Election date announced – 19 September

The prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced the date for the 2020 general election – 19 September. It will include two referendums, one on euthanasia, the other on legalising the use of cannabis.

PM announces election date as September 19

The 2020 General Election will be held on Saturday 19 September, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today.

“I’ve always believed that announcing elections dates early is fair. It improves the opportunities for New Zealanders to take part in the democratic process and gives a greater degree of certainty to the political landscape.

The practice of an early announcement of election dates was started by John Key for the 2011 election and it has continued since then. The old practice of game playing with late date announcements was ridiculous.

Ms Ardern has advised the Governor-General of the election date.

The Government’s intention is that the House will rise on Thursday, 6 August 2020 and Parliament will be dissolved on Wednesday, 12 August 2020.

Writ day will follow on Sunday, 16 August 2020, and nominations will close at noon on Friday, 21 August 2020. Advance voting will start on Monday 7 September 2020.

Subject to the passage of the Electoral Amendment Bill currently before the House, the last day for the return of the writ will be Thursday, 15 October 2020.

As well as being early the announced date was no surprise.

“When it comes to the campaign, I’ve set out Labour’s plan to give New Zealanders an election contest that is positive, factual and robust.

She didn’t indicate when the positive, factual and robust campaign period would begin. It may take a while to get the positive message through to all the Labour MPs and troops.

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  1. David

     /  29th January 2020

    Yay, I am going to be in Texas for September.
    Should be home in time for Peters to have made his decision on who will run the country for his benefit though.

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    • Duker

       /  29th January 2020

      In the old days before MMP, it used to be a few marginal electorates ‘who decided who was going to be PM’ , often by a few hundred votes or even ‘specials’

      Then again did it worry you that , Act, Maori Party and Dunne with about 1/5 of the votes that NZF got decided who was the next government…..thats right it was national so that was OK

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      • Except that for the same number of terms Labour was allowed to form a government with the support of (and decisions of) the smaller parties.

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        • Duker

           /  29th January 2020

          “Labour was allowed to form a government with the support of (and decisions of) the smaller parties.”
          yes . Its never been ‘a concern’ that under MMP smaller parties ‘decide the government’ , nay more than a ‘a few marginal seats’ used to

          In 2014 , the Nats minor parties were 53,825 votes, in 2017 the minor parties were 349,149 votes . A big difference.
          As a comparison, back in 2005 with Helen Clarks new government, they had support of 337,937 votes for ‘her’ minor parties ( excluding Act and Maori Party)

          See the difference . Labour leader gets to be PM with support of 340,000 votes.
          Nationals PM in 2015 only had 50,000 votes as support.

          As for ‘waiting’ , you should look to Europe it can be 3 -9 months waiting. The US always waits 2 1/2 months for its new President to take office.
          Life goes on while ‘waiting’

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      • David

         /  29th January 2020

        Think in your haste you might not have read what I wrote Duker. Just a general non specific comment on Winston keeping the country guessing while he makes up his mind

        Winston could go with the most popular party and back National

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        • Zedd

           /  29th January 2020

          ai, NZF could ‘go with either side’ BUT they still need to get back in.. not a foregone conclusion :/

          BUT also so could the Greens & any ‘minor party’. I think there was a little surprise when the ‘Maori party’ cross the chamber & sided with Natl.

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    • Me too, but I live here.

      I hate that this clueless, retarded woman is going to force me to vote for Simon Bridges’ National Party, but I have no choice.

      It’s time to correct this abomination of a government, whose only blessing is that they’ve been too incompetent to do too much real damage.

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  2. Reeferendum day : 19/9/20 too 🙂 😀
    yowzer

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    • Zedd

       /  29th January 2020

      oh yes & the political shit-fight begins too

      ‘Do you like cars.. vote for the MrT-clone party’ echoes of simon 😀

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    • Zedd

       /  29th January 2020

      have a listen to this; ‘the voice of reason’ on this kaupapa

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      • Corky

         /  29th January 2020

        Middleclass and naive. I am bookmarking this because Chloe will need to answer some serious questions should cannabis reform become reality. The one thing she has right is no one over 18 should be locked up for using any type of drug. However, that is predicated on no drug user making a claim on the state for welfare or healthcare. It’s also predicated on a police force that can, and will, apply the law in a stringent manner.

