A successful conference at the weekend and a decent poll ensured it was a chipper pack of National Party MPs who rolled up for Parliament this week.

Morale is the most precious commodity for any Opposition, and National had needed a wee boost.

His one-point rise to 6 per cent as preferred Prime Minister, and National's two-point advantage over Labour clearly emboldened leader Simon Bridges.


Bridges will not have missed that Ardern's ratings as preferred PM had slipped from 51 per cent in April – soon after the mosque attacks – to 45 per cent in June, to 41