Today in politics: Monday, June 9

Last updated 05:00 09/06/2014

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Steven Joyce backs down on changes to student loan borrowing John Key commits $20 million to help reduce agriculture emissions Resource management reforms win initial Labour backing Japanese whaling fleet departs for hunt despite international outrage Palmerston North to consider time limits for letting off fireworks Kiwi detainee allowed to be with partner as she dies from cancer Bill English brushes off Treasury report into anchor project viability More NZ retirees will become homeless without action on housing - Salvation Army Andrew Little dismisses impact of Nanaia Mahuta demotion on Maori support High flying costs New Zealand tax payers

America's Cup cash in short supply 

Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce says the private sector will need to stump up alongside the government if Team NZ is to feature at the next America's Cup.

Joyce told TVNZ's Q + A yesterday that he met with team representatives last week before the controversial new rules were unveiled, and they had asked for more money. "My sense was that they'd be seeking to see some private sector money in alongside at this stage". 

MPs get to grips with opponents  

Normally the term "election year arm-wrestle" is a metaphor but two MPs were forced to do the real thing at the Chinese dragon boat festival in Auckland on Saturday night.

National's Jami-Lee Ross, left, and Labour's Raymond Huo were forced to square off in what the MC dubbed a "preliminary test" before the election. Huo claimed to be the real victor of the arm wrestle which was called a draw. "It's friendship first competition second."

WWF says marine reserves not enough

World Oceans Day has been marked by the official opening of the 512-hectare marine reserve in Akaroa Harbour. Conservation Minister Nick Smith said hundreds of species, including dolphins and fish, would benefit from the area's new status.

WWF spokesman Peter Hardstaff welcomed the announcement but said New Zealand needed a more comprehensive plan for the oceans. "Small reserves by themselves are not enough."

Court hearing over alleged comments

Maori Party candidate Susan Cullen is taking Te Wananga O Aotearoa to court following her failed bid to represent Maori King Tuheitia on the wananga's governing board, TVNZ's Marae programme reported.

Cullen, who will contest the Hauraki Waikato electorate for the Maori Party, has alleged that board chairman Richard Batley made defamatory comments about her at a board meeting on October 2012. Batley has strongly denied making the comments.

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- The Dominion Post

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