Sunday, November 27, 2011

Nationals win in New Zealand

November three years ago I wrote a full post (Sunday Essay - New Zealand elections 2008) on the results of the New Zealand elections, including an analysis of the electoral system. Yesterday's elections saw

  • John Key's National Party returned to power
  • Labor's lost seats quite heavily
  • The Greens seem to have picked up four seats, but unlike Australia are still effectively locked out
  • ACT, big winners from the last election in relative terms, are down to one seat with former Reserve Bank Governor Don Brash out of Parliament
  • New Zealand First and the mercurial Winston Peters are back in Parliament after electoral annihilation last time.

For those interested in more details, the NZ Herald coverage is here.   

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