Today in politics: Friday, 4 July

Last updated 05:00 04/07/2014

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Continuing fall in forecast dairy payout is concerning, says Bill English Helen Clark says women are still being held back by 'family duties' Steven Joyce downplays economic recession talk Northland bridges: going once, going twice 'We genuinely like each other', says NZ First trio Council claws back rebuild power Ron Mark new NZ First deputy Two new housing areas in south Auckland to provide 1800 homes More than one in five Auckland homes is being sold within two years Murray McCully's peace aspirations gives the knockers material

Bill to extend paedophile monitoring  over first hurdle

A bill to ensure high-risk paedophiles can be monitored for more than a decade has passed its first parliamentary stage with cross party support.  Corrections Minister Anne Tolley wants 10-year-old extended supervision orders to be renewed by the courts. The orders were placed on the high-risk offender, convicted child abuser Lloyd McIntosh, in 2005 and are due to run out in January. The Parole (Extended Supervision Orders) Amendment Bill will allow ESOs to be renewed, with regular mandatory reviews by the courts.

Peters hands farmers flea in the ear

NZ First leader Winston Peters was certainly out to make a splash at the Federated Farmers national conference in Palmerston North. He told the audience ''stop piddling down our backs and telling us it's raining'' and said he was baffled as to why the lobby group hadn't backed his party's bill to reform the Reserve Bank. Peters later gleefully tweeted: ''I think Fed Farmers were expecting a speech extolling their virtues. Left them looking a bit stunned by the time I finished!''...

Green MP recommends exotic trees as bee balm

Green MP Steffan Browning surprised his National counterparts at a primary production select committee meeting about the health of bees. Declining bee populations are causing concern around the world. Browning suggested planting more exotic trees at the expense of natives to provide a better food source for the insects. National MP Shane Ardern was amused. ''Have you run this past your caucus, Steffan?' he asked.  The Ministry for Primary Industries told MPs bees are in relatively strong health in New Zealand....

Candidates sacrifice locks for electorate popularity

National's Napier candidate Wayne Walford has cut off his distinctive pony tail, calling it ''a barrier to communication''. Walford said the hairstyle he has had for the past 10 years was not proving popular on the campaign trail and he had lopped it off to ''show some commitment''. He joins Maori Party hopeful Chris McKenzie in the ranks of the newly shorn. McKenzie, who is standing in Te Tai Hauauru, underwent the make-over last week.

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