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Bernard’s Pick of the links- Dec 16

 National eyes switch fuel taxes for car Road User Charges; and business leaders quiz finance minister on capacity to spend $12b.

Bernard's pick of the links

Government/Politics

Thomas Coughlan (Stuff) National eyes switch fuel taxes for car Road User Charges

Thomas Coughlan (Stuff) Axing fuel taxes shows National willing to play the long game

Steven Joyce (Stuff) Steven Joyce: We're spending more but have nothing to show for it

Susan Edmunds (Stuff) 'Pension' for kids could level income inequality between young and old

Glenn McConnell (Stuff): The future for volcano tourism in New Zealand

Amanda Cropp (Stuff): Three helicopter companies all unregistered for adventure activities

Martin van Beynen (Stuff):Whakaari/White Island boat tours generate $4.5m a year for iwi

Andrea Vance/Blair Ensor/Iain McGregor (Stuff) Investigation into Australia’s Kiwi deportation

Tony Wall/Hannah Martin (Stuff) Some rest homes are rejecting anti-psychotics in favour of person-centred care

BusinessDesk-paywalled: Business leaders quiz finance minister on capacity to spend $12b

RNZ: Auckland hospital bed shortage causing mental health 'crisis' - PSA

Mark Price (ODT): Blow to Queenstown Lakes bed tax plan

RNZ: MFAT confirms New Zealand as likely source of Samoa's measles epidemic

Chris Morris (ODT): Sale of council assets mooted

RNZ:Youngest ever CEO plans some TLC for disillusioned Te Papa staff
 

Economy/Corporate/Investing

Bonnie Flaws (Stuff): Comvita appoints new chief executive after troubled year

NZ Herald: Xero chair to retire early as family's health comes first

Aimee Shaw (NZ Herald):Pernod Ricard doubles profit amid pending closure of its Tamaki bottling facility

Tony Alexander (Stuff): Here are the 12 factors you can blame for higher house prices than your parents paid

Gareth Vaughan (Interest): Good and bad news for Antonia Watson in Deloitte's ANZ NZ report

RNZ: Scrapped National Party projects to be considered for $12 billion infrastructure package

Andrea Fox (NZ Herald-paywalled):Real cost of Auckland port to ratepayers would be unveiled if cars went: Tauranga port boss

Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Summer heat hits property market around New Zealand

Greg Ninness (Interest): Housing market generally firmer in November with record prices in 10 regions 

Herald Editorial (Paywalled) Editorial: Party time as recovering housing market boosts economic outlook

BusinessDesk-paywalled: Z Energy shares hit 5-yr low; rivals resist higher prices

BusinessDesk-paywalled:Genesis to keep third coal unit for back-up

Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Competition watchdog probed by MPs over $2.5m cost of petrol study

Brian Gaynor (Herald-Paywalled) A2 Milk CEO Jayne Hrdlicka's departure leaves many questions

Overseas

Reuters: China suspends planned tariffs scheduled for December 15 on some U.S. goods

Financial Times: China hit by biggest dollar bond default by state company in two decades

Financial Times:Fed plans to double repo market intervention to avoid cash crunch

Lunchtime Leanbacks

Bloomberg : Grocery-Packing Robots Are Aiming For World Domination

Renew Economy: UNSW scientists say they have key to unlock low-cost green hydrogen

Bloomberg :Private Equity Spies Profit in India's Distress

The best of the rest

Whakaari/White Island

RNZ:Hayden Marshall-Inman's brother speaks on emotional karakia near island

Robin Martin (RNZ): Locals warned not to take matters into their own hands

RNZ:  'I’m pretty confident by the looks of things' - pilot

Glenn McConnell (Stuff): The future for volcano tourism in New Zealand

Amanda Cropp (Stuff): Three helicopter companies all unregistered for adventure activities

Martin van Beynen (Stuff):Whakaari/White Island boat tours generate $4.5m a year for iwi

Stuff: Search for missing Kiwi guides, after six bodies retrieved

Kim Moodie (NZ Herald): Water, aerial searches for last two remaining bodies

ODT: 'It's not over yet': Dive team searching for remaining bodies

George Block, Tommy Livingston, Ruby Nyika (Stuff): Whakaari/White Island: Six bodies taken off island, two remain

Gerald Piddock (Stuff): Ensuring rāhui is honoured a huge task for cultural advisor

ODT: Liability for deaths may hinge on 'act of God' defence

Lunchtime Leanbacks

Bloomberg : Grocery-Packing Robots Are Aiming For World Domination

Renew Economy: UNSW scientists say they have key to unlock low-cost green hydrogen

Bloomberg :Private Equity Spies Profit in India's Distress

Government/Politics

Stuff: Christchurch councillor picked as National candidate for Port Hills electorate seat

