NZ Politics Daily: 22 November 2021

NZ Politics Daily: 22 November 2021

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Today’s content

Opinion polls
Tova O’Brien (Newshub): Be it this year or next, all signs point to curtains for National leader Judith Collins
Tova O’Brien (Newshub): ACT gets 20 MPs while National fails to capitalise on discontent with Labour’s COVID-19 response
Tova O’Brien (Newshub): Twice as many Kiwis prefer ACT leader David Seymour over National’s Judith Collins
Thomas Coughlan (Herald): Labour, National fall in poll as Judith Collins’ future hangs by thread
Henry Cooke (Stuff): ACT support doubles since election but Government parties remain ahead
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Newshub Poll – Winners & Losers
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): How Simon Bridges beats globalist Jacinda in 2023
1 News: New polling analysis shows where Labour’s support is slipping

Parliament, parties
Thomas Coughlan (Herald): What is Labour without Covid? (paywalled)
Bridie Witton (Stuff): Can the public service cope with Labour’s big agenda?
Bill Ralston (Listener):  The pandemic has distracted us from politics (paywalled)
Herald Editorial: Enter the political opportunists (paywalled)
Henry Cooke (Stuff): Can the National Party get out of its rut with Judith Collins at the helm?
Herald: Simon Bridges feels controversial Facebook post now ‘vindicated’
Victor Billot (Newsroom): An Ode for .. Judith Collins
Peter Wilson (RNZ): Week in Politics: Changes are on the way – for all of us
Stuff:  Points of Order – Covid vaccine targets become milestones
Phil Smith (RNZ): The House: Froth on top, accord below: the different MP modes
Cherie Sivignon (Stuff): ACT leader tips housing to be top topic of 2023 election

Govt management of Delta outbreak, Auckland border decision, move to traffic light system
Fran O’Sullivan (Herald): It’s time to taihoa on reopening plans (paywalled)
Gordon Campbell: On the politics of anger, plus a music playlist
Jack Tame (Herald): The die is cast for reopening. Two groups will be abandoned
Chris Trotter (Daily Blog): Delta Rocks Gibraltar: Lessons to be learned from Covid-19’s global resurgence
RNZ: Jacinda Ardern confident that DHBs will be able to cope with Covid-19 pressures over summer
Cate Broughton, Steven Walton and Keith Lynch (Stuff): South Island ICUs brace for Delta spread ahead of Auckland border opening
Rowan Quinn and Jane Patterson (RNZ): Intensive care: Can New Zealand weather the surge?
RNZ: ICU surge capacity: Nurses question training and numbers
1 News: Q + A: Traffic light system will put Māori at risk – Green Party
Ian Powell (Second Opinion): When forensic lawyer forgets forensic mind
Michael Neilson (Herald): Pressure mounts on Government over Māori response
Geraden Cann (Stuff): Modellers warn against change in restrictions ahead of traffic light system
1 News: Auckland could spend ‘quite a period of time’ at Red – Hendy
1 News: Pacific health expert wants Auckland alert level to stay put
Eva Corlett (Guardian): Easing of New Zealand Covid rules could lead to summer crisis, experts warn
Vaimoana Tapaleao and Emma Russell (Herald): Opening up Auckland hospitality businesses still too risky, expert says
Luke Malpass (Stuff): Ignore the knockers, NZ’s in good shape ahead of Covid’s spread
Adam Pearse (Herald): Will Auckland take the plunge to level 3.3? Experts weigh in
Thomas Coughlan (Herald): Government says move to level 3.3 ‘unlikely’; expert predicts Auckland cases to peak
ODT Editorial: Christmas, and Covid-19, is coming
Herald: Waiheke, Great Barrier/Aotea islands will open under traffic light system
RNZ: Covid Christmas may leave clinics cheerless
Heather Du Plessis-Allan (Herald): Opening Auckland’s border the toughest decision (paywalled)
Jenny Nicholls (Stuff): Let some air in, and let the visitors return to Waiheke
Herald Editorial: What our summer is going to look like (paywalled)
RNZ: Checkpoint: Bay of Plenty iwi asks summer visitors to rethink plans due to limited health resources
Dan Satherley (Newshub): Northlanders ‘beginning to move on’ from COVID, Auckland border should go – Shane Jones
John Roughan (Herald): Dialling back the fear of the deadly Covid-19 virus (paywalled)
Bruce Cotterill (Herald): Billions in debt and nothing to show for it (paywalled)
Newstalk ZB: Epidemiologist: Waikato’s shift to Level Two increases the risk to the wider North Island
William Hewett (Newshub): Hamilton Mayor Paula Southgate backs decision to move level 2 despite spike in COVID cases
RNZ: Covid-19 wrap for 19 November: No more changes to MIQ, Queenstown wants trans-Tasman bubble resumed

