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There are two days to go.

Decision 17: Thursday on the campaign trail 2 hours ago

National's leader will cast his advance vote in Wellington, while Jacinda Ardern will be in Christchurch.

Iain Lees-Galloway was abused at a meeting in Manawatu on Wednesday.

Labour MP 'physically abused' at Manawatu meeting

Iain Lees-Galloway was discussing his party's water tax policy with farmers.

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Winston Peters has revealed his favourite other politician

When asked which politician he would go to a desert island with, he gave a surprising answer.

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 20:  Labour party leader Jacinda Ardern speaks during the TVNZ Vote 2017 2nd Leaders Debate between Prime Minister Bill English and Labour leader Jacinda Ardern on September 20, 2017 in Auckland, New Zealand.  (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images for Television New Zealand)

English 'discovered poverty last week' - Ardern

The jab came during a fiery Leaders Debate.

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - AUGUST 27:  Prime Minister Bill English speaks during the National Party 2017 Campaign Launch at The Trusts Arena on August 27, 2017 in Auckland, New Zealand. The 2017 New Zealand general election will take place on September 23, 2017.  (Photo by Fiona Goodall/Getty Images)

National playing 'post-truth politics'

Bill English is sticking by his false income tax claim, writes Patrick Gower.

Jacinda Ardern and Bill English debate.

Election's a 'neck-and-neck race' - leaders

It could go either way and both leaders say it's too early to call.

Winston Peters won't support Labour's water tax.

Winston Peters says he won't support a water tax on farmers

But he does support a tax on exported bottled water.

The Greens are safe in the latest poll, while NZ First are in shaky territory.

National surge ahead in latest Colmar Brunton poll

But they'd need the support of NZ First to govern.

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'Nobody pays for water' - Federated Farmers

According to a new survey, most Kiwis want farmers to be charged for water use.

A spokesperson for the Electoral Commission said the commission will be looking into the complaint.

Privacy concerns after Paula Bennett sends texts to constituents

A complaint has been made to the Electoral Commission.

Lance O'Sullivan

Why Dr Lance O'Sullivan wants to cut health spending

The NZer of the year is making a serious bid to be Health Minister.

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Māori Party: Do not vote for Labour over euthanasia

A candidate is urging people not to vote for Labour because of the party's stance on assisted suicide.

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English heckled over child poverty

The National leader was making a speech at Vodafone headquarters in Auckland.

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Harawira dismisses 'rubbish poll' showing Labour ahead

The Mana Party leader is still pushing for a deal in the electorate.

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Steven Joyce still backing Labour's alleged $11.7b fiscal hole

"Everybody's agreed there's a hole - the only debate is about how big it is."

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When mall visits go bad: Winston Peters just wanted a handshake

A curry, a coke and a rejected handshake.

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Decision 17: Record-breaking early votes cast

More than half a million people have already voted.

Watch the video for Patrick Gower's take.

'National guilty of biggest campaign lie' - Gower

The reality is Labour has ruled out raising income tax, Patrick Gower writes.

Hone Harawira and Kelvin Davis at the Māori TV leaders debate.

Poll: Clear majority for Kelvin Davis in Te Tai Tokerau

The poll results will come as a heavy blow for Hone Harawira.

Video: New Zealand's 2017 election explained.

Behind the 'dank memes' of this election

Will future elections be decided by who has the best memes?

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Inside Winston Peters' brain with Paddy Gower

"I would've hated to have played rugby against you because you would have been a slippery little bugger."

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Auckland fuel crisis: 1 in 5 Z stations out of premium petrol

More international flights are also expected to be cancelled by the fuel crisis.

Labour's Janette Walker.

Labour candidate's dramatic gatecrashing of English's campaign

A feud over damaged signs came to a head in a Blenheim cafe.

Watch Patrick Gower explain the voting system.

What happens if you're not enrolled to vote and get caught?

It's illegal to not be enrolled to vote.

Amy Adams prefers the term "housing pressures" to "housing crisis".

