NZ First leader Winston Peters has delivered National a
humiliating bloodied nose in the Northland by-election, with
a majority of 4012 votes after the counting - a massive
turnabout from National's 9000 majority just six months ago.
Prime Minister John Key has admitted National held off on
making more new promises for Northland because of concerns
about the way they would be portrayed following a backlash at
the 'Ten Bridges' policy.