National’s focus on forming strong government
With all the votes now counted it is clear that National has finished ten seats ahead of the Labour Party and also ahead
of the Labour/Green grouping, says National Party Leader Bill English.
“I want to thank the more than 1.15 million voters that placed their trust in the National Party, and I remain as
determined as ever to lead a strong, stable government for the next three years that will deliver on the hopes and
aspirations of all New Zealanders”.
“Not since 1969 has the National Party finished ahead of the Labour opposition at four successive elections, and I want
to thank everyone involved in this historic achievement.
“Now that the special votes have been counted it’s time for political parties to get on with the job of forming a strong
government to take New Zealand forward, and I look forward to engaging with Mr Peters and New Zealand First over the
coming days to achieve that”.
“Voters had a clear choice at the election between the two major parties that had a realistic prospect of leading the
“They signalled very clearly that they wanted National to perform that role and we will now get on with the job of
trying to give effect to their wishes.”