NZ Politics Daily – 7th March 2022


Today’s content

Christopher Luxon speech; National Party
Chris Trotter (Interest): It’ll take more than tax cuts, Mr Luxon
Tim Murphy (Newsroom): Luxon spies an opportunity
Claire Trevett (Herald): Christopher Luxon’s big speech was a bit of a yawn – but that was by design (paywalled)
Michael Neilson (Herald): National Party leader Christopher Luxon attacks Labour Government; socialism in ‘state of the nation’ address
Michael Neilson (Herald): National Party leader Christopher Luxon draws tax, cost-of-living ‘crisis’ as battle lines
Scott Palmer (Newshub): Grant Robertson opens fire on Christopher Luxon after State of the Nation speech
1News: Government has ‘no intention’ of giving tax cuts – Robertson
RNZ: Business leader backs Christopher Luxon’s proposal to scrap all Labour-introduced taxes
Steven Cowan: Wealthy politicians who live in glasshouses
Greg Presland (The Standard): National’s tax policy
RNZ: Business leader backs Christopher Luxon’s proposal to scrap all Labour-introduced taxes
RNZ: Christopher Luxon’s State of the Nation speech: Government needs to stop its ‘tax grab
Luke Malpass (Stuff): Christopher Luxon to use big speech to announce National would unwind Labour tax hikes
1News: Luxon calls on Govt for tax relief as cost of living soars
Newshub: Christopher Luxon says National will stand candidates in Maori Electorate seats
Scott Palmer (Newshub): Christopher Luxon ‘absolutely’ a feminist, wants more diversity and inclusion in National
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): National Party State of Denial: Luxon will screw the poor & love the rich
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): The Nation review – Luxon’s clever Maori Electorate Opportunism

Parliament, MPs, Parties
Mike Munro (Herald): All finished for Jacinda Ardern? Don’t you believe it (paywalled)
Jane Bowron (Stuff): Ardern and Putin seek to leave very different legacies
Peter Wilson (RNZ): Week in Politics: New Zealand begins to reconnect with the world
Glenn McConnell (Stuff): The week ahead in politics: War in Europe, changes to TV, and how to get cheaper groceries
Phil Smith (RNZ): The House: ‘This too will pass’: MPs give thanks and point a few fingers
Brent Edwards (NBR): Violence at Parliament, the pandemic response, free trade with the UK (paywalled)
Matteo Zhang (RNZ): The House: Youth Parliament kicks off with the traditional biscuit tin ballot
Paula Bennett (Herald):  I felt fine until I didn’t – my battle with Omicron (paywalled)
Herald: Former PM Sir John Key takes up flying, passes helicopter pilot exams
Sam Sherwood (Stuff): Disgraced former MP taken to court by his parents over $250,000 loan
Andy Fyers (BusinessDesk): Labour’s slippery slide (paywalled)
Taxpayers’ Union: Exclusive Polling Analysis With David Farrar (podcast)

Public integrity and transparency issues
Kate MacNamara (Herald): The ‘public information campaign’ that cost $4m and the consultant’s cost that’s still secret (paywalled)
Kate MacNamara (Herald): Covid 19 ‘social listening reports’: Why won’t Government release them? (paywalled)
Phil Bagshaw (Stuff): Time to place public interest at the heart of decision-making 
Cate Broughton (Stuff): Health advocates say OIA is being used as a weapon to hide the truth about services 
Peter Hughes (Newsroom): What Peter Dunne has wrong on ‘bias’ in the public service
No Right Turn: Why Labour buried the OIA review
No Right Turn: No accountability means no confidence III