Vaccine rollout
Dan Satherley and Simon Shepherd (Newshub): Te Pāti Māori slams ‘very white’ COVID-19 vaccine rollout, says Māori not to blame for low vaccination coverage
Rachel Thomas (Stuff): Third vaccine dose criteria ‘very restricted’, doctors say
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Newshub Nation review
Nadine Porter (Stuff): Prime Minister says Māori not being left behind in vaccination race
Tim Dower (Newstalk ZB): Stop making excuses for lazy people who don’t want to get vaccinated
Nikki Macdonald (Stuff): When will we reach peak immunity, and what should we do when we get there?
Keith Lynch (Stuff): Why the vaccines’ imperfections matter
Mike Mather (Stuff): Leading (or misleading) by example: Have the people you elected been vaccinated?
Sharnae Hope (Stuff): Anti-vaxxers put Thames-Coromandel mayor Sandra Goudie on pedestal after no-Pfizer stance
RNZ: Eight marae form collective aimed at boosting vaccination rates
Leighton Heikell (Newshub): Aircraft bearing names of Māori Battalion soldiers take to east coast skies in vaccination drive
Dan Satherley (Newshub): Ministry of Health considering whether to change definition of ‘fully vaccinated’ against COVID-19
RNZ: Can the South Island reach 90 percent double vaccinated by Christmas?
1 News: Auckand DHB first to hit 90% fully vaccinated
RNZ: Auckland DHB hits 90 percent fully vaccinated target
Elizabeth White and Mark Quinlivan (Newshub): Waikato becomes latest district health board to reach 90 percent first vaccine doses
RNZ: Covid-19 vaccinations: South Canterbury hits 90pc, joining 11 other DHBs
Renae Lolohea (Herald): Flying doctor boosts vaccinations on the East Coast
1 News: Tokoroa gangs put aside differences to get vaccinated
Tess McClure (Guardian): Unusual bedfellows: how gangs are pushing New Zealand’s Covid vaccination drive

Vaccine passport, mandatory vaccination
Matai O’Connor (RNZ): Claims digital Vaccine Pass discriminates against Māori
Ethan Griffiths (Herald): Councils considering mandatory Covid-19 vaccination for all staff (paywalled)
Chris Keall (Herald): Does it matter you can easily edit your own Vaccine Pass? (paywalled)
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Police spot checks may be needed to prevent My Vaccine Pass identity fraud
Zane Small (Newshub): Ministry of Health promises COVID-19 vaccine certificates for anyone vaccinated in New Zealand ‘regardless of immigration status’
RNZ: Wellington gym involved in vaccine pass trial says process is ‘easy’
Dan Satherley (Newshub): After months of National pushing for vaccine passes, Simon Bridges now says they’re ‘unworkable’
Jennifer Eder (Stuff): Testing times ahead for the unvaccinated Act’s answer to Covid
Mike Tweed (Whanganui Chronicle): ‘The new, new normal’: Are we ready for vaccine passes?(paywalled)
Zane Smal (Newshub): Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern quells talk of early move into ‘traffic light’ framework for some Auckland businesses
RNZ: Hairdressers seek clarity over possible go-ahead to reopen
Jonathan Milne (Newsroom): Foodstuffs supermarkets owners divided on a vaccine mandate
Dubby Henry (Herald): Poll finds 1 in 50 teachers have not had first Covid vaccination
Sahiban Hyde (Hawkes Bay Today/Herald): Nurses’ union fears burnout in Hawke’s Bay after 17 stand downs (paywalled)
Megan Wilson (Herald): 123 unvaccinated Bay of Plenty DHB staff stood down (paywalled)

