Andrew Little drops to fourth as preferred PM in latest 1 NEWS Colmar Brunton poll that sees both major parties take a hit

Labour leader Andrew Little has dropped to fourth in the preferred leader rankings in the latest 1 NEWS Colmar Brunton poll, the lowest result for an opposition leader for eight years.

Since the last poll in late May, Mr Little has dropped to fourth behind Bill English, Winston Peters and deputy Labour leader Jacinda Ardern. 

Mr Little's popularity fell by three points to five per cent while Mr Peters jumped four points to 11 per cent.

It's the lowest result for a leader of the opposition since 2009. 

Mr English has also taken a hit, down three points to 26 per cent. Ms Ardern remained steady at six per cent. 

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After a month of scandals - National's Todd Barclay resigned and Labour's intern scandal - both of the major political parties have taken a hit, according to the poll.  

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National dropped two points to 47 per cent, while Labour dropped three points to 27 per cent. 

The Green Party and New Zealand First are both up two points to 11 per cent. 

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The Maori Party is up one point to 2 per cent and The Opportunities Party is steady on 1 per cent.

When it comes to seats in what would be a Parliament of 122 MPs, National would have 57 seats. 

With its current support parties of ACT, United Future and the Maori Party, it could muster a further four seats, bringing its total to 61, not quite a majority.

Under this scenario, National would need the support of New Zealand First and its 14 MPs to form a government.

Labour, meanwhile, with 33 and the Greens' 14 could muster 47 seats.  

Throw in New Zealand First's 14 and the centre left block would also reach 61 seats - not enough for a majority, although it could technically force a hung Parliament. 

The poll was conducted between July 1 and July 5 and has a sample size of 1007 eligible voters. 

The margin of error is approximately plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.

National's also taken a slight dive in the polls, but Mr Little is now registering the lowest levels for a Labour leader since 2009. Source: 1 NEWS



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'The problem lies with the amount of admin' - panel beaters say insurance red tape slowing car repairs

Some panel beaters are saying insurance companies are taking too long to complete claims - and it is hitting them in the pocket.

More than 300,000 cars are sent for repairs in New Zealand each year and Neil Pritchard of the Collision Repair Association says bureaucracy is slowing things down.

"The problem lies with the amount of admin we have to do now - absolutely - if we didn't have to do that then we would have more effort - more resource into repairing cars," Mr Pritchard said.

On average, it takes about six days to carry out a repair, but two of those days are due to paperwork.

The insurer first needs to open a claim, then assess the vehicle and then to authorise the panel beater to quote for repairs.

After the quote has been accepted, only then can repairs get underway on the vehicle.

However, Tim Grafton of the Insurance Council says paperwork is necessary to assess all claims and if anything the system has become more streamlined.

"What is changing is that insurers are trying to speed the process up ... they are establishing exclusive repair facilities with modern machinery and processes," he said.

The insurance industry is defending its processes, however, saying it is necessary to asses all claims. Source: 1 NEWS