Today in Politics: Friday, February 28

Last updated 05:00 28/02/2014

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Nominations sought for ORC vacancy following death of Maggie Lawton Otago regional councillors halt water plan change English 'still not rushing into inquiry', says former defence minister has no new information Maori Party and Government reach deal to pass final stage of RMA reforms Australian Tax Office could oppose Apple paying tax in NZ, says source Housing First officially launched in Auckland A pragmatist signs out: Goodbye and good luck Edge of Lake Te Anau included in Govt tenders for oil and gas block exploration Editorial: SAS claims require full investigation Nicky Hager brings spirited conversation to Nelson cafe

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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