Ardern maintains poll dominance in NZ

Kiwis are extremely likely to give Jacinda Ardern a second term when they vote on October 17.
Kiwis are extremely likely to give Jacinda Ardern a second term when they vote on October 17.

New Zealand Labour has scored big in another election poll released on Sunday night, the seventh straight major survey to show Jacinda Ardern's party on track to form a majority government.

Kiwis are extremely likely to give Ms Ardern a second term when they vote on October 17 after her steady handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In the new Newshub-Reid Research poll, Labour is on 50 per cent of the vote, which if replicated on election day would be the party's highest election result since World War II.

It would also allow Labour to govern without any coalition partners; something no party has been able to do since the introduction of a new electoral system in 1996.

The opposition National party, led by Judith Collins, is on 30 per cent, showing mild improvement but still well behind Labour.

"We've got another few weeks to go and I'm going to work for every single vote," a defiant Ms Collins told Newshub.

"I'm getting a very good vibe on the ground."

Ms Ardern continues to dominate Ms Collins in the preferred prime minister stakes, leading 53 to 18 per cent.

The latest poll, released just six days before New Zealanders can begin voting, confirms a stunning reversal of electoral fortunes for Ms Ardern and Labour.

From June 2019 to February 2020, National led in seven straight polls.

Since the arrival of COVID-19, voters have only had eyes for Labour, switching their preference to Ms Ardern after a world-leading response to the deadly virus.

Ms Ardern has consistently played down the prospect of a majority government, but the prospect now looms large.

She said that vote would "make it easier for us to progress with our recovery plan for the economy" but also acknowledged "we haven't had an MMP election deliver those sorts of results".

The poll had no good news for New Zealand First, the party of Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters, who first entered parliament in 1979.

For the 13th consecutive poll by the two reputed New Zealand pollsters, NZ First fell short of the five per cent benchmark required to secure parliamentary seats, returning just two per cent.

The Greens, the third coalition member of Ms Ardern's government, moved up slightly to 6.5 per cent.

Right-wing minor party ACT has also improved its vote to 6.3 per cent.

The results were similar to a poll released last Tuesday by TVNZ conducted by the second of two reputed Kiwi pollsters, Colmar Brunton.

Ms Ardern and Ms Collins meet in the second of four election debates on Wednesday in Auckland.

Australian Associated Press