27 Sep 2020

No time for a day off on the campaign trail

7:32 pm on 27 September 2020

It might be a Sunday, but with less than three weeks until the election, the campaign trail is still in full swing with politicians out and about across the country.

Labour leader Jacinda Ardern during her policy announcement on Sunday morning at Sustainable Coastlines in Auckland.

Photo: RNZ / Jane Patterson

So what have they been up to? There was a fair bit of attention on Auckland today, with Labour, National and New Zealand First and the Greens in or around the city.

Labour's been the only party to announce policy, with its promise to phase out hard-to-recycle plastics by 2025 and standardise kerbside recycling if re-elected.

Party leader Jacinda Ardern and environment spokesperson David Parker released the party's waste policy in central Auckland this morning.

Ardern took some time to speak to volunteers involved in beach clean-ups, and asked about what impact the government' single-use plastic bag ban - introduced last winter - had made.

She talked about engaging with ex-pat New Zealanders during the campaign, saying that with a lot of information being shared and engaged online, that community of Kiwis had as much access to that as those at home.

NZ First spend the day in Auckland's north - first heading to the Kumeu Market before heading east to the Westfield mall in Albany.

Peters scanned into the Westfield Albany mall, wearing his trademark campaign black turtleneck, before cruising the shop aisles.

He bumped into a man he formally played rugby against and was occasionally stopped by people asking for a photo with him.

One young man approached Peters with his camera filming to ask him about his policy on slashing tobacco tax.

Winston Peters on the campaign trail, visiting Westfield Albany.

Photo: RNZ / Anneke Smith

National Party leader Judith Collins was in Clevedon, to Auckland's south-east.

She was on on the market round with Hunua MP Andrew Bayly and National's Takanini candidate Rima Nakhle.

Collins arrived at the Clevedon Farmers Market dressed head to toe in National Party merchandise, tote bag included.

She took a stroll through the market; speaking to stallholders and filling her tote with olive oil, tomatoes, bread and meat.

One man asked Collins to sign her book Pull No Punches while she shared small talk with another about farmers having it tough.

National party leader Judith Collins visits the markets in Clevedon while on the campaign trail.

Photo: RNZ / Anneke Smith

Collins took the time to have a jab at Labour's recycling policy announcement, too.

She claims small businesses will have to foot the bill of any new waste policy, and thinks what's been announced today is a rehash of what was promised last election.

The Greens leaders split with James Shaw in Dunedin and Marama Davidson, Auckland.

In Auckland, rain put an end to Davidson's plans for a picnic on Owairaka Mount Albert while Chlöe Swarbrick had a pub politics event with other local candidates lined up for the evening.

ACT has spent the day in Christchurch, with a mid-afternoon campaign rally.

Party leader David Seymour used his speech to promote his party candidate, Brooke van Velden, as the "future face" of ACT.

He took more than a few shots at Labour and a couple at National, saying it has "never reversed Labour policy" since 1949.

He also profiled his other party candidates - ones that might make it in to Parliament if ACT gets the sort of support on election day as polling would suggest it has - 7 percent, going by last week's TVNZ Colmar Brunton poll.

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