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Bernard’s Pick of the links- Feb 17

Government seeks power to seize reins over electricity industry; and property investors to blame for NZ's high house prices, not lack of supply, researcher says.  

Bernard’s Pick of the links

Government/Politics/Policy/Regulation 

Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Government seeks power to seize reins over electricity industry

Kate MacNamara (Stuff) A year of anger between Reserve Bank governor Adrian Orr and NZ Initiative's Roger Partridge

 John Armstrong (TVNZ) Ardern must grow a backbone and remind Peters who's the boss Andrea Vance (Stuff) Snooping on journalists is an attempt to silence and shut them down

TVNZ Q+A National set to promise tax cuts in upcoming election

Matthew Hooton (NZ Heral-$$$) Jacinda Ardern should eye tax cuts to scupper National Stuff: OPINION: A second act for RNZ Concert

Jamie Ensor (Newshub): Labour's Willie Jackson says photographing journalists 'unusual' after Winston Peters' admission, denial

Susan Edmunds (Stuff) First-home buyer's dream shattered by Government purchase

Leigh-Marama McLachlan (RNZ): Māori Party lays out strategy for revival

Phil Pennington (RNZ): Kāinga Ora rubs up against councils in housing consents

Isra'a Emhail (RNZ): Housing crisis: I'm scared my kids are going to live that same struggle

Joel MacManus (Stuff) 'Bottomless': The cost of fixing Wellington's water woes John Anthony (Stuff): Auckland Airport called into meeting with transport minister over runway problems

Gill Bonnett (RNZ): Forty percent fall in deportations from New Zealand

RNZ: Winston Peters and those photos: The legal and ethical implications

RNZ: Wellington's Transmission Gully project blows out by extra $191m

Amy Williams (RNZ) Woman charged with importing illegal bear bile crystals

Economy/Business/Corporate/Investing

Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Property investors to blame for NZ's high house prices, not lack of supply, researcher says

Louisa Steyl (Southland Times): The Halter collar lets farmers manage herds from anywhere

NZ Herald: Kathmandu founder Jan Cameron faces criminal charges

Damien Venuto (NZ Herald): Mercury Energy set to poke gas-guzzling bear of middle NZ

RNZ: Sir Bob Jones withdraws defamation case against filmmaker Renae Maihi

Phil Pennington (RNZ): Kāinga Ora rubs up against councils in housing consents

David Chaston (Interest): A new 3.20% fixed mortgage offer launched   

Greg Ninness (Interest): Apartment buyers thumb their noses at coronavirus with 100% sales rates at auctions 

Overseas

Reuters Beijing quarantines returning residents as China struggles to pick up economy

Reuters Trump administration eyes 10% middle-class tax cut proposal
Reuters BP boss Looney sets out to 'reinvent' oil giant with zero carbon goal
Axios Delta aims to become first "carbon neutral" airline
Reuters Google protests 'eye-catching' $2.6 billion EU fine, judge disagrees

Lunchtime Leanbacks

Conor Dougherty (New York Times) Build Build Build Build Build Build Build Build Build Build Build Build Build Build When California’s housing crisis slammed into a wealthy suburb, one public servant became a convert to a radically simple doctrine

David Fickling (Bloomberg) Yes, Coronavirus Is More Troubling Than the Flu

Common seasonal bugs claim hundreds of thousands of lives each year. But statistics are squishy and comparisons are misguided.

Noah Smith (Bloomberg) The Sitcom That Gets America's Working Class

“Superstore” portrays a life of low pay, irregular hours and heartless bureaucratic managers

The best of the rest

Government/Politics/Policy/Regulation 

1News: Ardern should stand Peters down as Racing Minister amid SFO investigation – Bernard Hickey

Jason Walls (NZ Herald): National pressures PM Jacinda Ardern to pull her Deputy Winston Peters into line

Stuff: OPINION: A second act for RNZ Concert

Jamie Ensor (Newshub): Labour's Willie Jackson says photographing journalists 'unusual' after Winston Peters' admission, denial

Leigh-Marama McLachlan (RNZ): Māori Party lays out strategy for revival

RNZ: Mourners gather for Mike Moore funeral service

Phil Pennington (RNZ): Kāinga Ora rubs up against councils in housing consents

RNZ: Auckland Mayor Phil Goff confident over APEC meeting preparations

Jenée Tibshraeny (Interest): Govt to start charging people it houses in motels     

Jason Walls (NZ Herald): E tū, Winston? Journalists' Union demands Peters' apology over 'chilling' photos of reporters

Newstalk ZB: Mark the Week: Government skips working groups to save RNZ Concert

Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Government seeks power to seize reins over electricity industry

John Anthony (Stuff): Auckland Airport called into meeting with transport minister over runway problems

Gill Bonnett (RNZ): Forty percent fall in deportations from New Zealand

RNZ: Winston Peters and those photos: The legal and ethical implications

Foreign Affairs (Trade and Defence) 

Stuff: From fires to flood, RNZAF pilot from Timaru happy to help

Economy

Nona Pelletier (RNZ): NZX profit reflects growth in capital markets

Corporate

RNZ: Manufacturing industry still shrinking despite some January growth

Stuff: SouthPort post $4.6m half-year profit

Stuff: Port Taranaki optimistic despite expected softening of export log market and coronavirus impact

Tax

Anuja Nadkarni (Stuff): Masala restaurant tax evader Joti Jain loses name suppression

Banking and Insurance

David Chaston (Interest): A new 3.20% fixed mortgage offer launched   

Investing 

Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Property investors to blame for NZ's high house prices, not lack of supply, researcher says

Brent Melville (ODT): Archangel gives guidance to Otago investors

Stephanie Ockhuysen (Stuff): Historic New Plymouth site sold for half its rateable value

