Wellington’s five Labour MPs and United Future’s Peter Dunne were all re-elected last night. But in each of their electorates, the party vote was won by National.
In Rongotai, long-serving Labour MP Annette King won with 16,395 votes, more than double Chris Finlayson’s 8095. Russel Norman received 6353 votes. The party vote was much closer: National 10,923 and Labour 10,031, with the Greens on 8230.
The closest call was in Hutt South – veteran Labour MP Trevor Mallard held his electorate with 15,049 votes, ahead of National’s Chris Bishop on 14,671. Again, National was ahead on the party vote, with 15,935 compared with Labour’s 9563 and the Greens’ 4182.
In Wellington Central, Labour MP Grant Robertson won with 16,102 votes compared with his National rival Paul Foster-Bell’s 9557. National was ahead on the party vote with 12,006, compared with Labour’s 7351. which was less than the Greens’ 8627. Greens candidate James Shaw, 12th on his party’s list, will now become a List MP.
In Ohariu, long-term MP Peter Dunne held his seat with 12,279 votes, less than a thousand ahead of Labour’s Virginia Andersen on 11,349. National candidate Brett Hudson scored 5227 votes. The party vote was embarrassing for Dunne – his United Future Party received only 241 votes. National was supported by 16,686 party votes, Labour 7591, and the Greens 4715.
In the Mana electorate, Labour MP Kris Faafoi received 17,363 votes, with National’s Hekia Parata on 10,578. The party vote: National 13,327, Labour 10,818, Greens 3944.
And in Rimutaka, Labour MP Chris Hipkins also had a big majority with 17,333 votes, way ahead of his National rival Lewis Holden who had 11,502. The situation was reversed with the party votes: National was ahead with 13,895 compared with Labour’s 10,631 and the Greens’ 2693.