Watch: 'Only fair and sporting' – Jacinda Ardern says election-night call to Bill English wasn't concession of defeat

Jacinda Ardern was defiant when asked if her election-night call to Bill English was a concession of defeat.

Speaking from outside parliament in Wellington today, surrounded by her new batch of MPs, the Labour leader maintained her call was made as a sporting gesture to a rival rather than a call of concession after National received a much higher party vote.

"My call to Bill English was about the way I do politics, I had to acknowledge that he had taken a greater portion of the vote than I had.  

"As two individuals who were up against each other during a campaign I thought it was only fair and sporting to acknowledge that," Ms Ardern said.

She then expressed her belief that the vote indicated that the country desired a change from the "status quo".

Fellow travellers clapped and cheered as the Labour leader made her way through the airport with her partner Clarke Gayford. Source: 1 NEWS

"What was generated on election night was not a confirmation of what the government would look like, our job now is to work with what voters delivered us to see if we can form a stable coalition government," she said.

When quizzed about negotiations with NZ First and Winston Peters, Ms Ardern thinks the two parties share "some common ground".

One of those common ground issues is Mr Peters' possible legacy project to move the Ports of Auckland to Whangarei.

"We take a view that we do have to make sure the Ports of Auckland is sustainable, so we do need to look at new locations," Ms Ardern said.

An issue that may cause some problems between Labour and NZ First is the Maori seats, which Mr Peters has repeatedly said he would like to see abolished, although he is open to a referendum on the matter.

Today Ms Ardern said the Maori seats are "non-negotiable" and Labour has a responsibility to Maori after winning all seven seats in the Maori electorates.

Whatever happens the negotiations are sure to be interesting, Ms Ardern said she will contact Mr Peters later this week, but doesn't expect anything to be settled until the special votes count comes in on October 7.

The Labour leader believes the voters showed they're not happy with the status quo and is determined to form a stable coalition government. Source: 1 NEWS



Man in serious condition following assault near Christchurch mall

A 41-year-old man is in a serious but stable condition in a Christchurch hospital, following an attack in the early hours this morning.

Police have cordoned off an area beside the Hornby Mall, on Shands Road, for a scene examination.

It is expected to be cleared by midday today.

Police are continuing to investigate the scene to establish what occurred.

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Police in stand-off with man barricaded in Huntly house

Police are currently involved in an ongoing stand-off in Huntly, which started around 2am this morning.

The eight-hour stand off began when police were called to a home on Harris St, where a man and woman had been fighting.

Upon arriving at the scene, police found the man had locked himself inside and was refusing to come out. 

At 9am, he was still refusing to come out of the home and police negotiators are currently on site, Waikato police Senior Sergeant Charles Burgess told Stuff.

"He's barricaded himself in the house and is threatening to harm himself," Senior Sergeant Burgess said.

He's not known to have access to any guns, Burgess said but does have access to knives and other items inside the home. 

"A police negotiation team are trying to speak to the man so we can bring an end to this event."

A section of the road has been cordoned off and detours are in place.

No one else is inside the home and no one has been injured.

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Truck rolls causes road closure in Tararua

A truck has rolled in Tararua and is blocking lanes in both directions.

The truck rolled on Pahiatua Aokautere Road, also known as the Pahiatua Track, about 7.40am this morning.

The driver sustained moderate injuries. 

No other vehicles were involved.

Police are advising motorists to use an alternative route.

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A road closure sign in front of a Police vehicle. Source: 1 NEWS


Man dies in overnight crash near Gisborne

A man has died following a crash involving a car and truck on State Highway 35 near Gisborne last night.

The driver of the car died at the scene.

Emergency services were called to the scene near Makarori Beach Road at around 9pm.

The road was closed overnight, for the Serious Crash Unit to investigate, but has since been reopened.

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Police car generic. Source: 1 NEWS