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New Zealanders revelling in exciting week of live stream shots of hallways

Journalists suspect Jonathan Coleman has been hanging around at the opposite end of the hallway just to waste their time.

Journalists suspect Jonathan Coleman has been hanging around at the opposite end of the hallway just to waste their time.

New Zealanders around the country are savouring the chance this week to partake in one of the great joys of the Westminster political system; leadership bouts that consist of staring down hallways for hours on end waiting for someone to come down them and say something disappointing.

As Bill English, Jonathan Coleman, and the forces of ancient evil battle for the Prime Minister’s office, and Simon Bridges and Paula Bennett battle for the right to seem like they’re Prime Minister when standing next to Bill English, news organisations around the country are providing hours worth of live streaming of the hallways they’ll eventually walk down.

“It’s fantastic for us,” said Newshub reporter Lloyd Burr. “Everyone wants to see this unfolding live, so we’ll put up a live stream of the hallway maybe even hours before the politician walks down it, just because we don’t know when they’re going to come out, or because it’s a caucus meeting and nothing could happen at any time.

“People love it. When’s she going to come down the hallway? Is that him, or is it some poor tourist taking the tour of Parliament? Who knows?”

Asked what a Newshub was, Burr replied “It’s just, sort of, 3 News, actually.”

New Zealanders spoken to about the leadership contest say they’re loving it.

“Parliament has some wonderful hallways, doesn’t it?” said Will Struthers, who has been rushing home from work every day to watch as much of the hallways as possible. “You never know who’s going to come down it. Today it was Simon Bridges. That was pretty disappointing. Yesterday it was Bill English. That was even more disappointing, actually.”

But the large amount of air time Parliament’s hallways have received this week appears to have influenced public perceptions of the race.

One Radio Live caller told host Duncan Garner that his preferred choice for the leader was “that hallway.”

“Sorry, what?” asked Garner.

“I like the, uh, hallway. That hallway that’s on the tele all the time.”

This was also reflected in an NBR poll on who its readers thought would triumph in the race to become the next Prime Minister, with “the hallway” clocking in at 27%, second to the 48% who believed it would be John Key.