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Bernard’s Pick of the links- Feb 26

OneCoin cryptocurrency scheme not direct focus of probe, Govt says; and NZME encouraged by talks with Government over plan to buy Stuff. 

Bernard’s pick of the links

Government, Politics, Policy and Regulation

Guyon Espiner and Kate Newton (RNZ): Concerns over secret fisheries donations to NZ First Foundation

Aaron Leaman (Stuff): Prepare for coronavirus impact: Reserve Bank governor

RNZ: Mataura toxic waste: Petition urges government to step in

Mackenzie Smith (RNZ): OneCoin cryptocurrency scheme not direct focus of probe, govt says

Sarah Robson (RNZ): New figures show little change in child poverty

Jo Moir (RNZ): Jacinda Ardern arrives to warm welcome in Suva

Anneke Smith and Jane Patterson (RNZ): Four men facing SFO charges over National Party donations plead not guilty

Zane Small (Newshub): Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern confident child poverty reduction policies 'yet to show' full results

Zane Small (Newshub): New child poverty data for New Zealand shows 'no significant change' in material hardship

Jason Walls (NZ Herald): Child poverty: High housing costs emerge as significant factor

NZ Herald: Immigration minister Poto Williams refuses to intervene for Northland couple

Henry Cooke (Stuff): Fijian PM wants Jacinda Ardern to keep pressure on other countries on climate change and stay on 'right side of history'

Thomas Manch (Stuff): Child poverty: Rising housing costs punish children as more kids in 'material hardship'

Lois Williams (Stuff): Iwi reps pull pin on West Coast Conservation Board

Hamish MacLean (ODT): City housing shortage issues hotly debated

Craig McCulloch (RNZ): Universities make case for ability to handle students arriving from China amid Covid-19 outbreak

Economy/Business/Corporate/Investing

Duncan Bridgeman (NZ Herald): NZME encouraged by talks with Government over plan to buy Stuff

Catherine Harris (Stuff): NZME says new merger deal would be 'up for discussion' after time

Stuff: Routine check at Port Taranaki finds asbestos present in wider area than previously known

Gill Bonnett (RNZ): Covid-19: 13,000 visa applicants await decision in China

Jenée Tibshraeny (Interest): Housing costs to blame for putting 73,100 kids in poverty 

David Hargreaves (Interest): Why fixed term tenancies would be the way to go for rental housing 

Grant Bradley (NZ Herald): Vector profit slips, brakes put on dividend growth

Anne Gibson (NZ Herald): Summerset Group profit drops 18% after retirement unit delivery rate falls

John Anthony (Stuff): Electricity generator Mercury blames $21m profit drop and earnings downgrade on dry conditions

Greg Ninness (Interest): Sales remain strong at property auctions despite coronavirus 

John Anthony (Stuff): International travellers stung with $430m in landing fees and levies in 2020, airline group says

Grant Bradley (NZ Herald): Coronavirus: Some airlines may abandon NZ due to high airport fees, government charges: Board of Airline Representatives

The best of the rest

Government

Politics and Policy (Beehive/Parliament)

Jamie Ensor (Newshub): Jami-Lee Ross pleads not guilty to National Party donations charges

Sam Hurley (NZ Herald): Independent MP Jami-Lee Ross and accused businessmen appear in court over SFO charges

Audrey Young (NZ Herald): Benefit lift to aid 300,000 Kiwi families

Catrin Owen (Stuff): Former National MP Jami-Lee Ross and businessmen deny fraud charges

Guyon Espiner and Kate Newton (RNZ): Concerns over secret fisheries donations to NZ First Foundation

RNZ: Mataura toxic waste: Petition urges government to step in

Mackenzie Smith (RNZ): OneCoin cryptocurrency scheme not direct focus of probe, govt says

RNZ: Health Minister David Clark on coronavirus travel ban

Sarah Robson (RNZ): New figures show little change in child poverty

Jo Moir (RNZ): Jacinda Ardern arrives to warm welcome in Suva

Anneke Smith and Jane Patterson (RNZ): Four men facing SFO charges over National Party donations plead not guilty

Lana Andelane (Newshub): Hannah Tamaki's history of controversy amid latest Kanoa Lloyd scandal

