National party leader Judith Collins is battling accusations of a campaign off the rails as New Zealand's election nears its final week.
Down in the polls and running out of time before election day on October 17, National has endured a torrid week.
On Tuesday, Ms Collins was hit by party infighting before putting in an under-par debate performance against popular Labour leader Jacinda Ardern.
And on Wednesday, with media invited, she stopped and chatted with locals in the Auckland suburb of Ponsonby - however each later revealed themselves as campaign volunteers, or party plants.
Ms Collins was then declined entry to an eyewear store, with a staff member giving her a thumbs down as she stepped through the door.
A final indignity came when sitting down at a cafe, which was conducting an election poll with M&Ms.
While Labour's jar was full to the brim with red chocolates, you could hear the clink of a M&Ms hitting glass as Ms Collins dropped her blue chocolate into a near-empty container.
"This is not a time for trivia. This is a time for seriousness," she said afterwards.
While Ms Collins' Wednesday walkabout was embarrassing, some of her other struggles are more damaging.
In the third debate of the campaign, Ms Collins struggled to win the affection of those in the Christchurch crowd, with pundits awarding the battle to Ms Ardern.
While discussing COVID-19, Ms Collins revised history in saying her party was advocating for borders to close sooner than they did.
She was also fact-checked as wrong in saying Samoa closed its borders a month before New Zealand; the Pacific nation locked down a day after New Zealand.
Before the debate, came the two examples of party disunity.
Media outlet Newshub reported a leaked email from backbench MP Denise Lee, who described one of Ms Collins' policy calls as "highly problematic" and "a shockingly bad example of poor culture".
Ms Collins defended the decision as a "leader's call".
Hours later, the leader's team issued a statement from Ms Lee apologising.
If that forced retraction wasn't bad enough, two party elders then engaged in a public brawl over leadership coups.
Party strategist Matthew Hooton, who in May helped oust former leader Simon Bridges in favour of Todd Muller, only for Mr Muller to resign in July, defended the change-up on Twitter.
"However the election turns out, Judith has done better than what would have happened," he wrote.
Former Deputy Prime Minister Paula Bennett, who lost her job in the shake-up, responded bluntly saying "You don't get to try and deflect from your utter disaster".
In Ponsonby, Ms Collins laughed the disunity away.
"Paula is leaving us very soon," she said of the retiring MP, "I'm not worried about it."
It all adds up to National's worst week on the trail, and one that surely left Ms Ardern - who promised to campaign with relentless positivity - smiling.