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Bernard’s pick of the links

Here's my selection of the eight best morning news and links, along with my comments in brackets, including moves by Five Eyes to spy on WhatsApp, Queenstown's infrastructure financing problems and the man who built the retweet.

My eight picks of the day's news and analysis links (comments in brackets are mine)

Reuters: Five Eyes, including New Zealand, calls for law enforcement access to encrypted data
(The spooks want access to our WhatsApp messages. In my case that would lot of family discussion of weather and health issues)

RNZ: Simon Bridges accuses PM of ‘bad error of judgement’ over Ihumātao (This is shaping up to be a deal whereby the Government buys the land off Fletcher Building or swaps land elsewhere.)

RNZ: Australia’s new visa rules ‘will lead to a lot more angst’ (This won't help our net migration numbers)

Kate Nicol-Williams (1News): Immigration sting finds 38 foreigners illegally employed as prostitutes (Immigration has its hands full at the moment as employers and others try to suck in thousands of short term workers, while the Government tries to limit permanent residency approvals)

Debbie Jamieson (Stuff) Let rich Queenstown people pay for infrastructure instead of tourists, hotel owner says (Key quote: Queenstown should be able to pay for its infrastructure as its rating base had grown substantially thanks to tourism and property development, Swiss-Belhotel International chairman and president Gavin Faull said. "Every resident in Queenstown is a multimillionaire now." A petrol tax with credits for local residents would be a fairer system, he said.)

Lunchtime Lean-backs

Alex Kantrowitz (Buzzfeed) The Man Who Built The Retweet: “We Handed A Loaded Weapon To 4-Year-Olds” (Some fascinating insights into how news and propaganda is used and misused now. '“The biggest problem is the quote retweet,” Goldman told BuzzFeed News. “Quote retweet allows for the dunk. It’s the dunk mechanism.” Today's must read.)

Fintan O'Toole (The Guardian) Boris Johnson can’t be found out: we all know he’s bluffing (This quote from Johnson himself from 1997 stood out. He has no clothes, and everyone knows it, but he's still on parade. “Politics is a constant repetition, in cycles of varying length, of one of the oldest myths in human culture, of how we make kings for our societies, and how after a while we kill them to achieve a kind of rebirth.”)

Farhad Manjoo (New York Times) The Tech Industry Is Building a Vast Digital Underclass (This piece on how DoorDash did not pass on tips to its food deliverers is just one more for the file on Silicon Valley's sociopathic streak. Manjoo is always worth reading. 'The fact that the tipping policy persisted at DoorDash for so long — and that the company so vehemently defended it in the face of waves of online outrage, and depended for its defense on the fact that most consumers and many workers didn’t quite understand the policy — only lays bare how shaky and capricious the entire digital economy is for workers."

Lunchtime lean-backs (comments in brackets are mine)

Alex Kantrowitz (Buzzfeed) The Man Who Built The Retweet: “We Handed A Loaded Weapon To 4-Year-Olds” (Some fascinating insights into how news and propaganda is used and misused now. '“The biggest problem is the quote retweet,” Goldman told BuzzFeed News. “Quote retweet allows for the dunk. It’s the dunk mechanism.” Today's must read.)

Fintan O'Toole (The Guardian) Boris Johnson can’t be found out: we all know he’s bluffing (This quote from Johnson himself from 1997 stood out. He has no clothes, and everyone knows it, but he's still on parade. “Politics is a constant repetition, in cycles of varying length, of one of the oldest myths in human culture, of how we make kings for our societies, and how after a while we kill them to achieve a kind of rebirth.”)

Farhad Manjoo (New York Times) The Tech Industry Is Building a Vast Digital Underclass (This piece on how DoorDash did not pass on tips to its food deliverers is just one more for the file on Silicon Valley's sociopathic streak. Manjoo is always worth reading. 'The fact that the tipping policy persisted at DoorDash for so long — and that the company so vehemently defended it in the face of waves of online outrage, and depended for its defense on the fact that most consumers and many workers didn’t quite understand the policy — only lays bare how shaky and capricious the entire digital economy is for workers."

