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Ringside on Politics – National remains the biggest party despite losing two seats after the special votes results were released on Saturday. Labour and the Greens closed the gap, each gaining one seat, and making a Labour-Greens-NZ First Govt much more viable. NZ First’s total of nine seats was unchanged, meaning whichever bloc it decides to support will be the next Govt. Intense negotiations are underway to reach a deal by Oct 12, when Winston Peters has said he will make his decision known.

Jacinda Ardern appeared to have enormous popularity during the campaign, reflected in huge rises for Labour in the polls and in a phenomenon dubbed the “Jacinda effect.” There were doubts Bill English could match his youthful, optimistic opponent. He also faced the difficult task of trying to return National for a fourth term. But he outperformed Ardern, his 44.4% finishing 7.5% ahead. However, in the final count, the Greens and Labour were only just behind, sharing 43.2% of the votes.

Most Minor Parties Shut Out - The battle between the National and Labour leaders led voters to shun the minor parties and only five parties remain in Parliament. Only one of National’s support partners for the last three terms remains. Peter Dunne’s resignation spelled the end of United Future. The Maori Party is out, with Labour now holding all seven Maori seats. ACT returned, but only thanks to its special deal in Epsom, where National voters are encouraged to give their electorate vote to David Seymour and their party vote to National. ACT won only 0.5% of the party vote.

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Return of the PM Maker - Winston Peters’ NZ First garnered 7.2% and it can form or give confidence and supply support to either National or Labour. However, it would be simplest for Peters to form a two-party coalition with National (probably excluding ACT), with a Govt with a total of 65 seats. Forming a Govt with Labour would also have to involve the Greens who have bickered with Peters, and would create a three-party coalition with a total of 63 seats. Expect Peters to haggle, but the diminished size of NZ First and the mandate English has will probably lead to him having to limit his demands.

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12 October 2017

  • This Week... Winston Peters is said to be “controlling” the coalition talks but he knows if he makes the wrong call, he and his party will be history at the next election. If, as he says NZ, faces big challenges, it will need a Govt which confronts those challenges rather than handling them with a once-over-lightly approach.
  • Though the headlines about “homelessness” and the housing “crisis” have subsided and the bulk of NZers agree the country has been moving in the right direction, NZ still has a serious problem over its low productivity. Population, climate change and water quality are other issues which will be high on the agenda of an incoming Govt.
  • NZ First wants strict controls on foreign ownership, which would restrict sales of residential land and farms to NZ citizens, permanent residents living in NZ, and companies majority NZ-owned. How these restrictions can be enforced in the light of the trade agreements NZ has isn’t clear.
  • And contrary to some commentary which argued the result underlined the call for change, National’s vote was higher than Labour’s has ever been. By far the greatest number of voters appeared to back the direction the economy has travelled since National formed a governing coalition in 2008.

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