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Leaders Flatline In Election Week Debate

Leaders Flatline In Election Week Debate
Wellington, Nov 4 - Online prediction market iPredict has shown no change in Labour leader Helen Clark or National leader John Key's chances of becoming the next prime minister in the wake of TV3's leaders election debate.

First It Was National, Now The Greens Shun Peters

First It Was National, Now The Greens Shun Peters
Wellington, Nov 4 NZPA - Winston Peters has been shunned by National, the Greens says they won't work with him as a minister and Labour leader Helen Clark is indicating she's not sure he'll be back anyway.

No Knockouts In Second Championship Bout

By Ian Llewellyn of NZPA Auckland, Nov 4 NZPA - Like two boxers who know each other's style inside out, Helen Clark and John Key circled each other in last night's TV3 leaders debate without getting anywhere near landing a knockout blow.

Leaders Debate Doesn't Deliver Any Defining Moments

By Peter Wilson of NZPA Wellington, Nov 3 NZPA - Labour leader Helen Clark and National's John Key played it safe and didn't go anywhere new when they faced off tonight in the second TV leaders debate.

Clark And Key Come Out Even In Second Leaders Debate

Clark And Key Come Out Even In Second Leaders Debate
Wellington, Nov 3 NZPA - Helen Clark and John Key argued over economic policy and asked voters to believe they were good leaders during tough times when they went head to head tonight in the second election campaign leaders debate.

Latest Polls Show Labour Holding Off Maori Party Challengers

Wellington, Nov 3 NZPA - Opinion polls in two key Maori electorates show Labour MPs leading their Maori Party challengers. In Hauraki-Waikato Nanaia Mahuta was chosen by 56 percent of voters questioned against 43 percent for the Maori Party's Angeline Greensill.

Former All Blacks Endorse National Saying It's Time For A Change

Former All Blacks Endorse National Saying It's Time For A Change
Auckland, Nov 3 NZPA - The National Party is hoping two All Blacks greats will help them score big in traditional Labour seats in south Auckland on Saturday, by converting their endorsement into votes.

Clark Stronger Position On Entrenchment, Key Flexible

Wellington, Nov 3 NZPA - Labour leader Helen Clark has come out in support of entrenching the Maori seats, as parties jostle for Maori Party support before Saturday's general election.

National Announces School Funding Boost

National Announces School Funding Boost
Wellington, Nov 2 NZPA - National would give schools an additional $500 million for capital spending and introduce a voluntary bonding scheme for teachers in hard to staff areas, the party's leader John Key announced today.

Key Not Ruling Out Entrenching Maori Seats

Key Not Ruling Out Entrenching Maori Seats
By Maggie Tait of NZPA Wellington, Nov 2 NZPA - National leader John Key told supporters in Upper Hutt today the public had to choose whether they wanted a National, United Future, Act Government or not -- but he did not mention the Maori Party.

Labour Outlines More Of Its Planned Economic Stimulus Package

Wellington, Nov 2 NZPA - More details have been released about Labour's plans to stimulate the economy if re-elected on Saturday.

Close Contests In Three Maori Seats

Close Contests In Three Maori Seats
Wellington, Nov 2 NZPA - Labour's Parekura Horomia holds a slender lead over the Maori Party's Derek Fox in Ikaroa-Rawhiti, a poll released today shows.

A `Reminder' To Banks As National Releases Its Rescue Package

A `Reminder' To Banks As National Releases Its Rescue Package
Wellington, Oct 31 NZPA - John Key warned banks today -- he used the word "reminded" -- that National expects them to take it easy on customers who run into trouble with their mortgage payments because of the fallout from the global economic crisis.

Key Day In National Election Campaign

By Maggie Tait of NZPA Auckland, Oct 31 NZPA - Last year National leader John Key made a blooper talking about how things would be run under a Labour Government he led.

