Today in politics: Saturday, April 5

Last updated 05:00 05/04/2014

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'Australia has no greater friend' - what Julie Bishop really thinks of New Zealand Greens call on Government to 'call in' major gas-fired power plant under RMA Auckland businessman William Yan set to head back to China for questioning Stacey Kirk: Grim prospects for suicide, as conversation goes quiet Security threats focus of Australian foreign minister's visit Stacey Kirk: tension still boils below the surface but cooler heads prevailing between New Zealand and Fiji Fiji Prime Minister extends personal invitation to banned TV journo Barbara Dreaver Cambridge locals barking mad at MP's response to dog breed law questions Fiji's Frank Bainimarama and Prime Minister John Key 'let bygones be byones' after diplomatic talks Government denies report NZ SAS in combat in Iraq

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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- The Dominion Post

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