Leaders' debate: Numbers don't add up

David Cunliffe and John Key

John Key and David Cunliffe argue over who would have the numbers to govern, as the final leaders' debate is held.

Beehive Live: Leaders' debate


Final leaders' debate is tonight - stay with us as we bring you Key vs Cunliffe one more time.

ACT: We'll win 3 or 4 seats

ACT Leader Jamie Whyte

Jamie Whyte says there's broad support for his party's "classical liberal" policies but this wasn't reflected in the polls.

Greenwald's unanswered questions

This week Glenn Greenwald's The Intercept news site published a list of unanswered questions stemming from their investigations on the Snowden documents about international spy networks. We put them to Prime Minister John Key.

Flock Hill job losses a 'red herring'

flock hill farm

PM says Flock Hill's overseas owners must create value for NZ and loss of 16 jobs a 'red herring'.

How the Snowden story unfolded


He said, then Key said. Lost the plot over the spying allegations being slung back and forwards? Here's a quick catch-up.

Election 2014: Talking tech

Six parties outline their digital strategies in interviews with NetSafe executive director Martin Cocker.

NSA spying can't be ruled out: PM

john key

PM says he wasn't told if the NSA was working here but he can't rule it out. | Eminem fires back at Nats

Fears investors would shun shares under Labour



Investors seeking a haven from Labour's proposed capital gains tax would flood out of NZX and into KiwiSaver, experts say.

No spying under Labour: Cunliffe

David Cunliffe

Labour leader David Cunliffe has been given assurances by former prime minister and party leader Helen Clark that New Zealanders weren't been spied on under her leadership.

Greenwald wants answers from spy watchdog

Glenn Greenwald

US journalist challenges NZ's spy watchdog for saying she hasn't identified "indiscriminate interception" of Kiwis' data.

Government change could hit markets

market down

Polling suggests National will be re-elected on Saturday, but markets are not 100 per cent sure, an economist says.

Eminem fires back at National


Pre-election shakedown claim too shady to stand up, says Eminem's camp of National's copyright conundrum. | Beehive Live | Copyright top 10

NZ's economy hollow: Cunliffe

David Cunliffe

New Zealand is too reliant on dairy booms and our economy needs other sectors to thrive, Labour leader David Cunliffe says.

Investment in startups the answer, says Parker

David Parker

David Parker, on a visit to Palmerston North, says NZ needs conditions to foster companies like Obo.

Te Tai Tokerau race down to the wire

Hone Harawira Kelvin davis

With his party's future on the line, can Hone Harawira hold off Labour's Kelvin Davis in the battleground electorate?

Education a hot election topic


Education has been a hot topic this election but how do policies actually affect Joe and Junior Bloggs?

Nats promise cut to benefit numbers


The National Party says it will reduce the number of people on welfare by 25 per cent if re-elected to government.

Wairarapa's three-horse race on final straight

Wairarapa candidates meeting

The Wairarapa electorate has become a three-horse race, and the result could be tight.

Peters comes out against forcing council mergers

Winston Peters

Local authorities should not be forced into amalgamation, NZ First leader Winston Peters says.

Rimutaka candidates hold forth

Rimutaka candidates

Abortion, the minimum wage, state housing and even a line from House of Cards got an airing at Rimutaka's final candidates' meeting.

Dunne gets the nod from National's candidate

Peter Dunne

National's Ohariu candidate has endorsed his rival, UnitedFuture's Peter Dunne.

Jobs and education pledges well received

David Cunliffe

Labour's election promises get an enthusiastic welcome in a visit to Hamilton.

Backlash now going in Key's favour?


OPINION: Having gone off the rails weeks ago, the campaign has turned into a set for cartoon-like characters and an increasingly bizarre script.

Changing demography affects voting

Nicky Wagner

Christchurch Central voters become older, richer and better educated, which could affect the seat.

The public deserves answers on spying

martin van beynen

OPINION: Have we been misled by our leaders about the scale of surveillance and, if we have, why?

Spy scandal impact on election far from certain

GCSB's Waihopai Spy Base

OPINION: Revelations that the government may be spying on its citizens are momentous. | Public deserves answers | NZ spied on allies

Big tick for democracy

michele a'court

OPINION: I have crawled under the covers and literally wept actual tears about our democracy.

Campaign Diary: Wednesday, Sept 17

John Key and a duck decoy

Sitting ducks, portfolio promises and the final leaders' debate - the election campaign still keeps ticking over.

System not linked to cable

The Project Cortex cyber defence system revealed by Prime Minister John Key does not involve tapping into the Southern Cross Cable, the Government Communications Security Bureau says.

Meet the leaders: Winston Peters

Winston Peters

Few people have seen highs and lows in their careers like NZ First leader Winston Peters.

Key accused of clouding complex issue

John Key

John Key revealed details of two spying programs, but he's still accused of trying to "confuse and cloud" the issue.

NZ spied on allies, Greenwald claims

Glenn Greenwald

Snowden revelations could disrupt NZ bid for UN Security Council seat. | We deserve answers | Impact uncertain | Going Key’s way?

1080 battle is personal, political


Ban 1080 Party candidate James Veint insists the poison is cruel, indiscriminate and doesn't work.

NZ spied on Pacific neighbours - Greenwald

key greenwald

Glenn Greenwald says new evidence will show the GCSB was snooping on friendly nations in the Pacific and elsewhere.

Eminem sues National over election ad

national eminem

National Party rejects claims it violated copyright by using riff similar to Eminem song in advert.

Rain, wind and snow predicted for Election Day

Rain, wind and even snow forecast for Thursday and Friday might dampen voter turnout.

XKeyscore, Speargun: Key digs in on spook claims

John Key

PM dismisses Edward Snowden's allegations the NSA is working out of New Zealand. | What we learnt | 'NZ needs answers'| ‘NZ spied on Pacific neighbours’

Kiwis deserve answers on spy claims: Cunliffe


It is a "travesty" that there has not been full disclosure of the reasons for passing last year's Government Communications Security Bureau law, Labour leader David Cunliffe says.

No probe yet over Dotcom email

kim dotcom

Complaint about email that Kim Dotcom says shows PM lied about knowing him shelved till after election.

Flat Race 2014: Cunliffe or Key, or someone else?

Flat Race web series

Wellington actor comes up with novel way to get young Kiwis interested in voting, by profiling political party leaders in a flat setting.

Beehive Live: Spooking the election?


It's the day after the "big reveal" and questions over who knew what are flying.

Election 2014: Moving on with transport


What plans do the parties have for transport after the election? Find out here.

Team left out in Labour campaign

David Cunliffe

OPINION: Labour has run a campaign focused on a single leadership personality - and it simply hasn't worked.

Greens offer new baby package

Mother and baby

Greens promising every newborn baby a free "welcome pack" of essentials, to help them get a good start in life.

Picking a government could get a bit hairy


OPINION: Putting a government together after Saturday may prove to be a more than usually difficult task.

It's 'win or bust' for Faafoi in Mana

Kris Faafoi

MP Kris Faafoi is not on Labour's list, so for him winning the Mana seat is crucial.

The Snowden files: What did we learn?

ed snowden

John Key dismissed it as the 'sound and light show'. But what was the substance of claims made by Edward Snowden last night?

'Moment of truth' - do believe the hype

Edward Snowden and Julian Assange appear via video at Kim Dotcom's

OPINION: When people say the "moment of truth" was an anti-climax, a nothing - don't believe them.

Bombshell or bomb from Dotcom?

Tracy Watkins

OPINION: Kim Dotcom’s big reveal may or may not change the outcome of the election, but its ripples will spread well beyond Saturday.
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