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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.

Saturday, 26 November 2011

  • John Key's victory speech ( 3′ 34″ )

    The National Party leader said his government would represent the interests of all New Zealanders.

    From Election 2011 Audio on 26 Nov 2011

  • Green Party co-leader's speech ( 1′ 44″ )

    Russel Norman said the party had cemented its place as the third party of New Zealand politics.

    From Election 2011 Audio on 26 Nov 2011

  • Winston Peters thanks voters ( 2′ 6″ )

    The New Zealand First leader spoke to supporters and media in Auckland.

    From Election 2011 Audio on 26 Nov 2011

Friday, 25 November 2011

  • Last day of campaign trail for minors ( 2′ 45″ )

    The minor party leaders have been out on the campaign trail in a last effort to drum up support. The leaders have been maximising the last few hours before election day to try and sway the poll.

    From Checkpoint on 25 Nov 2011

  • Campaign Focus on Politics for 25 November 2011 ( 17′ 58″ )

    Political parties have just a few hours left to campaign before they leave it to the voters to decide the future direction of the country. National's leader John Key has made ominous warnings about instability if voters don't deliver him a majority government. Labour's leader Phil Goff says the choice for voters is simple: they either vote to sell State assets or retain them.

    From Election 2011 Audio on 25 Nov 2011

  • Asset sales to NZers only may not be legal ( 2′ 43″ )

    Lawyers say it's possible the National Party's promise to prefer New Zealanders over foreigners in state asset sales will fall foul of trade agreements.

    From Checkpoint on 25 Nov 2011

  • Polls put NZ First on cusp of return to Parliament ( 4′ 42″ )

    The National Party has a commanding lead in the final polls of the election campaign but they also show New Zealand First making it over the 5% threshold that would return it to Parliament.

    From Checkpoint on 25 Nov 2011

  • ACT closes its campaign in Auckland ( 3′ 10″ )

    The ACT Party has officially closed its campaign, but its Epsom candidate John Banks will be on the streets of the electorate campaigning until midnight.

    From Checkpoint on 25 Nov 2011

  • Last push for Labour ( 3′ 33″ )

    The Labour Party leader, Phil Goff, will be campaigning right up until midnight, pushing for all the votes he can muster in tomorrow's election. Mr Goff spent the final day of the campaign on a bus tour of hydro dams and power stations in the Waikato, warning at each stop that the National Party will sell them off.

    From Checkpoint on 25 Nov 2011

  • Key winding up campaigning ( 3′ 12″ )

    After an intensive two days of touring the North Island by bus, the National Party leader, John Key, is heading home to his Helensville electorate for a barbeque with supporters.

    From Checkpoint on 25 Nov 2011

  • National Party leader on final day of campaign ( 5′ 10″ )

    John Key and campaign chairman Steven Joyce talk about the party's automated phone message, the campaign, minor parties and police recruitment.

    From Election 2011 Audio on 25 Nov 2011

  • John Key answers questions on plane trip ( 2′ 2″ )

    The National Party leader said he did not receive special treatment from Air New Zealand.

    From Election 2011 Audio on 25 Nov 2011

  • Phil Goff speech to supporters at Whakamaru Dam ( 3′ 11″ )

    The Labour Party leader's tour was designed to highlight Labour's opposition to asset sales.

    From Election 2011 Audio on 25 Nov 2011

  • Political commentators on the Maori vote ( 4′ 18″ )

    Competition in the Maori seats has been heating up this election - and the fate of the Mana Party will tomorrow lie in the hands of Maori voters.

    From Morning Report on 25 Nov 2011

  • Labour MP says number of Maori seats 'could decrease' ( 3′ 10″ )

    The Labour Party MP Shane Jones says he fears there will never be more Maori seats and it is even likely there will be fewer.

    From Morning Report on 25 Nov 2011

  • Political reporter reviews Greens' campaign ( 4′ 14″ )

    The Green Party looks likely to record its highest poll result yet in Saturday's election.

    From Morning Report on 25 Nov 2011

  • Steven Joyce and Grant Robertson defend their campaigns ( 7′ 9″ )

    We're joined now by the campaign chairman for National, Steven Joyce and the campaign spokesperson for Labour, Grant Robertson.

    From Morning Report on 25 Nov 2011

  • National keeps its lead with one day to go ( 3′ 30″ )

    With the election campaign now all but over - bar a last day of shouting - our political reporter, Liz Banas looks at the final week of campaign '11.

    From Morning Report on 25 Nov 2011

  • Bill English responds to Green Party's accusations ( 4′ 26″ )

    We're joined by the National Party finance spokesman, Bill English.

    From Morning Report on 25 Nov 2011

  • Greens say National must come clean about asset sales ( 4′ 17″ )

    The Green Party says a letter it's received from the Chief Ombudsman has added to its concerns the public is not being told the full story about National's plans to sell state assets.

