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Final election results due out today

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By 2 pm today the Electoral Commission is expected to announce the final results in the 2014 election.  The announcement could be interesting.  There are potentially 330,000 special votes to be counted and if they break the same way special votes did last time then a few interesting things could happen:

  1. National could poll a smaller percentage than it did last time.
  2. Labour could end up on about 25.2% of the vote although with no further seats.
  3. And this is a prediction I will sort of stick my neck out on, the Green’s Steffan Browning may come in for whoever is last on National’s list.

The estimated number of special votes cast is considerably higher than last time, 330,000 as against 240,000.  This probably and hopefully represents the concerted last minute effort activists put in to getting people enrolled to vote.

Something that has struck me as I poured over previous results is how poorly Labour is performing when its its electorate vote tally is compared to its party vote tally.

This is an issue that goes to the core of MMP campaigning.  In 2008 I was David Cunliffe’s New Lynn campaign manager.  We ran a strictly two tick campaign and put out a lot (five pamphlet drops) of party vote material.  David won the electorate vote by 4,000 and New Lynn was one of the few electorates in the country where Labour won the party vote.  Last time (2011) David won the electorate vote by about 5,000 votes but Labour lost the party vote.  Net effect, Labour went backwards in the electorate.

The following table sets out what has been happening over the last few years at a national level.  I am pretty sure the result this time is going to be even worse for Labour.  The figures are the percentages of the total vote the major parties achieved in the party vote and the percentages major party candidates achieved of the total electorate vote.

Election National candidate % National party % National difference % Labour candidate % Labour Party % Labour Difference %
2002 30.54 20.93 9.61 44.69 41.26 3.43
2005 40.38 39.10 1.28 40.35 41.10 -0.75
2008 46.60 44.93 1.67 35.22 33.99 1.23
2011 47.31 47.31 0 35.2 27.48 7.72

National are managing their campaigns well.  Apart from the blowout in 2002 they get about the same overall party vote as electorate vote.

But for Labour clearly it needs to review things.  And when the figures are crunched for this election I suspect the situation will only be getting worse.

There are some big local electorate campaigns being run in marginals where Labour wins or goes close but then fails badly in the party vote campaign.  The party’s interests would be much better served by running a party vote campaign and surrendering the electorate seat.

Anyway will check at 2 pm to see if I can claim bragging rights or if I need to eat humble pie.

108 comments on “Final election results due out today”

  1. bearded git 1

    yep the way you could hardly read “party vote labour” on labour’s hoardings says it all about the weird mindset labour got itself into.

    i think there should be many signs next time that simply say “Party Vote Labour….” in massive letters and after this “for (an important policy)” in smaller letters

    BTW 25.2% for Labour represents about 20% more than English got in National’s nadir

    • Lanthanide 1.1

      “i think there should be many signs next time that simply say “Party Vote Labour….” in massive letters and after this “for (an important policy)” in smaller letters”

      Probably a good approach, since there still seems to be this idea that “Labour had no policy”. I think that’s largely coming from those that:
      1. Always vote National and so have blinkers on
      2. Didn’t actually pay any real attention to the election

      No point trying to change #1, but #2 could be attacked. That’s what I really liked about the 2011 Labour TV ads – they were short, punchy, with a distinct branding and were about their 5 flagship policies. The 2014 ads were boring and feel-good happy-happy but uninformative.

      • Ant 1.1.1

        Agree Lanth, particularly on #1, I’d talk with people who would criticize Labour for having “no policy”, who would then go on to criticize Labour policy by way of John Key soundbites…go figure.

        • Karen 1.1.1.1

          The advertising campaign was appalling.
          I agree with Lanth about the TV ads and and Bearded Git about the billboards.
          I also had a problem with the pamphlet design (I delivered these throughout the electorate) .
          The candidate one that went to all households did not emphasize the importance of the electorate vote, and should have had 3-4 important pieces of policy written in a simple and bold form. The one that was delivered to households where there were floating voters and Labour supporters looked like one of the real estate cards that fill letterboxes these days, and the names of the recipients were so pale and insignificant that I suspect the card was thrown out with the junk mail.

          There are very few people interested enough in politics to read through screeds of policy detail. There aren’t very many that even compare the various party policies on subjects that will have a major impact on their lives. I find this frustrating but there is no point in just railing about this. Labour need to lift their game re communication and it needs to start as soon as the review is over.

          Mickey – I hope you are right about the specials. I have an additional wish and that is that Trevor Mallard loses his seat.

          • Kiwiri 1.1.1.1.1

            Trevor Mallard loses his seat

            The party collectively needs to more loudly tell Mallard and Cosgrove to exit.

            • ghostwhowalksnz 1.1.1.1.1.1

              We have what is called a representative democracy, ie we elect people to represent us.
              So are you saying the Labour party itself should not be representative ?

