Prime Minister-elect, Chrix Luxon says he can’t wait to get on with the job of getting New Zealand “back on track”.
“You have reached for hope and you have voted for change,” he told supporters on Saturday night after the National party secured around 40% of the vote.
The exact makeup of Mr Luxon’s government is still to be determined as ballots continue to be counted. The party is expected to form an alliance with the ACT Party to form government.
Voter turnout for the 2023 General Election has been estimated at 78.4% of those enrolled as at 5pm Saturday 14 October – compared with a final 82.2% turnout of those enrolled in 2020.
Departing Prime Minister, Chris Hipkins, told supporters he had called Mr Luxon to concede on Saturday.
Mr Hipkins said that while the vote wasn’t the result he had wanted, he was proud of what his government had achieved.
“But I want you to be proud of what we achieved over the last six years,” he told supporters in Wellington.
The Official Results process is expected to be completed in 20 days.