Taking a Step to the Right?

Photograph for TIME by Nigel Marple

Hard knocks: "I like John Key's path in life," says James Watson, head of the Crime Control Unit for the north shore of Auckland. "I think the honesty and integrity are there. He's a bit untested, but I'm confident hed go okay."

Peter Atkins is weary and a little miffed. As usual, he's been up since dawn, fishing for a living off the coast of Kaikoura, a town in the north-east corner of the South Island. Blast, it shouldn't be this cold in October. And seagulls keep pecking at the crate-loads of hoki stacked on the deck of his boat. He's also been let down by a helper who's scampered before the day's work is done. Which gets him started on how, as he sees it, the government favors certain types of people. "Basically, people who haven't got a lot," he...

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