It will be a sunny stroll to the polling booth as election Saturday dawned fine across most of the country. Polling stations opened at 9am, while the spring equinox happened an hour earlier. That's the moment the sun crosses the celestial equator - an imaginary line in the sky above the Earth's equator - from north to south.
Election day is almost upon us - even though with the surge in advance voting in 2017, it's been more like an election fortnight - and voters have until 7pm Saturday to visit a polling place and mark their ballot. There is another deadline before that. Friday is the last chance to enrol to vote. Voters have to be enrolled by the end of Friday. "It's not too late, but you need to do it right now. You can't enrol on election day, Saturday 23 September," chief electoral officer Alicia Wright said.
Most areas could get some rain on Friday but a mostly dry Saturday - election day - looks to be on the way for much of the country. The change to fine weather came ahead of a rise in temperatures next week, with warm air from Australia set to make its way to New Zealand from Sunday. Whether or not there was a new government, change was on the way. Daylight saving would arrive at 2am on Sunday - when clocks go forward an hour - while the spring equinox would fall on Saturday.
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Selecting a term
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