Today in politics: Monday, November 19

Last updated 05:00 19/11/2012

Relevant offers

Politics

Transport Minister Simon Bridges stalls on electric vehicle policy Paula Bennett: Government not planning to help fund beach campaign Prime Minister John Key says Southland is becoming more important to New Zealand's economy MP Tim Macindoe hosts flag referendum debate in Hamilton It's time to ban sunbeds, Consumer NZ says Judith Collins: Crushing cars of fleeing drivers could reduce pursuits Sparks fly over proposed Marlborough Sounds recreational fishing park John Key turns down Winston Peters' challenge to find a photo of him fishing in Northland Andrew Little: I care about New Zealand too, Mr Joyce A TPP protester's open letter to Steven Joyce

'STABLE' FINANCES FALL SHORT IN FUNDING PLANS

Labour's finances were "stable rather than healthy" the party's general secretary, Tim Barnett, told delegates at the weekend.

The annual report showed income of $2.5 million last year against expenses of $2.6m, leaving a deficit of $76,645.

Mr Barnett said "stability" did not allow for all the services the party wanted to put in place.

FAR-REACHING CONSEQUENCES OF BORROWING A LAWN MOWER

Labour leader David Shearer had a salutary warning for young party members. If your new flatmate offers you a lawnmower think through the possible consequences.

Thar was what happened when he moved into a flat owned by a young woman called Anushka.

He subsequently married her and now 25 years later "I am still moving the lawns".

SHEARER NOT READY TO KICK THE BUCKET

Mr Shearer clearly put a huge effort into his speech and he was closeted preparing for its delivery while furious number-crunching by rival leadership camps went on in the conference venue.

Some of his lines that went down well included: "I'm not here to cross something off my bucket list", and a promise to rebuild Christchurch "from the grassroots up, not the Beehive down".

DELEGATES PUT OFF RULE CHANGE DECISIONS

Labour delegates heading home in relief after one of the most divisive party conferences for two decades, might not like to be reminded of next year's agenda.

After failing to reach a consensus on contentious changes to candidate selection rules, over which the interests of sector groups, unions, electorates and MPs clash, the matter has been put off to next November.

Ad Feedback

- Stuff

Special offers
Opinion poll

Should the speed limit be raised to 110kmh on some roads?

Yes

No

Vote Result

Related story: 110kmh limit moves closer

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content