If Australia proved an example of how the politics of a nation rapidly switch in support of climate change policies, the election of the centre-right National Government of John Key on 8 November 2008 in New Zealand provides a counterpoint. The Nationals secured 45 per cent of the national vote, up from 39 per cent in the 2005 election, compared with the Labour Party’s 34 per cent, down from 41 per cent in 2005.