How are the coalition partners faring as the election campaign begins?

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Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Sun, 6 Sep 2020, 4:20PM
Winston Peters and James Shaw with Jacinda Ardern at the start of 2020. (Photo / NZ Herald)
Winston Peters and James Shaw with Jacinda Ardern at the start of 2020. (Photo / NZ Herald)

How are the coalition partners faring as the election campaign begins?

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Sun, 6 Sep 2020, 4:20PM

The election campaign is officially underway - and the question remains how many of the current parties will make it back to Parliament. 

Both NZ First and the Greens are hovering close to falling out of Parliament. The Greens are polling around 5%, while NZ First is down on 2%, with both parties campaigning hard for electoral seats to ensure they make it back.

However, New Zealand First leader Winston Peters has made headlines during the first weekend of campaigning for all the wrong reasons.

In a fiery clash with Q+A broadcaster Jack Tame this morning, he accused TVNZ of lying and ambushing him about topics which he had not prepared for.

"I regret coming here this morning, to stop off my campaign, to come along to see some junior who thinks he's going to play Billy the Kid," he told Tame.

Meanwhile, the Greens have dominated headlines over the week after co-leader James Shaw advocated for a Green School to receive $11.7 million as part of shovel-ready funding. 

Former MP and United Future leader Peter Dunne joined The Weekend Collective to discuss a rough week for both parties and what it means for the election.

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