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Three Parties Have Formal Election Launches

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It may feel like politicians have been campaigning for ages, but the formal election campaigns are yet to begin with three parties holding their launches this weekend.

The Maori Party is the first out of the blocks this weekend with a launch in Hamilton on Saturday morning, the party's annual meeting in the afternoon and a "sumptuous dinner and divine dance" in the evening.

Hamilton is the heart of the Tainui electorate which the Maori Party is hoping to take off Labour minister Nanaia Mahuta.

New Zealand First kicks off its formal campaign in Mt Wellington in Auckland.

The party faithful will be crooned by John Rowles before hearing a tub-thumping speech from leader Winston Peters.

The Kiwi Party which describes itself as based on "Judeo-Christian values" will hold its launch in Tauranga on Sunday.

It formed in the wake of United Future MP Gordon Copeland leaving his party, because he objected to his leader Peter Dunne voting in favour of the anti-smacking legislation.

The two major parties -- National and Labour -- are set to hold their launches the following weekend in Auckland.

ACT and United Future will hold their campaign launches next Sunday.

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