National Party leader Judith Collins concedes the 2020 election to Jacinda Ardern and the Labour Party in a landslide defeat for her party.
While Jacinda Ardern was the big winner last night, claiming an historic victory in the 2020 election and a second term as Prime Minister, for those who took on her victorious Labour Party it was a night of bloodshed. Both National and New Zealand First have suffered major damage – the former losing 21 seats, the latter ejected from Parliament. Stuff takes a look at last night’s losers and how good some of their chances might be of getting back into the halls of power.
As soon as votes started coming through on Saturday night, it didn’t look good for the National Party.
In the end, the lost electorates would include 11 seats painted blue last time around – incumbent MPs who had voters turn on them – including some in National strongholds.
For that 11, there’s only room for nine to get back into Parliament as a list MP.
The senior National figure is number 2 on the list, but he was non-committal about his future on Sunday.
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“We’re obviously going to have a look over the next few days about how we restructure to be an effective opposition,” Brownlee said on TVNZ’s Q+A.
Gerry Brownlee has been non-committal about what his future in Parliament holds.
Brownlee is mostly known in Christchurch for his time as Earthquake Recovery Minister, and his legacy – both positive and negative – boils down to the city’s residential red zone and the central city rebuild.
The question now is whether Brownlee has a future in a National Party looking to rebuild.
Elsewhere, Labour’s Ginny Anderson took the Hutt South seat from National Party number 7 Chris Bishop.
On Saturday night, Bishop said he was still committed to holding the government to account on Wellington issues, particularly transport and housing.
“Labour has a big mandate… and with a big mandate comes big responsibility and big expectations on the government to deliver for Wellington and the Hutt Valley,” he said.
National’s finance spokesman Paul Goldsmith sits at number 3 on the list and is likely to remain in Parliament, as is David Bennett who lost his Hamilton East seat.
Dunedin list MP Michael Woodhouse, Wellington Central’s Nicola Willis, Mt Albert’s Melissa Lee and West Coast Tasman List MP Maureen Pugh should all also make it in to Parliament with their current standings on the National List.
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Nick Smith was unseated by Labour’s Rachel Boyack.
Long-time incumbent National MP Dr Nick Smith conceded his Nelson seat to Labour’s Rachel Boyack.
The 2020 campaign was the 11th for Smith, who was first elected in 1990 as the MP for the former Tasman electorate. In 1996 he first stood – and won – the Nelson seat and has held it ever since.
Smith sits at number 18 on the list and still eligible for one of the nine seats in Parliament.
Likewise, Whanganui’s Harete Hipango and New Plymouth MP Jonathan Young were both unseated while Tim Macindoe also lost for the first time since 2008, conceding to Labour’s Dr Gaurav Sharma.
Panmure-Ōtahuhu’s Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi, List MP Paulo Garcia, Mt Roskill’s Parmjeet Parmar and Māngere’s Agnes Loheni are all likely to be booted out of Parliament after they lost their seats.
Alfred Ngaro arriving at Parliament.
Controversial National MP Alfred Ngaro who sits at 30 on the list will more than likely be eliminated from Parliament after he again lost the Te Atātu seat to Phil Twyford.
Ngaro was the first Cook Islander to be elected to Parliament in 2011.
Tukituki’s Lawrence Yule lost by 772 votes to new Labour MP Anna Lorck.
Ōhārui MP Brett Hudson, Northcote’s Dan Bidois and Mana’s Jo Hayes are all likely to lose their seats after failing to win their electorates.
NEW ZEALAND FIRST
It’s the end of the road for NZ First as the political party, and its longstanding leader Winston Peters, are voted out of Government.
As the votes came in on Saturday, the sun set on Winston Peters and NZ First, after securing just over two per cent of the vote.
The NZ First leader and former Deputy Prime Minister has spent 36 years in Parliament and on Saturday night at the Duke of Marlborough hotel in Russell, kept his speech brief after none of his MPs won any seats.
“For 27 years, there’s been one party that’s been prepared to question the establishment and challenge authority, and tonight more than ever, that force is still needed,” Peters said.
“As for the next challenge, we’ll all have to wait and see.”
Former NZ First MP Shane Jones contemplates life after politics in the Duke of Marlborough hotel following his party’s terrible showing in last night’s election.
Northland candidate, Shane Jones, who had been touted as both Peters’ successor and a potential route back into power for the party, failed to win over his electorate, well behind National’s Matt King and Labour’s Willow-Jean Prime.
Speaking to reporters on Sunday, Jones said it was a “harrowing night”.
“Lets face it, there was a red tsunami and the public obviously were tuned in to the whole Covid korero, and the forces that are right-ist, and I am of a right-ist beat as a politician, it was not a night for us,” Jones said.
He wouldn’t be drawn on the future, saying it was up to Peters to chart a way forward.
Minister for Children and NZ First MP Tracey Martin
When Jacinda Ardern was made Prime Minister in the last election, she rang now former NZ First MP Tracey Martin and asked her to serve as Minister for Children.
Martin, also Minister of Internal Affairs, Seniors, and Associate Minister of Education, was tasked with the biggest overhaul state care services had ever seen.
Martin and Auckland Central List MP Jenny Marcroft fell after the party’s last-minute decision to demand a referendum on legislation that would have removed abortion from the Crimes Act.
Martin had worked for months on the law change with Justice Minister Andrew Little.
Martin and Marcroft chose to cross the floor and vote for the legislation against their party. And Martin gave a heartfelt speech in which she revealed her grandmother Beverley died after a backstreet termination in 1946. She delivered the story with tears in her eyes.
Former Minister of Defence and Wairarapa candidate Ron Mark, Palmerston North’s Darroch Ball and Taieri’s Mark Patterson will all also be ejected from the Beehive.