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NZ POLITICS DAILY: February 5th 2014

The main issues in NZ politics today are Waitangi Day and Maori politics, the National Party, Labour Party, Kim Dotcom, and inequality and poverty. [Read more below]

Today’s links

Waitangi Day and Maori politics

Jennifer Buck (TV3): Debate continues over calls for 'New Zealand Day'

Michael Fox, Simon Day, and Keri Molloy (Stuff): Mateparae uses diplomacy skills

Kim Choe (TV3): Waitangi readies for politicians, protests

Herald: Editorial: Iwi housing plan shows what Treaty really means

Radio NZ: Maori train sights on PM

Natalie Akoorie (Herald): Horomia's memory to be honoured

Claire Trevett (Herald): Peters urges protesters to lay off PM

Tova O’Brien (TV3): Yet another division at Waitangi

Adam Bennett (Herald): PM narrowly avoids cold shoulder at Waitangi

Pete George (Your NZ): Peters on Waitangi: “crapping on their heritage”

Greg Presland (The Standard): Key tells untruth about Waitangi – TV3 “dishonest” story coming up?

Stuff: Key blames media for 'jostling' comments

Matthew Theunissen and James Ihaka (Herald): Waitangi celebrations start with scuffle

Kim Choe (TV3): Anti-oil drilling hikoi nears Waitangi

Panui: Māori news stories for the week ending 31 January 2014 – E2

Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): Political Report: The commiseration of our national day

Muriel Newman (NZCPR): Waitangi Day Reflections

Morgan Godfery (Maui Street): Myths of nationhood: why I'm not "celebrating" Waitangi Day

Sophie Lowery (TV3): Labour on the attack in Te Tai Tokerau

 

National Party

Patrick Gower (TV3): Key to push ahead with election deals

Dominion Post: Editorial: Election dancers miss beat

Peter O’Neill (Timaru Herald): Editorial: The lottery of politics

Ele Ludemann (Homepaddock): Pushed will have nothing to lose

Newswire: Key commits to full three-year term if re-elected

Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): Key keen on full third term as PM

Claire Trevett (Herald): Key would be 'committed' to whole of third term

Briar Marbeck (TV3): Key on Winston: 'Who knows?'

Laura McQuillan (Newstalk ZB): Key won't rule out lifeline for ACT and United Future

Radio NZ: Key weighs price of support

Cameron Slater (Whaleoil): National should deliberately lose the 2014 election

 

Labour Party

Southland Times: Editorial: Candidate camera

Vernon Small (Stuff): Labour won't fight Greens, says Cunliffe

Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Cunliffe’s Best Start vs Key’s race baiting lies – a fail of two ditties

David Farrar (Kiwiblog): Still making conventions up

Cameron Slater (Whaleoil): Russell Brown on Labour’s propensity to aim for their feet

Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Has Labour lost the plot? No!

 

Kim Dotcom

Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Internet Party votes forecast

Chris Barton (Herald): Get back to your roots Kim Dotcom

3 News Online Staff (TV3): GCSB deleted evidence – Dotcom

Andrea Vance (Stuff): Key claims Dotcom files had to be deleted

David Fisher (Herald): GCSB deleted key evidence – Dotcom

Pete George (Your NZ): Key question for GCSB

Danyl McLauchlan (Dim-Post): Aged off?

Andrea Vance (Stuff): Dotcom files 'aged off'

Radio NZ: PM denies GCSB files deleted

Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): How likely is it that the GCSB deleted evidence?

 

Inequality and poverty

Briar Marbeck (TV3): Minimum wage debate: $14 an hour 'not fair'

Eric Crampton (Offsetting Behaviour): Minimum Wages

Pete George (Your NZ): National “deliberately keep them” poor

Frank Macskasy (Daily Blog): Roy Morgan Poll: Unemployment and Under-employment up in New Zealand!

Lois Cairns (Stuff): Council considers Living Wage

Mike Smith (The Standard): National’s policy working – under-employment at record high

David Farrar (Kiwiblog): The Equal Pay Act Appeal

 

Economy

Josh Martin (Stuff): Public sector dragging productivity chain – report

Olivia Wannan (Stuff): More people keep working after 'retirement' age

Newswire: NZ logs make an 'idiotic' round trip to China

Vernon Small (Stuff): Doubts over TPP deal

 

NZ-Australia relations

Tracy Watkins (Stuff): Supermarket stoush sours CER

David Farrar (Kiwiblog): The flip side of protectionism

 

Asset sales

Tamsyn Parker (Herald): Key confirms early Genesis float

Stacey Kirk (Stuff): Asset sales a success – Key

Radio NZ: Genesis sale process flawed - Labour

 

John Tamihere

David Farrar (Kiwiblog): Tamihere sues for $620,000

Tim Selwyn (Tumeke): Short man, tall ask

Steve Deane (Herald): Roast Busters 'Amy' interview ruled acceptable

Herald: Excerpts from Jackson/Tamihere 'Amy' call

 

Education

Mike Housing (Newstalk ZB): Mike's Editorial: School fees actually a bargain

David Farrar (Kiwiblog): An iPad for every student

Ele Ludemann (Homepaddock): Schools have choices

Nicholas Jones (Herald): Charter school requests state aid

Rachel Parkin (TV3): Parents wary to embrace iPads in school

 

Housing

Stuff: Plans unveiled for 'affordable' $500k homes

Newswire: Labour warns of segregation in Chch

Simon Collins (Herald): State housing shake-up: Lease up on idea of 'house for life'

 

New Flag

Callum Davies (Stuff): NZ flag debate a distraction

Derek Burrows (Stuff): Let's be the first - have a sponsored flag

Kyle Lockwood (Stuff): Silver fern flag needs colours

 

Len Brown

Radio NZ: Brown accused of money laundering

TV3: Brown report cost almost $250,000

Simon Wilson (Metro): A quarter-million dollar scandal

David Farrar (Kiwiblog): Brown inquiry cost ratepayers $250,000

 

Water

Stuff: Warning about worsening water quality

Newswire: Water management plan 'misses the mark'

No Right Turn: National fails to protect our rivers

 

Offshore oil and gas

Radio NZ: Drilling risk still there – Greens

TVNZ: Key 'disappointed' Anadarko fails to find oil

No Right Turn: National's gamble fails