Labour’s Jacinda Ardern is the new MP for Mt Albert after a convincing by-election win.
Ms Ardern got received exactly 10,000 votes. This turn out to be more than 75 percent of all votes cast.
Her nearest rival, the Green Party’s Julie Anne Genter, was 8500 votes behind, with almost 1500. In third place was the candidate for the Opportunities Party, Geoff Simmons, with 600 votes.
National didn’t stand a candidate.
Until now, Ms Ardern has been a list MP for Labour. She had unsuccessfully contested the Auckland Central seat at the last two general elections.
The Mt Albert by-election took place after former Labour leader David Shearer resigned as an MP in December 2016. He has gone to head the United Nations Mission in South Sudan.