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Retired judge likely to chair inquiry - Key

John Key

Prime Minister John Key says an independent person, probably a retired judge, will chair an inquiry into allegations surrounding former Minister Judith Collins. (VIDEO)

SIS inspector confirms calling witnesses

Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater.

The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security has confirmed she has called a number of people to give evidence to her inquiry into the release of SIS information to Cameron Slater. (AUDIO)

SFO 'not influenced' by blogger

Judith Collins makes a statement to media following her resignation on 30 August.

No decision was made over an SFO investigation based on pressure from bloggers, a former director says. An inquiry will be held after questions were raised over ex-minister Judith Collins. (AUDIO)

PM John Key back in campaign mode

John Key on the campaign trail.

Prime Minister John Key was back in full campaign mode after accepting Judith Collins' resignation at the weekend, insisting it has not derailed National's campaign.

Poll shows fall in National support

About 2500 party supporters attended the National Party campaign launch in Manukau.

The latest political poll shows a drop in support for National, but an increase in support for John Key. It shows National down 2 points to 48 percent and Labour up 2 to 28.

Major parties agree on special teaching

Hekia Parata

Education spokespeople from both the Labour and National parties say the special education system needs improving, they said some children are missing out on support. (AUDIO)

Labour pledges rail upgrade

David Cunliffe.

Labour Party leader David Cunliffe has pledged $100 million for commuter rail services in Canterbury, if the party was elected to government.

Greens co-leader hits the rapids

Russel Norman.

Green Party co-leader Russel Norman has taken to the water to protest against the sale of Lochinver Station in the central North Island to foreign investors.

Labour pledges public service TV

Labour MP Kris Faafoi.

The Labour party will re-establish a public service television station if it gets into Government - and it plans to run it as part of Radio New Zealand, MP Kris Faafoi says.

The blogger, the minister and the SFO

Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater.

Cameron Slater posted a series of blogs on the then Serious Fraud Office director in 2011 around the same time he wrote his friend Judith Collins was gunning for him.

PM happy to give evidence to SIS inquiry

Prime Minister John Key at today's press conference announcing Judith Collins' resignation.

The Prime Minister says he is happy to turn up and give evidence to a hearing to be held by the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security, nine days before general election. (AUDIO)

Controversial final months for Collins

Judith Collins announcing her resignation.

After months of controversy, Judith Collins has resigned as a minister. Brent Edwards takes a look at the series of events that led to her resignation and the questions that remain. (AUDIO)

Collins resigns after 'smear campaign'

Judith Collins makes a statement to media following her resignation on 30 August.

National MP Judith Collins is insisting she has done nothing wrong and says she will fight to clear her name after new email allegations led to her resignation today. (AUDIO)

Collins' resignation damaging - Labour

David Cunliffe.

Labour Party leader David Cunliffe says the resignation of Judith Collins is damaging to the National Party and there should be a full commission of inquiry. (AUDIO)

Emergency housing plan for homeless

Surburban New Zealand state houses in Hornby, Christchurch.

The Labour Party has released a plan to use empty state houses as emergency housing for vulnerable people so they are not left to sleep on the streets or in their cars.

Major parties face off over housing

Housing

The two main political parties have again faced off over policies to take pressure off the New Zealand housing market, which is shaping up as a major issue this election.

NZ workers not up to job says Whyte

Jamie Whyte

ACT party leader Jamie Whyte says businesses are reluctantly opting for immigrant labour because New Zealanders are not up to getting out of bed and going to work.

Election 2014 - FACT or FICTION?

Fact or fiction

In the second week of a new fact-checking column, Brent Edwards checks claims made by Judith Collins, John Key, David Cunliffe, Rangi McLean and Winston Peters.

Dirty Politics gives way to policy

Brent Edwards, Political Editor

Power Play with Brent Edwards - John Key launched the National Party's election campaign on Sunday and it was no accident the party chose South Auckland for the rally.

NZ First commits to asset buyback

NZ First leader Winston Peters.

New Zealand First has reiterated that a commitment to buy back privatised assets is a bottom line for joining any other party in government after the election.

Colin Craig scores 'win for free speech'

Colin Craig

A top constitutional lawyer acting for the Conservative Party says a backdown by the Electoral Commission over time for party political broadcasts is a win for freedom of speech.

Labour campaign focused 'on issues'

Labour Party president Moira Coatesworth.

Labour Party president is pleased the election campaign is focusing more on issues that matter rather than the contents of Nicky Hager's book Dirty Politics.

Labour would boost Pacific languages

Pasifika Festival

The Labour Party is promising official recognition for the five main Pacific languages if it becomes the government, their Pacific Affairs spokesperson says.

Collins backed over NZ First deal claim

Judith Collins.

National's leader John Key says he is backing senior MP Judith Collins 100 percent over her denial of a claim that her supporters approached NZ First with a possible post-election deal. (AUDIO)

Cunliffe now unsure over Lochinver sale

David Cunliffe.

Labour leader David Cunliffe says the party may not be able to stop Lochinver Station near Taupo being sold even if it leads the next government after the election. (AUDIO)

Williams taking legal action against party

Andrew Williams.

New Zealand First MP Andrew Williams is taking legal action against his party for dropping him as an electorate and list candidate for the general election next month.

Craig wins 10 seconds more air time

Colin Craig.

Colin Craig says he has cancelled his High Court action against the Electoral Commission after it reversed its decision on reallocating broadcast time and money.

Peters criticises Fonterra deal

Fonterra milk tankers parked up between collections

NZ First leader Winston Peters has attacked Fonterra's decision to do a deal with a Chinese company, saying New Zealand could lose control of the dairying sector.

National promises $22.5m to forestry

Jo Goodhew.

The National Party is promising to spend $22.5 million over the next five years to support the planting of new forests.

Leaders tussle over tax, housing

David Cunliffe, left, and John Key.

The leaders of National and Labour have had their first ever one-on-one televised debate, covering topics from the Dirty Politics scandal, to farm sales to tax cuts. (AUDIO)