In today's email, we detail how the election campaign has been turned on its head ... again.
The Maori Party and the Government are in the final days of negotiations that would allow Resource Management Act reforms to pass. But the Maori Party is pushing hard to water down a clause that would allow any Environment Minister to over-ride Council rules such as a ban on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). It is pushing so hard that ACT and United Future think there is a real prospect of a complete impasse that might force the Government to ask for their help. The Maori Party and the Government say they are still confident of agreeing a deal, but brinksmanship is getting more intense.
ACT Leader and Epsom MP David Seymour and United Future Leader and Ohariu MP Peter Dunne have intervened to offer a way for the Government to pass Resource Management Act (RMA) reforms without the support of the Maori Party.
Prime Minister John Key signed fresh confidence and supply agreements with United Future and ACT on Monday, sticking to his pledge to include the minor parties in his legislative plans even though they won't strictly be needed.
Despite Australia's new conservative Government flagging a review of its retirement age, Prime Minister John Key has stuck to his view that New Zealand can afford to keep its age of eligibility for an non-means tested New Zealand Superannuation at 65.
Prime Minister John Key has formally opened his door to post-election coalition talks with Winston Peters for the first time in his career, not that Peters was enthusiastic about accepting the invite in his initial comments on Wednesday.
Finance Minister Bill English 's suggestion of a 'health check' of regulatory certainty in the power and telecommunications sectors drew a strong reaction from the Opposition and the Government's own coalition partner, United Future's Peter Dunne .
The Financial Services Council (FSC) proposed a package of savings policy reforms on Monday that it said would allow New Zealanders to retire with a private pension twice the size of NZ Super . Here's my briefing with the policy details, the key factoids, the pros and the cons and the political positioning.