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The Nation 7/6/14: John Banks, Regions, Auckland Assets

This weekend on The Nation… the verdict is in and John Banks is guilty of filing a false electoral return. So what’s next for his party and electorate? We’ll talk to three contenders for the Epsom seat: ACT’s David Seymour, Labour’s Michael Wood and the Green Party’s Julie Anne Genter.

Then, are the regions in trouble? Or are they waiting to be unleashed? Lisa Owen will interview the Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce about which provinces are lagging behind and how we can spread the wealth and population beyond the big cities.

And Auckland Mayor Len Brown will talk about whether public space and car parks could be sold off to help fund his rail link – the top priority of his 30-year blueprint for the country’s largest city.

We’ll discuss all this and more with our panel: 3News political reporter Tova O’Brien, Generation Zero Auckland director Dr Sudhvir Singh, and journalist and former Act MP Deborah Coddington.

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The Nation on TV3, 9.30am Saturdays and 10am Sundays.


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Gordon Campbell: On The Life And Times Of Peter Dunne

In the end, Mr Pragmatic calmly read the signs of impending defeat and went out on his own terms. You could use any number of clichés to describe Peter Dunne’s exit from Parliament.

The unkind might talk of sinking ships, others could be more reminded of a loaded revolver left on the desk by his Cabinet colleagues as they closed the door behind them, now that the polls in Ohariu had confirmed he was no longer of much use to National. More>>

 

Gordon Campbell: On Labour’s Campaign Launch

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Lyndon Hood: Social Welfare, Explained

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Deregistered: Independent Board Decision On Family First

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Transport Policies: Nats' New $10.5bn Roads Of National Significance

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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. More>>

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Rail: Greens Back Tauranga – Hamilton – Auckland Service

The Green Party today announced that it will trial a passenger rail service between Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga starting in 2019, when it is in government. More>>

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Housing: Voluntary Rental Warrant Of Fitness For Wellington

Wellington City Council is partnering with the University of Otago, Wellington, to launch a voluntary Rental Warrant of Fitness for minimum housing standards in Wellington, Mayor Justin Lester has announced. More>>

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