Election 2014: The Outcome

Monday 6 October 2014

Authors: Ian Gault and Andy Glenie

​The new National-led Government has now finalised its arrangements with support parties, and is re-focusing its attention on running the country. In this note, we record the outcome of the election, identify the key features of the inter-party arrangements, introduce the new Cabinet, and note some important dates during this post-election period.

Outcome of election

The Electoral Commission has now confirmed the final result of the election on 20 September:

 Party voteElectorate seatsTotal seats
National47.04%4160
ACT0.69%11
United Future0.22%11
Maori Party1.32%12
NZ First8.66%011
Labour25.13%2732
Green10.70%014
Total  121

As has been widely reported, National lost one seat (and its absolute majority) as a result of the counting of special votes after the election. The Government’s majority will fall further if National MP David Carter is again appointed to act as Speaker of the House of Representatives, as has been foreshadowed.

National-Act: Confidence and supply

As in previous years, National and Act have entered into a confidence and supply agreement (available here). That agreement is brief and general. Its key features are as follows:

  • ACT will support the Government in all matters of confidence and supply, and on procedural motions.

  • The Government will consult in a timely fashion with ACT on broad legislative, policy and budgetary issues. All briefings and papers will be confidential.

  • National will work with ACT on its three major policy priorities (expanding partnership schools, reducing the regulatory burden, and reforming the Resource Management Act).

  • ACT’s lone MP David Seymour will be Parliamentary Under Secretary to the Ministers of Education and Regulatory Reform. He will be bound by collective responsibility, and by the Cabinet Manual.

National-United Future: Confidence and supply

National and United Future have also entered into a short confidence and supply agreement (available here). Its key features are as follows:

  • United Future will support the Government in all matters of confidence and supply, and on procedural motions.

  • The Government will consult in a timely fashion with United Future on broad legislative, policy and budgetary issues. All briefings and papers will be confidential.

  • National will work with United Future on its major policy priorities (including progressing the National Medicines Strategy, improving water quality, and re-affirming the use of public private partnerships in roading).

  • United Future's single MP Peter Dunne will be Minister of Internal Affairs, Associate Minister of Health and Associate Minister of Conservation (outside Cabinet). He will be bound by collective responsibility, and by the Cabinet Manual.

National-Maori Party: Confidence and supply

National and the Maori Party have entered into a confidence and supply agreement (available here). That agreement is again brief and general. Its key features are as follows:

  • The Maori Party will support the Government in all matters of confidence and supply, and on procedural motions.

  • The Government will consult in a timely fashion with the Maori Party on broad legislative, policy and budgetary issues. All briefings and papers will be confidential.

  • National will work with the Maori Party on its major policy priorities (including Whanau Ora, the Ministerial Committee on Poverty, Maori economic and regional development, and encouraging Maori participation in the electoral process).

  • The Maori Party’s senior MP Te Ururoa Flavell will be Minister of Maori Development, Minister for Whanau Ora and Associate Minister for Economic Development (outside Cabinet). He will be bound by collective responsibility, and by the Cabinet Manual.

New Cabinet line-up

John Key has also announced his allocation of Cabinet portfolios and responsibilities:

John Key Prime Minister, National Security and Intelligence, Tourism, Ministerial Services
Bill EnglishDeputy Prime Minister, Finance, HNZC
Gerry BrownleeCanterbury Earthquake Recovery, Defence, Leader of the House, Earthquake Commission
Steven JoyceEconomic Development, Regulatory Reform, Science and Innovation, Tertiary Education Skills and Employment, Novopay, Finance (Assoc)
Paula BennettLocal Government, Social Housing, State Services, Finance (Assoc), Tourism (Assoc)
Jonathan ColemanHealth, Sport and Recreation
Amy AdamsJustice, Courts, Broadcasting, Communications
Chris FinlaysonAttorney-General, Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations, SIS, GCSB, Maori Development (Assoc)
Simon BridgesEnergy and Resources, Transport, Deputy Leader of the House, Climate Change Issues (Assoc), Justice (Assoc)
Hekia ParataEducation
Anne TolleySocial Development
Nick SmithEnvironment, Building and Housing
Murray McCullyForeign Affairs, Sport and Recreation (Assoc)
Nathan GuyPrimary Industries, Racing
Nikki KayeACC, Civil Defence, Youth, Education (Assoc)
Tim GroserTrade, Climate Change Issues
Michael Woodhouse Immigration, Police, Workplace Relations and Safety
Todd McClayRevenue, State Owned Enterprises, Foreign Affairs (Assoc), Trade (Assoc)
Peseta Sam Lotu-IigaCorrections, Ethnic Communities, Pacific Peoples, Health (Assoc)
Maggie BarryArts Culture and Heritage, Conservation, Senior Citizens
 
Ministers outside Cabinet

Craig Foss

Small Business, Statistics, Veterans’ Affairs, Immigration (Assoc), Transport (Assoc)

Jo Goodhew

Community and Voluntary Sector, Food Safety, Primary Industries (Assoc), Social Development (Assoc)

Nicky Wagner

Customs, Disability Issues, Canterbury Earthquake Recovery (Assoc), Conservation (Assoc)

Louise Upston

Land Information, Women, Local Government (Assoc), Tertiary Education Skills and Employment (Assoc)

Paul Goldsmith

Commerce and Consumer Affairs, ACC (Assoc)

Peter Dunne

Internal Affairs, Health (Assoc), Conservation (Assoc)

Te Ururoa Flavell

Maori Development, Whanau Ora, Economic Development (Assoc)


Key dates

The following timetable will now be followed:

8 October Ministers sworn in
9 OctoberElectoral Commission returns writ to Clerk of House
13 OctoberFirst Cabinet meeting
20 OctoberCommission Opening of Parliament
21 October State Opening of Parliament

Technically, the ‘caretaker convention’ will continue to apply and current Ministers will remain in office until new Ministers have been sworn in.​


Disclaimer

This publication is necessarily brief and general in nature. You should seek professional advice before taking any action in relation to the matters dealt with in this publication.

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