Billy Boy or Jacinda Fever? The choice is yours video


Christchurch gelato shop's new election ice cream flavours, Billy Boy and Jacinda Fever.

New Zealand's two main political parties face a serious licking in Christchurch.

Central city gelato shop Rollickin' Gelato is running its own election poll with two new flavours.

Voters can choose the Jacinda Fever, a cream cheese gelato with "lippy red velvet cake" inspired by Labour leader Jacinda Ardern, or the Billy Boy, a vanilla gelato with a blueberry jam ripple in tribute to National leader Bill English.

India Curtis, of Rollickin' Gelato, with a mixture of their new political ice cream flavours.

India Curtis, of Rollickin' Gelato, with a mixture of their new political ice cream flavours.

Rollickin' Gelato cafe manager India Curtis said the ice cream flavours were designed to encourage young people to vote.

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"We are completely Switzerland in this, our main goal is to make sure people get out and vote. We are a really young business with a young team and young customers, so we want them to be aware that this is a thing going on in New Zealand right now."

"With the amount of people that didn't vote last [election] . . . I think that is something that needs to be a bigger focus among youth. It doesn't matter who you vote for, you just have to go out and vote."

Polling during the election campaign has been turbulent. A One News Colmar Brunton poll released this week found 46 per cent support for National and 37 per cent support for Labour.

This was a shift from an August poll by One News Colmar Brunton that showed 41 per cent for National and 43 per cent for Labour. A fresh poll from Newshub on Thursday also showed National ahead in the polls.

Whoever became prime minster after election day, the New Regent St cafe would keep their flavour permanently, Curtis said.

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But what flavour does she prefer?

"I'm a real sucker for red velvet cake."

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 - Stuff


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