Judith Collins ‘delighted’
A fuel crises callout a week before the general election forced Judith Collins to ditch her last round of door-knocking.
But that didn’t stop her getting re-elected as Papakura MP.
It was her sixth successful result since winning the Clevedon seat in 2002.
Collins, as Minister of Energy and Resources, put local campaigning on hold to deal with the Auckland fuel crisis caused by a ruptured pipeline supplying fuel from Marsden Point to Wiri.
‘‘I felt that campaigning was not compatible with me leading that response.
‘‘I had set aside a week of doorknocking but that was not meant to be,’’ she says.
Current results show Collins gained 1515 more votes than she did in the 2014 election.
She is ‘‘delighted’’ with the turnout.
‘‘Papakura really supported me and the National Party by large margins and I am very grateful for that support.’’
Collins says she is confident as the two major parties prepare coalition talks with NZ First leader Winston Peters.
‘‘I’m used to being in coalition government, so if we are able to form a government with a coalition partner, then I’m sure things will work out.
‘‘We’ve had MMP for 21 years now and we’ve all got a lot better at it,’’ Collins says.
Meanwhile, Papakura Labour candidate Jesse Pabla was behind on 10,187 votes, NZ First’s Toa Greening received 2338 and Maori Party’s Raewyn Teresa Bhana received 440.
National received 16,204 party votes, Labour 9,612, NZ First 2824, ACT 156 and Greens 799.
It was Pabla’s first time standing and the 22-year-old says he will ‘‘definitely’’ be back for the next election in 2020.
The ‘‘joys and experiences’’ of meeting so many people on the campaign trail is something he looks forward to again, he says.
Labour’s Nanaia Mahuta also retained the Hauraki-Waikato Maori electorate with 12,070 votes.
First-time Ma¯ori Party candidate Rahui Papa was behind on 4619.
Labour received 10,615 party votes and the Maori Party 1934.
Mahuta says she will ‘‘continue to advocate on reducing inequality and poverty, better homes, clean rivers, secure work and a fairer society’’ for the people of her electorate.
Judith Collins has retained the seat of Papakura in her sixth election.