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NZ POLITICS DAILY: March 25 2014

The main issues in NZ politics today are Dotcom's Internet Party alliance with Mana, the Kohanga Reo scandal, NZ-China relations, and the Labour Party. 

Today’s links


Internet Party and Mana

Vernon Small (Stuff): What's in it for Mana to side with Dotcom?

TVNZ: Divisions in Mana over Internet Party alliance talk

Brook Sabin (TV3): Dotcom-Mana decision expected after launch

Adam Bennett (Herald): Dotcom's Internet Party app approved

Russell Brown (Public Address): The Internet Party, whatever happens

Felix Marwick (Newstalk ZB): Horan not among those approached by Dotcom

Felix Marwick (Newstalk ZB): Mana Party not that interested in Dotcom's cash

Simon Wong (TV3): Dotcom a deal-breaker for Bradford

Newswire: Mana seeks more Internet Party details

David Farrar (Kiwiblog): Bradford against Mana Dotcom deal

Helen Harvey (Stuff): Media man takes on role with Dotcom

TV3: Harawira stands to gain from Dotcom alliance

Dominion Post: Editorial: Parties make grotesque bedfellows

Adam Bennett (Herald): Mana confirms Dotcom talks

Pete George (Your NZ): Internet Party Thursday launch on track

David Farrar (Kiwiblog): The defence of the Mana Dotcom deal

Newswire: Mana seeks more Internet Party details

Pete George (Your NZ): Sue Bradford and Mana-Internet “wouldn’t be possible”

Ele Ludemann (Homepaddock): Mana’s principles for sale?

Te Kohanga Reo National Trust

Audrey Young (Herald): National hui to discuss future of Te Kohanga Reo National Trust

Dave Armstrong (Stuff): Handbagging has just begun

Liam Hehir (Stuff): Time for a change for Parata

Radio NZ: Kohanga trust will 'co-operate' fully

TV3: Kohanga trust, TPO will cooperate with investigations

Felix Marwick (Newstalk ZB): Cunliffe: 'Hard analysis' needed in Kohanga investigation

Michael Fox (Stuff): Kohanga changes tipped as hui planned

Audrey Young (Herald): Parata must step down, says Labour


NZ-China relations

Liam Dann (Herald): Why our China challenge is too big for petty politics

Felix Marwick (Newstalk ZB): More MPs China-bound

Claire Trevett (Herald): Fonterra says China trip 'very important week'

The Standard: NZ Herald: Key cracks joke

Greg Presland (The Standard): When John Key leaves Parliament he wants to …

AP: Bill English heads to Hong Kong

Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): MPs close to retiring take trip to China


Labour Party

Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): Cunliffe needs to do something about Shane Jones quickly

Newswire: ACT: Labour 'boasting' industry policies

Newswire: Labour vows to lower interest rates

Felix Marwick (Newstalk ZB): Cunliffe confident in loyal Labour MPs

ODT: Labour hopes Davis can take Harawira's seat

Dan Satherley (TV3): Labour selects transgender candidate for Whangarei

Chris Trotter (Daily Blog): Losing His Voice: When Will People Start Listening to David Cunliffe?

Colin James (ODT): David Cunliffe’s long, hard leadership challenge

ODT: Transgender Labour candidate not keen on Beyer comparisons

Fundamentally Useless: Behind Labour’s hollow claims to represent workers


Problem Gambling Foundation

Simon Collins (Herald): Gambling body eyes legal action

David Kennedy (Local Bodies): Problem Gambling Foundation Too Successful

No Right Turn: Stinkier and stinkier


Kim Dotcom 

Radio NZ: Legal gag on Dotcom suggested

Marika Hill (Stuff): Dotcom's Twitter use an issue

Radio NZ: Court order sought for documents


Election commentary

Radio NZ: Pollsters agree on political code of conduct

Brian Edwards (BEM): “Tricky versus Shifty” – Coming to your TV soon!

Patrick Leyland (Progress Report): Candidates’ social media’

Rachel Smalley (Newstalk ZB): Six months to go and everything to play for

Amy Maas (Herald): Brighten up the bait, young politicians told

Steve Baron (Breaking Views): To vote or not to vote… that is the question

Matthew Beveridge:Labour, The Greens, National and some Twitter analytics

Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): The Soap Box: Twitter tards shouldn't hide behind keyboards


Blogs and the media

Southland Times: Discomforting scrutiny

David Farrar (Kiwiblog): Press Council to include blogs

Russell Brown (Hard News): Crowdfunding Time


Economy and Inequality

Newswire: New visa to lure high quality investment

Rob Salmond (Polity): Buy low, sell high. Except National.

Philip Ferguson (Redline): Max Rashbrooke, inequality and the ‘c’ word: report on a meeting

Henri Eliot (Herald): How do we get international boards?

Brennan McDonald: Another reminder for people who think we live in a deregulated country



Duncan Garner (RadioLIVE): We need more builders! Start with those on the dole

Rob Salmond (Polity): The crappiness of Dunedin's rental houses.



Nicholas Jones (Herald): Auckland classrooms at bursting point (+infographic)

Nicholas Jones (Herald): Decile divide: Social climbing leading to decile drift


Maori politics

Radio NZ: Maori King's Council re-established

John Minto (Daily Blog): Flavell holds a begging bowl out to National



Stuff: Today in politics: Tuesday, March 25

Mathew Dearnaley, Adam Bennett (Herald): MP blames rivals for 'bully' tale

3 News Online Staff (TV3): Labour 'perplexed' by conflict of interest decision

Newswire: Govt halfway to reoffending reduction target

Felix Marwick (Newstalk ZB): MPs flag wagging in 2014

David Clarkson (Stuff): Farmer threatened to kill John Key

Radio NZ: Socialists punished in elections

RadioLIVE: Government considers growing funeral costs

Claire Allison (Stuff): Heaps of disrespect

Mathew Grocott (Manawatu Standard): Organisations need monitoring

Scott Hamilton (Reading the Maps): Chris Finlayson and the end of history

Radio NZ: Dunedin bidding to be city of literature

Catriona MacLennan (Herald): Disclosure law could save women's lives

Bryce Edwards (Liberation): Top tweets by Judith Collins about her Oravida scandal

Laura McQuillan (Newstalk ZB): Key heading to The Hague for Nuclear Security Summit

Marta Steeman (Stuff): Has the Canterbury boom begun?

David Farrar (Kiwiblog): Russia will tremble