LABOUR DISPUTES STATS ON MONDAYISED HOLIDAYS
Labour has accused the Government of miscalculating the cost of Monday-ising Waitangi Day and Anzac Day.
Labour's MP for Dunedin North, David Clark, has a member's bill before Parliament and claims officials have taken into account the downside without considering the upside.
He said Prime Minister John Key's estimate it would cost "hundreds of millions" failed to take into account productivity gains from rested workers and increased domestic tourism.
THANK-YOU CALL OVER TEAPOT TAPES
It has been revealed John Key rang former solicitor-general David Collins two days before the election to thank him for his work on the teapot tapes.
Cameraman Bradley Ambrose had sought an urgent ruling that Mr Key's conversation with ACT leader John Banks in a Newmarket cafe was not private.
The High Court found it couldn't make a ruling while a police investigation was under way. A spokeswoman for Mr Key said he rang the apolitical solicitor-general after the outcome.
LOCKE EMOTIONAL OVER AMNESTY AWARD
Former Greens MP Keith Locke has won Amnesty International Aotearoa's Human Rights Defender Award in recognition of his dedication to protecting human rights in New Zealand and around the world.
Amnesty International's deputy director Rebecca Emery said Mr Locke was "truly a unique New Zealander".
Mr Locke said the award was emotional for him because it was from his peers.
"To me it's the highest award I've achieved in my life because it's from people I respect so much."
CALL FOR DEBATE ON WORK-LIFE BALANCE
Labour's MP for Mangere Su'a William Sio is calling on church and community leaders to join the debate on work-life balance.
Tomorrow is the United Nations Day of Families and Mr Sio said it was important to remember everyone had the right to fair pay which gave their families money to live with dignity.
"There are sectors in our community who are struggling to balance the need to find jobs that pay well to support their families, and having enough time to care and protect young or sick members of their families."
- © Fairfax NZ News
Would you vote for Lianne Dalziel for Christchurch mayor?Related story: Christchurch mayoralty race heats up