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Editor’s Note: Here below is a list of the main issues currently under discussion in New Zealand and links to media coverage.

James Cook landing
Audrey Young (Herald): British Government set to convey private message about Captain Cook to iwi (paywalled)
RNZ: Iwi to receive apology for Māori killed in James Cook meeting
D’Angelo Martin (Māori TV): Tupaia’s journey told through Te Tangi o Te Moana
Te Kuru o te Marama Dewes (Māori TV): Māori stories of arrival recognised

Freedom of speech
Andrew Geddis (Pundit): Like Saturn, The Revolution Devours Its Children
Todd Niall (Stuff): Freedom of speech untested in Stefan Molyneux and Lauren Southern ruling: Academic
Peter Cresswell: The Free Speech Coalition has just helped to undermine free speech
No Right Turn: A disturbing decision
Felix Desmarais (Stuff): Massey University Rainbow Tick likely to be reviewed if controversial ‘feminist’ event goes ahead
James Robb: If this is how you propose to defend free speech, then freedom of speech is in grave danger
Lana Andelane (Newshub): Students protest Auckland University’s refusal to remove ‘white supremacist’ material
Katie Scotcher (RNZ): Auckland Uni management won’t act on white supremacist flyers
Josephine Franks (Stuff): White supremacists at Auckland Uni: Students call out uni’s refusal to remove signs

Local government
Emma Hatton (RNZ): Councils face debt to meet quake-prone building legislation requirements
Māori TV: Te Ao with Moana: Different boards, same problem – All lack diversity
Māori TV: Te Ao with Moana: Māori must ‘relearn’ value of vote
Anna Rawhiti-Connell (Newsroom): Don’t let the weirdness stop you voting
Nick Truebridge (Stuff): Auckland mayoral election: Congestion tax could help super city’s congestion conundrum
Todd Niall (Stuff): Auckland’s urban design ‘champion’ Ludo Campbell-Reid quits council
Mark Knoff-Thomas (Herald): Check your priorities and cast your vote (paywalled)
1News: Hamilton mayoral elections: Meet the candidates
Waikato Times: Hamilton’s vote count tracking ahead of 2016 turnout
Nikki Preston (Herald): Hamilton council candidate Tim Young claims he didn’t know he was renting out flat illegally
Robin Martin (RNZ): Council turns down responsibility of Yarrow Stadium
Laura Wiltshire (Hawkes Bay Today): Napier Council says it consulted properly on new pool
Anusha Bradley (RNZ): Napier City Council seeks funds for increased cost of aquarium business case
Chloe Ranford (Stuff): Rural candidate in compensation talks after thousands of election flyers undelivered
Michael Hayward (Stuff): Council pays $60m+ for bus interchange, performing arts and red zone land
Oliver Lewis (Stuff): Business as usual’ a long way off: the challenges awaiting new Canterbury District Health Board
Matthew Littlewood (Timaru Herald): Thirteen items up for discussion behind closed doors by Timaru council subcommittee
Mark Quinlivan (Newshub): ‘I don’t want to be a grumpy old mayor’: Local body leader at the forefront of Pike River Mine tragedy on his retirement
Hamish McNeilly (Stuff): Assurance sought from under-performing council-owned companies
Hamish McNeilly (Stuff): Dunedin mayor criticises loan sharks as ‘leeching scourge’

Wellington
Dileepa Fonseka and Damian George (Dominion Post): Wellington Report 2019: Let’s get Wellington dreaming
Damian George and Virginia Fallon (Dominion Post): Wellington Report 2019: Capital’s transport projects stall, but others given the green light
Matthew Tso (Dominion Post): Wellington Report 2019: ‘Fundamental change’ needed to secure emissions goals 
Damian George (Dominion Post): Wellington Report 2019: Planners grapple with disconnect between travel demand and emissions problem
Dominion Post: Wellington Report 2019: The great commuter race – What’s the fastest way to the office?
Dileepa Fonseka and Damian George (Dominion Post): Wellington Report 2019: Making the most of a capital destination
Tom Hunt (Dominion Post): Sensors sans sense: Almost 5000 Wellington parking tickets waived 

Education
ODT Editorial: Student death shock
John Gerritsen (RNZ): Qualifications Authority considers axing entire diploma category
Aaron Leaman (Stuff): Waikato University welcomes Sir Anand Satyanand onto campus
Northern Advocate: Ministry of Education appoints commissioner at Kamo High School

