And so New Zealand’s election is over. It felt like the most drawn out election process I can remember. But in the end we have a result, one which is decisive and unambiguous.

We’ve now had a few weeks to consider the results. In this time the elected parties have been sorting themselves out with relationships and portfolios, and the unsuccessful are reviewing what went wrong.

To me, the entire process before, during and after the election has highlighted opportunities for improvement. Some of these lie at the door of the politicians. Some lie elsewhere. But there are three key opportunities that stand out, all of which would make our democratic process better and our country a better place.