Infrastructure

RNZ: Wellington's Transmission Gully project blows out by extra $191m

Doug Sail (Stuff): Lowest tender has edge in Arowhenua Rd upgrade

Daisy Hudson (ODT): 10-year roading contract awarded to Fulton Hogan

Stuff: SouthPort post $4.6m half-year profit

John Anthony (Stuff): Auckland Airport called into meeting with transport minister over runway problems

Stuff: Port Taranaki optimistic despite expected softening of export log market and coronavirus impact

Transport

RNZ: Dunedin City Council says vehicle ban a success despite business complaints

RNZ: Wellington's Transmission Gully project blows out by extra $191m

John Anthony (Stuff): Auckland Airport called into meeting with transport minister over runway problems

Immigration

Gill Bonnett (RNZ): Forty percent fall in deportations from New Zealand

Primary Industries

RNZ: An apple a day too much to pay?

Mariné Lourens (Stuff): Maggots found inside meat-cutting equipment at Christchurch grocery shop

Louisa Steyl (Southland Times): The Halter collar lets farmers manage herds from anywhere

Tourism

Philip Chandler (ODT): New CEO needed for Queenstown tourism company

Retailing 

Anuja Nadkarni (Stuff): The Bed People owners oblivious of failed company's financial state, liquidator says

Mariné Lourens (Stuff): Maggots found inside meat-cutting equipment at Christchurch grocery shop

Anuja Nadkarni (Stuff): Masala restaurant tax evader Joti Jain loses name suppression

Gareth Vaughan (Interest): Harmoney will cancel P2P licence once retail investor book is wound up, FMA says 

NZ Herald: Kathmandu founder Jan Cameron faces criminal charges

Tech, Media (and Telecoms)

Stuff: OPINION: A second act for RNZ Concert

Emily Brookes (Stuff): Māori Party wants apology for TVNZ logo blunder

Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): RNZ Concert future brightens as staff told to prepare for 'focus on growth'

Glenn McConnell (Stuff): NZME in talks to replace local breakfast shows on The Hits with Jono and Ben

Energy

Damien Venuto (NZ Herald): Mercury Energy set to poke gas-guzzling bear of middle NZ

Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Government seeks power to seize reins over electricity industry

Te Ao Māori

Leigh-Marama McLachlan (RNZ): Māori Party lays out strategy for revival

RNZ: Sir Bob Jones withdraws defamation case against filmmaker Renae Maihi

Meriana Johnsen (RNZ): Sir Bob Jones defamation case: Renae Maihi overcome with emotion during cross-examination

Te Aniwa Hurihanganui (RNZ): Moriori Treaty Settlement to be signed: 'It's been a long wait'

Emily Brookes (Stuff): Māori Party wants apology for TVNZ logo blunder

Te Aniwa Hurihanganui (RNZ): Newshub removes photo after complaint from Kōhanga Reo National Trust

Housing

Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Property investors to blame for NZ's high house prices, not lack of supply, researcher says

Isra'a Emhail (RNZ): Housing crisis: I'm scared my kids are going to live that same struggle

Phil Pennington (RNZ): Kāinga Ora rubs up against councils in housing consents

David Chaston (Interest): A new 3.20% fixed mortgage offer launched   

Greg Ninness (Interest): Apartment buyers thumb their noses at coronavirus with 100% sales rates at auctions 

Science

1News: Scientists work out way to grow vegetables – with a mattress - in arid Jordan refugee camp

Climate Change

Robin Martin (RNZ): Climate change-focussed school opens in Taranaki

Louisa Steyl (Southland Times): An easier way to grow vegetables without masses of land

Justice

Stuff: Sir Robert Jones discontinues defamation case against Renae Maihi

Anuja Nadkarni (Stuff): Masala restaurant tax evader Joti Jain loses name suppression

Meriana Johnsen (RNZ): Sir Bob Jones defamation case: Renae Maihi overcome with emotion during cross-examination

Robin Martin (RNZ): High-profile businessman jailed for part in meth ring

NZ Herald: Kathmandu founder Jan Cameron faces criminal charges

Health

Lois Williams (Stuff): $12,000 monthly bill for lights and heating at empty West Coast hospital

Education 

Robin Martin (RNZ): Climate change-focussed school opens in Taranaki

Environment

Robin Martin (RNZ): Climate change-focussed school opens in Taranaki

RNZ: 'Taonga' Sealion and her pup killed by vehicle

RNZ: Whangārei restricts water use amid drought to help Far North, Kaipara

Stuff: Savings in easier, safer recycling project at Timaru's Redruth landfill

Louisa Steyl (Southland Times): An easier way to grow vegetables without masses of land

Councils/Regional 

1News: Councillor calls on Flaxmere locals to 'snitch' to find who's responsible for badly beating boy

RNZ: Auckland Mayor Phil Goff confident over APEC meeting preparations

RNZ: Dunedin City Council says vehicle ban a success despite business complaints

RNZ: Whangārei restricts water use amid drought to help Far North, Kaipara

Samesh Mohanlall (Timaru Herald): Timaru's St Mary's Church towers under go check up to replace pinnacles

Doug Sail (Stuff): Lowest tender has edge in Arowhenua Rd upgrade

Daisy Hudson (ODT): 10-year roading contract awarded to Fulton Hogan

Emma Perry (ODT): DCC to consult on playgrounds

Philip Chandler (ODT): New CEO needed for Queenstown tourism company

Chloe Ranford (Stuff): Concerns raised over Blenheim business hub in new report

Chloe Ranford (Stuff): 'Unspent' $60,000 refunded to ratepayers in Marlborough Sounds

Stephanie Ockhuysen (Stuff): Historic New Plymouth site sold for half its rateable value

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