A group of Auckland penguins has given its verdict on the result of the upcoming election.

The Gentoo penguins at Kelly Tarlton's Sea Life Aquarium were given the choice between red and blue pebbles and were free to choose which ones to take back to their nest.

It was a tight race with a strong start by Labour but National managed to win in the end, by one mere pebble.

According to the penguins, Bill English will manage a fourth term for National.

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We will find out how good the birds' forecasting powers are this Saturday.