The full list of news links

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Euthanasia

Henry Cooke (Stuff): David Seymour narrows euthanasia bill to only cover patients with 6 months to live

Boris Jancic (Herald): Euthanasia bill moves forward despite fierce opposition in Parliament

1News: Louisa Wall weeps during euthanasia speech as she touches on family member’s terminal illness

Henry Cooke (Stuff): Euthanasia bill’s amendment-laden journey through Parliament

Zane Small and Jenna Lynch (Newshub): End of Life Choice Bill: MPs debate who should be eligible under proposed euthanasia law

Jo Moir and Craig McCulloch (RNZ): MPs debate euthanasia bill in Parliament

Boris Jancic (Herald): Euthanasia critics look to drag out battle in Parliament

Anna Whyte (1News): Seymour’s proposed euthanasia changes bring Greens onboard but opponents not convinced

Jamie Ensor (Newshub): Act leader David Seymour praises Winston Peters’ cooperation ahead of potential euthanasia Bill changes

Tema Hemi (Māori TV): MPs mull amendments to the End of Life Choice Bill

No Right Turn: Member’s Day: End of Life Choice

Ihumātao

Wayne Mapp (Herald): Jacinda Ardern has too much to lose at Ihumātao (paywalled)

Michael Neilson (Herald): Ihumātao: United Nations human rights body raises ‘concerns’ over Government approach, Māori consultation

Leigh-Marama McLachlan (RNZ): Ihumātao: Māori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta meets SOUL co-founder

Michael Neilson (Herald): ’PM deeply involved’: Māori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta to meet SOUL leader Pania Newton over Ihumātao dispute

Leonie Hayden and Don Rowe (Spinoff): The occupation of Ihumātao: week one

Pattrick Smellie (Herald): Corporates offer key to deadlock at Ihumātao (paywalled)

Ted Dawe (Herald): Ihumātao is about respecting our past

Glen McConnell (Stuff): Ihumātao is a watershed moment for this generation, it cannot be ignored

Māori TV: Te Ao with Moana: Ihumātao - ‘The Crown will play divide and rule’, Dr Margaret Mutu

Māori TV: Te Ao with Moana: Ihumātao - ‘Don’t forget, the Crown caused this problem’, Moana Jackson

Māori TV: Te Ao with Moana: Ihumātao - ‘The system favours Pākehā outcomes’, Kingi Snelgar

RNZ: Simon Bridges accuses PM of ‘bad error of judgement’ over Ihumātao

Te Aniwa Hurihanganu (RNZ): Ihumātao protest: Kaimahi ‘do what needs to be done’

Eleanor Ainge Roy (Guardian): New Zealand rocked by Māori protests on child removals and use of sacred land

Peter McKenzie (Spinoff): How art and technology mobilised an army of support for Ihumātao

Water

Derek Cheng (Herald): Government sets out new plans for water management and regulation

1News: Government to create ‘dedicated watchdog’ to regulate water quality

Amber-Leigh Woolf (Stuff): Government approves drinking water watchdog in response to Havelock North campylobacter outbreak

RNZ: New govt regulator to have ‘final say’ on safe drinking water

Richard Harman (Politik): The huge water bill

Dominic Harris (Press): Christchurch faces mandatory chlorination under new government-led water agency

Jono Edwards (ODT): Failures in meeting standards on drinking water vex Laws

Education

Katie Fitzgerald (Newshub): China’s ‘request’ to shut down AUT event could have been an order - academic

Laura Walters (Newsroom): Student visa delays cost polytechs $70m

Steven Joyce (Herald): Hold on to our apprenticeship system (paywalled)

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Derek Cheng (Herald): Education Minister’s ‘wide’ power on school donation exemptions

Simon Collins (Herald): Ministry of Education paid 1776 teachers below minimum wage

1News: Nearly 1800 teachers paid less than minimum wage, most now back-paid

Josephine Franks (Stuff): School board chairs take out full-page ad in support of principals

Katie Fitzgerald and Hayley Jacobsen (Newshub): Board of Trustees chairs pen open letter to Government over principals’ pay

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Marty Sharpe (Stuff): Parents can handle coroner’s criticism: They’re just want to see other children kept safe

Marty Sharpe and Katarina Williams (Stuff):Walking group calls for coroner to be censured over comments about children walking to school

Herald: Coroner’s decision sparks debate: Should adults accompany kids walking to school?

Marty Sharpe (Stuff): Principal of Carla Neems says plenty of his pupils walk to school without an adult

Dave Armstrong (Dominion Post): Walking to school used to be part of the Kiwi way of life, and it should be again

Emily Writes (Spinoff): The coroner was meant to explain a tragedy. Instead, he compounded it

Stuff: Parents divided on what age children should be allowed to walk to school alone

Five Eyes

Stuff:’Five Eyes’ nations discuss giving police secret access to WhatsApp messages

Reuters: Five Eyes, including New Zealand, calls for law enforcement access to encrypted data

RNZ: Five Eyes partners increase pressure on social media companies

Peter Ellis appeal

Press Editorial:It’s now or never for Peter Ellis

Sam Hurley (Herald): Supreme Court to hear Peter Ellis’ case as he fights to clear his name

1News: Peter Ellis granted leave for new appeal

RNZ: Peter Ellis granted leave to appeal case to Supreme Court

1News: As dying Peter Ellis appeals convictions again, court should consider 'moral panic' of the '90s, ex-lawyer says

