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Full Coverage: Post-Election NZ 2008


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Gordon Campbell: Key’s Deals With ACT And The Maori Party

Despite sitting outside Cabinet, Rodney Hide, Roger Douglas and their ACT Party mates are positioning themselves to be the bean counters in the new government, by controlling the reviews of government spending and regulation.

In particular, John Key has agreed to adopt Hide’s New Zealand Taxpayers Bill of Rights Bill as a government Bill - “with the aim of passing into law a cap on the growth of core Crown expenses.”

Well, it didn’t take long for pragmatism to run headlong into ideology.

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Lyndon Hood: A Victory Parade For John Key

Gordon Campbell: The New Breed Of Conservatives
The premise of Labour’s election campaign was that John Key was either (a) a vacuum waiting to be filled by political expedience or (b) a secret hardliner masking his real intentions until he could gain power…Whatever, voters slept on through the alarm. More >>

Coalition Formations: Maori Party Listen To Everyone Except Labour
“From Waimanoni Marae at Awanui in the Far North through to Invercargill in the deep South, we have been united in our resolve that everyone needs to air their views about any decisions we make regarding the role of the Maori Party in the 2008-11 Parliament,” said Maori Party co-leader Tariana Turia. More >>

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History: Is Carter's Good Wishes For Students Final PR of Clark Govt?
Education Minister Chris Carter extended his best wishes to all 139,000 senior secondary students sitting NCEA and New Zealand scholarship examinations over the next two and a half weeks. More >>

Economy: Cullen Gets In One Last Bit Of Finance-Ministering
Outgoing Finance Minister Michael Cullen has released a November 7 report by the Treasury updating the department's outlook on the economy and on the Crown accounts. More >>

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Fastest Govt In The West: Maori Party Sends Out Posse To Capture Mandate
The Maori Party MPs are already on the road again, for their nationwide consultation tour following Election night. Members of the Maori Party will be consulted about the possibilities emerging for a relationship with the National Government. More >>

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Scoop Maori: Maori Party Use Back Channel For Negotiations

This afternoon the Maori Party arrived late for a meeting with John Key. The Maori party's representatives arrived via a back entrance to the National Party's offices at around 2pm and left later than expected at 3:10pm oncev again exciting through ... More >>

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Changing Times: Gordon Campbell on the new Labour leadership

Not unexpectedly, Phil Goff’s first press conference as Labour leader did include a mea culpa of sorts for the “disconnect’ that had occurred in Labour’s relations with the New Zealand public - although the who, how and why of this inexplicable fault in the wiring was not fleshed out with any specifics... More >>

Multimedia: Goff Trades In Old Job To Defend Labour

Video on on demand of today's post caucus press conference in the Beehive Theatrette, outgoing Trade and Defence Minister Phil Goff has been appointed leader of the Labour Party. In the Q&A he discusses a wide range of subjects including economic policy, the Maori Party, getting on with the Greens and John Key's attendance at APEC. More >>

Coalition Forming: Maori Party Eyes Smiling In 2008

Audio on demand of National Leader John Key and Maori Party Co-Leaders Tariana Turia and Pita Sharples following their coalition forming talks this morning. The trio appeared to be close to agreement and will meet again later this week, soon. Appointment of a Maori Party member as a Minister outside of Cabinet appears likely. More >> And Scoop Flashback - No Smiles In 2005
More Govt. Formation Audio + Images: John Key & Peter Dunne Presser 10/11, Scoop Images: Hugs & Applause As National Meets

Audio: Rodney Talks Turkey Post Key Meeting

This afternoon National cemented a deal with Act that will make certain New Zealand has a centre right Government. National and Act's respective leader's John Key and Rodney Hide were fairly tight-lipped after their meeting this afternoon. It looks likely Rodney Hide will have a position similar to Winston Peter's as a minister outside cabinet. Rodney Hide also told the media that he would not be bringing down a National Government. More >>

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Gordon Campbell: On The Best Music Of 2019

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