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Bernard’s Pick of the links- Nov 18

Labour is charging wealthy business figures $1500-a-pop to lunch with Jacinda Ardern; and NZ First-linked forestry company pushed for govt funds.

Bernard’s Pick of the Links

Government/Politics

Stuff Circuit: Blast from New Zealand firing range ammunition kills Afghan children

Andrea Vance (Stuff) Labour is charging wealthy business figures $1500-a-pop to lunch with Jacinda Ardern

Guyon Espiner and Kate Newton (RNZ): NZ First-linked forestry company pushed for govt funds

Liam Dann (NZ Herald-Paywalled) NZ's population prediction was out by 30 years - the price we're paying

Newsroom Staff (Newsroom): We don’t need more intolerance and political scapegoating

Michael Morrah (Newshub) They work around the clock to help us, but often it’s medical staff themselves who end up needing care. We investigate rising violence from #alcohol at our country’s hospitals

Economy/Business/Investing

Gareth Vaughan(Interest): Adrian Orr says RBNZ will soon publish the principles behind its thinking on unconventional monetary policy tools

Interest: Consumer credit law set for major changes under expanded Amendment Bill

1News: Thousands of Countdown supermarket workers to get living wage pay rise

Jono Galuszka(Stuff): Man charged with illegally accessing Transport Agency's systems

Mathew Doran (ABC): Bellamy's baby formula's $1.5b Chinese takeover bid approved by Treasurer Josh Frydenberg

Brent Melville (ODT): Transpower revenue restricted

Guyon Espiner and Veronica Schmidt ( RNZ): Pharmac backs down on epilepsy drug brand switch

Stuff: The Kiwi startup king: Andy Hamilton on 18 years of failures, and success


Overseas
New York Times: ‘Absolutely No Mercy’: Leaked Files Expose How China Organized Mass Detentions of Muslims: More than 400 pages of internal Chinese documents provide an unprecedented inside look at the crackdown on ethnic minorities in the Xinjiang region.
SCMP: PLA soldiers sent onto streets of Hong Kong for first time since protests began – to help clear roadblocks near Kowloon Tong garrison 

The best of the rest

Government/Politics

Guyon Espiner and Kate Newton (RNZ): NZ First-linked forestry company pushed for govt funds

RNZ: MPs, staffers to move out of Bowen House for earthquake strengthening

Derek Cheng (Herald): Govt gun laws will lead to more Dirty Harrys: Gun City owner

David Fisher (Herald): Euthanasia: Whangārei's Shane Reti only Northland MP to oppose End of Life Bill

Newsroom Staff (Newsroom): We don’t need more intolerance and political scapegoating

Newsroom Staff (Newsroom): Back in time as Government considers new state broadcaster

RNZ: Gun City owner David Tipple warns MPs of 'vigilantism' caused by gun law changes

Mark Price and Laura Mills (ODT): Whitebaiting policy document date doubt

Foreign Affairs (Trade and Defence)

Emma Perry (ODT): Teamwork in southern mission

Newsroom Staff (Newsroom): China’s ‘business of greening’, and what it means for the world

Economy

Gareth Vaughan(Interest): Adrian Orr says RBNZ will soon publish the principles behind its thinking on unconventional monetary policy tools

Pam Jones (ODT): Space sector's net worth to economy $1.69 billion

Sharechat:Global economic outlook not as dark as in August: RBNZ

Interest: Consumer credit law set for major changes under expanded Amendment Bill

Corporate

Herald: BNZ boss Angie Mentis sees pay packet cut by $765k

Susan Edmunds( Stuff): 15,000 staff at Countdown set to get pay boost

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

ODT: Destination Queenstown boss stepping down

Brent Melville (ODT): Innovative Kiwi precision fishing system influential

Luisa Girao (ODT): Growth, exports recognised

1News: Thousands of Countdown supermarket workers to get living wage pay rise

Interest: BNZ the strongest performer among the big 4 in second-half financial results

