2023 Final results

Written By: - Date published: 2:38 pm, November 3rd, 2023 - 166 comments
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National loses 2 electorate seats to Labour, Nelson by 29 votes and Te Atatu by 131 votes. National will probably pick up Port Waikato in the by-election.

Te Pāti Māori picked up two electorate seats from Labour which means that parliament will have a 2 seat overhang, and Nact will require a coalition partner. Tāmaki Makaurau by 4 votes, and Te Tai Tokerau by 517 votes.

Greens got another seat from the percentages.

The number of people casting special votes grew to 603,257 – about 20.9% of all votes, or 1 in 5 voters. The final voter turnout was 78.2%.

While there may be recounts, with the exception of Tāmaki Makaurau, I can’t see them going anywhere. There are a number of reasons to do a recount in Tāmaki Makaurau by the candidate or National because it’d eliminate at least one overhand seat.

But now we’re looking at the coalition phase of the long wait. Time to pull out the popcorn.


Party Votes% of VotesElectorate SeatsList SeatsTotal seats
National Party1,085,01638.0643548
Labour Party767,23626.91171734
Green Party330,88311.6031215
ACT New Zealand246,4098.642911
New Zealand First Party173,4256.0888
Te Pāti Māori87,9733.0866
The Opportunities Party (TOP)63,3302.22
New Zealand Loyal34,4561.20
Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party13,0210.45
Freedoms NZ9,5730.33
Freedoms NZ
NZ Outdoors & Freedom Party
Rock the Vote NZ
Vision New Zealand
Animal Justice Party5,0160.17
New Conservatives4,5440.15
Leighton Baker Party2,6290.09
Women’s Rights Party2,5110.08
New Nation Party1,6150.05

The number of people casting special votes grew to 603,257 – about 20.9% of all votes, or 1 in 5 voters. The final voter turnout was 78.2%.

166 comments on “2023 Final results ”

  1. Sanctuary 2

    People who lost safe seats ought not to be rewarded with a high placing on the list like at least one candidate has.

    Just sayin'.

    • Leighton 2.1

      Agreed. Deborah Russell convincingly losing my dark-red electorate of New Lynn to the National candidate is a pretty damning indictment, yet here she is back on the list.

      • Sanctuary 2.1.1

        And her opponent is a complete spinner with some pretty reactionary views. Still, his unexpected elevation to parliament is undoubtably going to cause Luxon some headaches in the future. Expect a defection the New Conservatives in New Lynn sometime in the next three years.

      • Craig H 2.1.2

        I don't think it had much to do with either candidate, and a lot to do with dissatisfaction with Labour generally.

      • Mike the Lefty 2.1.3

        Having non-performing MPs in parliament year after year is not exclusively a trait of MMP. Under FPP you could get useless gits standing in ultra safe red or blue seats election after election, doing little other than gathering a parliamentary salary, with the expectation that they would be in parliament until they finally got tired of it, or died: whichever occurred first.

      • Ghostwhowalks 2.1.4

        Dark red ?

        Its includes higher income Titirangi and the Waitakere ranges. I think the boundary changes after 2017 which excluded 'red' part of Avondale and took in higher income Blockhouse bay. The 2020 landslide obscurred the changes

    • Corey 2.2

      100,000% agree. The party needs to renew and needs all hands on deck.

      If you can't win a safe seat you are dead weight and are not going to be able to help the party renew and should resign with dignity, or be pushed.

      Russell, Davis, Heneare, Anderson, Mckellon, O'Connor should all resign next week.

      People who nearly lost safe seats like perpetually smug Helen White and co should retire at the next election.

      Woods, the Gerry Brownlee of NZ labour , who managed the campaign and was a useless minister should resign from her safe seat.

      The leadership Hipkins (whose majority is not impressive) , Woods, Robbo, Davies, should all resign before the next election .

      Willy Jackson failed in his one job in the campaign horrifically, he must resign.

      Labours only won the popular vote one election in 18 years and that one victory was because of an emergency and a popular leader who ran on zero policies.

      Labours brand of cautious, flavorless third way managerialism third wayism has been shown to be electoral poison in election after election. It's time the party listened and changed.

      You have to go back 21 years to 2002 to find a time where labours third way managerialism convincingly won an election outside of an emergency.

      Listen, Adapt or die.

  2. tsmithfield 3

    I would wager a virtual chocolate fish on there being a coalition announcement by end of next week.

    • observer 3.1

      It might take a little longer. Hipkins will settle for Deputy PM but his caucus won't be happy.

      • newsense 3.1.1

        It would be just the most brilliant thing if Luxon made out how he was going to do negotiations better than anyone- better than Key, English, Ardern, Clark, Peters, Dunne and not let anyone know what was going on and in the end he gets blindsided with an announcement going with the left…

    • George 3.2

      I think there's a virtual cauliflower somewhere in the ether offering something along those lines

  3. Dennis Frank 4

    Winston will try to rule with an iron fist but Luxon may still believe he's in control so the coalition of chaos thing is plausible.

    However it's just as likely that they will act like adults instead, in which case each party will perch itself primly on the 3-legged stool. Common interest: to show the right aren't a rabble, but are responsible professional politicians. Don't laugh! smiley

    • observer 4.1

      They want a mini-budget before Xmas. At least, Luxon and Willis do.

      Homework for everyone – try and write the outline of that mini-budget. Include tax policy, of course. Good luck.

    • lprent 4.2

      Yeah right. They are all competing for the same voters come next election.

      Unless you mean a stool that you stand on with a knotted rope above? I don't think that even the idea of political suicide will prevent this lot from back-stabbing each other,

      • Dennis Frank 4.2.1

        smiley Definitely a test of Luxon's political skill! If they can all get their priority policies agreed as common ground the troika will work. If! Otherwise resentment will escalate & prospect of another election likewise…

    • bwaghorn 4.3

      Ever time I've seen seymour on TV of late he's thrown snide little comments Winston's way .

      • Dennis Frank 4.3.1

        Not surprising but no point blaming W for spoiling his party. He ought to think about who actually brought Winston back from the pasture: floaters & opportunist lukewarm Labour voters getting all strategic.

