New Zealand First leader Winston Peters and billionaire Owen Glenn both say there was no connection between a large donation to the party and Mr Peters backing the expatriate's bid for a diplomatic position.
ACT and National are again attacking Winston Peters now that official documents released to NZPA have shown he initially pushed hard for Owen Glenn to be appointed honorary consul in Monaco.
A National-led government would allow competitive tendering for the management of prisons on a case-by-case basis, National Party leader John Key said yesterday.
The state of streams, rivers and lakes is an even bigger issue for New Zealand than climate change, Green Party co-leader Russel Norman believes.
Labour is promising to keep ACC in public ownership and says if it wins the election it will change the law to reduce pressure on levy rates.
Labour leader Helen Clark has indicated her party won't have a problem with the Maori Party's demand for the Maori seats to be entrenched in law.
National leader John Key is sticking by his decision to rule out New Zealand First from any National-led government, despite a new poll showing over a quarter of National voters want him to rethink his stance.
Two likely Labour Party coalition partners might force a rethink of how Finance Minister Michael Cullen views the money being accumulated by the New Zealand Superannuation Fund.
Prime Minister Helen Clark yesterday ended speculation that Labour would keep releasing big spending election promises and turned the debate back to her slogans of trust and leadership.
On a week when it ruled out helping National form a government, the Green Party has continued to flourish in the polls.
National MP Lockwood Smith's racially sensitive comments about Asians and Pacific Islanders were used by Prime Minister Helen Clark and New Zealand First leader Winston Peters on the campaign trail today.
Finance Minister Michael Cullen has accused National leader John Key of panicking under pressure from Australian-owned banks over the Government's deposit guarantee scheme.
National has promised more respite care beds for aged family members and will give rest homes a funding boost to help them support and retain nursing staff.
Maori Party co-leader Tariana Turia gave her Hauraki-Waikato candidate Angeline Greensill a boost today as the battle with incumbent MP Nanaia Mahuta heated up.
The Maori Party continues to push its claim for a cabinet place in the next government, releasing yesterday a policy priorities paper that showed it could work with both National or Labour.
Two opinion polls released today have boosted National's chances of holding a majority in the next Parliament but they also added to the confusing picture of voter intentions.
Leaders of the six minor parties in Parliament last night auditioned for a job after the next election, but the surprise for voters would have been the closeness of the parties on many issues.
National's energy spokesman Gerry Brownlee has defended himself against accusations he should have declared he had shares in Contact Energy.