New Zealanders in Antarctica and in the Kermadec Islands are among those who will make early calls about who they want in Government in advance election votes from tomorrow.
Paid parental leave would be extended from 14 weeks to six months under Labour's child policy announced this afternoon, but it would take two terms to be implemented.
The Greens' election campaign opened with a vitriolic attack on Prime Minister John Key and his Government from actor Robyn Malcolm, who savaged what she described as his preference for photo opportunities over tackling environmental and social problems.
Labour claimed its environmental policies launched yesterday were the greenest of all as it promised to bring farmers into the Emissions Trading Scheme by 2013 and make commercial users pay for water.
The National Government must show voters exactly how much dividend revenue will be lost under its asset sale plan after last week saying Labour had got those figures wrong, Opposition finance spokesman David Cunliffe says.
New Zealand First leader Winston Peters has ruled out going into coalition with another party, but Labour leader Phil Goff won't rule out still trying to woo NZ First if the numbers allow it after election day.
Labour's finance spokesman David Cunliffe has apologised to National's Judith Collins for saying he thought the human race would probably die out if she was the last woman on earth.
Labour has opened its books on election promises but returning the Crown accounts to surplus by 2014-15 depends a lot on increased taxes and betting on increased returns from overseas investments.
What should be one of the most important decisions voters can make on November 26 is being obscured by the contest to gain control of the Treasury benches. Political editor Dene Mackenzie writes that deciding on our future voting system is an important decision for us all.
Instead of getting down about the problems facing the country, former Gisborne man Gareth Hughes would rather do something about it. The Green MP talks to Christine Boyce of the Gisborne Herald about how growing up in Gisborne helped shape his foray into environmental work and politics.
Prime Minister John Key says it is up to National candidates whether to attend public meetings and debates and he has no problem if they don't show, even when they are free.
Labour's economic plan will see New Zealand return to surplus by 2014-15 and will continue to pay off debt faster than National after that date.
National wants to put $500,000 towards safer homes for victims of family violence or for those at risk of serious harm.
Right at home launching conservation policy today, the Greens pledged to more than double Doc's budget over the next six years.
Labour wants to establish a new non-commercial public broadcaster, using feedback from a proposed public debate on the form public broadcasting should take.
The Green Party wants to scrap the controversial National Standards, restrict class sizes to 20 and ban the sale of sweet drinks, lollies and chips at school.
Labour leader Phil Goff will attempt to silence Prime Miniser John Key's calls to "show me the money'' by providing further details today of Labour's spending and borrowing plans.
One of the "crunch issues" of the 2011 election was traversed in Queenstown last night, following a question from one of the younger members of the audience.
Did the Rugby World Cup-winning All Blacks have it easy compared with an unemployed person trying to find work?
Labour is looking to take politics out of immigration cases and speed up the appeals process by creating a specialist ombudsman.