The 2014 General Election date has been set as Saturday the 20th of September.
According to a statement released by the Prime Minister's office today, John Key says, " I’m announcing the election date well in advance as I believe this gives New Zealanders some certainty and is in the country’s best interests.”
“It is my practice to be up-front with the New Zealand public and provide plenty of notice about election timing.”
The statement goes on to say the Government’s intention is that the House will rise on Thursday 31 July and Parliament will be dissolved on Thursday 14 August.
Writ day will follow on Wednesday 20 August, and nomination day will be Tuesday 26 August.