Down The List
11:00 AM. Well, the unlikely alliance has been struck between what would appear to be two diametrically opposed movements. Enter, in this election year, the Internet Mana Party!
11:00 AM. Winston is looking a bit queasy under attack from Brendan Horan as the lid comes off the can of worms that is cricket match fixing.
11:00 AM. The Judith Collins conflict of interest issue has been swamped by the budget. But Winston Peters, from a party that seems to have a scarcity of policy,continues to snipe even when the ammunition seems to have run out.
11:05 AM. With Maurice gone and Judith on gardening leave, are National losing their grip on power?
11:06 AM. There have been a couple of bumps in the road to the election for the Nationals this week - the about face on the legal highs legislation, and Maurice Williamson's resignation.
11:00 AM. The road to the elections is getting rougher and rougher. The departure of Shane Jones, apparently head-hunted by Murray McCully from the Nationals, leaves a big pothole for Labour.
11:00 AM. Prince William, Kate and wee George are touring. What a great platform for electioneering politicians to display their 'nice guy' side.
11:00 AM. With Labour still struggling to gain much traction in the polls the shape of potential coalition groupings are coming into the spotlight.
11:00 AM. Is the Mana Party seriously considering forming an alliance with Kim Dotcom's new Internet party? What do they have in common politically or philosophically?
11:00 AM. Accusations of financial impropriety at the Kohanga Reo National Trust forces minister Hekia 'u-turn' Parata to send in the Serious Fraud Office.
11:00 AM. Justice Minister Judith Collins is on notice from the PM over a possible conflict of interest issue relating to a taxpayer-funded trip to China.
11:15 AM. Do David Cunliffe's hidden trusts erode the public's trust in Labour?
11:00 AM. With Labour making no gains on National, questions are being asked about how committed the team is to supporting the leader.
11:00 AM. Recent revelations that TVNZ premises were used for Labour Party meetings, political bias in the media is a hot topic.
11:00 AM. Government moves to cancel passports of New Zealanders intending to join Syrian freedom fighters is meeting with some criticism.
11:08 AM. The ACT Party have changed their leadership. Two untried, untested new faces with little or no political experience have taken over. Will it make any difference to ACT's zero polling?
11:00 AM. The Nationals and Labour launch into election year with promises about education and a baby bonus. But whose policy came first? And while we're at it, what about a new flag?
11:00 AM. The intended launch of the new Internet Party at Kim Dotcom's 40th birthday party didn't quite go off with a bang. In fact it didn't go off at all.
11:00 AM. Set at the WINZ office Christmas party where WINZ is congratulating itself on a successful year addressing child poverty.
11:00 AM. John Banks is, at last, preparing to depart the scene over the anonymous donations issue. The Nationals must be starting to worry about their choices for coalition partners.
11:00 AM. Is NZ Football run like a suburban tennis club or a highly professional outfit producing results we can all be proud of?
11:00 AM. Considering that the Conservative Party under Colin Craig has not exactly seen eye to eye with Nationals on some important social policies can they really be a possible coalition partner for the National come next election?
11:00 AM. With Roastbusters fallout continuing questions are being asked about the way the Police deal with rape complainants.
11:00 AM. The Black Caps suffered what can only be described as a humiliating defeat in the recent series against Bangladesh. What's the problem? Or is it true that we just aren't very good at cricket and need to admit it?
11:15 AM. Revelations about Angela Merkel's phone being bugged are explored in a New Zealand context.