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Peters Tough Election Campaign Just Got Rougher

Wellington, Nov 2 NZPA - A rough election campaign for New Zealand First leader Winston Peters just got a little bit tougher for him with one poll predicting he will be trounced in Tauranga on election day.

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.

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.

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.

Peters Under Fire Again Over Owen Glenn

Peters Under Fire Again Over Owen Glenn
ACT and National are again attacking Winston Peters now that official documents released to NZPA have shown he initially pushed hard for Owen Glenn to be appointed honorary consul in Monaco.

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.

Peters Seeks Power Company Buy-back

New Zealand First leader Winston Peters says his party would set up a fund to buy back electricity networks from foreign owners. "You have been price-gouged, overcharged and exploited for long enough," he said in a speech to a Grey Power meeting in Queenstown yesterday.

Peters Buoyant After Debate

Peters Buoyant After Debate
An election debate with the six leaders of the minor political parties was a worthwhile discussion of issues but was just too tame, a relaxed Winston Peters told media last night .

The Debate Of The Kingmakers

The leaders of the six minor political parties squared-off last night in what was billed as the debate of the kingmakers. But no-one seemed willing to take the crown, all six at pains to say the voters would decide the next government.

Minor Leaders Spar In Televised Debate

New Zealand's handling of the global economic crisis, and potential coalition partners after the election dominated TVNZ's minor parties election debate tonight. The leaders of the six minor parliamentary parties took the stage in their only televised debate of the campaign.

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.

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.

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.

NZ First Pays $78,000 To RSA Survivor

NZ First Pays $78,000 To RSA Survivor
New Zealand First has revealed it gave $78,000 to help the survivor of the brutal Auckland RSA triple murder who is suing the Corrections Department.

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.

Electoral Commission Clear NZ First

Electoral Commission Clear NZ First
New Zealand First secretary Anne Martin was aware of an $80,000 donation to the party which she did not declare, leader Winston Peters said this morning.

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.

Tui Billboards Okay, Commission Rules

Tui Billboards Okay, Commission Rules
Tui billboards referring to Winston Peters don't breach electoral law, the Electoral Commission has decided. The billboards, which went up in August, say: "When Winston says no, he means no -- Yeah right".

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.

Winston Accuses National Of Racism

Winston Accuses National Of Racism
New Zealand First leader Winston Peters has accused the National Party of racism following a bad gaffe by one of the party's senior MPs, Lockwood Smith.

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.

Woolerton Reignites NZ First Donations Scandal

New Zealand First MP Doug Woolerton has admitted he was "hugely embarrassed" by the Owen Glenn donation scandal and its fallout. The Waikato Times reported the list MP made the comment last night at a candidates meeting in Hamilton.

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.

NZ First Plan To Sell Kiwibank Comes Under Fire

NZ First Plan To Sell Kiwibank Comes Under Fire
New Zealand First leader Winston Peters' plan to sell Kiwibank is "erratic and confusing" and would risk destroying the bank, Progressives leader Jim Anderton says.

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.

Kiwibank Should Handle All Govt Business - Peters

Kiwibank Should Handle All Govt Business - Peters
New Zealand First leader Winston Peters has put forward a radical proposal to float shares in Kiwibank and channel all the Government's $55 billion a year business through it.

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