Today in politics: Tuesday, September 11

17:00, Sep 10 2012

Japanese speech translator demonstrates how it's done

United States officials had trouble getting Mr Key's remarks down correctly in a transcript during the recent Pacific Islands Forum in the Cook Islands. But the translator at a press conference in the tsunami-hit Sendai region of Japan yesterday had no trouble managing a lengthy prime ministerial monologue, drawing applause from the media present. Mr Key conceded it sounded far better in Japanese than when he delivered it.

New Zealand and Singapore defence ministers to meet

Singapore Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen is to call on his counterpart Jonathan Coleman in Wellington today. Dr Ng was in Canberra yesterday for the 7th Singapore-Australia Joint Ministerial talks during which a squabble over territory in the South China Sea featured prominently.

Dr Ng and Dr Coleman will issue a joint statement after the meeting. Dr Ng is also the Leader of the House in the Parliament of Singapore

Government asked to heed concerns about RMA

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Labour's deputy leader Grant Robertson is asking the Government to listen to environmental and recreation groups that are worried about changes to the Resource Management Act. He met the RMA coalition, which includes Fish and Game, the Environmental Defence Society, Forest and Bird and WWF, yesterday.

Mr Robertson believes proposals from the Government's advisory group go too far and remove environmental protections.

'John Key cash scheme' a computer software scam

Phone scammers are using a "John Key scheme" to unleash malicious software on to victims' computers. The scammers claim to be from Inland Revenue and tell victims they have been chosen to receive money from a "John Key scheme".

To get the fund, they are asked fill in a form and send $149, via Western Union. But when they go online, scammers gain access to their files. Consumer Affairs warns there is no such scheme. People should put the phone down.

The Dominion Post