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Who did Facebook like last night?
Who did Facebook like last night?

Who created the bigger buzz among Facebook's 2.4 million New Zealand users during last night's leaders' debate?

Poll finds rich-poor gap the big election issue

Voter concerns about inequality have risen dramatically, with fifth of Kiwis saying it is “the most important issue facing…

PM John Key hits the campaign trail in Gisborne

Prime Minister John Key has moved his campaign to Gisborne today and spent the morning visiting wine making company Indevin…

video Leaders' Debate: Housing and foreign investment

Housing and foreign investment were heated topics at the first leaders' debate between Prime Minister John Key and Labour…

Toby Manhire: Explaining the Conservative surge
Toby Manhire: Explaining the Conservative surge

The news broke a month ago yesterday. There was to be no cup of tea for Colin Craig in East Coast Bays, said the Prime Minister…

Lucy Lawless: Much ado about nothing?
Lucy Lawless: Much ado about nothing?

How can anyone be sick of "the Hager saga?," asks Lucy Lawless. She's ready to battle Robyn Malcolm for the dream role of…

Brian Rudman: The housing crisis - a private solution
Brian Rudman: The housing crisis - a private solution

At long last the cavalry has ridden in to deal to Auckland's housing crisis. Indeed, not one cavalry, but several.

John Drinnan: No dirt, we're advertisers
John Drinnan: No dirt, we're advertisers

The Dirty Politics storm has exposed the dangers of advertising on controversial political websites.

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Trish Sherson: Why the election should belong to the 'virgin voter'
Trish Sherson: Why the election should belong to the 'virgin voter'

The issue for politicians this election is not whether voters will tick their box, it's whether they'll…

Immigration policies on debate agenda

Whether migrants are responsible for Auckland's high house prices and if immigration numbers should be cut back will be…

Bernard Orsman: Good news in draft budget disguises the bad

Len Brown's draft budget is all about the good news while hiding the bad.

video Nicky Hager CHCH Book Launch

Nicky Hager comments on Mark Mitchell considering suing him at his book launch in Christchurch.

Big rate rises in store despite cuts
Big rate rises in store despite cuts

Auckland Mayor Len Brown is talking of selling council carparks and naming rights to swimming pools…

More free with Nat's home-buy policy

Hunting for a home for the past two years, Stefan Nogaj says of the two major political parties' flagship home affordability…

Ministry man investigated over blog

A public servant is under investigation over allegations that he said beneficiaries were "stupid" for having children.

Pick'n'fix: Parties push housing cures

Auckland's home affordability headache won't be solved in a hurry but both National and Labour now have quick fixes for…

Debate: Who impressed most?

The leaders of the country's two largest political parties squared off in a televised debate this evening, hosted by Seven…

Dirty Politics drowned out in debate
Dirty Politics drowned out in debate

The economy, housing and foreign investment featured while Dirty Politics barely came up in the leaders'…

Leaders' debate: Cunliffe the majority winner

NZ Herald commentators deliver their verdicts on who won the first leaders' debate between John Key and David Cunliffe.

Greens host alternate debate at bar

After being left out of the televised leaders debate, the Greens co-leaders staged a counter-debate at an Auckland bar.

Reaction: Leaders' debate

A live blog of reaction to the debate between Prime Minister John Key and Labour leader David Cunliffe hosted on TV One…

Dirty Politics hacker a 'decent' person

A leak is a safety valve in society - and the Whaleoil hacker is a "decent and ethical person", Dirty Politics author Nicky…

NZ First promises 75pc govt funding for rail loop
NZ First promises 75pc govt funding for rail loop

Would-be kingmaker New Zealand First upped the stakes for an underground railway through central Auckland…

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Local Government

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Claire Trevett on politics

Claire Trevett: Young voters could be key to National victory
Claire Trevett: Young voters could be key to National victory

Out on the campaign trail, party leaders are meeting many kinds of voters. Among them are decided voters, swing voters…

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Bryce Edwards: Passion, profanity and parody in politics
Bryce Edwards: Passion, profanity and parody in politics

New Zealanders were famously described as a 'passionless people' in one landmark book about politics and the national condition…

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Audrey Young

Audrey Young: Leaders under the spotlight
Audrey Young: Leaders under the spotlight

Audrey Young writes: Sometimes it helps to see your politicians in action in order to judge whether they can be trusted.

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Matt McCarten on politics

Matt McCarten: Now for something similar ...
Matt McCarten: Now for something similar ...

The political world was stunned on Wednesday when David Cunliffe announced me as his chief of staff, writes Matt McCarten…

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