NZ Politics Daily – 5 October 2021

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Today’s content

End of elimination strategy, alert left changes
Marc Daalder (Newsroom): ‘Prepare for the inevitability of community transmission’
Derek Cheng (Herald): Jacinda Ardern’s gamble that puts young Māori, Pasifika on the Delta frontline (paywalled)
Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): Ardern’s elimination retreat a political tipping point
Richard Harman (Politik): Ardern supporters turn on her (paywalled)
No Right Turn: Surrendering to the virus
Science Media Centre: Staged easing of Auckland’s restrictions – Expert Reaction
Jamie Morton (Herald): Easing lockdown spells more spread, more cases – modeller
1 News: Siouxsie Wiles ‘gutted’ as strict Level 3 rules ease
Jamie Morton (Herald): Experts’ ideas: Is this how NZ can hold off Delta?
Jamie Morton (Herald): What will ‘endemic’ coronavirus look like? (paywalled)
Brook Sabin (Stuff): The Auckland border is too weak and won’t contain the virus
Matthew Hooton (Patreon): Did David Seymour just become Prime Minister?(paywalled)
1 News: Covid phasing system ‘slightly confusing’ – Michael Baker
Thomas Coughlan (Herald): Jacinda Ardern releases unclear road map, experts say community transmission new normal
Rowan Quinn (RNZ): ‘It feels like this has been looming over us’ – health workers on easing Covid-19 restrictions
Jack Tame (1 News): Govt’s Covid-19 strategy a roadmap with no signs
Tova O’Brien (Newshub): A major milestone for New Zealand: The COVID-19 elimination strategy is dead
Luke Malpass (Stuff): Elimination may be dead but Auckland’s lockdown is very much alive – and lingering
Bernard Hickey (The Kākā): Dawn Chorus: Two more months of lockdowns (paywalled)
Stuff Editorial: Step outside and say that – Govt offers stepped relief
Herald: Editorial: Transtasman neighbours have same basic pandemic goal (paywalled)
Pattrick Smellie (BusinessDesk): Covid carrot? How about a semi-normal Christmas? (paywalled)
Simon Wilson (Herald): Three steps and one last chance – our Covid dilemma now (paywalled)
Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): The roadmap for Auckland is like a road to nowhere – it has no finite end
Jenée Tibshraeny (Interest): Scientists warn of risks, while politicians raise concerns around the Government’s plan to loosen restrictions in Auckland
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Jacinda tries to serve two masters and fails both
Jane Nixon (1 News): ACT, Greens, National react to Govt’s Covid roadmap
RNZ: Government’s Covid-19 roadmap slammed by other parties
Bridie Witton (Stuff): Opposition parties against Government’s three-step plan for Auckland
Todd Niall (Stuff): Auckland’s long and winding Covid-19 road with no clear end in sight
Laura Walters (Stuff): From us down here, to you up there: You’ve got this
Andrew Slater (Herald):  Leaving the pain of lockdown behind (paywalled)
Juliet Speedy (Newshub): Epidemiologist calls for harder border to protect South Island from COVID – but Prime Minister rules it out
Danielle Clent (Stuff): Concern for vulnerable communities as Govt announces lockdown exit strategy
Brianna Mcilraith (Stuff): Covid is coming so get vaccinated now Taranaki, says TDHB vaccine boss
Sahiban Hyde ((Herald/Hawkes Bay Today): Napier Port CEO says Delta’s arrival in Hawke’s Bay is ‘imminent’. How prepared are we? (paywalled)
Samantha Gee (RNZ): South Island businesses frustrated at lack of level change
Chris Tobin (Stuff): South Island needs to be in Covid-19 alert level 1, South Canterbury Chamber of Commerce says
Rachael Kelly (Stuff): Lifting the 100-person cap too little, too late for Southland hospitality businesses
Eva Corlett (Guardian): New Zealand Covid elimination strategy to be phased out, Ardern says
1 News: Robertson responds to confusion over roadmap out of lockdown
Newstalk ZB: Covid response minister Chris Hipkins admits zero Covid cases are a thing of the past
RNZ: The 3 steps to easing Auckland restrictions: what you need to know
Thomas Manch (Stuff): Government reveals three-step ‘roadmap’ out of lockdown restrictions for Auckland
Alice Neville (Spinoff): New Covid roadmap for Auckland: restrictions to be ‘eased’ in three steps – all you need to know
Toby Manhire (Spinoff): Auckland is moving to alert level 2.75, aka level three step one. What are the new rules?
Thomas Coughlan (Herald): Jacinda Ardern promises easing of some restrictions under transition plan
Ireland Hendry-Tennent (Newshub): PM Jacinda Ardern refuses to say whether elimination still the goal in Auckland, admits NZ in awkward ‘transition’ in tense interview