        For that reason I am for the status quo. It’s the lesser of two evils. Don’t believe me?

        stuff.co.nz/national/crime/113025353/increase-in-firearmrelated-homicides-enormously-concerning

        That after a mish mash of gun confiscation. What will be different with drugs? It’ll just be the
        same, but in reverse… Decriminalisation, escalations in drug violence and the drug black market,

        Yep, when everyone is growing NZ Green, gangs of people will scour neighbourhoods looking for plants. Violence and many deaths will ensue. Gangs will also issue ”permits to grow.” You don’t honestly think they are going to miss the action..do you?!!!!

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        • Duker

           /  29th January 2020

          The gun buyback just ended around Xmas…did you think 1 month since was going to wind back the clock. I think the gun registration will only get going this year.
          You will see results over the next 5 years, not that last 5 years of the trigger happy country
          Your story linked was from June last year, before the buyback got really going

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          • Corky

             /  29th January 2020

            Interesting you talked about guns and not NZ green. As for the gun situation, it has become worse. You must remember that not all stories are time sensitive.
            The average punter who keeps up with the news can usually find whether a situation has progressed, regressed or remained stationary.

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      • White people should just be banned from using the word “kaupapa” forever.

        It just instantly identifies you as an arsehole.

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      • NOEL

         /  29th January 2020

        So, once she was all about the addicted and her perception of many wrongfully imprisoned.

        Now its the taxpayer fronting a controlled market on the grounds to keep illicit supply from youth.

        Hold it what was the reason the decriminalisation option was canned?
        Oh yeah that’s right we couldn’t help the addicted because there would be an illicit supply.

        I’ve seen her wear that outfit before so it must be something else that she changes to suit the circumstances.

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      • It was about the bill.. all people voting in Reeferendum 2020, should at least be aware of what they are voting for.. not just the B-S being spread by Family First/Natl & the extremists on the other side too

        Summary (of my reading)
        1) R20+
        2) daily possession 14grms (1/2 ounce).. in Canada 28grm
        3) social sharing among mates; not comm. sale
        4) cannot consume in public
        5) NO advertising
        6) suppliers/shops must have appropriate licenses; hopefully largely reduce Blk-mkt
        7) adults can ‘homegrow’ 2 plants.. up to 4 per property
        8) licensed premises, must provide health info. at POS

        We do not advocate ‘open slather’, we just maintain Prohibition has failed & its time to join most other OECD (we are compared to) & stop wasting $million on the failed Status quo: Black-markets, corrupt ‘officials’ & overcrowded prisons.. rather than REGULATION & a health care approach 🙂

        rant over LOL

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        • Duker

           /  30th January 2020

          No prohibition hasnt ‘failed’ any more that legal prohibition of murder has failed , or having legal consequences for say speeding has ‘failed’
          Its just a naive phraseology you use because you think its supports your view.
          Along with the idea that prisons are overcrowed with people who had 1/2 once of less weed in their possession, its a lie

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          • yes.. we do have opinions, but after 40 years:

            1) Drug use is higher in the countries where it is illegal

            2) the majority of 1st offences are ‘DRUG related’ which taints about 15-20% of young lives

            3) seriously when I heard you comparing cannabis use to MURDER.. I figure you have “TOTALLY LOST THE F@CKING PLOT ! how moronic

            have a nice day..

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            • Zedd

               /  30th January 2020

              forgive me PG for I have sinned.. agin

            • Duker

               /  30th January 2020

              Murder rate hasn’t fallen , does that mean punishment has failed?
              Speeding is still common does that mean any enforcement is pointless and should be dropped.
              I didn’t compare smoking weed and murder, just your ideas of ‘enforcement has failed’ let the lawbreakers have no consequences.

              You need better arguments instead of niave pleadings and rants

            • Corky

               /  30th January 2020

              Time for cold turkey, Zedd.

  3. Kitty Catkin

     /  29th January 2020

    I have read a lot of negative remarks about Labour and their policies, like no longer including partners in Super payments and the busybody interference with powercos.

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    • Duker

       /  29th January 2020

      Partners and super has always been like that….whatever is the pea that’s under all your mattresses this time

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  29th January 2020

        Those in favour of the partners not having it seem to imagine that the partner has the same amount or that it’s like the married rate when both are eligible, but it’s not.

        The powerco interference is unwarranted and just Megan Woods being a bossy busybody as usual.

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