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