NZ Politics Daily – 28th September 2021

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Today’s content

1 News Colmar Brunton poll, Parliament
1 News: David Seymour overtakes Judith Collins in preferred PM rankings – 1News Colmar Brunton Poll
1 News: Collins must ‘work really hard’ to keep leadership – Jessica Mutch McKay
Luke Malpass (Stuff): Judith Collins remains on borrowed time, but worrying signs for Labour
Claire Trevett (Herald):  Covid lockdown poll slump a warning to PM that patience is wearing thin; and things get worse for Judith Collins (paywalled)
Pattrick Smellie (BusinessDesk): Ardern sinks despite constant TV exposure (paywalled)
RNZ: Judith Collins sinks below David Seymour as preferred PM
Henry Cooke (Stuff): New poll has ACT riding high, Labour and National both losing ground during Delta outbreak
Thomas Coughlan (Herald): National, Labour down; Judith Collins crashes to 5% as preferred PM
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): TVNZ Poll – The rise of ACT
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Audrey Young (Herald): Why there is an ever-passing parade of ex-politicians (paywalled)
Herald: Only in NZ: ‘Security uncles’ – Kiwis’ hilarious reaction during Jacinda Ardern’s walk
Scott Palmer (Newshub): Video of Jacinda Ardern spotted on weekend walk with security guards goes viral

John Key weighs in on Govt Covid response
Chris Trotter (Bowalley Road): Off-Key
Simon Wilson (Herald): Sir John Key, the smiling assassin, is back (paywalled)
Claire Trevett (Herald): Is Sir John Key’s comments a bigger headache for Judith Collins or Jacinda Ardern? (paywalled)
Jason Walls (Newstalk ZB): John Key takes aim at Government but hits National in the crossfire
Jo Moir (Newsroom): Key’s threat greater than Seymour or Collins
Anna Fifield (Stuff):  No, Sir John Key, New Zealand is not like North Korea
Henry Cooke (Stuff): John Key dramatically re-enters political spotlight, Jacinda Ardern fights back
Mark Quinlivan (Newshub): Sir John Key hits out at ‘self-congratulatory’ Jacinda Ardern as Michael Baker calls former PM’s criticism ‘simplistic’
RNZ: ‘Take away some of their rights’ – Sir John Key on incentivising vaccinations
Renee Liang (Newsroom): Paediatrician: Covid is not a choice for the sick children I treat, Sir John
RNZ: Jacinda Ardern says fear not part of Covid-19 vaccine rollout strategy
Newstalk ZB: University professor: Government is relying too much on fear to get people vaccinated
1 News: Ardern says Govt already using Key’s ‘reasonable’ Covid response ideas
Mark Quinlivan (Newshub): Jacinda Ardern hits back at Sir John Key’s accusations of ‘fear and luck’ COVID-19 response
Mark Quinlivan (Newshub): Government will ‘try’ and not use lockdowns if 76 percent of total population is vaccinated – Jacinda Ardern
Ian Powell (Second Opinion): Covid-19 elimination strategy, smug hermit kingdoms and Kim Jong-Key
Heather du Plessis-Allan (Newstalk ZB): Sir John Key is reading the room right
Kerre McIvor (Newstalk ZB): How and why are we working on a former PM’s suggestions on Covid?
Kate Hawkesby (Newstalk ZB): Sir John Key is on the money, but will the Government listen?
The Country (Herald): Winston Peters says John Key is right about Covid response (paywalled)

Border, MIQ, immigration
Zane Small (Newshub): John Key and David Seymour say private MIQs the way – but how do they work overseas and are they foolproof?
RNZ: New MIQ system rated just 3.6 out of 10 in Grounded Kiwis survey
Tom Hunt (Stuff): MIQ head says no technical glitch in virtual lobby – many users disagree
Louisa Steyl and Brianna Mcilraith (Stuff): Growing MIQ capacity a challenge but doable, experts say 
RNZ: Grant Robertson answers questions over government’s Covid-19 self-isolation trial
Siobhan Downes (Stuff): Everything we know so far about the self-isolation trial
Richard Harman (Politik): Opening up the border (slowly) (paywalled)
RNZ: Government announces more details on home isolation pilot scheme
Anna Whyte (1 News): Up to 150 double-jabbed Kiwi business people will trial self-isolationhttps://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/up-150-double-jabbed-kiwi-business-people-trial-self-isolation
Herald: PM Jacinda Ardern fronts post-Cabinet update, outlines self-isolation travel trial; RSE bubble
Herald: Trial to begin allowing some travellers to self-isolate at home
RNZ: MIQ a bigger risk to businesses than Covid-19 – business leader
Esther Taunton (Stuff): Seasonal workers from some Pacific Islands can skip MIQ next week
Nicholas Jones (Herald): ‘Unwelcome’ nurses leaving NZ over immigration rules
Christopher Reive (Herald):  Start of a large exodus? Why New Zealand’s best athletes are moving overseas (paywalled)
Kate MacNamara (Herald): Paper-based visa applications stalled by Immigration New Zealand (paywalled)

