Saturday, November 26, 2011
New Zealand election live blogging 1055GMT
Party vote summaries... in a Parliament of 121
Parties in Parliament
National rise from 44.93% in 2008 to 47.99% tonight 2 seat gain overall to 60. Pleasing but disappointing compared to the polls.
Labour drop from 33.99% to 27.13% tonight 9 seat loss to 34. Gutting result, but could have been worse, nothing as bad as National's 2002 result of less than 21%
Greens rise from 6.72% to 10.62% tonight 4 seat gain to 13. Very pleasing for the Greens, would have liked more, but will now influence legislation substantially in select committees.
New Zealand first rise from 4.07% to 6.81% tonight. Re-enters Parliament with 8 MPs. The comeback King, Winston Peters. Written off constantly by a media which by mentioning him gave him electoral oxygen.
Maori Party drop from 2.39% to 1.35% tonight. 2 seat loss to 3. Has to be wary of seeing to support National too much, Maori vote dissipating to Mana and Labour.
ACT drop from 3.65% to 1.07% tonight. 4 seat loss to 1. Devastating for ACT, much soul searching needed now. ACT Board will need to decide whether Banks will lead or not.
Mana, first time standing. 1% retain single seat won in previous by-election. Radical Maori separatist and Marxist vote now has a clear home.
United Future drop from 0.87% to 0.61% single seat retained. One time significant coalition partner for Labour continuing to be a one man band in Ohariu.
Conclusion? National will govern with United Future and ACT with a small majority, but will enter into confidence and supply agreement with Maori Party.
Parties outside Parliament
Conservative Party, first time standing. 2.76%. Very credible result, must try to win NZ First voters over to try to cross the 5% threshold or spend up large in one seat.
Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party Small gain from 0.41% to 0.48%. Treading water with core supporters
Democrats for Social Credit small gain from 0.05% to 0.07%. Clearly attracted a few more with the global financial crisis
Libertarianz small gain from 0.05% to 0.07%. Did Banks turn some ACT voters towards Libz?
Alliance drop from 0.08% to 0.05%. Far left voter bled to Mana and the Greens