Labour takes aim at the government's homeless policy as election campaigning heats up

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Politicians remained active on the campaign trail today ahead of tonight's first leaders debate on TVNZ1.

Political reporter Andrea Vance has more on the push for support as election day gets closer.
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Policy announcement's came in from National, Greens and NZ First, while Labour scrutinised the government's new homeless policy.

Tonight's debate will be televised on TVNZ1 from 7pm and streamed live on 1 NEWS NOW from 7pm.

Bill English hit back at Labour's claims it is inappropriate for him to be making government announcements while he's campaigning after he announced the extension of a scheme that helps the homeless across the country.

The National Party leader said, "the government has the right to govern and in this case a moral compulsion to keep on with the work". 

"People are sleeping rough, we are not going to wait around for the delicacies of an election campaign," Mr English said. 

While Mr English spent this afternoon mixing with shoppers at a West Auckland mall, Jacinda Ardern was connecting with students.

The Green Party were pledging an extra $300 million for special education, while Winston Peters was pushing an un-costed plan to relocate the Post of Auckland to Whangarei. 

The NZ First leader said it would cost "a significant amount of money, but that's not the point". 

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