New Zealand Politics

New Zealand Politics

Postby deja vu on Fri Sep 12, 2008 11:29 am

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- New Zealand's prime minister called elections
for November 8, setting a relatively long campaign period to give her Labor Party
a chance to win back the many voters who have switched their loyalties to the
conservative opposition.

Recent opinion polls have shown that the conservative National Party has its best
chance in a decade of being victorious in the South Pacific nation of about 4.1
million people.

http://edition.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/asiapcf/09/11/new.zealand.election.ap/index.html
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Re: New Zealand Politics

Postby CielOnTap on Sat Sep 13, 2008 8:50 pm

Another Commonwealth nation at the polls! Will the U.S. presidential campaigns watch this election also? Nothing like watching another country and wondering why it does elections differently.
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Re: New Zealand Politics

Postby CielOnTap on Tue Sep 16, 2008 2:13 pm

New Zealand's Prime Minister helped get the tainted milk in China story on the news radar via the minority shareholder company in New Zealand. Electorate may wish to consider her actions when going to the polls.
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Re: New Zealand Politics

Postby deja vu on Fri Oct 10, 2008 9:54 am

Polls show dramatic change in fortunes

Two opinion polls in the space of a few hours today have shown a dramatic change in the fortunes of the
main parties and Labour has cut into National's lead.

A New Zealand Morgan poll put National on 40.5 per cent support with Labour climbing to 37.5 per cent,
a gap of just three points compared with 11 points a fortnight ago.

And a TV3 poll tonight showed National down four points to 45 per cent while Labour gained three points
to 39 per cent, a gap of six points compared with 13 two weeks ago.

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10536835
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Re: New Zealand Politics

Postby deja vu on Fri Oct 17, 2008 4:30 pm

Labour floundering in latest poll

A week into a dramatic election campaign that has seen Labour pull big election promises out of
its hat has still not been enough to make any impact on National's commanding lead, according to
the latest poll.

Today's Fairfax Nielsen poll suggests voters have been largely unmoved by the big campaign launches
on Sunday, the release of National and Labour's economic packages, and the first televised leaders'
debate between Labour's Helen Clark and National's John Key.

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz-election-2008/news/article.cfm?c_id=1501799&objectid=10538167


Without a miracle it looks like Helen Clark will be out of a job.
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Re: New Zealand Politics

Postby CielOnTap on Fri Oct 31, 2008 4:36 pm

Two stories to revive the New Zealand election thread: there's another plumber to mention in this election. Secondly, NZ parties are having a hard time with advertising for the election campaign. I guess the Canadian politicians were not the only ones concerned about advertising expenses (for the 2006 election).

New Zealand PM finds her own 'Joe the Plumber'

Oct 31, 2008 09:02 AM

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

WELLINGTON, New Zealand–New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark has found her own "Joe the Plumber."

But Morgan Luxton, Joe's New Zealand counterpart, isn't exactly thrilled with the attention.

It all stated while Clark was campaigning at a retirement home in the northern city of Auckland on Friday.
http://www.thestar.com/News/World/article/528049

Claire Trevett: Doubts about advertising muzzle political debate, say lobby groups
Page 1 of 3 View as a single page 4:00AM Friday Oct 31, 2008
By Claire Trevett

Lobby groups say the new regime for campaigning in an election run-up is frustrating and so confusing it's almost impossible for them to know what they can do.

Electoral Commission head Helena Catt has described the law as having a "chilling effect' on political debate in New Zealand, and several third parties say uncertainty about what is caught in the net of "election advertising" has muted normal public debate in election year.
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/best-of-political-analysis/news/article.cfm?c_id=1502734&objectid=10540277
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Re: New Zealand Politics

Postby deja vu on Sat Nov 01, 2008 7:19 pm

Labour drops a bomb:

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Expensive trick or cheap treat:

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Re:New Zealand Politics

Postby CielOnTap on Sat Nov 01, 2008 9:21 pm

Halloween cartoon rather captures the cost of elections and the credibility of election promises. Trick or treat.
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Re: New Zealand Politics

Postby deja vu on Thu Nov 06, 2008 3:36 pm

Canada and the US are finished with their elections and now it is New Zealands turn tomorrow.


Final poll gives it to Key - and his allies

There will be a change of Government after tomorrow's election if the Herald-DigiPoll survey taken
in the closing days of the campaign is translated to votes.

It shows National could form a new government with micro-parties Act and United Future. The three
parties would have 64 seats between them, two more than the majority needed.

They would not need the support of the Maori Party to govern, although National leader John Key has
said he would try to work with the party even if he did not need it.

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz-election-2008/news/article.cfm?c_id=1501799&objectid=10541601
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Re: New Zealand Politics

Postby yukon on Sat Nov 08, 2008 9:52 am

Key says NZ election win a 'vote for change'

John Key has said the country has "voted for change" after his National Party won the election tonight. He described the Labour
term in government as "nine long years" and said: "New Zealand has so much more potential."

Key spoke at National Party headquarters after Helen Clark said she will stand down as Labour Party leader. National won 45.5 per cent
of the vote to Labour's 33.8 per cent, giving National 59 seats.

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz-election-2008/news/article.cfm?c_id=1501799&objectid=10541896


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