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NZ POLITICS DAILY: 4th December 2013

Bryce Edwards
Wed, 04 Dec 2013

Today’s links


Gordon Campbell (Scoop): New Zealand’s PISA education

TVNZ: Kiwi students sliding down world rankings

Dan Satherley (TV3):Education slide blamed on inequality

Vernon Small and Stacey Kirk (Stuff): Kiwi students fall behind in basics

Vernon Small and Stacey Kirk (Stuff): Government working to stop student slide

Simon Wong (TV3): NZ's global education rankings drop

Isaac Davison (Herald): Significant drops in NZ educational achievement - OECD report

Isaac Davison (Herald): Drop in student rankings doesn't reflect new standards – minister

RNZ: Education worse under National – Greens

RNZ: NZ well down in international maths table

Rob Salmond (Polity): Graphing the PISA results

Mark Hubbard (Life Behind the Iron Drape): State Education Failure: Answers Are Easy - Really.

RNZ: Big rise in tertiary achievement for Maori

Radio NZ: Kohanga report due within weeks

RNZ: Iwi leaders put education at the top of list

Stuff: Fund waka-building school: Labour

RNZ: Iwi leaders see light in charter schools

Dom Post: Editorial: Challenges remain in education policy

Teuila Fuatai (Herald): 'Positive' feedback to proposed Teacher Council changes


Corruption Perceptions Index and corruption laws

Integrity Talking Points: Why are we not excited about again topping the Corruption Perception Index?

Herald: NZ one of world's least corrupt countries

Newswire: New Zealand again least corrupt nation

Greg Stutchbury (Reuters): NZ to ramp up anti-corruption fight

Judith Collins: NZ tops global ranking for transparency, again

Rob Stock (Stuff): Century-old corruption law carries wrist-slap penalties

Cameron Slater (Whaleoil): No corruption in NZ? Of course there is


John Banks legal trial

TVNZ: John Banks: Time to move on

No Right Turn: Good riddance to John Banks

Graeme Edgeler (Public Address): John Banks: what next?

Adam Bennett (Herald): Fast-track plan for Banks' trial

Simon Wong (TV3): Banks to stand trial for electoral fraud

TVNZ: John Banks' political future questioned as trial to go ahead

RNZ: Banks loses another bid over trial

Herald: John Banks to stand trial

Amy Maas (Stuff): ACT leader John Banks to face trial

RNZ: Greens call for Banks to resign

Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): John Banks – one more step towards zombie oblivion

Peter Cresswell (Not PC): Another leader down

Will de Cleene (GoNZo): Patsy Who


Kaipara Districk Council investigations

Andrew Laxon (Herald): Auditors failed to spot Kaipara debt blow-out

RNZ: Auditor-General apologises to Kaipara ratepayers

Marika Hill (Stuff): Council blow-out warning to others

Radio NZ: Auditor-General apologises to Kaipara ratepayers

Stephen Franks: Kaipara victims of government non-performance

Andrew Laxon (Herald): MP set to appeal for Kaipara bailout


Asset sales

Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): Govt lowers asset sales estimate

Jamie Gray (Herald): Asset sales proceeds to drop – Govt


David Cunliffe’s election day tweeting

Scott Yorke (Imperator Fish):“You will never take me alive!”

TVNZ: Cunliffe apologises over by-election tweet

Cameron Slater (Whaleoil): Is it time for a change to electoral law?

Cameron Slater (Whaleoil): Cunliffe’s defence shot to hell

Barry Soper (Newstalk): Cunliffe may have breached law during by-election

Newswire: Labour leader Cunliffe investigated over tweet

Cameron Slater (Whaleoil): No surprises, another Labour politician broke electoral law

David Farrar (Kiwiblog): Cunliffe breaches election day law


GCSB Inquiry

John Armstrong (Herald): Opposition's glee missing the point

Tracy Watkins (Stuff): Inquiry methods heavily censured

RNZ: Dunne not vindicated by committee report – Labour

RNZ: Parliamentary Service acknowledges criticism

Tracy Watkins (Stuff): Key hints at Dunne return

Stuff:Info sharing slammed

Simon Wong (TV3):GCSB leak inquiry raises concerns

TVNZ: Dunne speaks out over 'unacceptable' Henry inquiry

Barry Soper (Newstalk): Parliamentary Services slammed over journo-tracking scandal



