Having stood for the seat in Hutt South for a seventh time, New Zealand MP Trevor Mallard is expected to hold the seat once the final votes are in. Despite 3900 special votes still needing to be counted before he can declare victory Trevor couldn’t wipe the smile off his face when he took some time out for coffee the morning after the election.

The reason for his smile? Could it have been the winning combination of freshly ground coffee at Ripe Café and the vibrant table settings made from recycled plastic. The furniture, supplied by the team at Metal Art Ltd, is attractive, highly durable, and when it comes to maintenance will stand unopposed in this electorate for many years to come.