All over bar the counting – live blogging election results


National gained 48% of the vote which gives it 60 seats.

It will lead the next government, John Key is still Prime Minister.

Party vote for National  in Dunedin South:  13,190, Labour 11,429. In Dunedin North National gained 8,276 party votes, only just behind Labour’s 8,863.

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.

The Electoral Commission has overall status here, Electorate status here, electorate details here,

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.

Unsticky sticker


I’ve voted and now all fingers and toes are crossed that enough other people have done as I did.

The I’ve voted sticker I got for ticking four times fell off minutes after I stuck it to my blouse.

I hope my vote is stronger than the unsticky sticker.

NZ to host world netball series


New Zealand has won the right to host  the World Fastnet Netball Series for a three year term.

It won’t be quite as big as the Rugby World Cup, but it should be fun and good for the sport.


‘Tis the season . . .


. . . for new potatoes and you won’t find any finer than these.

Rare Earth new potatoes are grown a few kilometres south of Oamaru in tarry Totara  soils.

The link above will take you to a photo.

There are no new potatoes more delicious than those from around Oamaru and these are the best.

Best served simply – rub the dirt off the skins under running water, boil until tender in water with a sprig of mint.

Drain and serve.

I don’t even add butter, but those who do say they’re even better that way.

Election results


Polls close at 7pm.

The Electoral Commission will post results here.

They are aiming to have all advance results, including the referendum released by 8.30; general election results from 50% of polling booths by 10pm and resutls from all polling places by 11:30.

Official results for the election and referendum will be published by 2pm on Saturday December 10.

Brain teaser




means man overboard then what do the following mean:








feet feet feet feet feet feet

He’s X himself



death ….. life





Answers follow the break:

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Pukeko Bird of Year


The Pukeko has won Forest and Bird’s title of Bird of the Year.

It won 1480 votes in what ended up as a two-bird race with the kakapo, which gained 1068 votes.

Forest & Bird’s Advocacy Manager Kevin Hackwell says the pukeko is one of the best ambassadors for our wetlands.

“These swamp hens love feeding on the grubs and plants that can be found in our wetlands,” says Kevin Hackwell. . .

The pukeko is thought to have landed on our shores around a thousand years ago from Australia.

Broadcaster Damian Christie – a long-time pukeko supporter and former pukeko campaign manager – says it is a pioneering success story.

“It’s an immigrant that set off at great personal risk and without the aid of modern navigational devices to build a home here in Aotearoa. And it didn’t just survive, it thrived. I like to think there’s a little bit of pukeko in all of us.”

The emperor penguin – not traditionally seen as a New Zealand native but boosted by Happy Feet’s surprise visit earlier this year – polled 12th. . .

This is the seventh year Forest & Bird has run the popularity contest. Past winners include the tui, fantail, grey warbler, the kakapo, the kiwi and last year’s victor was the kakariki.

This year’s results were:

1. Pukeko (1480)

2. Kakapo  (1068)

3. Hihi (756)

4. Kaka (562)

5. Tui (319)

6. Saddleback (304)

7. Ruru (Morepork) 291

8. Kea (209 )

9. Kokako (188)

10. Fantail (177)

Elton John rocks


Take 35,000 people, pour into the Forsyth Barr Stadium, add Elton John and ROCK!

Opening  artist Katie Thomson, a country singer from Hokitikia, warmed up the audience.

The introduction of Auckland rock guitarist Kara Gordon wasn’t very clear and it was only in reading this morning’s paper than I discovered she was doing a  Jimi Hendrix-inspired New Zealand National Anthem. No-one near us recognised it and several used the excuse of a loo-break to escape the noise.

Then Elton appeared on the screen to introduce his two cellists. They held us spell-bound with a couple of tunes before Elton bounded on stage and gave us more than two hours of old favourites mixed with a few newer songs.

He was fantastic, it was fun.

As the ODT said: Oh what a knight!


What is it modern audiences don’t understand about concerts – you’re supposed to listen, you’re allowed to sing along at times, you can dance if you’re not getting in other people’s way, you can also comment between songs. But you’re not supposed to talk all the way through songs and as for the constant movement to and from seats, how hard is it to stay put for a couple of hours?

I’m voting because:


Three years ago I listed the reasons I’m voting. They still hold true:

I’m voting today:

Because I can.

Because people fought and died to give  the right to do it.

Because there are other places where people still don’t have that right.

Because my vote will be counted.

Because I believe one vote can make a difference.

