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MP Who Was `Born Into The Labour Party' Takes The Reins

MP Who Was `Born Into The Labour Party' Takes The Reins
NZPA political reporters Wellington, Nov 12 NZPA - Phil Goff's new job started today. The veteran Labour MP has taken over the leadership of the party from Helen Clark and says he's going to shape it into the most effective opposition New Zealand has seen for a long time.

Key On Track To Meet Deadlines

Key On Track To Meet Deadlines
Wellington, Nov 12 NZPA - John Key is on track to announce his cabinet at the weekend and have it sworn in on Wednesday.

Goff Promises Strong Opposition From A United Labour Party

Goff Promises Strong Opposition From A United Labour Party
NZPA political reporters Wellington, Nov 11 NZPA - The Labour Party is regrouping under a new leader, confident it will be in a strong position to challenge National in 2011.

Key Critical Of New Labour Leadership

Key Critical Of New Labour Leadership
By Maggie Tait of NZPA Wellington, Nov 11 NZPA - National leader John Key says he is not worried in the slightest by Labour's new leadership of Phil Goff and Annette King.

Phil Goff Named New Labour Leader

Phil Goff Named New Labour Leader
Wellington, Nov 11 NZPA - Long-serving Labour MP Phil Goff has been elected unanimously the party's leader. The Labour caucus made the decision this afternoon. It also chose Annette King as his deputy.

First Caucus Out In The Cold For Labour

First Caucus Out In The Cold For Labour
By Maggie Tait of NZPA Wellington, Nov 11 NZPA - A subdued Labour Party today had its first Caucus meeting after being thrown out of office.

"Constructive" Talks Between Maori Party And National

"Constructive" Talks Between Maori Party And National
By Maggie Tait and Ian Llewellyn of NZPA Wellington, Nov 11 NZPA - The Maori Party is seriously considering having a role within the National Government with the idea of ministerial posts outside of Cabinet discussed today.

Velas Give Labour And NZ First Last Minute Donations

Wellington, Nov 11 NZPA - Labour and NZ First have disclosed they received large donations from the wealthy Vela family within 10-days of the election.

Goff Ready To Take Over Labour Leadership

Goff Ready To Take Over Labour Leadership
Wellington, Nov 10 NZPA - Senior Labour Cabinet Minister Phil Goff is ready to take over the leadership of the party if his colleagues want him to. "He's basically saying he's available for the job," a spokesman for Mr Goff told NZPA today.

Hide Promises Confidence And Supply For Key Government

Hide Promises Confidence And Supply For Key Government
By Maggie Tait of NZPA Wellington, Nov 10 NZPA - ACT leader Rodney Hide has pledged confidence and supply to National leader John Key's Government. "I can confirm there will be a National-led government," Mr Key told reporters.

Government Forming Talks Begin

By Grant Fleming of NZPA Wellington, Nov 10 NZPA - Negotiations to form the next government have begun with Prime Minister elect John Key entering talks with ACT leader Rodney Hide.

Phil Goff And Annette King Likely To Succeed Clark And Cullen

Phil Goff And Annette King Likely To Succeed Clark And Cullen
By Peter Wilson of NZPA Wellington, Nov 9 NZPA - Senior Labour cabinet minister Phil Goff is likely to take over the leadership of the party with Annette King as his deputy.

Clark/Cullen Legacy Should Stand The Test Of Time

Clark/Cullen Legacy Should Stand The Test Of Time
National's election victory has led to a clean sweep of the Labour leadership with Helen Clark and Michael Cullen both announcing they are stepping down from their respective jobs as leader and deputy leader. Ian Llewellyn of NZPA looks at the legacy of the Clark/Cullen government.

Night To Savour For National Supporters

Night To Savour For National Supporters
By Grant Fleming of NZPA Auckland, Nov 9 NZPA - For the 1200 National supporters gathered at the party's election headquarters it was a night to savour. There were villains, a mythical beast, a hero and in the end a fairytale ending.

Cullen Announces He Is Standing Down

Cullen Announces He Is Standing Down
Wellington, Nov 9 NZPA - Deputy Prime Minister Michael is going to resign his position along with Prime Minister Helen Clark.

