Today in politics: Wednesday, May 8

Last updated 05:00 08/05/2013

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Hundreds pay respects to Horomia at Parliament

Hundreds of people arrived by the bus load at Parliament yesterday to commemorate the late MP Parekura Horomia. Many of those gathered had travelled from his East Coast electorate. They stopped off to bless the house in which Mr Horomia lived while in Wellington and then held a ceremony to cleanse his office and seat in Parliament. The family members, elders, schoolchildren and friends also sat in the public gallery while MPs paid their respects.

Teeth not required for minister's black eye cure

Youth Affairs Minister Nikki Kaye got more than she bargained for during a recent visit to the dentist. A nasty root canal procedure left the Auckland Central MP with a mild black eye. She thought it was smudged eyeliner and gave a staff a talking to for not telling her. She apologised once she realised though,  and called her grandmother for a remedy. The answer? ''She tells me to put raw steak on it.''

Investment in Mighty River Power to be revealed 

After all the protest, promotion and promises, today we will finally find out how many Kiwis have bought shares in Mighty River Power, and how much the Crown will reap. The offer period for retail investors to apply to buy shares closed on Friday, but the price will be set by institutional investors who began submitting bids for shares yesterday. The price of the shares, and how many ''mum and dad'' investors bought them is to be announced tonight.

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