With 31 days to go until the election, Treasury's Pre-Election Fiscal Update has unveiled a smaller "lolly jar" than expected, which prompted National to rule out tax cuts before 2020 and Labour to rule out a higher personal tax rate in its first term.
In today's email, we look ahead to this afternoon's PREFU and what sort of lolly scramble it might unleash, we note the growing debate over Labour's prevarications on a Capital Gains Tax and include an interview with Winston Peters.
In today's email, we detail how the election campaign has been turned on its head ... again.
With 33 days to go until the election, United Future leader and Ohariu MP Peter Dunne has pulled his nomination, clearing the way for National to win the electorate after Dunne realised he was likely to lose to Labour's Greg O'Connor.
In this email we catch up on a weekend of election announcements, debates - and Labour's campaign launch.
A ghost of Labour's past has made a special appearance at the party's campaign launch in Auckland, with Helen Clark thrilling a large crowd. There had been rumours Clark would make a speech, but she left that up to new leader Jacinda Ardern.
In today's email we launch our election coverage.
Especially for subscribers over the weekend, here's a few longer reads on economic, social and political issues of the week. Please feel free to email me (just hit reply) with suggestions for next week. We have a savvy set of subscribers who are always telling me new and useful things that I like to share. My mobile number is also at the bottom of the subscriber emails so you can also just text me or phone me with a tip that is safe from the prying eyes of the OIA.
36 DAYS TO GO: The 'Jacinda effect' and the implosion of support for the Greens has transformed the election campaign, according to a fresh poll. The resurgence of Labour at the expense of the Green Party and a small fall for National means the election is 'game on' with a real chance of the Greens falling out of Parliament and a change to a Labour-New Zealand First Government. Bernard Hickey reports.
In today's email we look at the way housing dominated the penultimate question time before the election, and discover why pay equity advocate Kristine Bartlett is feeling betrayed.