National's housing spokesperson doesn't know how many houses built in Auckland

Amy Adams prefers the term "housing pressures" to "housing crisis".

Winston Peters.

A vote for NZ First a vote against water tax - Peters

He told farmers National was also planning a water tax.

She says it was an angry rally "by some of the signs I've seen".

Ardern unshaken by Morrinsville farming protest

She says it was an angry rally "by some of the signs I've seen".

Opposition leader Bill Shorten has called on the Prime Minister to provide emergency funding for mental health services.

Aussie same-sex marriage survey strains mental health services

Many services are reporting a spike in demand from LGBT people.

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Bill English trying to pull in support for Tukituki candidate

While water pollution is an issue nationwide for voters, it could play a crucial role in the Hawke's Bay electorate of Tukituki.

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A day on the campaign with Jacinda Ardern

First stop is an interview with the local rag, the Wanganui Chronicle.

Green Party leader James Shaw.

Greens release their fiscal plan

The Greens have released their fiscal plan, and say that with all their policies costed they'll run budget surpluses only slightly below Treasury forecasts.

Labour's Peeni Henare.

Poll: Labour holding onto Tāmaki Makaurau electorate

The latest poll has Peeni Henare safely in front.

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Greens commit to $23m Nelson cycleway

The announcement comes as the Greens focus on Nelson.

"I'm a pretty communist? Did they intend that to be a compliment or an insult? I'm not entirely sure," Jacinda Ardern said.

Ardern laughs off 'pretty communist' protest sign

"Did they intend that to be a compliment or an insult?"

National Party finance spokesman Steven Joyce.

Nats release a five-point economic plan

National has released a simple, five-point plan for the economy and the tax system which it says will deliver sustained success.

Winston Peters addresses the protesters as Myrtle the tractor is driven through  the crowd.

Farmers boo Winston Peters at protest against water tax

A farmer drove over a NZ First candidate's foot with a tractor.

Poto Williams' election hoarding has found itself a long way stuck up a tree.

Sky-high election hoarding puts Labour MP in political pickle

Poto Williams' election hoarding has found itself a long way stuck up a tree.

Marama Fox.

Labour's Māori MPs are 'whipped' - Fox

"It's a waste of time having 12 Māori MPs in a Labour caucus when they're whipped," she told The AM Show.

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Shame on those that let housing crisis happen - Garner

He described it as "A market of vampires overseen by government who were out to lunch".

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National ads 'not a lie' - Bennett

Her party's ads make a number of dubious claims about Labour's tax plans.

Paula Bennett.

Quakes, GFC slowed efforts to close inequality gap - Bennett

"I don't get caught in the whole rich and poor thing," she told The AM Show.

The Greens are being accused of releasing a fake poll.

Desperate Greens drop fake news 'poll' in Nelson

The Greens are guilty of releasing dodgy numbers, writes Patrick Gower.

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Angry farmers to rally in Ardern's hometown

Farmer-targeted taxes will be at the centre of a protest in Morrinsville.

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Decision 17: Five days to go

Bill English will trade his walking shoes for a bike, while Jacinda Ardern will lunch with community leaders.

Matt Lawrey.

Could the Greens wrest Nelson from Nick Smith?

The at-risk Green Party may have found a lifeboat in its Nelson candidate.

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Kelvin Davis an 'embarrassing' Labour deputy - Bill English

The PM said in Sunday's Facebook Live that Paula Bennett was a "more effective" deputy.

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Complaints laid against election staff

Concerns are being raised about Electoral Commission staff allegedly undermining Māori voters.

The Green Party has announced a policy that would introduce a mandatory "landlord licence".

Greens to introduce mandatory 'landlord licence'

The party would also see landlords put aside a bond to fund overdue maintenance and repairs.

Labour Party leader Jacinda Ardern.

Jacindamania sparks interest in NZ poll overseas

Many Australians may not have realised there was an election going on in New Zealand without Jacindamania and the spat over Barnaby Joyce's Kiwi citizenship.

National leader Bill English.

English denies economy over environment

National leader Bill English has denied sacrificing the environment for New Zealand's economic growth.