(ed:..excellent..! – i do so like the smell of a freshly baked centre-left coalition – i am practising saying prime minister ardern..)
National has lost two seats and Labour and the Greens picked up one each in the final election results.
This means National – with support from ACT and New Zealand First would have 66 seats.
Labour – the Greens and New Zealand First would now have 63 seats – compared with the 61 they had under the provisional results.
To form a majority in Parliament 61 seats are needed.
New Zealand First leader Winston Peters said he would not begin coalition talks in earnest until these results were announced.
There were 446,000 special votes cast – or 17 percent of the total number of votes.