20 Sep 2023

Election 2023: All the latest developments on 20 September

8:01 pm on 20 September 2023

"Defeated" and "disheartened" is how a young voter is feeling after she says the two Chrises "danced around" her question in the first leaders' debate.

Sky Rens is a waitress on Auckland's Northshore earning a living wage of $26/hr. In TVNZ's leaders' debate, the 23-year-old asked both Chrises whether rich people had any responsibility for poverty - and their answers left her sad.

Check out her interview with Checkpoint this evening.

Rens told Checkpoint: "They definitely danced around my question. I was fully expecting them to say 'we should all have a responsibility' which I think Hipkins did and he was implying that we have our responsibility to pay our taxes.

"In a perfect world, I would want a promise of a capital gains tax, but I think they're not wanting to risk losing the vote of New Zealand's richer citizens."

It was "sad" that neither leader could give her an answer, she said.

The latest poll from 1News has the race tight, but with National and ACT narrowly in front - and NZ First on the edge of returning to Parliament.

The right-wing bloc has enough support for 61 seats, enough to form a government - but only just.

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