Honeymoon over for Jacinda Ardern as Labour drops below National in latest 1 NEWS Colmar Brunton poll

The honeymoon is over for Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, with Labour dropping below National in the latest 1 NEWS Colmar Brunton poll. 

The poll results find National on 44 per cent approval, up one and sitting pretty as the biggest party. 

Labour is on 43 per cent, a five-point drop since our last poll in February. 

The poll is the second of the year, and the first with Simon Bridges at the helm of the National Party.

1 NEWS political Editor Jessica Mutch says it'll be mixed emotions for National tonight off the back of the poll.

National has regained the lead in the latest 1 News Colmar Brunton poll following Simon Bridges' rise to the party leadership. Source: 1 NEWS

"National itself is actually tracking really well - back to being the favourite party, and it hasn't moved around a lot since the election," she says.

"But if I was Simon Bridges I'd be worried because either people don't know him, or don't like him. Either way that's not great.

Mr Bridges is yet to resonate with voters, with only 10 per cent preferring him to be prime minister.

Ms Ardern support is at 37 per cent approval for preferred prime minister in the latest poll.

When John Key and Jacinda Ardern became leaders they were polling three times Mr Bridges.

The new National leader is getting about the same rating as failed Labour leaders Andrew Little, David Cunliffe and David Shearer.  

But that doesn't take away that Labour have had "sloppy" last few weeks Mutch says.

"Labour is down, the Prime Minister is down. She had great summer but now she's getting into the political grind."

Labour have had a sloppy and a ropey last few weeks - 1 NEWS political Editor Jessica Mutch

Mutch said the Prime Minister, who has just arrived in Europe, will be hoping this entrance onto the world stage "will put a full stop after a difficult few weeks".  

However, the drop by Labour is being picked up by its support parties, with the Greens on six per cent, up one, and New Zealand First on five per cent, up two.

The Maori Party isn't in Parliament anymore but is still registering support with one per cent. 

Labour's drop in the polls comes after a bad few weeks for the Prime Minister, with one controversy after another.

There's been the Clare Curran Radio New Zealand saga, the Russia spy story, Middlemore Hospital revelations and the accusations of sexual assault at a Labour camp.

"Oh, politics absolutely comes with it's up and downs. But over that time we've been able to progress an enormous agenda," Ms Ardern said. 

"Overall the coalition Government still showing very strong support."

But National still gets the prize for the biggest party.

"In terms of the Government, people are seeing something lurching around a bit shambolic, certainly floundering," Mr Bridges said.

"It is important people get to know me. I'm working very hard to give them that opportunity, working very hard every day all over New Zealand," Mr Bridges said.

Labour has fallen five points to 43 per cent approval, while National has climbed one point to 44 per cent. Source: 1 NEWS



'My god she can run' - woman at centre of hilarious Kawakawa dog escape video says Lily is enjoying her 15 minutes of fame

A Bay of Islands woman told TVNZ1's Seven Sharp she is "never going to live this down" after footage of her rescue dog Lily dragging a bakery's flag down the main street of Kawakawa went viral around the globe.

CCTV footage of the freedom-seeking furball's runner — accompanied by Yakety Sax, the song made famous by the Benny Hill Show — has been viewed more than 500,000 times since it was posted to Facebook last night.

Lucie Green, a volunteer with Bay of Islands Animal Rescue, was taking the basset hound for a walk last week when she decided to stop at a local business to buy Lily a treat.

But the Basset Hound received a fright and bolted despite being tied to a large Coca-Cola flag forcing Lucie to give chase.

"For an animal with just little legs, my god she can run," Lucie told Seven Sharp.

Lily, Lucie and the rogue flag brought Kawakawa's State Highway 1 strip to a standstill, the whole escapade captured on CCTV.

"My partner owns a local CCTV company I got to the office and I told him what had happened.

"He didn't tell me he'd done it, but he edited footage and put the music on and uploaded it to Facebook and tagged me in it.

"I knew it was trouble when basically by the time we'd gone to bed last night it had hit 100,000 views," Lucie said.

Thousands of people have since commented on the video, with many of them admiring the dog’s spirit.

"I'm laughing my guts out it's so funny," wrote Facebook user Annie Hicks.

Lucie does see the funny side of events however.

"They say every dog has their day, so I guess Lily is enjoying her 15 mins of fame." 

Lily made a run for it when owner Lucie Green stopped at a shop in the Northland town. Source: Seven Sharp

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Tracking down New Plymouth youth MP candidates after Andrew Little's 'hip' appeal

Labour MP Andrew Little released a tongue in cheek video encouraging young people from New Plymouth to get involved in politics today.

The video inspired TVNZ1's Seven Sharp to travel to Mr Little's old school to find the perfect candidate for its new youth MP.

Judge for yourself if New Plymouth Boys' High students Thomas Foy and Jarrod Wilson have what it takes in the video above.

Tamati Rimene-Sproat is on the case after the Labour MP's piece of political theatre. Source: Seven Sharp

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Watch: Take a tour inside Kate Sheppard’s former house where suffragists worked to get women the right to vote

Suffragist Kate Sheppard's old house in Christchurch goes up for auction next month - so Seven Sharp host Hilary Barry took a tour.

Ms Sheppard was instrumental in gaining New Zealand women the right to vote in 1893. She carried out important work for the suffrage movement in the house during the late 19th Century.

Today saw celebrations around the country marking 125 years since women gained the right to vote in New Zealand.

Jacinda Ardern has indicated the Government is interested in buying the house for the nation. It's expected to fetch in excess of $3 million when it goes under the hammer on October 17.

Hilary Barry met with the home's current owner Julia Burbury who showed her around the dwelling set on one acre of gardens.

The house has a category one heritage listing.

The piece of New Zealand history in Christchurch, worth more than $3 million, is up for auction. Source: Seven Sharp


Mum distraught as son turned away from Hutt Valley High School because he didn't have permanent address

Being homeless has become an obstacle for one mother wanting to give her child an education.

Helen Taitapanui and her son were turned away from Hutt Valley High School last week because they don't have a permanent residential address.

Ms Taitapanui, is currently battling cancer and lives in a motel with her teenage son while they wait for a permanent home.

"We've got to be glad that we've got that when we know that a lot of our families are out there living in cars," Ms Taitapanui told 1 NEWS.

However, this was a problem when she tried to enrol her son at a local school.

"The response was it's against their policy to register children living out of a motel. you had to have a residential address," Ms Taitapanui said.

She complained to the Ministry of Education and shortly after Hutt Valley High School reversed its decision.

Ms Taitapanui says her son's excited about going back to school.

"I know once he steps back into the realm of education he'll be well and truly away."

She hopes by speaking out, another unnecessary obstacle will be removed for the homeless.

Being homeless threw up an unexpected obstacle for a mum wanting to educate her child. Source: 1 NEWS