Prime Minister and National Party Leader John Key
28 July 2014
National announces electorate intentions
Prime Minister John Key today made clear National’s position on accommodating support parties in electorate contests at
this year’s General Election.
The National Party and its partners have successfully provided stable MMP government over two terms of Parliament and
through challenging times.
“We will be seeking a further mandate on September 20,” says Mr Key.
“In an MMP environment, the public determines the make-up of Parliament by voting in a combination of parties, and every
election is a tight contest.”
“After the election, political parties must work constructively to form and maintain a stable Government and voters want
to know what party combinations are possible.”
In January, the Prime Minister made it clear that if National were returned to Government this election, the preference
is to continue working with ACT, the Māori Party and United Future as this has been a successful combination.
He also made it clear it would be possible to add the Conservative Party and New Zealand First to this group.
Today he outlined National’s position on electorate contests for the 2014 election campaign.
“We’re seeking to maximise the party vote for National across the country in all seats. It is only through delivering
the strongest possible party vote that National voters will return National to Government.”
“For the electorate vote, we will encourage National party supporters to give their electorate vote to the ACT candidate
in Epsom and the United Future candidate in Ohariu.”
“We will continue to seek to maximise our party votes in those electorates and that’s what National party candidates
will be working hard to do.”
“In East Coast Bays, where the Conservatives have a candidate, the only option to accommodate that party would be to
remove a sitting MP from the ballot paper and that, as I have said, is a bridge too far. So there will be no electorate
accommodation with the Conservatives.”
“However, we are happy to consider working with the Conservative party post-election should the public vote that party
in to Parliament.”
“As I have said previously we are also prepared to discuss working with New Zealand First if that party is returned to
“In Epsom and Ōhariu, both ACT and United Future share a history of working with National and those are proven
relationships that have stood the test of time.”
“National doesn’t always agree with ACT, the Māori Party and United Future on every issue, but together our four parties
have maintained a stable and successful Government since late 2008.”
“Under the National-led Government, New Zealand is heading in the right direction and if re-elected, National will
continue to work hard for all New Zealanders.”