FROM THE NEWS DESK
The polls have closed and the preliminary votes have been counted but we’re still no closer to understanding which coalition force will govern New Zealand for the next three years. We do know who our MPs will be for the next term though. First-time candidate Tim van de Molen is the new MP for the Waikato electorate and he will be busy getting his head around the induction process in Wellington this week. He’s already planning to make ultra fast broadband in rural communities a priority over the next term. Labour’s Nanaia Mahuta returns for Labour in the Hauraki-Waikato electorate after the Maori Party, even with the support of Kingi Tuheitia, failed to disrupt the seasoned politician. In the Taupo electorate, which includes Cambridge, incumbent MP Louise Upston returns to serve voters after a sound victory over Labour’s Ala’ Al-Bustanji. The big question remains, who will Winston Peters and NZ First side with to form a government? Will Louise and Tim be in government or will it be Nananai and the Labour Party?
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