NZ POLITICS DAILY: May 15 2014

Today’s content

Budget 2014

Claire Trevett (Herald): Finally English gets his Webb Ellis Cup Budget

Brian Fallow (Herald): How to get benefit from surpluses

Rob Salmond (Polity): Nats tease the promise of tax cuts

Matt Nolan (TVHE): Budget day warmup

Greg Presland (The Standard): Tax cuts for all!

NBR: BUDGET 2014: PM's tax cut comment catches English on the hop

John Minto (Daily Blog): What marvellous news – tax cuts are coming…

Dominion Post: Editorial: Where's the budget vision?

Newswire: Student protests planned for budget

RadioLIVE: Bill English poised for budget delivery

Adam Bennett (Herald): Budget 2014: Funding crucial as busy watchdogs feel the strain

Herald: Budget 2014: What voters are hoping for

Patrick Gower (TV3): Key hints at tax cuts

Andrea Vance (Stuff): PM hints at campaigning on tax cuts

Radio NZ: Low budget expectations for Labour

Radio NZ: PM John Key dangles tax cut carrot

TVNZ: Tax cuts hinted at ahead of Budget

Radio NZ: Inequality may be addressed in Budget

TV3: At A Glance: What we know about Budget 2014

Audrey Young (Herald): Budget 2014: English pays tribute to frontline public servants

Matthew Beveridge: Budget Day Coverage

Chris Trotter (Daily Blog): Budget Alternatives and Alternative Budgets.

Brennan McDonald: Thoughts on Budget 2014 and the dismissal of economics by non-economists

 

Judith Collins and fundraising

John Armstrong (Herald): Peters' smoking gun backfires

Dan Satherley (TV3): Peters: Collins must have dirt on John Key

Jane Clifton (Stuff): Winston shoots from hip, Henare hits bullseye

TVNZ: Winston Peters less firm on Judith Collins' future

Andrea Vance (Stuff): Winston Peters blames flu for shaky show

ODT: Political fundraising

Rob Salmond (Polity): Winston's tepid Tuesday

Gordon Campbell (Scoop): On the Peters revelations, and on banning journalists from political parties

Rob Salmond (Polity): Key: "Meh. Maybe I lied to Parliament."

David Farrar (Kiwiblog): Winston fires – and shoots his own foot off

David Farrar (Kiwiblog): Latest TV3 exclusive scandal – National is selling access to dead people

Rob Salmond (Polity): DPF, TV3, donations, dead people, and shark-jumping!

Lynn Prentice (The Standard): The desperation of the National’s sockpuppets

The Handmirror: Collins' cronyism - not just Oravida, remember

Herald: Editorial: Re-election likely main course on the menu

 

Journalists and political neutrality

Nelson Mail: Editorial: Tainted candidate a Labour liability

Newswire: Labour divided over Taurima

Brian Edwards (BEM): On Shane Taurima, Linda Clark and Conflicts of Interest Left, Right and Centre

Karl du Fresne: This could get interesting

Radio NZ: Taurima would have left Labour at risk

David Farrar (Kiwiblog): Herald on journalists and politics

 

Kim Dotcom and the Internet Party

Radio NZ: Dotcom's party logo gets approval

Radio NZ: Dotcom seeks copies of seized data

David Fisher (Herald): Snowden docs: GCSB links to US spying programmes

Radio NZ: NZ links to US spy agencies emerge

Felix Marwick (Newstalk ZB): Internet Party pushes for new fibre optic cable

Matthew Beveridge: The Internet Party keep it simple

Scott Yorke (Imperator Fish): Uncle Ernie: Send these racist foreigners back home!

 

Winston Peters

Isaac Davison (Herald): Peters rejects Horan claims over race horse ownership

Felix Marwick (Newstalk ZB): Peters says one thing; records say another

Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): Peters won't declare interest in racehorse

Simon Wong (TV3): Peters defends racehorse claims

Radio NZ: Peters' race horse ownership queried

Newswire: Peters complains of 'character assassination'

Pete George (Your NZ): Winny horsed by his own petard

 

Polls

Felix Marwick (Newstalk ZB): National still riding high with voters – poll

Scott Yorke (Imperator Fish): Look at our poll!

Pete George (Your NZ): UMR poll on Jones not Labour

 

Tobacco

Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): Tobacco giant challenges bill

Lee Suckling (Herald): Will plain packs really stop smokers?

Isaac Davison (Herald): Tobacco firms warn MPs over plain packaging

 

Labour Party

David Farrar (Kiwiblog): Are Labour planning smear campaign on Shane Jones?

David Farrar (Kiwiblog): David and Karen at home

Mamari Stephens (Sparrowhawk): Shane and the Dragon: the risks of appealing to difference

David Farrar (Kiwiblog): Andrew Little attacks Labour’s record on wages

Ben Clark (The Standard): Labour membership greatest in 30 years

David Farrar (Kiwiblog): Is this photoshopped?

Laura McQuillan (Newstalk ZB): Decision on Tamaki Makaurau nominations today

Pete George (Your NZ): The desperation of political sockpuppets

 

Australian policy

Andrew McMartin (Newstalk ZB): NZ backs 'repugnant' Oz refugee policy - author

No Right Turn: Australia guts freedom of information

Alex Mitchell (Overland): Budget 2014: putting the con in economy

 

Greens

Rachel Smalley (Newstalk ZB): Green investment bank a thought to the future

Peter Cresswell (Not PC): Russel Norman had a bank, e-i-e-i-o [update 2]

Gareth Hughes (Daily Blog): A Green Investment Bank for a green economy

 

Education

Alex Fensome (Stuff): Uni all about 'infinity of other worlds'

David Farrar (Kiwiblog): The benefits of fibre

David Clendon (Frogblog): Polytechnics under attack

 

Immigration

Lyn Humphreys (Stuff): Family split by immigration ruling

Simon Day (Stuff): Many NZ migrants deal with stereotypes

 

Economy and inequality

Radio NZ: Foreign ownership data 'unclear'

Waikato Times: Employment in spotlight

Adam Bennett (Herald): NZ 'fifth choice' for Chinese house buyers

The Standard: John Key’s bullshit about rising inequality

Denise Roche (Frogblog):Inequality in New Zealand is getting worse

 

Other

Matthew Dallas (Manawatu Standard): Election race just got interesting

Olivia Wannan (Stuff): Anglicans edge toward same-sex union

Radio NZ: Legalised cannabis 'may be safer'

TVNZ: Power companies 'on notice' over power disconnects

Felix Marwick (Newstalk ZB): Dunne in opposition crosshairs again

Rachael Goldsmith (Daily Blog): Street workers are humans, not animals

John Drinnan (Herald): RNZ boss says radio in decline - big changes needed

James Houghton (Stuff): Honest conversation needed on our waterways

Gareth Hughes (Frogblog): Dunedin divests from fossil fuels

Critic: Colin Craig | Full Interview

Ele Ludemann (Homepaddock): It’s about values