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Kids' ratings released

School classroom 12:02pm Otago kids best at reading, writing and maths, while others are lagging behind, national standards data shows.

$21m to improve broadband

11:43am Labour Party promises three contestable funds costing $21.1 million over four years to improve broadband connectivity.

TVNZ political standoff

Mike Hosking Labour in standoff with TVNZ over plans to use Mike Hosking to moderate leaders' debates.

No crest for Hone's hoardings

hone harawira 11:28am Mana leader must remove Parliamentary crest from campaign hoardings after taxpayer funding claims.

Beehive Live: July 24

Graeme Wheeler Another day, another set of valedictory speeches. And, the Reserve Bank decision: to hike, or not to hike?

Opinion poll

Will you be voting in this year's General Election?

Yes, I always vote.

Not this year. None of the parties represent my political views.

I never vote.

Vote Result

Related story: Map: Voter enrolment rates declining

David Cunliffe's nightmare

David Cunliffe Some of Cunliffe's woes are self-inflicted, but others, such as the recent indiscipline, are what happens when you're down.

Leaders refreshed

Whether it was 10 days basking in Hawaii or three days shivering in Central Otago, John Key and David Cunliffe have been energised by breaks.

Key wins soundbite battle

Politics stirs dirty water issue

Low voter turnout likely

voting Which party stands to lose the most from a low voter turnout at the polls?

Cunliffe a Labour liability

Labour would get an immediate lift in the polls if it dumped leader David Cunliffe, a new poll suggests. | Poll graphics

Labour's poll woe deepens

Tax cuts not high on priorities

Support for minor parties drops

Dunne, Peters and Craig celebrate milestones but there's little else to cheer about.

Builder applauds duties drop

Brent Mettrick One of Canterbury's biggest builders says it will take up to a year until changes translate into customer savings.

English: High dollar cities' fault

Finance Minister points the finger at Chch and Auckland for high interest rates and dollar.

Welfare spending drops $1b

A welcome surplus - time now to look ahead

Hopes dashed as Harding resigns

"Another avenue to accountability" for CTV collapse gone after its designer escaped disciplinary hearing, victim's father says.

Politicians, go back to school

Teaching, teacher, whiteboard Politicians need a lesson in education from the coal-face with teachers, Carly Avery writes.

The school of politics

What do you think needs to be done to improve the educational standards of young Kiwis?

Legal highs have got to go

Three problems with housing

Imagine this for your child

Imagine arriving for school and knowing that other parents disapprove of your presence.