Today in politics: Saturday, June 28

Last updated 05:00 28/06/2014

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Auditor-General had doubts Saudi sheep deal was legal More aid for Cook Islands - John Key Anne Tolley's 'lab rats' call inflammatory political rhetoric MPs reject plea by Carterton balloon victim's family for new rules on bodies Wine Bill amendment to clarify origins TPP deal failed because it was about protectionism, not trade Volunteer injured at speedway is furious no-one can be held accountable Maori Council ditches Donna Hall's law firm over TPP claim Solid Energy in 'precarious position', says John Key John Key optimistic TPP will pass despite collapse of talks

It would be Kincha v Davisco if MPs played for Brazil 

With the World Cup in full flow, it is timely to consider what Parliament would look like if MPs were to adopt Brazilian football nicknames such as Pele, whose real name was Edson Arantes do Nascimento. So with the help of a website designed for the purpose, John Key becomes Kincha, Labour is led by Davisco, the Greens by Turealdo and Russaldo, and NZ First by Petisco. And Judith Collins? She's Oravido - just kidding, actually she's Juda. Fearsome.

NZ to transfer Ukraine diplomatic posting

New Zealand is making a belated change to its diplomatic postings in Eastern Europe in light of the Russia-Ukraine tension. At present any diplomatic relations with Ukraine are handled through Hamish Cooper, the ambassador to Russia, whereas many countries, including Australia, have transferred accreditation for Ukraine to another European posting. Yesterday the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it would follow suit, with the post yet to be named.

New food ratings give stars for nutritional value

New Zealand is to adopt a new voluntary food labelling system. Food Safety Minister Nikki Kaye said the Cabinet had approved the use of the health star rating system, which awards stars based on a product's nutritional value. The number of stars is determined by an algorithm that considers the nutritional value of the food. Kaye says the system will help consumers make better choices and encourage food companies to make their products healthier.

Labour Party conference off-limits to media

The Labour Party will close most of its election-year conference - in Wellington from July 4 to 6 - to the media. Speeches by leader David Cunliffe, president Moira Coatsworth and Australian Labor leader Bill Shorten will be open for reporting. But a programme shows meetings on Friday and a training day are closed to all but party members. Labour insisted there was no change to media access, but in the past most of the event has been open.

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