As Jacinda Ardern heads to Waitangi, Labour ponders re-election in 2020
ANALYSIS: Parliament returns from its summer break this month. After coming back on February 11, the House will sit for just 36 more days before rising and being dissolved for the General Election.
That’s not a lot of time, in the scheme of things, to make a pitch to voters who will head to the polls on September 19.
The raging furies of electoral politics’ year are never far away, especially not week-long commemorations at Waitangi, which function as the last of a series of events that kick-off the political year.
The Prime Minister will spend most of the week in Waitangi, setting the agenda for the political year. She’ll be making a particular pitch to Māori, who helped propel labour to victory in 2017, but who may smart at being taken for granted by the party, which now holds all Māori seats for the first time since it lost them in 2005.