With only two days left before the 2017 election, those vying to be Napier's next MP are making every second of their campaigns count.

Polls close and the victors will be announced on Saturday, but the official final day of campaigning for candidates is Friday, meaning this is the final push for the six Napier candidates.

From door-knocking, making calls, to stopping people in the street, most are planning to work until the last moment to secure as many votes as possible

Defending his seat means Labour MP and candidate Stuart Nash has stepped up his campaign in the final week.


"The last two weeks of the campaign are the next step up from the time before ... and then the last big push is on election day."

He and his team have been sign waving, door-knocking, and would be campaigning in Wairoa today. They had also been reminding people where to vote, even taking them to voting stations.

"In every single campaign I've run here we've gone really hard, we've given it everything. What we've done hasn't changed, but the expectations and the enthusiasm has changed."

His National opponent David Elliott planned to work hard over the next few days door-knocking, doing "human hoardings", but focusing on getting out and meeting with as many people as possible.

"It's been a marathon. We've worked pretty hard. I'm more relaxed than I've been for probably the entire [campaign] because there's only so much you can do in the last two or three days," he said.

"People are already voting, I'm meeting people that have voted for me which is absolutely amazing. It's a really humbling experience actually because this is my first time."

Green Party candidate Damon Rusden had been out in Napier chatting to residents, making sure people were enrolled and ready for vote.

He would be continuing this until election day, although with nearly 700,000 people nationwide already having cast their votes, he felt many people would have decided who they would give their tick to.

"I pride myself on the fact I think I've been to every street around Napier, I'm not entirely sure what else I could do."

Democrats for Social Credit candidate Karl Matthys said all was well in the final week. He had been pushing his party's policies by handing out pamphlets, and talking with people in the community.

Through discussions with voters, he felt there were more youth interested this election, and thought there would be a much higher turnout.

Part of candidates' work over the next 48 hours will involve taking down hundreds of hoardings across the electorate, with this included in the strict rules about electioneering on election day.

Candidates have their Saturday evening planned - with venues booked for celebrations, or commiserations. Some thought the election could be called earlier than previous years given the number of advance votes cast.

Maori Party candidate Maryanne Marsters and Conservative Party candidate Laurence Day could not be reached for comment.