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Party leaders on the streets in Mt Roskill

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 1/12/2016 Sean Martin

It's the last day of campaigning in the Mt Roskill by-election and party leaders are on the streets.

Prime Minister John Key and Labour leader Andrew Little are putting in a final effort ahead of voting on Saturday.

Labour is widely expected to retain the seat with a reduced majority.

Phil Goff held the seat between 1981 and this year, apart from a three-year break, and was returned in 2014 with a majority of more than 8000.

He's now Auckland's mayor and his legacy should be enough to ensure Michael Wood takes his place in parliament.

National is putting up Parmjeet Parmar, a list MP who ran second to Mr Goff in 2014.

Although Mr Goff came back with a thumping majority in the last election the party vote went to National.

That should give it a faint hope of victory, but Mr Key is emphasising National's underdog status.

"There's no expectation for us to win," he said on Thursday.

"This seat has been held by Labour forever ... no incumbent government has won a seat that they don't hold in a by-election."

Mr Key says National doesn't have much at stake but Labour does.

"If Roskill was to go National, I think it would really be terminal for Andrew Little," he said.

"I just can't see how he would be able to return to parliament and argue that he could be the leader of the Labour Party."

Mr Little is confident of victory but says Labour isn't taking it for granted.

It's being helped by the Greens, who haven't put up a candidate although they ran third in 2014.

National and Labour are the only parliamentary parties in the race.

The candidates are:

Richard Goode. NAP (Not a Party)

Andrew Leitch. Democrats for Social Credit.

Roshan Nauhria. NZ People's Party

Parmjeet Parmar. National Party

Tua Shuster. Independent

Brandon Stronge. Cannabis Party

Michael Wood. Labour Party.

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