National MP Hekia Parata has been made the Acting Minister of Energy and Resources (whilst Gerry Brownlee focuses solely on his earthquake recovery duties).
Today Prime Minister John Key announced that the 2011 Census has been cancelled. The cancellation is due to the massive earthquake recovery in Christchurch. Mr Key stated that a new date will be set at some point in the future but the census will not take place during 2011.
Tai Tokerau MP Hone Harawira has announced his decision to resign from the Māori Party.
The Minister of Local Government, Hon Rodney Hide, is seeking nominations to address two vacancies in the Local Government Commission.
Former New Zealand First MP Pita Paraone has announced his intentions to stand in the coming General Election.
Back in December 2010, the Waitangi Tribunal released a report on the management of oil and gas. In the report the tribunal stated that Māori need decision-making power to protect their interests in this area and prevent further desecration of sacred sites.
Today the Māori Party disclipinary committee are resuming hearings into a complaint against Te Tai Tokerau MP Hone Harawira by the party’s whip, Te Ururoa Flavell. We expect the Māori party’s national council, will decide then annouce what, if any, action will be taken regarding Mr Harawira tomorrow.
Yesterday Waikato-Tainui Rūnanga chairman Tuku Morgan and Ngāi Tahu chair Mark Solomon met with Prime Minister John Key in Gisborne.