Today in politics: Saturday, November 3

Last updated 05:00 03/11/2012

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The 'Mad Men' budget 'Fat people' to blame for tobacco tax: Winston Peters Schools will decide how to spend targeted funding for under-achieving kids Key gets tough on Auckland with new policy forcing councils to release land TPPA, housing and child poverty protesters greet John Key on Palmerston North visit Govt thinks about compulsory warranty to protect against building flaws Jeremy Elwood & Michele A'Court: Paying the rent DHBs still being shortchanged, says Labour - unveils health map to highlight regional shortfalls Below the beltway: The week in politics Budget 2016: Changing super will be super hard, which is why John Key should do it

Pike River mine report due out on Monday

The Royal Commission report into the Pike River coal mine tragedy will be released on Monday. Ministers Gerry Brownlee and Chris Finlayson will present the report to the victims' families in Greymouth on Monday afternoon.

An explosion in the Pike River coal mine on the West Coast killed 29 men in November 2010. Their bodies remain underground. The report will be released publicly after the private meeting with families.

Wanganui Collegiate moves into state system

Wanganui Collegiate will be integrated into the state system from 2013, opening the highly-performing school to a wider number of pupils, Education Minister Hekia Parata says. It would continue to offer the same quality education but its compulsory fees would be on a par with other state schools.

NZEI national secretary Paul Goulter said the move was budgeted to cost $3m on top of $800,000 already paid to keep the school afloat.

Self-resetting rat traps launched in Nelson Lakes

Green MP Eugenie Sage and Conservation Minister Kate Wilkinson have launched "self-resetting" stoat and rat traps in Nelson Lakes National Park. The 815 traps can kill up to 24 pests and reset themselves each time.

The three-year trial is part of a $4m deal under a memorandum of understanding between the two parties. Given their differences, it is unlikely the MOU is "self-resetting" though.

Nash retracts wanting to kill accused killer of JJ

Former Labour MP and chief of staff Stuart Nash has retracted comments about wanting to shoot the man accused of killing toddler JJ Lawrence. He had tweeted he would "happily pull the trigger" sparking questions about his judgment.

It also prompted reminders his grandfather, Walter Nash, had voted against the death penalty. Mr Nash said his words were "unwise".

"Emotive issue. To be clear, I am proud of Labour's long history of justice reform."

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