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NEW Zealand’s General Election this year is unique in many ways.
Temporally, it is only the fourth time in New Zealand’s history has a general election had to be delayed and on all of those occasions it was due to a World War.
Originally pencilled in for September 19, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and her governing Labour party decided to delay the election by four weeks amidst rising COVID 19 cases which forced a localised lockdown of Auckland and a move back to Level 3 restrictions for the rest of the country.
Parliament will be dissolved on September 6 as the campaign kicks off in earnest.
What remains to be seen is how the delay will affect the upcoming campaign, voter turnout and whether this will help or hurt the government’s chances of re-election.
Aucklanders – some 40 per cent of New Zealand’s population – are currently not allowed to gather in groups of more than ten, while the rest of the country is restricted to groups of 100.
WASHINGTON — President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. plans to name Janet L. Yellen as Treasury secretary, a nomination that would put a woman in charge of the Treasury for the first time in its 231-year history.
Biden victory would bring New Zealand and the US closer together after tense Trump years
JACINDA Ardern would immediately strengthen relations with a Joe Biden administration following four uneasy years of Donald Trump, a leading expert has claimed.
The New Zealand Prime Minister has clashed with Mr Trump on numerous occasions – most recently over their differing pandemic responses.
Some Kiwis have now joked that the White House currently has more active cases of Covid-19 than the whole of New Zealand.
Despite increasing animosity between the two nations in recent years, Ardern’s Labour administration has continued to pursue cordial relations with the White House, according to Professor Robert Patman of the University of Otago.
Relations have been historically strong between the two nations; the State Department labels New Zealand a “strong partner and friend of the United States”, while New Zealand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs affirms the two are “close strategic partners”.