        When you think about the percentage doing it, there's a significant bunch of shrewd buggers out there.. enlightened

  4. observer 5

    Worth noting that National under Don Brash (2005) and Bill English (2017) got a higher percentage of the vote than Luxon. They lost.

    Of course Luxon will be PM and is fully entitled to be. Barring a meltdown in negotiations, he will have a majority in the House. But a landslide it ain't.

  5. Belladonna 6

    I suspect there will be other re-counts (there's really nothing to lose for the candidate polling just under). e.g Mt Albert (20 votes difference)

    It doesn't impact on the number of seats for each party – just on the individuals taking them up.

    Do people think that Henare & Davis will take up their list places, or retire? (Only matters for the Labour list)

    The big news is the TPM overhang of 2 seats – combined with the Port Waikato overhang, resulting in a 123 seat Parliament. Meaning that there is an absolute requirement for Luxon to negotiate with NZF as well as ACT in order to form a government.

    • AB 6.1

      I suspect there will be other re-counts … It doesn't impact on the number of seats for each party

      Unless TPM lose a seat or two to Labour on a recount, which then reduces TPM's overhang and brings Nat-ACT closer to a majority. Hipkins (if he thinks about it) is potentially torn between showing loyalty to his MPs by asking for recounts, and making life as difficult as possible for Luxon

      • lprent 6.1.1

        Te Tai Tokerau by 517 votes..

        I don't think that a recount will overturn that.

        Tāmaki Makaurau by 4 votes

        That is winnable by a recount.

      • SPC 6.1.2

        Henare is on the list if not electorate MP.

      • Belladonna 6.1.3

        Hipkins (if he thinks about it) is potentially torn between showing loyalty to his MPs by asking for recounts, and making life as difficult as possible for Luxon

        I don't think that it really matters, on these numbers (National/ACT 59) Luxon has to negotiate with NZF as well as ACT – even if the TPM overhang vanished on recount (and as LPrent says, at least one of the overhang seats looks pretty safe for TPM).

        Both of the 'displaced' Labour MPs have safe list seats – so it's really the list places below them, who are going to miss out.

        And, also interesting on the other side – will Luxon support his MPs who've just missed out on Labour seats (Nelson, Mt Albert) – to call for a re-count?

        • ianmac

          With a huge back pocket NAct can afford the cost of a recount whereas Maori Party not so much.

          • Belladonna

            It's only $1K or so for a electorate MP recount. I'm pretty sure the war-chest would stand it.
            But, there is zero benefit to TPM in asking for a re-count – there is nothing for them to win – only a chance of losing.

            What I hadn't considered, was whether another candidate (National, probably) would ask for a recount in a close electorate race (Tamaki/Makarau), even if the National candidate has no chance of winning.

            • lprent

              If National put candidates up in the Maori seats – then of course they can.

              However it has been a long time since they have put up a candidate in one of those 7 seats.

              But they appear to have a smattering of candidates in this election.. WTF!

              • Belladonna

                Hinurewa Te Hau stood for National in Tamaki Makarau.

                But no National candidate in Te Tai Tokerau.

                • Ghostwhowalks

                  Its to get party votes and they did get 1269 party votes in Tamaki Makarau

                  Previously they dropped out to clear TPM the run for both electorate and party votes.

                  Its a different TPM now

      • mikesh 6.1.4

        National and ACT between them have only 59 seats, plus one prospective seat in Port Waikato, making 60 altogether. So if the overhang disappears, and Peters refuses National, it will be a hung parliament. Very unlikely, but if Peters decides he cannot go along with some of the policies National insists on, it could happen. And if the overhang doesn't disappear … … …

      • Corey 6.1.5

        So hipkins will make life as easy as possible for Luxon and throw strategy out the window and hope to reduce the overhang out of pure tribalism.

        It's the labour way.

    • lprent 6.2

      Tāmaki Makaurau is the one recount that counts politically. It could eliminate one seat off the overhang.

      I believe that a recount can only be called for by candidates. Problem is that with exception of the Labour and TPM candidates I have no idea who the others are.

      • SPC 6.2.1

        It’s a tough call for Labour, they would like the seat now and also in 2026 …but if the new government had issues

        60 is less than 34 15 6 + 8.

        Speaker and 60-62.

        Then there is the issue of a local Maori leader (JT), who has a fiefdom in the area and who has influence with TPM.

        • Ghostwhowalks

          Speakers dont remove a vote from parliament any more

          They give their proxy vote to their party permanently as the MMP system allows for all Mps to do – sickness, travel etc

      • Incognito 6.2.2

        Correct about recount of electorate vote. They’ve got three days to apply.


      • Craig H 6.2.3

        Hannah Tamaki (independent), Darleen Tana (Greens), Hinurewa Te Hau (National).

      • Belladonna 6.2.4

        So, possible that the National candidate could call for a recount (even though National have no chance of winning the seat), in the hopes that TPM will lose to Labour, and eliminate one seat from the overhang.

      • Ghostwhowalks 6.2.5

        all the major ones including national for a change, who might want a recount for tactical reasons

        HENARE, Peeni10046 Labour Party11574
        KEMP, Takutai Tarsh10050 Te Pāti Māori8048
        TAMAKI, Hannah829
        TANA, Darleen2911 Green Party3230
        TE HAU, Hinurewa1274 National Party1269
      • ianmac 6.2.6

        "I believe that a recount can only be called for by candidates."

        Bet the clever Mr Luxon could "persuade" the Nat candidate to recount even though he/she would have no chance. Strategic recounts are legal?

        • Craig H

          The law doesn't care about the reason (can be any reason or no reason), it just provides the option for candidates.

    • Sanctuary 6.3

      Davis was a liability with the wider electorate, he unfortunately came across as a bit thick. However, the justification for keeping him on in such a lofty post was he had good relations with Maori and therefore was vital electorally. Well, by the look of it he duffed that up as well so bye bye Kelvin, off to a nice Iwi authority for you.

    • Jester 6.4

      What is the normal number where you would go for a re-count? Less than a 500 majority? There are quite a few still on the knife edge. $1,022 as below, in the scheme of things isn't really a huge cost.

