The government is in panic mode
We have a by-election in the Far North of the country because the previous MP (with a large majority) had to resign
"because of personal reasons" (he is being investigated for reasons that have been kept secret - rumoured to be sexual in nature).
The campaign by National (who has been swarming up to Northland at every opportunity) has been inept and the electorate angry at being kept in the dark about the resignation of their MP, Mike Sabin.
The government is likely to suffer a humiliating defeat, losing the seat to the country's most effective politician in opposition.
Key is winging his way back from Japan to go straight to Northland to try and turn the tide round.
Winston Peters ahead in Northland by-election - poll
A new poll has NZ First leader Winston Peters holding a commanding lead over National's novice candidate in the Northland by-election.
"It's a run chance, and we've got to chase it down and we've only got limited days in which to do it.
Osborne dodging questions over review