The main issues in NZ politics today are the Greens, NZ First, Judith Collins, the economy, education, and David Cunliffe and the Labour Party. [Read more below]
The main issues in NZ politics today are the Greens, NZ First, Judith Collins, the economy, education, and David Cunliffe and the Labour Party. [Read more below]
The main issues in NZ politics today are Judith Collins, National's citizenship waiver, Amy Adams, the Genesis float, and polling and the election. [Read more below]
The main issues in NZ politics today are the announcement of the general election date, the flag change referendum, Shane Jones and the Greens, and Judith Collins and Oravida [Read more below]
The main issues in NZ politics today are the general election date being announced, Judith Collins, electricity, and money and politics. [Read more below]
The main issues in NZ politics today are about the relationship between money, business and politics. Additional topics include Colin Craig vs Russel Norman, the Labour Party, the National Party, education, and gender equality. [Read more below]
The fundraising controversy over the National Party’s use of the exclusive Auckland restaurant, Antoine’s, raises many questions about the ways in which politicians and political parties can avoid making having their finances scrutinized by political finance transparency laws. The nature of political finance means that inevitably there are attempts made to circumvent the laws, for a variety of reasons. Political finance scholars liken political money to that of high-pressured water, in the sense that you can construct barriers to it, but inevitably the money gets through somehow because there’s always some leaks. [Read more below]
In New Zealand the Electoral Act allows political parties to raise their money privately through business trading ventures. If a party has a good or service to sell, there are no additional restrictions on that commercial activity just because they are a political party. This makes business activities a perfectly legal avenue for the collection of money from private interests, and one that does not need to involve donation regulations.
Legally, therefore, a dinner with politicians can be sold to the public, with large amounts of money exchanging hands without the donation laws kicking in. Any party – or an individual on behalf of the party – could in theory charge, say, $20,000 for a dinner with a Prime Minister or any other politician, and technically this money would not have to be declared to the Electoral Commission. It would simply be a business transaction, which is essentially exempt from the Electoral Act. As the Electoral Commission has said in the part, ‘People who pay to attend a fund-raising event will generally be paying for goods or services rather than making a donation’ and hence are not subject to the disclosure regulations.
Of course, the Electoral Act also says that if the money being charged by a party is in excess of the ‘market value’ of the goods or service, then the difference between those amounts needs to be declared as a donation. In reality, this ‘market value’ provision means very little when it comes to the goods and services that political parties can sell. It’s very hard to argue that a dinner with the PM, for example, isn’t worth $20,000 (or whatever amount). For many people – especially those in certain businesses – such meetings could be incredibly value for their commercial interests or lobbying agendas.
In fact, there are many examples of charity auctions raising considerably more money for dinners with politicians. These have the impact of showing that the market value of such goods and services are remarkably high.
Of course it’s intrinsically hard to tell how much business trading activities goes on amongst the political parties, because by its very definition, such activities doesn’t have to be made public.
Nonetheless, there are various known examples (in addition to the Antoine’s saga). For example, in 2010, Matt Nippert investigated Wong’s mysterious $200,000 fundraiser (http://bit.ly/1eig6tz). This is the key part: ‘According to several National Party sources, Mrs [Pansy] Wong raised $200,000 at an event held in 2007 at Auckland’s now-closed Ocean City restaurant. It is understood party leader John Key was present at the event and after an auction $50,000 was paid for his tie. Sources said Ms Wong was thanked for this fundraiser at the party’s conference at the Langham Hotel held in August that year. “It was announced from the stage to the assembled multitude – she [Mrs Wong] was the star of the show,” one eyewitness recounts. Yesterday the National Party hierarchy insisted the donation was handled by the book but several informed party sources told the National Business Review of their concern over the whereabouts of this donation and how it was accounted for’.
I was quoted in Nippert’s story at the time: ‘Edwards said the funds could be accounted for in a number of convoluted ways without being declared to the Electoral Commission as a technical donation. The Waitemata trust might have been the recipient, he said: “It is quite possible that the money received by Pansy Wong’s fundraising was funnelled through a legal trust and then given to the National Party.” Mr Edwards said the fund-raising venture could also have been organised as a “bogus business venture” with attendees charged market rates to “meet important people with great status”. The $50,000 paid for Mr Key’s tie could be defended in a similar fashion, Mr Edwards said. “How do you determine the market value of what is arguably a piece of iconic political memorabilia from a leader who is now prime minister?”’
