Today in politics: Thursday, February 28
Government shakes up Resource Management Act
The Government is to slash the number of district and regional plans, under the biggest shake-up of the Resource Management Act in two decades. Environment Minister Amy Adams is set to unveil the next stage of reforms in Wellington this morning. It is understood that among them is a proposal to introduce a single resource management plan per district, incorporating local and regional planning.
Public servants under attack in bill, says PSA
Public servants fear that cuts to their pay and conditions are being slipped through the back door in legislation pitched by the Government as a minor change. In a submission to Parliament’s finance and expenditure committee on the Government’s State Sector and Public Finance Reform Bill, the PSA said the legislation had significant implications, especially around the redundancy rights of state sector workers.
Argo good but not a fair go for NZ, says Key
Prime Minister John Key says he is disappointed at how New Zealand’s role in the Tehran hostage drama is portrayed in Oscar-winning film Argo but that it is ‘‘still a good movie’’. The film, directed by Ben Affleck, won the Academy Award for best film. It wrongly suggests New Zealand refused to help in the rescue of six American diplomats who had gone into hiding with the Canadians after avoiding a siege at the US embassy in 1979.
PM bets on 5-0 in asset challenge, and wins
John Key had reasons to celebrate yesterday. Not only did the Supreme Court’s rejection of a Maori Council-led challenge to the Government’s asset sales clear the way for the part-float of Mighty River Power, he also apparently won bragging rights in his own office over the result. He said he had won a sweepstake by correctly tipping the decision would be unanimous by all five judges on the bench.