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The economy.
40% (84 votes)
Affordable housing.
27% (57 votes)
Sales of NZ land to foreigners.
21% (44 votes)
Education & health.
9% (19 votes)
3% (7 votes)
Total voters: 211

What do you view as the biggest election campaign issue?

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What happened today

A review of things you need to know before you go home on Wednesday; HCNZ moves home loan rates 1 bp, home loan approvals slow, payout forecasts cut, poll surprise, US dollar surges

Greens eye bigger Budget surpluses

Green Budget plan sees bigger forecasts and more debt repayment; SIS watchdog launches inquiry into OIA request for Slater; National up in Roy Morgan poll

90 seconds at 9 am: Dairy prices hold

GDT prices suffer only a tiny fall; US CPI 2%; US house building expands; UST 10yr 2.40%; oil and gold fall; large grain surpluses forecast; NZ$1 = US$0.843, TWI = 79.2

What happened today

A review of things you need to know before you go home on Tuesday; the best public service, Ralph replaces Ralph, IAG getting its reward, inflation under control, surplus safe, NZD falls

Less budget headroom for tax cuts

Treasury sees lower budget surplus in 2014/15 due to slower economy; delays restart of NZ Super Fund contributions by a year to 2020/21; no tax cut plan before election

National faces death by a 1,000 Whaledumps

Financial market fears of National loss in election grow as Whaledump begins drip-feeding Slater's docs; English distances himself from Judith Collins; Key says Collins 'unwise'; Your view?

90 seconds at 9 am: Food commodity volatility

US housing confidence up; huge corn crop; China housing confidence down; EU adds food subsidies; PwC fined; UST 10yr yield 2.38%; NZ$1 = US$0.848, TWI = 79.5

What happened Monday

A review of things you need to know before you go home on Monday; HSBC ends mortgage specials, service sector expands faster, farm and lifestyle block sales, no inflation yet, swap rates fall

Nervous investors send bond yields lower

Roger J Kerr says interest rate risks are moving for more than just the geopolitical aspects; expectations of Yellen's next signals are part of it as well, he says

Govt getting Whaledump-ed

Hacker behind Hager book begins drip-feeding details from Slater's online discussions with National staffer Jason Ede and others; Key again backs Ede, Collins; PSA calls for Collins' sacking