Election 2011 News

Election 2011 News

Friday, 16 December 2011

Bennett wins Waitakere in final count
Minister for Social Development Paula Bennett has retained her seat of Waitakere.

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

State assets top of sworn-in Government's agenda
Prime Minister John Key says one of the first matters the new National-led Government will consider is the partial sale of state assets.
Maori Party co-leaders reappointed
The Maori Party has re-appointed Pita Sharples and Tariana Turia as its co-leaders.
Wagner still the winner in Christchurch Central
Christchurch Central National Party candidate Nicky Wagner has been confirmed as the winner of the seat following a judicial recount of votes. Her majority is increased by two, to 47.

Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Labour elects Shearer as new leader
David Shearer says his election as Labour leader is a fresh start for the party and that he has a mandate for change.

Monday, 12 December 2011

Key brings new faces to front bench
The new Government will have three new faces on its front bench after a Cabinet reshuffle announced by Prime Minister John Key.
'Winners and losers' Cabinet
Prime Minister John Key says there will always be some MPs who lose out when the Cabinet is reshuffled.
Party vote threshold to be considered in MMP review
The 5% threshold that parties have to cross to make it into Parliament will be looked at as part of the review of MMP.
Deaf Foundation hopes election of deaf MP forces change
A group representing the deaf community hopes changes will be made at Parliament following the election of New Zealand's first deaf MP.
Opposition parties doubt poverty committee will work
Opposition parties say a high-level committee will do nothing to alleviate poverty in New Zealand.
Asset sales can go ahead without Maori Party - Key
The Prime Minister says being unable to rely on the Maori Party's support for planned partial asset sales should not affect the National Party's ability to implement the policy.
Strong focus on poverty in Maori Party deal
The Maori Party says it will expect members of the Ministerial Committee on Poverty to hold their Government agencies to account.
Race for Labour leadership tight ahead of vote
One of the candidates for the Labour Party leadership, David Cunliffe, says the race will go down to the wire.

Sunday, 11 December 2011

Maori Party signs deal with National
A new Government will be sworn in on Wednesday now that the Maori Party has pledged its support to the National Party.
MMP advocates say changes needed to better suit NZ
The pro-MMP campaign says the proportional voting system needs to be tweaked to make it fit the New Zealand situation.

Saturday, 10 December 2011

Final results in close electoral seats
National candidate Nicky Wagner has taken Christchurch Central and Labour candidate Carmel Sepuloni has won Waitakere in the final count of votes from last month's election. Both defeated candidates are seeking recounts.
Greens pick up seat from National in final poll result
The National Party has lost a seat in the final results from last month's general election.

Friday, 9 December 2011

Final results near in marginal seats
Several Labour Party MPs will find out if they are in or out of the next Parliament when the final election count is made public on Saturday.

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Welfare proposals 'in line' with campaign policy
Social Development Minister Paula Bennett says welfare reforms set out in its deal with the ACT Party are in line with what National campaigned on.
Greens still keen on agreement with National
The Green Party says it still wants to negotiate an agreement with the National Party despite opposing its education and welfare policies.
Deals mean better government - Key
Prime Minister John Key says National needs partners to form a Government and makes no apology for the gains secured by ACT and United Future.

Monday, 5 December 2011

Key signs deals with United Future and ACT
United Future leader Peter Dunne and ACT Party MP John Banks will be ministers outside cabinet under agreements reached with National on the shape of the next government.
Labour leadership candidates front party meetings
Labour Party members in Waikato heard from the two candidates vying for the position of leader of the party at a meeting on Monday.
Hui views awaited by Maori Party
The Maori Party says it should know by the end of this week whether it will enter a supply and confidence agreement with the National Party, after a series of hui around the country.

Saturday, 3 December 2011

Turia supports call for inquiry into low turnout
Maori Party co-leader Tariana Turia is supporting the Green Party's call for an inquiry into the low voter turnout at the general election.