“Tonight, New Zealand has shown the Labor Party its greatest support in 50 years,” Ardern said in a keynote address on Saturday night in which he outlined the difficult times ahead for New Zealand. Zealand. “And I can promise you: we will be a governing party for every New Zealander.”
Coalitions are standard in New Zealand, where no single party has won the majority of votes under the current system.
The results are still counting. The final results will be released in three weeks once special votes are counted – including those voted by New Zealanders living abroad.
Labor garnered about 50% of the vote for almost election night. It is unlikely that it will be clear until the final result is whether Labor can govern alone or will need to form a coalition with the Greens, but before the election, Victoria University spokeswoman Claire Timperley said Labor is “stupid” not to talk to Vegetables about working together, even if Labor wins an explicit majority.
Other current Labor New Zealand First coalition partners did not get enough votes to return it to parliament, while the right-wing ACT is currently at 8%, up 0.5% from last election.
New Zealand reported less than 2,000 total cases and 25 died since the pandemic began.
At the beginning of the year, polls suggested that National and Labor could be in a tight election. Ardern has gained much international fame, but those in the home have been frustrated by his lack of progress on key commitments, including addressing the overheating housing market.
“We always knew it was going to be tough, didn’t we?” Collins said in his concession speech on Saturday. “We will take the time to reflect, and we will evaluate, and we will change. The national emergence from this loss is a stronger, more disciplined and more cohesive party.
“I tell everyone: we’ll be back.”
Record the early exit
Lara Greaves, a New Zealand political adviser at the University of Auckland, says the high level of preliminary voting may be related to Covid-19 – voters want to avoid the lines and the possibility of a new one Covid-19 outbreaks may affect their ability to vote during the day.
What to expect from a second term Ardern
Ardern seems set to face another tough term ahead, as he attempts to address those issues while running the country through the economic downturn from the coronavirus pandemic. But political analysts did not expect the flagship’s elaborate policies – instead, they predicted that Ardern would continue to make further changes.
“Real change requires measures that will bring people to us,” Ardern said in the nation’s last election debate on Thursday. “I will stand by my record … I’m not done yet.”