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Key and Little to kick start the year on Wednesday

Audrey Young reports

Labour leader Andrew Little and Prime Minister John Key are both gearing up for their state of the nation speeches on Wednesday in which Mr Key is expected to flesh out National’s new social housing policy while Mr Little will set out to woo Aucklanders and business.

Mr Little, a former union head, has chosen a business audience for his inaugural state of the nation address in an apparent bid to reassure them Labour should not be dismissed as unfriendly to business.

Mr Key was on his way back from Europe yesterday and could not be reached for comment. A spokeswoman said his lunchtime speech will be on plans to improve the availability and management of social housing. At the start of his third term, Mr Key set out plans to boost social housing for poorer families and sell off some state housing – plans led by Finance Minister Bill English and new Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett.

Isn’t this humorous? ¬†Labour are trying to tell business they are the party for them, and National are trying to tell the poor they will look after them better. ¬† Read more »

Garner is onto it with road safety

Duncan Garner talks about the focus on foriegn drivers and the silly ideas to force them to sit tests upon arrival.

Another horror holiday road toll, another round of national angst about foreign drivers.

It must be every motorist’s worst nightmare – rounding a corner to see more than 1000kg of metal hurtling towards you on your side of the road (regardless of the other driver’s ethnicity).

Are we being racist when it comes to foreign drivers? At first glance the numbers suggest there’s good reason for concern.

In 2013 overseas drivers were involved in at least 558 crashes resulting in death or injury. It may have been as high as 800 crashes according to the Transport Agency but they don’t collect data from every crash.

In three-quarters of the incidents, the foreigners were found at fault. Eleven of the crashes were fatal.

Grim reading. But it’s pretty clear the Government isn’t going to buckle and force visitors to sit some sort of driving test before they grab the keys to a rental car and set off on the open road.

Some safety advocates want travellers banned from renting cars unless they pass an online driving test. Some have called for drivers to sit a practical test. But that’s just not “practical” is it?

Where are these people meant to do it? Drive a car around a busy airport car park? And really, how effective would it be.

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Torched for being modern?

Pinko heritage advocates are being fingered for arson attacks.

Police hunting an arsonist who torched a designer home in a swanky Auckland suburb are investigating if the blaze is linked to opposition to its controversial construction.

Fire ripped through the house on Hakanoa St in Grey Lynn nine days ago.

It comes after the property, which divided opinion on the heritage-protected street, was last year targeted by vandals who broke in and flooded it.

Police confirmed they were investigating both incidents but would not be drawn on whether they were linked.

But they said any connection between the break-ins and damage and possible heritage activists would be part of the investigation.

Last week the Malcolm Walker-designed property on Hakanoa St in Grey Lynn ” which is owned by Justine Muxlow and Daniel Birt “was burgled and fires started in a number of rooms.

Fire gutted a room next to a child’s bedroom, and a window exploded.

The pair and their two young children were not home. Read more »

Apparently you can defame an imam

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A hardline imam at a mosque where the killers of soldier Lee Rigby worshipped is suing the BBC, saying it described him as an ‘extremist’.

Shakeel Begg, 37, is taking legal action after presenter Andrew Neil said on the Sunday Politics Show that the imam had praised jihad as ‘the greatest of deeds’.

Don’t you just love it? ¬†We’re not allowed to draw a picture of Muhammed, but if we call them nasty names they run straight to a court of law. ¬† Surely there is some disconnect here? Read more »

BG2: How do we fare against the world in the obesity stakes?

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A recent study showed that 700m people across the world are obese. These maps show obesity levels around the world – with red showing countries with the highest proportion of people classified as obese and green having the lowest proportion. Read more »

Mental Health Break