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
Prime Minister John Key has today announced New Zealand will invest $1 million to help boost Samoa’s tourism sector. . .
Tova O’Brien – Pacific voters warming to National:
With large sections of New Zealand’s Pacific Island community now gravitating towards National, the battle for the Pacific vote has gone offshore. . . .
David Farrar @ Kiwiblog – So what will Labour cut?
Labour is claiming that it will cut migrant numbers by somewhere between 20,000 and 35,000 to get net migration from 40,000 to somewhere between 5,000 and 20,000. . .
Pete George @ Your NZ – Cunliffe still vague on immigration:
Cunliffe was interviewed about immigration on Q & A on Sunday. . .
Hannah McLeod @ Southland times – State house sales reap $4m:
Millions of dollars from state housing sales in the south could be going towards new homes in Auckland. . .
Catherine Harris @ Stuff – ‘Holistic’ plan for housing sought:
New Zealand needs a wider discussion about housing affordability and the issues that surround it such as migration, say senior figures in local government. . .
RadioNZ – Fast-track housing plan for Taruanga:
Tauranga City Council wants special rules to speed up housing developments.
Andrea Vance @ Stuff – Labour MPs not happy with Mana Internet:
Senior Labour Party MPs have used social media to attack the alliance struck between Mana and the Internet Party. . .
Inventory 2 @ Keeping Stock – White-anting in Labour? Surely not…:
Is David Cunliffe being white-anted again? You’d have to wonder after reading Andrea Vance’s story on Stuff: . . .
Cameron Slater @ Whale Oil – Things are falling apart in Labour:
When something happens that isn’t going the way a political party particularly wants, they need to get together, work out a strategy, and communicate that coherently. . . .
Isaac Davison @ NZ Herald – Labour looks at changing $10m-for-residency scheme:
Labour is looking “very closely” at changing the rules for foreign investors who can get residency in New Zealand by paying $10 million. . .
Chris Keall – Where’s all the Baboom development taking place? . . .
Cameron Slater @ whale Oil – Internet Mana Party “a joke from the far left” – Key:
Unlike our media, John Key is refusing to take the Internet Mana Party seriously. . .
Josie Pagani @ Pundit – Say no to the cup of Te:
No way should Labour do a ‘Cup of Te’ deal.
Labour should stand up for its own strong values. . .
Danyl Mclauchlan @ Dim Post – On the logic behind a strategic loss:
Rob Salmond makes fun of Bomber, which is something we can all enjoy. But I do think that Bomber’s theory that a faction within the Labour Party would prefer a National victory in 2014 if the alternative is a Labour/Greens/New Zeland First/Mana/Internet Party government is pretty plausible. . .
Q & A @ TVNZ – Laila Harre interviewed by Susan Wood:
SUSAN: Long time unionist and left wing politician Laila Harre is back, she’s been a member of Labour, New Labour, Alliance, and the Greens, and now she’s taking the helm of the Internet Party, she joins me now good morning. Most political parties are built on something positive, on a movement, on beliefs. How can the Internet Mana Party which is built on yes, wanting to change a government, but an almost pathological dislike of the Prime Minister work? How can it be a force for good? . . .
Andrew McMartin @ TV3 – Carbon tax means nothing without Labour – English:
The Green Party’s carbon tax policy “means nothing” without Labour support, Finance Minister Bill English says. . . .
Peter Cresswell @ Not PC – The Greens cutting taxes?
Let’s start with the good news. . .
Lindsay Mitchell – Support for the Greens carbon tax surprises:
The Taxpayer’s Union has come out in support of a carbon tax that is revenue neutral. On balance they find it preferable to the Emissions Trading Scheme.
I wonder why we need either. . . .
Mark Hubbard @ Life Behind the Iron Drape – Green Naivety: Carbon Tax:
Julie Anne Genter is a New Zealand Green MP, and promoting the NZ Green Party policy this election year of a carbon tax, including on agriculture – dairy, initially, with other livestock to follow presumably. . .
Rob Hosking @ NBR – Election 2014 – The Minors’ Strike:
The Green party must be quite relieved its conference was this weekend . . .
Northland Kaumatua Rudy Taylor says Labour MP Kelvin Davis has the heart and the mana along with total support to win the seat of Te Tai Tokerau in the upcoming general election. . .
Scott Yorke @ Imperator Fish – How to win an election:
It’s all about the party vote. Electorate contests can be distracting, because in most cases they will be irrelevant to the result. A few electorate results will be critical, but only where they would allow a minor party to enter Parliament. . .
• Internet Mana forecast to win 3 seats
• National expected to sneak in with minor parties’ support . . .
Beehive – Vodafone to anchor Innovation Precinct:
Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee and Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce today released the spatial framework for the Christchurch Innovation Precinct and announced that Vodafone’s new South Island headquarters will anchor the precinct. . .
The Government will invest $28.6 million operating funding (including $11.8 million of contingencies) over the next four years in three Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Graduate Schools to help address significant high-level skills shortages in the rapidly growing ICT industry, Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce says. . . .
Education Minister Hekia Parata has welcomed advice from sector leaders on the Government’s $359 million initiative to raise student achievement, saying it maintains momentum and strengthens the path forward. . .
Trans Tasman’s 5th Annual Briefing Report – New Zealand Government Departments People and Policy, 2014 Edition , has announced its top performing Government Department of the Year and the best Government Department CEO. The pair is chosen by a 16 strong Independent Board of Advisers . .
Hamish Rutherford @ Reserve Bank governor named top chief executive:
A former top international banker, who stared down the Beehive with lending restrictions and official cash rates rises months from the election, is this year’s public sector chief executive of the year. . .
Matthew Beveridge – Green Party AGM:
Queen’s Birthday Weekend was also the weekend the Green Party held their annual conference. As one would expect, there were a number of policy announcements, free doctors visits for up to 18 year olds and a change from the ETS to a Carbon Tax system. . .
Bob Jones @ NZ Herald – A message to screaming John Minto: Shut up:
If Parliament proposed a nationwide synchronisation of clocks and watches, then at a given date and time, invited everyone who’s had an absolute gutsful of the screaming skull, otherwise known as John Minto, to go outside and jump up and down for two minutes, imagine the reaction. . .
Lindsay Mitchell – More welfare changes on the way:
The government has announced a rewrite of the Social Security 1964 Act, which is a massive maze of dated legislation. . . .
Cameron Slater @ Whale Oil – Political porkies:
It seems the minor parties are able to get away with making stuff up, or flat out lying.
As a new service we will now start calling out these ratbags. . . .
David Farrar @ Kiwiblog – The new blockbuster:
It’s a poster of Dr No, you’ll have to pop over to see it.
Adam Bennett @ NZ Herald – Peters rubbishes claim he paid Harawira’s protest fine:
Current and former MPs and “ordinary people” banded together to pay the $632 fine Hone Harawira received last year for defying police at a 2012 Auckland housing protest. .
Inventory 2 @ Keeping Stock – Pay your own fine Hone:
Hone Harawira is in trouble over trouble he was in last year. If that sounds confusing, hopefully the Herald will explain: . . .
David Cunliffe says Labour may revisit MMP’s “coat-tail” provisions if elected . . .