Sam Sachdeva

National has been riding high in the polls for nine years, but Deputy Prime Minister Paula Bennett knows the party has a fight on its hands to win a fourth term. As part of Newsroom’s election coverage, Bennett talks about the challenges of getting out of John Key’s shadow and whether she respects Jacinda Ardern.

The Maori Party has spent nine years in government, and co-leader Marama Fox believes it’s well past time for the training wheels to come off. As part of Newsroom’s election coverage, Fox speaks about her growing impatience and the catching up New Zealand still has to do.

Gareth Morgan’s Opportunities Party is slowly creeping upwards in the polls, with the eccentric economist claiming the party can reach 30 per cent by 2020. Sam Sachdeva was at TOP’s campaign launch in Wellington.

ACT leader David Seymour has been going it alone in Parliament for the last three years, but he’s confident about a three-stage plan to revitalise the party’s flagging brand. As part of Newsroom’s election coverage, Seymour speaks about the issues on Kiwis’ minds and his own ambitions.

At the end of a long week in politics, the position of the two major parties on the left has almost flipped. With Metiria Turei ruling out a Cabinet position and Jacinda Ardern relaunching Labour’s campaign, a U-turn in the polls may be on the way. Sam Sachdeva reports.