The Prime Minister has called an election for November 8.
The final sitting day of Parliament will be October 3.
The last possible day for an election to be held was November 15.
After going into urgency twice, the government has passed the most pressing items of its legislative agenda in the last two weeks, culminating in the passage of the Climate Change (Emissions Reductions) Act to implement an emissions trading scheme.
The Prime Minister said at a press conference that the election would be fought on trust.
“This election is about trust; which leader and which party we trust.”
She attacked the opposition National Party, which has been leading in polls all year, for its “evasiveness, flip-flops, and secret agendas,” and said the Labour-led governments of the last nine years had shown Labour could be trusted.
Miss Clark has endured frequent attacks in the House this week about her continued confidence in former Foreign Minister Winston Peters. She continues to express her confidence in him as a minister, despite what she called “disturbing” evidence that he has not been upfront about his solicitation of donations from businessman Owen Glenn in Parliament’s privileges committee this week.