New Zealanders go to the polls in General Election

New Zealanders go to the polls today in the General Election to determine the membership of the 52nd New Zealand Parliament.

Polling places are open from 9am to 7pm.

MetService forecasts showers or rain for at least part of the day for voters in many parts of the country.

The Electoral Commission will release preliminary election results progressively from 7pm.

The commission aims to release all advance vote results by 8.30pm, with results from half of voting places expected to be declared by 10pm and results from all booths expected to be known by 11.30pm.

Join the 1 NEWS team live at 7pm tonight on TVNZ1 and here on 1 NEWS NOW for the most comprehensive election coverage.

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Veteran broadcaster Peter Williams confirms he will leave TVNZ at end of 2018

Veteran broadcaster Peter Williams has confirmed he will be leaving TVNZ at the end of next year.

He revealed the news during an interview with the Bay of Plenty Times.

"I've had a pretty good run. Been to quite a few places and done enough stuff," he said.

The clock is wound back to 1998, and some very 90s graphics, for TVNZ’s veteran broadcaster. Source: Breakfast

Widely regarded as one of New Zealand's most popular newsreaders, Williams began as a sports journalist before moving to newsreading.

Last year, Williams was among the casualties of TVNZ's Breakfast revamps, which also saw Nadine Chalmers-Ross and Rawdon Christie replaced by Jack Tame and Hilary Barry.

"I'm more than happy to sleep through the night and wake up naturally," he said of retirement.

It's Peter's last day on Breakfast, so his colleagues are finding some gems from the archives. Source: Breakfast

Williams will retire in December 2018, after he celebrates his 65th birthday.

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'People have work and commitments, it's unfair' - voters upset after ballot boxes arrive late in East Auckland polling booth

A voting station at the Pakuranga Leisure Centre, in the East Auckland electorate of Pakuranga, has opened late at 9:20am this morning after ballot boxes failed to arrive on time.

A dozen people who were queueing up outside left due to the delay.

All polling booths were meant to open at 9am this morning, and will close at 7pm.

Auckland doctor Hassan Ali said he had now missed the chance to vote as he needed to do so at 9am before heading to work at a hospital.

"People have work and commitments. It's unfair. They are supposed to do this in advance," Mr Ali said.

Around a dozen people left without voting at the Pakuranga Leisure Centre voting booth, in the East Auckland electorate of Pakuranga, before ballot boxes arrived to vote at 9:20 - 20 minutes late. Source: 1 NEWS