Prime Minister John Key:
Key has congratulated Donald Trump on his victory in the US election.
“The American people have spoken and I congratulate Mr Trump on his victory after a long campaign.
“I will be writing to Mr Trump to offer my personal congratulations shortly.
“Our two countries share a strong relationship and I look forward to that continuing. Over the coming months we will be looking to build close ties with the incoming Trump Administration.”
The Prime Minister also paid tribute to the outgoing Administration led by President Barack Obama.
“I have had a close and constructive relationship with President Obama and I wish him all the best for his future,” he said.
Labour leader Andrew Little:
“The relationship with USA goes beyond any individual in the office. We certainly welcome a constructive relationship with the new president. It’s too early to tell exactly what impact this will mean for New Zealand.
“The polls obviously were saying something else so it’s important we understand what it means in terms of the sense of disenfranchisement and dissatisfaction there is in the American electorate.”
Remarkably good response from Angry Andy. Unlike James Shaw:
Green Party co-leader James Shaw:
“I couldn’t think of a worse President.”
Shaw says Trump has “demonstrated he’s a pathological liar so regardless of what he said during the election campaign we don’t know what he’ll do”.
Working with him if the Greens are part of a future government will be “very difficult”.
Winston Peters – NZ First leader and former Foreign Minister:
“This is a battle between the elitists who have gouged out middle America, who have ignored the middle class who pay the tax and do the work and all the hard working people around America who have been shut out and forgotten and neglected whilst they all went down to Washington to conspire against their interests. And these people, like the British, have come out and said we’ve had enough.”
“If (politicians) don’t ask what has happened in the US…then there will be no progress in New Zealand either.”
ACT leader David Seymour:
“I’m not surprised, because I sensed what was going on and when you’ve been through a few election campaigns, you get a feeling for these things.
“If you look at the fundamentals, you’ve just got so many promises made by the US political class that haven’t come true…it just fundamentally hasn’t been a very fair place for a long time, and basically people have got sick of waiting for politicians to deliver.
“It’s very worrying when we’re a small, open trading nation and the American people have effectively voted against free trade – that’s hugely concerning.
“This result will certainly concern many New Zealanders, but American democracy reflects the will of American voters. This result should be respected, and ACT offers its congratulations to president-elect Trump.”