Recount confirms Christchurch central seat

KATE CHAPMAN
Last updated 11:22 14/12/2011
Nicky Wagner
KIRK HARGREAVES
WINNER: National candidate for Christchurch Central Nicky Wagner finally hears that she has the seat over Labour's Brendon Burns.

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Nicky Wagner has gained two votes and retained Christchurch Central following a judicial recount.

The Electoral Commission this morning released the results of the judicial recount in the electorate.

It has confirmed National Party candidate Nicky Wagner won with a majority of 47 votes, that's two more than the initial count.

Labour candidate Brendon Burns called for the recount on December 12.

It was conducted by a District Court Judge the following day.

Burns is no longer an MP after losing the seat as he is too low on his party's list.

Wagner got 12,064 votes and Burns received 12,017.

National also won the party vote with 12,506. Labour was behind on 8240, Greens 4556 and New Zealand First 1391.

A judicial recount is also underway in Waitakere where Labour's Carmel Sepuloni beat Cabinet minister Paula Bennett by just 11 votes.

- Fairfax NZ

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