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
11:50 PM. The National Party leader said his government would represent the interests of all New Zealanders.
10:20 PM. Russel Norman said the party had cemented its place as the third party of New Zealand politics.
Friday, 25 November 2011
6:40 PM. 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.
6:08 PM. 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.
5:42 PM. 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.
5:37 PM. 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.
5:26 PM. 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.
5:20 PM. 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.
5:17 PM. 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.
1:45 PM. John Key and campaign chairman Steven Joyce talk about the party's automated phone message, the campaign, minor parties and police recruitment.
1:30 PM. The National Party leader said he did not receive special treatment from Air New Zealand.
1:00 PM. The Labour Party leader's tour was designed to highlight Labour's opposition to asset sales.
8:28 AM. 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.
8:25 AM. 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.
8:20 AM. The Green Party looks likely to record its highest poll result yet in Saturday's election.
8:13 AM. We're joined now by the campaign chairman for National, Steven Joyce and the campaign spokesperson for Labour, Grant Robertson.
8:09 AM. 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.
7:27 AM. We're joined by the National Party finance spokesman, Bill English.
7:23 AM. 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.
7:18 AM. With the election tomorrow, the National Party is maintaining its commanding lead over the Labour Party in the opinion polls.
7:13 AM. 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.
7:09 AM. Two leaders, two buses and one final push for victory.
Thursday, 24 November 2011
6:24 PM. 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.
6:13 PM. 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.
6:11 PM. A little over a day away from the general election and the last television opinion polls have just been released.
6:08 PM. The Green Party co-leader, Russel Norman, says it is outrageous that official information around the partial sale of state assets is being withheld.
5:40 PM. The National Party says there have been no cuts to this year's billion dollar plus police budget.
5:13 PM. Financial market players are sceptical about John Key's prediction that partially privatised assets will stay overwhelmingly in local hands.
9:12 AM. Kathryn Ryan talks to the Labour party leader Phil Goff
8:09 AM. 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.
7:49 AM. 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.
7:35 AM. 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.
7:19 AM. We're joined by our political editor, Brent Edwards.
7:17 AM. 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.
7:13 AM. We're joined by National's law and order spokesperson, Judith Collins.
7:09 AM. 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.
6:35 AM. The Labour Party leader, Phil Goff, has accused National of planning to defer all police recruitment for next year.
Wednesday, 23 November 2011
7:15 PM. The National Party leader says the party has nothing to hide over the Treasury advice it received for its planned partial privatisation of state-owned assets.
6:53 PM. The Green Party is challenging John Key to "show us the papers" and reveal what Treasury advice the National Party got on its proposed asset sales programme.
6:38 PM. The Mana Party is targeting traditional Labour Party supporters in an effort to lift its party vote on Saturday.
6:10 PM. The ACT party will push John Key to change his mind on raising the pension age if it ends up helping National form the next Government.
6:07 PM. The High Court is refusing to rule on whether a recorded discussion between the National Party leader John Key and the ACT Party's Epsom candidate, was a private conversation or not.
5:40 PM. Highly skilled workers are leaving for Australia in greater numbers than those with lower-skills.
5:24 PM. The Green party says information about the planned sale of state assets is being suppressed just days out from the election.
5:17 PM. The Labour Party leader, Phil Goff, is not commenting in detail on the decision.
5:15 PM. We spoke to John Banks shortly after the court decision.
Ron Mansfield, a lawyer for the cameraman who recorded the 'tea tape', responds to the High Court judge's decision.
5:08 PM. A High Court judge has refused to rule on whether or not the tea tape conversation between John Key and John Banks was private.
9:08 AM. Kathryn Ryan interviews National party leader John Key.
8:55 AM. Political candidates anxiously awaiting the results of Saturday's elections might find their destiny rests not with voters, but in the heavens.
8:39 AM. The West Auckland seat of Waikatere is shaping up to be another tight contest between National and Labour on Saturday.
