Dene Mackenzie

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.

F&P Healthcare benefiting from decline in NZ dollar

F&P Healthcare benefiting from decline in NZ dollar

Fisher and Paykel Healthcare is one of the first companies to start feeling the benefits of a falling New Zealand dollar, with Craigs Investment Partners reiterating its buy recommendation on the company.

UK finance, energy sectors bracing

UK finance, energy sectors bracing

The Scottish Independence Referendum deciding whether to maintain a 300-year status quo or change to independence will be held on September 18. It has been relatively overlooked until recently when the polls started to show a yes vote was a possibility. Business editor Dene Mackenzie looks at some implications.

National refuses to extend leaders TV debate

National refuses to extend leaders TV debate

National Party campaign manager Steven Joyce says there is no chance the Television New Zealand leaders debate tonight will be extended.

Key visit unrelated to spy issue: Joyce

Key visit unrelated to spy issue: Joyce

The visit to Dunedin yesterday by Prime Minister John Key was coincidental to claims on Monday night New Zealand's spy agency was conducting mass surveillance on citizens, the National Party says.