Today in politics: Monday, Nov 3

17:45, Nov 02 2014

Guy's smiling at cricket promo opportunity

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has got some high-profile company in his entourage on a trade mission to India and Sri Lanka this week. Accompanied by representatives of 14 organisations, including Fonterra, Zespri, and Fisher & Paykel to promote our world-class agricultural products, hi-tech services and hospitality, Guy also has another thing on his mind – promoting the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup, which New Zealand co-hosts. 

Minister backs "Not Beersies" campaign

The ''Yeah, nah'' responsible drinking campaign has the thumbs-up from Health Minister Jonathan Coleman. The latest alcohol moderation campaign promotes water as an option while out socialising. The ''Not Beersies'' campaign launched last night, was welcomed by Coleman, who said drinking water was a positive way for people to moderate their alcohol intake by giving them something to do when they refused a drink.

Isis frontline on Cabinet's agenda

Cabinet ministers will today discuss the possibility of New Zealand joining the fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, following Prime Minister John Key meeting his Australian counterpart Tony Abbott on Saturday. Key is due to make a significant speech about security on Wednesday, addressing how the Government will deal with the threat of foreign fighters. The prime minister said New Zealand had not been pressured to get involved.

Changing of the guard for Maori Party leadership

It was the end of an era for the Maori Party as founding co-leader Tariana Turia stepped aside on the weekend. The party's first list MP Marama Fox was elected to the position of co-leader at the party's annual meeting in Whangaehu. The party's other co-founder Pita Sharples stepped aside last year, and Te Ururoa Flavell took over as male co-leader. Fox said before the meeting she wanted the role on merit, and only if she had the faith of the people