So now, according to John Armstrong in the Weekend Herald, the Maori Party is in the box seat.
Instead of Winston First being King or Queenmaker, it will now be the Maori Party.
So while the paties will have changed, we could well see the final result dictated to by a small party on the fringe or middle.
So the result is settled by someone on 4-5% rather than 40-50%.
We may even see the party that comes first, still losing.
Now, I quite like MMP in allowing a variety of parties from the Greens right through to ACT. They all offer a distinctive and valuable contribution to the nation's politics, even when I agree with them.
But should such smallfry be able to dictate a final election result and whoever forms government? Especially if it leads to a coalition of losers?
I recall many years ago, in Germany, where we obtained our MMP from, a small centre party , the Free Democrats switched sides, so the government changed without there being a ballot. It hardly seemed democratic or fair to me. But there we go.
Now, John Key has promised a referendum on MMP. I favour the idea of an electoral systems where we can have strong governments, where the winners win, raher than what we have today. I'm not arguing for a return to FPP however, as I value the contribution of the smaller parties. Is there some way of coming up with a system that is a hybrid of the two?