Latest news: Thursday, 21 August

Hager saga – the story so far – One News

Government’s own guidelines show John Key would have been informed of SIS release to Whale Oil – Live News

Epsom shows appetite for answers –

Duncan Garner: John Key’s nervous wriggle, has the PM been caught lying? – RadioLive

John Key ‘absolutely denies’ briefing – NZ Herald

PM: No political interference over spy papers –

Key ‘categorially denies’ Slater OIA discussion – 3 News

Long week for the National Party – One News

Dirty Politics: Free speech and a policy-free election – Scoop

Layering out facts over SIS documents – Newstalk ZB

PM holidaying in Hawaii when office briefed – Radio NZ

It’s about much more than just policy – Pat Brittenden

‘Having a Whale of a time’ – The Standard

PM defends office over SIS releases – Radio NZ

John Key’s popularity dives by 8.5 points – NZ Herald

Timeline: What you need to know about the spy agency saga – One News

Dirty Politics: Collins, Ede go to ground – NZ Herald

More documents cast doubt on Key claims – NZ Herald

Claire Trevett: No tabloid tactics, except in politics – NZ Herald

PM denies briefing on spy papers –

Young Nats buying and burning Dirty Politics? –


Document dump keeps pressure on National –

John Armstrong: Revelation has watchdog’s hackles up – NZ Herald

Key digs in after Goff launches spy agency attack – One News

Editorial: Whale Oil – up to their necks – Listener

Opinion: Nobody looks saintly in politics’ sick soap opera –

The Rise and Fall of John Key – Who will be the next National party leader? – The Daily Blog

Tim Shadbolt: Secrets, lies and the power of art – The Southland Times

The SIS OIA – The Dimpost

Dirty Politics: Learning from Washington lobbyists’ play book – Sciblogs

John Key’s reputation ‘in tatters’: Metiria Turei – One News

Inside Money: Slater, Collins, Hager and Dotcom cleared in redaction cover-up – NZ Herald

Where to now for unwise Collins? – The Press

SIS says John Key not told of release – Radio NZ

Post controversy? Dirty Politics one week on – 95bFM

Kiwis can’t get enough of Dirty Politics – One News

Wanganui man outed in Hager book – Wanganui Chronicle

SIS letter shows Key knew about Slater’s OIA documents – 3 News

Cleansing process needed – Otago Daily Times