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Bernard’s Pick of the links- Dec 11

Tower boss quits after turning around $6.3m loss with risk-based insurance pricing strategy; and Prime Minister meets with rescuers of Whakaari / White Island survivors.

Whakaari/White Island

Stuff: Whakaari/White Island tour operators 'can't waiver their way out of safety obligations'

Amelia Wade (Herald): First responder tells of horror 'everyone was horrifically burnt'

Herald: Fears mount for Australian family of four

John Anthony(Stuff): Whakaari: This is the family that privately owns White Island

Herald: How Auckland's Buttle family came to own island

Herald: Why were tourists allowed on unsettled island?

1News: 'Their visit turned to horror' – eleven Australians 'unaccounted for' in White Island tragedy

RNZ: Tourists were screaming, others were in shock - witness

RNZ: Prime Minister meets with rescuers of Whakaari / White Island survivors

RNZ: Why tourists were allowed on the island

RNZ:'Nothing can really prepare you for an eruption like this'

RNZ:Pilots 'saved the day' - observer

Oliver Lewis (Stuff): Whakaari/White Island: 'Fantastic team work' in treating severely injured patients

 Government/Politics

Thomas Coughlan (Stuff) Matthews affair shows our watchdogs are vulnerable to anyone and everyone

Henry Cooke (Stuff): Green Party scrap Budget Responsibility Rules

Tim Murphy (Newsroom.Pro): When blackmail doesn’t mean blackmail 

Dileepa Fonseka (Newsroom.Pro): ‘Buyer’s remorse’ over auditor-general?  

Businessdesk-paywalled: NBR column 'hyperbole' not defamation, court told

Damian George (Stuff): National MPs launch campaign to bring forward construction of an extra Mt Victoria tunnel
Susan Botting (Stuff): Northland environmentalists say 'no' to Auckland port shift

Rowan Quinn (RNZ): Climate change: Auckland Council outlines plan to cut own emissions
 

Economy/Corporate/Investing

Debrin Foxcroft (Stuff) Home owners are becoming New Zealand's landed gentry, passing their wealth down

Statistics New Zealand: Tourism expenditure tops $40 billion

Interest: RBNZ to consult on new AT1 capital instruments in first half of 2020

Interest: Future sees local fiscal stimulus, extra bond supply and RBNZ on hold

Businessdesk-paywalled:Exporting unprocessed recycling becoming ‘unviable’

Herald-paywalled: Fran O'Sullivan: Respect vital to oil wheels of any port move

Rob Stock (Stuff): Queen of cream: A2 chief executive Jayne Hrdlicka's 18-month reign

Susan Edmunds and Catherine Harris (Stuff): Tower boss quits after turning around $6.3m loss with risk-based insurance pricing strategy

Chris Keall (Herald-paywalled) 5G: The UFB fibre killer?

Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Vodafone turns on 5G mobile service in main centres, with $10 surcharge coming

1News: Physics prof rebuts concerns about new 5G network, which will start being rolled out in NZ this month
 

The best of the rest

Whakaari/White Island

Al Williams (Stuff): Two survive helicopter crash in Hawkdun Range near Otematata

Jessie Long(Stuff): Passengers wait for news as Ovation of the Seas stays berthed in Tauranga

Stuff: White Island eruption: PM addresses Parliament

Stuff: Whakaari/White Island eruption: Family of four among group of tourists still missing

Stuff; 47 people were on the island when it erupted, leaving at least five dead

John Anthony(Stuff): Whakaari: This is the family that privately owns White Island

Brittney Deguara (Stuff): Skydivers watched smoke plume 'envelop island'

New Zealand Government: Prime Minister statement on White Island eruption

 Blair Ensor (Stuff): Australian tourist in hospital 'hurt pretty bad' with serious burns

Amelia Wade (Herald): First responder tells of horror 'everyone was horrifically burnt'

Herald: Australian schoolgirl Zoe Hosking and family among missing

Herald: Anxious wait for distraught relatives with 13 people presumed dead

Herald: Fears mount for Australian family of four

Herald: How Auckland's Buttle family came to own island

Herald: Why were tourists allowed on unsettled island?

1News: Malaysian tourist among five people confirmed dead from White Island volcanic eruption

1News: Police Minister calls White Island rescuers 'true heroes'

1News: 'Their visit turned to horror' – eleven Australians 'unaccounted for' in White Island tragedy

Katie Scotcher (RNZ):'I'd rather it was me than him out there' - Missing man Tipene Maangi's friend

RNZ: Tourists were screaming, others were in shock - witness

RNZ: Mother 'livid' after US newly-weds suffer burns in Whakaari / White Island eruption

RNZ: Prime Minister meets with rescuers of Whakaari / White Island survivors

RNZ: Why tourists were allowed on the island

RNZ:'Nothing can really prepare you for an eruption like this'

RNZ:Pilots 'saved the day' - observer

Oliver Lewis (Stuff): Whakaari/White Island: 'Fantastic team work' in treating severely injured patients

Government/Politics

Henry Cooke (Stuff): Green Party scrap Budget Responsibility Rules

RNZ:Christchurch mosque shooting: Police officers who apprehended alleged gunman named

Marine Lourens (Stuff): Hero cops who arrested terror suspect finally named

Jason Walls (Herald): 'Very unfair' – Police Minister Stuart Nash rejects White Island/ Pike River comparison

Interest: Greens ditch Govt's debt target & walk away from 'arbitrary' targets altogether

Tim Murphy (Newsroom.Pro): When blackmail doesn’t mean blackmail 

Dileepa Fonseka (Newsroom.Pro): ‘Writing’s on the wall’ for port 

Dileepa Fonseka (Newsroom.Pro): ‘Buyer’s remorse’ over auditor-general?  