Wellington anti-mandate protest, Misinformation, Division
Max Rashbrooke (Guardian): NZ’s parliament protests were frightening but they don’t mean the country is splintering
Alison Brook (Interest): Do pandemics inevitably lead to social unrest and conflict?
Bassett, Brash & Hide: Are New Zealanders “more divided”?
Jon Johansson (Stuff): Protesters represented the bad, mad and sad family members in our team of 5 million
Luke Malpass (Stuff): Parliament riot could be the start of life returning to a post-Covid normal
Claire Trevett (Herald):  Covid 19 anti mandate Parliament protests blame game begins (paywalled)
David Farrar: A much more divided country
Anna Fifield (Stuff): An assault on the fourth estate
Andrea Vance (Stuff): Parliament siege was a mob assault on the openness of our democracy. Now what?
Daphna Whitemore and Don Franks (Redline): Reflecting on the occupation to end mandates
Kevin Norquay (Stuff): History, or historic footnote: Did the Parliament protest change anything?
Laura Walters (Stuff): Parliament grounds have been cleared but deep-seated issues remain
Diana Wichtel (Herald): On the freedom protest and the Ukraine invasion (paywalled)
Ian Hyslop: Convoy politics and barbarians at the gate
Steven Cowan: Lies, Propaganda and Fake News
Hayden Donnell (RNZ): Newsroom accused of publicising anti-vax PR pitch
Gordon Campbell: On the impotence of onlookers
Andrew Vonasch and Michael-John Turp (The Conversation): How protesters demanding ‘freedom’ from COVID restrictions ignore the way liberty really works
Peter Griffin (Stuff): Covid-19 disinformation needs a global response
Tracy Hicks (Stuff): We need to deal with the challenges of misinformation
Tainui Stephens (E-Tangata): In thrall to bullshit
1News: Misinformation victims are often vulnerable – anti-conspiracist
Alex Braae (1News): Waititi supports scrapping mandates but critical of protests
Joanne Doherty (E-Tangata): Much to ponder after protest
Stuff: Points of Order: Goodbye and good riddance, the rabble have gone
Herald Editorial: Ugly truth exposed at grassroots level (paywalled)
Lynley Tulloch (Stuff): How do we move forward after violence at the Wellington protest? 
Glenda Hughes (Stuff): As a former frontline police officer, watching the Parliament riot made me cry
John Roughan (Herald):  After the remarkable three-week stand, Andrew Coster’s shut-down of the protest was heroic (paywalled)
Jarrod Gilbert (Herald):  Police did themselves proud in ending Parliament protest (paywalled)
Kelly Dennett (Stuff): What happened to our happy Covid ending?
Alison Mau (Stuff): The battle of Portaloo, and other reckons
Polly Gillespie (Stuff): Parliamentary protests, Putin and putting up with it all
Khylee Quince (Stuff): Worried about social cohesion? Try making some new friends
Andrew Gunn (Stuff): That moment when you realise you’ve picked the wrong protest
David Farrier: (Herald): 5G, 9/11 — Kiwis sucked in by conspiracy theories (paywalled)
ODT Editorial: On the wrong side
Fox Meyer (Critic): This was never a peaceful protest
Glenn McConnell (Stuff): Christopher Luxon insists National wasn’t talking ‘almost daily’ with Parliament protesters
RNZ: National MP: Party members were meeting with Parliament protesters
James Perry (Māori TV): Teanau Tuiono: Pākehā protest organisers were hiding and pushing Māori to the front
Tom Hunt and Ellen O’Dwyer (Stuff): Two people arrested after allegedly entering Government House grounds
Claire Trevett (Herald):  Camp Covid’s final 48 hours – the inside view of how police moved protesters (paywalled)
David Unwin (Stuff): The battle for Parliament: What it was like inside Camp Freedom for a visual journalist
RNZ: Police continue to monitor protester gatherings
Miriam Burrell (Herald): The thin blue line: How Covid and the anti-mandate protests have stretched police resources
1News: Police ‘did the best that we could’ handling protest – Coster
Herald: Police Commissioner Coster on lessons from the violence
1News: Police appeal for videos of violence at Parliament
Stuff:  Protesters charged with rioting and using paving bricks to assault police
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Q+A – Parliament Lawn violence & Covid Mandates
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): The Sanctification of Parliament Lawns a virtue signalling pantomime
Glenn McConnell (Stuff): Te Āti Awa work to restore mauri of Parliament grounds after occupation and riot
Ethan Te Ora (Stuff): Wellington takes a socially-distanced stand in solidarity with public health measures
Will Trafford (Māori TV): King-hit goes viral; Police complaints top 1400
Kate Green and Sophie Cornish (Stuff): IPCA receives more than 1600 complaints over Parliament occupation; fire association says use of fire hoses by police unacceptable
RNZ: Barricades being removed at Parliament, most streets to reopen
André Chumko (Stuff): Foul stench engulfs Parliament precinct as contractors unblock drains protesters dumped sewage in
Stuff:  Online auction for service medal owned by ‘ashamed’ ex police officer pulled
Bill Hickman, Erin Gourley and Kate Green (Stuff): Unified message from marae and community leaders for displaced protesters: ‘Show some respect and let us be’
1News: Residents block protesters from Wainuiomata Marae
Whatitiri Te Wake (Māori TV): Tensions high at Wainuiomata Marae as hau kāinga defend pā from protestors
1News: Protester at Wainuiomata Marae shouted down, taken away by police
Vita Molyneux (Herald): Covid 19 Wellington protest: Marae staff pushed, threatened by protesters
Kate Green (Stuff): Helicopter above Wellington aiding police to monitor protesters in the capital
Herald: Remutaka protest – Doc closes Forest Park camp site
Herald: Anti-mandate protesters plan Newmarket rally
Niva Chittock (RNZ): Canterbury protest disruption: ‘Give us our once-peaceful homes back’
Glenn McLean (Stuff): Anti-mandate protesters move on peacefully in New Plymouth
Phil Smith (RNZ): The House: Parliament amok: A photo essay
Jamie Ensor (Newshub): Simon Bridges, David Parker on ideas for future of Parliament’s front lawn
Victor Billot (Newsroom): An ode to .. Andrew Coster
Steve Braunias (Herald):  The Secret Diary of … Police Commissioner Andrew Coster (paywalled)
Stuff:  Covid-19 vaccine mandate a ‘colonisation of the body’, teachers’ group says
Vandhna Bahn (1News): Wellington businesses looking to recoup losses now protest over

