Watch: 'I am in the fight of my life' – Greens face political oblivion after shocking 1 NEWS poll result

Greens leader James Shaw says he's in the fight of his life as today's 1 NEWS Colmar Brunton poll gives the party its worst result in nearly eight years.

The poll has the Green Party on 4.3 per cent, its worst result since September 2009.

In 1999 the Greens just scraped into Parliament, now, 18 years later, they could be out completely.

"I am in the fight of my life. I am going to take it out to the country over the course of the next few weeks," Mr Shaw said.

"I think if you look at the last 17 years of our record, most people would say that that was a blip," he said of tonight's poll.

1 NEWS political editor Corin Dann runs us through the latest bombshell poll result. Source: 1 NEWS

The Greens hit a high of 15 per cent in the last 1 NEWS Colmar Brunton poll.

But former co-leader Metiria Turei's shock benefit fraud admission, the hasty departure of two MPs and Ms Turei's eventual resignation has rocked the party and its supporters.

Now sole leader James Shaw is confident his party will bounce back.

"What we've got to focus on is ensuring that there is a new progressive government of New Zealand," he said. 

Our 1 NEWS Colmar Brunton poll shows the National and Labour leaders neck and neck. Source: 1 NEWS

Labour and the Greens' memorandum of understanding remains in place, but do the Greens need more support from Labour to survive?

"We've seen a lot of movement in the polls in recent times. I'm sure that will probably continue," said Labour leader Jacinda Ardern.

National leader Bill English said most of Labour's increase has come from the Greens, "so the Greens have to try and get those voters back from the Labour Party. That might be a challenge for them". 

It follows co-leader Metiria Turei's benefit fraud admission which led to her resignation. Source: 1 NEWS

If the Greens don't reach the five per cent threshold, their only other option to get back into Parliament is to win a seat.

The party is putting up a fight in Nelson but is highly unlikely to win there, said 1 NEWS political reporter Katie Bradford.

So its only other option is for Labour to stand aside in an electorate to make way for the Greens, but both parties are ruling that out.

James Shaw says he's "absolutely confident we can rebuild" and the party will now focus on policy. 

The Greens hit a high of 15 per cent in the last 1 NEWS Colmar Brunton Poll, but inner turmoil has rocked the party and its supporters since. Source: 1 NEWS


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Raw video: Dog attacks New Zealand fur seal on Canterbury beach as owner tries desperately to intervene

Warning: Some people may find the vision in the video upsetting

DOC says "the dog in this video is clearly not under effective control". Source: Supplied

The owner of a dog that attacked a New Zealand fur seal on a Canterbury beach this week has come forward to the Department of Conservation after footage of the incident emerged.

The dog, which DOC describes as small and white with ginger markings, was filmed by a member of the public attacking a seal on The Pines Beach in Waimakariri.

DOC has released footage of the attack on the seal which lasted around five minutes before the owner was able to control his dog.

"We realise this footage is distressing but we want people to understand how easily a dog attack on a seal can happen. The consequences are almost always bad for the seal and dogs can be bitten as well," Ms Spencer says.

DOC says that last year three seals were killed by dogs on Christchurch beaches.

"The dog in this video is clearly not under effective control and we’re disappointed this is yet another dog attack on a seal," says Ms Spencer.

Following today’s media attention the dog owner has contacted DOC who will be talking to them about the incident as part of their investigation.

DOC recommends keeping dogs on a leash in areas where there are seals present and keeping a safe distance of at least 20 metres away.

People are asked to call the Christchurch Mahaanui DOC office +64 3 341 9100 or the 24-hour DOC hotline 0800 DOC HOT (0800 362 468) if they have any information about the attack, the dog or its owner.


Watch: Winston Peters accuses Paula Bennett of asking 'mindless questions' and diving into 'moronic abyss' during Question Time

Winston Peters accused Paula Bennett of asking "mindless questions" and diving into a "moronic abyss" during Question Time today.

His comments came as National's deputy leader was quizzing Mr Peters, who was answering on behalf of the Prime Minister, on the Employment Relations Amendment Bill in the House today.

"Can she confirm that the Labour-led Government unanimously voted for the bill at select committee and the bill has now been prepared for a second reading, and do they know how they will vote for it?" Ms Bennett asked the deputy prime minister.

"On behalf of the prime minister, if that member will not conform to the proper language of an MMP environment we do not intend to answer her mindless questions.

"She knows full well the construction, we can handle it and that's why were here and that's why they're over there, because they just don't grasp what the new environment looks like," Mr Peters answered.

Ms Bennett was then given a warning by Speaker Trevor Mallard for prefacing her follow up by implying that Mr Peters led the Government instead of Ms Ardern.

She went on to try and get more answers about the bill, asking: "Does the govt support the employment relations amendment bill as it is currently written?"

Mr Peters again went on the attack in his answer.

"Look we're not going to have a dive to the moronic abyss that the member wants to go to.

"We are talking about a process of the full committee of the House and then onto the third reading, that's whats being targeted that's what we'll do."

'It’s an opportunity for us to take New Zealand to the rest of the world': Steve Hansen reiterates call for Government cash

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has repeated his views that the Government ought to sponsor the rugby national team, saying it’s a world-renowned brand.

Hansen revealed after last month’s Bledisloe Cup-clinching win that he had asked Grant Robertson for funding while the sports minister and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern were in the Eden Park changing rooms.

“If you think about the All Blacks and the brand, it’s important that we represent New Zealand really well, and she leads our country.” Source: 1 NEWS

Hansen reiterated those views today in Wellington, saying the brand was world renowned and that’s why he felt the Government should do more for the team and rugby in general.

"It’s not about going cap in hand to the Government, the whole point of making that comment and it’s interesting everybody has jumped on it," Hansen told media in Wellington.

"This is my opinion and people can boo hoo it if they like, I believe the All Blacks over a long time have been a great brand for New Zealand.”

READ MORE: 'Who would put that on a Prime Minister!?' Jacinda asked to choose between cash for grass roots - or keeping Beauden Barrett

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was on the hot seat today, responding to questions about Government money for the All Blacks. Source: Breakfast

"You can go anywhere in the world and people may not know New Zealand, but they’ve heard of the All Blacks, I think it’s an opportunity for us to take New Zealand to the rest of the world by using that brand, be it in tourism, business and that’s why I mentioned they should be one of our sponsors."

Hansen said in his mind, rugby continued to be an important part of New Zealand’s national identity and he felt the country’s top players were missing out on rewards.

"Rugby in this country is an important part of who we are and what we are and not all the money that we make goes to the players, it goes to grassroots and funding development and women’s rugby. I don’t know if you’ve seen the budget but we’re spending more than we’ve got and that’s not a great way to run your budget."

"If the money goes to grassroots and developing women’s rugby and developing young talent to come through and be All Blacks then maybe some of the money we get from Adidas and AIG and our other sponsors can be used to keep players here."

Hansen added that he felt that complacency did not only need to be fought within the team, but by the fans and wider country as well.

"The word complacency has been bandied around about us as a team, we’re fighting it all the time and we need to within our fans and within our country cause I’m sure there’d be a different attitude if this team wasn’t performing."

The All Blacks coach has repeated his views that the government ought to sponsor the world-renowned national team. Source: 1 NEWS