The election campaign has formally started but the country is still grappling with Covid-19 in New Zealand's biggest city.
The Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy signed the writ at Government House yesterday - which officially kicks the campaign into gear.
Today the country will - once again - find out if it's moving up, down or staying at the same Covid-19 Alert Level.
Auckland - the epicentre of the second outbreak - has been at Level 2.5 for two weeks now while the rest of the country sits at Level 2.
Jane Patterson is RNZ's Political Editor.
She speaks to Corin Dann.