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Tunnel Project Could Be Brought Forward - Clark

A $150 million project to widen rail tunnels into Wellington could be brought forward under Labour's economic stimulus package, Prime Minister Helen Clark said today.

Labour Would Set Up Inquiry Into Organised Crime, Gangs

Labour will establish a Commission of Inquiry into gangs and organised crime if it wins the election, Police Minister Annette King said today.

Glenn Speaks Out Over Consul Role Row

Glenn Speaks Out Over Consul Role Row
New Zealand First leader Winston Peters and billionaire Owen Glenn both say there was no connection between a large donation to the party and Mr Peters backing the expatriate's bid for a diplomatic position.

Political Wounds Picked In Feisty Debate

Auckland voters got the answers to the big questions last night; such as which MPs could field dress a moose and who thought United States republican vice president candidate Sarah Palin was hot.

UK Extends Working Holiday Arrangement For Kiwis

From next month young New Zealanders heading to Britain will be able to work there for two years, Prime Minister Helen Clark announced today. At present they can go to the United Kingdom for two years under a Working Holiday Visa which allows them to work for one year of their stay.

Brownlee Dimissive Of Financial Interest Allegation

Brownlee Dimissive Of Financial Interest Allegation
National's energy spokesman Gerry Brownlee has defended himself against accusations he should have declared he had shares in Contact Energy.

Voters Say Leading Party Should Lead Govt - Poll

A overwhelming majority of voters think the major party that wins the most votes should head the incoming government, an opinion poll shows.

Labour Maori Policy 'Skimpy' - Turia

Labour Maori Policy 'Skimpy' - Turia
Labour's Maori affairs policy is bereft of new ideas, Maori Party co-leader Tariana Turia says.

Nats Caution Voters On Labour Health Policy

Nats Caution Voters On Labour Health Policy
Voters should judge Labour's health policy on its record in government rather than its election promises, National's health spokesman Tony Ryall says.

Bettors Back Key But Clark Closing Gap

Bettors Back Key But Clark Closing Gap
Labour's odds to win the election have continued to firm while National's have lengthened slightly mimicking poll trends, according to Australian bookmaker Centrebet.

Labour Vows To Establish Pacific Islands TV Channel

Labour Vows To Establish Pacific Islands TV Channel
Labour would make establishing a free-to-air Pacific Islands television channel a priority if it wins re-election.

Labour Promises To Train More Doctors

Labour Promises To Train More Doctors
Labour is promising 100 extra places in New Zealand medical schools by 2011, toughened regulation and public audits of aged care facilities and free annual health checks for the intellectually disabled with high support needs.

Labour Releases Employment Relations Policy

Labour has released its employment relations policy -- promising to stand by workers during the global economic crisis.

Labour Closing Gap On Nats - Poll

A new opinion poll shows Labour closing the gap on National, with a National-led bloc only just ahead in the race to form a government.

Labour Closing Gap On Nats - Poll

A new opinion poll shows Labour closing the gap on National, with a National-led bloc only just ahead in the race to form a government.

Labour Releases Maori Affairs Policy

Labour leader Helen Clark says continued economic development for Maori is at the heart of its Maori affairs policy released today. Miss Clark and her Maori affairs spokesman Parekura Horomia announced the policy at Otamatea Marae in Northland today.

United Future Backs National, Jilts Labour

United Future leader Peter Dunne has thrown his support behind National, but Labour leader Helen Clark says his decision is unlikely to sway the election.

United Future Backs National, Jilts Labour

United Future Backs National, Jilts Labour
United Future leader Peter Dunne has thrown his support behind National, but Labour leader Helen Clark says his decision is unlikely to sway the election.

Key Warns Of 'Monster' As Polls Give Left A Boost

Opinion polls showing the Greens and New Zealand First gaining support are indicating the election could go either way. While National still leads Labour in all the surveys, Helen Clark could be in a position to pull a majority together with the backing of the minor parties.

Wholesale Deposit Guarantee Scheme For Banks On Cards

Wholesale Deposit Guarantee Scheme For Banks On Cards
An announcement on a wholesale deposit guarantee scheme for banks could be announced next weekend, Finance Minister Michael Cullen said last night.

Peters Gets Some Campaign Bonus Points

Peters Gets Some Campaign Bonus Points
New Zealand First was today's campaign winner with a double dose of good news.

Clark Announces Funds To Complete Hospital Upgrade

Clark Announces Funds To Complete Hospital Upgrade
The Government has approved a $38.2 million investment to complete the upgrade of Rotorua Hospital, Prime Minister Helen Clark announced today. She said the Government was putting in $13.6m and the Lakes District Health Board was contribution $24.6m from the funds it held.

Nats Get Boost But Polls Present Confusing Picture

Two opinion polls released today have boosted National's chances of holding a majority in the next Parliament but they also added to the confusing picture of voter intentions.

New Poll Sees Trend Of Closing Gap But Nats Well Ahead

A new poll out today has National in a position to govern alone, should the election result reflect its findings. The Herald-DigiPoll put National party vote support at 50.4 percent of decided voters, which would be enough to win 63 seats on election day.

Election Could Be Close, New Poll Shows

Political parties will be watching the polls even more intently after the latest survey showed the election could go down to the wire. TV3's poll, released last night, put Labour and the Greens in a position where they would together hold 59 seats in a 123-member Parliament.

Labour Says It Will Publish White Paper On Defence

Labour Says It Will Publish White Paper On Defence
Labour says it will publish a new white paper on defence next year if it wins the election. National also intends publishing a white paper -- a statement of government intentions -- if it wins.

New Poll Lights Up The Election Campaign

A new opinion poll has fired up the New Zealand election campaign, showing Labour and the Greens closely matching National and its right-wing partner ACT.

Smith Comments Fodder On The Election Campaign Trail

Smith Comments Fodder On The Election Campaign Trail
National MP Lockwood Smith's racially sensitive comments about Asians and Pacific Islanders were used by Prime Minister Helen Clark and New Zealand First leader Winston Peters on the campaign trail today.

Key "Panicky" Under Australian-Banks Pressure - Cullen

Finance Minister Michael Cullen has accused National leader John Key of panicking under pressure from Australian-owned banks over the Government's deposit guarantee scheme.

Change To Work Safety Law Definition

Change To Work Safety Law Definition
The Government is changing the definition of harm in the workplace to make the law clearer. Labour Minister Trevor Mallard said the definition of "serious harm" which sets legal obligations on employers under the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992 would be changed.

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