This is an attempt to replace Dr Bryce Edwards’ daily political round-up while he’s taking a break. I’m not pretending to be balanced. While I link to a range of news stories, the blogs I link to are usually from the centre to the bluer end of the political spectrum or the more reasonable or witty bits of the pink to red end. You’re welcome to leave links to other news and blogs in comments.
Claire Trevatt @ NZ Herald – NZ Game of Thrones – does Cunliffe dare to play?
David Farrar @ Kiwiblog – Caucus can safely roll Cunliffe from next week
John Armstrong, Adam Bennett & Isaac Davison @ NZ Herald – Election 2014: Parties ready but are you?
CameronSlater @ Whale Oil – The magic “Seven reasons” that will drive this election
Pattrick Smellie @ Stuff – Early date a savvy move from PM
Vernon Small @ Stuff – Curious case of deal with Craig
David Farrar # Kiwiblog – National’s potential election deals
Cameron Slater @ Whale Oil – Paranoid Winston Peters dumps candidate?
Nookin @ Keeping Stock – A guest post on a new Labour policy
Pete George @ YourNZ – Civilian Party and United Future announce campaign deal
Chris Finlayson – Agreement in Principle signed with the iwi and hapū of Te Wairoa
Chris Finlayson – Screen NZ formed to boost NZ’s profile on world stage
Todd McLay – Intergovernmental FATCA agreement signed
Tony Ryall – Health Minister opens $67m Whakatane Hospital
Steven Joyce – International education numbers set to grow
Gerry Brownlee – Performing arts precinct off to an exciting start
Hekia Parata – Pegasus School opens
Brian Fellow @ NZ Herald – Wheeler yanks the leash
Tony Field @ TV3 – OCR rise good for savers
David Farrar @ Kiwiblog – OCR goes to 3.25%
Rachel Smalley – Labour politicising a terrible tragedy
Inventory 2 @ Keeping Stock – Smalley tears into Labour
David Farrar @ Kiwiblog – Violent crime
Inventory 2 @ Why don’t they mention the PPTA?
David Farrar @ Kiwiblog – Labour against paying the top teachers more
David Farrar @ Kiwiblog – Misrepresenting the current abortion law
Cameron SLater @ Whale Oil – David Cunliffe upsets Chief District Court Judge
David Farrar @ Kiwiblog – Even the Socialists are beating Labour up on immigration
Cameron Slater @ Whale Oil – Fine tuning immigration to drop Auckland House prices? Reserve Bank says yeah… Nah
Pete George @ YourNZ – Labour vs Reserve Bank on immigration
Cameron Slater @ Whale Oil – Trevor Mallard continues to show that for Labour, facts are optional
Matthew Beveridge – Compare and Contrast: Chris Tremain and Todd Barclay