Two weeks ago, then Labour deputy leader Jacinda Ardern said she would happily give up a role as deputy prime minister to get her party a better post-election deal.
Now with Ms Ardern in the top job, new No 2 Kelvin Davis has made the same pledge.
While it is still unclear what effect replacing Andrew Little with Ms Ardern as party leader will have on the polls, Labour looks likely to need one or two other parties to form a government after the election.
The deputy PM role may be a significant bargaining chip in post-election deal-making with New Zealand First or the Green Party.
Mr Davis told Three’s The Nation he was just as happy to give up the deputy PM role as Ms Ardern was. “I’m not going to get in the way of Jacinda being prime minister,” he said. NZN