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Scoop Coverage NZ Election Night 2014, And After

Scoop Coverage: Election Night 2014, And After

The page is being updated with post-election events as coverage is compiled. Newest items are nearest the top.

21/10/14: State Opening Of Parliament

The House sits at 10.30am on Tuesday before MPs are summoned to hear the Speech from the Throne in the Legislative Council Chamber.

The speech delivered by the Governor-General on the Government’s behalf outlines its priorities for this Parliament.

After this MPs will return to the House for the presentation of petitions and papers and the introduction of any bills.

The Government has five notices of motion on the Order Paper which can be debated. These relate to relating to the appointment of the Deputy Speaker, Assistant Speakers, the reinstatement of business in a carryover motion and one on “Entities to be deemed public organisations”. More>>


20/10/14: 51st Parliament To Be Commissioned

The formal Commission Opening of the 51st Parliament will begin at 11am today.

The Governor-General will send three Royal Commissioners to declare the new Parliament open – the Chief Justice, the Court of Appeal President, and the Chief High Court Judge.

After the Commissioners leave the Chamber the swearing in of MPs will begin in alphabetical order. More>>

Labour: Review Team Named, Leadership Campaign Starts

Labour’s New Zealand Council has appointed Bryan Gould as Convenor of its post-General Election Review. He will be joined on the Review Team by Hon Margaret Wilson, Stacey Morrison and Brian Corban.

The Review Team will be responsible for the production of three reports – one on the 2014 General Election campaign, the second on the longer-term perspective, and the final one on the governance and operations implications for the Party. More>>


Two Fewer Votes In Recount: "Positive Result" - Harawira

When I applied for a recount of the votes from the Tai Tokerau election, I made it clear that this application was not aimed at overturning the election result, but ensuring that all votes cast by Maori were treated with due respect, regardless of whether those votes are for Labour, Maori Party or MANA. More>>


Harawira Calls For Recount: "Restoring Credibility To Electoral Process"

“By seeking a recount I can ensure that at least some of the enrolment issues will be independently examined” said Harawira “and I hope that the Electoral Commission takes seriously in future the right of Maori voters to have their votes treated with due respect.” More>>


Pending New Leadership:

Gordon Campbell: On John Key Avoiding Being Held Accountable For The SIS And GCSB

Will the management split on security and intelligence issues that Prime Minister John Key announced yesterday serve to enhance or to reduce his public accountability on such matters? On RNZ’s Checkpoint last night, Key was vague about the substance of the division of labour, which seemed to entail a good deal of overlap between his role and that of Attorney-General Chris Finlayson... More>>


New Intelligence Role: John Key Announces Cabinet

Mr Key says a number of Ministers have been promoted either to the front bench, or further up the front bench, to reflect their strong performance in recent years and their promise for the future. More>>


Deals Done: Agreement Between Māori Party And National Party

Te Tatau ki te Paerangi provides confidence and supply in return for support of policy priorities. Those policy priorities include ongoing investment in Whānau Ora, a sustained focus on eliminating poverty through the Ministerial Committee on Poverty, a focus on Māori economic and regional development and encouraging greater Māori participation in the electoral process. More>>


Final Results: National Loses Outright Majority

National has lost its outright majority in Parliament after the counting of special votes and the declaration of the final count. Compared to Election Night National Party lost one list seat and now has 60 seats in total in a 121 seat Parliament. The Green Party gained one list seat... More>>


ACT: Jamie Whyte Resigns - Seymour Appointed New Leader

“Today I announce that I have tendered, and the Board has accepted, my resignation as Leader of ACT New Zealand. Clearly I make this announcement with regret, however the election result is clear, and I must now turn to my career and my family." More>>


Harawira's Farewell: Mana's Challenge To The 51st Parliament

And as I leave, I lay down a challenge to this parliament. My FEED THE KIDS bill is live in parliament as we speak… a bill to provide what the people of New Zealand have called for - a comprehensive, government-funded food in schools programme More>>


Labour Caucus II:

Gordon Campbell: On The Farcical Elevation Of David Seymour

With the election won, it’s time to find jobs for the boy. David Seymour is the Act Party’s latest scrounger to be rewarded by the National Party, and not only with a seat in Parliament. This time around, a couple of parliamentary Undersecretary posts in education and regulatory reform have been thrown in, plus an annual salary of $175,000 while he learns the ropes. Shouldn’t Seymour at least be put on a 90 day trial before he gets his hands on that sort of serious moolah?

