Monday's pick of the news links

Here's my pick of the links from from news and analysis sites around New Zealand and the world at 8 am this morning, with the key quotes in the article.

Corin Dann (TVNZ) Economists say Auckland housing market could suffer same price falls as some big Australian cities

Adrian Orr: "House prices relative to income is highly elevated and there is an enormous amount of wealth captured in the equity of homes they own, now a house price decline does not mean a housing market crisis, far from it."

Kate Gudsell: (RNZ) Regional councils are letting dairy farmers get away with breaking their own rules, according to a report just released by Forest and Bird

"In one case, a Northland farm received four abatement notices and eight infringements notices but was not prosecuted."

Gill Bonnett (RNZ) Dialysis for NZ patients 'rationed' as ineligible immigrants treated

"When we get ineligible overseas patients turning up we are obliged to treat them urgently but we are often full in which case we will reduce the dialysis our existing patients are having in order to fit everyone in," said one. We have had to stop training patients for home dialysis which has meant more hospital beds full up and at times we have had to limit patient dialysis sessions to two per week per patient."

Andrea Vance (Stuff) Former NZ High Commissioner David Nicholson's parting shot

In an outspoken interview with the Samoa Observer, Nicholson was scathing about the efforts of his MFAT colleagues back in Wellington, saying they didn't understand the Pacific Islands and that projects took too long.

Shamubeel Eaqub (Stuff): Businesses back to pre-GFC profits and workers want their share

"Just as the economy turns lower, the dam looks set to burst on more workers moving and businesses offering higher wages."

1News: NZ authorities to consider putting ingredient in Roundup weed killer on hazardous substances list

Associate Environment Minister Eugenie Sage says she has asked the Environmental Protection Authority to consider putting glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, on its Hazardous Substances list.

Emma Hatton (RNZ): Wellington bus passengers may refuse to pay fares in protest at new service

"The reason why I have suggested the fare strike action is to actually just put [the regional council] on notice that we're not going to go away."

Reuters: Turkey's Erdogan opposed to higher interest rates, despite lira's plunge to record low

“What is the reason for all this storm in a tea cup? There is no economic reason for this ... This is called carrying out an operation against Turkey,” he said.

Reuters: Beijing struggles to defuse anger over China's P2P lending crisis

The size of China’s P2P industry is far bigger than in the rest of the world combined, with outstanding loans of 1.49 trillion yuan ($217.96 billion), according to data tracker, run by the Shenzhen Qiancheng Internet Finance Research Institute. Since June, 243 online lending platforms have gone bust, according to, another P2P industry data provider.

ABC Australia: China may have detained more than 1 million Uighurs in secret camps, UN human rights panel says

Gay McDougall, a member of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, cited estimates that 2 million Uighurs and Muslim minorities were forced into "political camps for indoctrination" in the western Xinjiang autonomous region.