Sam Uffindell has won the Tauranga by-election.
Uffindell was the runaway winner, getting 10931 votes or 56% of the total votes cast.
The result means that Uffindell will fly to Wellington this week for his first experience of Parliament.
Uffindell has said that his priorities would be the city’s infrastructure, and cracking down on gangs.
He also told supporters he was aspirational for Tauranga and wanted “it to remain one of the best places in New Zealand to live, work and raise a family”.
The special by-election was needed after MP Simon Bridges stood down earlier in the year. However, just 40 percent of the registered voters in the electorate participated.
Labour’s Jan Tinetti got 4893 votes and ACT’s Cameron Luxton was in third place with 1991 votes