      • observer 6.4.1

        It's not a huge cost, but they can't (politically) take a frivolous action. The perception of "sour grapes" would hurt.

        And the essential point is that only the party vote decides the numbers. So if Leader's Mate is scraping in on the list but Awkward Maverick could take their place by overturning an electorate result … no gain, but a grumpy caucus.

      • Belladonna 6.4.2

        In 2011 Paula Bennett reversed Waitakere from Sepuloni's majority of 349 on the night, to a 9 vote majority


        I'd say anything under 500 is an entirely possible target.

        • lprent

          If you look at the last few elections (as I did further up) you'll find that movements of under 15 for a candidate are the current range.

          Which figures, when I first monitored a count back in 1993, it was pretty chaotic and done in a mad rush. Same apparently with the recounts.

          But the rules, process and accounting have been significantly tightened up since then. It is still a paper system (and should remain so), but the paper is number tagged, scannable, and the whole recount process is forensically controlled by computer. It effectively has several cross-check systems built in from the electoral books, their stubs, an a manual page and line log.

          I don't think we will see another 100+shift in a recount unless the electorally incompetent like David Seymour (fool can never control his mouth on this and other topics he knows nothing about) goes and screws up the system with ill-conceived cost-cutting.

    • Michael P 6.5

      A recount in Tanaki Makarau could could impact the number of seats. Only 4 votes in it so possible a recount could see Labour take one seat back off TPM. Won't change the makeup of Government though.

  6. Sanctuary 7

    We've got a pretty starkly polarised parliament, the two big parties between them only got 64% of the vote and a bare plularity of all elegible voters.

    TPM vs ACT on the treaty is a recipe for major civil disorder. Goodness me, I thought doing my bit in 1981 would have meant a pass on needing to go and throw things at policemen again, but it looks like I may be wrong.

    • AB 7.1

      Yes. The polarisation includes a growing disparity of views about the role and place of Maori in this country. From the quasi-autonomy envisaged by TPM through to ACT's assimilationist/cultural eliminationist Don Brash-inspired zombie on the right.

    • Descendant Of Smith 7.2

      "We've got a pretty starkly polarised parliament, the two big parties between them only got 64% of the vote"

      We've got a pretty diverse parliament finally embracing MMP rather than first past the post.

      Pretty sure we wanted to stop the two major party domination.

      • Michael P 7.2.1

        Come on it's still first past the post except the more extreme right wing on NAT's side is ACT and the more extreme left wing on Labour's side is Greens + TPM.

        In terms of diversity – Nah, as discussed in other threads.

        In terms of proportionality – More than 150,000 voters didn't end up with representation for their views in parliament. That's a fairly large number (5.5%)

        I guess is still better than FPP but needs tweaks. We will still end up with a National or Labour PM for the foreseeable future. (Although Labour seems to be doing it's damnedest to change that.)

        • Descendant Of Smith

          I'd argue that the Greens and Maori Party are doing their best to change that. Labour has been neo-lib since 85.

        • George

          They need to stop acting like is FPP and get it together so that people aren't marginalized by race, poverty and access to resources and the left leaning parties sort themselves into something resembling a govt and drag peters away from the goon show.

  7. Sanctuary 8

    By George, it wasn't even close in New Lynn in the end. What an extraordinarily incompetent electorate MP Deborah Russell turned out to be.

    • Belladonna 8.1

      Margin in Mt Albert is 20. Which seems starkly unbelievable….

      • Sanctuary 8.1.1

        Ricardo Mendez is a complete dick, I can't stand the guy. He knew exactly what he was doing in Mt. Albert – he wanted to hurt Labour in a symbolic seat by splitting the vote and giving the seat to National – why, I don't have a clue, except perhaps for him being a vindictive prick. Because the National candidate is that infamous racist Melissa Lee. Good one Ricardo.

  8. Anne 9

    Left – 55 seats

    Right – 59 seats.

    Centre (includes the political loonies) – 6 seats.

    So, after all the shouting by MSM "massive landslide to NActs etc" there are only 4 actual seats between Left & Right.

    That should be the take-away from this election?

    • Sanctuary 9.1

      That Labour + Greens + TPM + NZF offered a faint path to power and Labour were far, far to fast to just give up?

      • Anne 9.1.1

        Would never have lasted the distance. Luxon's "coalition of chaos" would have proven an understatement. 😮

        • Sanctuary

          True, but if it had happened the comments section of Kiwiblog alone would make it all worthwhile.

      • SPC 9.1.2

        Not really, Peters said that NZF would not support a Labour led government.

        observor called it above …

        Labour still has a chance if a National led regime implodes and Peters spares the country an early election by allowing Greens and TPM to provide c and s to a Labour-NZF coalition.

        • weka

          why would the Greens give confidence and supply to a coalition that included climate denial?

          • SPC

            To remove a NACT government – Greens have already done it (2017-2020) and there was progress on climate action.

            • weka

              neither Labour nor NZF were climate deniers in 2017. NZF is now. So my question stands.

              • SPC

                You seem to be presuming that a Labour-NZF coalition government policy in that area would be dominated by the position of the minor partner (which would know what would annoy those expected to provide c and s).

                NZF policy in that area of late is related to a tilt to the right to be part of a National led government.

                • weka

                  NZF was a major block to climate action in 2017, and they weren't even denialists then.

                  The issue now isn't about dragging the chain, it's about enabling climate denier conspiracy theorists into government. NZF haven't gone rightwards, they've gone bonkerswards (although to my mind, the position on climate is still Peters grifting for votes).

                  I don't know what the GP would do in that situation, but this issue can't be ignored.

              • Corey

                I voted green but if the greens were in a position to stop a Nat/act govt from inflicting brutal austerity on NZs poorest and to stop climate change action in NZ from going backwards under Nat/act and chose not to stop Nat/act.

                I'd never vote for them again and they'd be public enemy number one amongst the left, the disabled, the poor and gen x, gen y, gen z and gen a , who'd hold them responsible if Nat/act won an early election and dismantled education, welfare, disability, mental health, housing, healthcare programs and environmental protections.

