'Jacindamania' lifts Labour into poll lead in New Zealand election

Jacinda Ardern says in debate with PM she is taking nothing for granted after poll gives her party a two-point advantage

The New Zealand Labour party has continued an extraordinary surge in support under the month-old leadership of Jacinda Ardern, with a new poll putting it at a 10-year high and for the first time ahead of the governing National party in campaigning for September’s general election.

Ardern took control of the party on 1 August with Labour at an all-time low in the polls and has almost single-handedly reignited its chances of forming the next government.

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