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Bernard’s Pick of the links- Jan 27

Simon Bridges defends Philippines trip: 'There is a lot of common ground'; and BNZ sale price likely to top $10b, experts predict. 

Government/Politics

Dan Satherley (Newshub): Labour's Willie Jackson accuses National MP Chris Bishop of wanting to be 'Rambo'

Sarah Robson (RNZ): Focus on employment over increasing benefit levels - government, National Party

RNZ: Simon Bridges defends Philippines trip: 'There is a lot of common ground'

Cherie Sivignon (Stuff): Labour Party candidate for Nelson Rachel Boyack pledges push for new hospital

RNZ: New Zealand seen as least corrupt country in world - international report

NZ Herald (NZ Herald): Simon Bridges to Ratana: Challenge PM Jacinda Ardern on delivery to Māori 

Economy

Tom Pullar-strecker (Stuff): Higher airfares and rents again boost inflation

Corporate

Chris Keall (NZ Herald): Eden Park narrows loss, nears concert application

Anne Gibson (NZ Herald): 'So angry': Customers fume as awning business Total Cover folds

Debrin Foxcroft (Stuff): Failed awnings company leaves customers out of pocket and without shade

Banking/Insurance

Susan Edmunds (Stuff): BNZ sale price likely to top $10b, experts predict

Ben Leahy (NZ Herald): Offside: Soccer injury voids Auckland couple's travel insurance

Investing 

Steven Walton (Stuff): Apartment tower among ideas for Christchurch's Victoria Mansions

Transport

George Block (Stuff): Car dealer risks $600k fine by selling 'unacceptably loud' Holden Commodore V8

Cherie Sivignon, Georgia-May Gilbertson and Alice Angeloni (Stuff): Ferry sailings resume after gas leak in Picton

Guy Williams (ODT): Bus crash bystanders provided comfort and first aid

Ben Strang (RNZ): Reducing speed limits outside schools: 'Not happening as fast as it could'

RNZ: Flights diverted from Auckland Airport as runway repaired

Grant Bradley (NZ Herald): Chaos after Auckland Airport suddenly closes runway

Primary Industries

Suff: 'One size fits all' water policy slammed by Cr Michael Laws

Blair Jackson (Southland Times): We got it made: Derrick - an new invention to test 'the blood of the soil'

Brent Melville (ODT): Pressures weaken dairy land values

Damian Rowe (ODT): Staff shortages hurting rural industries in Southland

Housing

Joel Maxwell (Stuff): Inflated rents had upside for couple - showed how easily they could pay mortgage

Catherine Harris (Stuff): Building guarantees suspended after global insurer pulls out

Joel Maxwell (Stuff): Inflated rents had upside for couple - showed how easily they could pay mortgage

Stuff: Police warn Aucklanders to be vigilant about home maintenance scam

Kim Dungey (ODT): Dunedin container home: Outside the box

RNZ: Rising rents help drive up inflation in past three months

Matthew Littlewood (Stuff): Earthquake prone building register to increase, say council  

Tom Pullar-strecker (Stuff): Extra burdens on landlords 'major factor' in rental inflation, says National

Energy

RNZ: Auckland power outage: 'Businesses will have lost thousands of dollars'

RNZ: No compensation for businesses over Auckland CBD power outage - Vector

ODT: Protesters oppose Otago drilling plans

Southland Times: Bluff fire causing power outages

Health

RNZ: Wuhan virus: NZ experts to consider further active measures at borders

NZ Herald: Mediterranean, fasting and paleo diets: Do they work?

NZ Herald: Seven Kiwis registered in the city of Wuhan, shut down by coronavirus

Education 

Emma Perry (ODT): Students volunteer to clean up

John Gerritsen (RNZ): Schools across the country brace for unexpected enrolments

Councils/Regional 

Catherine Groenestein (Stuff): South Taranaki house will be sold to recover $10,000 rates debt

Barry Soper (NewstalkZB): Barry Soper: Why city councils are so unpopular

Emma Dangerfield (Stuff): Councillor childcare costs will be covered by the Waimakariri District Council

Maddison Northcott (Stuff): Relaxed summer jazz concerts on the lawn at Christchurch heritage building

Esther Ashby-Coventry (Timaru Herald): Drama Queens trio to change line up

Rob Kidd (ODT): Jail for incest, but no sex offender treatment

Chris Morris (ODT): Paperless parking test-run at Dunedin railway station

Chris Morris (ODT): Some wary of Octagon trial

Rachel Thomas (RNZ): Broken Mt Albert sewer tunnel pipe: Costly effort to divert millions litres of sludge

RNZ: Temperatures could soar past 35C for some this weekend

Andrew McRae (RNZ): Hamilton artists bring dull wall to life with mural featuring Waikato River, tūī

Doug Sail (Timaru Herald): Near record Thunder Down Under motor racing entries should boost Timaru district's economy

Luisa Girao and Laura Smith (ODT): Demolition begins in Invercargill

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