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  1. Worst result since 1922

    The 2017 election campaign is starting on Sunday for Labour, a day after their worst polling day result since 1922.

  2. Back to business for Key

    It's straight back to business today for John Key, as he shores up support for his new government.

  3. Voter turnout up from 2011

    The number of New Zealanders voting increased on the last election, but was still one of the lowest on record.

Latest Election News

  • Metiria Turei makes a risky call

    Metiria Turei has gone where other parties fear to tread with her call for house prices to fall.

  • Govt finds $9m to help homeless

    The government says it has $9 million over two years to help keep vulnerable people in housing, but Labour says it's an ambulance at the bottom of a cliff.

  • Rudd's UN bid left to Turnbull

    The Australian cabinet couldn't reach a consensus on whether to support Kevin Rudd's bid to lead the UN and now it's up to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

  • Grants scheme `an utter failure': Labour

    Paula Bennett is pleased with the way people are taking up the offer of grants to help them move out of Auckland, but Labour says the scheme is a failure.

  • Key tight-lipped on $60m rich list value

    The annual NBR Rich List is out, but Prime Minister John Key has declined to confirm whether a new $60 million estimate of his wealth is accurate.

  • Call for honours for gay rights activists

    Human Rights Commissioner Richard Tankersley wants to see Kiwis who have supported the gay rights movement to be honoured.

  • Teina Pora will take govt to court

    Wrongly-convicted former prisoner Teina Pora will challenge the government in court after its decision not to inflation-adjust his compensation.

  • Tonga dealing with passports: Key

    Prime Minister John Key says Tonga's government is working to fix the problem of illegal passports, but Tonga's PM admits corruption is still an issue.

  • Grant scheme `off to a good start'

    Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett says the grant scheme for people who want to leave Auckland is off to a good start.

  • Key unconcerned about backing for Rudd

    Australian cabinet backing for Kevin Rudd's bid to be the next UN secretary-general won't make much difference to Helen Clark's chances, John Key says.

  • New ministry to replace CYF

    It's been confirmed that a new ministry, expected to be called the Ministry for Vulnerable Children, will replace CYF next year.

  • Greens relationship strong: Little

    A surprise announcement on house prices by the Greens hasn't weakened the party's relationship with Labour, leader Andrew Little says.

Key Election Dates

  • March 10

    March 10

    Prime Minister announces dates for 2014 general election

  • June 20

    June 20

    Regulated period for election advertising expenses begins

  • June 23

    June 23

    Launch of enrolment campaign

  • August 14

    August 14

    Dissolution of Parliament

  • August 20

    August 20

    Writ Day
    Governor General issues formal direction to the Electoral Commission to hold the election.

  • August 21

    August 21

    Nominations open
    Advertising calling for individual nominations of electorate candidates

  • August 25

    August 25

    Bulk Nominations
    Deadline for registered political parties to bulk nominate their electorate candidates to the Electoral Commission.

  • August 26

    August 26

    Nominations close
    Deadline for political parties to submit list candidates to the Electoral Commission.
    Deadline for individual nominations of electorate candidates to Returning Officers.

  • September 3

    September 3

    Advance and Overseas Voting starts

  • September 19

    September 19

    Advance Voting ends
    Last day to enrol for the election.

  • September 20

    September 20

    Election Day
    Polling places open from 9.00am to 7.00pm
    Election Night
    Preliminary results released progressively from 7.00pm on www.electionresults.govt.nz

  • October 4

    October 4

    Official results for general election declared
    (including special declaration votes)


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