Today in politics: Monday, November 26

Last updated 05:00 26/11/2012

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MAORI ASSET SALES FIGHT GOES TO HIGH COURT

The Maori Council heads to the High Court at Wellington today for a four-day hearing into its claim to stop the Government's asset sales programme.

Spokeswoman Rahui Katene said the council was confident it would win but was disappointed the Government would not negotiate.

She disputed suggestions that Ngai Tahu was dividing Maori with its affidavit supporting the Crown, saying "all iwi have the right to go their own path".

"The Maori Council is representing a heck of a lot of other Maori."

MYANMAR WELCOME LACKS COLOUR SENSE

They rolled out the red carpet - and an enormous red sign to welcome Prime Minister John Key in Myanmar last week.

The entrance to the hotel in Naypyitaw - where he met democratic icon Aung San Suu Kyi - was dominated by the billboard.

Aides joked Myanmar officials got the colour wrong.

The waiting media pack were also momentarily amused by the New Zealand Songbook album playing in the restaurant - until they realised it was on repeat.

PM REVEALS ASSET SALES DELAY A LOW POINT FOR YEAR

Meanwhile, Mr Key has revealed the delay in the Government's asset sales programme has been one of his low points this year.

Speaking on TVNZ's Q + A programme yesterday, the prime minister also rejected suggestions he looked tired and grumpy at times over the year.

"When you work long hours, some of the time you are going to look tired. Am I grumpy? Not in the slightest."

Mr Key said he believed "for sure" he would be leading National into the 2014 election.

NZ FIRST TARGETS FORIEGN INVESTORS IN HOUSING

NZ First wants to limit speculation in residential property by restricting foreigners and overseas companies from investing in the domestic housing market.

Leader Winston Peters said Auckland's housing boom was fuelled by thousands of foreign investors buying properties and making housing unaffordable for many New Zealanders.

The party planned to develop a policy to prevent foreign investors taking rental profits and capital gains offshore, he said.

There would be dispensations for people coming from countries where New Zealanders could buy land under the same conditions as locals.

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