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Bernard’s Pick of the links- Feb 20

Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters will remain Foreign Minister amid SFO investigation; and Z Energy introduces carbon offsetting for motorists when they fuel up. 

Bernard’s Pick of the links
Government/Politics/Policy/Regulation

Jo Moir (RNZ) Fletcher Building growing impatient for Ihumātao solution
Jordan Truebridge (Stuff) Middlemore Hospital denies Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's 'sewage down walls' claim
Mikaela Wilkes (Stuff) First-time buyers say Kiwis need more protection after 'heartbreaking' home cancellations
Editorial (Stuff) Songs, jokes and serious fraud in New Zealand politics
Clint Smith (Stuff) Op-Ed Political donations law must be tightened to prevent abuses
Jason Walls (NZ Herald): Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters will remain Foreign Minister amid SFO investigation

Zane Small (Newshub): Greens select teen climate striker Luke Wijohn to challenge Jacinda Ardern's Mt Albert electorate

Chris Keall (NZ Herald): Subsidised chargers for PakNSave, Warehouse as $4m more doled out to promote electric cars

Andrea Vance (Stuff): 'Scorched-earth approach to fishing': Conservationists says Govt lobbying for fisheries 

Leigh-Marama McLachlan and  Charlie Dreaver  (RNZ): Auditor-general pans state of water management in New Zealand

Zane Small (Newshub): #MeToo: MPs demand 'assurance' from WorkSafe of 'proper investigations' into bulllying, sexual harassment

Jamie Ensor and Vita Molyneux (Newshub): New Zealand's housing problem 'human rights crisis of significant proportions' - United Nations expert

Jason Walls (NZ Herald): Green Party MP hopeful one of 14 youth kicked out of, and banned, from Parliament last year

Jason Walls (NZ Herald): The total deficit across all DHBs continues to climb and now stands at more than $230 million

Derek Cheng (NZ Herald):Housing NZ says gazumping private buyers is 'unfortunate' and won't happen again

Henry Cooke (Stuff): UN housing expert calls for NZ rent freeze and CGT to end 'significant human rights crisis'

Jenée Tibshraeny (Interest): UN: CGT & rent freezes needed to address housing 'human rights crisis'   

Jenée Tibshraeny (Interest): National pitches loosening of foreign buyer restrictions as a way of improving housing affordability 

Chloe Ranford (Stuff): Neighbours rat out 'ugly' tiny homes

Rachel Thomas (RNZ): Water contamination across Wellington prompts emergency meeting

Cherie Sivignon (Stuff): Motueka Community Board says no to 'el-cheapo' freedom camping vans

Economy/Buisness/Corporate/Investing

Susan Edmunds (Stuff) PledgeMe's new chief executive had business go under due to unpaid taxes
Tamsyn Parker (NZ Herald-$$$) Hacked KiwiSaver Generate provider relents to client compensation but not liability
RNZ: Dairy prices fall as coronavirus outbreak takes toll on trade

RNZ: Former high-flyer banned over loan company's ruthless repossessions

RNZ: Z Energy introduces carbon offsetting for motorists when they fuel up

Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Ombudsman lays out five things that NZ banks are doing wrong

David Chaston (Interest): The double-catch of high LVR borrowing  

Gareth Vaughan (Interest): Heartland Bank eyes opportunities as bigger rivals grapple with new capital requirements  

Gareth Vaughan (Interest): New low for bank funding costs for a third straight year  

Rob Stock (Stuff): Auckland Airport chief executive apologises for runway closures

John Anthony (Stuff): Coronavirus hit on Auckland Airport follows already sluggish growth, analysts say

Eric Frykberg (RNZ): LIC makes $109m bid for similar agri tech business in Israel

RNZ: Dairy prices fall as coronavirus outbreak takes toll on trade

Catherine Harris (Stuff): Australia's Event company takes half stake in ''pod hotel' firm Jucy Snooze

RNZ: Ban on win-backs may help lower prices - electricity boss

Phil Pennington (RNZ): Fire tests of cladding are under way in NZ in response to the Grenfell Tower tragedy

The best of the rest

Government/Politics

Jason Walls (NZ Herald): Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters will remain Foreign Minister amid SFO investigation

Zane Small (Newshub): Greens select teen climate striker Luke Wijohn to challenge Jacinda Ardern's Mt Albert electorate

Vita Molyneux (Newshub): Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern needs to 'grow some balls' and reveal how she will vote in cannabis referendum says Duncan Garner

