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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) - Support for New Zealand's National Party surged in a poll released on Thursday showed, pointing to a fourth term for the governing party and reversing the opposition Labour Party's recent burst of popularity.

Backing for the National Party rose 4 points to 47.3 percent, the Newshub-Reid poll showed, while support for the Labour Party fell 1.6 points to 37.8 percent.

The election takes place on Sept. 23.

The New Zealand dollar jumped to $0.7254, having stood at $0.7224 shortly before the poll results were released.

(Reporting by Charlotte Greenfield; Editing by Simon Cameron-Moore)

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