Today in politics: Saturday, December 14

Last updated 05:00 15/12/2012

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REVENUE MINISTER ON STREET SEEKING SPARE CHANGE

Revenue Minister Peter Dunne was snapped outside Parliament collecting money yesterday, but it didn't take long for the speculation to start. Was IRD using its minister to secretly trial a new tax collection method? If it worked, would collectors be stationed outside Google and Facebook in the hope they might hand over more tax than they are paying through the normal channels? The answer was more tame – he was collecting for Wellington City Mission.

 

'TIS THE SEASON TO SEND ODDLY DECORATED CARDS

The entries are in and Courts Minister Chester Borrows wins the coveted ‘‘Card of the Year’’ award for a message featuring his own painting of an old farmhouse. Labour’s Darien Fenton is runner-up for the (not very festive) Natchez Hudson painting ifNo Surrendernf. Cards with pohutukawa were automatically marked down. In last place was Trevor Mallard, who not only sent a pohutukawa card but used the same card as in 2011.

BABY SOON TO BE PRESENT IN LABOUR CAUCUS MEETINGS

Congratulations to Labour MP Nanaia Mahuta, who gave birth to baby girl Niua-Cybele Mahuta at Waikato Hospital yesterday. It’s a second child for the Hauraki-Waikato MP. She told the Dominion Post in September that she plans to come back to Parliament after the summer recess. Being an MP gave her the flexibility to bring her new baby to work, she said. ‘‘I’m going to be busy but I’m a reflection of the modern workforce.’’

ALMOST TWO DECADES OF TURIA TO COME TO AN END

Maori Party co-leader Tariana Turia will leave Parliament at the 2014 election, but will hang on to her ministerial roles and the co-leadership until then. Mrs Turia, who has previously signalled her intention before changing her mind, will have spent 18 years in Parliament by then. In her time in Parliament, Mrs Turia quit Labour over  the Foreshore and Seabed Act, won a by-election in Te Tai Hauauru and set up the Maori Party.

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