                • weka

                  The whole 'I will never vote for them again' stuff is an own goal for lefties and progressives. Are you seriously telling me you would never vote for them despite them having the best and most comprehensive left wing policies of any party in parliament? Who would you vote for? Would you not vote for them in 2026 even if that meant the left losing the election again?

            • mikesh

              I'm inclined to think that if that happened NZ1st would have no chance of getting back into parliament in 2026. But how many more years does Winston have anyway? And will NZ1st survive his departure from politics?

              • Belladonna

                And will NZ1st survive his departure from politics?

                Seems incredibly unlikely. Peters is (and always has been) a one man band.

                Much like New Labour didn't survive the departure of Anderton.

              • SPC

                It's Peters last dance – he will want the whole 3 years, rather than an early election.

        • observer

          We've only had one case (1998) of a government imploding but avoiding an election, limping on with odds and sods (Alamein Kopu!).

          That's why any Luxon/Peters deal on the waka-jumping law is so important now.

          If Luxon signs up to it, then later on he could only deal with party leaders, not tempt individual MPs with baubles and bribes.

          • SPC

            Yeah what happened in 1998 was very corrupt. It took to 2005 and the Brash-Key re-boot and the Kiwi vs Iwi campaign and a giant tax cut bribe to get them back in the game.

            If he gets it, National would need to bribe 5 of the caucus to change leader or bribe Peters personally.

          • alwyn

            "We've only had one case (1998) of a government imploding but avoiding an election".

            I would think that you have just seen such a thing with the most recent Labour Government during the last year.

            The number of people who blew up their careers, or who quit or had the odd huffy fit is unprecedented in my view. Ardern, Wood, Allan, Nash, Whaitiri, Sharma, Strange, Parker … The List seems to go on and on.

            • observer

              Please read what I said.

              Did Labour lose their majority? No. Did they have to rely on individual MPs leaving other parties? No. Did they have to offer those MPs favours for their support on conf and sup? No.

              So, not the same as 1998 at all.

              The Shipley government was literally a different government from Bolger/Peters in 1996. Labour changed PMs but not parties. No comparison.

          • Ghostwhowalks

            "That's why any Luxon/Peters deal on the waka-jumping law is so important now."

            Doesnt need a deal as it still electoral law. And clearly they wouldnt vote to remove it

            Meka Whaitiri was a actual waka jumper but the Speaker acted legalistically saying he hadnt recieved a letter from her

          • DS

            The other example is 1912, a change of government from Liberal to Reform in the middle of a term, without an election.


      • George 9.1.3

        If they had some nuts they would see the opportunity and grab it!

    • weka 9.2

      yeah, the whole comparing to 2020 bollocks has been stupid af. 2020 was an outlier for obvious reasons. We're now back to how things generally are.

    • AB 9.3

      Slight correction:

      • Right 60 seats (includes 1 overhang seat from Port Waikato)
      • Left 55 seats (includes 2 overhang seats from Maori electorates
      • Centre 8 seats (describing NZF as functionally centre as they will form coalitions with either Left or Right above. This does not mean ideologically centre)

      So yes it's actually reasonably close with a 6 seat difference if overhangs are disregarded, but still a terrible performance when there are so many pressing problems which the right can only make worse.

      • Anne 9.3.1

        Forgot the by-election.

        Whoever came up with that ruling needs a kick up the bum.

        And yes, NZF 8 seats (6% of count).

        • Ghostwhowalks

          Its the legislation oversight , not an officials 'ruling'

          • lprent

            I can't really see a way around it in legal sense. You are voting for a candidate and the law cannot pick the possible winning candidates in advance. Only the voters can pick the winning candidate.

            Probably the best you could do is to argue that under MMP is that it makes no difference because of the party vote.

            But that makes a mockery of the under 5% threshold but got an electorate. Get rid of that and the thing becomes feasible in a equity sense.

            At that point it is only the dead candidate that loses out. It also handles the independent candidate issues.

            • Ghostwhowalks

              Simple fix . When an electorate candidate poll is cancelled due to a death the D'hont party list final distribution is for 1 less seat than the 120 max
              Remember the distribution is for all 120 seats , the list is merely those who dont get an electorate win.

              That extra seat is added back in the by election

              Can be legislated for

    • Michael P 9.4

      Yep, almost like FPP.

    • Mike the Lefty 9.5

      The intriguing situation is that Labour/Greens/Te Pati Maori could form a government with confidence and supply from NZ First.

      Impossible! I hear you shout!

      Well, Winston seems to be about to form a government with a person who openly called him the least trustworthy politician in the country and impossible to sit around a cabinet table with. Hipkins never called him that. It seems that the word "impossible" has an alternative meaning when used by a politician.

      It all reminds me of the Monty Python election sketch where an observer says "it went much as I predicted, except that the Silly Party won".

      There will be horse trading and bribes aplenty coming thick and fast in the next few days. No wonder National wants to keep it all behind closed doors. The public would be astounded to discover how they've been screwed by the political right.

      • George 9.5.1

        I think that Winston would call that "pure speculation" and not worth his time and energy. He hasn't made any commitments to any party has he? All I hear is Luxon talking…

      • George 9.5.2

        I think that Winston would call that "pure speculation" He hasn't made any commitments to any party has he? All I hear is Luxon talking…

    • gsays 9.6

      Another, perhaps more pertinent, way of looking at it is: Labour + Greens only just bigger result than Nats.

  9. AB 10

    Trying to think of a previous PM who was openly laughed at. Don't think there was one – not even Palmer's pedantry, Moore's hyperbolic flights or Bolger's dullness. Could be a first for Luxon depending on how things work out.

    • observer 10.1

      If he could just spend some of National's dosh on a scriptwriter, it would help.

      "Strong and stable … strong and stable …". Every time. Eyes are rolling already.

      He's quoting a cliche, a running joke. He doesn't even seem to know it.

      Strong and stable – Wikipedia

  10. tsmithfield 11

    Good grief, these media organisaions aim for super hyped dramatic headlines to get attention.

    It had been predicted since the preliminary results that National would likely drop a seat or two. So, "bombshell" and "big upset" it definitely isn't.

  11. observer 12

    David Farrar has tweeted these numbers (I think they are correct).

