Top 10 for Wednesday, December 6
Almost 80% of young voters oppose National's reversal of SmokeFree laws; DoC stops installing smoke alarms to save money; Nicola Willis wants to cancel bonuses for te reo-speaking officials
TL;DR: Here’s my pick of the top 10 news and analysis links elsewhere on the morning of Wednesday, December 6, including:
Nearly 80% of young voters don’t want the SmokeFree legislation changes reversed, a survey has found,;
Local scoops of the day: DoC has decided against installing smoke alarms in all its huts to save money; Newsroom David Williams
Local scoops of the day: Nicola Willis wants to cancel extra payments for bureaucrats able to speak te reo Māori; RNZ Phil Pennington
Global scoop of the day: American forces are being attacked by Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in the Red Sea and some US officials see it as an Iranian escalation of the conflict in the Middle East; Politico Lara Seligman
Deep-dive of the day: A landlord in Mosgiel attempted to get around the rules banning no-reason evictions in order to kick out a lady with a brain tumour; Stuff Esther Taunton
Column of the day: Simon Wilson lays out the new (weird) lay of the land in the Auckland Council a year into Wayne Brown’s (first?) term; NZ Herald-$$$
Thread of the day: Richard Hills points out via X the previous National Government passed the Māori Language Act of 2016 encouraging the use of te reo Māori in the Public Service;
Op-Ed of the day: Merja Myllylahti asks how journalism will be funded once news fades from site on big social media platforms, via The Conversation;
Gift link of the day: China’s massive property developer and local government debt issues are coming to a head, the WSJ-gift reports.
Substack of the day: Michael Thomas at Distilled points out the big methane agreement at COP 28 ignored one billion cows. Again.
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