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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.

Claire Trevett: Parting shots in the House

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

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"…

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.

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…

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…

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…

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"…

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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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Brian Rudman: We need a tunnel vision to help pay for rail link

Brian Rudman: We need a tunnel vision to help pay for rail link

The Government shouldn't suddenly decide that ratepayers be forced to beggar themselves to maintain and upgrade a public transport system, writes Brian Rudman.

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Brian Rudman: Press pause before throwing away the key

Brian Rudman: Press pause before throwing away the key

Those baying for the blood of the Maori King's second son after his drunken night out with some mates should take a deep breath and consider what they're demanding.

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Claire Trevett: Faithful lap up 'we can win' spirit

Claire Trevett: Faithful lap up 'we can win' spirit

It was at the same venue as the National Party's conference the week before, but the Labour Party "congress" came in a different colour.

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John Armstrong: Cunliffe best to mind the man-nerisms

John Armstrong: Cunliffe best to mind the man-nerisms

Trevor Mallard might not be so silly after all. At times, resurrecting the moa looks the easier option than breathing life into Labour's chances of being on the winning side on election night in September. Such a moment…

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Mallard adds a bit of silly to our lives

Mallard adds a bit of silly to our lives

Mallard had done his homework and believed resurrecting the moa was like Rachel Hunter's hair condition, writes Claire Trevett. It won't happen overnight, but....

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Audrey Young: Malaysia has done the right thing

Audrey Young: Malaysia has done the right thing

Malaysia has done the right thing in its surprise announcement tonight that it will send a diplomat and warrant officer back to New Zealand to face sex charges.

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John Armstrong: Strategy creates a clever route to block Labour-Greens

John Armstrong: Strategy creates a clever route to block Labour-Greens

The roading announcement was also part of a wider strategy to convince voters that the Greens will be the driving force of any post-election coalition, writes John Armstrong.

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John Armstrong: Cunliffe and Key shadow boxing on dodgy election deals

John Armstrong: Cunliffe and Key shadow boxing on dodgy election deals

Yesterday the Labour leader had to pick himself up off the floor, writes John Armstrong. David Cunliffe succeeded - just. He had John Key near the ropes if not on them, albeit very briefly.

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Brian Rudman: Wealthy buffoons hold our democracy hostage

Brian Rudman: Wealthy buffoons hold our democracy hostage

National's little Act Party poodle seems to be running scared of the attention-seeking yapping of wannabe Conservative Party lapdog Colin Craig, writes Brian Rudman.

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