Today in Politics: June 26

Last updated 05:00 26/06/2014

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Nelson byelection could be parting gift from councillors bound for Beehive Number of cycle helmet fines drops from 11,000 to 5500 in two years Labour leader Andrew Little makes Pike River re-entry bill an election promise Beggars reveal what life is like on the street Fair trade pants hard to come by for Oxfam trailwalkers Good times on the water, political storm to come MPs' hidden talents: Statistics Minister Mark Mitchell has a handle on police dogs North Taranaki iwi welcomes first Government Minister in almost 100 years Green lawyer hopes to be first refugee to win a seat in Parliament MPs' hidden talents: Kris Faafoi turns to guitar for 'a bit of an escape'

Mallard gets another yellow card

Hutt South MP Trevor Mallard must be gunning for some kind of record after being kicked out of Parliament’s debating chamber again for defying Speaker David Carter. National MP Tau Henare tweeted ‘‘you’re gone mate’’ with a picture of a red card. Mallard responded that he got a yellow card, ‘‘not red unless you are using Fifa rules’’. 

Bank laws redrafted to catch crime cash

New legislation aims to crack down on organised crime and includes requiring banks and other financial institutions to report all international wire transfers over $1000 and all physical cash transactions of $10,000 or more to the Financial Intelligence Unit within police. There are redrafted money-laundering provisions, new offences to address identity crime and revised people trafficking measures.

Horan thinks six months is long time

Independent MP Brendan Horan abstained on Labour’s paid parental leave bill last night after backing it at previous votes. Horan said he had been contacted by a number of small business owners who were worried about the costs – and the impact on training. ‘‘Six months is a long time,’’ Horan says. He’ll listen carefully to the debate before deciding which way to cast his vote at the final reading.  

Surgery has good effect on MP

Maori Party candidate Chris McKenzie has shed 56kg since gastric bypass surgery in December. The aspiring MP estimates he is down to 124kg from the 180kg he weighed when he went under the knife. McKenzie, who also trimmed his long locks to complement his new figure, swears by the $30,000 surgery. He says he’s now exercising for a couple of hours a day. 

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- The Dominion Post

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