Today in politics: Saturday, March 29

Last updated 05:00 29/03/2014
Maurice Williamson.
MAURICE WILLIAMSON: National MP

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Key has own past link to Nazi Germany

The focus on Kim Dotcom's wartime memorabilia, including a copy of Mein Kampf signed by Adolf Hitler, brought back memories of Prime Minister John Key's – admittedly tenuous – links to a piece of World War II history.

As his half-brother Martyn told it, their grandmother Millie, with an interest in antique furniture, once went to a sale at the German Embassy in London where she bought Luftwaffe commander Hermann Goering's "huge" bedroom suite.

Waiariki battle lines about to be drawn

Maori Party co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell's Waiariki seat could be pivotal if the election is close.

In 2011 he won by 1883 votes from Mana's Annette Sykes with Labour's Louis Te Kani back in third place.

With Tariana Turia and Pita Sharples retiring, the Maori Party is relying on the seat to ensure a presence in Parliament.

Today Labour is expected to select either Katie Paul or former Labour minister John Tamihere's son-in-law Rawiri Waititi as its candidate.

Ryall: Online tools will get to heart of healthcare

Health Minister Tony Ryall has announced two online tools to capture data on cardiac surgery and interventions. 

"Over 20,000 people present to hospitals with a heart attack or unstable angina each year. Lifesaving care for these patients requires complex services,’’ he said. 

Lifesaving care for the 20,000-plus  people who ended up in hospitals with a heart attack or unstable angina each year required complex services, he said.

The web-based applications would allow more data to be gathered and analysed, with the intervention app being rolled out in 38 hospitals.

Williamson won't join Dotcom. Fullstop.

Parliament’s resident geek Maurice Williamson is rejecting suggestions he might be the mystery MP who plans to jump ship to the Internet Party founded by Kim Dotcom.

Williamson gained traction yesterday, fuelled in part no doubt because he appears to be one of a dwindling number of MPs of his generation who has not yet been persuaded to move on by National Party HQ.

A spokesman for the minister said yesterday Williamson had never met Dotcom and described the speculation as ‘‘absolutely untrue’’.

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