Some Quotes From The Election And Its Aftermath

Auckland, Nov 9 NZPA - Quotes from the election and its aftermath. * "It's over and out for me," Helen Clark concedes defeat and announces she will be handing over the Labour Party leadership before Christmas.

Clark To Stand Down After Labour Loses

Clark To Stand Down After Labour Loses
By Ian Llewellyn of NZPA Auckland, Nov 9 NZPA - After nine years in office Labour has been swept out of power and leader Helen Clark is to stand aside after dominating New Zealand politics a decade.

Key Promises Unity And A Broad-Based Government

Key Promises Unity And A Broad-Based Government
By Grant Fleming of NZPA Auckland, Nov 9 NZPA - National leader John Key says he wants to form a government with the broadest possible support base -- and that includes the Maori Party.

John Key's Centre-Right Government Will Have Strong Majority

By Peter Wilson of NZPA Wellington, Nov 9 NZPA - National Party leader John Key will start forming a centre-right government this week after winning the general election and ending nine years of Labour reign.

Early Results Favour National

Early Results Favour National
Wellington, Nov 8 NZPA - With 15 percent of the votes counted in the general election, National held a strong lead over Labour with 48 percent against 31 percent of the party vote. The ACT Party, National's partner, had gained 3.5 percent and Labour's ally, the Greens, 6.3 percent.

Leaders Cast Votes In What Could Be Record Turnout

Leaders Cast Votes In What Could Be Record Turnout
Party leaders have cast their votes in today's general election in what could be a record turnout.

Key Closes Campaign Strongly

Key Closes Campaign Strongly
By Grant Fleming of NZPA Wellington, Nov 7 NZPA - National leader John Key has closed his election campaign with a rousing speech predicting victory to about 250 party faithful in his Helensville electorate.

Clark Keeps Campaigning Until The Last

Clark Keeps Campaigning Until The Last
By Maggie Tait of NZPA Auckland, Nov 7 NZPA - Prime Minister Helen Clark was out pressing the flesh across Auckland today in her final push before tomorrow's election. Miss Clark started early with media interviews for 11 different television and radio stations.

Cullen Explains Problems That Need Fixing

Cullen Explains Problems That Need Fixing
Wellington, Nov 7 NZPA - A Labour-led government would take an active role in promoting change in international financial markets, Finance Minister Michael Cullen said today.

National And Its Partners Poised For Victory, Latest Polls Show

Wellington, Nov 7 NZPA - National and its partner parties ACT and United Future are poised to win the election, latest opinion polls show.

Clark Believer In Auckland Voters

Clark Believer In Auckland Voters
By Maggie Tait of NZPA Auckland, Nov 7 NZPA - Given the polls some may think it would take an act of God to see Labour re-elected but Prime Minister Helen Clark is not counting on a higher power -- she's keeping faith in the voters in Auckland.

Clark Remembers The Poll Labour Will Never Forget

Clark Remembers The Poll Labour Will Never Forget
Wellington, Nov 6 NZPA - There's one poll Labour will never forget and party leader Helen Clark remembered it tonight. It was a Colmar Brunton poll broadcast by TV One on the Thursday night before the 2005 election.

Lange Instrumental In Key Decision To Rule Out Douglas

By Grant Fleming of NZPA Nelson, Nov 6 NZPA - National leader John Key has revealed a conversation with former Labour prime minister David Lange was instrumental in his decision to rule out ACT founder Roger Douglas from a future National-led cabinet.

Nats Lead But Only Just, Election Could Go Down To The Wire

NZPA political reporters Wellington, Nov 6 NZPA - National has just enough support to win the election but it would take only a small swing for Labour to hold on to power, latest polls show.

Sparks Fly On Key's Whistlestop Tour

Sparks Fly On Key's Whistlestop Tour
Nelson, Nov 6 NZPA - With just over a day until polling booths open National leader John Key is flying high. Mr Key's campaign took off today in a chartered plane he is using to blitz eight towns and cities as the electioneering period draws to an end.

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