NZ Election 2020: NZ First could pull off mighty comeback as minor parties make final push

New Zealand First could pull off a mighty comeback, with the last Newshub-Reid Research poll before election day showing support for the minor party is on the rise.

But with the party still below the 5 percent threshold needed to enter Parliament, it could be too late in the piece.

Leader Winston Peters' dog Beau is a good luck charm of sorts for him as he rallies the troops for the last day of campaigning.

But the going has been tough. New Zealand First are up in Newshub's new poll, but still below the 5 percent party vote needed to enter Parliament 

Peters has been talking up a late surge - but it is right down to the wire and could be too little too late. 

New Zealand First has bumped around in the past. In the year leading up to the last election, the party was polling between 6 and 13 percent.

Our last poll in 2017 had New Zealand First on 7.1 percent - just 0.1 of a percentage point off the final election result of 7.2 percent. 

"For so many times we've been written off and made a comeback - there is no reason in 2020 why it won't happen the same way," Peters told Newshub.

Friday marked his last chance to charm before the nation goes to the polls, but he reverted to being recalcitrant.

"I'm going to call this press conference the last one of all off if I can't hear anything more sensible coming from you," he said.

Over in the Greens' camp, things are a little perkier - co-leader James Shaw telling Newshub he's "really pleased that the momentum seems to be with us".

And ACT leader David Seymour's leading his favourite campaign yet.

"We don't count our chickens before they hatch, but as you know we're hoping to have a good dozen eggs hatching into beautiful parliamentary chickens tomorrow night," he said.

The Māori Party is making as much noise as it can, hoping for a win in one of the electorates.

"It's in the lap of the gods, you know - so you just wait until the count comes in," co-leader John Tamihere said.

It's not long until we find out who democracy delivers to.