Jacinda Ardern and Judith Collins to face off in first TV debate of New Zealand election

Prime minister says her attention is focused on running the country, but her challenger says she is looking forward to the show

Jacinda Ardern and Judith Collins are preparing for the first TV debate of the New Zealand election, amid a campaign dominated by coronavirus.

The pair will face off in a debate in Auckland held on the same day that Covid-19 restrictions eased in most parts of the country, but not the nation’s largest city, which has been battling an outbreak.

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