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, trade
Adam Hunt (Herald): You can’t sanction what you don’t know about
Finn Hogan (Newshub): Ukraine invasion: New Zealand to ‘turn up the dial’ in Russia response – Nanaia Mahuta
Jamie Ensor (Newshub): Russia-Ukraine war: New Zealand directly encourages China to ‘use its access and influence’ in responding to invasion
Melanie Carroll (Stuff): Greenpeace wants NZ to act quickly over Russian oligarch assets
Martin Van Beynen (Stuff): New Zealand’s richest Russian investor in the spotlight after invasion
Jacob Johnson (1News): Concerns around false information online amid Ukraine invasion
Cecilia Robinson (Herald):  Russia invades Ukraine – War in the age of social media (paywalled)
Justin Wong (Stuff): Don’t identify Putin with ordinary Russians, says Russian Kiwi
Virginia Fallon (Stuff): New Zealand journalist in Ukraine: ‘This is real and this is war’
Steven Joyce (Herald):  Ukraine – like a horror movie that won’t stop (paywalled)
Herald: On the Tiles: Gerry Brownlee and Golriz Ghahraman debate New Zealand’s foreign policy in wake of Ukraine crisis
Keith Lynch (Stuff): What would life be like in New Zealand in the event of NATO/Russia nuclear war?
Evan Harding (Stuff): Liquorland refusing to buy Russian vodka following Ukraine invasion
David Kārena-Holmes (Stuff):Thoughts in a time of crisis
Jane Kelsey (The Conversation): Behind the ‘inclusive’ window dressing, the NZ-UK free trade deal disappoints politically and economically
Fran O’Sullivan (Herald):  NZ-UK free trade deal seen as a down payment (paywalled)

