The Dominion Post
promised not to sell state assets in its first term in power, but maybe Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean didn’t get the memo. The second-term MP told Te Papa bosses at a select committee hearing on Wednesday that if cashflow became a problem for the museum, they ought to sell the surprise success of the summer: the colossal squid. A stunned board chairman, John Judge, stopped for a moment before calmly responding that the board would resign ‘‘en masse’’ before selling the popular monster from the deep.
are almost a contradiction in terms but one legal academic has an idea for combining the two. Canterbury University law professor Philip Joseph spoke to Parliament’s privileges committee about sanctions for MPs who break court orders in the House. Though admitting he was ‘‘no techno’’, Dr Joseph suggested one solution could be to give the Speaker a ‘‘mute button’’ that could be pushed whenever a suppression was flouted. A sceptical Justice Minister Simon Power quickly worried that the power would be too widely used. Alas, it could only affect live broadcasts – and not the real thing. for rival news channels TV One and TV3 over claims of pinching each other’s footage. The state broadcaster was first out for blood with claims that the competition had swiped images of Maori Party MP Hone Harawira. TVNZ spokeswoman Andi Brotherston even resorted to ringing other media to claim legal action was imminent. Problem is, TV One’s claim to the moral high ground evaporated when its new show Q+A nicked TV3’s quotes from Prime Minister John Key. An embarrassed One News editor Paul Patrick was forced to apologise to his rivals and promise it wouldn’t happen again. A dishonourable draw then?