Labour leader David Cunliffe has gone out on the hustings in South Auckland in a bid to convince voters an upset election win is “within striking range”.
Cunliffe said he was optimistic he could be the next prime minister.
“I’m entirely confident we can do this,” he said.
“Nobody said it was easy but it’s doable.”
Cunliffe met voters in Otara, where he said he was maximising party support in the traditional Labour heartland.
He described National’s claims it was gaining ground in Mangere and other parts of South Auckland as “absolute rubbish”.
“Our polling shows the reverse … It’s a desperate PR sideshow from the National Party and there’s no truth to it.”
Cunliffe told a small group of about 12 people who turned up to hear him speak at Manukau Institute of Technology that the best thing for jobs and the economy would be to oust National.
Only 12 people turned up in South Auckland to hear the Labour Party Leader. Wow.
Labour was within 3 per cent or 4 per cent of forming a coalition government, he said.
They are within 3% to 4%, but only if the coalition includes the Greens, NZ First, Mana and Internet parties.