ACT leader David Seymour has “thanked the people of New Zealand” on what is looking like a triumphant night for his party.
Seymour arrived by speedboat to ACT Party HQ on the Auckland waterfront where around 700 supporters have gathered.
A group of cheering supporters welcomed him ashore, before he gave a jubilant speech.
“I want to thank my neighbours in the Epsom electorate for returning me again and I look forward to working for you from Monday morning.
“I want to thank the people of New Zealand, around 200,000 New Zealanders who have put their trust in ACT and this fabulously independent team of ACT MPs to work for you.
“For the ACT Party, this is just a steppingstone for better policies for all New Zealanders.”
He said the ACT team comes from “all walks of life” who will be "a lot of voices” for the people of New Zealand.
“There’s environmental engineers, there are people who have been teachers, police officers, people in the finance world, so those are going to be a lot of voices for a lot of people in New Zealand that haven’t been heard properly.
“And we really look forward to listening and hearing peoples concerns and aspirations and then articulating them in Parliament because that’s the kind of honest conversations this country needs to have,” Seymour said.
At the time of writing, ACT is currently sitting on 7.6 per cent with a projected 10 seats in Parliament.
Seymour also has a handy lead in the Epsom electorate, where he is the incumbent.
Seymour was the lone ACT representative in the previous Parliament.