COMMENT:

When New Zealand First holds its annual party conference next week, the issue underpinning all the discussion and debate will be its survival. It's a perennial problem, but one that is now particularly pronounced. With polling putting the party below the crucial five per cent MMP threshold for most of their time as part of the current government, party activists and MPs will debate the way forward for NZ First climbing back up. It's got the potential to be a very fraught conference.

Tensions in the party appear to be running high, with a number of internal disputes and

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President's resignation from the party

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Further internal discontent

Desperate ministerial electioneering