Vaccine rollout
Rod Jackson (The Conversation): NZ needs a more urgent vaccination plan — with nearly 80% now single-dosed, the majority will support it
Chris Trotter (Daily Blog): Vaccination NOW: No Citizen Left Behind
Chris Ford (RNZ): Vaccination passport inequities: Freedom for many, but not for some
Rod Jackson (Stuff): We need a more urgent vaccination plan – and most Kiwis would support it
Amelia Wade (Newshub): Government considers mandating COVID-19 vaccinations for teachers as early learning centres prepare to reopen
Herald: Government needs to make vaccination mandatory for workers – Auckland’s Chamber of Commerce says
Jonathan Milne (Newsroom): Parents get no vaccine guarantee for school holidays
Lana Andelane (Newshub): What New Zealand can learn from Ireland’s leading vaccination campaign
Sharnae Hope (Stuff): In Waikato’s ‘anti-vaxville’, a change of heart as Covid-19 comes close to home
David Williams (Newsroom): Jabs lag in Christchurch’s east
Devon Bolger (Herald): Top six most vaccinated districts all in South Island
Cate Broughton (Stuff): ‘Mana enhancing’ marae vaccine clinics helping raise jab numbers
Richard Walker (Stuff): ‘This is in our backyard’ – Māori health leader’s plea for vaccination
Peter O’Connor (Newsroom): Vaccinate now and let children out of lockdown
Daniel Smith (Stuff): Golden Bay cafe hiring only unvaccinated workers, makes vaccinated customers sit outside
Julia Czerwonatis (Herald): Northland vaccine rollout behind national average, health providers target rural areas

Luke Kirkeby (Stuff): Residents turned away from overrun Hamilton testing station
Rachel Sadler (Newshub): Auckland testing centre security guard seen shaking hands, talking to someone with no mask
Stephen Forbes (Local Democracy Reporting): Call to ramp up mobile testing in Auckland’s suburbs of interest

Alert level rules, compliance, enforcement, anti-lockdown protests
Heather du Plessis-Allan (Newstalk ZB): Cops made a massive misjudgment on Brian Tamaki
Tova O’Brien and Zane Small (Newshub): Destiny Church leader Brian Tamaki set to face charges over anti-lockdown protest
Nathan Morton (Stuff): Police ‘considering charges’ over Brian Tamaki-led lockdown protest
1 News: Police consider charges over Brian Tamaki led Auckland anti-lockdown protest
Newstalk ZB: Police Assn president: ‘Disappointed’ if charges weren’t laid against lockdown protesters
Lincoln Tan (Herald): Defiant Brian Tamaki says NZ should be thankful for anti-lockdown protest
Ireland Hendry-Tennent (Newshub): Thousands sign petition calling for Brian Tamaki to be charged over anti-lockdown protest, City Impact Church founder called out for promoting event
Zane Small (Newshub): National leader Judith Collins would not have allowed Brian Tamaki’s anti-lockdown protest in Auckland
Ireland Hendry-Tennent (Newshub): Brian Tamaki’s crowd urged to learn from south Auckland churches, Sikh and Muslim communities and do ‘something positive’
Leonie Hayden (Spinoff): To the maskless and entitled of Ponsonby and Herne Bay
Catrin Owen (Stuff): YouTuber’s internet ban relaxed but he cannot use it to promote anti-lockdown activity