Some Examples Of How National's Assistance Package Would Work

Wellington, Oct 31 NZPA - Examples provided by National on how its economic transitional relief package would work in practice. Example 1

Key And Clark Spar Over Rival Lay-Off Packages

Key And Clark Spar Over Rival Lay-Off Packages
Wellington, Oct 31 NZPA - National has unveiled a $42 million support package for laid off workers that is more tightly targeted than Labour's, but potentially gives more to those who receive it.

Labour Sees Role For New Zealand In Conflict Resolution

Labour Sees Role For New Zealand In Conflict Resolution
Wellington, Oct 31 NZPA - A new and expanded role for New Zealand in international conflict resolution, with a focus on the Pacific, is proposed in Labour's foreign policy which was released today.

Major Roading Announcement Within Days - King

Major Roading Announcement Within Days - King
By Grant Fleming of NZPA Wellington, Oct 31 NZPA - The Government will announce within days whether it will use a public-private partnership to build a $2 billion, 5km stretch of Auckland highway.

Nats Unveil Rival Jobs Assistance Package

Nats Unveil Rival Jobs Assistance Package
Wellington, Oct 31 NZPA - National leader John Key has unveiled a $42-million-a-year redundancy support package that is more narrowly targeted than Labour's but gives more to those who receive it.

Party Reimbursed Williams For Melbourne Trip, Says Clark

Party Reimbursed Williams For Melbourne Trip, Says Clark
Wellington, Oct 31 NZPA - A trip to Melbourne by Labour Party president Mike Williams to try and link National leader John Key to historic fraudulent foreign exchange deals was paid for by the party, Prime Minister Helen Clark admitted today.

The Battle For Mangere

The Battle For Mangere
Taito Phillip Field retained Mangere for Labour in the last election with 70 percent of votes cast. Now he's fighting against Labour to keep the seat as the leader of his new Pacific Party. MAGGIE TAIT of NZPA looks at the battle in South Auckland.

Nats To Announce Their `Rescue Package' Today

Nats To Announce Their `Rescue Package' Today
NZPA political reporters Wellington, Oct 31 NZPA - Labour and National are competing to deliver rescue packages that will help people who lose their jobs when hard times hit New Zealand as a result of global economic strife.

Build Dams To Help Economy, Farmers Say

Build Dams To Help Economy, Farmers Say
Wellington, Oct 30 NZPA - Farmers want Labour and National to build dams with some of the money that's going to be used to stimulate the economy. Both parties have promised to protect jobs during an economic downturn.

Clark Takes Shopping Mall Tumble

Prime Minister Helen Clark will be hoping a tumble that left her lying almost flat on her face at a Christchurch mall today is not a portent of her party's election night fortunes.

Labour To Remove Restrictions On Unemployment Benefit

Labour will remove restrictions on the unemployment benefit as part of a $50 million transitional assistance package for those who lose their jobs as a result of the faltering global economy, Prime Minister Helen Clark has announced.

Clear Divide Between Which Parties Support Workers

One of the largest unions in the country says a survey shows a clear division between which political parties support employee rights and those wanting to take them away.

Key Dismisses "Smear Campaign" By Labour

National lead John Key today dismissed attempts to link him with fraudulent foreign exchange deals in the 1980s as a "desperate smear campaign" by Labour.

Labour MP Ahead In Te Tai Tonga

Labour MP Mahara Okeroa is holding a 10-point lead over his Maori Party rival in the Te Tai Tonga electorate, an poll released last night shows.

Labour Moves To Match Nats' Jobs Package

Labour Moves To Match Nats' Jobs Package
Labour has moved to match National's planned job-loss package, with Prime Minister Helen Clark today saying it will announce a transitional assistance package in the next few days.

Key Faces Accusations Of Misleading The Public

National Party leader John Key faces accusations of misleading the public about his knowledge of one of New Zealand's most notorious white collar crimes, the New Zealand Herald website reported today.

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