Polls open in New Zealand general elections

Sep 24, 2017, 00:33
Polls open in New Zealand general elections

Neither of the major parties - National, led by the incumbent prime minister, Bill English, or Jacinda Ardern's Labour - secured enough seats to form a majority government in a frustrating poll on Saturday. Ardern, 37, has vowed to close the gap between rich and poor and would spend more than National on welfare, health and education.

With 61 seats required to govern, National won 58 and its sole remaining political ally, ACT secured one, according to the New Zealand Electoral Commission.

"We do have the main cards, we're not going to squander that", Peters told supporters.

With almost all votes counted, the National Party was leading with 46 per cent, while support for Labour was 35.8 per cent, according to the Electoral Commission.

In 1996, he helped install a National-led government in return for being made deputy prime minister, then in 2005 he joined a Labour coalition after being given the job of foreign minister.

Mr English now needs the support of New Zealand First and Mr Peters if he is to form a Government, after long-time partners the Maori Party did not make it back into Parliament. "The decision we'll make and everyone of my colleagues will know that it's not going to be premature". I believe New Zealand's best days are ahead of us.

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Mr Peters' brother and the party's Northland electorate chairperson Jim Peters wanted to remind Newshub it's previously been a strong National seat. New Zealanders voted for a change - more parties voted against National than for it.

Peters, whose populist appeal has seen him compared to Donald Trump, advocates slashing immigration to just 10,000 a year from about 73,000 now.

He also wants to change the Reserve Bank of New Zealand's mandate so it targets the country's high exchange rate, rather than just inflation.

However, he has proven to be more moderate in his previous stints in government than his rhetoric while in opposition suggests.

Her focus on youth continued upon her election, becoming the youngest sitting member in the NZ parliament until the election of Gareth Hughes in 2010.

ANU engineering students from New Zealand Yash Vyas and Ali Bulbul have been following the New Zealand election closely.

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On current voting results, it is possible Labour and the Greens could sway Peters into a three-way affair. I haven't done as well for them as I would have liked.

The win by the former Police Association president comes after Mr Dunne stepped down from politics in late August with polls showing him trailing behind the Labour candidate.

However, Labour started to fade in the final days under relentless attack from National over its economic credentials and a lack of clarity on tax policy.

But she told 1News it was not over yet.

That paranoia became justified in spades when just eight weeks out from the election Jacinda Ardern replaced Andrew Little, roused the party from its sickbed and got it dancing in the streets.

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