National Party leads in NZ elections
WELLINGTON: New Zealand’s ruling National Party won the largest number of votes in the general election yesterday, securing a comfortable margin over the Labour Party after what had promised to be the most hotly contested race in recent history.
National and Labour had been almost neck and neck in opinion polls, with charismatic 37-year old Jacinda Ardern almost single-handedly dragging Labour back into the race after taking over the party’s leadership last month.
The final tally is only due on October 7 .
Meanwhile, a damaged pipeline that caused a fuel shortage across New Zealand and grounded hundreds of flights will be restarted today after repairs were completed, officials said.
More than 100 flights were cancelled over the past three days and many more delayed.
The government called in the military to help truck in supplies of fuel.
Damage to the 170km fuel line was believed to have been caused by a digger. – Reuters