National leader John Key was drowned out by Labour supporters in Christchurch today at a lunchtime rally in Cathedral Square.
The Labour and National parties will be keeping a close watch on the outcome in Dunedin South tomorrow, as the result will provide a major indication of how the fortunes of both parties have fared in the election.
With 30 percent of the votes counted in the general election, National continued to lead Labour with 48 percent of the party vote against 31 percent.
When the ODT called at Dunedin North Labour headquarters soon after 9pm sitting MP Peter Hodgson was not there - he was visiting the Greens.
Labour's Waitaki candidate David Parker said it was always going to be an impossible task to win the electorate vote.
Sitting Dunedin North MP Pete Hodgson expects his majority to increase slightly once all the votes are counted.
After nine years in office Labour has been swept out of power and leader Helen Clark is to stand aside after dominating New Zealand politics a decade.
National Dunedin North candidate Michael Woodhouse is in a confident mood - saying he can't wait to meet the caucus in Wellington next week.
The five-strong Maori Party caucus met today to consider what it wants from the National Party if it is to have any part in the next Government.
Senior Labour cabinet minister Phil Goff is likely to take over the leadership of the party with Annette King as his deputy.
Helen Clark's decision to stand down caught senior Labour MP Peter Hodgson by surprise.
Labour candidates are ahead in the traditional Dunedin strongholds.
National's Jacqui Dean is opening a healthy lead over Labour's David Parker in the Waitaki electorate.
Labour's Dunedin South candidate Clare Curran admits she was nervous as the first votes were counted.
National leader John Key says he wants to form a government with the broadest possible support base -- and that includes the Maori Party.