Govt Covid response, modelling advice
David Williams (Newsroom): Baker’s warning on Delta: ‘I’d love to be wrong’
Newshub: NZ Herald journalist Fran O’Sullivan sorry for calling COVID-19 expert Shaun Hendy a ‘bogus’ modeller in accidental tweet
Ryan Bridge (Newshub): When the polls say we’re sick of it, lockdowns will end – and the Govt won’t care if we’re 5pct off some mythical vaccine target
Duncan Garner (Newshub): Vaccine fail: Ardern dumps elimination (paywalled)
Newstalk ZB: Deputy Prime Minister: Current Delta case numbers are in line with expectations
1 News: NZ ‘making progress’ in Delta outbreak – Bloomfield
Michael Neilson (Herald): Self-isolation pilot welcomed, but still fears about Delta’s ‘long tail’
Paul Henry (Herald): I love this country – but I’m not sure I have the heartbeats for it any more (paywalled)

Vaccine passports, mandates and incentives
1 News: Majority of Kiwis support making vaccine compulsory
1 News: Govt will use ‘every other tool’ other than mandatory Covid jabs – Robertson
Bernard Hickey (The Kākā): Dawn Chorus: Vaccination passport coming (paywalled)
Michael Daly (Stuff): Vaccine certificates may be needed for a ‘classic Kiwi summer’, Jacinda Ardern says 
Jenna Lynch (Newshub): Jacinda Ardern confident of a classic Kiwi summer of sounds but event planners want certainty
1 News: Govt ‘exploring’ vaccine certificates in time for summer
Bonnie Flaws (Stuff): Restaurants, bars ‘worried about enforcing vaccine passports’
Jake McKee (RNZ): ‘So many unknowns’- Businesses respond to vaccine passport idea
RNZ: The Detail: The rules and rights when it comes to vaccinated work places
Stuff: Former border worker who lost her job after not getting jabbed loses High Court challenge
RNZ: Legal challenge against vaccination order dismissed by High Court
Daniel Smith (Stuff): Air New Zealand reveals which workers will be required to have mandatory vaccinations

Vaccine rollout
Gordon Campbell: On Covid vaccine inequality, plus Cowboy Bebop
Dave Armstrong (Stuff): Educating people is key to behaviour change 
Angela Dalton  (Herald): Why such a low take-up of vaccine among Māori and Pasifika? (paywalled)
The Hui (Newshub): Fears young Māori being targeted by white supremacists making COVID-19 vaccine misinformation
Henry Cooke (Stuff): First doses drop to lowest rate since July, Government still consulting on vaccine certificates
Adam Pearse and Chris McDowall (Herald): 90% vaccination target still possible despite falling first-dose levels – experts
Herald Editorial: Getting on with the task will get NZ closer to reopening goal
Dr Mataroria Lyndon (Herald):  What we can do to protect our youngest from Delta (paywalled)
RNZ: Call for Tuvaluans to vaccinate against Covid-19 amid celebrations
Sally Murphy (RNZ): ‘Frustrating, disappointing’ – Call for better vaccine rollout in rural areas
Tim Brown (RNZ): The three DHBs outside Auckland leading the way in Covid-19 vaccinations
Ethan Griffiths (Herald): Almost a quarter of Whanganui DHB workforce unvaccinated
Vera Alves (Herald): I’m double-vaxxed, and it feels like progress
Davide Comoletti (Newsroom): NZ needs to produce its own vaccines

Testing
RNZ: Door-to-door Covid testing vital to curbing Delta outbreak – expert
Stephen Forbes (Local Democracy Reporting): Frustration, dismay over response to PM’s call for testing in Clover Park

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Alert level rules, compliance, enforcement
RNZ: Four people charged with Covid-19 offences since Auckland moved to level 3
Todd Niall (Stuff): Auckland’s Covid-19 alert level 3 isn’t freedom, it’s parole – with strict rules
Adam Burns (Local Democracy Reporting): Hospo staff fed up with abuse over level 2 rules: ‘People should know by now’
Zoe Holland (Herald): Relocating Auckland couple left confused by lack of Government communication
Mike Yardley (Stuff): It’s time to let the South Island off the leash

