Labour’s Jacinda Ardern has claimed victory in the New Zealand election and has said two simple words: “Thank you”.
At a jubilant speech in Auckland she said her government would focus on three things: jobs and the economy, preventing poverty and the environment.
The party is currently on 49 per cent of the vote and is looking at enough seats to govern in its own right.
Jacinda Ardern at the victory event in Auckland
Ms Ardern said the result was the greatest for Labour in 50 years.
“We won seats we hoped for and many that we didn’t expect. And for that I only have two simple words: ‘thank you’.”
The PM said she would not take the huge show of support for granted.
“We will be a party that governs for every New Zealander. And governing for every New Zealander has never been more important.
“Labour will lead for the next three years, and over the next three years there is much to do.
“We will build back better from the COVID crisis.”
Ms Ardern then turned to the “polarisation” of politics.
“Elections aren’t always great at bringing people together, but they also don’t need to tear one another apart.
“We live in a world where people have less time to see others’ points of view.
“This election shows this is not who we are. Let’s step forward together”.