John Key will spend the final two days of the election campaign on a whistle-stop blitz of the country, while Helen Clark will focus on shoring up Labour's Auckland vote.
Investment losses unveiled in today's crown accounts are higher than expected but the overall plunge into the red is in line with predictions, National's finance spokesman Bill English says.
Prime Minister Helen Clark saved her best for last during the TV3 leaders' debate last night when she could point confidently to her record of leading a government during the past nine years with five different parties.
Despite a degree of volatility, the latest poll of the Te Tai Tonga electorate, prepared for Maori Television, shows Labour MP Mahara Okeroa 10 percentage points ahead of his nearest rival, Maori Party candidate Rahui Katene.
National would look to provide high country national parks that took advantage of forests and mountains for both recreation and conservation purposes, but they would not necessarily be government owned, National MP Nick Smith said yesterday.
National leader John Key has promised to establish five specialist "trade academies" in the next three years as part of a push to boost trades in schools.
Opinion polls in two key Maori electorates show Labour MPs leading their Maori Party challengers.
National leader John Key says he accepts United Future leader Peter Dunne's assurance he never changed his party's fishing or tax policies for cash.
The Green Party wants more open government, starting with a fixed election date which it would treat as a priority in any post-election talks.
Labour has moved to match National's planned job-loss package, with Prime Minister Helen Clark today saying it will announce a transitional assistance package in the next few days.
Greens co-leader Jeanette Fitzsimons ambushed National leader John Key during a walkabout on the Kapiti Coast today and confronted him over climate change policy.
Enhancing ties and promoting free trade agreements with Pacific and Asian nations are main features of National's foreign affairs and trade policies.
Labour leader Helen Clark has come out in support of entrenching the Maori seats as parties jostle for Maori Party support before Saturday's general election.
Political leaders will be out in force from this morning with only five days of campaigning left before voters determine who will be the government for the next three years.
National leader John Key has unveiled a $42-million-a-year redundancy support package that is more narrowly targeted than Labour's but gives more to those who receive it.
The Government will announce within days whether it will use a public-private partnership to build a $2 billion, 5km stretch of Auckland highway.
Finance Minister Michael Cullen today confirmed the Government will offer a wholesale funding guarantee facility to investment-grade financial institutions in New Zealand.
New Zealand First leader Winston Peters faces a voter backlash in Tauranga that could prove terminal unless his party squeaks across the 5% threshold and he can return to Parliament through the party vote.