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Bernard’s Pick of the links- Feb 25

Covid-19: Travel restrictions for those coming from China extended; and Jacinda Ardern defends not letting kids use vaping to quit smoking.

Bernard’s Pick of the links

Government/Politics/Policy/Regulation

Kurt Bayer (NZ Herald): US accuses China of 'debt-trap diplomacy' in Pacific

Phil Pennington (RNZ): Trucking boss Stan Semenoff says NZTA crackdown fuelled by a vendetta

Amanda Cropp (Stuff): NZ's first modular hotel finally opens, two years late 

Tom Hunt (Stuff): Council between a Sir Peter-shaped rock and a Cassels-shaped hard place over Shelly Bay

Stuff: The Squeeze: New plan curbs the subdivide dream in Blenheim

Laura Wiltshire (Stuff): National War Memorial found to be earthquake prone, silencing Carillion bells

Ripu Bhatia (Stuff): Auckland rental with no kitchen advertised for 'working families' for $450 a week

Meriana Johnsen (RNZ): Benefit halving 'morally outrageous': Law expert

Todd Niall (Stuff) Auckland Council election: Residents call for online and booth voting after poor turnout

Nicholas Jones and Natalie Akoorie (NZ Herald-$$$) Heart surgery crisis: Waikato DHB cardiac surgery and echocardiogram delays as secret report withheld

Ecoomy/Business/Corporate/Investing

Jacob McSweeny (ODT): Coronavirus has caused slowdown for City Forests

Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Kiwibank standardising time of benefit payments

Gareth Vaughan (Interest): Kiwibank goes global to find its transformation blueprint 

RNZ: Tiwai Point aluminium smelter suffers $46m loss

RNZ:Steel & Tube posts $37m half year loss

Diana Clement (Interest): Climate change: the potential litigation risk 

Lunchtime Leanbacks

New York Times: The Fires Are Out, but Australia’s Climate Disasters Aren’t Over. Devastating floods came soon after the bush fires. Scientists call it “compound extremes,” as one catastrophe intensifies the next.

Financial Times: Last chance for the climate transition

The best of the rest

Government

Politics and Policy (Beehive/Parliament)

Derek Cheng (NZ Herald): Coronavirus: Jacinda Ardern says travel ban likely to be extended

Kurt Bayer (NZ Herald): US accuses China of 'debt-trap diplomacy' in Pacific

Dan Satherley (Newshub): Vaping ad and flavour bans slammed as 'short-sighted', 'knee-jerk'

Dan Satherley (Newshub): Jacinda Ardern defends not letting kids use vaping to quit smoking

Dan Satherley (Newshub): Andrew Little to push for further nuclear disarmament in Berlin

James Fyfe and Miriam Harris (Newshub): Former Labour candidate Rawiri Waititi to stand for Māori Party in Waiariki electorate

Henry Cooke (Stuff): Jacinda Ardern faces vastly different meetings in Fiji and Australia this week

Collette Devlin (Stuff) Simon Bridges says Australian PM Scott Morrison revealed no changes to deportation in foreseeable future

Phil Pennington (RNZ): Trucking boss Stan Semenoff says NZTA crackdown fuelled by a vendetta

RNZ: Jacinda Ardern's years-old top on Time cover 'a big day for a little NZ made thing' - designers

RNZ: Māori Party candidate puts faith in youth for upcoming election

Karen Pasco (ODT): Southland whitebaiter not happy with 'chick scientists'

Jacob McSweeny (ODT): Lobbyists: wage rises challenging

Councils and Regions (DIA/LGNZ/AC/AT/WCC/GWRC)

Todd Niall (Stuff) Auckland Council election: Residents call for online and booth voting after poor turnout

Tom Hunt and Joel MacManus (Stuff) Wellington Water apologises for 'inappropriate' email rant

Georgina Campbell (NZ Herald) Chief executive's ambiguous words trigger Shelly Bay fiasco

Chloe Ranford (Stuff) Chorus wins court costs after 'grossly misleading flattery' case

RNZ: Northland facing essential-use-only restrictions if drought persists

Amanda Cropp (Stuff): NZ's first modular hotel finally opens, two years late 

Tom Hunt (Stuff): Council between a Sir Peter-shaped rock and a Cassels-shaped hard place over Shelly Bay

Stuff: The Squeeze: New plan curbs the subdivide dream in Blenheim

Robin Martin (RNZ): Ammonia leak kills thousands of fish

RNZ: Council to assess signs at Napier beach after 7yo drowns

Piers Fuller (Stuff): Crunch time looming for $20 million Masterton Civic Centre project  

Laura Wiltshire (Stuff): National War Memorial found to be earthquake prone, silencing Carillion bells

Tom Hunt (Stuff): Council between a Sir Peter-shaped rock and a Cassels-shaped hard place over Shelly Bay

Joanne Holden (Stuff): Double the dealers at biannual Timaru Stamp Fair

Kerrie Waterworth (ODT): Sticky Forest mediation pushed back

Jacob McSweeny (ODT): Coronavirus has caused slowdown for City Forests

Defence

Environment (MfE/DoC/PCE)