Foreign Affairs
Laura Walters (Newsroom): Jian Yang in China for CCP military parade
Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): Jacinda Ardern’s approach to US the right one after Australia’s Trump behaviour
Zane Small (Newshub): Winston Peters to discuss ‘wellbeing’ of Australia-NZ relationship with counterpart Marise Payne
Katie Fitzgerald (Newshub): ‘Racist’ attitudes driving Australia’s deporting of New Zealanders – former Immigration Minister Aussie Malcolm

Climate Change
Rachel Stewart (Herald): Freed from hope but not hopeless (paywalled)
Veronika Meduna (Stuff): New Zealand’s incredible shrinking glaciers
Jamie Ensor (Newshub): Jacinda Ardern defends not telling Donald Trump to commit to climate change Paris Agreement
RNZ: ‘It makes sense for NZ to take leadership role on agricultural emissions’ – PM
Ben Uffindell (The Civilian): Opinion: If these kids really care about the climate, why are they still breathing?
Chlöe Swarbrick (Spinoff): Time for a new tribe of anybody-MPs to smash the marble walls
Jamie Tahana (RNZ): Ocean at ‘breaking point’: Pacific angst at latest climate report
Newsroom: No time to lose in climate change fight
1News: Vital that Greta Thunberg’s climate speech is heard beyond world leaders at UN, Ardern says
Zane Small (Newshub): ‘We need climate activists’: Jacinda Ardern backs Greta Thunberg, calls for ‘greater unity’

Provincial Growth Fund
David Fisher (Herald): Shane Jones forestry dispute: It’s not about politics, it’s about you says frustrated logger
No Right Turn: Not acceptable
Logan Savory (Southland Times): Finance minister says Southland set up to capitalise on aquaculture industry
Luisa Girao (ODT): Robertson hints at more PGF money

Economy
Hamish Rutherford (Herald): Sign of a slowdown or corporate conspiracy? (paywalled)
Bonnie Flaws (Stuff): Business confidence at lowest level since 2009: NZIER
RNZ: Business confidence at lowest level in a decade
David Hargreaves (Stuff): Another day, another bad business confidence survey – more OCR cuts inevitable
RNZ: House price index barely changed despite cash rate change

Banking sector
Richard Harman (Politik): Why big Bank bonuses threaten the financial system
RNZ: Independent experts support RBNZ’s approach on bank capital
Tim Hunter (NBR): Experts approve RBNZ bank capital analysis (paywalled)
Gareth Vaughan (Interest): ANZ NZ says ex-CEO David Hisco’s replacement should be announced by year’s end
Press Editorial: Will hub plan halt closures, or see them increase?

SuperGold Card
Thomas Manch (Stuff): New SuperGold Card website and app ‘big step up’ for scheme
Jason Walls (Herald): Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters launches a new SuperGold card app and website
Zane Small (Newshub): Winston Peters hails ‘major’ SuperGold Card upgrade including app, updated website
RNZ: SuperGold card changes to benefit tech-savvy seniors
1News: SuperGold Card app launched with many businesses offering discounts to over-65-year-olds

Immigration
Tess Brunton (RNZ): Changes to NZ border rules kick in today: What you need to know
Belinda Feek (Herald): NZ immigration shake-up: New NZeTA visa rules for visitors from today

Christchurch mosque shootings
Katie Scotcher (RNZ): Timeline for Royal Commission into mosque shootings ‘unrealistic’
Herald: Censor received death threat from US after banning Christchurch mosque shooter’s manifesto
Ali Shakir (Stuff): Don’t let Jacinda Ardern’s headscarf send the wrong message

Health
Emma Russell (Herald): Stories of hope: Twenty five years of fighting breast cancer (paywalled)
Karen Brown (RNZ): Radiographers to walk off the job again today
Mike Houlahan (ODT): Workers join criticism of Wakari facilities
Herald: Parliament needs to regulate vaping industry: National
Emma Russell (Herald): Kiwi dad’s battle with ACC after surgery blunder leaves him unable to walk (paywalled)
Samantha Motion (Herald): Three-day Māori-led stroke conference begins for Waiariki whānau in Rotorua (paywalled)