Election Day


It’s Election Day and the Electoral Commission has issued a reminder that blogs are included in the instruction to not post anything that might persuade people to vote in a particular way.

Because of that any comments made from midnight until 7pm will be put into moderation until I okay them.

November 26 in history


43 BC – The Second Triumvirate alliance of Gaius Julius Caesar Octavianus (“Octavian”, later “Caesar Augustus”), Marcus Aemilius Lepidus, and Mark Antony was formed.

783 – The Asturian queen Adosinda was put up in a monastery to prevent her kin from retaking the throne from Mauregatus.

1476 – Vlad III Dracula defeated Basarab Laiota with the help of Stephen the Great and Stephen V Bathory and becomes the ruler of Wallachia for the third time.

1731 William Cowper, English poet, was born (d. 1800).

1778 –  Captain James Cook became the first European to visit Maui.

1789 – A national Thanksgiving Day was observed in the United States.

1805 – Official opening of Thomas Telford’s Pontcysyllte Aqueduct.

1842 – The University of Notre Dame was founded.

1863 – American Civil War: Mine Run – Union forces under General George Meade positioned against troops led by Confederate General Robert E. Lee.

1865 – Battle of Papudo: The Spanish navy engaged a combined Peruvian-Chilean fleet north of Valparaiso, Chile.

1876  Willis Carrier, American engineer and inventor (air conditioning), was born  (d. 1950).

1895 Bill Wilson, American co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, was born (d. 1971).

1918 – The Podgorica Assembly voted for “union of the people”, declaring assimilation into the Kingdom of Serbia.

1922 – Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon became the first people to enter the tomb of Pharaoh Tutankhamun in over 3000 years.

1922 Charles M. Schulz, American cartoonist, was born (d. 2000).

1922 – Toll of the Sea debuted as the first general release film to use two-tone Technicolor (The Gulf Between was the first film to do so but it was not widely distributed).

1923  Pat Phoenix, English actress, was born.

1924 – George Segal, American Pop Sculptor, was born (d. 2000).

1939 – Shelling of Mainila: The Soviet Army orchestrated the incident which was used to justify the start of the Winter War with Finland four days later.

1939 –  Tina Turner, American singer and actress, was born.

1942 – World War II: Yugoslav Partisans convened the first meeting of the Anti-Fascist Council of National Liberation of Yugoslavia.

1944 – World War II: A German V-2 rocket hit a Woolworth’s shop on New Cross High Street killing 168 shoppers.

1944 – World War II: Germany began V-1 and V-2 attacks on Antwerp.

1949 – The Indian Constituent Assembly adopted India’s constitution presented by Dr. B. R. Ambedkar.

1950 – Korean War: Troops from China launch a massive counterattacked against South Korean and United Nations forces (Battle of the Ch’ongch’on River and Battle of Chosin Reservoir), ending any hopes of a quick end to the conflict.

1960 – The National Party, led by Keith Holyoake, defeated Walter Nash’s one-term Labour government. Holyoake went on to become the longest-serving post-war Prime Minister.

'Kiwi Keith' begins 12-year reign as PM

1965 – In the Hammaguir launch facility in the Sahara Desert, France launched a Diamant-A rocket with its first satellite, Asterix-1 on board, becoming the third country to enter outer space.

1968 – Vietnam War: United States Air Force helicopter pilot James P. Fleming rescued an Army Special Forces unit pinned down by Viet Cong fire and was later awarded the Medal of Honor.

1970 – In Basse-Terre, Guadeloupe, 1.5 inches (38.1 mm) of rain fell in a minute, the heaviest rainfall ever recorded.

1977 – ‘Vrillon’, claiming to be the representative of the ‘Ashtar Galactic Command’, tookover Britain’s Southern Television for six minutes.

1983 – Brink’s-MAT robbery: In London, 6,800 gold bars worth nearly £26 million were stolen from the Brink’s-MAT vault at Heathrow Airport.

1990 – The Delta II rocket made its maiden flight.

1998 – Tony Blair became the first Prime Minister of the United Kingdom to address the Republic of Ireland’s parliament.

2003 – Concorde made its final flight, over Bristol.

2004 – Ruzhou School massacre: a man stabbed and killed eight people and seriously wounded another four in a school dormitory in Ruzhou, China.

2004 – Male Po’ouli (Black-faced honeycreeper) died of Avian malaria in the Maui Bird Conservation Center in Olinda, Hawaii before it could breed, making the species in all probability extinct.

2008 – The first of 10 co-ordinated attacks on Mumbai by Pakistan-based terrorists were fired.

Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia

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