Omicron outbreak, Cases
1News: Kiwis must accept Covid is ‘not going to go away’ – Hipkins
Jamie Morton (Herald): Expert Michael Baker’s three predictions for 2022 (paywalled)
Stephen Forbes (Local Democracy Reporting): Doctors’ union slams Ashley Bloomfield’s optimism over hospital capacity
Zane Small (Newshub): NZ passes US, UK and EU all-time per capita case peaks, but deaths pale in comparison
Ian Powell (Second Opinion): Peaking of Omicron?
Leighton Heikell (Newshub): Professor Michael Baker warns Omicron case numbers could be far higher than reported
RNZ: Ministry of Health urges caution over dropping Covid-19 case numbers
RNZ: ‘We need to slow this down’ – Case drop too soon to celebrate, epidemiologist says
Cherie Howie (Herald): Michael Baker says Auckland’s Omicron cases may have peaked
George Heagney (Stuff): Auckland cases may be starting to plateau, ‘messy’ three weeks ahead for rest of NZ
Melanie Earley (Stuff): Health experts ‘cautiously optimistic’ Auckland has reached Omicron peak
1News: Doctors ‘cautiously optimistic’ Auckland nearing Omicron peak
Tom Hunt and Matthew Tso (Stuff): Basic Wellington services struggling under weight of high Covid-19 case numbers
Oscar Francis and Mike Houlahan (ODT): Dunedin outbreak a tale of two cities
Herald Editorial: Omicron has become our familiar foe (paywalled)
Zane Small (Newshub): National leader Christopher Luxon wants to see ‘light at the end of the tunnel’
Kelvin McDonald (Māori TV): Pacific communities require ‘much more’ pandemic support, says Dr Shane Reti
Jamie Tahana (RNZ): ‘We can’t keep up’: Papakura Marae struggles with Covid-19 demand
Stefan Dimitrof (Māori TV): Unvaccinated Māori pay ultimate price for pandemic
Stuff:  Covid warning for Kiwis with asthma, COPD amid high hospital admissions
Herald: Chatham Islands record first cases of Covid-19
RNZ: Chatham Islands record first Covid-19 cases
Shane Reti (Northern Advocate/Herald):  No Covid victory parade for mental health (paywalled)

Public health measures, Testing, Masks, Vaccine, Isolation
Chris Hyde (Stuff): How NZ is avoiding the Omicron ‘perfect storm’ that’s killing hundreds in Hong Kong
Jamie Morton (Herald): Boosted vs unvaxxed: how does Omicron infection risk compare?
Tim Muller (Stuff): A beginner’s guide to getting no information from the Ministry of Health
Janet Wilson (Stuff): Jacinda Ardern and the week of intended consequences
Olivia Shivas (Stuff): Disabled people ‘frustrated’ at how difficult it is to get RATs for support workers
Nita Blake-Persen (RNZ): RAT race on amid growing Omicron outbreak
Sophie Trigger (Herald): MoH acknowledges long waits to report RAT results over the phone
1News: ‘Violent behaviour’, abuse at Covid-19 testing centres
David Farrar: Mission Impossible: Getting a RAT
Joanne Naish (Stuff): People incorrectly told to pick up rapid antigen tests from pharmacies
John Weekes (Herald): 30,000 rapid antigen tests seized at borders, high school says situation ‘nonsensical’
Gianina Schwanecke (Stuff): RATs confusion: Clear and test-specific instructions needed to get most accurate results
Esther Taunton (Stuff): Five leadership lessons from Dr Ashley Bloomfield
River Lin (1News): Kaitaia GP calls for greater vaccine uptake in tamariki Māori

Border, MIQ
Jane Norton and Dean Knight (The Conversation): How will history – and the law – judge New Zealand’s mothballed MIQ system?
Chloe Blommerde (Stuff): Bitter-sweet day for many across the globe as Kiwis come home
Sam Olley (RNZ): International sailors await boat reunions after border rules relax
Matthew Scott (Newsroom): The trans-Tasman business trip to make a faltering return
David Hargreaves (Interest): As fortress New Zealand unlocks its borders, which way will the migrants be heading?

