Plane stolen from Ardmore, man threatening to crash into Sky Tower. Clark being evac'd by DPS? Police in contact with pilot. Plane crashes into sea just off Kohi Beach! Pilot in hospital with "moderate injuries". Idolblog has some eyewitness reports and a couple of crappy photos.
NEWSFLASH 2: Clark tells senior Labour MP's not to talk with the media.
UPDATE: Brash speech: crowd chanting 'Don Don Don Don Brash in the house'.
Brash: 'It's been a long night, it's been a good night. As the president said we have almost doubled our party vote from the last election. And we've brought in 11 new electorates. [emphasizes Tauranga as a gain]. And I'd like to thank all New Zealanders who put their trust in the National Party by voting for us tonight. As you know, we're not quite there yet. We can't yet claim a victory, but I am certainly not conceding defeat. In the next few days and potentially weeks, there are two stages to go. Firstly the special votes. And we don't yet know how those will work out. But secondly there's a small matter of building a coalition government. And it is not at all clear who will be able to do that. My colleagues and i will be working urgently over the next few weeks. There goal will be a National-lead Government. Let me say to all New Zealanders that if we're successful in doing that, it will be a government which will govern on behalf of all NZers. Maori NZers, Pacific Island New Zealanders, Asian New Zealanders, New Zealanders of European descent. Indians too. Homemakes, farmers, business people, police officers, teachers, nurses, all New Zealanders. And we will be working hard to achieve that goal over the next few days and weeks.
UPDATE2: Clark speech forthcoming. Peters is hanging around waiting for it.
Clark: Glad we have opportunity to begin negotiations to form a new government.
UPDATE3: 218,000 special votes to be counted. Labour's margin over National: ~25,000.Results taken from: 2005 General Election Results.Updated @ 12:01amParty votecounted = 100% (122)
Lab 40.74% (50)
Nats 39.63% (49)
NZF 5.84% (7)
Greens 5.07% (6)
UNF 2.72% (3)
Maori 1.98% (4, 2 of these are overhang)
Act 1.52% (2)
Progressives 1.21% (1)SEATS IN PARLIAMENT
If UNF and NZF go into opposition with National and Act:
49 + 7(?) + 3 + 2 = 61Centre-left
50 + 6 + 1 + 4(?) = 61
If Winston Peters goes with Labour:Centre-right
49 + 3 + 2 = 54Centre-left
50 + 7 + 6 + 1 + 4(?) = 68
IF UNF goes with Labour, Greens and MP give confidence of supply:Centre-right
49 + 7 + 2 = 58Centre-left
50 + 3 + 1 = 54
6 + 4 = 10
Can't see MP offering National confidence of supply if Act and NZF are involved, but here's that scenario just in case:Centre-right
49 + 7 + 4 + 3 + 2 = 65Centre-left
50 + 6 + 1 = 57Epsom
- calling Epsom for Hide. No longer monitoring it.
Looks like Nats voting Hide in Epsom aren't rewarding Act with their party votes: National with 2497, Labour with 735, Act with 126.Tauranga
- calling Tauranga for Clarkson. No longer monitoring it.
Bob Clarkson 4324
Winston Peters 3358Maori seats
- Calling for Sharples. Tamihere out of Parliament.
Maori Party with 4: Te Tau Hauauru, Tamaki Makaurau, Te Tai Tokerau, Waiariki
Labour Party with 3.
2(?) seat overhang in Parliament due to Maori Party winning more electorate seats than party vote % would otherwise give them.