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New Zealand’s decisive moment

Images: Jakobandrewnz and New Zealand Labour Party [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Outcome of October election could change direction of research reforms and alter genetic modification rules

At New Zealand’s 14 October national election, the incumbent coalition government, led by Labour, will be seeking a fourth term—the first in which prime minister Chris Hipkins (pictured right) has been at the helm.

But with pollsters noting a shift to the right in public opinion, the prospect of a change in leadership has the research community wondering if current reforms on the government’s agenda will be seen through. The National party, led by Christopher Luxon (pictured left) are currently leading Labour in the polls.

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