              Cosgrove was opposed to Helen Clark being leader back when it was Mike Moores seat.

              • Kiwiri

                Ok then:

                The party collectively, as well as representively, need to more loudly tell Mallard and Cosgrove to exit.

            • Jim 1.1.1.1.1.2

              Sorry Karen and Kiwiri, Trevor got in by 790 votes.

              • Kiwiri

                No need to say sorry to me, but do say sorry to Labour’s party vote in Hutt South which has dropped significantly more since the previous election:

                2011: National’s party vote was 1,759 more than Labour’s

                2014: National’s party vote is 6,745 more than Labour’s

                Happy for someone to verify these figures.

      • bearded git 1.1.2

        agree lanth. it wouldn’t be a bad idea to use the same tv advert campaign style as 2011 again. Goff nearly won remember.

        This would be cheaper as much of the work already done, and 6 years on nobody could say it was stale/over-used.

        • Lanthanide 1.1.2.1

          “Goff nearly won remember.”

          I used to (largely) think like that, but it’s really not true.

          National were 1 seat away from not being able to sell the assets – they had 62 with Act and UF and 65 if you count MP.

          I have no doubt that NZFirst or MP would have still gone with National to form a government, so in that sense Goff didn’t “nearly win”.

          • swordfish 1.1.2.1.1

            Spot on. The Right Bloc as a whole (including Colin Craig’s Conservatives) beat the Left Bloc (and even the broader Opposition Bloc) by a wide margin in the 2011 popular vote. Important not to deceive ourselves on that.

  2. Craig Glen Eden 2

    Labour has not run a proper Party vote campaign since 1999 which is just unbelievable because it is so basic to winning in MMP. Labour’s BillBoards hardly feature the Party vote Labour message and even when they do you cant read it when driving by. If you cant read what’s on a billboard when diving by there is no point in having Billboards. Pictures of Multiple MPs served no purpose at all and look like the Billboard had been tagged when approaching from a distance.

    Labour has to understand the need for soft media and messaging that starts 18 months out before and election. NZ society is celebrity struck until Labour understand basic’s like the stuff I have mentioned above you can kiss good by to Labour being in Government. Lastly Labour’s MPs have to stop there fighting and do what’s best for the party instead of playing the Wellington game. Its time for our MP’s to start connecting with voters on a much greater level, you want to represent the people then be one of the people.

  3. mac1 3

    I met Browning last night in the pub. He seemed philosophical. I hope he gets in- he is a politician who has improved his performance and who cares very much.

  4. Sirenia 4

    Heard a suggestion that National will get an extra seat this time as eligible specials favoured them?

  5. Weepus beard 5

    Finally my vote will be counted. Yay! It’s like I’ve been silenced until today.

  6. Pasupial 6

    If the GP gets Browning in, it seems most likely to be at the expense of the MP (Marama Fox). There are no outstanding specials in the Maori electorates (you’d expect some overseas votes at least, but given the lower turnout in these seats I assume that the specials were counted on the 20/9). I expect UF to sink even lower in the party vote as well making Dunne’s overhang even more evident.

    Hopefully everyone, who has been able to, has been out scrutineering. Illness has prevented me doing as much as I’d have liked on that front.

    • karol 6.1

      Also, some say Andrew Little may lose out today. This Andrea Vance article on the possibility of Nash standing for Labour leadership:

      The newly elected Napier MP is biding his time to see if former union boss Andrew Little will throw his hat in the ring. Little’s political future hangs in the balance until tomorrow, when the official election results are declared.

      If Little, a former EPMU president, did make it back to Parliament on the list, and decided to enter the primary contest to choose the leader, Nash would not run, a source said.

  7. felix 7

    As others note, labour’s pv campaign was pretty much invisible. I was in hamilton through much of the period and I didn’t see a single billboard with cunliffe on it. Even on sue moroney’s turf ffs.

    It ain’t rocket surgery, people. You don’t ask, you don’t get.

    • Cancerman 7.1

      Think this could have been a lack of funds regarding lack of signs.

      • Colonial Viper 7.1.1

        An additional dozen or so Cunliffe signs, ~$1K including framing etc, shouldn’t have been too hard to raise in each electorate.

    • Colonial Viper 7.2

      The poor party vote campaign was almost a mirror image of the 2011 one where Goff was basically invisible, and there were no “two ticks” style signage. This year Cunliffe signs were not visible in too many areas, and instead of signs saying “Vote Labour” we had something called “Vote Positive.”

      I looked on my ballot, but I could not for the life of me find something called the ‘Positive Party’ to vote for.

      • Rodel 7.2.1

        CV I realise that you are being humerous and justifiably cynical but there may well be some out there of lesser judgement who took the ‘vote positive’ message literally.

