Today in politics: Tuesday, 11 February

Last updated 05:00 11/02/2014

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King keyed up for Rongotai term

Annette King has confirmed she will seek another term as MP for Rongotai. There have been persistent rumours some of Labour's "old guard" – including the former deputy leader – would be "asked" to make way for new blood, but she told The Dominion Post she would definitely put in a nomination.

It seems leader David Cunliffe has given her the thumbs up. He and deputy David Parker are talking to MPs individually about their futures. 

Flyover off the handle

Was Steven Joyce suffering a spot of flyover rage - or was he was just warming up for the next question time - while stuck in traffic from Wellington airport yesterday?

Perhaps missing the irony of the economic development minister in snail-paced traffic getting mad at an opposition MP, he lashed out at Grant Robertson over his views on the Basin flyover, sparking  a Twitter spat that ended up arguing aboutelative growth rates achieved by Labour and National

Inspiring teacher not so inspired

Inspired by a new Government website acknowledging the ''life-long impact that teachers have on their students' lives,'' Prime Minister John Key has shared memories of his favourite teacher. ''We all had a teacher who inspired us. Mine was economics teacher Mr Hughes.''

In 2008, teacher Robin Hughes was less effusive about the future PM. ''[Key] sat up near the front, took an interest  in economics, but he wasn't a world-beater by any stretch.''

Beer-pong boast just a fun day

Meanwhile, Mr Key has brushed off suggestions he and Mr Cunliffe had encouraged binge-drinking by boasting about who would win a game of ''beer pong''.

Mr Key had a turn at the drinking game at the Big Gay Out and said he could definitely beat the Labour leader, who responded: ''I could, I'm sure, if the moment arose, drink him under the table. I have body mass on my side.'' He said it should be seen in context; a fun day.

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- The Dominion Post

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