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Bernard’s Pick of the links- Nov 28

Work, residence and student visa approvals all well up in October; and power bills should drop by between $3 and $34 a month for most households in April.

Bernard’s Pick of the Links


Government/Politics

Greg Ninness (Interest): Work, residence and student visa approvals all well up in October

Gill Bonnett (RNZ): Immigration New Zealand accused of slowing down applications

Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Power bills should drop by between $3 and $34 a month for most households in April

Hamish Rutherford ( Herald- paywalled): Oil vessel prepares to leave Taranaki over hefty unpaid bill owed by Tamarind Resources

Katie Scotcher (RNZ): National Party gang crackdown proposal: Mongrel Mob member calls for meeting

RNZ: Govt wants to clean up landfill levy scheme

Derek Cheng (Herald): Jacinda Ardern shoots down National's Strike Force Raptor unit

Derek Cheng (Herald):Jacinda Ardern says vaping laws must protect young people

Michael Hayward (Stuff): Landfill levies could rise in Govt bid to urge people to recycle

John Weekes (Stuff): Eight years jail for 'zombie drug' suppliers proposed after toxic death spree

John Weekes (Stuff): National's crime gurus must heed lessons from abroad to break cycle of repeat offending

Anna Whyte (1News): In bid to increase NZ's dismal recycling rate, Govt proposes substantial hike for landfill fees

Newstalk ZB: Government's plans to protect vulnerable contractors criticised

Georgina Campbell (Herald): Government urged to rethink Wellington congestion charge

Thomas Manch (Stuff): US signs off $2 billion sale of five Hercules airplanes to New Zealand

Damian George (Stuff): Timing of capital's transport projects up for negotiation once business cases are assessed - transport minister

Joel Maxwell( Stuff): New $1.5 billion project, same old problems as slippage starts on housing plan

1News: Concerned by delay, over 60 NZ health organisations call for immediate vaping regulations

Economy/Corporate/Investing

Byron Kaye (Reuters) Activist investors want Marriott and Caeser to leave Westpac board too Liam Dann (Herald- paywalled): Liam Dann: Reserve Bank call on LVRs is good news for first-home buyers

Ashley Church(One Roof): LVR - the Reserve Bank has failed again

Sharechat-Businessdesk: Chinese demand for food drives export growth in October

Jenee Tibshraeny(Interest): LVR restrictions unchanged on concerns low interest rates could spark more high-risk lending

RNZ: Augusta Capital's first half profit down 68 percent, revenue down 51 percent

RNZ: Fisher & Paykel Healthcare's first half profit up nearly a quarter

Jamie Gray (Herald): Cavalier expects first-half loss to narrow but conditions still challenging

Herald: Deloitte Top 200: Bouncing back - how to improve performance

Sharechat-Businessdesk: Turners sees opportunity as smaller dealers exit market

Sharechat-Businessdesk:Summerset gets green light for St Johns village, buys Canterbury land

Marta Steeman(Stuff): Richlister sells Canterbury mushroom factory site to retirement village developers

Gareth Vaughan(Interest): Big banks' profits & net interest margins down, cost-to-income ratios up

Herald -Businessdesk : Mainzeal's Richard Yan loses bid to halt bankruptcy proceedings

Stuff: Waikato baker busted for cooking the books

Thomas Coughlan (Stuff): Want high wages? Forget job security, says New Zealand's Productivity Commission 

Jo Lines-MacKenzie (Stuff): Fonterra opposes Te Awa Lakes application to rezone Hamilton land

Madison Reidy (RNZ):Banks told to do more to track child exploitation payments

Liz McDonald (Stuff):  Christchurch's aerospace plans need work and investment - report

Eric Frykberg(RNZ): Government waterways proposal to move fences could cost millions - farmers

Overseas

NY Times: ‘Bleak’ U.N. Report on a Planet in Peril Looms Over New Climate Talks

Stephen Stockwell and Angela Lavoipierre (ABC News): Alleged Chinese plot highlights lack of checks to stop foreign spies being elected, expert warns       

ABC News: China says alleged plot to groom Nick Zhao to infiltrate Australian Parliament 'nothing but lies'   
 

Lunchtime leanbacks

BBC News: China's hidden camps   

NY Times: Meet the Leftish Economist With a New Story About Capitalism

Gerard Hensley (Noted): What it was like to have Robert Muldoon and David Lange as bosses