    Special votes:

    Nat 34.7% Lab 26.9% Gre 14.8% ACT 7.3% Maori 4.9% NZ First 4.7%.
    So the Republic of Special has elected a Lab-Green government!

    There were many ludicrous commentary pieces saying special votes could swing right because of Covid policies, especially MIQ and mandates. (And perpetuating the myth that specials are overseas votes, when the vast majority are not).

    Much egg, many faces.

    • weka 12.1

      is there an analysis anywhere of the make up of why people were special voting? Eg how many overseas, away from home, at work, disabled and so on.

      • Craig H 12.1.1

        Not yet – the Electoral Commission expects that to be available from 27 November:

        Detailed information to be presented to the House of Representatives (E9), including allocation of list seats, voting place information and special vote statistics, is expected to be available by Monday 27 November.

      • Descendant Of Smith 12.1.2

        Lots of people moving from place to place due to rent unaffordability. It is definitely something that is affecting schools – transient students some of whom get lost from education as their parents move around.

        Not all these kids can deal with a succession of new schools, new bullying a la Jack Reacher.

      • observer 12.1.3

        I've had a look and haven't found anything very specific. Data on 2020 is affected by the "Covid election" (date announced then delayed, etc).

        As a rough guide …

        SunLive – Preliminary results for the 2023 General Election – The Bay's News First

        “Special declaration votes still to be counted are estimated at 567,000 which is 20.2 per cent of total votes. This includes an estimated 80,000 overseas and dictation votes. [note: they've underestimated the total specials]

        In 2020 there were 504,621 special votes including 62,787 overseas and dictation votes.”

    • Belladonna 12.2

      So, roughly, National, ACT and NZF down on percentages in the Specials; Labour virtually unchanged; GP and TPM up significantly on percentages in the Specials.

      When this is added to the on-the-night totals – it smooths out a bit – since the Specials are only 1/5 of the total.

      If National have lost 2 seats, and the Greens gained 1 – the other must have gone to TPM, and been eaten up by the overhang. Or at least, I can't see any other way to account for it?

      Does this mean that there is only one overhang TPM seat? (i.e. their party vote entitles them to 5)?

      • Craig H 12.2.1

        After election day, there was 1 overhang seat, held by TPM – 121 instead of 120.

        In the official results, there are currently 2 overhang seats, both held by TPM – 122 instead of 120.

        TPM was entitled to 3 seats by party vote, hence the 1 seat overhang in the preliminary results. They are now entitled to 4 seats by party vote, but won 2 more in the special votes, so they got the other list seat from National which was overtaken by the additional electorate seats.

        When the Port Waikato by-election is held, there will be 3 overhang seats – 123 instead of 120.

  12. Peter 13

    Labour had a massive majority and look what happened. Seems there was not the political nous to harness and harvest that, enough wily backroom boffins focused through the term.

    And just recently the polls saying most people wanting a capital gains tax?

    Anyway, it's back to business. The new MP in our area is going to sort out crime, fix education, fix our roads, get us the infrastructure we need, improve our health and health services and fix the cost of living situation. Exciting times!

  13. Mike the Lefty 14

    I think we can expect recounts in at least four seats: Mt Albert, Nelson, Te Atatu and Tamaki Makarau.

    Assuming they all stay as they are it makes for some interesting negotiations within the prospective governing parties.

    Even the (expected) win by National in Port Waikato won’t change the situation.

    Wouldn't mind being a fly on the wall at the National, ACT and NZ First party meetings today.

  14. Drowsy M. Kram 15

    Change in % of party votes (2023 vs 2017)

    Labour: -10 %

    National: -6.3 %

    NZF: -1.1 %

    TPM: +1.9 %

    Green: +5.3 %

    ACT: +8.1 %

    • Ghostwhowalks 15.1

      Thanks for that . Yes, 2020 was an aberration much better to compare with 2017

      Those that went down is 17.4% , while up is 15.3% so more votes for the fringe parties this time

    • Michael P 15.2

      Those figures would suggest (but not necessarily determine) that a certain percentage of Labour voters from 2017 voted for ACT this time…. I can't understand that and if it is accurate then those people are psyvho's in my opinion.

      I am assuming here that of the 10% Labour lost, 7% went to Greens and TPM. Of course the other 3% could have gone to other smaller party's rather than ACT. I kind of hope so)

      • Belladonna 15.2.1

        The left-over Labour voters (who didn't go GP or TMP) – the more 'right' voters – will have gone to National. And then the more 'right' of the National party will have gone to ACT. So 3% Labour to National, 9% National to ACT.
        Sort of – "they all rolled over, and one fell off"

      • Corey 15.2.2

        Labour had a lot of liberal gun owners who voted for it in 2017 and then voted act after 2019.

        But more concerning for the left: Labour and the Greens have bled so much 18-45 year old male support in the last 6 years.

        While canvassing and campaigning for both parties this election I was truly shocked by the amount of hate men showed for labour, even in poor areas and even progressive young men that I know usually voted labour or green (straight and gay, of all ethnicities ) , voted for top or "libertarian" act because the left have totally lost men.

        Men of all generations ethnicities and sexualities, rich and poor by and large, hate the left now. You cant really call men violent privileged predators 24/7 for 6 years expect them to vote for you ever again.

        That's something the left need to work on (winning back gay and straight makes) and fast because upper middle class liberal white women alone will not win us a majority in parliament.

        Universal economic policies would be a nice start

  15. KJT 16

    Oh dear. How sad!

    National and the Nazis will have a "handbrake".

    A good thing in this instance

  16. Michael P 17

    Close to 1 out of every 4 eligible and enrolled voters chose not to vote. I don't know if they have any stats for number of eligible voters who aren't enrolled but would imagine that if these 2 groups are combined we might be getting somewhere close to maybe 1 out of every 3 eligible voters not participating?

    Our MMP system has delivered the smallest of the main parties in terms of electoral seats (0) and 2nd smallest percentage wise (8%) as the party that will have a massive influence over the makeup of the next government.

    Proportional representation is obviously better than FPP but there need to be a few tweaks surely. It seems to happen fairly regularly that a smaller party with less support than the others ends up deciding who will govern. Not sure what can be done to change that scenario but they must be able to make things much simpler and more accurate in terms of proportionality.

