Today in Politics: Saturday, March 8

Last updated 05:00 08/03/2014

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Education Minister Hekia Parata announces Marlborough colleges decision Live Chat replay: Chief Social Worker Paul Nixon talks child abuse in NZ Partner of Kiwi detainee speaks out about detention centre struggles Stories of detained Kiwis show 'crude' nature of Aus policy - Andrew Little Why I'm voting my daughter's choice in the flag referendum Positive signs from Andrew Little's Australia trip, but more heat than light? Jacinda Ardern: 'It's not a good place to be a child' Waikato ratepayers pay for investigation into mayor's swear word Lack of trust in National Standards on the agenda for Blenheim schools MP Clare Curran posts photo of invalid flag vote online

Latest poll shows big boost for Nats

The latest political poll was more good news for National, showing its largest lead over the Left since midway through 2013. The fortnightly Roy Morgan poll had National at 48.5 per cent, compared with 41 per cent for Labour and the Greens. The poll was the third in recent weeks showing a fall for the Green Party, which was down 1.5 percentage points to 10.5 per cent, its lowest Roy Morgan rating since July 2013.


Flag referendum not appropriate: NZ First

NZ First says holding a referendum on the country’s flag this year will ‘‘be completely inappropriate and badly timed’’ as it is so close to the centenary of World War I. Andrew Williams, the party’s spokesman for veterans’ affairs, said a referendum could be tied to a ‘‘future election’’ but to do so this year would bring heartache to those who served in World War I, and later wars. ‘‘Let’s leave the flag debate for another time, there is no urgency here’’. 


Maori Party seeks candidate for Tamaki Makaura

The Maori Party is opening nominations for its candidate to replace one of the party’s founders, Pita Sharples, in the Tamaki Makaurau electorate on Monday. George Ngatai, co-chairman of the electorate committee, said several people had already expressed an interest, but in order to spread the net as wide as possible it was holding four candidate meetings, with the successful candidate to be named in early May.


‘Spoof’ call for funds is serious says Colin Craig

Conservative Party leader Colin Craig said a ‘‘spoof’’’ call for donations mimicking a Green Party move was serious and had attracted pledges of more than $50,000 in a matter of hours. The Conservatives launched the ‘‘Keep the Greens honest’’ page yesterday to call for funds to cover the cost of a defamation case against Green Party co-leader Russel Norman. The Greens  said yesterday its fighting fund had attracted a ‘‘steady stream’’ of donations.

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