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Newsy, informed, to-the-point, comprehensive, challenging, analytical, quirky and fun… election coverage from Whitireia Polytechnic journalism students

It’s not the economy, stupid – it’s education
Don’t let the pundits bias your view of the election. NewsWire’s Laura Frykberg and Jenny Meyer ask Kiwi workers for their “big issues”.

Blink and it’s gone
Kiwi Rail has slumped $255 million in value in just three months. But the Greens say it will pay for itself eventually, reports Jessica Dixon.

Killing the politicians softly – with their cartoons
The law lets political cartoonists get away with satirical murder. Reesh Lyon explains how.

Anatomy of an election
It costs $25-million-plus. Voting procedures unpicked by Melissa Kinealy.

Labour man confident he’ll hold Rimutaka
Will New Zealand First’s Ron Mark secure his party a foothold? Not if Labour’s Chris Hipkins has anything to do with it. By Sinead Ogilvie.

Thousands make their election mark early
Voters are on the march already as special booths get a good response. By William Liando.

Billboard Watch
Check the latest shenanigans by sloganeers and their vandal enemies in the war of the billboards in Wellington, the Hutt and Kapiti http://www.newswire.co.nz/2008/11/billboard/

PLUS: Greens push for expat vote; Peter Dunne denies bribes-for-policy charge; How Maori have gained real electoral power; MMP confuses the public; Wellington’s town belt an election issue.

ENTERTAINMENT: Fireworks still set to go bang
The capital’s show must go on – and it looks as though the wind will co-operate. Pyrotechnics in Wellington Harbour are expected to attract 100,000 spectators, reports Alexandra Johnson.


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Gordon Campbell: On Why Labour Isn’t Responsible For Barnaby Joyce

As a desperate Turnbull government tries to treat the Barnaby Joyce affair as a Pauline Hanson fever dream – blame it on the foreigners! We’re the victims of the dastardly New Zealand Labour Party! – our own government has chosen to further that narrative, and make itself an accomplice.

Evidently, the National government is similarly desperate for anything that might discredit or derail the Ardern juggernaut, even if that means throwing Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne under a bus More>>


Treaty: Agreement In Principle Signed With Moriori

“The Crown acknowledges Moriori was left virtually landless from 1870, hindering its cultural, social and economic development. The Crown also acknowledges its contribution to the myths that the people of Moriori were racially inferior and became extinct." More>>


Susan Devoy: Call For Inquiry Into State Abuse Reaches UN

Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy is in Geneva and has asked a United Nations committee to urge the New Zealand government to initiate an inquiry into the physical and sexual abuse of children and disabled people held in state institutions. More>>


(Not National): Cross-Party Agreement On Pike River Re-Entry

The commitment was signed this afternoon by the leaders of Labour, United Future, The Maori Party, and the Green Party and, together with the earlier commitment by New Zealand First, means that there is now a Parliamentary majority behind the families’ fight for truth and justice. More>>



Mental Health Foundation: 'Positive First Steps'

“The heavy reliance on pilots and targeted approaches in the package announced today makes it plain that additional funding will be needed so that activities that work can be made available throughout New Zealand,” says Mr Robinson. More>>


'Gift' To NZ: Synod Considers Third Christchurch Cathedral Option

Members of the Anglican Diocese of Christchurch will consider three, not two, options regarding the future of the ChristChurch Cathedral... The new option is for the Synod to gift the Cathedral building to the Government for the people of New Zealand. More>>


PM's Presser: Labour's Water Policy 'Reckless', Says English

The Labour Party has "bumbled into" its policy to charge for water in a "reckless" way that would put a Labour-led government on a collision course with both Maori and other water users, Prime Minister Bill English said at his weekly post-Cabinet press conference.. More>>





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