So in this particular case study, it could well be that much of the $200,000 raised in the one night by Wong at the fundraising event was money paid by attendees just to attend the dinner and be entertained and informed by the politicians also attending. It’s quite possible that Wong charged her supporters and friends $1,000 or so to attend and meet influential and powerful people with great status. Although that hypothetical $1,000 entry fee might arguably look like a political donation – and it certainly does to me – legally there is nothing to say it was not a business transaction.
Similarly, with the purported sale of John Key’s tie for $50,000, a explanation could quite conceivable be made for why this was a business transaction and not a political donation. Although it sounds like a donation to me, the political finance laws are very vague on this. They suggest that a donation might make up that portion of the money exchanged that is above the market price of the good that is sold. But how do you determine the market value of what is arguably a piece of iconic political memorabilia from a leader who is now prime minister?
All you can do in such examples is speculate – due to the fact that New Zealand political parties are not open about their business activities. The reality could be that there is very little commercial trading carried out by the parties. Nonetheless, it’d be good to have this murky area investigated further.
This is a selection of some of the more interesting tweets in reaction to Patrick Gower’s interview with John Key – as reported in: Key 'tricky' with donation dinner details. It includes discussion about political finance, more generally than just the dinner donation allegations. [Read more below]
The main issues in NZ politics today are the allegations about Judith Collins, David Cunliffe's trusts, Labour and its ICT leaks, and John Key. [Read more below]
The main issues in NZ politics today are David Cunliffe's secret trust, the Labour Party, Judith Collins' alleged conflicts of interest, Labour's ICT leak, and Colin Craig. [Read more below]
This is a selection of some of the tweets about the revelations that Labour leader David Cunliffe used a trust fund to collect donations for his leadership campaign last year. The tweets below are in (rough) reverse chronically order – the most recent tweets are first. More will be added. [Read more below]
The main issues in NZ politics today are David Cunliffe and the Labour Party, Ukraine, the Act Party, Mojo Mathers, and Maori politics. [Read more below]
Russel Norman vs Colin Craig. Clash of the minor leaders. The ultimate liberal versus conservative SmackDown. So, what should we make of this scrap between the Green Party and Conservative leaders? Well firstly, expect this scrap over the role of women and position of gays to get nastier, and to even be a prominent feature of this year's election campaign. That is, what better way to rock National's support than to ignite a liberal moral-panic over John Key's new mate, Colin Craig and his Conservative Party? But why is Norman wanting to ignite a US-style cultural war in New Zealand? For a very simple reason. The fact is that the Greens, who have consistently moved further towards the political centre over recent years, have few policies to differentiate themselves, especially in terms of economic policy, from any of the other parliamentary political parities. As with both National and Labour, the Greens both recognise and endorse the 'positive' power of the market, and so endorse the post-neoliberal environment that frames political and economic discussion in this country. In this guest blog post, John Moore argues that Russel Norman has cynically demonised a rather easy target, the traditionalist and somewhat flaky Conservative leader Colin Craig, in a purely opportunistic move. [Read more below]
Colin Craig's rather backward social views should be critiqued and even slammed. However, this man and his party should be taken for what it is. Craig is no extremist, or even particularly ideological. Certainly he has some rather backward and old fashioned views, as he does see himself as championing 'traditional values'. However, Craig is far from being the intransigent moral conservative we see say on the periphery of the US Republican Party. When sharing his views on the American Christian Right, Craig has been less than flattering. He sees his party as a measured form of conservatism, and is quick to distance himself from the American right: “I think probably conservatism in America has some pretty strong elements that most New Zealanders wouldn’t identify with, and I certainly wouldn’t myself.”
The party’s website makes no mention of gay marriage, abortion, or any other divisive issues associated with conservative politics. Craig says his personal views on these subjects have been widely reported in the media, but the party has no official stance: “I don’t think discussion around these things is actually that beneficial or helpful for our nation," he says. "I’m not sure that you can legislate morality, I’m not sure that works well."
And Craig has made it clear he has few bottom lines in terms of getting into bed with either of the two major parties. For example, he has made it clear he is not trying to dismantle the majority of social-liberal reforms of the past few decades, saying that the Conservative Party won't be pushing for the repeal of the gay marriage law or legalised prostitution after next year's election, but would try to get the anti-smacking law overturned.
So why is Russel Norman laying into Conservative leader Colin Craig, as if Craig presents one of the major threats to the social-liberal hegemony in New Zealand? With Norman's recent attacks, which can be read as a labeling of the conservative leader as both gay-hating and misogynistic, we are witnessing the utilisation of US style cultural-war rhetoric in New Zealand's political arena.
