The Beehive Diaries finds out what Shane Jones got for his 60th, what Simon Bridges has been doing in India, and breaks down the Government's political handling of the KiwiBuild announcement.

MONDAY: Simon Bridges gets a win, of sorts.

Congratulations to National Party leader Simon Bridges, who has been selected as the National Party's candidate in Tauranga – the first of the party's seat selections.

Disappointingly, the selection was uncontested – Bridges has held the seat since 2008.


Other selections may be a tad more interesting, with safe seats such as Upper Harbour, Selwyn and Botany up for grabs.