Today in politics: Saturday, June 28

Last updated 05:00 28/06/2014

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Pattrick Smellie: Bill English struggles to offload a billion dollars Labour leader Andrew Little's divide and conquer 'not kaupapa Maori' New law could force more drug and alcohol addicts into compulsory rehabilitation Wellington's Raroa Intermediate School to get $1.1m to build two new classrooms Turnbull tirade against UN over Israel extends to New Zealand - raised with English on leaders visit Top five emerging for Helensville seat 'Malicious gossip' about Hawke's Bay Regional Council CEO Andrew Newman resignation turns out to be true Transport Minister Simon Bridges rejects offer to experience poor Queenstown driving Editorial: Public service bosses can't expect sky-high salaries The Opportunities Party cleared of 'treating' after giving free rides to voters

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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