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Bernard’s Pick of the links- Dec 9

Kris Faafoi apologises to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, does not offer to resign; and Government moves to ban plastic fruit stickers, cutlery, and cotton buds.

Bernard’s pick of the links

Government/Politics
Tracy Watkins (Stuff): Labour can afford to lose some ministers - Kris Faafoi isn't one of them 
RNZ: The Week in Politics: The cannabis conflict has just begun
RNZ: Kris Faafoi apologises to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, does not offer to resign
Herald: 'Celebrities get influence': Bridges slams Labour over Faafoi case
Dan Satherley (Newshub): Kris Faafoi's position 'untenable' if claims proven - Simon Bridges
RNZ: PM must 'deal with' reports Kris Faafoi offered to help friend in immigration case - Simon Bridges
Rob Mitchell (Dominion Post): OPINION: Don't get too pumped on Govt moves to lower fuel prices
Stuff: Government moves to ban plastic fruit stickers, cutlery, and cotton buds
RNZ: Sustainable farming advice programme wins gov investment
Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Govt holds back on enacting proposed changes to divorce law  

Economy/Corporate/Investing
Gareth Vaughan (Interest): Big banks, credit rating agencies weigh in on RBNZ capital decisions
David Chaston (Interest): Why mortgage rates are rising after the RBNZ’s capital move
Gareth Vaughan (Interest): Boosting competition a 'positive externality' of RBNZ capital review
Stuff: Three economists put themselves in Adrian Orr's shoes
Eric Crampton (Stuff): Central banking: hitting two policy birds with one stone risks missing them both
Guy Trafford (Interest): Inside the latest on Fonterra’s payout and Yili’s moves 
Liam Dann (Herald): Mike Taylor’s picks for 2019, what we got right...and wrong
Stuff: Christchurch’s Specialised Container Services accused of trying to engage in price fixing
Stuff: KFC, Pizza Hut forced to apologise over handling of staff rape and harassment cases 
Phil Pennington (RNZ): Developer declined Rockwell group responsible for substandard building in Christchurch
RNZ: NZ bus services in Auckland to be cancelled from today
Wayne Brown (Stuff): - Auckland don't blow your one shot
Stuff: CIRCUIT: The Fraudster 
Jenée Tibshraeny (Interest): Robertson: There's 'no need' for farmers to 'bear the brunt' of new bank capital rules
Bill Bennett (Herald): Dynamic Business: Farmers 'learning to do more with less'
Paul McBeth (Business Desk.-paywalled): Fonterra says 'whole milk bucket' now delivering; powder price up 50%
RNZ: Production of red, berry-flavoured kiwifruit is under way
Marta Steeman (Stuff): A historic picture-postcard boat shed in Wellington sells for $350,000
Stuff: Homeowners who fought Stanley Group call for policing of builders
Stuff: The boom and bust of a runaway construction industry likely to continue into 2020
RNZ: AA warns motorists not to expect major drop in petrol prices
Pattrick Smellie (Business Desk.): The sun and natural gas: Todd Corp's $3b 'clean' electricity play
Adam Burns (ODT): First rung on property ladder getting higher
RNZ: Sale of troubled Tauranga subdivision expected to offset cost to ratepayers

Overseas
NY Times: Australia Burns Again, and Now Its Biggest City Is Choking
BBC: Hong Kong march: Thousands join largest pro-democracy rally in months
BBC: China exports fall again as US trade war continues
BBC: US jobs growth jumps in November

Lunchtime Leanbacks

The Guardian : Sorry, but I’ve lost my faith in tech evangelism 
Bloomberg: The Case for QE in India Is Getting Stronger
ABC News: Paddy Power pioneer quit betting industry because it 'was doing absolutely nothing about gambling addiction'
Bloomberg: India’s economy is in a screeching slowdown, thanks to Modi’s policy failures 
The Atlantic:Vietnam Draft Lotteries Were a Scientific Experiment 

The best of the rest

Government/Politics

Herald: 'Celebrities get influence': Bridges slams Labour over Faafoi case

Christina Persico (Stuff): Taranaki needs more Government investment - New Plymouth Mayor

Dan Satherley (Newshub): Kris Faafoi's position 'untenable' if claims proven - Simon Bridges

RNZ: PM must 'deal with' reports Kris Faafoi offered to help friend in immigration case - Simon Bridges

Rob Mitchell (Dominion Post): OPINION: Don't get too pumped on Govt moves to lower fuel prices

John Weeks (Stuff): Gun protesters plan to upstage Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern opening Auckland primary school

Will Trafford, Jason Walls (Herald): Jacinda Ardern confronted by gun owners at school opening

RNZ: Kris Faafoi apologises to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, does not offer to resign

RNZ: Sustainable farming advice programme wins gov investment

RNZ: Marlborough's at-risk catchment secures restoration funds

Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Govt holds back on enacting proposed changes to divorce laws

RNZ: Kris Faafoi apologises to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, but keeps his job

Tom Kitchin (Stuff): Gun buyback protester claims firearms owners used as 'scapegoat for police failings'

Stuff: Labour can afford to lose some ministers - Kris Faafoi isn't one of them 

RNZ: The Week in Politics: The cannabis conflict has just begun

Economy

Gareth Vaughan (Interest): Big banks, credit rating agencies weigh in on RBNZ capital decisions

