Today in Politics: Saturday, March 8

Last updated 05:00 08/03/2014

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Who's behind Wellington's anti-Labour billboards? Ngapuhi break-away group would rather no settlement, than have the current board negotiate it John Key: Government keeping options open on hundreds jailed incorrectly Student loan defaulters break $1b mark National Party MP Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi compares international students to 'faulty fridges' Mortgage broker backs call for LVR exemptions for first home buyers The evolving classroom: Education's biggest revamp in 30 years Christchurch mum plans to rally against funding changes Under-pressure schools get dodgy with donations 19 Crown limos snapped over the speed limit

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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