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New Zealand Prime Minister Bill English reacts as he speaks during an event held ahead of the national election at the Te Papa Museum located in Wellington, New Zealand August 23, 2017. REUTERS/Ross Setford


WELLINGTON (Reuters) - New Zealand's ruling National Party regained a wide lead over the opposition Labour party in an opinion poll released on Wednesday, the latest twist in a volatile campaign for a general election at the weekend.

The New Zealand dollar rose 0.7 percent to a six-week high of $0.7369 after the poll was released on Wednesday, three days before New Zealanders go to the polls.

Support for the National Party jumped 6 points to 46 percent, according to the One News-Colmar Brunton opinion, while support for Labour slumped by seven points to 37 percent. Labour had surged in recent weeks under new leader Jacinda Ardern.

The poll showed support for the nationalist New Zealand First Party, a potential election kingmaker, dropped 1 point to 5 percent, right on the threshold a party needs to get a seat in parliament.

(Reporting by Ana Nicolaci da Costa and Charlotte Greenfield; Editing by Paul Tait)

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