The Friday morning newspaper headlines are dominated by election polls ...
New Zealand Herald
The paper says there will be a change of Government after Saturday's election if the Herald -DigiPoll survey is translated into votes.
Police hunting the killer of teenager Libby Templeman searched a house about 4km from where her body was found in Kerikeri.
And Barack Obama is pictured on his first day as president-elect ... having breakfast with his family, going to the gym, and starting the process of selecting a new cabinet.
The Wellington-based publication's own Fairfax-Nielsen poll shows National has opened up an 18-point lead - 49% compared with Labour's 31%.
And Sir Jon Trimmer, an inspirational ballet dancer still lighting up the stage at 69, is Wellingtonian of the Year.
The paper says Labour and National party supporters jostled each other in a bad-tempered rally in Christchurch, and John Key lost patience with hecklers, labelling them 'idiots'.
Otago Daily Times
It expects National to win the election 'in a canter' as electors vote for a change after nine years of a Labour-led administration.