Seats in Parliament

  • National Party 56
  • Labour Party 46
  • New Zealand First Party 9
  • Green Party 8
  • ACT New Zealand 1
  • Total 120

Te Tai Tonga

From Lower Hutt, across to Makara in the North Island, and then down to include the capital city and all of the South Island, including Stewart Island and the Chatham Islands, that’s the Te Tai Tonga region. The big cities of Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin are a part of this electorate. 

Labour Party's Rino Tirikatene is the incumbent MP for Te Tai Tonga.

Previous result in Te Tai Tonga.
Current MP Rino Tirikatene (LABOUR)
Majority 4,676
Total votes 24,166

Te Tai Tonga - Live Results

Te Tai Tonga - Provisional Result

Provisional Result

Electorate seat winner

Rino Tirikatene

Labour Party
Votes: 11,128 (52%)
Margin: 5,643 (26%)

100% of booths reporting as at 1:42am

Live candidate results for Te Tai Tonga

Rino Tirikatene

11128 votes 52%

Tākuta Ferris

5485 votes 26%

Ariana Paretutanganui-Tamati

2466 votes 12%

Anituhia Rebel McDonald

1129 votes 5%

Matiu Thoms

652 votes 3%

Raymond Tuhaka

467 votes 2%

Party vote

Party vote winner

Labour Party

Votes: 13,056 (60%)
Margin: 10,459 (48%)
Live party results for Te Tai Tonga
Labour Party
13056 votes 100%
Green Party
2597 votes 20%
Māori Party
1838 votes 14%
National Party
1219 votes 9%
New Zealand First Party
787 votes 6%
ACT New Zealand
609 votes 5%
Advance NZ
416 votes 3%
The Opportunities Party (TOP)
401 votes 3%
Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party
340 votes 3%
New Conservative
165 votes 1%
Vision New Zealand
84 votes 1%
ONE Party
65 votes 0%
NZ Outdoors Party
38 votes 0%
36 votes 0%
Sustainable New Zealand Party
9 votes 0%
Social Credit
8 votes 0%
TEA Party
5 votes 0%
Advance NZ
0 votes 0%
0 votes 0%

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"No one gets to lie to me twice," Peters has told the NZ Herald.

"We are not going to go with the Labour Party, this present Labour Party crowd, because they can't be trusted."

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Photo / Te Papa

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“We are honoured to celebrate the waka community and its mātauranga at Te Papa.”


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Some of the bicycles police found. Source/NZ Police

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Police who disrupted a major theft and burglary ring in Wellington last month have catalogued more than 3000 stolen items – from bicycles to bathtaps – in the hope of reuniting them with their owners.

Operation Trump Card has uncovered a huge cache of stolen property – which was seized from residential properties and 15 commercial storage units.


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ACT List MP Simon Court.  Photo / Parliament TV

Te Pāti Māori co-leader Debbie Ngarewa-Packer has taken to TikTok to suggest the ACT Party has been involved in 'anti-Māori baiting again' in parliament.

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