Jamie Ensor (Newshub): Kiwis would support criminalising not speaking up in child abuse cases - Simon Bridges

Jamie Ensor (Newshub): Government invests in 110 new electric vehicle chargers, regional New Zealand to benefit

Chris Keall (NZ Herald): Subsidised chargers for PakNSave, Warehouse as $4m more doled out to promote electric cars

Andrea Vance (Stuff): 'Scorched-earth approach to fishing': Conservationists says Govt lobbying for fisheries

Deena Coster (Stuff): Excitement in Marfell community building as Kiwibuild homes near completion 

RNZ: SFO probe adds to reasons Winston Peters must step down - Simon Bridges

Leigh-Marama McLachlan and  Charlie Dreaver  (RNZ): Auditor-general pans state of water management in New Zealand

Zane Small (Newshub): #MeToo: MPs demand 'assurance' from WorkSafe of 'proper investigations' into bulllying, sexual harassment

Tova O'Brien (Newshub): MP Jami-Lee Ross speaks out on criminal charges laid against him over National Party donations

Jamie Ensor and Vita Molyneux (Newshub): New Zealand's housing problem 'human rights crisis of significant proportions' - United Nations expert

Sam Hurley (NZ Herald): Jami-Lee Ross one of four men charged over National Party donations

Jason Walls (NZ Herald): Green Party MP hopeful one of 14 youth kicked out of, and banned, from Parliament last year

Jason Walls (NZ Herald): The total deficit across all DHBs continues to climb and now stands at more than $230 million

Derek Cheng (NZ Herald):Housing NZ says gazumping private buyers is 'unfortunate' and won't happen again

Henry Cooke (Stuff): UN housing expert calls for NZ rent freeze and CGT to end 'significant human rights crisis'

Andrea Vance (Stuff): 'Scorched-earth approach to fishing': Conservationists says Govt lobbying for fisheries

Leigh-Marama McLachlan and Charlie Dreaver (RNZ): Auditor-general pans state of water management in New Zealand

Yvette McCullough (RNZ): Teenage Greens candidate to challenge Jacinda Ardern's Mt Albert electorate

RNZ: West Coast man decries govt's 'blatant attack on property rights'

Jenée Tibshraeny (Interest): UN: CGT & rent freezes needed to address housing 'human rights crisis'   

Jenée Tibshraeny (Interest): National pitches loosening of foreign buyer restrictions as a way of improving housing affordability 

Foreign Affairs (Trade and Defence) 

Liu Chen (RNZ): Coronavirus: Quarantine at Whangaparāoa military base ends for first group of evacuees

Ben Heather (Stuff): Wuhan evacuees held back for novel coronavirus testing at Whangaparāoa Military Camp

Regulation

Joanne Carroll (Stuff): West Coast milk factory fined over discharge into river

RNZ: Former high-flyer banned over loan company's ruthless repossessions

Economy

Liam Dann (NZ Herald-$$$): Economy Hub: Kiwi firms holding breath in wait for coronavirus rebound

Corporate

Anne Gibson (NZ Herald): Fletcher Building net profit drops by $7m to $82m 'in line with expectations'

Chris Keall (NZ Herald): Spark profit jumps 9 per cent to $167m

Tamsyn Parker (NZ Herald): NZ banks snap growth phase with 1 per cent profit fall to $5.71 billion

Chris Keall (NZ Herald): Subsidised chargers for PakNSave, Warehouse as $4m more doled out to promote electric cars

Josephine Franks (Stuff): Greens select school strike leader Luke Wijohn for Mt Albert in 2020 election

RNZ: Fletcher's net profit down 8% but firm maintains full-year forecast

RNZ: Z Energy introduces carbon offsetting for motorists when they fuel up

RNZ: Bank sector profits down 1 percent to $5.7b

Zizi Sparks (NZ Herald-$$$): Claymark Ltd first receivers' report released

Banking and Insurance

NZ Herald: ASB trims farmgate forecast after dairy prices slip 2.9% at GDT

Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Ombudsman lays out five things that NZ banks are doing wrong

RNZ: Bank sector profits down 1 percent to $5.7b

David Chaston (Interest): The double-catch of high LVR borrowing  

Gareth Vaughan (Interest): Heartland Bank eyes opportunities as bigger rivals grapple with new capital requirements  

Gareth Vaughan (Interest): New low for bank funding costs for a third straight year  

Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Afterpay a headache for banks, KPMG says as sector profits fall

