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Bernard’s Pick of the links- Nov 20

Winston Peters says his party has always obeyed electoral law after new revelations about foundation; and RBNZ steps up BNZ supervision after capital calculation breaches.

Bernard’s pick of the links

Government/Politics

Ben Strang (RNZ): Child poverty, welfare: government inaction frustrates advocacy groups

Jo Moir (RNZ): Ihumātao: Crown considers loan for Auckland Council to buy land

Herald: 'Looks to be in contravention of the Electoral Act': Law professor weighs in on NZ First donations

Matt Shand (Stuff): Why the NZ First slush fund 'could breach electoral law': expert

RNZ: Government toughens OIO rules with 'national interest' test

Jane Patterson (RNZ): Winston Peters rejects accusations over NZ First Foundation

Henry Cooke (Stuff):Winston Peters says his party has always obeyed electoral law after new revelations about foundation

1News: Electoral Commission receives complaint over NZ First Foundation

Darryl Mclaunchian(Spinoff): The NZ First donations scandal is very serious, and won’t let Jacinda Ardern hide

Sharechat: RBNZ steps up BNZ supervision after capital calculation breaches

Gareth Vaughan (Interest): FMA issues warning about AG Markets after interest.co.nz tip-off 

Marta Steeman (Waikato Times): Sylvia Park mall set to get hotel, apartments and office buildings.

Catherine Harris(Stuff): Bumper apple crop boosts Napier Port's coffers

Stuff: Is New Zealand exploiting migrants or giving them a chance?

Amanda Cropp (Stuff): Philippines Government opens labour office to prevent migrant exploitation

Stats NZ: Log prices chopped

Sharechat: Kiwi Property eyes apartments, funds management

Fuseworks: Paywalls: BusinessDesk and an evolving Kiwi media

Herald: NZ Herald owner NZME confirms interest in buying Stuff

The Best of the Rest

Government/Politics

Ben Strang (RNZ): Child poverty, welfare: government inaction frustrates advocacy groups

Jo Moir (RNZ): Ihumātao: Crown considers loan for Auckland Council to buy land

Herald: 'Looks to be in contravention of the Electoral Act': Law professor weighs in on NZ First donations

Matt Shand (Stuff): Why the NZ First slush fund 'could breach electoral law': expert

RNZ: Government toughens OIO rules with 'national interest' test

Jane Patterson (RNZ): Winston Peters rejects accusations over NZ First Foundation

Henry Cooke (Stuff):Winston Peters says his party has always obeyed electoral law after new revelations about foundation

Jason Walls (Herald): NZ First Leader Winston Peters insists party in the clear over electoral donation claims

Derek Cheng (Herald): National urges Govt on Ihumātao: No taxpayer or ratepayer bailout

Jason Walls(Herald): Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters promises to 'set the record straight' over electoral donations claims

Herald: 'Looks to be in contravention of the Electoral Act': Law professor weighs in on NZ First donations

1News: Electoral Commission receives complaint over NZ First Foundation

Thomas Manch (Stuff): Government won't confirm or deny loan for Ihumātao

Matt Shand (Waikato Times): NZ First Foundation dodging electoral rules? Records suggest breaches  

Darryl Mclaunchian(Spinoff): The NZ First donations scandal is very serious, and won’t let Jacinda Ardern hide

Foreign Affairs (Trade and Defence)

RNZ: Prime Minister expects Defence Force to speed up clearance of Afghanistan firing ranges

RNZ: NZDF agrees deal to have private firm clear deadly Afghan firing ranges

John Weekes (Stuff): Army careers end in 'disgrace' after soldiers' travel and free-meal scams

Economy

Jessie Chiang(RNZ): Scams targeting Pasifika people on the rise - community leaders

MBIE Economy: NZ ranks first for ease of doing business for fourth year

David Chaston (Interest):  ANZ matches Kiwibank's 3.39% home loan rate

Sharechat: RBNZ steps up BNZ supervision after capital calculation breaches

Corporate

Sharechat: OMV selling out of Maari oil field

Sharechat: Arvida on track as first-half profit climbs 47%

RNZ: A2 Milk expects strong sales and profit growth on improved margins

NZCTU: Nine years since Pike Mine disaster

Nikki Preston( Herald): Decision over whether SkyCity can roll out 60 more pokie machines draws closer

Grant Bradley (Herald): Air NZ looks at radical option as it faces brand damage from cancellations (paywalled)

Mike Mather (Waikato Times): Outdoor equipment firm Torpedo7 fined $80k for selling bikes with missing brakes

Gerard Hutching (Stuff): A2 Milk shares up strongly on projected positive first half year

Daniel Birchfield (ODT): Bank debt settled, employees and shareholders 'unlikely' to be paid

Sharechat: Ebos shares fall 9.5% as biggest shareholder sells at a discount

ODT: Growing business

ODT: Queenstown-based tour operator going from strength to strength

Investing 

1News: Banking customers urged to stay vigilant as BNZ sees scams skyrocket by over 50%

Tamsyn Parker (Herald): Think you are getting 3% interest on your savings? Try again (paywalled)

Catherine Harris (Waikato Times): Bumper apple crop boosts Napier Port's coffers

Gareth Vaughan (Interest): FMA issues warning about AG Markets after interest.co.nz tip-off 

Marta Steeman (Waikato Times): Sylvia Park mall set to get hotel, apartments and office buildings.

