While we wait for final booth counts from polling day, we can analyse how the Green Party did in the specials and look at electorate level data.
First off – special votes (and disallowed/recounted votes etc). There were 333,757 of these votes – 13.6 percent of the total vote counted. We got 15.4 percent of specials, meaning a 14th Green MP in Parliament, Steffan Browning.
National got 6 percent less in the specials than it got on the night. New Zealand First and the Conservatives also did not fare particularly well.
Looking at electorate results, Wellington Central (James Shaw), Rongotai (Russel Norman), Dunedin North (Metiria Turei), Auckland Central (Denise Roche) and Mt Albert (Jeanette Elley) accounted for the highest proportion of Green Party votes. All broke 20 percent.
We achieved over 10 percent in a further 25 electorates and these weren’t just urban electorates. West Coast-Tasman and Northland were, for example, in this bracket.
We came second in the Party vote in Wellington Central, Auckland Central, Te Tai Tonga and Helensville.
In Helensville, Kennedy Graham also came second in the candidate vote (Catherine Delahunty in the Coromandel, and Peter Hill in Selwyn were other Green candidates who came second in their electorates). Overall the Green Party came 2nd or 3rd in over half of all electorates.
In the Māori seats, Te Tai Tonga got the highest Green percentage with 16.4 percent, Te Tai Hauāuru, Tāmaki Makaurau and Ikaroa-Rāwhiti also all got over 10 percent, and in the lowest Māori electorate Waiariki we still got 8 percent.
While National got a majority of party votes in all but 11 electorates, there were 22 electorates where Labour and the Greens combined beat National.
We’ll leave off comparing this election’s results against the previous until the booth level data comes out – given the large impact that boundary changes have played in some of the biggest movers.