Investing 

Susan Edmunds (Stuff) PledgeMe's new chief executive had business go under due to unpaid taxes
Tamsyn Parker (NZ Herald-$$$) Hacked KiwiSaver Generate provider relents to client compensation but not liability
Jenée Tibshraeny (Interest): National pitches loosening of foreign buyer restrictions as a way of improving housing affordability 

Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Chinese buyers seek 'boltholes' in New Zealand property market

Infrastructure

Robin Martin (RNZ): Analysis shows Yarrow Stadium facing 12 risk factors, nine rated 'high risk'

Rob Stock (Stuff): Auckland Airport chief executive apologies for runway closures

Transport

Chris Keall (NZ Herald): Subsidised chargers for PakNSave, Warehouse as $4m more doled out to promote electric cars

Michael Hayward (Stuff): Bus patronage decreasing as Environment Canterbury moots 9.8 per cent rates rise

Rob Stock (Stuff): Auckland Airport chief executive apologies for runway closures

John Anthony (Stuff): Coronavirus hit on Auckland Airport follows already sluggish growth, analysts say

Immigration

RNZ: Inside Immigration New Zealand

Primary Industries

Andrea Vance (Stuff): 'Scorched-earth approach to fishing': Conservationists says Govt lobbying for fisheries

NZ Herald: ASB trims farmgate forecast after dairy prices slip 2.9% at GDT

Andrea Vance (Stuff): 'Scorched-earth approach to fishing': Conservationists says Govt lobbying for fisheries

Eric Frykberg (RNZ): LIC makes $109m bid for similar agri tech business in Israel

RNZ: Dairy prices fall as coronavirus outbreak takes toll on trade

Greg Ninness (Interest): Farm sales volumes and prices head south    

Tourism

RNZ: Milford Track to be partially reopened after rain and flooding

Charlotte Jones (Stuff): Whakaari/White Island eruption costs local council $500k plus

Tess Brunton (RNZ): 'Tinder for tourism' platform expanding to help build workforce

Matthew Littlewood (Stuff): Councillors vote to move tourism operation back under control of Aoraki Development

Catherine Harris (Stuff): Australia's Event company takes half stake in ''pod hotel' firm Jucy Snooze

Jacob McSweeny and Laura Smith (ODT): Payout offer for operator’s seasonal staff

Retailing

Chris Keall (NZ Herald): Subsidised chargers for PakNSave, Warehouse as $4m more doled out to promote electric cars

Colin Kruger (Stuff): Australian juice maker finds novel way to cash in on coronavirus

RNZ: Z Energy introduces carbon offsetting for motorists when they fuel up

Jacob McSweeny (ODT): Lighting shop happy with new location

Tech, Media (and Telecoms)

Chris Keall (NZ Herald): Spark profit jumps 9 per cent to $167m

Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Lightbox budget switched to allow some incremental investment in Spark Sport

Eric Frykberg (RNZ): LIC makes $109m bid for similar agri tech business in Israel

Energy

Chris Keall (NZ Herald): Subsidised chargers for PakNSave, Warehouse as $4m more doled out to promote electric cars

RNZ: Ban on win-backs may help lower prices - electricity boss

Samesh Mohanlall (Timaru Herald): Z on Stafford St to be converted into an unmanned station in April

Te Ao Māori

Jo Moir (RNZ) Fletcher Building growing impatient for Ihumātao solution

RNZ: Prisoner on hunger strike over Māori sovereignty now refusing liquids

Leigh-Marama McLachlan and Charlie Dreaver (RNZ): Auditor-general pans state of water management in New Zealand

RNZ: Fletcher's net profit down 8% but firm maintains full-year forecast

Housing

Mikaela Wilkes (Stuff) First-time buyers say Kiwis need more protection after 'heartbreaking' home cancellations
Deena Coster (Stuff): Excitement in Marfell community building as Kiwibuild homes near completion

Henry Cooke (Stuff): UN housing expert calls for NZ rent freeze and CGT to end 'significant human rights crisis'

Jenée Tibshraeny (Interest): UN: CGT & rent freezes needed to address housing 'human rights crisis'   

David Chaston (Interest): The double-catch of high LVR borrowing  

Greg Ninness (Interest): Auckland, Christchurch and Queenstown lag the rest of NZ in house price growth 

Jenée Tibshraeny (Interest): National pitches loosening of foreign buyer restrictions as a way of improving housing affordability 

Brad Flahive (Stuff): Unsworth Heights residents fear changing school zone could affect house prices

