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Troops standing to attention in Parliament's grounds.
Prime Minister John Key and the Governor general at the head of the table during the swearing in.
David Shearer announces that he will now lead the Labour Party.
Jonathan Coleman, new Defence Minister.
A file photo of Phil Goff checking in on a school.
Phil Goff leaves the meeting.
New Zealand First's Winston Peters the day after his party was returned to Parliament.
John Key arrives to applause at the Sky City Convention Centre in Auckland.
WINNER: Nathan Guy at his campaign party in Levin.
Baby, baby, it ain't an election without politicians showing they're down with the kids. A quick cuddle with a tiny tot just leaves the voters cooing, doesn’t it? To us, it looks like Maori Party co-leader Tariana Turia is a natural - she's also the only female politician to make it into this top 10.
John Key gets cuddly with Nina Campbell's dog Lulu.
Protestors took to the streets outside National’s campaign launch at Auckland’s Sky City.
One of the customised Nikki Kaye billboards.
A defaced election billboard.
John Key after cutting short a press conference.
The Greens’ Christchurch candidates, (L-R) Mojo Mathers, Kennedy Graham, John Kelcher, David Moorhouse, take their earthquake recovery policy to the beach.
What is the referendum all about?
Katya Paquin, partner of Russel Norman. "We do all the normal stuff. We talk a lot - we are quite talk-y people."
Labour MP Simon Cunliffe does the hard yards on the day before the election, touting for votes from commuters in West Auckland.
Family counts blessings after superbug scare (graphic content)