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The good news is that day­light sav­ings has kicked off. The bad news is that you lost an hour of sleep you would have needed to re­cover from a roller­coaster ride of an elec­tion, and to pre­pare for what­ever comes next.

Be­cause as one Win­ston once pointed out, this is not the end. It is not even the be­gin­ning of the end. But it is, per­haps, the end of the be­gin­ning.

Na­tional might have emerged the main party on the night but we’re now ob­serv­ing the po­lit­i­cal equiv­a­lent to a unit of time made fa­mous by mod­ern foot­ball’s most suc­cess­ful man­ager, Sir Alex Fer­gu­son.

For this canny Scot, the 90 min­utes of a match were just the ap­pe­tiser to the main event. His Manch­ester United sides be­came so adept at win­ning late that any added min­utes in a match be­came known as Fergie Time.

He may have re­cently re­tired but the man­tle of mas­ter strate­gist and time-ben­der has passed to an­other sep­tu­a­ge­nar­ian, his po­lit­i­cal brother from an­other mother, Win­ston Peters.

So here we found our­selves, liv­ing in Win­nie Time; an amor­phous mea­sure that could last days but will, no doubt, feel like weeks.

And we hope that, as Fer­gu­son in­vari­ably did, the coun­try emerges from ex­tra time as a win­ner.

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