New Zealand Prime Minister designate Christopher Luxon speaks to Cooks Prime Minister Mark Brown on the phone over the weekend. PHOTO: X/23101602
Cook Islands Prime Minister Mark Brown has congratulated New Zealand Prime Minister-designate Christopher Luxon, the leader of the National Party, on winning the elections over the weekend.
PM Brown told Cook Islands News on Monday: “I spoke to
Christopher last night and congratulated him and mentioned that I hope to
welcome him to the Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Meeting next month.”
Brown said Luxon reaffirmed the special connection
between the two nations, and said he looked forward to deepening that
“I do understand that final counts will not be
completed until November 3, but I do hope that he will make it to the Forum
Meeting, as this is a unique opportunity at the start of his term to meet with
all of our Pacific leaders for important regional discussions.”
Luxon took to social media platform X (formerly
Twitter), posting a photograph of himself on the phone to Brown.
“Great to speak with Cook Islands Prime Minister Mark
Brown to reaffirm the strong connection between our two countries,” Luxon said
in his post.
“I’m looking forward to deepening that connection
under my government.”
It won’t be until November 3 that the Electoral
Commission will finally confirm the full results of Saturday’s election, as it
still has 20 per cent of the vote to count.
That 20 per cent comes from the 567,000 special votes
that were cast, which take more time to verify and sort out.
As it stands, National, along with ACT would have 61
seats on current voting in a Parliament of 121, according to the Electoral
On Saturday night (NZ) Labour leader and incumbent
Prime Minister Chris Hipkins conceded the election to Luxon, who will become
New Zealand’s 42nd Prime Minister.
It was an impressive victory for the National Party –
which on current numbers, would have enough votes to form a coalition
government with just ACT.
But with special votes still to come, Luxon isn’t
ruling anything out.
It was a brutal night for Labour which will likely
lose several of its MPs who rode in on Labour’s red wave in the 2020
But the Greens and Te Pāti Māori both had a good night
winning three and four electorates respectively.
NZ First has returned to parliament, with eight
projected list seats and leader Winston Peters has said he will help if he can,
Leaders of the three potential bedfellows, Luxon,
Peters, and ACT’s David Seymour, seem to have reached agreement that any
substantial negotiations should commence once the full vote has been counted.