NZ Election 2020: Jacinda Ardern says she won't stay on as Labour leader if she loses the election

Labour leader Jacinda Ardern says she won't stay on as leader of the Opposition if National is elected to Government, but is committed to completing a full second term should she be re-elected.

On Thursday, Ardern and National leader Judith Collins went head-to-head in the final leaders debate before Saturday's election.

The debate followed a TVNZ-Colmar Brunton poll result showing Labour ahead on 46 percent and Ardern well in front as preferred Prime Minister.

But should she be ousted by National and Collins, Ardern said "no" when asked if she'd stay on as leader of the Opposition. She said, however, a win would see her complete a full three-year term as Prime Minister.

When Collins was asked why she should remain the National leader should she lose the election, she said because she's doing a good job.

"Nobody can say that I'm not putting everything into it and I think that we need very strong leadership, and we need someone who can make decisions.

"I'm that person with the experience to do it."

She said she was keeping her eye on the ball.

"I know I have backing," she reiterated.

Reflecting on her second election campaign as Labour leader, Ardern said she enjoyed getting out and meeting members of the public.

"I do enjoy campaigning - genuinely because in the rigour of Parliament you don't necessarily get as much time as you in a campaign out talking to people and that's been helpful for us to make sure that we are, in our COVID recovery, really reflecting people's needs."

In her closing statement, Collins said New Zealanders "need a party" that understands business, can pay down debt and make "decisive decisions".

Ardern, meanwhile, said a vote for Labour is for a "strong and stable Government".

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