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Labour’s Greg O’Connor wins Ohariu, National’s Chris Bishop wins Hutt South

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Tonight’s election results show that Labour has won the Ohariu electorate (formerly held by United Future) and National has taken Hutt South (formerly a Labour seat.).

In Ohariu (vacated by longterm MP Peter Dunne) Labour’s Greg O’Connor is the winner with 14,486 votes, defeating National candidate Brett Hudson on 13,807. The United Future candidate received only 212 votes, behind the TOP candidate with 2449 and the Greens with 1947.

Greg O’Connor told RNZ that “every little thing gets you over the line…Every one of those conversations, out there on those wet Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays, will I do another street? It’s raining, it’s dark. I’ll just do one more street, one more house. When you get this close, they count.”

In Hutt South, vacated by longterm Labour MP Trevor Mallard, National’s Chris Bishop was ahead on early counts. Then with votes totalled from 26 polling places, Labour’s Ginny Andersen took the lead. But when votes had come in from all 64 polling places, Chris Bishop won the seat with 17,392, more than 2000 ahead of Ginny Andersen’s 15,387.

Chris Bishop told the DomPost: “We’ve just been working really hard to turn this around,” and the win (in a seat lond held by Labour) had left him “tired and elated.” He gave credit to the fact that his campaign had opened an office in Wainuiomata.

In the Wellington Central seat, Labour MP Grant Robertson has retained a commanding lead. With results counted from all 85 polling booths, he has been re-elected with 15,694 votes, way ahead of National’s Nicola Willis on 8637 and James Shaw on 4425.

Labour has also held Rongotai, where Wellington deputy mayor Paul Eagle (standing as Labour candidate after the resignation of longterm MP Annette King) has been elected with 16,983 votes after all 75 polling booths have been counted. National’s Chris Finlayson received 8636 votes.

Labour’s Kris Faafoi has held Mana. With votes counted from all 79 polling places, he is re-elected with 18,679, ahead of the National candidate’s 9991.

And Chris Hipkins held Rimutaka for Labour, wionning with 18,508 votes ahead of National’s 11,670.

All results are classified as “preliminary;” final counts are declared on October 7.

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