New Zealand delays upcoming general election by four weeks

New Zealand’s coronavirus outbreak has forced the government to delay the upcoming general election.

It was due to go ahead on September 19, but has now been pushed back four weeks until October 17.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says she’s considered a lot of advice.


“Having weighed up all these factors, and taken wide soundings, I have decided on balance to move the election by four weeks to the 17th of October.

“At the end of last week I was advised that this date is achievable,” she announced this morning.

It comes as the country struggles to contain a potential second wave of the virus, after a number of cases popped up in Auckland following over 100 days of no community transmission.

As of yesterday, the NZ Health website reported 69 active cases within the country.