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Bernard’s Pick of the links- Jan 29

PM announces date of 2020 general election; and bumpy year ahead for tourism thanks to virus travel bans.

Bernard’s Pick of the Links
Government/Politics
Deal done? Jane Patterson (RNZ) New details revealed as Cabinet agrees on RNZ, TVNZ public broadcasting decision

Key quote: RNZ understands they have signed off on a high-level decision to proceed and to commission a business case, after the Minister for Broadcasting, Kris Faafoi, presented a revised paper on Monday. 

The details: ‘RNZ has also been told the amended proposal puts a specific emphasis on the fact the new company will be primarily a public service media outlet, and to ensure that is made crystal clear in any legislation, and through a charter.’ 

Not a good look - ‘A spokeswoman for Education Minister Chris Hipkins said he hadn't "been advised" about the purchase "and it will be for the university to defend" Ben Leahy (NZ Herald-$$$) University of Auckland splurges $5m on Parnell pad for new vice-chancellor Everyone seems to want to be a landlord these days…

Shovel Ready is the word of the day - ‘Stuff understands that one of the key requirements for the projects that will be announced later today, was that they will be ready to go quickly.’ Shovel ready is the word… Luke Malpass (Stuff) Jacinda Ardern starts election clock ticking

A good overview from Audrey - ‘Momentum is what Jacinda Ardern wanted at the start of election year and it looks as though she has got it. With the naming of the election date today and the mega infrastructure projects to be unveiled tomorrow, she is using her greatest electoral weapon, incumbency. Oppositions speculate, Governments do.’

Audrey Young (NZ Herald-$$$) Jacinda Ardern's greatest weapon - incumbency 

Which ones? - "There's a bunch of already consented RoNS (roads of national significance) we would hope too see being brought forward," said Infrastructure NZ chief executive Paul Blair. These could include the Bay of Plenty northern link from Tauranga to Katikati, the Otaki to north of Levin expressway road project, the Penlink (peninsula link road) alternative route between the Whangaparaoa Peninsula and State Highway 1 at Redvale, the upgrade of the Redoubt-Mill Rd corridor from Manukau and Flat Bush to Papakura and Drury and upgrades to Hamilton' Southern and Eastern Corridors:

Liam Dann (NZ Herald-$$$) Green light expected for new roads in $12b spend-up

Key quote: Infrastructure NZ CEO: Paul Blair "Our execution muscle has been left to go a bit flabby," Blair said. "But it is chicken and egg. If you give the industry certainty of a multi-year pipeline, and that it will survive political cycles, then business will invest and we will find the firms lining up to deliver it."

Brain trauma and justice - This is a big story for the Justice and Social Development systems. Thomas Manch and Collette Devlin (Stuff) Tramatic brain injuries like Teina Pora case common in criminal justice system - report

 Key quote: ‘The studies revealed that almost all women and two thirds of men in the justice system have had at least one traumatic brain injury. Between 15 per cent and 50 per cent of such injuries can have a persistent impact, such as increased impulsiveness, aggression, mood problems, and mental health issues.’

Dirty Diesels - Diesel car and truck drivers are removing diesel particulate filters legally to increase performance and fuel efficiency, but which massively increase the release of harmful particulates and nitrous oxide.” Juha Saarinen (Herald-$$$) Juha Saarinen: Deadly diesels done dirt cheap

Key quote: ‘For now, diesel vehicles like utes that are very popular as company cars due to favourable tax treatment, and heavy lorries and machinery can pollute almost indiscriminately thanks to loopholes in emissions testing rules.’

Susan Edmunds (Stuff) Retirement Commissioner backtracks on call to raise pension age because Kiwis can't afford it

Tamsyn Parker (NZ Herald) NZ Super back-flip: Age rise not needed for next 30 years

Collette Devlin (Stuff) Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern confirms 53 Kiwis in Wuhan and 'very difficult' to bring home

NZ Herald: Jacinda Ardern accused of 'climate hypocrisy' by Barnaby Joyce

Thomas Coughlan (Stuff) There's nothing wrong with lobbying - so why won't the Government prove it?

Climate change minister James Shaw will announce the distribution of around $10m of the $200m decarbonisation budget on Wednesday.

