New Zealand's ruling National Party regained a wide lead over the opposition Labour party in an opinion poll released on Wednesday, the latest twist in a volatile campaign for a general election at the weekend.
The New Zealand First Party has garnered nine seats, making it the indispensable coalition partner for both the National Party and the Labor Party to form the government.
The results set up the nationalist New Zealand First Party to hold the balance of power and form the next government with 7.5 percent of the ballot.
He served as Maori affairs minister when National was elected in 1990 but was sacked over outspoken criticisms of his own government and went on to form New Zealand First (NZF).
English had seen his party's standing in the polls plummet since announcing the election in February, and Jacinda Ardern's Labour Party surged.
He also wants to change the Reserve Bank of New Zealand's mandate so it targets the country's high exchange rate, rather than just inflation.
"We'll make a decision in the interests of all New Zealand and New Zealand First, that is the whole country, not ourselves in the party but in the national interest and that will take some time", he added.
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For English, who campaigned heavily on National's economic credentials after taking the party leadership previous year, the strong showing was a vindication after National crashed to its worst ever election result in 2002 under his first stint as leader.
Her focus on youth continued upon her election, becoming the youngest sitting member in the NZ parliament until the election of Gareth Hughes in 2010.
A couple of extra seats to Labour and the Greens would make negotiations more competitive.
English was in the driving seat to win a fourth term until Ardern took over the Labour Party last month.
In Christchurch Central, Labour's Duncan Webb beat sitting National MP and Cabinet minister Nicky Wagner, who had won the seat in the last two elections. "We believe in laws and policies that support the mass majority of New Zealanders and not just a small elite". That will likely have implications for the New Zealand dollar, the world's 11th most-traded currency in 2016. In the next few days we will begin discussions with New Zealand First in finding common ground and most importantly forming the kind of Government that will allow New Zealand to get on with the success.
He thanked Ardern for a hard-fought campaign, which he said had motivated and engaged more New Zealanders than any campaign he could remember.
There were 3.2 million registered voters, of which 1.24 million cast an early vote. Even if that happens, Bramwell said, "they may still have to wait for the special votes to be counted" before a final determination could be made.