Q+A: Steven Joyce and National’s campaign

Q+A this morning: “Our political editor Corin Dann talks to the National Party campaign manager Steven Joyce about how National will respond to Labour’s rise in the polls.”

On Ohariu – Joyce says they have been doing numbers there too and it’s closer but he said Dunne has it all ahead of him. he gives a big plug for Dunne due to his contribution to stability in government.

He makes the point that voting choices tend to be made quite late in key electorates involving large amounts of tactical voting.

Joyce downplays the strength of Winston peters and New Zealand First.

He concedes that National are about 3% shy of where they want to be, confirming recent public polls that have National in the mid forties.

On the Jacinda effect? No more worried than in any election. Elections are won and lost on small margins, ‘it’s slightly different’, he says similar to 2005 (in which NZ First called the coalition shots).


  1. Gezza

     /  August 13, 2017

    Have to say that was the rudest I’ve ever seen Corin Dann be with any guest. Kept interrupting & talking over Joyce.

    • Pickled Possum

       /  August 13, 2017

      Maybe Dan is Tired of the rhetoric … move on … lets hear some REAL politicking ?
      Got it in ya Steven? Did he say that? No?
      Well no wonder Wonder Boy got shouty.
      Spoz I have go listen to the offending tape.
      Make my own mind up.

      • Gezza

         /  August 13, 2017

        Nah, he can let him finish & then have a go. It’s just manners. Taken over a year to get Lisa Owen to shut up for 29 seconds so we can hear the guest & make our own mind up – now Corin decides to pick up where she left off?