There are two sorts of election nights.
The good sort is where you cheer and celebrate and can be satisfied that your country is in good hands for the next three years. The bad sort is where the barbarians gain or regain control of the country and you can kiss goodbye to any sort of rational and compassionate leadership.
The stakes are especially important this election. At a time when social and environmental issues are reaching a crisis point and brave principled leadership is required urgently will we have the same minimalist incremental leadership based on PR and lies or will we have a brave new Labour-Green government?
There have been over a million early votes and I understand that counting of these will be completed by about 7 pm. Expect to get a strong indication of how the election will go after they are released.
But last election the Greens gained an extra vote after special votes were counted. This time given the large number of special votes there could be a possible change of two seats.
For election results click here.
For Radio New Zealand’s youtube coverage click here.
This post will be updated during the night.
Key Electorates live results