MPs in the contest for the Labour Party leadership are concentrating on securing the votes of their caucus colleagues who remain undecided.
Labour leader Phil Goff and his deputy Annette King have announced they are stepping down on 13 December.[image:4047:half:right]
Four contenders are mid-way through a series of meetings where they are putting their case directly to party members.
David Shearer, the MP for Mt Albert, says he is quietly confident of winning the leadership when MPs cast their vote next Tuesday.
Mr Shearer says there is still a group of MPs who have yet to make up their mind and he will be working hard to convince them he is the best candidate.
His rival, Mt Albert MP David Cunliffe, says it will come down to who the caucus thinks is ready for the role - and believes it is clear that person is him.
Central Wellington MP Grant Roberston says he would like to be deputy in a team led by Mr Shearer, but says they are not running on a formal ticket.
Mr Cunliffe is running on a ticket with Hauraki-Waikato MP Nanaia Mahuta as his deputy.
MPs will vote at next Tuesday's caucus meeting, with separate votes for the positions of leader and deputy leader.