Culture war style politics, which dominates discourse in the United States, lacks in both style and nuance, and is all about building an election base through demonising ones opponents, and building up a state of panic amongst ones supporters over the possibilityof the opposition gaining power. Rather cringe worthy examples in the US include vice-president Joe Biden warning blacks that they would be put back in chains if Mitt Romney had his way, and Republican congressman Rick Santorum raising alarm over the Democrat's apparent pro-gay agenda, which he argued would lead to future promotion of incest and even bestiality.
Russel Norman's attack on Craig follows the pattern of demonisation and alarmist style politics that we see in the US. But then the obvious pressing question is, why is Norman, who leads a party that preaches consensus and non-aggressive politics, now playing the hard-man and leading an attack to shatter the image of Colin Craig? Why? Because the fact is as the Greens have moved increasingly to the centre, they now have little to grab onto in terms of differentiating their party from the other major political players in parliament. So now they desperately need some issues to promote themselves as a unique political brand. Shed of their once radical image, the besuited and bourgeoise-jacket wearing Greens now need to grab onto issues and concerns that do not threaten their carefully crafted centrist image as sensible and professional political players.
This shift to the centre was most succinctly expressed by former Green MP Sue Bradford when she was in the process of the leaving the party. When asked if the Greens had lost their radical edge, she said: “We did have a real radical cutting edge [in 1999]… I think that we have, to some extent we have begun to lose a little bit of that differentiation with the other parties in Parliament - in terms of being a little less willing to take risks; a little less willing to be radical and “out there”; and the sense that too many political parties – including perhaps our own – are focused on winning the middle ground voters and not seeing the voters out to the sides – in our case, out to the left, and to the environmental left, as being as important as the voters that are in the middle and to the right.”
So, at a time when most people in New Zealand are at least OK with gay marriage, and ideas that women are somehow lesser than men seem quaint if not just stupid to most of the population, what better way to build up support than to engineer a panic that extremist politics are about to enter the New Zealand political fray. Therefore, Colin Craig represents the perfect reactionary bogeyman, a rather inept politician who allows Norman to position himself as both a sensible and inclusive politician who can act as a bulwark against an apparent risk of a shift to the moral-right in this country.
Most leftists and liberals in New Zealand have essentially endorsed Russel Norman's painting of Colin Craig as a dangerous conservative. It seems that for most of the left, the mere fact that Norman has highlighted the backward views of the Conservative Party alone means that they too should follow along with the Green Party leader’s attempt at whipping up a culture war in New Zealand. What many on the left fail to see, is what the Greens' pro-gay/pro-women discourse is really all about.
As the Greens have transformed themselves into a mainstream political party, and as they have accepted that the liberal-democratic capitalist framework is the only game in town, the party desperately needs to latch onto issues that both promote themselves as a unique brand, and that also don't in anyway act to allow the party to be presented as radical or as challenging the essentials of the established economic framework in New Zealand. Norman himself has been the most articulate Green in promoting the party's shift to being explicitly pro-capitalist and pro-market. Norman has even gone as far as saying that the Greens should be all about saving capitalism from its own destructive tendencies. He's worth quoting at length on this point:
It’s a funny position we find ourselves in. Just as the social democrats (Europe), labourists (UK, Oz, NZ) and new dealers (US) of the 1930s and 1940s had to save capitalism from its own destructive tendencies by introducing a range of modifications and interventions on the market system, so now the Green Parties of the world find ourselves in possibly a similar position. The best of the old social democrats like Michael Cullen are too locked in the old paradigm to understand it, and the sectional interests like the business roundtable and employers federation are too narrow to see it, but we have to intervene on the market system to place a price on resource use and pollution so that we can save the planet. And in the process we will quite possibly save the market system from its natural tendency to destroy or consume all resources leading to its own demise
And on top of arguing for the Greens to save capitalism, Norman has also argued that capitalism can be utilised to save the planet. That is, Norman has gone to great lengths to emphasise that his solutions for ‘saving capitalism’ and the planet will in no way interfere with the market mechanism of the economic system. In fact, he has indicated a general desire to embrace ‘the market’ (and therefore capitalism). In his first speech as co-leader, Norman stated:
We had Keynesian economics, we had neoliberal economics, now is the time for some Green economics. Now is the time to harness the undoubted power of the market to internalise the costs of pollution
So, in light of the Greens ditching their previous radical image, and not only endorsing the 'positive power of the market, but actually wanting to save capitalism, a further shift is needed to rebrand the party. Therefore, Russel Norman's attacks on Colin Craig need to be seen for what they are: as a brand-defining move and nothing to do with emancipatory and liberation politics.
