October 05, 2023
Peters looms over election outcome
A week of intense campaigning has failed to move the dial between the main political parties, according to the latest 1News Verian poll.
National is holding at 36 percent, while Labour is stagnating 10 points below.
ACT is down two at 10 percent, and the Greens are on 13 percent.
Te Pāti Māori is at 2 percent.
That means New Zealand First, on 6 percent, could again pick who forms the next Government.
While National have been factoring that into its calculations, Labour’s Chris Hipkins doubled down on his distaste at working with Winston Peters again.
He told a virtual town hall last night that one of the frustrations of having New Zealand First in Cabinet was the amount of time and energy that got put into progressing issues only for the party to change its mind at the last minute, and often for no particular apparent reason.
He says New Zealand First is not a force for stability in government.