    For example change the number of electorate seats to 70 and have 50 list seats. Then simply calculate so that a party's electorate seats plus list seats = the party's total percentage vote share maybe?

    My preference would be very simple and truly proportional. I would cut the number of total seats to 100 (that is more than enough for such a small country) and I would lower the threshold to 1% (still around 40,000 voters which is enough that they should be represented in my opinion). In that way you could simply allocate the number of seats directly according to the percentage of the vote received.

    Would need to lower the number of constituency MP's. Maybe make it 50 / 50 or something.. (or do away with them altogether)

    Lets quickly see what that would have looked like….

    National – 38 seats

    Labour – 27 seats

    Greens – 12 seats

    ACT – 9 seats

    NZF – 6 seats

    TPM – 3 seats

    OPPs – 2 seats

    NZL – 1 seat

    So apart from giving 2 more smaller party's some representation, this result wouldn't really change much at all. Nat and ACT would still need NZF for majority and Lab + Greens + TPM + Opps would still need NZF for majority.

    You have to hand it to Winston, he knows how to position his party in order to get max influence.


    At least the proportionality would be fair though…

    • SPC 17.1

      No, there is need for a sufficient number of MP's for the Select Committee workload, regardless of population – it's the larger population that allows a reduced scale per head.

      And we made a mistake reducing the number of electorates with the move to MMP. . The ability to contact an electorate MP is an important part of representative democracy. Just as much as proportionality. And we have not just had a major population increase, but more more people needing help (economic and societal stress).

      I'd have 100 electorates and use preferential voting. And have 50 list MP's.

      As for the upstarts. I would use a progressive system. 2% 1 seat, 3 % 2 seats 4% 3 seats. At and after 5% there is the full entitlement rate 6 seats.

    • Craig H 17.2

      Close to 1 out of every 4 eligible and enrolled voters chose not to vote. I don't know if they have any stats for number of eligible voters who aren't enrolled but would imagine that if these 2 groups are combined we might be getting somewhere close to maybe 1 out of every 3 eligible voters not participating?


      Under the key statistics heading:

      • Turnout of people who were enrolled to vote was 78.2% (82.2% in 2020, 79.8% in 2017).
      • The final enrolment rate was 94.7% (94.1% in 2020, 92.4% in 2017).

      Combining those (78.2% of 94.7%), 74% of eligible voters actually voted.

      • Ghostwhowalks 17.2.1

        Sure 25% plus of those eligible werent enrolled or didnt vote

        But those that did statistically is very representative of the whole population with an infitesmal margin of error

        Remember polls have 1000 voters to give a 3.5% error margin

        Maybe some groups dont vote more than others : younger , maori or polynesian but its still means that those that did give a close approximation

  17. Peter 18

    I can't find if Brownlee got in.

    • observer 18.1

      He did, on the list.

      But National have done poorly in bringing in new list MPs, ironically because Labour did poorly in electorates! So National have sort-of-accidentally got Garcia in New Lynn instead of candidates they wanted like James Christmas, touted as Attorney-General.

      And because of their list failures (or electorate successes) Luxon has already broken a pre-election promise:

      National lacks Indian representation in Parliament for second consecutive term | RNZ News

    • Belladonna 18.2

      I think he is. Boyack taking Nelson and Twyford taking Te Atatu on the Specials, mean that those 2 National electorate candidates are taken out of Parliament – making up the 2 seat deficit that National lose from the on-the-night results. So they still get 5 list places, and Brownlee is no 5.

      However, if National do go for a recount, and win either of those electorates, then Brownlee would be out. NB: Cameron in Nelson has already declared he's going for a recount (unless Luxon talks him out of it).

      Melissa Lee in Mt Albert doesn't count for this purpose, if she takes the electorate on a recount, she just swaps her existing list place, for an electorate one – this doesn't affect the list places (i.e. National get 4 list places, instead of 5 – but Lee is no longer one of them, so Brownlee is now no. 4)

      Andrew Bayley misses out – but will come back in on the Port Waikato by-election.

    • Incognito 18.3


      Successful candidates (electorate and list)

      The names of the 122 successful candidates (electorate and list) are shown in alphabetical order under their parties in Attachment A.



  18. Mike the Lefty 19

    I see that David Seymour has already been forced to retract his earlier assertions that working with NZ First around the cabinet table would be impossible.

    Now he thinks its possible.

    Bwaaaaaaaaaaaaaa! Bwaaaaaaaaaaaa!


    • Muttonbird 19.1

      It makes him a liar because he made that statement while campaigning for an election. This is what he told the people and now he has decided what he said doesn't mean anything.

      Food. For thought.

  19. Thinker 20
    1. I downloaded the csv election results from elections.govt.nz and played about with the data. If MMP didn't include the list component (and only winning candidates entered parliament), National would have 61% by itself. A good example of how MMP gives strength to the smaller parties and stops the potential for an 80s or 90s style plutocracy, necessarily.

    2. Agree with those above who stood up for Deborah Russell. She works hard behind the scenes, possibly not as visible or media-savvy as some. But Russell didn't lose to Garcia, IMHO. Labour lost to National.

    3. I'm repeating myself but, in my opinion, Luxon made a Faustian Bargain with voters. Previously, I used the phrase "Big hat, no cattle". I've been accused of not providing sources, so I had to look this one up wink. In Deuteronomy 6:13, Lucifer says to Jesus "All these things I will give you if you fall down and do an act of worship to me". Luxon did something similar, I think, even coming down to making policy related to speed limits on rural roads.

    It was a recipe to win the election and Labour was pushing the proverbial uphill. In the absence of any "tyre or brake wear" and promising whatever he thought would get him an additional vote or two, voters' expectations have been well and truly heightened and the higher those expectations are, the further they will fall.

    Here's three upcoming examples/forecasts I'm putting forward:

    First, Luxon's criticising of how long the election count took will now be tested. Luxon wants to go to APEC. Peters doesn't have that time pressure and will use that to claw a bigger share of the power. So, does Luxon lose face by the length of time it takes him to negotiate a tripartite coalition, or does he lose face by how much power he gives to Peters (when any power is probably too much for the right's liking).