The main issues in NZ politics today are the Act Party conference, the Mojo Mathers controversy, Matt McCarten, Tamati Coffey, and offshore oil and gas. [Read more below]
This is a selection of some of the tweets about the state of the Act Party, its annual conference, its new leader Jamie Whyte, and his controversial statements about incest. The tweets below are in (rough) reverse chronically order – the most recent tweets are first. More will be added. [Read more below]
This is a selection of some of the tweets about the Taxpayer Union’s allegations about Green MP Mojo Mathers, as reported in Patrice Dougan’s Green MP's 800km taxpayer-funded trip questioned. The tweets below are in (rough) reverse chronically order – the most recent tweets are first. More will be added. [Read more below]
Here’s a selection of some of the more interesting tweets in response to the appointment of Matt McCarten as David Cunliffe’s Chief of Staff. [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
John Armstrong (Herald):It's past time for Cunliffe to get Labour moving
Chris Trotter (Daily Blog): Poll Positions: Is Cunliffe’s Time Running Out?
Tracy Watkins (Stuff): Greens faith spells danger for Labour
Matthew Hooton (NBR): Does Labour have a Plan B?
David Farrar (Kiwiblog): Have Labour and Greens broken the CIR Act?
Greg Presland (The Standard): Labour’s Manukau East candidate selection
David Farrar (Kiwiblog): Labour leadership contenders will have to disclose donations
Whaleoil: Dear David Cunliffe
Newswire: Labour candidate an ex-Obama campaigner
Taranaki Daily Times: Editorial – Just be yourself, Mr Cunliffe
Nick Leggett (Progress online): Post-Clark dilemmas for NZ Labour
Nick Leggett (Progress online): About more than what you’re against
Michael Sergel (Newstalk ZB): Two new faces for Labour
Claire Trevett (Herald): MPs face donations dilemma
Pete George (Your NZ): Plain English – Labour MPs “lazy and weak”
Rob Salmond (Polity): A bad week
Sam Durbin (Recess Monkey): Labour Should Triangulate: Pt 1 — Business Tax
Cameron Slater (Whaleoil): The doubt is setting in, Labour in trouble
Cameron Slater (Whaleoil): Labour will have to declare donations
Felix Marwick (Newstalk ZB): Polls bring good news for National
Andrea Vance and Stacey Kirk (Stuff): Labour limping, Greens in freefall – poll
Pete George (Your NZ): The poll is rogue because…
Pete George (Your NZ): One News poll and the political landscape
Keeping Stock: A leader in denial
Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): National flying high in latest poll
Corin Dann (TVNZ): Poll a wake up call for centre left
Felix Marwick (Newstalk ZB): National up, Greens down, in latest poll
David Farrar (Kiwiblog): What's behind National's surge, and the Green's record low
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Latest Roy Morgan Poll shows the Labour funk
David Kennedy (Local Bodies): Discrimination, Opinion Polls and Altered Perceptions
Pete George (Your NZ): One News/Colmar poll February 2014
Claire Robinson (Stuff): Grinners could be winners in election year
Audrey Young (Herald): Prebble, flat tax make comeback
Felix Marwick and Julie Moffett (Newstalk ZB): Prebble just what the doctor ordered for ACT
Jeff Hampton (TV3): ACT's Prebble: 'I know a bit about politics'
Jacob Brown and Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): Richard Prebble returning to ACT
Radio NZ: Prebble new ACT campaign manager
Newswire: ACT hopes Prebble will boost party
NBR Staff (NBR): Richard Prebble returns to ACT in "key role"
Andrea Vance (Stuff): Party sharpens up ACT's look
David Farrar (Kiwiblog): A rebrand for ACT
Ellipsister: The Predicament of the Act Party
Stacey Kirk (Stuff): Norman shouldn't apologise - Key
Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): Political Report: Craig the Cry-baby?
