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Election analysis
Danyl Mclauchlan (Spinoff): Jacinda Ardern and the plan
Chris Trotter (Interest): Ardern claims “mandate to accelerate” – but where to?
Josie Pagani (Herald): Time for Labour to bank Jacinda Ardern’s popularity and take risks (paywalled)
Jennifer Lees-Marshment (Newsroom): Warning signs and challenges for Ardern’s government
Max Rashbrooke (RNZ): Jacinda Ardern has huge majority but that may not be much use to her
Matthew Hooton (Herald): Jacinda Ardern joins the pantheon (paywalled)
Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): A clear mandate, but a fuzzy agenda
Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): Stage set for Ardern to show what ‘true’ transformation looks like
Audrey Young (Herald): Jacinda Ardern’s five new problems
Max Rashbrooke (Spinoff): The seven key challenges facing Jacinda Ardern
Audrey Young (Herald): Jacinda Ardern wins a clear mandate but for what is still open (paywalled)
Claire Robinson (Guardian): New Zealand has put its faith in Labour: now the party must deliver
David Hall (The Conversation): With a mandate to govern New Zealand alone, Labour must now decide what it really stands for
Richard Harman (Politik): Labour has the power; National has problems
Mark Boyd (Stuff): A return to ‘unbridled power’?
Morgan Godfery (Stuff): Power secured, now what about the programme?
Jane Patterson (RNZ): Election 2020: What now…?
1News: Analysis: Jessica Mutch McKay on the ‘longest year ever’ for politics and what’s next after the election
Chris Rudd (ODT): The win was almost inevitable — how will Labour use it?
Damien Grant (Stuff): Conservative, cautious, and careful Labour will govern from the centre
Shamubeel Eaqub (Stuff): Five things for Jacinda Ardern’s to-do list
Michelle Duff (Stuff): Ardern’s majority: With an unprecedented mandate, what will the Prime Minister do with her second term?
Luke Malpass (Stuff): Labour has won big, but now the real work starts
Liam Dann (Herald): Congratulations Labour, now for the really hard bit (paywalled)
Peter Wilson (RNZ): Total power, total responsibility – Jacinda holds both in her hands after 2020 election
Ben Thomas (Stuff): Jacinda Ardern has proved she can walk on water, but the next three years will be full of sharks
Ben Thomas (Herald): Covid 19 cuts short Labour’s celebrations (paywalled)
Anna Rawhiti-Connell (Newsroom): A decisive victory, but beware the ‘frozen middle’
Derek Cheng (Herald): Helen Clark on what Labour’s victory has in common with the Great Depression
Derek Cheng (Herald): Sir Michael Cullen on Labour’s historic victory – no mandate to scare the centre
Anne Salmond (Newsroom): Navigating by the stars
Steven Cowan: A victory for the status quo
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): The danger of Jacinda’s NeoKindness – What does Labour’s staggering win mean for the Left?
Cathy Odgers: Election Night Wrap
Mike Treen (Daily Blog): The new government has a blank page to write on
No Right Turn: The unexpected result
ODT Editorial: Queen Jacinda’s road ahead
Stuff Editorial: A remarkable result in an unusual year
Herald Editorial: For Labour, challenges await after the triumph
John Weekes (Stuff): Kelvin Davis’ convoluted, bizarre election night poem
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Bryce Edwards (Herald): Political Roundup – Labour’s tectonic election result
Grant Duncan (Stuff): The crowds gave a clue for Labour’s extraordinary feat
Richard Shaw, Bronwyn Hayward, Jack Vowles, Jennifer Curtin and Lindsey Te Ata o Tau MacDonald (The Conversation): Jacinda Ardern and Labour returned in a landslide — 5 experts on a historic New Zealand election
Steve Braunias (Guardian): New Zealanders have recognised the good luck that Jacinda Ardern is ours
Simon Wilson (Herald): A victory for history books (paywalled)
Tracy Watkins (Stuff): An extraordinary result made possible by extraordinary leadership
Neale Jones (Stuff): Labour’s slogan may as well have been ‘would you just look at the state of that other lot?
Mike Houlahan (ODT): A huge win, a heavy loss
Herald: The Verdict – our experts on the results (paywalled)
Justin Giovannetti (Spinoff): Jacinda Ardern and Labour secure historic landslide win in NZ election
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Pattrick Smellie, BusinessDesk: Policy priorities of the new government (paywalled)
Issac Davison (Herald): Labour’s in – so who gets a pay rise, and who pays more tax? (paywalled)
Todd Niall (Stuff):Labour landslide comes up against Auckland’s to-do list
Māori TV: Ihumātao up for government discussion in ‘very near future’
Māori TV: PM needs to appoint Māori health minister
Richard Pamatatau (Stuff): Can Pacific voters, loyal to Labour, expect more from the Government this term?
Brent Edwards (NBR): Labour pushes ahead with SME support and employment law changes (paywalled)

