29 Jan 2020

Election date set for 19 September

From Morning Report, 6:09 am on 29 January 2020

The countdown to election day is on - with the Prime Minister revealing people will head to the polls on 19 September.

The date coincides with Suffrage Day - 127 years since women won the right to vote in New Zealand.

Jacinda Ardern's proclamation comes early in the year in keeping with a precedent first set by the former National leader and Prime Minister John Key.

National's leader Simon Bridges' message in return is simple - bring it on.

A key question still for Bridges is how he'll handle Winston Peters - will he rule New Zealand First in or out as a potential government partner?

Bridges is still keeping his cards close to his chest, but says he'll reveal all in the not too distant future.