When parties and governments start leaking from within it is usually a bonanza for journalists and political commentators.
National will be worried that minutes from a recent top-level board meeting appear to have been leaked widely.
Of particular interest is a report by senior whip Michael Woodhouse about a "disturbing discussion that he has had with Simon Lusk that highlighted his motivations and a very negative agenda for the party".
- TVNZ7's end will be 'scarcely noticeable' according to the Press newspaper editorial, but Paul Norris (Saving TVNZ 7 is in public interest), Simon Cunliffe (Death of public service TV) and Peter Dunne (Minister's blistering attack on TVNZ) all disagree. David Farrar argues that the main problem with TVNZ7 was the ‘TVNZ’ bit, and that public service television needs to be completely separated from commercial operations – see: Throng on TVNZ7.
- The Urewera trials look like they may finally be over bar the sentencing – see: Edward Gay’s Confirmed: No 'Urewera Four' retrial and Stuff’s Urewera police focused on spying, says lawyer.
- John Key has said he thinks it is unlikely that the source of the latest embarrassing Mfat leak will ever be found, but the Government has launched an independent investigation anyway – see: John Hartevelt’s Rebstock to investigate MFAT rejig leak.
- Pollsters are considering a code to improve understanding, interpretation and reporting political polls – see: Adam Bennett’s Pollsters meet to decide on code, while Claire Trevett reports that the Electoral Commission is recommending that Maori voters may be allowed to swap rolls every election cycle.
- Matt Nolan argues that the issue raised by the Crafar Farms sale could be resolved through a land tax – see: Rethinking our stance on land sales.
- And finally, a new study by the University of Otago shows that, over time, household income varies greatly for many families but that many of the lowest income groups find it very difficult to improve their situation, particularly Maori and households with children – see: High income mobility but one in five households have chronic low income.
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