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Greens leader James Shaw says it’s well past time that every New Zealand school pupil was learning te reo Maori.

As the election campaign winds down towards its final hours, Mr Shaw is pushing themes like getting a capital gains tax, charging polluters, and lifting children out of poverty.

He’s also proud of its Maori language policy, which he hopes can be implemented if Labour forms the next government.

"All of us in Aotearoa should learn our country's first language. That is something I think we can push the new government on. If we get sufficient numbers of MPs, we can say this is something we can do, it is something that is well past time and it would be great for the whole country," he says.

The last One News Colmar Brunton poll before the election show the Greens recovering to 8 percent, but prospects of a Labour-Green Government took a hit with Labour dropping back to 37 percent and National improving six points to 46 percent.

New Zealand First continued its decline, hovering around the 5 percent threshold.

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