But this week John Key has not so much extended the olive branch as planted the whole tree in Winston Peters' backyard.
The National Party has proposed boosting the funding available to improve rural broadband by $150 million.
Voters are divided over who plays the dirtiest in one of the dirtiest election campaigns in living memory. | Full results
National would struggle to form a Government as the dirty politics saga takes its toll, latest poll says.
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