Infrastructure

Sharechat: Napier Port beats FY forecast; monitoring log export outlook

Sharechat: Govt adds vital infrastructure to overseas investment test

Catherine Harris(Stuff): Bumper apple crop boosts Napier Port's coffers

Transport

RNZ: Greymouth highway partially reopens after slip, weeks-long closure

Rail And Maritime Transport Union: New Zealand workers need to use the toilet

Hamish Rutherford(Herald): Overseas investors face new tests for water bottling, infrastructure investment

NZTA: Omoto highway, SH7, reopened, good progress road and rail

ODT: Warning for Air NZ passengers as flights axed

Immigration

Stuff: Is New Zealand exploiting migrants or giving them a chance?

Gill Bonnett (Stuff): New visa conditions to join partner in New Zealand

Amanda Cropp (Stuff): Philippines Government opens labour office to prevent migrant exploitation

Overseas

Stuff: Australian banks to shell out another $5 billion compensation to customers

Primary Industries

Fisheries New Zealand: Plan to transform and improve inshore finfish fisheries

Amber-Leigh Woolf (Stuff): Fishing vessels 'bulldozing' oceans, destroying 3000 tonnes of coral in one year

Stats NZ: Log prices chopped

Rebecca Black(Stuff): Honey pouch company credits history for mānuka's modern success

Stuff: Massey young farmer explores trading across Asia

Housing

Sharechat: Kiwi Property eyes apartments, funds management

Stuff: Tipping scales in favour of the tenant

Katie Todd (RNZ): Fake flyers target Williams Corporation: $4k reward offered for culprit

Kate Nicol-Willams (1News): 'Impossible to compete' - woman subject to price bidding to rent a home welcomes proposed changes to Tenancy Act

Susan Edmunds (Waikato Times): Woman surprised to find listing-seeking agent in her laundry 

Marta Steeman(Stuff): Retirement village operator Arvida's half-year profit climbs 47 per cent to $45m

Greg Ninness (Interest): Steady activity in Barfoot & Thompson's auction rooms

Tech, Media (and Telecoms)

Sharechat: Telcos urge govt to act on 5G scaremongering; ministers ignore visiting 'expert'

Luke Malpass and Tracy Watkins (Stuff): Kiwishare model mooted to protect journalism in new NZME-Stuff takeover bid

Sharechat: ComCom unmoved by warning on fibre investment in draft regime
Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Woman surprised to find listing-seeking agent in her laundry

RNZ: NZME confirms it is in discussions to buy Stuff

Sharechat: Beehive lobbied for revised StuffME deal

Fuseworks: Paywalls: BusinessDesk and an evolving Kiwi media

Herald: NZ Herald owner NZME confirms interest in buying Stuff

Energy

Tracey Neal (RNZ): Climate-friendly power schemes hindered by government policy - industry

Daisy Hudson (ODT): Huge power price hikes on cards for Otago households 

Deena Coster (Stuff): Woman uses deception to power her home to the tune of $3800

Health

Craig McCulloch (RNZ): Medical student overseas placement holiday rort 'widespread' - GP

Lee Kenny (Stuff): Auckland medical students to face scrutiny after Otago students faked placements

Precision Driven Health: Precision Driven Health partners with MoleMap

Sam Kilmister(Stuff):Epilepsy sufferer says victims of Pharmac drug switch should be compensated 

Tara Shaskey (Stuff): High levels of E Coli found at Urenui river mouth

Education 

Maia Hart (Stuff): Class act: Marlborough Boys' College announces acting principal

Catherine Harris(Stuff): Shareholders in collapsed Intueri Education going to court

Damian George(Stuff): Kiwis display knowledge gaps in areas like basic maths, geography, and New Zealand and world history

Mandy Te ( Stuff): Police found cannabis plants in teacher's family home

Councils/Regional 

The Detail (RNZ): Why councils are asking for a fireworks ban

Andy Asquith, Andrew Cardow and Karen Webster (Stuff): Politicians need to regain control of local government

RNZ:Christchurch tornado: asbestos clean-up continues

Hawkes Bay Today: Hikurangi subduction zone off Hawke's Bay coast more active than previously thought

Sam Kelway (1News):Tauranga's controversial begging bylaw may be thrown out, despite claims it's 'working well'

Nikki Preston (Herald): Overnight retreats, hot springs and bus trips: How Waikato's elected members got inducted

Gerald Piddock (Waikato Times): Waikato Regional Council overhauls its committee structure

Waikato Times: Waikato River Authority workshop to tackle climate change

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