Dene Mackenzie

Curran strong-willed and passionate

Curran strong-willed and passionate

Dunedin South MP Clare Curran has been working for a Labour victory - but political editor Dene Mackenzie reports she may win even if Labour loses tomorrow.

Fed signals higher interest rates coming

Fed signals higher interest rates coming

New Zealand exporters may start feeling better about their prospects after the United States Federal Reserve yesterday calmly signalled higher interest rates were on the way.

Today last chance for eligible voters to enrol

Today last chance for eligible voters to enrol

Today is the last day eligible voters can enrol to participate in tomorrow's election and Enrolment Services national manager Murray Wicks says it is not too late, but action must be taken today.

Parties promise some big spending

Parties promise some big spending

The 2014 election has been marked by some big spending promises, the Taxpayers Union says.

National in poll position but Peters the outlier

National in poll position but Peters the outlier

COMMENT: National is on track to win a commanding majority of votes tomorrow, but the man of the moment continues to be New Zealand First leader Winston Peters.

Upstaged in final face-off

Upstaged in final face-off

Prime Minister John Key and Labour leader David Cunliffe are both confident of forming a government after Saturday's election but the spectre of two other players overshadowed their final debate last night.

Deal with Craig may be on horizon

Deal with Craig may be on horizon

With New Zealand's MMP system of voting, the party vote decides how many MPs each party will have in Parliament after each election. However, there still remain some key must-win electorates to ensure some MPs and parties return, stay or enter Parliament. Political editor DeneMackenzie explains.

Greens say poverty report misleading

Greens say poverty report misleading

A report out yesterday gave a misleading impression of inequality and poverty in New Zealand, Green co-leader Metiria Turei said.

Skilled worker demand grows

Skilled vacancies are reaching highs in Otago-Southland and the region is one of seven, out of 10 in New Zealand, showing a shortage of skilled workers.

Young on benefits targeted

Young on benefits targeted

The National Party has released some ambitious targets for the reduction of benefit numbers, including offering incentive payments for beneficiaries to stay in work for a set period of time.