Sunday Panel: Will this election be the end of NZ First?

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Newstalk ZB,
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Sun, 2 Aug 2020, 12:36PM
PM Jacinda Ardern with NZ First leader Winston Peters on Budget Day. Photo / Hagen Hopkins

Sunday Panel: Will this election be the end of NZ First?

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Sun, 2 Aug 2020, 12:36PM

New Zealand First leader Winston Peters has a warning for anyone writing his party off because of low polling just weeks out from an election – "stand back and watch".

Peters has been a long time sceptic of public polls, calling them "rubbish" and "crap," often advising his supporters to not take them seriously.

His reaction was no different this week when two mainstream political polls – Reid Research and Colmar Brunton – both had NZ First at 2 per cent.

If that result was achieved on election day, NZ First would be out of Parliament.

But, speaking to the Nation this morning, Peters was adamant that would not happen.

He pointed out that when then Prime Minister Helen Clark called a snap election in 2002, his party was also polling at 2 or 3 per cent.

But on election day, NZ First won just shy of 11 per cent of the total vote.

Asked if that would happen again this election, Peters said: "Well you stand back and watch".

"I love you guys, the way you try and write me off," he said, of the media.

The poll results are very positive for Labour - both polls showed that the party has over 50 per cent, which means that they could potentially govern alone without a support party.

Listen above as Chris Lynch and Morgan Godfrey discuss these issues with Francesca Rudkin