MUG SALUTE TO YOUTUBE MINISTER
Justice Minister Judith Collins is blazing a trail with her YouTube press releases, prompting National colleague and friend Jackie Blue to buy her a special gift. The minister is now drinking her tea from a mug declaring her "Best Female in a Leading Role".
Meanwhile, Ms Collins yesterday announced the controversial Search and Surveillance Act 2012 will come into force on October 1. It will be reviewed within the next four years. "We now have a search and surveillance regime fit for the 21st century,” she said.
NATS CUT A DASH WITH TIE STANDARD
NZ First MP Richard Prosser is also an active Tweeter and is using his account to dish out a Tie of the Day award. Yesterday's winner was National's Paul Hutchison. Honourable mentions went to his colleagues Nick Smith and Chester Borrows.
"Good standard of ties on the Tory benches today," he said. Mr Prosser also liked the "appropriate refinement" Labour leader David Shearer was sporting. Under Standing Orders, Parliament's rules, men are required to wear neck ties.
LAW TO REGULATE EEZ ACTIVITIES
Legislation to regulate activities in New Zealand's vast exclusive economic zone (EEZ) and continental shelf passed into law last night. Environment Minister Amy Adams said it would help unlock "the enormous economic potential that lies in our oceans in an environmentally responsible way.
” Penalties of up to $10 million will apply under the law if oil and gas companies do not comply with marine consent rules. There will also be a maximum statutory timeframe of six months for a marine consent process. +9
SATISFACTION WITH PUBLIC SERVICE RISES
Several years of belt tightening does not appear to have affected satisfaction with the public service. The State Services Commission has measured satisfaction with 42 frequently used public services and found it had improved since the last survey three years ago.
The survey results recorded the overall service quality score for public services rising from 69 points in 2009 to 72 this year.
State Services Minister Jonathan Coleman said the only service to show a big drop in satisfaction was in applying for or receiving a student loan or student allowance.
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