No mood for change on the coast with the return of Mana and Ōtaki MP's
It was business as usual on the Kapiti Coast with the incumbent MPs for Ōtaki and Mana both cruising to victory on Saturday night.
In a repeat of the 2014 race, National's Nathan Guy won Ōtaki with 18,866 votes – 6000 more than Rob McCann of the Labour Party.
McCann closed the gap from three years ago, but it was still a comfortable win for Guy, who took to Facebook to express his gratitude to those who voted his way.
"I look forward to getting back into work this week and I will continue to be a strong, hardworking voice in, hopefully, a National government."
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McCann, who opted not to be included on the Labour list, said his team had tried their best and gave it their all during the campaign, but it had simply not been enough.
"Turns out there aren't quite enough of us on the Kapiti Coast and in the Horowhenua ...We campaigned together to make New Zealand a better place and to give a voice to everyone."
Further south, Labour's Kris Faafoi comfortably retained his Mana seat against National candidate Euon Murrell.
More than 18,000 votes were cast for Faafoi, down slightly from the 2014 election, in which he trounced National's Hekia Parata by about 8000 votes, with 19,651 in total.
He said it was a "privilege to serve again" and was "stoked" to have won the party vote too.
Murrell, a real estate agent who served on the Porirua City Council between 2003-16, said the result was not what he had hoped, but he was happy with the way the campaign had been run.
"It's been a clean campaign and, while I'm disappointed, I've been humbled by the support I've received."