The main issues in NZ politics today are Budget 2014 and the economy, fundraising and influence, the Taurima report and media-politico relations, and the Green Party economic plans. [Read more below]
Budget 2014 and the economy
Liam Dann (Herald): National needs to dish up comfort
John Armstrong (Herald): Battle lines over affordable homes
Michael Fox and Stacey Kirk (Stuff):PM to Labour: 'How would you run surplus?'
Gordon Campbell (Scoop): On this week’s Budget rhetoric, and Jim Jarmusch
Rob Hosking (NBR): Budget 2014: a surplus but then what? (paywalled)
Scott Yorke (Imperator Fish): Bill English meets the media
Greg Thompson (NBR): Budget 2014: Why a capital gains tax will be off the agenda
Rob Salmond (Polity): Budget 2014: The Labour-lite budget
Rob Salmond (Polity): NZ Index of Deprivation 2013
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Why inequality needs to be on the political agenda
Peter Cresswell (Not PC): British “researchers” promoting envy in NZ
Audrey Young (Herald): Cunliffe sets low target for jobless
Jenny Woods (Newstalk ZB): Cunliffe to reveal Labour's own Budget
Tamsyn Parker (Herald): Budget 2014: Don't expect any KiwiSaver changes
David Farrar (Kiwiblog): Labour claims surplus a fake!
Daily Blog: Blockade the Budget
Peter Cresswell (Not PC): Surplus!
Rob Salmond (Polity): Economic plans compared
Matt Nolan (TVHE): Labour’s alternative budget
Cameron Slater (Whaleoil): Labour politicking over earthquake rebuild
Radio NZ: $132m for IRD to chase tax dodgers
Michael Fox (Stuff): Labour targets unemployment rate
Patrick Leyland (Progress Report): A sensible move
No Right Turn: "A wish, a target, and a dream"
Radio NZ: Labour sets 4 percent jobless target
John Gerritsen (Radio NZ): Rich or poor, education needs more
Simon Wong (TV3): More money to chase tax dodgers
Audrey Young (Herald): Key puts All Black dream on hold in attack over jobs
Tracy Watkins (Stuff): NZ Budget defies Aussie gloom
Michael Fox (Stuff): Sweetener lined up for parents in Budget, says PM
Dominion Post: Big political push set to benefit parents
Newswire: Key hints at paid parental leave changes
Newswire: Greens to reveal alternative budget
Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): Talk is cheap even around the Budget
Colin James (ODT): Thinking past Thursday’s small-surplus budget
Fundraising and influence
Stacey Kirk (Stuff): Collins will be gone by Monday - Peters
Stacey Kirk (Stuff): Labour's hypocrisy 'galling'
Simon Wong (TV3): Key: 'I'll apologise on TV if Collins is sacked'
Rob Salmond (Polity): Party funding
Anthony Hubbard (Stuff): The politics of 'sleaze'
Phil Kitchen (Stuff): Fundraising access to PM
Fine Tooth Column: The Price of Milk
Radio NZ: PM rejects tax funded campaigning
Pete George (Your NZ): ‘Cabinet club’ kock up
Pete George (Your NZ): Key on Labour’s union donations
Newswire: Key rejects state funding for campaigns
Rachel Stewart (Stuff): Collins' strength shines in the truth of her tweets
Lesley Deverall (Newstalk ZB): Key unfazed by Peters' threats
Colin Espiner (Stuff): The curse of the C-word
Vernon Small (Stuff): Does Cabinet Club buy influence?
David Farrar (Kiwiblog): Surprise – Cunliffe wants Labour to be funded by taxpayers
Ele Ludemann (Homepaddock): Taxpayer funding would weaken democracy
No Right Turn: Election funding: Be the change you want to see in the world
Laura McQuillan (Newstalk ZB): Cunliffe: Let's consider publicly-funded elections
Danyl McLauchlan (Dim-Post): The thing about Cabinet Club and anonymous donations
Ele Ludemann (Homepaddock): They want our money for their campaigns
The Standard: Judith vs John
David Farrar (Kiwiblog): Sense from The Press
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Why David Cunliffe is right – it is time to consider publicly funded elections
Cameron Slater (Whaleoil): A bloody good point
Cameron Slater (Whaleoil): Cash for access
Cameron Slater (Whaleoil): Man with secret donors and secret trusts demands more transparency…
Keeping Stock: Cash for access?
