Pizza, beers, and a spiffing outfit
What they’ll be eating, drinking and wearing on election night
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.