It’s all “ask me anything” and “live chat” and online Q&A.
Such as David Cunliffe’s appearance on the Stuff website this week.
Sample question: “Would you rather fight 100 duck-sized horses or one horse-sized duck?”
He went for the solitary horse-sized duck.
There will be more of these important interrogations over the next two months, but the exemplar comes from the questions volleyed at Boris Johnson, the mop-haired mayor of London, during his #AskBoris Twitter session.
“Hi Boris,” one user Tweeted. “What’s the biggest animal you think you could singlehandedly clingfilm to a lamppost?”
Another – there are hundreds like it – wondered, “Would you rather have a breast that dispenses talcum powder or a finger that can travel time?”
And another: “Who is the greatest, most supine invertebrate protoplasmic jelly you’ve ever met?” One more, in the name of democracy. “Do you think the outside of a mini Babybel cheese would make a good wax jacket for a mouse?”