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NZ election: Older voters seek continuity, as young fight for change

New Zealand political analysts say the September 23 general election will be a closely fought contest between young voters eager for change, and older voters who support fiscal conservatism.

Climate change and taxes have emerged as major policy issues, but tertiary education has also been hotly debated as providing a point of difference between the two major parties.

Prime minister Bill English has cautiously promised that his National party will “continue to invest” in tertiary education. In contrast, Labour leader Jacinda Ardern has pledged to introduce free tertiary education and increase student allowances.

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