New Zealand now has the queerest Parliament in the world

New Zealanders have elected the queerest Parliament in the world, surpassing former world-leader, the United Kingdom.

Saturday's election results show there will likely be 11 rainbow members in New Zealand's 120-seat Parliament, up from the previous seven.

In the UK there are currently 45 openly gay members in the 650-member House of Commons, or 7 percent. New Zealand is now at 9.16 percent.

Labour now has seven LGBTQ+ representatives and the Greens have four - both parties increasing by two since the last election.

National now has 35 members in Parliament, none of which are openly gay. 

In June, former National Party leader Todd Muller said ensuring an LGBTQI+ representative was not a particular focus.

"It is not something I'm particularly focused on, ensuring that we find someone who may or may not represent the LGBTI community," Muller told AAP.

Labour's LGBTQ+ members include Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Manurewa MP Louisa Wall, who submitted the Bill to legalise same-sex marriage in 2012.

Openly gay Labour MPs include newly-elected Wellington list MP Ayesha Verrall and Northcote MP Shanan Halbert.

Chlöe Swarbrick with Green Party co-leaders Marama Davidson (left) and James Shaw (right).
Chlöe Swarbrick with Green Party co-leaders Marama Davidson (left) and James Shaw (right). Photo credit: Facebook/Chlöe Swarbrick

The Greens original two queer MPs include Jan Logie and Chlöe Swarbrick - who secured an unprecedented victory in the Auckland Central electorate on Saturday. 

The pair have been joined by out-and-proud Elizabeth Kerekere and Ricardo Menéndez March - due to the Greens election night success - gaining 7.3 percent of the party vote.

About 40 percent of Green Party MPs are from the rainbow community.

Special votes - which can be returned and counted up to 10 days after election day - mean that the number of LGBTQ+ representations at the House of Representatives could still change.

Special votes include votes made overseas, by post-in, by prisoners on remand and prisoners sentenced to less than three years.

If the Green Party lose its number nine and ten seats, currently held by rainbow members Kerekere and Menéndez, Parliament's current LGBTQ+ representation could decrease.

The change would be down from 11 to nine members, or 7.5 percent. If this happens, New Zealand will maintain the world record, staying above the UK at 7 percent.

After special votes were counted in 2017, National lost two seats, Labour lost one, and the Greens picked up two.

In 2009, Parliament named one of its 11 select committee meeting rooms 'Rainbow Room', dedicated to gay, lesbian, and transgender New Zealanders.