        I can also appreciate Cunliffe and Co. wanting to present a positive message to the voters but it wasn’t received well.

        • Colonial Viper 7.2.1.1

          There is an idea in brand marketing which says, if you have to label yourself “trustworthy” that’s a problem right there.

    • Richard 7.3

      Not a labour sign anywhere in Tokoroa did I see either. Oh I think I saw ONE for Jamie strange. I’ll take that back.

      Was piss poor advertising by labour, this election, piss poor.

      Agreed.

  8. The Lone Haranguer 8

    Hey, so we can assume that some of the party to electorate variance is due to folk party voting Green and electorate voting Labour.

    The real question is, are the “surplus” Labour electorate votes just Green supporters being strategic (they know there no point in voting for their electorate candidate), so that 5% isnt actually Labour core, or is it core Labour vote, who deserted and gave their party vote to the Greens.

    If its the former, then Labour is sort of screwed unless it does a deal with the greens, and if its the latter, then they need to work on winning those votes back and positioning Labour as THE party of the centre and left.

    • mac1 8.1

      Not in this electorate, TLH, where there was only 200 fewer Green candidate votes than some 3000 Green party votes.

      One Green voting friend said he voted for the local Green candidate, even against that candidate’s advice to vote elsewhere, because he didn’t want his candidate to poll ‘poorly’.

      The chance was therefore diminished that the local electorate, a very large one in terms of area, could have had a Green and a Labour MP which would have happened in 1999 with the big swing against the Nats, had half the Greens of the time voted strategically.

      In the end, though, the new Nat candidate won this 2014 election by a country mile and my Green friend would argue that a Green two tick vote served his wishes best. Maybe this will change in 2017.

      The point is, though, that few Green voters seemed to have voted strategically here.

      • Colonial Viper 8.1.1

        Neither Greens nor Labour were strategic about this election, from an MMP point of view.

        • left for dead 8.1.1.1

          Good morning CV,how do I join the Peninsula/Anderson bay Labour party branch,I’m on the peninsula.

        • left for dead 8.1.1.2

          Good morning CV,how do I join the Peninsula/Anderson bay Labour party branch,I’m on the peninsula.
          edited,sorry this should have gone into openmike

        • ghostwhowalksnz 8.1.1.3

          Yes , this is the correct analysis.

          Time for Greens to forget the electorate vote completely, if you give supporters one choice then the party vote has a chance to go above 10-11%.

          • alwyn 8.1.1.3.1

            They won’t be invited to any of the joint candidate meetings if they don’t run for an electorate seat. This will reduce their chances of getting their message across and will probably reduce, rather than increase, their party vote.

  9. Kiwiri 9

    And I was working and travelling through at least three electorates and hardly saw a billboard with Cunliffe.

    Bumped into a few Labour people waving signs in the early morning as well as late afternoon – the Cunliffe signs were hardly to be seen or, if there happened to be one, it was greatly outnumbered by those of electorate candidates.

    Whether by design or unintentionally, that was just plain piss poor or stupidly sinister.

    When approaching a cluster of billboards, I found myself asking under my breath: where is Cunliffe? where is Cunliffe?

    From what I was seeing, the 2014 billboards of the party leader seemed to be as scarce as, or perhaps even scarcer than, the 2011 election!

  10. “David won the electorate vote by 4,000 and New Lynn was one of the few electorates in the country where Labour won the party vote.”

    http://www.electionresults.govt.nz/electionresults_2014/electorate-31.html

    “Labour Party 10,160
    National Party 11,650”

    Tell me, Mickey. Since when was 10,160 a bigger number than 11,650?

    Or were you just hoping that no one would bother to check?

    • mac1 10.1

      “In 2008 I was David Cunliffe’s New Lynn campaign manager. We ran a strictly two tick campaign and put out a lot (five pamphlet drops) of party vote material. David won the electorate vote by 4,000 and New Lynn was one of the few electorates in the country where Labour won the party vote.”

      Give the full quote, Benjamin, or get your brain into gear, Disraeli.

      This is a misleading quote that you gave, or you need to read with understanding ffs.

    • greywarbler 10.2

      Dissraeli Gladstone
      Don’t waste our time with your knee jerk facts that don’t get checked for ver-a-city (I break the word into syllables so you can recognise it and look it up.)

    • My apologies. I completely misread the paragraph and I’ve seen other people claim Labour won New Lynn in 2014, so my mind went straight to that conclusion. Well, that’s my fault for trying to be a smart alec on a Saturday morning.

      Sorry, Mickey!

  11. Richard 11

    330 thousand votes for Labour. be a nice dream wouldn’t it.

  12. wyndham 12

    Driving between Auckland and Taupo it was a sea of blue billboards with a smiling John Key and ‘Party Vote National’.

