As Election Day nears, things are falling into place

With just over three weeks until the General Election, the release of the first major pre-election Opinion Poll this week confirmed what was already being reported about this year’s campaign. Although the gap between Labour and National has narrowed slightly, it remains substantial and is unlikely to be overturned by election day.                …

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Pharmacy Guild accuses health officials of poor advice

Venkat Raman Auckland, September 24, 2020 The Pharmacy Guild of New Zealand has accused health officials of ‘giving poor and un-costed advice to Ministers.’ It has also called on the government to keep up its promise of $18 million support package to community pharmacies. The Auckland-based Guild’s ire is due to the inability of the pharmacies to access the financial…

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Collins edges Ardern, but Labour has formidable lead

 Jacinda Ardern and Judith Collins at the first TV One Debate on September 22, 2020 (Screenshot) There were no knockout blows in the first leaders’ debate of the 2020 election, and while Judith Collins may have just had the better of Jacinda Ardern, Labour’s continuing strength in the polls gives the Prime Minister some breathing space. “I want to pull…

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Leaders’ first TV debate contrasts of sort but no winner

The Prime Minister and the aspirant on Round One Auckland, September 23, 2020 Grant Duncan, Bronwyn Hayward, Morgan Godfery, Siouxsie Wiles and Richard Shaw Prime Minister and Labour leader Jacinda Ardern and National Party Leader Judith Collins have met (on September 22, 2020) for the first televised debate of the 2020 election campaign. With the results of the latest 1…

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Data breaches intensify cyber security threats in New Zealand

Recent attacks on Stock Exchange pose serious challenges Matthew Stern In late August of this year, the New Zealand stock exchange (NZX) was forced offline for two days in a row and had limited functionality for four days following a series of cyber-attacks, potentially caused by known Russian hacking group Fancy Bear. Grant Robertson, the Finance Minister, noted “I can’t…

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National reveals liberal border plan to allow workers, students

Booking system for managed isolation proposed Venkat Raman September 22, 2020 National will deliver a smarter border allowing New Zealand to safely reconnect with the world and our economy to grow, the Party’s Covid-19 Border Response Spokesman Gerry Brownlee has said. He issued a statement in Auckland today (September 22, 2020), as the second part of the Party’s Border Security…

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National’s fiscal stumble blunts campaign launch

Comments by Rob Campbell and Sam Sachdeva National tried to go high-tech in its virtual campaign launch – but it was a far less sophisticated mathematical error which overshadowed Judith Collins. As far as political humiliations at Avalon Studios go, Paul Goldsmith did not quite match the time Rodney Hide dropped his Dancing with the Stars partner during a cha-cha.  …

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