Labour came out with a huge initial lead and never let it go as the votes came in. Here’s how election night unfolded.
Catherine Chu bought a house in Mt Pleasant – her first home – so she’d be living in the Banks Peninsula electorate she hoped to represent as MP.
But after the National candidate’s stunning defeat to Labour’s Tracey McLellan, she says she will have to consider moving back to Riccarton – the ward she represents as a sitting Christchurch City Councillor.
Chu told Stuff on election night she thought the gap between her and McLellan would be closer. The result did not reflect the “feeling” she got from the community during the campaign.
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McLellan, Labour’s senior vice president, polled 22,038 votes – more than double Chu’s 10,834.
Chu was unsure if she would run for national politics again. She’d take a few weeks to relax before making that decision.
Come Sunday, she was spending time with family and planning to “regroup” with her campaign team to reflect on what went well and what didn’t.
National candidate Catherine Chu was not successful in taking the Banks Peninsula seat, but was still all smiles at her party’s election night event in Christchurch.
Campaigning always came second to her “top priority” city council role, she said.
“I will always be involved in politics… I’ll always support the National Party and be involved in the party.”
From Monday she would be “absolutely going back” to her role as a board member on the Canterbury District Health Board – something she said she’d been on unpaid leave from for the last month.
She was keen to work “as a board” with clinicians and the Ministry of Health to “restore trust” after a string of management resignations.
Chu said Saturday was a “great night” regardless of the result. There were no drowning of sorrows similar to that of Shane Jones. One glass of wine was enough for her, she said, and she was home by midnight.
Catherine Chu on the campaign trail in Halswell Domain, Christchurch.