    • Kiwiri 12.1

      One thing has to be clearly acknowledged – National had significantly more money and, among many things, more billboards to buy.

  13. Tanz 13

    On the specials, there is a chance Colin Craig and co might make it in. They got thousands and thousands more of the party vote then either Act or UF on the night of the election. The Greens will win more support at the expense of Labour, as will NZ First. Mallard will keep his seat, but only just…good.

    • bearded git 13.1

      there would have to be some very weird special voting for Colon to get in. Not likely at all.

  14. Clean_power 14

    I suspect Trevor Mallard will be in Parliament representing Labour until he retires at the age of 92. It seems the Labour Party and his voters love the man!

    • ghostwhowalksnz 14.1

      He is just 6 years older than Key !

      What is wrong with being older anyway, are you are all for age discrimination- until its your turn.

      • Murray Olsen 14.1.1

        If by the time they get to Mallard’s age all they’ve managed is to close a few schools and win a bicycle race against a marine mammal, they are far too old. Mallard needs to go. I don’t really care what excuse is used.

  15. lurgee 15

    We ran a strictly two tick campaign and put out a lot (five pamphlet drops) of party vote material. David won the electorate vote by 4,000 and New Lynn was one of the few electorates in the country where Labour won the party vote.

    By a whopping 60 votes, no less! What happened to the 3,000 people that voted Cunliffe but not Labour?

    If that happened to Grant Robertson, it would be viewed as evidence of skulduggery and disloyalty.

    • ghostwhowalksnz 15.1

      ” What happened to the 3,000 people that voted Cunliffe but not Labour?”

      Heard of Greens ?
      New Lynn runs right into the Waitakeres around Titirangi. That should tell you something.

      nationals support parties is miniscule these days so they have no credible second choice in most electorates.

  16. Andrew Welsh 16

    Hang on, as a Blue voter my view is the word from the left during the campaign was “an overwhelming mood around NZ for change”, this was vocalised by Cunliffe, IM and websites such as TDB. There was an almost incredulous reaction that you lost, IMO too much crediance on what your Party leaders were saying and not enough notice paid to middle NZ. When will Labour release its own internal polling as it appears they were way out compared to say Colin James etc?

  17. Lanthanide 17

    National loses a seat to 60, Greens gain a seat to 14. Labour unchanged, but their vote is now 25.13%.

    • karol 17.1

      And it means the Nats lose their outright majority.

      • Lanthanide 17.1.1

        Yes, but doesn’t change much for the policy prescription because David Seymour will vote for everything that Key tells him to – in fact it gives National a sliver of wriggle-room in that they can say “Act forced us” for any harsh right-wing gloss that goes onto a policy.

        As much as Dunne is derided, he did have the sense to vote down the RMA reforms.

      • mikesh 17.1.2

        Presumably, with the overhang in Ohariu, they now have 60 seats in a 121 seat parliament.

  18. Kiwiri 18

    Little keeps his seat, Browning in, Maori Party’s coat-tails provokes outrage by the National Party.

    Official Final Results and a good list here of all successful MPs here:

    http://www.electionresults.govt.nz/electionresults_2014/successfulcand.html

  19. Jim 19

    I was shown quite a bit of electorate by electorate analysis on party vote verses electoral vote, and comparing with previous elections on Thursday night. Its quite hard to analyse because of electoral boundary changes. There does how ever appear to be large discrepancies between electorates, but not in the electorates that standardistas would have predicted. A lot more work needs to be done in this area to fully explain the low party vote compared to electoral vote.

    • Colonial Viper 19.1

      Yep this needs to be followed up very closely…I’d like to know what % of people only put one tick down, for starters, and what that tick tended to be…

      • Murray Olsen 19.1.1

        I suspect that the NAct candidates in working class electorates are such douchebags that no one will vote for them, but people want to be rich as well. They’ve bought the neoliberal bullshit but don’t like the quality of the local messenger.

    • karol 19.2

      Overall, Green Party vote dropped by 0.9% compared with 2011. Labour dropped in party vote by 2.35%

      NZ First went up by about 2%.

      UF, ACT & Maori Party went up a fraction.

      Conservatives dropped by about 1.3%

      Nats went up dropped by 2.7%

      • alwyn 19.2.1

        I assume you mean 2011 rather than 2001. The numbers don’t make any sense otherwise.
        What do you mean by “Conservatives dropped by about 1.3%”. They got 2.65% in 2011 and 3.97% this time. That is an increase, not a decrease.
        In general one would have to say that the centre-right and centre parties went up and the left all fell.

        • karol 19.2.1.1

          Yes I fixed the 2001 error. Ah yes- got the Cons the wrong way around. that explains where some of the drop from the 3 main parties went to.

