A selection of the best interviews and debates from the 2011 General Election campaign as featured on Radio New Zealand's programmes, and full interviews and media conferences recorded by our reporters throughout the campaign.
Thursday, 1 December 2011
The support agreements between National, and ACT and United Future are starting to take form and both minor party's are confident they're working toward meaningful concessions.
David Shearer joins us.
In a shock move, one of the MPs vying for the Labour Party leadership, David Parker has pulled out, just two days after declaring he would be in the race.
Wednesday, 30 November 2011
Labour Party MPs are stressing the need for unity in the face of the twin hurdles of picking a new leader and rebuilding after their worst election result in decades.
The Labour Party is facing a potentially divisive two-week leadership race, as up to four MPs vie to replace Phil Goff in the party's top job.
A loyal, hard working politician - but one that was often dealt a bad hand. That's one assessment of Phil Goff whose tenure as the leader of the Labour Party will end in two weeks time after the party's worst election result in 92 years.
The campaigning, lobbying and some say even back stabbing has begun in the contest for who will become the next Labour Party leader. Phil Goff has given two weeks' notice of his intention to step down, which paves the way for a leadership election in just a fortnight.
Tuesday, 29 November 2011
The Prime Minister John Key says good progress is being made in its talks on forming the new government.
Another of the contenders for Labour Party leadership, David Parker, joins us.
Phil Goff has confirmed he's stepping down, triggering a race for the leadership of the Labour Party between three main contenders.
Act's lone MP, John Banks, met with his party's board last night to discuss yesterday's coalition talks with John Key.
Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government's professor of government and media, Thomas Patterson, says voter turnout has dropped across all advanced democracies by about five to ten percent over the past decade.
Growing discontent with political parties and stage managed election campaigns may have turned off many of 32% of those eligible that didn't vote in Saturday's election.
The current leader Phil Goff, and his deputy Annette King, are expected to stand down this morning at a party caucus meeting - paving the way for a battle to replace them.
The need for a trong foil to the National Party may have given voters reason to vote for New Zealand First, at the cost to other opposition parties.
The Maori Party hopes it can enter into a confidence and supply agreement with the National Party, without having to support the partial sale of state assets. Maori Party president Pem Bird speaks with Geoff Robinson.
The Labour Party leader, Phil Goff, is expected to announce his resignation today when Labour MPs meet just before ten this morning. He's expected to stay on as the Mt Roskill MP for the coming term.
The Maori Party is hoping it can reach a confidence and supply agreement with the National Party without having to support the partial sale of state assets.
Market research company iPredict says its results were closer to those of the final than 41 of the 51 traditional opinion polls published in the eight months before election day.
Monday, 28 November 2011
The former president of Federated Farmers, Don Nicholson, was at number three on the Act Party list.
The Act Party's new and only MP John Banks wants to change his party's name saying the Act brand has just about had its use by date.
The leader of the new Conservative Party says by next election his party will be one National will have to talk to.
Local money managers are backing indications from the Goverment that it will not rush to sell stakes in state assets.
The Prime Minister, John Key, was back on the 9th floor of the Beehive today, hosting meetings with the three minor parties he hopes will support his government.
The National Party's second-term agenda includes controversial plans to sell minority stakes in the state-owned power companies, and Solid Energy, as well as a selldown in Air New Zealand shares. The Maori Party went into the campaign opposing asset sales but iwi groups like Tainui and Ngai Tahu, are in favour.
A familiar voice - Maggie Barry - is one of National's new MPs.
There were some close races on Saturday.. We've already reported on the tie in Christchurch Central and talked about Shane Jones running close against Pita Sharples.
The Green Party has its strongest voice ever in Parliament with 13 MPs, and will be looking to negotiate with National on common areas the parties can work together on over the next three years.
Phil Goff is expected to step down as Labour's leader this week after the party gained just 27 percent of the vote in Saturday's election.
Former vice-chancellor of Waikato University, Bryan Gould, who was also a senior Labour Party MP in Britain in the 1980s, and former Act MP, Stephen Franks, discuss what the new Government might look like and what deals could be done.
The first round of talks on the final shape of the new Government will take place at Parliament today.
The Labour party candidates in two of the closest-run election seats, Christchurch Central, and Waimakariri are refusing to accept defeat.
Dr Maria Bargh is a specialist in Maori politics and a lecturer in Maori Studies at Victoria University.
While the Labour Party's general vote took a heavy hit at the weekend, it is claiming to have won back more of the Maori vote.
The next generation of New Zealand First MPs say they'll bring a common sense approach to politics and support good policy from either side of the house.
The Green Party will hold its first caucus meeting at Parliament tomorrow with six new faces.
The Act Party has survived the election thanks to John Banks winning Epsom, but it is without a leader, after Don Brash stood down.
After the Labour party's poor showing on election day contenders vying to be the new leader are lining up, waiting for Phil Goff's announcement about his future.
The prime minister, John Key, is wasting no time in forming a new government, with talks scheduled with United Future, Act and the Maori Party today.
The Labour Party's results in south Auckland should come as a welcome relief for the party when it meets tomorrow to rake over the ashes of its election defeat.
MPs are returning to Parliament, with a cabinet meeting and talks on forming the next government taking place today.
Sunday, 27 November 2011
Dr Brash told Simon Mercep he took full responsibility for the party's poor election performance.