Stuff: Peter Ellis is a step closer to getting dying wish to clear his name

Foreign Affairs and trade

Audrey Young (Herald): Trade Minister David Parker meets Britain’s new trade minister Liz Truss

Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB):It’s time we showed some mettle with our Australian neighbours

RNZ: Australia’s new visa rules ‘will lead to a lot more angst’

RNZ: Tokelau comments show ignorance and divisiveness - Aupito

Christine Rovoi (RNZ): NZ’s drug issues fuelling problems in Pacific, warns expert

Transport

Georgina Campbell (Herald): Division over calls to release secret Let’s Get Wellington Moving letter

Felix Desmarais (Stuff): National MP Chris Bishop demands release of Lets Get Wellington Moving letter

Georgina Campbell (Herald):Julie Anne Genter grilled over Let’s Get Wellington Moving letter

Phil Pennington (RNZ): Questions raised over how NZTA protects sensitive information

State care of children, Oranga Tamariki

David Fisher (Herald): Those investigating claims of children abused in state care have ‘hundreds’ of names of alleged perpetrators (paywalled)

Tema Hemi (Māori TV): MPs welcome new operation model for Oranga Tamariki

Maternity care

1News: Government votes against inquiry into Lumsden Maternity Centre downgrade

Rachael Kelly (Southland Times): Government MPs say no to independent inquiry over Lumsden Maternity

Mike Houlahan (ODT): Bid for Lumsden Maternity Centre inquiry fails

RNZ: Lumsden Maternity decision inquiry bid fails at select committee

Pam Jones (ODT): Midwife wants to show PM

Michelle Duff (Stuff): The last midwife, and the first babies born in the world

Health

Simon Wilson (Herald): The trouble with National’s cancer plan (paywalled)

Gil Barbezat (ODT): Colorectal cancer care: are the politicians actually listening?

Brittany Keogh (Stuff): New doctors’ cancer education, training worse than 20 years ago: study

Mike Houlahan (ODT): Waiting list for radiation oncology treatment at the Southern DHB on decline

Zane Small (Newshub): Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer confirms health ministry didn’t take up extra vaccines offer for Northland

Mike Houlahan (ODT): Appointment of support locum neurosurgeon delayed

Kelley Tantau (Stuff): Hauraki Rail Trail included in council’s vapefree, smokefree policy

Rino Tirikatene (Southland Times): Don’t mainstream Māori mental health service, SDHB

Primary and extractive industries

Jamie Morton (Herald): NZ genetic engineering laws ‘old and tired’, top scientist says

Eric Frykberg (RNZ): New Zealand must learn to talk about ‘evolving technologies’ - Sir Peter Gluckman

Mitch McCann (Newshub): Spot testing of Northland kiwifruit orchards for toxic chemical spray Hi-Cane

Luisa Girao (ODT): Intensive grazing in winter under examination

Luisa Girao (ODT): Feds largely support plan but seek consent rule change

Maja Burry (RNZ):Federated Farmers quest for ‘fair labelling’ of plant-based products: ‘Call it almond juice’

Elena McPhee (ODT):Plaman withdraws; maar still vulnerable

Farah Hancock (Newsroom):Future still uncertain for Foulden Maar’s fossils

Elena McPhee (ODT): Application to purchase land for mine withdrawn

RNZ: Plaman dumps mining plan for Foulden Maar crater lake

Jono Edwards (ODT): Opponents stymied at Dunedin oil and gas hearing

RNZ: Zero Carbon Bill targets ‘unachievable’ - retiring National MP

No Right Turn: Climate Change: No magic required

Jamie Mackay (Herald): National farming spokesman Todd Muller: Why Labour Government is not delivering (paywalled)

Henry Cooke (Stuff): Government pushed to accept methane ‘silver bullet’ for NZ dairy farming emissions

Environment

1News: ’Put aside silly politics and act’ - Chlöe Swarbrick urges climate emergency declaration

Thomas Coughlan (Newsroom): Industrial emitters will pay more for emissions, eventually

No Right Turn: Climate Change: Subsidising pollution forever

Vince Dravitzki (Stuff): Most private cars would go in my radical plan to urgently cut emissions

Kelley Tantau (Stuff): Hauraki District Council opt to acknowledge ‘climate urgency’ not emergency

Tim Miller (ODT): Council votes to incentivise use of low-emission vehicles

Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Converting three Fonterra factories to gas could save 100,000 tonnes of carbon emissions

Saeid Baroutian (Newsroom): Healthcare’s massive carbon footprint

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Emma Hatton (RNZ): Residents oppose planned water-bottling operation in Petone

Lois Williams (RNZ): Is it a log - or is it art?

Eloise Gibson (Newsroom): Does ‘compostable’ plastic really break down?