Felix Marwick (Newstalk ZB): Craig's defamation suit a lose, lose situation - Atkinson
Steve Braunias (Stuff): The secret diary of . . . Colin Craig
Jacqui Standford (Newstalk ZB): Colin Craig needs thicker skin
Stephanie Flores (NBR): Colin Craig likely to encounter an ‘uphill struggle’ to establish defamation in court
Radio NZ: Norman to seek donations if Craig sues
Paul Thomas (Herald): Don't sue, Colin it's the deal
Stacey Kirk (Stuff): Norman scathing as defamation deadline passes
Radio NZ: Craig prepares to sue Russel Norman
Felix Marwick and Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): Colin Craig will continue defamation proceedings
Stephanie Flores (NBR): Craig asks lawyers to slap Norman with defamation suit
Simon Wong (TV3): Craig presses on with defamation case
Stacey Kirk (Stuff): Craig inches toward defamation suit
Isaac Davison (Herald): Craig to pursue defamation case, mulls further legal action
Morgan Godfery (Maui Street): The meaning of Winston Peter's race talk
Karl du Fresne: Sigh ... here we go again
Hamish Rutherford and Eleton Smallman (Stuff): Immigrants should 'fit in', says Peters
Radio NZ: Peters sticks to familiar targets
Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): OIO 'pawn' in a sneaky sale, Peters insists
David Farrar (NBR): Huka Lodge: Winston lies and pushes racism
David Farrar (Kiwiblog): Winston still lying
Keeping Stock: Why did Winston Peters lie? Part deux...
Cameron Slater (Whaleoil): When given the choice of telling the truth or telling a lie why does Winston Peters always choose to lie?
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Winston Peters – “Let’s do the time warp again” State of the Irritation Speech today
David Farrar (Kiwiblog): Guest Post: Is it corruption or a different operating system?
Rob Stock (Stuff): Code to crack supermarket bully tactics
Jonothan Milne (Herald): Supermarket boss: 'I don't deserve attacks'
Kerre McIvor (Herald): Jones wins round one
Rodney Hide (Herald): Jones fumbles election-year play
Bernard Hickey (Herald): Shoppers back ugly tactics
Rodney Hide (NBR): Countdown claims fail truth test
John Sargeant (Stuff): Ultimate protest is polling booth
Peter Wilson (Newswire): Jones forced Commerce Commission's hand with inquiry
The Press: Editorial: Charges must be closely examined
Dita De Boni (Herald): We need Govt-owned supermarkets
David Farrar (Kiwiblog): A victory for Jones
Gordon Campbell (Scoop): On the Commerce Commission supermarket inquiry, Kiev and Tunisia
Cameron Slater (Whaleoil): Countdown now facing enquiry by the Commerce Commission
Patrice Dougan and Cherie Howie (Herald): Protestors slam Brown
RadioLIVE: Len Brown told to stay away
Radio NZ: Len Brown's security costs questioned
Michael Field (Stuff): Protest venue double booked
Newswire: Anti-Len Brown march in Auckland
Patrice Dougan (Herald): Hundreds march in anti-Brown protest
Bernard Orsman (Herald): Brown open to reappointing Chuang to ethnic peoples committee
Fran O'Sullivan (Herald): Dotcom and Brown peas in a pod of vain showmen
Siobhan Downes (Stuff): McCready's Brown prosecution stalls
Phil Taylor (Herald): The town that missed the boom
Brian Gaynor (Herald): Sorting the statistics from the damned lies
Brian Easton: Comparing the New Zealand and United States Economies
Frank Macskasy (Daily Blog): National, The Economy, and coming Speed Wobbles
The Standard: Rock star – “No depression”
The Standard: Tale of two Irelands
David Farrar (Kiwiblog): Using data to predict
Jonthan Milne (Herald): In bed with the bloggers
Pete George (Your NZ): Herald claim about Judith Collins disputed
Scott Yorke (Imperaotr Fish): Jonathan Milne, I will destroy you!
The Standard: It’s not stolen – I just borrowed it without asking
Pete George (Your NZ): Herald on bloggers – odd man out
Cameron Slater (Whaleoil):I wonder if media and left-wingblogs will express outrage over this revelation
Pete George (Your NZ): Are there any female bloggers?
Keeping Stock: Bradbury plans dirty campaign
Colin Espiner (Stuff): Media can't afford to take sides
Matt McCarten (Herald): From rooster to feather-duster
John Drinnan (Herald): Maori broadcasting in flux
Herald: $6.8m Treaty settlement signed
Cathie Bell (Stuff): Iwi united in southern aims
Mike Butler (Breaking Views): Ngapuhi dollar amount declines
David Farrar (Kiwiblog): So how effective are they?
