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28 Nov 2011

Election wrap by morning papers

1:41 pm on 28 November 2011

The main papers on Monday morning focus on the election results and Prime Minister John Key's discussions on forming a new government.

NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald says Mr Key is wasting no time in getting back to work, with a meeting of his National Party "kitchen Cabinet" at his Parnell home on Sunday.

The paper says he will also meet ACT, United Future and the Maori Party on Monday to hammer out support deals. He is expected to discuss giving ACT MP John Banks the Corrections portfolio.

Waikato Times

'PM to offer a platter of portfolios' is the headline in The Waikato Times. The paper says Mr Key arrives in Wellington on Monday with a monster problem - a record number of MPs.

A massive caucus could force him to appoint a third Whip, just to keep control.

Mr Key is also expected to explore a stronger relationship with the Green Party, including tentative discussions over whether they would support the Key Government through a deal abstaining on confidence and supply.

In its second story, the paper carries a promise from new Coromandel MP Scott Simpson to 'hit the ground running'. Mr Simpson, 52, secured the Coromandel seat with 17,225 votes, a majority of 11,800, taking over from retired National MP Sandra Goudie.

Dominion Post

The paper's political editor says Prime Minister John Key will take his mandate on asset sales as far as he can.

Tracy Watkins says Mr Key must now make sure putting 49% of the State-owned power companies on the block won't ultimately see them drift into overseas ownership.

The Press

The Press introduces 'the South's new faces' to its readers, detailing how a number of Christchurch electorates voted and who will be heading to Parliament.

A dead heat in the Christchurch Central seat between National's Nicky Wagner and Labour's Brendon Burns, both with 10,493 votes, means it could be two weeks before that result is known.

Otago Daily Times

The paper says it will be straight down to business on Monday as Mr Key moves to quickly form the new Government.

However, in a second article, the paper says the challenge within the Labour Party to decide its next leader has the potential to spilt the party apart after a hammering in the polls. It says the party must start rebuilding urgently if wants to remain credible to voters in 2014.

In another piece, an MMP opponent is blaming a "half-cooked" debate for voters choosing to keep the current electoral system.