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Bernard’s Pick of the links- Jan 21

NZ First-linked company in Government loan bid says it met with Shane Jones; and new chief executive for Presbyterian Support Southland.

Bernard’s Pick of the Links

Conflicting interests - This could prove politically problematic for Shane Jones and New Zealand First. RNZ's Guyon Espiner reported that a forestry company with close links to New Zealand First gave a presentation to Jones about a project it was seeking a $15 million government loan for months before Jones says he first heard of it. National said Jones misled Parliament.

Political facial recognition - Auckland Transport dodged a bullet by deciding not to use China's Hikvision for its $4.5 million rollout of 6,000 surveillance cameras, Chris Keall reports behind the paywall at the Herald.


  • Hikvision's cameras are used to watch and identify dissidents in China and the Xingiang province in particular. AT went instead for Swedish company Axis Communications in partnership with IBM.

  • Question Time: Will MBIE keep using its Hikvision cameras?

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Economy/Business/Corporate

Xero trebled - The move by Xero from the NZX to the ASX was a unhelpful milestone for New Zealand's capital markets. BusinessDesk's Jenny Ruth writes behind the paywall at the Herald about whether it worked for Xero.


  • The short answer is yes. Xero's share almost trebled doubled since the November 2017 announcement, and not just because of a profit upgrade.

  • Key stat: The number of analysts covering Xero rose from four or five to 14 after the move.

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Lunchtime leanbacks

'Rotten edifice - Here’s a great Economist opinion leader on the global housing crisis. This sums it up:


  • “Far from shoring up capitalism, housing policies have made the system unsafe, inefficient and unfair. Time to tear down this rotten edifice and build a new housing market that works.”

  • Although there is a weird reference in the leader congratulating New Zealand on how it “recoups some of homeowners’ windfall gains through land and property taxes based on valuations that are frequently updated.”

  • It must be referring to the five year bright line test. There is no land tax yet. Good idea though. :)

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The best of the rest

Government/Politics

RNZ: Seymour unimpressed by Trump slogan 'conniptions'

Guyon Espiner (RNZ): NZ First-linked company in government loan bid says it met with Shane Jones 

Craig McCulloch (RNZ): Serious Fraud Office announcement over National donations expected in 'coming weeks'

Mackenzie Smith (RNZ): Internal Affairs probes second Auckland church over cryptocurrency links

Jason Walls (NZ Herald): National Party headquarters in Auckland burgled overnight

Sam Hurley (NZ Herald): Auckland man accused of breaching suppression in Grace Millane murder case gets suppression himself

1 News: Computers stolen during burglary at National Party headquarters in Auckland

Dan Satherley (Newshub): National might withdraw climate change teaching resource

Dan Satherley (Newshub): 'Negative ratings are off the scale': Is Simon Bridges National's very own David Cunliffe?

Jason Walls (NZ herald): National: Auditor-General should investigate Shane Jones' involvement in a NZ First-linked company's PGF bid

Tracy Neal (RNZ): Photo essay: Cape Farewell ecosanctuary a symbol of hope

RNZ: Parent welcomes changes to Funded Family Care

Mackenzie Smith (RNZ): Internal Affairs probes second Auckland church over cryptocurrency links

1 News: NZ-Britain free trade agreement on the agenda as minister travels to World Economic Forum

Economy

Roger J Kerr (Interest): New Zealand shooting itself in the foot with anti-farming policies 

Nick Smyth (Interest): Equities and bond yields nudge up 

Joseph E. Stiglitz (Newsroom.Pro): Stiglitz: The truth about the Trump economy

Dr Eric Crampton (Newsroom.Pro): The tender years

Corporate

Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Shopper says she'll have to travel 30km to supermarket after Countdown stopped delivering

Anne Gibson (NZ Herald): Which area is NZ's cinema capital? This Auckland suburb true home of Hollywood stars

ODT: Contracts can sort out unmatched expectation issues

Chris Keall (NZ Herald): Vodafone NZ gives staff Friday afternoons off until end of February

Aimee Shaw (NZ Herald)-Paywall: Scentre Group's Westfield Newmarket gobbles up shops on Auckland's Nuffield St

RNZ: Gentrack Group expects significant drop in sales and profit

Mary-Jo Tohill (Southland Times): Leap of faith pays off for award-winning southern travel agent

