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NZ Politics Daily – December 31, 2021

Review 2021, 2022, Parliament
Chris Trotter (Bowalley Road): Riding the Revolutionary Tiger of 2022
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): TDB – Political Winners and Losers 2021
Henry Cooke (Stuff): How has our political forecast for 2021 been? We strummed with a passing grade
John Bishop (Stuff): Normal’s Gift No One Got For Christmas
Stuff: The Year of Auckland in Pictures: The Best News Photos of 2021 from Stuff Visual Journalists
Tim McCready (Herald): The Front Pages of The 2021 Herald: Vaccines, Variants & Wins
Tips: Summer without politics: what Maureen Pugh does, reads and wakes up to during summer vacation
Charlie Dreaver (RNZ): Meet the Dogs of Pawliament

Omicron – community case, MIQ
Matthew Hooton (Herald): Cool and calm hipkins against Omicron (paywalled)
1 News: “Only takes one case” – expert worries about Omicron spread
Lincoln Tan (Herald): New Zealand should be worried about the case – but it will come anyway, expert says
Herald editorial: Separate border traffic light system may be needed in 2022 (for a fee)
RNZ: Optimistic Baker DJ with Omicron was not contagious while socializing
John Hartevelt (Stuff): How to Judge the Actions of Dimension, the First NZ Omicron Case in the Community
RNZ: Hipkins “very disappointed” DJ infected with Omicron did not follow the rules
Laura Walters (Stuff): “Disappointing”, according to the minister, the non-respect of the rules of DJ Dimension
Newshub: message from Chris Hipkins to DJ Dimension, New Zealand’s first community Omicron case
1 News: DJ Dimension’s close contacts could number 100 – Hipkins
Kate Green (Stuff): A Timeline of DJ Dimension’s Movements After Arriving in New Zealand
Lucy Xia and Bernadette Basagre (Stuff): DJ Dimension on New Zealand’s third border exemption since December 2020
Nadine Porter (Stuff): Emergency department doctor says DJ who broke rules is ‘punch in the face’
Nadine Porter (Stuff): Business owners, expatriates furious after DJ became Omicron community’s first case
Kurt Bayer (Herald): International DJs also forced to withdraw from festivals after being named close to DJ Dimension
Olivia Caldwell (Stuff): DJ “angry” after losing Rhythm and Alps concert due to close contact
1 News: DJ Dimension denounces abusive messages on social networks
1 News: the three roommates of the Omicron affair in Waiheke are negative
RNZ: All symptomatic participants of the Hidden Lakes Festival asked to be tested
Miriam Burrell (Herald): Second Omicron case in community as Auckland goes orange, Waiheke Island on the wire after visits from infected DJs
1 News: An Air NZ crew member with Omicron was in the community
Mina Kerr-Lazenby (Stuff): Confirmation of second case of Omicron in the community
RNZ: Covid-19 wrap: Urgent search for close contacts of the DJ, second Omicron case in the community

Delta outbreak, government management of the Covid
Alexa Cook (Newshub): calls for rapid COVID testing criteria to be dropped so everyone can get tested
Maori television: Maori 85.7% of deaths due to Covid-19 in December
Lincoln Tan (Herald): Opposition wants urgent action on recalls, childhood vaccines and rapid tests
Mark Quinlivan (Newshub): A breakdown of the end of New Zealand’s once successful elimination strategy, conceding defeat to the Delta variant
RNZ: Covid-19: Iwi-led healthcare provider calls for vigilance as number of cases rises
Chloe Blommerde (Stuff): Waikato surpasses Auckland Covid-19 community case count after exposure events
1 News: Napier resident tested positive for Covid-19
Gianina Schwanecke (Stuff): New community case of Covid-19 identified in Napier
Tips: Two new cases of Covid-19 in Gisborne, including an already isolated family member
RNZ: Two sites of interest identified in Wellington
Kim Knight (Herald): In a year of Delta’s lockdown, we’ve each defined what freedom means – now we’re living with the consequences (paywalled)
Kendall Hutt (1 News): ‘New Zealand only’ – Hipkins bush Covid update takes social media by storm
Stuff: Chris Hipkins’ Covid-19 Update From ‘The Shire’ Boosts Social Media Humor, Memes
Vera Alves (Herald): Minister Chris Hipkins’ mother warns media he will be late

