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Turia Says Door Still Open For National

Turia Says Door Still Open For National
Maori Party co-leader Tariana Turia says the party will still talk with National after the election, despite her co-leader Pita Sharples expressing a preference for Labour.

Clark Firms But Most Money Still On Key

Labour's odds to win the election have firmed slightly but it is still miles behind National, according to Australian bookmaker Centrebet. Last week the betting agency had Labour's Helen Clark paying $5 to be prime minister after the election and National's John at just $1.15.

Turia Strides Ahead In Seat

Maori Party co-leader Tariana Turia is well ahead of her Labour Party challenger Errol Mason in the Te Tai Hauauru electorate, a new opinion poll shows. The Maori Television poll puts Mrs Turia, who holds the seat, on 79 percent support and Mr Mason on just 19 percent.

Entrenchment Of Maori Seats Bottom Line For Maori Party

Entrenchment Of Maori Seats Bottom Line For Maori Party
The Maori Party says entrenchment of the Maori seats will be a bottom line in any post-election negotiations, casting further doubt on whether it could support a National-led government.

NZ Chinese Voters Overwhelmingly Back National

Chinese voters overwhelmingly support the National Party, according to a survey of shoppers by an Auckland-based Chinese language newspaper.

Special Drought Recovery Measures End In December

The Government's special drought recovery measures would finish on December 31 this year, Agriculture Minister Jim Anderton said today.

PM Accuses Contact Of "Greed" And "Extortion"

PM Accuses Contact Of "Greed" And "Extortion"
Prime Minister Helen Clark has accused Contact Energy's directors of "greed" and says its recently announced price hike is "completely unjustified" extortion.

John Key: He Wants The Top Job, He's Sure He Can Do It

John Key: He Wants The Top Job, He's Sure He Can Do It
John Key hasn't been around politics for very long but he doesn't doubt his ability to do the top job. Peter Wilson of NZPA looks at National's unusual leader. Wellington, Oct 22 NZPA - He's new, he's different and he wants to be prime minister.

Greens Going From Strength To Strength

On a week when it ruled out helping National form a government, the Green Party has continued to flourish in the polls. Since the NZPA rolling poll began on August 27, the Green Party has increased its party vote support from 5.8 to 7.0 percent.

Contact Director Pay Rises `Extraordinary' - Parker

Contact Director Pay Rises `Extraordinary' - Parker
Contact Energy's move to double directors fees while hiking prices by 10 percent is extraordinary, Energy Minister David Parker says. Thousands of Contact customers will this week receive letters advising them of the 10 percent rise which will kick in on November 1.

Nine New Early Education Sites For South Auckland

The Government has announced funding of $9 million over two years to develop nine new early childhood education services on existing school sites in south Auckland.

Campaign Likely To Focus On The Economy

Campaign Likely To Focus On The Economy
The economy is likely to continue to dominate the election campaign this week and attention will focus on tomorrow's interest rate decision by the Reserve Bank.

Govt Announces Funding Boost For Youth Dental Services

Govt Announces Funding Boost For Youth Dental Services
The Government has announced a $29.8 million funding boost for youth dental services. Associate Health Minister Steve Chadwick said tonight it would be used to upgrade services in five regions.

The Economy, Inflation And Interest Rates Dominate Campaign

The economy, inflation and the Reserve Bank's interest rate announcement on Thursday featured on the campaign trail today.

National Position On Trial Period For Teachers Questioned

National Position On Trial Period For Teachers Questioned
Cabinet Minister Trevor Mallard is calling on National to clarify its position on whether new teachers would face 90-day-trial periods or not after conflicting comments.

Govt's Plans In Line With Other Countries, Cullen Says

Govt's Plans In Line With Other Countries, Cullen Says
The Government's plan to introduce an economic stimulus package in December is in line with steps taken by other countries, Finance Minister Michael Cullen says.

Political Parties Reaction To CPI

Prime Minister Helen Clark and National leader John Key do not think record high inflation figures out today will impact on the Reserve Bank's decision on Thursday on whether to cut interest rates.

Clark Isn't Interested In Selling Kiwibank

Prime Minister Helen Clark has ruled out selling Kiwibank to New Zealand shareholders and says it's doing fine as it is.

Labour MP Calls For Broad To Apologise Over Terror Raids

Labour's Mahara Okeroa today called for Police Commissioner Howard Broad to apologise over the "anti-terror raids". There was a public outcry in October last year following the raids at Ruatoki in the Eastern Bay of Plenty, centre of the Ureweras-based Tuhoe tribe.

$25 Million For Auckland Innovation Centre

$25 Million For Auckland Innovation Centre
The Government has announced a $25 million 10-year grant for a "New Zealand Innovation Centre" in Auckland. The centre, being established in partnership with Auckland University and Auckland City Council (ACC), will be situated next to the university's Tamaki campus.

Minister Accepts Critical Referrals Report

Minister Accepts Critical Referrals Report
Health Minister David Cunliffe says he accepts a critical report from the Health and Disability Commissioner on patient referrals.

Pig-Human Tissue Transplantation Given Green Light

Health Minister David Cunliffe has approved a clinical trial involving the transplantation of pig cells into humans.

Winston Peters Comes Up With Startling Solution

Winston Peters Comes Up With Startling Solution
Winston Peters has come up with a startling solution to high interest rates and the huge profits reaped by the country's foreign-owned banks.

Govt Announces $5.95 Million Foreign Aid Allocation

Govt Announces $5.95 Million Foreign Aid Allocation
The Government has announced it is allocating $5.95 million to help fund responses to humanitarian emergencies in Iraq, the Palestinian Authority, Sudan and Somalia.

You Think We've Got Problems - Read This

You Think We've Got Problems - Read This
Labour and National say they've recognised the serious potential of the international financial crisis, but when it comes to being scary Sir Roger Douglas takes some beating.

Govt Announces More Cash For Aged Care

Govt Announces More Cash For Aged Care
The Government has announced an immediate $13 million injection to "jump start" reform of the aged care sector.

Greens Make Their Choice, Nats Don't Care

Greens Make Their Choice, Nats Don't Care
The Greens have made their decision. It wasn't surprising but now it's certain -- they will support Labour after the election.

Labour Shelves Policies In Wake Of Crisis

Labour Shelves Policies In Wake Of Crisis
Labour has ditched plans to extend paid parental leave, fund new primary health care initiatives and set a higher minimum wage target in the wake of the world financial crisis, leader Helen Clark revealed today.

Clark Says Polls Closer

Clark Says Polls Closer
Prime Minister Helen Clark says polls are closer than they appear once support partners were included in the mix. Last night's One News Colmar Brunton Poll of 1003 voters showed a slightly narrower gap between the two main parties.

Spending Promises Reviewed In Light Of Tough Times

Spending Promises Reviewed In Light Of Tough Times
Prime Minister Helen Clark ruled out expensive election promises yesterday in the face of the international finance crisis. An expected announcement of a big extension to paid parental leave was one of the casualties.

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