Labour has surged ahead of National in the latest opinion poll which gives the party its highest rating in 15 years.
The 1 News Colmar Brunton poll, its first of the year, puts Labour on 48%, a gain of nine points since the last poll in December.
National has slipped three points to 43%.
The Greens have suffered from Labour’s gain, down two points to five per cent, and so has NZ First which has also shed two points to three per cent.
On those results Labour would have 59 seats in parliament and could govern with the Greens’ six seats a total of 65.
National would have 54 seats, Act one seat and NZ First no seats.
In the preferred prime minister stakes, Jacinda Ardern has gained four points to reach 41% while National leader Bill English has dropped eight points to 20%.
The poll was conducted between February 10 and 14, most of it taken before Mr English quit the leadership.
At the end of last month a Newshub-Reid Research poll showed Labour gaining to reach 42% but National managed to stay ahead with 44.5%. NZN