    From Morning Report on 25 Nov 2011

  • Political editor Brent Edwards analyses asset sales claims ( 4′ 25″ )

    With the election tomorrow, the National Party is maintaining its commanding lead over the Labour Party in the opinion polls.

    From Morning Report on 25 Nov 2011

  • RNZ political correspondents analysis ( 5′ 46″ )

    We're joined now by our Parliamentary chief reporter Jane Patterson who has spent most of the past month travelling with the National Party leader John Key and also with us political reporter Julian Robins who has been travelling with the Labour Party leader Phil Goff.

    From Morning Report on 25 Nov 2011

  • Goff and Key make a final push to win votes ( 3′ 9″ )

    Two leaders, two buses and one final push for victory.

    From Morning Report on 25 Nov 2011

  • Goff and Key spend last campaign day on buses ( 2′ 31″ )

    It's the last day of the election campaign and both major party leaders have one thing in common - they've decided to spend the day on a bus.

    From Morning Report on 25 Nov 2011

Thursday, 24 November 2011

  • MMP versus FPP shaping as the major referendum battle ( 4′ 23″ )

    Pro MMP campaigners say Saturday's referendum on the voting system is a two horse race between MMP and what New Zealand had before, First Past the Post.

    From Checkpoint on 24 Nov 2011

  • Minor parties talking up chances of getting into Parliament ( 2′ 28″ )

    The minor parties are talking up their chances of playing a major role in the next Parliament and saying who they won't work with.

    From Checkpoint on 24 Nov 2011

  • Latest polls released ( 2′ 4″ )

    A little over a day away from the general election and the last television opinion polls have just been released.

    From Checkpoint on 24 Nov 2011

  • Greens close their campaign ( 3′ 22″ )

    The Green Party co-leader, Russel Norman, says it is outrageous that official information around the partial sale of state assets is being withheld.

    From Checkpoint on 24 Nov 2011

  • National rejected Labour claim of cuts to police recruiting ( 2′ 52″ )

    The National Party says there have been no cuts to this year's billion dollar plus police budget.

    From Checkpoint on 24 Nov 2011

  • Market players question John Key's state assets optimism ( 3′ 8″ )

    Financial market players are sceptical about John Key's prediction that partially privatised assets will stay overwhelmingly in local hands.

    From Checkpoint on 24 Nov 2011

  • Political Party Leader Interview - Phil Goff ( 38′ 4″ )

    Kathryn Ryan talks to the Labour party leader Phil Goff

    From Nine To Noon on 24 Nov 2011

  • Minor leaders debate ( 50′ 44″ )

    Two days to go and it could be that this election won't be decided on Saturday night - but by which of the minor parties end up in a position to make a deal. Under MMP, the positions of the minor parties have often ended up being crucial and today we've brought the leaders of the six minor parties together to tell us what they'd be asking for in return for supporting a government led by National or Labour. In our Wellington studio, the Act Party leader, Dr Don Brash and the United Future leader Peter Dunne. In our Auckland studio are the Green Party co-leader Russel Norman and the New Zealand First leader Winston Peters. In our Whangarei office is the Mana Party leader Hone Harawira and joining us on the phone is the Maori Party whip Te Ururoa Flavell, a late replacement for the co-leader Tariana Turia who yesterday was a late replacement for Pita Sharples.

    From Morning Report on 24 Nov 2011

  • Police union calls the consequences of a freeze "dire" ( 4′ 9″ )

    The police union says a freeze on new recruits would spell a return to the days when very serious crimes went under-investigated because of over-stretched resources.

    From Morning Report on 24 Nov 2011

  • Newspaper reveals details of police raid ( 6′ 4″ )

    The Herald on Sunday newspaper says a police search of their premises for information related to the teapot tapes, proves the paper had nothing to hide.

    From Morning Report on 24 Nov 2011

  • Radio New Zealand's political editor analyses debate ( 3′ 22″ )

    We're joined by our political editor, Brent Edwards.

    From Morning Report on 24 Nov 2011

  • Final TVNZ debate before polling day ( 3′ 4″ )

    In the last television leaders debate before election day the Labour Party leader, Phil Goff, turned interviewer as he took the opportunity to grill the National party leader, John Key.

    From Morning Report on 24 Nov 2011

  • National responds to police recruitment accusations ( 4′ 3″ )

    We're joined by National's law and order spokesperson, Judith Collins.

    From Morning Report on 24 Nov 2011

  • Labour says National plan to freeze police recruitment ( 4′ 10″ )

    The Labour Party leader, Phil Goff, says National is planning to freeze all police recruiting next year - but wants to keep the plan under wraps until after the election.

    From Morning Report on 24 Nov 2011

  • Goff accuses Nats of deferring police recruitment next year ( 2′ 24″ )

    The Labour Party leader, Phil Goff, has accused National of planning to defer all police recruitment for next year.

    From Morning Report on 24 Nov 2011

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

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