Potential coalition, shape of government
Thomas Coughlan (Stuff): Greens could be cut out of government as Jacinda Ardern charts course for political centre
Matthew Hooton (Herald): Triumphant Greens face difficult choice on Government role (paywalled)
Selwyn Manning (Evening Report): Of Negotiations, Opportunities and an Obligation to Voters to Govern
Fran O’Sullivan (Herald): Will Jacinda Ardern invite Greens to join government? (paywalled)
1News: Greens don’t rule out bringing wealth tax policy to negotiation table in potential coalition with Labour
Herald: Greens’ James Shaw wants deal with Labour – and place in Cabinet
RNZ: Government will be formed ‘within the next two to three weeks’ – Jacinda Ardern
Pattrick Smellie (BusinessDesk): Ardern talks up mandate to govern alone (paywalled)
RNZ: A government for all NZ must be diverse – Greens co-leader
Zac Fleming (Newshub): Green Party hints it wants its MPs as ministers
Herald: Greens preparing pitch for coalition talks with Labour
1News: Jacinda Ardern won’t rule out working with Greens in forming of next Government
Scott Palmer (Newshub): Jacinda Ardern on possible Greens, Māori Party coalition
RNZ: Labour wants to build as much consensus as possible – Megan Woods
Herald, Benedict Brook (Herald): The one thing Jacinda Ardern didn’t say in her acceptance speech
AAP: Jacinda Ardern to ponder makeup of Government after Labour’s emphatic election win
1News: Grant Robertson says he hasn’t given any thought to being NZ’s next deputy PM
1News: Labour yet to plan coalition talks, cabinet positions after historic win – Megan Woods

Results, special votes, electorates
Keith Ng and Chris Knox (Herald): How NZ’s new Parliament looks – full party, electorate vote data
Andy Fyers (BusinessDesk): How the votes swung across the country (paywalled)
Stephen Beban (Spinoff): A better visual breakdown of the 2020 election results
Herald: Results 2020: Full list of MPs heading to the Beehive
TVNZ: Election Results – find your electorate
Electoral Commission: 2020 General Election and Referendums – Preliminary Count
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Catrin Owen (Stuff): Who are the MPs ejected from the Beehive?
Leith Huffadine (RNZ): The red tide: Labour wins 15 seats held by National
Herald: The 16 electorates that flipped from one party to another
Anna Whyte (1News): Analysis: The winners, losers, new faces and goodbyes of election 2020
Bernard Orsman (Herald): Electorate winners and losers – Chloe Swarbrick’s shock win, Gerry Brownlee and Nick Smith tipped out
Newshub: Winners and losers: Labour flips flood of seats red
Cate Broughton and Tina Law (Stuff): Rural vote swings to Labour – or did it?
Hannah Martin (Stuff): National retains Whangārei and Northland seats – but only just
Hannah Martin (Stuff): The big winners and losers in Auckland
Aaron Leaman (Waikato Times): River city runs red as Labour claims Hamilton’s east and west seats
Deena Coster (Taranaki Daily News): The red tide of Labour takes over Taranaki
Deena Coster (Taranaki Daily News): Labour supporters dance the conga after dramatic takeover of New Plymouth seat
Jono Galuszka (Manawatū Standard): Labour’s red wave washes over Manawatū electorates
Stuff: Clean election sweep for Labour across Wellington region, Wairarapa and lower North Island
Georgina Campbell (Herald): Hutt South – behind the scenes of an electorate down to the wire
Peter Dunne (Stuff): Wellington’s needs won’t be high on Labour’s agenda
Tom Hunt (Stuff): Capital painted red: Clean sweep for Labour in Wellington
Stuff: Christchurch a sea of red as voters back Labour
Raf Manji (Press): Christchurch is now fully red-zoned
Chris Lynch (Herald): Gerry Brownlee defeat one of biggest upsets for National party
Dominic Harris (Stuff): Jubilation among Labour faithful as South Island swings red
James Hall (ODT): Labour wins party vote in every South Island electorate
Mike Houlahan (ODT): Crimson dawn for South
Michael Fallow (Stuff): The south votes red but the new faces are blue
David Farrar: 2020 election winners and losers

Special votes
Graeme Edgeler: The Special Votes
Russell Palmer (RNZ): Special votes explained
Georgia Forrester (Stuff): Labour is in, but will the special votes change some things?

