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.
Wednesday, 16 November 2011
6:12 PM. So, is the tea party tape taking its toll on John Key?
6:08 PM. The National Party leader is still dodging questions about the secret cafe recording, and walked out of a news conference this morning when pressed about it.
5:57 PM. The Police could be in line for a boost in funding at the expense of the Corrections Department.
5:28 PM. The National Party's Epsom candidate says he's been the subject of a dirty tricks campaign in the electorate.
5:12 PM. John Key declined our request to come on Checkpoint, as did the National party's campaign chair Steven Joyce.
5:07 PM. The Labour leader, Phil Goff, is questioning whether John Key is tough enough to be Prime Minister after Mr Key walked out of a news conference today.
12:15 PM. The National Party leader walked out of a media conference on Wednesday when reporters continued to question him.
8:24 AM. The latest speculation about the discussion between John Key and John Banks centres on the elderly.
8:17 AM. We're joined now by the former vice-chancellor of Waikato University, Bryan Gould, who was also a senior Labour Party MP in Britain in the 1980s and directed Labour's campaign during the 1987 British elections.
8:14 AM. The Prime Minister says there's no place in this country for what he calls News of the World-style news media coverage based on secret recordings.
7:16 AM. The Labour Party's leader, Phil Goff, joins us.
7:10 AM. The New Zealand First party leader, Winston Peters says John Key may have made derogatory comments about elderly voters during his cup of tea with John Banks.
6:35 AM. The New Zealand First leader, Winston Peters, has suggested older New Zealanders will feel insulted if details emerge of the cafe conversation between John Key and John Banks.
Tuesday, 15 November 2011
6:14 PM. The National Party says it will introduce tougher rules to target benefit abuse if it leads the next Government.
6:11 PM. Former Green MP and current Mana candidate Sue Bradford is with us.
5:53 PM. The Labour Party leader, Phil Goff, says it is outrageous the Government is trying to recruit skilled people in England to rebuild Christchurch, when thousands of young people could be trained to do the work.
5:43 PM. The Electoral Commission is now investigating the defacing of 700 National Party billboards.
5:26 PM. The National Party leader, John Key, has defended making a complaint to the police about the secret recording of his cafe meeting with ACT's Epsom candidate John Banks.
5:16 PM. The National Party says it will introduce tougher rules to target benefit abuse if it leads the next Government.
5:12 PM. Russell Norman's executive assistant Anne Heins has been stood down from her job and is being investigated by Parliamentary Services.
5:08 PM. The man who co-ordinated the defacing of hundreds of National Party billboards has resigned from the Green Party.
3:15 PM. Leader John Key and social development spokesperson Paula Bennett answer questions on National's policy on benefit fraud.
2:50 PM. John Key accepts the Green Party co-leader was unaware of plans to attack National's billboards but described the defacing as extremely disappointing.
11:25 AM. Russel Norman tells reporters a Green Party member co-ordinated the defacement of National Party billboards.
9:11 AM. There are fears from the community sector about the future of Whanau Ora programmes under a National government.
8:09 AM. The National Party leader's complaint to the police over the recording of his conversation with the Act candidate John Banks is being labelled heavy-handed and an obvious attempt to shut the matter down.
7:51 AM. The National Party says it's considering complaining to the electoral commission after hundreds of its billboards were defaced in the dark of night. About 700 election signs were altered with stickers designed to look like they were part of the billboards.
7:20 AM. National's transport spokesman, Steven Joyce, says in the next three years he would look at upgrading what he termed key high-use highways. The Green Party is accusing Steven Joyce of having a motorway fetish and says the spending doesn't make sense.
7:09 AM. Hints of what might be in the recording of a conversation between John Key and John Banks are starting to emerge, despite warnings from the police against disclosing the details. The conversation took place between the National Party leader and Act Party candidate when they met for their cup of tea last Friday. It was recorded by a freelance cameraman, Bradley Ambrose, who handed it on to the Herald on Sunday. TV3 says it has also obtained a copy. Mr Key says it was a covert recording, and he has complained to the police. The police have warned media they could be breaking the law if they disclose the contents of the recording.
6:38 AM. The National Party leader, John Key, says he is taking a stand against covert media tactics. Mr Key has laid a complaint with the police over the recording of his conversation with Act candidate John Banks.
6:11 AM. The person who claims to be behind the group responsible for defacing National Party's billboards has not ruled out another election stunt.
Monday, 14 November 2011
8:00 PM. The Labour Party leader tells reporters John Key should put an end to the "farce" surrounding his cup of tea with ACT candidate John Banks and allow the release of a recording of their conversation.
7:15 PM. Phil Goff has written to the company appointed by the Treasury to advise it on asset sales, warning it an incoming Labour government would cancel its contract. On Monday, he told a Grey Power meeting on the Kapiti Coast that his party would stop the sales.
6:42 PM. The architect of Whanau Ora says the scheme's expansion during the next three years will be crucial for the Maori Party in any post-election negotiations.
6:22 PM. The Green Party wants to overhaul transport funding, by dumping National's plan to fund roads of national significance.
5:39 PM. The National Party's campaign billboard with the slogan "building a brighter future" has been given a makeover.
5:25 PM. The Maori Party says expanding Whanau Ora will be a key part of its post-election negotiations.
5:11 PM. The cameraman at the centre of the controversy, who does not want to be named, spoke to Checkpoint a short time ago.
5:08 PM. The National Party leader John Key says he's taking a stand against what he calls tabloid style, covert media tactics, and has laid a formal complaint with the police.
4:25 PM. John Key tells reporters he is taking a stand against tabloid-like tactics he says were used during the cafe meeting with John Banks.
3:20 PM. Leader Phil Goff and social policy spokesperson Annette King discuss Labour's plan to put $700,000 a year back into baseline funding for the service.
2:15 PM. Co-leader Russel Norman announces the policy in Auckland on Monday.
1:30 PM. Russel Norman says John Key and John Banks expected their conversation at a cafe on Friday would be private - but if there is nothing to worry about, a recording of it should be made public.
10:06 AM. With Paula Bennett, Annette King, Metiria Turei. Tariana Turia from the Maori Party was unable to take part.
8:45 AM. The Green Party has come under fire for suggesting local authorities aren't prosecuting farmers often enough for polluting waterways.
8:24 AM. Support for New Zealand First, which has spent the past three years out of Parliament, has climbed in four polls over the past week.
8:21 AM. John Key, had a high profile at the Act Party campaign launch in Auckland yesterday.
7:54 AM. In Auckland Central, the Labour Party is fighting to win back the seat it lost by a narrow margin at the last election.
7:51 AM. The Labour Party leader, Phil Goffhas described his party's election policies as applied Christianity.
7:09 AM. The National Party is seeking legal advice after a recording of a conversation between its leader, John Key, and the Act candidate, John Banks, was handed to a newspaper.
6:11 AM. The National Party is considering its legal options after a recording was made of what it says was a private conversation between its leader, John Key, and the Act candidate, John Banks.
Sunday, 13 November 2011
6:00 PM. John Key has likened a recording made during his meeting with John Banks on Friday as News of the World tactics.
2:55 PM. Leader Don Brash discusses his party's relationship with National.
Saturday, 12 November 2011
2:10 PM. During campaigning in Otara on Saturday, Phil Goff was asked his views on National's support for ACT's Epsom candidate John Banks.