Party hoardings are up, politicians are on the campaign trail, and policy promises are starting to flow. While lockdown 2.0 may have put election year shenanigans on hold temporarily, with just a few weeks to go until the new election date it’s all go.
However, the activity and atmosphere around election 2020 is somewhat different to that seen in previous elections. At the Labour Party campaign launch in August, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said it would be the “Covid election”.
That has turned out to be the case. There’s simply no escaping the shadow of Covid, with related health, economic and border management issues dominating discourse. It’s a big change from the 2017 election here housing was the number one issue for politicians and voters alike.