Prime Minister designate Jacinda Ardern and New Zealand First Leader Winston Peters have agreed to a coalition agreement that includes a mechanism to ban non-residents from buying existing homes and a $1 billion regional development fund.
Prime Minister designate Jacinda Ardern is set to sign and release coalition deals with The Green Party and New Zealand First this afternoon that will clear the way for her Government to be sworn in on Thursday.
There are five days of campaigning to go and it couldn't be closer, with National and Labour basically even in the polls and the rest jockeying for positions that could decide who is in Government after September 23.
With 33 days to go until the election, United Future leader and Ohariu MP Peter Dunne has pulled his nomination, clearing the way for National to win the electorate after Dunne realised he was likely to lose to Labour's Greg O'Connor.
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.
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 has stunned her supporters and electrified an already tumultuous election campaign by resigning as Green Party co-leader less than 45 days before the election. Bernard Hickey reports from Parliament.
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.
Campaigners used big data sets and Facebook to hyper-target voters in the Brexit and US presidential elections to surprising effect. Could the same techniques tip the balance in New Zealand’s election? Bernard Hickey reports.