2) How well did Key’s radical speech go down in New Zealand?
3) Will the Reserve Bank’s new mortgage lending rules actually be counter-productive?
4) Do New Zealand’s politically powerful have mortgages, and how easily did they buy their own properties?
5) Who is funding LIanne Dalziel’s Christchurch mayoral campaign?
6) Is the Christchurch local government election going to be a ‘game changer’?
That’s the question asked by John McCrone in his in-depth feature Is this election a game changer?
He profiles four candidates and says that they ‘appear to be the ones to watch if you want to know whether the power has shifted along with the ground in the new Christchurch’.
7) Is mismanagement of local government elections calling into question New Zealand’s electoral integrity?
Stephen Franks has blogged to say that his law firm is handing out $2500 to members of the public who can help establish the extent of the botch-up by the Wellington City Council in its handling of campaign literature – see: Council election booklet botch-up
8) Will greater powers for the new mayors help reverse low voter turnout?
By giving mayors more say in issues such as who their deputies might be, the Government might have made the election of mayors more important – see Michael Fox’s Mayors to hold greater sway
. But there are still plenty of people standing for office who might be criticised for lowering the quality of the options – see the Herald’s Candidates: Vague or explicit
9) Should the government invest in another America's Cup challenge?
10) How is David Cunliffe performing as the new Labour leader?
10) Is Phil Goff on his way out of politics?
Not according to Fran O'Sullivan’s profile of him in Goff adding muscle to Pacific trade push
. Instead, Goff seems determined to promote Labour’s pro-trade credentials and push harder for the Trans Pacific Partnership deal.
11) How well is the NZ economy going?
12) What is the problem with the Government’s broadband pricing policy?
13) Is the New Zealand Establishment changing?
14) Can New Zealand’s court system be modernised?
15) Will the Ruataniwha dam controversy lead to Nick Smith resignation?
Local body elections
John Key at the UN
Inequality, poverty, and unemployment
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Law and order
Drink driving bill