Labour, under Helen Clark, got 43 seats. Miss Clark conceded to Mr Key around 11:30pm, and at the same time announced she will be stepping down as Labour leader.
It is the end of an era, and no mistake.
I liked having Helen Clark as PM.
Still, on the bright side (for me, anyway) the Green Party got an extra two seats.
Also, Winston Peters' political career seems to be over. I remember him from the early 1990s. He was rather interesting back then, but in recent years he's just been a bit of a cunt.
Funniest thing about this election - the Family Party, which is the closest the Destiny Church has to a political wing at the moment, got less votes than the Bill & Ben Party. Anyone remember when Destiny Bishop Brian Tamaki gave his "prophetic utterance" coming from none other than God Himself that Destiny would be in control of New Zealand within five years? How long ago was that? Oh yeah, five years ago!
I love it when the clowns outdo the theocrats!
So, there it is. John Key will be our next Prime Minister.
Oh well. Roll on 2011, I guess.