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2008 New Zealand general election

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All 120 seats (plus 2 overhang seats) in the New Zealand House of Representatives
62 seats were needed for a majority
Opinion polls
Turnout 2,376,480 (79.46%) Decrease1.46
  First party Second party Third party
 
John Key headshot.jpg
Helen Clark 2.jpg
Russel Norman and Jeanette Fitzsimons.jpg
Leader John Key Helen Clark Russel Norman
Jeanette Fitzsimons
Party National Labour Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand
Leader since 27 November 2006 1 December 1993 3 June 2006
21 May 1995
Leader's seat Helensville Mount Albert List
List
Last election 48 seats, 39.10% 50 seats, 41.10% 6 seats, 5.30%
Seats before 48 49 6
Seats won 58 43 9
Seat change Increase 10 Decrease 6 Increase 3
Electorate vote 1,072,024
46.60%
Increase6.22
810,238
35.22%
Decrease5.13
129,584
5.63%
Increase1.51
Party vote 1,053,398
44.93%
Increase 5.83
796,880
33.99%
Decrease 7.11
157,613
6.72%
Increase 1.42

  Fourth party Fifth party Sixth party
 
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Tariana and Pita at Maori Party Launch 2005.jpg
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Leader Rodney Hide Tariana Turia
Pita Sharples
Jim Anderton
Party ACT Māori Party New Zealand Progressive Party
Leader since 18 June 2004 7 July 2004 27 July 2002
Leader's seat Epsom Te Tai Hauāuru
Tāmaki Makaurau
Wigram
Last election 2 seats, 1.51% 4 seats, 2.12% 1 seat, 1.16%
Seats before 2 4 1
Seats won 5 5 1
Seat change Increase 3 Increase 1 Steady 0
Electorate vote 68,852
2.99%
Increase1.02
76,836
3.34%
Decrease0.02
25,981
1.13%
Decrease0.51
Party vote 85,496
3.65%
Increase 2.14
55,980
2.39%
Increase 0.27
21,241
0.91%
Decrease 0.25

  Seventh party Eighth party
 
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Leader Peter Dunne Winston Peters
Party United Future New Zealand NZ First
Leader since 16 November 2000 18 July 1993
Leader's seat Ōhariu List
(lost seat)
Last election 3 seats, 2.67% 7 seats, 5.72%
Seats before 2 7
Seats won 1 0
Seat change Decrease 1 Decrease 7
Electorate vote 25,955
1.13%
Decrease1.71
38,813
1.69%
Decrease1.80
Party vote 20,497
0.87%
Decrease 1.80
95,356
4.07%
Decrease 1.65

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Results of the election.

Prime Minister before election

Helen Clark
Labour

Subsequent Prime Minister

John Key
National

The 2008 New Zealand general election was held on 8 November 2008. The liberal-conservative National Party, headed by its parliamentary leader John Key, won the largest share of votes and seats, ending nine years of government by the social-democratic Labour Party, led by Helen Clark. This marked the beginning of the Fifth National Government which governed for the next nine years, until the 2017 general election, when a government was formed between the Labour and New Zealand First parties.

The Chief Electoral Officer released the official results on 22 November 2008.

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