Monday, 3 November 2008 New Zealand

The New Zealand General Election is on Saturday and promises to be an exciting finish. The Labour Party, in Government since 1997, faces its toughest battle against a resurgent National Party under John Key.

To gain a majority, a party or parties require 61 seats in the New Zealand Parliament. On one side, National, though certain to be the largest party, have few if any allies. On the other, Labour, the Greens and Progressives won't get enough seats.

The balance could well lie with the Maori Party, which could have up to six seats. I think Maori may well back National but they could yet be courted by Labour.

Let's see how the votes stack up first...

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