Nationals donors set party up for strg electi campaign

An Auckland music festival has been forced to shift locations due to damage to its planned venue.

The upcoming Gardens Music Festival, headlined by Fatboy Slim, was expected to take place at Victoria Park. However, it will now be held at the Auckland Domain on the same date, January 29.

A spokesperson for the event blamed damage caused by a previous event being held at Victoria Park, which1Newsrevealed was the Plane Sailing Festival held on January 6.

Theres nothing quite like a craft beer on a hot summers day but Wellington brewery Garage Project has announced it could soon be out of stock following a CO2 shortage.

In a tweet, the company revealed that one of its sites was completely out of CO2, with over 60,000 litres of beer waiting to be finished. Theres no word yet on when a delivery of the gas might be made.

Were officially out of CO2 at one of our sites, with 64,000L of finished beer waiting to be packaged. No word on when we can expect a delivery. With small tweaks eries could be investing in recapture technology to ease national demand & reduce gas imports

Garage Project (@Garage_Project)January 17, 2023

Speaking toRNZ, Garage Project co-founder Jos Ruffell said he was hopeful the situation could be rectified in a week or two, but we just dont really know when it might happen.

The shortage of CO2 is also linked to sparse shelves in the frozen aisle of certain supermarkets. As detailed in a piece forThe Spinofflast year, chicken nuggets and other frozen goods rely on CO2 for preservation.

Election season may only just be getting started, but were already starting to get hints about the political year ahead.

The Heralds Thomas Coughlanhas broken down the 2022 Electoral Commission returns, revealing how much money each party pulled in via donations over the past year. It showed that National had a hugely successful 12 months, amassing $2.3 million from just 24 individual donors.

Comparatively, Labour pulled in $150,000 over the same period. Of course, Labour traditionally relies more on smaller donations in contrast to National. However, as Coughlan pointed out, Nationals major donors provided more than $15 for for every $1 Labour raised.

Its not known how much of this money was spent in 2022, but you can expect a lot will have been put aside for what is likely to be a tough election campaign.

The biggest single donor was Graeme Hart, the countrys wealthiest man, who donated $250,000 to National and $100,000 to likely coalition partner Act.

In comments to the Herald, Labours general-secretary Rob Salmond said Labour was supported by thousands of people from all walks of life and accused National of having a narrow focus on the wealthiest New Zealanders, both in its policies and its donors.

Christopher Luxon with his Backbencher twin. Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images

The Bulletin: Free dental care a political dream and a financial nightmare

Newsrooms Jo Moirput the question of free dental care to prime minister Jacinda Ardern and writes that while its an easy political win, given absolutely nobody would ever oppose it it doesnt stack up financially. While Ardern wasnt prepared to rule in or out any further changes to the partys policy or manifesto in election year in Moirs interview, we can probably take universal free dental off the list of election promises.

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