Election post mortems

November 9, 2008

John Key’s first extended interview as Prime Minister elect with John Campbell: part 1, part 2, part 3.

Sunday part 1, part 2, part 3,  part 4,  part 5.

Morning Report’s election special.

RadioNZ Sunday  – Sunday Group on the election and Media Watch on election coverage.


Celebrating

November 9, 2008

When you’ve just won a 10, 176 vote majority which gets you in to parliament; and also won more than 50% of the party in your electorate to help National get in to government you’ve got to celebrate.

And what better way to do it than with an asado?

 

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Been there

November 9, 2008

Today we have a new government, I’m delighted with it but a lot of people won’t be and they have my sympathy because I’ve been there at the last three elections.

The worst of those was 2002, I was National’s Otago electorate chair and we lost the seat. I cried on the night and I cried again the next morning when I realised the full extent of the loss.

That loss isn’t just the loss of a job for MPs, their staff lose their jobs too.

Parliament, Mps and staff are a numerically small part of the political process and the loss of an election is also a loss for many thousands of members and supporters who give their time, energy and commitment to their parties and candidates.

While the winners celebrate on election night and wake, tired (over tired in fact, here) but happy, those on the other side have a subdued night and the morning after may not be any brighter.

These people have my sympathy, and I really mean that, because the longer I’m involved in the grassroots of politics the more I come to respect the others who are too, regardless of which part of the political spectrum they inhabit.

Almost all of us share the desire to get to a common destination, we just differ on the best vehicle and route to get us there.

So I offer them my sympathy and also some comfort.

A lot of things happen in spite of who is in government, there are no miracles when the party you support wins and generally there are no absolute disasters when the a party or parties you don’t support are in power.

They might do things you oppose and even abhor, but if and when they do, they help motivate you for the next election  – and that’s only a thousand and something sleeps away.


The colour of the house

November 9, 2008

Total Votes Counted:

2,103,842

Special Votes:

208,001

Less than 6 votes taken in Polling Places:

1,261

Party

Party
Votes

%
Votes

Electorate
Seats

List
Seats

Total
Seats

National Party

951,145

45.45

41

18

59

Labour Party

706,666

33.77

21

22

43

Green Party

134,622

6.43

0

8

8

ACT New Zealand

77,843

3.72

1

4

5

Mäori Party

46,894

2.24

5

0

5

Jim Anderton’s Progressive

19,536

0.93

1

0

1

United Future

18,629

0.89

1

0

1

New Zealand First Party

88,072

4.21

0

0

0

Kiwi Party

11,659

0.56

0

0

0

The Bill and Ben Party

10,738

0.51

0

0

0

Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party

7,589

0.36

0

0

0

New Zealand Pacific Party

6,991

0.33

0

0

0

Family Party

6,973

0.33

0

0

0

Alliance

1,721

0.08

0

0

0

Democrats for Social Credit

1,112

0.05

0

0

0

Libertarianz

1,070

0.05

0

0

0

Workers Party

824

0.04

0

0

0

RAM – Residents Action Movement

405

0.02

0

0

0

The Republic of New Zealand Party

298

0.01

0

0

0

 

70

52

122


The colour of the seats

November 9, 2008

Auckland Central

100.0%

KAYE, Nikki (NAT)

TIZARD, Judith (LAB)

1,181

Bay of Plenty

100.0%

RYALL, Tony (NAT)

DEVOY-HEENA, Carol (LAB)

16,440

Botany

100.0%

WONG, Pansy (NAT)

TAWA, Koro (LAB)

10,119

Christchurch Central

100.0%

BURNS, Brendon (LAB)

WAGNER, Nicky (NAT)

880

Christchurch East

100.0%

DALZIEL, Lianne (LAB)

GILMORE, Aaron (NAT)

5,545

Clutha-Southland

100.0%

ENGLISH, Bill (NAT)

PRYDE, Don (LAB)

14,323

Coromandel

100.0%

GOUDIE, Sandra (NAT)

KININMONTH, Hugh (LAB)

13,440

Dunedin North

100.0%

HODGSON, Pete (LAB)

WOODHOUSE, Michael (NAT)

6,660

Dunedin South

100.0%

CURRAN, Clare (LAB)

POWELL, Conway (NAT)

5,992

East Coast

100.0%

TOLLEY, Anne (NAT)

