The National Party has won the 2014 election by a broad margin. It is set to have 61 seats in a 121 seat Parliament, with enough support to govern alone. Political Reporter Liz Banas watched events unfold. Video, Audio
The Maori Party has agreed to support the National-led Government for three more years, with co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell picking up three ministerial appointments.
The Electoral Commission says it will write to nearly 29,000 people who voted on election day when they had not enrolled to vote, and therefore had their votes disallowed.
National got 48.1% on election night figures, while the Poll of Polls trend was pointing to 47.5%, which is where National will end up if it loses 0.6% on special votes as happened in 2011.
Under the grill - In our final question to the leaders of parties represented in parliament, we asked what they prefered most - cats or dogs? Video