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Full Coverage: 2008 Election Date Announcement

Election Date: November 8

Helen Clark: I have advised the Administrator of the Government today that the date for the dissolution of Parliament will be 3 October. Writ day will follow on 8th October and nomination day will be on 14th October. The general election will be held on 8th November. More >>

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The Pinstriped Columnist: McCully On Election Date And Defence

According to Clark, the election will be “all about trust”. Such has been the declaration of virtually every other leader of an unpopular long term government, bereft of any new ideas, and attempting to set the scene for unrelenting attacks on their opponents. More >>

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Oddspot: Political Parties Do Keep Promises After All

The major New Zealand political parties that were in Government between 1972 and 2005 honoured at least half of their pre-election manifesto pledges, with some administrations nearly 90 percent true to their word. These are the findings of a six-year study... which reviewed 33 years spanning 11 terms from 1972-2005. More >>

Gordon Campbell: ‘Horse race’ political journalism

So election day is November 8 which – it seems from media commentary over the weekend – was totally obvious to political insiders all along. Or had been at least, since they stopped thinking it could be an early election - in which case October 18 had been the screamingly obvious option. Or unless of course…aliens landed and called the whole thing off. Unlikely, but a possibility that some insiders say cannot be ruled out entirely at this time. More >>

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Any Questions: Scoop Launches New Q&A Website

It’s an easy way to find out party positions and allows you to view candidates’ answers side by side. It’s also a way for you to make your voice heard this election, and get the parties talking about the things that are important to you. More>>

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Scoop HiveMind Project: Universal Basic Income - Are We Up For It?

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1. Is UBI is a desirable policy for New Zealand; and
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Lyndon Hood: National Announces Plan To Hit Youth With Big Mallets

The National party has announced its youth justice policy, which includes a controversial plan for recidivist serious youth offenders to be hit over the head with a comically large rubber mallet. More>>

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Lyndon Hood: This ->

It's been brought to my attention that Labour's new campaign slogan is "Let's do this". A collective call to action. A mission. I myself was halfway out of the couch before I realised I wasn't sure what it was I was supposed to do. More>>

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Scoop Hivemind Report: What New Zealanders Think About Affordable Housing

Ordinary citizens have had very few venues where they can debate and discuss as to what they believe has led to the crisis in affordable housing and how we might begin to address this. The HiveMind on affordable housing was about redressing the balance. More>>

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New Hivemind Exploration: Opening The Election - Freshwater Quality

This is an opportunity for you as one of the 4 million guardians of our common water resources to help us find mutually agreeable solutions to the critical task of collectively managing these resources for health and sustainability. More>>

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