Election Night

Tweet from Jared Savage (@jaredsavageNZH) 20.9.14 11.13 pm

█ Key says he will lead a government that governs for all New Zealanders

TV3 Vote 2014 John Campbell and John Key PM (screenshot 1031)

Prime Minister John Key’s National Party has won a third term with an unprecedented govern-alone victory in the general election.

National won 48 percent of the party vote, giving it 62 seats in the 121-member parliament.

It’s the first time since MMP was introduced in 1996 that any party has held a majority without needing coalition partners.

█ Key: The issues that matter

Tweet from Internet Party (@InternetPartyNZ) 1 - screenshot (1067)

Kim Choe (@kimchoe) tweeted at 10:56 PM on Sat, Sep 20, 2014:
Kim Dotcom blames himself: “I’m sorry to say this, but we lost because of me”. Read more: http://t.co/JHw6TkMNgG #decision14

Posted by Elizabeth Kerr

*Images: Jared Savage (@jaredsavageNZH) at Twitter [screenshot]; mediaworks.co.nz – (TV3) Decision 14 – Live Stream, John Campbell and John Key PM [screenshot]; Internet Party (@InternetPartyNZ) at Twitter [screenshot]


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20 responses to “Election Night

  1. cinimodjunior

    Waited in vain as I watched TV 1 coverage. By midnight the result was known and all electorates tallied. How come the absolute result was known when no results south of Christchurch (other than Clutha) were declared. Like, are there no electorates embracing Mid and South Canterbury, Waitaki, Dunedin Nth, Dunedin Sth or Invercargill? That commentators saw no need to comment on the results of any of these electorates is nothing short or scary. If anybody had any doubts that we occupy a New Zealand backwater then those doubts were silently dispelled tonight. As the Romans would say ‘O me miserum’ (woe is me)

  2. Hype O'Thermia

    I heard various people say, not only in the immediate pre-election period but from shortly after he was made Leader against the wishes of the people MPs) who had worked with him longest and knew him best, that they didn’t trust Cunliffe.
    It was an instinct thing. We (yes I am one of them) didn’t know what we didn’t trust.
    In movies the unseen and the barely glimpsed shadow of the monster is scarier than a fully featured Dreadfulness of the Dark.
    National’s recently revealed array of vileness was visible. Key made a good job of blaming those who brought National-origin acts of treachery into plain view.
    It was a shock to me, how many people rated it very bad to make public “stolen” (just like Watergate) information. Worse than doing the bad deeds revealed in the first place, that were documented in the emails! I wonder how they feel about computer service providers who “dob in” clients who have dodgy photos and videos of adults abusing children? Perhaps they think we should wait till perps – kiddy-fiddlers and dodgy politicians – come forth to admit their wrongdoings to police and the public? That’s going to happen, right!!!
    So the contest was between the known evil, that most people didn’t believe impacted on their own lives anyway, and the unknown untrusted.
    What hidden frightfulness had alerted their senses, so they didn’t trust Cunliffe and thus the Labour party? Unseen, it was as scary as the creaks and shadows in a gothic ruin in a spooky forest beside a mist-covered lake.
    The hoot of an owl, a heavy-breathing possum – or something worse?
    “Holy Mary mother of God….”
    Better the devil you know, eh?

  3. Elizabeth

    Judith Collins re-elected with a clear win.
    Maurice Williamson re-elected with a clear win.
    Hone didn’t turn up at Parliament House enough.
    Colin Craig spent too much money, and homed the performing seal Christine Rankin.
    Labour did the fateful – favouring capital gains tax, it was warned.
    The Greens’ economic policy frightened everyone except the devout.
    Kim Dotcom spent too much money making the obvious too obvious.
    The Left were multifarious and uncoordinated.
    NZ First got isolated, disenfranchised on the night.
    Other mutterings. Simplistic, of course.

    New Zealanders, well, the majority really like stable Bill English or his haircut. And Gerry Brownlee.

    The left-leaning media ballsed up severally.