Infrastructure

Daisy Hudson (ODT): Stop-go sweet gesture smooths the way

Newsroom Staff (Newsroom): ‘We bloody own the land’ - Goff questions port report

Transport

RNZ: Four-year closure of Mt Eden train station during City Rail Link build

Newsroom Staff (Newsroom): It’ll be crap, but it’ll be worth it

Grant Bradley(Herald):Qantas' London Sydney non-stop flight touches down after 19 hour-plus flight

Jono Galuszka(Stuff): Man charged with illegally accessing Transport Agency's systems

 Immigration

RNZ: Manus Island refugee Behrouz Boochani not seeking NZ asylum - for now

Gill Bonnet (RNZ): Delays for 'oversubscribed' skilled migrant category

1News: Manus Island detainee Behrouz Boochani speaks out about Australia's 'hate speech' towards refugees

Newsroom.Pro Staff (Newsroom): Easing the way for arranged marriages 

Overseas

Mathew Doran (ABC): Bellamy's baby formula's $1.5b Chinese takeover bid approved by Treasurer Josh Frydenberg

Primary Industries

Newsroom.Pro Staff (Newsroom): Taranaki farmers v ANZ - the fight continues 

Guy Trafford(Interest): Government adding potholes to rural communities

Housing

ODT: Developer offers reward over bogus flyers

Ben Leahy (Herald): Waterfront apartment for $20k: Auckland's five cheapest unit sales

Greg Ninness (Interest): Little sign of house price growth in Auckland but prices rising strongly elsewhere

Tech, Media (and Telecoms)

Katy Jones (Stuff): NMIT staff in talks after course closures

Energy

Newsroom Staff (Newsroom): Retail power prices likely to rise in 2020 

PEPANZ: International Energy Agency says major role for natural gas

Brent Melville (ODT): Transpower revenue restricted

RNZ: NZO&G shareholders reject takeover bid

Health

Guyon Espiner and Veronica Schmidt ( RNZ): Pharmac backs down on epilepsy drug brand switch

RNZ: Surgical mesh sufferers' campaign group demands action

Ben Strang (RNZ): Fewer low-level drug charges laid, health referrals increase

Nicole Bremner( RNZ): Funding for epilepsy drugs widened after health concerns about switch to generic brand

Laura Wiltshire(Hawkes Bay Today): Nurses hit out after DHB announces Wairoa health centre closure

Emma Russell (Herald): Russian family saddled with half a million dollars of medical bills after baby born with rare condition

Natalie Akoorie (Herald): Staff turnover at HDC because trained investigators sought after - Commissioner (paywalled)

Georgia Forrester (Stuff): The rise of syphilis in NZ: The worst STI hot-spots as disease make a comeback

RNZ: Renovated Queenstown hospital speeding up treatment

RNZ: Nurses say bullying was rife at Middlemore neonatal unit

Andrew McRae( RNZ): Sexually transmitted disease syphilis on the rise in New Zealand

Charlotte Cook (RNZ): Nurses say bullying was rife at Middlemore neonatal unit

Matthew Littlewood (Timaru Herald): Fecal bacteria detected near Lake Tekapo camping ground

Mike Houlahan (ODT): 'Strong oversight' of SDHB maternity sought

Education 

Elena McPhee (ODT): Graduation fears for students

John Gibb (ODT): Otago Uni sustainability leader

Esther Ashby-coventry (Timaru Herald): Education review met with interest from Timaru school leaders

Commerce Commission: Cengage/McGraw-Hill merger

Cira Oliver(Herald): Rotorua teacher aides working multiple jobs to survive (paywalled)

Councils/Regional

Charlotte Jones (RNZ): Kawerau seeks Whakatāne land in bid to create jobs

Liu Chen (RNZ): Multiple assaults on women put North Shore residents on alert

Richard Davison (ODT): Time for a bit of town spruce up, resident requests

Abbey Palmer (ODT): Doc busy with pests, monitoring

Waikato Times: Councillors vote on committee heads and salary at extraordinary meeting

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