NZ election 2011: the morning papers, 1 Novemberby Toby Manhire
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Debate verdicts dominate the papers, with no consensus on the first Key-Goff encounter.
The New Zealand Herald has the big race all over its front page. The race for the Melbourne Cup. And the arrival of the celebrity herds, particularly. (As a number of people have noted on Twitter, there is a horse in the cup called, topically enough, Drunken Sailor. Have a tipple, JK!)
Its splash brings news of a surgeon in Waikato who tried to remove a patients gall bladder twice.
The front page is a politics-free zone, as are 2 and 3, though page 3 has interesting report that Warners claimed $20.2m tax rebate in it's first year of production.
Turn the page and politics are go, with Maggie Barry comes under fire for special needs cuts and Business NZ sees no economic plan (liveblog passim).
John Armstrong crops up with As Key says, it all comes down to credibility – referring to the plausibility problems in each party's fiscal policy to balance the books
Further in is Claire Trevett’s report on the debate, in Leaders in Testy Exchange over 'L' word.
Audrey Young, John Armstrong and Brian Rudman all weigh in on the debate with a mixed bag of short commentaries.
In Goff lands first punch Young awards Goff points for the “100,000 deserters to Australia” fact,
Armstrong laments the Labour leader’s resorting to the “unreconstructed, gesticulating, overly negative-sounding Goff who voters find so unappealing”.
Rudman bemoans the quick changes of topic by moderator Guyon Espiner, which he says ruined any chance of a real debate (Anything but a debate).
Maori Candidate throws a spanner in the works looks at Te Tai Tokerau.
The paper’s editorial is headlined Key ignoring main reasons for asset sales, but has criticisms of both parties.
More on the Referendum series with STV addressed.
Elsewhere on the Herald site theTe Tai Tonga debate is covered by Derek Chang who says Maori Party MP Rahui Katene looked a bit rattled by the end and faces a stern challenge to retain the electorate from Rino Tirikatene (Labour), although Rino, too, failed to speak convincingly. Mana Party candidate Clinton Dearlove had a good night.
The Dominion Post goes big on its front page with the debate. Under the headline FACE OFF, the two leaders are pictured apparently demonstrating the size of the fish they caught they other day.
The paper rates awards both leaders a 19/30 mark. Its splash is also the politics lead on Stuff.co.nz: Goff finds bark in leaders debate. There’s more again on the lying accusations and especially on the question of whether it is acceptable to lie picking up on Key “dynamic” explanation.
In its editorial, the Dom-Post says Nats haven't made case for asset sales.
In the Waikato Times, the editorial is Young have reason to vote, which points out that both main parties’ policies (Labour’s longer working life and National’s youth wage) are of interest to young voters but only 73% of 18-24 are registered compared to 91% of all voters.
The Otago Daily Times judges that Key Wins but Goff may lift.
The paper’s editorial, headlined Risk and political capital, discusses the partial asset sales as the possible achilles heel for National, given the collective memory of New Zealand of the previous rounds of sales and their impact in the 80s.
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