Chloe Ranford (Stuff): Neighbours rat out 'ugly' tiny homes

Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Chinese buyers seek 'boltholes' in New Zealand property market

Science

Charlotte Cook (RNZ): 'False hope': Couples warned to be wary of IVF success rates after new study

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Climate Change

Yvette McCullough (RNZ): Teenage Greens candidate to challenge Jacinda Ardern's Mt Albert electorate

Justice

Anneke Smith (RNZ): Woman struck at least 12 times by son, jury hears

Laine Moger (Stuff): Young Labour camp assault: Man seeks permanent name suppression

RNZ: Former high-flyer banned over loan company's ruthless repossessions

Health

Jordan Truebridge (Stuff) Middlemore Hospital denies Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's 'sewage down walls' claim

Jordan Bond (RNZ): Father of beaten Flaxmere boy goes into hiding after receiving threats

Liu Chen (RNZ): Coronavirus: Quarantine at Whangaparāoa military base ends for first group of evacuees

Charlotte Cook (RNZ): 'False hope': Couples warned to be wary of IVF success rates after new study

Colin Kruger (Stuff): Australian juice maker finds novel way to cash in on coronavirus

RNZ: Coronavirus: Two kept in quarantine after one shows symptoms

Rowan Quinn (RNZ): Breast cancer diagnoses delayed as wait times blow out

RNZ: Dairy prices fall as coronavirus outbreak takes toll on trade

Ben Heather (Stuff): Wuhan evacuees held back for novel coronavirus testing at Whangaparāoa Military Camp

John Anthony (Stuff): Coronavirus hit on Auckland Airport follows already sluggish growth, analysts say

Education 

John Gerritsen (RJNZ): NZQA halts enrolments for MIT course after marking issues

RNZ: 'Slow leak': Teachers call time on coaching sport

Brad Flahive (Stuff): Unsworth Heights residents fear changing school zone could affect house prices

Environment

Charlotte Jones (Stuff): Whakaari/White Island eruption costs local council $500k plus

Michael Hayward (Stuff): Bus patronage decreasing as Environment Canterbury moots 9.8 per cent rates rise

Joanne Carroll (Stuff): West Coast milk factory fined over discharge into river

Katie Doyle (RNZ): Far North locals feel let down during drought, but council working hard on solutions

Leigh-Marama McLachlan and Charlie Dreaver (NZ Herald): Auditor-general pans state of water management in New Zealand

Leigh-Marama McLachlan and  Charlie Dreaver  (RNZ): Auditor-general pans state of water management in New Zealand

Rachel Thomas (RNZ): Water contamination across Wellington prompts emergency meeting

RNZ: Z Energy introduces carbon offsetting for motorists when they fuel up

Councils/Regional 

Phil Pennington (RNZ): Fire tests of cladding are under way in NZ in response to the Grenfell Tower tragedy

Chloe Ranford (Stuff): Neighbours rat out 'ugly' tiny homes

Samesh Mohanlall (Timaru Herald): Z on Stafford St to be converted into an unmanned station in April

Greg Ninness (Interest): Auckland, Christchurch and Queenstown lag the rest of NZ in house price growth 

RNZ: Milford Track to be partially reopened after rain and flooding

RNZ: Misinformation blamed over Stoneham Park housing objections

RNZ: West Coast man decries govt's 'blatant attack on property rights'

Robin Martin (RNZ): Analysis shows Yarrow Stadium facing 12 risk factors, nine rated 'high risk'

Catherine Harris (Stuff): Australia's Event company takes half stake in ''pod hotel' firm Jucy Snooze

Leigh-Marama McLachlan and Charlie Dreaver (RNZ): Auditor-general pans state of water management in New Zealand

Cherie Sivignon (Stuff): Motueka Community Board says no to 'el-cheapo' freedom camping vans

Stuff: Inglewood Community Board by-election results declared

Matthew Littlewood (Stuff): Councillors vote to move tourism operation back under control of Aoraki Development

Rachel Thomas (RNZ): Water contamination across Wellington prompts emergency meeting

Katie Doyle (RNZ): Far North locals feel let down during drought, but council working hard on solutions\

Joanne Carroll (Stuff): West Coast milk factory fined over discharge into river

Charlotte Jones (Stuff): Whakaari/White Island eruption costs local council $500k plus

Michael Hayward (Stuff): Bus patronage decreasing as Environment Canterbury moots 9.8 per cent rates rise

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