The outcome caps a remarkable rise for the 37-year-old, who only took over the Labour Party’s top job in August, and spells changes for the economy and immigration.
Ana Nicolaci da Costa and Charlotte Greenfield
The move should put an end to weeks of political uncertainty in the small Pacific island nation, after neither major party won enough seats on September 23 to form a government.
National Party won 56 seats at the September 23 election, while a Labour-Green bloc have 54 seats, leaving both needing New Zealand First’s nine seats to meet the 61 seats needed for a majority.
A final vote count on Saturday showed National lost some ground to the Labour-Green bloc from a preliminary tally, even though it still held the largest number of seats in parliament.