New data reveals which political party and leader topped Facebook

New statistics reveal who and which parties have topped Facebook in the lead up to the election, with more than 710,000 people having conversations about it from March, generating 7.9 million interactions. 

Election data collated from Facebook's Crowd Tangle tool - a social monitoring platform, shows how many people talked about the election from March 1, 2017 to September 20. 

Overall conversation about New Zealand Elections, NZ only (March 1 to September 20):
People: 710K
Interactions: 7.9 million

Top 5 politicians discussed on Facebook from August 1, 2017.
Top 5 politicians discussed on Facebook from August 1, 2017. Source: Crowd Tangle

In election-related discussions, Bill English jumped ahead as the most discussed party leader in election related discussions in the last 30-days as mentioned in 54 per cent of discussions, coming ahead of Jacinda Ardern at 43 per cent, with Winston Peters at 17 per cent and Gareth Morgan at 15 per cent behind her. 


Bill English: 54%
Jacinda Ardern: 43%
Winston Peters: 17%
Gareth Morgan: 15%
David Seymour: 7%
Andrew Little: 6%
Metiria Turei: 5%
James Shaw: 5%
Hone Harawira: 3%
Peter Dunne: 3%
Te Ururoa Flavell: 3%
Marama Fox: 2%

The budget was a hot topic in the last 30-days, coming out on top at 58 per cent in election related conversations.

Top 5 issues discussed on Facebook from August 1, 2017.
Top 5 issues discussed on Facebook from August 1, 2017. Source: Crowd Tangle

The economy wasn't far behind on 46 per cent, followed by social development at 37 per cent. 

Budget: 58%
Economy: 46%
Social Development: 37%
Housing: 35%
Education: 28%
Environment: 21%
Health: 13%
Immigration: 10%
Police and Corrections: 2%
Trade: 1%

Despite Bill English coming out on top of the most discussed party leader, Labour surged ahead in election related conversation of parties, with 72 per cent, ahead of National at 30 per cent, Greens at 24 per cent and the Maori Party at 17 per cent in the last 30-days. 

Labour Party: 72%
National Party: 30%
Green Party: 24%
Maori Party: 17%
NZ First Party: 10%
The Opportunities Party: 5%
ACT Party: 2%
United Future: 2%
The Conservative Party: 1%
Mana Party: 1%

Green Party leader James Shaw, NZ First leader Winston Peters, TOP leader Gareth Morgan, Labour leader Jacinda Ardern, National leader Bill English, ACT leader David Seymour, Maori Party leaders Te Ururoa Flavell and Marama Fox.
Green Party leader James Shaw, NZ First leader Winston Peters, TOP leader Gareth Morgan, Labour leader Jacinda Ardern, National leader Bill English, ACT leader David Seymour, Maori Party leaders Te Ururoa Flavell and Marama Fox. Source: Getty



Kiwi pilot and his interloping crew wow Reno Air Races at bone-rattling speeds

Graeme Frew admits he's got an addiction – one that gets him travelling at speeds of 580km/h just 15 metres off the ground.

The Blenheim pilot and his crew of Kiwi interlopers took on some of the world's best at the Reno Air Races in the US earlier this week with their Russian Yak Fighter plane called Full Noise.

The crew brought over their plane in a shipping container and assembled it again just two days before the first race – something organisers say have never been done.

The Americans fell in love with Frew and Full Noise so TVNZ1's Seven Sharp caught up with the adrenaline junkies to see how they pulled it off.

Watch the video above for more.

Seven Sharp’s Michael Holland was at the event in Nevada. Source: Seven Sharp


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Brexit could be good news for Kiwis wanting to live and work in the UK

Brexit could be good news for New Zealanders wanting to live and work in the UK.

Negotiations are on going between Britain and the European Union with Britain due the leave the EU on March 29 next year.

Cathy Allen is a speech and language therapist who is reluctantly heading back to New Zealand after being unable to extend a visa despite Britain's National Health Service's best efforts to keep her.

"I've been trying for the last six months every month and the reason it hasn't gone through is just that there's visa caps."

But the UK Government's own advisers are now recommending the highly skilled migrant cap should be scrapped.

Ms Allen said if that happens, "It'd be a lot easier, I'd be able to stay here 3-5 years."


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Christchurch woman left 'astounded' after building consents made up one quarter of new home cost

For years Kiwis have been putting up with council fees when building new homes, but one Christchurch woman thinks she has figures that shows it's getting out of control.

Liz Armon built a house for her retired, disabled brother David in south-east Christchurch – a one bedroom, open plan living house she wanted David to feel at home in.

The house cost $67,000 to build but then came Christchurch City Council's fees on top – an extra $23,000.

"I was absolutely astounded," Ms Armon said.

"Twenty-three thousand in total for consent costs when I had anticipated it being $1,500 after speaking to the council initially."

The hefty bill was made up of a development levy, consent fees, a flood level survey, with neighbouring Selwyn District Council carving some off the top as well.

"I can't understand why any council wouldn't want to support elderly people or families in need," Ms Armon said.

As it turns out, those main council taxes are made up of lots of smaller taxes for inspection fees, processing times and contributions for future parks and public transport in the area.

The council added the $12,500 development levy Ms Armon paid was actually a bargain with levies for houses in other subdivisions "typically" $20,000 to $30,000.

We take a look at a Christchurch woman’s eye-watering council bill. Source: Seven Sharp


Young NZ fur seal found with fishing line round neck is treated at Auckland Zoo

A young New Zealand fur seal is being treated for infection at Auckland Zoo after being found slumped on a rock ledge at Piha with discarded fishing line around its neck.

A young woman had spotted the injured seal and Department of Conservation rangers responded, DOC ranger Gabrielle Goodin told TVNZ1's Seven Sharp.

"Literally when we got out there I saw the seal and it was over this little rock ledge and I thought it was dead," Ms Goodin said.

Auckland Zoo vet Lydia Uddstrom said the fishing line has no give, so as the seal grows with it around the neck, the line cuts deeper and deeper.

"It's not a simple matter of cut the nylon off and just chuck him back out and good luck to you. It's really that follow up and making sure that we can control any infection," Ms Uddstrom said.

The vets work in silence, trying to keep the young seal as calm as possible while treating it at the zoo.

The case is a reminder of how a little piece of human waste can cause such pain to an innocent victim.

Fur seals are a conservation success story, with their numbers up.

But so is human interaction with them.

"We have a high population in Auckland, so it's managing that success. How can we make sure we still see a lot of seals, people are interacting with them properly and we can keep them from being injured from things like fishing lines," Ms Goodin said. 

Things are looking good for the young fur seal which has been showing improvement.

"We are hopeful that if we can get on top of this infection and everything else that's going on, he should be able to get out there where he belongs," Ms Uddstrom said.

Seven Sharp’s Lucas de Jong visited the mammal at the zoo. Source: Seven Sharp