There was delight to be found at Labour's election night function, but not too much. As in the campaign as a whole, caution trumped exuberance.
Ardern has led her party to a resounding, unprecedented victory in what she dubbed the 'Covid election', leaving Judith Collins and National facing crisis.
The parties are diverging as the campaign grinds into its final days. Labour hosted a massive rally in Wellington today while National told a small room about a big new road and blamed the obese for being obese.
The parties are offering little to help the half of the population most likely to suffer the worst of what Covid-19 is throwing at us.
The country's two main parties are trading shots after a poll was leaked showing Labour ahead in the East Coast. National's deputy leader called it a push poll only for â€¦
Labour says this will be the Covid election. National says it's about the economy. There's something big being missed in the middle.
The Labour leader on the world and NZ of the post-Covid future – and whether or not she wants to be in office to see it in.
Shane Reti has emerged in recent weeks as the opposition's most capable communicator in the age of Covid-19. Justin Giovannetti speaks with 'Dr Shane' about the changes he's brought to â€¦
Politicians are figuring out how to get your vote when they can't knock on your door. So far they've decided to just be helpful.
A man in his 30s turned up at hospital on Friday with symptoms. He’s now in ICU. Nobody knows how he contracted the virus.
Just as campaigning was getting properly under way, news from Auckland turned Ardern's plans, and an entire election campaign, on its head.