David Chaston (Interest): More mortgage rate rises

Gareth Vaughan (Interest): Boosting competition a 'positive externality' of RBNZ capital review

Stuff: Government moves to ban plastic fruit stickers, cutlery, and cotton buds

Stuff: Three economists put themselves in Adrian Orr's shoes

Stuff: Central banking: hitting two policy birds with one stone risks missing them both

Corporate

Anne Gibson (Herald): Smales Farm's B:Hive wins top Festival of Architecture award

Guy Trafford (Interest): Big dairy signals 

ODT: Eye-care kit wins $153K grant

Faiz Siddiqui (Herald): Uber's long-awaited safety report reveals 3,000 sexual assaults in US rides last year

Claudia Macdonald (Herald): Marijuana watch: How stocks rise and dive by media chatter

Liam Dann (Herald): Market Watch: Our picks for 2019, what we got right...and wrong

David Clarkson (Stuff): Finance company may take civil action over frauds

Stuff: Christchurch company and director accused of trying to engage in price fixing

Herald: 'I wasn't being stupid': Queenstown businessman rolls Porsche

Stuff: KFC, Pizza Hut forced to apologise over handling of staff rape and harassment cases 

Investing 

Charlotte Jones (Stuff): New beachside retirement village planned near Whakatāne

Phil Pennington (RNZ): Developer declined Rockwell group responsible for substandard building in Christchurch

Emma Dangerfield (Stuff): Multi-use sports facility in Waimakariri finally under construction

Infrastructure

Dileepa Fonseka (Newsroom): Nation ‘$1b poorer’ if port leaves Auckland

Transport

Uber: Uber in NZ – a Year in Review

RNZ: NZ bus services in Auckland to be cancelled from tomorrow

RNZ: Wallace Street closure raises concerns among businesses and residents

NZTA: Haast highway, SH6, closure continuing through Saturday

Stuff: Port move - Auckland don't blow your one shot

Stuff: CIRCUIT: The Fraudster 

Overseas

NY Times: Australia Burns Again, and Now Its Biggest City Is Choking

Primary Industries

Jenée Tibshraeny (Interest): Robertson: There's 'no need' for farmers to 'bear the brunt' of new bank capital rules

Bill Bennett (Herald): Dynamic Business: Farmers 'learning to do more with less'

Paul McBeth (Business Desk.-paywalled): Fonterra says 'whole milk bucket' now delivering; powder price up 50%

RNZ: Production of red, berry-flavoured kiwifruit is under way

 

Housing

Stuff: Completely recycling and re-using housing - one student's "blue-sky" design project gaining traction

Greg Ninness (Interest): Prices started at $500,000 at Bayleys' latest commercial property auctions

Marta Steeman (Stuff): A historic picture-postcard boat shed in Wellington sells for $350,000

Stuff: Homeowners who fought Stanley Group call for policing of builders

Stuff: The boom and bust of a runaway construction industry likely to continue into 2020

Tech, Media (and Telecoms)

Chris Keall (Herald): Samsung's Galaxy Fold lands in NZ: The good, the bad and the bendy

Spark: Apple Watch Series 5 available to preorder

Energy

Daisy Hudson (ODT): Retrofitting from Aurora penalties?

Marc Daalder (Newsroom.Pro): Fixing a dysfunctional fuel market 

RNZ: AA warns motorists not to expect major drop in petrol prices

Pattrick Smellie (Business Desk.): The sun and natural gas: Todd Corp's $3b 'clean' electricity play

Health

Dan Satherley (Newshub): Measles killing tens of thousands more children now than it used to - WHO

RNZ: Chief Coroner opens inquiry into deaths linked to anti-epileptic medication

RNZ: Medical community divided over prescription-only recommendation for codeine

Accuro Health Insurance: Changes at the Top for Innovative Kiwi Health Insurer

Mariné Lourens (Stuff): Samoan communities in NZ 'deeply affected' by measles outbreak

Education 

Laura Walters (Newsroom.Pro): Finnish anti-bullying scheme answer to NZ’s woes? 

Stuff: Villa Maria College students team up with Christchurch activist to protect Avon River

Councils/Regional 

Kerrie Waterworth (ODT): Waiting game as water rises in Wanaka

Jono Edwards (ODT): Council nips hasty rail closure decision in bud

John Lewis (ODT): Donated truck helps charity to help more

Alexia Johnston (ODT): Alexandra added to boil-water list after contamination found

Adam Burns (ODT): First rung on property ladder getting higher

Libby Wilson (Stuff): Kūmara patch flourishing on street verge in Hamilton and the council's okay with it

Hawke's Bay Regional Council: Dairy Compliance on the up And up

Matthew Littlewood (Stuff): Mayor should step down from TDHL, report recommends

Matthew Littlewood (Stuff): Pesky predator seagull poses challenge to ECan        

Logan Savory (Stuff): Invercargill Mayor Sir Tim Shadbolt's remark to councillor investigated

Logan Savory (Stuff): Invercargill's Water Tower back under spotlight

Damian Rowe (Stuff): More kākā with leg deformities on Stewart Island

Kerrie Waterworth (ODT): Waiting game as waters rise

Chris Morris (ODT): Sanctions against Vandervis possible

Joanne Carroll (Stuff): Biker could be prosecuted for going through closed section of newest Great Walk

RNZ: Sale of troubled subdivision expected to offset cost to ratepayers

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