NZ POLITICS DAILY: February 20 2015

NZ POLITICS DAILY: February 20 2015

Today’s content


Andrew Little

Toby Manhire (Herald): Free advice ... invoice to follow

Karl du Fresne: What's really interesting about the David Cohen affair

Scott Yorke (Imperator Fish): Guest post: A character formed very early

Duncan Garner (RadioLive): Andrew Little’s honeymoon is over

Claire Trevett (Herald): Little's misdemeanours take heat off the enemy

Jono Natusch (Occasionally Erudite): Contractors aren’t workers?

Matthew Beveridge: Andrew Little, Fonterra and pies


Spy agencies

Brent Edwards (RNZ): Spy committee spat not the whole story

Gordon Campbell (Scoop): On the dangers posed by the upcoming security services review

No Right Turn: National wants secret evidence in our courts

Dita De Boni (Herald): Now who will watch the spies?


NZ in Iraq

Pete George (Your NZ): Dunne on the futility of military action against ISIL

Brent Edwards (RNZ): Dunne against sending troops to Iraq

Listener: Editorial – The greater good

Ron Smith (Breaking Views): Fighting Islamist Extremism

Tim Fulton (Stuff): ISIS Building Inspections changes its name because of notorious terror group


BPS targets and inequality

TVNZ: Fewer people on benefits but Government still not satisfied

Stacey Kirk (Stuff): Crime, welfare dependency down, but will it last?

Michael O'Brien (Child poverty action group): Children, poverty and choice


David Bain compensation

Isaac Davison (Herald): Judith Collins stands by her word in Bain's compensation case

Martin van Beynen (Stuff): Within the mountain of David Bain evidence lies truth

Kinley Salmon (Dom Post): Isis not only problem New Zealand should consider

David Farrar (Kiwiblog): A new Bain review

Andrea Vance (Stuff): David Bain's compensation case gets fresh inquiry

No Right Turn: Here we go again


America’s Cup

Waikato Times: Editorial: John Key and Steven Joyce too eager to support corporate welfare

Dom Post: Editorial: Funding Team NZ too much of a long shot

David Farrar (Kiwiblog): Team NZ in the trough



Jo Moir (Stuff): No more charter school applications this year – Parata

Cameron Slater (Whlaeoil): Speaking of National and arrogance…Hekia Parata

David Farrar (Kiwiblog): Fisking QPEC



TVNZ: Green Party opts out of contesting Northland by-election

Newswire: Greens rule out Northland by-election stand

David Farrar (Kiwiblog): The beginning of the dirty deal in Northland!

Rob Salmond (Polity): Defending the Greens


Petrol pricing

Andrea Vance (Stuff): Energy Minister warns fuel firms about margins

Isaac Davison (Herald): Govt warns petrol firms over pricing


Council amalgamations

Max Rashbrooke: No evidence that bigger councils are better, says expert

Karl Du Fresne: Open-minded yet sceptical on super-city

Muriel Newman (NZCPR): An Amalgamation Agenda


National Party

Joelle Dally (Press): Gilmore's parliamentary return dashed by John Key

Joelle Dally (Press): Protesters greet John Key in Oxford, Canterbury

Cameron Slater (Whaleoil): National Party Manager Greg Hamilton: Rules don’t apply to us

Newswire: Eminem, National Party battle in court

Dom Post: Eminem v National put off for months


Rachinger vs Slater

Pete George (Your NZ): Ben Rachinger versus Cameron Slater

Pete George (Your NZ): Rachinger previously

Pete George (Your NZ): More on Rachinger accusations



John Armstrong (Herald): Special report: David Seymour's rescue Act

Simon Wilson (Metro): Our Biggest Should be Our Best

Cecile Meier (Press): Regular referendums good for democracy

Aileen Nakhle (Stuff): Is sugar industry influencing scientists?

Standard: Crowdfunding Scoop

TVNZ: Shanghai Pengxin aims to double its NZ farm assets

Danyl Mclauchlan (Dim Post): Ah, global capitalism

Vernon Small (Stuff): NZ Budget deficit trimmed to $1 billion

Eric Crampton (Offsetting Behaviour): Modernising censorship

Aimee Gulliver (Stuff): Law Commission 'stretched to the limit'

Brian Fallow (Herald): Govt reaps what it sows

Sam Judd (Herald): Talk to me, like rivers do

Herald: Editorial: NZ must keep heavy airlift capability

David Kennedy (Local Bodies): The TPPA and the Recolonisation of Aotearoa

Stuff: Home building costs rise 5.3 per cent

Vernon Small (Stuff): Government to push for private sector providers: English

Ian Steward (Stuff): Prominent New Zealander in court on indecent assault charges

RNZ: Prominent New Zealander pleads not guilty

TVNZ: Prominent Kiwi facing assault charges loses name suppression