Winners: ACT & Rodney, John Key, Greens. The Greens did very well increasing their MP numbers on the back of a swing to the right. John Key was very impressive as were his MP's who won left seats (Paula Bennett in Waitakere, Nikki Kaye in Auckland Central) or increased their majorities to ensure next time is safe (Coleman in Northcote).
Losers: Clark, Williams and the strategists. Can anyone tell us what the "this one's about trust" was all about? It never hit home with me.
Gains: Peters, Clark, Cullen - all gone. Wow! It is now time for ACT to become the third party in parliament. It will be interesting to see how relevant the Greens become in opposition for three years.
Impressions: The way Key did such a great job gobbling up that centre vote. Labour has core support at about 30% I think so it only got 3% more off the centre. Key got virtually all of it.
Tax, spend and bust governments for nine years have left us, funnily enough, taxed, spent and broke. Treasury's graphs will not be pretty.
Meanwhile, Cullen slopes off to the backbenchers and hopes no one notices.