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Election 2014: Act rules out deal involving NZ First
Election 2014: Act rules out deal involving NZ First

Act would not enter a coalition government with National if it involved New Zealand First, the party's leader Jamie Whyte…

No power sharing deal

John Key and David Cunliffe have ruled out any power sharing agreement with Winston Peters as coalition possibilities featured…

Key v Cunliffe: Who won the debate?

John Key and David Cunliffe have faced off in round four of the pre-election debates, but who came out on top? The Herald's…

As it happened: Final leaders' debate

Click here for Claire Trevett's live blog from the leaders' debate between Prime Minister John Key and Labour leader David…

Who won the final TV leaders' debate?
Who won the final TV leaders' debate?

The final of four debates between the leaders of the country's two largest political parties was held this evening on TV…

Leaders keen to avoid Dotcom in debate
Leaders keen to avoid Dotcom in debate

John Key and David Cunliffe have one thing in common in the leadup to the final debate tonight - both are hoping Kim Dotcom's…

Metro rail won't fix congestion - expert
Metro rail won't fix congestion - expert

Metro rail systems such as Auckland's proposed $2.4b link from Britomart to Mt Eden do nothing to reduce congestion in the…

Cunliffe checks with former leaders
Cunliffe checks with former leaders

Labour leader David Cunliffe says he has sought reassurance from former Labour Prime Minister Helen Clark about the party's…

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Internet Mana would grant Snowden residency in NZ
Internet Mana would grant Snowden residency in NZ

The Internet Mana Party says it would push for the next Government to give NSA whistleblower Edward…

Key failed to stop shutdown of tour company - Peters

Prime Minister John Key has been accused of failing to intervene as Tourism Minister in the American purchase of a high…

PM 'comfortable' with NSA

John Key says he can't give an absolute assurance New Zealanders are not subject to mass surveillance by the NSA but he…

National to slash benefit numbers

Paula Bennett wants to reduce benefit numbers by 25 per cent, including paying more people to move to other regions for…

Peter Lyons: Trickle-down is part of the problem, not an answer
Peter Lyons: Trickle-down is part of the problem, not an answer

The term "trickle-down effect" should be used only to describe an unfortunate ailment that can affect…

Southern Cross' chief executive: Key should check his facts

The head of the Southern Cross Cable Network has disputed Prime Minister John Key's claim that a cable had been tapped into…

'NZ spied on friends for US'

New Zealand has sent spies into friendly countries to electronically snoop for the United States, an award-winning journalist…

Key hits back at spy-law claim

John Key has struck directly at a specific detail in the spying claims, saying new laws passed last year had nothing to…

Greens plan gift packs for newborns

The Greens want every newborn child to get a "welcome pack" at birth including a bed, clothes and other essentials, says…

Campaign takes leaders to schools
Campaign takes leaders to schools

David Cunliffe faced a lecture theatre full of students at Waikato University and had smoko with workers…

Whanau ora bottom line for Maori Party

Most parties avoid talk about "bottom lines" for fear of sounding too uncompromising.

Transport and housing top of list

Political parties are tailoring all manner of policies for Auckland, or more precisely at 1,030,125 enrolled Jafas, to win…

Editorial: Dotcom's credibility

The world's most wanted whistleblower, Edward Snowden, has told us something from his refuge in Russia that we had a right…

Craig's party heads towards 5 percent

Conservative Party leader Colin Craig would push for a code of conduct for MPs to help cleanse the system of behaviour highlighted…

Race to fill gap in Maori electorate
Race to fill gap in Maori electorate

With heavyweights Pita Sharples and Shane Jones out of the election race, there's a gaping hole in Maori…

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Claire Trevett on politics

Claire Trevett: Schoolyard one-upmanship at expense of detail
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…

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Bryce Edwards on politics

Bryce Edwards: Liberty under threat?
Bryce Edwards: Liberty under threat?

Will tomorrow's Dotcom/Greenwald revelations about state surveillance change anything in the lead up to polling day? Bryce…

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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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