Ardern's Labour Party Wins New Zealand Election, Opposition Concedes

PM Ardern on track for landslide re-election win in New Zealand vote

It remains to be confirmed whether her campaign has secured her an outright majority in parliament which has not happened since New Zealand implemented a proportional voting system 24 years ago.

As one party leaves Parliament, another appears set to return, with the Māori Party's Rawiri Waititi leading Labour incumbent Tamati Coffey by around 400 votes in the Waiariki electorate.

Ms Ardern described her party's election results as strong following Ms Collins' concession, and said Labour would lead the Government for the next three years. Some time with friends and family - then knuckling down for calls and meetings with her senior colleagues. "It's been full of uncertainty and anxiety, and we set out to be an antidote to that". "And I can promise you we will be a party that governs for every New Zealander", she said. "She told supporters that they were to build back better after the COVD crisis so to stay the course".

She said everyone was living in an "increasingly polarised world", but she hoped this election had shown New Zealand that this was not who we were and that as a nation we can listen and debate.

Doors to the polling booths opened at 9:00am, though a record number of voters had already cast their ballots in advance.

"Over the next three years there is much work to do", she told supporters Saturday night in Auckland.

It comes after her popularity soared earlier this year after she led a successful effort to combat the coronavirus crisis in New Zealand.

There is now no community spread of the virus in the nation of 5 million and people are no longer required to wear masks or social distance.

"And over the next three years there is a lot to do".

She became a role model for working mothers around the world, many of whom saw her as a counterpoint to U.S. president Donald Trump.

She displayed both empathy and decisive action on gun control after a white supremacist gunman killed 51 Muslim worshippers in the Christchurch mosques attack past year.

She moved quickly to pass new laws banning the deadliest types of semi-automatic weapons.

"This was an election that because of Covid-19 and extended lockdowns, was like no other this country has ever seen even in wartime".

Since New Zealand had advantage of being an isolated island nation, the strategy worked. Her government managed to stop the communal spread of the disease in March with a strict lockdown and extensive testing, and similarly curbed a new outbreak in August.

The opposition centre-right National Party, now on 27%, has admitted defeat in Saturday's poll.

The real question was how big Jacinda Ardern and her party were going to win and by anyone's standard this is a remarkable victory. Collins, 61, was promising sweeping tax cuts in response to the economic downturn caused by the virus.

"Which has been an outstanding result". "It has been a tough campaign". The libertarian ACT Party increased its support to 8% and the Green Party won 7.5% of the votes. "It's a tremendous accolade first and foremost to the prime minister, but also to the wider Labour team and the Labour movement", he said.

New Zealanders were also asked to vote in two referendums alongside the general election. Polls taken before the election indicated the euthanasia referendum was likely to pass while the outcome of the marijuana vote remained uncertain. Preliminary results for these are due to be announced on October 30.



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