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Economy, business
Aimee Shaw (Herald): Cost of living fuelling concerns: Consumer NZ
RNZ: Consumer confidence down as Omicron cases increase
Daniel Smith and Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Businesses close across the country due to staff isolating
Tess Brunton (RNZ): New Zealand borders set to reopen this year but could be bumpy road ahead – Tourism NZ
Grant Bradley (Herald): Tourism NZ boss: How to sell Aotearoa to the world during a pandemic
Bruce Cotterill (Herald):  Let’s make sure we’re ready for when tourists return (paywalled)
Marjorie Cook (ODT): Call for certainty on border reopening
Hayden Munro (Herald):  Reserve Bank, Government and Opposition ponder pandemic economy (paywalled)
John Lewis (ODT): Offer to sell positive Covid tests to trick employers draws strong criticism
Tina Morrison (Stuff): The Monitor economy Q&A: Hospitality NZ CEO Julie White 
Anna Bracewell-Worrall (Newshub): Recession to she-cession: COVID-19’s outsized impact on women in the workforce
Amy Ridout (Stuff): People are feeling the pinch, says the woman helping beneficiaries
William Hewett (Newshub): Rhythm and Vines cancels Easter event
Herald: Gisborne’s Rhythm and Vines cancelled after NYE festival moved to Easter
Virginia Fallon (Stuff): $300k shortfall for mental health charity after fundraising events cancelled
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Supermarket competition: what the Commerce Commission could do on Tuesday
Grant Miller (ODT): Supermarket probe outcome awaited
Liam Dann (Herald):  Battered by pandemic, war and new technology, what’s the future for money? (paywalled)
Kirsty Wynn (Herald): Pain at the pump as unleaded petrol tops $3 per litre in Auckland, Wellington
Tim McCready (Herald): The trends that matter in 2022 (paywalled)
Anna Kominik (Herald):  Shining a light on electricity price changes from April 1 (paywalled)

Primary industries
Michael Morrah (RNZ): Ministry for Primary Industries investigating multiple live pig selling businesses over animal cruelty claims
Rod Oram (Newsroom): NZ agri-business in denial as lab-produced meat offers climate alternative
Anita Wreford (The Conversation): New Zealand farmers and growers are already adapting to changing climate conditions – just not enough
Maja Burry (RNZ): Omicron spread causing staff shortages in poultry industry
Carmen Hall and Stuart Whitaker (Bay of Plenty Times/Herald): Government increases RSE workers cap but kiwifruit growers say it will be too late for harvest (paywalled)
Tom Kitchin (RNZ): Hawke’s Bay winegrowers say Omicron a ‘significant concern
Rachael Kelly (Stuff): Fed Farmers say a new migrant worker employment accreditation programme is a ‘tick box exercise’
Andrea Fox (Herald): Would we pay less for dairy products if Fonterra lost its power over NZ’s base milk price? (paywalled)
1News: Fonterra fixes all-male International Women’s Day panel
Andrea Fox (Herald): Red-faced Fonterra backtracks on plan for all-male International Women’s Day panel
Yashas Srinivasa (Stuff): More international workers a positive for dairy industry