Home isolation, 
Michael Morrah (Newshub): Revealed: The significant changes coming to NZ’s COVID-19 home isolation programme
Laura James (1 News): Check-in system a ‘shambles’ says worker calling Covid cases at home
Rowan Quinn (RNZ): ‘She couldn’t even breathe’: Families challenged to care for Covid-19 relatives at home
1 News: Q + A: GPs battling to get crucial equipment to struggling Covid patients
Te Aniwa Hurihanganui (1 News): Taupō man in limbo because Covid cases are isolating at home

MIQ, Border
Doug Laing (Hawkes Bay Today/Herald): Kennedy Park Resort’s MIQ kicks into action as Covid case agrees to isolation in Napier
Jane Phare (Herald): Government’s self-isolation trial described as train wreck (paywalled)
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): February could be final month for MIQ, NZTE letter appears to hint
Janine Starks (Stuff): People in NZ should not have same right to MIQ
Zane Small (Newshub): Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern quashes speculation of self-isolation for overseas arrivals in time for Christmas
Lloyd Burr (Magic): There comes a time in politics when you must fall on your sword, admit defeat, and act accordingly. MIQ is one example
RNZ: Grounded Kiwis disappointed by lack of changes to MIQ system
1 News: Vaccinated Covid-free woman with mum in palliative care stuck in MIQ
RNZ: If Aucklanders can holiday here, why not Australians? – South Island mayor
Steven Walton (Stuff): Government officials wanted to decline border exemption for foreign mariners
Andrea Fox (Herald): Fonterra CEO Miles Hurrell praises self-isolation trial after return home (paywalled)
Ian Taylor (Herald):  MIQ logbook – Response to comments from Fonterra boss Miles Hurrell
David Fisher (Herald): Slipping through the cracks – altered MIQ vouchers used by desperate travellers to dodge MIQ lottery (paywalled)
Herald Editorial: Unpaid MIQ bills a slap in NZ’s face (paywalled)
Adam Cooper and Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): Sports Minister Grant Robertson called out after blaming officials for refusing SailGP MIQ space (paywalled)

Vaccine misinformation, protests, rule breaches
Dylan Reeve (Spinoff): My first death threat: The rise of violent rhetoric against local journalists
Tess McClure (Guardian): Dissent, threats and fury: mood darkens in New Zealand as Covid restrictions bite
Kevin Norquay (Stuff): ‘Incredibly traumatising’ time for workers, going face-to-face with Covid protesters
Simon Draper (Stuff): Misinformation is dangerous, but so are limits on free speech
Kristin Hall (1 News): Calls for action as Covid vaccination misinformation targets pregnant women
Adam Jacobson (Stuff): ‘I get anxiety attacks, but I keep going’: Auckland councillors accompanied by security guards as abuse intensifies
Sébastien Desclée (Herald): We need to remember what New Zealand represents to the world(paywalled)
RNZ: Smaller crowds for anti-lockdown protests
Tom Dillane (Herald): Anti-lockdown protest at Auckland Domain: Brian Tamaki speaks on stage
Tom Dillane (Herald): Police ‘looking into’ Brian Tamaki’s Domain protest attendance, lawyer ‘expects’ he hasn’t breached bail
William Hewett and Adam Hollingworth (Newshub): Brian Tamaki speaks at anti-lockdown protest in the Auckland Domain
Herald: Covid 19 Delta outbreak: Defiant Brian Tamaki fronts protest
Miriam Burrell (Stuff): Police Minister sent text message after Brian Tamaki protest arrest
1 News: Anti-mandate rallies held in cities and towns across NZ
(Stuff): Confusion over claims that protesters delayed ambulance from reaching serious injured football player
Craig Kapitan (Herald): Northland lockdown women – still no police decision on charges
Russell Brown (Herald): Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn: Antivax factoids and rabbit holes on social media(paywalled)
Steve Braunias: (Herald): The secret diary of… A Freedom Fighter (paywalled)

