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Promises have been made, explanations given and accepted, and everyone is still on speaking terms.
Certainly, the tension and sense of crisis in the National-Maori Party relationship has eased but, of course, the underlying issue is far from being resolved.
The promise not to legislate over any rights won in court is the major win for Tariana Turia and Pita Sharples – see Adam Bennett’s Maori Party leaders 'really pleased' with PM's meeting pledge.
This had to be a bottom line for the relationship of a party forged in anger over Labour’s overruling legislation on the foreshore and seabed. TVNZ’s Corin Dann sees it as a positive outcome, at least in the meantime – see: Win-win for PM and Maori Party.
- An ex-MP is given a top job in the Labour Party – see: Labour appoints Tim Barnett general secretary. The same Labour leadership voting rules that will make David Shearer’s position safer may well have prevented him getting the job if they had been in place last year writes Claire Trevett in New rule to keep long knives at bay. For a (very) detailed look at Labour’s other rule changes see Patrick Leyland’s Labour’s Organisational Review – Electorates and Branches.
- Tensions between the Australian Labor Party and the Australian Greens have seen National trying to draw parallels with their New Zealand counterparts. Vernon Small writes that the Greens voting support in well-off central city suburbs is common on both sides of the Tasman, but the hostility with Labour is not the same. He also says that National’s relationship seems ‘torn between hugging and mugging the Greens’, but that it is likely to lean towards the latter in the future – see: Key’s game is ripping into Greens.
- The Westie feud between the Social Development Minister and a caravan park owner continues – see John Hartevelt’s Bennett not backing down in fight.
- Councils are right to resist central governments attempts to limit their activities, argues today’s Herald editorial: Let councils decide the work they do.
- Our police have been accused of being the willing puppets of the US and British governments, but now it seems they are protecting Fiji’s military ruler – see Matthew Backhouse and Claire Trevett’s SIS quizzes man over Fiji death plot.
- Activities that would see most of us disciplined or even fired from our jobs are legitimate political tactics says the Clerk of the House (see Audrey Young’s Wrong to ask MPs to work efficiently, panel told), while No Right Turn wants the rules on valuable gifts for our politicians enforced – see: Key’s unauthorised gifts.
- The generational war is a myth says Cathy Odgers in The Fallacy of "Housing Affordability”, saying that ‘’the sorts shouting the loudest about “housing affordability” and “intergenerational theft” tend to be white and middle class which is why they are getting some traction in the media’. David Chaplin looks lightheartedly at what might happen if the Intergenerational war gets serious.
- The departure of our most famous soldier from the SAS was handled with anything but military precision, says Patrick Gower – see: Apiata disgraced by Defence Force top brass.
- No-one else seems to be doing it, so Peters stands up for Maori smokers.
- It seems Andrew Little can’t wait to get to court to defend Judith Collins’ defamation action – see Jane Clifton’s Court slip-ups keep MPs amused.
- The Government is looking to limit just how strong your drinks can be, reports Isaac Davison, but Liquor bosses battle alcopop ban.
- Finally, Toby Manhire reinforces the view that your social media presence might not always reflect the public image you are after – see: John Key’s three greatest social media photographs and 15 top John Key twitpics.