Watch: Bill English casts early vote with wife Mary, days out from election

Bill English cast his vote this morning at Wellington's Asteron Centre with his wife Mary English. 

The National Party leader thoroughly read through the voting form before casting his vote in Wellington. Source: 1 NEWS

Mr English spent about a minute behind the voting screen before placing his vote in the ballot box. 

Mr English has just one more day to woo the voters before the election. Source: 1 NEWS

His vote comes hot off the heals of the final TVNZ leaders' debate last night. 

Mr English is making his way up the North Island while on the campaign trail today, stopping in at shopping centres in Johnsonville and Kapiti, before stopping in Bulls, Whanganui and Taupo. 

The couple cast their ballots in the Auckland electorate of Mt Albert. Source: 1 NEWS

Meanwhile, Jacinda Arden, who cast her vote last week, will be touring Christchurch before going up to Wellington and finishing the evening at a Lower Hutt football club. 

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Watch: 'I'm suggesting to voters they cut out the middle man' – English issues blunt message on Peters

A National coalition government with Winston Peters' NZ First seems a little more remote today, after Bill English last night encouraged voters "to cut out the middle man", in a move designed to rub Mr Peters out of Parliament all together.

English and Ardern were put on the spot over potential coalition partners. Mr English didn't mince his words. Source: Breakfast

Hours after a 1 NEWS Colmar Brunton poll showed NZ First's vote on near life support at 5 per cent, Mr English dropped the hammer on Mr Peters in last night's final 1 NEWS Leaders Debate, when pushed by moderator Mike Hosking.

Who was the winner – and what were the main messages? Corin Dann and Andrea Vance break down tonight's final 1 NEWS Leaders Debate. Source: 1 NEWS

"I'm suggesting to voters they cut out the middle-man," Mr English told Hosking.

"I don't like this view that Mr Peters has that he decides who the Government of New Zealand is."

The confident NZ First leader today called this election "a three way fight". Source: 1 NEWS

On last night's 1 NEWS poll, which put National at 46 per cent, Labour at 37 per cent and the Greens at 8 per cent, Mr Peters is still the king - or queen maker.

Mr English's dialogue last night follows an ongoing war of words between Mr Peters and ACT leader David Seymour, another potential coalition partner on the right.

The NZ First leader says he can't confirm whether he would go with Labour or National. Source: Breakfast

But on TVNZ's Breakfast today, Mr Peters insisted he hadn't yet decided which of the major parties he'd form government with, if left to choose.

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'These pollsters get it wrong' - Winston Peters says NZ First has more support than indicated

New Zealand First leader Winston Peters says he is confident going into this weekend's election that he will find a place in parliament, after the latest poll showed party support for him at five per cent.

The NZ First leader says he can't confirm whether he would go with Labour or National. Source: Breakfast

Mr Peters, speaking this morning to TVNZ1's Breakfast programme, said he believes election polls "understate our support" and that "they were wrong in July and they're wrong now".

"These pollsters get it wrong over and over again where New Zealand First is involved," Mr Peters said following the release of the latest 1 NEWS Colmar Brunton poll that showed NZ First hovering on the five per cent party threshold.

Who was the winner – and what were the main messages? Corin Dann and Andrea Vance break down tonight's final 1 NEWS Leaders Debate. Source: 1 NEWS

1 NEWS polling prior to the 2014 election put NZ First on about 8 per cent support - on polling day, the result was 8.6 per cent.

He said if we does find a place in a coalition, he would "keep them honest", and said one issue he would budge on was "race-based policies".

He admitted that this could leave him at somewhat of a "stalemate" with the two big parties of Labour and National. 

When asked today which party he was preparing to back, he said "if I knew, I'd tell you".

The National leader says: "Sometimes things don't go as they should". Source: 1 NEWS

National Party Leader Bill English last night said he would potentially work with Mr Peters, but described that as being "challenging".

Mr Peters said the polls were wrong earlier this year and they are wrong now, a day after a 1 NEWS Colmar Brunton poll showed party support at five per cent. Source: Breakfast