MACKEY, Moana (LAB)

5,933

East Coast Bays

100.0%

McCULLY, Murray (NAT)

GOLDSMITH, Vivienne (Viv) (LAB)

12,800

Epsom

100.0%

HIDE, Rodney (ACT)

WORTH, Richard (NAT)

11,813

Hamilton East

100.0%

BENNETT, David (NAT)

MORONEY, Sue (LAB)

8,069

Hamilton West

100.0%

MACINDOE, Tim (NAT)

GALLAGHER, Martin (LAB)

1,541

Helensville

100.0%

KEY, John (NAT)

FENTON, Darien (LAB)

18,562

Hunua

100.0%

HUTCHISON, Paul (NAT)

CARTER, Jordan (LAB)

14,738

Hutt South

100.0%

MALLARD, Trevor (LAB)

QUINN, Paul (NAT)

3,632

Ilam

100.0%

BROWNLEE, Gerry (NAT)

YAU, Sam (LAB)

10,812

Invercargill

100.0%

ROY, Eric (NAT)

SOPER, Lesley (LAB)

6,152

Kaiköura

100.0%

KING, Colin (NAT)

McNAMARA, Brian (LAB)

10,136

Mana

100.0%

LABAN, Winnie (LAB)

PARATA, Hekia (NAT)

5,314

Mängere

100.0%

SIO, Su’a William (LAB)

FIELD, Taito Lemalu Phillip (NZPP)

6,496

Manukau East

100.0%

ROBERTSON, Ross (LAB)

BAKSHI, Kanwaljit Singh (NAT)

10,784

Manurewa

100.0%

HAWKINS, George (LAB)

CALDER, Cam (NAT)

5,753

Maungakiekie

100.0%

LOTU-IIGA, Peseta Sam (NAT)

BEAUMONT, Carol (LAB)

1,876

Mt Albert

100.0%

CLARK, Helen Elizabeth (LAB)

MUSUKU, Ravi (NAT)

8,695

Mt Roskill

100.0%

GOFF, Phil (LAB)

BLUE, Jackie (NAT)

5,557

Napier

100.0%

TREMAIN, Chris (NAT)

FAIRBROTHER, Russell (LAB)

8,430

Nelson

100.0%

SMITH, Nick (NAT)

STREET, Maryan (LAB)

7,884

New Lynn

100.0%

CUNLIFFE, David (LAB)

GROSER, Tim (NAT)

3,368

New Plymouth

100.0%

YOUNG, Jonathan (NAT)

DUYNHOVEN, Harry (LAB)

314

North Shore

100.0%

MAPP, Wayne (NAT)

TWYFORD, Phil (LAB)

13,159

Northcote

100.0%

COLEMAN, Jonathan (NAT)

McCRACKEN, Hamish (LAB)

8,577

Northland

100.0%

CARTER, John (NAT)

JONES, Shane (LAB)

9,423

Öhariu

100.0%

DUNNE, Peter Francis (UFNZ)

CHAUVEL, Charles (LAB)

1,170

Ötaki

100.0%

GUY, Nathan (NAT)

HUGHES, Darren (LAB)

1,422

Pakuranga

100.0%

WILLIAMSON, Maurice (NAT)

KELLY, Brian (LAB)

12,759

Palmerston North

100.0%

LEES-GALLOWAY, Iain (LAB)

PLIMMER, Malcolm (NAT)

1,050

Papakura

100.0%

COLLINS, Judith (NAT)

HEREORA, David (LAB)

9,674

Port Hills

100.0%

DYSON, Ruth (LAB)

HEFFERNAN, Terry (NAT)

3,093

Rangitata

100.0%

GOODHEW, Jo (NAT)

BLANCHARD, Julian (LAB)

7,648

Rangitïkei

100.0%

POWER, Simon (NAT)

ANGUS BURNEY, Jills (LAB)

11,131

Rimutaka

100.0%

HIPKINS, Christopher John (LAB)

WHITESIDE, Richard (NAT)

625

Rodney

100.0%

SMITH, Lockwood (NAT)

ROBERTS, Conor (LAB)

14,376

Rongotai

100.0%

KING, Annette (LAB)

FINLAYSON, Christopher (NAT)

7,845

Rotorua

100.0%

McCLAY, Todd (NAT)

CHADWICK, Steve (Stephanie) (LAB)

