Who are the winners and losers once the special votes are counted?

by RNZ / 06 October, 2017
RelatedArticlesModule - specials

National's Nicola Willis, left, and Golriz Ghahraman from the Green Party, right. Photos / supplied

The final results of the election will be out tomorrow, and will include the 384,000 special votes cast - the 15 percent of the total that everyone's been waiting for.

Green Party leader James Shaw said in all but one election since 1999 his party has gained an extra Member of Parliament after those votes were counted.

He was extremely confident they would do so again.

"This time we actually only need 0.13 percent of the specials to get Golriz Ghahraman in and so I'm about 99 percent confident that that's going to happen.

"It's actually quite likely that there will be a seat transferred from National to Labour as well."

Ms Ghahraman said after the election campaign - where it was not clear if the Greens would even make it back into Parliament after it shed a co-leader and several sitting MPs - she was not too nervous about Saturday.

"I think it was the kind of election where we just had to get used to uncertainty and we did that months ago, so I'm sort of enjoying not having the result be my immediate responsibility anymore.

If Ms Ghahraman does get in the Greens would have eight MPs.

On the flipside, the National Party's Nicola Willis would be the first to go if National lose an MP.

Ms Willis said she was philosophical.

"It's like guessing an election result, you can look at past trends, you can look at all sorts of data.

"I've just decided to be mentally ready for either outcome."

New Zealand First leader Winston Peters, who holds the balance of power, has said he wanted to wait until the special votes were in before making a decision.

He has promised to make a call by 12 October - next Thursday.

The party had brief meetings with both National and Labour yesterday where the ground rules on negotiations were laid down.

Coalition talks will begin in earnest after the special votes come in.

Labour Party leader Jacinda Ardern on her way to meet with New Zealand First yesterday. Photo / Richard Tindiller

Labour Party leader Jacinda Ardern said she believed that timeframe was achievable.

"Certainly we're being ambitious around trying to work through the issues as quickly as we can but of course making sure that at the end point we've formed a stable, durable coalition government.

"I think it is absolutely possible to do it within that timeframe but it does mean those preliminary negotiations are very important," Ms Ardern said.

Special votes include votes that were cast overseas, votes by people who were not on the printed public roll and those who were not enrolled at the start of the election process.

The final election results be announced at 2pm on Saturday.

This article was originally published by RNZ.

MostReadArticlesCollectionWidget - Most Read - Used in articles
AdvertModule - Advert - M-Rec / Halfpage


Richard Prebble: Jacinda Ardern will face the tyranny of events
86009 2018-01-19 00:00:00Z Politics

Richard Prebble: Jacinda Ardern will face the tyra…

by Richard Prebble

I predicted Bill English would lose the election and the winner would be Winston Peters. But no forecaster, including the PM, predicted her pregnancy.

Read more
Aokigahara: More than just the ‘suicide forest’
85966 2018-01-19 00:00:00Z World

Aokigahara: More than just the ‘suicide forest’

by Justin Bennett

It's known as a 'suicide forest', but Justin Bennett found Aokigahara's quiet beauty outweighed its infamous reputation.

Read more
Truth and Lye: New perspectives on the brilliance of Len Lye
85816 2018-01-19 00:00:00Z Arts

Truth and Lye: New perspectives on the brilliance …

by Sally Blundell

New essays on New Zealand-born US artist Len Lye elevate him to the status of Australasia’s most notable 20th-century artist.

Read more
Brain activity may hold the secret to helping infertile couples
86046 2018-01-19 00:00:00Z Health

Brain activity may hold the secret to helping infe…

by Nicky Pellegrino

For about a third of infertility cases in New Zealand, there is no obvious reason why seemingly fertile couples struggle to conceive.

Read more
Farewells on the Auckland wharves, captured by photographer John Rykenberg
85964 2018-01-19 00:00:00Z Life in NZ

Farewells on the Auckland wharves, captured by pho…

by Frances Walsh

More than one million images from Rykenberg Photography, taken around Auckland, are now in the Auckland Libraries Collection. But who are the people?

Read more
'Termite hell' for Golden Bay man after he woke covered in insects
86027 2018-01-18 11:59:55Z Environment

'Termite hell' for Golden Bay man after he woke co…

by Hamish Cardwell

A Golden Bay man spending his first night in his new house says he woke to find his bed, walls and floor covered in hundreds of creepy crawlies.

Read more
Ten ‘stealth microplastics’ to avoid if you want to save the oceans
86015 2018-01-18 11:18:49Z Environment

Ten ‘stealth microplastics’ to avoid if you want t…

by Sharon George and Deirdre McKay

There's a growing movement to stop the amount of wasteful plastic that goes into our oceans, but what about the tiny bits we can hardly see?

Read more
It's time to chlorinate New Zealand's drinking water
86001 2018-01-18 09:41:15Z Social issues

It's time to chlorinate New Zealand's drinking wat…

by The Listener

The inconvenience to chlorine refuseniks is tiny compared with the risk of more suffering and tragedy from another Havelock North-style contamination.

Read more