National's "mixed ownership model" - the innocuous-sounding
vehicle tasked with making the party's unpopular
privatisation agenda more appetising - paradoxically may yet
end up making the partial sell-offs of state corporations
even less palatable to voters.
Developing Whanau Ora, a ministerial committee on poverty and
a new focus for Te Puni Kokiri are the centrepiece of an
agreement reached yesterday between National and the Maori
Party on confidence and supply.
The Maori Party hui over a proposed confidence and supply
agreement with National began last night but ministerial
positions would not be discussed, Maori Party president Pem
Bird told The New Zealand Herald.