New Zealanders have voted overwhelmingly to legalise euthanasia, according preliminary referendum results released on Friday. The referendum was held on October 17, alongside the general election that returned Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to power with a landslide majority, and another vote on allowing recreational cannabis. Preliminary figures showed 65.2 per cent of voters supported euthanasia, with 33.8 against, while 53.1 per cent opposed legalising recreational marijuana, compared to 46.1 in favour. The initial figures do not include special votes - including ballots cast overseas - which account for almost 20 per cent of the total and could still see the cannabis vote go either way. However, the overwhelming support for euthanasia means the measure will pass, regardless of how the special votes are divided, when final figures are released next Friday. The result of the euthanasia vote is binding, while the cannabis one is not.