Anna Whyte (1News): In first month of plastic bag ban, 178 reports of businesses breaking the rules

National Party

Hearld: Invercargill MP Sarah Dowie won’t be charged over ‘you deserve to die’ message to Jami-Lee Ross

1News: MP Sarah Dowie cleared after police investigation into text to Jami-Lee Ross

Zane Small (Newshub): No charge for National MP Sarah Dowie over text to Jami-Lee Ross

RNZ: No charges against MP Sarah Dowie over Jami-Lee Ross text

Thomas Coughlan (Stuff): No charges for Sarah Dowie in relation to text

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Duncan Garner (Newshub): Simon Bridges isn’t looking like a future Prime Minister

Tim Newman (Nelson Mail): Air New Zealand chief executive Christopher Luxon keeping mum on political speculation

RNZ: Luxon staying silent on preferred prime minister poll result

Local government

Blair Ensor (Stuff): Appointment of Crown observer to Westland District Council a ‘political nonsense’ - mayor Bruce Smith

RNZ: Westland District Council in the dark over allegations of wrongdoing

Todd Niall (Stuff): Should you read Auckland Council’s pre-election report?

Samantha Gee (Nelson Mail): Different voting systems confuse Nelson voters says DHB

Tina Law (Press): Lianne Dalziel confirms bid for third term as Christchurch mayor

Leighton Keith (Taranaki Daily News): Councillor accused of harassment after being issued with parking ticket

Denise Piper (Stuff): Children of Whangārei District councillors to get ratepayer-funded childcare

Immigration, refugees

Robin Martin (RNZ): Meeting halted after iwi leader says city not ready for refugees

Kate Nicol-Williams (1News): Immigration sting finds 38 foreigners illegally employed as sex workers across New Zealand

Richard Davidson (ODT): Lawyers and MPs put their weight behind family

Housing

1News: Kiwis, not migrants, putting pressure on NZ house prices, new research finds

Shiban Hyde (Hawkes Bay Today): ’Never again’: Mum and two toddlers sleep in Napier park after emergency housing denied (paywalled)

Regan Paranihi (Māori TV): Population increase sees more challenges for Northland

Parliament

Sandeep Singh (RNZ): Should New Zealand do away with a three-year parliamentary term?

No Right Turn: Denial of real choice

Alan Keynon (1News): ’Good tie!’ Judith Collins and Speaker share banter over his fashion in Parliament

David Farrar: Identity politics friendly fire

Employment

1News:Employment Relations Authority slams Subway chain after Northland franchise fined for worker exploitation

Gill Bonnett (RNZ): Subway’s ‘baffling’ lack of oversight of employment standards

Kim Baker Wilson (1News): Auckland retail workers storm major mall as they demand better pay

RNZ: Hundreds of retail workers rally for living wage at St Lukes mall

Christchurch mosque attack

David Williams (Newsroom): Terror on TV news: Lessons from Australia

Jordan Oppert (1News): Man pleads guilty to having banned Christchurch terrorist attack video

David Clarkson (stuff): Man in Trump shirt sentenced for abuse outside Christchurch mosque

Business

RNZ: Business operators more pessimistic

RNZ: More women at board tables, but fewer executives

Other

Claire Trevett (Herald): Simon Bridges’ ‘part-time PM’ jibe about Jacinda Ardern a lesson all round (paywalled)

Ollie Neas (Spinoff): Spying on Earth: Rocket Lab’s payloads get more and more interesting

Marc Daalder (Newsroom): Government backtrack on rate caps criticised

Mike Houlahan (ODT): Greens aim to boost Dunedin support

Gordon Campbell: On the two public inquiries at odds over the need for shutting out the public

Derek Cheng (Herald): Govt looks to regulate online gambling with overseas provide

Luke Appleby (1News): Corrections find the phone inmates used to live stream sparring session inside Auckland’s Paremoremo prison

1News: Jacinda Ardern labelled ‘masterful’ by US Democratic candidate during debate

Jason Walls (Herald): Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern labelled ‘masterful’ by US Presidential candidate

Stuff: US presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg uses Jacinda Ardern as age example during debate

1News: New Zealand in ‘a little bit of a crisis around animal welfare’, rescue group says

1News: New Zealanders’ demand for vets seriously outstripping supply

Anneke Smith (RNZ): Govt funding for extra security measures in dairies leads to reduction in reported robberies

RNZ: David Tokohau Samuels named new Te Puni Kōkiri chief exec

Guy Williams (ODT): Boom over for tourism, CEO warns

James Nokise (RNZ): Marilyn Waring on her time in Parliament: ‘I wasn’t able to stomach the place’ (paywalled)

1News: A near-zero Official Cash Rate could spell good news for home buyers

Chloe Ranford (Stuff): Fly My Pretties to headline Tuia 250 commemorations in Picton

Jean Balchin (ODT): Social media enabling broader participation in group activism

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