    • boldsirbrian 19.3

      @Jim (19)

      The analysis of Party Vote vs Candidate Vote always seems to be based on some common ‘truth’ that a candidate is failing the Party, if the percentage they receive personally is greater than the percentage won for the Party.

      This could be a factor, but it is such a simplistic analysis that it deserves a little scrutiny.

      The first thing I note is that this simplistic analysis always seems to be part of discrediting a particular candidate.

      I suggest that a far more likely reason for a greater electoral vote than party vote is NAME recognition. And this could come from several factors:
      1. A long term MP …. Winston Peters, Peter Dunne, Annette King
      2. An MP who has held senior office ….. Phil Goff, David Shearer, Winston Peters
      3. Any MP, usually a bank bench MP who has no Cabinet role, but has a lot of time to spend helping constituents. ie A really GOOD MP who is liked and has a personal following. I will not name anyone in particular, because it probably applies to many.

      It would be just idiotic to claim that those MPs who have won a large electorate vote are “traitorous” to the Party, and should be ‘put out to pasture’, unless there is some other evidence that they really have not been pushing the Party vote.

      Because these MPs may be among the very best of MPS, and if they were to be replaced by a new MP, it will be extremely likely that the Party vote would stay exactly the same, and a good MP lost.

      For a Party like Labour, which has seen a decline in the Party vote, there has not been a significant opportunity to introduce “new blood” into caucus. For this reason, it is not surprising that the electorate votes are greater than the Party vote.

      I am not suggesting that some candidates may not have done enough to campaign for the Party vote. But I do suggest that it is not likely to be the most important factor overall. However it fits in conveniently into a narrative that wants to see some caucus MPS ‘booted out’, ‘expelled’, or even seemingly stoned to death? There may be very good reasons to see the end of some in caucus, simply to maintain a rejuvenated party, but I think the “Low Party vote” story will be the very wrong way to justify that desire.

      I hope the Party reviewers also have more sense as well than to be just stuck in the “Low Party Vote = ‘Bad Candidate’ cliche), but I have noted that there was a hint of this from David Cunliffe at one point. A shame.

      • Colonial Viper 19.3.1

        You’re missing the big picture. Which is that large, long standing sections of the Labour Party caucus are a major impairment to the labour movement.

        • boldsirbrian 19.3.1.1

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          @ Colonial Viper (19.3.1)

          large, long standing sections of the Labour Party caucus are a major impairment to the labour movement

          That may very well be true. But that is an entirely separate argument. What you say needs to be argued on whatever evidence you have that they are an impairment. My comment did not either agree or disagree with your statement

          I will repeat what I said in my comment, that you presumably missed:

          “There may be very good reasons to see the end of some in caucus, simply to maintain a rejuvenated party, but I think the “Low Party vote” story will be the very wrong way to justify that desire.”

          Mr. Botany (B.)

  20. Deb Kean 20

    Radio NZ seemed convinced that Labour would lose big in the specials. I could only think “how bizarre!”

  21. bearded git 21

    It’s really only ACT and Dunne that are keeping these sods in power on these new numbers.

    and if Hone had got 700 more votes….

    • Olwyn 21.1

      Yes!! I was just going to say the same thing! Two more MP’s on the left would have been brilliant at this juncture – and just 700 votes in it. I’d sort of had my fingers crossed that the specials would unexpectedly push Hone over the line, even though I knew it was unlikely.

      • Lanthanide 21.1.1

        “Two more MP’s on the left would have been brilliant at this juncture – and just 700 votes in it. ”

        It would only be 1 more MP on the left. You’d be swapping Kelvin Davis for Hone in the electorate. Then whoever has the 120th seat would be bumped out in favour of Laila Harre, and I’m assuming the 120th seat is National but it could easily be NZFirst, Greens or Labour.

        • Olwyn 21.1.1.1

          Thanks for the correction – I wrote a bit hastily. But one more is still one more, depending of course on who Laila would have replaced.

          • Lanthanide 21.1.1.1.1

            Actually more accurately, you would be bumping current list positions 119 and 120 out, and replacing them with Hone and Laila.

            Labour would still have 32 seats (before taking into account the above) because Davis would just be replaced by someone else from the list.

            Hone and Laila both had enough party vote to get them in on the list, thus bumping MPs #119 and #120 out. Dunne is an overhang because he didn’t win enough party votes for his own list placing, hence why he takes seat #121.

            • Olwyn 21.1.1.1.1.1

              Thanks 🙂 I saw your thought experiment @ 9 on the “National Lose Majority” thread. It is interesting how our version of MMP plays out, with some counter-intuitive results arising at the margins.

      • Kiwiri 21.1.2

        if Hone had got 700 more votes

        A big thank you ought to be communicated to Kelvin Davis and the Labour strategists for this?!

  22. music4menz 22

    The final result is so closely allied to your predictions that one could readily leap to the (obviously incorrect) conclusion that the Electoral Commission leaked its results early.

