Like Richard, I find the whole voting process so special. Always try and walk to the polling booth (about 10 minutes) to mull over any last thoughts (mine were Green vs Mana, but I stuck with Green). You can see couples and families and individuals making their way there, all to participate in the same great story with the unknown ending.
The funny woman with a Labour rosette who dashed over to write down some number over the guy's shoulder. There's an army of people who are members of political parties that I'd never know, and they all come out on one day to do these great little jobs - nosey people at the polling booths, people with cars helping the elderly to vote, someone else setting up for the 7pm party, half of which will be the worst parties in the world. Seriously, burnt sausage rolls and downturned faces at practically every Labour and Act party on Saturday night.
And then we avoided TV3 coverage because of Henry, and so caught TVNZ's comedy of technical errors - cutting live to reporters who couldn't hear them, putting up results from one electorate while talking about another, letting David Farrar sit down in front of a camera.
The result was awful, but I still thoroughly enjoyed the day. Lets do it again!
Always try and walk to the polling booth (about 10 minutes) to mull over any last thoughts (mine were Green vs Mana, but I stuck with Green).
I walked to the polling station too, even though I had nothing to mull over and it would have been more convenient to bike. I felt the need to be solemn rather than brisk. :-)
I can also tell you that Australian customs staff do not find jokes about apples amusing
I think it's part of the induction for ACS staff to have their sense of humour surgically removed.
In a symmetry kind of way, I will note that the election was preceded by a solar eclipse, and the announcement of results will be followed by the last total lunar eclipse until 2014 (in the early hours of the 11th if I've done my time conversions correctly), but NZ will not be getting the full view of it.