3 Oct 2023

Political playground stoush: Allegations of porkies and calls of chicken

From Checkpoint, 5:07 pm on 3 October 2023

Chris Hipkins reckons he'll be fighting fit and ready to re-enter the campaign arena post-covid.

But the scrapping's well and truly started without him.

In isolation, he's dealing with distractions from within his caucus.

Outside there's allegations of a leadership coup, porkies and calls of chicken: both sides are all in.

National's calling Labour dirty and desperate; Labour says National's ducking for cover.

Here's our deputy political editor Craig McCulloch.