Today in politics: Saturday, November 8

16:00, Nov 07 2014

Key admires Taylor Swift, Bennett prefers AC/DC

Is this a prime case of Westie bashing? Prime Minister John Key affectionately referred to Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett as a dork when the pair fronted at a press conference yesterday. Turns out Bennett had just told Key that she usually felt like a dork standing behind him during a media standup. What to make of Key and Bennett's musical preferences? Bennett confessed to being an AC/DC fan while Key admires Taylor Swift. 

Tweet of the week goes to Mallard's search for studs

Talking about walking right into things - Hutt South MP Trevor Mallard could have set tongues wagging with this tweet asking his followers for some urgent advice. ''[Where is] the best place to buy studs in the Hutt?'' Mallard tweeted. But he made sure to get in ahead of any bad taste responses by adding as an explanation that he was looking for studs for a dinner suit shirt - ''for those with naughty minds''.

Apec leaders must raise human rights concerns

Amnesty International is calling on John Key to raise China's human rights record during next week's Apec leaders summit. At least 76 people have been detained for calling for genuine universal suffrage in Hong Kong, Amnesty said.''Apec leaders must end their silence on the crackdown against mainland Chinese activists expressing support for Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters,'' spokeswoman Roseann Rife said.

Barry is off to London to support the All Blacks

New Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Maggie Barry is having a whirlwind start to the job. Barry is off to Europe for the 96th anniversary commemorations of Armistice Day and will also be at Twickenham to support the All Blacks when they play England. Players will mark the World War I centenary by wearing poppies and observing a moment's silence. Next stop for Barry will be Paris followed by Belgium

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