Cate Broughton (Stuff): Proposal for major cancer centre sidelined by health authorities
RNZ: Country Life: Surgical bus sees surge in demand for cancer surveillance
Zane Small (Newshub): Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern warns ‘world isn’t using best medicines wisely’ amid ‘superbug’ fears due to antibiotic overuse
Julia Czerwonatis (Northern Advocate/Herald): Northland GPs’ plea for more patience from patients as pressure on practices rises (paywalled)
Mike Houlahan (ODT): ICU expansion delays just keep on coming
Mike Houlahan (ODT): Midwifery leader wants DHB action
Louisa Cleave and Paula Penfold (Stuff): Foetal alcohol injuries in NZ ‘could be five times higher’ than some official figures suggest
Cate Broughton (Stuff): UK-trained neurosurgeon takes legal action against Medical Council after being denied specialist role in NZ
Mike Mather (Stuff): Hamilton’s Braemar the first hospital in New Zealand to pay staff a living wage
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog):Labour have utterly failed us all on Medicinal Cannabis
Dale Husband (E-Tangata): Sarah-Jane Paine: Embedding whakamāori research

RNZ: Transmission Gully: NZTA slices red tape to open sooner
Georgina Campbell (Herald): Plan revealed to get Transmission Gully open earlier
Kate Green (Stuff): Transmission Gully ‘quality assurance’ tests reduced to get road open sooner
RNZ: Interislander resumes sailing after Covid-19 halt to service
Matthew Tso (Stuff): Passengers stuck in limbo as Interislander cancels sailings because of Covid-hit staff
Steven Walton (Stuff): Christchurch Airport makes just $41,000 during tough six-month period
Adam Jacobson (Stuff): Fewer breath tests as deaths rise on Auckland roads 

Environment, Climate Change
Olivia Wannan (Stuff): Climate Commission and Minister defend slow, steady carbon cuts for NZ
Sasha Borissenko (Herald):  Climate Change Commission on trial – what happens next (paywalled)
Áine Kelly-Costello (Stuff): The missing conversation about disabled leadership in climate justice
Eric Crampton (Stuff): Let the emissions trading scheme do the work
Andrea Vance (Stuff): Sand mining: the local towns who say the hourglass is empty
Tina Law (Stuff): Time running out to save Christchurch’s trees from housing intensification
Kelvin McDonald (Māori TV): Taranaki hapū ‘desperate’ to safeguard kaimoana extend rāhui up coastline
Craig Ashworth (Local Democracy Reporting): Rāhui spreads along coast in shellfish ‘crisis’
RNZ: Hundreds of sightings of rare Hector’s and Māui dolphins reported after plea from DOC
Jessie Chiang (RNZ): The Detail: Sustainable lithium extraction: Taupō’s economic future?
Vandhna Bhan (1News): Concerns around toxicity of RATs ending up in landfill

Local government, Three Waters
Aaron Leaman (Stuff): ‘Unprecedented’ Government reform agenda strains relationship with councils
Russell Palmer (RNZ): Three waters working group stymied by government bottom lines
Emily Ireland (Local Democracy Reporting): Water supply resilience improved in South Wairarapa
Cherie Sivignon (Stuff): Tasman District Council costs rise to meet drinking water requirements
Neil Holdom (Stuff): New Plymouth Mayor: Why I encouraged council CEO to take $30k course
Erin Gourley (Stuff): Wellington City Council puts 8.8pc rates increase on the table 
Jo Lines-MacKenzie (Stuff): Hamilton mayor Paula Southgate waits tables to help hospitality industry
Aaron Leaman (Stuff): Politicians hit pause on Hamilton street name debate
Todd Niall (Stuff): Auckland mayoralty: Viv Beck to run and would scrap regional fuel tax
Bernard Orsman (Herald): Heart of the City boss Viv Beck standing for Auckland mayoralty and pledging to scrap regional fuel tax
1News: Viv Beck throws hat in the ring for Auckland mayoralty
Rachel Sadler (Newshub): Viv Beck announces bid for Auckland mayoralty
Giles Dexter (Newshub): Waiheke residents reach breaking point over helicopters
Hamish MacLean (ODT): Tensions between staff, councillors affect ORC work

Justice, corrections
Edward Gay (Stuff): Chief justice: Covid-19 has caused unprecedented challenges in NZ’s courts
Belinda Feek (Herald): A glimpse of the judicial system; First report into NZ’s courts
Belinda Feek (Herald): Chief Justice’s annual report: The defendants and their late guilty pleas
Troels Sommerville (Stuff): Suspension of prison visits tough on families
Matthew Scott (Newsroom): Prisoners need a bail-out from Omicron, say advocates