Zane Small (Newshub): Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern confident child poverty reduction policies 'yet to show' full results

Zane Small (Newshub): New child poverty data for New Zealand shows 'no significant change' in material hardship

Jason Walls (NZ Herald): Child poverty: High housing costs emerge as significant factor

NZ Herald: Immigration minister Poto Williams refuses to intervene for Northland couple

Duncan Bridgeman (NZ Herald): NZME encouraged by talks with Government over plan to buy Stuff

Lois Williams (Stuff): Councillor claims threat to poison trees unless wetland owners compensated

Henry Cooke (Stuff): Fijian PM wants Jacinda Ardern to keep pressure on other countries on climate change and stay on 'right side of history'

Thomas Manch (Stuff): Child poverty: Rising housing costs punish children as more kids in 'material hardship'

Cherie Sivignon (Stuff): Smith, Jones want answers to 'legitimate questions' over $25m Waimea dam hike

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

Sarah Robson (RNZ): Calls made for employers to change attitudes towards older workers

Sarah Robson (RNZ): New figures show little change in child poverty

RNZ: Mataura toxic waste: Petition urges government to step in

Eric Frykberg (RNZ): Extra $25 million cost for dam construction not stopping Tasman council going ahead

Lois Williams (Stuff): Iwi reps pull pin on West Coast Conservation Board

Hamish MacLean (ODT): City housing shortage issues hotly debated

Defence

Environment (MfE/DoC/PCE)

Craig McCulloch (RNZ): Universities make case for ability to handle students arriving from China amid Covid-19 outbreak

RNZ: Mataura toxic waste: Petition urges government to step in

RNZ: New app to help hunters track tahr numbers during culling

Eric Frykberg (RNZ): Extra $25 million cost for dam construction not stopping Tasman council going ahead

Lois Williams (Stuff): Councillor claims threat to poison trees unless wetland owners compensated

Lois Williams (Stuff): Iwi reps pull pin on West Coast Conservation Board

Stuff: A truck every nine minutes floated in Marlborough quarry application

Stuff: Routine check at Port Taranaki finds asbestos present in wider area than previously known

Matthew Littlewood (Stuff): Community against another rendering plant in Washdyke

Foreign Affairs (MFAT/NZTE/)

Catherine Harris (Stuff): Business brisk with gold traders as NZ gold price hits at all-time high

Education (Ministry/ERO/ENZ/Universities)

Craig McCulloch (RNZ): Universities make case for ability to handle students arriving from China amid Covid-19 outbreak

Esther Ashby-Coventry (Timaru Herald): South Canterbury school staffing levels mostly full

Emma Perry (ODT): Pupils trace history of St Hilda’s in Dunedin

Health (Ministry/DHBs)

Gill Bonnett (RNZ): Covid-19: 13,000 visa applicants await decision in China

RNZ: Health Minister David Clark on coronavirus travel ban

Craig McCulloch (RNZ): Universities make case for ability to handle students arriving from China amid Covid-19 outbreak

Liam Dann (NZ Herald): Liam Dann: Coronavirus wipes $5b off NZ stock market

Housing (HUD/Kāinga Ora)

Jenée Tibshraeny (Interest): Housing costs to blame for putting 73,100 kids in poverty 

David Hargreaves (Interest): Why fixed term tenancies would be the way to go for rental housing 

Jason Walls (NZ Herald): Child poverty: High housing costs emerge as significant factor

Hamish MacLean (ODT): City housing shortage issues hotly debated

Immigration (Immigration NZ/DIA)

Gill Bonnett (RNZ): Covid-19: 13,000 visa applicants await decision in China

NZ Herald: Immigration minister Poto Williams refuses to intervene for Northland couple

Infrastructure (Infracom/DIA)

Eric Frykberg (RNZ): Extra $25 million cost for dam construction not stopping Tasman council going ahead

Stuff: Routine check at Port Taranaki finds asbestos present in wider area than previously known

Cherie Sivignon (Stuff): Smith, Jones want answers to 'legitimate questions' over $25m Waimea dam hike

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

Jamie Ensor (Newshub): Jami-Lee Ross pleads not guilty to National Party donations charges

