Pizza, beers, and a spiff­ing out­fit

What they’ll be eat­ing, drink­ing and wear­ing on elec­tion night

Sunday Star-Times - - NEWS - Jacinda Ardern Bill English

Bill English and Jacinda Ardern will be hop­ing for a pizza the ac­tion come elec­tion day.

Just as John Key did be­fore them, both ma­jor party lead­ers will be or­der­ing in pizza as they ner­vously wait for the votes to be tal­lied next Satur­day.

Ardern plans to keep it lo­cal, or­der­ing in from her neigh­bour­hood pizze­ria Francesca’s in Auck­land’s Pt Che­va­lier.

She won’t be go­ing as far as a glass of vino though, say­ing her next drink prob­a­bly wouldn’t come un­til Christ­mas.

Francesca’s owner Mia Sanino said Ardern had been in ‘‘a few times’’.

‘‘I re­mem­ber the first time they made an or­der and it must have been a friend who came in and got it. They said ‘pick-up for Jacinda’ and I thought ‘there’s only one name like that’.’’

Sanino runs the restau­rant with her hus­band Ciro, who is orig­i­nally from Naples.

Sanino said her main con­cerns in the lead-up to the elec­tion were hous­ing, pol­lu­tion and im­mi­gra­tion.

‘‘New Zealand is in a state, hous­ing-wise, but I think there’s no easy so­lu­tion to that ... I feel for our kids and fu­ture gen­er­a­tions be­cause it can’t go back­wards now. We are where we are.’’

Sanino said it was shap­ing up to be a ‘‘re­ally close’’ re­sult, but she wasn’t ‘‘slanted’’ one way or the other: ‘‘Both have good things about them.

‘‘I think Labour’s go­ing to give Na­tional a run for their money for once. I’ve never heard Na­tional bring up so many prom­ises as well, so close to the dead­line.

‘‘Ev­ery­one’s just throw­ing it out now and it’s all sound­ing good. But at the end of the day, it’s about who’s go­ing to back up their prom­ises.’’

Sanino said she did not know if Ardern would pick up the piz­zas her­self on elec­tion night, per­haps cham­pagne so­cial­ist ham and pineap­ple?

‘‘She’ll be ner­vous and I wish them both the best of luck – what a job to take on, no thanks,’’ said Sanino.

‘‘But she’s a strong woman, and we need that. She looks like she’s got it. She can stand by it – I like the way she talks.’’

English, whose dal­liance with tinned spaghetti on homemade pizza was widely ridiculed, will also be or­der­ing in a few piz­zas come Satur­day night.

He’s tipped to go more up­mar­ket than his pre­de­ces­sor John Key, who or­dered Pizza Hut on the night of the 2011 and 2014 elec­tion vic­to­ries.

SkyCity’s Gusto at the Grand seems a strong con­tender, given the Prime Min­is­ter and his fam­ily will be at SkyCity Grand.

And English said he would likely be wash­ing the slices down with a cou­ple of beers.

When it comes to the fash­ion stakes, Ardern has al­ready cho­sen an out­fit for the night, which has been de­signed by a friend.

Her me­dia ad­viser wouldn’t say who, but she has fre­quently worn out­fits by New Zealand de­signer Juli­ette Ho­gan.

As for English, he’ll leave it un­til the day to de­cide his choice of at­tire, but it will def­i­nitely be a New Zealand-made suit.

‘‘Like most blokes, he’ll make up his mind when he wakes up in the morn­ing,’’ a spokesman said.

Out­fit: English has been look­ing sharp while traips­ing around the coun­try, and favours NZ-de­signed suits. He’ll de­cide which one to wear on elec­tion night on the day.

Out­fit: Ardern has al­ready cho­sen an elec­tion-night out­fit, which has been de­signed by a friend (she wouldn’t say who). She has worn Juli­ette Ho­gan on the cam­paign trail.

Din­ner: Or­der­ing in pizza, hasn’t de­cided from where yet, but it could be Gusto at the Grand at Auck­land’s SkyCity.

Drinks: The prime min­is­ter will likely be wash­ing the slices down with a few beers.

Din­ner: Or­der­ing take­away piz­zas from her lo­cal in Pt Che­va­lier, run by Mia Sanino and her hus­band Ciro.

Drinks: Some­thing non-al­co­holic. Wine will have to wait un­til Christ­mas, she reck­ons.

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