Political columnist Claire Trevett casts her eye over significant developments and announcements made by the National Party - and why these are set to play a big part of the build-up to Election 2020.

Three things happened this week that showed the National Party moving into battle formation for the 2020 election campaign.

The first was the announcement it was starting its candidate selections earlier than normal.

The second was the announcement Paula Bennett was to be the chair for its campaign.


It will mean women are in charge of the campaigns for both National and Labour after a long