The Best of the Rest

Government/Politics

Katie Scotcher (RNZ): National Party gang crackdown proposal: Mongrel Mob member calls for meeting

Herald: Government opens Suicide Prevention Office and commits $12m to Māori and Pacific suicide prevention

RNZ: Govt wants to clean up landfill levy scheme

Herald: Government urged to rethink Wellington congestion charge

Derek Cheng (Herald): Jacinda Ardern shoots down National's Strike Force Raptor unit

Derek Cheng (Herald):Jacinda Ardern says vaping laws must protect young people

Michael Hayward (Stuff): Landfill levies could rise in Govt bid to urge people to recycle

John Weekes (Stuff): Eight years jail for 'zombie drug' suppliers proposed after toxic death spree

Stuff: Simon Bridges and John Campbell clash talking about gangs on Breakfast

John Weekes (Stuff): National's crime gurus must heed lessons from abroad to break cycle of repeat offending

Anna Whyte (1News): In bid to increase NZ's dismal recycling rate, Govt proposes substantial hike for landfill fees

Newstalk ZB: Government's plans to protect vulnerable contractors criticised

Georgina Campbell (Herald): Government urged to rethink Wellington congestion charge

Foreign Affairs (Trade and Defence)

Thomas Manch (Stuff): US signs off $2 billion sale of five Hercules airplanes to New Zealand

1News:British supermarket chain announces plan to phase out New Zealand lamb

Economy

Gyles Beckford (RNZ): Reserve Bank maintains LVR mortgage restrictions

Liam Dann (Herald- paywalled): Liam Dann: Reserve Bank call on LVRs is good news for first-home buyers

Aimee Shaw (Herald-paywalled): Black Friday warning: Which products go up in price

Ashley Church(One Roof): LVR - the Reserve Bank has failed again

Sharechat-Businessdesk: Chinese demand for food drives export growth in October

Sharechat-Businessdesk: LVRs untouched; RBNZ sees elevated financial system vulnerability

Jenee Tibshraeny(Interest): LVR restrictions unchanged on concerns low interest rates could spark more high-risk lending


Corporate

RNZ: Augusta Capital's first half profit down 68 percent, revenue down 51 percent

RNZ: Fisher & Paykel Healthcare's first half profit up nearly a quarter

Jamie Gray (Herald): Cavalier expects first-half loss to narrow but conditions still challenging

Herald: Deloitte Top 200: Bouncing back - how to improve performance

Sharechat-Businessdesk: Turners sees opportunity as smaller dealers exit market

Sharechat-Businessdesk:F&P Health keeps cautious outlook as first-half earnings rise 24%

Sharechat-Businessdesk:Summerset gets green light for St Johns village, buys Canterbury land

Marta Steeman(Stuff): Richlister sells Canterbury mushroom factory site to retirement village developers

Gareth Vaughan(Interest): Big banks' profits & net interest margins down, cost-to-income ratios up

Herald -Businessdesk : Mainzeal's Richard Yan loses bid to halt bankruptcy proceedings

Stuff: Waikato baker busted for cooking the books

Thomas Coughlan (Stuff): Want high wages? Forget job security, says New Zealand's Productivity Commission 

Jo Lines-MacKenzie (Stuff): Fonterra opposes Te Awa Lakes application to rezone Hamilton land

Evan Harding (Southland Times): Hospice Southland chief executive leaving

Investing 

Madison Reidy (RNZ):Banks told to do more to track child exploitation payments

Liz McDonald (Stuff):  Christchurch's aerospace plans need work and investment - report

Ellen O'Dwyer (Stuff): All go for Te Rapa Pak'nSave

Kelley Tantau (Stuff): Decision looms for proposed Mercury Bay mussel spat farm

Infrastructure

Cherie Sivignon(Stuff): Bateup Rd upgrade project at Richmond, near Nelson, still months from sign off

Chris Morris (ODT): $60,000 to reinstate historic Port Chalmers timeball

Transport

Damian George (Stuff): Timing of capital's transport projects up for negotiation once business cases are assessed - transport minister

Newstalk ZB: Wellington's mayor standing firm on backing congestion charging

Stuff: Bush fire closes main highway near Taupō

Immigration

Greg Ninness (Interest): Work, residence and student visa approvals all well up in October

Gill Bonnett (RNZ): Immigration New Zealand accused of slowing down applications

Overseas

Sam Hurley(Herald): Polish court flips and finds Kiwi businessman guilty over 65 deaths in building disaster

