National gained 48% of the vote which gives it 60 seats.
It will lead the next government, John Key is still Prime Minister.
Bill English gained 19,726 in Clutha Southland, and has a majority of 14,915.
Jacqui Dean gained 21, 404 votes in Waitaki, increasing her majority by a couple of thousand votes.
9:59: Eric Roy confirmed in Invercargill with a majority of 5.766
9:53: Jonathan Young has a majority of 4,109 over Andrew Little.
8:50: Dunedin Souuth: National 4,972 and Labour 3,982 With 37% of booths counted.
8:15: WIth 93.9% of advance votes counted in the referendum MMP is ahead on 54%.
7:40: the rest home and hospital vote is giving NZ First 7%, let’s hope it goes well down from there.
The polls are closed.
All we can do now is wait, and hope, as the counting takes place.
I’ll be updating this post sporadically through the evening.