    • Tracey 22.1

      dunne supported by 4500 nzers gets to ddtermine our govt as does seymour with 16000 fellow kiwis.

      greens and labour fucked up those seats… seemingly some in labour are pleased cos now they can try to be leader…

      beware tony blair look a lkke nash.. that he is spinning how he won his seat is a big clue his character… lp may just have found teir john key.

    • weka 22.2

      Or one could leap to the conclusion that micky is an experienced political commentator.

    • alwyn 22.3

      From the way Mallard and Harawira were behaving it would appear they were told about the result, at least in their electorates, before the official announcement today. Whether party leaders were told the overall result is not so obvious.
      The Greens always go up on the specials, particularly the ones cast overseas. The cynic in me says that people who aren’t going to have to live with the results are quite happy to vote for the loony-tunes brigade. I of course don’t think people with no real connection with New Zealand shouldn’t be allowed to vote. It is a happy case where my beliefs coincide with my political preferences.

      • bearded git 22.3.1

        maybe they want a country with rivers you can swim in to come back to?

        I have this feeling that with the economy tanking and people feeling betrayed (rock star bollocks) a drover’s dog might win for Labour next time

        • Murray Olsen 22.3.1.1

          Expats have often seen what a mess NAct type policies have made in other countries. In my case, I saw the extremes of inequality in Brazil and a corrupt Key type government (PSDB) intent on selling everything off at state and federal level. I don’t want the Aotearoa I come back to in a year’s time to be like that.

          Expats are also not exposed to 24 hours of Key cult propaganda material per day.
          As far as no real connection to the country is concerned, I have to wonder what connection Key feels. I’m sure he’s happier in Hawaii.

      • One Anonymous Bloke 22.3.2

        Be careful what you wish for: you, for example, have no real connection to reality, let alone New Zealand.

      • weka 22.3.3

        alwyn, what makes you think that GP overseas voters have no real connection with NZ?

    • mickysavage 22.4

      Music4menz

      I followed a suggestion by Swordfish, presumed the result would be similar to last time and extrapolated the result from there. My presumption that special votes would favour the left was thankfully well placed.

  23. Jane 23

    On final results of Hone had won then Peter Dunne could have been the ‘kingmaker’ https://imgur.com/Znl51zl

    If Hone had won and Dunne had lost then Labour + Greens + Internet Mana + NZ First + Maori would be tied with National + Act

    View post on imgur.com

    All it would have taken for Dunne to lose would have been Greens not running a candidate.

    • tussock 23.1

      All it would’ve taken for Dunne to win without a Green candidate would have been National asking people to vote for him like they do for ACT in Epsom, and they (and NZ First) did for Kelvin Davis in Te Tai Tokerau where the Greens did not stand a candidate. QED.

      You can’t imagine only one party would play the game. That’s not how it works.

    • sabine 23.2

      Nope, the Greens are not responsible for anything in this election. I was told so on more than one occasion.

      This Dunne thing fucks me up on so many levels i could just spit. Spit!

      Sometimes it is not so important to win, than have someone else loose. That the Greens could not see this in Ohariu and Auckland central, and that Labour had to run a candidate in Te Tau Tokerau is just mind boggling.

  24. r0b 24

    Micky’s predictions spot on, new post up…

  25. NZJester 25

    Well according to Breaking News National has lost 1 seat and the Greens have gained 1 taking away Nationals majority to be able to govern alone and means of passing anything without another parties vote.
    Unfortunately with their willing puppet parties that will do what ever National says it unfortunately changes things only a little.
    I’m guessing National ran around stitching up those deals quickly with those minor parties before the final results came in as they guessed this was a strong possibility and they didn’t want them to know they had more power than they thought.

  26. bearded git 26

    Roll on a byelection….somewhere where the Nats can lose….pleeese

    • alwyn 26.1

      New Lynn, anyone?

    • karol 26.2

      Papakura? New Plymouth?

      • alwyn 26.2.1

        I do like to see an optimist Karol. The National majority in Papakura is 5,000 and in New Plymouth it is a whopping 10,000 votes. Just how do you think Labour could get back New Plymouth?
        Even if I was tongue in cheek the Labour majority in New Lynn was only about 4,500.

  27. bearded git 27

    Interesting to see if Key will gut the RMA on a 61-60 vote? Assuming Dunne sticks to his guns, and Key really doesn’t have too much leverage over him with the way parliamemt is balanced now.

