Political commentator: Labour could hit 'magic' 40%

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 10, 2017

A Newshub-Reid Research poll Wednesday indicated support for the Green Party had dropped from 13 percent to 8 percent over the past two weeks while support for Ardern's Labour Party had leaped from 24 percent to 33 percent.

Metiria Turei has resigned as co-leader of the Greens, dealing her party another blow just as an opinion poll shows Labour surging up the ratings.

Ms Turei called Mr Peters "racist" in July, admitting she'd consulted with Labour beforehand.

A political analyst says Labour's popularity will only grow, and Jacinda Ardern could overtake Bill English in the preferred Prime Minister stakes.

Turei denied the poll, which saw the Greens drop 4.7 points to 8.3 per cent, was a factor in her stepping down.

Analysts described the move to install her as leader as a potential game-changer ahead of a September 23 election that had been seen as a slam-dunk for the center-right National Party, which has been buoyed by some of the strongest economic growth among advanced countries.

James Shaw has "every confidence" Green Party can turn around dismal poll results after Metiria Turei resigned on Wednesday.

Political commentator Chris Trotter said the Government is in for a rough few weeks.

"Yes, I did support her and I've supported all of her decisions since then". But that became fragile when it was uncovered that Turei had also lied about her address on the electoral roll to vote for a friend running in the Mt Albert electorate.

English's centre-right National Party, which leads the ruling coalition, remained the most popular party in a Newshub poll on a steady 44.4 percent.

The Greens were trying to get their election campaign back on track after two senior MPs, Kennedy Graham and David Clendon, on Tuesday withdrew from the caucus.

But the veteran New Zealand First leader says he'll never forgive Ms Turei for calling him a "racist".

No I don't. This was an attack on Winston Peters and New Zealand First organised by the Greens in consultation with the Labour Party.

In a statement she said she wanted to acknowledge Turei's "enormous contribution to politics" over her 15 years in Parliament.

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