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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
His closest opponent was Romy Udanga, who is ranked 70th on Labour’s list, who received 12,749 votes.
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.
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.”
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.
Dr Neru Leavasa is now a Labour MP, representing the country’s newest electorate of Takanini.
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.