John Key has just held a press conference at which he has confirmed the date of the 2011 election; almost ten months in advance. Stuff reports:
New Zealand will go to the polls on November 26, Prime Minister John Key announced at a surprise press conference today.
National MPs have been meeting at Key's official residence at Premier House for the first major caucus of the year.
He was also expected to make a further major announcement following those discussions.
Key said it was important for New Zealanders to have certainty around the rugby world cup.
We reckon that's great, and once again, it is in stark contrast to Helen Clark's cloak-and-dagger approach in 2008. Perhaps that's because John Key has had a life outside of politics. He has certainly redefined the way the game is played.
So it's game on. Labour's election promises already total over $5 BILLION after just one week of the campaign, so we can only guess at how high Phil Goff is prepared to promise between now and November.