The election will take place on 17 October after being delayed for a month due to the Auckland outbreak.
When asked how twowere feeling, Ardern said her mind was preoccupied with running the country, while Collins said she was looking forward to it.
Jacinda Ardern and Judith Collins to face off in first TV debate of New Zealand election
New Zealand’s general election, to be held on the 17th October, began on Sunday after parliament was dissolved in and campaign began. New Zealand ends all pandemic restrictions. Ardern announces that all remaining coronavirus-related restrictions will be lifted.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announces that all remaining coronavirus-related restrictions will be lifted across much of the country, except for the most populous city.
Jacinda Ardern and Judith Collins are preparing for the first TV debate of the New Zealand election, amid a campaign dominated by coronavirus.
The pair will face off in a debate in Auckland held on the same day that Covid-19 restrictions eased in most parts of the country, but not the nation’s largest city, which has been battling an outbreak.
The prime minister and Labour party leader will meet National party leader Judith Collins in the TVNZ studios in Auckland at 7pm for the debate which will last an hour-and-a-half.
It is the first of four planned debates between the leaders and will be hosted by veteran radio and television broadcaster John Campbell, who has moderated leaders’ debates since 1999. However, there will be no live audience in the studio due to level 2 restrictions, a TVNZ spokesperson said.