NY Times: ‘Bleak’ U.N. Report on a Planet in Peril Looms Over New Climate Talks

Stephen Stockwell and Angela Lavoipierre (ABC News): Alleged Chinese plot highlights lack of checks to stop foreign spies being elected, expert warns       

ABC News: China says alleged plot to groom Nick Zhao to infiltrate Australian Parliament 'nothing but lies'   

Byron Kaye (Reuters): Pressure mounts on Australia's Westpac board over money-laundering scandal

Primary Industries

RNZ: Farmer who abused livestock jailed for two years, wife fined $30k

Eric Frykberg(RNZ): Government waterways proposal to move fences could cost millions - farmers

Herald-paywalled: Reserve Bank warns indebted NZ dairy sector still vulnerable

Sharechat-Businessdesk:  Dairy loans being closely monitored by banks: RBNZ

Gerard Hutching (Stuff): Growers more than double olive production with new techniques

Statistics New Zealand: Dairy, beef, and lamb exports rise in October

David Hargreaves (Interest): RBNZ sees 'limited options' for dairy sector to address its 'debt overhang'

Allan Barber(Interest): Unique funding model supports domestic red meat promotion

Guy Trafford (Interest): Tracking the dairy trends

Housing

Tamsyn Parker (Herald): RBNZ warning: House lending risk may be on the rise

Joel Maxwell( Stuff): New $1.5 billion project, same old problems as slippage starts on housing plan

Katie Bradford (1News): Restrictions on low-deposit home loans to stay in place, Reserve Bank announces

1News: Revealed: The most affordable place in New Zealand for first-home buyers

David Chaston (Interest): Some key low mortgage rates rise

Energy

ODT: High winds fell 33,000V power pole

RNZ:  Northland power outage affects tens of thousands of customers

Hamish Rutherford ( Herald- paywalled): Oil vessel prepares to leave Taranaki over hefty unpaid bill owed by Tamarind Resources

Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Power bills should drop by between $3 and $34 a month for most households in April


Health

RNZ: World's first HIV-positive sperm bank launches in New Zealand

Mike Houlahan (ODT): Elected board poised to take DHB reins

Mike Houlahan (ODT): SDHB has money to 'reflect community wishes’

RNZ:  Hepatitis Foundation former chief executive: 'Its reputation is damaged'

RNZ: Samoan medical staff say number of children with the disease keeps rising

Anusha Bradley(RNZ): Hawke's Bay DHB in triage over board appointments

Yvette McCullough (RNZ): Suicide Prevention Office opens its doors

Jason Wall(Herald): Government opens Suicide Prevention Office and commits $12m to Māori and Pacific suicide prevention

Rachael Kelly(Stuff): SDHB will not reopen the Lumsden Maternity Centre, despite MP saying funding available

1News: Concerned by delay, over 60 NZ health organisations call for immediate vaping regulations

Education 

Mike Houlahan (ODT): Inventive pupil aims for the stars

1News: Auckland University retaliates after Simon Bridges calls academic 'sweary bear'

Meriana Johnsen (RNZ): Christchurch school unable to get signoff for pā expansion

Elena McPhee (ODT): University pulls back on job cut plan

Rachael Kelly (Stuff): Brethren Church to build new campus at Gore but close its Invercargill school

Councils/Regional 

Matthew Littlewood (Stuff): Timaru District councillor expresses frustration at the amount of time taken to repair House Gallery

Logan Savory (Stuff): Invercargill City councillors call for review on consent processes

Jono Edwards (ODT): ORC to consider water processes overhaul

Luisa Girao (ODT): Deputy asks for review of consents process

Mani Dunlop (RNZ):  Ōwairaka protesters refuse to attend Tūpuna Maunga Authority hui

Aaron van Delden(RNZ): Council turning to greener wheels to cut emissions

Dominic Harris (Stuff): Christchurch council withholds details of CEO's $30,000 relocation spend

Cherie Sivignon(Stuff): 'No need for concern' over algae in Te Waikoropupū Springs

Dunedin City Council: New traffic monitoring system being installed

Whangarei District Council: Long-term, public plans for hotel coming to fruition

Nikki Macdonald( Stuff): How a local government information response got spun out of existence

Esther Ashby-Coventry (Timaru Herald): 16 tonnes of food diverted from Timaru landfill to kitchen tables

Esther Ashby-Coventry (Timaru Herald): Public input sought for proposed $1.5million Caroline Bay playground upgrade

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