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Prime Minister Bill English has announced that the general election will be held on September 23rd.
He’s following the example of his predecessor John Key who announced the date early.
This gives certainty for everyone about when the regulated period before election day starts, makes it easier for the people who administer the process and takes the politics out of setting the date.
September 23rd is the first day of school holidays but with the freedom for anyone to vote early that shouldn’t be a problem.
He also spoke of which parties National could work with in the next term should it be in a position to lead a fourth government:
“Under MMP elections are always close so we will be taking nothing for granted as we campaign for the right to lead New Zealand for another term,” says Mr English.
“We will be fighting hard to win every party vote to ensure we are in the best possible position to form a strong and stable Government that continues to deliver for all New Zealanders.
“However, MMP means we will almost certainly have to work with other parties. This will likely be in the form of confidence and supply agreements, which have worked well for us in the last three terms.”
Mr English said his preference is to continue working with current partners – ACT, United Future and the Māori Party.
“Together our parties have provided a stable and successful government at a time of great uncertainty in many parts of the world,” says Mr English.
Mr English ruled out working with the Labour-Greens grouping.
“They are an increasingly far left, inward looking grouping, with no new ideas who don’t back New Zealanders to succeed.
“New Zealand First is an unlikely partner, however I am prepared to have discussions with them post-election depending on the makeup of Parliament,” says Mr English.
One’s prime is elusive. You little girls, when you grow up, must be on the alert to recognize your prime at whatever time of your life it may occur. You must then live it to the full. – Muriel Spark who was born on this day in 1918.
1662 Chinese general Koxinga seized the island of Taiwan after a nine-month siege.
1663 Mother Ignacia del Espiritu Santo, Filipino foundress of the Religious of the Virgin Mary, was born (d. 1748).
1790 The Supreme Court of the United States attempted to convene for the first time.
1793 French Revolutionary Wars: France declared war on the United Kingdom and the Netherlands.
1814 Mayon Volcano, in the Philippines, erupted, killing around 1,200 people.
1842 The Fifeshire arrived in Nelson with the first immigrants for the New Zealand Company’s latest venture, which followed the settlement of Wellington, New Plymouth and Wanganui.
1861 Texas seceded from the United States.
1862 Julia Ward Howe‘s “Battle Hymn of the Republic” was published for the first time in the Atlantic Monthly.
1865 President Abraham Lincoln signed the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution.
1873 John Barry, Irish recipient of the Victoria Cross, was born (d. 1901).
1884 Edition one of the Oxford English Dictionary was published.
1893 Thomas A. Edison finishes construction of the first motion picture studio, the Black Maria in West Orange, New Jersey.
1896 The opera La bohème premieresd in Turin.
1897 Shinhan Bank, the oldest bank in South Korea, opened in Seoul.
1901 Clark Gable, American actor, was born (d. 1960).
1918 Muriel Spark, Scottish author, was born (d. 2006).
1920 The Royal Canadian Mounted Police began operations.
1931 Boris Yeltsin, 1st President of the Russian Federation, was born.
1934 Bob Shane, American folk singer (The Kingston Trio), was born.
1937 Don Everly, American musician (Everly Brothers), was born.
1937 Ray Sawyer, American singer (Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show), was born.
1942 Vidkun Quisling was appointed Premier of Norway by the Nazi occupiers.
1943 The German 6th Army surrendered at Stalingrad.
1946 Trygve Lie of Norway was picked to be the first United Nations Secretary General.
1958 The United States Army launched Explorer 1.
1960 Four black students staged the first of the Greensboro sit-ins.
1965 The Hamilton River in Labrador, Canada was renamed the Churchill River in honour of Winston Churchill.
1974 A fire in the 25-story Joelma Building in Sao Paulo killed 189 and injures 293.
1979 – The Ayatollah Khomeini was welcomed back into Tehran after nearly 15 years of exile.
1981 Trans-Tasman sporting relations reached breaking point at the Melbourne Cricket Ground when Australian captain Greg Chappell ordered his brother Trevor to bowl underarm (along the ground) for the final delivery of a limited-overs cricket international against New Zealand.
1989 The Western Australian towns of Kalgoorlie and Boulder amalgamate to form the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder.
1996 The Communications Decency Act was passed by the U.S. Congress.
1998 Rear Admiral Lillian E. Fishburne became the first female African American to be promoted to rear admiral.
2003 – Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrated during reentry into the Earth’s atmosphere, killing all seven astronauts aboard.
2005 King Gyanendra exercised a coup d’état to capture Nepal, becoming Chairman of the Councils of ministers.
2005 – Canada introduced the Civil Marriage Act, making Canada the fourth country to sanction same-sex marriage.
2009 Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir was elected as the first female Prime Minister of Iceland, becoming the first openly gay head of state in the modern world.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia