New Zealand PM John Key wins third term: TV networks

New Zealand's National Party leader John Key (middle) casts his vote with his wife Bronagh (left) and his son Max on election day during New Zealand's general election in Auckland on Sept 20, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
New Zealand's National Party leader John Key (middle) casts his vote with his wife Bronagh (left) and his son Max on election day during New Zealand's general election in Auckland on Sept 20, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

WELLINGTON (AFP) - New Zealand Prime Minister John Key has won a third term with a strong showing in Saturday's general election, according to projections by leading television networks.

Both TVNZ and TV3 gave Key's centre-right National Party around 48 per cent of the vote, meaning he can rule either in his own right or with support from existing coalition partners.

"That's 60 seats for National, they're in a very strong position and with the likes of (coalition partners) ACT and United Future they would be across the line," TVNZ political reporter Corin Dann said.