    Second, the promises National and ACT made to 'remove the race-based privileges'. The three parties are desperate to find some common ground and NZF appears to have been saying things that could be massaged into agreeing to that as a shared policy. But, with 6 (or 5) Te Pati MPs in parliament, the ruling coalition is likely to have a high bar to jump in terms of the impact on its reputation (with either Maori or progressive thinkers) before it will get any legislation through.

    Third, it appears that there are two sides to the gang tattoo legislation. The gangs have plenty of cash to front a legal challenge. Seems to me that Luxon's created expectations around banning gang patches and tattoos in a heartbeat. Luxon's going to look like Dirty Harry, forced to accept criticism for ignoring the legal rights of the punks. Unlike in Dirty Harry, however, Luxon won't be able to just blow the punks away.

    • George 20.2

      Who on earth is going to saddle up and turn up at a tangihanga demanding that anyone with a patch pops it into the patch box by the door and collects afterwards ? Or that they take them off on the road…all against civil liberties and just plain wrong. I can’t see any police agreeing to this.

    • newsense 20.3

      It’s literally a key component of her job to be able to communicate well, or be media savvy. No use being a secret hit at politics as a politician, because unfortunately it is a popularity contest. No name recognition or worse bad name recognition…

      You have to also ask as a senior MP who arrived with fanfare and was chosen in one of Labour’s safer seats why she was not chosen to have a role in Revenue when David Parker quit. It’s not a glowing endorsement from her bosses.

      I feel for her in that regard, in a popularity contest without much help. It is brutal, but New Lynn is a very important electorate bursting at the seams. I also couldn’t find much support for her above?

      I mean sure. How would she compare as an MP to Cunlife, Hunt and Goff? Or in Mt Albert how would Helen White (or Ms Belich for that matter) compare to Ardern, Shearer and Clark?

      It’s not her fault. It’s the failing of Labour. In that regard, she’s not a rising star, let’s be honest. But she’s probably a reasonable MP in an area where some of the leaders and stalwarts of the party have previously come from. Up against demographic changes, a strong well funded National machine, a National candidate with some name recognition now and a swing against Labour, her personal strength wasn’t enough.

      The Green Party are buzzing to represent the cities where they can. Can you find an enthusiastic Labour electorate close to the centre of town anywhere? Where the volunteers are as excited about their candidate and party?

      All I’ve seen from Labour is the kind of attack on Menendez from Sanctuary above and the idea that the Greens are spoiling things for Labour.

      The idea of a New Zealand being a multi-cultural cohesive society capable of dealing with our problems was lead in part by the strength of the Auckland team. So many strong generational, inspirational voices are gone.

      It was still in place at the floods it would seem, or at least the remainder was confident. That review better be honest and effective for Labour’s sake, not more fiscal responsibility for little to no purpose.

      • Craig H 20.3.1

        The Green Party are buzzing to represent the cities where they can. Can you find an enthusiastic Labour electorate close to the centre of town anywhere? Where the volunteers are as excited about their candidate and party?

        Christchurch and Dunedin.

    • CharlieB 20.4

      Normally I don't feel qualified to comment on here, and even in this instance I feel it's a wee bit nit-picky.. but..

      In Deuteronomy 6:13, Lucifer says to Jesus "All these things I will give you if you fall down and do an act of worship to me".

      Your Deuteronomy quote is wrong. Deuteronomy is a Torah book and so Jesus wasn't even born yet. Also, it's arguable if even satan was mentioned.

      Your actual quote comes from Matthew 4.9.

      It's a small point and not made to under mine your other points.

      But those other points do seem to be hinged on this quote where you are framing Luxon has having made a poor choice and forming a weak pact. So within that context I think it's important that your quote is as accurate when taken from the bible as it would be if taken from any other media.

      • weka 20.4.1

        completely agree and thanks for the correction.

        This is one reason we expect links when quoting, so that people can easily check them and see the context.

        • Thinker

          Sorry, all,

          I googled in wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Temptation_of_Christ#:~:text=Satan%20says%2C%20%22All%20these%20things,13%20and%2010%3A20). and (see the "Mountain" section, I misunderstood the reference – was too hasty.

          Yes, Matthew was the source and Jesus' response referred to God's advice in Deuteronomy.

          Mea Culpa.

          However, my point re: what is colloquially called a Faustian Bargain is still my opinion, as is my three suggestions of some upcoming difficulties.

          The former relates to Luxon's talking up expectations and thereby raising voters' expectations really high, to acquire their votes. Now, he is going to have a hard job to meet those expectations continually for a three-year period.

          I'm typing this soon after watching the 6 o clock news (TV1) where, for the first time since the results came out, all three leaders attended Diwali but did not conglomerate, which the media pointed out. Luxon was asked about the timing of negotiations and responded that it will effectively take as long as necessary, which reporters commented on. And this is day one of around 1,000 days.

          • CharlieB

            The over all context of the "Temptations of Christ" is a good allegory of where Luxon has found him self, and how he might possibly be dealing with the situation.

            Within that frame I would place both Seymour and Peters in the role of the temptator. Although, my money is on Peters as being the actual devil in the details.

            Right now I'm guessing they're at the point where Luxon is being shown all of the lands and peoples he will have control over and Peters is whispering in his ear.

            The story is also often seen as a precursor to the passion where Satan says something along the lines of "I'll be back at a more opportune time" implying a time when Chris(t) is of a weaker mind. I wonder how biblically literate Luxon really is, and if he's also seeing this analogy playing out the way we are?

            If so, i would imagine that's probably giving him a sever case of the willies.The passion was no walk in the park or picnic on the hill.. at least, not for Chris(t).

            I'm also not sure Luxon's Angels in the form of Willis, Stanford, Collings or Maureen Pugh can be relied on the save him when he falls..

  20. observer 21

    Unless I've misread it, National have NO new list MPs. They have kept their old ones (Brownlee, Goldsmith, Willis, Melissa Lee) but added none.

    That's a remarkable result for a party that has strongly increased its party vote from last time.

    • Mike the Lefty 21.1

      Brownlee and Goldsmith.

      Two of the most unimpressive National MPs ever.

