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John Key - Campaign blog: 20 October 2008

John Key: Key Notes

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

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.

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

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