Tracy Watkins (Stuff): No holding back over rebuild criticism
Chris Hutching (NBR): Battle for political control of Christchurch ignites
Caleb Morgan (Cut Your Hair): Landlord, local MP, regional czar, next-door-neighbour-to-my-doctor, guy-who-took-a-photo-of-me-once
Tom Peters (WSW): New Zealand: Three years after the Christchurch earthquake
Steven Cowan (Against the Current): Waiting for the “Exciting Future”
Dominion Post: Editorial: PM’s old mate lets the side down
Southland Times: Editorial: Shiver runs down our spyin'
Radio NZ: Call for more detail on GCSB bungle
Michael Timmins (Daily Blog): Spooky Spooks
Newstalk ZB: Larry's Memo: February 21
Cameron Slater (Whaleoil): Another deadline missed by internet party as Kim Dotcom’s woes grow
James Griffin (Herald): Green Party election strategy
Russel Norman (RadioLIVE): Here comes the sun... all the maths behind the Greens' Solar Homes policy
Rob Stock (Stuff): Greens call for anti-bullying code
Tracy Watkins (Stuff): Greens faith spells danger for Labour
Radio NZ: Greens ask to be in main leaders' debate
Claire Trevett (Herald): Greens lobby for place in leader's debate
Hamish McNicol (Stuff): Shedding light on solar power
Pete George (Your NZ): Greens want in on Key-Cunliffe debates
Marika Hill (Stuff): Ageism alleged in over-40s fund cut
Dianne Khan (Daily Blog): Charter Duped
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): How Voluntary Student Membership eroded the social contract between society and students
Holly Walker (Frogblog): Living costs not enough to live on
Michele Ong (Stuff): Novopay can't cope with calls
Michael Sergel (Newstalk ZB): Cyber-bullying law under attack
Joss Miller (ODT): University smoking ban overrides minority
Beith Atkinson (Integrity Talking Points): Keeping trust when those about you may be losing theirs
Tim Selwyn (Tumeke): NZ Police: violent and aggressive
Newswire: NZ given unique opportunity at G20
RadioLIVE: Jewish community upset by John Minto claims
Radio NZ: Public service under the spotlight
Stuff: MPs in the driving seat
Paul Little (Herald): Law change won't stop violence
Michael Seegel (Newstalk ZB): Ethnic minority groups push Govt for more support
Claire Robinson (Spinprofessor): Let’s get a royal stamp of approval
John Daly-Peoples (NBR): Wellington group aims to boycott Jewish culture
Aaron Lim (NBR): Privatising the Syrian war
Ross Henderson (Stuff): Let's not forget the value of protest
The Standard: Politicheck New Zealand factcheck website
Waikato Times: MPs faulted for puff shop
Herald: NZDF world's most LGBT friendly
Radio NZ: Bill threatens food standards MPs hear
No Right Turn: Non-controversial?
Colin Craig vs Russel Norman
Claire Trevett (Herald): Litigious flurries have no place in robust debate
Dan Satherley (TV3): Colin Craig wavers on legal threat
Paul Henry Show (TV3): 'Old-fashioned and out of touch': Colin Craig on the PHS
Law Fuel: The Lawyer Firing Colin Craig's Bullets
Newswire: Craig to decide on legal action
Newstalk ZB Staff (Newstalk ZB): D-Day for Norman and Craig
David Farrar (Kiwiblog): The ABCs are back
Pete George (Your NZ): Garner – Labour MPs to lose the election then roll Cunliffe
Pete George (Your NZ): Is Grant Robertson playing the long game?
Brian Rudman (Herald): Labour puts us on the road to chaos
Claire Trevett (Herald): Labour refuses to reveal leadership contest donations
No Right Turn: Labour's unacceptable secrecy
Radio NZ: Labour announces Ohariu candidate
Dan Satherley (TV3): Cunliffe 'not ashamed' of Herne Bay address
Mike Smith (The Standard): Home thoughts from abroad
Greg Presland (The Standard): David Cunliffe’s home
Kieran Gainsford (Left Estate): You’re Making Us Look Bad
Grumpollie: I want in on this bet!
Pete George (Your NZ): Labour spin team listening?
Cameron Slater (Whaleoil): Cunliffe, photographers and bullying
Ele Ludemann (Homepaddock): Does Labour want to win?
