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Bernard’s Pick of the links- Dec 17

National Leader Simon Bridges is promising his party will be the 'party of infrastructure'; and Sir Peter Jackson's Wellington election spend.

Bernard's pick of the links

Government/Politics

John Anthony (Stuff) Sir John Key sells mansion for $23.5m in what was NZ's second biggest house sale of 2017

Amanda Cropp (Stuff) Tourism industry body backs Whakaari/White Island chopper operators in registration row

Thomas Manch (Stuff) 'Snot those guys': Secret GCSB emails reveal Operation Burnham chatter

Audrey Young (Herald-Paywalled) The Kiwi digital whizzes who helped Boris Johnson win a landslide

John Gerritsen (RNZ) Schools' fraud controls lacking, auditing expert warns

Anuja Nadkarni (Stuff): Holiday park and owner to pay $680,350 for exploitation

Dominion Post Editorial Fuel tax or road-user charges - either way, you still pay

Jason Walls (NZ Herald):National Leader Simon Bridges is promising his party will be the 'party of infrastructure'

Jason Walls ( NZ Herald-paywalled):Jacinda Ardern made waves on the world stage in 2019 but faced issues back home

Audrey Young (NZ Herald-paywalled):Simon Bridges draws lessons from Boris Johnson's landslide in UK election

1News: National pledge drug driving tests, cancelling KiwiBuild and fuel tax alternatives

1News:Green Party condemns My Food Bag for beneficiaries

Henry Cooke (Stuff): National promises to repeal and replace RMA

Tom McKinlay (ODT): Time for climate change action

Jenée Tibshraeny (Interest):  KiwiBuild brand to go under National-led govtKiwiBuild brand to go under National-led govt 

1News: 'This is a public health crisis' - City Mission calls for food insecurity measure to understand issue of poverty

Farah Hancock (Newsroom): Flawed forecasting? Why MMR vaccine ran out 

NZ Herald: Revealed: Sir Peter Jackson's Wellington election spend

Joanne Carroll (Stuff) Payment for Hokitika Racecourse kept secret by district council

Economy/Business/Corporate

BusinessDesk-paywalled: Meridian, Contact accused of $60m power market abuse

RNZ:Clearcut UK poll result a boost for NZ exporters

Ian Verrender (ABC Australia) A2 Milk's ousting of high-flying female CEO Jayne Hrdlicka leaves a lot unanswered

Matt Nippert (NZ Herald): Māori King's adviser Rangi Whakaruru admits fraud charges

Interest: Economic growth is slower, but hasn't ground to a halt and may now have reached the bottom

David Hargreaves (Interest): Economic growth is slower, but hasn't ground to a halt and may now have reached the bottom

Jamie Gray (NZ Herald):Greg Foran's plan for his first 100 days as CEO of Air NZ

BusinessDesk -paywalled:Sanford shareholders back value focus as Sealord profits on volume play

BusinessDesk -paywalled: Taco Bell sales at $100k a week as Restaurant Brands ups 3Q revenue

BusinessDesk -paywalled:"Boring" plodders rank among NZ's top 10 performing stocks

Gareth Vaughan (Interest): ANZ's on the block finance company UDC posts record annual profit 

Anne Gibson(NZ Herald):Tiny house company fails leaving buyers with partly-built homes

Anne Gibson(NZ Herald): Property developers fined $123k for breaking overseas investment rules

Phil Pennington(RNZ):Document release reveals further concerns about building products quality scheme, CodeMark

Georgina Campbell (NZ Herald):National moots regional transport authorities for Wellington and Canterbury

Charlie Dreaver(RNZ): National proposes to scrap Auckland's regional fuel tax, start congestion charge

Stuff: Jetstar announces 10 per cent of flights to be cancelled in January

Chris Keall( NZ Herald-paywalled): 5G deal: Māori will be able to onsell spectrum

Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): 5G deal a unique opportunity, say Māori negotiators

BBC Business: Profile of Nick Mowbray - How a university dropout built a toy empire

BusinessDesk -paywalled:OMV details Pohokura output cuts

Overseas

Reuters: Factbox: What is actually in the U.S.-China 'Phase One' trade deal?

New York Times: Trump Officials Praise Gains From China Deal, but They Come at a Cost

Bloomberg: Boeing has a $50 billion headache

New York Times: China’s Hard-Liners Win a Round in Trump’s Trade Deal

Bloomberg: How Trump’s Trade War Went From Method to Madness 

Reuters: China to target around 6% growth in 2020, step up state spending

SMH: Australia drops pledge to eliminate net Federal debt by end of next decade

ABC Australia: Federal Government budget surplus revised down to $5 billion amid forecast revenue slump


Lunchtime Leanbacks


New York Times: Fashion Nova’s Secret: Underpaid Workers in Los Angeles Factories. The online retailer makes fast fashion for the Instagram elite. The way many of its garments are made is much less glamorous.

