Ardern leads party to outright majority in a first for NZ polls

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern visits Labour election day volunteers in Auckland on Oct 17 2020

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern visits Labour election day volunteers in Auckland on Oct 17 2020

New Zealand's opposition leader Judith Collins has conceded defeat against Prime Minister Jacinda Arden in the country's general election.

It's the first time under MMP a party has won the majority to govern alone.

"This has not been an ordinary election, and it's not an ordinary time", she said. "It's been full of uncertainty and anxiety and we set out to be an antidote for that". "We will build back better from the COVID crisis". The Green Party joined the coalition in a confidence and supply arrangement.

National has 35, the Green Party ten, ACT ten and the Māori Party is expected to return to parliament with one seat.

During her three-year term, the 40-year-old led New Zealand through grief after its worst mass shooting and a deadly volcanic eruption, as well as a global pandemic.

These restrictions were gradually eased over following weeks as new infections fell and the Labour Party's fortunes turned around, after trailing the National Party before the pandemic.

The country went without any new cases for 102 days until August, when a small outbreak in the largest city Auckland resulted in rules being reimposed.

JACINDA ARDERN: We will govern as we campaigned, positively, with optimism about our future, with a relentless focus on a recovery that brings New Zealanders with us to deliver long-lasting change.

New Zealand law restricts media coverage and political advertising while polls are open.

To form the government, a party needs to win 61 of 120 seats.

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In this election, NZ First was ousted from parliament, after the party failed to reach the 5% threshold and neither of its candidates managed to win an electorate seat.

Labour lifted its share of the vote to a preliminary 48.9% on Saturday from 37% in the 2017 polls. Coalition governments there are the norm and no single party has won a majority of votes in 24 years.

Federal Labor MP Tanya Plibersek says people across the world would like to see more politicians like Jacinda Arden, following the New Zealand prime minister's landslide election win.

She also said Labour would support the Green Party's wealth tax on high-earning New Zealanders - a claim Ms Ardern rejected.

Collins promised that the party would be back to fight another day.

"We will take time to reflect and we will review and we will change", she said, adding the National Party will "reemerge from this loss a stronger, disciplined and more connected party".

The leader of the National Party, Judith Collins, congratulated Jacinda but promised her party would "provide robust opposition".Ms Adern has pledged to make more climate-friendly policies and put more money into schools.

She burnished that reputation this year with a "go hard, go early" approach to the new coronavirus, which has eliminated locally spread COVID-19 in the nation.

Mr Gayford, who was at home with Ms Ardern and their baby daughter Neve in Auckland, said his fiancée was "straight into work mode" as soon as she realised she had won. The results of both referendums will be announced October 30.

Two referendums were also held alongside the election on whether cannabis and euthanasia should be legalized.

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