In today's email we catalogue yet more twists and turns in the race to election day.
During a visit to Wellington a senior Chinese official has given a detailed and rare insight into why demand for New Zealand protein imports has risen so quickly in the past five years.
Last year's whey protein contamination scare, and the increasing "grey market" selling of New Zealand milk powder in China, has prompted the establishment of a Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) working group to suggest new regulations and changes to industry practices to improve the traceability of dairy products.
Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy and Food Safety Minister Nikki Kaye released the first Government report on the Fonterra botulism scare, concluding the system for regulating dairy export food safety was fundamentally sound.
Nathan Guy announced funding to research 'lifestyle' wines, Hekia Parata and Steven Joyce announced extra funding to improve maths and science teaching, Judith Collins introduced her court system modernisation bill, Nick Smith unveiled another social housing project and Simon Bridges announced after another forestry worker death that MBIE had shut down 14 of the 150 logging operations it had inspected.