Winners and losers


New Zealand – with a government that will keep on working for the whole country and all its people.

Voters – who showed they know what matters.

The National Party – members, caucus, president, board, regional, electorate and branch office holders, campaign teams, candidates – even those who didn’t make it into parliament because they helped get the party into government.

John Key  who triumphed over the high level and personal nature of the nastiness which was thrown at him and his family.

Bill English whose economic leadership and management are working and the impact of which was recognised by voters.

Won and lost:

Maori Party, held one seat and will be invited into government but lost two seats.

The Conservative Party – improved its support but didn’t make it into parliament.

Act – won Epsom but didn’t get enough party votes to get any more MPs.


The left.

High tax, high spend policies.

The Labour Party with its worst defeat since 1922.

The Green Party which couldn’t capitalise on Labour’s malaise.

Kim Dotcom, Laila Harre, Hone Harawira and the Internet and Mana Parties.

Winston Peters – who wanted to be kingmaker but is now just a bystander.

Brendan Horan.

Focus New Zealand which like all the other parties formed by the disgruntled fail to get any traction.


11 Responses to Winners and losers

  1. Mr E says:

    There is no question – an election is a really good measure what people think and want.

    I think this election was a clear message that people don’t want:

    Self interest buying into government
    Bias negativity trying to create voting changes

    They do want:
    A stable, reliable economy and government.

    Frankly I feel a little sorry for the left. Not for politics. For the effort that went in. I recognise it, I admire it. It is tough to see all that effort not winning. That is politics.

    But lets face it, democracy needs second, third, forth and so on. We’re lucky in NZ to be able to say, that second is a great place to be. It has an important role, a critical role.

    Well done 2nd, 3rd and 4th. You’ve got a really important job. New Zealand is lucky to have you. There is no doubt some will feel like they have lost, but New Zealand really has not.

    To those parties and leaders that have been excluded from parliament and exist on arrogance and self interest. Good bye. You’re not needed.


  2. jabba says:

    a major loser seems to have gone to ground as he was pumped up with the thought we would have the Greens at 15% and their leaders as deputy PM’s and others as minister


  3. Mr E says:

    This result was predicted by left supporters.

    “BTW – the general Election?
    Thanks, KDC, Laila et al.

    Robert Guyton

    I doubt those from the left have gone to ground. I hope they are simply satisfied with their achievements.


  4. TraceyS says:

    The saddest image I’m left with from the election campaign was Metiria and Russel on Q+A (either second or third-last show) positively gloating because the polls showed they had stolen some more support off Labour. How did they possibly think that was going to turn out well?

    On this blog many people have implored Dave Kennedy to listen to those who are most in control of environmental matters. He thinks it is the politicians, I think it is the landowners. But did he listen? No. He just ploughed on arrogantly with his own uneducated view bleating about having once worked on a farm in the holidays or whatever.

    Maybe now he and others will realise that they have to listen. But will they ever understand and truly respect the knowledge and expertise of those who run the land? I doubt it. Pity for the environment.


  5. Mr E says:

    Political pawns Tracey,
    That is what farmers are when it comes to the Green party.
    They’re used for their nefarious political purposes.
    The Greens stood out and said – ‘dairy is bad’.
    The simple reality is every industry has its good and bad. By labelling entire industries, the Greens lost support. Not just from farmers, from people who can easily see through the transparent game.

    I don’t know if you are seeing it, but I am. A push back by the public. A recognition that, actually, our environment is pretty darn well good, and getting better. And a recognition by the public that farmers are very good at what they do. I think this election is evidence of that.

    I think that push back will harm the Greens further if they don’t soften environmental policies and make them inclusive rather than divisive.


  6. Roger Barton says:

    Our Wairarapa Green Party candidate, John Hart, was in the media totally opposed to the local irrigation project. Don’t think that helped his chances within the ag sector which he pretends to be part of. He keeps describing himself as a sheep and beef farmer…with 100 ewes and 40 finishing cattle. He might net enough to pay his exorbitant rates. I think he might understand his IT stuff quite well but it’s damned hard to eat!


  7. Paranormal says:

    Too true Mr E. As a former green supporter I couldn’t agree more.

    Interesting John Key suggested if they stuck with real environmental policies [rather than socialism in drag (my words)] they would be the natural party of government. otherwise they are, as you say, far too transparent and not as clever as they think they are.


  8. TraceyS says:

    “The simple reality is every industry has its good and bad. By labelling entire industries, the Greens lost support. Not just from farmers, from people who can easily see through the transparent game.

    I don’t know if you are seeing it, but I am. A push back by the public.”

    Yes, Mr E.

    A year ago I was attending my step-nephew’s funeral. Couldn’t help but notice all the city boys, many raised in South Dunedin, who were getting up sharing their dairy farm stories of antics they got up to with the deceased. City, meet country.

    There’s a problem here for the Greens (and Labour by association).

    It doesn’t take too much figuring out.


  9. Mr E says:

    260 Stock units does not make a farmer, Roger. At least that is my opinion. Maybe a ‘hobby farmer’ or ‘lifestyler’ would be a better definition.

    Rachel Smalley presented a 60 minutes segment (on Sunday night I think it was) about regional towns- how some are dying. Rachel regularly appears to have a Green thumb and also appears pro Green Party.

    I couldn’t help but thinking about how many of regional towns rely on farming industry. I couldn’t help but think about the amount farmers have spent on the environment, much of which goes into things like plastic, steel, wood and concrete and not so much in labour, jobs and community.

    I’ve spoken to farmers who have said, “when dad was my age, he could afford to employ me, but I cant afford to employ my son”

    In my humble view, environmental regulation is driving labour off farms, creating employment challenges and succession limitations for sheep farmers, driving them towards higher paying alternatives.
    This labour issue drives young towards the cities for education, and often they never return. Statistics seem agree with this conclusion.

    We need to keep one eye on the environment. There is no question of that. But there is a cost and environmental extremism hurts everyone. Seemingly even the parties that promote it.


  10. jabba says:

    seems there is a petition going around claiming the election was rigged


  11. JC says:

    Population drift is as old as the hills but its not necessarily a problem required by Central Govt to find a solution.. its an economic reality that can’t be changed by subsidies.

    In fact, the last thing you want is to create a situation where the unemployed, squatters and dropouts migrate to the cheaper areas that are depopulating.. think Kaingaroa Village and Beverley Bouma and multiply that by thousands of murders and general crime.



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