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Today in politics: Saturday, July 5

Last updated 05:00 06/07/2013

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'Anti-separatist' group is modern day colonisation - New Plymouth mayor Andrew Judd says John Key: Kiwis uninterested in 'broken record' attacks on Maori favouritism Helen Clark's chances at the UN take a hit after a late entry in the race White Man Behind a Desk satirist appeals to other young voters in funny video Kiwis 'drowning in housing debt', Labour says after Statistics NZ figures Mass rat sterilisation could be the answer to New Zealand's pest free future NZ race relations: new start or new low? Police asked to investigate complaint from Queenstown mayoral race candidate Jim Boult Massey racism provokes call for university name change Productivity Commission says interest should be put back on student loans

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.’’

RNZ CHIEF TO LEAVE POST FIVE MONTHS EARLY

 

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.

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