It’s not the ideal backdrop to Labour’s Conference.
First you have to pay back $800,000 or so of taxpayers funds.
Secondly a poll shows you 13% behind.
Thirdly you lose a local body by-election in the safest Labour territory in the country.
Fourthly on the day the conference starts, Police raid one of your MPs offices, in a historic first for NZ.
And finally fifthly in Auckland the centre-right win four out of five seats on the Auckland Electricity Consumers Trust, despite there being a split on the centre-right!