* Labour hovers near 50 per cent of party vote, on verge of governing alone
* National struggling to reach 30 per cent, party president Peter Goodfellow says party can’t win
* Greens and Act looking safe at 8 and 7 per cent
* Greens’ Chloe Swarbrick leading in Auckland Central
* NZ First/Winston Peters set to exit Parliament, languishing on 2 per cent
* Deputy leader Kelvin Davis raises uncertainty over future role in Labour
A sea of red, with a tint of green? Or has New Zealand turned blue? Your votes are in – the shape of New Zealand’s political and social landscape for the next three years is being unveiled tonight.
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Tonight, two women – both born in Hamilton and raised in rural Waikato farming towns just 22km apart – go head to head. Who will serve as Prime Minister in New Zealand’s 53rd Parliament, and who will occupy the opposition benches?
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And while Jacinda Ardern and Judith Collins learn their fate, so five critical questions will be answered for their parties:
• The Labour Party and Ardern have been soaring in pre-election polls – have they done enough to govern, and perhaps even govern alone?
• Or has Collins, only recently minted as National Party leader, crushed the pundits to send Labour back to the cross-benches after just one term?
• Is this the end of Winston Peters after 35 years in Parliament – and the NZ First party he formed in 1993? Has he paid the price for his coalition decision three years ago?
• Act leader David Seymour is set to sail into Parliament on the back of his Epsom electorate – but how many MPs might join him?
• And perhaps among the most intriguing questions – will the Greens firstly pass the 5 per cent party vote threshold, and then hold the key to unlocking a second term for Labour? And what price will they put on power?
New Zealanders also voted today in two historic referendums – legalising cannabis and euthanasia. But the results of these polls won’t be known until the end of October.
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