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NZ POLITICS DAILY: 12th December 2013

Bryce Edwards
Thu, 12 Dec 2013

Today’s content


Rosemary McLeod (Stuff): Mandela and the power of protest

Mark Sainsbury (Stuff): Learn a lesson from Mandela

Andrea Vance (Stuff): MPs on Mandela trip rub shoulders with stars

Andrea Vance (Stuff): Former PM farewells Mandela

Adam Bennett (Herald): John Key: International mystery man

David Cunliffe (Daily Blog): David Cunliffe’s reflections on Mandela’s funeral (part 1)

Stuff: Key's forgettable moment at Mandela event

Nelson Mail: Chance missed for wider symbol of unity

Imran Ali (Herald): Taxpayers pay for Harawira's trip to Mandela service

Toby Manhire (Listener): HBO presents: The Commonwealth

Simon Wong (TV3): PM an 'unidentified guest' at Mandela service

Radio NZ: Cunliffe sees Mandela's work as unfinished


Paid parental leave

Isaac Davison (Herald): Door open for more paid parental leave

Adam Bennett (Herald): National softens stance on paid parental leave bill

Laura McQuillan (Newstalk ZB): Govt u-turns on parental leave, claims Labour

Simon Wong (TV3): Govt to reconsider paid parental leave

No Right Turn: Winning the argument on paid parental leave?

Stuff: Labour hopeful over parental leave bill

TVNZ: Paid parental leave extension back on table – Labour

Newswire: Parental leave extension bid gets breather

Radio NZ: Paid parental bill delayed



Vernon Small (Stuff): TPP talks fail to reach agreement

Simon Terry (Herald): Govt must resist foreign tribunal demands in TPP

Audrey Young (Herald): TPP negotiations close, but 'progress' made – Groser

No Right Turn: TPP negotiations close, but 'progress' made – Groser

David Farrar (Kiwiblog): Goff on TPP

Cameron Slater (Whaleoil): What is Labour’s real position on free trade?



Timaru Herald: Editorial: How accurate the census?

Radio NZ: Congregations falling since 70s, says academic

Herald: Philip Burdon: Born a Kiwi - still seen as a foreigner

Eric Crampton (Offsetting Behaviour): Jedi Truth

David Farrar (Kiwiblog): NZ by ethnicity

David Farrar (Kiwiblog): NZ by religion


Max Coyle vs. Judith Collins

Laura McQuillan (Newstalk ZB): Former Green Party candidate defends Collins tweet

Pete George (Your NZ): Max Coyle: where’s the proof?

The Standard: Judith Collins: The obnoxious right

Cameron Slater (Whaleoil): It is never ok to wish someone dead

Cameron Slater (Wahleoil): Max Dillon Coyle continues to call for execution of National Party members


Digital archive project

Vernon Small (Stuff): IT project delayed, blown out by millions

Simon Wong (TV3): Archive project cost set to double

Radio NZ: Digital archive money 'not well spent'

Brook Sabin (TV3): Leaked report embarrasses Internal Affairs



Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Chorus plans budget cuts

Hamish Fletcher (Herald): NZ reputation 'severely tarnished' – Chorus

Paul McBeth (NBR): Chorus warns of more earnings pain from latest review on copper lines

Radio NZ: Chorus may be able to increase copper pricing – analyst

Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Funding shortfall threatens Gigatown campaign


Child poverty and inequality

Herald: Editorial: Child poverty figure needs more clarity to target relief

Ashleigh Stewart (Stuff): 'Not typical' client seeks food parcels

Pete George (Your NZ): Exaggerating child ‘poverty’ is counter-productive

The Standard: A more equitable society


Asset sales

James Weir (Stuff): MIghty River freezes prices until 2015

Radio NZ: State power agency still wanted by Labour

Radio NZ: Referendum postal deadline

The Standard: Last day to vote

David Farrar (Kiwiblog): Mighty River to hold prices for 15 months



Dominion Post: Editorial: Commission review panders to business

Newswire: Special housing areas extended

Catherine Harris (Stuff): Call for no GST on new home builds

Dan Satherley (TV3): Smith: Reserve Bank's lending changes' 'logical'

Liz McDonald (Stuff): Subdivision all go under new plan


Wellington ‘living wage’

Katie Chapman and Olivia Wannan (Stuff): Living wage voted in despite criticism

Rachel Parkin (TV3): Wellington adopts living wage for council workers

Radio NZ: Wellington council staff to get 'living wage'

No Right Turn: A living wage for Wellington


John Banks and a new right-wing party

TVNZ: John Banks pleads not guilty

Frances Cook (Newstalk ZB): ACT Party still right behind Banks

3 News Online Staff (TV3): Banks trial date set

Chris Trotter (Daily Blog): “Putting the Neo back in Neo-Liberal”: Matthew Hooton goes in search of a new Bob Jones.


Kim Dotcom and the GCSB

Stuff: Dotcom 'still being spied on'

David Fisher (Herald): Kim Dotcom still being spied on – judge

Newswire: Dotcom spied on after arrest, judge says


Rebstock report

Patrick Gower (TV3): Top bureaucrat in Govt leak inquiry

Stuff: Rebstock report set to shake up MFAT

Tracy Watkins (Stuff): MFAT Inquiry Led By Rebstock Due Thursday


Botulism scare

Newswire: Inquiry reassuring - infant formula makers

Adam Bennett (Herald): Botulism scare report calls for better tracking of products

Newswire: Govt food safety cleared in botulism scare

TVNZ: Report into botulism scare backs food safety systems


Maori politics

Radio NZ: Maori Council replies to Govt about its legislation

Radio NZ: Maori Council to stay the way it is

Radio NZ: Sharples takes advice from public on Maori Council

Tom Peters (WSW): New Zealand: Mana Party seeks unity with right-wing Maori Party

Adam Bennett (Herald): From back office to front bench


‘Roast busters’

Talia Shadwell (Stuff): Top cop fronts over Roast Busters case

Isaac Davison (Herald): Roast Busters: Marshall admits police failings

Isaac Davison and Anna Leask (Herald): Police Commissioner grilled over Roast Busters



Tracy Watkins (Stuff): Insults and jokes end Parliament

Newswire: Parliament's busy year

Peter Wilson (Newswire): Parliament holds its last debate of 2013


Latest polls

The Standard: Latest Roy Morgan Poll

Frank Macskasy (Daily Blog): Latest Roy Morgan Poll: next govt too close to call?

Vernon Small (Stuff): This time next year we will have a new government.


Parliamentary priviledge

Newswire: Supreme Court ruling prompts law change

Andrew Geddes (Pundit): The Parliamentary Privilege Bill: the empire finally strikes back


Len Brown

Bernard Orsman (Herald): Len Brown affair: Hotel hold-up

Fran O'Sullivan (Herald): Review of Len Brown under watch

Bryce Edwards
Thu, 12 Dec 2013
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NZ POLITICS DAILY: 12th December 2013