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  • Business Finance Guarantee – applications open
    Businesses can start applying to their banks for loans under the Business Finance Guarantee Scheme set up to support the New Zealand economy during the COVID-19 pandemic. “We’re moving quickly to protect New Zealand businesses, jobs and the economy during this unprecedented global economic shock,” Finance Minister Grant Robertson said. ...
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    3 days ago
  • Work starts on ways to fast-track consents to boost recovery from Covid-19 downturn
    Work is underway looking at measures to speed up consents for development and infrastructure projects during the recovery from COVID 19, to provide jobs and stimulate our economy.  Environment Minister David Parker said the COVID-19 pandemic is a serious global crisis that will have a wide ranging and lasting impact ...
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    3 days ago
  • Advance payments to support contractors
    Advance payments will be made to transport construction industry contractors to retain the workforce and ensure it is ready to quickly gear up to build projects which will be vital to New Zealand’s COVID-19 economic recovery, Transport Minister Phil Twyford announced today. He said keeping the workforce required to build ...
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    3 days ago
  • Government seeks infrastructure projects
    The Government has tasked a group of industry leaders to seek out infrastructure projects that are ready to start as soon as the construction industry returns to normal to reduce the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Economic Development Minister Phil Twyford and Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones say. The Infrastructure ...
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    4 days ago
  • Health system scaled up to prepare for COVID-19
    Work to scale up the health system in preparation for COVID-19 was today outlined by Health Minister David Clark, as he reported back to the new Epidemic Response Committee. “We are well placed to contain the spread of COVID-19. We have taken early and decisive action at our borders, and ...
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    4 days ago
  • Essential media COVID-19 guidelines refined
    The Government is refining its COVID-19 essential business guidance to include the distribution of news publications for communities which are hard to reach. The Minister of Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media, Kris Faafoi, said the move was in recognition of the importance for New Zealanders who might be harder to ...
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    4 days ago
  • Supermarkets able to open on Easter Sunday
    The Government is ensuring supermarkets can open on Easter Sunday so we can buy groceries, but stay closed on Good Friday allowing workers to take a break. This provides a balanced approach and ensures we avoid large queues that two days closure may cause. “Supermarkets will be able to open ...
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    4 days ago
  • New Zealand defence personnel conclude mission at Taji
    Following the successful conclusion of the Building Partner Capacity (BPC) mission at Taji, New Zealand defence personnel are returning to New Zealand from Iraq, in accordance with the Cabinet decision made in June 2019, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Defence Minister Ron Mark announced today. “New Zealand is very ...
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    4 days ago
  • State of National Emergency extended
    The State of National Emergency to help stop the spread of COVID-19 has been extended for a further seven days, Minister of Civil Defence Peeni Henare said. The initial declaration on March 25 lasted seven days and can be extended as many times as necessary. “Since we went into isolation ...
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    4 days ago
  • Strong Govt books support ‘go hard, go early’ response
    New Zealand’s ability to go hard and go early in the fight against COVID-19 has been underpinned by strong Government finances and the growing economy heading into this global pandemic, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. The Treasury today released the Crown financial statements for the eight months to the end ...
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    4 days ago
  • Christchurch Hospital Hagley ICU to open to support COVID-19 response
    Health Minister Dr David Clark says 36 new intensive care beds at Christchurch Hospital’s new Hagley building are being fast tracked so they are available for treatment of COVID-19 patients.   The Ministry of Health is working with contractor CPB and Canterbury DHB to enable access to the hospital’s ICU, ...
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    5 days ago
  • Government supports Air NZ freight flights
    The Government has fast-tracked up to $1 million to help Air New Zealand move urgent freight to and from New Zealand, with the first flight to Shanghai leaving tonight, Transport Minister Phil Twyford announced today. Phil Twyford says it’s crucial that trade in vital goods such as medical supplies and ...
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    5 days ago
  • Tariff concessions on COVID-19 related products
    New Zealand will temporarily remove tariffs on all medical and hygiene imports needed for the COVID-19 response. Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker and Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Kris Faafoi said today that the New Zealand Customs Service will apply tariff concessions to all diagnostic reagents and testing ...
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    7 days ago
  • Clarification of modification to wage subsidy scheme
    Minister of Finance Grant Robertson has clarified that the changes to the wage subsidy scheme announced yesterday mean that employers should be passing on the full subsidy to workers, except in the case where the person’s normal income is less than the level of the subsidy. “We still want employers ...
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    7 days ago
  • Face masks flowing to DHBs
    Medical face masks from the national reserve supply are now being distributed to District Health Boards, while at the same time local production is being ramped up. Yesterday more than 640,000 masks were sent to DHBS – that is an immediate two week supply, with more to follow in coming ...
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    1 week ago
  • COVID-19: Further steps to protect New Zealanders’ jobs
    The Government has made modifications to the wage subsidy scheme to ensure people don’t lose their jobs during the national lockdown. These changes will soften the impact of COVID-19 on workers, families and businesses, and position them to exit the lockdown and look to recovery, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. ...
