Today in politics: Saturday, February 1

Last updated 05:00 01/02/2014

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The Opportunities Party cleared of 'treating' after giving free rides to voters Maori Party looking for distance from Government - English vague but helpful? Government tight-lipped about support for earthquake-affected businesses NZ Super Fund chairwoman will not resign over boss Adrian Orr's pay rise despite Bill English anger Maggie Barry keen to see 'mega herbs' on trip to Auckland Islands South Auckland mental health patients to start Govt's first social bond test Political attacks are in full swing as Labour and the Maori Party go head-to-head for the Maori seats New loyalty schemes and a wet 2016 boost Mercury Chris Trotter: Deep State, big trouble Mum takes DHB to court for failing to prevent her son's death in the mental health unit

 True-blue MP shows a distinctive chestnut hue

It’s not just the women MPs who seem to have been taking particular pride in their appearance this week. National Colin King, who has missed Govt re-selection for his Kaikoura seat, was seen sporting a touched-up hair colour as he walked into an all-day caucus meeting in Premier House yesterday. One fashion-forward gallery reporter described the new look as a ‘‘vibrant chestnut’’. 

 

Young voters steer  clear of nation’s polling booths

The young, the poor and recent migrants are less likely to turn out for parliamentary elections than other voters, a Statistics New Zealand survey has found, with 42 per cent of those aged 18-24  saying they did not vote in 2011. The most common reason given for not voting was ‘‘didn’t get round to it, forgot or weren’t interested’’, with 21 per cent of non-voters citing that option. A further 7 per cent did not cast a vote because they felt it would not make a difference – a group that has almost doubled in size since 2008.

 

US naval secretary set for top-level ministerial meetings

United States Navy Secretary Ray Mabus will be in Wellington on Monday for a series of meetings with ministers. Defence Minister Jonathan Coleman last met him in Washington in October. ‘‘Our defence relationship with the US is in good shape,’’ Dr Coleman said. ‘‘The New Zealand Defence Force will be participating in Exercise Rimpac, which is held in Hawaii later this year, and Exercise Pacific Partnership, the annual humanitarian assistance mission in the Asia-Pacific region.’’

 

Governments agree to reciprocal working-holiday scheme

STORY: A new working-holiday scheme will allow 100 New Zealanders to work in the Philippines and 100 Filipinos to do the same in New Zealand each year. Foreign Minister Murray McCully yesterday announced the scheme, open to people aged 18-30. ‘‘The Filipino community, at over 37,000 strong, is now the largest of all Asean communities in New Zealand,’’ he said. Meanwhile, Mr McCully is to make a two-day trip to Tonga to hold talks with Prime Minister Lord Tu’ivakano and other ministers.

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