About Kiwiblog

is the personal blog of David Farrar. I set it up in July 2003 after several months of getting addicted to reading other blogs. Prior to blogging, I used to participate in Usenet Internet newsgroups, since 1996.

I blog on any issue or thing I find interesting. Now this is mostly politics, but also quite a bit on technology and the Internet. And as my friends use the blog to keep track of what I am up to, there’s a fair amount of personal stuff also, photos of places I have been, food, theatre or movie reviews, or just anything I want to share.

Kiwiblog gets around half a million pageviews per month. I normally blog eight to ten items a day, and we often get 500+ comments a day. There are over 10,000 registered commenters.

While it is a personal blog, reflecting my views, in recognition of the fact that it is now widely read and has some influence on the public discourse, Kiwiblog has been a member of the Online Media Standards Authority since 1 October 2014. I try and follow the OMSA Code of Standards for Online News and Current Affairs Content.

If you have a complaint about any item on Kiwiblog, I encourage you to read our complaints policy.

My disclosure statement is here. It has my political background and other stuff.

You may also want to read the editorial policy, privacy policy and comments policy.

A number of people kindly assist with Kiwiblog. Kokila Patel is the sub-editor. That doesn’t mean she is responsible for my typos!  Kokila arranges the daily general debates, and the notices of upcoming political TV shows and the like.

Chthoniid (Brendan Moyle), Todd Sission and Richard Hume provide wonderful photos on Fridays, Wednesdays and Mondays respectively.

Several people act as parliamentary analysts – doing the daily analysis of what is scheduled for Parliament each sitting day – Jordan McCluskey, Scott Miller and Stuart Peters. My thanks to them and all the team who contribute. Also big thanks to Inspire Net for both the hosting, but also the technical support.