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Business, economy, employment, wage subsidy
Liam Dann (Herald): Lockdown call signals longer grind for economy (paywalled)
Liam Dann (Herald): Economic outlook dims as NZ moves away from ‘zero-Covid’ strategy – BNZ (paywalled)
Hamish Rutherford (Herald): Where are the rewards? Business groups left confused by the road map
Rahul Bhattarai (Herald): Hospitality sector devastated Auckland to remain at level 3 under revised restrictions
Adam Pearse (Herald): ‘Nail in the coffin’ – Hospitality NZ head devastated by alert level decision
Bonnie Flaws (Stuff): Auckland hospitality businesses call on the Government to provide the wage subsidy at level 2
Liu Chen (RNZ): Auckland hospitality businesses digging deep to stay afloat
Nadine Porter, Liz McDonald, Jonathan Guildford and Ellen O’Dwyer (Stuff): Frustrations at Covid level 2 status quo: Event managers and businesses stuck in limbo
1 News: ‘Nightmare’ – Waikato businesses suffer amid Covid outbreak
Anan Zaki (RNZ): Untaken leave in lockdown risking burnout and balance sheets
Gyles Beckford (RNZ): Will Reserve Bank raise the cash rate?
Greg Smith (Stuff): The Reserve Bank of NZ is readying to roll out the inflation vaccine
Bonnie Flaws (Stuff): NZ jobs market runs hot, untouched by lockdown, says Trade Me

Border, MIQ
Michael Morrah (Newshub): Police arrest COVID-19 positive man who escaped from Jet Park quarantine hotel
1 News: Covid-positive person apprehended after escaping Auckland MIQ facility
Mina Kerr-Lazenby (Stuff): Man with Covid-19 in custody after escaping Auckland quarantine facility
Stuff: Investigation after member of the public entered MIQ facility without permission
Lee Kenny (Stuff): Change law to protect Kiwi pensioners stranded offshore, says Winston Peters
Stuff: Petition calling for fairer managed isolation attracts nearly 23,000 signatures
Thomas Bywater (Herald): Christmas in February: Vaccines high on wish list as travel restart hinted

Waikato and Palmerston North cases
Matthew Scott (Newsroom): Hamilton’s less than impenetrable border
Luke Kirkness (Herald): Business owners keeping eagle eye on developing Waikato outbreak (paywalled)
RNZ: NZR had ‘clear instruction’ on moving Waikato teams
1 News: Hamilton testing pop-ups at capacity after new Covid cases
Karen Rutherford (Newshub): Hoards of Raglan residents turn up for testing but locals fear COVID’s spread beyond Waikato
Lana Andelane and Perry Wilton (Newshub): Raglan residents ‘escape’ town to avoid alert level 3 as parts of Waikato enter five-day lockdown
Lawrence Gullery (Stuff): We might as well be in lockdown – Cambridge business split from staff, customers

Water reforms
Graham Adams (Democracy Project): The government is stumbling towards disaster over Three Waters
Bonnie Flaws (Stuff): Water entity concerns run too deep to just press ahead, says Federated Farmers
Thomas Coughlan (Herald): Three waters: Next foreshore and seabed or essential reform (paywalled)
Russell Palmer (RNZ): Three waters: What you need to know
Sam Kelway (1 News): Tauranga protesters call for Three Waters to be axed
Kiri Gillespie (Herald): Protesters gather at Tauranga City Council despite level 2, objecting to Three Waters
Whanganui Chronicle: Three waters: Council wants clear information on ‘biggest change in decades’
Mike Yardley (Stuff): Surely Three Waters comes down to a captain’s call?

Local government
Moana Ellis (RNZ): Māori ward advocates plan hīkoi protest against Ruapehu District Council
Logan Savory (Stuff): Invercargill Deputy Mayor: Councils should have mayoral by-election option
Tina Law (Stuff): Race to elect new Christchurch city councillor struggles to attract voters
Lois Williams (Local Democracy Reporting): Mapping of West Coast SNAs to go ahead despite objections
Dave Armstrong (Stuff): Are bendy buses the answer to Wellington’s transport woes? 

