Good Green gains in final election results

The final election results are out, and the great news is that the Greens have achieved an historic high of 11.06% of the party vote.  That gives us one additional MP to the election night count – the talented Mojo Mathers.

Mojo’s election will cause a shake-up in the way things work around Parliament.  Shamefully, the proceedings of Parliament have been pretty much inaccessible to the Deaf Community until transcripts appear on the Parliamentary website , sometimes days after the event. Mojo being profoundly deaf means that will have to change to ensure her ability to participate.  That will have big positive spin-offs for the Deaf Community’s participation in the Parliamentary process.

The Greens in Parliament will now have the advantage of being able to cover every Select Committee, and our MPs will each be able to focus more strongly on a smaller number of spokesperson roles.

From an organisational perspective, the election result gives the Greens a great base to build on to further increase our party vote and become a significant player in a progressive Government in 2014.  We have lots of people who have for the first time ever not just voted Green but been involved in campaigning for the Greens.

A few statistical highlights are:

  • Almost a quarter of a million voters (247,370) cast their party vote for the Greens
  • In Waiariki the Green party vote increased by 221%

And perhaps the best news of all is that MMP is here to stay:

  • In the referendum, 58% of valid votes supported sticking with MMP, with only 42% wanting to change to any other electoral system
  • The strongest vote for any other electoral system was actually “informal” votes – i.e. more voters (33%) either declined to pick another electoral system preference or spoiled their ballot paper for that part of the referendum than voted for any of the alternatives to MMP that the referendum provided

With MMP secure, we can now consider ways to improve it and make it even more democratic and representative.

5 Comments Posted

  1. I’m so glad to hear that the Greens are now 14 & Waitakere has marginally swung left (11 votes) BUT the ‘baubles of office’ were still enough to attract the Maori party to swing into line with the Key-party !

    Of course the big question still hasn’t really been asked.. WHY did about 30%+ not even bother to vote ?
    This may well have consigned the Key-party to the ranks of a one-term Govt. & shunted them to the opposition benches !


  2. I agree with Mike, and don’t forget that National also lost West-Coast Tasman this election. In 2008, there was quite a hard swing against Labour, and I would be willing to suggest that this year, things (at least in terms of electorates) were starting to shift back to normal. My guess is that if Labour get their act together, they will probably snag back Christchurch and Auckland Centrals in 2014, along with other traditional Labour electorates.

  3. Hopefully, that will give the Nats cause to rethink their beneficiary bashing agenda she is driving.

    I hope this occurs, but the other way to look at it, which I think is far more likely from National’s perspective, is that Paula Bennett barely had a majority for her electorate in the previous election, and assorted support for various leanings in the electorate hasn’t changed much at all.

    In 2008, Paula Bennett won 13704 of 30522 votes, which was around 44.9%.
    In 2011, Paula Bennett won 13457 of 30085 votes, which was about 44.7%.

    So there was a slightly lower turnout this year, and maybe you could even look at it and say that parties “towards the left” (I hate that metaphor!) picked up slightly more support, but to me it doesn’t look like much of a change.

    Congrats to Carmel Sepuloni, but I don’t think it’s fair to interpret this as being some kind of heavy message from the electorate voters against Bennett “in response to constant beneficiary bashing”, as she has.

  4. NZ has its first deaf MP

    Ms Mathers says she delighted to be an MP.

    “There are many barriers to democratic participation for disabled people,” she said.

    “I hope my presence in Parliament will result in improved accessibility and access to political information for everyone, including those with a hearing impairment.”

    I think it’s great that the inclusive and progressive mentality of the Greens is going to ensure parliament becomes more accessible to the many thousands of deaf New Zealanders. National politicians are particularly hard to lip read, because they speak out both sides of their faces.

  5. The electorate defeat of Paula Bennett in Waitakere despite the Nats vote holding up elsewhere is also a positive feature of the election result. Hopefully, that will give the Nats cause to rethink their beneficiary bashing agenda she is driving.

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