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Today in politics: Thursday, March 13

Last updated 05:00 13/03/2014

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Below the Beltway: The week in politics Jo Moir: The Maori King has nailed his colours to the mast by shunning Labour Key washes hands of soap 'joke' but has he learned his lesson? PM on prison rape joke: 'It's nothing to do with me' Another minor National bill drawn from ballot amid Opposition complaints Alice Wylie: The nonagenarian with a lifetime of political tales to tell Nick Smith is 'Milllion-dollar Minister' as average Auckland house passes $1m mark Mayoral hopeful Paula Southgate says Hamilton needs a Housing Accord Overhauling New Zealand journalism Businesses on both sides of Easter Sunday trading law coin

Greens unveil cycle, walking tracks 

The Greens have rolled out plans to spend $200 million over four years to build walking and cycle tracks around schools. The aim is to separate children and other users from road traffic, providing a safe alternative for families. The party’s goal is to have half of all kids walking or cycling to school by 2020, in the process reducing congestion, improving health and saving families money.

 

Tremain’s mind already roaming  free

Napier MP Chris Tremain is heading out of politics and back to Hawke’s Bay in September, but maybe his mind is already roaming free. In an extraordinary speech in the House yesterday he told NZ First MP Andrew Williams ‘‘people who piddle under lemon trees should just shut up’’ and talked up Justice Minister Judith Collins’ contribution as a woman ‘‘in what has been a man’s place for the last 30 or 40 decades’’.

 

Ardern picked as global leader

Labour’s spokeswoman on children, Jacinda Ardern, has been picked as one of 200 Young Global Leaders by the World Economic Forum. She follows in the footsteps of Labour Minister Simon Bridges and Labour list MP Clayton Cosgrove. The forum picked 200 from 2000 candidates as ‘‘the world’s most outstanding next generation leaders who have a proven record of extraordinary achievement’’.

 

Big hug for Shane Jones

After making their displeasure with Shane Jones clear, the Greens have switched tack and are seemingly hugging him to death. Green co-leader Russel Norman said he would defend Mr Jones’ right to speak his mind. In fact, he should do so more often. Every time he attacked them, the Greens’ vote went up. Mr Jones got his own shot in, though, noting the Greens were being thin-skinned. 


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