You can kiss an issues-based election campaign goodbye.
An election campaign is being conducted in the midst of some of the most turbulent economic circumstances we've seen in modern times, where the result will determine whether New Zealand part-privatises some of its state assets to fund other spending priorities, engages in meaningful action on climate change or waits for the rest of the world to do so, and trades-off increased immediate borrowing for a reworked tax system that targets non-productive speculation.
So what are we going to be talking about for the next week?
Whether or not some cameraman broke the law by recording the conversation of two politicians having a cup of tea together, and a party's culpability for the vandalising actions of its individual members.
Like I said. Excellent.