Just briefly on Thursday

Chris Tremain established a Privacy Panel, Tariana Turia widened the Kainga Whenua housing scheme, Katrina Shanks said she wouldn't stand in 2014, a retired Judge said the Lombard convictions were the "worst miscarriage of justice he had ever seen" and Paymark appointed Mark Rushworth as CEO.

Privacy panel - In a bid to draw a line under an embarrassing list of privacy breaches the Government has established a panel of professional security service providers that government agencies will be required to use to develop and test ICT security processes. Internal Affairs Minister Chris Tremain said government agencies would choose a company from the panel to advise on the strength and suitability of their ICT security processes, or to test the security of their systems.

The panel of twenty-one service providers, selected through a tender process, includes Datacom, Ernst and Young, Delotte, KPMG, Hewlett Packard and Price Waterhouse. “Use of the panel will be mandatory for public and non-public service departments, and it will be available to other State services to help them increase capability,” said Tremain.

Maori housing boost - The Kainga Whenua loan and infrastructure grant schemes for Maori wishing to build housing on ancestral land were widened. Initially aimed at helping Maori land trusts and other collectives develop housing on ancestral Maori land they will now apply also to land that hapu and iwi receive from their Treaty settlements.

Associate Minister for Housing Tariana Turia said Kiwibank 's support of the scheme had allowed for the removal of the requirement that houses be re-locatable (which was mandatory in the event of a loan default) as long as there is alternative security for the loan. "These changes open the way for urban family members to come together with their whanau who live in rural locations to build homes on their ancestral lands”, she said.

Not standing - Katrina Shanks, National List MP based in Ohariu, announced she would not seek re-election in 2014 saying it was the right time to leave politics and spend more time with her young family. Shanks entered Parliament in 2007, following the resignation of Don Brash.

Lombard critique - Retired Court of Appeal judge Sir Edmund Thomas called the 2007 convictions of the four Lombard Finance directors, Sir Douglas Graham, Bill Jeffries, Lawrence Bryant and Michael Reeves "the worst miscarriage of justice" he had ever encountered.

In a critique of the Lombard Finance High Court and Court of Appeal judgments for The New Zealand Business Law Quarterly (due to be published next month) he says the courts were overly influenced by public desire to see the directors of failed finance companies held to account and that the central piece of evidence relied on by the High Court was based on wrong calculations.

Appointed - Former Pacific Fibre CEO (and co-founder) Mark Rushworth was appointed CEO of payments provider Paymark. Rushworth, who will take over from current acting CEO Paul Whiston in December, said he was excited about taking advantage of new opportunities such as online and mobile payments.