Measles
1News: Importance of measles vaccination stressed once again, after two women lose unborn babies
Caroline Williams (Stuff): Auckland measles outbreak: Two unborn babies die of complications related to measles
RNZ: Two unborn babies die after mothers catch measles
Lana Andelane (Newshub): Two unborn babies die after pregnant mothers catch measles during outbreak
Leonie Hayden (Spinoff): Cheat sheet: the state of the measles outbreak as two women lose unborn babies
Denise Piper (Stuff): Northland measles cases jump 60 per cent in month, vaccination programme widens
Zane Small (Newshub): ‘It’s quite shocking’: Early childhood teacher seeking measles jab ‘turned away’

Corrections
John Weeks (Stuff): Chinese-made prison cell delays dubbed a potential disaster
John Weeks (Stuff): Murderer Phillip John Smith wins right to have media interview
Herald: Phillip John Smith media visit decision unreasonable

Drug testing
1News: Winston Peters hits back at Police Minister in stoush over pill testing at NZ music festivals
Jordan Bond (RNZ): NZ First block drug checking: ‘Stick to things that are safe’

Police
Alice Angeloni (Stuff): Officer reflects on ‘massive cultural shift’ on police remembrance day in Marlborough
Rob Kidd (ODT): $130k award; police criticised

Environment
Thomas Mead (1News): High-ranking scientist calls on NZ regulators to recognise possible cancer risk with popular weed killer
Harry Lock (RNZ): Warning peatland threatened by planned Upper Hutt housing development
Jennifer Eder (Stuff): Deadline on toxic PFAS fire foams after its inclusion on pollutant list
University of Otago: GM safe and we need it: plant biologists
RNZ: Iwi get seat at the table for water management

Air Force
MItchell Alexander (Newshub): Almost $100 million spent on repairing Defence Force aircraft since 2016
Jonathan Mitchell (RNZ): Air Force abuse survivor challenges compensation ruling
Stuff: Air Force servicewoman Mariya Taylor terrified of her tormentor, Court of Appeal hears
Boris Jancic (Herald): Whenuapai noise: Developer explains case as residents launch petition

Primary industries
Gerard Hutching (Stuff): Social Credit challenges Westland Milk sale decision in High Court
Gerard Hutching (Stuff): Farmers fear the unknown over freshwater water plan
Gerard Hutching (Stuff): Shane Jones supports Fonterra’s moves to cut costs

Firearms
RNZ: PM Jacinda Ardern responds to 13-year-old girl’s plea over AR-15 rifle ban
RNZ: Olympic shooter ‘proud’ of teen’s letter to PM over loss of AR-15

Veganism
Karl du Fresne (Stuff): Militant veganism hard to swallow
Matthew Rosenberg (Stuff): Auckland restaurant shocks potential customer with response to vegan request

Other
Fran O’Sullivan (Herald): Why Jacinda Ardern is a better bet for Nobel Peace Prize than Greta Thunberg (paywalled)
Brian Easton (Pundit): Behind The Census
TVNZ: Q+A: Real children with real lives’ – Children’s Minister defends Oranga Tamariki baby uplifts
Thomas Coughlan (Stuff): Let teenagers vote, it won’t change a thing
RNZ: WeatherWatch: Cash lies at heart of opposition to private forecasters
Leigh-Marama McLachlan (RNZ): Whānau Ora funds distribution sparks ‘crisis of confidence’ in minister
Frances Hancock and Tim McCreanor (Newsroom): Much to learn from the ahi kaa of Ihumātao
Anuja Nadkarni (Stuff): Rugby World Cup: Spark Sport Commerce Commission complaints rise
1News: Q+A debate: Should the elderly have their own commissioner?
RNZ: The Detail: Is workplace bullying on the rise – or just no longer acceptable?
Newshub: The Project :Is GST still fit for purpose?
1News: Outspoken Israel Folau critic TJ Perenara hopes All Blacks ready for first openly gay player
Tema Hemi (Māori TV): Should our police officers be allowed to wear side arms?
Te Aniwa Hurihanganui (RNZ): Hopes iwi data tool will encourage greater voter turnout
Rob Stock (Stuff): Rugby World Cup: New Zealand comes out on top in trade with RWC nations
Rob Stock (Stuff): Fund label system needed to avoid KiwiSaver ‘greenwashing’
Phil Taylor (Herald): Erebus Memorial mix-up: Wrong plans shown to public at special consultation, says local politician
Janine Rankin (Manawatū Standard): Defence Forum fades away after protests in Palmerston North
University of Auckland: History Masterclass: Who was New Zealand’s first populist government?
Nikki Mandow (Newsroom): Are we buying slave-picked tinned tomatoes
Henry Cooke (Stuff): Little political appetite for abolishing daylight savings

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