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Cullen Says He Shares Views On Scheme With English

Cullen Says He Shares Views On Scheme With English
Finance Minister Michael Cullen says he won't rush a wholesale bank guarantee scheme and that National finance spokesman Bill English and he share similar views on the way forward. The Government has already guaranteed retail loans in the face of an international financial crisis.

Cullen, Key Against GST Hike

Neither Labour nor National would consider raising GST to 15 percent. John Shewan, a specialist tax partner and chairman of PricewaterhouseCoopers New Zealand, told the New Zealand Herald that GST could hit 15 percent and the top personal tax rate increase to 45 percent.

Labour And National MPs Helped Suspect Immigrant

National's Pansy Wong is the latest MP to confirm helping Auckland millionaire Yang Liu get New Zealand citizenship. Internal Affairs Minister Rick Barker confirmed on Friday that Mr Liu was being investigated for possible immigration fraud.

Labour Catches Up In Latest Poll

Labour has gained support in the latest opinion poll and has closed the gap on National, but it still has a long way to go to have a real chance of retaining power on November 8.

Labour Party Campaign Rally In Wellington

Labour enjoyed their election campaign launch so much last Sunday they decided to do it again today in Wellington.

Turia Well Ahead Of Labour Challenger, Poll Shows

Maori Party co-leader Tariana Turia is well ahead of her Labour Party challenger in the Te Tai Hauauru electorate, an opinion poll released today shows. Mrs Turia, who holds the seat, was on 77.7 percent support and Labour's Errol Mason was on 15.1 percent.

Clark Rules Out Big Spending Unless To Boost Economy

Prime Minister Helen Clark today told Labour faithful at an election campaign rally that she did not intend to announce more significant spending initiatives. The focus would instead be on the economic stimulus package in light of the worsening international financial crisis.

Labour Still Floundering In Latest Poll

Labour Still Floundering In Latest Poll
A week into a dramatic New Zealand election campaign that has seen Labour pull big election promises out of its hat, has still not been enough to make any impact on National's commanding lead, according to the latest poll.

Minister Reveals Immigration Investigation

Minister Reveals Immigration Investigation
Internal Affairs Minister Rick Barker has taken the unusual step of issuing a statement which relates to a report to be published in a weekly newspaper tomorrow.

Govt Extends Home Energy Efficiency Programme

Govt Extends Home Energy Efficiency Programme
The Government has announced improvements to its Energywise programme that helps people make their homes more energy efficient.

NZPA Rolling Poll

Less than two weeks out from election day, Labour is struggling to erode the fortress of support National has built up, NZPA's rolling poll shows. Since the NZPA rolling poll began on August 27, National has had a handy party vote lead, enough to grab a majority with support only from ACT. N

Peters Wades Into Maori Seats Debate

Peters Wades Into Maori Seats Debate
New Zealand First leader Winston Peters has waded into the controversy over National's stance on the Maori seats, saying it is clear it will do anything to win power.

Cousins Pull No Punches In TV Debate

Derek Fox and Parekura Horomia may have some family connections, but it doesn't stop them getting feisty in a political debate.

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.

Clark On The Campaign Trail In Hamilton

Clark On The Campaign Trail In Hamilton
Politicians dream of moments like these. A child with a health problem, who wonders if honey is made in the Beehive and who is excited to meet the boss of New Zealand, sits and listens patiently while Helen Clark and his mum talk about the value of home insulation.

Peters Calls On Halt To Migration To Save Jobs

The number of immigrants should be cut to protect jobs, New Zealand First leader Winston Peters said today. Speaking at a Grey Power meeting in Nelson, Mr Peters returned to a familiar theme -- restricting the numbers of people moving to New Zealand.

Sharples Repeats Maori Seats Claim

A key Maori Party staffer has backed co-leader Pita Sharples' claim that National leader John Key gave an assurance he would not abolish the Maori seats without Maori consent. But National deputy Bill English told NZPA he backed Mr Key's version of events.

Hamilton And Dunedin To Host Party Leaders

Labour leader Helen Clark is campaigning in Hamilton today while National's John Key visits Dunedin to launch another of his party's policies.

Election Debate A Ratings Hit - TVNZ

Television New Zealand says its first leaders debate was a big ratings hit with more than a million people tuning in. Labour leader Helen Clark and National leader John Key squared off in the first formal match-off of the election campaign.

Labour Sets The Pace In The Campaign

By Peter Wilson, NZPA Political Editor It's halfway through the first week of a four-week campaign, and Labour is ahead on points. That's partly because Labour is the government. It can do things. National is confined to talking about what it would do if it wins.

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 Gets National's Campaign Back On Track

John Key should be pleased with himself this morning. National's leader has pushed his party's election campaign up there with Labour's after being in its shadow for the first three days. In last night's TV One leaders debate he was a match for Labour's Helen Clark.

What The Leaders Thought Of Their Debate

Labour leader Helen Clark and National's John Key talked to reporters after their first head to head debate last night, and this is how they rated it: Miss Clark: "I enjoyed the debate tonight and I think it was a good, old fashioned debate on the issues.

Labour Keeps Up Momentum In Campaign

Labour kept up the momentum of its New Zealand election campaign today with the announcement of an economic recovery policy it said would be implemented before the end of the year if it wins on November 8.

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.

Feisty Employment Relations Forum Hits Nerves

ACT and National candidates walked into the lion's den trying to defend their policies at the Council of Trade Unions employment relations forum in Wellington today.

Govt Wants Legal Minimum For Redundancy Compensation

Labour would set a legal minimum for redundancy compensation and notice if it wins the election. Labour Minister Trevor Mallard made the announcement at a union election forum today.

National And Act On The Up, Others In Slow Decline

Polls are shoring up the view that political allies National and ACT will go into the election campaign holding a winning hand. National and ACT are the only parties polling higher now than they were six weeks ago, a pointer voters are cautiously moving their way.

National Blames Labour For Creating A Decade Of Deficits

National Leader John Key says Finance Minister Michael Cullen must take responsibility for the state of the books, but Prime Minister Helen Clark says Labour is the right party to guide New Zealand through the economic storm.

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