Demographics, diversity
David Farrar: Party Demographics
Bernard Orsman (Herald): Labour looks like contemporary New Zealand, National still male and pale
Simon Collins (Herald): Forty newcomers include our first African, Latin American and Sri Lankan MPs
Sela Jane Hopgood (RNZ): NZ election brings in largest Pacific caucus
Nikki Preston (Herald): World record: New Zealand overtakes the UK’s title for the gayest Parliament
Jasmin Bull (Newshub): New Zealand now has the gayest Parliament in the world
Mandy Te (Stuff): Incoming Parliament set to be our most inclusive, with increase in women, people of colour and LGBTQ+ members
Mandy Te (Stuff): Incoming Labour list MP Ibrahim Omer says it’s a privilege to be first the African MP

National
Luke Malpass (Stuff): National Party blame game begins
Claire Trevett (Herald): Can Judith Collins survive ‘day of reckoning’? (paywalled)
David Farrar: Factors in National’s loss
Charlotte Graham-McLay (Guardian): What next for New Zealand’s National party and its embattled leader?
Heather du Plessis-Allan (Newstalk ZB) National needs a total refresh (paywalled)
1News: Mark Mitchell rules out challenging Judith Collins for National’s leadership
Thomas Coughlan (Stuff): Judith Collins makes a pitch to stay on as National lead
Pattrick Smellie (BusinessDesk): No immediate challenge to Collins leadership (paywalled)
RNZ: National leader Judith Collins says ‘we did everything we could do’ after election defeat
Vita Molyneux (Newshub): Judith Collins opens up on internal polling, blames leaked email from Denise Lee for drop in numbers
Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): Collins clinging on after National’s heavy defeat
Newstalk ZB: National leader Judith Collins ‘devastated’ after crushing defeat
Claire Trevett (Herald): The National Party resoundingly defeated in landslide election (paywalled)
RNZ: National’s Gerry Brownlee admits he made a ‘huge mistake’ during electioneering
1News: ‘At the moment Judith Collins is the leader’ of National, Brownlee says after ‘shocking year’
Sam Sherwood (Stuff): Gerry Brownlee says National had an ‘absolute shocker year’
Stewart Sowman-Lund (Spinoff): ‘A funeral’: What happened at National’s yacht club function
Jason Walls (Herald): ‘Horrible, humiliating defeat’ – National MPs lick wounds after landslide loss
Tim Murphy (Newsroom): 366,000 reasons National got it wrong
Alison Mau (Stuff): Judith Collins’ undoing: ‘There’s a difference between strong and cruel’ 
Henry Cooke (Stuff): ‘We will be back’: National’s tumultuous term in Opposition ends in parting words from Judith Collins
Newstalk ZB: Steven Joyce on Labour’s landslide win: ‘A lot of people voted strategically’
Ben Uffindell (The Civilian): National rejects tonight’s result as a ‘rogue poll’

Māori Party, Māori MPs, seats
Michael Neilson (Herald): Māori Party back in Parliament as Rawiri Waititi wins Waiariki
Michael Neilson (Herald): Māori Party’s Rawiri Waititi says priority is to tackle systemic racism
Joel Maxwell (Stuff): How did Labour lose a seat in the midst of a red tidal wave?
Joel Maxwell (Stuff): Māori Party pushes one waka towards shore in ‘red tsunami’ 
RNZ: Waiariki result: ‘The Māori Party now has the waka on the water’
RNZ: Māori Party campaigning for next election – Tamihere
Joel Maxwell (Stuff): Māori Party could return from political death to clinch seat
RNZ: Māori Party heading back to Parliament after electorate win
1News: Rawiri Waititi expected to take over from John Tamihere as Māori Party co-leader
Julia Gabel (Herald): The Māori Party effect: Campaign mobilised ‘outstanding’ Māori voter performance
Benn Bathgate (Stuff): Tamati Coffey claims ‘race isn’t over yet’ for Waiariki
1News: Māori Party on a knife’s edge of returning to Parliament
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Carmen Parahi (Stuff): Labour’s Māori MPs need to push their party to do more for Māori
1News: Māori Party resurgence sign of ‘a lot of dissatisfaction’ with Labour – expert
Julia Gabel (Herald): All eyes on Māori MPs after an impressive battle
Shane Te Pou (Herald): Message to Labour’s Māori caucus loud and clear (paywalled)
Lillian Hanly (RNZ): New government a chance for ‘transformational change’ – Māori Council
Mike Houlahan (ODT): Incumbent’s votes double nearest rival’s
Rawiri Taonui (Waatea): The Old and the New, the Best and the Worst of the Māori Campaigns – 16 October

Greens
Isaac Davison (Herald): Chloe Swarbrick says she won Auckland Central ‘the old-fashioned way’
Henry Cooke (Stuff): How Chlöe Swarbrick won the campaign of a lifetime and turned a blue seat Green
Nikki Mandow (Newsroom): OK boomers, you thought I couldn’t win Auckland Central
Bernard Orsman (Herald): The Greens’ Chloe Swarbrick has historic win in Auckland Central
David Cormack (Herald): On a night full of drama, the Greens’ Chloe Swarbrick steals the show (paywalled)
Rod Oram (Newsroom): What the Greens could bring to a two-party government
Marc Daalder (Newsroom): Greens ‘made history’ in shadow of Labour majority
Thomas Coughlan (Stuff): Coming-of-age moment as Greens make MMP history
Phil Taylor (Guardian): ‘We made history’: New Zealand Greens on the rise after voters return to the fold
Josie Adams (Spinoff): The Greens are sprouting

