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But the challenge for Labour is not to become a contender for Government in a year's time. It clearly already is, as the biggest party of a centre-left bloc, according to the polls (Colmar Brunton, 50 per cent; Reid Research, 52.3; and Curia public poll average, 52.3).
The challenge is first to stay there and second to convince the voting public that that is real possibility.
It is harder in the second half of the year.
The second half of most years - and this year is no different - is full of international summitry for Prime Minister John Key be it the Pacific islands Forum, leaders week at the United Nations, the East Asia Summit or Apec.
That means an endless stream of photo opportunities and meetings to promote New Zealand's agenda.
It guarantees Key extensive and almost always positive coverage in the mass media.
This is not a reflection on Key. It is not a criticism of the media - God forbid. (I'll leave that to former editors of the Herald.)
It is the nature of the staging of the events and the advent of the 20-minute news cycle.
If Little were elected Prime Minister next year, the same would be happening for him.
It is not so fanciful that he and his Foreign Minister, David Shearer, could be flying out of Whenuapai to represent New Zealand at Apec in Vietnam - leaving a day early in case of a break-down - and that he would be meeting President Hillary Clinton for the first time, talking about what parts of the TPP they wanted renegotiated.
John Key did it 2008 after a change of Government.
The election result was clear. He formed a minority Government, was sworn in, and the next day headed off to his first Apec, in Peru.
Yet for Andrew Little, that it sounds fanciful.
He is not yet seen as the alternative Prime Minister.
November 18 will be Little's second anniversary as leader.
Little's first year was a success. His second has not matched it. His third year is crucial.
His first year went well because he started from such a low base: low polling, low morale, no discipline, no money, no unity, no hope. Little lifted the party to a properly functioning party.