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NZ POLITICS DAILY: 28th January 2014

Today’s content

Cunliffe’s ‘State of the Nation’ speech

Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): Political Report: Lordey, what was Cunliffe thinking?

Dominion Post: Editorial: Bids open for election votes

Stacey Krik and Vernon Small (Stuff): Labour coy over tax hikes

Tracy Watkins (Stuff): Political pay-back promises piling up

Dave Burgess, Cecile Meier, and Marta Steeman (Stuff): 'Middle-class welfare' cops flak

Peter Wilson and Dan Satherley (Newswire/TV3): Best Start policy will save money - Ardern

Will Matthews (Left Estate): Getting It Right

Claire Trevett (Herald): Baby bonus aims to cut child poverty

Radio NZ: Govt accuses Labour of starting election lolly scramble

Nicholas Jones (Herald): Target the needy for help, says mum

Laura McQuillan and Sophia Duckor-Jones (Newstalk ZB): Labour leader defends "baby bonus"

Stuff: Fears beneficiaries will miss baby boost

Radio NZ: Baby policy to pay off in adulthood - Labour

John Armstrong (Herald): Labour package could be victim of its own generosity

Patrick Gower (TV3): Parents welcome Labour's baby bonus

3 News Online Staff (TV3): Labour hasn't learned from the past - Joyce

Newswire: Greens 'fully behind' Labour's Best Start policy

Claire Trevett and Adam Bennett (Herald): Labour targets new parents with 'best start' package

Pattrick Smellie (NBR): Cunliffe announces half-billion dollar baby bonus; keeps a billion up his sleeve

Simon Wong and Dan Satherley (TV3): Cunliffe unveils Labour's baby bonus

No Right Turn: A good start

Rob Salmond (Polity): Best Start lives up to its name

David Farrar (Kiwiblog): Labour announces welfare for almost everyone!

Pete George (Your NZ): State of the political journalist nation

David Farrar (Kiwiblog): Mankiw on income inequality and parental resources

Rob Salmond (Polity): David Cunliffe's challenge today

Cameron Slater (Whaleoil): Best start? Not really, breeder’s bribe falls flat 

Cameron Slater (Whaleoil): Is Labour’s “breeders bonus” doomed to failure?

Bryce Edwards (Liberation): Top tweets about David Cunliffe’s state of the nation speech

Pete George (Your NZ):Cunliffe package good, bad and questionable

Gintearsandcremebrulee: 2014 – Election Year

Scott Yorke (Imperator Fish): The State of the Nation: an interview with David Cunliffe

 

National education policy

Newswire: Election year education policies

Nelson Mail: Well-timed effort to revitalise education

Andrew Dickens (Newstalk ZB): National's education policy genius, Greens underwhelming

 

Greens education policy

Newswire: Principals behind Greens' school hub policy

Newswire: Green Party education policies already exist - Key

Stacey Kirk and Michael Fox (Stuff): Greens' school plan 'nothing new'

Dan Satherley (TV3): PM wrong on Greens' education policy - Turei

David Farrar (Kiwiblog): The stupidity of free school lunches in every decile 1 to 4 school

Cameron Slater (Whaleoil): Greens are going to spend $100 million on feeding fat kids

The Standard: ‘Reclaiming Our Children’s Birthright’- Metiria’s speech

 

Cannabis decriminalisation

Tova O’Brien (TV3): Labour, Greens crack over cannabis views

Felix Marwick (Newstalk ZB): Turei says decriminalising cannabis won't be major priority

David Farrar (Kiwiblog): Greens will push for cannabis decriminalization

Adam Bennett (Herald): Labour has no intention of backing Greens' cannabis policy

 

ACT

Andrea Young (Herald): Maverick gesture takes Act leadership contest away from board

Brook Sabin (TV3): ACT leadership hopeful Boscawen targets Asian voters

Pete George (Your NZ): Public meeting for Act leadership contenders

David Farrar (Kiwiblog): Epsom and the ACT Leadership

 

Labour Party

Dene Mackenzie (ODT): Labour risks split on drilling

Matt Robson (Daily Blog): Why Labour and the Greens Should Say Good Riddance to Peters

David Farrar (Kiwiblog): A problem for Cunliffe

David Farrar (Kiwiblog): Soper gets shafted

Cameron Slater (Whaleoil): Cunliffe already prepard to flip flop on super age

Paul Buchanan (Kiwipolitico): Why Does Class Matter? Contemplating Left praxis in a po-mo age.

 

National Party

Rodney Hide (Herald): Key is a serious contender

Colin James (ODT): Year six: time for Key to define Key the PM

 

2014 election (general)

Tim Hunter (Stuff): Forecasters cashing in on predictions

Stephen Franks: Electricity nationalisation as an election issue

The Citizen Blog: The New Zealand Election Series

Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): Political Report

 

Lorde

Newswire: NZ's leaders lap up Lorde's success

Keir Leslie (Progress Report): The Policy Implications of Lorde’s Grammy Wins

 

Education

Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): Kids need to be kids at school

TVNZ: State school's Christian studies 'indoctrination'

Eric Crampton (Offsetting Behaviour): Free-range experiments

 

Maori politics

Radio NZ:Te Reo contribution to be measured

David Farrar (Kiwiblog): Dom Post on Ratana

 

Len Brown

Bernard Orsman (Herald): Brown pressed to reveal payment

Paul Easton (Herald): A thorn in the side of the political elite

David Farrar (Kiwiblog): Brown payment must be made public

 

Economy

Audrey Young (Herald): English buoyed by Forum atmosphere

Ganesh Nana (Pundit): The dark side of the rock star economy

Matthew Theunissen (Herald): Govt spends $600m on road property

 

Health

Helen Harvey (Stuff): 170,000 on 'de facto list' for operations

Belinda Feek (Stuff): 'Obscene amount' spent on healthcare

 

Christchurch rebuild

Glenn Conway (Stuff): Govt cool on new stadium deal

Charles Anderson (Guardian): Christchurch: after the earthquake, a city rebuilt in whose image?

 

Inequality and poverty

Herald: Editorial: Figures on benefits don't actually tell whole story

Pete George (Your NZ): Failing the Waldegrave necessities of life

 

Other

Rebecca Wright (TV3): Jacinda Ardern plays DJ set at Laneway

Tracy Watkins (Stuff): Evidence shines new light on Rebstock ruling

Stuff: Today in politics: Tuesday, January 28

Andrea Vance (Stuff): MPs' attendance records revealed

Sarah Stuart (Herald): Twelve Questions: Mike Hosking

Scott Hamilton (Reading the Maps): From Hoxha to Bainimarama

Tristram Clayton (TV3): Cash-for-residency scam uncovered

Stacey Kirk (Stuff): New Parliamentary Service head named

TVNZ: Key doubts Australia will grant Kiwis more rights

Colin Espiner (Stuff): Hamilton needs Dr Google out of fluoride debate

Muriel Newman (NZCPR): Bigger for better or worse