Prime Minister John Key announced the election date during his post Cabinet press conference on Monday afternoon.
He said G20 summit hosted by Australia on 15-16 November was a factor in deciding the date.
has invited New Zealand to take part in that summit, and Mr Key said
there was a risk holding the election too close to the G20 would meant
post-election coalition talks were still underway and a Prime Minister
had not been officially anointed.
An election campaign could also mean other country's leaders could not visit in the lead up to that summit.
He said Parliament would rise on 31 July.
Mr Key would not say whether a referendum on the NZ flag would go ahead this election.
He said he would say more about the issue in a speech he was due to give tomorrow.
He has advocated changing the flag and has been considering a referendum.
Mr Key also said he believed elections should be held earlier than November in future, because of coalition talks.
National would campaign on its track record in education, health, law and order as well as the economy.
Labour leader David Cunliffe said he and his party were ready to fight the election and already in campaign mode.
"Bring it on.
"We are ready, we are up for this. It's game on."
He was not concerned Labour voters would be put off by the colder weather in September compared to the usual November date.
Cunliffe has previously been critical of hosting the Royal visit close
to an election, saying it was convention for a 6-8 month gap. However,
yesterday he said the five month gap was "fine. We welcome the Royal
He said the election would be about the economy, a more
inclusive society and "building a new passion for being New Zealanders -
proud of our environment, culture and heritage."
Asked what he
would bring to the role of Prime Ministership he said: "energy, passion,
hope for a better tomorrow for all our children, and a united team that
is right behind this effort to give New Zealanders the opportunities
In 2011, Mr Key announced the election date in early February - nine months before the November election.
is up to the Prime Minister to decide on the date. The regulated period
for election spending and advertising now kicks in either three months
before the election, or after the Prime Minister's announcement if that
is within three months of the election.
Ministers have left it late to call the election to take advantage of
knowing when the regulated period will start.
However, Mr Key
said he does not necessarily agree that delaying it until the last
minute gives a big advantage and it is in the interests of the voters
and economy to have some certainty early.
Mr Key is also expected
to give clearer indications of whether National will assist potential
coalition partners in electorate seats closer to the election.
has already indicated it will do so for Peter Dunne in Ohariu and Act's
David Seymour in Epsom, but has not yet said whether it will support
Conservative Party leader Colin Craig in the same way.
ministers Paula Bennett and Murray McCully have both said they are
interested in the two seats Mr Craig is most likely to be successful in -
the new Upper Harbour electorate and East Coast Bays.
Source - NZ Herald