We have a new prime minister. Helen Clark has conceeded defeat (not a dry eye in the house – why are concession speeches often a politician’s best ?) and John Key is the new PM.
Provisional result: National 59 seats, Labour 43, Green 8, Maori 5, ACT 5, Others 2. We are likely to have a National-ACT coalition.
2.3 million votes cast which I think is a record.
Our electorate, Rimutaka, stayed Labour.