Eudaimonia : This is How a Society Dies

New York Times: China’s Companies Binged on Debt. Now They Can’t Pay the Bill

Productivity Commission: From sewing machinist to software programmer

Best of the rest

Whakaari/White Island

Sam Sherwood (Stuff): Families pay their respects to Whakaari/White Island dead from the sea nearby

Sam Sherwood (Stuff): Families pay their respects to Whakaari/White Island dead from the sea nearby

Stuff: Whakaari/White Island: Country stands still to remember volcano victims

RNZ: Cruise company could face lawsuits - legal expert

NZ Herald: Ovation of the Seas' passenger care criticised

NZ Herald:The dead, the missing and the injured

AAP:Heartbroken, tearful cruise ship passengers return home following White Island tragedy

1News:Four more victims formally identified in Whakaari/White Island eruption

1News: Police Commissioner hits out at critics as search continues for bodies remaining at White Island

1News: Specialist soldiers pushed 'past normal limits of exertion' in challenging White Island recovery mission

Stuff: Whakaari/White Island eruption: Volcano cruise labelled a 'prison ship'

Government/Politics

Jason Walls (NZ Herald):National Leader Simon Bridges is promising his party will be the 'party of infrastructure'

Damien Venuto( NZ Herald-paywalled):Medicinal cannabis: Former MP Peter Dunne calls on Government to get ball rolling

Jason Walls ( NZ Herald-paywalled):Jacinda Ardern made waves on the world stage in 2019 but faced issues back home

Audrey Young (NZ Herald-paywalled):Simon Bridges draws lessons from Boris Johnson's landslide in UK election

1News: National pledge drug driving tests, cancelling KiwiBuild and fuel tax alternatives

AAP:Australian Foreign Minister to meet with Jacinda Ardern to express 'deep appreciation' for White Island response

1News:Nationwide gun buyback scheme ends this week with final blitz of events

1News:Green Party condemns My Food Bag for beneficiaries

Henry Cooke (Stuff): National promises to repeal and replace RMA

Tom McKinlay (ODT): Time for action

Jenée Tibshraeny (Interest):  KiwiBuild brand to go under National-led govtKiwiBuild brand to go under National-led govt 

Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom.Pro): Peters plans to buck NZ First’s post-Govt record  

Foreign Affairs (Trade and Defence)

RNZ:Clearcut UK poll result a boost for NZ exporters

Economy

BusinessDesk -paywalled:Slowing service sector activity may weigh on 4Q economic growth

Aimee Shaw (NZ Herald-paywalled):The lie that Kiwis are telling themselves this Christmas

Matt Nippert (NZ Herald): Māori King's adviser Rangi Whakaruru admits fraud charges

1News:Māori King's advisor pleads guilty to fraud charges, including for gastric bypass surgery

Edward Gay (Stuff):Māori King's chief adviser admits fraud charges over gastric band surgery

Interest: Economic growth is slower, but hasn't ground to a halt and may now have reached the bottom

David Hargreaves (Interest): Economic growth is slower, but hasn't ground to a halt and may now have reached the bottom

Roger J Kerr (Interest): Global risks dissipate, Kiwi dollar surge to continue

Corporate

Jamie Gray (NZ Herald):Greg Foran's plan for his first 100 days as CEO of Air NZ

BusinessDesk -paywalled:Sanford shareholders back value focus as Sealord profits on volume play

BusinessDesk -paywalled: Taco Bell sales at $100k a week as Restaurant Brands ups 3Q revenue

BusinessDesk -paywalled:"Boring" plodders rank among NZ's top 10 performing stocks

Interest: ANZ's on the block finance company UDC posts record annual profit

Anuja Nadkarni (Stuff): Holiday park and owner to pay $680,350 for exploitation

Gareth Vaughan (Interest): ANZ's on the block finance company UDC posts record annual profit 

Investing 

Anne Gibson(NZ Herald): Property developers fined $123k for breaking overseas investment rules

Alice Geary (Timaru Herald): Work begins on hockey club's $2.6m upgrade project

ODT: Investors should be conscious of three types of risk

Evan Harding (Southland Times): Demolition signs up as Invercargill CBD transformation looms

BusinessDesk-paywalled: Meridian, Contact accused of $60m power market abuse

Infrastructure

Phil Pennington(RNZ):Document release reveals further concerns about building products quality scheme, CodeMark

