Today in Politics: Friday, February 28

Last updated 05:00 28/02/2014

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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 MPs' hidden talents: Kris Faafoi turns to guitar for 'a bit of an escape' The truth about inequality in New Zealand Labour, Greens team up for joint 'state of the nation' event in Auckland Matt Lawrey competes against Nick Smith as Green Party candidate for Nelson MP

What's good enough for the Pope is good enough for me

The Young Nats marked John Key's visit to Canterbury University yesterday by offering a $100 voucher to whoever took the best ''selfie''  with the prime minister. Mr Key laughed off the competition as a bit of harmless fun and said it seemed like a nice way to get more people to sign up with the Young Nats. ''If the Pope's good for a selfie, so am I.''

Statements from Whyte, Craig offside with Key

Mr Key's patience with his potential allies is wearing thin after the latest burst of wackiness, this time from new ACT leader Jamie Whyte. Dr Whyte suggested the state should butt out of cases of incest between consenting adults.  This follows similarly unfathomable statements by Conservative Party leader Colin Craig on chem trails and the moon landing.  ''I  think it's pretty silly, actually,'' Mr Key said. ''There's no place for incest, it's a ridiculous kind of statement.''

Ministry's touchee subject raises laughter with sector

The Education Ministry's new way of sorting the sheep from the goats when it comes to charter planning and reporting has provoked much hilarity in the sector. It breaks schools down into ''no touch'', ''light touch'' and ''firm touch'' institutions. That prompted Whangarei principal Pat Newman to ask in an email where the touching would happen, who would do it, and ''what legal recourse will a touchee have if the touching doesn't come up to expectations''.

Political video modelled on The Office a YouTube hit

A State Services Commission video explaining political neutrality to public servants clocked up more than 5000 hits on YouTube the day after its release, a spokeswoman says.  The video, a spoof of the hit TV show ifThe Officenf, attracted positive and negative attention on social media after it was released in conjunction with written guidelines for state servants on their obligations for impartiality in an election year.

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