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Bernard’s Pick of the links- Nov 15

Shane Jones calls protesting farmers 'rednecks' following rowdy march on Parliament; and top council staff 'manipulated' reports to hide bad news from councillors and public.

Bernard's Pick of the links

Thomas Coughlan (Stuff) Ministers' 'fishy' Wellington dinner during NZTA board appointment process
Stuff: Shane Jones calls protesting farmers 'rednecks' following rowdy march on Parliament
Jane Patterson (RNZ) Govt to consider replacing RNZ, TVNZ with new entity
Jason Walls (NZ Herald) Leaked Greens discussion document suggests party will drop Budget Responsibility Rules support
Duncan Grieve (Spinoff) Five key questions about the new super-broadcaster to replace TVNZ and RNZ
RNZ 'We cannot do this anymore' - Hutt Valley midwives
Audrey Young (NZ Herald) Faafoi wants 'sustainable' broadcaster
Paul McBeth BusinessDesk (Paywalled) Broadband providers to expand GCSB's cyber blanket
Isaac Davison (NZHerald – Paywalled) Shrinking number of judges come from poor households or have any experience of poverty, Chief Justice Helen Winkelmann says
Stuff Top council staff 'manipulated' reports to hide bad news from councillors and public

Grant Bradley (NZHerald-Paywalled) Why Glidepath's Ken Stevens has sold to French robotics firm B2A Technology
Jenee Tibshraeney (Interest) Has the RBNZ just given itself room to loosen LVR restrictions?
NZ Herald Sky's big sports TV announcement: How you can watch over 50 sports for free

The best of the rest


RNZ: ‘Bolstering public broadcasting is the answer' - Ardern

RNZ: No mandate for creating single public broadcaster - Simon Bridges

Jane Patterson (RNZ): Govt to consider replacing RNZ, TVNZ with new public broadcaster

RNZ: End of Life Choice Bill: lines drawn as debate goes to public

1News: New chairperson appointed for Commission into abuse in state care

1News: 'Get back to the garden' - David Seymour's swift retort to Maggie Barry amid 'major war' claim after euthanasia Bill passes

Derek Cheng (Herald) : Historic first: Bill from women MPs of colour to fight female genital mutilation

Stuff: Judge Coral Shaw to oversee Royal Commission into abuse in state care

Craig McCulloch(RNZ): Review over prison letter management suggests 'urgent' law change

Newsroom Staff (Newsroom): Budget bungle continues


Aimee Shaw(Herald): New Zealand's only plant-based fast-food chain Lord of the Fries crowdfunding to open four more stores

Foreign Affairs (Trade and Defence)

Catherine Harris (Stuff): A2 among top brands on Alibaba's Singles Day


ODT: Reports of fake cash being used in Invercargill

Interest: Adrian Orr tones down calls for more govt spending, saying he has been heard

Stuff:Police warn of fake bank notes being used in Invercargill


Sharechat: Goodman trust's 1H net profit quadruples on unrealised property gains

Sharechat: Sanford FY earnings flat on reduced volumes

RNZ: Sanford pins profit drop on climate change, warming waters

Brent Melville (ODT): Engineering hub gains support

Sanford Limited: Sanford Reports Full Year Results 2019

Evan Harding (Southland Times): Seafood company Sanford records $41m profit

Evan Harding (Southland Times): Invercargill-based business Blue River Dairy scoops national awards


RNZ: Auckland's booming industrial property benefits Goodman


Phil Pennington (RNZ): NZTA sees increase in contractors despite govt orders otherwise

Jason Walls (Herald): Air New Zealand disappointed that Jetstar axed regional routes

Grant Bradley (Herald): Inside Air New Zealand's new lounge at Auckland Airport

Phil Pennington (RNZ):Transmission Gully motorway project has concerns about the technology it's using

Tracey Roxburgh (Otago Daily Times): Bus-driver shortage ‘crisis’ in Queenstown

NZTA: Omoto, SH7, near Greymouth, progress draining the site

RTA: Incentivising good behaviour best for road safety

Air NZ: Air New Zealand opens new Auckland Regional Lounge

NZTA: Glenhope slips cleared, State Highway 6 reopening 1 pm


RNZ: Partnership visa change: Confusion over singling out arranged marriages

1News: Shane Jones says he won't be 'cowed by people' who disagree with his views on immigration

Newsroom Staff (Newsroom): Why the partnership visa fix is no fix at all


RNZ:Travellers from Apia to Auckland had measles infection

Primary Industries

Laura Smith (ODT): One of eight sites for shellfish safe

1News: Hundreds of farmers march on Parliament protesting emissions targets, water regulation

Jason Walls (Herald): NZ First Minister Shane Jones called hundreds of farmer protesters outside Parliament 'rednecks'

Sally Rae (ODT): No further poultry disease found in NZ

NZGFA: Ground Spreaders' Association Encourages Incident Reporting


Sharechat: Regional house price inflation accelerates in October

ODT: Six fastest-rising areas revealed

1News: Homes evacuated in Pegasus, Canterbury after reports of burst gas main

1News: New Zealand's median house price at record high after passing $600k for first time

Marty Sharpe (Stuff): Past year sees huge increase in number of applicants for social housing

Interest; Housing sales up compared to last year in Auckland but down in the rest of the country - REINZ

Anne Gibson (Herald): NZ house prices set a new record, topping $600,000: Six fastest-rising areas revealed

RNZ: NZ median house price tops $600,000 in new record

Benn Bathgate (Waikato Times): House prices in Waikato region hit record median high

Tech, Media (and Telecoms)

Tom Pullar-Strecker(Stuff): TVNZ chief executive Kevin Kenrick breaks silence on public media merger

RNZ: Facebook reports removing millions of Christchurch mosque shooting posts

Newsroom Staff (Newsroom): TVNZ tells advertisers not to worry

Nutanix: 73% of Enterprises Moving Apps Back on Prem

Sharechat: Govt media plan won't weaken commercial players - TVNZ


Samesh Mohanlall (Timaru Herald): South Canterbury energy solutions company Infratec wins two awards with a week

Samesh Mohanlall (Timaru Herald): More electricity regulation means more cost to the consumer, Alpine Energy boss says


Kerrie Waterworth (ODT): Medical care 'at mercy of location'

RNZ: Palmerston North Hospital mental health unit set for $30 million upgrade

1News: Meningococcal vaccine boost for youth in close-living situations

Katarina Williams(Stuff): Hutt Hospital maternity in 'crisis': 'They won't take us seriously until someone dies'

Herald : Crystal Beavis took $5000 course because Health Ministry training of boards lacking

Louisa Steyl and Damian Rowe (Southland Times): Southern District Health Board's new plan could cost patients more

ODT: Greymouth hospital cost overrun more than $20m

RNZ: PM says $30m mental health facility upgrade transformative


RNZ: More Otago uni students speak up on abused overseas placements

Robin Martin (RNZ): MAINZ audio production course closure shocks unaware students\

Herald: 'Disappointing breach of trust': Macleans College cancels grad dinner after alcohol-fuelled parties

Northern Advocate: Difficult kids in schools under pressure - the Ministry of Education responds over study into severe behaviour

Newsroom Staff (Newsroom): National’s predictable education plan


Anusha Bradley (RNZ): Patangata Bridge closure means 1km 'trek on foot' for families' tangi

Jessie Chiang (RNZ): Auckland alcohol licensing trusts guilty of misleading public

Pam Graham( RNZ): Popular dog park at centre of proposed land swap

Tina Law (Stuff): Christchurch flood-prone sections to be sold, neighbours will get priority

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