National and ACT still form a government and the current Government are out of office.
It shows, I suspect, a malaise we are currently in. We're a year out from a vote, and not everyone is gripped by the minutiae of politics.
Guess why. It's not an issue.
It’s a good example of the disconnect between the media and the real world. When the Queen dies, the media thinks of what the next angle is. Given her death isn't changing, all you are left with is the republic question. The poll result tells us we have better things to think about.
There are some suggestions the Prime Minister's offshore presence might have played better for them. I think the reality is that we are over that. If you were ever enamoured with Ardern on the world stage, that has worn well and truly thin, as it’s become apparent that a lot of what she does amounts to literally nothing.
When was the last time you chatted about the Christchurch Call? When was the last time you got excited about the United Nations? She is a wonk and detached from day to day New Zealand life who loves two places to be, schools where kids still like her and overseas where the heat is off.
I suppose if you are a Labour supporter you could argue it's still a race. My pick is as more and more get focussed the issue Labour faces will only get worse.
You could also argue the small parties, all on 1 percent, all add up to about 7 percent. The trouble with that is it’s a wasted vote. Under MMP, you get 5 percent, win a seat, or it all gets put in the bin.
Anyway, the trend we have seen all year is intact, a change of government is coming.
But for the bill payer of the poll, a night of drama was sadly missing.
Mike Hosking is a New Zealand television and radio broadcaster. He currently hosts The Mike Hosking Breakfast show on NewstalkZB on weekday mornings.