With 16 per cent counted: National has close to half of the party vote; Labour has less than a quarter; the Greens are just edging NZ First; and the Conservatives are under 5 per cent.
National picks up 48 per cent of the party vote so far but Greens take gloss off NZ First's stunning start.
National's Murray McCully leads Conservative Party's Colin Craig with almost 20 per cent of votes counted in East Coast Bays.
Race for Te Tai Tokerau is set to be close with the future of Internet-Mana dependent on Hone Harawira winning the seat.
Under the Electoral Act, it is an offence to influence a voter in any way on polling day.
Election officials are confident all results will be through by 11.30pm tonight.
The family of Troy Minto have reacted with anger and shock as the man who shot him dead nearly five years ago left a Wellington court a free man.
Selfies, silliness and the occasional protest - all the action from the final hours of the election campaign.
Getting people into first homes will lead to better outcomes for Maori, say Te Tai Tonga candidates.
A rental housing warrant of fitness won't get introduced without government leadership, a health advocate says.
Winston Peters and Colin Craig trade blows over ruling on Conservative Party pamphlet.
Lower rent, cheaper food and less tax are top of young people's financial wishlist before tomorrow's election.
OPINION: Labour leader David Cunliffe's step has quickened as he crams his final campaigning into Auckland.
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Parties outline stances on state housing, focusing on Wellington, where the issue has been a thorny one.
Te Ururoa Flavell denies claims that the Maori Party is supporting Te Tai Tokerau's Labour candidate over its own, in order to sabotage the Internet-Mana Party.
Wellington Central seems to be bucking the trend of low turnout for young and first-time voters.
More resources need to be put into educating people on their right to vote - especially school leavers.
Election campaigns do funny things to politicians - often in front of cameras.
Watch what you tweet tomorrow - it could cost you $20,000.
Conservative leader wants answers over why his chief press secretary quit publicly two days before election.
Shock departures, awkward photos and supreme selfies - the penultimate day of the campaign trail.
OPINION: Turbulent times on the campaign trail make the election result less certain and the electorate more volatile.
Will it be the status quo or a new broom? Fairfax looks at possible coalition line-ups.
OPINION: Campaign 2014 was all about Key - although not in the way that campaign mastermind Steven Joyce would have liked.
Government will provide cover for restoring mining land and to avoid state-owned miner's technical insolvency.
Greens push on to last minute to oust "irresponsible" Government while party campaign officially ends.
Media, celebrities and lobby groups overseas are keen to declare their political allegiances, but not so much here.
PM's office names staff member briefed by SIS over the release of information to Cameron Slater.
NZ First's Winston Peters has endorsed Labour's Kelvin Davis, the first time in his long career that he has backed a candidate from another party.
Mana's leader claims Maori Party is supporting Labour's Te Tai Tokerau Labour candidate over its own.
Since Shane Jones quit as a Labour MP earlier this year, many commentators have predicted that if he does return it will be with NZ First.
"I think that it was such a rabble, that even the NSA gave up listening." Your views on the leaders' debate.
Laila Harre says her party is expecting a call from Labour on Sunday morning.
It's almost over - tune in for live updates, newsbites and occasional weirdness from the campaign trail.
Conservative leader Colin Craig is feeling confident for Saturday despite losing a key staff member today.
John Key will disappear from politics forever within three years, Nicky Hager tells sellout Nelson crowd.
Their economic outlook remains positive but the election and chances of a change in government and new policy agendas prompts some caution.
Billboard, advertising and media laws are not keeping pace with the new advance voting system.
There's close to a million dollars difference in property values between two Hamilton streets.
Note to politicians: please stop making short-term plans and buying votes. Here's what we need to focus on.
Undermining efforts to clean up Waikato River
Dairy conversions are undermining attempts to clean up the Waikato River, says The Green Party.
Social media use by political parties is a step in the right direction to engage youth, student says.
OPINION: The final televised leaders’ debate of the election campaign was a chance for both leaders to shine after a tumultuous few weeks.
Large-scale provider of care for intellectually disabled accused of openly influencing voting of residents.
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