Deployment of the vaccine, warrants, pass, rules
David Farrar (Kiwiblog): Why is the media naming a worker who is not on the front line and who is not vaccinated?
Rob Stock (Stuff): Auckland Transport includes religious exemptions in Covid-19 vaccination policy
Daniel Smith (Stuff): Fleur’s Place to close indefinitely after half staff refuse vaccine
Rob Stock (Stuff): Flaw in My Vaccine Pass System Extends Expiration Date Beyond Six Months
Sapeer Mayron and Abigail Dougherty (Stuff): Auckland’s nightclubs open to dancers as town moves to Orange
Hannah Martin (Stuff): Meet the people behind the country’s largest vaccination deployment in Auckland

New Years Honors
Max Rashbrooke (Stuff): Cut off the top of the honors list. They don’t need rewards anymore
ODT Editorial: Tribute to our social capital creators
Newshub: New Year’s Honors 2022 – the complete list
RNZ: list of New Year honors announced for 2022
Laura Walters (Stuff): Exceptional kiwis despite tough times
Marena Mane (Maori television): the last soldier of the Maori battalion accepts the title of knight in honor of his comrades
1 News: Last survivor of Maori Battalion ‘Bom’ Gillies knighted
Kelly Makiha (Herald): Reluctant war hero Sir Robert Gillies accepts the title of knight for all soldiers in the Maori battalion (for a fee)
Laura Walters (Stuff): Longtime public servant Marie Shroff hopes NY Honor raises awareness behind the scenes
Adam Pearse (Herald): Dame Marie Shroff’s Tips for Social Media Users – “Think Before You Post” (paid)
Hamish MacLean (ODT): Making a Difference for the Work of Life Purpose
RNZ: New Zealand Pacific Community Recognized in New Year’s Honors
Tamsyn Parker (Herald): Recognized business leaders (paywalled)
Rebecca Howard (BusinessDesk): Agriculture Dominates New Year’s Business Honors (paywalled)
Adam Pearse (Herald): Sir Jim Mann, knight nutrition expert, calls on government for “serious action” (paying off)
Lee Kenny (Stuff): Otago professor honored after career researching link between diet and health
RNZ: Jacinta Ruru: a high level jurist who hopes for greater inclusion of Maori
Ben Strang (Stuff): Air Commodore Darryn Webb Says Covid-19 MIQ Challenge Was Intimidating
Helen Harvey (Stuff): From paperboy to New Years Eve – Taranaki’s Jim Tucker gets the gong for service to journalism
Kate Green (Stuff): Rosemary McLeod Celebrated For Her Contribution To Television And Journalism
Troels Sommerville and Torika Tokalau (Stuff): Auckland City Mission Director General “shocked” by chivalry
Nicholas Boyack (Stuff): Glorious Oxenham of Lower Hutt has been promoting Melanesian culture for 25 years
Maia Hart (Stuff): Woman who devoted time to Pasifika community ‘humbled herself’ to receive the honor
Uma Ahmed (Stuff): Southlander of the Year: the ardent activist

Economy, business, government grants
Mark Fryer (Herald): Inflation, Interest Rates, and Housing – All Economic News That Wasn’t Covid (paywalled)
Simon Bridges (Herald): Inflation hits people’s purchasing power (paywalled)
Brian Easton (Pundit): Turning to Jane Austen for Understanding Social Development

Local government
RNZ: Nelson allocates full $ 200,000 to Covid-19 emergency fund
Maori TV: protesters stop planes at Raglan airport

Environment, conservation, climate change
Simon O’Connor (Stuff): Why protecting nature is no longer just for environmental groups
Geraden Cann and Denise Piper (Stuff): A Shore Thing: Not enough money “to hold back the sea”, but defense is possible
Laura Walters (Stuff): Activism, Connection with Nature, Conversation – How Young Kiwis Deal With Climate Anxiety
Denise Piper (Stuff): How climate change is affecting the fruits and vegetables we can grow in our gardens
Hawkes Bay Today: Two-million-year-old fossils at Te Mata peak mined from rocks in groups

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Drug testing
Samantha Mythen (Herald): The world’s first festival drug control law comes into effect this New Year
Louisa Steyl (Stuff): Rhythm and Alps works with WellSouth to promote testing

RNZ: Over 2,000 prison staff suspected of misconduct over five years
RNZ: Government call for action against unhealthy food ads aimed at children
David Greig (BusinessDesk): Congestion pricing is coming to New Zealand (paywalled)
Kalika Kastein (Newsroom): Universities need funds for international graduates