Today in politics: Tuesday, February 25

Last updated 05:00 25/02/2014

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It's 'rough and tumble': Key defends Norman

Prime Minister John Key has backed Greens co-leader Russel Norman over political free speech, saying he should not apologise to Conservative Party leader Colin Craig for comments mad at Auckland's Big Gay Out.

''You need to harden up a bit and just accept it... essentially this is politics - it's a rough and tumble.'' Craig held back on a threat to launch a defamation case if Dr Norman didn't apologise and retract his statements by last Friday.

NZ won't follow Aussies and raise age of retirement

The Australian Government is considering raising the retirement age to 70, but Key says there will be no review here.

Key said National was "comfortable" with the cost of superannuation, currently running around 4.5 per cent of GDP. "Ours is likely at the height of all babyboomers getting super to cost somewhere between 7 and 8 per cent of GDP," he said. "It's affordable." 

Greens rebel left out in the cold for 12 months

Greens candidate David Hay has been suspended from the party for a year. Hay stood for the party in the Epsom electorate in 2011, but fell out of favour last year when he went after co-leader Russel Norman’s job.

In December, he said both Norman and co-leader Metiria Turei betrayed the Greens’ core principles and should resign. The party confirmed his membership was suspended ‘‘following an investigation into misconduct’’

TVNZ appoints pair to review bias probe

TVNZ has appointed Wellington media law expert Steven Price and broadcaster Bill Francis to review its probe into alleged political bias and misuse of company resources in the wake of the Shane Taurima furore.

Taurima, who sought Labour's candidacy in the Ikaroa Rawhiti by-election last year, quit after it was revealed he hosted a meeting in a TVNZ building to advise Labour on winning the Maori vote.

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