      Long parliamentary careers and have done sod all the whole time.

      On their front bench?

      (raucous mocking laughter).

  21. observer 22

    Let's get out our trumpets, blow on them and play a rousing tune of "told ya". Always fun.

    First prize: Bearded Git. Second: Observer (who?).

    Quote –
    “None of the analysts on the radio today would say that almost certainly Luxon will be beholden to Winston. They also said that Twyford was out, when he should easily win his seat on specials. And on the news at 3pm the announcer said that National had won Nelson-not for long I think.”

    OK, there shouldn't be any prizes for predicting the entirely predictable, but then again, a bunch of pundits couldn't do it … and they get paid.

    Election Night 2023 on The Standard « The Standard

  22. Anne 23

    Got to give it to Tova O'Brien. She's turned into a smart political commentator:


    "Welcome aboard Deputy PM, Winston Peters."

    Talk about rinse, repeat and rinse again.

    As for the pip-squeak… he's lost his mana. Peters will see to that.

    Its full steam ahead. Buy the popcorn now before we run dry.

  23. Anne 24

    I'm not a subscriber so can't read the item.

    Unfortunately there are a lot of people who take Hosking's reckons seriously. A few of them are relatives of mine. This, despite the number of times he has been proven wrong, but they never take that into account.

    • SPC 24.1

      Me neither but there is this at the beginning to back up the link


      For the record, I am not 100 per cent convinced the special votes will go the same way as previous elections.

      We saw a mass rejection

    • lprent 24.2

      With concern, ask them about how good their long-term memory is.

      Ask for examples more than 5 years old of when he was correct that could be checked with numbers. Make sure you have a tablet or computer near. Look it up.

      I got use this a lot with numbers of bikes on bike lanes, number of trucks, buses, and cars going over the bridge, maintenance costs on motorways.

      Plus of course the all-time-classic – the Northern Busway that was so confidently considered to be a white elephant that the C&R conservatives in the North Shore didn't build the commuter carparks for. 10 year anniversary and in 2023

  24. SPC 25


    Peters wants to talk with Luxon and Seymour together (two headed right).

    (being raptured together would give the two a whole new look, but with the same love of money, more and more)


    Henare is going for a re-count and so is Lee in Mount Albert – this despite the fact that both are back on the list anyhow.

    The only change in each case is his TPM opponent would leave parliament and thus reduce the party to 5 seats and White would be gone – replaced on the list by the higher ranked Tracey McLellan (Banks Peninsular).

    In each the goal is the status of the electorate – a Maori seat in Auckland and Mount Albert (Savage, Clark and Ardern).

    Davis is staying on via the list.


  25. observer 26

    24 hours on. let's see how it's going …

    Watch: Winston Peters snubs reporters after election result confirmed | Stuff.co.nz

    "Both Luxon and Peters attended the opening ceremony of the Auckland Diwali Festival on Saturday, but neither were keen to speak to reporters there. …

    Peters on Saturday refused to answer any questions, repeatedly telling Stuff to “naff off” before walking around the festival site."

    • Mike the Lefty 26.1

      I remember during the 1993 election when we were voting whether to adopt MMP. The anti-MMP lobby used to tell us that it would be parties "doing smokey backroom deals" under MMP.

      Thirty years later, they might now be proved right.

      Just substitute the word "dodgy" for "smokey" and you know it.

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    3 days ago
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    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    3 days ago
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    3 days ago
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    3 days ago
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • For the record, the Beehive buzz can now be regarded as “official”
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    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    3 days ago
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell On The Government’s Assault On Maori
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    4 days ago
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    Point of OrderBy tutere44
    4 days ago
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    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    4 days ago
  • Top 10 for Wednesday, December 6
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • Eleven years of work.
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 days ago
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • How Did We Get Here?
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    4 days ago
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    4 days ago
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    Point of OrderBy tutere44
    4 days ago
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    4 days ago
  • Pushback
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Defence ministerial meeting meant Collins missed the Maori Party’s mischief-making capers in Parli...
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    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    4 days ago
  • Threats of war have been followed by an invitation to join the revolution – now let’s see how th...
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    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    5 days ago
  • Top 10 for Tuesday, December 4
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Nicola Willis' 'show me the money' moment
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • CRL costs money but also provides huge benefits
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    5 days ago
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • Cooking the books
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    5 days ago
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    5 days ago
  • Bearing True Allegiance?
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    5 days ago
  • You cannot be serious
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    5 days ago
  • A promise kept: govt pulls the plug on Lake Onslow scheme – but this saving of $16bn is denounced...
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    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    5 days ago
  • CHRIS TROTTER: The Maori Party and Oath of Allegiance
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    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    5 days ago
  • BRIAN EASTON:  Forward to 2017
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    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: Fossils
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • GEOFFREY MILLER:  NZ’s foreign policy resets on AUKUS, Gaza and Ukraine
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    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    6 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on the government’s smokefree laws debacle
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    6 days ago
  • Top 10 links at 10 am for Monday, December 4
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Be Honest.
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • Geoffrey Miller: New Zealand’s foreign policy resets on AUKUS, Gaza and Ukraine
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    Democracy ProjectBy Geoffrey Miller
    6 days ago
  • Auckland rail tunnel the world’s most expensive
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • First big test coming
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    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    6 days ago
  • The Song of Saqua: Volume III
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    6 days ago
  • Chris Bishop: Smokin’
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    My ThinksBy boonman
    7 days ago
  • 2023 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #48
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    7 days ago
  • Affirmative Action.
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    7 days ago
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    7 days ago
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    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    1 week ago
  • What's The Story?
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    1 week ago
  • The longest of weeks
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    1 week ago
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    1 week ago
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    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    1 week ago

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    1 day ago
  • New Zealand condemns malicious cyber activity
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Disestablishment of Te Pūkenga begins
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    2 days ago
  • Climate Change Minister to attend COP28 in Dubai
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    2 days ago
  • New Zealand to host 2024 Pacific defence meeting
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    2 days ago
  • Study shows need to remove distractions in class
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    3 days ago
  • Minister sets expectations of Commissioner
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    3 days ago
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    4 days ago
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