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Labour celebrates by-election victory

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 2/12/2016 Peter Wilson, Political Writer

Labour is celebrating a resounding by-election win in Mt Roskill.

Its candidate Michael Wood trounced National's Parmjeet Parmar, retaining the seat Labour has held for decades with a thumping 6518 majority on a low voter turnout.

Mr Wood romped home with 11,170 votes, more than double Ms Parmar's 4652.

"It's a good night for everyone in this community who believes every man, woman and family should have decent, affordable housing," he said at his victory celebration.

Labour leader Andrew Little congratulated Mr Wood for running "a magnificent campaign".

Prime Minister John Key, who said throughout the campaign National was the underdog, tweeted: "This has been a Labour seat since Adam was a cowboy."

Roshan Nauhria of the NZ People's Party ran a distant third with 709.

The by-election has decided who will replace Phil Goff in parliament.

He resigned the seat when elected mayor of Auckland in October.

Mr Goff had held the seat since 1981, with a three-year break between 1990 and 1993.

He retained it in the 2014 general election with a majority of more than 8000 votes.

National and Labour were the only parliamentary parties contesting the by-election.

The Greens stood aside to give Labour a clear run and NZ First also decided not to field a candidate.

There are 47,266 enrolled voters in the Auckland suburban electorate and only 16,857 went to the ballot boxes compared with 33,392 in the 2014 general election.

The results:

Michael Wood. Labour 11,170

Parmjeet Parmar. National 4652

Roshan Nauhria. NZ People's Party 709

Andrew Leitch. Democrats for Social Credit 125

Brandon Stronge. Cannabis Party 79

Richard Goode. NAP (Not a Party) 40

Tua Shuster. Independent 32

(Source: Electoral Commission)

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