Today in politics: Saturday, July 5
EDUCATION EXPERT TO SPEAK AT UNIVERSITIES CONFERENCE
World leading education expert Andreas Schleicher is in New Zealand next week to speak at the Association of Commonwealth Universities conference in Auckland. He will also meet educators, iwi and Pacific Island representatives, business and union leaders and government officials to discuss a range of education matters. Mr Schleicher, the OECD’s deputy director for education and skills, will be a guest of Education Minister Hekia Parata.
MP TO JOIN STORM RUBBISH CLEANUP OF PETONE BEACH
You can’t keep a good greenie down. Pregnancy and a busy schedule will not keep Green MP Holly Walker from a good cleanup. She will join an effort tomorrow to rid Petone Beach of plastic and debris left by last month’s storm. ‘‘We can pick up the rubbish on Sunday but we’re going to have to try and find longer-term solutions to better deal with our rubbish and stop it getting into our oceans and our food chains in the first place,’’ she says.
ASSET SALE CASH 'COULD HAVE INSULATED HOMES' - GREENS
The Greens’ running total of the cost of National’s asset sales has hit $72thmillion after revelations of ‘‘direct sales costs’’ of $17m on the sale of Mighty River Power. Green co-leader Russel Norman said that was on top of $25m for bonus shares and $30.3m in costs to Treasury and other government agencies. ‘‘The $72m-plus of public money that Mr Key has wasted on asset sales could have been used to fund nurses in schools or insulate homes.’’
Radio New Zealand chief executive Peter Cavanagh is to quit the state broadcaster next Friday, five months before the end of his contract. Board chairman Richard Griffin said a mutual agreement had been reached with Mr Cavanagh for him to leave early. He said there was "no golden handshake" and Mr Cavanagh was paid what he was due. His replacement, Fairfax Media group executive editor Paul Thompson, is to start on September 9.