Meridian Energy Chief Executive Mark Binns entered the debate over the Labour/Green NZ Power plan for a single power buyer on Thursday, saying it would tend to favour gas-fired plants over renewable projects.
Paula Bennett put her hand up to stand in the new Upper Harbour electorate after her Waitakere seat was dismembered in draft boundary changes, David Cunliffe released documents showing the risk of a deep sea oil drilling accident and a review of pokie machines in pubs and clubs was announced.
Chris Tremain announced new financial prudence regulations aimed at ranking councils and avoiding another Kaipara-style debt debacle and John Key postponed his Philippines visit.
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.
The Government announced it would ask 6,500 teachers to hand back NZ$10.4 million of Novopay over-payments, the Environment Court approved Bathurst Resources's Escarpment Mine, Statistics NZ said it would prosecute 100 people who didn't fill in their census forms, KiwiSaver funds surpassed NZ$16.5 billion and a new High Commissioner was appointed to Australia.