Cases, demographics, Delta spreads
Kate Newton, Alex Lim and Felippe Rodrigues (Stuff): Why hospitalisation, vaccination and case numbers are the data to watch
RNZ: Aotearoa not on course for dramatic spike in Covid-19 cases over summer – Bloomfield
Hannah Martin (Stuff): Virus in more than half of all DHBs and ‘a lot more’ spread expected
Herald:More than 50 Waikeria Prison staff isolating after Covid link
RNZ: Wellington case ‘low risk,’ but call for tougher standards for tradies
Stuff: Wellingtonians urged to get vaccinated and follow the rules after positive case of Covid-19 confirmed 
1 News: Covid continues to spread across NZ
Sophie Cornish (Stuff): Police, Ministry of Health investigating circumstances of person with Covid-19 in Hawke’s Bay who left Auckland

Dileepa Fonseka (Stuff): How New Zealand’s testing strategy was defeated, and how saliva testing can help
Zane Small (Newshub): Government under fire over ‘draconian’ power to requisition COVID-19 testing labs

Newshub: High-density housing bill could be ‘disaster like the leaky homes crisis’, urban planner warns
Richard Harman (Politik): Suburban angst; the opposition to the bipartisan housing proposal (paywalled)
RNZ: Inventor confident denser housing worthwhile despite affecting sunlight
Eye of the fish: This Bill should NOT Pass
Dan Satherley (Newshub): 99 percent of recent house sales turned a big profit – report
Frances Sweetman (Stuff): Are we at the top of the housing roller coaster yet?
Kristy Frame (RNZ): ‘Struggling’ builders wary of government review
RNZ: Commerce Commission investigating high cost of building supplies for residential housing
Luke Malpass (Stuff): Government announces Commerce Commission probe into residential building supplies
Thomas Coughlan (Herald): Government launches inquiry into high cost of building materials, suspecting poor competition to blame
1 News: Government set to review the price of building materials
John Anthony (Stuff): IRD to recommend amendment to bright line test after unintended outcome
Janet Wilson (Stuff): Divergent battles breaking out on the home front
Kerre McIvor (Herald): Dealing with neighbours from hell (paywalled)
Hanna McCallum (Stuff): Native trees felled at ‘vibrant’ space to make way for new housing development
Laurel Stowell (Whanganui Chronicle): Kāinga Ora buys land for new housing in Whanganui East(paywalled)
Miriam Bell (Stuff): The lure of Christchurch’s affordable prices 

Three Waters, local government
Alex Burns (Local Democracy reporting): Three Waters: Ashburton mayor considering High Court challenge
Emily Ireland (Local Democracy reporting): Council doesn’t hold back in Wellington Water criticism
Felix Desmarais (Local Democracy reporting): Councillors asked to rethink single Māori ward in Rotorua
Felix Desmarais (Local Democracy reporting): ‘We are walking ourselves right into a disaster’: Council votes for one Māori ward seat at table
Georgina Campbell (Herald): Wellington City Council: Who’s running again and who’s not?
James Perry (Māori TV): Tory Whanau hoping Relationship Management will be the key to Wellington Mayor’s Office
Newstalk ZB: Meet Tory Whanau: The first Wellington mayoral candidate to announce
Ben Schrader (Stuff): Reimagining Wellington: Having ambitious plans for the capital is not new (and not impossible)
Polly Gillespie (Stuff): I’m feeling nostalgic for what Wellington used to be
Morgan Godfery (Stuff): Shelly Bay is a problem of the Crown’s making
Jill Day (Stuff): Safety of people must come first at Shelly Bay
Bernard Orsman (Herald):  Heart of the City boss Viv Beck eyeing up a tilt at the Auckland Mayoralty(paywalled)
Logan Savory (Stuff): Invercargill City Council set to scrap controversial media protocol
Alex Burns (Local Democracy reporting): Ashburton CBD celebrations on ice but retailers buoyant
Kate Green (Stuff): Wellington sewage could be the future for powering homes and heating the airport

