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Reader poll

National will be able to form a government without NZ First's support.
46% (71 votes)
National will need NZ First's support to be able to govern.
25% (39 votes)
Labour, the Greens and NZ First will be able to form a government.
21% (32 votes)
We get a hung parliament or minority government.
7% (11 votes)
Total voters: 153

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$218 million HomeStart package for first home buyers

New package to help about 90,000 lower and middle income first home buyers over the next five years, says Nick Smith

Australasian shares and property winners

We review the regular savings returns for aggressive & growth KiwiSaver funds, identifying who has the best long-term returns

KiwiSaver new kids on the block turn one

A review of BNZ and Generate KiwiSaver schemes one year on; a solid start and many positives

A handful of managers shine

We review the regular savings returns for Moderate and Balanced KiwiSaver funds, identifying who has the best longterm returns

'Unfair' says FSC

Chapman Tripp criticism of KiwiSaver fund taxation proposals is based on a wrong assumption, says Peter Nielson

Updated KiwiSaver returns - June 2014

We update and compare the KiwiSaver returns of all conservative funds, including default funds, using our unique 'regular savings' method of assessing performance

'A push for a tax subsidy for KiwiSaver'

Chapman Tripp takes a look at the Fair Tax for Savers campaign and asks if savers are over-taxed, and if so, why?

Pluses and minuses of ANZ KiwiSaver fee changes

ANZ's OnePath KiwiSaver scheme cuts member fee to align with bank scheme; devil in the detail as more aggressive investors with larger balances worse off; Will ANZ consolidate funds?

Assessing Labour's KiwiSaver proposals

The RPRC looks at the new Labour Party KiwiSaver policy in detail, identifying the helpful aspects and calling out new problems they will cause

Labour wants universal KiwiSaver at 9%

Labour proposes universal KiwiSaver scheme with exemptions for very low paid, beneficiaries and self employed; sees contributions rising to 9%

Winston pitches for Interest voters

Bernard Hickey interviews NZ First Leader Winston Peters in the first Election Double Shot. Peters argues for a new monetary policy, foreign buyer controls and migration limits