Cases, demographics
RNZ: 13 police officers self-isolating after arrested woman tests positive for Covid-19
Catrin Owen (Stuff): Woman at Waitākere police cells tests positive, not all staff were wearing PPE

Business, economy, wage subsidy
Andy Fyers (BusinessDesk): Wage subsidy 2021: Aussie retail giant cashes in (paywalled)
Anuja Nadkarni (Newsroom): Integrity checks causing wage subsidy payment delays, MSD says
1 News: Ardern rules out wage subsidy at Levels 1 and 2
Liam Dann (Herald): South Island confidence bounces back – ASB Regional Economic Scoreboard
Daniel Smith (Stuff): 2022 before airports, airlines back on track: S&P
Anna Leask (Herald): Pandemic may rein in Canterbury Cup and show week with plan to shut public out for first time in 117 years
Nona Pelletier (RNZ): Most companies ‘not doing enough’ to support code of ethics
Anne Gibson (Herald): Dominion Constructors’ Brett Russell calls for reform in building industry (paywalled)
Hamish Rutherford (Herald): Tiwai Point smelter is likely to stay, Jarden says, boosting outlook for dividends (paywalled)
Tamsyn Parker (Herald): Up to six phone calls a day: Report reveals harmful debt collection practices

AUKUS, foreign affairs, trade
Alexander Gillespie (The Conversation): With the AUKUS alliance confronting China, New Zealand should ramp up its anti-nuclear diplomacy
Maja Burry (RNZ): Praise for Zespri response to Covid-positive result on kiwifruit in China
Esther Taunton (Stuff): Zespri’s exports to China continue as normal after Covid-19 found on kiwifruit
Thomas Manch and Jono Galuszka (Stuff): Judge suppresses name of country at centre of soldier spy case
Marc Daalder (Newsroom): Secret court risks as espionage trial looms
Anneke Smith (RNZ): Judge moves to suppress name of country in espionage court martial case

Housing
Dan Satherley and James Fleury (Newshub): Economists pick when the ‘turbo-charged’ New Zealand housing market will stall
RNZ: Homeowners gain ‘paper wealth’ at expense of non-owners, would-be first home owners
Anne Gibson (Herald): Why house values in 771 of 983 suburbs rose $100,000+, ‘earning’ more than people’s jobs (paywalled)
Miriam Bell (Stuff): Homeowners cash in: Some suburbs’ median prices jump $500k
Priscilla Dickinson (Newshub): Map reveals New Zealand suburbs with the biggest and smallest property value gains over the year to September
Madeleine Chapman (Spinoff): Find out how much house prices rose in your suburb last year with this fun* tool
Mandy Te and Miriam Bell (Stuff): Fifty-four Wellington suburbs hit million-dollar mark, latest CoreLogic research shows
Ashley Church (OneRoof): How much does fear influence the housing market?
Thomas Coughlan (Herald): Housing policy details unveiled today, just days before coming into force
Conan Young (RNZ): Family lose most of their possessions after repair blunder contaminates state house
Ethan Te Ora (Stuff): ‘Eat noodles while you finish your degree’: Is the student allowance payment too rigid to meet inflated housing costs?
Doug Laing (Herald): From a hotel, to a brand new home: Kainga Ora development continues Maraenui’s revival (paywalled)
Jacob McSweeny (Herald): Lockdown ‘wreaked havoc’ on house settlements (paywalled)
Geraden Cann (Stuff): Call for estate agents to stop recommending unaccredited inspectors

Health
Stuff Editorial: We pay too dearly for our cheapest booze
Peter Davis (Stuff):Six challenges for the health reforms
Anusha Bradley (RNZ): ACC reveal proposed changes to cover birth injuries
Imogen Wells (1 News): Dementia rates in Māori, Pasifika, Asian communities set to double – report
Alexa Cook (Newshub): Number of New Zealanders with dementia expected to double to 170,000 in 30 years
Jamie Tahana (RNZ): Momentum slows in reducing child mortality rates; significant inequity found
Jo Lines-MacKenzie (Stuff): Covid-19 serves up a double dose of misery with sepsis also an issue in some cases, says medic
RNZ: Mental health services for youth receive $400k funding boost
Katie Townshend (Stuff): Covid-19 impact on healthcare in Nelson-Marlborough could last three years
Liz Gordon (Daily Blog): A liquor store on every corner
Mike Houlahan (ODT): Contractors sought for Dunedin hospital
ODT: Cadbury no more

