Michael Wood takes Mt Roskill

Central Leader - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - CATRIN OWEN AND ANNA LOREN

Labour’s Michael Wood romped home to win the Mt Roskill by­elec­tion, with a mar­gin of 6518 over Na­tional’s Par­m­jeet Par­mar at the week­end.

Wood was wel­comed to his cam­paign party on Satur­day night with a round of ap­plause fol­low­ing his land­slide vic­tory.

He re­ceived 11,170 votes, while Par­mar re­ceived 4652.

‘‘We’ve had an out­stand­ing even­ing... that’s gone be­yond the ex­pec­ta­tions that we set,’’ Wood said.

‘‘It is a good night to be Labour in Mt Roskill... It is a good night for every­one in this com­mu­nity who be­lieves that ev­ery man, woman and fam­ily should have de­cent, af­ford­able hous­ing.’’

Wood pledged to in­vest in the po­lice and build a ‘‘first-world’’ pub­lic trans­port sys­tem for Auck­lan­ders.

Labour leader Andrew Lit­tle joined Wood on stage, where he said his col­league had run an ‘‘ab­so­lutely mag­nif­i­cent’’ cam­paign.

‘‘Michael has proven... that when you cam­paign right, you get it right. It’s a night of cel­e­bra­tion.’’

The Mt Roskill seat was pre­vi­ously held by Labour stal­wart Phil Goff.

Na­tional cam­paign man­ager Steven Joyce said the race had gone as he ex­pected.

‘‘Ob­vi­ously [Par­mar] would have liked to get a bet­ter re­sult... but the odds [were] pretty much stacked against her.

‘‘I think for us it was a good hit out for the team. I think they cam­paigned well. It was just that it was al­ways go­ing to be very hard to get our vot­ers to turn out when they knew that we in all like­li­hood wouldn’t win the by­elec­tion.’’

Prime Min­is­ter John Key said Par­mar had ‘‘fought a hard cam­paign’’ that fo­cused on the is­sues that mat­ter.

The fi­nal voter turnout was 16,857, com­pared to the 33,933 votes cast in Mt Roskill in the 2014 gen­eral elec­tion.

Of­fi­cial re­sults - in­clud­ing spe­cial dec­la­ra­tions and over­seas votes - will be de­clared on De­cem­ber 14.

Michael Wood (Labour): 11,170 Par­m­jeet Par­mar (Na­tional): 4652 Roshan Nauhria (Peo­ple’s Party): 709 Andrew Leitch (Democrats for So­cial Credit): 125 Bran­don Stronge (Cannabis Party): 79 Richard Goode (Not a Party): 40 Tua Schus­ter (In­de­pen­dent): 32

CATRIN OWEN/FAIR­FAX NZ

New Mt Roskill MP Michael Wood and Labour leader Andrew Lit­tle cel­e­brate Wood’s vic­tory.

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