Employment, migrant workers
Johnny Blades (RNZ): Seasonal work during pandemic not easy for ni-Vanuatu
Herald: First RSE workers arrive from Vanuatu

Environment, climate change, conservation
Steven Walton (Stuff): Climate change agreement may lead to ‘zero emission zones’ in Christchurch
Bonnie Flaws (Stuff): Environmental Protection Authority proposes phase out of controversial agrichemical within five years
Phil McCabe and James Hita (Guardian): New Zealand ruling against deep-sea mining set a global precedent – now Ardern should ban it
RNZ: NZ govt urged to ban seabed mining for Pacific’s sake

Guyon Espiner (RNZ): $40m of public money for private law firms
No Right Turn: We should not be outsourcing prosecutions
Emma Hatton (RNZ): Defence will focus on four issues for Ellis appeal, Supreme Court told
David Farrar (Kiwiblog): Chief Justice now subject of complaint to Judicial Conduct Commissioner over heads of bench case
MIchael Andrew (BusinessDesk): Law Commission supports class actions regime (paywalled)

Pandora Papers
1 News: Katie Bradford, Matt Nippert explain Pandora Papers
Keith Ng and Matt Nippert (Herald): Pandora Papers: Billionaires accused of fraud in Russia used New Zealand trusts to hold assets offshore (paywalled)
Matt Nippert (Herald): Pandora Papers: Plans to reform a New Zealand tax loophole stalled ‘due to lack of resources’ (paywalled)
No Right Turn: A financial fence

David Farrar (Kiwiblog): Roy Morgan poll September 2021
Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): Beefed-up law change for Bill of Rights inconsistencies
Jo Moir (Newsroom): Minister bucks trend and returns to Auckland

Billy Te Kahika 
Jean Bell (RNZ): Billy Te Kahika faces deception and electoral charges
Catrin Owen (Stuff): Billy Te Kahika faces jury trial, charged with filing false electoral donations and obtaining by deception
John Weekes (Herald): Billy Te Kahika Jr to have jury trial for fraud, Electoral Act charges

Josephine Franks (Stuff): Early childhood sector split over whether reopening in Auckland is a good idea 
Zoe Holland (Herald): Early Childhood Council calls for clarity before opening on Wednesday
John Gerritsen (RNZ): Low enrolments at special schools drive high per-student cost
Hannah Kronast (Newshub): Over 100 educational psychologists issue month-long strike notice over ‘workforce crisis’
Hannah Martin (Stuff): More than 100 Ministry of Education psychologists to strike due to staffing ‘crisis’

Oranga Tamariki
Ian Hyslop (Newsroom): New Oranga Tamariki report a mixed bag
Mihingarangi Forbes (Newshub): Much of Oranga Tamariki decision-making to be in hands of communities – Kelvin Davis

Ireland Hendry-Tennent (Newshub): New Zealand’s suicide rate drops for second consecutive year
Steven Walton (Stuff): Drop in number of suspected suicides ‘heartening’, chief coroner says
1 News: Baby suffers brain injury after mix-up between ambulance and midwife
RNZ: Systemic change needed after baby suffers brain injury, HDC says
Herald: Deputy Health and Disability Commissioner calls for co-ordination to improve patient safety
Louisa Steyl (Stuff): Urgent moratorium request from pharmacies denied

Foreign affairs, trade
Mike Smith (The Standard): The AUKUS Shell-game
Andrew McRae (RNZ): Govt urged to speed up visa process for stranded Afghans

Housing, property investment, tenancy rules
D’Angelo Martin (Newshub): Housing: Young Māori struggling to get on housing ladder as homeownership dramatically declines

Gavin Ellis (Knightly Views): Media lessons from a pandemic
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Why cancelling your Herald subscription because of Kerre McIvor & HDA is woke insecurity
Duncan Greive (Spinoff): A conversation about the (lack of) rules for Facebook and Google in Aotearoa

Duncan Garner (NBR): Sir Ruthless sabotages Crusher, schools Ardern. Why? (paywalled)
Taroi Black (Māori TV): Construction blocked over controversial Erebus monument
Karl du Fresne: Another story for the media to ignore?
Bob McCoskrie: 3 to 1 opposition to the ‘birth certificate’ bill
Garth Bray (1 News): Fair Go: Comparing prices at major supermarkets
RNZ: Paralympics NZ selling TV ad in hope of more commercial opportunities

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