  4. What’s changed? Nothing as far as I can see. Despite the cheering and raving in one corner and the grumping and grizzling in the other, the sun will get up in the morning. After every election I have participated in (around 19) it always has, and by and large nothing changes. It just goes along as destiny planned, the crooks get found out, the liars expose themselves, the planners over plan and explode, the financial whizzes are regularly seen for the frauds that they are, the promises are broken and re-arranged on a regular fraudulent base that states: ‘we know best what is good for you, TRUST US’. That my dear friends is democracy, the system where the people believe that by exercising their right to vote that they will get what they want. What they get is always what they deserve.

  5. Elizabeth

    For the record, only John Key and Michael Woodhouse pamphleted my Dunedin North address. No other political party presented themselves, no-one at all came door knocking (when I was at home anyway).
    Labour who? Greens? No neighbourhood presence whatsoever.

    Now I can’t get Eminem’s Lose Yourself outa my head.

    • Elizabeth

      “Lose Yourself” by Eminem [related post]

      Look, if you had one shot, or one opportunity
      To seize everything you ever wanted. one moment
      Would you capture it or just let it slip?

      His palms are sweaty, knees weak, arms are heavy
      There’s vomit on his sweater already, mom’s spaghetti
      He’s nervous, but on the surface he looks calm and ready to drop bombs,
      But he keeps on forgetting what he wrote down,
      The whole crowd goes so loud
      He opens his mouth, but the words won’t come out
      He’s choking how, everybody’s joking now
      The clock’s run out, time’s up, over, bloah!
      Snap back to reality, Oh there goes gravity
      Oh, there goes Rabbit, he choked
      He’s so mad, but he won’t give up that
      Easy, no
      He won’t have it, he knows his whole back’s to these ropes
      It don’t matter, he’s dope
      He knows that but he’s broke
      He’s so stagnant, he knows
      When he goes back to his mobile home, that’s when it’s
      Back to the lab again, yo
      This whole rhapsody
      He better go capture this moment and hope it don’t pass him

      You better lose yourself in the music, the moment
      You own it, you better never let it go
      You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow
      This opportunity comes once in a lifetime yo
      You better lose yourself in the music, the moment
      You own it, you better never let it go
      You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow
      This opportunity comes once in a lifetime yo
      (You better)

      The soul’s escaping, through this hole that is gaping
      This world is mine for the taking
      Make me king, as we move toward a new world order
      A normal life is boring, but superstardom’s close to post mortem
      It only grows harder, homie grows hotter
      He blows. It’s all over. These hoes is all on him
      Coast to coast shows, he’s known as the globetrotter
      Lonely roads, God only knows
      He’s grown farther from home, he’s no father
      He goes home and barely knows his own daughter
      But hold your nose ’cause here goes the cold water
      His hoes don’t want him no more, he’s cold product
      They moved on to the next schmoe who flows
      He nose dove and sold nada
      So the soap opera is told and unfolds
      I suppose it’s old partner but the beat goes on
      Da da dum da dum da da


      No more games, I’ma change what you call rage
      Tear this motherfucking roof off like two dogs caged
      I was playing in the beginning, the mood all changed
      I’ve been chewed up and spit out and booed off stage
      But I kept rhyming and stepped right into the next cypher
      Best believe somebody’s paying the pied piper
      All the pain inside amplified by the fact
      That I can’t get by with my 9 to 5
      And I can’t provide the right type of life for my family
      Cause man, these goddamn food stamps don’t buy diapers
      And it’s no movie, there’s no Mekhi Phifer, this is my life
      And these times are so hard, and it’s getting even harder
      Trying to feed and water my seed, plus
      Teeter totter caught up between being a father and a prima donna
      Baby mama drama’s screaming on and
      Too much for me to wanna
      Stay in one spot, another day of monotony
      Has gotten me to the point, I’m like a snail
      I’ve got to formulate a plot or I end up in jail or shot
      Success is my only motherfucking option, failure’s not
      Mom, I love you, but this trailer’s got to go
      I cannot grow old in Salem’s lot
      So here I go it’s my shot.
      Feet, fail me not, this may be the only opportunity that I got


      You can do anything you set your mind to, man

    • Mike

      I got a phone call from Labour, and a door knocker from the Greens (she thought she was in a different electorate).

