Today in politics: Friday, June 6

Last updated 05:00 06/06/2014

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Budget roars back into surplus Colin Craig asks forgiveness and puts his political future to a ballot Tim Groser commits New Zealand to 11pc cut in greenhouse gases Former state care kids included in CYF review Editorial: Proposals to change EQC would improve the system Politicians split on foreign investment strategy's value to South Cantabrians International student threatens to set himself alight at MP's office Government delays release of Saudi sheep information Pacific trade talks said to resume, a sign deal may be near $200,000 for new flag public workshops

Tweeters have a field day at Norman's expense 

Green Party co-leader Russel Norman provided plenty of fodder for Twitter users yesterday. A campaign poster featuring a somewhat pensive-looking Norman staring out into the distance saw creative types removing the party's quote about climate change and suggesting their own slogan.

Examples included ruminator's "You can't tell but I'm not wearing pants" and robhosking's "Must remember . . . it's 'fush and chups', not 'feesh and cheeps'". 

The news just seems to get bigger all the time 

When Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce ran into aeronautical trouble, BOP MP Tony Ryall was on hand to deliver the Government's big news of the day. "Big thanks to TonyRyallMP 4 stepping in to launch Regional Economic Activity Report in Tauranga at lunchtime when the plane broke en route," he tweeted.

It was delivered just before John Banks' guilty verdict so things could have been awkward had it been delayed for Joyce's arrival.

Te Tai Tokerau MP looking for help to spread the news

He never has any trouble attracting media attention. Now Mana leader Hone Harawira wants a press officer. The MP is using Facebook to recruit a staffer who has "got what it takes to hang with somebody as out there as me, and as challenging as MANA". Harawira says he doesn't want a "prima donna".

"My ego's big enough for the both of us. You gotta be flexible, you gotta be connected, you got to have good ideas, and you got to be able to take a joke!"

Rules on techology use in the Chamber under review

Parliament's privileges committee has set the terms of reference for an examination of rules around technology.

Chairman Chris Finlayson said MPs will look at whether there needs to be restrictions on the use of smartphones and tablets, and access to social media in the Chamber and committees.

They'll look at whether the rules need to be revamped and whether online reflections on members or the Speaker could amount to a contempt.

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