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Today in politics: Tuesday, July 8

Last updated 05:00 08/07/2014

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GP and poet Glenn Colquhoun: 'Every week I hear at least one story I thought was not possible.' Public input called for on plans to extend Kaikoura shellfish ban Paul Eagle confirms he will put his name forward for national politics Nelson by-election could be parting gift from councillors bound for Beehive Rachel Boyack selected as Labour Party candidate for Nelson Freight ships not on the horizon but Kaikoura tourism staying afloat 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

Conservatives' 'vote' logo doesn't sit well with some

The Conservative Party's proposed logo to appear on the ballot papers in September's election has certainly raised interest.

Yesterday the Electoral Commission revealed that it had received 148 submissions on the party's proposal to have as its logo a large blue speech bubble with "VOTE" written on it.

The commission did not say how many supported or opposed the logo, although some are known to oppose the wording.

Claims taxpayers paid for NZ First software 'baseless'

Parliamentary Service says it could not substantiate claims made about spending by NZ First by its former MP Brendan Horan.

NZ First said the inquiry, which followed claims Horan made in the House in May, were found to be ‘‘baseless’’.

Horan had claimed software for party political purposes was paid for with taxpayer money but was for party political purposes, but Parliamentary Service said it was not operational and therefore ‘‘it is not possible for it to have been used improperly’’.

Maori Party to celebrate 10th anniversary

Yesterday marked 10 years since the creation of the Maori Party, formed during the turbulent period in 2004 sparked by Labour’s controversial Foreshore and Seabed Act. 

To mark the milestone, The Maori Party will hold birthday celebrations in Rotorua this weekend when it also officially launches its 2014 election campaign.

The party’s two co-founders, Tariana Turia and Pita Sharples, will step down at the election.

Last month’s Stuff.co.nz/Ipsos poll put the party at just 0.7 per cent support.

Schools unite to protest rewards payments

Upper Hutt school principals and boards of trustees have united to try to halt the Government’s $359 million programme to reward expert teachers and principals.

In a joint statement to the Ministry of Education secretary Peter Hughes, the group of 16 schools said the initiative needed a longer timeframente for development and a ‘‘rethink on the allocation of funds’’. 

The group says the cash injection would be better spent being paid directly to schools to support children’s learning. 

‘‘In our view we do not require executive positions to be established, nor do we want a salary to go to an individual principal.’’ 

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