Election 2011: National has mandate for asset sales

By Lesley Deverall

Prime Minister John Key. Photo / Janna Dixon
Prime Minister John Key. Photo / Janna Dixon

John Key believes National's election gains gives him a mandate to push ahead with asset sales - a policy he's carefully referring to as "'mixed ownership model".

The country has delivered National 60 seats in Parliament, compared to Labour's 34. The Greens also boosted their support and will now have 13 MPs in Parliament - but the biggest winner was perhaps Winston Peters who re-enters Parliament and will take another seven New Zealand First MPs in with him.

John Banks won Epsom for ACT and Peter Dunne managed to retain Ohariu for United Future - but both MPs enter Parliament alone.

The Maori Party, with three electorates, loses one MP and Hone Harawira has won Te Tai Tokerau for his Mana Party.

The result means John Key can govern with the support of ACT and United Future's lone votes and last night revealed he spoke to both men before his victorious public appearance.

However John Key says he's also again willing to include the Maori Party and will be having discussions with its leaders over the next day or two.

- Newstalk ZB

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