Interest: KiwiBuild brand to go under National-led govt

John Lewis (ODT): Controversial cargo unloaded after checks on wharf

Transport

NZ Herald:Qantas flight forced to return to Sydney after cabin fills with smoke

Georgina Campbell (NZ Herald):National moots regional transport authorities for Wellington and Canterbury

Charlie Dreaver(RNZ): National proposes to scrap Auckland's regional fuel tax, start congestion charge

Dileepa Fonseka (Newsroom.Pro): No ‘specific solution’ for light rail  

Stuff: Jetstar announces 10 per cent of flights to be cancelled in January

Immigration

NZ Herald: Holiday park ordered to pay a record $680,000 for exploiting three migrant workers

1News: Waikato holiday park owner ordered to pay record $680k for 'nightmare' exploitation of workers

Anuja Nadkarni (Stuff): Holiday park and owner to pay $680,350 for exploitation

Overseas

New York Times: Trump Officials Praise Gains From China Deal, but They Come at a Cost

Bloomberg: Boeing has a $50 billion headache

New York Times: China’s Hard-Liners Win a Round in Trump’s Trade Deal

Bloomberg: How Trump’s Trade War Went From Method to Madness 

Reuters: China to target around 6% growth in 2020, step up state spending

Primary Industries

Sally Rae (ODT): Farmers need direction: Hewett

Damian Rowe (Stuff): Tractor simulator helps southern farming students gain driving time

BusinessDesk-paywalled: Chinese importer seeks delay in Zespri case 

BusinessDesk -paywalled: High dairy debt may curb ability to meet challenges ahead - MPI

Danielle Clent (Stuff): Death of dogs, cows, due to 1080 poisoning in Northland spark system changes

RNZ:Primary exports to reach $48bn in 2020 - MPI

Housing

Anne Gibson(NZ Herald):Tiny house company fails leaving buyers with partly-built homes

Interest: Big jump in the number of new homes being completed in Auckland

David Chaston (Interest): Even more mortgage rate rises

Tech, Media (and Telecoms)

Gyles Beckford (RNZ): Telcos gearing up for 5G spectrum auction in 2020

Chris Keall( NZ Herald-paywalled): 5G deal: Māori will be able to onsell spectrum

Chris Keall (NZ Herald):Sky finally lets you cast Sky Go to a big screen

BusinessDesk -paywalled:Maori Council backs short-term 5G spectrum allocation

Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): 5G deal a unique opportunity, say Māori negotiators

Energy

BusinessDesk -paywalled:OMV details Pohokura output cuts

Health

Jessie Chiang (RNZ): Big rise in number of Asians seeking mental health help in Auckland

1News: 'This is a public health crisis' - City Mission calls for food insecurity measure to understand issue of poverty

Farah Hancock (Newsroom): Flawed forecasting? Why MMR vaccine ran out 

Samesh Mohanlall (Timaru Herald): Fluoridation of water 'not even an issue', Timaru dentist says

Eleanor Wenman (Stuff): Man misses out on donating to a friend, donates to stranger instead

Education 

RNZ: Auckland's Meadowbank School lockdown lifted

Kate Green (Stuff): Wellington school gets visit from international wildlife warrior

Warwick Rasmussen (Stuff):Dozens of eligible schools say no thanks to millions in Government donation money

John Gibb (ODT): Living near campus makes for ‘great team players’

John Gibb (ODT): Lessons will build resilience: academic

John Lewis (ODT): 400-pupil primary school gets the tick

Councils/Regional 

Ana Zaki (RNZ): New Christchurch justice precinct needs too many repairs and too small, union says

Bernard Orsman (NZ Herald-paywalled):Auckland Council boss reminded about conflicts of interest after showing interest in public boat yard

Jessica Long (Stuff):Wellington tourism figures up but still losing out to Auckland, Canterbury, Otago

Stuff: Move over Cuba St: Ghuznee is now the coolest little street in Wellington

Cherie Sivignon (Stuff): Design concept for new $5 million Motueka Library approved

Matthew Littlewood (Stuff): Cadets and deerstalkers to move together away from Patiti Point erosion

Chris Morris (ODT): Housing obstacle removed

Daniel Birchfield (ODT): No plans for more signs after fatal crash

Adam Burns (ODT): Clock to mark Rotary’s time: 40 years serving community

Hamish MacLean (ODT): Council approves Macallan House demolition

ODT: Singles going steady

Gary Farrow (Stuff): French mayor says town did not chart the direction of Kiwi war memorial museum

Gary Farrow (Stuff): Waterpark headed for Karapiro - organisers think they've struck a winning formula

Esther Ashby-Coventry (Timaru Herald): New Temuka Christmas lights get attention - good and bad

NZ Herald: Revealed: Sir Peter Jackson's Wellington election spend

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