Political hotline   26 Jul 2005

STUDENT LOAN RELIEF: Labour has announced that students who stay in New Zealand or return home will not have to pay interest on their student loans of April 1, next year. Existing loans would stay as they are but no more interest would be charged, while those overseas would be charged interest as long as they stayed away but would stop once they returned. The policy would cost the Government about $300 million. Prime Minister Helen Clark slammed National’s policy saying that relief would have more real benefits for students than tax cuts.

PETERS GOES GREEN: New Zealand First wants 10 million trees planted every year, tougher biosecurity standards and a comprehensive oceans policy. "Before we rush off trying to clean up the rest of the world using New Zealand taxpayers’ money, we should clean up our own backyard first," party leader Winston Peters said. The Government confirmed last month it was facing a $500 million deficit under the Kyoto Protocol for meeting greenhouse gas emissions, and Peters said planting more trees was a way to handle that.

TAURANGA TUSSLE: After 21 years campaigning around Tauranga, New Zealand First Leader Winston Peters is quietly confident about once again winning the electorate. Peters won the Tauranga electorate in 2002 with 17,145 votes, ahead of Labour’s Margaret Wilson (6783 ) and National’s Tim Macindoe (5312). However, this year’s National candidate Bob Clarkson, Baypark stadium owner and first-time political candidate, believes it is time for a change.

"Companies hire a new boss to get things moving. Winston has been lying around New Zealand First for 13 years and Tauranga needs new blood."

Labour Party candidate Sally Barrett, a 47-year-old Tauranga Girls’ College school teacher, replaced Margaret Wilson after she became Speaker of the House.

HELEN CLARK – TV STAR: Prime Minister Helen Clark pops up on British TV screens on Friday in an unexpected role – as a travel advisor for a new programme that aims to "take viewers to now-familiar parts of the world but with a different perspective", according to the Independent newspaper.

Presenter Nick Knowles reports from New Zealand "where he sought travel advice from the country’s PM". With the election now only a month away, the programme is a novel way of putting Clark in front of Kiwi ex-pats planning on voting. Departure Lounge begins on BBC1 on Friday 29 July at 7 pm.

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