National win a third term
Prime Minister John Key and his New Zealand National Party (National) have won a stunning third term in yesterday’s general election.
National eventually took 48.06% of the vote and increased its number of seats by two to 61 seats. That is enough for a one seat majority in the 120 seat House of Representatives but the Prime Minister has indicated that he will be looking to join forces with past partners to increase the majority. In his winning comments he said that the previous National governments had been better for having ‘component’ parts supporting them.
The main opposition Labour Party lost two seats to take 32 seats with 24.69% of the vote. The Greens came in third but they too lost a seat and dropped to 13 seats with 10.02% of the vote.
The nationalist New Zealand First Party did well, picking up an extra three seats, taking them to 11 seats and 8.85% of the vote.
The Māori Party dropped a seat to two seats whilst the right wing ACT and centrist United Future each won one seat.