Diana Clement (Interest): Climate change: the potential litigation risk 

Peter Griffin (Stuff): NZ marine reserves a good start, many more needed

Stuff: The Squeeze: New plan curbs the subdivide dream in Blenheim

Katie Todd (RNZ): Hemp farm opens gates to the curious to promote 'wonder crop'

RNZ: Northland drought: Iwi to divert farm water to support town supply

RNZ: Northland facing essential-use-only restrictions if drought persists

Robin Martin (RNZ): Ammonia leak kills thousands of fish

RNZ: Warm water brings jellyfish bloom to Auckland beaches

RNZ: Council to assess signs at Napier beach after 7yo drowns

Matthew Littlewood (Stuff): Objectionable odour shouldn't happen from proposed Timaru rendering plant, says expert

Matthew Littlewood (Stuff): Angler fined in Timaru District Court for fishing without a licence

Karen Pasco (ODT): Southland whitebaiter not happy with 'chick scientists'

Kerrie Waterworth (ODT): Sticky Forest mediation pushed back

Foreign Affairs (MFAT/NZTE/)

Collette Devlin (Stuff) Simon Bridges says Australian PM Scott Morrison revealed no changes to deportation in foreseeable future

Amanda Cropp (Stuff) Coronavirus: small wins for cruise, longer losses for Chinese visitor market

Health (Ministry/DHBs)

Nicholas Jones and Natalie Akoorie (NZ Herald-$$$) Heart surgery crisis: Waikato DHB cardiac surgery and echocardiogram delays as secret report withheld

Debrin Foxcroft (Stuff) Cactus Outdoor launches wool face mask amid global shortage

Dan Satherley (Newshub): Vaping ad and flavour bans slammed as 'short-sighted', 'knee-jerk'

Dan Satherley (Newshub): Jacinda Ardern defends not letting kids use vaping to quit smoking

Derek Cheng (NZ Herald): Coronavirus: Jacinda Ardern says travel ban likely to be extended

RNZ: Travel restrictions for those coming from China extended

RNZ: Warm water brings jellyfish bloom to Auckland beaches

Emma Hatton (RNZ): Counting the cost of Covid-19s local impact

Housing (HUD/Kāinga Ora)

Eric Crampton (Stuff) UN right about 'human rights' housing crisis, but wrong about the solution

Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Surge of buyers enter property market in January, Trade Me says

Ripu Bhatia (Stuff): Auckland rental with no kitchen advertised for 'working families' for $450 a week

Immigration (Immigration NZ/DIA)

Collette Devlin (Stuff) Simon Bridges says Australian PM Scott Morrison revealed no changes to deportation in foreseeable future

RNZ: Travel restrictions for those coming from China extended

Infrastructure (Infracom/DIA)

Todd Niall (Stuff): Auckland Council selling construction disruption as good news

Justice (Ministry/Courts/Corrections/Police/SFO)

Anneke Smith (RNZ):  Road rage attacker driven by racial hatred - Crown

RNZ: Christchurch terror attacks: Brenton Tarrant's case back in court today

Stuff: Convicted killer David Lyttle asks for costs order against police and prosecutor

Sam Sherwood (Stuff): Zone Media manager charged with harassing liquidator

Stuff: Ponzi fraudster David Ross paroled

Debbie Jamieson (Stuff): New Zealand's first conviction for allowing underage teen to use sunbed

Regulation (RBNZ/Commerce Comission/FMA/NZTA/EA/MPI/MBIE)

Chris Keall (NZ Herald-$$$) 5G auction: Date set, dreams of a Crown windfall dashed

Debbie Jamieson (Stuff): New Zealand's first conviction for allowing underage teen to use sunbed

Matthew Littlewood (Stuff): Angler fined in Timaru District Court for fishing without a licence

Jacob McSweeny (ODT): Lobbyists: wage rises challenging

Phil Pennington (RNZ): Trucking boss Stan Semenoff says NZTA crackdown fuelled by a vendetta

Stephen Forbes (Stuff) Bunnings loses appeal in ongoing legal fight over 'lowest price' promise

Science

Eloise Gibson (Stuff) Drier, wetter, stormier: How Air NZ passenger planes will track climate change

Karen Pasco (ODT): Southland whitebaiter not happy with 'chick scientists'

Trade (MFAT/NZTE)

Amanda Cropp (Stuff) Coronavirus: small wins for cruise, longer losses for Chinese visitor marke

Business

Economy and Investing 

Grant Bradley (NZ Herald-$$$) Air NZ slashes outlook, cuts Asian routes as airlines face biggest financial threat in a decade

Amanda Cropp (Stuff) Coronavirus: small wins for cruise, longer losses for Chinese visitor marke
Anne Gibson (NZ Herald): Event Cinemas to open Newmarket multiplex, aiming to bring 'red carpet'- style experience

