Prime Minister Judith Collins - how do those four words strung together make you feel? For 3.7 percent of New Zealanders, it feels pretty good. Because for the first time ever, Ms Collins has registered in our Newshub-Reid Research poll as a candidate for preferred Prime Minister. If those four words made you shudder, fret not - Jacinda Ardern is still ranking stratospherically on 40.2 percent. Tova O'Brien: Judith Collins - the comeback queen Simon Bridges failing to connect with voters - poll What do Kiwis think of Prime Minister Winston Peters? NZ First gone, Greens the new king-maker in latest Newshub poll However, Ms Collins is ranking higher than Ms Ardern did when she first appeared as a preferred Prime Minister in 2015. Back then, Ms Ardern debuted at 3.5 percent. Ms Collins insists she no longer harbours her extreme leadership ambitions of the past, and is "very happy doing what I'm doing and I'm very supportive of our leader Simon Bridges". "I'm not interested in rolling … [Read more...] about Judith Collins makes surprising appearance in preferred Prime Minister poll
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A majority of New Zealanders are either unsure or uneasy about Winston Peters' upcoming stint as acting Prime Minister. A Newshub-Reid research poll found just 39 percent thought Mr Peters would do well in the job, meaning more than 60 percent didn't, or were feeling unsure. Simon Bridges failing to connect with voters - poll NZ First gone, Greens the new king-maker in latest Newshub poll Judith Collins makes surprising appearance in preferred PM poll Mr Peters says he is optimistic about his time in the big seat. "I think it should be a period of great stability and progress in the country," he said. Newshub asked if he thought he had New Zealanders on side with him stepping into the role. "All the reasonable, right-thinking ones, yes," he replied. But the Deputy Prime Minister appears to be suffering at the hands of 'Jacinda-mania' when it comes to popularity. While he always rates in the preferred Prime Minister rankings, the public's appetite for him is waning. Last year his peak … [Read more...] about What do Kiwis think of Prime Minister Winston Peters?
Two young royals Meghan and Harry are getting married. They've asked for no presents and donations to charity instead, which of course means everyone is getting them presents - including including New Zealand's Prime Minister, who is a self-described republican and believes the nation will separate from the monarchy within her lifetime. This afternoon Jacinda Ardern will reveal what the royal gift is, but in the meantime it's much more fun to speculate. It has to be something that can be posted, obviously, which means no OPI nail varnishes - a lesson we've all learnt the hard way. Here are what we believe to be the most likely gifts the PM will be sending to the UK. Allbirds slippers These are made by a New Zealand company, so the royals probably don't already own them. Plus, the Prime Minister appears to love these slipper-shoes. She's already given them to visiting Australian officials. Billed as 'soft comfort and a smart silhouette', it sounds like they'd suit a royal … [Read more...] about Royal wedding: Presents the Prime Minister should give, and probably will
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has revealed her favourite Dancing With The Stars NZ contestants are Newshub's own Samantha Hayes and Shavaughn Ruakere. Ms Ardern admitted to supporting the pair during an interview with the Rotorua Daily Post, saying she it was thanks to the fact she had a relationship with both. Dancing With The Stars NZ: Naz may dance alone after partner Tim injures knee at practice Dancing With The Stars NZ Judge Camilla reacts to viral dance videos "I do know Shavaughn [Ruakere] and Sam [Hayes] so of course you're always rooting for the people that you know," she said. Raukere and Hayes are still in the competition after Gilda Kirkpatrick was eliminated last week. Hayes is supporting NZ Riding for the Disabled while Raukere is supporting the Breast Cancer Foundation. The next elimination will take place on Monday. To vote for who you would like to win, text their name to 3333. Texts cost 99 cents and the net proceeds will go to the stars' selected charities. The … [Read more...] about Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern backs Newshub’s Sam Hayes and Shavaughn Ruakere for DWTSNZ
LATEST POPULAR FEATURED news 1 Misleading or not? WORLD founder L'Estrange-Corbet defends Made in NZ tags on garments made in China, saying the tags 'are made in NZ' 2 Even royal children wear hand-me-downs - something familiar in photos of Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis 3 Man who fought neighbour's fence blocking Wellington Harbour view back in court 4 Weekend's most read: First official photos of Prince Louis released by royal family 5 Live stream: Jacinda Ardern set to reveal details of today’s meeting with Hillary Clinton in post Cabinet press conference 01:27 Hillary Clinton’s classic Kiwi baby gift for Jacinda Ardern revealed by Prime Minister The pair had an hour-long breakfast meeting this morning, prior to Ms Clinton speaking at 'An Evening with Hillary Rodham Clinton' in Auckland tonight. 00:56 Was people smuggling boat, intercepted with 130 Sri Lankan … [Read more...] about Hillary Clinton’s classic Kiwi baby gift for Jacinda Ardern revealed by Prime Minister