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Could the Maori Party still go with National? Even with so many political polls coming out on almost a daily basis now its hard to get a clear picture of what the current trends are in New Zealand politics. Russell points us to a couple of useful aggregate polls including one at the Standard. Yet again Winston Peters is in the firing line but is the latest issue serious enough? And with one week to go before the US election can we call it this early?

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Fresh from feeling chuffed about having a photo with Hollie Smith, John Key suggests the big question for the election campaign might be “what is the name of his family cat?”.

In today’s interview John rejects the suggestion that it was Helen Clark’s idea to hold only head to head debates on television and leave out the smaller parties. He also says that he does not need to be on the same stage as Winston Peters for New Zealanders to know that a deal between the two parties is off the cards. Will he look Helen Clark in the eye during the debates?

John is also determined to have a referendum on MMP by 2011 and personally believes New Zealanders will choose to keep some kind of proportional representation system.

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