- Tauranga – Bridges 26% ahead of Peters. Labour’s Pankhurst in 4th place at 5%. NZ First Party Vote down from 13% in 2005 to 6%.
- Palmerston North – National candidate Malcolm Plimmer ahead by 3%
- Ikaroa-Rawhiti – Parekura Horomia 5.4% ahead of Derek Fox
- Nelson – Nick Smith 36% ahead of Maryan Street
- West Coast-Tasman – Damien O’Connor 3.5% ahead of Chris Auchinvole
- Te Tai Tonga – Maori TV/TNS has Mahara Okeroa ahead of Rahui Katene by 10% – 49% to 39%. However Marae Digipoll has Okeroa bejind by 6% – 40% to 46%
- Hauraki-Waikato – Nanaia Mahuta ahead of Angeline Greensill by 0.6%
All three Maori seats held by Labour are highly competitive. In two seats Labour is ahead and in the seat with conflcitign results, an averaging of them out would see Labour ahead. This means that the Maori Party may not have much of an overhang at all – in fact they could even gain a List MP if they got 4% or so party vote.
Palmerston North is the only Labour held seat that a public poll has shown National ahead in, so far. Due to boundary changes Taupo and Rotorua are technically National’s on paper.
Based on boundary changes and public polls (and note this is not a personal prediction) the electorate seats would be:
- National 35
- Labour 28
- Maori 4
- ACT 1
- United Future 1
- Progressive 1
Labour will in one sense be very pleased to be ahead in all three Maori seats. However this does lessen their chances of winning via overhang.
And the Tauranga result is superb. With only 5% voting Labour on the electorate vote anyway, it means no amount of tactical voting in Tauranga can put Winston back in that way.