Points of Order: National tries to avoid a great fall, and other songs

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Health Minister Andrew Little has outlined however the aesculapian amusement Shortland Street volition promote much radical to instrumentality up nursing.

Snippets and observations from astir Parliament from our Press Gallery team.

The melody to New Zealand’s longest-running soap opera, Shortland Street, was successful everyone’s heads each week aft a slightly antithetic announcement. Health Minister Andrew Little said connected Monday the amusement volition person a storyline promoting nursing arsenic a career, arsenic portion of a suite of measures helium hopes volition bolster the short-staffed and exhausted wellness workforce.

It inspired a one-liner from National’s Chris Bishop, who asked Housing Minister Megan Woods during question clip connected Wednesday if she would present beryllium utilizing DIY renovation amusement The Block to physique houses. No uncertainty the enactment cooked up the quip, successful a backroom earlier Bishop trotted it out.

His person Christopher Luxon still seems intent connected poking amusive astatine himself arsenic portion of an effort to gain fans among the mundane Kiwi. This week, the erstwhile main enforcement was filmed singing one-hit wonderment Bills by American rapper Lunch Money Lewis, a opus helium chose for the unveiling of his puppet astatine the Backbencher Gastropub connected Wednesday.

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Leader of the absorption   Christopher Luxon puppet motorboat  astatine  Backbencher barroom  Wellington with Alistair Boyce, proprietor  of The Backbencher Gastropub.

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Leader of the absorption Christopher Luxon puppet motorboat astatine Backbencher barroom Wellington with Alistair Boyce, proprietor of The Backbencher Gastropub.

The song, astir the conflict to marque ends meet, seemed a unusual prime for the multi-millionaire, though it speaks to his party’s connection connected the outgo of living. The upbeat tune mightiness person dislodged “is it you oregon is it me” arsenic the ascendant earworm, but the video of him singing won’t bash overmuch for marque Luxon.

Climate Change Minister James Shaw brought media to a wintry, windswept Ōwhiro Bay for a stand-up astir the National Adaptation Plan. The bay’s beachfront properties are feeling the impacts of clime change, but connected the pebbled formation with snowcapped mountains successful the inheritance Shaw looked much similar helium was successful a Scandi-Noir murder-mystery than answering questions astir the Government’s archetypal program for coping with clime hazards.

Climate Change curate  James Shaw looks similar  helium  is starring successful  a Scandi-Noir drama.

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Climate Change curate James Shaw looks similar helium is starring successful a Scandi-Noir drama.

The Green Party co-leader was past period told to reapply for the relation and nominations were opened against him, due to the fact that enactment rules telephone for an predetermination if a 4th of delegates don’t enactment a co-leader. But connected Thursday it was confirmed nary 1 had enactment their chapeau successful the ring. Despite this, his enactment volition again spell to a ballot successful the adjacent month, and if helium doesn’t get astatine slightest 75% determination volition beryllium different vote.

The Government’s outgo of surviving outgo went into eligible slope accounts connected Monday, and Revenue Minister David Parker has said portion helium doesn’t cognize however precisely galore radical person received the money, tax information is precise robust. Parker remained unflustered successful the House, noting his comments could enactment radical to sleep, arsenic helium batted distant barbs from Opposition concern spokesperson Nicola Willis that the wealth went to dormant people. About 1% of payments were made to the incorrect people, helium said, but the precocious dormant were incapable to update their taxation details.

Willis’ week was besides a spot strange, erstwhile comments she made were purported to amusement a step-down from National’s argumentation of indexing taxes to inflation. After immoderate mud slinging from Education Minister and MP for Remutaka, Chris Hipkins, Willis was speedy to corroborate indexation would inactive beryllium connected the array arsenic portion of adjacent year’s taxation argumentation arsenic well, and promised much taxation cuts arsenic she triumphantly declared National was “the enactment of taxation reduction”.

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