NZ Herald-paywalled:Simon Bridges: You might be surprised what he thinks about the Auckland port and a high-wage economy

BusinessDesk-paywalled: Business leaders quiz finance minister on capacity to spend $12b

Economy

Bonnie Flaws (Stuff): Debt collector warned over likely harassment, coercion, misleading claims

Corporate

Brent Melville (ODT): Tuapeka Gold plans to expand

RNZ: Liquidators retrieve Cryptopia customer info from Arizona

Bonnie Flaws (Stuff): Comvita appoints new chief executive after troubled year

NZ Herald-paywalled: Our business heroes: Five leaders looking beyond the bottom line

NZ Herald: Xero chair to retire early as family's health comes first

Aimee Shaw (NZ Herald):Pernod Ricard doubles profit amid pending closure of its Tamaki bottling facility

BusinessDesk-paywalled:Xero chair to retire early as family’s health comes first

BusinessDesk-paywalled: Fletcher wins dispute with former accountant

Gareth Vaughan (Interest): Good and bad news for Antonia Watson in Deloitte's ANZ NZ report

Investing 

Tamsyn Parker (NZ Herald):How long it takes Kiwis to pay off debt after Christmas

Infrastructure

RNZ: Scrapped National Party projects to be considered for $12 billion infrastructure package

Andrea Fox (NZ Herald-paywalled):Real cost of Auckland port to ratepayers would be unveiled if cars went: Tauranga port boss

Transport

RNZ: Washed-out State Highway 6 could reopen by Christmas

NZ Herald: Weekend of strikes begins as Jetstar cancels more than 100 flights in Australia

Grant Bradley (NZ Herald-paywalled): International Air Transport Association gender campaign so far supported by a fifth of carriers

Abbey Palmer (ODT): Ahead of time and on budget: SH1 realignment completed

Overseas

Financial Times: China hit by biggest dollar bond default by state company in two decades

Financial Times:Fed plans to double repo market intervention to avoid cash crunch

Primary Industries

Esther Taunton (Stuff): Farmers angry at Te Papa over 'disgraceful' water quality display

NZ Herald-paywalled: Fonterra Kauri: 30 years of processing Northland milk

1News: Jacinda Ant-dern? New insect species named after NZ prime minister

ODT: Primary industries aiming to lead world in sustainability

Housing

Tony Alexander (Stuff): Here are the 12 factors you can blame for higher house prices than your parents paid

Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Summer heat hits property market around New Zealand

OneRoof: Auckland's median sales price hits 32-month high

NZ Herald:$6m building job blows out to $10m at 116-year-old veterans' building

Greg Ninness (Interest): Housing market generally firmer in November with record prices in 10 regions 

Energy

Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Competition watchdog probed by MPs over $2.5m cost of petrol study

BusinessDesk-paywalled: Z Energy shares hit 5-yr low; rivals resist higher prices

BusinessDesk-paywalled:Genesis to keep third coal unit for back-up

Health

RNZ: Auckland hospital bed shortage causing mental health 'crisis' - PSA

Kate Green (Stuff): People with measles on board flights from Apia to Auckland, and to Wellington

Eleanor Wenman (Stuff): Kiwi doctors point to lack of training, lack of funding as barriers for long-term contraception

Emma Russell (NZ Herald): Waikato burns surgeon breastfeeding newborn between operations

RNZ: MFAT confirms New Zealand as likely source of Samoa's measles epidemic

Emma Russell (NZ Herald):Auckland nurses rally together to donate to Whakatāne Hospital staff after 'devastating' trauma

Hawkes Bay Today: Infant in hospital with measles in Hawke's Bay

Education 

Pam Graham (Stuff): Logging trucks to avoid Solway School during school time

Stuff: University of Otago chaplain graduating posthumously, two years after death

Councils/Regional 

Logan Savory (Stuff): Invercargill Water Tower strengthening work to go ahead

Matthew Littlewood (Timaru Herald): Soundshell seating out of bounds for Christmas on The Bay

Matthew Littlewood (Stuff): Timaru District's state of emergency lifted

ODT: Dunedin joins World Cup bid

Mark Price (ODT): Blow to Queenstown Lakes bed tax plan

Chris Morris (ODT): Sale of council assets mooted

Mark Price (ODT): Bar owner back in business after flooding 

RNZ:Youngest ever CEO plans some TLC for disillusioned Te Papa staff

Jessica Long(Stuff): Te Papa appoints youngest chief executive to head national museum

Evan Harding (Stuff): Adopt a Family for Christmas ditched by Invercargill Salvation Army

Cherie Sivignon (Stuff): TDC tips bigger overall rates increase and debt level for 2020-21

NZ Herald-paywalled:Council to bring back Whanganui community awards after more than a decade

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