NZ POLITICS DAILY: March 11th 2014

John Key
Bryce Edwards

The main issues in NZ politics today are the general election date being announced, Judith Collins, electricity, and money and politics.

Today’s links


Election date

TVNZ: Labour says new election date 'convenient' for PM

Radio NZ: Peters deflects Key's election challenge

Stacey Kirk (Stuff): NZ flag referendum decision

Greg Presland (The Standard): Key, Peters and the early election

Rob Salmond (Polity): Why announce the election date this week?

Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): The Soap Box: Countdown on to September 20

Michael Sergel (Newstalk ZB): Early election announcement could set precedent

Dominion Post: Editorial: Craig alliance sticky situation

Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Why the September 20th election should matter so much to progressive voters

Vernon Small (Stuff): Key's move a convenient one

Simon Wong (TV3): Key election dates

Simon Wong (TV3): Flag referendum decision expected

Peter WIlson and Sarah Robson (Newswire): Peters could be a problem, Key says

Claire Trevett (Herald): Early election avoids clashes: PM

Josie Pagani (Pundit): The left missed a chance to score today

TVNZ: September election avoids clash with G20

Simon Wong (TV3): PM announces election date

The Standard: The Race is Set

Guardian: New Zealand election set for September

Tob Manhire (Listener): Labour in a muddle over election day

David Farrar (Kiwiblog): It’s 20 September

No Right Turn: We have a date

Matthew Beveridge: Rumours, opinion and speculation


Money, business, and politics

Bryce Edwards (Liberation): Using restaurant dinners and other business activity to get around donation disclosure

TV3: Politics: A matter of trusts

Rachel Smalley (Newstalk ZB): Cunliffe getting better, but still plenty to work on

David Farrar (Kiwiblog): Geddis on donations

The Standard: Guest post – Who is David Cunliffe?

Bryce Edwards (Liberation): Top tweets about National’s anonymous restaurant dinner donations



Adam Bennett (Herald): Rising power prices: PM takes aim

Rob Salmond (Polity): Outside the beltway: Power prices

Stacey Kirk (Stuff): PM defends rising power prices

Radio NZ: Poorest paying more on prepay plans – Labour

Newswire: Greens back Labour on power prices


Judith Collins

David Fisher (Herald): Milk firm has hosted string of Nats

TVNZ: Judith Collins' under fire trip planned weeks ahead – Labour

Chris Trotter (Daily Blog): Dispelling The Negatives: Judith Collins refuses to cry over spilt milk.

Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Judith Collins: ‘Got Milk?’


Internet policy

Newswire: Labour wants digital bill of rights

Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): Labour wants to get more people on the web

David Farrar (Kiwiblog): A digital bill of rights

No Right Turn: Labour's "digital bill of rights" isn't

Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Labour’s Digital Bill of Rights

Russell Brown (Hard News): The Web



Brook Sabin (TV3): Jones presses Countdown to come clean

TVNZ: Countdown hits back at fish waste claims

3 News/RadioLIVE: Jones: Countdown dumping fish



Pete George (Your NZ): Statement on Politicheck

Pete George (Your NZ): Politicheck NZ – major staff appointments

Daily Blog: Politicheck loses all credibility

David Farrar (Kiwiblog): Politicheck


Foreign relations

Newswire: Key plays down nuclear differences

Newswire: Key hoping for White House invitation

Adam Bennett (Herald): 'US ties' behind Oz nuclear stance

No Right Turn: With "friends" like these...

Paul Buchanan (Kiwipolitico): Media Link: Security Concerns in the Malaysian airliner disappearance.



Greer Berry (Manawatu Standard): Student loan plan likely to miss target

Grant Guilford (Stuff): Humanities on path to identity

Radio NZ: Novopay mess needs sorting - union


MPs pay

Herald: Editorial: Greens' pay push makes little sense

Radio NZ: Call to link MP's pay to median income

Frances Cook (Newstalk ZB): MP's raises would still see them paid well


Gender equality

Terry Bell (Redline): The real meaning of International Women’s Day

Idealog: How NZ stacks up on the Women in Work index

Maire Drumm (Redline): International Women’s Day – solidarity and struggle


Christchurch rebuild

Mike Yardley (Stuff): Back off Brownlee and let Dalziel loose

Jane Bowron (Stuff): Time to leave Christchurch and move 'home' to capital

James Dann (Rebuilding Christchurch): Those Left Standing


Maori politics

Stuff: 'Golden age' for Maori businesses

Radio NZ: Maori Party challenged on centre

David Farrar (Kiwiblog): Auckland sites needing a cultural assessment grow to 5,500



Liam Dann (Stuff): China's pain will be New Zealand's gain

Newswire: Workplace laws to be strengthened

Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): Taken over by rules and regulations

Wilma McCorkindale (Stuff): Dunedin 5-star hotel back on course

The Ruminator: I have a dream

Rob Crawford Jr (The Watercooler): Opinion: What does the Auckland property market and Canada have in common?

Mark Hubbard (Life Behind the Iron Drape): NZ's Anti-Money Laundering & Countering Financing of Terrorism Act; Trust Law; Bounded Liberty #RedTapeNonsense


Poverty and inequality

Lindsay Mitchell (NZCPR): The politics of child poverty

Ben Clark (The Standard): Where ‘welfare reform’ ends



Phil McCabe (Stuff): Strip-mining or marine life?

Stacey Kirk (Stuff): Hughes a 'mollyhawk' – Jones


Labour Party

Dougal McNeil (ISO): Matt McCarten and Labour

Ele Ludemann (Homepaddock): If party didn’t want her, why would electorate?



Stuff: Today in politics: Tuesday, March 11

The Standard: Beltway blues: serving the public interest?

Michael Field, Siobhan Downes, and Katie Kenny (TV3): Visa-free NZ passports sought-after

David Slack (Metro): John Key: The Queen and I

David Farrar (Kiwiblog): Social media tips for MPs

Brendan Manning (Herald): Dunedin man's 99-character name

Peter Aranyi (The Paepae): Snowden’s statement to European Parliament Surveillance Inquiry (Read it for yourself)

Gordon Campbell (Scoop): On Act’s problem with taking personal responsibility

Southland Times: Editorial: Two different ways to do it

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