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Mavericks and ratbags threaten the NZ Nationals

A coalition of cartoon-like characters and events could spell the end of John Key’s conservative government

30 August 2014

9:00 AM

30 August 2014

9:00 AM

When he announced in March that New Zealanders would go to the polls on September 20, Prime Minister John Key could have confidently anticipated a cruisy ride. Economic growth was running at a healthy 3 per cent-plus, unemployment was dropping and his National Party government was comfortably ahead in the polls.

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