Today in politics: Saturday, February 22

Last updated 05:00 23/02/2013

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A brief glossary of terms politicians use in the immigration debate Maori land reform bill continues to divide Mana and the Maori Party despite a promise to work together NZ's net migration gain still at record highs near 72,000 as arrivals continue to climb Reserve Bank promotes Geoff Bascand, possible future governor, to deputy chief executive Ilam candidate Raf Manji questions how incumbent Gerry Brownlee can juggle roles NZ immigration flows unlikely to slow despite Government's changes: ASB War veteran's epic pension fight has taken its toll, the 80-year-old's daughter says Nick Smith reflects on 'small reduction in responsibilities' after cabinet reshuffle Peter Dunne: Unified fire agency will emphasise flexibility Malcolm McKinnon: Anzac Day 2017 – time to lower the flag?

KING OF TONGA TO MAKE FIRST NZ VISIT

The king of Tonga will be in New Zealand next week for his first official state visit here. King Tupou VI took over the title after his brother, the flamboyant George Tupou V, died in Hong Kong last March. Governor-General Sir Jerry Mateparae said King Tupou will be in Wellington on Monday and his trip wraps up in Auckland on Wednesday. He will be accompanied by his wife, Queen Nanasipau'u.

BENNETT NOW MINISTER FOR SEXUAL VIOLENCE ISSUES

Senior minister Paula Bennett has taken over responsibility for the sexual violence sector, which has previously been split between several ministers. Wellington Rape Crisis welcomed the move. The agency's manager, Natalie Gousmett, said having one minister accountable was something they had been asking for. It was also a relief to see concrete action being taken over the lack of sustainable and consistent funding for service providers, she said.

 

WILL THE REAL TARIANA TURIA PLEASE STAND UP

When Maori Party co-leader and minister Tariana Turia is expected to give a speech it is hit and miss as to whether it will be delivered by her or by a substitute. Speech notes are regularly released saying the speech was delivered on her behalf. But now it seems National MPs are also being roped in. Backbencher Sam Lotu-Iiga spoke at the opening of a new building in Auckland yesterday and delivered an address on behalf of Mrs Turia. Labour reshuffle may be good news for Jones

 

LABOUR RESHUFFLE MAY BE GOOD NEWS FOR JONES

Labour leader David Shearer's long-awaited reshuffle is set to be unveiled on Monday. That suggests he is not prepared to wait any longer for the result of the auditor-general's report into Shane Jones' role in the Bill Liu immigration case. That may spell good news for the list MP who is widely tipped for a return to a senior role. Rimutaka MP Chris Hipkins will probably pick up the high-profile education role, but other top jobs are also in the mix.

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