/ 13 October 2023

Kia ora, it’s election time

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It’s not just Aussies getting their vote on this weekend – our Kiwi cuzzie bros are also heading to the ballot box for their general election. Labour’s been in power there since 2017 – but their fortunes have been on the slide, with the cost of living (especially food prices and housing) shaping up as voters’ biggest concern. Opinion polls are consistently showing neither Labour nor the National Party are likely to pick up enough seats to govern alone – but the Nats are more likely to form a coalition with the right-leaning ACT Party and NZ First. And if NZ First sounds familiar, it’s because its leader, Winston Peters, has been a fixture of Kiwi politics for 44 years – serving as Deputy PM and Foreign Minister in governments of both stripes. The current PM, Chris Hipkins, says he won’t deal with Peters – leaving the Nationals’ Christopher Luxton in the box seat to negotiate come Saturday night… #SquizShortcut

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