NZ First 
Josh Van Veen (Democracy Project): The Vindication of Winston Peters
Jo Moir (RNZ): Winston Peters smiles through ‘harrowing’ election loss
Jo Moir (RNZ): The show is over for Winston Peters
RNZ: The Detail: Goodbye Winston Peters – it was never dull
David Fisher (Herald): One final election spent in pursuit of Winston Peters (paywalled)
Thomas Manch (Stuff): Winston Peters, the kingmaker, retreats into his past
Dileepa Fonseka (Newsroom): NZ First wonders ‘what next?’
Nicholas Jones and David Fisher (Herald): Winston Peters will stay NZ First leader, Shane Jones says
Thomas Manch and Boris Jancic (Stuff): Shane Jones drowns his sorrows during harrowing night for NZ First
1News: Shane Jones mulls over NZ First’s election loss today, after drinking ‘a gallon of red wine’ last night
Dileepa Fonseka (Newsroom): Shane Jones after ‘harrowing night’
1News: Winston Peters addresses supporters as NZ First results make return to Parliament unlikely
1News: Jacinda Ardern says Winston Peters leaves a ‘huge legacy’ in NZ politics

ACT
1News: David Seymour ‘mixed’ after huge ACT jump amid Labour landslide
Amelia Wade (Herald): Act’s voters ‘came home’ but David Seymour’s challenge now is to keep them there
Heather Roy (Stuff): From guns to euthanasia, David Seymour made every issue a winner
Tracy Watkins (Stuff): David Seymour the Houdini of New Zealand politics
Mark Jennings (Newsroom): David Seymour: How did he do it?
Rachel Sadler (Newshub): The rise of David Seymour and ACT
Herald: David Seymour’s new Act
Duncan Greive (Spinoff): Despite the right’s disastrous night, Act finds 200,000 reasons to be cheerful
Tina Law (Press): Nine new ACT members are about to enter Parliament

Minor parties
Bernard Orsman (Herald): The New Conservatives and TOP plan to keep going after failing to make it into Parliament
Nicholas Jones (Herald): Advance NZ get close to 1 per cent
Mark Quinlivan (Newshub): Tova O’Brien clashes with Jami-Lee Ross over Advance NZ party ‘whipping up fear and hysteria’

Election campaign, coverage
Brigitte Morton (RNZ): Green MP Chlöe Swarbrick’s blueprint for grassroots campaigns in a Covid world
Sasha Borissenko (Herald): Time to review rules around election-day campaigning? (paywalled)
Chris Keall (Herald): Election 2020: 10 of the best, and worst, moments
Virginia Fallon and Warwick Rasmussen (Stuff): The best, worst and strangest moments of the 2020 election campaign
Herald: The good, the bizarre, and the ugly responses to election night results
1News: The funny gaffes on 2020’s most important night in politics
Toby Morris (Spinoff): Election night in 10 drawings
Herald: Rod Emmerson’s review (paywalled)
Meriana Johnsen (RNZ): Poneke’s bilingual booth the ‘friendliest place’ to vote
Tara Ward (Spinoff): The best, the worst and the weirdest of last night’s election TV coverage
Steve Braunias (Herald): Battle of the box – who won election night coverage
Jane Bowron (Stuff): It was all bites on the night

International
Herald: World leaders, Dalai Lama react to Labour, Jacinda Ardern’s re-election
Herald: World reacts to huge Labour, Jacinda Ardern victory
Stuff: How the world reacted to Jacinda Ardern’s landslide victory
RNZ: ‘Shared vision’: UK leaders congratulate Jacinda Ardern
Lana Andelane (Newshub): International media reacts to Jacinda Ardern’s historic win
1News: ‘Warmest congratulations’ – World leaders react to Jacinda Ardern’s election win
1News: Jacinda Ardern’s election win ‘very well deserved’, World Health Organization boss says

Referendums
Hannah Martin (Stuff): Euthanasia and cannabis referenda: Why do we have to wait weeks for the results?
Lana Andelane (Newshub): Cannabis referendum: Chlöe Swarbrick’s Auckland Central win could indicate unexpected turnout in favour of legalisation – commentator

Coronavirus
1News: Health Minister was told about Covid-19 community case just before polls closed
Newshub: Why Health Minister Chris Hipkins didn’t inform public of new case during NZ election voting
1News: Covid-19 re-emerges in the community in New Zealand, with one new case today

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