Today in politics: Monday, June 25

Last updated 05:00 25/06/2012

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HENARE DEFENDS HIS WIKIPEDIA AMENDMENTS

National Party backbencher Tau Henare is certainly not the first MP to edit his own Wikipedia entry, but he's one of the few to have been caught in the act.

He was outed after a blogger wrote about changes to the website page and Mr Henare has confirmed he made amendments to what he believed were errors in the information.

It's unclear whether he has since been banned from the online encyclopedia.

Mr Henare clarified some dates, his name and information about his great-grandfather, Taurekareka Henare.

PRAISE FOR DRIVERS' GIVE-WAY TRANSITION

No serious crashes have been attributed to the give-way rule changes that kicked in three months ago.

Associate Transport Minister Simon Bridges says drivers deserve credit for the smooth transition.

A survey of 1000 drivers carried out in April found 90 per cent chose the correct option when asked about giving way at uncontrolled T-junctions and 89 per cent got it right when it came to the right-hand turn rule.

That was up from 61 and 74 per cent in February. Mr Bridges challenged Kiwi drivers to stay vigilant at intersections.

CRUNCH DAY FOR FONTERRA TRADING SCHEME VOTE

Farmers will vote today on whether they want to adopt the controversial new Trading Among Farmers scheme, which would allow non-farmers to hold shares in dairying giant Fonterra for the first time.

Those who buy into the new shareholder fund would not have voting rights, but opponents are concerned farmers could still lose control.

But former Fonterra boss Craig Norgate said the company had to do something.

"It has been 10 years of constant debate around capital structure, and that is holding the organisation back."

PARATA TO SIT DOWN WITH EDUCATION GROUPS

Education Minister Hekia Parata will meet education groups tomorrow.

After the Government U-turn on increasing class sizes, Ms Parata said she would sit down with the sector and discuss how improvements could be made.

The Ministerial Cross Sector Forum on Raising Achievement will meet for the first time in Wellington tomorrow afternoon.

New Zealand's education system was among the best in the world with four out of five kids succeeding, but the Government wanted to make it five from five, Ms Parata said.

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