There has been much discussion circulated on the internet about the legality of blogs during the New Zealand elections.
There is no clarity in the law around blogging. What the law does preclude is blatantly partisan political messages being distributed on election day.
In reality, there is nothing that can be done to prevent electronic media from discussing politics; as far as I can see, there is no moratorium on even partisan messages on blogs.
I figure the same rules apply to New Zealand partisan politics as applies to New Zealand defamation law: messages written in New Zealand, by New Zealand-based bloggers, for a primarily New Zealand audience, are subject to the law. Whether I am personally liable for even defamatory messages made by others on my blog is not clear.
The messages to my blog would need to be clearly partisan in order to be subject to a law that has never been tested. For partisan, I suggest the test would probably be the same test that is applied to expenditure on promotional activity for party political purposes, under the Electoral Act.
I'm not going to be bothered with blogging on tomorrow--but I think the Electoral Office would be pushing shit uphill if it attempted a prosecution against a blogger under the Electoral Act.
Blog and be damned, you limp-wristed fuckers!