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New Zealand's ruling National Party regained a wide lead over the opposition Labour party in an opinion poll released on Wednesday, the latest twist in a volatile campaign for a general election at the weekend. National secured 46% of the vote, giving it 58 seats in parliament, while Labour took home 35.8% and 45 seats.

The poll showed support for the nationalist New Zealand First Party, a potential election kingmaker, dropped 1 point to 5 percent, right on the threshold a party needs to get a seat in parliament.

Jacinda Ardern, the charismatic 37-year-old who only became Labour Party leader in August, is vying to become New Zealand's third female prime minister and the youngest in modern history.

New Zealanders were voting Saturday in a national election that appears to be a close race between conservative Prime Minister Bill English and liberal challenger Jacinda Ardern.

On Saturday evening leader James Shaw said "This is the fight of our lives and we are still here".

Despite slipping in the polls, Labour has remained optimistic.

In her own speech to supporters, Labour leader Jacinda Ardern admitted she had not done as well as she would have liked.

The numbers say she is an alternative Prime Minister but her tone did not suggest it.

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"But the voters have also indicated that there are issues they would expect to be addressed where they see Mr Peters as having some of the answers there and we would expect to get on and discuss that with him". The elevation of Ardern to the leadership changed all that - she electrified the campaign and created a wave of excitement that saw her party jump to level pegging with National.

In the past, he has raised concerns about New Zealand becoming an "Asian colony" and warned about migrants taking jobs from locals.

And they offer some redemption for English, who led his party to its worst-ever defeat in 2002.

"We've run such an extraordinary campaign and we've had such support, it would be very hard for me to be depressed", he said.

In contrast, English was bullish about his chances of securing a fourth-term government for National, a feat that has not been achieved in New Zealand for more than 50 years.

"It's possible", Bramwell said, that the Labour Party could gain power in a scenario where the party aligns with the Greens and gains the support of New Zealand First.

Both parties are now courting the populist New Zealand First party, which won nine seats, to form a coalition. With just 5.9 per cent of the vote the Greens have lost half of their 14 seats in parliament, a outcome of the complex fallout after Metiria Turei revealed her historic benefit fraud. "So Winston Peters rules", said Bryce Edwards, analyst at Wellington-based Critical Politics.

"It's all over, bar the special votes - but even they won't change the basic maths".



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