8:14 AM. The Green Party is accusing the National Party of having no plan to lift people out of poverty by getting them off benefits and into jobs.
8:09 AM. The National Party finance spokesperson, Bill English, says it will take time to stem the flow of New Zealanders to Australia.
7:48 AM. A High Court judge in Auckland who has been asked to decide if a conversation between John Key and John Banks was public will issue her decision today.
7:37 AM. The sale of state assets has been one of the most heated issues of the election campaign. We're joined by the Auckland University professor of economics, Tim Hazledine and a Senior Lecturer in Economics at Canterbury University, Eric Crampton.
7:23 AM. A dozen masked protesters disrupted a campaign meeting in Christchurch last night.
7:17 AM. The Act Party's John Banks insists the pollsters have got it wrong and that he can win the Epsom electorate, saving his party from oblivion.
7:14 AM. The Labour Party's finance spokesman, David Cunliffe, has been listening to that and joins us now.
7:08 AM. The numbers leaving permanently for Australia have hit a record high - but the National Party is denying that equates to a blotted copy book.
6:35 AM. A record-high exodus of people heading for Australia is being described by Labour as an end-of-term report card on the National Party that would make people weep.
6:10 AM. A record-high exodus of people heading for Australia is being described by Labour as an end-of-term report card on the National Party that would make people weep.
Tuesday, 22 November 2011
7:42 PM. The number of New Zealanders leaving for Australia has reached a record high, according to official figures. Phil Goff says National's John Key has broken his promise to stop the flow of people across the Tasman.
7:40 PM. The number of New Zealanders leaving for Australia has reached a record high, according to official figures. John Key tells reporters he believes the best way to stop the flow is to reduce the wage gap between the countries.
6:50 PM. Labour says today's record high in the number of people leaving for Australia should be seen as a vote of no confidence in the National-led Government.
6:43 PM. With only three full days of campaigning left the minor parties look set to bring some little known names into Parliament off their lists.
6:15 PM. The Green Party is promising to simplify the tax system for small business owners so they don't have to spend hours filling out forms.
6:08 PM. More people are leaving New Zealand permanently than are arriving for the first time in a decade.
5:13 PM. The number of people leaving for Australia has reached a record high.
5:08 PM. TV 3 has told the High Court in Auckland that the teaparty conversation between John Key and John Banks was a highly staged theatrical stunt and it's presented evidence the discussion may have been overheard and picked up on other microphones.
11:46 AM. The previous night's televised leaders' debate and the "worm". Gavin also talks about the abuse sent to media figures, in particular female columnists.
11:07 AM. Rod discusses the role of the economy in the election campaign.
9:08 AM. Kathryn Ryan interviews Green party co-leader Russel Norman.
8:44 AM. The Labour Party is defending a mail-drop to mothers on benefits, of a pamphlet that it decribes as hard-hitting, but not misleading. The flyer refers to National's policy that parents who have another child while on a benefit would have to be available for work once the baby turns one.
8:18 AM. Asset sales and coalition partnership deals have emerged as central issues in the countdown to Saturday's election.
8:09 AM. Primary school teacher unions and the principals' federation say the National Party's education policy is demoralising. In its policy National says it will clarify what is expected of schools, make education agencies intervene with failing schools, and link funding to performance.
7:21 AM. The cameraman who recorded a discussion between John Key and John Banks without their knowledge will head to court today in an attempt to prove the recording was legal.
7:18 AM. Primary school teachers and principals are crying foul over the National Party's education policy. They're opposed to National's plan to make schools more accountable for their results.
7:12 AM. Political editor Brent Edwards was at the latest leader's debate
7:08 AM. Labour Party leader, Phil Goff, says he expects Winston Peters to do the right thing and support a strong, stable Government if voters return him to Parliament.
6:38 AM. Primary and intermediate school principals say they're angry and despondent at the National Party's education policy.
6:36 AM. John Key and Phil Goff clashed over asset sales in a TV3 Leader's debate in Auckland.