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.
Monday, 21 November 2011
6:42 PM. Internet bloggers aligned to the National Party say Labour has sunk to new lows with an election pamphlet that shows a baby and states "under National you won't be around to celebrate her first birthday".
6:26 PM. Community and business leaders in Dunedin say the major political parties are not serious enough about creating jobs in the city.
6:10 PM. John Key tells reporters he believes most New Zealanders will like the idea of partial state asset sales, or the "mixed model ownership", once it can be seen in operation.
6:10 PM. The Maori Party has repeated its opposition to state asset sales and rejected Labour's accusation it's hypocritical to argue at the same for special iwi access to shares if the partial sales go through.
6:08 PM. Polls showing increasing support for the minor parties is starting to rattle some in the financial markets.
5:35 PM. The National Party is promising to get tough on failing schools and get the last few thousand preschoolers into early childhood education.
5:08 PM. The National Party leader, John Key says he's not panicking over New Zealand First returning to Parliament, but wants to make sure New Zealanders know what they're voting for on Saturday.
2:25 PM. Phil Goff took his campaign against asset sales to state-owned Mighty River Power's Southdown Power Station in Auckland on Monday, where he told a small crowd of Labour MPs, candidates and supporters that the assets belong to all New Zealanders - and Labour would keep it that way.
11:10 AM. Winners and losers from the teapot saga, John Key's branding of Winston Peters as an unstable coalition partner and Labour's focus in the last week of the election campaign.
10:35 AM. Pita Sharples talks to Radio New Zealand's political reporter Chris Bramwell about post-election negotiations and what, if any, bottom lines the party will adopt.
9:10 AM. As part of Nine to Noon's political party leader interview series Kathryn Ryan speaks to ACT party leader, Don Brash.
8:07 AM. This week we are continuing our series of extended interviews and debates between the party leaders.
7:40 AM. The co-leader of the Maori Party, Pita Sharples, says he'll continue to lobby hard for iwi to have preferential access to shares in state assets. But the National Party leader, John Key, says he isn't prepared to give iwi preferential treatment over other New Zealand bidders.
7:22 AM. John Key's warning of political instability if Winston Peters holds the balance of power after the election.
7:18 AM. Four major news organisations, including Radio New Zealand, are preparing for a police search in the next few days. The police are looking for material related to the taped conversation between the National Party leader, John Key, and the Act candidate, John Banks
7:15 AM. Radio New Zealand's political editor analyses campaign
7:12 AM. The Labour Party leader, Phil Goff, has put his party's opposition to asset sales at the heart of the final week of his election campaign. Mr Goff yesterday addressed Labour's biggest rally of the campaign, telling about 800 of the party faithful that New Zealand is not for sale.
7:07 AM. Winston Peters says National's latest attack on New Zealand First has a terrible look of desperation. The National Party leader John Key is warning Winston Peters would hold the country to ransom if the New Zealand First leader holds the balance of power after the election.
6:40 AM. Now to our coverage of electorate races and to Christchurch where the Christchurch East electorate has been a safe Labour seat for a number of years.
Sunday, 20 November 2011
6:40 PM. National leader John Key has ruled out any deal under which Maori would get preferential access to shares sold under his party's proposed asset sales programme, saying New Zealanders have to be treated fairly and equally.
6:05 PM. Leader Phil Goff urged supporters at the party's biggest rally of the election campaign to spend the final week fighting to prevent the sale of State-owned assets. He spoke to about 800 of the party faithful at Auckand Girls' Grammar School on Sunday.
Saturday, 19 November 2011
5:40 PM. Pacific Island Affairs spokesperson Su'a William Sio discusses education, immigration and the challenges facing Pacific Island communities after the party's launch at the North Shore Pasifika Festival on Saturday.
Friday, 18 November 2011
6:53 PM. With just one week to go before the election some political leaders are calling for the campaign to get back on track, rather than focus on a cup of tea gone wrong.
6:45 PM. The Green Party is confident it can bring in its best election result yet, despite a bumpy week with its leaders having to say sorry to the National Party for the defacing of its billboards.
6:07 PM. The week has been dominated by the controversy over the secret recording of the National Party leader John Key's conversation with ACT's Epsom candidate John Banks last week.
5:19 PM. With time running out for the Labour Party to close the gap in the polls, its leader, Phil Goff, says the election campaign must return to the real issues.
5:15 PM. The cameraman who recorded the discussion between John Key and John Banks without their knowledge will head to court on Tuesday for a hearing on whether the conversation was private.
