Politics Daily

New Zealand Politics Daily is taking  a break.

I don’t have the time or inclination to provide the same service of a reasonably comprehensive list of links to news stories and blog posts on issues of the day.

However, I’m willing to start with a few and invite anyone who has read anything I’ve missed to add a link to it in a comment.

I won’t pretend to be balanced – there will be more links to blogs of a bluer hue. Anyone who wants the red and green end of the spectrum better represented is welcome to leave links.


NBR –    Harre confirms she is being paid by Dotcom — and how much:

Internet Party leader Laila Harre  has revealed she is being a paid back-bench MP salary as leader of the Internet Party . . .

Inventory 2 @ Keeping Stock – Is this a first?:

Laila Harre has confirmed suspicions that she is being paid a salary to lead the Internet Party; the NBR reports: . . .

Chris Keall @ NBR – NBR’s Laila Harre interview part 1: Free varsity; that John Banks donation

I sat down with Laila Harre soon after she was named Internet Party leader on Thursday. . . 

Rob Hosking @ NBR – Election 2014: Harre, Dotcom and hypocrisy:

The bizarre alliance coronation of former Alliance leader Laila Harre as leader of the Internet Party has raised more than a few eyebrows in the political world. . .

Colin Espiner @ Sunday Star Times – What’s behind Dotcom’s civil union?:

Say what you like about the sacrifice of conscience for cash – a great big German spanner has just been flung into the machinery of this year’s election campaign. . .

Mathew Beveridge – Laila Harre or Laila Haare?:

As part of the preparations for the announcement of their new party leader, the Internet Party has been doing a lot of work behind the scenes. . .

Mathew Beveridge – Laila Harre:

I was going to call this post “Laila Harre:A Twitter retrospective”. However, I thought that was a bit of a stretch, when she has less than 50 tweets to her name. . .

Jane Clifton @ The Listener – The Crazy days of autumn (paywalled):

It has always had the makings of a corny joke. A Maori, a German and an Indian walk into a party, and the bartender says … The punchline is no clearer, as the putative barman is still speechless. . .

Cameron Slater @ Whale Oil – Is there any democracy in the Internet Mana Party?

It is a bit of a joke is it not that a party that claims to be going to revolutionise politics in New Zealand is being populated by unreconstituted Stalinists and so far every position in the party has been appointed or paid for by a collector of Nazi memorabilia. . .

Russell Blackstock @ NZ Herald – Internet Party’s focus on young people:

The Internet Party’s first leader, Laila Harre, is promising young New Zealanders an “awesome” future in a growing digital economy. . .

David Farrar @ Kiwiblog – Translating Laila:

The HoS interviews Laila Harre: . . .

Ele Ludemann @ Homepaddock – Money can buy a leader:

Money can’t buy love but it can buy the leader of a political party: . . .

Bromhead @ NZ Herald – Cartoon: marriage of convenience


NBR –  Future of Auckland is smaller homes — Smith:

Housing Minister Nick Smith says the future of Auckland housing is “smaller, comfortable, affordable product”, noting Kiwi homes are twice the size of that in Europe.

Green Party

Cameron Slater @ Whale Oil – The Greens are going to need those printing presses soon:

The Green party has announced more than $280 million of extra health spending so far this year…more than the surplus forecast by Bill English. . . .

Inventory 2 @ Keeping Stock – Does this count as treating?:

Award-winning Fairfax reporter Andrea Vance has made a significant find on the merchandising table at the Green Party conference: . . .

Lindsay Mitchell – I only date boys . . . .

Keeping Stock blogs about this example of Green merchandising: . . .

Andrea Vance @ Stuff – Greens launch climate change policy:

The Greens have launched a controversial new climate change policy – a carbon tax. . .

Andrea Vance – Once upon a Green party conference:

Once upon a time, Green party conferences provided plenty of quirky material for journalists.


David Farrar @ Kiwiblog – Public polls May 2014:

That trend for Labour is very pronounced! . . .

Labour Party

Rodney Hide @ NZ Herald – Lonely Cunliffe must soldier on:

The David Cunliffe experiment has failed. Eight months into his leadership Labour is polling below what it was under Phil Goff and David Shearer. . .

Lou Taylor @ No Minister – The fine art of ‘thunking”:

As Rodney Hide points out today, Cunliffe and the remnants of the Labour Party really are up against the wall. . . 

Bevan Hurley @ NZ Herald – Secret files on old Labour leaders:

Newly declassified files from the Security Intelligence Service show secret police spied on future Labour Prime Ministers in the 1920s who were suspected of having Communist sympathies. . .

Cameron Slater @ Whale Oil – Cunliffe’s visit to the Coast – the true story

A West Coast member of the Ground Crew writes about David Cunliffe’s visit to Greymouth. . .

Matthew Beveridge – David Cunliffe with some cops:

David Cunliffe has been on a trip to the West Coast.


Cameron Slater @ Whale Oil – Compare and contrast:

Remember the Herald reporting on the “Candle light vigil” protest that was held outside of John Key’s home a week ago? . . .

Sunday Star Times – Craig ‘compliment’ a Right game: Bradford:

The Conservative Party has a new, unwilling poster child – radical Left-winger Sue Bradford. . .

Matthew Beveridge – Tiwtter stats May 30:

Most Tweets by MP:

National: Tau Henare 243, Steven Joyce 33, Chris Tremain 30. . .

Marika Hill @ Stuff – Politicians lobbied over bible class:

Secular school campaigners are knocking on politicians’ doors to lobby for a law change over religious lessons in school. . .

Dominion Post – Today in politics: Saturday, May 31

David Farrar @ Kiwiblog – Best ever thread on the Standard:

Someone called Geoff (note not brave enough to use his full name) at asked: . . .

2 Responses to Politics Daily

  1. Andrei says:

    Secular school campaigners are knocking on politicians’ doors to lobby for a law change over religious lessons in school. . .

    Weird no?

    The Bible is of course part of the Western World’s cultural heritage, the fact that it attracts this sort of attention, ie trying to keep knowledge of it from our young says it all.

    I’m prepared to bet the same people who loathe the teaching of the Bible in schools are quite happy with the teaching that sexual degeneracy is “normal” that goes on in our schools even to the very young these days.


  2. TraceyS says:

    Why is a law change necessary? Let individual school communities decide.


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