Stuff: New chief executive for Presbyterian Support Southland

John Anthony (Stuff): Failed travel agency Travel Globe issued customers 'fake tickets', liquidator says

Investing 

Joanne Holden (Stuff): New programme to help South Canterbury beneficiaries upgrade their driver licence coming

Transport

Chris Keall (Herald-Paywalled) Auckland Transport moves away from controversial surveillance camera maker

RNZ: Foggy conditions in the capital causes flight disruptions

Katarina Williams (Stuff): Airlines seek to clear backlog from Wellington Airport fog disruption

Emma Perry (ODT): Dunedin abuzz with boat visitors

John Anthony (Stuff): Air New Zealand's Auckland-New York airfares go on sale, with October 29 launch date

Chris Keall (NZ Herald): Auckland Transport moves away from controversial surveillance camera maker

Ruth Hill (RNZ): Airport contraband: Leave the Marmite at home, aviation security warns

RNZ: Blockage, slip cause delays for motorists in North Island

Dileepa Fonseka (Newsroom.Pro): Twyford eyes commuter trains for Hamilton and Tauranga         

Immigration

Amanda Cropp (Stuff): Immigration NZ stops more illegal sex workers from entering the country

Overseas

Reuters: China confirms spread of coronavirus as new cases surge

Primary Industries

Sally Rae (ODT): Happy to be involved with marketing bid

Sally Rae (ODT): Family and successful farming career built in Gore

Laura Smith (ODT): A&P show offers attractions aplenty

Maja Burry (RNZ): Minister Damien O'Connor monitors dry conditions in fear of drought in regions

Housing

Ruth Hill (RNZ): High house prices 'a threat to the middle class'

Anne Gibson (NZ Herald): New survey ranks NZ's most and least affordable cities

Catherine Harris (Stuff): Rising regions make NZ's housing market less affordable

Anne Gibson (NZ Herald): 'No homeless men' ad for CBD apartment slammed as 'totally insensitive'

Tracey Roxburgh (ODT): Landlord stung for not installing smoke alarms

David Hargreaves (Interest): Boost to economy from low interest rates 'undeniable' - especially in housing market      

Tech, Media (and Telecoms)

Bernard Hickey (Newsroom.Pro): Why the futures of 5G and 5 Eyes depend on Britain 

Energy

Colleen Hawkes (Stuff): Why does Mercury's projected power bill always appear grossly inaccurate?

Health

Anan Zaki (RNZ): More buildings and construction projects set to open in Christchurch this year

RNZ: Whooping cough bug becoming 'smarter', researchers warn

Lois Williams (Stuff): Old X-ray gear concerns hospital staff as West Coast town waits for new facility

Bess Manson (Stuff): No time to care: Is there a crisis in caring for the elderly?

Lois Williams (RNZ): Old x-ray gear on the edge as Coast waits for new hospital

Matthew Littlewood (Stuff): Toxic algal blooms will be ongoing, says medical officer of health

Farah Hancock (Newsroom): China’s new virus: What you need to know

Education 

Katy Jones (Stuff): Playing field evens out for boys and netball at Nelson secondary schools

Anusha Bradley (RNZ): Woman with disability left without home help over Christmas break

Molly Codyre (NZ Herald): Opinion- Interest on overseas student loans will only create more 'student loan exiles'

Dr Chris Bowden (Newsroom): Courage in the void of suicide

Councils/Regional 

RNZ: Fire and Emergency apologise after sirens sound through Bay of Plenty

Hamish McNeilly (Stuff): Newspaper building partially cordoned off after concrete falls on street below

Steven Walton (Stuff): Plan to attract central city dwellers in Christchurch already falling behind

Brent Melville (ODT): Cost could be sticking point in stadium naming rights

Kerrie Waterworth (ODT): 'Too much tourist pressure' in Queenstown

Felix Desmarais (NZ Herald): Rotorua councillor Raj Kumar claims mayor offered leadership role if he quit lobby group

Stuff: Fault triggers sirens across the North Island's east coast

Timaru Herald: Community survey begins Mackenzie District Plan review process

Mary-Jo Tohill (Stuff): New councillor has a passion for Owaka and tourism

Daisy Hudson (ODT): Wellers Rock to be protected

Lois Williams (RNZ): Freshwater Management Unit for Hokitika

Chloe Ranford (RNZ): Fisherman works to overturn proposed quad bike ban on Marlborough beach

      

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