Today in politics: Tuesday, June 3

Last updated 05:00 03/06/2014

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Banks, consultants and law firms dominate state house sale meetings Charter school has budget surplus eight times the average state school New legislation to replace Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Act National testing for Year 9 and 10 students ahead Steven Joyce warns of a 'bumpy' economy amid gloomier bank forecasts No recovery plan to bring 600 native species back from brink of extinction John Key's speech to the Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce lunch Probe into Sonny Tau's alleged kereru smuggling 'complex' Beehive Live: Recess upon us It's time for some myth-busting about safety laws - and our place in the world

Warning to internet users - watch for online scams

Consumer Affairs Minister Craig Foss is warning of the need for extra vigilance when using the internet, as online scams become increasingly sophisticated.

This week is Fraud Awareness Week, which this year is targeting online scams.

Last year Kiwis lost more than $4.8 million to scams.

"Do not give out personal information or send money to anyone you know solely online, no matter how genuine or persistent they seem," Foss said. 

Greens still looking for a coalition partner

The Greens welcomed 20 foreign diplomats to their annual conference in Upper Hutt over the weekend, signalling the party is viewed as mainstream.

The corps are regular features of National and Labour conferences, keeping a finger on the political pulse. 

Members voted that a post-election deal with National would be ‘‘highly unlikely’’.

Other coalition negotiations will depend on policy and share of the vote, co-leader Russel Norman confirmed.

Laila Harre is on the spot changing trail

Meanwhile, Norman revealed that new Internet Party leader Laila Harre had wanted to be a Green Party MP before she quit her adviser role in December. 

A spokesman confirmed she was also on the campaign committee until a fortnight ago.

Kim Dotcom’s $3.25m donation to the Internet-Mana alliance was registered with the Electoral Commission at the weekend.

Harre will draw a $148,000 salary. Records show Colin Craig also injected another $55,000 into his Conservative Party. 

"World No Tobacco Day" award goes to Tariana Turia

Maori Party co-leader Tariana Turia’s anti-tobacco campaigning has been recognised by the World Health Organisation. 

Over the weekend she was announced a recipient of the 2014 (WHO) ‘‘World No Tobacco Day’’ award, handed out annually to 40 individuals or organisations.

Turia was instrumental in tobacco control measures including excise, banning tobacco displays and promoting driving in smoke-free carsntsG and the proposed introduction of plain packaging.

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