Keeping Stock: Garner and Labour's "go-slow"
Pete George (Your NZ): Labour may be facing a crisis
Pete George (Your NZ): Labour standing another party insider for Ohariu
Corazon Miller (Newstalk ZB): Taurima could still be a future Labour MP
David Farrar (Kiwiblog): Jones back Taurima
Chris Trotter (Bowalley Road): A Labour Cell In TVNZ's Vast Castle
Nelson Mail: Editorial – Sticking by the code
Jane Clifton (Listener): Beware the isles of March (paywalled)
Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): Jones claims victory
Adam Bennett and Steve Deane (Herald): Suppliers tell of tough tactics
Claire Trevett (Herald): Shane Jones: I'm vindicated
Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): Commerce probe limited to Countdown
Simon Wong (TV3): Foss: Supermarket investigation launched
Radio NZ: Jones makes fresh claims of extortion
Radio NZ: Investigation into supermarket chain
Vernon Small (Stuff): National continues poll lead
Pete George (Your NZ): Roy Morgan – grim for Labour
Rob Salmond (Polity): Rough estimates of poll bias
Radio NZ: Strip fraudster of JP title – minister
Cameron Slater (Whaleoil): Corrupt Labour candidate to be stripped of JP status
Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): GCSB need to Get Smart
Audrey Young (Herald): Spy agency errors embarrass PM, give fuel to Labour and Greens
Greg Presland (The Standard): The GCSB can’t count
Radio NZ: Spy agency admits bungling figures
Stuff: Spy boss apologises to Key
TV3/Newswire: GCSB gets its figures wrong
No Right Turn: The GCSB lied to Parliament
Newswire/3 News: Dotcom's extradition hearing faces delay
Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): If Kim Dotcom has nothing to hide, he has nothing to fear
Ben Heather (Stuff): Privacy breaches 'milked for own gain'
Stuff: Privacy standards slammed
Newswire: Commissioner 'disturbed' by responses
Isaac Davison (Herald): Power switch efforts fail to rein in price
Newswire: Genesis sale details expected soon
David Farrar (Kiwiblog): Labour/Green policy would lead to less renewables
Radio NZ: Iwi could earn $13m a year – Jones
Radio NZ: MP reports racism over Treaty package
State sector reform
Radio NZ: 'Total overhaul' of state sector sought
Vernon Small (Stuff): No public service inguiry: English
NZ Fabian Society: Rethinking the State Sector - Book Launch
Radio NZ: Staff cost doubles under Dalziel
Rebecca Macfie (Listener): Collapse of accountability
David Farrar (Kiwiblog): Parker v Dalziel
Russell Brown (Hard News): The Mayor's marginal enemies
David Farrar (Kiwiblog): The pariah Mayor
Inequality and poverty
Gordon Campbell (Stuff): Framing the equal opportunity message
David Farrar (Kiwiblog): The trickle down straw man
Mike Butler (Breaking Views): Mind the facts when debating the gap
No Right Turn: National's environmental secrecy bill
Jo Moir (Stuff): Students cry poor but minister unmoved
Tracy Watkins (Stuff): Senior public servant who spoke out still on leave
Matthew Beveridge: Young Nats vs Young Labour on twitter.
Claire Trevett (Herald): Whaleoil's flowers 'miserable' – MP
Cameron Slater (Whaleoil): “The most miserable bunch of flowers I have ever received” – Annette King
Cameron Slater (Whaleoil): “Bring it on” – BMW to Russel Norman
Rachel Smalley (Newsalk ZB): Time to talk about special needs in mainstream education
Guyon Espiner (Listener): Deal or no deal?
