Today in politics: Saturday, April 5

Last updated 05:00 05/04/2014

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North Taranaki iwi welcomes first Government Minister in almost 100 years Green lawyer hopes to be first refugee to win a seat in Parliament MPs' hidden talents: Kris Faafoi turns to guitar for 'a bit of an escape' The truth about inequality in New Zealand Labour, Greens team up for joint 'state of the nation' event in Auckland Matt Lawrey competes against Nick Smith as Green Party candidate for Nelson MP Labour approaches former Police Association president Greg O'Connor about running in 2017 Jo Coughlan mulling tilt at Wellington Central seat Prime Minister Bill English hopeful of reviving TPP, keen for quick EU deal Government heads towards ban on microbeads

Left nudges ahead of National 

Labour leader David Cunliffe's week improved yesterday with a new poll showing the Left had nudged ahead of National for the first time since January. The Roy Morgan poll had Labour on 32 per cent and the Greens at 13 per cent, compared with National on 43 per cent.

With neither side having a clear majority, NZ First is emerging as the kingmaker and the poll confirms other results suggesting it is on the rise, posting 5.5 per cent support.

Sorry, Clare chilly response 

Out of the fire and into the ice-cold bath tub. Labour MPs Clare Curran and David Clark will end their recess from Parliament's bear pit with a plunge into an ice bath at Dunedin's Forsyth Barr Stadium today. It is part of the Heart Stopper Challenge and in support of kids with heart problems.

Curran and Clark will have to endure the bitter cold for five minutes. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Curran's tweeted invites to others to join her were met with a chilly response.

$300,000 help for Solomons

The Government has provided $300,000 to help the flood-ravaged Solomon Islands. Foreign Minister Murray McCully said heavy rain had caused flash flooding in Honiara and reports were coming in of flooding in other parts of the islands.

"The death toll is likely to rise and there appears to be significant damage to homes and infrastructure."

Conservatives name two candidates 

Colin Craig's Conservative Party has named two South Auckland candidates, Edward Saafi and Elliot Ikelei. Saafi, who has previously sought selection for National and the Destiny Party, will stand in Mangere, while Ikelei will stand in Manurewa.

The Conservative Party has been targeting the South Auckland seats and believes it can pick up National and Labour voters disaffected with the major parties over gay marriage and other issues. 


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