Political News

Key refuses to talk about spy programme

John Key campaigning in Dunedin today.

John Key is refusing to talk about a spy programme that NSA analyst turned whistleblower Edward Snowden says is subjecting NZers to mass surveillance. (VIDEO)

National being sued over campaign song

Eminem performing earlier this year in Chicago, Illinois.

National is facing another hurdle in its campaign, with the music publishers behind US rapper Eminem to take legal action over the party's use of a song in its campaign advert. (AUDIO)

'Moment of Truth' on world stage

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With names like Julian Assange and Edward Snowden involved, Monday night's 'Moment of Truth' saw the issue of surveillance in NZ making headlines around the world.

Harre backs Dotcom over email

Laila Harre in Radio New Zealand's Auckland studio.

Internet Party leader Laila Harre has no doubt that Kim Dotcom believes an email which suggests his residency was granted in order to be extradited to the US is legitimate. (AUDIO)

Greens unimpressed at NZ First claim

Metiria Turei.

The Green Party has dismissed talk from New Zealand First that it could form a Government with the Labour Party alone following the general election.

POLL of POLLS with Colin James

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National is again in the box seat with 48.6% in the four-poll average - enough to govern alone. The surveys include a Fairfax poll published in the Sunday Star Times.

Dotcom fails to produce goods on Key

Laila Harre, Kim Dotcom and journalist Glenn Greenwald speak to reporters after the Moment of Truth event.

Internet Party founder Kim Dotcom has failed to produce the goods to prove Prime Minister John Key knew about him before the raid on his Coatesville mansion in January 2012. (VIDEO)

Wairarapa contest heats up

New Zealand First leader Winston Peters and Wairarapa candidate Ron Mark.

New Zealand First is aiming for an upset in the seat of Wairarapa while National's first-time candidate is looking to repeat the success of the electorate's outgoing MP.

Whistleblower backs mass surveillance claims

Edward Snowden talking via video link at the meeting.

Whistleblower Edward Snowden says he can confirm NZ is under mass surveillance because he had easy access to NZers' information while employed by the NSA.

John Key insists data plan was abandoned

Journalist Glenn Greenwald in Radio New Zealand's Auckland studio.

As crowds gathered to hear American journalist Glenn Greenwald, the Prime Minister said a proposal for what he described as a 'broad programme of data protection' was abandoned, in part... (AUDIO)

Peters trying to muscle out Greens

100914. Photo Diego Opatowski / RNZ. Winston Peters talking about police numbers at Hutt Gables Retirement Village.

NZ First leader Winston Peters is trying to position his party as a potential primary support partner to Labour instead of the Greens, saying some alternatives are of serious concern.

Greenwald claims NZ data already collected

Glenn Greenwald in Radio New Zealand's Auckland studio.

US journalist Glenn Greenwald says he will release information today showing New Zealanders have been the target of mass surveillance by the GCSB and international spy agencies. (AUDIO)

Election 2014 VIDEO

John Key

WATCH videos made during the 2014 election campaign by Radio New Zealand's team of digital journalists who have been following the politicians across the country. (VIDEO)

Mana pledges state house programme

Hone Harawira.

The Mana party has released its housing policy, which includes building 10,000 state homes each year and a low-interest Maori home ownership scheme.

Nats to boost business R&D by $20m

Researcher working on biofuels.

The National Party is promising to invest an extra $20 million a year into business research and development, by boosting the Callaghan Innovation grant scheme.

Leaders would struggle on low incomes

John Key

Political leaders agree they would struggle to live on the incomes of the poorest households, the lowest 10 percent of which exist on less than $21,000 a year. (AUDIO)

Labour backs clean-tech investment

Labour Party leader David Cunliffe.

Labour claims its new sustainable investment policy could see the country become a world leader in clean technology - but National believes it would just lose money.

Key & Dotcom - the story so far

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A timeline of the events surrounding internet businessman Kim Dotcom, Prime Minister John Key and the Government's spy agency - the GCSB. (AUDIO)

Conservatives confident in Napier

Garth McVicar.

The Conservative Party is confident its support in Napier is growing and cites internal polling showing about a quarter of the electorate back candidate Garth McVicar.

Labour fund to boost clean technology

David Cunliffe.

The Labour Party says it will set up a fund to drive growth and boost clean technology if elected, as well as a programme to prevent state assets from being sold in the future.

Cunliffe greeted by tirade in Te Reo

Labour sign

A lone protester attempted to disrupt Labour leader David Cunliffe's campaign efforts in Auckland launching into a fiery tirade in Te Reo before being escorted away by police officers.

Key to de-classify spy documents

John Key talking to the media about the GCSB and poverty.

Prime Minister John Key says he will de-classify spy documents to prove that the Govt Communications and Security Bureau is not carrying out mass surveillance of New Zealanders.

Final week of election campaigning

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Political parties are into the last week of the campaign before voters get to decide who they want to represent them in Parliament, this Saturday. (AUDIO)

The Conservatives pledge more police

Conservative Party leader in Radio New Zealand's Auckland studio.

The Conservative Party is pledging to add another 300 police officers to the force if it gets into Parliament. Party leader Colin Craig said the party had not worked out how much it would cost.

Early votes at unprecedented numbers

Sign pointing to the voting booths for the 2008 elections.

The Electoral Commission says it is pleased with the number of voters taking part as advance voting for the 2014 general election is reaching unprecedented numbers.

PM says Greenwald's claims are wrong

Glenn Greenwald (L) and John Key

Prime Minister John Key has once again given his assurance there is no mass surveillance of New Zealanders. He said journalist Glenn Greenwald would be proved wrong.

Minister rejects need for rental tax

Nick Smith.

The Minister of Housing says there is no need to review the way rental housing is taxed as part of the drive to make houses affordable, despite a commission saying it is not ideal.

Heartland NZ being ignored - Peters

100914. Photo Diego Opatowski / RNZ. Winston Peters talking about police numbers at Hutt Gables Retirement Village.

New Zealand First leader Winston Peters says heartland New Zealand is being ignored in this election and he is visiting rural areas to show they do matter.

Key rules out extending leaders' debate

Labour's David Cunliffe, left, and National leader John Key.

National Party leader John Key has defended his decision not to agree to an extension to the final leaders' debate of the election campaign which will be held next week.