Recount confirms Christchurch central seat

22:24, Dec 13 2011
Nicky Wagner
WINNER: National candidate for Christchurch Central Nicky Wagner finally hears that she has the seat over Labour's Brendon Burns.

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.

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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