      I must admit I’m mystified how it could be that National got less than 50% of the votes but got more than half of the seats, I’m sure there’s some obscure mathematical reason, but it doesn’t seem right

      The interesting thing about the Dunedin results it would seem that almost all the NZ First votes came from Labour, if they want to grow their votes they probably need to reach out to their older members

      • Cars

        Mike, Don’t worry about your arithmetic capabilities, the Nationals got 48.1% of the vote and less than that percentage of seats.

        • Cars

          My apologies Mike, it is I who cannot count!

        • Mike

          I was thinking that “well now National can put the stake in Act and stop playing the silly Epsom thing” but thinking more about it I realise that it’s in National’s interest to have Ohariu and Epsom held by non-National parties that will only form coalitions with them – if National held those two seats themselves they’d get 2 fewer list seats

          In essence Act and United Future have an overhang, they hold a seat but have far less than an electorate’s worth of party votes (the Leagalise Dope party got twice the vote of United Future).

          In Dunne’s case I think you can argue that he does have a genuine mandate for his electorate (I dont know why the Greens put up a candidate there, if they hadn’t this time he’d likely have been voted out). Act on the other hand are part of a plain rort of the electoral system, National effectively gets an extra seat by getting their supporters to vote for someone else.

          Imagine I created a Party “National-Local” (or Labour-local, or …) that only ran electorate votes but no list, and “National” which only ran a list and no local candidates – National-Local might get 50% of the electorate votes while “National” would get seats to make it 48% of the seats – voting together in the house they might have 70% of the seats in parliament but only 48% of the vote – in essence this is what has happened in Epsom with “National-local” being played by “Act”.

      • Votes for Parties which got less than 5% are ignored (mainly Conservative), so National got more than 50% of the counting vote.

  6. Peter

    A number of commentators have made the valid point that Labour has failed to rejuvenate its ranks. Too many old faces who should have gone ages ago.
    If they don’t bite the bullet the Nats will have a very long period in government.
    Even shorter term MPs who are not flash need to go.
    It isn’t hard to see that some politicians…..aside from competence…just don’t appeal personality wise. It shouldn’t matter, even if they are basically competent….but it does.

    • I still want to know why a man with intelligence like Trevor Mallard would want to discuss bring back moa via rejuvenated DNA in ther middle of a Labour Election campaign? He just too old and out of touch is he? At least he did not appologise for being a man! That too was silly don’t you think?

  7. Elizabeth

    Sunday Star-Times 21.9.14 Editorial open letter (page A2)

  8. Hype O'Thermia

    Integrity? InTEGrity??? That was never in their campaign sales pitch.

  9. Elizabeth

    Sunday Star-Times 21.9.14 (page A2)

  10. Just 77.04% of eligible voters turned out compared with 74.2% in 2011, which was the worst in a century. Does this tell us something? Is the electorate so disinterested in their fate, or is it that they are turned off by the pettiness and dishonesty of the political system? Wars have been fought and many have died in order for the people to have the right to an open, honest government of the people’s choice. That the process has been so disgracefully ‘hi-jacked’ in the way it has by such unscrupulous gerrymandering and dishonesty of the participants is obviously the great turnoff of the people.

  11. Elizabeth

    National loses majority in final count
    The National Party can no longer govern alone as the final election results left them with one fewer seat than on election night.


    Final election result

    National: 47.04 (60 seats)
    Labour: 25.13 (32)
    Green: 10.70 (14)
    New Zealand First: 8.66 (11)
    Maori Party: 1.32 (2)
    Act Party: 0.69 (1)
    United Future: 0.22 (1)
    Conservative: 3.97 (0)
    Internet Mana: 1.42 (0)

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