New Zealand Prime Minister Bill English, front left, stands with colleagues and supporters as he makes an announcement on funding for a new multi-sport stadium in Christchurch, New Zealand, Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)
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A "bombshell" poll Thursday showed New Zealand's Labour Party will pose a significant threat to the ruling National party at September's elections, as its leaders clashed in a debate focused on housing, the economy and immigration.Support for the opposition Labour Party jumped to its highest since 2006, overtaking that of the National party, a poll commissioned by 1 News showed, threatening National's decadelong hold on government at the Sept. 23 election.National or Labour would still need to strike a deal with smaller parties to form a government in New Zealand's German-style proportional voting system.National, just weeks ago considered the favorite to form a government, fell three points to 41 percent, its lowest result since 2005 .The two parties would probably still need New Zealand First, which slipped two points to 8 percent, to form a government.
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