New Zealand PM John Key Wins Third Consecutive Election; National Triumphs, Labour Humiliated; “A Victory For Those Who Kept The Faith”

New Zealand’s National Party government has won its third consecutive election, increasing its vote and trouncing the Labour Party.

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Echoing Paul Keating’s true believers speech, Key said of his win: “This is a victory for those who kept the faith.”

As counting drew to a close tonight, National had won 48.1% of the vote, an increase of 0.8%. It appears certain to win 61 seats in the 120-member House of Representatives, an increase of two. [Read more…]


Bill Shorten Addresses New Zealand Labour Party Congress

The Leader of the Opposition, Bill Shorten, has addressed the New Zealand Labour Party Congress in Wellington.

Shorten was introduced by Clare Curran, the member for Dunedin South and Opposition shadow minister for Civil Defence and Emergency Management, and Open Government and ICT.

Earlier, the New Zealand Opposition Leader, David Cunliffe, addressed the Congress.

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John Key Claims Victory For New Zealand National Party

The New Zealand National Party leader, John Key, has claimed victory in today’s general election.

KeyKey said the road ahead for New Zealand may be “rocky” and called for national unity. “Now is the time for working together,” he told supporters.

Key announced that he had spoken to minor party leaders and secured their support for forming a new government. [Read more…]


Labour Defeated In New Zealand Election; Clark Quits

The New Zealand Labour Party government has been defeated in today’s general election.

Helen Clark, Prime Minister of New Zealand 1999-2008The Prime Minister, Helen Clark, has conceded defeat and announced her resignation as Labour leader.

“My job as leader of the Labour Party is complete,” Clark told supporters.

Clark’s government was elected in 1999 and served three terms.

The new Prime Minister will John Key, leader of the National Party. [Read more…]


Costello: Australia & New Zealand Siblings With A Common Heritage & A Shared Future

This is the transcript of the speech given by the Treasurer, Peter Costello, to the Auckland Chamber of Commerce on the occasion of the 20th Anniversary of the Closer Economic Relations Agreement between Australia and New Zealand.

Speech by Treasurer Peter Costello to the Auckland Chamber of Commerce.

CostelloI would like to thank the Auckland Chamber of Commerce for the invitation to speak to you this morning.

Australia and New Zealand are much more than good neighbours. We are, in many respects, siblings with a common heritage and a shared future. And like many sibling relationships there is a good deal of rivalry that is competitive, sometimes ferociously competitive, but I hope, ultimately friendly.

Australia and New Zealand developed along broadly similar lines as raw material exporters with strong connections to Britain.

Both were blessed with extensive natural resources that allowed international trade in imperishable, high value agricultural outputs and gold. [Read more…]


Labour Party Wins New Zealand Election – Shipley Concedes Defeat

Prime Minister-elect Helen ClarkNational Party Prime Minister Jenny Shipley has conceded defeat in New Zealand’s general election. A centre-left coalition government led by the Labour Party’s Helen Clark is set to take office.

The Labour Party has won 38.9% of the national vote and the left-leaning Alliance party has won 7.9%. Together, they will form a government, although they may need the support of the Green Party which has won 4.9% of the vote.

Under New Zealand’s voting system there are 60 electorate seats where members are chosen using the first-past-the-post system. Voters have a second vote similar to the Australian proportional voting system. The political parties register lists of candidates nationwide. The final composition of the 120 seat parliament is determined in accordance with the proportion of the vote achieved by each party nationwide. A minimum 5% of the national vote is required before parties are allocated seats.

At this stage of counting, the final result is unclear. The Greens have polled 4.9% of the vote, but have not won a seat. If they manage to increase their vote to 5%, they will receive 6 seats in the House of Representatives. If this happens, Labour and the Alliance will need Green Party support to form government. The Greens have committed themselves to support a Labour government.

Winston Peters, the leader of New Zealand First and renegade former member of the National Party, was struggling to hold his own seat of Tauranga, although late counting showed him in the lead.

New Zealand Election
Party % Vote Seats
Labour
38.9%
52
Alliance
7.9%
11
Green
4.9%
0
National
30.7%
41
ACT
7.0%
9
United
0.5%
1
NZ First
4.2%
6

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