Andrea Vance (Stuff): Spy Q&A more a PR exercise

Audrey Young (Herald): GCSB head: Kiwis' offshore data not protected from spies

Simon Wong (TV3):'Cyber espionage' on the rise

RNZ: GCSB director doesn't believe US spies on NZers, but can't be sure

Newswire: Cyber attacks increasing, GCSB head says

Audrey Young (Herald): No large-scale collection of Kiwi data by NSA - GCSB head

Paul Buchanan (Herald): Snowden leaks sure to catch NZ out

Patrick Gower (TV3): Tucker: Spies 'certainly saved lives'

Andrea Vance (Stuff): Top spies front up to MP questioning

Andrea Vance (Stuff): Govt must come clean on spying – Labour

No Right Turn: But do we believe them?

No Right Turn: An explosion of spying


Forestry deaths and corporate manslaughter

Dom Post: Editorial: NZ work-safety culture flawed

Stuff: Forestry sector 'not an industry in crisis' – Key

Simon Wong (TV3): Bridges: Forestry prosecution 'very likely'

Patrice Dougan (Herald): PM: Corporate manslaughter law 'unlikely'

Patrick Gower (TV3): Opinion: Nats chicken out over corporate manslaughter


Electoral enrolment fraud trial

Newswire: Lawyer warns of prejudice in fraud trial



Stuff: Govt could pay Chorus more upfront

Chris Barton (Herald): How did Chorus get into this mess?

Tim Hunter (Stuff): Debt at core of Chorus's fiscal fragility

David Farrar (Kiwiblog): Where to for Chorus

Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): Govt faces questions over Chorus contact

NBR: John Key caught out on Chorus, Curran says


CHCH East by-election

Chris Trotter (Press): Tribute due to Anderton for by-election victory

Rebuilding Christchurch: The Insider’s Guide To Christchurch East


Blogging and the media

Stephen Franks: Free speech and Whale Oil

RNZ: RNZ begins search for Morning Report presenter

Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): TDB NZ Blogger Alignment Awards 2013


Rena report

Jamie Morton (Herald): Rena probe report seen to fall short

Newswire: Iwi not engaged in Rena clean up

Herald: Editorial: Rena response should leave us more secure


Colin Craig and Conservatives

NBR: Colin Craig not sure man walked on moon

Matthew Backhouse (Herald): Colin Craig unsure about moon landing

Stuff: Men on Moon no priority for Craig

Dan Satherley (TV3): Colin Craig not sure about moon landing

Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Colin Craig – now denies moon landing


Election 2014

Newswire: MP Shane Ardern waves goodbye to Beehive

Michael Fox (Stuff): Shane Ardern to retire



No Right Turn: The cost of anti-environmentalism

Bruce Wills (Manawatu Standard): Farmers keen to come clean


Destiny Church

James Ihaka (Herald): Split at top of Destiny Church

Stuff: New Destiny Church split



Malcolm Campbell (Press): Why the Census matters to everyone

Herald: Census data 2013: Facts and figures

Jared Savage and Harkanwai Singh (Herald): Census data revealed: What we earn and how your pay rates

Michael Fox (Stuff): Fewer New Zealanders own homes – census

Matthew Backhouse (Herald): Census 2013: Christchurch has higher incomes, fewer people

Simon Colllins (Herald): Census 2013: New Kiwis add to our diversity

Simon Collins (Herald): Census 2013: Our changing nation

James Ihaka (Herald): Asians fast overtaking Maori population

RNZ: Fewer people working in manufacturing

Tim Selwyn (Tumeke):Con census

Peter O’Neill (Timaru Herald): Editorial: How many children?



Michael Fox (Stuff): Operation 8 answers sought

David Farrar (Kiwiblog): Will 3.2 close?

Stuff: Today in politics - Wednesday, December 4

Bryce Edwards
Wed, 04 Dec 2013
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NZ POLITICS DAILY: 4th December 2013