Election 2017: Whowill get your vote?
The buzz ahead of the battle for the Beehive is getting louder as candidates face the last week of the campaign.
Advanced voting in the 2017 general elections opened on September 11.
But candidates have until September 23 to make an impact on voters before they head to the polls.
Health and education have been top of the most contested policies among the main contenders hoping to take the National stronghold of Kaikoura.
Incumbent National MP Stuart Smith faces opposition from eight other candidates including recently announced New Zealand First candidate Jamie Arbuckle, Green Party candidate Dr Richard McCubbin and Labour hopeful Jeanette Walker. They are joined by Smart Alliances engineer Richard Evans who is standing for the third time as the Act candidate
Semi-retired Waipara farmer John McCaskey is returning as the candidate for the Democratic Party for Social Credit party which aims to reform monetary policy.
The veteran candidate, who has run for office 14 times before, said this time around he had noticed people becoming more politically engaged.