Election 2014

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HomeStart PR offensive kicks off
HomeStart PR offensive kicks off

Building and Housing Minister Nick Smith begins a PR offensive tonight on the Government's new perks for first-home buyers. Dr…

Phil Quin: Little looking ready to take bullet meant for Key
Phil Quin: Little looking ready to take bullet meant for Key

If Willow-Jean Prime siphons enough votes from Peters to deliver victory to the Government, John Key…

Labour outspent by Greens at election
Labour outspent by Greens at election

Labour spent half as much as National on last year's election campaign and was outspent by the Greens…

Quote of 2014 goes to...Cameron Slater
Quote of 2014 goes to...Cameron Slater

Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater uttered the most memorable quote this year when he compared his role in politics to the…

John Armstrong: Mana deal was never 'till death us do part'
John Armstrong: Mana deal was never 'till death us do part'

The now-defunct pact between Hone Harawira's Mana Movement and Kim Dotcom's Internet Party was always a marriage of convenience…

126 voters referred to police for voting twice
126 voters referred to police for voting twice

The Electoral Commission has referred 126 voters to the Police for voting twice in the General Election - double the number…

Election campaign offers feast of quips
Election campaign offers feast of quips

'You work in news you puffed up piece of s***'. 'I'm sorry for being a man'. Which quote of the year would you vote for?

The Herald Hot Seat

Politicians on God and stuff
Politicians on God and stuff

What do the party leaders think about flags and cannabis and which one doesn't believe in life after…

'Hone doesn't have a mortgage on looking after the poor'

Maori Party co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell says that Labour ruling out the Internet Mana Party from ministerial posts showed…

Cunliffe: 'I'm not a cry baby'

Labour leader David Cunliffe on doing a deal with the Greens and being in touch with his emotions

How would you fix inequality?

What do the party leaders think about inequality in NZ? Hear their answers in our Fast Fire video series.

America's Cup bid: Pay up or pass?
America's Cup bid: Pay up or pass?

What do the party leaders think about the taxpayer subsidising another America's Cup bid? Hear their…

Key predicts Cabinet shake-up

John Key on who'll be in his Cabinet and what job they'll be doing if he wins power at the election.

Cunliffe not standing down if he loses

David Cunliffe would like to remain Labour leader and take the party into 2017 election, even if the party loses at the…

'We want senior cabinet positions'

Green co-leaders Russel Norman and Metiria Turei want to be in a full coalition with Labour and have senior Cabinet positions…

Greens 'won't be shut out again'

Russel Norman and Metiria Turei have been Green Party co-leaders for five years and after the September 20 election they…

Third cab off the rank can be powerful
Third cab off the rank can be powerful

Wairiki MP Te Ururoa Flavell is no political novice but he is facing his first election as Maori Party…

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Election 2014

Dita de Boni: Kitteridge's new broom not so clean
Dita de Boni: Kitteridge's new broom not so clean

SIS director Rebecca Kitteridge helped John Key cover his butt in the leadup to the 2014 election, just…

Nats' strategic voting vital for Act

Nearly two-thirds of National supporters voted for the Act Party's David Seymour in Epsom, newly released election data…

Jason Ede's new telecommunications job

A former National staffer who resigned following the release of Nicky Hager’s book Dirty Politics has re-appeared with…

Labour leadership's turbulent ride

The latest leadership crisis in the Labour Party comes on the heels of years of resignations, criticisms and a lack of confidence…

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Best of Political Analysis

Claire Trevett: PM's absence devalues day
Claire Trevett: PM's absence devalues day

Mr Key's decision is understandable. There is only so long a Prime Minister can sit and look as if he is at someone else's…

Fran O'Sullivan: China looms large at TPP
China being kept in loop with TPP briefings
Waitangi guests prepared as usual
Rodney Hide: Greens move to centre of road
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Politics videos

SIS looks to boost surveillance powers
SIS looks to boost surveillance powers

The SIS, the country's domestic spying agency, looks set to gain greater powers in a quickfire overhaul of terrorism laws…

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Audrey Young

Audrey Young: Harawira and Co. do heavy lifting on TPP
Audrey Young: Harawira and Co. do heavy lifting on TPP

The good news for the Government is that Hone Harawira and his friends just made its sales job a lot easier, writes Audrey…

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John Armstrong on politics

John Armstrong: Winston becoming NZ's Churchill
John Armstrong: Winston becoming NZ's Churchill

He might prefer whisky and cigarettes to Churchill's port and cigars, but Winston Peters appears as passionate and energised…

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Claire Trevett on politics

Claire Trevett: Key pulls trusty lexicon as leaders get in a state
Claire Trevett: Key pulls trusty lexicon as leaders get in a state

One of the perils of being a third-term Prime Minister is that you run out of buzzwords and have to start recycling the…

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Toby Manhire

Toby Manhire: Key's Waitangi decision a victory for those who long for a national day more like Australia's celebration
Toby Manhire: Key's Waitangi decision a victory for those who long for a national day more like Australia's celebration

TOBY MANHIRE: John Key's Waitangi decision is a victory for those who long for a national day more like Australia's twisted…

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Bryce Edwards on politics

Political roundup: Catching up with the National Party
Political roundup: Catching up with the National Party

National is in the middle of its third term - a time that many have observed is traditionally characterised by arrogance…

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