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NZ sees pink: Ardern wins in a landslide

On the basis of early results, Jacinda Ardern has won a historic victory in the New Zealand election, securing a thumping mandate and possibly a parliamentary majority for Labour’s second term.

With 37 per cent of votes counted, Labour has won 50.3 per cent of the vote – the biggest single-party haul since Labour won in 1938.

The opposition National party, led by Judith Collins, is sitting at 25.9 per cent and heading for a disastrous result.

The Electoral Commission is predicting 65 MPs for Labour in the 120-seat parliament, well ahead of polling predictions.

If the results hold, Ms Ardern will be the first leader to have won a majority government since electoral reform in 1996.

Party leaders are yet to claim victory, but there are delirious scenes at Auckland’s Town Hall where Labour is holding their election night party.

Ms Ardern is yet to arrive, stationed at her house, where partner Clarke Gayford fed waiting journalists with home-cooked fish and venison.

The landslide has Labour ahead in seats party strategists never expected to claim.

Deputy National leader Gerry Brownlee is on track to lose his blue-ribbon seat of Ilam, a region held by the party since 1946.

Two dozen opposition MPs are likely to miss out in a result that puts serious pressure on Ms Collins’ leadership.

Minor parties the Greens and ACT are on track to secure increased representations in Wellington, while New Zealand First looks set to miss parliament.

The Greens are on 8.1 per cent, and boast a narrow lead in Auckland Central.

Right-wing libertarians ACT are on 7.7 per cent, a huge gain from 0.5 per cent at the last election.

New Zealand First is at 2.4 per cent, a figure which would spell the end of leader Winston Peters’ political career.

The 75-year-old first entered parliament in 1979 and currently serves as deputy prime minister and foreign minister.

If the numbers hold, deputy Labour leader Kelvin Davis will become deputy prime minister, though he told Newshub it was “too early to start talking about things like that”

“It is looking positive though,” he said.

Kiwis are also voting in two referenda – to legalise cannabis, and separately, to legalise euthanasia – but the result of those ballots won’t be confirmed until next month.

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