Today in politics: Tuesday, July 15
English stands up for police over doctored data
Deputy Prime Minister Bill English has defended police after revelations five officers in Counties-Manukau doctored statistics. An internal police inquiry found the officers recoded up to 700 burglaries, meaning these weren't counted in official crime statistics, prompting questions over political pressure to keep them down.
"I don't think this reflects on them [police management] much, they've taken action to sort it out and that's good," English said.
Mana candidates dedicated to the party's cause
The Mana Party has announced 10 candidates for the Auckland area. Leader Hone Harawira said none expected to win their seats, but all were committed to increasing the Internet-Mana vote to put more MPs in Parliament.
Of the 10, only veteran activist John Minto, who will contest Mt Roskill, has a national profile, but Harawira says they all "have grassroots experience helping communities in low-incomes areas fight for a better deal".
Turei gets a kick out of chamber's identity error
Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei could barely contain her glee at being invited to speak to the Otago Chamber of Commerce, though it may not have been the event that had her excited.
Turei posted the invite to Twitter: ''I would like to extend an invitation to you as leader of the National Party and in your capacity as prime minister to address the Otago Chamber of Commerce'' it read. Something tells us the chamber is in for some disappointment.
Carpentry students to get skills honed on the job
A plan to get more young Maori and Pasifika students into apprenticeships and jobs will see carpentry students at Rotorua's SkillMe consortium build an entire house. It will then be sold for charity.
The consortium is one of 12 funded by the Government's $43 million Maori and Pasifika Trades Training initiative which will provide 3000 places by 2015, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce said
The Dominion Post