Today in politics: Wednesday, May 8

Last updated 05:00 08/05/2013

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Former UN runner-up encourages Helen Clark to pull out of secretary-general race MPs and diplomatic postings don't always mix Young Auckland politician Sarah Higgins to be farewelled in Northland NZ tops IMF's housing unaffordability list Meet the candidates for Hutt City Council's Central Ward Civil Defence holds nationwide tsunami exercise to test readiness for disaster Outgoing National MP Maurice Williamson picks up plum LA diplomatic posting Maurice Williamson can now make that overdue Ellen TV appearance What is the future for state-owned but cash-strapped companies? John Key admits he had no say on the naming of his cat, Moonbeam Smoky Fluffy Key

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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