eva Corlett (Guardian): ‘It hits you hard’: shock as bodies of Pike River miners found 11 years after New Zealand disaster
RNZ: Human remains found in Pike River Mine

Environment, climate change, conservation
David Williams (Newsroom): Controversial farmer’s next venture: A feedlot
Kevin E Trenberth (Newsroom): Climate change: NZ should cut emissions, not buy overseas offsets
Timothy Welch (The Conversation): Electric cars alone won’t save the planet. We’ll need to design cities so people can walk and cycle safely
Adam Jacobson (Stuff): SH1 expansion approval ‘hypocritical’ amid Govt pledge to halve emissions by 2030
Chris Hyde (Herald): The cardboard bread tag sums up why we’re struggling to stop climate change(paywalled)
Tim Newman (Stuff): Differing views over Nelson City Council carbon credit scheme
Hawkes Bay Today: Lawyer takes on climate challenge at Napier council
Stuart McKinnon (Herald): Northland geothermal plant powering a sustainable future (paywalled)
Jamie Ensor (Newshub): Māori term kaitiakitanga added to Oxford English Dictionary
Denise Piper (Stuff): Government OKs marine mammal sanctuary in bid to save Bay of Islands dolphins
RNZ: Bay of Islands marine mammal sanctuary confirmed

Primary industries
RNZ: Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor ‘not yet assured’ by Fonterra’s proposed capital restructure
Andrea Fox (Herald): Is the Minister of Agriculture throwing a spanner in Fonterra’s capital restructure works? (paywalled)
RNZ: Groundswell drops dairy industry figure Ross Townshend after social media comments
Piers Fuller (Stuff): Wairarapa organisers pull pin on Groundswell protest as fringe elements undermine farmers’ messages
Jane Matthews (Stuff): Tractors, utes set to rumble through New Plymouth CBD for second farmers’ protest 
Brianna Mcilraith (Stuff): After racist rant, Tatua director ‘deserved to lose his job’, says Māori leader
Taroi Black (Māori TV): Tātua dairy company director quits after criticising Minister Nanaia Mahuta’s moko kauae

Newshub: Advocates want more women to get vaccinated against cervical cancer
John Lewis (ODT): Calls to improve pancreatic cancer care
Jacqui Dean (Stuff): Health system needs resources, not restructure

Chris Marriner (Herald): ‘Giant middle finger to community’: Alarm at placing of T3-lane cameras on Auckland’s Onewa Rd
Oliver Lewis (BusinessDesk): Govt accused of ‘dragging the chain’ on KiwiRail chair (paywalled)
Matthew Tso (Stuff): Wellington’s electric cross-harbour ferry just around the corner following sea trials 

Foreign affairs and trade
John Weekes (Herald): US Navy ship to visit Wellington this month amid complex US-China relations
Newshub: United States Navy ship to visit New Zealand this month

Finlay Macdonald (Newsroom): Book of the Week: Kelburn left, Remuera right
Karl du Fresne: No one should be surprised by a backlash against the news media
Julie Spray (RNZ): Stop saying children are ‘resilient’
Vincent O’Malley (Stuff): Signs are encouraging for a historically aware Aotearoa
Benje Patterson (Interest): A legacy of Covid-19 may be some permanent changes to the way we work and where we choose to live
Ian Llewellyn (BusinessDesk): Pumped hydro criticism motivated by commercial self-interest – Woods(paywalled)
Ian Llewellyn (BusinessDesk): Pumped hydro way out of the money for future power flexibility: report(paywalled)
RNZ: Isolated rural police face burnout, lack of support – IPCA review
Kurt Bayer (Herald): Christchurch mosque terror attacks: US expert’s review of medical response to shootings praises first responders
Stuff: Christchurch mosque terrorist sacks lawyer ahead of coroner’s inquest
Rachel Moore (Stuff): Drastic rise in demand for food assistance during lockdowns in Hamilton
David Farrar (Kiwiblog): Royal Society is now anti-science!
Ireland Hendry-Tennent (Newshub): Legal expert says Destiny Church unlikely to be deregistered as charity despite 12,000 people signing petition
Taylor Rice (Stuff): Gen Z aren’t just ‘whinging zoomers’ – our struggle is real
1 News: ‘Shocking’ rise in identity fraud incidents – MBIE
RNZ: New Vice Chancellor for AUT encourages young Pasifika to pursue education