Prime Minister John Key has announced the election will be held on November 26.
Mr Key said it was a break from tradition to announce the election date this early but he believed it was necessary to provide certainty in what was a big year for New Zealand.
Setting the election date now would allow the country to concentrate on the Rugby World Cup knowing the election would not be held until later in the year.
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