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John Key - Campaign blog: 20 October 2008

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Campaign blog: 20 October 2008

I started this weekend getting my hands dirty on Saturday morning taking part in a makeover at Tamaki Primary School (YouTube video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5yl7FEgS2rI).

It was good to get some exercise, given that the time pressures of an intense election campaign do not allow me much time to get any exercise.

On Saturday afternoon I went to a colourful Diwali celebration at the Viaduct Harbour.

The Indian community were out in force and I got a great reception. Helen Clark, John Banks and myself were all presented with hats to wear - pictures of which made their way into at least one Sunday newspaper yesterday.

Then yesterday I flew to Nelson for a family BBQ day out. It was a chance for families to enjoy the fine weather and entertainment put on by local National MP Nick Smith.

There was children's face painting (including "JK08"!) and a sausage sizzle raising money for the local hospice. A few weeks ago I announced extra funding for hospices, which do a vital job for communities.

After the Nelson visit, I flew to Wellington for a press conference in the National Party Caucus room at Parliament about the situation with our banking system. http://national.org.nz/Article.aspx?articleId=28772

I announced our intention to approach the issue of wholesale banking deposit guarantees in a constructive and bipartisan way with the current Government.

We should be moving towards such a guarantee given that we do not want to risk seeing banks having to tighten credit in New Zealand.

Tomorrow (Monday), I'm spending most of the day campaigning in Auckland.

John Key www.johnkey.co.nz www.national.org.nz

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National Headlines: Keeping you up to date

300 more police for South Auckland under National http://national.org.nz/Article.aspx?articleId=28774

National Party Leader John Key said today [20 October] that a National Government will give a "priority boost" to Counties-Manukau police by committing 300 new sworn officers to frontline roles by the end of 2010.

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Statement on New Zealand Banking System http://national.org.nz/Article.aspx?articleId=28772

Ladies and gentlemen, I have called this media briefing to make a statement regarding the developing situation affecting our banking and finance markets.

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$1.3 billion day for big spending Clark http://national.org.nz/Article.aspx?articleId=28758

National Party Finance spokesman Bill English says Helen Clark needs to tell the public where the $1.3 billion she promised on the campaign trail yesterday is going to come from.

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Record number of assaults on police under Labour http://national.org.nz/Article.aspx?articleId=28763

Labour's failure to get on top of violent crime is to blame for more police officers being assaulted on the job than ever before, says National's Justice & Corrections spokesman, Simon Power.

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Election law stifles free speech weeks out from vote http://national.org.nz/Article.aspx?articleId=28762

National Party Shadow Leader of the House Gerry Brownlee says just weeks out from an election there is still huge confusion over the laws that cut to the heart of our democracy.

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Key visits Field of Dreams in Manukau http://national.org.nz/Article.aspx?articleId=28760

National Party Leader John Key visited a Field of Dreams swim programme in Manukau today.

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