Incumbent Labour MP Clare Curran has had her majority slashed in the traditional Labour stronghold of Dunedin South and National has pulled off an upset by winning the party vote in the working class electorate.
With a new lease on life, New Zealand First leader Winston Peters strutted into a jubilant atmosphere after a historic result gave him a ticket back to Parliament after three years in the political wilderness.
New Zealand Herald political columnist John Armstrong lays out the reasons for National's victory in the general election.
Labour leader Phil Goff will not quit Parliament this term, but is staying silent on his future as party leader.
MMP looks set to stay, with more than half the advance referendum votes in favour of the current electoral system.
Labour's candidate for Christchurch Central says a protest by a militant group at a public election meeting in the city last night was "pathetic" and "designed to intimidate".
National admits New Zealand is losing skills as record numbers of people move across the Tasman, but says emigrants can't be held back at the border.
The public is highly polarised about whether the "tea cup tape'' should be released, a poll suggests.
The tea-tape saga has followed John Key south with the Prime Minister fielding more questions about the hot election issue in Queenstown today.
Prime Minister John Key will be returned to power on Saturday with the first majority government in New Zealand in a decade, Australian pollster Roy Morgan says.
Winston Peters talks to nzherald. co. nz about his party's policies, current polls and the upcoming election.
The Herald on Sunday says its staff will co-operate fully with police when they show up to search the newsroom in their investigation into the teapot tapes.
Expect even more relentless repetition of upbeat language than usual from Prime Minister John Key and Labour leader Phil Goff as the worm returns for tonight's leaders' debate on TV3.
Prime Minister John Key said today he would not be offering a retraction or apology to cameraman Bradley Ambrose.
The cameraman who made the "teapot tape'' says his reputation is under attack, and he is considering a defamation case that could cover Prime Minister John Key, National's campaign manager Steven Joyce and Act leader Don Brash.
The teapot tape saga turned into a political storm yesterday as it sidelined the election campaigns of the major parties and left Act - and its chances of winning Epsom - in turmoil.
Winston Peters is confident the 'tea tapes' will be released, unveiling derogatory comments made by Prime Minister John Key.
John Key insists there is nothing on the secret tape of his "cup of tea'' conversation with John Banks to cause him the slightest bother.