Today in politics: Saturday, June 21

Last updated 05:00 21/06/2014

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Slick website fouled by electoral law


A hoax website for Energy Minister Simon Bridges has fallen foul of electoral law.

The site, created by Greenpeace, is a replica of Bridges' official site, with clouds of oil seeping across it.

"Due to a complaint somebody made to the Electoral Commission, this site is currently unavailable," Greenpeace said.

The Electoral Commission said it breached rules because it was an election advertisement without a promoter statement. 


Plunket back with new political show


Broadcaster Sean Plunket is to front a new ‘‘cross-fire’’ style political show on Sky TV’s free to air channel Prime called Prime Time with Sean Plunket.

The nine episodes will air at 9.30pm on Friday nights, starting in August, and will run for a few weeks beyond the September 20 election.

It will be the third time former TVNZ political editor Richard Harman’s company has launched a political show through his production company. 

He started Agenda on TVNZ, which morphed into Q+A, and later The Nation on TV3.


Carter trading tips with Polish senator


Speaker David Carter will be hosting his Polish equivalent, when Marshal of the Senate Bogden Bogan Borusewicz visits this weekend.

His delegation, including three other senators and officials, will learn about New Zealand's parliamentary system and discuss foreign affairs issues currently affecting Europe.

The visit would serve to "strengthen ties between parliaments, build knowledge and grow mutual understanding of parliamentary practices", Carter said.


Key biography nicely timed for Nats


Just in time for the election campaign a biography of Prime Minister John Key is about to hit the book stands.

According to publisher Penguin the 256-page book, written by journalist John Roughan and entitled John Key: Portrait of a Prime Minister, will be published on June 26.

That’s just a day before National’s annual conference opens in Wellington – where presumably there will be plenty of punters happy to fork out $38 for a copy.

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