MAY DAY announcement: 
Charles Chauvel among new bloggers to join ‘The Daily Blog’


Former Labour Party MP front bencher Charles Chauvel is among an impressive list of contributors set to join The Daily Blog this month.

The Daily Blog brings together New Zealand’s top left-wing bloggers and progressive opinion shapers onto one blog to provide the other side of the story on today’s news, media and political agendas.

Since its launch on March 1st 2013, The Daily Blog has gained nearly 200,000 page views per month and debuted at number five on the NZ Blog rankings.

The Daily Blog’s Editor Martyn Bradbury says May 1st is the perfect occasion to announce the exciting and rapid expansion of The Daily Blog.

“I can’t think of a better day than ‘International Workers Day’ to announce this news and on behalf of The Daily Blog team I would like to thank Unite, the NZ Dairy Workers Union and the Rail and Maritime Transport Union for their continued vision to engage with and influence the next generation of union members and activists.”

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“May the 1st be with you”.

“As we approach the election year, the political blogs will increasingly become the preferred medium to decipher and cut through the spin and The Daily Blog looks forward to continuing its growth by cutting through the noise and providing the other side of the story,” says Bradbury.

In addition to Charles Chauvel, the following new bloggers will be joining The Daily Blog line-up:

Penny Hulse – Deputy Mayor of the Auckland SuperCity
Stuart Nash – Former Labour Party MP
Mika – Artist, performer and gay rights activist
Julie Fairey – Feminist blogger & local councillor
Matt Robson – Former Alliance MP & disarmament commentator
Harmeet Sooden – Human Rights Advocate
James Macbeth Dann – Christchurch blogger
Michael Timmins – International Human Rights Lawyer
The Jackal – Left wing political blogger
Latifa Daud (Life on Wheels) – disability rights advocate
Dianne Khan – Education Blogger at Save our Schools
The Nomad – blogging out of Africa

These 13 bloggers join The Daily Blog’s current line-up of left-wing bloggers and progressive opinion shapers:

Matt McCarten, Professor Jane Kelsey, Laila Harre, John Minto, Sue Bradford, Keith Locke, Chris Trotter, Selwyn Manning, David Slack, Lynn Prentice, Aaron Hawkins, Allan Alach, Burnt out Teacher, Chris Flatt, Coley Tangerina, Dr Wayne Hope, Efeso Collins, Frank Macskasy, Gareth Renowden, James Ritchie, Marama Davidson, Mike Treen, Morgan Godfery, Phoebe Fletcher, Queen of Thorns, Steve Gray, Tim Selwyn, Wayne Butson, Martyn Bradbury, and The Liberal Agenda arts & culture reviews.

Drinks tonight from 7pm at the Gypsy Tearooms.


  1. Great line up. In future The Daily Blog should seriously consider bringing aboard a blogger who advocates for the legalisation of illicit drugs, it would be an interesting read on a debate that’s rather quiet at the moment.

  2. Well, interesting, I classify Charles Chauvel as “positive opinion shaper” NOT really that much of a LEFT person, I am afraid. But then again, positives are needed, so I hope he will contribute more “positives” to this evolving blog site.

    I am a bit worried about some of the prospective new “bloggers” and their “integrity”, but then again, the “left”, or what may be left of it, perhaps need to realign and join forces, as a “broader church” as our hard to fathom alternative, ambitious PM Shearer likes to see it.

    Anyway, it is all interesting, and I will explore and read.

    Apart from that, Martyn, I saw you drop by the McDonald’s picket in Queen St, Auckland on May Day. You seem to be in tune with developments. Take care of yourself, and keep up the good work.


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