Stuff: The Squeeze: New plan curbs the subdivide dream in Blenheim

Emma Hatton (RNZ): Counting the cost of Covid-19s local impact

Stuff: Ponzi fraudster David Ross paroled

Jason Wong (Interest): Global virus spread triggers risk pullback 

Corporate (NZX-listed)

Grant Bradley (NZ Herald-$$$) Air NZ slashes outlook, cuts Asian routes as airlines face biggest financial threat in a decade

NZ Herald: Air New Zealand to take $35m-$75m hit from coronavirus

RNZ:Steel & Tube posts $37m half year loss

Stephen Forbes (Stuff) Bunnings loses appeal in ongoing legal fight over 'lowest price' promise

Chloe Ranford (Stuff) Chorus wins court costs after 'grossly misleading flattery' case

Corporate (Non-NZX-listed)

Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Kiwibank standardising time of benefit payments

Gareth Vaughan (Interest): Kiwibank goes global to find its transformation blueprint 

Southland Times: Stabicraft founder and chief executive stepping aside

Debrin Foxcroft (Stuff) Cactus Outdoor launches wool face mask amid global shortage

Industries and Sectors

Banking and Insurance

Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Kiwibank standardising time of benefit payments

Gareth Vaughan (Interest): Kiwibank goes global to find its transformation blueprint 

Diana Clement (Interest): Climate change: the potential litigation risk 

Commercial Property

Anne Gibson (NZ Herald-$$$) Mansons TCLM $700m trifecta: Giant Asian fund PAG buys three Auckland office buildings

Anne Gibson (NZ Herald): Event Cinemas to open Newmarket multiplex, aiming to bring 'red carpet'- style experience

Construction

Tom Hunt (Stuff): Council between a Sir Peter-shaped rock and a Cassels-shaped hard place over Shelly Bay

Energy

RNZ: Magpie blamed for power outage in Wairarapa

RNZ: Tiwai Point aluminium smelter suffers $46m loss

Manufacturing

Robin Martin (RNZ): Ammonia leak kills thousands of fish

RNZ: Tiwai Point aluminium smelter suffers $46m loss

RNZ:Steel & Tube posts $37m half year loss

Southland Times: Stabicraft founder and chief executive stepping aside

Primary Industries (Farming, Forestry, Fishing, Mining)

Peter Griffin (Stuff): NZ marine reserves a good start, many more needed

Katie Todd (RNZ): Hemp farm opens gates to the curious to promote 'wonder crop'

Karen Pasco (ODT): Southland whitebaiter not happy with 'chick scientists'

Jacob McSweeny (ODT): Coronavirus has caused slowdown for City Forests

RNZ: Northland drought: Iwi to divert farm water to support town supply

Kerrie Waterworth (ODT): Sticky Forest mediation pushed back 

Retailing

Stephen Forbes (Stuff) Bunnings loses appeal in ongoing legal fight over 'lowest price' promise

RNZ: Jacinda Ardern's years-old top on Time cover 'a big day for a little NZ made thing' - designers

Tax

NZ Herald: Signing off: Inland Revenue and ACC call time on accepting payments by cheque
Terry Baucher (Interest): Another week in tax: The more-tax, less-tax camps tussle 

Tech, Media and Telecoms

Chris Keall (NZ Herald-$$$) 5G auction: Date set, dreams of a Crown windfall dashed

Chloe Ranford (Stuff) Chorus wins court costs after 'grossly misleading flattery' case

RNZ: Jacinda Ardern's years-old top on Time cover 'a big day for a little NZ made thing' - designers

Sam Sherwood (Stuff): Zone Media manager charged with harassing liquidator

Tourism

Dave Armstrong (Stuff) Sky-high prices spoiling tourist meccas

Amanda Cropp (Stuff) Coronavirus: small wins for cruise, longer losses for Chinese visitor market

Amanda Cropp (Stuff): NZ's first modular hotel finally opens, two years late

Transport

Grant Bradley (NZ Herald-$$$) Air NZ slashes outlook, cuts Asian routes as airlines face biggest financial threat in a decade

Eloise Gibson (Stuff) Drier, wetter, stormier: How Air NZ passenger planes will track climate change

NZ Herald: Koru lounge dispute: Nelson lawyer Anjela Sharma fails to have Air NZ travel ban lifted

NZ Herald: Air New Zealand to take $35m-$75m hit from coronavirus

Phil Pennington (RNZ): Trucking boss Stan Semenoff says NZTA crackdown fuelled by a vendetta

Areas and Issues

Climate Change

Diana Clement (Interest): Climate change: the potential litigation risk 

Eloise Gibson (Stuff) Drier, wetter, stormier: How Air NZ passenger planes will track climate change

Te Ao Māori

RNZ: Northland drought: Iwi to divert farm water to support town supply

Te Aniwa Hurihanganui (RNZ): Oranga Tamariki uplift complaints team investigating 17 cases

RNZ: Māori Party candidate puts faith in youth for upcoming election

Meriana Johnsen (RNZ): Benefit halving 'morally outrageous': Law expert

Kerrie Waterworth (ODT): Sticky Forest mediation pushed back 

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