In­cum­bents main­tain seats

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Na­tional MPs Matt Doocey and Stuart Smith re­tained their seats for sec­ond terms in the two North Can­ter­bury elec­torates.

In Waimakariri, Doocey said vot­ers were happy with the de­liv­ery of in­fra­struc­ture to sup­port the re­gion’s growth – es­pe­cially roads to im­prove long com­mutes to Christchurch.

The first-time MP last elec­tion achieved an in­creased ma­jor­ity and said he was very ex­cited by the re­sult.

The pre­lim­i­nary re­sults had Doocey with 20,191 votes, well ahead of Labour’s Dan Rose­warne (10,562).

New Zealand First’s Richard Prosser had just 1,591 votes. The se­nior NZ First MP, who for years was Win­ston Peters’ num­ber three on the list, will not be re­turn­ing to Par­lia­ment.

He was shunted down the list to 15 just be­fore the elec­tion.

The dis­trict also main­tained its na­tional ma­jor­ity, with Na­tional re­ceiv­ing 18,910 votes to Labour’s 11,241.

Ac­cord­ing to the pre­lim­i­nary elec­tion re­sults, the Ran­giora Bor­ough School polling booth had the num­bers right again.

Vot­ers at the polling booth have cor­rectly pre­dicted the win­ning po­lit­i­cal party since 1984.

This year was no dif­fer­ent, main­tain­ing its bell­wether sta­tus with an al­most ex­act match to the over­all re­sults.

Out of the 1,653 party votes cast, Na­tional had 49.7 per cent (na­tion­ally 46%) with Labour 35.9 per cent (35.8%) and New Zealand First 7.2 per cent (7.5%).

The booth was a lit­tle lower on the Greens (3.6% ver­sus the na­tional fig­ure of 5.9%).

In the Kaiko¯ura elec­torate, Smith fin­ished with a gen­er­ous lead over clos­est ri­val, Labour’s Janette Walker, gar­ner­ing 18,738 votes over Walker’s 8,972.

‘‘It’s been an ab­so­lute priv­i­lege to be the MP for Kaiko¯ ura, and I can tell you it feels bet­ter this time, than it did last time,’’ Smith said on Satur­day.

Can­di­dates vy­ing for the South Is­land’s only Ma¯ ori elec­torate, Te Tai Tonga, had run a ‘‘clean, re­spect­ful’’ cam­paign, with the bit­ter­ness be­tween the Ma¯ori Party and Labour in north­ern Ma¯ori seats ab­sent, Labour MP Rino Tirikatene said.

He was voted back with a mi­nor de­crease in the elec­torate vote com­pared with 2014, but a huge lift for party votes to Labour.

Tirikatene said he had huge re­spect for Green Party can­di­date Me­tiria Turei but she had un­der­es­ti­mated the chal­lenge of win­ning it.

‘‘She was an out­stand­ing politi­cian,’’ he said. ‘‘But she had to put ev­ery­thing in to win­ning Te Tai Tonga, and it re­ally wasn’t her lane.’’

DAVID WALKER/STUFF

Na­tional MP Matt Doocey is back in the hot seat.

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