Economy, business, wage subsidy
Liam Dann (Herald): Inflation blame game highlights silly political bias (paywalled)
Jamie Gray (Herald): What will the Reserve Bank do with $55b in NZ Govt bonds now that QE is over?(paywalled)
Gyles Beckford (RNZ): Reserve Bank interest rate rise likely foregone conclusion
RNZ: One in four commercial property lessees fall behind in rent -report
Bernard Orsman (Herald): Auckland CBD sinking into anarchy and resembling 1980s New York, city leaders told
1 News: Waiheke businesses struggling with Covid restrictions
Nona Pelletier (RNZ): Courier services warn of delivery delays as parcel volumes surge
Jared McCulloch (1 News): Tourism operators call on Govt to extend concession fee waiver
Sasha Borissenko (Herald): Online resource helping artists fight copyright battles (paywalled)
Cherie Howie (Herald): Covid-19 pandemic, shipping demand spark six-month delays for furniture(paywalled)

Employment, migrant workers
Christine Rovoi (RNZ): Pandemic presents big challenges for Pacific seasonal workers
Cas Carter (Stuff): Covid is shaking up the world of work
Damien Venuto (Herald): Employers beware: The Great Resignation is here to stay (paywalled)
Mark Ryland (Herald):  Resisting the Great Resignation (paywalled)
1 News: Now’s a good time to be a job hunter — career site
NRZ: Farmers struggling as MIQ system causes shortage of experienced workers

Environment, climate change, conservation
James Shaw (Guardian): Yes, Cop26 could have gone further – but it still brought us closer to a 1.5C world
Tom O’Connor (Stuff): No captain to guide climate crisis away from the rocks at COP26
Rod Oram (Newsroom): The success of COP26 -and how to fix its failure
Karen Scott (The Conversation): COP26’s ocean acidification failure: States must protect the world’s oceans
Steve Maharey (Stuff): With no leadership or road map, will climate solutions come when it’s too late?
Marc Daalder (Newsroom): British diplomat on climate: ‘This is existential’
Laura Hooper (Stuff): Coal “phase-down” not considered in Southland mining strategies
Matt Henry and Liam Donnelly (Stuff): How the climate change megatrend will influence investments
Maxine Jacobs (Stuff): Tikanga Māori must guide climate adaptation strategies for Aotearoa, new research project finds
Kate Green (Stuff): The last heretic Lloyd Geering, now 103, has a message of support for the fight for the climate
RNZ: Cooks PM repeats calls for international recognition of climate debt
RNZ: Ngāi Tahu drops legal action after panel to give feedback on DOC land appointed
Tony Wall (Stuff): Lake Waikaremoana and its Great Walk have been closed for months as Tūhoe say the relationship with the Crown has failed
Whanganui Chronicle: Ngāti Rangi partners with Department of Conservation to protect environment and create jobs
Karen Rutherford (Newshub): Sandstorm of controversy in Cambridge over quarry, fears silica dust could contaminate waterways
Robin Martin (RNZ): Taranaki residents increasingly concerned by river, lake quality – survey
Darren van Hoof (E-Tangata): Let’s raise our voices for the whenua, the ngahere, and the climate

Primary industries
RNZ: The Detail: The stark reality of producing cheap chicken
Jade Gray (Stuff): A bright, green future is within reach for Kiwi farmers
Helen Darling (Herald): Is NZ ready for the plant-based meat revolution? (paywalled)
Michael Cooper (Herald): Kiwi winegrowers upbeat despite falling consumption and the first decline in exports in 26 years (paywalled)
Lawrence Gullery (Stuff): Pandemic can’t trump M bovis for fear factor in rural communities – farmer
Melanie Carroll (Stuff): Director Ross Townshend’s social media posts show age no indicator of sense

