Dunne scrapes back in
Peter Dunne has retained his Ohariu seat, despite a nightmare last term.
Labour’s Virginia Andersen pushed Dunne close, cutting his majority from 1392 in 2011 to 930, with special votes still to be counted.
‘‘I’m feeling relieved,’’ Dunne said.
‘‘ I’m very pleased with the result.
‘‘The majority could have been higher, but a win’s a win and it’s reasonably comfortable, so I’ll take it.’’
Dunne had struggles throughout the last term, with pressure from the electorate for him to change his vote and not support asset sales, the GCSB report leak scandal and trouble with United Future’s party registration.
He said the troubles were a factor in this year’s election.
‘‘ That might explain the majority. For me it was quite an important factor in this election.
‘‘Winning this time is a fresh mandate from the electorate to carry on.’’
He said he would be getting back into the swing of things quickly and planned to open a second electorate office in Tawa.
The electorate boundaries changed before the election, but he did not yet know what impact that had on the vote.
One of his focuses this term will be overseeing progress with the Johnsonville shopping centre project.
Dunne, leader of United Future, said there was a lot of work to do within the party to turn around its low party vote.
United Future received only 4533 or 0.22 per cent of the total party vote – virtually half Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis’s 8539.
‘‘That’s a disappointment and is a matter of major concern for us.
‘‘We have had some discussions about it already and we will be having more over the next few weeks to really assess the result and see where we went wrong and how to rebuild,’’ Dunne said.
It is expected that he will again enter into a formal agreement with the National Party.
Holding on: Peter Dunne is happy after retaining his Ohariu seat, despite a torrid last term.