It would be for his own good, really. At this rate, Act is never going to learn how to make its own way in the world More>>

Confidence & Supply: National-United Future Agreement Announced

National Party Leader John Key today announced a third consecutive confidence and supply agreement has been negotiated with the United Future Party...

The agreement provides Mr Dunne will be appointed Minister of Internal Affairs, Associate Minister of Health and Associate Minister of Conservation. He will be a Minister outside Cabinet. More>>

National-ACT Party Agreement Announced

“It provides for Mr Seymour to be appointed to the positions of Parliamentary Under Secretary to the Minister of Education and Parliamentary Under Secretary to the Minister for Regulatory Reform...

“In addition, National has agreed to work with ACT on a range of priority policy areas. These are outlined in the confidence and supply agreement..." More>>


Labour: Cunliffe Triggers Party Wide Leadership Contest

David Cunliffe has resigned as Labour Leader, but says he will seek re-election.

This will trigger a potentially bloody contest for the leadership. It is expected that former deputy leader Grant Robertson will seek to become Labour Leader, though others may throw their hat in the ring. If there is any contest the election will have to go through a process involving the party membership and union affiliates.

This follows Labour receiving 24% of the party vote in the election last week. The party’s worst result under the MMP system. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Cunliffe’s Last Stand Right now, embattled Labour leader David Cunliffe has three options. None of them are particularly attractive for him personally, or for the Labour Party... More>>


Pre-Caucus Audio: David Cunliffe And The Future Of The Labour Party

David Cunliffe met with the press today after Saturday’s disappointing election result for The Labour Party.

“We are all deeply concerned by the result of our party vote. I want to be clear that I, as leader, am responsible for that result” Cunliffe said. Although he called the results “deeply disappointing” Cunliffe said “the voters are always right”.

He felt that Labour needed to make improvements and take action: “We don’t need months to get feedback from members of the public, we've had a lot over the past 48 hours”. More>>

Update: After a seven hour caucus meeting David Cunliffe has announced Chris Hipkins and Carmel Sepuloni as new party whips and said the Labour council will hold an independent review into the election result. He did not comment on any leadership vote.


Images & Report: Mihi To Welcome Newly-Elected MPs To Parliament

The 29 newly elected MPs were welcomed into Parliament with a Mihi. Parliament’s current Speaker David Carter offered advice from his experience working in Parliament advising the MPs to work collaboratively. More>>

Negotiations: Taxpayers Forgotten In Ministerial Horse-Trading

Taxpayers' Union: “The Prime Minister’s comments imply that he wants to give Mr Seymour a junior ministerial role in order for him to have more Parliamentary resources. If true, it is an affront to taxpayers who have to fork out money for this horse-trading.” More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Labour’s
Very Bad Year

While Labour leader David Cunliffe still appears to be in denial about the extent of Saturday night’s debacle, there was hardly a single redeeming feature about the election results for the centre-left. Even the victory by Labour’s Stuart Nash in Napier was the outcome of a strong showing by Conservative Party candidate Garth McVicar that split the centre-right vote... More>>

Election: National Win

With all votes counted National and John Key have won a third term and are close to being able to govern alone if they so choose.

Key has indicated he will still reach out to form a Government with ACT, United Future and Maori Party.

National ended the night on 48 percent, Labour 24.6 and the Greens 10. More>>

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