Today in politics: Tuesday, May 22
GARNER QUITS AFTER 'TOO MANY SCRAPS'
TV3 political editor Duncan Garner has quit current-affairs show The Nation over differences with executive producer Richard Harman. Garner confirmed the split yesterday, acknowledging: "We didn't see eye to eye; there's been too many scraps, so I quit. Simple." Garner, who is set to make a shift to radio at the end of the year, follows in the footsteps of former TV3 political correspondents Stephen Parker and Sean Plunket in abruptly quitting The Nation.
DANN BACK TO GALLERY AFTER BREAKFAST
As one door closes another door opens - TV One's new political editor, Corin Dann, started work back in the press gallery yesterday just in time for this week's Budget. Dann was formerly economics correspondent for Radio New Zealand, and spent nearly six years in the parliamentary press gallery as a radio journalist. But his profile has rocketed since he shifted to TVNZ to host a business programme before a 15-month stint fronting Breakfast.
KOREANS TO LOOK INTO FISHING-BOAT ABUSE
The Korean Embassy says an inter-departmental delegation will arrive in New Zealand in the next few weeks to gather evidence of alleged abuse on Korean-chartered fishing boats. Last year all 32 Indonesian crew on the Oyang 75 walked off the ship claiming sexual and physical abuse. The Korean Government delegation would interview the ship's crew, owners and New Zealand officials, the embassy said. Prime Minister John Key said the Government would address the alleged abuse "irrelevant of what the Koreans do".
CORRECTIONS SETS GOALS FOR $65M CASH INJECTION
New targets have been set for Corrections, including a 25 per cent reduction in reoffending within five years, 18,500 fewer victims of crime, 600 fewer inmates and 4000 fewer community offenders. The targets were announced yesterday as part of a pre-Budget statement by Corrections Minister Anne Tolley and associate minister Pita Sharples. The Budget will set aside $65 million over the next four years to help achieve those goals, with measures including a five-fold increase in drug and alcohol treatment services in jails and expanded rehabilitation services.