Winners on the day
Three Wellington electorates, Hutt South, Mana and Rimutaka, previously Labour strongholds, switched their party vote from red to blue. National also dominated the party vote in Peter Dunne’s Ohariu electorate, and was just 12 votes behind Labour in Wellington Central. Labour only just won the party vote in Rongotai.
For increased majorities Wellington Central Labour’s Grant Robertson came out on top increasing his 2008 majority by 3,207 votes. Robertson’s strong position may assist his rise within the Labour Party. He’s been suggested as a deputy leader of the party on a David Parker ticket, but he could also be a possible leader.
Political veteran and United Future leader Peter Dunne was the other big winner of the day. Dunne secured his Ohariu seat for the 10th successive term, increasing his 2008 majority by 640 votes