Henry Cooke (Stuff) Government starts to take public sector off coal with eight schools and a hospital

Lois Williams (RNZ): West Coast Councils lobby for new conservation board members, says board is too 'green'

Sam Kilmister (Stuff) National MP Barbara Kuriger’s son pleads guilty to ill-treating dairy cows; charges against husband Louis Kuriger dropped

Economy/Business/Corporate/Investing

Tina Law (Stuff) Lyttelton Port consented to triple size of container terminal

Jake Kenny (Stuff) The Christchurch startup changing the fruit picking game

Overseas

Guardian: Foreign secretary tells MPs government will introduce strict limits on Chinese firm designated ‘high-risk vendor’

BBC Huawei set for limited role in UK 5G networks

Reuters: Reaction to UK allowing Huawei a role in 5G network

Guardian: Trump unveils 'realistic two-state solution' for Middle East peace Palestinians absent as plan offers route to statehood but recognises Israeli settlements in West Bank

BBC: Trump releases long-awaited Middle-East peace plan

Reuters: China sure of slaying 'devil' virus, Hong Kong to cut links

Guardian: Hong Kong cuts China transport links as coronavirus toll mounts

Lunchtime leanbacks

‘Dear Philanthropist’ - Vulture capitalists are buying America’s biggest papers and slashing costs. Now reporters are fighting back. NY Times: Worried Reporters Make a Plea: Please Buy Our PaperAs hedge funds take a greater role in newspaper chains, journalists at the Chicago Tribune and elsewhere are sending out an S.O.S.

MADness - The principles of deterrence and ‘Mutually Assured Destruction” depends on each side knowing they can destroy the other because the missiles ‘will always get through’. That is blown out of the water by these sorts of weapons.

Key quote: The hypersonic weapons “are hard to stop, they can maneuver, they’re unpredictable” and “hard to detect” so “you don’t have a lot of time” to respond. Some of the weapons may travel beyond the earth’s atmosphere or be sent from space after separating from a rocket launched from Earth.

Anthony Capaccio (Bloomberg) Pentagon to Test Hypersonic Missiles at Five Times the Speed of Sound

The best of the rest
Government/Politics
Jason Walls (NZ Herald): Green co-leader Marama Davidson appears to have targeted Shane Jones

Henry Cooke and Laine Moger (Stuff): Green co-leader Marama Davidson confirms run in Māori seat of Tāmaki Makaurau

Collette Devlin (Stuff): Coronavirus: Schools told to keep staff and students recently in China away from classroom

Hamish McNeilly (Stuff): Inland Revenue supporting 'second-class workforce' by increasing temp agency staff

Jenée Tibshraeny (Interest): New election, same housing dilemma 

RNZ: Coronavirus update: 53 New Zealanders in Wuhan city

Ben Strang (RNZ): Call for government to deliver on promise to act on rodeos

RNZ: PM announces date of 2020 general election

RNZ: Climate, inequality and housing on Green Party's agenda for 2020

Evan Harding (Southland Times): New Zealand workers have had a gutsful: Union organiser

Economy
Amanda Cropp (Stuff): Bumpy year ahead for tourism thanks to virus travel bans

RNZ: Wuhan coronavirus: New Zealand sharemarket takes a hit

Corporate
Grant Bradley (NZ Herald): Coronavirus: How New Zealand's aviation workers are coping

Nikki Macdonald (Stuff): Survey finds worrying holes in management and accessibility of public records

RNZ: Post-Christmas blues for NZ Post customers waiting on gifts

Jonathan Guildford (Stuff): Rescue helicopter sent after person injured by train at North Otago freezing works

Evan Harding (Southland Times): New Zealand workers have had a gutsful: Union organiser

Transport
Chris Keall (Herald-$$$) ACC e-scooter claims hit new high of $5.3m - so why is Government in slow lane?

