Just over a month ago, in a reality that now seems like fantasy, the Labour Party was languishing in the polls with a different leader. Shane Cowlishaw talks to Andrew Little about what it’s been like to suddenly take a back seat.
A ghost of Labour's past has made a special appearance at the party's campaign launch in Auckland, with Helen Clark thrilling a large crowd. There had been rumours Clark would make a speech, but she left that up to new leader Jacinda Ardern.
Labour are polling at their highest levels in years, driven by the new face of the party Jacinda Ardern. As part of our election coverage, Newsroom talked to Ardern yesterday about showing her sterner side as leader of the opposition and why being compared to an old hamburger by Winston Peters is water off a duck’s back.
36 DAYS TO GO: The 'Jacinda effect' and the implosion of support for the Greens has transformed the election campaign, according to a fresh poll. The resurgence of Labour at the expense of the Green Party and a small fall for National means the election is 'game on' with a real chance of the Greens falling out of Parliament and a change to a Labour-New Zealand First Government. Bernard Hickey reports.
Just eight weeks ago, National appeared to be cruising to victory with a well-respected leader riding over the top of a meandering opposition. Now, all bets are off after the Greens accidentally unleashed a Jacinda-quake that could give Winston Peters a genuine choice between a waning National and a revitalised Labour. Bernard Hickey surveys a series of unfortunate events that has transformed the political calculus ahead of the election in 44 days.
Metiria Turei's revelations about her welfare fraud successfully helped the Greens eat into Labour's support and energise its base, but this act of political cannibalism may prove fatal for Turei, and potentially for the chances of a centre-left Government. Bernard Hickey comments on the unheavals within and between the two main centre-left parties and what it might mean for who will be in Government after September 23.
In today's email we look at what yesterday's shock shift in New Zealand politics might mean going into the election.
In a potential circuit breaker less than eight weeks before the election, Labour Leader Andrew Little has stepped down after poor poll results and his parliamentary colleagues have elected his deputy Jacinda Ardern to replace him in an uncontested vote.
1. Little's leadership in the balance
In today's email, we ask what the latest poll result might mean for Labour.