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    1 week ago
  • Tax relief for Mycoplasma Bovis farmers
    Farmers whose herds were culled in response to the outbreak of Mycoplasma bovis will be able to minimise the tax treatment of their income in some circumstances. Revenue Minister Stuart Nash says Cabinet has agreed to change the law. It means farmers may be eligible to spread their income over ...
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    1 week ago
  • $27 million for NGOs and community groups to continue providing essential services
    A $27 million dollar package, effective immediately, is being provided to social sector services and community groups to ensure they can continue to provide essential support to communities as we stay at home as a nation to stop the spread of COVID-19, Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni announced. “At ...
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    1 week ago
  • Statement on guilty plea of March 15 terrorist
    “The guilty plea today will provide some relief to the many people whose lives were shattered by what happened on March 15,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said. “These guilty pleas and conviction bring accountability for what happened and also save the families who lost loved ones, those who were injured, ...
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    1 week ago
  • COVID-19 updates
    The Prime Minister is holding daily press conferences to update New Zealanders on the Government's response to COVID-19. Links to videos and transcripts of these updates below. These transcripts also include All of Government press conferences led by Director Ministry of Health's Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield. 25 March: Live update from the Prime ...
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    1 week ago
  • Police numbers break through 10,000 mark
    Frontline Police numbers have broken through the 10,000 mark for the first time in history as officers step forward to keep the community safe during the COVID19 lockdown. “Two Police graduations in Auckland and Wellington in the past week have been conducted in unprecedented circumstances,” Police Minister Stuart Nash said. ...
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    1 week ago
  • Urgent tax measures for economic recovery
    Urgent legislation has been passed to support the package of economic and social measures needed to recover from the impact of the coronavirus outbreak. “The COVID-19 Response (Taxation and Social Assistance Urgent Measures) Bill will cushion New Zealanders from the worst economic impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak,” said Revenue Minister ...
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    1 week ago
  • Further support for farmers and growers as drought persists
    From tomorrow, Government support for farmers and growers affected by drought will be expanded and extended across the country, with access to Rural Assistance Payments (RAPS) available throughout the North Island, parts of the South Island and the Chatham Islands, Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni announced. “These challenging conditions have ...
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    1 week ago
  • COVID-19: Temporary changes to Education Act
    Parliament has passed amendments to legislation that give the Secretary of Education stronger powers to act in the fight to limit the spread of COVID-19, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “They are part of a suite of changes passed under the COVID-19 Response (Urgent Management Measures) Legislation Bill,” Chris ...
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    1 week ago
  • Canada, Australia, Chile, Brunei and Myanmar join NZ and Singapore in committing to keeping supply a...
    Canada, Australia, Chile, Brunei and Myanmar have joined forces with New Zealand and Singapore by committing to keep supply chains open and remove any existing trade restrictive measures on essential goods, especially medical supplies, in the face of the Covid-19 crisis.  Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker today welcomed ...
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    1 week ago
  • COVID-19: Rent increase freeze and more protection for tenants
    Immediate freeze on rent increases Tenancies will not be terminated during the lock-down period, unless the parties agree, or in limited circumstances Tenants who had previously given notice can stay in their if they need to stay in the tenancy during the lock-down period Tenants will still be able to ...
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    1 week ago
  • Working together to protect businesses and workers
    As New Zealand unites to lock-down in the fight against COVID-19, the Finance Minister is urging all businesses and workers to stay connected over the next four weeks. “We understand the extreme pressure many businesses are under right now. I know most business owners think of their workers as family ...
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    1 week ago
  • State of National Emergency declared to fight COVID-19
    A State of National Emergency has been declared across the country as the Government pulls out all the stops to curtail the spread of COVID-19. “Today we put in place our country’s second ever State of National Emergency as we fight a global pandemic, save New Zealanders’ lives and prevent ...
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    1 week ago
  • Prime Minister’s statement on State of National Emergency and Epidemic Notice
    Mr Speaker I wish to make a Ministerial Statement under Standing Order 347 in relation to the recent declaration of a State of National Emergency. Having considered the advice of the Director Civil Defence Emergency Management, the Minister of Civil Defence declared a State of National Emergency for the whole of ...
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    1 week ago
  • Deadline for domestic travel extended
    People needing to travel on domestic flights, trains and Cook Strait ferries to get home before the country moves into level 4 lock-down tomorrow night will be able to continue using the passenger services until midnight on Friday, Transport Minister Phil Twyford said today. Domestic passenger services, particularly ferries, have ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Mortgage holiday and business finance support schemes to cushion COVID impacts
    The Government, retail banks and the Reserve Bank are today announcing a major financial support package for home owners and businesses affected by the economic impacts of COVID-19. The package will include a six month principal and interest payment holiday for mortgage holders and SME customers whose incomes have been ...
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    2 weeks ago