Juha Saarinen (Herald-$$$) Juha Saarinen: Deadly diesels done dirt cheap

Catherine Harris (Stuff): Airports accuse airlines of pushing up domestic airfares after curbing flights 

Grant Bradley (NZ Herald): Coronavirus: How New Zealand's aviation workers are coping

RNZ: Fullers stands by choice to cancel ferries in Auckland over cruise ship claims

RNZ: Wheel clampers can't charge more than $100

RNZ: Air NZ warns significant items will hit bottom line

Immigration
Phil Pennington (RNZ): Russell Crowe's backing sought for class action over NZers' treatment in Australia 

Primary Industries
Jake Kenny (Stuff) The Christchurch startup changing the fruit picking game

Catherine Harris (Stuff): Dry weather bodes well for Wairarapa wineries after previous frost-bitten harvest

Ben Strang (RNZ): Call for government to deliver on promise to act on rodeos

Maja Burry (RNZ): Cherry growers hit by second tough season in a row

Sam Kilmister (Stuff) National MP Barbara Kuriger’s son pleads guilty to ill-treating dairy cows; charges against husband Louis Kuriger dropped

Housing

Brittany Keogh (Stuff): Siblings fight over $5.7m estate of scientist who helped free Arthur Allan Thomas

Jenée Tibshraeny (Interest): New election, same housing dilemma 

Energy

RNZ: Another power outage hits central Auckland, affecting traffic signals

Science

Thomas Manch and Collette Devlin (Stuff) Tramatic brain injuries like Teina Pora case common in criminal justice system - report

Tech and Media

Chris Keall (Herald-$$$) ACC e-scooter claims hit new high of $5.3m - so why is Government in slow lane?

Health

Jason Walls (NZ Herald): New Zealand embassy in Beijing remains closed as Kiwis fear for their lives in Wuhan

Collette Devlin (Stuff): Coronavirus: Schools told to keep staff and students recently in China away from classroom

RNZ: Coronavirus update: 53 New Zealanders in Wuhan city

RNZ: Person who died after travelling to China being investigated for coronavirus

Mackenzie Smith (RNZ): NZ virus case may mean ban on Pacific flights, government told

RNZ: Wuhan coronavirus: 'It's highly likely we will get a case in NZ'

Jonathan Guildford (Stuff): Rescue helicopter sent after person injured by train at North Otago freezing works

Samesh Mohanlall (Timaru Herald): Face masks selling fast in South Canterbury

Samesh Mohanlall (Timaru Herald): South Canterbury District Health Board planning for coronavirus

RNZ: Warning over possible Hepatitis A exposure at Christchurch's Madam Woo

RNZ: New Zealand mum stuck in locked-down Wuhan pleads for evacuation 

Chris Keall (Herald-$$$) ACC e-scooter claims hit new high of $5.3m - so why is Government in slow lane?

Education 

Collette Devlin (Stuff): Coronavirus: Schools told to keep staff and students recently in China away from classroom

RNZ: KidsCan says continued hardship for families is impacting education

John Lewis (ODT): School’s in, sun’s out across most of South

John Gibb (ODT): Public lectures part of city classics conference

Evan Harding (Southland Times): New Zealand workers have had a gutsful: Union organiser

Damian Rowe (Stuff): Several Southland secondary schools have opted out of a donations scheme

Justice

Thomas Manch and Collette Devlin (Stuff) Tramatic brain injuries like Teina Pora case common in criminal justice system - report

Environment

Lois Williams (RNZ): West Coast Councils lobby for new conservation board members, says board is too 'green'

Charlotte Jones (RNZ): Resident fears asbestos may leach into drinking water

Juha Saarinen (Herald-$$$) Juha Saarinen: Deadly diesels done dirt cheap

RNZ: Warning over possible Hepatitis A exposure at Christchurch's Madam Woo

John Lewis (ODT): Artist ready to paint over rubbish if public react

ODT: Up close and personal with dolphins

Councils/Regional 

David Fisher (NZ Herald $$$) Big Read: The inside story of a Facebook scrap with council - and claims of covert surveillance

Christina Persico (Stuff)-OPINION: Council meetings are starting again for the year and you should care

RNZ: Remembrance service to mark one year on Christchurch mosque attack

Charlotte Jones (RNZ): Resident fears asbestos may leach into drinking water

Samesh Mohanlall (Timaru Herald): Face masks selling fast in South Canterbury

John Lewis (ODT): Severe wind to hit South this week

John Gibb (ODT): Public lectures part of city classics conference    

John Lewis (ODT): Artist ready to paint over rubbish if public reacts

Joanne Holden (Stuff): Timaru self-service milk machine owners considering second security camera

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