Isaac Davidson looks at the state of the parties in 2017:
- National: Recovering well from major surgery.
- Labour: Steady, but with self-inflicted wounds.
- Greens: In a stable condition.
- NZ First: New lease of life, but elixir of youth needed.
- Maori Party: In a serious condition.
- ACT: On life support (National)
- United Future: Terminal.
- Mana: May pull through.
- The Opportunities Party: In need of a miracle cure.
- Conservative: Comatose, seven months to live.
Pretty good summary.