Today in politics: Saturday, May 31
Davis will put in 110pc to win Tai Tokerau
Retread Labour MP Kelvin Davis likes a rugby analogy. And he is adamant he will not lay down or allow Labour to cut a deal in Te Tai Tokerau for the election, backing himself to take the seat off Mana leader Hone Harawira. "I played rugby until I was 40 so, in 20 years of senior rugby, not once did I step on to a rugby field and want to come second." He says he is the most logical, intelligent, and sensible person to become MP for Tai Tokerau.
The prime minister that (almost) turns on a worm
Prime Minister John Key cultivates a down-to-earth manner but he may have tried to be a bit too literal yesterday. He surprised onlookers at a sod-turning ceremony in Christchurch by picking up a worm and asking if it was lunch. He even turned to the camera, saying "dare me to eat it". We wonder if he was recalling television's "worm" - the opinion barometer that befriended UnitedFuture leader Peter Dunne in 2002. For the record, he didn't eat it.
Robertson: Nats done Dunne some wrong
Dunne's "willing buyer, willing seller" trade failed, Labour's Grant Robertson says, after National backed off a deal to review the treatment of private communications and metadata as part of an overhaul of privacy and spying laws. The promise was in return for Dunne's crunch support for the GCSB law and he is "not happy". Robertson said: "If you are going to sell your political soul, you need to be more careful." Key said it would just take time to resolve the issue.
Part of old Alliance team back together
New Internet Party leader Laila Harre has recruited former Alliance colleague Pam Corkery as her press secretary. Corkery, who has been working at Newstalk ZB, was the Alliance's celebrity candidate in 1996 after making a big impression as a Left-wing talkback host. But she made little impact as an MP and left disillusioned in 1999. Her Radio Network boss Dallas Gurney said the colour she brought would be missed but the door was always open.
The Dominion Post