Craig, Peters face-off in debate

Last updated 11:31 09/08/2014
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NZ FIRST LEADER: Winston Peters.
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COLIN CRAIG: Conservative Party leader.

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Colin Craig and Winston Peters have faced off in a televised political debate that was the subject of a court battle.

TV3 political show The Nation had not invited Craig to appear in its minor parties leaders' debate, so the Conservative Party leader successfully applied to the High Court for an injunction preventing the debate from airing without him. 

TV3 executives decided outside the High Court yesterday to include Craig rather than cancel the debate.

In the programme broadcast this morning, Craig took the opportunity to deliver barbs at the New Zealand First leader.

When asked why people would vote for him rather than Peters, he said:

 "We're gaining support... I had double the turnout to my meeting in Tauranga, which is, I understand, his home hunting ground."

"Peters said: "I didn't hold a public meeting in Tauranga the same day you were there. Twice the number of what?"

He quipped imitation was "the most sincere form of flattery".

"I'm going to leave it to the public to decide who's going to be standing here at the election and it won't include some parties standing here right now. That's the reality."

Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei, United Future leader Peter Dunne, Maori Party co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell, ACT leader Jamie Whyte and Mana Party leader Hone Harawira also appeared in the debate.

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