Groundswell protests
Mark Quinlivan (Newshub): Groundswell wants apology from Stuart Nash for ‘totally wrong’ suggestion they’re anti-vaxxers, racists
Greg Presland (Standard): Astroturfers of the world unite
William Hewett and Leighton Heikell (Newshub): Farmers gather around New Zealand for Groundswell’s ‘Mother of All Protests’
1 News: Thousands protest Govt regulation in Groundswell movement
RNZ: Farmers take to streets again in mass protest
Cate Broughton (Stuff): Farmers vent anger on roads of Christchurch while local mayors join Groundswell protest
Doug Laing (Hawkes Bay Today/Herald): Hawke’s Bay’s weekend of protest: Peace, unity, tractors, and confusion (paywalled)
Sophie Cornish and Laura Walters (Stuff): Cars, tractors, dogs, horses and a plane: thousand turn out for nationwide Groundswell protest
Cate Broughton (Stuff): Farmers vent anger on roads of Christchurch while local mayors join Groundswell protest
Rachael Kelly (Stuff): ‘Maybe after what happens on Sunday she’ll take notice’ – Groundswell protest organisers bid to get PM ‘s attention
Kevin Norquay (Stuff): Groundswell – Is the difficult second protest suffering from poor timing and bad friends?
Sophie Cornish (Stuff): Farmers and climate change activists go head to head outside Parliament
RNZ: ‘It’s getting harder and harder to farm’ – Farmers rally for second protest
Herald: Groundswell NZ’s ‘Mother of all Protests’ on rural sector concerns across New Zealand
Brianna Mcilraith (Stuff): Farmers pull away from Groundswell protests as messaging gets tied in with anti-Government movement
Herald: Groundswell NZ’s ‘Mother of all Protests’ takes steps to avoid being hijacked by anti-vaxxers
Stuff Editorial: Interlopers don’t define Groundswell
Rachel Sadler (Newshub): Woman yelling profanities throws ‘around eight packets’ of yoghurt at Groundswell protesters in central Auckland
Stuff Editorial: Keep the offensive messages away from Groundswell
Rowena Duncum (Stuff): Please protest with dignity this weekend
Michael Daly and Eloise Gibson (Stuff): The eight key issues the Groundswell group is protesting about 
Lawrence Gullery (Stuff): Regulations hinder farmers’ ability to be best in world, Waikato protesters say

Foreign affairs and trade
1 News: Q + A: Foreign Minister on Afghanistan: “We never stopped helping”
RNZ: Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta heading to the US after visiting Middle East
Will Trafford (Māori TV): ‘Lives are at risk’ Mahuta’s high stakes Afghan mission
Lucy Craymer (Stuff): Nuclear weapons back ‘in’ as countries up stakes in complex global tussle
Māni Dunlop (RNZ): Waitangi Tribunal finds Crown failed to meet Treaty obligations in parts of CPTPP
Luke Malpass (Stuff): Waitangi Tribunal finds e-commerce CPTPP breaches Treaty principles, but makes no further recommendations
Te Aniwa Hurihanganui (1 News): Waitangi Tribunal asks Govt to stop settlement amid inquiry findings
Paul Karp (Guardian): Judge orders New Zealand man who had visa revoked by Peter Dutton to be freed from detention
1 News: NZ makes a splash at World Expo in Dubai

Rachel Smalley (NBR): The real cost of not funding life-saving or enhancing drugs (paywalled)
Newstalk ZB: New Zealand ranked worst in OECD in getting access to modern medicines
Nicholas Jones (Herald): A mother and her baby died in Auckland Hospital. This is what went wrong
RNZ: Rheumatic fever vaccine funding significant – Heart Foundation
RNZ: Government puts $10m towards vaccine to prevent rheumatic fever
Imogen Wells (1 News): Pacific Peoples Minister shares experience of rheumatic fever
Colleen Brown (Herald):  Help is needed right now for disabled Kiwi’s who’ve reached breaking point(paywalled)
Katie Scotcher (RNZ): As police call-outs for mental health issues rise, the commissioner wants a new approach
Stephen Forbes (Local Democracy reporting): Cancelled police callouts show scale of crisis, Mental Health Foundation says
Gill Bonnett (RNZ): Harmful ingredients lurking in vape products – study
Derek Cheng (Herald): The P scourge: Health Minister Andrew Little commits to national rollout of rehab programme

