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New Zealand Votes

The BBC reports on the New Zealand elections

It may not rival the US presidential election for high drama, but New Zealand voters going to the polls on Saturday to elect a new government see the choice they are making in much the same terms: more of the same, or time for a change?

The difference is that New Zealand has had nine years of centre-left government led by Helen Clark’s Labour Party. She is now being challenged by a former market trader and self-made millionaire, John Key, who has rejuvenated the centre-right National Party and turned it into a likely election winner.

As they are on the other side of the dateline, it is Saturday afternoon in New Zealand and the voting is under way. The election was called a month ago and they vote on Saturday.

1 comment

1 Kryten42 { 11.08.08 at 6:50 am }

FYI: As expected, Helen Clarke is history. 🙂 Will be interesting to see how the new guy goes. 😉