August 19, 2020
Campaign break puts Peters off stride
New Zealand First leader Winston Peters is expressing frustration at the COVID-interrupted election campaign.
He supported the Prime Minister delaying elections by a month to October 17 because of the community outbreak in South Auckland.
But parliament is now back in session for three weeks while he’s itching to get back on the hustings.
"It's the health of the people of New Zealand, and Auckland in particular with this level 3 lockdown, as much as possible that is our number one priority. That said of course, we are in this situation where we are meant to be campaigning where we can't campaign because if we do campaign, people will criticise us for doing so. So how on earth can you run an election campaign when you can’t campaign?" he says.
Winston Peters says he’d like to see elections return to a summer timetable.
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