Thomas Mead (1 News): Talley’s interfered with injury claims, whistle-blowers claim
Anusha Bradley (RNZ): National wants Carmel Sepuloni held accountable for ACC failures
Emma Clark (Newshub): Sexual violence: The push to change ‘messed up’ ACC-funded therapy system for survivors

Justice, legal profession
Sasha Borissenko (Herald): Inside Story – The multiple complaints against law firm Morrison Kent(paywalled)
Sasha Borissenko (Herald): Complaints laid with Law Society against law firm Morrison Kent (paywalled)
Martyn Bradbury (Waatea): Incentivising Guilty Pleas the worst idea ever

Colin Peacock (RNZ): Mediawatch: Radio in NZ 100 not out. But what next?
RNZ: Sunday Morning: Radio in NZ 100 not out – but what is its future?
Colin Peacock (RNZ): Mediawatch: Looking back on tech titans’ takeover of media
Peter Fowler (Newsroom): A Newsroom is born
Ele Ludemann (Homepaddock): The right of reply Stuff won’t publish
Damien Grant (Stuff): A Bhad Bhabie masterclass on the economic domination of superstars

Stewart Sowman-Lund (Spinoff): AUT academic calls Christchurch attack a ‘false flag’, resigns
Jehan Casinader (Stuff): School exams don’t prepare teens for the real world
Marena Mane (Māori TV): First Tagata Pasifika Vice-Chancellor says his priority is to strengthen two ‘essential partnerships’

RNZ: Port of Timaru workers vote overwhelmingly in favour of a strike next month
Brian Roche (Stuff): Transmission Gully: The Christmas present commuters are eager to open
Holly Walker (Herald): Our transport journey is our destination (paywalled)
Todd Niall (Stuff): ‘Electric is the future’: Kiwi boat builders ride wave as first battery-powered ferry service nears
Brent Melville (BusinessDesk): Bridging finance: $60m in cycle bridge money diverted into harbour plan(paywalled)

Max Rashbrooke (Stuff): The return of the landed gentry: why the wealthy are getting wealthier
Alison Mau (Stuff): The rich really are different – and it’s the non-rich who turned up when it was needed 
Kelly Dennett (Stuff): Ministry of Social Development admits sexual assault complainant called and told them newly-hired staffer was under police probe
Rob Stock (Stuff): How banks tried to shut down multi-million dollar legal threat, but failed
Rob Stock (Stuff): Don’t panic over warning you need $809,000 to retire well
Gill Bonnett (RNZ): Immigration Advisor with ‘history of deception’ ordered to pay $26k in penalties
Herald: Beyond White Guilt: Time for Pākehā to ‘stand up’ against racism, say educators
1 News: Third of Kiwis want NZ republic, 47% favour keeping monarchy
Simon Wilson (Herald): ‘If you need a monument, look around you’: Rethinking Auckland history(paywalled)
Te Aniwa Hurihanganui (1 News): Bullying claims from ex-Te Arawhiti staff rejected by organisation
Charlie Gates (Stuff): Ngāi Tahu and police sign deal to develop police stations in the South Island
Jacqui Southey (Herald): A long way to go to realising the best for our children (paywalled)
Tina Law (Stuff): Policy of overdue library fines only deprives the disadvantaged, say critics
Kevin Norquay (Stuff): Old age is no golden twilight when Covid and scammers are lurking
RNZ: Plans for a data centre near Clyde raise crypto-mining concerns
RNZ: Electric lines company disputes claims it caused Ōhau fire
RNZ: D day for rugby’s eligibility laws
Ryan Boswell (1 News): Christchurch mission’s 1000-person Christmas feast cancelled
Dale Husband (E-Tangata): Tina Ngata: An adherence to justice and fairness
Mitchell Alexander (Newshub): National security advisors concerned teenagers could present a terrorism threat to New Zealand
Kristin Hall (1 News): Kiwis warned of fake sales ahead of Black Friday