4,855

Selwyn

100.0%

ADAMS, Amy (NAT)

COATES, David (LAB)

10,246

Tämaki

100.0%

PEACHEY, Allan (NAT)

BARTLEY, Josephine (LAB)

15,195

Taranaki-King Country

100.0%

ARDERN, Shane (NAT)

van de WEERT, Renée (LAB)

14,615

Taupö

100.0%

UPSTON, Louise (NAT)

BURTON, Mark (LAB)

5,855

Tauranga

100.0%

BRIDGES, Simon (NAT)

PETERS, Winston (NZF)

10,710

Te Atatü

100.0%

CARTER, Chris (LAB)

HENARE, Tau (NAT)

4,638

Tukituki

100.0%

FOSS, Craig (NAT)

BARKER, Rick (LAB)

7,288

Waikato

100.0%

TISCH, Lindsay (NAT)

ARDERN, Jacinda (LAB)

11,757

Waimakariri

100.0%

COSGROVE, Clayton (LAB)

WILKINSON, Kate (NAT)

518

Wairarapa

100.0%

HAYES, John (NAT)

MACKENZIE, Denise (LAB)

6,309

Waitakere

100.0%

BENNETT, Paula (NAT)

PILLAY, Lynne (LAB)

901

Waitaki

100.0%

DEAN, Jacqui (NAT)

PARKER, David (LAB)

10,176

Wellington Central

100.0%

ROBERTSON, Grant (LAB)

FRANKS, Stephen (NAT)

1,517

West Coast-Tasman

100.0%

AUCHINVOLE, Chris (NAT)

O’CONNOR, Damien (LAB)

975

Whanganui

100.0%

BORROWS, Chester (NAT)

McDOUALL, Hamish (LAB)

5,963

Whangarei

100.0%

HEATLEY, Phil (NAT)

CHALMERS, Paul (LAB)

13,673

Wigram

100.0%

ANDERTON, Jim (JAP)

ALEXANDER, Marc (NAT)

4,566

Hauraki-Waikato

100.0%

MAHUTA, Nanaia (LAB)

GREENSILL, Angeline Ngahina (MAOR)

1,046

Ikaroa-Räwhiti

100.0%

HOROMIA, Parekura (LAB)

FOX, Derek Tinia (MAOR)

1,609

Tämaki Makaurau

100.0%

SHARPLES, Pita (MAOR)

WALL, Louisa Hareruia (LAB)

6,325

Te Tai Hauäuru

100.0%

TURIA, Tariana (MAOR)

MASON, Errol (LAB)

6,834

Te Tai Tokerau

100.0%

HARAWIRA, Hone Pani Tamati Waka Nene (MAOR)

DAVIS, Kelvin Glen (LAB)

5,496

Te Tai Tonga

100.0%

KATENE, Rahui (MAOR)

OKEROA, Mahara (LAB)

684

Waiariki

100.0%

FLAVELL, Te Ururoa (MAOR)

RIRINUI, Mita (LAB)

5,986

 

Polling Places Counted:

6,304 of 6,304 (100.0%)


Morning after

November 9, 2008

Four hours of sleep is not conducive to intelligent thought so I’ll keep this brief.

Some highlights:

* We have a National led government.

* National won 9 new seats (I know it’s the party vote that counts in forming a government, but good electorate MPs not only serve their constituents well, they also provide a positive face for the party which helps the vote next time round).

(The election night results for seats are here).

* John’s speech, in particular his desire for inclusiveness and hope:

New Zealand has spoken. Hundreds of thousands across the country, they have voted for change.

“Thank you for your support, and thank you for your trust. I talked about when I was a boy in a state house, riding my bike past the houses of people more fortunate than me.

“What inspired me then, and still inspires me today, is the belief within ourselves that we have the ability to make our lives better.

“And as it is for individuals, so it is for our country. Because New Zealand has so much more potential. This is not as good as it gets.”

He also said that whether or not people had voted for him, he’d be leading a government that works for all New Zealanders.

He was gracious to Helen Clark, acknowledged what she’d done for New Zealand and thanked her for it.

(The speech is here, post speech interview with John Campbell here,).

* Locally – Jacqui Dean’s hard work across the huge Waitaki electorate (34,888 square kms) was rewarded with a majority of 10,176.


Every good party needs a cake

November 9, 2008

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