Just eight days before the election, Labour has moved to neutralise National's claims about its tax plans by pledging not to introduce any changes in its first term that are recommended by its Tax Working Group. National promises to carve Landcorp up into tiny pieces for young farmers to win in balloted lease-to-buy schemes. Meanwhile, Labour maintains its four percentage point lead in the latest Colmar Brunton poll. Bernard Hickey reports from the campaign trail.
In another push for potential New Zealand First voters, National has threatened to halve the benefits of those with drug problems who refuse treatment or a job.
In today's email we look into what yesterday's PREFU means for the rest of the election campaign.
Just four months ago, the Government described its $2 billion deal with Kristine Bartlett and her fellow aged care workers as an historic first step towards achieving pay equity. But Bartlett, who was overjoyed when she celebrated the deal with Health Minister Jonathan Coleman, now says she feels betrayed by the Government. Andre Chumko reports.
In today's email we detail how Ministry of Health CEO Cai Chuah ignored his own MInister's advice.
Two reports released within 24 hours of each other neatly summarise the state of New Zealand right now. They showed the wealth of the richest sprinting ahead with property values, while the poorest are struggling with stubbornly low wages and fast-rising housing costs. Bernard Hickey reports on a tale of two New Zealands.
Labour has unleashed a budget plan to spend $17 billion over four years on education, health and income support - hoping to convince voters that is better for them than tax cuts.
Labour has announced it would be able to spend an extra $12 billion on health and education over the next four years while also running budget surpluses and reducing net debt to under 20 percent of GDP by 2020/21.
Prime Minister Bill English has confirmed Todd Barclay offered to play him the recordings he had made of a staff member - but still says he “simply doesn’t know” whether they actually existed.
Keen to move on from the Todd Barclay scandal, Prime Minister Bill English dangled the indistinct prospect of a second family incomes package in front of voters in his first major speech of the election campaign.