3:00 PM. The Labour Party leader said it was time to move on from the tea tape saga and focus on the real issues.
2:50 PM. National's leader says the party would lower the cap on the number of people employed in the public service.
9:08 AM. Maori party co-leader.
8:54 AM. The Mana Party says the Maori Party's '100 percent Maori' slogan is racist and against Maori values.
8:43 AM. The voters in Greymouth will have the chance to give their judgement on how the government has handled the tragedy and its aftermath at the general election in just over a week.
8:40 AM. The Act Party's Epsom candidate, John Banks, is continuing to refuse to comment on what he might have said about his leader during the cup-of-tea meeting a week ago.
8:19 AM. The election campaign is reaching fever pitch in south Auckland where the Labour Party is trying to win back its heartland vote.
8:12 AM. We're joined by Stephen Franks a former ACT MP and a National Party candidate in the last election, and by the political commentator, Chris Trotter.
8:09 AM. On the campaign trail, the week ended as it started, with all the focus on what was said when John Key met John Banks at an Auckland cafe.
7:41 AM. The cameraman who recorded John Key's conversation with John Banks has applied to the High Court for a ruling on whether what the two politicians said during their conversation in an Auckland cafe can truly be considered private.
7:24 AM. Joining us to discuss the past week of the election campaign is our political editor, Brent Edwards.
7:20 AM. We're joined now by the Wellington media lawyer, Peter McKnight. We also have the Victoria University law department's adjunct professor, Steven Price, who's also a barrister.
7:19 AM. Four news media outlets - The Herald on Sunday, TV3, TVNZ and Radio New Zealand - face the prospect of police search warrants for unpublished material regarding the cafe conversation between the National Party leader, John Key, and the Act candidate, John Banks.
7:09 AM. The efforts of John Key and John Banks to shut down the teapot tape affair is beginning to showup in the polls.
6:42 AM. The Act Party candidate, John Banks, has refused to comment on remarks it's claimed he made about his leader, Don Brash.
Thursday, 17 November 2011
6:18 PM. We're joined now by the former Act MP, Stephen Franks, who stood for the National Party at the last election.
6:14 PM. The Labour Party leader, Phil Goff, says the election campaign is descending into farce.
6:11 PM. Staying with the election campaign - two new polls have just been released.
6:09 PM. More now about the tea party recording and the new revelations from the New Zealand First leader about what he says is on the tape.
5:56 PM. National has released its health policy, saying it has a new ambitious target to immunise New Zealand babies.
5:46 PM. The cameraman at the centre of the tea tape controversy has filed civil proceedings in the high court in Auckland this afternoon seeking a ruling that the conversation between the political leaders was not a private conversation.
5:43 PM. The National Party leader, John Key, has defended the time police are spending investigating the recording of a cafe conversation he had with the Act party candidate, John Banks.
5:17 PM. Our political editor Brent Edwards is with us now.
5:15 PM. The New Zealand First leader used a speech in Invercargill to outline what he believes was said during the recorded conversation between National's leader John Key and ACT candidate John Banks.
5:12 PM. Our parliamentary chief reporter Jane Patterson has been with Mr Key today in Whangarei where the media was again asking him about the cafe conversation.
5:09 PM. The Police are expected to serve search warrants on four news outlets over the next 24 hours, to get information on the recording of the cafe conversation.
5:07 PM. With the police poised to serve search warrants on four news organsiations, including Radio New Zealand, over the secret cafe recording, the New Zealand First leader Winston Peters has revealed details about what he says is on the tape.
1:30 PM. The National Party leader was asked about police demands that media organisations hand over information related to the 'tea tape' controversy.
9:30 AM. The first of Nine to Noon's party leader interviews.
8:20 AM. Family members who've been affected by suicide say the National Party leader, John Key, has used the tragic subject in a flippant and casual nature for his own political gain.
8:13 AM. Auckland University politics studies professor, Raymond Miller.
8:10 AM. The National Party says its election campaign is still right on track, despite what it calls the media's attempts to divert attention from the central issues.
7:20 AM. Part of the tea cup recordings are believed to include discussion of the Act Party's future leadership.
7:14 AM. Radio New Zealand's political editor, Brent Edwards.
7:10 AM. The National Party says its campaign is still on track, despite the intense pressure on its leader, John Key.
6:38 AM. Four of the six minor party leaders who appeared on a televised debate last night say John Key should release the recording of his conversation with John Banks.
6:10 AM. A group of senior journalists is dismissing John Key's attempt to link his secretly recorded conversation with Britain's phone hacking scandal.