Today in Politics: Thursday, April 3

Last updated 05:00 03/04/2014

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Helen Clark continues to lag in new straw poll on next United Nations chief John Key promotes Helen Clark. Andrew Little distances himself from her views. Say what? Ngapuhi break-away group would rather no settlement, than have the current board negotiate it John Key: Government keeping options open on hundreds jailed incorrectly Neil Quigley replaces Rod Carr as chairman of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand National Party MP Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi compares international students to 'faulty fridges' Mortgage broker backs call for LVR exemptions for first home buyers The evolving classroom: Education's biggest revamp in 30 years Christchurch mum plans to rally against funding changes Under-pressure schools get dodgy with donations

Where was the Govt? It was doing the work

They say a picture is worth a thousand words and so it proved for Attorney-General Chris Finlayson after Labour leader David Cunliffe questioned where the Government was during the anti-whaling case at the International Court of Justice. In response, Finlayson took to Twitter to post a picture of himself in the court in July. Australia led the case against Japanese whaling in the Southern Ocean with  New Zealand lending its support.

Labour leader silenced by vocal motorist

Cunliffe’s attempts to undermine John Key’s pre-Budget message were prematurely ended by a disgruntled motorist. A press conference outside Cunliffe’s New Lynn electorate office was interrupted by a middle-aged man giving him the fingers and yelling ‘‘F... you, f... Labour, f... unemployment’’.  The man said National was no better, and that ‘‘unemployment isn’t working’’ as Labour staff called an end to the press conference.

Autism Awareness Day marked by cash boost

An extra $8 million a year is being pumped into autism services for the next four years. The funding, which increases to $48m a year, means the number of people receiving support will rise by about 600 to 3400. Associate Health Minister Tariana Turia said the funding would balance out inequalities.  She and Health Minister Tony Ryall made the announcement yesterday, on World Autism Awareness Day.

Courts website being  managed by contractor

The Ministry of Justice is paying a PR company $2500 a week to manage the Courts of NZ website, on top of  spending $163,000 a year on website maintenance and $750,000 a year on its in-house communications team. Labour’s state services spokeswoman Maryan Street said this called the ministry’s integrity into question. The ministry said work was under way to bring the service into the Office of the Chief Justice.

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