Leonie Freeman (Stuff): Our rental market is failing, and we must take action now
Miriam Bell (Stuff): How much harder is it to buy a house in 2022 than in 2002?
Brian Easton (Pundit): Do Economists Know The Price Of Everything And The Value Of Nothing?
Rob Stock (Stuff): Why banks insist home-buyers save at least 5 per cent deposits by themselves
Jenée Tibshraeny (Interest): How parents who help their kids buy houses might get stung (a little less than before) under the bright-line test
Catherine Masters (OneRoof): Brightline test has not slowed property traders in South Auckland
Liz McDonald (Stuff): Frustrating delays for new homes as consents pile up 
Maia Hart (Local Democracy Reporting): Housing developers encouraged but need ‘strong case’
Greg Ninness (Interest): Rental yields are dropping to new lows thanks to the strong rise in house prices last year
Esther Taunton (Stuff): Five ways to save on rent
Mark Amery (Stuff): Te hīkoi toi: New ways of looking at the housing crisis
Maia Hart (Local Democracy Reporting): Housing developers encouraged but need ‘strong case
Sally Rae (ODT): Bottom end of housing market slowing: agents
Kelvin Davidson (OneRoof): Stagflation – the dreaded ‘s’ word that’s lethal for the housing market
Lane Nichols (Herald): Auckland family begs for relocation to escape gang terror at Kāinga Ora development
Anne Gibson (Herald): Kāinga Ora’s $2.5m blowout, delay to Te Atatu Auckland apartments where builder failed (paywalled)
Michael Neilson (Herald): Kāinga Ora failed on ‘political neutrality’ in advertorial, review finds, National calls for accountability

Jane Nixon (1News): Plan to phase out international students under Year 9 alarms principals
Joy Reid (1News): Calls for sexual consent education to be compulsory in NZ schools
Matthew Hampson (Stuff): Neighbours accuse Education Ministry of ‘lack of transparency’ around College Park plans
Emma Houpt (Herald): Bay of Plenty teachers fight proposal to hike practising certificate fees (paywalled)
Avina Vidyadharan (Herald): Northland school bus operators warn of potential service cutbacks
Jacinta Ruru (E-Tangata): Transforming our ideas of justice

Zane Small (Newshub): Impact of Australia’s ‘cruel’ deportations and number of 501 crimes in New Zealand revealed
Matt Burrows (Newshub): Firefighters say new ‘independent’ complaints scheme won’t fix FENZ culture of bullying, sexual misconduct and botched investigations
Aaron Smale (Stuff): A state of denial and the ongoing impact of generations of damage
Amanda Gillies (Newshub): Children’s charity calls for immediate action over child abuse
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Jacinda’s ‘Mother of Dragons’ week just got way worse with Oranga Tamariki Red Wedding
Katie Bradford (1News): Women have 22% less than men in their KiwiSaver account
Felix Walton (Spinoff): Does KiwiSaver have an inequality problem?
James Perry (Māori TV): Erebus memorial at risk as construction costs rise
RNZ: As Covid-19 hits wallets, households urged to seek financial advice
Morgan Godfery (Guardian): Sydney is no place to build a Māori meeting house – it is disrespectful to Aboriginal people
Robin Martin (RNZ): Drilling campaign almost doubles Māui gas field’s production – OMV
Chris Keall (Herald): Jordan Carter quits as InternetNZ boss, interim head named
Cherie Howie (Herald): New Zealand women speak about “breaking the bias”
Te Kuru o te Marama Dewes (Spinoff): A new home for our founding documents: The mana whenua makeover of Archives NZ
RNZ: Christ Church Cathedral restoration still on track for completion in 2027
Nicholas Boyack (Stuff): Proud union man not intimidated by Robert Muldoon

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