How did voters react? Twitter reveals who got the most attention at last night's multi-party debate

David Seymour was the most mentioned candidate on Twitter after last night's multi-party debate. 

The head of ACT Party had 47 per cent of all twitter mentions followed by James Shaw, leader of the Green Party with 37 per cent. 

Marama Fox from the Maori Party had 14 per cent and Damian Light from the United Future party had 2 per cent.

The Greens however, had the most party mentions after the heated debate, with 68 per cent of twitter users mentioning them, streets ahead of ACT and the Maori party who both got 14 per cent of the party mentions.

The biggest issue of the night for Twitter users was climate change and the peak moment with the most reactions came when Damian Light of United Future said "there was the Jacinda effect, maybe there will be the Damian Light effect".

Mr Seymour wasn't taking it though, saying the debate needed a more serious discussion. Source: 1 NEWS



Maori Party has supported National but co-leader now picks up 'feeling for change' in electorate

The Maori Party, one of the National Government's current support partners, talked up the prospect of working with Labour ally the Greens in last night's 1 NEWS Multi Party Leaders debate.

Asked if she could support a National, New Zealand First, ACT government, Maori Party co-leader Marama Fox said: "I hope we never have to". 

"It's the New Zealand First segment of that coalition that we might have some issue with, around entrenching the Maori seats," Ms Fox added.

She said "there is a feeling for change" when she knocks on doors in the Ikaroa-Rawhiti electorate where she's standing.

Marama Fox says despite there being senior Maori MPs in Labour, they are needed as an independent voice. Source: 1 NEWS

"And I have to say that I look forward to the prospect of working with a party like the Greens that are so close in policy to ourselves that that would be an easy match," Ms Fox said.

The Green Party leader made the promise during TVNZ's multi-party leaders debate. Source: 1 NEWS

Greens leader James Shaw said his party has always said a Labour- Greens government could work with NZ First. 

"But you do not want to leave it up to chance because Winston Peters will not say which way he is going to go. So it is entirely a random occurrence which way he will end up going. And that is why the Green Party has to be the party to the Labour Party at this election."

ACT leader David Seymour was adamant he could not support a Labour government.

"I mean this is a party that is going into an election with a tax policy that we'll find out what it is later. They want to take us back to 1970s labour relations that will bankrupt this country," he said. 

Marama Fox of the Maori Party and ACT's David Seymour exchanged frank views on Te Reo in schools. Source: 1 NEWS

"The only way that the centre right is going to govern in the next term is with a stronger, larger ACT Party."

United Future's new leader Damian Light said his party wants to "talk to the party that's going to commit to actually taking some action on housing on transport and on climate change. We need action now".

"If New Zealand First was in that mix I'd be deeply, deeply concerned," he added. 

"I don't trust New Zealand First. They tried to prop up the National Party back in '96, '97 and it was a complete and utter disaster.

"Winston couldn't decide what he was doing and he had to be sacked. He has a record of being unstable. We would work with the government to achieve outcomes, but if New Zealand First is part of it I think this country is in trouble."

With the election fast becoming a two-horse race between National and Labour, right now all the parties are fighting for every vote they can get.

Marama Fox indicates the Maori Party could easily switch to a Labour coalition Government over their current National partner. Source: 1 NEWS

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'Most interesting move of the night' - 1 NEWS' Katie Bradford on Maori Party co-leader's big election hint

The biggest story-line out of tonight's multi-leaders debate was Marama Fox's "warm" indication her Maori Party would side with Labour over National in a coalition government, 1 NEWS' Katie Bradford said.

The Maori Party is currently a support partner of the sitting National-led government, but following the 1 NEWS multi-leaders debate tonight it is clear Fox has a close affinity for Jacinda Ardern and a Labour coalition. 

"The most interesting move of the night was Marama Fox revealing she thinks there is a mood for change and there will be a Labour government under Jacinda Ardern," Bradford says. 

"She says as she goes door knocking around the country that's the feeling she gets, so that's a very strong move.

"Don't forget Marama Fox and the Maori party support the National government currently, but her language is very warm towards Labour and has been for some time. She would work with them in government absolutely."

Fox also signaled any possible Maori Party coalition with National, New Zealand First and ACT would "not be her first choice", specifically signaling out New Zealand First as a party she would find it difficult to work with.

The unknown face of the multi-party leaders debate, United Future's leader Damian Light, gives a "speed dating" run down of who he is, where he lives and what he does. Source: 1 NEWS

James Shaw and David Seymour both had a crack at the NZ First leader. Source: 1 NEWS

Marama Fox of the Maori Party and ACT's David Seymour exchanged frank views on Te Reo in schools. Source: 1 NEWS

Mr Seymour wasn't taking it though, saying the debate needed a more serious discussion. Source: 1 NEWS

Marama Fox indicates the Maori Party could easily switch to a Labour coalition Government over their current National partner. Source: 1 NEWS