Bill Ralston (Listener): Sweet nothings
Listener: Editorial: a free country
David Farrar (Kiwiblog): MSD using data
Dominion Post: Election circus already under way
Daily Blog: The Daily Blog Watch – 20/21 February 2014
Jerram Watts (TV3): Next generation on older voters' minds
Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): Peters tips backing for reform
Cameron Slater (Whaleoil): Please refer to me as “Award winning extreme right wing hate speech blogger” thank you
Scott Yorke (Imperator Fish): Speech by John Key to the Papakura Rotary Club
Rob Hosking (NBR): 'Would you believe...?' Russel Norman 'Gets Smart'
Simon Wilson (Metro): Colin & Bob & Len & friends
Thomas Lumley (Listener): Closing the gap
Pete George (Your NZ): Write like Trotter
The main issues in NZ politics today are Kim Dotcom, the conviction of Daljit Singh, Colin Craig vs Russel Norman, the supermarket industry, and Shane Taurima. [Read more below]
The main issues in NZ politics today are Shane Taurima and partisan media issues, Colin Craig vs Russel Norman, the supermarket industry, and the Labour and National parties. [Read more below]
This is a selection of some of the tweets about TVNZ’s Shane Taurima and his perceived conflict of interest and actions related to his involvement with the Labour Party. The tweets below are in (rough) reverse chronically order – the most recent tweets are first. More will be added. [Read more below]
The main issues in NZ politics today are Shane Taurima, the Greens and solar energy, Colin Craig vs Russel Norman, and John Banks. [Read more below]
The main issues in NZ politics today are Kim Dotcom (and the many related issues), the supermarket trade, the latest opinion polls, the Labour Party, and the Greens. [Read more below]
This is a selection of some of the latest tweets about Kim Dotcom's fledgling Internet Party, and allegations of spying. The tweets below are in (rough) reverse chronically order – the most recent tweets are first. More will be added. [Read more below]
The main issues in NZ politics today are Kim Dotcom, the supermarket industry, education, Odd Future, and inequality, poverty and employment. [Read more below]
This is a selection of some of the very recent tweets about Kim Dotcom's fledgling Internet Party, and especially it's alleged deals with other parties. The tweets below are in (rough) reverse chronically order – the most recent tweets are first. More will be added. [Read more below]
The main issues in NZ politics today are Kim Dotcom's Internet Party, Syria, whaling, the Labour and National parties, education, and plain packaging for cigarettes. [Read more below]
The main issues in NZ politics today are the New Zealanders fighting in Syria, Kim Dotcom's Internet Party, the Greens, NZ-Australian relations, the electricity market, and inequality, poverty and employment. [Read more below]
Here’s a collection of tweets in response to Damien Grant’s Herald column, Go softer on tax cheats – they are society's contributors.
The main issues in NZ poitics today are NZ-Australian relations, taxation and inequality, Waitangi Day and Maori politics, and the Big Gay Out. [Read more below]
The 'Jacketgate' scandal, which has seen Green co-leader Metiria Turei being pulled up for her 'opulent' dress sense, is revealing of the interplay of class and identity politics in New Zealand. To an old-fashioned leftist, this would seem to be a clear case of a former radical activist now embracing the lifestyle of the political elite. That is, Turei's metamorphosis from anarco-feminist, to bourgeois-chic politician represents an all too common process. A process that involves the transformation of radical activists, who get a taste of power, into Establishment politicians – with a luxury lifestyle to go along with their newly acquired positions. In effect such former radicals, who once decried the wealth and excess of the rich and powerful, end up initially emulating and then becoming indistinguishable from the Establishment figures that they once criticised. In this guest blogpost John Moore dismisses Metiria Turei's rather bizarre cry of 'racism'. He argues that this is a clear case where identity politics is being used to obfuscate an issue that is actually about class and political privilege, and nothing to do with racism. He then critiques Turei for using race politics as a way to defend her privileged position as an elected member of Parliament. That is, rather than being a victim of racism, Turei is using a typical tactic, whereby elite members of marginalised groups use identity ideology to defend their wealth, privilege and power positions. [Read more below]
Race, class, and gender are the holy trinity of ideologies for the modern liberal-left politician. And Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei has accused her National Party opponent Anne Tolley of transgressions on all three when the government minister called her a hypocrite for criticising National as being out-of-touch with poverty, because she wears extremely expensive corporate clothes. The Green leader has said that Tolley’s response to her criticism was ‘sexist and elitist and racist’. So should we take such allegations and counter-allegations seriously? On the one hand this minor scandal of insults and critiques of clothes is petty and trivial, and is hardly deserving of public attention. Yet the affair is also incredibly revealing about many issues in contemporary parliamentary politics – especially issues of racism, wealth, inequality, political rhetoric, aggression, and the use of social media by politicians. Therefore this blogpost asks a number of questions about the issue, and tries to find some answers. [Read more below]
The main issues in NZ politics today are Waitangi Day and Maori politics, the National Party, Labour Party, Kim Dotcom, and inequality and poverty. [Read more below]
The main issues in NZ politics today are the Act Party leadership, debates about Metiria Turei's clothes, NZ First, Labour Party, Maori politics, and inequality and poverty. [Read more below]
The main issues in NZ politics today are Metiria Turei's clothes and racism debate, the Act Party leadership, the latest opinion poll, the Labour Party, and the economy. [Read more below]
This is a selection of some of the tweets about the debate over Metiria Turei's clothes, insults from Government ministers, and allegations of racism. The tweets below are in (rough) reverse chronically order – the most recent tweets are first. More will be added. [Read more below]