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Across the ditch, former Labor leader Bill Shorten said Kiwis had "great taste in political leaders" and congratulated his "friend" Jacinda Ardern for her "famous victory".Current Labour leader Anthony Albanese said Kiwis have "voted to keep New Zealand moving".
news.com.au's coverage suggested that the results were very different, sharing a photograph of Ardern looking concerned above a headline labelling the results a "total disaster". Readers that clicked through were taken to coverage that accurately reported the massive swing towards Labour.
After the results were clear, the headline and photo changed.
That same outlet zeroed in on the celebrity angle when it came to David Seymour and the Act Party's big result, reporting that "a former contestant on New Zealand's version of Dancing with the Stars is on track to become the leader of the country's third-largest party."The Daily Mail's Australian arm called the election early, posting to Facebook around 8.30pm with a file photograph of Jacinda Ardern embracing Clarke Gayford, labelling the win a "massive landslide".
Meanwhile, The Australian newspaper said the result was a "disaster" for Judith Collins, have previously warned their readers ahead of the election result that "Australia should brace for a harder diplomatic punch from the Labour-Green Government on climate change, as well as on environment protection and refugee policy."
In the UK, Labour MP Lisa Nandy said that Ardern's victory was "an inspiration around the world".
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan congratulated Ardern, tweeting: "I look forward to continuing our special relationship based on our shared vision for an inclusive, fairer and greener future."The New York Times said that Ardern had been "validated at home" by the results, noting that her "science-and-solidarity approach to the coronavirus" has won her many fans overseas.
"The global left (and a chunk of the centre) has fallen hard for Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern of New Zealand," the Times wrote, adding that the global adoration gives her "a prodigious presence for a leader who manages a smaller population than many mayors do. Now her country's voters have come around as well."
Clarke Gayford's trip outside to feed the waiting media pack was popular on social media, with one BBC reporter asking if New Zealand could "run the world".
Others were eyeing up Aotearoa as a new home, with tweets flooding in from around the world from those keen to make the move.