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Today in politics: Wednesday, March 26

Last updated 05:00 26/03/2014
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KIM DOTCOM: Setting up the Internet Party.

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Maori Party has no time for 'sideline splinter parties'

The Maori Party has taken a pot-shot at its rival Mana by ruling out any discussions with Kim Dotcom after confirmation of exploratory talks between Mana and the internet entrepreneur's planned political vehicle.

Maori Party president Naida Glavish said her party had no interest in talks with Dotcom or his party because there was no benefit for te iwi Maori in aligning with sideline splinter parties. The Internet Party is expected to be launched tomorrow.

Property investors group backs bill to warm houses 

A bill by Labour housing spokesman Phil Twyford to promote heating and insultation has the backing of the Property Investors Federation. 

Executive officer Andrew King said a requirement to meet EECA standards was better than a full warrant of fitness, which would add extra costs.

Heating, insulation, education of tenants about healthy homes, such as ventilation to reduce damp and mould, and power vouchers were ways to improve the lot of children in low-income houses. 

Hair follicle envy may have prompted Facebook post

ACT candidate Gareth Veale may think twice about commenting on Labour transgender candidate Kelly Ellis’ haircut, in future, after his own ‘‘do’’, or lack of, was pointed out by his leader.

In a Facebook post (later removed) he said: ‘‘Have no issue with her being transgender. I have much more of an issue with her hair! At least Georgina Beyer had a little class.’’

Leader Jamie Whyte said perhaps that ‘‘was motivated by envy’’.

‘‘Like me, Gareth is thin on top. We wish the candidate all the best.’’

Bureaucratese still alive and well in state sector

The State Services Commission (SSC) wants departments to work together more, and a new report reveals our bureaucrats have got the message.

‘‘Collaboration within the public sector’’ contains hundreds of quotes from online interviews with public servants, most unanimously praising the direction taken by SSC.

‘‘The state sector is finally talking the same language in terms of outcomes,’’ one quote reads in the report, which cost more than $32,000.

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