Taurima report and media-politco relations
Isaac Davison (Herald): John Key questions broadcaster Linda Clark's ties to Labour
Matthew Hooton (NBR): Labour Knew About Taurima All Along (paywalled)
John Drinnan (Herald): Bumbling TV company escapes serious criticism
David Farrar (Kiwiblog): The Taurima report
Karl du Fresne: Rules won't eliminate the most troubling bias
Grant Duncan (Policy matters): Should political reporters be barred from political-party membership?
John Drinnan (Herald): Taurima inquiry due today
Newswire: TVNZ Taurima report due to be released
3 News Online Staff (TV3): TVNZ to make changes after Taurima report
Patrick Gower (TV3): Despite report, Taurima keeps political ambitions
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): I’m sorry Shane Taurima, mate you can’t run for Labour
John Drinnan (Herald): Taurima inquiry fails to take TVNZ to task
Rob Salmond (Polity): Shane Taurima
Newswire: Labour rejects Taurima's candidacy
Andrea Vance and Stacey Kirk (Stuff): Taurima's political career over
RadioLIVE: Labour debate Taurima's future
Teuila Fuatai (Herald): Cunliffe: Taurima decision 'appropriate'
Newswire: PSA against political activity ban
Radio NZ: Labour veto on Taurima candidacy
Radio NZ: Maori journalism excuse rejected
Green Party economic plans
Adam Bennett (Herald): $120m 'Green Investment Bank' plan for clean tech projects
Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): 'Green Investment Bank' plan
Simon Wong (TV3): Green Party looks to open own bank
David Farrar (Kiwiblog): Greens do want taxpayers to lose 96% of their funds also!
No Right Turn: A good idea
Michael Fox (Stuff): Foreign home ownership ban not needed: National
Florence Kerr (Stuff): State housing under fire
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Um, why shouldn’t a State House be for life?
No Right Turn: Abandoning the provinces
David Farrar (Kiwiblog): Misunderstanding the investment approach
The Standard: The selective empathy of Key’s callous government
Tim Donoghue (Stuff): Captains stood down after ferry near misses
Rebecca Quilliam (Herald): Cook Strait ferry incidents covered up – Peters
Pete George (Your NZ): Super for those earning over $70k
David Farrar (Kiwiblog): Should Super be means tested?
Radio NZ: Dotcom's lawyers question SIS actions
Vicki Anderson (Stuff): 'Racist day' fun with Kim Dotcom
No Right Turn: TICS after Snowden
Frank Macskasy (Daily Blog): ACT leader, Jamie Whyte, refutes cliched stereotype of solo-mothers?
David Farrar (Kiwiblog): ACT’s alternative budget
Cameron Slater (Whaleoil): The Letter asks “what happened to the ACT vote?”
Fundamentally Useless: ACT’s bold new ‘baby eating’ policy
Giovanni Tiso (Pantograph Punch): My Night at the Canon Media Awards
Paul Judge (Stuff): Controversy and contradictions
Scott Hamilton (Reading the Maps): From Titford to Taua
Jamie Morton (Herald): Union praises inquests into 'intolerable' forest deaths
Simon Collins (Herald): The equality debate: Inequality in NZ under spotlight
Glenn Conway (Stuff): Business strategist picked by National
Simon Wong (TV3): Key condemns Boko Haram
Karl du Fresne: A cosy chat with Aunty Marilyn
Matthew Beveridge: Metiria, Chris and the Keys.
Duncan Garner (RadioLIVE): Christchurch flood victims deserve a better answer
David Farrar (Kiwiblog): Nanny Auckland
David Cormack (The Ruminator): Misogyny and rape jokes: Ha ha ha bonk!
Tracey Roxburgh (ODT): PM's sausage promotion hits a snarler
Elton Smallman (Stuff): Lawless has a vision
Paul Casserly (Herald): The great breakfast shuffle
Scott Yorke (Imperator Fish): About those New Zealand First rule changes
TVHE: Monetary policy 2.0?
Rachel Smalley (Newstalk ZB): Means-testing paid parental leave
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Critiquing Mike Williams electorate run down in the NZ Herald
Liam Hehir (Manawatu Standard): Deals keep the grassroots tilled
Waikato Times: Tackling some of the nits