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Clark And Key Continue Campaign Battle

Labour leader Helen Clark and National's John Key are covering as much territory as they can early in the campaign and today they shift the action to Christchurch and Auckland.

A New Razor Gang And A Benefits Policy On The Campaign Trail

A New Razor Gang And A Benefits Policy On The Campaign Trail
Another cost-cutting razor gang is going to be set up if National wins the election.

ACT Attacks National And Labour Over Credit Crisis

ACT backs the Government guaranteeing bank deposits, but says other responses to the economic crisis by National and Labour have been woeful and irresponsible.

Key Electorate Battlegrounds In 2008

Every election throws up a swag of cliffhanger seats that can spell doom or glory for parties and individual MPs. GRANT FLEMING of NZPA looks at the key electorates in 2008.

Key Backs National's Financial Response

National Party leader John Key acknowledged today the Government had seized the high ground in the election campaign with its announcement of moves to deal with the effects of the international financial crisis.

Election Campaign Launches Put Economy At Forefront

The formal election campaigns of the major parties kicked off today with the international economic crisis firmly the centre of attention.

SFO Clears NZ First But Peters Won't Get Portfolios Back

A Serious Fraud Office (SFO) investigation into New Zealand First has cleared the party of fraud, but party leader Winston Peters isn't going to get his ministerial portfolios back before the election.

Minor Parties And Unions Criticise Tax Package

Minor parties and trade unions found nothing to praise in National's tax cuts policy. * The Greens described it as "a fake free lunch" which would increase debt, widen the gap between rich and poor and suck resources out of research and science.

Peters Fares Badly In Poll About Trust

Greens co-leader Jeanette Fitzsimons is the most trusted party leader and New Zealand First's Winston Peters the least, a poll released tonight shows.

Clark Sees Positives In 18-point Poll Deficit

A poll which shows National slightly widening its lead over Labour is "a good result in the circumstances", Prime Minister Helen Clark says.

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