Tim Murphy (Newsroom.Pro): Tweeting lands publisher in court 

Businessdesk-paywalled: NBR column 'hyperbole' not defamation, court told

Foreign Affairs (Trade and Defence)

Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom.Pro): What to do about the WTO’s woes 

Economy

Statistics New Zealand: Tourism expenditure tops $40 billion

Interest: RBNZ to consult on new AT1 capital instruments in first half of 2020

Interest: Future sees local fiscal stimulus, extra bond supply and RBNZ on hold

Aaron van Delden (RNZ):Problem gambling service stalled by recruitment woes

Businessdesk-paywalled:Exporting unprocessed recycling becoming ‘unviable’

Businessdesk-paywalled:NZX, EEX eye carbon auction opportunity

Corporate

Catherine Harris (Stuff): Supplements company GO Healthy fined over misleading advertising

Catherine Harris (Stuff): A2 Milk shares bounce back after CEO replaced

Rob Stock (Stuff): Queen of cream: A2 chief executive Jayne Hrdlicka's 18-month reign

Susan Edmunds and Catherine Harris (Stuff): Tower boss quits after turning around $6.3m loss with risk-based insurance pricing strategy

Herald: Go Healthy fined $337,500 for misleading 'made in NZ' claims

1News: GO Healthy fined over $300,000 for misleading 'NZ Made' claims about supplements

Businessdesk-paywalled:Tower CEO to depart late 2020

Businessdesk-paywalled:Work to do despite NZ’s high ranking for female entrepreneurs

Businessdesk-paywalled:USX hopes Takeovers Code exemption will lead to more listings

ODT: 'Awesome' awards for Wanaka Helicopters

ODT: Roasting coffee beans even better if you can watch

 Investing 

Samesh Mohanlall (Timaru Herald): Sea Breeze Motel sold to prominent Timaru businessmen

Infrastructure

Herald: Barry Soper: Auckland Port relocation decision could be a coalition breaker

Boris Jancic (Herald): No decision on new location for port: Jacinda Ardern

Georgina Campbell (Herald):National launches campaign over second Mt Vic tunnel for Wellington

Susan Botting (Stuff): Northland environmentalists say 'no' to Auckland port shift

Damian George (Stuff): National MPs launch campaign to bring forward construction of an extra Mt Victoria tunnel

Transport

NZTA: Rangitata bridge, SH1 remaining closed today

Jonathan Guildford and Oliver Lewis (Stuff): Weather relief allowing crews a 'good window' to clear South Island highway blockages

NZTA: Rakaia River bridge repairs coming up

Bernard Orsman (Herald): Auckland Mayor Phil Goff plans to make half of council fleet electric within five years

1News: 'Worldwide issue' causing serious check in delays at Auckland Airport

Timaru Herald: Arundel remains only route across flooded Rangitata River

ODT: Lime scooters for Queenstown?

Immigration

Danielle Clent( Stuff):'Global issue': Big delays for travellers at airports following passport processing issue

Herald: Travel 'chaos': Long delays at Auckland Airport due to 'worldwide' IT issue

Danielle Clent (Stuff):Big delays for travellers at New Zealand airports following passport processing issue

RNZ: Global IT outage delays flights from Auckland Airport

 

Primary Industries

Pam Graham (Stuff): Logging trucks pass school to Masterton station

Cherie Sivignon (Stuff): Council owned forest near Nelson may be replanted in natives and exotics

Sally Rae (ODT): Effectiveness of possum-control work questioned

Housing

Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Former P lab could still be worth nearly $1m

Shabnam Dastgheib (Stuff): How to find and manage a good rental property

Interest: Sales on half the properties at Barfoot & Thompson's latest auctions

Tech, Media (and Telecoms)

Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Vodafone turns on 5G mobile service in main centres, with $10 surcharge coming

1News: Physics prof rebuts concerns about new 5G network, which will start being rolled out in NZ this month

Stuff: Should universities be allowed to curb free speech?

Energy

Matthew Littlewood (Stuff): Waimate District Council warns of major drop in Alpine Energy dividend

Health

Boris Jancic (Herald): Health Minister David Clark defends DHB appointment process

RNZ: Govt provides $11m for households affected by PFAS contamination

Katarina Williams (Stuff):Bereavement leave proposed for parents affected by miscarriage and stillbirth

Education 

Herald -paywalled: Crimson Consulting once again fighting to keep court action secret

Councils/Regional 

ODT: Lime scooters for Queenstown?

Mark Price (ODT): Tonnes of driftwood to be cleared in lakes clean-up

Daisy Hudson (ODT): Octagon business owners air concerns

Lois Williams (Stuff): Plea for exceptions for West Coast in government’s wetland rules

Queenstown Lakes District Council: Council to consider agreement with Lime Scooters

Kapiti Coast District Council: Action on reducing unsafe speed welcomed

Tina Law (Stuff): Christchurch City councillors in line for 11 per cent pay rise

1News: 'Strong' 5.3 magnitude earthquake centred near Gisborne felt widely across the North Island

1News; Auckland Mayor vows to cut emissions, extend living wage in Budget proposal

1News: Changing river flows near Rangitata township prompt immediate evacuation order

RNZ: Strong 5.3 quake strikes south of Gisborne

Rowan Quinn (RNZ): Climate change: Auckland Council outlines plan to cut own emissions

Daisy Hudson (ODT): Groynes proposal on agenda 

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