The official election results left National with two fewer seats than on election night and Labour and the Green party with one more each:
- The number of seats in Parliament will be 120.
- The National Party has 56 seats compared with 58 on election night.
- The Labour Party has 46 seats compared with 45 on election night.
- The Green Party has 8 seats compared with 7 on election night.
- There are no changes to the number of seats held by New Zealand First and ACT New Zealand which remain at 9 and 1 respectively.
- All electorate candidates leading on election night have been confirmed as winning their seats.
- The total number of votes cast is 2,630,173. 47% of votes were cast in advance.
- The turnout as a percentage of enrolled electors is 79.8% (2014 – 77.9%). This is the highest turnout since 2005 (80.9%).
- The final enrolment rate is 92.4% (2014 – 92.6%).
This still leaves a possibility of National and NZ First governing with 65 seats or Labour, NZ First and the Greens governing with 63 seats, or NZ First giving confidence and supply to one of the bigger parties while sitting on the cross benches.
The difference between the numbers has got a little smaller but nothing else has changed about the options since election night so why couldn’t negotiations have started sooner and why are we still waiting for an outcome?