It’s a bit like the Warriors where a rebuilt takes the length of players contracts - except politicians are harder to dump.I think if they had rolled Goodfellow, attracted some new blood and Chris Luxon took over the leadership 12 months out from the election, they may have had a chance.
It will be a long process. Priority is Goodfellow but most important is talented new blood next election then it’s probably 3 years after that that they start to have the experience and you can bring in Luxon. I can see Bridges as a place holder again.
Problem is if they keep imploding and ACT out perform them, they won’t get enough seats to bring in much new blood.