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In Epsom, always time for a cuppa
In Epsom, always time for a cuppa

Conservatives Colin Craig and Christine Rankin headed out on the campaign trail in Newmarket yesterday - so what reaction…

John Armstrong: Key soothes voters with status quo

National is not short of policy. Just look at the party's website, writes John Armstrong. But there is little that leaps…

Claire Trevett: Schoolyard one-upmanship at expense of detail

For the past month, National leader John Key and Labour leader David Cunliffe have bemoaned the focus on Dirty Politics…

Brian Fallow: Housing costs back under spotlight

The Productivity Commission has been sent back into the minefield of housing costs.

John Armstrong: Greens need to compromise to get ahead
John Armstrong: Greens need to compromise to get ahead

The Greens face an old dilemma: remain pure but powerless. Or go centrist and compromise and get things done, writes John…

John Armstrong: Conservatives can expect hard time
John Armstrong: Conservatives can expect hard time

If Colin Craig thinks it's been a struggle getting his Conservative Party close enough in the polls to clear the 5 per cent…

Claire Trevett: Winston woos with one-liners
Claire Trevett: Winston woos with one-liners

Winston Peters harks back to a New Zealand of the 1950s and 1960s when everybody had a job and immigrants didn't take them…

Brian Rudman: Dotcom's been pipped ... but it's politics as usual
Brian Rudman: Dotcom's been pipped ... but it's politics as usual

Spare a thought for German money-bags Kim Dotcom. He's spending more than $3 million to buy himself into the general election…

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John Armstrong: The trouble with showing too much of your bottom line

John Armstrong: The trouble with showing too much of your bottom line

Confused? Who wouldn't be? It is difficult enough getting to grips with the new forms of inquiry laid out in last year's Inquiries Act without the politicians complicating things even more.

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Claire Trevett: Nothing as good as a baddy in an election duel

Claire Trevett: Nothing as good as a baddy in an election duel

Like any decent Western there are goodies and baddies running through the set of this election campaign.

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Claire Trevett: Parting shots in the House

Claire Trevett: Parting shots in the House

MPs have headed off on the campaign trail with one last blast at their rivals.

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John Armstrong: Even the enemies are voters

John Armstrong: Even the enemies are voters

It seemed just a slip of the tongue. Or was it, asks John Armstrong. Nick Smith surely meant to talk of "co-operation", not "collaboration", in Parliament yesterday.

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Audrey Young: Policies and people all part of campaign

Audrey Young: Policies and people all part of campaign

Anything could happen between now and the election in eight weeks. That's what makes election campaigns so exciting.

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John Armstrong: The 'gotcha politics' disease is afflicting all

John Armstrong: The 'gotcha politics' disease is afflicting all

It sure ain't pretty. It sure ain't enlightening. It is most definitely insidious. It is a creeping cancer of the New Zealand body politic, writes John Armstrong.

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Claire Trevett: MPs come and go but rare few earn high regard

Claire Trevett: MPs come and go but rare few earn high regard

Politicians come and politicians go. Some are loved, some are ridiculed, some are despised. Claire Trevett looks at two who will leave this week, respected.

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Deborah Hill Cone: Cunliffe's problem is that he just isn't sexy

Deborah Hill Cone: Cunliffe's problem is that he just isn't sexy

Deborah Hill Cone believes sex appeal amounts to political capital. 'But sadly for the Labour Party's polling, Cunliffe is simply not hot.'

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John Armstrong: Centrist economic policy a lesson in clever tactics

John Armstrong: Centrist economic policy a lesson in clever tactics

Goodbye whacky Greens; hello orthodox Greens. So moderate and non-threatening is the Greens' policy on "economic innovation" it could almost have been written by Bill English.

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Claire Trevett: Perfect storm of contradictions blows from North

Claire Trevett: Perfect storm of contradictions blows from North

Come the rains, come the politicians. When the winds and rains wrought havoc over Northland, it was Labour MP Kelvin Davis who got stuck in.

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