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.
John Key in Samoa
Claire Trevett @ NZ Herald – Big chief Key visits Samoa on first leg of Pacific tour:
Prime Minister John Key says he is expecting the campaign for the All Blacks to play in Samoa to be on the agenda in his meeting with Samoa’s Prime Minister today, and said he was a fan of the idea himself. . . .
Claire Trevett – @ NZ Herald – Key gets taste of Samoan pride in Apia:
Prime Minister John Key got a taste of Samoan pride at Independence Day celebrations in Apia today. . .
Isaac Davison @ NZ Herald – Carbon policy dangles cash carrot:
The Green Party is offering up tax breaks of $6 a week for households to soften the blow of a proposal to tax carbon pollution in New Zealand for the first time. . . .
RadioNZ – Greens’ carbon tax policy challenged:
A carbon tax as proposed by the Green Party would make New Zealand’s primary export industry less competitive than other countries’, Federated Farmers says. . .
Federated Farmers – Green Party Carbon Tax a mixed message:
Farmers will be confused by the Green Party’s decision to abandon the world’s most stringent Emissions Trading Scheme in favour of a Carbon Tax. . .
Matt Nolan @ The Visible Hand – Greens’ carbon tax:
Cameron Slater @ Whale Oil – A massive tax on NZ and the Greens reckon each household will save a measly $319 p.a.:
The Green party is going into this election proposing a carbon tax…the exact same thing that cost Julia Gillard her job. . . .
David Farrar @ Kiwiblog – The Green’s carbon tax:
Business NZ – More sophisticated approach than carbon tax needed:
The business community is disappointed by the Green Party carbon tax policy, saying it would not be good for communities, bringing potential loss of jobs and industry. . .
John Armstrong @ NZ Herald – Excitement the mark of a party whose time has come:
The Greens are straining at the leash. They are not just hungry for power. They are starving. . .
RadioNZ – Questions over Greens’ healthcare policy:
The Green Party’s promise of free healthcare for everyone up to the age of 18 is unaffordable and fiscally irresponsible, the Government says. . .
Jane Bowron @ The Press – Piling on inducements:
Town planners of the future will have to set aside lots of land for dementia wards if the latest research by a Finnish doctor is to be taken seriously. . .
The Owl @ Whaleoil – Who will get all the union donations?
The left parties now have a major issue and in particular Labour as the union donations for the elections are up for grabs. . .
Pete George at Your NZ – A young person’s view:
Yesterday I was talking to someone in their twenties who has at least average awareness of news and what goes on in politics. . .
Marlborough express – Migrants not the problem:
There is no cause for excitement about the number of migrants showing up from distant lands. . .
Pete George @ Your NZ – Kim Dotcom and the Internet Party:
Is it ever going to be possible to separate Kim Dotcom from the Internet Party (and now the Internet/Mana campaign constriction)? . . .
Gravedodger @ No Minister – NZ Prepares For The International Pinhead Dancing Championships:
As the dust settles following the High Socialistiety marriage of the decade between the hard left of NZ politics and the most media prominent 1 percenter on current rankings, indications are that a significant number of the hopefuls for the WFoPD world champs are well off the pace. . .
Cameron Slater @ whale Oil – The advent of political Mega-donors:
The best thing about Kim Dotcom pouring millions into this election is that he has set the benchmark for all other parties…and it is the left-wing that has done it. . .
Cameron Slater @ whale Oil – Will David Cunliffe commit to shunning the Internet Mana Party?
Labour and David Cunliffe find themselves in a pickle and one that all media commentators and the hard left have missed. . .
David Farrar @ Kwiblog – A smart ad:
The Conservative Party ran this ad full page in the Sunday newspapers. It said: . . .
NZ Herald – Top honours for business long overdue:
A recurring criticism of this country is that it fails to acknowledge the importance of its business leaders. . . .
Dunno what is so disagreeable about Will Flavell within Labour ranks. . . .
Timaru Herald – Further protection for victims in new law:
Late last Tuesday Parliament passed the Victims Orders Against Violent Offender’s Bill. . .
Southland times – Fixing up the fixing:
The Government is right to be making match-fixing an explicit criminal offence. . . .
Peter Cresswell @ Not PC – The use of the English language in Australia:
Yes, Tony Abbott, words do have meaning. . . .