Election 2020: Who are Auckland's seven new MPs?

Election 2020: Who are Auckland's seven new MPs?

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Jacinda Ardern claimed a “mandate to accelerate” in her victory speech following Labour’s landslide win.

Auckland’s general electorates have more than half a dozen new MPs.

Labour has four new members heading to the Beehive, including in the party’s stronghold of Manurewa and in the traditional blue seat of Upper Harbour.

It was no surprise that National candidates won the safe blue North Shore and Botany electorates.

Auckland, turned red, along with the rest of New Zealand on Saturday.

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Auckland, turned red, along with the rest of New Zealand on Saturday.

But the Greens’ seizure of Auckland Central was the surprise of the night, securing only their second electorate MP in the party’s history.

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Auckland Central

Green Party candidate Chlöe Swarbrick, 26, stunned Auckland Central by winning the seat by 492 votes, after polling third just a few weeks ago.

Swarbrick overtook Helen White of Labour and National’s Emma Mellow, both of whom were ahead of her in polls early this month.

Jubiliant Green MP Chloe Swarbrick delivers her victory speech after winning the Auckland Central seat

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Jubiliant Green MP Chloe Swarbrick delivers her victory speech after winning the Auckland Central seat

Botany

Perhaps unsurprisingly, National Party candidate Christopher Luxon is the new Botany MP.

Luxon, a former Air New Zealand chief executive, won National’s nomination for the seat in 2019.

Jami-Lee Ross, the previous MP for the seat, quit the party after a messy, public falling-out with former party leader Simon Bridges.

National MP Christopher Luxon won the safe blue seat of Botany.

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National MP Christopher Luxon won the safe blue seat of Botany.

National won more than 60 per cent of electorate and party votes in Botany at the last election, and political commentators anticipated National would romp home again.

Luxon’s nearest rival was Labour’s Naisi Chen, 26, who was 4771 candidate votes behind him.

Manurewa

Labour’s Arena Williams has won the safe red seat of Manurewa, in south Auckland.

The 30-year-old lawyer, of Te Aitanga-a-Māhaki, Ngāi Tahu, and Ngāi Tūhoe, won by a landslide of more than 11,000 votes.

Ahead of the 2020 general election Williams beat Labour incumbent Louisa Wall for the party’s nomination in Manurewa.

Lawyer Arena Williams is the new MP for Manurewa.

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Lawyer Arena Williams is the new MP for Manurewa.

Labour has held the Manurewa seat every Parliamentary term – except for in 1975 when National’s Merv Wellington beat Labour incumbent Phil Amos by just 1300 votes.

North Shore

Simon Watts of the National Party is the new North Shore MP, taking over from former journalist Maggie Barry who is retiring from politics.

National has now held the seat since 1949 – for 25 consecutive elections.

Watts is former deputy chief financial officer of Waitematā District Health Board and is also a chartered accountant. He won the seat with 16,371 votes.

Simon Watts is replacing fellow National party member Maggie Barry as the MP for North Shore.

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Simon Watts is replacing fellow National party member Maggie Barry as the MP for North Shore.

His closest opponent was Romy Udanga, who is ranked 70th on Labour’s list, who received 12,749 votes.

Northcote

Labour candidate Shanan Halbert caused an upset in the traditionally National electorate of Northcote, on Auckland’s North Shore, winning the seat from incumbent Dan Bidois by little more than 1200 votes.

It was not Halbert’s first fight for the Northcote seat, contesting Bidois at the Northcote by-election in 2018, but he was defeated.

Shanan Halbert has contested Northcote three times. He beat National incumbent Dan Bidois on Saturday.

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Shanan Halbert has contested Northcote three times. He beat National incumbent Dan Bidois on Saturday.

Halbert has spent more than 15 years in education leadership and management at tertiary institutions.

It was a poignant win for Halbert whose dad died on election day after being diagnosed with terminal cancer last year.

He described his dad as his “biggest champion” and said he was “with us throughout [election] day in spirit.”

Takanini

New Zealand’s newest electorate has turned red.

The Labour Party candidate for Takanini, Neru Leavasa won with 13,856 votes on Saturday, defeating National opponent Rima Nakhle by a convincing margin of 4548 votes.

The race for Takanini was tipped to be one of the most marginal and hotly contested but in the end was quite straightforward.

Dr Neru Leavasa is now a Labour MP, representing the country’s newest electorate of Takanini.

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Dr Neru Leavasa is now a Labour MP, representing the country’s newest electorate of Takanini.

The electorate, in south Auckland, was created ahead of the 2020 general election due to population growth in the area.

Upper Harbour

Labour’s Vanushi Walters has won the race to be Upper Harbour MP in northwest Auckland, taking over from retiring National MP and former party deputy leader Paula Bennett.

Human rights lawyer Vanushi Walters has won the seat in Auckland's Upper Harbour for Labour.

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Human rights lawyer Vanushi Walters has won the seat in Auckland’s Upper Harbour for Labour.

Walters, a lawyer and board member of Amnesty International, pipped National candidate, cricketer and former tech company exec Jake Bezzant to the post by 1415 candidate votes.

She is the first Sri Lankan MP to sit in New Zealand’s Parliament.

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