Water reforms
Jane Patterson and Russell Palmer (RNZ): ‘Asset grab’ – entrenched local opposition to Three Waters plan
Pattrick Smellie (BusinessDesk): How much trouble is the ‘three waters’ policy really in? (paywalled)
Tina Law (Stuff): Govt could have a ‘revolution on its hands’ if it pursues proposed water reforms
Johnathan Milne (Newsroom): Councils face tough calls on water reforms in pivotal week
Devon Bolger (Herald): Christchurch City Council would opt-out of Three Waters reform in current model says report
Zane Small (Newshub): National leader Judith Collins denounces Three Waters ads showing ‘sludge’ from taps as ‘fake news’
Logan Savory (Stuff): Invercargill City Council drafts letter with Three Waters reform concerns
ODT Editorial: Options for Three Waters?
Stuff: South Taranaki District Council expresses concerns over Government’s Three Waters reform proposal
Chloe Blommerde (Stuff): Matamata-Piako District Council has no ‘faith’ in Government’s water reforms

Local government
Nita Blake-Persen (RNZ): Auckland port CEO’s $1m exit payout ‘unjustified’ – Phil Goff
Adam Jacobson (Stuff): Auckland Council’s $133 million plan to revitalise city’s midtown unveiled
Luke Kirkeby (Stuff): Nazi slur sparks call for South Waikato deputy mayor to resign
Luisa Girao (ODT): Trust in decision-making about local needs drops
RNZ: Michael Fowler Centre car park redevelopment plan set for signoff

Climate change, conservation, environment
No Right Turn: Climate Change: Off to the World Court?
Anne Gibson (Herald): Ngāti Pāoa Trust Board case against Waiheke marina developer fails in Environment Court (paywalled)
Eloise Gibson (Stuff): Why we love it when climate stories have a long tail 

Transport
Thomas Coughlan (Herald): Fuel taxes could be gone in three years as Waka Kotahi urgently looks to replace funding system (paywalled)
Emma Hatton (RNZ): Porirua Mayor questions Transmission Gully delays
Grant Bradley (Herald): Sustainable Aviation Fuel: Air New Zealand and MBIE seeking operator for plant in New Zealand (paywalled)
Herald: Auckland Transport proposes speed limit changes to 800 Auckland roads
Jane Matthews (Stuff): Uber deal with New Plymouth Airport draws mixed reaction from cabbies

Energy
Anan Zaki (RNZ): Energy firms claim big interest in Southland hydrogen plant proposal
Karen Pasco (ODT): Huge interest in Southland green hydrogen project
Karen Pasco (ODT): Growing interest in plant
RNZ: EA Networks exceeded maximum revenue by $3.3m, Commerce Commission finds

Primary and extractive industries
Jamie Mackay (Herald): Groundswell protests no Bloody Friday – luckily (paywalled)
Laura Smith (ODT): Ministry worried mine may contaminate water
Laura Smith (ODT): Declining school shark numbers lead to submissions for catch reductions

Other
Peter Boshier (Newshub): Kiwis’ right to access official information critical especially during COVID
Sharnahea Wilson (Newsroom): Traumatised, and nowhere to get help: An epidemic in our justice system
1 News: 5 liquor stores lose licences due to worker exploitation
RNZ: Budget advisors push for Govt restrictions on debt collectors
Gavin Ellis (Knightly Views): Discovery gambles on sweeping change at AM Show
Debbie Jamieson (Stuff): Invercargill candidate Basil Walker fined for not filing electoral returns
Pattrick Smellie (BusinessDesk): Auckland’s America’s Cup dream isn’t dead yet
RNZ: Tarawera Falls land returned to Ngāti Rangitihi
Mihingarangi Forbes (Newshub): Former Labour Minister Dover Samuels calls for Crown apology for caning children speaking Te Reo
Laura Mills (ODT): Prince Charles makes donation to West Coast flood fund
Duncan Sarkies (Spinoff): I am writing an allegorical novel about alpaca breeders and democracy
Matt Burrows (Newshub): Jacinda Ardern farewells Dame Patsy Reddy as Governor-General, hands her husband Sir David Gascoigne new honour
Jo Moir (Newsroom): Brian Tamaki video catches eye of Facebook
Newstalk ZB: Bonus Bonds investors: Hundreds of thousands of people yet to make contact with scheme
Alistar Kata (1 News): West Auckland flooding victims disappointed by insurance company dealings

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