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20 September 2017 4:33 AM Election 2017 Live: National’s poll puts it at 43 to Labour’s 39

With three days to go, the election debate focused on infrastructure stresses in the midst of a jet fuel crisis, although officials said this afternoon the crisis was easing. Jacinda Ardern campaigned on homelessness and low wages in South Auckland and warned Bill English against using "fake news" in tonight's debate. Bill English spoke to lawyers in Auckland

20 September 2017 2:16 AM The Latest: Chinese expert says Trump speech sounded warlike

A Chinese expert on North Korea was surprised by the vehemence of President Donald Trump’s speech at the U.N. General Assembly, saying “his rhetoric is full of military force.” Cheng Xiaohe of Renmin University said in an interview Wednesday, “When I first listened to his remarks last night, it sounded as if the U.S. had nearly declared war on North

19 September 2017 9:40 PM Socialist Equality Group statement on the election

The New Zealand election on September 23 poses the urgent need for an internationalist and socialist movement of the working class. Whatever its outcome, the election will not address the great issues of the day that confront workers and young people: the failure of capitalism as an economic system; growing international tensions and the undeniable danger

19 September 2017 7:00 PM Hawke’s Bay a microcosm of NZ’s growth and skill stresses

Famous for its wineries and orchards, Hawke’s Bay has a regional economy that is cyclical and heavily reliant on immigration. Shane Cowlishaw explores what effect a potential change of government could have - and what’s being done to get local young workers into jobs. Despite its sunshine and wine, Hawke’s Bay has always struggled with a relatively high unemployment 1

19 September 2017 6:30 PM Trump Vows to ‘Totally Destroy’ North Korea if It Threatens U.S

“No nation on Earth has an interest in seeing this band of criminals arm itself with nuclear weapons and missiles,” Mr. Trump said. “The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea. Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime 1

18 September 2017 5:10 AM Peters’ appearance at Morrinsville hypocritical

Winston Peters needs to stop grandstanding and decide whether he really stands with farmers to stop a Labour-Greens government, ACT leader David Seymour says. “There was one perplexing aspect to today’s protest in Morrinsville – the participation of New Zealand First. How can Winston Peters credibly protest Labour and the Greens’ bullying of farmers 2

18 September 2017 4:19 AM Dodgy poll reflects poorly on Greens

Claims by the Green Party that its polls show it is going to win the Nelson seat this Saturday shows just how desperate they have become since their slump in the polls says Nelson MP Nick Smith. “The Green Party is push polling in an attempt to manipulate Saturday’s result with alternative facts in the last week before the election,” Dr Smith says. “This sort of polling 2

17 September 2017 11:09 PM The Block NZ 2017: Potential home buyers waiting to see effects of election

It was a dramatic finale to The Block on Sunday night with slow bidding and low profits compared to other years. Winning contestants Andy and Nate's home had originally not met reserve at the first auction, but went on to win in a second auction. Real Estate Institute of New Zealand CEO Bindi Norwell said this is typical of an auction in Auckland's current 2

17 September 2017 11:09 PM ‘All silent, all done’: The Block and the end of a New Zealand housing era

has been both New Zealand’s most successful reality franchise, and the most illuminating cultural artefact of this era. The show features four teams racing to complete a renovation or build of adjacent houses, with each retaining the profit from the sale, while those who get the largest profit also get a $100,000 cash prize. For five years the show rode the surging 8

17 September 2017 9:00 PM Polls confirm Lawrey can beat Smith in Nelson

The Green Party has released the results of two polls that show its Nelson candidate Matt Lawrey can beat National MP Nick Smith and give the party a historic win in Nelson. A telephone poll conducted last Wednesday night asked Nelsonians who they were voting for: Lawrey, Smith or Labour’s Rachel Boyack. 824 people took part and the results reveal Smith’s