Today in politics: Friday, November 29

Last updated 05:00 29/11/2013

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Nelson byelection could be parting gift from councillors bound for Beehive Freight ships not on the horizon but Kaikoura tourism staying afloat Number of cycle helmet fines drops from 11,000 to 5500 in two years Labour leader Andrew Little makes Pike River re-entry bill an election promise Beggars reveal what life is like on the street Fair trade pants hard to come by for Oxfam trailwalkers Good times on the water, political storm to come MPs' hidden talents: Statistics Minister Mark Mitchell has a handle on police dogs North Taranaki iwi welcomes first Government Minister in almost 100 years Green lawyer hopes to be first refugee to win a seat in Parliament

Kelly nixes rumours over run for Parliament

Council of Trade Unions president Helen Kelly has confirmed she will not stand for Parliament next year, quashing persistent rumours she would stand in Wellington.

The outspoken unionist told union affiliates at a meeting in Wellington yesterday that she intended to see out her term as president. A spokeswoman for the union said Ms Kelly wanted to carry on with the union's work in forestry health and safety as the industry grapples with its injury and death rate.

Two decades' service and the drinks are on me 

Nicholas Bagnall celebrated 20 years at ACC this week, including a decade as head of investments. That makes him the main investment decision-maker for $25 billion worth of assets, and one of the most respected people in New Zealand finance.

This week the great and the good of the corporate world gathered in a Wellington bar to celebrate the long service, but ACC's frugal policies meant Bagnall had to pick up the tab for drinks himself. Cheers!

ASH calls on politicians to lead by example

Anti-smoking lobby group ASH is calling on Parliamentary Service to set an example and ban smoking on the precinct altogether. It follows parliamentary staffers and MPs receiving a stern talking-to about failing to observe the ban on smoking near entrances to Parliament.

ASH director Stephanie Erick said the Government had committed to a smokefree New Zealand by 2025 and a smokefree Parliament would be a good step along the way.

Prime minister's foxy take on viral video 

For the man who would don any hat, shake any hand and play up for any photo-op, being asked to "say what the fox said" by Teara Glastonbury during a campaign stop in Christchurch East was just another day out of the office for John Key.

After a bit of coaching, he tried a "chachacha chachacha chow" but not the other options from the childish lyrics from the Norwegian Ylvis brothers' viral video. A website, "Foxes that look like Key", anyone? 

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