Updated Nov 26, 2011
A few links on some of the ways media covered the build-up and election night of the general election and referendum in New Zealand on Saturday November 26 2011. #votenz.
The (preliminary) election result
|New Zealand First Party||135,865||6.81||0||8||8|
|ACT New Zealand||21,446||1.07||1||0||1|
|Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party||9,516||0.48||0||0||0|
|Democrats for Social Credit||1,432||0.07||0||0||0|
The (preliminary) referendum result
The day’s main papers/news sites:
NZ Herald/Herald on Sunday | Stuff | Radio NZ | Dominion Post | TV3 | TVNZ | Maori TV | Listener | Scoop | interest.co.nz | Waikato Times | Southland Times | Taranaki Daily News | Otago Daily Times | Sunday Star-Times | Sunday News
Overseas coverage – the day after
Livestreamed election night coverage online
- Maori Television livestream from 7pm. Other coverage here.
- TV3 livestream from 7pm. (Streaming available worldwide.) Other coverage here.
- TV1: TVNZ from 7pm. (Streaming available worldwide.) Other coverage here.
- Radio NZ National from 7pm – Kathryn Ryan and Simon Mercep. Listen online. Other coverage here.
- RadioLive from 7pm – Mitch Harris, Andrew Patterson, David Slack and Finlay MacDonald. Listen online. Other coverage here.
- NewsTalk ZB from 7pm – Mike Hosking, Barry Soper and Sean Plunket. Listen online. Other coverage here.
Live TV and radio election night coverage
Freeview listings here.
- TV1 from 7pm
- TV 3 from 7pm
- Maori TV from 7pm
- Backbenchers special edition at 8pm on TVNZ7
- Radio NZ National election special
- RadioLive election special.
- NewsTalk ZB election special.
Other coverage on election night
Updates after 7pm on NZ Herald | Stuff | Dominion Post |Listener Live | Scoop | Radio NZ | TV3 | TVNZ | Maori TV | interest.co.nz | TalkBack ZB | RadioLive | NewsWire.co.nz (Whitireia journalism students)
A number of news sites embedded these tables in their own coverage.
Southland: southlandtimes.co.nz ran live updates out of Invercargill and surrounds.
Manawatu: manawatustandard.co.nz ran live updates on Palmerston North electorate as well as national overview.
Taranaki: taranakidailynews.co.nz ran live updates from electorates in its region.
Waikato: waikatotimes.co.nz had live updates about Waikato and surrounding electorates.
The Press ran national coverage (via Stuff) and I couldn’t see anything happening on Nelson Mail, Marlborough Express or the Timaru Herald.
APN appeared to run a single live update with a national focus across all its regional sites on the night, which include The Aucklander, Northern Advocate, Daily Post, Bay of Plenty Times, Hawkes Bay Today, Stratford Press, Wanganui Chronicle, Wairarapa Times-Age, Star Canterbury, Oamaru Mail.
Twitter, Twitterfall, Google+
Twitterfall might be good to have running – add a search for #votenz in the lefthand column. It might take a little while to load.
(The Electoral Commission asked people not to post comments on blogs, news sites and social media during the day which could influence voters, but it remains to be seen how people responded to that request).
Visualising the results as they came in
NZ Herald had a visualisation of the make-up of the 49th House in Parliament, updated for the 50th as results came in.
Radio NZ was updating results in a bar chart and table.
Electionresults.co.nz had been visualizing predictions on the make-up of parliament, outcome of the MMP referendum and other questions. They ran the Stuff election map tonight.
Kudos to Whitireia Journalism School
As far as I could see Whitireia was the only journalism students running live udpates on election night – on newswire.co.nz.
Google.co.nz doodle for #votenz day 2011
Keeping track in the run-up to the election
Toby Manhire and Philip Pinner did a grand job collating live coverage of the election over at the Listener – daily wraps of what’s in the papers, and a live update format for the day’s events, links to political blogs, radio interviews, TV and other coverage. They were also tweeting @ListenerLive. Excellent example of why linking out is a smart policy – these guys created such a useful starting point for following a topic (in this case, the election) that I found myself going back again and again. (Scoop does a nice job of linking out too.)
Listener Live was blogging live on election night too.
Most of the larger news sites had an Election 2011 or similar tab in their main nav and/or a fat pointer near the top of their homepage to point to election coverage. (If so, they appear in this list; if not, they don’t):
Radio NZ National compiled audio interviews broadcast during the campaign season.
Most news sites had some kind of summary of policies. Here are a few.
- Radio NZ had policy summaries here.
- dompost.co.nz posted some bite-sized summaries of main policy points here.
- 3 News had policy bullet points here.
- interest.co.nz had collated policy summaries taken from party websites here.
- ACT New Zealand
- Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party
- Jim Anderton’s Progressive
- Conservative Party of New Zealand
- Māori Party
- New Citizen Party
- New Zealand First
- New Zealand Labour Party
- The Alliance
- The Green Party of Aotearoa/New Zealand
- The Kiwi Party
- The New Zealand Democratic Party for Social Credit
- The New Zealand National Party
- United Future of New Zealand
The party lists
NZ Herald had a very good interactive map that let you drill down into electorates to find candidates, previous results, polling places, demographics and more.
You could also use a pull-down menu to see candidates for each party. Would have been nice to click on images to see information on each candidate though, rather than clicking through to electorate information. This screengrab is the result for the Maori Party:
Maori TV also had an electorate map, for the Maori electorates, and while not as comprehensive as the Herald’s it’s still useful, links out to official electorate information, and there’s video of the Maori electorate debates televised over the past few weeks.
Stuff ran a Readers’ Reporter series during the election build-up, inviting readers to submit questions about the issues of most concern to them. Then the Readers’ Reporter asked the question of the main parties.
How the parties have voted
Theyworkforyou.co.nz has a visualisation of how closely parties have voted on issues in the 49th parliament and how often they agreed on bills.
In addition to the general election, there was a referendum to determine which voting system New Zealanders would prefer to use in future elections.
Most news sites carried explainers on the referendum and the voting systems on offer. Most referenced Election NZ’s referendum.org.nz, which is as good a place as any to go for the details.
Referendum.org.nz had a tool designed to help people decide which voting system best matches their beliefs.
So did Public Address.
NZ Herald had a quiz testing readers’ knowledge of the various voting systems.
Way back then
NZ on Screen has some great video in its NZ Politics section of politicians in action down the years, including the 1984 leaders debate, Norman Kirk talking to David Frost in 1973, and the 2002 Spin Doctors election special.
Te Ara, the encyclopedia of New Zealand, lets you explore the history of political parties, Maori representation and explains parliament and the voting systems.