The main issues in NZ politics today are the Labour Party and Matt McCarten, new media, the Living Wage, and cyber-bullying. [Read more below]
Labour and the latest polls
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): I expect the political prospects of the left to dramatically lift
Scott Yorke (Imperator Fish): What my gut tells me
Will Matthews (Left Estate): Dangerous Whispers
Chris Trotter (Daily Blog): That Sinking Feeling: Is it already too late to save Labour and the Greens from disaster?
Third Culture: Is Labour targeting the wrong issue?
Pete George (Your NZ): Daily Blog poll denial – “trying to manipulate” opinion
Frank Macskasy (Daily Blog): Latest TV1-Colmar Brunton Poll – Back To The Future IV?
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): We have nothing to fear but TVNZ Polls
David Farrar (Kiwiblog): A promising selection
Danyl McLauchlan (Dim-Post): Tracking poll update
Cameron Slater (Whaleoil): Labour’s poll woes create pressure, will it be diamonds or coal?
Cameron Slater (Whaleoil): A message for Cunliffe?
Cameron Slater (Whaleoil): Corin Dann swallowing dead rats
Pete George (Your NZ): Re-orientation more pressing for Robertson
Radio NZ: TVNZ inquiry members named
Vernon Small (Stuff): 'Full access' for duo reviewing TVNZ probe
Newswire: TVNZ begins Taurima investigation
Felix Marwick (Newstalk ZB): ACT leader confident Epsom voters know what to do
Frances Cook (Newstalk ZB): National likely praying Prebble will save ACT
Dan Satherley (TV3): Prebble backs Whyte to revive ACT
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): If the answer is Richard Prebble – what the hell was the question?
Cameron Slater (Whaleoil): Suddenly the ACT Party is interesting again
Colin James (ODT): A battered fringe party hoping for rescue
Julie Moffett (Newstalk ZB): Hay accuses Greens of 'smear campaign'
Simon Wong (TV3): Greens leadership challenger kicked out
Isaac Davison (Herald): Green Party suspends candidate David Hay
Laura McQuillan (Newstalk ZB): Greens suspend candidate David Hay
Radio NZ: Hay has 'no regrets'
Jacob Brown (Newstalk ZB): Change in style could be behind Greens' drop in polls
Radio NZ: Greens play down latest poll
Pete George (Your NZ): Greens see red over dissent
David Farrar (Kiwiblog): Greens want to be in the PM vs Opp Ldr debate
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Why the Greens demand to be part of election debates plays into Key’s hands
David Hay (Seriously: “Green”): Thanks and farewell to the Greens
David Farrar (Kiwiblog): Green Party member who stood for leader suspended
Pete George (Your NZ): Turei on ‘rogue poll’
Ele Ludemann (Homepaddock): Debates for PM and would-be not minor players
Cameron Slater (Whaleoil): Green Party moves to silence dissent, suspends member for 12 months
Cameron Slater (Whaleoil): Tell him ‘e’s dreamin’
Rob Salmond (Polity): Another asset sale
Adam Bennett (Herald): PM: no more SOEs to sell after Genesis
Simon Wong (TV3): Govt confirms Genesis sale
Newswire: Genesis sale 'political expediency'
David Farrar (Kiwiblog): Genesis float in March
Minimum wage increase
Adam Bennett (Herald): Bonus for 100,000 workers
Vernon Small (Stuff): Minimum wage up 50c
Simon Wong (TV3): Minimum wage to rise to $14.25 an hour
Adam Bennett (Herald): Minimum wage set to rise
Vernon Small (Stuff): Union attacks minimum wage rise
David Farrar (Kiwiblog): Minimum wage to go to $14.25 an hour
NBR Staff (NBR): National bows to minimum wage myths - ACT
Radio NZ: Spy agencies silent over funding
Andrea Vance (Stuff): Spies mum over US cash questions
Eric Crampton (Offsetting Behaviour): One line in the sand
Keith Locke (Daily Blog): GCSB complicit in NSA/GCHQ spying on Kiwis
No Right Turn: So much for Parliamentary oversight
No Right Turn: "An operational matter"
Selwyn Manning (Daily Blog): Two Hops: How New Zealand’s Security Agencies Surveil Targets Without Warrants
Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): Dunedin mayor defends MP deal
Southland Times: Time, gentlemen, please . . .
Ele Ludemann (Homepaddock): Where’s the paper trail?
David Farrar (Kiwiblog): Mayor gets former MP $3,400 with no documentation
Cameron Slater (Whaleoil): Money for mates – Taxpayer’s union uncovers Dunedin Mayor and Pete Hodgson
Audrey Young (Herald): National lacks courage on retirement age - Act leader
Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): Political Report: If only we'd kept Big Norm's super fund
Peter Wilson (Newswire): National super is affordable, Key says
Catherine Harris (Stuff): Will rental WOFs make the grade?
David Farrar (Kiwiblog): Housing Warrant of Fitness
Chris Barton (Metro): GI Blues: Inside the Glen Innes state house war zone
Stacey Kirk (Stuff): Norman shouldn't apologise – Key
Newswire: Key advises Craig against legal action
Pete George (Your NZ): We shouldn’t “just accept it” Mr Key
David Farrar (Kiwiblog): In bed with the bloggers
Rob Salmond (Polity): HoS on the blogsters
Isaac Davison (Herald): Migrant worker abuse crackdown
Tim Watkin (Pundit): Why the Maori Party could be left, right out
Matthew Beveridge: People you should follow on Twitter: Graeme Edgeler
Stephen Jacobi (Stuff): TPP benefit study was robust
Wilma McCorkindale and Amanda Parkinson (Stuff): DHB's 'in survival mode'
Radio NZ: Warning over power disconnections
Winston Peters (RadioLIVE): Auckland city plan favours iwi rights
Eric Crampton (Offsetting Behaviour): Spark
Radio NZ: Playcentres close over 'silly rules'
Ben Heather (Stuff): American tax grab may target Kiwis
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