Sam Hurley (NZ Herald): Independent MP Jami-Lee Ross and accused businessmen appear in court over SFO charges

Anneke Smith (RNZ): Man found guilty of murdering mother with hammer

RNZ: Auckland lawyer, Comancheros gang vice-president jailed

RNZ: IPCA says use of force on man was appropriate

RNZ: Homicide investigation after Kaikohe fatal shooting

RNZ: Stabbing victim reunites with people who saved her

Anneke Smith and Jane Patterson (RNZ): Four men facing SFO charges over National Party donations plead not guilty

Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Ross Asset Management investor says he hopes fraudster enjoys his freedom

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

Mackenzie Smith (RNZ): OneCoin cryptocurrency scheme not direct focus of probe, govt says

Aaron Leaman (Stuff): Prepare for coronavirus impact: Reserve Bank governor

Business

Economy and Investing 

RNZ: Covid-19: NZX falls on open amid virus fears

Jason Wong (Interest): Currencies get off easier than equities or bonds  

Liam Dann (NZ Herald): Liam Dann: Coronavirus wipes $5b off NZ stock market

Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Ross Asset Management investor says he hopes fraudster enjoys his freedom

Corporate (NZX-listed)

NZ Herald: NZME lifts operating profit to $19.7m but reports net loss of $165.2m after impairment - digital subscribers move past 46,000

Grant Bradley (NZ Herald): Vector profit slips, brakes put on dividend growth

Anne Gibson (NZ Herald): Summerset Group profit drops 18% after retirement unit delivery rate falls

NZ Herald: Dry weather drags Mercury net profit down $21 million

John Anthony (Stuff): Electricity generator Mercury blames $21m profit drop and earnings downgrade on dry conditions

Nona Pelletier (RNZ): Mercury posts $83m half year profit

RNZ: NZME posts $165m loss

Gareth Vaughan (Interest): New roles, newcomers for Westpac NZ's executive team 

Catherine Harris (Stuff): NZME says new merger deal would be 'up for discussion' after time

Industries and Sectors

Banking and Insurance

Gareth Vaughan (Interest): New roles, newcomers for Westpac NZ's executive team 

Construction

Eric Frykberg (RNZ): Extra $25 million cost for dam construction not stopping Tasman council going ahead

Stuff: A truck every nine minutes floated in Marlborough quarry application

Brent Melville (ODT): Cost of building in South going up

Cherie Sivignon (Stuff): Smith, Jones want answers to 'legitimate questions' over $25m Waimea dam hike

Energy

Grant Bradley (NZ Herald): Vector profit slips, brakes put on dividend growth

NZ Herald: Dry weather drags Mercury net profit down $21 million

John Anthony (Stuff): Electricity generator Mercury blames $21m profit drop and earnings downgrade on dry conditions

RNZ: Mataura toxic waste: Petition urges government to step in

Nona Pelletier (RNZ): Mercury posts $83m half year profit

Primary Industries

Guyon Espiner and Kate Newton (RNZ): Concerns over secret fisheries donations to NZ First Foundation

RNZ: New app to help hunters track tahr numbers during culling

Property

Greg Ninness (Interest): Sales remain strong at property auctions despite coronavirus 

Tech, Media (and Telecoms)

NZ Herald: NZME lifts operating profit to $19.7m but reports net loss of $165.2m after impairment - digital subscribers move past 46,000

RNZ: NZME posts $165m loss

Duncan Bridgeman (NZ Herald): NZME encouraged by talks with Government over plan to buy Stuff

Catherine Harris (Stuff): NZME says new merger deal would be 'up for discussion' after time

Tourism

Grant Bradley (NZ Herald): Coronavirus: Some airlines may abandon NZ due to high airport fees, government charges: Board of Airline Representatives

John Anthony (Stuff): International travellers stung with $430m in landing fees and levies in 2020, airline group says

Transport

Grant Bradley (NZ Herald): Coronavirus: Some airlines may abandon NZ due to high airport fees, government charges: Board of Airline Representatives

John Anthony (Stuff): International travellers stung with $430m in landing fees and levies in 2020, airline group says

Te Ao Māori

Leigh-Marama McLachlan (RNZ): Grieving whānau want answers, apology from Oranga Tamariki after boy's death

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